Friday, November 6, 2015

Television Personality, Religious and University Professionals and Student Athletes to receive Power 100 Awards

Prairie View, Texas – November 1, 2015 – The members of the Collegiate 100 of Prairie View A&M University will present the Power 100 Awards at its Black Tie Scholarship Awards Gala on November 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Willie A. Tempton Student Center Ballroom at university.

The 2015 honorees are the Reverend William ‘Bill’ Lawson, Founder and Pastor Emeritus, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Miss Courtney Gilmore, Anchor for KPRC Channel 2 TV Houston, Dr. Felicia Nave, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mrs. Sherylle Fuller, Administrative Assistant, Medical Academy, Dr. Freddie Frazier, Retired Professor of Mathematics, Miss Destiny Velez, Miss Puerto Rico and Bowling Team member and the Honda Campus All-Star Championship, Women’s Track & Field Teams of Prairie View A&M University. The new members will also be present and receive their pins as the organization celebrates its 21st anniversary. The organization was created at Prairie View A&M University in 1993.

Miss India Foster, Editor-in-Chief of The Panther Newspaper at Prairie View A&M University is the Host of the Program. The gala is a major event for the Collegiate 100 which was re-chartered at the university in March 2011. Funds raised from the event will support the chapter’s mentoring programs, scholarships to students and other special programs.

Past Power 100 Award recipients are State Representatives Alma Allen, Senfronia Thompson and Sylvester Turner, Mayors Frank D. Jackson and Michael Wolfe, Professors George Brown and Kelvin Kirby and the PVAMU Women’s Basketball, Bowling and Soccer, and the Men’s Track and Baseball teams.

Current and past programs that have impacted the university community include the Career Expo, held prior to the University Career Festival, Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon distribution, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Mentoring the 100 Way with the Freshmen, Toys for Texas Children Hospital, College Tour for elementary through high school students and Voter Registration Drives.

The Collegiate 100 is an auxiliary organization of the 100 Black Men of America and is sponsored at Prairie View A&M University by the 100 Black Men of Metro Houston, Inc. The mission is to support the 100 in its Four for the Future programs: mentoring, education, health and wellness and economic empowerment to improve the quality of life of the community.

For information, visit http://collegiate100pvamu.com/ END

Contact: Tyrone Graves 832-229-4982 collegiate100pvamu@gmail.com P. O. Box 5433 Prairie View, TX 77446

Friday, September 4, 2015

PVAMU Destiny Velez Competes for Miss America Title

Prairie View A&M University bowler Destiny Velez will compete in the 2015 Miss America Scholarship Pageant as Miss Puerto Rico.

Destiny won the title in July and became the first student in Prairie View’s history and athlete in Southwestern Athletic Conference history to compete for the Miss America title.

The 2016 Miss America Pageant airs Sunday, September 13 on ABC television from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Houston area viewers can tune into KTRK Channel ABC 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Prairie View A&M University was the first HBCU to secure a franchise with the Miss Texas and Miss America organization in 1970 when Margaret Sherrod competed at the Miss Texas Pageant. In 1984, Dellenor Miles became the first Miss PVAMU to make top ten as the fourth runner up to Miss Texas. The university no longer competes in the pageant.

Destiny, originally from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, and a graduate of L. D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas, is a star player on the three-time SWAC championship Bowling Team. Velez is a sophomore Business Management Information Systems major and plans to pursue the Master’s degree in Business. Her career ambition is to become an executive director of an information technology enterprise.

Destiny performed an Acoustic Drum’s routine for her talent as Miss Trujillo Alto in the Miss Puerto Rico pageant. She will reprise that performance in the Miss America Pageant. Her platform #Upstander, addresses issues of self-esteem and empowerment for the less fortunate among the nation. Destiny beat out 12 contestants in the local pageant is among 52 women vying for the Miss America title on September 13, 2015. As Miss Puerto Rico, her activities include public appearances across the archipelago of Puerto Rico.

Among her many honors are the titles of Miss Fort Worth, Miss Teen Tarrant County, Miss Teen White Rock Lake and Miss Teen Fort Worth and Hunt County. Her scholastic honors include the William M. Green Scholarship, PVAMU College of Business Scholarship; NCAA Athletic Scholarship, PVAMU Excellence in Academics Award and the President’s Honor Roll and a member of the National Honor Society.

