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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Ben Tibbs is speaker for Men’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity." Psalms 133:1.

Mr. Ben Tibbs, Councilman and Vice President of the Board for the Economic Development Corporation 4B for the City of Hempstead, and Chairman of the Waller County Democrats is the speaker for the Men's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 204 Dooley Street.

Mr. Tibbs will speak on “Men of Character-Men of Velvet and Steel” using the scripture from Genesis 1:26-31.

Mr. Tibbs received his early education in Mineral Wells and is a graduate of Mineral Wells High School. He holds the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Sociology from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth and the Master of Divinity from Texas Christian University and is a licensed and ordained United Methodist Minister. He has pastored Churches all across Central Texas and retired from full time preaching from First UMC in Hempstead. Mr. Tibbs continues to preach and fill the pulpit for Pastors when they are absent for various reasons. He moved to Hempstead in 1989 and owned and operated the Texas Burger through 1995 when he sold the business and took up employment with Valero Energy Corporation as area manager for eight stores.

Mr. Tibbs was first elected to the Hempstead City Council in 2009 and is serving his third term. His other civic engagements include Elected Chair for the Waller County Democrats, President of the Austin/Waller Camp of Gideons International, and three time President of Waller County Democratic Club.

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

We would be delighted to have you join us for this free event and ask that you invite and bring a friend with you.

Please confirm at 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancisprairieview@yahoo.com as we are expecting a larger turnout to hear the judge speak.

You are also invited to worship with us on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. for our worship service.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Prairie View's Jordan DeWalt Ondijo signs with Philadelphia Eagles

When Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo was growing up in Prairie View, Texas and attending Waller schools, everyone knew that he was destined for greatness.

Jordan proved them right when this star defensive lineman for Duke University agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles to join the National Football League organization as an undrafted free agent, one of 16 rookies signed on to play on May 2. In spite of not being drafted in the seventh round as others had hoped, Jordan achieved his dream of becoming a professional football player, an opportunity most of his contemporaries would love to embrace. Jordan signed a three-year contract with the eagles.

Jordan is son of Corliss Ondijo and Willie DeWalt and graduated from Duke in December, 2014 with a degree in political science and a certificate in markets and management. Jordan is graduate of Waller High School where he lettered two seasons under coach Jason Morley. Jordan helped lead the Bull Dogs to state the playoff appearance in 2009, recording eight sacks in his senior campaign enroute to earning first team All-District 184A honors. Jordan graduated from Waller High School with honors in 2010 and headed to Duke University. He was also a star basketball player whom others thought would play college basketball and football. Jordan decided to concentrate on football and his signing with the Eagles is the payoff.

At Duke, Jordan had 45 career-games with 22 starts, including all 13 of his senior year. He also posted 90 tackles, including 14.5 stops for lost yardage and 10.0 sacks. The Prairie View, Texas, product was credited with nine quarterback pressures, four caused fumbles and one fumble recovery during his time with the Blue Devils. DeWalt-Ondijo booked a career-high 2.0 sacks in contests at Troy (2014) and Virginia (2013) and turned in six career contests with five or more tackles and a personal-best seven tackles against Tulane in 2014. (See more stats here)

Jordan's family, friends and fans from Prairie View and Waller all expressed congratulations for his milestone achievement, which will bring some spotlight to the city and county for another hometown local making it to the big leagues. Duke University. Photo Credit: GoDuke.com

Monday, March 23, 2015

PVAMU Honda Campus All Stars wins National Championship for 2nd Time

We are the champions again is the rallying cry for the Prairie View A&M University Honda Campus All Star Challenge (HCASC) Team. The team captured the National Championship title by defeating the team from Cheney State University of Pennsylvania in the final round of competition on March 23 on the campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, California. The team previously won the championship in 2010.

Along with the championship trophy and bragging rights, the team won the $50,000 cash grant to enhance programs at the university. Members of the winning team are Joseph Dowell, Captain, a senior from Killeen, Brannon Billings, a senior from Austin, Eric Johnston, a sophomore from Boerne, and Chayse Lavallais, a freshman from Houston, with Herbert Thomas, Career Placement Coordinator as the coach and Shahryar Syed, an Institutional Representative.

The HCASC academic challenge and quiz bowl is the country’s answer to March Madness where academic excellence and quick intellectual wit is on display. The road to this final four began in the fall from a field of 78 and narrowed down to the Great 48 of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Regional tournaments are held throughout the year with qualifying teams advancing. The PVAMU team is a charter member of the program which began in 1989 with Frederick V. Roberts, then Director of Student Activities at the university as the founding coach 1989-1996.

