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: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net.

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: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net.

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 - smtfrancispv@sbcglobal.net 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: www.pvualumni.org 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 lewisbelinda@hotmail.com.

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 prairieviewtoday@yahoo.com 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 amazon.com. For information on booking Mama Goose, contact UNITAN Communications at 979-221-8430 or Frederick V. Roberts email: unitancommunications@yahoo.com.

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: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net.

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 - smtfrancispv@sbcglobal.net or call 936-857-3272.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Mount Corinth to Ordain Deacons on July 9

Many of us remember the story of Moses and the burning bush when God called him to serve. The fact that the bush was engulfed in flames but not being devoured piqued Moses' curiosity so he moved closer. As Moses approached the bush God called out to him and made it clear that he knew who Moses was. And Moses said, "Here I am."

As in the days of Moses, Frank D. Jackson and Pernell Carroll, Jr., have answered God's call and will be ordained as Deacons in Mount Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in a special program Sunday, July 9th 2:30 PM at the church on 806 7th St. / P. O. Box 913 Heavenly Hempstead, TX 77445.. The service is open to the public.

Other events at The Mount include the Family and Friends Day on Sunday, July 23, 11:00 AM and Sunday Fellowship hosted Bethlehem United Methodist on Sunday, July 30, 2:30 PM.

Mount Corinth Missionary Baptist Church (Celebrating 159 years of Service, November 12)is lead by Dr. Clarence Talley, Sr., Pastor & First Lady Carolyn Talley.

Visit The Mount on Facebook: Mount Corinth Missionary Baptist Church.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Freedom Festival set for July 3-4

The Waller View Ministerial Alliance will host its 9th Annual Freedom Festival 2017 on July 3-4 in the City of Waller to commemorate the 241st Independence Anniversary of the United States of America.

The event is co-sponsored by the City of Waller and the Waller Ministerial Alliance to provide a family friendly celebration of independence and be a blessing to our community. More than twenty vendor booths – food, arts & craft, games – music and fellowship are available for all in attendance. One new feature this year is the Ministry Row, to include churches of the Alliance and others who will provide outreach ministry and prayers for the attendees.

The Alliance meets the fourth Monday of each month, excluding July. Pastor David Charleston of Immanuel Church in Prairie View hosted the June meeting at the Waller County Community Center in Prairie View. For information on the Alliance and to sign up for Freedom Fest, contact the organization’s president Joel Bauler at joel@missionwaller.org or go to: www.missionwaller.org/alliance/

Under the theme: One Donation Saves Three, Chi St. Luke’s Blood Center and Waller County Commissioner, Precinct 3 – Jeron Barnett presents a Blood Drive on July 8 at the Waller County Community Center, 21212 FM 1098 in Prairie View. The event runs 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Free T-shirts, Cholesterol testing and refreshments will be served. Register at chistlukesdonor.org or contact Commissioner Barnett at 832-483-8900 for additional information.

The men of the St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church will hold its Prayer Breakfast on July 15 at 8:30 am in the church’s Parish Hall on 204 Dooley Street. The speaker for the event is Anthony D. Solomon, Chief of Police, City of Prairie View.

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.

All men of the community are invited to attend the free breakfast. Please call 936-857-3272 or write to stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net and confirm attendance.

The countdown is on for the 43rd National Convention of the Prairie View A&M University National Alumni on July 20-22, 2017 at the Hilton Northwest in Houston and on the university’s campus. More than 500 alumni and friends of PVAMU are expected to attend the four-day event, featuring workshops, seminars, class meetings, campus tour and the awards ceremonies. For information visit: www.pvualumni.org or call 936-857-5817.

As a public service to the community, the St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on 204 Dooley Street in Prairie View will host the Houston FoodBank Mobile unit on July 13, 2017 to distribute Fresh Fruits and Produce. The program marks its first anniversary which began on July 2, 2016. Patrons will also be able to apply/renew essential services: i.e. SNAP, Children’s Medicaid/CHIP and TANF. Volunteers are welcomed to assist with the sign-in and distribution. There are no requirements to receive the free product. Please bring your own bags, boxes, etc. Please share this information with members of the community. For information call the Foodbank at 832-369-9390.

Plans are underway for the 8th Annual Vacation Bible School and 10th Annual Arts/Hand Bell Camp on July 24-28 hosted by St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church and First United Methodist Church at in the St. Francis Parish Hall on 204 Dooley Street. The program is free and open to children grades 1 to 8 of the community. The program runs 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with lunch and snacks. To register, TEXT VBS, Parent’s and Child’s name, age (boy/girl) and grade to 713-854.670l. Application will follow the request.

