Monday, December 4, 2017

Prairie View Icon - Dr. John Williams passes

Dr. John H. Williams, Jr., departed this life on November 24, 2017. A Christian MemorialServices are set for December 4 at 11:00 a.m. at St' Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 800 Fm 1488, Hempstead, Texas 77445. Burial for Dr. Williams will be in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Dr. Williams was born in Houston, Texas on December 5, 1921 to John H. Williams, Sr. and Barbara Roquemore Williams, the first of three children, he was preceded in death by his father, mother and sisters, Ellie (Sue) Mathis and Dr. Hortense W. Dixon, his devoted wife, Thelma E. P. Williams, of 63 years, and his daughter, Johnetta O. Williams. He is survived by two daughters and one son, Barbara W. Pitts, Christal B. Pradia, John H. Williams, III, four grandsons, Lloyd, III, John, IV, Jason, Joseph, and one great-grandson, Jayden.

He graduated from Hempstead Public Schools. He did his undergraduate work and his Master’s Degree at Prairie View A&M University, and began his professional career as a teacher and coach in Brookshire, Texas, and later became high school principal in Cameron, Texas. He entered the University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland during the summer of 1955 as the first minority in the graduate school to pursue his terminal degree (Ph.D.).

He left Texas in 1958 to accept an appointment to the Washington, D.C. Unemployment Compensation Board, recommended by Senator Lyndon B. Johnson. He later worked with the Washington, D.C. public schools, serving as a teacher for delinquent children, a counselor and assistant principal. He did additional post-graduate study at D.C. Teachers College and George Washington University. He was requested by Attorney General Robert Kennedy to serve on a task force to do research at Bank Street College in New York, N.Y. on curriculum development for integrating schools. In 1967, he left the public schools to enter the Federal Government as the first Employment Policy Officer for Federal Housing Administration developing employment policies for hiring minorities. After a merger of FHA and Housing and Urban Development, he became Deputy Director of Special Personnel Programs at HUD, until asked to go to Indiana and assist in organizing the HUD Indiana State Area Office as the first Director of Administration.

During this time, he served on a White House assignment by President Lyndon Johnson to develop recruitment policy for minority college graduates to enter Federal Service. He served on the Parade Review Committee for the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter and President J.F. Kennedy’s Committee for Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency, and was listed in Who’s Who in government.

During his tour of duty in Indiana, he was awarded his terminal degree at the University of Indiana. He remained in Indiana for three years, and returned to the staff of Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity as a Fair Housing Examiner until retirement.

He returned to his native state of Texas in 1980 and became involved in investigation of abused and neglected children. In 1981, he began the development of the first juvenile program in Waller County, Texas which was started with one person and a budget of $15,756 and grew to a staff of 16 and a budget of near $300,000, as Director of that program. Later, he retired to become President of Williams and Williams Consultant firm.

He has been active in the Urban League, N.A.A.C.P. and served on the statewide select committee to remove children from adult jails in Texas for the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission. He is a Phi Beta Kappa, a member of the American Society for Public Administration and the National Citizen Participation Council. He is a veteran of WWII, a member and past chairman of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board for G.G.A.C. and severed as Vice Chairman for the Statewide Advisory Board for Texas Commission for Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He also served as a member of the University Teachers Center Educational Council at Prairie View A&M University and member of the Local Board of the Selective Service Board for the Texas Region IV for four years.!/Obituary

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Former Spelman Prexy Cole is PVAMU Commencement Speaker

Commencement day is one of the most important days in the life of the college graduate and one to be remembered for a lifetime. What makes it more memorable if you can be inspired from the speaker who is noteworthy or with a short and lively speech.

Well the graduating class of Prairie View A&M University will get that opportunity when Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole will deliver the keynote address at the University’s 25th Fall Commencement on for December 16.

