University of Houston-Victoria



March 7, 2017

Members Present: Sally Aman, Bret Baldwin, Art Calvo, Daniel Cano, Robert Jaklich, Lane Keller, Margery Engel Loeb, Gene Moreno, Vic Morgan, Omar Rachid, Mike Rivet, Terry Robinson, Amy Schwartz, John Shutt, Jack Swanson, Kay Kerr Walker, Roger Welder, Debra Williams and Keith Williams

Absent: Debra Baros, Bea Espinosa, David Hinds, Zach Hodges, Lance LaCour, Betty McCrohan and Morgan Dunn O’Connor

Student Guest Speakers: David McFadden, Jace Regenbrecht and Brandon Wilson

UHV Attendees: Wayne Beran, David Cockrum, Jesse Pisors, Jeremy Shapiro, Brenda Svetlik, Ali Tavakkoli, Joseph Tran, Kathy Walton and Mike Wilkinson

I. Welcome & Introductions

Chair Shutt called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to the meeting.

II. Organization Business

Approval of Minutes — John Shutt

  • Jack Swanson moved and Mike Rivet seconded to approve the minutes of December 6, 2016, with one change,
  • A request to add, International Programs will host an International Festival in April.

Motion Carried Unanimously

III. Presentations

Academic Programs — Dr. David Cockrum

Dr. Cockrum introduced Dr. Alireza Tavakkoli, Associate Professor of Computer Science. Dr. Tavakkoli has received grants totaling $883,000 for the period of September 2015 to September 2018 from four sources: three grants from the Army Research Office (Material Command) and one from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Dr. Tavakkoli introduced three students, David McFadden of Houston, Jace Regenbrecht of Ezzell and Brandon Wilson of Houston who each used video to assist in describing their portion of the research presentation called “Efficient Telerobotics and Virtual Reality.” Their research involves improving the imagery and maneuverability of robots in dangerous or inhospitable environments being controlled by a human from a safe distance. By using techniques from gaming, the robot transmits images that have better color separation, sharper images and a three-dimensional virtual reality. The human operator will thus be more efficient in accomplishing the desired tasks. When questioned, Dr. Tavakkoli responded he is currently the only professor in the Robotics field at UHV.

Katy Business Plan Task Force — Wayne Beran

  • The Katy Business Plan Task Force is made of Karla DeCuir, Executive Director of the Katy Campus, Jay Lambert, Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, and three faculty members Amy Barnhill, Ron Salazar and Sandy Venneman and chaired by Wayne Beran.
  • The topics the committee members are reviewing:
Internal StaffingMarketingRecruitingEngagement

Reporting structures were changed:

  • Executive Director of Katy reports to the President
  • Director of Services now reports to the Provost

Ron Salazar – Chair of Sub-Committee

Jay Lambert – Chair of Sub-Committee

Amy Barnhill & Sandy Venneman – Co-chairs of Sub-Committee

  • Part-time receptionist was changed to full-time position

Goal to enhance our current marketing strategy

Goal to enhance the recruiting efforts of the Katy campus

Goal is to enhance faculty & staff engagement in the community

  • Virtual Services Librarian now reports to the Sr. Director of Libraries at the Victoria Campus

Expand efforts to building relationships with community organization

Sub-committee determined current structure & recruitment plan for UHV is supportive of all locations

Increase the faculty service participation

  • System Support Manager reports to the Sr. Director of Technology Services

Increased faculty involvement in speakers bureau & community groups

Sub-committee is working to initiate recruitment activities that will increase our visibility at community colleges in close proximity to the Katy location

Establish speakers bureau

  • Recommending a Welcome Center

Expand internship emphasis to build student success

Determined major programs at each community college

Assistance in recruiting at community colleges

  • General realignment of staff duties to support enrollment initiatives

Increase community awareness of the capabilities of our student body & of faculty expertise

Increase faculty involvement

Utilize faculty for “go to” expertise in the community


Increase focus on school districts


Review university procedures that hinder the ease of the enrollment process


Increase the number of community colleges within the Katy recruiting territory


Master Plan Updates — Brenda Svetlik

  • Ms. Svetlik discussed current on-going projects at UHV.

Ongoing Projects

Ben Wilson

Approved: Victoria City Counsel–Feb 2017

BOR – Feb 2017

Contract with City: work begins–Spring 2017

Proposed Completion: Summer 2018

University Commons

Design Completed: April 2017 Groundbreaking: April 11, 2017

Construction Begins: May 1, 2017

Completion: Summer 2018

Sophomore Student Housing

Design: Ongoing

Construction Begins: Fall 2017

Expected Completion: Partial-Summer 2018

Final–Winter 2019


Design Expected to begin: April 2017

Construction Begins: Spring 2018

Expected Completion: Fall 2019

Town Plaza Mall

Design Expected to begin: Spring 2017

Construction Begins: Winter 2017

Expected Completion: Phase 1-Fall 2018

Land Acquisitions Trailer Park

Purchase expected to be completed: April 2017

Other Projects

Build-out of the shelled space of the North Building

Renovations to the West & Center Buildings

Health & Wellness Center: early stage of development for resource needs & planning

Future Projects within the next 6 years

Land/Building Acquisitions

Fifth Housing Facility

Second Dining Hall

Future Opportunities

Funding & location for: Athletic Complex


University Advancement — Jesse Pisors

Mr. Pisors shared a “Year-to-Date Advancement Report” presentation.

