Saturday, April 16, 2016

Spivey Releases Before I Lay it Down and holds Book Signing

Mark Anthony Spivey, Sr., teacher, coach, father, leader and friend, has added author to his list with the release of “Before I Lay It Down,” also available on Kindle at Amazon.com.

Spivey is in the midst of a book signing spree, beginning on April 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 16738 Canyon Whisper Dr. Cypress, Texas 77429-6411.

Before I Lay it Down is an outgrowth of Spivey's tryst with writing on Facebook, which eventually morphed into a weekly column in the African American News and Issues. After much compliments, criticisms, and most of all encouragement, Spivey decided to write the book. Before I Lay It Down is a compilation of short stories, raw instructions and inspirational messages to those who are torn between their spiritual journey and an undefined destiny whose paths have crossed many times.

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 is currently Chairman of the Social Studies Department and Coordinator for Women’s Athletics in the Royal Independent School District.

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, where he is president 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.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

George E. Higgs is Men’s Prayer Breakfast Speaker on April 16

Mr. George E. Higgs, President and founder of the Prairie View Chamber of Commerce and the Prairie View Athletic Club is the speaker for the Men’s Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the men of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Prairie View on April 16 at 8:30 a.m. in the church’s Parish Hall, 204 Dooley Street. The free event is open to the men of the community. Please confirm attendance to 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net.

Mr. Higgs is a native of Ladonia, Texas where he attended elementary and junior high school. He later attended and graduated from Center Point High School located in Pittsburg, Texas. Following high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in Japan and Korea from 1950 to 1952. He received an honorable discharge from the service and enrolled in Prairie View A&M College on the G.I. Bill. He later earned the Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Mathematics and Business Administration.

Upon graduation with the Bachelor’s degree, George began employment with the University in records and food service management. He later received his teaching license and became a mathematics instructor in the Waller Independent School District where he taught at the high school level for Prairie View High School and then Waller High School, following integration. He was later promoted to Assistant Principal at Waller High School and the Federal Programs Director, a position he held until his retirement in 1988. He also taught part-time at Prairie View A&M University in the Department of Mathematics.

During his teaching era, Mr. Higgs also served as the Treasurer/Manager of the Prairie View Federal Credit Union and was responsible for building the credit union building on University Drive.

His love of his alma mater drove him to become active in the alumni association. Here, he served as President of the PVAMU National Alumni Association and was the first Executive Director. During his tenure spearheaded the establishment NAA life membership drive, enrolling a total of 300 members within the first two month period. He is also responsible for the establishment of the PVAMU National Alumni Association Teacher Education Endowed Scholarship Fund, providing some of the initial funding for the scholarship by donating the proceeds of a retirement dinner held in his honor. Mr. Higgs was personally instrumental in acquiring the Alumni House (national headquarters building) for the NAA in November 1990. He went on to spearhead the drive that paid off the mortgage in May 1996. Mr. Higgs was honored with the Executive Director Emeritus title of the association and the naming of the headquarters in 2001.

Mr. Higgs holds or has held memberships and offices in the following: Chairman of the Board, Prairie View Federal Credit Union Board of Directors; member/former treasurer, Hempstead-PV Alumni Chapter; Prairie View Local Alumni; President, Class of 1956; life member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Phi Delta Kappa; and the All Faiths Chapel Advisory Board. Mr. Higgs is also a member of the Mt. Corinth Baptist Church in Hempstead, Texas. He has received numerous awards and honors over the years, including PVAMU NAA’s most prestigious award, the Prometheus Award (only awarded once, every five years).

He was married to the former Hattie Olivette Jackson (deceased) of Arkansas; the union produced two children, Cherie (Calvin Singleton) and Marcus (Amecia Smith). He is now enjoying his three grandchildren Carlton E. and Calvin Clinton, III Singleton and Morgan Alicia Higgs.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

President Ivory V. Nelson is Men's Prayer Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

Dr. Ivory V. Nelson, retired President of Lincoln University-PA is the speaker for the Men’s Prayer Breakfast on March 19, 2016 in the Parish Hall of The St. Francis Episcopal Church located at 204 Dooley Street in Prairie View, Texas @ 8:30 a.m. The Free event is open to the men of the community. Please confirm attendance at 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancispv@sbglobal.net.

Dr. Nelson served as the President of Lincoln from August 15, 1999 to June 2011 and also served as its Trustee. He was formally inaugurated as Lincoln's 12th President on April 14, 2000.

