Wednesday, June 8, 2016

MT. CORINTH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH TO HOST VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

The members of the Mt. Corinth Missionary Baptist Church is set to host its 2016 Vacation Bible School on June 13-17 from 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. at the church on Highway 290 & 7th Street in Hempstead. For more information contact: Ms. Samantha Glover at 832-362-3480 or Mt. Corinth at 979-826-2544. Other church information can be viewed at www.mtcorinthhempstead.com. The Reverend Dr. Clarence Talley, Sr., is the Pastor.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Early Voting in the City of Prairie View begins Tuesday

The City of Prairie View held a special call meeting and workshop on May 18 in the council chambers. The meeting was held to canvas and validate the election results of May 7, 2016. Following the canvas, outgoing Mayor Frank D. Jackson pass the gavel to the David Allen the new mayor and installed the elected members on the council, i.e. Jonathan L. Miller (Position 1), Wendy Williams (Position 4) and Paulette Barnett (Position 5). For more information, visit www.prairieviewtexas.gov.

The men of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Prairie View will host its Men’s Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, May 21 at 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. in the church’s Parish Hall at 204 Dooley Street. Dr. Kendall E. Harris, Dean of the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering is the speaker for the free breakfast. He is a licensed professional engineer, Harris began his tenure at Prairie View A&M University in 2005, as associate dean and professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Harris was later named the sixth dean in 2007. Under his leadership, the college implemented the College of Engineering Success Center, which focuses on the retention of engineering students by offering supplemental instruction for freshman and sophomore students enrolled in math, science and engineering courses.

Harris holds the bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas and the master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Mississippi. He is also a graduate of the Naval Aviation Officer School as a U.S. naval officer and aviator. Harris is married to Shundra, who is a design instructor in the School of Art and Architecture at Prairie View A&M University. The breakfast is open to the men of the community. Please call 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net to confirm attendance.

Early voting for the Waller County Commissioner’s run-off election continues on May 19 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 204 Dooley Street. Candidates for County Commissioner, Precinct 3 are: Jeron Barnett (incumbent) and Darryl Johnson. The election is on May 24 at Prairie View City Hall.

The ladies of the Prairie View Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., will host its 2016 PVAC Cares Community Expo on May 21 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Willie A. Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Center at Prairie View A&M University. Some of activities include Free Health Screening, conducted by the Waller County EMS, seminars on healthy living and a talent show. Door prizes will be awarded. For information on the event, contact Ebony Weddington at 832-516-4401.

Plans are underway for the 40th Annual Convention of the Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association on July 20-24, 2016 in San Antonio. 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.

The planning committee is gearing up for the 10th Annual Red & White Ball and the 30th Anniversary celebration of the Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighting Association, Inc. on August 27 at 7:00 a.m. in the Willie Tempton Memorial Student Ballroom at Prairie View A&M University. This year’s ball will honor and recognize the women volunteers with “The Waller County Outstanding Women Community Service Award.”

The distinguished event is open to the public, with tickets priced at $35.00 through August 1, 2016. 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@hotmail.com.

The Prairie View Retired Teachers Association, Ann Preston Unit will hold its monthly meeting on May 25, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 204 Dooley Street. Interested persons are invited to attend. Mrs. Johnie Walker is the president.

The Prairie View Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly meeting on May 27 at the Prairie View A&M National Alumni House on University Drive at 6:00 p.m. All business minded entrepreneurs are invited to attend. Mr. George E. Higgs is the president.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ada Beal, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Vanessa Jackson, Evelyn Jones, David Kirkpatrick, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Arie Walker, Sandra Watson and Douglas Woolfolk. May God’s peace be with you!

HAPPY MAY BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO: Harold S. Franklin, Jr. (18), Kedrick Hayes (19), Michael Prince (19), Jurah Kromah (24), Elaine Ward (28), Mary Manual (29), Samuel E. Brown (30), Norman Hunter (30) and Iantha Watson Lang (31). May Wedding Anniversary - C. Andrew & JoAnne Doyle (21) and Cornelio & Deynese (Kirkpatrick) Guibunda (23).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: The 2016 Spring Commencement exercises of Prairie View A&M University held on May 13 and 14 are now history. At the commencement on May 13, more than 300 graduates received their Masters and PhD. Degrees. Among that group were five of the most celebrated candidates, i.e. Azizi S. Aubert-Johnson, Valerie C. Richard, Roshunda R. Roberts, Nichole W. Rosette and Deidra D. Williams, in the first class to receive the Doctorate of Nursing. The May 14 event featured the Honorable Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston as the speaker.

