Good News from UHV President Bob Glenn
Dear UHV Faculty, Staff and Students,
With the constant bad news we all are exposed to about the COVID-19 pandemic, I plan to start sharing some of the numerous good things that are happening at UHV.
- Small Business Development Center – Despite the current challenges, the UHV SBDC staff continues to serve its clients 100 percent remotely and is active in each of the 11 counties it serves, especially within the City of Victoria. SBDC staff members, led by Director Lindsay Young, are working with impacted clients to help them submit applications and advise them about loans that can help their businesses. The SBDC also has moved its training program online and has started hosting free informational sessions. About 65 people attended the first session last week. The SBDC is part of a nationwide small business assistance program that serves the small business community and federal, state and local governments. The center offers counseling, training and technical assistance to existing and start-up businesses in the counties it serves. Most of the provided services are free.
- University College/Student Success Center – The center is operating virtually to help UHV students and staff succeed this semester. Tutoring, writing consultation and supplemental instruction services are offered by Academic Services Manager Eric Camarillo and student workers, who have been trained to use Upswing, Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Coaching, advising and registration services are performed by success coaches Sara Thurmond, Jesse McLain, Courtney Bosier-Hawthorne and Robert Sanchez, who regularly have virtual meetings with students. Faculty development and trainings are offered by instructional designer Bev Hoerig, who has been instrumental in assisting faculty with the conversion to online classes. New trainings and virtual office hours discussions are offered each week to teach faculty relevant best practices that promote student success. A new Student Support Help Desk provides immediate assistance to students and is operated by administrative assistant Heather Crow and senior secretary Briana Vega.
- School of Business Administration – For the first time, the school’s annual Alumni Week (March 30 to April 2) took place virtually. The purpose of the event each year is for the school’s students to have the opportunity to hear how UHV alumni have developed their careers using their UHV education. These candid sessions allow students to ask questions and learn tips about developing their own careers. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the schedule of presentations at UHV and UHV Katy was changed to virtual presentations using Microsoft Teams and faculty Zoom rooms. Alumni who presented included entrepreneurs, marketing consultants, a health care legal expert, a fuel pricing analyst, accountants and more. Each of the 11 sessions reached about 35 students.
If you have other “good news” items that you would like me to highlight in future emails, please don’t hesitate to contact me.