Rise of the Red selected as UHV’s homecoming theme

There will be a rise in Jaguars visiting the University of Houston-Victoria the last week of March and first weekend in April, and many of them will be wearing red.

Vic Morgan

For the first time since 1998, UHV will hold homecoming. Plans are being made for a week full of events for alumni, students and community members from March 28 to April 2.

“With a blossoming four-year destination university and an alumni base of more than 16,500 strong, the time is right to start this tradition back up again,” UHV Interim President Vic Morgan said. “Homecoming will be a special week to welcome back alumni, generate additional student involvement and celebrate with our friends in the community.”

UHV students recently were asked to vote for the homecoming theme. There were 236 ballots cast. Rise of the Red was the runaway winner, capturing 61 percent of the vote. Briscoe said students told her they liked how Rise of the Red could be displayed visually.

Kaleb Briscoe

“Since this is a new tradition, we thought it was important to gain feedback from students, so they have that ownership and know this is their event,” said Kaleb Briscoe, associate director of UHV Student Life. “I’m pleased we had an overwhelming response to the poll.”

The other theme options were Welcome to JAXNATION, There’s no Place Like JAXNATION and There’s no Place Like UHV.

Briscoe is chair of the homecoming planning committee comprised of UHV faculty, staff, administrators and students.

“Homecoming is an opportunity to show school pride and a sense of camaraderie,” she said. “It’s also a great way to celebrate UHV’s legacy. UHV aims to foster engagement and have connections with the community, so we see homecoming as fulfilling that imitative.”

Some of the homecoming events planned are:

  • March 28 – Meet the homecoming court
  • March 30 – Student Government Association carnival
  • April 1 – Community service project and pep rally
  • April 2 – Homecoming tailgate, baseball game and announcement of the homecoming king and queen.

More homecoming events and details soon will be announced. A homecoming website also is forthcoming.

Kira Mudd, UHV director for alumni relations and annual giving, hopes many alumni will return to UHV, even if they haven’t been back in awhile.

“Homecoming is not just designed for current students,” Mudd said. “It’s also an occasion that invites UHV alumni to come home to their alma mater, reconnect and reminisce with their fellow graduates, and share in the spirit and pride of UHV.  Whether they attended four or 40 years ago, took classes face-to-face or online, we want everyone to come celebrate UHV’s legacy.

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.

Jeremy Shapiro