Before coming to Lincoln, Dr. Nelson served as the President of Central Washington University for more than seven years. Dr. Nelson's career in higher education includes receiving the Fulbright Lectureship, teaching graduate and undergraduate chemistry, and serving as Department Head, Assistant Dean of academic affairs, and Vice President of Research. During the early 1980s, Dr. Nelson also served one year as acting President of Prairie View A&M University and three years as an Executive Assistant to the Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. From 1986 to March 1992, he served as Chancellor of the Alamo Community College District, San Antonio, Texas.

Nelson graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University, in Louisiana with a bachelor's degree in secondary education and chemistry. He immediately entered the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where he graduated with the Doctor of Philosophy degree in analytical chemistry with high departmental honors.

While at the University of Kansas, Dr. Nelson's academic honors included induction into Phi Beta Kappa honorary society, Phi Lambda Upsilon honorary chemical society and the society of Sigma Xi for scientists. He has subsequently been inducted into Kappa Delta Phi education honor society, Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Phi Sigma physics honor society. Dr. Nelson has authored eleven technical publications in the field of analytical chemistry, a chapter in one book and a chapter in a monograph.

Prior to and in his role as president of Lincoln, Dr. Nelson has secured extensive outside funding through grants and proposal writing. In addition, he acquired significant funding from state legislatures to construct major academic facilities. His career in the corporate sector includes assignments as a research chemist for both Union Carbide and American Oil Company.

Dr. Nelson is profiled in a book entitled, Distinguished African American Scientists of the 20th Century. A trained chemist, Dr. Nelson is listed among the world's top scientists. The Central Washington University Foundation honored Dr. Nelson by establishing a $50,000 Ivory V. Nelson Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry, and the Board of Trustees of CWU passed a Resolution in August 1999 conferring on him the title of President Emeritus.

In addition, he has a record of active community involvement throughout his 30-plus years in higher education. He served as a Director of Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; served on the board of directors of Key Bank of Washington and was a member of the Washington State Commission on Student Learning, a gubernatorial appointment. He also was a member of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Arts, State of Washington.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

March is Women's History Month

Super Tuesday (March 1) came and left us with folks selecting candidates of their choice in the primary elections. At press time the results were not in so we will give a recap in the next issue. The early voting for the Waller County elections were very low and it was expected to pick up on Election Day. For more information on elections, visit: http://www.co.waller.tx.us or call 979-826-7643.

March is National Women's History Month and no need to forget it! Women have given birth to a nation that for many years refused to recognize them for their contributions so it is only fitting that we pay homage to those women throughout history and learns about the many obstacles women have had to overcome and the many contributions toward the development of the world. The celebration began in 1981 Women’s History Week and later grew into Women’s History Month in 1987 by congressional approval. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

This year's theme, " “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government” honors and recognizes the role of women in transforming culture, history and politics as leaders, scientists, educators, politicians, artists, historians, and informed citizens. The theme also celebrates the myriad ways in which the spirit, courage, and contributions of American women have added to the vitality, richness, and diversity of American life. For more information on national events, go to www.womenshistorymonth.gov. Several programs are scheduled throughout the community to commemorate this month . . . The members of the Collegiate 100 will host its "Women in Leadership" Seminar March 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the E.E. Obannion Building. For more information, visit www.collegiate100pvamu.com. Ryan Turner is the president.

The Waller County Master Gardeners Association will present its Spring Gardening Seminar on March 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Waller County Road & Bridge Annex Building, 775 Business 290 E in Hempstead. Several speakers will address the various plants and flowers and how to care for them during the period. Lunch is provided as part of the $25 seminar fee. Registration closes on March 3. For more information, call 979-826-7651.

The Prairie View Federal Credit Union will hold its Annual Meeting on March 22, 2016 to be held in the Parish Hall of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church at 6:00 p.m. The members will elect several members to the Board of Directors and the Credit Committee. Members are encouraged to attend the meeting and let their voices be heard. For other information, call 936-857-4925.

Jerry W. Kellum announces the provision of Notary Public Services, seven days a week, in Prairie View by appointments. Please call 936-857-5215. Discount available to senior citizens.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ada Beal, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Vanessa Jackson, Evelyn Jones, David Kirkpatrick, Autry Osby, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Sandra Watson, Theola Woods and Douglas Woolfolk, and the community Law Enforcement Officers. May God’s peace be with you!

