Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Congressman Al Green is Alpha Phi Alpha Founders’ Day Speaker

U.S. Congressman Al Green is the speaker for the Founders’ Day Observance of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. on December 2, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. in the Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium, Memorial Student Center at Prairie View A&M University. The members of the fraternity are commemorating the 112th Anniversary of the founding of the fraternity at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on December 4, 1906.

The program is open to the public and is being hosted by the Eta Gamma Chapter (PVAMU), Epsilon Tau Lambda (Prairie View), Pi Omicron (TAMU) and Pi Alpha Lambda (College Station) Chapters, all members of Area IX of the Fraternity.

Congressman Green was first elected to serve the people of Texas’ 9th Congressional District in Houston in 2004 and was recently elected for an eighth term in the United States House of Representatives. Green, a veteran civil rights advocate, has dedicated his life to fighting for those in society whose voices, too often, are not heard. He currently serves on the Financial Services Committee. He sits on two subcommittees: Housing and Insurance as well as Oversight and Investigations, where he holds the position of Ranking Member. Within the Democratic Party he holds the position of Assistant Whip.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Green’s family taught him the importance of positive preparation through education and righteous resistance to overcome persistent injustice. He attended Florida A&M University, Howard University, and the Tuskegee Institute. Before receiving an undergraduate degree, he enrolled in the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1973. As a law student, he earned awards in the areas of Federal Procedure and Conflicts.

After graduating from law school, Green co-founded and co-managed the law firm of Green, Wilson, Dewberry, and Fitch. In 1977, he was appointed Justice of the Peace in Harris County, Texas, where he served for 26 years before retiring in 2004. Throughout his career, Congressman Al Green has enjoyed the respect of his colleagues as well as a wide cross-section of community leaders, who have praised his legal skills, impeccable character, and ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.

For approximately ten years, Congressman Al Green served as president of the Houston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Under his leadership, the organization grew to unprecedented heights, increasing membership from a few hundred to many thousands, and the staff from one to more than ten.

Since its founding, the fraternity has provided leadership and service during the Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights Movements, and addressed social issues such as apartheid and urban housing, and other economic, cultural, and political issues affecting people of color. The fraternity’s mentoring, academic achievement and voter education programs and its relationships with the March of Dimes, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boy Scouts are priority-one for the fraternity. Some of its major programs include the Million Dollar Contribution to the National Urban League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the United Negro Scholarship Fund and its lead role in the management and construction of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the Washington Mall. Dr. King was one of the most revered brothers of the fraternity. Attorney Harry E. Johnson, Sr., the fraternity’s 31st General President serves as the President of the MLK Foundation. The fraternity is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with Mr. Mark Tillman as the General President.

The fraternity’s membership is more than two hundred thousand college trained men dispersed in more than 1,500 college and 900 alumni chapters throughout the United States, Korea, Europe and the Caribbean. Some of its prominent members are Justice Thurgood Marshall, Congressmen Emmanuel Cleaver, Al Green, William Gray, Ralph Metcalf and Charles Rangel; Ebony Publisher John H. Johnson, former PVAMU presidents Alvin I. Thomas, E. B. Evans, Charles Hines and E. B. Evans; Mayors Lee P. Brown, David Dinkins, Maynard Jackson, Frank Jackson, Raymond E. Carreathers, Jiles P. Daniels, Sr., Michael Wolfe and Ernest Morial, Texas Representatives Al Edwards, Sylvester Turner, Boris Miles and Ronal Reynolds; musicians Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie; Rhodes Scholar and Activist Paul Robeson, W. E. B. DeBois; Olympian Jesse Owens, and legendary coaches Eddie Robinson and Lenny Wilkins, to name a few.

Contact: Frederick V. Roberts – 979-221-8430 unitancommunications@yahoo.com

Saturday, November 3, 2018

VOTER ALERT: November 6, 2018 at 7AM - 7PM is the mid-year election and Waller County will conduct voting throughout the county. Voters in Prairie View Precinct 309 will vote at the Willie A. Tempton Student Center at Prairie View A&M University, L. W. Minor Street, and voters in Precinct 310 will vote at the Prairie View City Hall, 44500 Bus. Hwy. 290 East, Prairie View. We encourage you to cast your vote for the Blue Wave Vote Democratic Slate of candidates. Waller County Election Information.

The Prairie View Federal Credit Union continues its Holiday Loan promotion for its members through December 21. Members can also secure Auto Loan for new vehicles and cut their interest loans in half for refinancing of automobiles. Come join the Prairie View Federal Credit Union, the only financial organization in Prairie View, located at 704 University Drive in Prairie View. Call 936-857-4925 for information.

