More than 250 donate to UHV for Giving Tuesday event

The Box volunteers
From left, UHV staff members Donald Jirkovsky, Heidi Shook, The Box Coffee Bar owner John Valdivia and UHV staff member Kira Mudd pose outside The Box Coffee Bar on Laurent Street on Dec. 1 at a giving station for Giving Tuesday. UHV received $45,614 in donations from 256 donors on Giving Tuesday.

The University of Houston-Victoria was the recipient of a $10,000 challenge donation from a Victoria business after the university surpassed a goal of 250 donors during its fifth annual Giving Tuesday campaign on Dec. 1. 

Bob Glenn

In total, the university received $45,614 from 256 donors, including UHV faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members, as well as donors from Australia, Canada, Nigeria and Colombia. The total raised includes a $10,000 challenge donation from KMH Wealth Management LLC, which was offered as an incentive to reach a goal of 250 donors for the event. The wealth management company is owned by UHV alumni Lane and Phyllis Keller. The university created a video to showcase the results of Giving Tuesday and thank supporters.

“The UHV and Victoria communities, and even those from around the world, have turned out this year to support our university because they understand the importance of the mission of UHV to provide quality higher education,” UHV President Bob Glenn said. “It is an incredible feeling to see the support from so many during these tough times, and we appreciate that these donors kept UHV in mind during the season of giving.”

Donations were collected online and at different locations on campus and in the community. Gifts ranged in size from 50 cents to $10,000, and online donations were given from 12:40 a.m. to 11:46 p.m. Giving stations were set up at four UHV locations, as well as The Box Coffee Bar at Airline Road and Laurent Street and Crossroads Bank. Volunteers who worked the stations included UHV students, faculty and staff. KNAL 93.3 FM radio station also had three live remote sessions from the donation stations to spread the word about the event and how the community could support UHV.

Kira Mudd

“In every way, UHV is pushing forward despite the pandemic,” said Kira Mudd, UHV director of alumni relations and annual giving. “Although we were unsure of the response we would receive on Giving Tuesday this year, we were elated at how many people continue to support the university during such tumultuous times.”

Each donor was able to give to a specific area of the university, and 46 UHV programs, departments and scholarships received donations. The top areas that had the most donors also each received an additional $1,000 from the donation from KMH Wealth Management LLC.

The programs that had the most donors were the student food pantry, the International Alumni Scholarship Fund, the Student Emergency Fund, UHV Athletics, School of Business Administration scholarships, the Student Affairs Unit of Excellence Fund and the university’s general scholarship fund.

Jesse Pisors

“The motto for this year’s UHV Giving Tuesday was ‘Be the one on Dec. 1,’” said Jesse Pisors, UHV vice president for advancement and external relations. “I am so grateful to every alumnus, student, faculty, staff and community member who took time on Giving Tuesday to ‘be the one.’ Giving is always individual. It starts with me. But it becomes something powerful and special when large numbers – 256 to be exact – simultaneously show their support for an important cause: our university.”

UHV alumna Loveth Ohenhen knew she wanted to do more this year to give back to her alma mater. Ohenhen graduated in 2018 with a Master of Science in computer information systems and was an international student from Nigeria when she attended UHV. She now works at Dell Technologies in Atlanta.

Loveth Ohenhen

About a week before Giving Tuesday, Ohenhen started reaching out to dozens of alumni, family and friends around the world about how they could help UHV students by donating to the university. Leading up to the event, and the day before Giving Tuesday, she made numerous phone calls, and sent emails and text messages in hopes of garnering support for the university. In all, 39 donors gave $3,397 toward the International Alumni Scholarship on Giving Tuesday.

“When I was a student at UHV, I received unexpected scholarships, and more than the scholarship amount, I remember the feeling of gratitude that someone who didn’t know me cared about my education,” Ohenhen said. “UHV has had such an important impact on my life, and rallying support was one way I could help give back to UHV. It is an honor to know that so many people donated on behalf of the International Alumni Scholarship.”

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Amber Aldaco