Destiny says: "I am so blessed to not only represent Puerto Rico at the Miss America pageant but also Prairie View A&M University as a student-athlete. Thank you all for your support!” She reminds her fans to vote for her in the People's Choice Award and to view her video. “PV really does produce productive students!" she concluded.

The Miss America pageant is in its 95th year and is the largest scholarship organization in the world, granting more than $200 million to young women to further their education.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Prairie View Mourns the passing of Dr. Clement Glenn

The members of the Prairie View Family are mourning the sudden passing of Dr. Clement E. Glenn of Navasota, Dr. Glenn died Friday, August 14, 2015, while vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He was fifty nine. Public viewing will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm Friday, August 21, 2015, at Lindley-Robertson-Holt Funeral Home on 815 S. LaSalle in Navasota, Texas. For information call 936-825-6448 or 936-825-9293. . A celebration of life will take place 11:00 am Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the Brosig Auditorium, 100 Brosig at Washington Ave. in Navasota. Interment will follow in Salem Cemetery. Dr. Glenn was a tenured professor of education leadership in the Whitlowe Green College of Education at Prairie View A&M University. He formerly served as interim associated vice president for student affairs and director for central receiving at the university prior his teaching career in the college of business and education. Glenn was committed to student development and served as an advisor to several organizations including the Collegiate 100. He will be sorely missed by the university community.

Friday, June 26, 2015

City of Prarie View holds Council Meeting

The Prairie View City Council meeting was nothing short of a marathon on June 23, 2015 which lasted four hours. Mayor Frank D. Jackson opened the meeting with the reading of the city’s ordinance on meeting decorum and policy for the public addressing the council. The change in the practice of allowing the residents to address the public did not sit to well with a few persons but in the end compliments and kudos were offered to the city in addressing the flooding in parts of the city.

Issues raised in the citizen’s comment included questions on the charges to the city by PVAMU for waste water treatment in relation to the recent flood and drainage in the system and request for the appointment of a committee to investigate it; the ongoing request for documents to support the city’s monthly $750 donation to the Volunteer Fire Department; request to investigate wrongful possession of real property by the city; suppression of citizen’s free speech rights with the policy on meeting decorum; the city’s timing of meetings, letting of contracts and public notification and the objection to committee appointments by the mayor; request for amount funds due to the city by National Urban Construction and the need to be on the agenda rather than public comments because of time constraint. Mayor Jackson admonished a few citizens for comments, he deemed out of order as personal attacks on council members. Council approved extension of times on two occasions to allow completion of point addressed.

The city received a presentation for smart metering from Simien Infrastructure to upgrade the city’s process. The system promises improvement in efficiency and management of records. A formal proposal will be presented for action at a later date. Rosalind Lewings and Terrence Scranton from the Waller County Alliance for Healthy Lifestyle Choices presented a request for the city to adopt a Tobacco Ordinance to include e-cigarettes. Council will prepare ordinance for action at July meeting.

Departments’ highlights included the announcement of the favorable variances in revenue over expenses in the eighth month of the budget cycle. J. J. Johnson, City Accountant also reported that the city retired its debt service on the bonds sold in 1977 which provided improvements in the city’s utilities. Fredrick Alexander, Utilities Coordinator reported on the pipe breakage which released some 150k gallon of sewage/waste water. Vacuum truck captured the majority of the spill, TCEQ was informed and the required formal public notice will appear in the local papers. Police Chief Larry Johnson reported on improvements in relations with the District Attorney’s office and update on department vehicles.

All council members reported on their activities for the period. Mr. King of King Construction Materials Co. Inc. reported that work continues with the clearing of debris and other elements from the culverts and ditches. Drainage has improved in the Prairie Hill area. There is much to done around the city and he suggested an increase in the culvert sizes throughout the city. Mayor Jackson and council members welcomed council member Jonathan Miller to his first monthly meeting. Miller was appointed to a one year term on June 11and will seek election in 2016.

