UHV unveils ‘jaX’ at Jaguar ‘X’travaganza

“jaX,” because Jaguars Are eXceptional, is the new name of the jaguar sculpture installed between the University Center and University West buildings on the University of Houston-Victoria campus.

Jan Wendt
Jan Wendt

The announcement was made at the UHV Jaguar “X”travaganza on Thursday at UHV. Jan Wendt, a coordinator for UHV athletics, was named the grand prize winner of the UHV Jaguar Naming Contest for her submission. She received a pair of season tickets to the Jaguars baseball and softball games, and Jaguars apparel.

“The process to select the name was a lot of fun,” UHV Athletics Director Ashley Walyuchow said. “Jan came up with a great name that we think will work well for marketing and eventually could be used when we have a student running around at games in a Jaguars costume.”

The university received about 250 suggestions from UHV employees and students, the community and local school children for names for the 250-pound, plate steel jaguar sculpture donated by Victoria artist Harold Nichols. UHV President Tim Hudson unveiled the sculpture and announced the Jaguar Naming Contest during an Aug. 25 ceremony at the university.

A committee made up of UHV faculty, staff and students reviewed the names and recommended “jaX” to Hudson.

Three other people also submitted the name “jax” as part of the contest but did not capitalize the “X.” They each received a UHV Jaguars T-shirt. They were Lisa Barr, senior business adviser at the UHV Small Business Development Center, and UHV students Courtney Pettit, who also is a first baseman for the Jaguars softball team, and Cody Sweat, who lives in Wharton and could not attend the event.

The UHV Jaguar “X”travaganza also featured a dance by the Memorial High School Drill team officers, refreshments and autographs by members of the Jaguars baseball and softball teams. Children who attended the event received a Jaguars autograph book and prizes.

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