Student leader works to expand Jaguar Activities Board
More than a recognizable face at the University of Houston-Victoria, senior Ke’Andre Green is a leader on campus.
Green, a 22-year-old from Killeen, started honing her budding leadership abilities in 2015 as president of the Jaguar Activities Board. As president, Green thinks she has helped her fellow students.
“I have a vice president and three chairs,” Green said. “I help them plan and put on events for the student body.”
The board focuses on bringing entertainment, diversity, spirit and tradition to the campus.
“We want to make sure the students have equal opportunities to find out about all the different things that can happen on and off campus,” Green said.
Every year, the board organizes a trip to Six Flags for Fright Fest and encourages students to attend home UHV athletic events. The board also schedules entertainment on campus such as comedians and musicians, Green said.
Green has enjoyed her time as board president.
“I can reach a lot of people and let them know that there is always someone around who can help them in their academic and personal lives,” she said. “I always am on campus doing something, so they know my face.”
Despite her ability to work with different people and identify her own and others’ strengths and weaknesses, Green gives credit where it is due.
“I allow people to help me,” she said. “Without other people to help you in your work, you will not be able to accomplish as much as you want to. I have been able to bring more people into positions where they have the ability to help other people as well.”
One of Green’s first goals as president was to expand the Jaguar Activities Board.
“When we first started, there were only three members, and now there are five,” she said. “It has allowed us to provide more events on campus for the student body. College isn’t just about academic life. It’s also about social life and how to interact with other people. Having activities helps students meet other people and become more diverse in their personal life as well.”
Green chose UHV because of its family atmosphere.
“I liked that it was a small school. Everyone is willing to help you out, and they are always there for you whenever you need anything.”
Green, who graduates in December with degrees in accounting and healthcare administration, would like to apply her leadership skills and her love of service to her career.
“I’ve always wanted to do accounting since the eighth grade, and I chose healthcare administration because I knew I wanted to help people in the health care industry,” she said “I did not want to be a nurse, so I decided the business side was the way for me to go.”
Green felt her two majors complement each other.
“In health care, you need accounting for anything you are doing,” Green said. “Having an accounting background and working in health care allows me to have an upper hand when dealing with budgets and revenue so I know what is going on with the numbers.”
In addition to being president of the Jaguar Activities Board, Green received the 2017 Wonderful Woman Award and the 2016 Emerging Leader of the Year Award. Green said she was proud to win both awards. Student votes determined who received the Wonderful Woman Award.
“It showed me that I actually do a lot on campus and that other people are seeing what I am doing and think I am doing a good job,” she said. “That made me feel very accomplished. It means that it’s not just about the faculty and staff. It’s also about the students.”
After graduation, Green plans to get her Master of Business Administration. Green thinks she has made an impact on her peers during her time at UHV.
“I hope that I have shown them that even when you are dealing with hard times and there is stuff going on, you still have the ability to make changes and provide a family atmosphere because that is the reason I came to this school,” she said.
I am a Jaguar is an online feature highlighting the exceptional students who attend the University of Houston-Victoria. To nominate a student, contact Paula Cobler, UHV director of marketing and communications, or call 361-570-4350.
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.
Melony Overton, special to UHV