Dr. Cole, anthropologist, educator and museum director, made history in 1987 when she was named the president of Spelman College, the first African American woman to lead the country’s oldest historically black women’s university. During her tenure at the college, she was credited with increasing enrollment, spearheading a highly successful $113 million capital campaign and raising the national academic profile of Spelman. “Johnnetta Cole has inspired legions of students who see in her example the possibility of making a meaningful contribution while holding true to one’s values. Widely admired throughout the world, she is an outstanding model for our students,” said Ruth Simmons, president-elect of Prairie View A&M University.

Coming straight out of Jacksonville, Florida, Cole entered Fisk University at age 15 to pursue her college degree. After early admission to that university, Cole transferred to and graduated from Oberlin College in 1957. After earning her master’s and doctorate degrees in anthropology from Northwestern University, she held teaching positions at several universities including Washington State University; the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; and Hunter College where she was a professor of anthropology and director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.

Cole completed a decade of services at Spelman and left that post to teach at Emory University. She soon left there when the call came to become president of Bennett College where she led another successful capital campaign. Most recently, Dr. Cole has served with distinction as director of the National Museum of African Art. Johnnetta Cole has received numerous honors over her storied career, including becoming the first woman elected to serve on the board of Coca-Cola Enterprises, the first African-American chair of the board of United Way of America and the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees to name a few.

Cole also provided service in the governmental sector when she was appointed by President-elect Bill Clinton's transition team for education, labor, the arts and humanities in 1992. He also considered her for the Cabinet post of Secretary of Education. But when The Jewish Daily Forward reported that she had been a member of the national committee of the Venceremos Brigades, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation had tied to Cuban intelligence forces, Clinton did not advance her nomination.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the William “Billy” J. Nicks Sr., Building. Tickets are required for admission. For those unable to attend, a live webcast will be available on the PVAMU website.

Designated an institution of “the first class” in the Texas Constitution, Prairie View A&M University is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. With an established reputation for producing engineers, nurses, and educators, PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degree programs through seven colleges and the School of Architecture.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Dr. Ruth Simmons is sole Finalist as PVAMU Prexy

COLLEGE STATION, Texas –The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has named Ruth J. Simmons as the sole finalist for the position of President of Prairie View A&M University.

Simmons has served as Interim President of Prairie View A&M since July.

“After briefly serving as Interim President of Prairie View A&M University, Dr. Ruth J. Simmons has consented to continue her distinguished career as President. The Board of Regents is pleased to name Dr. Simmons as the sole finalist for the position. She will formally become the eighth President of Prairie View A&M University at the next Board of Regents’ meeting. The Board believes that her appointment represents a continuing commitment to Prairie View A&M University as a member of the Texas A&M University System,” said Charles Schwartz, Chairman of the Board of Regents.

“I knew Dr. Simmons was the right fit to lead Prairie View when we asked her to serve as Interim President,” said Chancellor John Sharp. “I am so excited by the prospect of President Simmons serving our campus for the long-term.”

Simmons is a pioneer in the field of higher education, having the distinction of being the first African American to lead an Ivy League institution. Her impressive background in higher education includes serving as the President of Brown University from July 2001 to June 2012.

Prior to joining Brown University, Simmons served as President of Smith College, where she started the first engineering program at a U.S. women’s college. Simmons held various positions of increasing responsibility including service as Vice Provost of Princeton University and as Provost of Spelman College; Associate Dean of the Faculty, Princeton University; Assistant Dean and then Associate Dean, University of Southern California; Acting Director of International Programs, California State University – Northridge; Admissions Officer, Radcliffe College and Instructor in French, George Washington University and Interpreter – Language Services Division, U.S. Department of State.

Additionally, Simmons has been appointed to several national boards including: Chairwoman of Advisory Board for 10,000 Women Initiative at The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.; Chair of the Holdsworth Center Board; member of the Board of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts; Independent Director of Square, Inc.; Independent Director of Mondelez International, Inc. and an Independent Director at FCA US LLC. She is a Non-Executive Director of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. ; and a member of the Council at National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Simmons is currently a member of the Board at Rice University. She formerly served on the Board of Princeton University and is a former Trustee for Howard University. She is a Fellow Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Simmons received a Bachelor of Arts in French from Dillard University in 1967 and a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. Simmons holds more than 40 honorary degrees and is chevalier of the French Legion of Honor.