HAPPY MARCH BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO: Ruby Cross (1), Ronald Humphrey (1), Equilla Jackson (1), Mary Fry Moore (1), Willie Trotty (1), Jessie Yell (3), Jonathan Amos (6), Cheryl J. Edmond (7), Amanda Johnson (8), John H. Fuller (9), Lucinda Vanduren (10). Ada Bennett (14), Vidah Ezeoka (15). HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Larry and Mattie Hickman (12).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: Basketball at Prairie View A&M University is at its best as both Panther teams scored victory against the Bulldogs of Alabama A&M University on February 29 in the Billy Nicks Arena. In the first match the Lady Panthers extended their winning streak to four with a 93-72 victory to up its season 13-12 overall and a 9-7 SWAC record. In the men’s matchup, the Panthers defeated the Bulldogs 85-65, to improve its record 6-22 and 6-10 SWAC. Next matchup, the teams travel to Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi on March 3 where the Lady Panthers will play the Braves at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s game is at 7:30 p.m. Then on March 5, the teams take on the Jaguars of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with the ladies at 3:00 p.m. and the men’s at 7:00 p.m.

The Career Center staff at Prairie View A&M University hosted its first Career Leadership Institute on February 25-27 at Houston’s Embassy Suites, West. The institute featured four con-current workshops addressing issues on leadership, communication, etiquette, interviews, internships, technology, dressing and corporate culture. Representatives from various corporations and agencies that participated in the Career Fair and PVAMU Cluster group led the workshops and forums. The event began on February 25 for the 100 students with preliminary workshops and a networking reception with Dr. Kendal Harris, Dean of Engineering addressing the group. The students were divided into groups and received the instructions for the case study on business to be presented at the close of the institute.

On February 26, the workshops ensued followed by the luncheon sponsored by the USAA Corporation of San Antonio. Mr. Mack Haik, businessman and owner of the hotel made a surprise appearance at the luncheon. Mr. Haik shared his personal and professional experiences and encouraged the students to follow their passions and to always give back to the community. Dr. Michael McFrazier, Vice President for Administration was the keynote speaker for the luncheon. Dr. Lawrence McNeil assisted the students with the case study. Overall, the institute was a huge success for the department according to Glenda Jones, Director for Career Services. For information on Career Services, call 946-261-3576 or visit www.pvamu.edu/careers.

Prairie View A&M University will formally dedicate the Alfred N. Poindexter Veterinary Hospital Building today with programs from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For information, call 936-261-5150 or visit: www.pvamu.edu. The Cooperative Extension Service at Prairie View A&M University continues its Technology Workshops with its presentation of Technology Health: Storage on the Cloud on March 16 in the Carden-Waller Building. For more information, call 936-261-5118.

On a cultural note, you should be aware that on March 11, 1878 - Prairie View A&M University, formally the Agricultural College of Texas for Colored youth, opened with eight male students and L. W. Minor as its first principal, though it was chartered by Texas Constitution on August 15, 1876. The University will commemorate its 140th Anniversary with a series of events throughout the month.

Until next week, in the words of Dr. W. E. B DuBois, “The function of the Negro college is to maintain the standards of popular education . . . and help in the solution of problems of race contact and cooperation." Keep the news and achievements coming to prairieviewtoday@yahoo.com or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Dr. Virgil Wood is Men's Prayer Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

The men of the community are cordially invited to the Men’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on February 27, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. at the church on 204 Dooley St. in Prairie View, Texas. You are encouraged to come out are hear the featured speaker, Dr. Virgil Wood, Church leader, educator, and civil rights activist who committed much of his life’s work to the struggle for economic and spiritual development among the nation’s disadvantaged. The breakfast is free and you’re asked to confirm attendance at 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net.

Ordained as a Baptist Minister in his late teens, Wood has served Churches for more than 50 years, in

Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Virginia. During his Pastorate in Lynchburg, Virginia, he became actively involved with the Civil Rights movement, setting up the Martin Luther King work there as the Lynchburg Improvement Association, a local unit of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. From 1963 to 1970, Wood led the Blue Hill Christian Center, of Boston’s Roxbury community, as its Pastoral Director, and head of the Mass. Unit, SCLC. He served with Martin Luther King, Jr., as a member of his National Executive Board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for the last ten years of Dr. King’s life and work, and Coordinated the State of Virginia in the Historic March on Washington April 28, 1963.