Sunday, November 11 is Veterans’ Day and American’s everywhere will commemorate the day with special events and programs, and also visits to the various memorial cemeteries. Sincere thanks to the men and women who served and are serving in all branches of the U.S. Military. Thank you all for your tireless and selfless dedication and sacrifices in keeping our country safe. The Prairie View Scouts Troop 1906 and Cubs Troop 338 is expected to pay their respect by placing flags on the gravesite of veterans in the Prairie View Memorial Cemetery.

The Houston FoodBank Mobile unit will return to St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Prairie View on Wednesday, November 14 and Thursday, December 20 with distribution from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church on 204 Dooley Street. There are no qualifications necessary, however, persons will have the opportunity to sign up for SNAP, Children’s Medicaid/CHIP and TANF programs. Patrons are urged to PLEASE bring bags and boxes for the free items. For other information write to smtfrancispv@sbcglobal.net or call 936-857-3272.

The Prairie View Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association, Anne Preston Unit held its monthly meeting on October 24 at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church and conducted by Andrea Bell Miller, president. Mrs. Johnie Walker, President, District 6 and former PVRTA president was on hand to witness the tribute and salute to the veterans present. More than 20 veterans participated and certificates were presented to the oldest veteran's present to include Mr. Luther V. Francis (93) and Mr. Henry P. Kemp (92). The next meeting for the PVRTA is on November 28 at St. Francis of Assisi.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ada Beal, Amy Boykin, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Loraine Kirkpatrick, Pearl Martin, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Otelia Watson and Sandra Watson.

HAPPY NOVEMBER BIRTHDAY TO: Luther V. Francis (1), Marcus O. Higgs (1), Earlene Leverett (1), Edward Martin (1), Samuel Montgomery (1), Della Miles (4), Bernice Webster (4), Linda Willis (5), Martha Bailey (6), Lasana Sirleaf (7), Travis Webster (8), Famata Freeman (9), Lillian Kirby (11), Harold Simmons (11), Barbara Dunham Gooden (13) and Carol Cummings Kellum (15).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: The 2018 Homecoming for PVAMU family is now history. The weeklong festivities was October 21-27 and included many activities for some 30K students, alumni and friends from a spirit filled Gospel Fest, Special Memorial Service, King and Queen's Ball and the Mr. & Miss Prairie View A&M University reunions, Homecoming Concert, the Stage-breakers Step Show, parade and the football game with the Panthers and the Alcorn University Braves. Unfortunately the Panthers fell to Alcorn. The tailgating area provided a great opportunity for old friends to meet and share in the festivities. One of the highlights for yours truly was chatting with alumnae Loni Love, Emmy Award winning Talk Show Host on the Real, comedienne, actress and engineer. Loni was a former student leader and activities producer during her time at Prairie View A&M University.

Danny Harvey, a finance professor and financial planning program director at the university, is aiming to change those attitudes. Harvey will be hosting “Money Matters,” a seminar highlighting the various key aspects of financial planning on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 4:00 pm, in the Willie A. Tempton, Sr., Memorial Student Center Ballroom. The event will include a panel discussion of students faculty, staff, and financial planning professionals. All are welcome to attend.

Until next week, in the words of Larry J. Sabato, “Every election is determined by the people who show up and VOTE.” Keep the news and achievements coming to prairieviewtoday@yahoo.com or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Prairie View A&M University host Homecoming 2018 Celebration

Prairie View Today take this moment to remember the passing of a Prairie View Icon and Pillar, Mr. George E. Higgs, a long-time resident, who passed on October 21, 2017. The community will forever remember Mr. Higgs and his contributions, anecdotes and reminders that Prairie View A&M University produces productive people with purpose and vision. Mr. Higgs was one of the hardest working man in Prairie View for a number of years. Higgs was the epitome of the Power of One, he believed in getting things done and doing it well! Thus his leadership skills helped him to serve as President and founder of the Prairie View Chamber of Commerce, Prairie View Athletic Club, Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association and its first Executive Director, Prairie View Local and Hempstead Alumni Club; Prairie View Retired Teachers Association, Class of 1956, Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Phi Delta Kappa; the All Faiths Chapel Advisory Board and Chairman of the Board, Manager and Treasurer of the Prairie View Federal Credit Union. He was a long-time member of Mount Corinth Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Higgs was married to Hattie Olivette Jackson (deceased) of Arkansas and that union produced two children, Cherie (Calvin Singleton) and Marcus (Amecia Smith) and three grandchildren Carlton E. and Calvin Clinton, III Singleton and Morgan Alicia Higgs.

