UHV Student Senate to attend national conference

Members of the University of Houston-Victoria Student Senate will travel to the Big Apple in a couple of weeks to learn leadership skills they hope to bring back to increase interest in their organization.


Seven of the eight Senate members will attend the American Student Government Association New York City Student Government Training Conference Feb. 23 and 24 at Pace University. The conference is for student government members and their advisors from colleges and universities across the nation.


“There will be a lot of information there that we’re going to benefit from,” UHV Student Senate President Delores White said. “It will help us better promote the UHV Student Senate and attract some new members.”


The Student Senate is made up of elected UHV students who work to promote communication between students and administrators. The senators provide input on university policy and address the academic and cultural needs of UHV students.


“Our student leaders are constantly trying to better themselves and the university,” UHV President Tim Hudson said. “They will learn valuable information at this convention that they can use now and throughout their lives.”


At the convention, the senators will attend workshops on a wide variety of topics including recruiting and retention, team building, public relations, parliamentary procedure and effective meetings, personal growth, elections and improving student government.


“We are the leaders of tomorrow. Everything we can learn and take with us is going to make a difference at UHV and in our community,” said White, who will graduate in May with a master’s degree in counseling and psychology.


Student Senate Treasurer Juan Diego Martinez said he would like to learn more leadership skills at the conference that he can use in the future.


“I’m hoping to develop a more professional way of communicating with other leaders,” said Martinez, a psychology and communications major.


This is the first time that Student Senate members have attended this particular conference, White said. Two years ago, senators attended the National Student Leadership Conference in Orlando.


Minnie Urbano, manager of UHV student services and Student Senate sponsor, said these national conferences give the students useful information that they can take back to their colleges and universities. She will not be able to attend the New York City conference, but Darrell Rodriguez, coordinator of student activities and services in Sugar Land and Cinco Ranch, will escort the students.


“We’re happy to help our students participate in this conference,” Urbano said. “These activities not only allow our students to develop their leadership skills, they also encourage them to use what they learn to help others.”


UHV will pay for most of the conference, but the senators will pay for their own food, incidentals and sightseeing. Also attending the conference is:

  • Rick Navarro, vice president;
  • Kelli Gill, secretary;
  • Sherri Sanderson, graduate senator, School of Business Administration;
  • Marcus Taylor, undergraduate senator, School of Arts & Sciences; and
  • Star Arnold, undergraduate senator, School of Education.

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.

Paula Cobler