Mayor Turner and Texas State Representative Helen Giddings were co-recipients of the university’s Humanitarian Award for Community Leadership. Mayor Turner shared three real experiences with the graduates and highlighted his personal story of growing up as the oldest of nine children to a single mother, his father past away when he was ten years old. He talked about his quest to become a lawyer and how his mother signed off on the loan for him to attend Harvard and his three attempts to become the mayor. Turner summed it up saying that he was distance runner and no matter what you want in life you can achieve it if you stay in the race. Representative Giddings also addressed the graduates encouraged them to be proud of their degree from PVAMU and to give back to the university and the community. Giddings is presently serving her 11th term in the Texas House and serves as the Vice Chair of the State Affairs Committee and a member on the House Appropriations Committee and the Calendars Committee. The PVAMU Concert Chorale, featuring Dr. Michael McFrazier and Jahi Harrison presented a heart wrenching performance of “Glory”, the Grammy award winning song by Common and John Legend.

Congratulations to Travette Webster who also received the student Humanitarian Award for her leadership and service. Travette also received her MBA degree at the commencement.

Prairie View A&M University will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony as it takes receipt of 16 of 28 Steinway Pianos. The event is on May 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the H. Edison Anderson Recital Hall, Hobart Thomas Taylor, Sr. Building. The students, faculty and staff invite the community to share in this commitment to excellence with the some of the best instruments on the planet.

Until next week, in the words of Malcolm X, "Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today." Keep the news and achievements coming to prairieviewtoday@yahoo.com or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Engineering Dean Kendall T. Harris is Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

"For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory." 1Thessalonians 2:11-12

We are pleased to extend an invitation to all men of the Prairie View community to the Men's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. at the church on 204 Dooley St. in Prairie View, Texas.

This month's featured speaker is Dr. Kendal Harris, Dean of the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering at Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Harris is a licensed professional engineer, Harris began his tenure at Prairie View A&M University in 2005, as associate dean and professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Harris was later named the sixth dean in 2007. Under his leadership, the college implemented the College of Engineering Success Center, which focuses on the retention of engineering students by offering supplemental instruction for freshman and sophomore students enrolled in math, science and engineering courses.

As the dean of the college of engineering, one of his top priorities was to ensure that the college becomes one of the foremost engineering colleges in the nation. His long-term goal is to reach a level of achievement and recognition that places the college among the global leaders in engineering education, research and service. According to Harris he is on target with those achievements to date.

Harris, who has consistently held joint faculty appointments in aerospace and mechanical engineering departments, assumes the helm of a college that is widely known for producing top black engineers. His efforts have garnered more than $3.2 million in research and program funding. Equipped with this expertise, he will now lead a college with more than 900 students.

Prior to joining the faculty at PVAMU, Harris served as associate professor and associate chairman for the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. In this capacity, he managed the departmental budget, curriculum design, fellowships, scholarships and conducted research concerning heat transfer through porous materials, energy conservation and the cooling of electronic components.

While serving at the University of Texas at Arlington, Harris also directed the Loan Star Industrial Assessment Center in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, which provided energy, waste and productivity conservation assessments to various manufactures in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In 2004, he received the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award from the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Harris holds the bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas, the master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Mississippi. He is also a graduate of the Naval Aviation Officer School as a U.S. naval officer and aviator. His research has been published in publications such as the Journal of Electronic Packaging, the Journal of Porous Media and the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer.

Harris is married to Shundra, who is a design teacher in the School of Art and Architecture at Prairie View A&M University.

The breakfast is open to the men of the community. Please call 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net to confirm attendance.

You will have an opportunity to ask questions and make comments on issues you feel that impact young people today.

You are also invited to fellowship with the members in their Bible Study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship service at 11:00 a.m. and refreshments.

