Electronic bulletin board provides information in new way for education students

Dean Lawrence Rossow and new electronic bulletin board
Lawrence Rossow, dean of the University of Houston-Victoria School of Education & Human Development, sits near the school’s new electronic bulletin board on the second floor of the University West building.

University of Houston-Victoria education students now have an easy way to learn more about their professors, important deadlines, upcoming events and new programs.

They can simply watch an electronic bulletin board that recently went live on the second floor of the University West building.

“This is one of the mediums in which the college students of today are receiving information,” said Lawrence Rossow, dean of the UHV School of Education & Human Development. “It just wasn’t consistent with our push toward new literacies to put information up on an old-school bulletin board anymore.” 

A high-definition TV runs PowerPoint slides and is set up in Room 222, the school’s student services office and Department of Teacher Leadership and New Literacies. The screen is set up so that it is facing the hallway and can easily be seen by students.

The information that appears on the electronic bulletin board is coordinated by Lawrence Nelson, the school’s multimedia specialist. Information rotating on the screen includes a faculty directory, spring registration deadlines, the school’s logo and the “Jaguar Journal,” which features recent faculty publications and presentations.

Future plans include adding a “Faculty Spotlight,” which would highlight one of the school’s faculty members; a letter from Rossow; and information about the Air Force ROTC Affiliate Program that UHV has with the University of Houston main campus. Nelson also plans to put a link to the information on the school’s homepage ( so that UHV education students who are not on campus also can view it.

“This is just one other way that we can effectively communicate with students,” Nelson said.

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.

Paula Cobler