Local hotels open doors to UHV underclassmen while Jaguar Hall renovation continues

Jaguar Hall, the University of Houston-Victoria’s residence hall for underclassmen, will not open on Sunday as planned because of renovation challenges and water damage from Tuesday’s storm.

Freshmen and sophomores will check in from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday on the first floor at the UHV University Center, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. They then will go to area hotels where they will stay until Jaguar Hall is ready. Classes for the underclassmen will start on Tuesday as planned.

“We are going to ensure that these students are housed, fed, safe and in their classes,” UHV Interim President Don Smith said. “This is just a temporary situation until we can ensure that Jaguar Hall will be a first-class residence hall that these students can call home during the school year.”

Each student impacted is being contacted by UHV’s Office of Student Housing about the temporary arrangements. UHV also will provide meals and transportation to and from the Victoria campus while the students are housed in the hotels.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances with the renovations and repairs, it is expected that the students will be able to move into Jaguar Hall within a week after the start of classes.

For questions about Jaguar Hall construction, contact Wayne Beran, vice president for finance and administration, at Those with academic questions should contact Suzanne LaBrecque, provost and vice president for academic affairs, at, while student housing questions should be directed to Zandy Baker, director of housing, at General questions should be sent to Margaret Rice, chief of staff, at

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