Items approved: Ratification of Accounts Payable for May with objections and a request for bi-weekly meetings to address payments prior to disbursement of funds; establishment of Committee on use of City Hall Building procedures and the appointment of Councilman Jonathan Randle as Mayor Pro-tem. The council disapproved the appointment of Chief Larry Johnson as Emergency Management Coordinator for City due to residency and availability and the request for extension of a building permit for renovation of property owned by Melrene and Alma Young on 104 Thompson Street. The property was condemned by the building inspector James Scott. Young plans an appeal and a court appearance.

Following the executive session, the council approved the hiring of Charles Boggess as the Public Works Field Technician, with no action on pending litigation on National Urban Construction and the hiring of the City Secretary. The Council will meet in July and will conduct its 2016 budget preparation during July-August with approval in September.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

City of Prairie View Approves Emergency Funding

King Construction Materials Co. Inc. and the City of Prairie View Utilities Department continue its work on clearing out drainage and culverts to relieve the residents of potential flooding throughout the city, specifically in Prairie Hill. Mayor Frank Jackson and council approved some 150 hours of work for King Construction, who is being praised for the great work to date. Mayor Jackson stated that city and residents are eligible for reimbursement for emergency flood related expenses in relation to Texas being declared a disaster area under FEMA guidelines.

On June 19 members of the community took time out to celebrate and commemorate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth with several activities to include special cookouts and a parade. The Greater St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church family hosted the Juneteenth Parade, which traveled from the VF Factory on US Business 290 to the Hempstead High School Gym for a formal program. Constable Herschel Smith and wife Sharon hosted their annual Juneteenth Cookout on Dooley Street in Prairie View. Several community leaders and friends were in attendance.

Reverend Charles H. Lewter, IV, Dean of the Johnson Phillip All Faith Chapel and Assistant Director for Student Engagement at Prairie View A&M University issued a challenge to the men at the Prayer Breakfast held at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on June 20. Under the theme of “A Few Good Men,” Lewter relied on the letter P to emphasize his points. “To the community, you must have Passion, Purpose, Promise and Plan,” Lewter said. He stressed the need for the men of the community to stand up and take charge and be that example for the young men. Mr. Albert Glover of Hello Hempstead, a 501(c) organization, shared activities of his organization and invited the men to attend the Health and HIV Testing event set for June 27 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at WNW Small Engine Repair on 224 Business 290 in Hempstead. All men of the community are invited to attend the free event. The next breakfast is on July 18.

The Immanuel Church at Prairie View will wrap up its Vacation Bible School – “The Journey Begins” – on June 26 at 4:00 p.m. at the church on 708 Thompson Drive. The program began on June 22 with children ages 4-16 in attendance. For information, contact Melanie Charleston – 281-961-8106 or melaniecharleston@yahoo.com.

Members of the Prairie View community said goodbye to two long standing members of the Methodist community on June 21 and 21. First, Reverend Kilamba Kulumba, after 21 combined years of service as the pastor of First United Methodist and Chairman of the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry at Prairie View A&M University, along with his daughter, is headed to Columbus Ohio to join his wife and son. Reverend Wilmer Bonner, after 15 years as pastor of First United, is headed to Wilbur Chapel United Methodist Church in Hitchcock, Texas. Church members and friends joined in the special tribute to Bonner and his wife during the service on June 21. First United will welcome its new pastor, Reverend Dwayne A. Thompson on June 28. Thompson served as Associate Pastor of Covenant Glen United Methodist in Missouri City, Texas.

The Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association is gearing up for its 39th Family Reunion and National Convention on July 15-19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. More than 500 alumni and friends of PVAMU are expected to attend the four-day event, featuring workshops, seminars, class meetings and the awards ceremonies. For information visit: www.pvualumni.org or call 936-857-5817.

June begins the summer long celebration of Family Reunions and the Smith Family, namely the late John Henry and Birdie May Smith of Hempstead, gathered at the Waller County Fair Ground Complex on June 20 for their 2015 event. Hosting the event were Mary Ann Smith Thibodeau, Lorene Smith and Ben Smith, the three remaining Smith’s children and co-coordinated by Mary Lewis. Some five generations of Smiths from around Texas and other states, including Collin Ragston, Jr. from Norfolk, Virginia were on hand for the festivities.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for the health and well-being of Ernestine Carreathers, Cube Charleston, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Mae Helen James, Evelyn Jones, David Kirkpatrick, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Theola Woods, Douglas Woolfolk and Arie Yell.

