UHV earns awards in sports publication contests

George Rodriguez and Paul Ebner show some of the nine awards received at the College Sports Information Directors of America Summer Convention for marketing pieces
UHV employees George Rodriguez, left, and Paul Ebner show some of the nine awards the university received for marketing pieces, the athletic website and a feature story at the College Sports Information Directors of America Summer Convention.  

For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Houston-Victoria has been recognized for its work by the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) and NAIA Sports Information Directors Association (NAIA-SID).

UHV Sports Information Specialist Paul Ebner and UHV Marketing & Communications Creative Services Manager George Rodriguez recently were recognized by the two organizations in their publication’s and media contests at the annual CoSIDA Summer Convention.

UHV brought home nine awards from the convention as Ebner and Rodriguez swept the top three spots in the CoSIDA Single Sports Program – College Division contest. UHV’s baseball program took top honors, while the softball program was runner-up, and the men’s and women’s soccer program placed third.

The Jaguars captured six awards in the NAIA-SID contest, including a first- and second-place finish in the schedule card contest, along with a tie for fifth place in the three entries that were submitted.

Ebner also tied for seventh in the Dr. Jack Bell Writing Contest for feature stories on his feature about women’s soccer player Emily Lupton and was 10th in season preview/review for his men’s soccer preview.

UHV’s athletic website also placed 10th in the Digital Media Production website contest following a redesign led by Marci Wallace, UHV Marketing & Communications web services manager.

“It’s always an honor to be recognized by your peers,” said Ebner. “We have a great working relationship with Marketing & Communications, and George does an exceptional job working with us on our many graphic projects throughout the year.”

UHV Athletics Director Ashley Walyuchow also complimented the duo on their work in promoting not only the UHV athletics department but also the university.

“The quality of worked produced by Paul Ebner and George Rodriguez and the rest of the Marketing & Communications team we work with is unsurpassed,” said Walyuchow. “I think this goes to show how well our departments work together. I’m proud of the recognition they bring to athletics and UHV.”

UHV competes against all NAIA schools in the NAIA SID contest and against all schools except NCAA Division I in the CoSIDA contest.

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.

Ashley Walyuchow
Paul Ebner