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Rowland’s focus will be the kickoff of the My Brother’s Keeper Action Summit (MBK), a part of the White House initiative launched by President Barak Obama. Prairie View is one of seven Texas Cities out of 100 cities selected for the program and will report its actions at the MBK Community Challenge National Convening in Washington, D.C. later in January.
The MBK Community Challenge is a call to action for community leaders to implement a coherent cradle-to-college and career strategy aimed at improving life and outcomes for youth in America. Rowland will also share his experiences and participation in a myriad of activities to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Prairie View.
Rowland was first elected to the council in 2004 and has been an instrumental and influential force in the successful restoration of the Prairie View A&M University student’s essential right to vote in the city and county. He’s worked to ensure fair voter representation in election district boundaries through the federal court case in 2010 as part of his service with the NAACP. Rowland is supported resolution in opposition to the creation of a landfill in Waller County, not a popular move for a sitting council member.
Rowland holds the Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Tarleton State University, the Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration degrees and the Master’s Degree in Community Development with certification in community planning and fundraising from Prairie View A&M University. He is completing the dissertation for the PhD in Educational Leadership, also from Prairie View A&M University.
He has received many awards and recognitions for his distinguished services to uplift humanity and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Prairie View, including Young Champions of Justice Award from The Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights. Brian continues to serve his community through numerous affiliations including: Prairie View Federal Credit Union Board Member; Prairie View Chamber of Commerce-1st Vice President; Prairie View Volunteer Fire Department-Member; Prairie View Athletic Club-Historian; Board of Adjustment & Appeals for the City of Prairie View; NAACP-Life Member; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. former President; Houston Area Urban League-Young Professionals; Prairie View National Alumni Association-Life Member, Texas Municipal League-Member, Texas Association of Black City Council Members, Boy Scouts Troop 1906- former Scoutmaster and the Texas and National Black Caucus Co-Director for the Young Elected Officials Network.
Brian is a financial advisor with VOYA Financials, formerly ING Financials, a position he’s held for the past twelve years. For more information on Rowland visit http://brianerowland.com.
All men and women who support programs for minority males in the community are invited to the free breakfast and fellowship. Please call 936-857-3272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to confirm attendance. 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.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
The program is open to the public and is being hosted by the Eta Gamma Chapter (PVAMU), Epsilon Tau Lambda (Prairie View), Pi Omicron (TAMU) and Pi Alpha Lambda (College Station) Chapters, and Sigma Gamma Lambda (Cypress-Katy), all members of Area IX of the Fraternity.
In Wyatt’s 32 years at the university he held several positions including Chairman of the university’s Performing Artists Series for fourteen years, director of the PVAMU Symphonic Band which presented more than 120 concerts on the campus and in cities of the Southwest and released four compact disc of concert music. He is the author of more than twenty-five articles on African American music published in books and journals. He formerly served as director of bands at Tuskegee University, and was elected as the Alabama College Band Director of the Year. During his military service he was a musician stationed with the US Army in Heidelberg, Germany.
Wyatt is an honors graduate of Florida A&M University who later earned the degrees Master of Music and the PhD in music theory from the prestigious Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Among his many honors is his election to Who’s Who in America, the recipient of two New Achiever awards from PVAMU, a Visiting Scholar at North Carolina Central University, and he was awarded a doctoral fellowship by the Southern Fellowships Fund, Inc., of Atlanta. He is a member of the Prairie View First United Methodist Church where he serves on the Board of Trustees. Wyatt and his wife Christine organized and directed the Annual Christmas Cantata with singers and musicians from churches in the community for twenty-three years. He is the former president of the Prairie View Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association and a fifty-year member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a member of Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter in Prairie View.
Since its founding, the fraternity has provided leadership and service during the Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights Movements, and addressed social issues such as apartheid and urban housing, and other economic, cultural, and political issues affecting people of color. The fraternity’s mentoring, academic achievement and voter education programs and its relationships with the March of Dimes, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boy Scouts are priority-one for the fraternity. Some of its major programs include the Million Dollar Contribution to the National Urban League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the United Negro Scholarship Fund and its lead role in the management and construction of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the Washington Mall. Dr. King was one of the most revered brothers of the fraternity. Attorney Harry E. Johnson, Sr., the fraternity’s 31st General President serves as the President of the MLK Foundation. The fraternity is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with Mr. Mark Tillman as the General President.