According to Honda officials, “We support the HBCUs because of the unique and critical role they play in higher education, and because they have helped literally millions of students achieve their dreams through the years.” Since 1989, more than $7.5 million in grants from Honda have provided support for book and tuition scholarships, facilities upgrades, and other investments to improve the student experience.

The more than 10,000 HCASC alumni include individuals in various career paths to include doctors, teachers, lawyers, community-builders, scientists, professors, architects, researchers, writers, journalists, military and government officials, business leaders and entrepreneurs, artists, engineers, economists, musicians, and more. These alumni share an enthusiasm for learning and are making significant contributions to their communities.

Next stop for the Championship team is a hopeful appearance at the White House with President Barak Obama and staff.

For game play and photos, go to www.hcasc.com

Friday, March 20, 2015

Coach Mark Spivey is the Men's Prayer Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

Mark Anthony Spivey, Sr., Chair of the Social Studies Department and Coordinator for Women’s Athletics in the Royal Independent School District, is the speaker for the Men's Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Prairie View. The Free Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. in the church's Parish Hall on 204 Dooley Street, and is open to the men of the community. Please confirm attendance at 936-857-3272 or email stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net.

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 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 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.

The members of the community are also invited to attend the Friday nights Bible Study and Christian Education at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall; and also attend services on Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Prairie View Federal Credit Union to hold Annual Meeting March 24

The men of St Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church will host its monthly Men’s Prayer Breakfast on March 21, 2015. Mr. Mark Spivey, Department Chair for Social Studies Women’s Athletic Coordinator at Royal High School in Brookshire. Spivey formerly served the students at Hempstead High for some ten years. He holds the Bachelors in Political Science, Masters in Counseling and the Masters in Educational Administration degrees from Prairie View A&M University and is currently studying for the PhD in Educational Leadership also at PVAMU. The event is in its seventh year of addressing concerns and issues affecting men and boys in the community.

All men in are invited to attend the event which runs 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The public is also invited to the Christian Education and Bible Study at the church every Friday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Come and share in the fellowship. Please confirm attendance at 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net.

The City of Prairie View will hold its monthly meeting on March 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Chambers at 44500 Business Highway 290. Members of the community are invited to attend and share concerns. For additional information, visit http://www.prairieviewtexas.gov/

The Prairie View Federal Credit Union will hold its 78th Annual Meeting on March 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on 204 Dooley Street. All members are invited to attend and participate in the proceedings. Elections will be held for members of the Board of Directors and the Credit Committee. Member Organizations are required to submit a letter authorizing a representative to vote on its behalf. Refreshments will be served and the drawing for door prizes. For other information, contact Gloria Hall at 936-857-4925.

The Prairie View Retired Educators and Employees Association will hold its meeting on March 25 at 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall at St. Francis of Assisi on 204 Dooley Street. All members are asked to attend. Mrs. Joyce Thornton is the president.

The Prairie View Chamber of Commerce will host is monthly meeting tonight, March 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the George E. Higgs National Alumni Headquarters. All businesses and business-minded individuals are invited to attend and become a member. Mr. George E. Higgs is the president.

Members of Bethlehem United Methodist Church invite community members to join them for their Easter Weekend Services April 3-5, 2015 (Good Friday at 7:00 p.m., Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at 12 noon and Resurrection Sunday Service at 11:00 a.m.) at the church 715 8th Street in Hempstead. Reverend Francisca Ramirez is the Minister.

The community is also invited to attend the Holy Week services at St. Francis of Assisi, beginning with Maundy Thursday Service on April 2 at 6:00 p.m., Good Friday Stations of the Cross April 3 at 12:00 noon, Easter Vigil, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. and Resurrection Sunday April 5 at 11:00 a.m.

Members of the community are being invited to participate in the proposed establishment of a major Community Garden in Prairie View this season. The project is among many sponsored by the Waller County Citizens Assistance Coalition (WCCAC) to help Waller County residents enhance their quality of life, and certainly making healthier food choices will make it happen. A planning meeting is in the works to bring participants together. Persons interested in participating should contact Emory Davis at 469-396-2153 or emorydvs@gmail.com.