Under state law, university governing boards must name finalists for president at least 21 days before making an appointment. The Board of Regents will meet again to make the appointment. Simmons is expected to be ready to officially start in her new position immediately at that time.

About The Texas A&M University System The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.55 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 148,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $972 million in FY 2016 and helped drive the state’s economy.

Contact: Laylan Copelin Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications (979) 458-6425 (512) 289-2782 cell

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pastor David L. Charleston is Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

Pastor David Charleston is the speaker for the Men’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on October 21 at 8:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall of the Church on 204 Dooley Street. of the Immanuel Baptist Church is the speaker. All men of the community are invited to participate in the fellowship and free breakfast. Please call 936-857-3732 or write:

Pastor David is a 1974 graduate of Waller High School and attended Prairie View A&M University. He later graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. He also was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army at University of Texas at Austin in 1980.

Charleston’s military tour of duty included stints as an Air Defense Operations Officer, at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, Republic of South Korea, and Fort Riley, Kansas. During his tenure he received the Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal and the Army Commendation medal with Oak Leaf cluster. In 1984, he was honorably discharged as a Captain.

Following his military career Pastor Charleston taught in the Hempstead and Waller Independent School Districts from 1985-1987. In 1987 began another career with the US Postal Service as a Rural Mail Carrier.

Pastor David received spiritual enrichment through Mount Corinth Baptist Church in Hempstead under Rev. J.R. Hicks and the Second Corinth Baptist Church, Hempstead under Rev. Cube Charleston. He accepted his calling into the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 1998.

During his childhood David was active in sports and scouting. He also enjoys music, golf and is a keyboardist and vocalist. He was member of the PVAMU marching band back in the day.

David is married to Donna Charleston and have three children and six grandchildren. He is the Founding Pastor of The Immanuel Church at Prairie View which began in 2001. Additionally, he serves as the vice-president of the Waller Ministerial Alliance and is the President of the Minister’s Conference of the Old Landmark Baptist District Association and Auxiliaries of Texas.

Members of the community are also encouraged to come out and support the Houston FoodBank Mobile Unit which will be at the St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on October 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church on 204 Dooley Street in Prairie View. There are no qualifications necessary, and persons may sign up for SNAP, Children’s Medicaid/CHIP and TANF programs. Patrons must be present and signed to receive the food.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Reverend David James is Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

The Reverend David James is the speaker for the Men’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on June 17, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall of the Church on 204 Dooley Street. The breakfast is open to all of men of the community and those attending are asked to call 936-857-3272 or email:

Reverend James is a native of Guyana and have been involved in music ministry from the age of 13, accepted Jesus Christ as my savior at the age of 16, and was baptized at the age of 17. He and his wife Sylvia moved to the United States in 1976 to attend Prairie View A&M University.

For the past 20 years he has been employed with the City of Houston as a Public Health Investigator. His role in the public health department opened his eyes and ears to people with emotional needs and various kinds of harmful and recurring addictions that only the power of God could heal. As a result he and his wife are co-founders of the Joy Prison Ministry, servicing 2 prisons (Jester3 in Richmond and Pam Lychner in Atascocita) and the River of Life Evangelistic Outreach.

For the past ten years, he has served as a pastor of two ministries in Columbus. His religious affiliations include memberships with the Church of The Nazarene, the Christian Brethren Church, Full Gospel Church, Church Of God In Christ, United Methodist, Assembly of God, Southern Baptist, some non-denominational churches. He and his wife have also worked with other churches and ministries including Youth for Christ, Youth with a Mission, Lutheran, AME, Apostolic, Adventists, Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and Elim churches. They are not “church hoppers”, but they look beyond denominational boundaries and offer their services to churches and ministries that are in need of such.

