UHV invites public to Jaguar Hall Open House

Dean Lawrence Rossow and new electronic bulletin board
University of Houston-Victoria freshmen make their home at Jaguar Hall, the university’s first residence hall. The public is invited to an open house Tuesday at Jaguar Hall.

The public is invited to come see how Victoria’s university students live. An open house will be take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday to celebrate the University of Houston-Victoria’s first-ever residence hall.

Area residents may attend the come-and-go open house to get a look inside Jaguar Hall, located at 2705 Houston Highway. A Victoria Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting also will take place at 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Jaguar Hall’s resident advisers will give guided tours, which will include student rooms, the new “11:59” student lounge, dining hall and common area.

After Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill in the summer of 2009 that would allow UHV to add underclassmen in fall 2010, the university began planning housing for the new students. UHV purchased the Inn Place Hotel, a former Holiday Inn, a year ago and began renovating it for dorms. Students moved into Jaguar Hall on Sept. 18.

UHV shattered its recruiting goal of attracting its FIRST 200 underclassmen to the Victoria campus when more than 300 registered to take fall classes. The university is planning on another residence hall that will open for the fall 2012 semester.

Wayne Beran, UHV vice president for finance and administration, said the university is proud of the residence hall and hopes the public will come and take a tour.

“Jaguar Hall is a first-class and spacious facility with lots of amenities for these new students,” Beran said. “It adds much to the university and to the city itself, and we hope the public will come and view how we are using this space.”

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.

Ken Cooke 361-570-4342