The Houston Area Healthcare Associate, co-chaired by Burnest Carter will host the 2015 Play the Course for Affordable Health Care Golf Tournament on May 18 at the Clear Creek Golf Club on 3902 Fellows Road, Houston. Golfers and non-golfers are invited for a day of fun, friendly competition and bragging rights on the green. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m., and First Tee-off starts at 8:00 a.m. A Luncheon and Awards Ceremony will close out the event. For information, call Burnest Carter at 936-648-6509.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for the health and well-being of Ernestine Carreathers, Cube Charleston, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Mae Helen James, Evelyn Jones, David Kirkpatrick, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Theola Woods, Douglas Woolfolk and Arie Yell.

HAPPY MARCH BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO: T. Ciatta Freeman (18), Vernell Yepp (18), Vasant Doctor (19), Barbara Livingstone (20), Linda Aaron (22), Benny Lockett (22), Mattie Hickman (25), Terry J. Burke (26), William Grimes (26), Willie Trotty (26), Rosalyn Hunter (27), Brenda Anderson (29), Earline Ragston (29), Patricia Hood (30), Jerry Kellum (30) and Ronald Humphrey (31).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: The Whitlowe R. Green College of Education will host its 35th Annual Education Job Fair on March 24 from 9:00 am - 12:00 Noon in the Willie A. Tempton, Sr. Student Center at PVAMU. More than eighty school districts, colleges and universities will be on hand for employment opportunities and prospective graduate students. For information call 936-261-3600 or educationjobfair@pvamu.edu.

Congratulations and best wishes to the Prairie View A&M University 2015 Honda Campus All Star Challenge (HCASC) Team as it competes in the national championship tournament on March 21-25 on the campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, California. The team members are Joseph Dowell, Captain, a senior from Killeen; Brannon Billings, Eric Johnston, and Chayse Lavallais, a freshman from Houston, with Herbert Thomas, Placement Coordinator as the coach. The team is part of the Great 48 from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), narrowed down from 76 in regional tournaments. HCASC is a quiz bowl game where academic excellence and quick wit is on display. The PVAMU team won the national title in 2010 is a charter member of the program which began in 1989. The 2015 finals will be live-streamed on March 23 beginning at 11:00 CDT on HCASC.com. For more information on the 2015 HCASC visit www.hcasc.com.

Prairie View A&M University will mark its 139th Anniversary in a special Founders' Day and Honors Convocation on March 25 at 10:00 a.m. in the Billy J. Nicks Center. Dr. Michael J. Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College is the speaker. PVAMU was established created in the Texas Constitution of 1876 as the Alta Vista College and opened on March 11, 1878.

PV Startup and Collegiate Entrepreneurs Network and the Career Services Department at Prairie View A&M University will host the 2015 Commercial and Corporate Innovation Conference at the university on April 1. The program will feature several speakers from corporate America, entrepreneurs, scientists, business men and women and student entrepreneurs. Students and faculty with innovative projects, research and technology ideas will learn the ways to develop and commercialize products and services for the market. The PV Startup will also serve as an incubator for the budding entrepreneurs. Patrick Gray, President of PV Startup and former president of Collegiate 100 and Glenda Jones, Director for Career Services are spearheading the project.

Until next week, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "If a man can't find something to die for; he is not fit to live." Keep the news, achievements and recognitions coming to P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, Texas 77446 or prairieviewtoday@iwon.com.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Prairie View Mourns the passing of Dr. Waymon T. Webster

The Prairie View A&M University family and the Prairie View community lost another pillar with the passing of Dr. Waymon T. Webster and longtime resident, alumnus and faculty member.

Arrangements for the Viewing and the Celebration of life are as follows: Visitation (Viewing) on Friday, February 20, 2015 from 4-7pm in the Johnson Phillip All Faiths Chapel, Prairie View A&M University. The Celebration of Life is Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the Willie A. Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Center, Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium at Prairie View A&M University.

In lieu of flowers the Webster family is asking for donations to the Waymon T. Webster Scholarship fund. Donations can be made at the Prairie View Credit Union in person or by mail to below. PO Box 788 Prairie View, Texas 77446

Dr. Webster was born in Hearne, Texas to Mrs. Mary T. Webster and John Webster He was an honor graduate from Blackshear High School in Hearne, Texas. He served two years in the army with an honorable discharge in 1948. He graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a Bachelor and Master of Arts in music. He was band instructor at Kemp High for eleven years and later returned to Kemp High as a counselor. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and Texas A&M University. There he received his Ph.D. in educational psychology.

Dr. Webster began his teaching career at Prairie View A&M University in 1967. His administrative experience includes: Graduate School Dean; Coordinator of the Off Campus Resident Instruction Program; Director of the Twilight and Weekend Program; Department Head in the Department of Psychology; Director of the Institute to Train Veterans as Junior College Counselors; Department Head in the Department of Counselor Education; Director of Continuing Education; Coordinator of the Counseling Program and Counseling Services.