Please be reminded that early voting for the Waller County Commissioner’s run-off election continues on May 19 from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 204 Dooley Street. Candidates for County Commissioner, Precinct 3 are: Jeron Barnett (incumbent) and Darryl Johnson. The election is on May 24 at Prairie View City Hall.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prairie View weathers the Flood of 2016

Our heartfelt thought and concern go out to the residents and families who have been affected by the recent torrid rain which flood some of our neighborhoods. We are grateful that there was no loss of life in the area. The hardest hit area in the city was Ruby Street and with help of Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighters and emergency management’s help the residents were taken to safety, where loved ones came by to retrieve them. All is not bad because Tuscan Gardens on 30291 FM 1488, Waller, Texas is providing much needed assistance to residents of the area. Please call Alecia Grayson if you need any assistance at 281-899-9732. Also let us look on the bright side, we needed the rain though some would say, “not that much!” Just remember the old adage “April Showers, Bring May Flowers,” so let’s be grateful.

The recent growth outlook for Texas pegs Waller County as one of the fastest growing counties in the United States and the folks in Waller County are not taking it lightly. Over the course of April, Waller County Officials including the County Judges, Commissioners, Mayors and council members, school boards of Brookshire, Hempstead, Prairie View and Waller and Prairie View A&M University are holding several public meetings to address issues and programs to help shape the future of the county for the next 25 years. The first set of meetings were held at Waller County Courthouse on April 18 and Waller ISD Board Room on April 19. The next round of meetings will be in the Carden Waller Cooperative Extension Building at Prairie View A&M University on April 25 and Royal High School Auditorium in Brookshire on April 26. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact: Hilary Avery at 979-826-7700 or h.avery@wallercounty.us.

The Prairie View Federal Credit Union and the Cooperative Extension Program at Prairie View A&M University invite the members to participate in its Financial Fridays Seminars on April 22 in the Carden Waller building at the university. The seminars are designed to enhance the members’ credit and financial management education and will continue on April 29. For information call Jason Y. Ruth at 607-319-1317.

Join Zeta Gamma Omega for our Annual Spring Tea and Silent Auction on April 23, 2016 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased through a Zeta Gamma Omega member or send a direct message to our page. Hope to see you all there!

The City of Prairie View City Council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 44500 U. S. Business Hwy. 290 in Prairie View. The public is invited to attend.

The City of Prairie View will hold elections on May 7, 2016. The candidates are: for Mayor – David Allen, James Larry, Michael Prince and Brian Rowland; for Position 1 – Jonathan L. Miller, Position 4 – Frederick Freeman, James Adair and Na’Shon Edwards and Position 5 - Paulette Barnett and Maduforo Eze. Early Voting for the city election are April 25-May 3, 2016. For more information, visit www.prairieviewtexas.gov.

The members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Zeta Gamma Omega) and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., (Epsilon Tau Lambda) will host its Friends and Family Crawfish Boil on May 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Hempstead Park. Tickets are $20. For information or tickets contact Mark Spivey at 281-731-3483 or Email: epsilontaulambda@yahoo.com.

The Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association is gearing up for its 40th National Convention on July 20-24, 2016 in San Antonio. 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.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ada Beal, Irene Davis, C. Andrew Doyle, B. J. Freeman, Vanessa Jackson, Evelyn Jones, David Kirkpatrick, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Arie Walker, Sandra Watson and Douglas Woolfolk. A special prayer for the victims of the recent rain storm and condolences to those who lives and properties were lost in the flood. May God’s peace be with you!

HAPPY APRIL BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO: Charles T. Edwards (19), Brenda Lorrick (20), Cube Charleston (21), Margaret Foster (21), Lula Hall (21), Martha Jackson (21), Vera King (26, Theodis Shine (26), Vickie Seldon (26), Herbert Thomas (26), Florine Muse (27), Brenda Howard (28) and Erma Sadberry (28)

The members of the Prairie View Retired Teachers and Educational Personnel Association will expand their horizons this month. Instead of its regular meeting on April 27, the members are taking a cultural excursion to the Castles in Brenham, Texas. The group will resume their regular meeting on May 25 at 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Francis of Assisi at 204 Dooley Street. All interested parties are invited to join and attend. The association will host a Candidates Forum at this meeting for all persons seeking elected office. Mrs. Johnie Walker is the president.

The Prairie View Chamber of Commerce will host its meeting on April 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the George E. Higgs National Alumni Building on University Drive in Prairie View. All interested persons are invited to attend. Mr. George Higgs is the president.