In addition to his preaching and teaching the word of God, Reverend James has produced a Christian music album (O What A Feeling) and have authored 2 books (12 Never-mentioned Steps to Discipleship and Love is the True Foundation of the Gospel) based on our myriad of experiences in the ministry coupled with a clearer understand of the word of God.

James holds the Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Prairie View A&M University and the Biblical Ministry degree from Midwest Full Gospel Bible Institute and he is an ordained Minister of the Gospel by the Full Gospel Evangelistic Association.

Reverend James his wife Sylvia have 4 children to include Ruth, David Jr., Gloria and Justine, who are all professionals in their own right.

Members of the community are also encouraged to come out and support the Houston FoodBank Mobile Unit which will be at the St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on June 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church on 204 Dooley Street in Prairie View. There are no qualifications necessary, and persons may sign up for SNAP, Children’s Medicaid/CHIP and TANF programs. Patrons must be present and signed to receive the food.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

CASA Representatives to present at Men's Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi

The Men’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, set for August 19, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall of the Church on 204 Dooley Street will feature representatives of CASA for Kids of South Central Texas,or Court Appointed Special Advocate®, a non-profit organization.

The breakfast is open to all of men of the community and those attending are asked to call 936-857-3272 or email:

CASA provides valuable volunteer advocacy for every abused child in the Waller County area. CASA volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” for the judge in child welfare cases. This includes researching each child’s situation and making objective recommendations to help them reclaim their childhoods from abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are frequently the only stable presence in these children’s lives as they navigate the foster care system.

The CASA community in Texas is made up of 71 local CASA programs with over 9,100 volunteers serving nearly 28,000 foster children in 213 counties. CASA's – Court Appointed Special Advocates – are just like you and me, and are volunteers trained to speak up for these children.

The representatives include Walter Smith, member of the Board of Directors, Ms. Deanna Warmke, Executive Director and Ms. Tracy Sebesta, Advocate Supervisor.

Walter Smith has resided in Prairie View on FM 1488 since 2012. He is a 1975 graduate of Rice University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He is the founder and owner of ArborLeaf Engineering & Surveying, a professional engineering firm in Tomball, and has practiced civil engineering and land surveying both public and private sectors, for 42 years. Walter is the father of 7 children and grandfather of 15, with number 16 due in September. Since November of 2016, he has served on the Board of Directors of CASA for Kids of South Central Texas, and feels strongly that there needs to be a voice for those children who cannot speak for themselves.
The other speaker is Deanna Warmke was born and raised in Bellville. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1996. Deanna serves as the Executive Director of CASA for Kids, beginning that position in April 2016. Helping others has always been in her nature, but being a mom makes this role a real passion – helping make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children who need a voice. She says, “A great joy is the people that you meet along the way. You get to see the true spirit of some amazing people that give their time, money, resources, and most of all, their heart to help these children!”

Deanna now resides in Bleiblerville with her husband and their two children. Her daughter is entering high school and her son is going into 8th grade. They keep her running with sports and show pigs. They also own a collision repair facility which they operate next to their home.

Members of the community are also encouraged to come out and support the Houston FoodBank Kraft Mobile Unit which will be at the St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on August 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church on 204 Dooley Street in Prairie View. There are no qualifications necessary, and persons may sign up for SNAP, Children’s Medicaid/CHIP and TANF programs. Patrons must be present and signed to receive the food. Patrons are urged to PLEASE bring bags and boxes for the items. For information and future schedules, contact - or call 936-857-3272.

The community members are also invited to fellowship with us in our Bible Study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship service at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

PVAMU Alumnus Col. Antoinette Gant named Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District

Col. Antoinette Gant assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, on July 27, 2017, where she provides strategic direction, command and control for the district in execution of civil, military and environmental programs.

