UHV athletics receives one-of-a-kind gift

The University of Houston-Victoria athletics department is the beneficiary of the unique talents of Karnes City resident Michael Saxon.


Saxon, a retired school administrator and member of UHV President’s Regional Advisory Board, presented a handmade table as a gift to the athletic department prior to the board’s meeting Dec. 4.


The table is made of a Brazilian cherry, also called Jatoba, and features an inset of the UHV Jaguars logo on the table top, which Saxon hand painted.


Saxon says he built the table to withstand the rigors of a busy athletics department.


Jaguar head softball coach Keri Lambeth said she cannot wait to use the table.


“This table will be a nice place to sign student athlete letters of intent to attend UHV,” Lambeth said.


“This gift is another indication that the initiatives undertaken at UHV are energizing the region and are well supported,” UHV President Tim Hudson said. “Athletics, the American Book Review, expansion of our nursing programs, our new Global MBA partnership with universities in China, the dedication to address the teachers shortage in Texas, they’ve all been a response to the demand for higher education.”


The public is invited to stop by the department and see the table.


“Michael first approached me about making this gift earlier this fall,” UHV athletic director Ashley Walyuchow said. “It is a beautiful addition to the department and a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork the university can be proud of. I know I am.”

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.

Ernest Amador 361-570-4342