UHV named NAIA Five-Star Institution

The University of Houston-Victoria has been selected as a bronze National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Ashley Walyuchow

The award is given to institutions that have a demonstrated commitment to the Champions of Character program. Institutions earn points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Schools also earn points based on exceptional student-athlete grade-point average and obtaining no ejections during competitions.

“This award speaks highly of our student-athletes who take being part of the Victoria community seriously,” UHV Athletics Director Ashley Walyuchow said. “We strive to be the best not only in the classroom, but in the community as well.”

UHV student-athletes have taken an active role in the Victoria community and participate in a number of community projects, such as taking part in the Sure Bet Mentoring Program, helping at the food bank, sponsoring blood drives, volunteering at cancer awareness events and doing fundraising activities. They also help coach youth leagues and camps.

In the classroom, the Jaguars had 59 student-athletes recognized as Red River Athletic Conference Scholar Athletes this past season. The softball and women’s soccer teams were chosen as NAIA Scholar Teams. The Jaguars also had five student-athletes named to the UHV President’s List, and 39 were named to the Deans’ List.

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.

Paul Ebner