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 Date: December 12, 2007 Contact:  Paula Cobler, 361-570-4350

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UHV athletics receives one-of-a-kind gift


 

The University of Houston-Victoria athletics department is the beneficiary of the unique talents of Karnes City resident Michael Saxon.

 

Saxon, a retired school administrator and member of UHV President’s Regional Advisory Board, presented a handmade table as a gift to the athletic department prior to the board’s meeting Dec. 4.

 

The table is made of a Brazilian cherry, also called Jatoba, and features an inset of the UHV Jaguars logo on the table top, which Saxon hand painted.

 

Saxon says he built the table to withstand the rigors of a busy athletics department.

 

Jaguar head softball coach Keri Lambeth said she cannot wait to use the table.

 

“This table will be a nice place to sign student athlete letters of intent to attend UHV,” Lambeth said.

 

“This gift is another indication that the initiatives undertaken at UHV are energizing the region and are well supported,” UHV President Tim Hudson said. “Athletics, the American Book Review, expansion of our nursing programs, our new Global MBA partnership with universities in China, the dedication to address the teachers shortage in Texas, they’ve all been a response to the demand for higher education.”

 

The public is invited to stop by the department and see the table.

 

“Michael first approached me about making this gift earlier this fall,” UHV athletic director Ashley Walyuchow said. “It is a beautiful addition to the department and a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork the university can be proud of. I know I am.”

 

 

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region, offers courses leading to more than 65 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus as well as teaching sites in Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. Since its founding in 1973, UHV has provided students with a quality university education from excellent faculty at an affordable price.