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 the 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 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 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. She grew up with 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 germane to the U.S.A. She 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 is 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 and holds degrees (BA, MA and PhD) from Prairie View A&M University.

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.

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 Prairie View City Police 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.

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.

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.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Brian Rowland is Men’s Prayer Breakfast Spekaer at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

Brian E. Rowland 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.

Rowland is an active and longtime resident of Prairie View and serves the citizens through numerous community affiliations to include Council Member, City of Prairie View, Prairie View Chamber of Commerce (1st Vice President); Boy Scouts Troop 1906 (Assistant Scoutmaster); Prairie View Volunteer Fire Department (Member); Texas State NAACP (Membership Chair) & Economic Development (Co-Chair); Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter (former President).

Rowland was elected to the City Council in May 2017 and previously served two terms (2010-2104). While serving on the council Rowland was committed to Economic Development to create job opportunities with local businesses for our city’s residents; leveraging investment & resources with the Prairie View Economic Development Corporation, and securing new revenues and grants to help lower taxes.

In his new term, he plans to improve Public Safety through cleaning and beautifying the neighborhoods and addressing blighted properties; to ensure upgrades to city infrastructure- streets, water and sewer systems and to be an advocate for fairness with the criminal justice system. Rowland believes that access to City Hall should be expanded to improve transparency, access, and communication between city hall and residents; build collaborations with Prairie View A&M University students and the Community and expand voter rights in elections locally, statewide, and nationally.

Brian holds the Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Tarleton State University, a Bachelors of Business Administration, a Masters of Community Development(MCD), Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Prairie View A&M University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership at Prairie View A&M University. Brian is a Registered Representative with Voya Financial, LLC and also the president of Visionary Leadership.

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. 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.

Friday, May 12, 2017

PVAMU Alumnus Peter K. Turnquest installed as Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas

PRAIRIE VIEW: The Honorable Peter K. Turnquest was recently installed as the Deputy Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on May 12, 2017.

Turnquest, representing East Grand Bahama as a member of the FNM (Free National Movement Party), was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 2012 and reelected on May 10, 2017 in a party landslide. According to unofficial results, the FNM was able to pull off a stunning defeat of the PLP, securing a massive 34 of 39 constituencies. As the deputy party leader, that person usually becomes the Deputy Prime Minister, and there is no reason why Turnquest would not get the appointment.

Turnquest is a 1984 graduate of Prairie View A&M University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting. He is one of seven siblings who attended or graduated(Donovan, Gerron, Stacey, Trevor, Dexter (Peter's twin) and Lionel [brother Wade attended]) from the university. Peter later earned the MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

A licensed certified public accountant in Texas and a chartered accountant in The Bahamas, Peter spent most of his career straddling Nassau and Freeport, with intermittent one and two-year stints in Charlotte, North Carolina; London, England; and Sydney, Australia.

While at Prairie View A&M University, Peter was active in several organizations to include National Association of Black Accountants, SGA and the Eta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. His ambition and drive was to graduate from PVAMU, become a Chartered Accountant and return to the Bahamas to make a difference in government.

Turnquest last visited the university in 2015. His election to this position is a testament and manifestation that "Prairie View Produces Productive People" indeed.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Dr. David Andrew Kirkpatrick to Eulogized on May 10 in Prairie View

Funeral services for Dr. David Andrew Kirkpatrick, Sr., who passed away at his home on May 2, 2017, is set for May 10 at 11:00 a.m. at the Johnson Phillip All Faiths Chapel at Prairie View A&M University. Public viewing is set for May 9 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., followed by the Omega Service conducted by the members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Singleton & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., 527 New Orleans Street, Hempstead, Texas 77445-0344, Phone: 979-826-2425.

David was born September 27, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois and graduated high school in 1958. After graduation, he enrolled at Prairie View A&M University and joined the Football team. After lettering in football and becoming a great scholar-athlete, David received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Technology from the university in 1963. He then went on to earn a Master of Science degree from Kansas State College and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

In his quest to give back to his community, Kirkpatrick began his teaching career at Prairie View A&M University in 1968 and moved through the ranks as a tenured Associate Professor Department of Engineering Technology and Head of Department. He retired in 2016 after forty-eight years of distinguished service.

Kirkpatrick lived in Prairie View for more than 40 years, where he raised his four children. His concern for academic excellence for the children of the community caused him to seek public office as a member fo the Waller ISD Board of Trustees. He was elected in 1996 and served in various positions to include Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the Board. He was later awarded a distinguished service award for his commitment and dedication to the advancement of education throughout the district.

Dr. Kirkpatrick and his wife are members of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Prairie View where he served as Superintendent of the Sunday School, member of the Vestry, Junior Warden, Lay Minister and Reader, and coordinator for the Brotherhood of St. Andrews.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Loraine, two sons - David Jr. and Dwight, two daughters - Deneyse and Deleanor and seven grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Rowland Seeks Return to Prairie View City Council

Former Prairie View City Council member Brian Rowland is seeking reelection to another term on the council where he previously served in 2015.