Make plans now to attend the social event of the year: ‘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. This year’s honorees include Administrative Assistants and two dedicated employees who have gone above and beyond their call of duty in the city. A reception will be held at 6:30 pm prior to the even. The distinguished event is open to the public, with tickets priced at $40.00. Table sponsorships are available. The committee also encourage the patrons to purchase advertisement in the Souvenir Booklet. Monetary donations and Items for the Silent Auction are welcome. For additional questions, please contact Belinda Lewis at lewisbelinda@hotmailcom.

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Berry on completion of her Internal Medicine Physician Residency Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. Jessica, a graduate of Waller High School, received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2014 and her bachelor’s degree from Prairie View A&M University in 2009. While at Howard, Jessica served as the lead resident and provided service at various health centers in the DC area. Berry, who is the fourth medical doctor in the family (father Glenn, sister Nicole and uncle Mark), will take up employment in Baltimore. Dr. Glenn and Mrs. Debra Berry were on hand for the residency ceremony on June 17.

The City of Prairie View has lost another pillar in the passing of Mrs. Evelyn Jones on June 26 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mrs. Jones was the widow of Harding L. Jones, Sr. and mother of Harding L. Jones, Jr. who preceded her in death and the mother of Hortense Jones of Knoxville. Mrs. Jones was a long time employee in the Registrar’s Office of Prairie View A&M University, where she retired after some thirty years of service. Funeral service is set for July 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 204 Dooley Street, Prairie View. Expressions may be sent to The Evelyn Jones Family, c/o Singleton & Sons Funeral Home, 627 New Orleans, Hempstead, Texas 77445. For further information, go to ttp://www.singletonandsonsfh.com.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ada Beal, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, the Clifton Gilliard 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!

Condolences to the family of Clifton Gilliard, who passed on June 20. Coach Gilliard enjoyed a dynamic career in teaching and coaching track and field and football at Prairie View A&M University for more than 40 years. Funeral services for Coach Gillard will be on July 1 in the William Billy Nicks (Baby Dome) Building at the university at 11:00 am. Visitation will be on July 1 from 9:00-10:55 am prior to the funeral service. Expressions may be sent to The Clifton Gilliard Family, c/o Singleton & Sons Funeral Home, 627 New Orleans, Hempstead, Texas 77445. For further information, go to ttp://www.singletonandsonsfh.com.

HAPPY JUNE BIRTHDAY TO: Ceaniel Jallah (26), Brystol Mayo (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 & Alaina Shelby (8), and Leon & Lee Gillian (10).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: On July 6, 2017, Prairie View A&M University kicks of its Summer Outdoor Concert Series at 7:00 pm in the Hollands and Gaines Park featuring Roland Champagne, Joshua Gunn and Brandon Pierre. The Free concert series, sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement, is set for each Thursday in July and is opened to the public. For information on other programs call 936-261-1340.

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.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dr. Ruth Simmons, former president of the Ivy League Brown University has been named interim President of Prairie View A&M University, effective July 1, 2017, taking over from Dr. George C. Wright, who announced his stepping down on June 12 after 14 years to return to teaching history and conducting research.

Simmons, an accomplished academician and leader was confirmed to the position in an unprecedented special call meeting of the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System on June 19. Simmons is the 18th president of Brown University and retired from the university in 2012.

“We are fortunate to have such a high-caliber scholar and administrator who can step in without missing a beat,” said Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp. “Dr. Simmons has been an important figure on the national stage for decades. She has the credentials to be the president of any university in America. I am so excited to have her join us.”

Dr. Simmons served as President of Brown University from 2001 to 2012 and is credited with making numerous strides in excellence at the Ivy League University. She also served as president of Smith College, the nation’s largest women’s college, from 1995-2001, where started the engineering program. She also held administrative and teaching stints as an Associate Dean at University of Southern California, Vice Provost at Princeton University, another Ivy League university; and a Provost at Spelman College, a historically black college. She also served on several corporate boards to include Texas Instruments, Goldman Sachs, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Pfizer. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Council on Foreign Relations and served as chair of the Council of Ivy Group Presidents. Simmons was also appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.

Upon retirement from Brown University, Simmons returned to Houston to enjoy her family and friends. However, her commitment to excellence in higher education and her belief in young people’s achievement kept her in the loop even though she turned down many offers. Her reasoning for coming out of retirement to serve at Prairie View A&M University is due to the university’s rich history, its significance and its mission as well as the fact that her brother attended the university.