HAPPY JUNE BIRTHDAY TO: Chandra Johnson (24), Sharon McWhinney (24), Beverly Spears (24), Terry Tuck (25), Ceaniel Jallah (26), Brystol Mayo (26), Ceaniel Ragston (26), Jokeisha Campbell (27), Jennifer Jackson (27), Benny Strange (27), Patrick Gray (27), Dymonique Burton (28), Travis Reed (28)Ronald Leverett (28), James Johnson (28), Robert Smith (29), Darlene Clark (30) Dwayne Charleston (30) and Caroline Stevenson (30). Happy July Birthday to: Frankie Rigsby (7), Rona Bledsoe (9), Freddie L. Richards (9) Rose Fantahun (9), Richard D. Hayes (11), Dr. R. N. S. Rao (11), Joann Thibodeaux, (11), Imoni Williams (11), Vivian Smith [Fiscal Office] (13), July Anniversary Congratulations to Brandon and Alaina Shelby (8), and Leon and Lee Gillian (10).

Make plans now to attend the social event of the year: ‘Red Hot Summer’s Night in August’ and the 9th Annual Red & White Fireman’s Ball on August 29, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Willie A. Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Ballroom at Prairie View A&M University. The event honors the Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighting Association, Inc. and Law Enforcement Officers and Personnel in Waller County and surrounding areas. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. in the student center foyer. Supporters are invited to take on sponsorship and make donations for the silent auction. Tickets and souvenir ads for the public event are available through August 10, 2015. Proceeds will support equipment and operations. For information, contact: Belinda Lewis at lewisbelinda@hotmail.com.

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, achievements and recognitions coming to prairieviewtoday@iwon.com, or P.O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Reverend Lewter is the Men’s Prayer Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity." Psalms 133:1.

Charles H. Lewter, IV is the speaker for the Men's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 204 Dooley Street.

Lewter is a native of Manhattan, New York, and graduated from the North Babylon Senior High School. He attended the American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology. Lewter also holds the Master of Divinity degree in Christian Education from the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia and continued studies at Clark Atlanta University for the Doctor of Education with an emphasis in Educational Administration. Reverend Lewter is studying at Truett Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree.

Reverend Lewter is the third dean of the Johnson-Phillip All Faiths Chapel at Prairie view A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. During his tenure, Lewter has initiated many ministries that have enhanced and promoted spiritual growth among students, faculty and staff. In May 2000, Revered Lewter received the Outstanding Service Award in the Division of Student Affairs, and more than three times he has received the Dean and Male Administrator of the Year awards. While focusing on building an ecumenical and inclusive ministry, history was penned in Prairie View’s archives when the first female pastor was featured as the convocation preacher/speaker for the Annual Ministers’ Conference. Because of his vision, the conference has now become a more inclusive vehicle for ministry among men and women.

Lewter holds memberships in several professional, social and civic organizations and is the recipient of many awards and honors to include Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity; Alpha Iota Nu Fraternity; National Dean’s List; Outstanding Young Men of America, 1984 & 1986; Board of Directors for the Wesley Foundation; Member of the International Who’s Who of Professionals; National Association of College and University Chaplains; and former Member of the Black/Jew Coalition of Atlanta, Georgia. He also has served as the National Pastoral Advisor of the National Baptist Student Union Retreat of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.

Lewter’s motto for life is “If I can help somebody along the way, then my living shall not be in vain.”

You will have an opportunity to ask questions and make comments on issues you feel that impact young people today.

We would be delighted to have you join us for this free event and ask that you invite and bring a friend with you. Please confirm at 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancisprairieview@yahoo.com.

You are also invited to worship with us on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. for the Christian Education/Bible Study and at 11:00 a.m. for our worship service.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Ben Tibbs is speaker for Men’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity." Psalms 133:1.

Mr. Ben Tibbs, Councilman and Vice President of the Board for the Economic Development Corporation 4B for the City of Hempstead, and Chairman of the Waller County Democrats is the speaker for the Men's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 204 Dooley Street.

Mr. Tibbs will speak on “Men of Character-Men of Velvet and Steel” using the scripture from Genesis 1:26-31.