The fraternity’s membership is more than two hundred thousand college trained men dispersed in more than 1,500 college and 900 alumni chapters throughout the United States, Korea, Europe and the Caribbean. Some of its prominent members are Justice Thurgood Marshall, Congressmen Emmanuel Cleaver, Al Green, William Gray, Ralph Metcalf and Charles Rangel; Ebony Publisher John H. Johnson, former PVAMU presidents Alvin I. Thomas, E. B. Evans, Charles Hines and E. B. Evans; Mayors Lee P. Brown, David Dinkins, Maynard Jackson, Frank Jackson, Raymond E. Carreathers, Jiles P. Daniels, Sr., Michael Wolfe and Ernest Morial, Texas Representatives Al Edwards, Sylvester Turner, Boris Miles and Ronal Reynolds; musicians Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie; Rhodes Scholar and Activist Paul Robeson, W. E. B. DeBois; Olympian Jesse Owens, and legendary coaches Eddie Robinson and Lenny Wilkins, to name a few.
Contact: Frederick V. Roberts – 979-221-8430 email@example.com
Monday, November 17, 2014
The 2014 Honorees are Mr. Khambrel Marshall, TV Anchor for KPRC, Mr. Roy Perry, Chairman of the Prairie View A&M Foundation, The Honorable, Senfronia Thompson, Texas State Representative, and the Baseball and Women Soccer Teams of Prairie View A&M University. We will also pin and present our new members as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the organization.
"These persons were selected for this honor because of their achievement and commitment to excellence,” says Patrick Gray, former president of Collegiate 100. “When we decided to host this event we thought about the impact these persons have made on the community these past years and thought it befitting to honor them for Keeping it 100®”
Ms. Glenda Jones, Director for Career Services at Prairie View A&M University is the Mistress of Ceremonies with Dr. Frazier Wilson as the Keynote Speaker.
The gala is a major event for the Collegiate 100 which was re-chartered at the university in March 2011. The organization was created at Prairie View A&M University in 1993. 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 and Sylvester Turner, Mayors Frank D. Jackson and Michael Wolfe, Professors George Brown and Kelvin Kirby and the PVAMU Women’s Basketball, Men’s Track and Bowling 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, 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 ABOUT THE COLLEGIATE 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. Contact: Benecia Curtis, Gala Chairperson firstname.lastname@example.org P. O. Box 5433 Prairie View, TX 77446 Phone: 408-613-9175
Osby will share his experiences growing up in Houston's 3rd Ward as well as his involvement with the Prairie View A&M Foundation.
Osby has more than 34 years with DuPont in a variety of Engineering and Business Related roles. His current responsibilities as Regional Engineering Manager for the Gulf Coast and Western US, consists of leading the execution of all Capital Projects and programs.
John formerly served as the Strategic Sourcing Manager for Engineered Equipment and Engineering Services Contracts globally. After serving Advanced Fibers Systems product line as the Business Engineering Manager.
Following a brief stint with Brown and Root in Houston, John moved to South Carolina to join DuPont in the Construction Division and later moved into Engineering design for products such as Automotive Finishes, Lycra®, Kevlar ® and Nomex®. His tenure with DuPont has taken him to operations around the world including Japan, China and Europe.
In each of his domestic relocations, John has lead his church family in a capital campaign to build a new worship center.
John received a B. Arch from Prairie View A&M University and has completed several training and development from professional organizations.
He is Vice Chairman of the Prairie View A&M Foundation Board of Trustees and an active member of the University of Houston Civil and Environmental Industry Advisory Board. He is also a member of several personal and professional organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., where he served as president of the Eta Gamma Chapter.
Osby is married to Jackie and they have two daughters Ashton and Kayla.
The Free breakfast is open to the men of the community. Please confirm attendance at 936-857-3272 or email@example.com.