EARLY VOTING has begun in Waller County on October 22 and runs through November 2 at the at Waller County Courthouse on 836 Austin St., Hempstead, Texas from October 22-28. During Early Voting, Voters can vote at any Location Prairie View Voters we suggest you Vote Now! Voting on October 29-31, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Willie A. Tempton Student Center, Prairie View A&M University, L. W. Minor Street and November 1-2, 2018 – 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Waller County Community Center, FM 1098 – next to Prairie View Post Office. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 – ELECTION DAY from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. as follows: PRECINCT 309: Memorial Student Center PVAMU and PRECINCT 310: Prairie View City Hall, 44500 Bus. 290. We encourage you to vote early!

The Prairie View Federal Credit Union continues its Holiday Loan promotion for its members through December 21. Members can also secure Auto Loan for new vehicles and cut their interest loans in half for refinancing of automobiles. Come join the Prairie View Federal Credit Union, the only financial organization in Prairie View, located at 704 University Drive in Prairie View. Call 936-857-4925 for information. Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ada Beal, Amy Boykin, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Pearl Martin, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Otelia Watson and Sandra Watson. Special prayers for the students, staff and faculty, and alumni and friends who will celebrate PVAMU’s Homecoming 2018.

OCTOBER BIRTHDAY CONGRATULATIONS TO: John Jacob Boyer (1), Elaine Jackson (2), Michael Munnings (3), Allen Roberts (3), Andre’ Berry (6), Glen Berry (7), Deleanor Kirkpatrick (9), Kimberley Hunter (12), Irene Davis ( 14), Lorraine Kirkpatrick ( 24), Carlita Solomon ( 24), Gloria Sandles Armstrong (25), Glenda Sandles Jones (25), Andre’ Wade (25), Anthony D. Hill (27), Alvin Coleman (27), Linda Greenleaf (27), Anthony Jones (27), Senora Webster-Sims (27), Margie Beard (29), Carl Jones (29) and Ryan Harden (30).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: The Prairie View A&M Foundation Gala held on October 13 at the Hilton Hotel in Houston on Post Oak is now history. And what a success it was? More than 500 alumni, staff, friends and guests enjoyed the festivity, with NBC’s 2’s Anchor Kahmbrell Marshall as the Host. Among those bringing greetings and saluting the guests were Mr. Roy G. Perry, Foundation Chairman and Dr. Ruth Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Simmons also expressed thanks to Mr. Perry, who also honored the newest deans to the university from the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences and the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering. Dr. Simmons became the 8th president of the university on November 9, 2017. From all account the event was a huge success and is expected to bigger and better in 2018. For information on the foundation, visit www.pvamf.org/ or call (800)707-8138.

The 2018 Homecoming for PVAMU family is in full swing. The festivities runs October 21-27 and was ushered in with a spirit filled Gospel Fest on October 21 with featured artist Gospel Singer/Songwriter/Producer and Minister Fred Hammond along with Social Media Sensation and Gospel Comedienne Miss Sherlene. Several student performers provided the opening singspiration with song and praise dancing.

The events continued on October 22 with special events around campus, to include a Special Memorial Service for the Notable Playwright, Director, Teacher and mentor Dr. Theodis Shine, former head of the Theater Program at Prairie View A&M University. Among the persons paying tribute to Shine were Dr. Lucius R. Wyatt, retired Head of the Department of Music and Theater, Dr. Dianne Jemison Pollard, Dean of the Honors College at Texas Southern University, Eileen Morris and Rachel Dickson Artistic Directors for the Ensemble Theater, Andrea Bell Miller, former student, Dr. Mark Phillips head of the Department and Dr. Danny R. Kelly, Dean of the Brailesford College of Arts and Sciences.

Special readings were provided by Dr. John L. Cornelius and Dr. Vicki Seldon from the Music Department. The King and Queen's Ball highlighting Mr. & Miss Prairie View A&M University will be on October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium. Other events include the Homecoming Concert with Boosie, Hip Hop Artist, followed by the Stage-breakers Step Show (Oct. 26), parade (Oct. 27) and the football game with the Panthers and the Alcorn University Braves on October 27 in the Blackshear Field Stadium at 2:00 PM. For information, visit: https://pvamuhc.com/schedule/#top. The City of Prairie View will join the University with vending on October 26-27 with a Vendors area on FM 1098. For information call 936-857-3711.

The Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association will hold its Fall Alumni Meeting on Friday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m. in the Alvin I. Thomas Auditorium (Administration Building). All alumni are invited to attend and to share their thoughts and reflect on thier days on the Hill. The Annual Homecoming Banquet will be in the evening at 7p.m. in the Ballroom of the Willie A. Tempton Sr. Student Center. The association will honor and recognize the Golden Anniversary Class of 1968 with special medallions. Featured entertainment for the evening will be provided by Alumnae Sonya Freeman, fresh from her off-broadway tribute to the legendary singer - Phyliss Hyman.