Mr. Tibbs received his early education in Mineral Wells and is a graduate of Mineral Wells High School. He holds the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Sociology from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth and the Master of Divinity from Texas Christian University and is a licensed and ordained United Methodist Minister. He has pastored Churches all across Central Texas and retired from full time preaching from First UMC in Hempstead. Mr. Tibbs continues to preach and fill the pulpit for Pastors when they are absent for various reasons. He moved to Hempstead in 1989 and owned and operated the Texas Burger through 1995 when he sold the business and took up employment with Valero Energy Corporation as area manager for eight stores.

Mr. Tibbs was first elected to the Hempstead City Council in 2009 and is serving his third term. His other civic engagements include Elected Chair for the Waller County Democrats, President of the Austin/Waller Camp of Gideons International, and three time President of Waller County Democratic Club.

You will have an opportunity to ask questions and make comments on issues you feel that impact young people today.

We would be delighted to have you join us for this free event and ask that you invite and bring a friend with you.

Please confirm at 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancisprairieview@yahoo.com as we are expecting a larger turnout to hear the judge speak.

You are also invited to worship with us on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. for our worship service.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Prairie View's Jordan DeWalt Ondijo signs with Philadelphia Eagles

When Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo was growing up in Prairie View, Texas and attending Waller schools, everyone knew that he was destined for greatness.

Jordan proved them right when this star defensive lineman for Duke University agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles to join the National Football League organization as an undrafted free agent, one of 16 rookies signed on to play on May 2. In spite of not being drafted in the seventh round as others had hoped, Jordan achieved his dream of becoming a professional football player, an opportunity most of his contemporaries would love to embrace. Jordan signed a three-year contract with the eagles.

Jordan is son of Corliss Ondijo and Willie DeWalt and graduated from Duke in December, 2014 with a degree in political science and a certificate in markets and management. Jordan is graduate of Waller High School where he lettered two seasons under coach Jason Morley. Jordan helped lead the Bull Dogs to state the playoff appearance in 2009, recording eight sacks in his senior campaign enroute to earning first team All-District 184A honors. Jordan graduated from Waller High School with honors in 2010 and headed to Duke University. He was also a star basketball player whom others thought would play college basketball and football. Jordan decided to concentrate on football and his signing with the Eagles is the payoff.

At Duke, Jordan had 45 career-games with 22 starts, including all 13 of his senior year. He also posted 90 tackles, including 14.5 stops for lost yardage and 10.0 sacks. The Prairie View, Texas, product was credited with nine quarterback pressures, four caused fumbles and one fumble recovery during his time with the Blue Devils. DeWalt-Ondijo booked a career-high 2.0 sacks in contests at Troy (2014) and Virginia (2013) and turned in six career contests with five or more tackles and a personal-best seven tackles against Tulane in 2014. (See more stats here)

Jordan's family, friends and fans from Prairie View and Waller all expressed congratulations for his milestone achievement, which will bring some spotlight to the city and county for another hometown local making it to the big leagues. Duke University. Photo Credit: GoDuke.com

Monday, March 23, 2015

PVAMU Honda Campus All Stars wins National Championship for 2nd Time

We are the champions again is the rallying cry for the Prairie View A&M University Honda Campus All Star Challenge (HCASC) Team. The team captured the National Championship title by defeating the team from Cheney State University of Pennsylvania in the final round of competition on March 23 on the campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, California. The team previously won the championship in 2010.

Along with the championship trophy and bragging rights, the team won the $50,000 cash grant to enhance programs at the university. Members of the winning team are Joseph Dowell, Captain, a senior from Killeen, Brannon Billings, a senior from Austin, Eric Johnston, a sophomore from Boerne, and Chayse Lavallais, a freshman from Houston, with Herbert Thomas, Career Placement Coordinator as the coach and Shahryar Syed, an Institutional Representative.

The HCASC academic challenge and quiz bowl is the country’s answer to March Madness where academic excellence and quick intellectual wit is on display. The road to this final four began in the fall from a field of 78 and narrowed down to the Great 48 of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Regional tournaments are held throughout the year with qualifying teams advancing. The PVAMU team is a charter member of the program which began in 1989 with Frederick V. Roberts, then Director of Student Activities at the university as the founding coach 1989-1996.