The Prairie View City Elections is set for May 6 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall on 44480 US Business 290. For more information, visit www.prairieviewtexas.gov.

Rowland is an active and longtime resident of Prairie View and serves the citizens through numerous community affiliations to include the Prairie View Chamber of Commerce (1st Vice President); Boy Scouts Troop 1906 (Assistant Scoutmaster); Prairie View Volunteer Fire Department (Member); Texas State NAACP (Membership Chair) & Economic Development (Co-Chair); Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter (former President).

Rowland states that he is seeking the position of City Councilman again because promoting economic development, improving public safety, and expanding access to government are vital to Prairie View and all its citizens.

Parts of his platform is to Promote Economic Development to create job opportunities with local businesses for our city’s residents; leverage investment & resources with the Prairie View Economic Development Corporation, and secure new revenues and grants to help lower taxes. He also wants to improve Public Safety through cleaning and beautifying our neighborhoods and addressing blighted properties; to ensure upgrades to city infrastructure- streets, water and sewer systems and to be an advocate for fairness with the criminal justice system. He believes that access to City Hall should be expanded to improve transparency, access, and communication between city hall and residents; build collaborations with Prairie View A&M University students and the Community and expand voter rights in elections locally, statewide, and nationally.

Brian holds the Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Tarleton State University, a Bachelors of Business Administration, a Masters of Community Development(MCD), Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Prairie View A&M University, and recently defended his dissertation for a PhD in Educational Leadership at Prairie View A&M University. He expects to receive the degree in May. Brian is a Registered Representative with Voya Financial, LLC and also the president of Visionary Leadership.

Rowland brings more than thirteen years of experience as an advocate for change in the city. His experienced leadership and collaborative approach will bring fresh ideas and positive solutions to the community. He will work with City Hall Staff, City Council members, and other community leaders to ensure that the city as a whole grows and that Prairie View receives its fair share of services and recognition.

Citizens our urged to go out and vote in this crucial election.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

PVAMU Community Orchestra holds Concert at St. Francis of Assisi

The Prairie View A&M University Community Orchestra held another excellent concert on April 25 at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church. The group performed works of Richard Smallwood (Total Praise), Gustav Holst (Mars the Planet), Alan Hovaness (The Prayer of St. Gregory) and Andrea Favi (Sinfonia II –Allegro). Dr. Wendy Bergin, Associate Professor Music, conducted the 30 piece orchestra. Kristerpher Williams was the student conductor. Reverend Cynthia Engle, Rector at St. Francis, made a guest appearance on the Cello. A reception followed the event.

The City of Prairie View will hold a general election on May 6 for three council positions. The candidates in the elections are: Position 1 – Brian Rowland and Veda Johnson, Position 2 – Jonathan Randle (incumbent), Chandra Adams and Maduforo Eze and Position 3 – Marie Herndon (incumbent), Darryl Johnson and Kendric Jones. Early voting runs May 2, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at City Hall on 44480 US Business 290. For more information, visit www.prairieviewtexas.gov.

Waller ISD is also holding an election for two members to the Board of Trustees on May 6. For position 1: Joe Landan (Incumbent) and Ronald Campbell. Early voting runs thru May 2 at the WISD Administration in Waller and on May 1-2 from 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. at the Waller County Community Center in Prairie View. Citizens of Prairie View are encouraged to vote for the candidate to best represent the community.

Center Hill Primitive Baptist Church will pay tribute to its Pastor, Reverend Richard D. and Mrs. Easter Hayes on April 7 in a special event to commemorate the 39 years of service at 3:00 p.m. at the church on 40224 Center Hill Road, Hempstead. Reverend C. W. Tennell, Sr., Pastor, St. Paul Primitive Baptist Church, Bryan will deliver the service and Sister Barbara Caine will serve as Mistress of Ceremony. A pre-appreciation celebration is slated for April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Reverend Ruth Walker, Pastor, St. James Community Baptist Church, Waller will deliver the sermon, with Mother Camille Curtis as the Mistress of Ceremony. The public is invited to come and celebrate and worship on this special event.

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

Wanted to know about the law for the people and how to navigate an issue at the layman’s level, well here is your chance to attend the “People’s Law School” on Saturday, April 29 at 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 204 Dooley Street in Prairie View. The speakers and presenters will address laws affecting the elders, consumers, landlord-tenant relations and criminal justice system. You are encouraged to register at www.eventbrite.com. The event is sponsored by the Waller County Lifelong Learning Center, Herschel Smith, Waller County Constable, Pct. 3, Sylvia Cedillo, Attorney, Health Markets and Texas C.O.R.E. For more information, contact by Email: wcllc@gmail.com.