He served on several boards and councils including: Advisory Committee to Commissioner; Coordinating Board, Texas College and University Systems; Board of Directors of Brazos County Counseling Services; Council of Deans for Texas Colleges and Universities and Graduate Council at Prairie View A&M University.

Dr. Webster received numerous honors throughout his career including: Distinguished Service Award from Kemp High School in Bryan, TX; Distinguished Alumni Award from Blackshear High School in Hearne, TX; Distinguished Service Award from Veterans Institute in Prairie View, TX; Certificate of Recognition Award from University of North Dakota; Service Award from Brazos County Counseling Service in Bryan, TX; Membership Award from the American Personnel and Guidance Association; Service Award from Prairie View A&M University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa and many more.

Dr. Webster held numerous licenses and certificates including: National Certified Counselors, License Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified School Counselor, Certified Master Addictions Counselor and many more. He also dutifully served as a consultant in various Texas cities including Houston, Bryan, Abilene, Waller, Hempstead, as well as for NCATE at Southern University, and Community Colleges throughout the State of Texas.

Dr. Webster was an active member of the professional community and was an active member of several organizations including: Phi Delta Kappa (Advisor), Kappa Delta Pi (Member), Chi Sigma Iota (Advisor), American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors and several others.

He is survived by his lovely wife Bernice, two sons Jacques and Travis and a daughter Senora, grandchildren, daughters in law and a son in law, a brother, a sister and a host of relatives and friends.

Monday, February 9, 2015

St. Francis of Assisi to host Lenten Programs

In preparation for Lent, the members of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church invites the public to it Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m. and the Ash Wednesday, February 18 services at 6:00 p.m. Members of the public are also invited to the Christian Education and Bible Study at the church every Friday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Come learn the word and share in the fellowship.

This weekend all roads lead to the Dallas Renaissance Hotel for the members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter and Eta Gamma Chapter to participate in the 51st Anniversary Convention of the Texas Council of Alpha Chapters on February 13-15. The delegation includes chapter presidents Mark Spivey and Ameer McMillan and the Miss Black and Gold Contestants Adebesi Adenji (Eta Gamma) and Kieara Hooey (Epsilon Tau Lambda). Both Chapters are expected to compete in several competitions and hope to repeat as Chapters of the Year.

Lola Lockett Ministries International cordially invite you to their Ladies Gathering on Friday, February 20 at 7pm and Saturday, February 21, 2015 starting at 9am. This year theme is "The Finish Product". Come and join us. To reserve your space register at http;//ladiesgathering.eventbrite.com The Ladies Gathering will be held at Hempstead Recreation Center 635 Business 290 E. Hempstead E. Hempstead, Texas 77445 For more information email powerhouse50k@gmail.com or call 832-409-2708

The men of the community are invited to the monthly Men’s Prayer Breakfast on February 21 at 8:30 a.m. in the St. Francis Parish Hall, 204 Dooley Street. Prairie View Mayor Frank D. Jackson is the speaker. The breakfast is free. Please confirm attendance to 936-857-3272 or email stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net. The public is also invited to participate in Bible Study on Fridays from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the church.

The Prairie View Retired Teachers Association, Ann Preston Unit will hold its monthly meeting on February 24, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 204 Dooley Street. The organization was founded on January 31, 1968 and led by Mrs. Anne C. Preston, founder. Interested persons are invited to attend. Mrs. Joyce Thornton is the president.

The City of Prairie View is now accepting applications for the City Secretary position, which became open with the retirement of Mr. Carl Jones from service after six years on January 31, 2015. Persons interested in the position can secure application at City Hall on 44480 US Business 290 or call 936-857-3711. For other city information, visit www.prairieviewtexas.gov.

The Episcopal Diocese of Texas 166th Council held at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel on February 6-7 is now history. The delegates, Mrs. Helen S. Boyer and Mrs. Madolyn Reed, represented the St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church at the council. More than 400 delegates from some 200 churches and missions attended the event to be informed on the activities for the past year. Several workshops on mission and Christian formation, church management and college and youth ministry were conducted. The Rt. Reverend C. Andrew Doyle is the Bishop of the Diocese.

