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UHV employees support visually impaired at charity bowling event

Gary Hatter, UHV Dining food service director; left; Jeffrey Cass, UHV provost and vice president for academic affairs; Amy Hatmaker, UHV Career Services manager; and Matt Wooton, a UHV Facilities Services carpenter, won first place at the Bowl-A-Thon for vision care Saturday hosted by three Victoria Lions Club chapters at Century Lanes.

When a call went out to put together bowling teams for a charity event, four University of Houston-Victoria employees knew that was right up their alley.

Jeffrey Cass, UHV provost and vice president for academic affairs; Amy Hatmaker, UHV Career Services manager; Gary Hatter, UHV Dining food service director; and Matt Wooton, a UHV Facilities Services carpenter, made up the team named the UHV Jaguars.

The Bowl-A-Thon was hosted by all three Victoria Lions Club chapters at Century Lanes Saturday. The event raised money for the Lions Eye Bank of Texas.

“I like to find opportunities to give back to the community,” Cass said. “I saw the flyers at the bowling alley and thought this would be a great way to have some fun and help people at the same time.”

Cass, who bowls in three local leagues, was the team captain for the UHV Jaguars. The team competed against others from around the area who came out to raise money for vision care.

At the end of the competition, the UHV Jaguars won first place out of 22 participating teams. The event raised $5,000 to help the disadvantaged and visually impaired.

“The event was a lot of fun, and it means a lot that UHV was willing to support this cause,” Hatmaker said. “I’m happy to be part of a university that is a good community partner and participates in efforts to help others.”

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973, offers courses leading to 70 bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree programs and concentrations 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 a teaching center in Katy, 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.