A native of Port Gibson, Mississippi, Col. Gant graduated from Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and a commission in the Engineer Regiment. She holds a Master of Science in engineer management from Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri, and a Master of Science in national resource strategy from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Washington, DC. Col. Gant is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (initiated at Zeta Gamma) and the Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association. Read More

Saturday, July 29, 2017

PVAMU National Alumni Convention is a Success

The 43rd Annual Convention of the Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association is now history. The event held July 19-23, kicked off with the meeting of the board of directors at the Houston Hilton Hotel. On July 20, the members hosted a general session and received reports from the several chapters and an update from Roy G. Perry, Board Chairman for the Prairie View A&M Foundation. Perry thanked the members for their support and encouraged them to continue supporting the foundation for the Athletic Complex still had to be paid for.

July 21 was Panther’s on the Hill Day at the university. In the general session, members were welcomed to the campus by Interim President Ruth S. Simmons who shared her vision for the university during her remarks and greetings. Among the welcomed statements from Dr. Simmons were the plan to have a president’s home built at the university and her stance on academic excellence and support of the students. Simmons concluded her remarks by stating, "I am grateful for this opportunity to serve my brother’s alma mater and for the opportunity to assist with the exceptional work that goes on here every day. I look forward to working with all of you to tell the story of this great institution in a new and exciting way.

Dr. Corey Bradford, Vice President for Business Affairs and CFO reported on the progress at the university and plans for new constructions in the coming years. Dr. Felecia Nave, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs reported on the state of affairs and afforded several deans the opportunity to report on activities in the various colleges.

The Panther Luncheon followed and featured Mr. Johnnie Jones as the speaker. Among the special guests attending the luncheon were Dr. Beverly Ledbetter, Vice President and General Counsel at Brown University and friend of Dr. Simmons; members of the Class of 1944 –Anne Walker (Columbus, Ohio), Fanny Burt (Austin, Texas) and Jennie Burnett Alsobrooks (Gary, Indiana). The Houston Alumni Chapter also hosted a Bowling Outing for the Senior Alumni versus the Young Alumni at the Bowling lanes on campus. Later in the night, the Alumni Dance and social was held at the Hotel.

July 22 began with the Alumni Memorial Breakfast and featured Reverend Dr. Michael Prince as the speaker. The traditional Golf Tournament was also held at the Long Point Golf Course with some 40 golfers competing for prizes.

From all account the special Alumni Book & Author Showcase was a success. Three alumni – namely – Blake Simon, Sterling Mark and Mama Goose(nee Mary Ann Palmer) shared their writings and fielded questions. Papa Goose (nee Michael Spring) also shared his knowledge of publishing. The event will be planned for future events.

The convention closed on July 22 with the awards presentation. Several Chapter received awards for their overall contributions to the association. The Development Office of PVAMU also presented awards to alumni who contributed to the PVAMU Marching Storm Band's participation in the 2017 Macey’s Day Parade in November.

Mr. Carl Young received the service award for his tenure as president for the past four years.

The new officers introduced were Kimberly Runnels, President, Charlotte Huggins, Vice President, Beverly Williams-Hatchett, Secretary, Raymond Holley, Treasurer, Tania Evans-White, Chaplain and Frederick Roberts, Parliamentarian. Plans are underway for the 2018 convention. For information visit: or call 936-857-5817.

The countdown is on for the ‘Red Hot Summer’s Night in August’ and the 11th Annual Red & White Fireman’s Ball on August 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Willie A. Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Ballroom at Prairie View A&M University. County Administrative Assistants are being honored and a reception will be held at 6:30 pm prior to the event. The event is open to the public, with tickets priced at $40.00. Table sponsorships are available. Monetary donations and Items for the Silent Auction are welcome. For additional questions, please contact Belinda Lewis at

The members of St. Francis of Assisi will launch its Pearl’s Pantry on August 10 with a Fish Fry Dinner for 10.00. The dinner will include two vegetables and dessert. Dinner is served at 11:00 a.m. to about 1:00 p.m. in the church’s Parish Hall on 204 Dooley Street in Prairie View. Future dates include: September 14 – Bar-B-Que; October 12 – Spaghetti; November 9 – Turkey/Ham; and December 7 – Waffles/Chicken Brunch. For information contact the church at 936-857-3272.