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Vestry and Church affairs at St. Francis of Assisi as follows: Dr. Glenn Berry, Senior Warden, Dr. Seab Smith, Junior Warden and Mrs. Florine Muse, Treasurer and to Frederick V. Roberts, appointed as the Vestry Clerk. Other members of the vestry are: Mrs. Debra Berry, Ms. Sylvia Cedillo and Mrs. Juanita Walker. The Reverend Dr. Cynthia Engle is the Rector.
The Waller County Democratic Club invites the citizens of Waller County and surrounding areas to "A Night with the Stars" Gala on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7pm at Hempstead Recreation Center 635 Business 290 E. Hempstead, Texas. The organization is seeking sponsors for the gala through purchasing tables and ads for our souvenir program booklets; and also items for the silent auction. The gala will celebrate and recognize county and local leaders for their achievement and community service. For more information contact, Dr. Lola H. Lockett, Chair @ powerhouse50k@gmail.com 832-409-2708 or Dr. Denis Mattox, President dsm529@gmail.com 979-645-1664.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for the health and well-being of Ernestine Carreathers, Cube Charleston, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Mae Helen James, Evelyn Jones, David Kirkpatrick, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Theola Woods, Douglas Woolfolk and Arie Yell. A special prayer and condolences to the Herbert Tomas Family on the passing of his mother Christineta Stephens on February 9. Funeral services are pending.

HAPPY FEBRUARY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO: Lee Henderson (9), Rose M. Jackson (10), Angela McMorris (10), Frank Yepp (12), Wendell C. Baker (14), Frederick Roberts (14), Royce Royston (14), Hattie Wells (14), Karen Daniels (16), Stephanie Taylor (16), Darryl Kemp (17), Joseph Diamond Harrison (17), Everett Fredholm (18), Dianne Thomas (20), Juanita Pennywell (20), Irene Wallace (21), George E. Higgs (22), Mogongwa Nnana (22), Johnson Ezeoka Jr. (22), Luther Francis (24), Deynese Kirkpatrick (24), James Kent Tompkins (25) and Kevin Carreathers and Wyiatta Freeman (26). HAPPY ANNIVERSARY GREETINGS TO: Herbert & Dianne Thomas (20), Mary Ann Palmer-Spring (21) and Kevin Carreathers (26). Happy Anniversary: Herbert & Dianne Thomas (20), Carol & Leonard Campbell (21), Munson & Linda Durham (24) and James & Norma Tompkins (24).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: Prairie View A&M University continued it Black History Programs and President’s Lecture Series with a special appearance of Dr. Richard J. Reddick, associate professor of higher education leadership and coordinator of the master’s specialization in College and University Student Personnel Administration at the University of Texas in Austin. The event was held on February 10 in the Don Clark Auditorium. Reddick shared his experiences and reflected on Black history and the advances made through education. He encouraged the students to take full advantage of their educational experiences and to give back to their communities. Reddick’s prior experiences include an elementary and middle school teacher in inner city Houston and a student affairs administrator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Emory University. He holds the bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, master’s and doctoral degrees in administration, planning and social policy and higher education at Harvard University in 1998 and 2007, respectively.

Congratulations to Mr. Roger Thomas, III, on his first runner up position in the recent Mr. HBCU Pageant held at Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri on February 7. Roger is Mr. Prairie View A&M University and seeks to become an agent of change leading the current generation of Panthers on a journey and to improve their community both locally and globally.

The Staff of Career Services will host its 2015 Spring Career Fair on February 20 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in the Willie A. Tempton MSC Ballroom 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 some pre-career fair seminars in resume’ writing, appropriate attire and mock interviews. Members of the Collegiate 100 and Epsilon Gamma Iota are expected to assist with the pre-career fair events. For information visit: www.pvamu.edu/careers.

Until next week, in the words of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross "People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.” Keep the news, achievements and recognitions coming to P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, Texas 77446 or prairieviewtoday@iwon.com.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Prairie View Mayor Frank D. Jackson Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

Prairie View Mayor Frank D. Jackson is the speaker for the monthly Men’s Prayer Breakfast set for July 19, 2014 at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Prairie View. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with networking and breakfast in the church’s Parish Hall.

Mayor Jackson will provide an update on his administration, accomplishments in the city, the Mayor’s Senior Outreach Project in collaboration with the 2104 ACCESS students of Prairie View A&M University. Economic development and the various "Sister Cities" initiatives with Belize, Columbia, Ghana and Mexico, and the pending relationship with Haiti. Frank D. Jackson was elected Mayor for the City of Prairie View, Texas on May 4, 2002. He is seeking reelection for a seventh term in May 2014.