A 1956 graduate of Andover Newton Theological School with a Master of Divinity degree, he received his Doctorate in Education from Harvard University, in 1973, where two of his major Professors were Organization Development Expert Dr. Chris Argyris, and Achievement Motivation Expert Dr. David McClellan. As an educator, he served as Dean and Director, the African American Institute, and Associate Professor of Northeastern University at Boston, and had been a Professor at Virginia Seminary and College, in Lynchburg, and a visiting Lecturer, Research and Teaching Fellow at Harvard University.

Dr. Wood has many notable accomplishments. As an administrator for Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, founded by Dr. Leon H. Sullivan, a job training organization serving disadvantaged and under skilled Americans of all races, he assisted in founding and establishing 13 OIC centers in eight southern states, and in Boston, Massachusetts. Wood also served as a panelist and member of three White House Conferences under the Johnson, Nixon, and Carter Administrations.

Among Wood’s publications are INTRODUCTION TO BLACK CHURCH ECONOMIC STUDIES, ORIGININATOR and contributing editor, THE JUBILEE BIBLE, and author, “IN LOVE WE TRUST: Lessons I Learned From Martin Luther King”. He has combined his dual career in Church Leadership and Education with a life-long commitment to community development as economic and spiritual transformation.

Dr. Wood is Pastor Emeritus of the Pond Street Baptist, which he served from 1983 to 2005, and previously from 1955 to 1958. He concluded his Pastoral Ministry there December 31, 2005, having served Pond Street for 25 years, previously served by the late Dr. Samuel Dewitt Proctor.

He is joyfully married to the former Lillian Walker, and they are the parents of Deborah and David, and grandparents of Christopher and Jordan, whose mother is Lorene, David’s able and lovely wife.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Texas District Area IX to Oberserve 109th Anniversary of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at PVAMU

The members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the Texas Area IX chapters will celebrate its 109th Anniversary with a special Founders' Day Observance Program on December 6, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the Johnson Phillip All Faiths Chapel at Prairie View A&M University.

The event is being hosted by the Epsilon Tau Lambda (Prairie View), Eta Gamma (PVAMU), Pi Omicron (TAMU), Pi Alpha Lambda (College Station) and Sigma Gamma Lambda (Cypress/Katy) Chapters.

The speaker is for the program is Mr. Kyron Green, the Director of Information Technology for Nutrabolt Inc. Mr. Green holds the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Green formerly served as the IT Policy & Security Programs Administrator and IT Administrator for the Department of English at Texas A&M University.

He also served as a church administrator, board member for Faith and Family Agape Ministries and is the Lead Servant for Eastgate College Ministry at Aldersgate UMC in College Station. He was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. through Pi Psi chapter at the university and is now a member of Pi Alpha Lambda Chapter, where he served as Treasurer, Vice President, and President.

Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the “Jewels” of the fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy.

Since its founding, the fraternity has expanded its reach with more than 1,600 collegiate and alumni Chapters in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Caribbean and Europe, with more than 250,000 members of all races.

Other participants include the Boys Scout Troop 1906 who will post the colors and The Alpha Singers.

A reception will follow the program in the Room 108, John B. Coleman Library. We look forward to your joining us for this momentous event.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Prairie View Today for November 26, 2015

Prairie View Today By Frederick V. Roberts November 26, 2015
Today, November 26, Americans at home and abroad are celebrating Thanksgiving 2015 with family, friends and loved ones to reflect on the many blessings they have received over the years. As we reflect on the day history has it that the first Thanksgiving was proclaimed by President George Washington on November 26, 1789 as a day of gratitude for the adoption of the Constitution. In this season of national thankfulness, take time and express appreciation for a way of life that, despite all of its faults, has given the U.S. the best the world can devise. We have all have much to be thankful. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

The Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighting Association, Inc. is hosting two major events leading up to the 2015 Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. First the association launches its Annual Food and Toy Drive from November 10-December 19. Drop off places are Fire Station on 502 Ellen Powell St., Prairie View every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.; Prairie View City Hall on US Business 290 and the Prairie View Federal Credit Union on University Drive during business hours. Bring a smile to a child; donate unwrapped toys for boys and girls ages 0-17. For information contact: 936-857-9550. Next is the Annual Senior’s Luncheon for Thanksgiving on November 26, 2015 at 12 Noon at the Fire Station.

November 28th is Small Business Saturday® in America, a program created by the American Express Company in 2010 to help business owners with their most pressing need-- getting more customers. Since then, shoppers continue to rally in support of small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Thanks to American Express, FedEx and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for support of the program. Go out and support your small businesses.

