UHV security gets donation for cart, truck and security system

Robert Halepeska, executive vice president of the M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation, center, and UHV President Vic Morgan, right, stand in front of a security cart and truck purchased with a donation from the foundation. The donation also allowed UHV to purchase a security system and other items for the university security team. Also pictured are Sgt. Travis Gundelach, left, of the UH Police Department; Mike Sylvester, security officer; and Courtney Middleton Sides, UHV senior director of corporate and foundation relations.

The University of Houston-Victoria campus security team has a new security cart, pickup truck and other items thanks to a donation from the M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation.

The foundation recently donated $50,000 to the security team to help with the safety and security needs on campus. A security cart, pickup truck, safety cones and security system were purchased.

Courtney Middleton-Sides

“We are thrilled to receive this generous donation and expand the resources available to our security team,” said Courtney Middleton-Sides, UHV senior director of corporate and foundation relations. “The university is growing, and this donation helps maintain the proper amount of resources to ensure a safe living environment for our students.”

The donation is a much-appreciated and well-timed addition to the UHV security team’s resources, said Travis Gundelach, a UH Police Department sergeant. The university already has a cart that is used at the UHV campus on Ben Wilson Street, but it isn’t safe to take the carts across Houston Highway to Jaguar Village, where the university’s residence halls are located. Both the security cart and truck will help with that.

Travis Gundelach

There often are two security officers on duty at one time, and having an additional vehicle allows them to work independently, Gundelach said. One vehicle will be dedicated to the academic buildings, and the other will be used to monitor the residence halls. Having marked security carts also increases safety awareness and visibility on campus.

“These additional transportation resources will be a big help to campus security officers who patrol long hours on foot and during inclement weather,” Gundelach said. “They will help the security team patrol and respond to calls at the residence halls, academic buildings and other university properties, including the former Town Plaza Mall and the UHV Center for the Arts.” 

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.

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