‘It is a humbling and wonderful feeling for the university to receive this recognition’

UHV named top college choice to attend by Katy Times' readers

VICTORIA, Texas – The University of Houston-Victoria was named a top choice to attend college in the Katy area by readers of the Katy Times. The university, which has been named a top choice by Katy Times readers for several years, received a top spot this week in the 2021 Katy Times’ Best of Katy readers’ choice awards contest in the Best College category.

“It is a humbling and wonderful feeling for the university to receive this recognition and support from the Katy community,” said Chance Glenn, UHV provost and vice president for academic affairs. “UHV is proud to be a part of the Katy community, and we look forward to providing quality higher education in the Katy area for many years to come.”

The contest, with all nominations and voting conducted online, is conducted every year by the Katy times. With nominations open on March 15 through April 11, readers of the Katy Times nominated their favorite businesses for 2021 in more than 130 categories, according to Susan Rovegno, Katy Times publisher. Readers chose and cast ballots in favor of UHV.

“This award is so meaningful to our area businesses, who have worked harder than ever this past year,” Rovegno said. “We congratulate the University of Houston-Victoria on this award, and we thank them for the leadership and service that they provide to the Katy community.”

In August 2016, the UHV Katy instructional site, where transfer and graduate students can take a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes, opened, and in 2019, it was moved to a new location at 22400 Grand Circle Boulevard. The UHV campus in Victoria offers a residential experience for students with classes for undergraduate and graduate levels. The university, additionally, offers online courses that students can participate in anywhere. Beginning this fall, new concentrations will be added to UHV, such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and data science.

To promote education in the Katy area, UHV has partnered with many school districts and local community colleges, including the Katy Independent School District, Houston Community College, Lone Star College and Wharton County Junior College. The university collaborates with the school districts and colleges to help build pathways for students to achieve a UHV bachelor’s degree.

Additionally, the university has community partnerships with many Houston area organizations, including the Katy Area Economic Development Council, the Fulshear Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, the Houston West Chamber of Commerce and the West Houston Association.

Despite the pandemic, UHV faculty and staff members remained active in the Houston area by working with organizations to continue to serve students. According to Karla DeCuir, UHV Katy senior director of enrollment management and external affairs, UHV shared graduation rates with businesses looking to open locations in West Houston. The university also remained open and accessible to students in order for them to use the internet or have a quiet location to do their work.

“The Katy Times and its readers have done a great job at highlighting the businesses, schools and organizations in the community that bring value to the culture of Katy, and we are proud to be one of those selected for this honor,” DeCuir said. “At UHV, we strive to make a positive impact in the community, and it is great knowing that the Katy family recognizes UHV as part of the community. We are proud to serve our students and community.”

Noorulain Thalho, a Katy community member, recognizes and appreciates what UHV offers. Thalho, who graduated in the fall from UHV with a Bachelor of Science in education in early childhood through sixth grade, is a paraprofessional at Travis Elementary School. Prior to becoming a student at UHV, she was working at a department store and realized she wanted a different career. With the goal of becoming a teacher, she started classes at Houston Community College and transferred in 2018 to UHV, where she received her bachelor’s degree.

Being a student wasn’t as nerve-wracking as she thought it would be. According to Thalho, faculty members were supportive and encouraged students to ask questions about education. Thalho, a single mom to a toddler, was relieved at how understanding and flexible her professors were. She was even able to bring her son to class when she couldn’t find a babysitter.

Currently, Thalho is working on passing her teacher certification exams so she can teach elementary school mathematics.

“I had such an amazing experience being a UHV student, and I am so proud to be an alumna of such a great program,” Thalho said. “The professors are great, and anyone searching for the right school would love UHV.”