The members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Eta Gamma (PVAMU), Pi Omicron (TAMU), Epsilon Tau Lambda (Prairie View), Pi Alpha Lambda (College Station) and Gamma Sigma Lambda (Cypress/Katy) Chapters will join Alphas around the world in commemorating its 109th Anniversary with a Founders' Day Observance Program on December 6, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the Johnson Phillip All Faiths Chapel at Prairie View A&M University. The fraternity was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, on Dec. 4, 1906. The speaker is Dr. Kyron Green, administrator at Texas A&M University. Participants include Boys Scout Troop 1906 who will post the colors and The Alpha Singers. The public is invited.

PVAMU Alumni have a lot to be thankful for this year. First congratulations to Dr. Dawn Dubose on her selection of Principal of the Year presented by the National Association of Black School Educators at its recent meeting Houston, Texas. Dubose is principal for HISD-Red Elementary and is a 1998 graduate of PVAMU. Congratulations also to Ernie Collins, a recipient the of 1890 Universities Career Exemplar In augural Awards from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Collins, a 1969 graduate, is among 19 recipients from historically black land-grant universities receiving the award. Collins retired from the ExxonMobil formally Humble Oil and Refinery Company in 2003 after 34 years of service.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ernestine Carreathers, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Evelyn Jones, David Kirkpatrick, Gail Adams Lee and Family, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Theola Woods and Douglas Woolfolk. May God’s peace be with you!

HAPPY NOVEMBER BIRTHDAY TO: Samuel Montgomery (23), Priscilla Yell (23), Willie R. Gooden (25), James Jacob Boyer (26), Irma Kendrick (26),Charles McClelland (26), Monica Allums (26), Alonzo Watson (27), Evelyn Jones (29), Nathan Manuel (29), Edward W. Martin (29), Pamela Whitehead (30) and Ora Whitfield (30). Happy Wedding Anniversary: Charles & Florine Muse (27). Happy December Birthdays: Justin Samuel (1), Valeria Nickerson (1), Lewis Smith (1), Sarah Williams (1), Linda Barrs (2), Betty Ricks (2), Robert Woodie McClennon (2),Scherrentina Williams (3), Jessica D. Berry (8), Ursula Johnson (15) and Vanessa Weatherspoon (15).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: Congratulations to the PVAMU Panther Football team and coaches on a successful 2015 season. Under the leadership of Coach Willie Simmons, his first season, the team amassed a 9-2 season and 9-1 SWAC record, the first in decades for the Panthers. The team impressive record has caused an all-out petition to the NCAA for consideration of an at-large post season play. At press time a decision has not been made. The PVAMU Family is hopeful that the 2015 Panthers will be selected.

Don’t forget to support Radio-thon 2015 hosted by KPVU FM 91.3 at Prairie View A&M University. The station is celebrating its 34th Anniversary. It began its on-air service on November 26, 1981 under the leadership of Shirley Staples as the laboratory for the Communications Department. Since then, the station has taken a broader role and is a PBS Station, supported in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For information, contact kpvu@pvamu.edu or 936-261-3750.

The staff of the Johnson Phillip All Faith Chapel and student organizations at PVAMU will host its 2015 “Gift for Tots” on Dec. 5 at 10:00 am. All children (toddlers to 8 years of age) are invited to come out and receive a Christmas gift. They are also accepting unwrapped gifts for the program. For information contact Ms. Lewis at 936-261-3591./p PVAMU announces its 2015 Fall Commencement schedule with two exercises on December 12 at 9 a.m. and at 1 p.m.in the William “Billy” Nicks, Sr. Building. Major General (Ret) Julius Parker is the commencement speaker. General Parker is the President and CEO, J.P. Industries, Inc. and the JADOR Enterprises Inc., consulting firms located in Phoenix, Arizona. Parker and his wife Dorothy June are proud alumni of Prairie View A&M University. Parker graduated in 1955 with a commission as second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and retired as the highest ranking African American Intelligence Officer in the history of the army. The Parkers children, Julius Jr. and DaVita also graduated from PVAMU. The New Alumni Induction is on December 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Opal Johnson-Smith Auditorium./p Until next week, remember that whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Believe in the power and make a difference in the lives of others. Keep the news and achievements coming to prairieviewtoday@yahoo.com, P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.

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.