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 Date: June 8, 2009 Contact:  Maggie Denney, Special to UHV

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UHV athlete takes on challenging new role in Student Senate


University of Houston-Victoria student Claire McGee became an avid softball player when she was only 5 years old. She played on tournament teams through junior high and high school and is on the UHV Jaguars softball team.


Claire McGee
Claire McGee

But now McGee is turning her talents to a new field. In April, she was elected to the Student Senate as a senator at large. This will be her first time to serve on the governing body that acts as a liaison between UHV students and the administration.


"I know a couple teammates who were on Student Senate last year," McGee said. "I saw how much of a voice they had on the campus, and I said, 'Thatís something I want to be in.'"


She also was encouraged by Student Senate adviser Janet Foerster, with whom McGee works at UHV Student Services.


As a senator at large, McGee will be free to chair or serve on any committee as directed by the Student Senate, but she admits sheís not sure what to expect.


"Iím not real sure of the topics that are going to come up," McGee said. "Iím really new to this, but Iím excited to be a part of the university in a different way. Iíve always been one to like the leadership roles, and this seems like something I need to do, especially my last year."


On the Jaguars softball team, McGee is what is known as a utility player, meaning she can fill almost any position. Throughout her athletic career, she has played first, second and third base, pitched, and played outfield and shortstop.


"This past year, I played third base and left field," McGee said. "We had a very successful year. We ended up winning our conference tournament in Thomasville, Georgia, and we advanced to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championship Tournament in Decatur, Alabama. This was such a great experience because not many college athletes get to compete at this level."


McGee, a Lufkin native, is majoring in early education and will graduate in December of 2010.


"I plan to teach at the kindergarten or first-grade level and eventually get certified in all levels," McGee said. "Who knows what the future holds, but I know Iím looking forward to it."


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, offers courses leading to more than 65 bachelorís and masterís 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.