Until next week, in the words of Larry J. Sabato, “Every election is determined by the people who show up and VOTE.” Keep the news and achievements coming to prairieviewtoday@yahoo.com or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Baldwin is Men's Prayer Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

Dr. Rick Baldwin, associate professor of Management and Marketing in the College of Business at Prairie View A&M University, is the speaker for the Men’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on Saturday October 20, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. on 204 Dooley/200 Phillip Streets in Prairie View.

Dr. Baldwin’s undergraduate teaching course load includes Principles of Management, Small Business Management, Retail Management and the recently developed Sports, Entertainment and Event Marketing course. Baldwin also teaches a graduate course in entrepreneurship which culminates with the winning team participating at the at the OFC Innovation & Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition, a program that provides entrepreneurial opportunities and experiences to students, and helps them to look at the big picture and apply all of their conceptual & theoretical knowledge. His teaching experiences also include stints in graduate and undergraduate teaching at LeTourneau University, Concordia University and Our Lady of the Lake University.

Dr. Baldwin has more than twenty years of professional experience in the telecommunications industry with employment with SBC Corporation (AT&T) in management, marketing, auditing, industry analysis and external relations. He also had a stint in finances with the First City National Bank, Houston in Funds Management.

He has conducted scholarly and business research of Land Grant Institutions’ Impact on their Immediate Communities' Economic Development and Leadership; nonprofit Institution Accounting Internal Controls and community development efforts in Houston and surrounding communities. Additionally he has published several articles related to community development for the City of Houston and Waller County and its inclusive cities. He is the recipient of the Direct Marketing Association Fellowship and received the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and International Underwater Explorations Grant.

Baldwin previously served as the Director of the Community and Economic Development Graduate Program in the School of Architecture at university and also spend time serving as a business and economic development consultant with the Small Business Development Center.

Baldwin holds the Bachelor of Science in Business from University of Houston; Master’s in Business Administration from Amber University and the Doctorate in Business Administration, Nova Southeastern University. He holds membership in American Marketing Association and the Texas Association of Community and Economic Development.

St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church P. O. Box 246 204 Dooley200 Phillips Street Prairie View, TX 77446 936-857-3272

Saturday, September 29, 2018

PVAMU to host the 2018 Emergency Management Summit

Prairie View A&M University set to host the 2018 Emergency Management Summit on October 4, 2018 from 8am - 3pm in the Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension Bldg., 250 E.M. Norris Street, PVAMU Main Campus.

The Summit will include CPR and First Aid Certification Training by licensed professionals.

For more information, contact Bridget E. Ross, M.CD at 936) 261-5037 or email: beross@pvamu.edu.

Please check out other events at PVAMU: https://www.pvamu.edu/cahs/event/2018vegetableworkshop/?utm_source=CAHS+Master+List&utm_campaign=0157b8ced6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_06_20_08_54_COPY_03&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5cb57de5e-0157b8ced6-124145749

PVAMU Panthers showdown in Texas State Classic

The Prairie View A&M University Panthers (2-3 (1-0)) is all set to take on the Grambling State University Tigers (1-2 (1-0)) in the 70th Anniversary of the Texas State Classic on September 29, 2018. Kick-off is at 4:00 p.m. in the Texas Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

The Panthers will go into the game on high having defeated Golden Lions of the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff 62-13. Coach Eric Dooley, team and staff are all hoping to defeat the Tigers, his former team prior to coming to Prairie View A&M University in December 2017. Follow PVAMU Athletics here: https://pvpanthers.com/index.aspx The State Fair Classic is always a vibrant, dramatic contest – between the football teams and the marching bands of Grambling State University of Louisiana and Prairie View A&M University of Texas.

The classic showdown began in the 1940s and has been at Fair Park annually since the 1980s. It is considered the largest social event of the year for both schools, attracting some 65,000 fans to Dallas.

Just as exciting to watch is the halftime extravaganza, termed a battle of the bands showdown. The Grambling State Marching Band and the Prairie View A&M Marching Storm both merge jaw-dropping precision and dynamic dance moves. The result – a flashy but fantastic halftime like no other you have ever seen.

Friday, September 28, 2018

St. Francis of Assisi to celebrate its 66th Anniversary on October 7

The public is invited to the 66th Anniversary Celebration and the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 7, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the church on 204 Dooley and 200 Phillip Streets in Prairie View. The preacher and celebrant is the Rt. Reverend Philip M. Duncan, II, retired Bishop of the Diocese of Central Gulf Coast in Florida. Dinner will be served following the services. In lieu of the Traditional Blessing of the Animals in honor of the Patron Saint Francis, the church is collecting pet food and towels to be donated to the local animal shelter on October 6. Donations may be brought to the church between 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church is the second oldest church in the Prairie View Community, second only to Wyatt Chapel Baptist Church, which was founded in 1894. Incidentally, morning service for October 7 is cancelled and the public is invited to share in this experience and the feast that follows. Reverend Dr. Cynthia Engle is the Rector.