The Gavel Series hosted by the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology at Prairie View A&M University will host a Meet the Candidates! City of Prairie View Local Election Political Forum on Saturday, April 29 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m., in the Don K. Clark Building Auditorium.

The First United Methodist Church will host its Annual Bar-B-Q on May 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the church on 7th and Main in Hempstead, Texas. Drive thru or Dine-in is $12.00, which includes baked desert.

Plans are underway for the 11th Annual Red Hot Summer Ball, sponsored by the Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighting Association, Inc. on August 5, 2017. This year’s honorees include Administrative Assistants and two dedicated employees who have gone above and beyond their call of duty in the city. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information contact: Belinda Lewis at email: lewisbelinda@hotmail.com.

Congratulations to the winners of the 84th Annual Miss Prairie View A&M University Scholarship Pageant. After six rounds of competition, Moriah Colbert, a junior architect student from Indianapolis, Indiana was the winner of the Personal Interview, Talent, Eveningwear and Onstage Interview along with the title. Kayla Robert, a junior Mechanical Engineering student from Houston, won the swimwear and is the first runner-up. Both Moriah and Kayla were former contestants in the Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant, hosted by the Eta Gamma and Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Incidentally, Moriah also won second runner-up for the Texas Miss Black & Gold Pageant.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ada Beal, Dorothy Anderson Carter, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Shirley Fritzsching, Evelyn Jones, The Sidney Johnson Family, Jerry Kellum, David & Loraine Kirkpatrick, Edward and Pearl Martin, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Otelia Watson and Sandra Watson. May God’s peace be with you! HAPPY APRIL BIRTHDAY TO: Herbert Thomas (26), Vickie Seldon (26), Florine Muse (27) and Travis Scott [nee Jacques Webster] (Birthday 30). HAPPY MAY BIRTHDAY TO: Blesson Isaac (6), Ellery Chase Stevens (7), Ella Anderson (8), Mary Hawkins (9), Mary Ann Stubblefield (9), Cecil Dorsett II (11), James Kromah (11), Gloria Hall (12), Tenamah Sirleaf (12) and Ananias K. Waters (13).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: The Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program will host its 5th Annual Housing Fair on April 29 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.in the Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension Building. For information and registration. The event provides a venue for potential home buyers and current homeowners to speak directly to mortgage industry professionals and receive information on resources available for their real-estate needs and USDA loans. The event is free. Contact: Christopher Cotton, Program Specialist at 936-61-5107. In celebration of National Preservation Week – April 23-29, the staff of the John B. Coleman Library at Prairie View A&M University has joined with libraries throughout the nation celebrate this special event. The Coleman Library has an extensive display of historical documents on display for public viewing. Today, April 27, the library will sponsor an Open House Celebration from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the 5th Floor, with a reception from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. The public is invited. For more information on Preservation Week, visit: http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek.

On April 28—29, the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences Annual Agricultural Field Day under the theme “Growing Ideas. Impacting Lives” at Prairie View A&M University. The public is invited to attend. There are activities for adults and children to include a petting of the goats. For more information, visit www.pvamu.edu/AgFieldDay or contact Angela Moore or 936-261-5002.

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 or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Boykins is Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi on April 15

Dwight Boykins, Council Member District D, City of Houston, is the speaker for the Men's Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church set for Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall of the church at 204 Dooley Street, Prairie View.

The free breakfast is open to the men of the community, who are asked to reserve a seat and confirm their attendance at 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net.

As an established business and government leader, public safety, infrastructure, and job creation are the cornerstones of his district policies.

As a member of City Council, Dwight serves as Chair of the Ethics, Elections & Council Governance Committee and is a member of the following committees: Budget and Fiscal Affairs; BFA Subcommittee on Debt Financing and Pensions; Regulation and Neighborhood Affairs; and Housing and Community Development.

Council Member Boykins actively serves as an advocate for District D constituents and works to address issues surrounding food deserts, blight, affordable housing, and community development. One of his top priorities has been to make District D one of the most economically driven districts in Houston, and with this goal in mind, Council Member Boykins made history by pushing for the creation of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) #26 for the Sunnyside community. He collaborated directly with former Mayor Anise Parker and current Mayor Sylvester Turner to identify the boundaries and recommend community and business stakeholders to serve on the Board of Directors. In his time on council, Council Member Boykins has forged new partnerships with the Texas Medical Center; University of Houston; Texas Southern University; Houston Community College; and San Jacinto College.

Dwight is a native resident of District D and attended local public schools. He received his BBA in Marketing from the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University.

Dwight has previously served on the Oversight Committee of ReBuild Houston and remains a huge advocate for the improvement of the city’s street infrastructure to address drainage and flooding in District D and across the city. He is a Senior Fellow American Leadership Forum (ALF) Class XXXV, and is currently a member of the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a Life Member of the NAACP and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Dwight is a man of faith and he and his wife of 27 years, Genora Kendrick Boykins, are active members of Windsor Village United Methodist Church.