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: Prairie View A&M University will host its

/news/2016/04/22/hall-of-fame-inventor-inductee-victor-b-lawrence-tapped-as-keynote-for-2016-industry-day/">Industry Day 2016 on April 27 from 9:30 am – 3:00 p.m. in the Willie A. Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Center Ballroom. Industry Day provides an opportunity for organizations and companies to learn about the innovative projects and capabilities of the researchers at the university. Individual will learn about the process and opportunities for partnering to develop new and exciting technologies for commercialization.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Victor B. Lawrence, Senior Advisor to the Cyber Security and Information Communication Systems Research Center (CSICSR) which is funded by the Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Research Initiative. Dr. Lawrence will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The event will be hosted by CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca. Dr. Lawrence is also a Distinguished Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, and Chairman of Baharicom Development Co. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, For more information, call 936-261-1587.

The friends and colleagues of Dr. Freddie Frazier, retired professor of Mathematics at Prairie View A&M University will pay homage to Dr. Frazier in special Celebration and Scholarship Banquet on April 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Northwest America Plaza, 14919 Northwest Freeway in Houston. The event honors Frazier for 48 years of teaching, research and service and the many lives he impacted at the university. For information, call Kaymartha Dunn at 318-936-3162.

Happy 5th Anniversary to the members Collegiate 100 at Prairie View A&M University and thanks for many contributions you have made to the campus and the community at large. The Collegiate 100was reintroduced to the campus on April 18, 2011 with 22 dynamic and progressive young men. The organization was created at the university in 1994 but went on hiatus in 1997. The members a commemorating Collegiate 100 Week at the university April 17-24.

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.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Spivey Releases Before I Lay it Down and holds Book Signing

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

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

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

Mark is one of 13 children born to Bishop Billy Sim Spivey, Sr. and Vera Nell Davis in Dallas, Texas. The family later moved to Corpus Christi in 1960 until 1974 and then onto Austin through 1985. He has resided Houston/Cypress since 2004.

He and his wife Jullette Spivey of Hempstead married in 1997 and have raised a blended family of 7 kids, six who have graduated college to include Aaron (PVAMU, 2001), D’ette (Sam Houston State, 2002), Mark Jr. (PVAMU, 2008), Gary (PVAMU, 2010), Ursula (Texas A&M, Kingsville 2012), Tiffany (American Military University, 2015).

Spivey began his college studies at Concordia Lutheran College in Austin and later transferred to Prairie View A&M University where he earned the Bachelors of Science in Political Science, the Masters of Science in Counseling and the Masters of Arts in Educational Administration. He is currently studying for the PhD in Educational Leadership at PVAMU.

His employment is varied, having worked in the computer industry from 1978 through 1995 with Motorola, Advanced Micro Devices and HP. Following a layoff, Spivey returned to school and received his certification as a secondary social studies teacher in 2004 and continues in that career path to date. He has taught in Hempstead and Aldine ISD. Spivey is currently Chairman of the Social Studies Department and Coordinator for Women’s Athletics in the Royal Independent School District.

Spivey and his wife have been active in the Waller County community for nearly 20 years as volunteers. They created the Spivey Foundation to enhance the lives of children through academics and athletics in conjunction with our Waller County Hoopers Youth Program. Part of their program was the annual Christmas Bicycle Giveaways where kids received more than 5000 new bicycles and thousands of other gifts in partnership with various entities in the Greater Houston Area since 2009.

Mark holds membership in several civic and professional organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter, where he is president and the Waller County Hoopers Youth Organization where he serves as president, Pi Sigma Alpha, National Honor Society of Political Scientists, Region V Teaching American History Academy, Region IV Gulf Coast American History Academy, Texas Observation Protocols (TOP) Rater Training 6-8 and participated in the Rice University Advanced Placement Summer Institute.

Among his many awards and recognition for teaching and services are Hempstead ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Award, Kappa Alpha Psi Humanitarian Award, Hempstead City Council Humanitarian Award, Hempstead Police Department Humanitarian Award, Bailey Chapel Church of God in Christ Humanitarian Award, District 26-2A Girls Basketball Coach of the Year, Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) State Outstanding Coach of the Year- Class 2A, and Prairie View A&M University Humanitarian Service Award, and served as the Hempstead “Juneteenth” Grand Parade Marshall.

Spivey enjoys writing and is a weekly columnist Houston’s African-American News and Issues, offering refreshing commentary on relationships and social issues in the African-American Community.

Mark was raised in the Churches of our Lord Jesus Christ (Pentecostal/Apostolic), where he serves as a guest lecturer/presenter at its national conventions. He is currently an active member of the Church Without Walls with Dr. Ralph Douglas West as the pastor.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, March 12, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 3, 2016

March is Women's History Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, February 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, November 29, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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