On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, residents of the City of Prairie View will join communities around the country in hosting for the National Night-Out Community Building Celebration, which will bring the neighbors out to share common interests in the welfare of the neighborhood. The FREE Event for ALL and Activities for Children runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Prairie View City Hall 44500 Bus. Hwy. 290 Prairie View, Texas 77446.

National Night Out was first established in 1984 by Matt Peskin of the National Association of Town Watch. The event brings neighbors and communities together with festivals, block parties, cookouts, parades, and various other events as common ways for communities to come together on National Night Out. The Prairie View Police department hosted its Pre-National Night-Out Community Celebration on Thursday, September 21, 2017 and from all account it was a very successful event. Members are encouraged to come out and meet your neighbors. For more information, you may contact Ms. Pamela Tisdell, (936) 857-3521, ptisdell@prairieviewtexas.gov or Veronica Hargest Sharp, (281) 723-5063, veronica.clarice@yahoo.com.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and many organizations will be hosting events to commemorate the cause recognizing survivors and encouraging women to be screened. The National Breast Cancer Foundation will honor those at every step of the breast cancer journey by sharing the story of how you or someone you love has been affected by breast cancer. Click Here to share your stories throughout the month of October on their social media platforms to encourage others facing breast cancer. We extend our profound respect to the many cancer survivors in our community and extend our sincerest sympathy to the families and friends impacted by the loss of their loved ones to the dreaded disease.

The Men of St. Francis of Assisi will hold its Men’s Prayer Breakfast on October 20 at 8:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall of the Church on 204 Dooley Street. The speaker is Dr. Rick Baldwin, associate professor in the Department of Management and Marketing at Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Baldwin’s undergraduate teaching course load includes Principles of Management, Small Business Management, Retail Management and the recently developed Sports, Entertainment and Event Marketing course. Baldwin also teaches a graduate course in entrepreneurship which culminates with the winning team participating at the at the OFC Innovation & Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition, a program that provides entrepreneurial opportunities and experiences to students, and helps them to look at the big picture and apply all of their conceptual & theoretical knowledge. Dr. Baldwin has more than twenty years of professional experience in the telecommunications industry. More recently, he served as a business development consultant helping communities and small businesses. During his tenure at Prairie View A&M University, he has been a faculty member in the College of Business, and served for six years as the Director of the Community and Economic Development Graduate Program in the PVAMU School of Architecture. All men of the community are invited to participate in the fellowship and free breakfast. Please call 936-857-3732 or write: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net to confirm attendance.

The Prairie View Federal Credit Union is gearing up for its Christmas/Holiday Loan Season on October 19- December 24. Members can receive up $2,500 in loans depending on credit rating and payment history. Members can also slash their interests rate up to 50% on refinancing their auto with the credit union. Come join the Prairie View Federal Credit Union, the only financial organization in Prairie View, located at 704 University Drive in Prairie View. Call 936-857-4925 for information.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ada Beal, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Pearl Martin, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Otelia Watson and Sandra Watson.

My special commemoration story on the 5th anniversary of the passing of Dr. Alvin I. Thomas, 3rd president of Prairie View A&M University on September 25, 2013. Dr. Thomas was regarded highly in the academic community and made significant and dynamic changes at the university during his presidency – November 11, 1966 through May 31, 1982. May his legacy and memory live on in the hearts and minds of the many persons he had the pleasure of helping to become successful.

HAPPY SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY TO: Eneisha Boykin (24), A.D. James Jr., (25), Andrea Miller (25), Michael Sams (26), Lisa Stafford (26), Phyllis Earles (27), Patricia A. Jackson (30) and Johnnie M. Smith (30). OCTOBER BIRTHDAY CONGRATULATIONS TO: Leola Springs Williams (1), Keisha N. Tompkins (2), Michael Munnings ( 3), Allen Roberts (3), Victor Stanley (4), C. Lee Turner (4), John R. Williams (5), Andre' Berry (6), Glen Berry (7), Robert Harris (8), Julia Marshall (9), Deleanor Kirkpatrick (9) and Wilma K. Peavy (9).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: Congratulations to Dr. Michael L. McFrazier on appointment as Interim Dean for the Whitlowe Green College of Education at Prairie View A&M University. McFrazier also serves as Vice President for Administration at the university.