St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church will close out its 8th Annual Vacation Bible School and 10th Annual Arts/Hand Bell Camp on Friday, July 28 with a special event Grow and Glow with Jesus, featuring the children in the program, at the church on 204 Dooley Street. The program, cosponsored with the First United Methodist Church, featured songs with Mrs. Christine and Dr. Lucius Wyatt and devotions with Rev. Dewayne Thompson, Rev. Frederick Ragston, Rev. Katy Ware, Rev. Clarence Talley and Rev. John Brandt.

The children were involved in biblical lessons expressing God’s love and power of being incredible, faithful and invincible, arts and craft themed with snacks to emphasize the lessons learned. The evening sessions allowed the children to participate dramatics and Bell training, conducted by Dr. Vicki Seldon, music professor at PVAMU. Daily lunch was provided by the Episcopal Church Women (Helen S. Boyer, Jimmie Poindexter and Carla Whittaker) and First United Methodist of Prairie View (Katherine Reed, LaChaundra Reed and Risha Reed). Mrs. Madolyn Reed is the coordinator. The lead instructors were Lisa Stafford, LaChaundra Reed, Jokeisha Campbell, Corliss Ondijo and Seab Smith; arts and crafts Katy Johnson and Pamelyn Reed; chaperones and assistants were high school students from 3D Mathematics Academy.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ada Beal, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, the Clifton Gilliard Family, the John Hayes Family, the Family of Evelyn Jones, Jerry Kellum, Edward and Pearl Martin, Katherine Reed and Family, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Otelia Watson and Sandra Watson. May God’s peace be with you!

HAPPY JULY BIRTHDAY TO: Frank D. Jackson (25), Paris Kincade (25), Jerry Ladig (25), Jewellean Mangaroo (25), Carol Campbell (26), Charleston Hardy (26), Rose M. Jackson (26), Isis McCraw (26), Gloria Thompson (26), Jadyn Smith (26), Renee Calloway (27), Marcus Lane (27), Robert Woodard (27), Ashlee Davies (29), Debra Dungey (29), Mary S. Hawkins (30), Robert Hall (31) and Tommy Washington (31). HAPPY JULY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TO: Rick and Gloria Richardson (31). HAPPY AUGUST BIRTHDAY TO: George E. Brown (1), Harold Bonner (1), Gwendolyn Grossman (1), Cathy Harris (3), Barak Obama (4) and Nita Chirlow (5). HAPPY AUGUST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TO: Henry & Nicole Rose (4).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: Tonight, July 27, Prairie View A&M University will close out Summer Outdoor Concert Series at 7:00 pm in the Hollands and Gaines Park featuring the 6 Minutes to Sunrise (R&B and Hip Hop). The Free series, sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement is opened to the public. For information on other programs call 936-261-1340.

The staff of the John B. Coleman Library at Prairie View A&M University presents to Campus Community Outreach Program on Genealogy Pedigree Research Day where you can trace your genealogy for free on Friday July 28, 2017, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the Public Event’s Room 108 and Computer Lab Room 210B. The speakers are Ms. Kimberly M. Gay & Ms. Raquel Williams, Academic Librarians and Genealogy Researchers, respectively. Free Door Prizes and Give-a-ways and Reception immediately following program.

Until next week, in the words of Nelson Mandela, "After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb, and I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities and commitment." Keep the news and achievements coming to or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Mama Goose in Book Concert at Newman Castle in Bellville

Mama Goose will make a special appearance with her Book Concerts for children and the young at heart at Newman’s Castle, a one-of-a-kind custom creation hidden just outside of Bellville in the rolling countryside. If you love great stories and inspiring songs come and see her at the Castle on 504 E Main Street July 18 at 1:00 p.m.