“I have deep roots in Texas, and I was looking for a way to do something helpful for my community,” she said. Dr. Simmons attended Houston public schools and upon graduation attended Dillard University, a historically black college in New Orleans, which she states was the pivotal opportunity in her life for service. Simmons holds the Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University.

“I was from a very poor family with 12 children in Grapeland, Texas, at a time when colleges were just desegregating,” Dr. Simmons said. “I know how important historically black colleges and universities are for kids like I was.” Chancellor Sharp and the Board agreed with Dr. Simmons that she begin her service before the fall semester. Her first order of business will be to meet with the university leadership and learn the issues facing the campus community. Ask about her first move in the position, Simmons stated: “My task is to listen, and to learn as quickly as I can and get started as quickly as I can.”

Simmons said she only agreed to the job if the system made clear that she was taking it temporarily — she won't be the permanent hire "because I am old and I'm retired." Simmsons stated that she is not going to be interim-like neither do I plan to be a placeholder. "I am coming into the position with great ambition and a willingness to take on the big projects. Just be mindful that I would take a position just to twiddle my thumbs. If I am going to be lazy, I would rather that be on my own time," she concluded."

Plans are underway for a meet and greet reception in the coming weeks. Simmons is expected to participate in the Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Convention in Houston on July 20-22, 2017.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

George Wright Stepping Down as President of Prairie View A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Dr. George Wright announced today (June 13, 2017)he is stepping down as President of Prairie View A&M University and will return to teaching history full-time after an interim President is named.

“I have served this University and the Texas A&M System for 14 years, and I am proud of the progress that we have made in that time,” Dr. Wright said. “But for all of us, the time comes to lay down the responsibilities that go with a job like this one and focus on other things.”

Dr. Wright had continued to teach and do research while serving as President, but he expressed a desire to devote his time to the classroom.

“I want to thank President Wright for his steadfast leadership,” said Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp. “He touched a generation of students and faculty, and he changed lives for the better. He is to be commended, and we will miss him greatly.”

During President Wright’s tenure, Prairie View A&M’s enrollment grew from 6,500 to 9,000 while the university advanced academically, creating doctorates in education, engineering, nursing practice and juvenile justice. Both the Confucius Institute and the Honors College were also established under President Wright’s leadership.

Prairie View A&M also has enjoyed a construction boom with the opening of: a new School of Architecture building; the Don K. Clark Building, home of the College of Juvenile Justice, Psychology and Texas Crime Prevention Center; the Electrical Engineering building; the College of Nursing’s 12-story facility located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston; and new football stadium.

“I want to thank the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System, Chancellor Sharp, and especially, all my many friends and colleagues at this great University and our many alumni for helping make this the best 14 years anyone could ask for,” said Dr. Wright.

Statement by Dr. George Wright:

After giving it a considerable amount of thought and consulting with Chancellor Sharp, I am announcing that I am stepping down as President of Prairie View A&M University as soon as an interim President can be named.

I have served this University and the Texas A&M System for 14 years, and I am proud of the progress that we have made in that time. But for all of us, the time comes to lay down the responsibilities that go with a job like this one and focus on other things. In my case, as most of you know, I have continued to teach and do research while serving as President. What I plan to do is focus more on my research, which requires more travel and attention than I can give it in my current role.

I have decided that this is a good time because we have just put the last legislative session behind us, and we are at a point where a transition in leadership will have the least disruption on our school. I want to thank the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System, Chancellor Sharp, and especially, all my many friends and colleagues at this great University and our many alumni for helping make this the best 14 years anyone could ask for.

Together, we have accomplished much:

• Enrollment has grown from 6,500 to 9,000

• Established the degree programs at the Northwest Houston Center

• Created the Honors College

• Established the Confucius Institute

• The Undergraduate Medical Academy exceeds the national average of students accepted into Medical School.

• Prairie View A&M University nominated for five HBCU awards in 2015, including HBCU of the Year, Business Program of the Year and Nursing Program of the Year

• Opening of several state of the art facilities: - ­The School of Architecture housed in a three story, 105,000 square-foot building.

-­ The Don K. Clark Building, home of the College of Juvenile Justice, Psychology and Texas Crime Prevention Center.

-­ The Electrical Engineering Building.

-­ The College of Nursing’s leading edge 12-story nursing educational facility, located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

-­ And, of course, a new football stadium.

You have made this a special job, at a special time, in a special place, and I will always be near and have you all in my heart.

Continue to do the outstanding work you have been doing, and I will watch with interest how the University proceeds in the coming years. Thank you.

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 $4.2 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 lcopelin@tamus.edu.