Until next week, in the words of President Lyndon B. Johnson, "enlightened loyalty requires that each citizen take the trouble to learn about, to discuss, to think through, the crucial issues of our time. Keep the news and achievements coming to prairieviewtoday@yahoo.com or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

BISHOP PHILIP DUNCAN TO CELEBRATE ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI 66TH ANNIVERSARY

The Rt. Reverend Philip M. Duncan, II, retired Bishop of the Diocese of Central Gulf Coast in Florida will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and 66th Anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Prairie View on Sunday, October 7 at 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to the service which will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.

St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church began as a mission church with the Diocese of Texas in September 1952 and became a full Parish on February of 1992. Reverend Cynthia Engle is the Rector.

Bishop Duncan was consecrated May 12, 2001 as the 3rd Bishop of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast. He previously served as Dean and Rector of Saint Matthew’s Cathedral in Dallas (1993- 2001); rector of St. John’s Church, Clearwater, Florida (1972-1993) and curate of Christ Church, Ridgewood, New Jersey, (1970-1972). He joined the Diocese of Texas in 2015 and is assigned to the Austin Office.

Bishop Duncan holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio; a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Master of Divinity degrees from the General Theological Seminary in New York City and Doctor of Ministry in evangelism from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. He was honored with the Doctor of Divinity degrees from the General Theological Seminary, the University of the South, and Virginia Theological Seminary.

For sixteen years he has been a reader, chaplain, and a member of the General Board of Examining Chaplains; serves on the Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations, representing the Episcopal Church in ecumenical dialogues with the United Methodist Church; serves on various hospital, seminary and University boards; served on the Committee for the Armed Forces for the Episcopal Church; is an associate of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, a religious order for men focusing on spirituality; and a member of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. In the Diocese of Dallas and Southwest Florida he was a deputy and an alternate to General Convention; member and president of the Board of Pinellas County Comprehensive Addiction Services, Florida; was a member of the board of directors of The Children’s Foundation of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, Thanksgiving Square (an interfaith gathering), and the East Dallas Community Organization.

Bishop Duncan and his loving wife of forty-six year, Kathlyn Anne Cowie (Kathy), a registered nurse and school nurse teacher, are the proud parents of two sons, Andrew Gray and Ian James.

St. Francis will also host a Fish Fry Dinner on September 27 at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church for $10.00 and includes two vegetables and dessert. Patrons may be dine in or take-out the dinner.

For information on other programs, visit: http://stfrancispv.wixsite.com/stfrancisprairieview.

Remembering President Alvin I. Thomas

Today, September 25 marks the 5th Anniversary of the passing of Dr. Alvin I. Thomas, president emeritus of Prairie View A&M University. It was on this day in 2013 that the angels came and took him to heaven and the people in the village shouted “the chief has left the village!” Dr. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence P. Thomas and Lillian Gilbert Thomas, a brother, Talmadge J. Thomas, and a sister Sr. Mary Francine (N. E. Grace M. Thomas).

He was born on September 7, 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana and attended elementary school at Holy Ghost Catholic School and Corpus Christi Catholic School. He attended New Orleans’ public middle and high school at Tommy LaFon and graduated from McDonald No. 35 Public School.

Thoma began college career at Xavier University of New Orleans for two years prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army to serve his country in World War II. During war he served in the United States, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany, the Philippines and Korea. After his honorable discharge from the Army he enrolled at Kansas State College, where he received the Bachelors and Masters Degree. While at Kansas State College, he was elected to Honor Society in Mathematics, Honor Society in Physics, and Epsilon Pi Tau Honor Society in Technology. He later enrolled at Pennsylvania State University, and then Ohio State University where he received his Ph.D. degree 1957. As a youth, Dr. Thomas was an active member of Boy Scout Troop 134 in New Orleans, LA. He continued his interest and financial support of the Boy Scouts Program until his death.

Thomas joined the University faculty in February 1949. He was promoted to Director of the Technology Division, Dean of a College of Industrial Education and Technology and then appointed President of the University on November 22, 1966. Early in his administration, with the approval of The Texas A&M University System Regents, through his visionary leadership he established a Centennial Council and engaged some 100 professionals from academia, business, clergy and government to chart the course for the university with a 1970-1980 long range Development Plan to guide the university into first class recognition. Meetings were conducted at strategic geographical areas throughout the State of Texas. These meetings included community leaders, alumni, business leaders, grass roots, citizens, students, etc. The outcome of the council work was an exhaustive long-range plan which still impacts the growth of the University. Incidentally, part of that plan was the incorporation of the City of Prairie View in 1969, an outgrowth of the Community Chess, the forerunner for citizens involvement.