1) Shared Information

 Fiscal Year
thru Feb. 24, 2016
Fiscal Year
thru Feb. 24, 2017

New Commitments



Total Donors



Gifts & Pledges



Alumni Donors



Employee Donors



Employee Gifts



Foundation Donors



Corporate Donors



2) The One for All, All for One luncheon held on September 7 focused on retention, acquisition and department-wide participation of UHV employee donors.

3) Mr. Pisors said he was very happy with UHV’s first-ever “Giving Tuesday” response. The “Giving Tuesday” event was a 24-hour campaign to raise support for UHV. Gifts were received in person, online and on the phone from 6:33 a.m. until 10:22 p.m. on November 29. There were 144 donors, of which 111 were new donors. The donor break-down is: 46% students, 28% faculty & staff, 21% alumni and 6% other friends. In all, the campaign raised $19,669.92 in the 24-hour period.

4) Discussed the various Alumni Relations activities; from social media outreach to chartered bus trips.

5) Other Annual Giving Efforts were also discussed. There were tailored direct mail solicitations, email blasts, PRAB Endowed Scholarship mailings and a new Katy Area Scholarship Fund.

6) Foundation & Corporation Fundraising included the Fifth Annual Claud Jacobs Collegiate Invitation Golf Tournament, where approximately $38,000 was raised for UHV Athletics. $424,450 has been received so far this fiscal year from foundations; 27 private-source grant proposals were submitted, and 16 proposals were funded.

7) Stewardship found the Advancement office preparing 120 endowment reports that were mailed or delivered for UHV’s 92 endowed funds. There was the updating and correcting of endowment documents. Over 800 hand-signed thank you letters were sent to donors, and 430 holiday cards were hand addressed and hand signed by all Advancement staff, just to name a few Advancement stewardship activities.

PRAB Endowed Scholarship — Sally Aman

Ms. Aman shared the following about the PRAB Endowed Scholarship fundraising.

  • Total given to the PRAB Endowed Scholarship to-date: $27,871
  • There are no outstanding pledges to the scholarship at this time
  • Total given or pledged to the scholarship so far this fiscal year: $14,050
  • About half of current PRAB members have donated to the scholarship fund so far this fiscal year (since September 1, 2016) and we really appreciate everyone’s continued support as we work toward the long-term goal of $100,000 in the endowed fund.

Student Services — Michael Wilkinson

  • Mr. Wilkinson, as Director of Student Life & Services, said this department helps students achieve their academic goals; it also promotes student leadership, collegiality and good citizenship. Their mission is to make sure students get the support to be successful at the university and in the community. Mr. Wilkinson passed out a flier that addressed these areas of UHV student life.
  • Student Organizations
  • Parent Involvement
  • Intramurals
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • jaX the Jaguar
  • Student Activities
  • Multicultural Affairs
  • Leadership Development
  • Student Conduct
  • Civic Engagement
  • Career Services
  • Disability Services

Web address: Student Services

Mr. Wilkinson also spoke on Homecoming 2017. He shared how the students came up with the theme, Let the Good Times ROAR, for the week of events and discussed various events on the Homecoming Schedule.

IV. President’s Remarks & Board Discussion — Dr. Vic Morgan

Dr. Morgan

  • Shared information about former Board of Regent and UHV PRAB member Ms. Dorothy Alcorn’s passing
  • Shared copies of the UHV 2017 Legislative Talking Points that were used by students and guests that participated in the UH Day at the Capitol and thanked Debra Williams for joining the UHV group that travel to Austin to participate
  • Said he was optimistic funds for UHV are going to be better than predicted
  • Discussed Legislative issues
  • Senate has decided the cuts proposed earlier were too dramatic, so rather than the 30% cuts initially proposed, they are down to a cut of 10%
  • House still has all the Special Items in their version of the bill and they are asking for the Legislature to use Rainy Day funds to make up the difference
  • Shared the approved UHV Mission Statement

The University of Houston-Victoria (UHV), a dynamic destination institution serving Texas and the world, is dedicated to providing every student educational and leadership opportunities to become a successful professional and an engaged global citizen. Innovative educational activities challenge students to make meaningful connections between their learning and their lives in a complex world. UHV promotes economic development and advanced quality of life through teaching, research and service excellence.

  • Said UHV is still needing land and funds for athletics
  • Reminded members of the upcoming commencement ceremonies on May 13 at Faith Family with guest speaker Troi Taylor a 2013 alum from UHV’s MBA program
  • Announced the next PRAB meeting is scheduled for June 6, in University North, Multi-Purpose Room.

Meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.
Submitted by: Kathy Walton