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.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Hempstead's Mayor Michael Wolfe is Men's Breakfast Speaker

Reverend Michael S. Wolfe, Sr. is the speaker for the Men's Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church set for Saturday, March 18, 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 confirm their attendance at 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net.

Wolfe is a native of Hempstead, Texas where he was reared and graduated from Hempstead High School.

Wolfe was elected as Mayor for the City of Hempstead in 2004. He was first elected to the Hempstead City Council in 2000 and served on several committees and commissions. Prior to his political career, Wolfe taught in the North Forest ISD for thirteen years. He is also the Pastor Bethlehem Baptist Church in Roans Prairie, Texas, a position he has held for 27 Years.

Mayor Wolfe is committed to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Hempstead and the county and is credited with attracting new business and being a staunch supporter of the protest against a landfill in the vicinity of Hempstead. Wolfe is dedicated to making Hempstead the best city anyone would be proud to call home.

Wolfe holds the B.A. in Political Science and the M.A. in Counseling degrees, Prairie View A&M University. He also holds the B.Th. and the M.Th. degrees from Mt. Zion Bible Institute in Houston and the further studies at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston.

In addition to his position as Mayor, he finds time to engage in other civic and community activities to include serving as a member of the Hempstead Chamber of Commerce, Adult Softball League of Hempstead and the National Teachers Association. He also holds membership with the Texas & National Conference of Mayors, Texas Municipal League, Texas Teachers Retirement System, Texas Association of Black City Council Members, Texas Gas Association, and African American Mayor’s Association. Additionally he serves as chaplain for the Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Mayor Wolfe comes from a long line of Wolfe's who have made significant contributions to enhance the quality of life for the community. His son Michael, Jr. served many years in the Student Financial Aid Office at Prairie View A&M University; daughter-in-law Ruth Ann, serves in the office of Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University; nephew Clarence is a computer scientist/IT professional who worked for many years in the IT Department of Prairie View A&M University.

Mayor Wolfe is married to Deborah and they have two children – Demeatra and Michael S. Jr., and six grandchildren – Raeunna, Darrian, Sarai, Shequeria, RJ and Aaliya.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Anthony Hill is the Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

Mr. Anthony Hill, Director of Technology and Utilities Infrastructure for the City of Hempstead is the speaker for the Men's Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church set for Saturday, February 18, 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 confirm their attendance at 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net.

Anthony graduated from Hempstead High School in 1980 and is two-time graduate from Prairie View A&M University obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1991 and a Master’s in Community Development in 2006.

Prior to his position with the city, Anthony retired at the age of 50 from the Hempstead Independent School District as the Director of Technology after serving some 10 years. Upon his retirement, he became the Director of Parks and Recreation in 2013 for the City of Hempstead. As the director of parks and recreations he was able to create programs for all ages and designed a football field designated especially for the little league football players and local soccer players. Anthony also worked as the Director of Technology for 15 years and a Network Analysis for the College of Engineering at Prairie View A&M University.

From 1992 to 2002, Anthony became active in the community by obtaining the role of the Youth Camp Director for the Johnny Holland Sports Camp. This camp helped promote leadership skills and implemented teamwork among the youth.

In 2002, Anthony became the president of the Hempstead Community Youth Organization. This organization created a youth football program and implementation of new training programs for new coaches. This program was created to improve the relationship between African American fathers and sons and to implement an educational program for the players after school and before football practice.

From 2003 to 2005 Anthony was named president for the Hempstead Youth Sports Association. After 12 years, this organization is still present in Hempstead, Texas.

In 2005, he was selected to participate in an all-expense paid Fulbright-Hays Scholar Abroad trip to China for his dedicated services with the youth and the community in the local cities. His group was able to visit Shanghai, Beijing, and other popular cities in China.

In 2011, Anthony noticed that there was a weakness in the area of math and science among the students in the local areas. Anthony established a collaboration with the departments from Prairie View A&M University such as the Math, Science, Biology, Agriculture, and Engineering departments. The STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) was then established for the youth of the local school areas. In this program, students from the ages of 3-18 learn how to use their knowledge from the STEM program to build toothpick bridges, Lego Robots, and build electronic circuits.

Anthony is the proud pastor of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church which is located in Bryan, TX and he loves the Lord with all his heart, soul, and mind. He realizes that none of his accomplishments mentioned previously would’ve been done without Jesus Christ being his personal Savior.

Anthony has been married to the lovely Shelia Hill for 25 years and they have 6 children: together, 2 girls and 4 boys. Anthony and his family resides in Hempstead, Texas.

The men of the community and others are also invited to participate in the church's Christian Education and Bible Study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and the Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m. Come learn the word and share in the fellowship.

