UHV student becomes president of United Campus Ministry
University of Houston-Victoria student Pandalinn Davis recently became the president of the United Campus Ministry at UHV after representing the group in almost every other officer position.
“Anyone who wants to join is welcome,” she said. “We’d love to have them. You don’t have to be a student; the club is open to anyone.”
UCM serves both the UHV and Victoria College campuses and is a student organization dedicated to supporting the spiritual growth of students as they pursue their education.
Davis was drawn to the organization because she wanted to be a leader and share her faith with others. She was the organization’s vice president, secretary, treasurer and club representative before becoming president.
As the group’s president, Davis attends UHV meetings for presidents of all student organizations. These allow her to keep her group informed about all the campus events. In addition, she is responsible for recruiting new members. UCM meets for lunch on Thursdays in the UHV University West student lounge.
Davis, a Victoria resident, also is getting a Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences with a concentration in legal assistance and administration from UHV. She already holds an associate degree from VC in office administration and said the desire to continue her education came from two of her passions.
“I love working with computers, and I love helping people, so when I graduate, I want to combine the two by becoming a legal assistant,” she said. “I get to use my computer skills and help attorneys with their cases.”
Davis also stays busy as a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, an organization that helps disabled veterans and their families.
“I joined this year because I think it’s important to support our veterans,” said Davis, whose grandfather served in the Vietnam War. “Our veterans deserve our support because they fought for the freedom that we have today.”
One of Davis’ favorite events for veterans is the Warrior’s Weekend held every May in Port O’Connor. Servicemen and women are treated to a special dance and a day of fishing for prizes.
“Last year was my first year to volunteer, and I’m going to do it again this year,” she said. “I try to go to as many military programs as I can because our veterans deserve our support. They fought for the freedom that we have today. Without those men and women, we would not be able to call this the home of the free.”
The UHV Outstanding Student is an online feature highlighting the exceptional students who attend the University of Houston-Victoria. To nominate a student, contact UHV Communications Manager Paula Cobler 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.
Maggie Denney, Special to UHV 361-570-4342