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UHV prepares to welcome alumni, community to Homecoming 2016

The University of Houston-Victoria soon will celebrate its first homecoming in almost 20 years with a tailgate, alumni banquet and performances by comedians and a magician.

From March 28 to April 2, UHV will host a week of events to welcome back alumni and celebrate community connections. The theme for Homecoming 2016 will be Rise of the Red.

“UHV is fortunate to have such a supportive community and alumni base,” UHV President Vic Morgan said. “As we prepare to celebrate the university’s history, we also look forward to spending time with UHV alumni and community members. We have planned many exciting events so everyone can join in the festivities.”

As part of the celebration, events for students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members will take place every day on campus and elsewhere in Victoria.

Vic Morgan

On March 30, UHV is bringing in Robby Bennett, a magician and sleight-of-hand artist. His show is open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. in Jaguar Hall Commons, 2705 Houston Highway. Tickets will cost $3 for community members.

Another event open to the public is a comedy show by Texas comedians Chase DuRousseau and Aaron Aryanpur at 8:30 p.m. April 1 in the UHV University North Walker Auditorium, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. Headliner Aryanpur has performed on national comedy shows, including Fox’s “Laughs” and Comedy Central Radio. Tickets will cost $3 for community members.

Earlier that evening, alumni, their friends and family are invited to an Alumni Banquet at 6:30 p.m. in UHV University North. During the banquet, the university will recognize the Distinguished Alumnus and Young Alumnus of the Year. Tickets for the banquet cost $10.

Homecoming 2016 culminates with a tailgate followed by a Jaguars baseball doubleheader against Our Lady of the Lake University. The tailgate begins at 11 a.m. April 2 at Riverside Stadium. The university will be serving hot dogs, and attendees can play a variety of yard games. The first baseball game begins at noon, and during the break between games, the homecoming king and queen will be crowned. The tailgate is free, and admission to the games costs $5. Children ages 6 and younger can attend free with a paid adult.

In addition, students will be able to enjoy several events throughout the week, including a carnival, soccer game vs. faculty and staff, a breakfast bash, movie night, a campus beautification service project and a talent show.

UHV will use the hashtag #UHVHC2016 on social media before and during Homecoming 2016.

For a full schedule of events, go to www.uhv.edu/homecoming.

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 an instructional site 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.