Thanks for your usual fine cooperation.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Houston Foodbank Kraft Mobile Pantry Distribution set for January 12

The Kraft Houston FoodBank Mobile Unit and the St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church and cadre of volunteers will hold its distribution on today, January 12, 2017 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, however, persons will have the opportunity to sign up for SNAP, Children’s Medicaid/CHIP and TANF programs. Only persons present and signed-in will be able to secure the food. Patrons are urged to PLEASE bring bags and boxes for the items. We express our thanks to all the volunteers for their support in 2016. For information and future schedules, contact email - smtfrancispv@sbcglobal.net or call 936-857-3272.

Then is the Men of St. Francis’ Men’s Prayer Breakfast on January 21 at 8:30 a.m. at the Church on 204 Dooley Street. Dr. Matthew S. Stanford, CEO of the Hope and Healing Center of Houston, and adjunct professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in the Baylor College of Medicine and the department of psychology at the University of Houston. Dr. Stanford will address the issue of mental and physical health. All men of the community are invited to the free breakfast and fellowship. Please call 936-857-3272 or email stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net, to confirm attendance. Members of the public are also invited to the Christian Education and Bible Study at the church every Sunday from 9:30-10:30 a.m., followed by Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m. Come learn the word and share in the fellowship.

Sunday, January 15 is the birthdate of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who would have turned 87 on this day. Dr. King, a renowned civil rights leader, was born in 1929 and was assassinated April 4, 1968. Dr. King’s birthday is a national holiday which will be commemorated on January 16 and the members of the local community will host a parade, programs and cultural activities, etc. Take time to pay homage to Dr. King by reflecting on his life’s work and service. Make this holiday a celebration of life and service in honor of the preacher from Atlanta!

The members of Greater St. Peters Baptist Church Hempstead invite all area churches, businesses and other organizations to participate in its 23rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on January 16 at 10:00 a.m. Participants will line up at the VF Factory Outlet on Hwy 290 at 9:00 a.m. The parade will end at the Greater St. Peter’s Baptist Church were the celebration continues with a fellowship program. Pastor Fred Thomas III, is the Parade Sponsor and Organizer. For information contact Cheryl King at 832-257-6842 or Rev. Frederick Ragston at 281-914-0659 or frederickragston@sbcglobal.net. Thanks for your support.

Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Eta Gamma Chapter will host a memorial march and program at the university on January 16 beginning at 12:00 noon.

Congratulations to Messrs. Jason Bullen and Barry Taylor on their induction into the Brotherhood of the Arrow of Light sponsored by the Sam Houston Area Council at Camp Bovay in Navasota on December 30. The event culminated the 2016 Winter Camp. Taylor is the Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 1906 while Bullen is an adult leader with the troop. The troop meets first and third Wednesdays at Prairie View City Hall at 7:00 p.m. Adult leaders for the troop include Cameron Estwick (Scoutmaster), Bobby Ray Williams (Troop Committee Chair and District Rep), Seab Smith (Merit Badge Coordinator), Brian Rowland (Fundraising Chair), Marshall Brown and Frederick Roberts (Committee Members).

January 20 will mark the end of an era and the presidency of the Honorable Barak Obama as the 44th President of the United States, the first Black elected to the highest positon in the country on November 4, 2008. While conditions in the country and the world changed dramatically under his leadership, there are still much more to be done. On January 10, President Obama thanked the nation for the opportunity to serve and left with the charge that he is still hopeful for the nation that he loves. Whatever your politics are we will inaugurate Donald Trump as the 45th President and remain hopeful that the country will move to greater heights. In tribute to President Obama, I’ve decided to select HOPE as my word for the month of January and encourage you to select a word to guide you this month also. I will explain this request in the next issue.

The members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter is conducting its annual Golden Raffle with prizes to include 51” Samsung HDTV, iPad, Weekend Massage and Spa. Purchase a chance to win The Golden Ticket Raffle! Enrich someone's life by supporting our efforts to make change! Proceeds from the event supports the chapter’s scholarship fund, Boy Scouts, Miss Black and Gold and other program operations. Lynn Smith is the chair. Tickets can be purchased from members.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ada Beal, Dwayne Charleston, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Evelyn Jones, David & Loraine Kirkpatrick, Pearl Martin, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, March Tramble, Otelia Watson, Sandra Watson and Douglas Woolfolk. May God’s peace be with you!

HAPPY JANUARY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO: James Kromah (14), Gloria Holloway (14), Arie Yell (14), Eugene Armstrong (15), Gib Dungey (15), Mary Curtis (16), Madolyn Reed (17), Hosie Anderson (19) and Anna James (22). Belated Happy Birthday to Robert Williams who celebrated his birthday on January 1.