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.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
The Prairie View Family is mourning the passing of Mrs. Nellie Charleston on August 10, 2014. Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Charleston are set for August 16, beginning with a viewing from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Johnson Phillip All Faith Chapel at Prairie View A&M University. The funeral service starts at 11:00 a.m. Condolences and expressions may be sent to the Nellie Charleston Family, P. O. Box 507, Prairie View, TX 77446.
The members of the First United Methodist Church in Prairie View invite the public to its 2nd Annual Brims and Crowns Extravaganza on August 16 at the Waller Baptist Church, 2520 Cherry Street. The event will feature performances from the Voice of Distinction, a Jazz Quartet, Praise Dancers and a motivational message from Ms. Phyllis Spates of Hempstead. Donation for the event is $20, which will support programs at the church. For information, call 936-857-3584.
The ‘Red Hot Summer’s Night in August’ and the 8th Annual Red & White Fireman’s Ball is set for August 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Willie A. Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Ballroom at Prairie View A&M University. Waller County area farmers, ranchers, cowboys and cowgirls will be honored at the ball. Special awards will be presented to fire station personnel as well. The committee invites members of the community to sponsor items for its silent auction and purchase tickets and ads for the public event. Proceeds will support equipment and operations of the Fire Department. For information, contact: Belinda Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 3D Mathematics Academy of Prairie View is now receiving applications for membership for the 2014-2015 school year. Full academy membership runs Monday through Friday after school until 5:30 p.m. with van pick up in Waller ISD only. Space is limited to 10-12 for students in grades 3 to 12 in science and mathematics. 3D ExTRA students receive homework and Test Review, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm in 45 minute to 1 hour overlapping sessions. The first semester runs September 8-December 16. Call 936-857-3534 for more information and appointments from August 11 to August 15, 1 pm to 6 pm.
Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ernestine Carreathers, Keith Bowdre, The Nellie Charleston Family, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Mae Helen James, David Kirkpatrick, Irene Reid, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Theola Woods and Douglas Woolfolk. May God’s peace be with you!
HAPPY AUGUST BIRTHDAY TO: Lauretta Burke (10), Blessing Ezeoka (10), Gwendolyn Jeffery (10), Vanessa Jackson (11), George Brown (12), Georgia Stewart (12),Arthrayia Love Tompkins (12), Stephon Nathaniel Martin, Jr. (13), Danny Kelly (14). LaKethia Harrison (15), Janelle Siaffa (16), Marion Williams (16), Charlie Brown (17), Christopher Ryan Starks (17), Shadia Fuller Washington (17). Lucius R. Wyatt (18), JoAnn Blake (19),Timothy McWashington (19), Frank T. Hawkins (20), James Tompkins (20), Amy Boykin (23), Marguerite Robinson (23), Cecil Boykin (24), Iris Sawyer (25), Jessie M. Tompkins (26), Desire'e Boykin (26), Cheryl Manuel (27), Elaine Francis-Shafer (27) and Cheryl Williams Manual (27). HAPPY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TO: Cecil & Amy Boykin (18), Don & Beatrice Sowell (18),Ural and Crystal Thompson (22), Waymon and Bernice Webster (24), Edward and Pearl Martin (24) and David and Lorraine Kirkpatrick (26).
The Prairie View Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly meeting on August 28 at 6 p.m. at George E. Higgs Prairie View National Alumni Headquarters on University Drive. City and county officials are invited to update the members on their activities for the month. All business and prospective owners are invited to attend. Come on out and help to improve the business development in the city.
Prairie View A&M University’s creation. It was on August 14, 1876, when the fifteenth Texas Legislature created the Agriculture and Mechanical College of Texas at Bryan and the Alta Vista College for Colored Youth on the Kirby Plantation in Waller County. After several name changes, including Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College, the legislature endorsed Prairie View A&M University with legislative action on August 15, 1973. The “A&M” is the official symbol for the system and the university.
