University of Houston-Victoria



March 6, 2018

Members Present: Bret Baldwin, Debra Baros, Art Calvo, Lee Crews, David Hinds, Lance LaCour, Margery Engel Loeb, Gene Moreno, Vic Morgan, Omar Rachid, Mike Rivet, Terry Robinson, John Shutt, Jack Swanson, Kay Kerr Walker, Roger Welder and Debra Williams

Absent: Wayne Beran, Paula Cobler, David Cockrum, Hillary Kofron, Jesse Pisors, Ashley Strevel, Beverly Tomek, Joseph Tran and Kathy Walton

UHV Attendees: Sally Aman, Charlotte Baker, Daniel Cano, Lola Castro, Bea Espinosa, Zach Hodges, Robert Jaklich, Lane Keller, Betty McCrohan, Morgan Dunn O’Connor, Amy Schwartz and Keith Williams

I.  Welcome & Introductions

Chair Shutt called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. Dr. Morgan recognized Margery Loeb and her service to UHV. Mrs. Loeb has been a PRAB member for six years and served as vice president for four years from 2012-2016. Dr. Morgan said she has been active with her participation and regular in her attendance. She will be missed and we wish her well in her new home and involvement in Houston. The university will place a brick commemorating her service in front of the University Center building—the brick wording will read, Margery E. Loeb, PRAB, 2012-2018.

II. Organizational Business

A. Approval of Minutes—John Shutt

Omar Rachid moved and Jack Swanson seconded to approve the minutes of December 5, 2017, as distributed.

Motion Carried Unanimously

B.  Appointment of Nominating Committee—John Shutt

Chair Shutt selected members to serve on the Nominating Committee for recommending new board members to replace the five members whose terms expire in 2018. The nominating committee consists of Omar Rachid, Debra Williams and Lane Keller. Terms are expiring for Debra Baros, Arturo Calvo, Margery Loeb, John Shutt and Debra Williams.

C.  PRAB Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Report—John Shutt

In Ms. Aman’s absence, Chair Shutt gave the report. Including all gifts, the total amount in the fund as of February 26, 2018, is $48,626.01. Since September 1, 2017, the total given or pledged so far this fiscal year is $16,065. We had a goal of reaching $50,000 by January 1, 2018, and we came close. We had $48,626.01 in the fund by the first of this year. We will award the first $1,000 scholarship from the endowment fall 2018.

III. Presentations

A.  Appointment of Nominating Committee—John Shutt

Dr. Tomek, Associate Provost, spoke of Traditional Developmental Courses at UHV. Student had to pass English 1300 and Math 1300 before moving on to “gateway” math or English courses. The problem was this added expense used up money that was needed for courses that actually counted toward their degree. Most students just give up on developmental courses and drop out. Fewer than 50% persist through developmental into regular courses.

The legislature put forth and the governor signed a bill HB 2223 that requires “Corequisite Remediation.” This requires putting all students into English and math college-level entry courses but offering additional support. The faculty input and involvement was key to finding a better way in making this change. A Corequisite Remediation Team was formed as part of the Houston GPS. Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPS) are programs that place students into mainstream college-level courses along with companion courses for additional guidance and have proven effective elsewhere.

According to research at several institutions, students that participate in ALP are more likely to take and pass college-level courses compared to those students who do not enroll in developmental courses. UHV does not have the faculty or the resources to add this many new courses to the schedule. We had to work with what we already had in existence here at UHV. So as part of the Freshman Seminar, we will offer intense sections of UNIV 1302, Math Lab, and UNIV 1303 Language Lab. All students’ Freshman Seminar courses count in their UNIV slot of their degree plan. Those students who need TSI help in both subjects end up with UNIV credit and a lower-division elective credit. These all count toward fulfillment of their degree plan. The new law gives all state public colleges and universities until 2018 to have 25% of their developmental students enrolled in a corequisite course. The mandate increases to 50% by 2019 and by 2020 to 75%. UHV will be at 100% of the state mandate this fall.

B.  Update on Capital Projects—Wayne Beran

Mr. Beran shared the following

- University Commons

  • Design was completed April 2017 (Architect – Gensler)
  • Groundbreaking April 25, 2017
  • Construction Began May 2017 (Construction Manager – BE&K Building Group)
  • Expected Completion October 2018

- Sophomore Student Housing

  • Design on-going (Architect – Brave Architects)
  • Construction Begins June 2018 (Construction Manager – Morganti Texas, Inc.)
  • Expected Completion July 2019

- STEM Building

  • Design Begins May 2017 (Architect – SmithGroup JJR)
  • Construction Begins Summer 2018 (Construction Manager – JE Dunn)
  • Expected Completion late Fall 2019

- Town Plaza Mall

  • Design Expected to Begin Spring 2018 (Architect – Selection process underway)
  • Expected Completion October 2019 (Phase 1)

- Ben Wilson Street

  • Victoria City Council Approval (February 2017)
  • Board of Regent Approval (February 2017)
  • Contract with City (work begins Fall 2018)
  • Proposed Completion (Fall 2019)

-Future Projects

  • Land/Building Acquisitions
  • Health and Wellness Center
  • Fifth Housing Facility
  • Second Dining Hall
  • Athletic Complex