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: Get ready for the 59th Annual Ministers' Conference set for February 7-8th, 2017 at Prairie View A&M University. The conference theme: “Practical Teaching within a Millennium Culture” is the blueprint for the two-day event. The conference is sponsored by the Johnson-Phillip All Faiths Chapel and the Ministers Executive Committee, with Dr. Max A. Miller and Dr. Lester J. Gillespie Sr. and Conference co-chairs and Reverend Charles H. Lewter, IV is the coordinator. For information email to: allfaiths@pvamu.edu or call 936-261-3590.

The Staff of Career Services are preparing for its 2017 Spring Career Fair set for February 8 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in the Student Recreational Center at Prairie View A&M University. More than 80 companies, governmental and educational entities are expected to participate in this year’s event. The department will host a series of pre-career fair events to include resume reviews, dressing and interviewing techniques. Members of the Collegiate 100 and Epsilon Gamma Iota are set to assist with the pre-career fair events. For information visit: www.pvamu.edu/careers or call 936-261-3570. The department will also host its 2017 Career Services Leadership Institute on February 23-25 at the Crowne Plaza Brookhollow Hotel.

Until next week, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.” Keep the news and achievements coming to prairieviewtoday@yahoo.com or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mama Goose Partners with Chick-Fil-A for Book Concerts

Mama Goose has partnered with Chick-Fil-A to perform a series of, what she’s coined, Book Concerts for children and the young at heart at the local stores in East Houston. If you love great stories and inspiring songs come and hear her at the first performance at the store on Beltway 8 and Wallaceville Road (5910 E Sam Houston) on January 24 and at the store on I-10 and Uvalde (13720 East Fwy) on January 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The series continues alternately through February 2, 9, 16 and 23. For concert information call 281-459-9553 or 713-455-3760.

Mama Goose (nee Mary Ann Palmer) will read and sing from the 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 as a child. 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 has embarked on an ambitious and lofty journey for 2017 - writing a book a day. This is feat is unheralded in the writing business and she is committed to the craft. To date (January 28) she is on book #28.

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. 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: esquireroberts8@yahoo.com.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Dr. Matthew S. Stanford is January Men's Breakfast Speaker

As we toss out the old and ring in the New Year, you can make 2017 a year of achievement for you and your loved ones with a positive attitude and great enthusiasm for life. 2016 is gone and 2017 is here and what a year it has been? It has been quite interesting and we thank God for bringing us through. As this is my first column for 2017, Happy New Year!

While you may want to reflect on your hits and misses, failures and successes, it is time to move on to a new YOU! Never mind the rest, focus on what you can achieve this year and in the future. Sometime we don't always get what we want, when we want it and sometimes we do when least expected. If there is any solace, take heart in the words of Garth Brooks: "Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers," and move on. Make 2017 the year of achievement for you, your family and community. Set new goals, some you will achieve and others you can carry them on as works in progress. Never mind what was not achieved. Instead, focus on what you can achieve.

The men of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church will host its Men’s Prayer Breakfast on January 21 at 8:30 a.m. at the Church on 204 Dooley Street. The speaker is Dr. Matthew S. Stanford, CEO of the Hope and Healing Center of Houston, and adjunct professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in the Baylor College of Medicine and the department of psychology at the University of Houston.

Dr. Stanford will address the issue of mental health and living a healthy lifestyle. All men of the community are invited to the free breakfast and fellowship. Please call 936-857-3272 or email stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net, to confirm attendance. Members of the public are also invited to the Christian Education and Bible Study at the church every Sunday from 9:30-10:30 a.m., followed by Morning Worship at 11:00 a.m. Come learn the word and share in the fellowship.

Congratulations to boys of Troop 1906 on the completion of Merit Badges at the Boy Scouts Winter Camp hosted by the Sam Houston Area Council at Camp Bovay in Navasota. Scouts completing the program were Chiek Jackson, Alonzo Porter, Darren and Tyrese Skein. The Troop attended classes in Indian Lore, First Aid, Citizenship in the Nation and Community and Rifle Range. The merit badges will count toward the needed ones for Eagle Scout designation and will be presented at the Court of Honor later in January. Adult leaders accompanying the boys were Barry Taylor, Frederick Roberts, Bobby Ray Williams, Jason Bullen and Cameron Estwick. The troop meets first and third Wednesdays at Prairie View City Hall.

The members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter is conducting its annual Golden Raffle with prizes to include 51” Samsung HDTV, iPad, Vacation Travel and Weekend Massage and Spa. Purchase a chance to win The Golden Ticket Raffle! Enrich someone's life by supporting our efforts to make change! Proceeds from the event supports the chapter’s scholarship fund, Boy Scouts, Miss Black and Gold and other program operations. Lynn Smith is the chair. Tickets can be purchased from members.

