UHV chapter of national honor society holds initiation

SUGAR LAND – The University of Houston-Victoria Mu Kappa Nu chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, a national honor society that recognizes academic excellence in professional counseling, recently held a spring initiation ceremony.

Jeffry Moe, a UHV assistant professor of counselor education, shakes hands with UHV student Rachel Smith as Mu Kappa Nu President Katie Springs looks on. Moe, who serves as the chapter’s faculty adviser, and the students were participating in the spring initiation ceremony of Mu Kappa Nu, the UHV chapter of the Chi Sigma Iota national honor society.


"Being part of Chi Sigma Iota means a lot to me,” chapter President Katie Springs said. “It validates my hard work as a student and recognizes my commitment to becoming the best counselor I can be.”


Jeffry Moe, UHV assistant professor of counselor education and the chapter’s faculty adviser, read a charge and handed out membership certificates and pins to the new initiates. Mary Natividad, a UHV professor and program coordinator of counselor education, was the guest speaker.


Natividad spoke about the power of personal and professional relationships to change and enhance people’s lives. The new chapter was named in honor of Natividad, who was instrumental in developing UHV’s counselor education program. Chapter member Amanda Hemminger’s boyfriend was so inspired by Natividad’s speech that he asked Hemminger to marry him during the event. She accepted his proposal.


“I feel fortunate to be part of Mu Kappa Nu and the counseling profession,” said Carol Prusinski, a chapter officer. “I look forward to networking, sharing and growing with everyone as professionals and friends.”%nbsp;


Other UHV students initiated during the meeting were Melanie Tannous, who graduated Saturday, Rachel Smith, Mary Nance, Rebekah Williams and Helen Jimenez.


“I hope that other counseling education graduate students will consider joining Chi Sigma Iota at UHV,” said Smith, chapter vice president. “We have so much to offer each other, and it’s a fun way to break away from our otherwise busy lives to connect with professors and fellow students. This is something that’s not always easy to do during the semester whether your classes are online or face-to-face.”


Counselor education graduate students interested in joining the Mu Kappa Nu chapter of Chi Sigma Iota may contact Moe or any chapter officer for information about the fall initiation at

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