On August 18-19, the Prairie View A&M University will host its fall faculty and staff retreat in the Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium in the Willie A. Tempton, Sr. student center. President George C. Wright and other administrators will lay out the goals and objectives for 2014-15, introduce new faculty and staff and recognize others for their services and achievement for the 2013-14 year. The program will conclude with an “All White Affair” reception in the center’s on August 20 from 3:00 pm. to 5:00 p.m.
Friends, colleagues and other well-wishers are gearing up to pay homage to Dr. E. Joahnne Thomas Smith with “A Summer’s Evening Celebration,” commemorating her 18 years of dedicated service as Senior Vice President and Provost of Academic Affairs at Prairie View A&M University. The gala event is set for September 5 with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by the banquet at 7:00 p.m. at the Hilton of Americas Houston, 1600 Lamar Street, Houston. The semi-formal event will mark an era of teaching, research and service of Dr. Thomas-Smith to higher education in Texas. For ticket information, contact the office of academic affairs at 936-261-2170.
Kudos to Dr. George C. Wright on his eleventh anniversary as president of Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Wright was officially named the seventh president on August 15, 2003. Kudos also to Dr. Michael McFrazier on the first anniversary in his Vice President for Administration and to Dr. Terence Hicks in his position as dean of the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education at PVAMU.
Prairie View A&M University is bidding goodbye to Dr. Marion Billingsley who served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs from 2009. Billingsley will leave the position on August 31 to become Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at North Carolina Central University. The student affairs staff plans to host a reception for Billingsley within the week.
Until next week, in the words of Malcolm X, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Keep the news, achievements and recognitions coming to email@example.com or Prairie View Today, P.O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Prestage was on of sixteen children born on August 12, 1931, in Hutton, Louisiana to proud parents Brudis Leroy Limar, Sr. and Sallie Bell Johnson Limar.
The family later moved to Alexandria, Louisiana, where she received the majority of her education, graduating as valedictorian from Peabody High School at the age of 16. Jewel accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Alexandria.
Prestage went to earn her Bachelors from Southern University in Baton, Rouge in 1951, then the Masters degree from University of Iowa in 1952 and at the age of 22, her PhD in 1954. During her graduate education, Jewel married James in 1953 upon his return from military service in Korea.
Jewel began her illustrious teaching career at Prairie View A&M University in 1954 and after two years she returned Southern University as a faculty member, subsequently becoming department chair and then dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, a position she held until her retirement in 1989. In recognition of her contributions, Southern conferred upon her the status of Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Under her leadership and mentoring, a generation of students received academic preparation that led them to graduate and professional schools. Those students represent 45 PhDs and over 200 lawyers, judges, elected officials, administrators, commissioned military officers, and business executives. After retiring from Southern, Jewel returned to Prairie View A&M University as professor of political science and subsequently, dean of the Benjamin Banneker Honors College the first of its kind at an HBCU.
Funeral Arrangements for Dr. Jewel Prestage who passed on August 3, 2014 in Houston is set for Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, 3826 Wheeler Avenue, Houston, beginning with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Ivy Beyond the Wall Ceremony at 1:30 pm. Viewing runs from 2 pm - 3 pm at the church with the service beginning at 3 pm.
Prestage is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dr. James Jordan Prestage; five children, Terri Prestage-White (Patrick), James Grady Prestage (Fheryl), Eric Warren Prestage, Karen Prestage Washington (Lionel) and Jay Wilkins Prestage; two brothers, George Limar (Sonja) and Eugene Limar; two sisters, Annetta Limar Brock (Warren) and Ordia Limar Gee (Albert); nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild; many nieces & nephews, cousins, godchildren and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Jewel Prestage Award in Political Science, c/o The University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244-4550 www.UIFoundation.org; or to The Jewel Limar Prestage Mentorship Award, c/o National Conference of Black Political Scientists, 14000 Hwy 82 West, MVSU 5098, Itta Bena, MS 38941-1400 www.ncobps.org/?page=PrestageAward.
Condolences may be sent to: The Jewel Prestage Family, c/o Sugar Land Mortuary, 1818 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Let us continue to keep the entire Prestage family in our thoughts and prayers.
For more information contact the Mortuary at 281-277-1818.