Congratulations to Commissioner Jeron Bennett and Constable Herschel Smith on their 2nd term of service for Waller County and Precinct 3.

Congratulations to the members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity on its 103rd Anniversary. The fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1914. Happy Anniversary also to members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity founded on January 5, 1911 at Indiana University; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. founded on Jan. 13, 1913; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority founded Jan. 15, 1908 and the members of Zeta Phi Beta founded on Jan. 16, 1920, all at Howard University.

Congratulations to Mama Goose (nee Mary Ann Palmer Springs) on the release of her first book Reading and Rhyming with Mama Goose, a collection of stories that will take you and your child on a magical journey nursery rhymes that are sure to inspire any child to fall in love with books. Mama Goose grew up in the United States of America and wanted to share with the world traditions, values, and concepts that are germane to the U.S.A. Mama Goose is not a fictitious character; she is as real as the air we breathe. She’s a potpourri of Mary Poppins, Mother Teresa, and Willie Wonka all rolled into one. Mama Goose has signed on with Chick-Fil-A stores of East Houston for a series of Book Concerts in January and February. The first performance will be at the store on Beltway 8 and Wallaceville Road (5910 E Sam Houston) on January 24 and at the store on I-10 and Uvalde (13720 East Fwy) on January 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The series continues alternately through February 2, 9, 16 and 23. For information, call 281-459-9553 or 713-455-3760.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ada Beal, Dwayne Charleston, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Evelyn Jones, David & Loraine Kirkpatrick, Pearl Martin, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, March Tramble, Otelia Watson, Sandra Watson and Douglas Woolfolk. May God’s peace be with you!

Sunday, January 15 is the birthdate of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who would have turned 87 on this day. Dr. King, a renowned civil rights leader, was born in 1929 and was assassinated April 4, 1968. Dr. King’s birthday is a national holiday which will be commemorated on January 16 and the members of the local community will host a parade, programs and cultural activities, etc. Take time to pay homage to Dr. King by reflecting on his life’s work and service. Make this holiday a celebration of life and service in honor of the preacher from Atlanta! The members of St. Peters Baptist Church Hempstead and other organizations will host its Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on January 16 at 10:00 am in Hempstead. Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Eta Gamma Chapter will host a memorial march and program at the university on January 16.

HAPPY JANUARY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO: Felecia Bell (1), Willie J. Bell, III (1), Helen Boyer (2), Doris Thomas (2), Alice Goode (3), Donald Sowell (6), Gloria Richardson (7), Eddie Jessie (9), James Kromah (14), Gloria Holloway (14), Arie Yell (14), Eugene Armstrong (15), Gib Dungey (15), Mary Curtis (16), Madolyn Reed (17), Joanne Tompkins (17), Hosie Anderson (19) and Anna James (22).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: Prairie View A&M University is set to open its spring semester with new student on January 8, followed by regular registration for returning students on January 12-14. Classes begin on January 17, 2017.

Get ready for the 59th Annual Ministers' Conference set for February 7-8th, 2017 at Prairie View A&M University. The conference theme: “Practical Teaching within a Millennium Culture” is the blueprint for the two-day event. Some of the featured speakers are: Dr. Michael W. Waters, Pastor, Joy Tabernacle & Agape, African Methodist Episcopal Church-Dallas; Dr. Delvin Atchison, I, Director, Great Commission Team, Texas Baptist -Waco; Dr. Tellis J. Chapman, Pastor, Galilee Missionary Baptist Church-Detroit, Michigan; Dr. George V. Clark, Pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church-Austin and Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr., General Board Member, Church of God In Christ, Inc. -Virginia Beach, Virginia. The conference is sponsored by the Johnson-Phillip All Faiths Chapel and the Ministers Executive Committee, with Dr. Max A. Miller and Dr. Lester J. Gillespie Sr. and Conference co-chairs and Reverend Charles H. Lewter, IV is the coordinator. For information email to: allfaiths@pvamu.edu or call 936-261-3590

The Staff of Career Services are preparing for its 2017 Spring Career Fair set for February 8 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in the Student Recreational Center at Prairie View A&M University. More than 80 companies, governmental and educational entities are expected to participate in this year’s event. The department will host a series of pre-career fair events to include resume reviews, dressing and interviewing techniques. Members of the Collegiate 100 and Epsilon Gamma Iota are set to assist with the pre-career fair events. For information visit: www.pvamu.edu/careers or call 936-261-3570. The department will also host its 2017 Career Services Leadership Institute on February 23-25 at the Crowne Plaza Brookhollow Hotel.

Until next week, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Keep the news and achievements coming to prairieviewtoday@iwon.com or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.