Mama Goose wants to make people happy and her appearance at the Castle will certainly thrill her audience as she reads and sings from her first book: Reading and Rhyming with Mama Goose (a collection of nursery rhymes that reflect the charm and beauty of the American culture). Other readings will come from Sammy Please Behave (a hilarious depiction of a seven year old who has a ball spoiling his new teacher's hope of peacefully retiring in her last year); The Eyes of Texas (a story about a girl and her parents on a mission to locate Texas symbols at a livestock show and rodeo); and Chocolate City (a brother and sister turn their entire city into chocolate and caused a national disaster).

Mama Goose’s goal is to help children develop a love for reading one nursery rhyme at a time. She hopes to capture the brilliance of their imagination one picture at a time too. Her inspiration came through reading Mother Goose nursery rhymes. The classic style and simplicity of life taught her valuable lessons, as well as a spark for reading. She decided to share with the world traditions, values, and concepts that are part of her growing up in the U.S.A. To her, Mama Goose is not a fictitious character; she is as real as the air we breathe. She’s a potpourri of Mary Poppins, Mother Teresa, and Willie Wonka all rolled into one.

Mama Goose is riding the waves of her ambitious and lofty journey for 2017 - writing a book a day. This feat is unheralded in the writing world and she is committed to the craft. To date (July 17) she is on book #196.

Mama Goose, the 2016 "Teacher of the Year" teaches at Dezavala Elementary in Channelview and is highly revered by her students and peers. She credits and thanks Principal Manuel Escalante for his inspiration and support. Mama Goose is native of Bellville and 1987 graduate of Bellville High School. She holds degrees (BA, MA and PhD) from Prairie View A&M University and teacher certification from the State of Texas.

The Newman Castle is the life long dream and vision of Michael Newman who desired to build his own castle, and has made that a reality in the Bellville countryside. Exhibiting the same hard work and determination that built his successful bakery of nearly three decades, Mike broke ground on his mighty fortress in 1998. The Castle is open for visitation and tours and special events. Call 979-865-9804 for information.

Folks can access a copy of Reading and Rhyming with Mama Goose at For information on booking Mama Goose, contact UNITAN Communications at 979-221-8430 or Frederick V. Roberts email:

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Prairie View Police Chief Solomon is speaker for Men's Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis

Prairie View Police Chief Anthony Solomon is the speaker for the Men’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on June 17, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall of the Church on 204 Dooley Street.

The breakfast is open to all of men of the community and those attending are asked to call 936-857-3272 or email:

Chief Anthony D. Solomon. Chief Solomon who joined the department in November 2016. He began his law enforcement career while serving as a Correctional Officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice before attending Alvin College of Law Enforcement Academy. He joined the Tomball Police Department as a Reserve Officer in 1993; later to become the Captain over Special Services Division and served as Commander of the Departments’ Hostage Negotiation Team.

Solomon retired from the department December of 2014 after 22 years of service and joined the Bellmead Police Department as Operations Lieutenant in July of 2015. After one year of service Solomon was promoted to Assistant Chief serving as the departments Patrol commander, FTO coordinator and CID Supervisor which investigates all homicides, crimes against persons, and narcotics. Solomon holds the Bachelor of Science degree from the University Phoenix in Business Management and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and The Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators. Solomon is also a graduate of the Command Staff Leadership School at the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) and holds a Master Peace Officer Proficiency Certification.

Chief Solomon and the department will host the R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense System) - Effective Self Defense for Women at Prairie View City Hall on July 11, 12, 13, 17 & 18 at 6:00 -9:00 pm.

Members of the community are also encouraged to come out and support the Houston FoodBank Mobile Unit which will be at the St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on July 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church on 204 Dooley Street in Prairie View. There are no qualifications necessary, and persons may sign up for SNAP, Children’s Medicaid/CHIP and TANF programs. Patrons must be present and signed to receive the food. Patrons are urged to PLEASE bring bags and boxes for the items. For information and future schedules, contact - or call 936-857-3272.