Local school groups, businesses organize college T-shirt day

Crossroads residents are encouraged to wear their favorite college T-shirt in support of higher education on GenTX Day May 3.

Generation TX, or GenTX, is a statewide initiative started by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to encourage an entire generation of Texans to attend a two-year college or four-year university. The Victoria GenTX Day is a joint effort between Victoria College, the University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria Independent School District, and local organizations and businesses.

Students across the state will be wearing their favorite college T-shirt to raise awareness about attending college. Community members are encouraged to participate as well.

“We are asking students, community members and individuals in civic organizations to show their support for our future leaders,” UHV President Phil Castille said. “Higher education is important for the future of our community, culture and economy.”

VC President Tom Butler said that community participation is the key to making GenTX Day a success.

“We have the opportunity to send a powerful message to our youth – that we support them, we believe in them, and that higher education or career training should be in their plans for a successful future,” he said. “With area businesses and organizations participating in GenTX Day, there will be many opportunities for conversations about going to college – conversations that may inspire a student.”

Crossroads residents can participate by wearing a college T-shirt on GenTX Day and encouraging employees, family members and friends to do the same. Free promotional materials are available for businesses interested in participating. On May 3, participants can upload photos of GenTX Day to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #GenTXDay.

GenTX Day also celebrates graduating high school seniors as they get ready for college and careers. Victoria ISD Superintendent Robert Jaklich said the initiative is an example of how the district strives to enhance its 612-square-mile district.

“Victoria ISD is excited and honored to be a part of this worthwhile endeavor,” he said. “Our teachers and staff members are committed to supporting the mission of GenTX and our focus on making sure every child in every class every day has the same opportunities no matter what school they go to.”

The VC Bookstore has VC and UHV T-shirts on sale for $9.99 for those wanting to purchase one for GenTX Day. There is also a recycle bin near the bookstore for those who want to donate a slightly used VC or UHV T-shirts to those who need one for the day. The bookstore is located in the VC Student Center, 2200 E. Red River St.

“We hope that students will wear a UHV or VC T-shirt, but we’re encouraging people to participate wearing a T-shirt from any university,” Castille said. “I might wear one from my alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – if it still fits.”

Besides GenTX Day, the initiative provides resources for students about career paths, financial aid, college planning tips and inspirational success stories. For more information about GenTX, visit

To get involved in the celebration in Victoria or to request free GenTX Day promotional materials, contact Darin Kazmir, VC director of marketing and communications, at 361-582-2417 or

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.

Katy Walterscheidt 361-570-4342