According to Honda officials, “We support the HBCUs because of the unique and critical role they play in higher education, and because they have helped literally millions of students achieve their dreams through the years.” Since 1989, more than $7.5 million in grants from Honda have provided support for book and tuition scholarships, facilities upgrades, and other investments to improve the student experience.

The more than 10,000 HCASC alumni include individuals in various career paths to include doctors, teachers, lawyers, community-builders, scientists, professors, architects, researchers, writers, journalists, military and government officials, business leaders and entrepreneurs, artists, engineers, economists, musicians, and more. These alumni share an enthusiasm for learning and are making significant contributions to their communities.

Next stop for the Championship team is a hopeful appearance at the White House with President Barak Obama and staff.

For game play and photos, go to www.hcasc.com

Friday, March 20, 2015

Coach Mark Spivey is the Men's Prayer Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

Mark Anthony Spivey, Sr., Chair of the Social Studies Department and Coordinator for Women’s Athletics in the Royal Independent School District, is the speaker for the Men's Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Prairie View. The Free Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. in the church's Parish Hall on 204 Dooley Street, and is open to the men of the community. Please confirm attendance at 936-857-3272 or email stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net.

Mark is one of 13 children born to Bishop Billy Sim Spivey, Sr. and Vera Nell Davis in Dallas, Texas. The family later moved to Corpus Christi in 1960 until 1974 and then onto Austin through 1985. He has resided Houston/Cypress since 2004.

He and his wife Jullette Spivey of Hempstead married in 1997 and have raised a blended family of 7 kids, six who have graduated college to include Aaron (PVAMU, 2001), D’ette (Sam Houston State, 2002), Mark Jr. (PVAMU, 2008), Gary (PVAMU, 2010), Ursula (Texas A&M, Kingsville 2012), Tiffany (American Military University, 2015).

Spivey began his college studies at Concordia Lutheran College in Austin and later transferred to Prairie View A&M University where he earned the Bachelors of Science in Political Science, the Masters of Science in Counseling and the Masters of Arts in Educational Administration. He is currently studying for the PhD in Educational Leadership at PVAMU.

His employment is varied, having worked in the computer industry from 1978 through 1995 with Motorola, Advanced Micro Devices and HP. Following a layoff, Spivey returned to school and received his certification as a secondary social studies teacher in 2004 and continues in that career path to date. He has taught in Hempstead and Aldine ISD.

Spivey and his wife have been active in the Waller County community for nearly 20 years as volunteers. They created the Spivey Foundation to enhance the lives of children through academics and athletics in conjunction with our Waller County Hoopers Youth Program. Part of their program was the annual Christmas Bicycle Giveaways where kids received more than 5000 new bicycles and thousands of other gifts in partnership with various entities in the Greater Houston Area since 2009.

Mark holds membership in several civic and professional organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter and the Waller County Hoopers Youth Organization where he serves as president, Pi Sigma Alpha, National Honor Society of Political Scientists, Region V Teaching American History Academy, Region IV Gulf Coast American History Academy, Texas Observation Protocols (TOP) Rater Training 6-8 and participated in the Rice University Advanced Placement Summer Institute.

Among his many awards and recognition for teaching and services are Hempstead ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Award, Kappa Alpha Psi Humanitarian Award, Hempstead City Council Humanitarian Award, Hempstead Police Department Humanitarian Award, Bailey Chapel Church of God in Christ Humanitarian Award, District 26-2A Girls Basketball Coach of the Year, Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) State Outstanding Coach of the Year- Class 2A, and Prairie View A&M University Humanitarian Service Award, and served as the Hempstead “Juneteenth” Grand Parade Marshall.

Spivey enjoys writing and is a weekly columnist Houston’s African-American News and Issues, offering refreshing commentary on relationships and social issues in the African-American Community.

Mark was raised in the Churches of our Lord Jesus Christ (Pentecostal/Apostolic), where he serves as a guest lecturer/presenter at its national conventions. He is currently an active member of the Church Without Walls with Dr. Ralph Douglas West as the pastor.

The members of the community are also invited to attend the Friday nights Bible Study and Christian Education at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall; and also attend services on Sundays at 11:00 a.m.