C.  Homecoming Roundup—Hilary Kofron

Ms. Kofron, Associate Director of Student Life & Services, shared the events of the UHV’s 2018 Homecoming Week, February 26 through March 3. This year’s theme was Lights. Camera. JAXNATION. The weeklong events schedule included:

  • A Walk of Fame
  • Bands
  • Step Up and Dance Contest
  • 1973 Breakfast (10:00-midnight pancakes being served to students by faculty/staff volunteers)
  • Spirit Cup Showcase (offices on campus compete for the best spirit)
  • A Powderpuff Football Game
  • Retired Faculty/Staff Luncheon
  • Talent Show
  • Alumni Banquet
  • Student Organization Carnival (17 booths and activities)
  • Jog for jaX 5k ($500 raised for the Texas Zoo)
  • President’s Tailgate/UHV baseball game
  • Food Truck Festival
  • Party with the Stars Dance

D.  Here, We Go. Campaign and Other Advancement Updates—Jesse Pisors

-Updates (as of February 2018):

  • Donation Totals:
    FY 2017 Final was $1,110,853; FY 2018 Goal is $1,200,000; FY 2018 Year-to-Date is $615,239
  • Total Donors:
    FY 2017 Final was 931; FY 2018 Goal is 1,000; FY 2018 Year-to-Date is 727
  • Alumni Donors:
    FY 2017 Final was 546; FY 2018 Goal is 600; FY 2018 Year-to-Date is 287
  • UHV Employee Donors:
    FY 2017 Final was 189; FY 2018 Goal 200; FY 2018 Year-to-Date is 196
  • UHV Employee Gifts:
    FY 2017 Final was $78,919; FY 2018 Goal is $85,000; Year-to-Date is $41,252
  • Foundation Donors:
    FY 2017 Final was 8; FY 2018 Goal is 20; FY 2018 Year-to-Date is 11
  • Corporation Donors:
    FY 2017 Final was 61; FY 2018 Goal is 115; FY 2018 Year-to-Date is 71

-Alumni Relations Activities

  • Increased social media outreach and activity
  • Regular email blasts to invite and inform
  • Ongoing efforts to register more alumni members in UHV Connect
  • UHV Class Ring Program
  • Alumni road trip to Astros game Private deck at Minute Maid Park on August 5 80 people ($100/person)
  • Alumni road trip to UH on November 4 UH Homecoming Football game Sold out two charter buses

-Annual and Major Giving Efforts

  • Tailored direct mail solicitations
  • Email blasts
  • One For All, All For One UHV Employee Giving Campaign
  • Jag Spirit Cord program
  • Giving Tuesday
  • Bricks and Pavers
  • Naming opportunities

-Foundation and Corporation Fundraising

  • 2018 “A Night for the Jaguars”
  • Claud Jacobs Collegiate Invitational Golf Tournament
  • $65,000 raised for UHV Athletics
  • $482,775 received from foundations
  • 27 private-source grant proposals submitted
  • 13 proposals funded


  • 120 endowment reports mailed or delivered for UHV’s 92 endowed funds
  • Updating and correcting of endowments
  • Over 800 hand-signed thank-you letters to donors
  • 430 holiday cards from Advancement (hand-addressed and hand-signed by all staff)

-Homecoming 2018

  • Third Annual Retired Faculty and Staff Luncheon (reconnecting with those who built UHV)
  • Third Annual Alumni Banquet and Awards (a full house of new and old faces representing alumni from the Class of 1975-2017)
  • President’s Tailgate (good times for alumni and community members)

IV. President’s Remarks

-Board of Regents Meeting Items
Dr. Morgan said at the next Board of Regents meeting, UHV will have the following on the agenda.

  • Tuition increase of 4.5% this year
  • Housing and Meal Plan rate increase to 4.5%
  • International Student Fee of $100 from $50
  • New ESL Institution Student Fee (for a 15-week course $8,995 that includes room and board, books and transportation)
  • First time parking fee ($100 per year)
  • Lowering the MBA fee from $75 to $45 per hour
  • Academic Partnership Contract

-House Bill 89 New Law in Texas

House Bill 89 is the new anti-Boycott of Israel Bill. “. . . states that ‘Boycott Israel’ means refusing to deal with, terminating business activities with, or otherwise taking any action that is intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or limit commercial relations specifically with Israel, or with a person or entity doing business in Israel or in an Israeli-controlled territory, but does not include any action made for ordinary business.” The state of Texas will not do business with anyone that will not do business with Israel. Contractors and vendors must certify and verify that it does not boycott Israel and will not boycott Israel during the term of doing business with UHV. This bill became effective September 1, 2017. (We have now received an exemption for speakers and lectures.)

-Academic Partnership

The Academic Partnership is making a major difference in recruiting students for online programs. UHV hopes to start with the School of Business Administration, Arts & Sciences and Nursing this next fall.

-Alma Mater

UHV’s new alma mater was written by faculty, students and alumni volunteers and will be sung at both commencement ceremonies for the first time at the May 12 Spring Commencement ceremonies.


Meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Submitted by:  Kathy Walton