During his tenure as Mayor Frank D. Jackson worked cooperatively with members of the City Council to adopt the first City – Countywide Emergency Management Plan; install a traffic light at the intersection of University Drive & Owens Road; adopted the City’s Comprehensive Development Plan and Zoning Ordinance, and the City’s Strategic Plan; provided leadership to pass the City’s 1st bond initiative since 1975 to make critical upgrades to the water & waste water systems to include a complete refurbishment of the City’s water tower and tripling the capacity of the City’s main (Alta Vista) lift station , pave every street in the City with hot-mix asphalt, and build the 1st City owned City Hall & Municipal Court Building; erect a Welcome to City of Prairie View sign with flags on US 290; landscape major intersections; erect the “Fences Project” that recognizes the historic 14 Farm Families of PV; implement the bi-annual Panthers At Work City-wide Clean up involving the University and Community; widen University Drive from the entrance to Prairie View A&M University to Business 290 to a 5 lane boulevard with bicycle lanes, sidewalks and street lights; adopt a “Down Town Overlay Plan” that with guide a uniform and beautiful development of down town Prairie View; purchased property to build a City owned Retail Center.

Mayor Frank D. Jackson authored the 1st book on the history of the City of Prairie View, Texas entitled “A Brief History of The City of Prairie View” and also “Juneteenth.”

In addition to being mayor, Jackson the Director of Government Relations at Prairie View A&M University, President and Fire Chief of the Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighting Association, Inc., and Past Master of Lone Star Lodge # 85 – Hempstead, Texas and currently serves as Grand Historian for the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter – Prairie View, Texas.

Mr. Jackson is married to Marian Elaine Jones and is the father of four children, Tracy, Ayanna, Cheikh & Okofo. The Jackson’s have two grandchildren Chazrel & Simone.

Mayor Jackson strives to live by the Motto: “Regardless of the phenomenon that we encounter in this life, it will be a whole lot better if we just do it together.”

The breakfast is free and we ask that you confirm your attendance by calling 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Prairie View Councilman Rowland is speaker at Men’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi

Prairie View Council Member Brian E. Rowland is the featured speaker for the Men of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on January 17 at 8:30 a.m. at the Church on 204 Dooley Street.

Rowland’s focus will be the kickoff of the My Brother’s Keeper Action Summit (MBK), a part of the White House initiative launched by President Barak Obama. Prairie View is one of seven Texas Cities out of 100 cities selected for the program and will report its actions at the MBK Community Challenge National Convening in Washington, D.C. later in January.

The MBK Community Challenge is a call to action for community leaders to implement a coherent cradle-to-college and career strategy aimed at improving life and outcomes for youth in America. Rowland will also share his experiences and participation in a myriad of activities to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Prairie View.

Rowland was first elected to the council in 2004 and has been an instrumental and influential force in the successful restoration of the Prairie View A&M University student’s essential right to vote in the city and county. He’s worked to ensure fair voter representation in election district boundaries through the federal court case in 2010 as part of his service with the NAACP. Rowland is supported resolution in opposition to the creation of a landfill in Waller County, not a popular move for a sitting council member.

Rowland holds the Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Tarleton State University, the Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration degrees and the Master’s Degree in Community Development with certification in community planning and fundraising from Prairie View A&M University. He is completing the dissertation for the PhD in Educational Leadership, also from Prairie View A&M University.

He has received many awards and recognitions for his distinguished services to uplift humanity and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Prairie View, including Young Champions of Justice Award from The Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights. Brian continues to serve his community through numerous affiliations including: Prairie View Federal Credit Union Board Member; Prairie View Chamber of Commerce-1st Vice President; Prairie View Volunteer Fire Department-Member; Prairie View Athletic Club-Historian; Board of Adjustment & Appeals for the City of Prairie View; NAACP-Life Member; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. former President; Houston Area Urban League-Young Professionals; Prairie View National Alumni Association-Life Member, Texas Municipal League-Member, Texas Association of Black City Council Members, Boy Scouts Troop 1906- former Scoutmaster and the Texas and National Black Caucus Co-Director for the Young Elected Officials Network.

Brian is a financial advisor with VOYA Financials, formerly ING Financials, a position he’s held for the past twelve years. For more information on Rowland visit http://brianerowland.com.

All men and women who support programs for minority males in the community are invited to the free breakfast and fellowship. Please call 936-857-3272 or email stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net, to confirm attendance. The members of the community are also invited to attend the Friday nights Bible Study and Christian Education at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall; and also attend services on Sundays at 11:00 a.m.