As an outgrowth of this plan and its recommendations, the Texas State Legislature changed the name of the institution to Prairie View A&M University and its status as an independent unit of the Texas A&M University was reconfirmed, effective August 15, 1973. The plan also led to a major campus renovation and construction program which included the purchase of the nine-story Hermann building in the Texas Medical Center, which was renovated for the Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing. His political prowess manifested itself through his relationship and knowledge of working with the legislature with increased political capital for support of Prairie View A&M University and gaining its rightful part of the Permanent University Fund, enjoyed more today by his successors. Part of his new vision was the establishment of the the Law and Medical Schools and several Doctoral degrees at Prairie View A&M University under the Office of Civil Rights agreement with the Federal Government by the State of Texas in the Target 2000 Plan for removing dejure segregation in higher education. While he did not achieve a medical or law school, his legacy lives on. The long range plan also led to tremendous changes in curricula, student services, facilities, degrees, the Cooperative Extension Program and the Agricultural Research Center, including the International Dairy Goat Center, the first of its kind in the nation.

Dr. Thomas believed that the primary purpose of Prairie View A&M University was the creation of human capital, with ethical and moral values, cultural literacy, professional and technical knowledge, skills and leadership characteristics to enable self-sufficiency, and to preserve and strengthen our democracy and our free enterprise system.

This philosophy led to the creation of numerous undergraduate and graduate degrees during his administration. The university’s enrollment also increased more that 30%. The number of graduates increased from 605 in 1966 to 1135 in 1982. He was especially proud of the establishment of the Navy ROTC Program, the first and only Navy ROTC unit at a historically Black university. During his administration, the Prairie View Naval ROTC commissioned more African-American Naval Officers than any other university, other than the Naval Academy. Also during his tenure, the number of Army ROTC officers commissioned rose from 25 per year to almost 100 per year. It was from this background in November 1973, that Dr. Thomas developed the slogan: “Prairie View Produces Productive People.”

From 1966 to 1982, twenty-one new honor societies were established in academic areas throughout the University. In 1969, Dr. Thomas commissioned a group and established chapters of the social fraternities and sororities of the National Pan Hellenic Council, including Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Iota Phi Theta, along with the installation of the undergraduate Pan Hellenic Council. Prior to this time, the students formed social clubs which was the beginning of these organizations. In 1969, Prairie View A&M University purchased a franchise in the Miss Texas/Miss America Scholarship Pageant, the only historically Black university to provide its students with this opportunity. Many innovative college and pre-college programs were established from 1966 to 1982. Among these were the Junior Fellow/Senior Fellow Residence Hall Programs, Student Honor Roll Banquet, the University Without Walls, the Weekend College for adult students, Experiment-in-Living, Engineering Concepts Institute, Minority Introductions to Engineering (MITE), Premedical Concepts Institute, Operation Success, Operation Vanguard, Project Pride, Century II Book Review, and the Pride of Prairie View Club to build self-esteem and empower young women, etc. Additionally, his personable approach to management led to the creation of the monthly faculty and staff recognition program and monthly birthday parties for the students.

From 1982-1983, Dr. Thomas served as Executive Vice-President for Development and in 1983, he became Director, Houston Nursing Facility. He retired from active service with the University in August 1992. The University established, and he maintained the Office of President-Emeritus in the Prairie View A&M University, College of Nursing Center in the Texas Medical Center.

Dr. Thomas’ altruism extended to the community through his services on many boards and programs including as a consultant to Dow Chemical Company, Litton Industries, and Westinghouse Management Service. He served as a member of the White House Conference on Children and Youth, the Governor’s Commission on Rural Development, and was active on many committees and councils of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. He was also a leader in the incorporation of the City of Prairie View in 1968-69. He also founded and directed the Carver Institute African American Think Thank in 1990 and helped to form the Liberia Cutting Group, Inc. in 2008. He worked in Liberia, West Africa and helped to restructure the Booker T. Washington Technical Institute at Kakata, Liberia, established in 1926 by the Phelp Stokes Fund. He was a member of President George H.W. Bush’s delegation to observe the election in Namibia, South Africa. In 1973, he established the Prairie View-Bahamas Friendship Scholarship Program to commemorate the independence of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, which resulted in some 300 students receiving degrees from Prairie View A&M University.

In 1974, Dr. Thomas was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Houston Branch). He served as Chairman of the Board from 1977-1979.

To commemorate the Centennial Anniversary of the University, Dr. Thomas established the Centennial Council and organized the university’s first Capital Campaign culminating with the Centennial Endowment Banquet in 1978, in Houston, Texas. Dr. Thomas is a recipient of many honors including the Epsilon Pi Tau Laureate Citation for Administrative Leadership; Distinguished Alumni Award from Kansas State College; Holt Fellow, Yale University; Distinguished Alumni Award, Ohio State University; Outstanding Educational Service Medal by The Republic of Liberia; the Eagle Scout Award, the Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award from the Texas San Jacinto Council of the Boy Scouts of America Houston; the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, the second highest civilian given by the U.S. Army; and the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the highest civilian award given by the U.S. Department of the Army. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha and Sigma Pi Phi (Nu Boule).

