Texas legislators were seeing red — literally — on Feb. 23. On that date, hundreds of Cougar faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters converged on Austin for UH System (UHS) Day at the Capitol.

Busloads of Coogs ventured from Houston to the Texas Capitol to meet with legislators and offer details on the UHS Legislative Agenda. The delegation included the Cougar Advocates for Texas (CATS) comprised of members of the UH community and representatives from UHS universities (UH, UH-Clear Lake, UH-Downtown, UH-Victoria).

CATS volunteers, including UH alumni, students and community supporters, along with the other UHS campuses met with legislators and their associates at the state Capitol to advocate key points that would help advance the UHS and the State of Texas.

CATS delegates departed campus at the crack of dawn for a daylong visit to the Capitol. Upon arrival, they headed directly to the offices of state senators and representatives, sharing the UH story and their vision for its future.

“This was a great opportunity for UH alumni and students to speak directly with legislators about the incredible things that are happening at the University,” said Jason Smith, UH System vice chancellor of governmental and community relations. “Together, we helped share the vision for the future of our University. The energy and passion of our alumni and students clearly made a positive impression on the legislature today.”