By action of the Board of Regents, The Texas A&M University System, Dr. Thomas was given the permanent title of President-Emeritus in April 1983. In December 2002, in recognition of his services to Prairie View A&M University, the Board of Regents named the University Administration Building the Alvin I. Thomas Building.

Dr. Thomas is survived by his loving and devoted wife Clarissa Gamble Thomas; Iris Butler Thomas, the mother of his four children: - sons, Kenneth C. Thomas and Michael D. Thomas (Lark McCarthy); and daughters, Janet M. Thomas and Julie E. Thomas; his sister Joyce Thomas Mouton, brother Henry James Thomas (Sadie), and brother Aldon A. Thomas (Barbara). Other relatives include a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. His surviving extended family includes, Mary Bush Johnson, Rosie L. Matlock and Frederick V. Roberts Esquire; and his church family at St. Mary of the Purification Church, Rosedale at Ennis.

Dr. Thomas was funeralized on October 5 at the St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church on 3006 Rosedale Street and is entombed at All Saints Mausoleum, Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124.

Friends of may continue his legacy of service and academic achievement with contributions to the Dr. Alvin I. Thomas Memorial Endowment at Prairie View A&M University, Office of Development, P.O. Box: 519 M.S. 1200, Prairie View, TX 77446 . For information call (936) 261-1550 or email: development@pvamu.edu.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Darryl King is Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

Mr. Darryl King, Co-founder and CEO, of the Principle Partnering Group, LLC. (PPG) is the featured speaker for the Men’s Prayer Breakfast on September 15 at 8:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall of the Church on 204 Dooley Street.All men of the community are invited to participate in the fellowship and free breakfast. For information, call 936-857-3732 or write: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net and to confirm attendance.

Mr. King leads and directs PPG’s activities in all aspects of vision casting, program development and optimum resource delegation. The firm is a premiere management consulting organization with an unsurpassed track record in helping companies of all sizes establish, manage, and maintain successful business-to-business collaborations. The firm offers objective solutions, effective project management, and strategic support services across all business segments.

PPG currently serves as the Program Advisor for Parsons Transportation in support of the METRO Light Rail Project. Mr. King conducts program oversight as he leads the PPG team toward successful implementation of program policies and procedures for the METRO Solutions 2 LRT Project’s SBE/DBE Program in support of the Prime Contractor’s, Parsons Transportation Group, SBE/DBE management team. Together, PPG and the Parsons team work collaboratively such that all stakeholders are informed about the progress of the METRO Solutions 2 LRT Project’s SBE/DBE program. As the CEO of The Principle Partnering Group, Mr. King ensures that resources are in place such that PPG serves as a liaison between the Prime Contractor and the actual and potential sub-contractors in establishing and monitoring performance in pursuit of the SBE/DBE objectives. Mr. King has strategically recruited and acquired a professional team of leaders and specialists to ensure the development and implementation of outreach, 49 CFR, Part 26 compliance, monitoring, reporting, and workforce training plans designed to assist in attaining the overall METRO Solutions 2 LRT Project SBE/DBE goals.

Darryl King has more than 35 years of experience in successful business strategies, intentional community involvement and profitable business partnerships. Mr. King has quietly and consistently worked to open doors of opportunity for numerous businesses and organizations throughout the Houston metropolitan area. His efforts have not gone unrecognized as he was appointed and effectively positioned on statewide boards, as well as positions of local leadership, over the past 25 years.

Mr. King is as an advocate for the economically disadvantaged and minority communities. He is a specialist in outreach to African American businesses, churches, community and neighborhood organizations in the Houston metropolitan area. Mr. King has served as Chairman of the Houston Area Urban League, Greater Houston Area Hotel & Motel Association Board Member, Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau Board Secretary, Board Vice-Chairman and Board Chairman, Foxshire Development Board Chairman, Houston Superbowl XXXVIII Host Committee, former mayor-appointed Houston Clean Commission Commissioner, and former- governor appointed Coastal Water Authority Board Member.

St. Francis of Assisi will also host the Houston Foodbank/Kraft Mobile Food distribution at the church on 204 Dooley Street on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The free fruits and vegetables distribution is available to anyone in need in Waller County Area. No qualifications required. Patrons are asked to bring bags, boxes or carts to carry the food items. Persons will be also able to sign up for other social services, i.e. SNAPS. Please share this information with persons you feel may benefit from this service. Additionally, the church will host its Pearl's Pantry Fish Fry on September 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for $10.00. Dinner include vegetables and dessert.

Members of the community are also invited to attend the weekly Bible Study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship service at 11:00 a.m.