Friday, March 15, 2019

Luther V. Francis is Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

Mr. Luther V. Francis is the speaker for the Men's Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, is set for Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall the church on 204 Dooley Street. Mr. Francis is a former administrator and educator with Prairie View A&M University, former Council member for the City of Prairie View. Patrons are asked to confirm attendance at 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net.

Mr. Francis is a native of Paris, Texas and the only son of Ethel and I. V. Francis. He grew up and attended high school in the East Texas towns and upon graduation enrolled at Prairie View A&M University.

Mr. Francis holds the Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University and a Masters from Texas A&M University. His professional experiences include serving as a professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of Physical Plant and Planning at Prairie View A&M University. After some 45 years of service, Mr. Francis retired from the university. He also served in the United States Army on the mainland and in Europe. He also completed two terms as a member of the Prairie View City Council and Business owner in the city.

He is a member for the First United Methodist Church Prairie View and the Prairie View Athletic Club. “Part of Mr. Francis’ contribution to the Prairie View was involvement of design and building of several residential homes, along with his business partner, Austin E. Greaux, former dean of the College of Engineering. Francis was also involved in the design and rerouting of FM 1098 around the campus as we have it today. Previously the street ran through the campus.

You are cordially invited to participate in the St. Francis of Assisi will also host the Houston Foodbank/Kraft Mobile Food distribution at the church on 204 Dooley Street on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The free fruits and vegetables distribution is available to anyone in need in Waller County Area. No qualifications required. Patrons are asked to bring bags, boxes or carts to carry the food items. Persons will be also able to sign up for other social services, i.e. SNAPS.

Members of the community are also invited to attend the weekly Bible Study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship service at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Olympian Fred Newhouse is speaker for Men's Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi

The men of St. Francis of Assisi will host its Men's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall the church on 204 Dooley Street. The speaker is Frederick ‘Fred’ Newhouse, retired Director of Public Affairs for Valero Energy’s regional refining operations and current as the Assistant Treasurer of the Prairie View A&M University Foundation.

Fred is a native of Hallsville and is a graduate of Galilee High School in Hallsville. After high school, he attended Prairie View A&M University and the University of Washington, earning the Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of International Business, respectively. Between undergraduate and graduate school, he served two years in the United States Army. Following his services in the army, he joined Exxon Mobil where he served in a variety of engineering, human resources, and public affairs positions at operations in Texas, California, and Louisiana. He later joined Valero Energy.

While at Prairie View A&M, Fred was a three time All-American and National Champion in Track and Field. In 1971 he earned a gold medal at the Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia and in 1976, he won Gold and Silver Medals in the Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada. In 2000, he was appointed Team Leader for the United States Men’s Track and Field squad to the Olympic Games in Sydney, Austria. He continues to serve as the Referee for the Texas Relays and the Texas State UIL Track and Field Championships. He was also one of the organizers of the Northwest Flyers Track Club in Houston. Newhouse was inducted into the Texas Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame, Class of 2014 and the Prairie View Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.

In his civic life, Fred has volunteered in many capacities including the Boards of Directors for United States Olympic Committee and USA Track and Field. He is past Chairman of the Board of the Texas City/ LaMarque Chamber of Commerce, Chair-elect for the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Houston’s Community Family Center, and Vice-chair of the Black Heritage Committee – Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Fred also serves on the Capital Campaign Committee for Prairie View A&M University and is an avid supporter of the United Way and Boy Scouts of America.

Fred is a member of the Fallbrook Church. He and his wife Rhonda, have 2 daughters - Vonda and Benecia; a son-in-law, Pele’ Nunley (Vonda’s husband); and two wonderful grandsons, Andre’ and Bryce. His hobbies are gardening, ranching, and volunteering in youth oriented programs.

St. Francis of Assisi will also host the Houston Foodbank/Kraft Mobile Food distribution at the church on 204 Dooley Street on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The free fruits and vegetables distribution is available to anyone in need in Waller County Area. No qualifications required. Patrons are asked to bring bags, boxes or carts to carry the food items. Persons will be also able to sign up for other social services, i.e. SNAPS.

Members of the community are also invited to attend the weekly Bible Study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship service at 11:00 a.m.

St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church 204 Dooley Street Prairie View, TX 77445 936-857-3272 stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Prairie View Postmaster Braun Bryant is Men's Breakfast Speaker

Braun Bryant is the Postmaster for the United States Post Office in Prairie View is the speaker for the monthly Men's Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, set for Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall the church on 204 Dooley Street. 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.

Mr. Bryant became the first man named Postmaster for the United States Post Office in Prairie View in spring 2018. He is a native Houstonian and is a graduate of James Madison High School and earned an Associate Degree in Business from the University of Houston. He is a Licensed Worker's Comp Adjuster and a Licensed Real Estate Agent. Prior to joining the Postal Service, Mr. Bryant worked as a Worker's Compensation Insurance Adjuster for The University of Texas. In this position he was responsible for ensuring that the employee’s rights were respected and the employer’s rights were protected, and that the employee received appropriate and adequate compensation for claims against the company’s insurance.

Mr. Bryant has more than twenty-seven years of service with the United States Postal Service. He began his employment with the Post Office in 1997, and over the years has served as a Postal Supervisor and a Manager at various stations throughout the Houston District from east to west and north to south, and whatever area in between that need his service.

The public is also reminded that the next Houston Food-Bank KRAFT Mobile Pantry distribution is on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We appreciate all the support and participation. Please share this information and remind the patrons to bring their bags and boxes for the free items.

We also invite you to participate in our Christian Education and Bible Study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Our worship service is at 11:00 a.m. Come learn the word and share in the fellowship.

St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church 204 Dooley Street Prairie View, TX 77445 936-857-3272 stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Mary Watson Thompson to retire from US Post Office in Prairie View

After more than 33 years of service with the United States Post Office in Prairie View, Mary Watson Thompson plans to retire on February 28, 2019. Some 100 persons were on hand to celebrate the impending retirement on December 31 at the Waller Community Center.

Mr. Braun Bryant, Prairie View Postmaster, was the first to bring greetings and congratulations to Mrs. Thompson. "Mary is one of the most kind and cooperative employee I've worked with today is very special. When employees retire they usually receive a plaque or certificate but for Mary we could not allow her to retire without something worthy of recognition," he continued. He presented Mary a special engraved Postal Plaque and Certificate and also a set of engraved Postal Pens and Pencil.

Mary's son Douglas and her play son Terrell Clark presented her with flowers, plaques and certificates on behalf of the family. Among the others paying homage to Mary included former postal employees and Postmasters and other members of the family and the community. Everyone had nothing but love for Mary in terms of her demeanor, attitude, care for others and her kind service at the Post Office. Accolades were also praised on the Watson family and their support of the family and the community at large.

Larry Watson, the family patriarch served as the MC for the deserving event. Mary closed out the event by expressing her appreciation, through some happy tears, to the attendees. There was plenty of food, refreshments and of course the celebratory cake which displayed a portrait of Mary at Work.

2019 is here and 2018 is out with all the hoopla of changes, scandals, winners and losers, and the launching of campaigns for the presidency of the United States of America.

In closing out 2018, let is also pause to honor and those who departed from our lives and give thanks to those who are still with us. As we are at the beginning of a new year and the ending of an old one, we often wish we could turn over a new leaf or have a fresh start. No doubt about it, there have been certain things we have said or done in this past year that we may not be proud of. Wouldn't it be great to just start over again? In reality you can have a fresh start. The New Year is still a blank slate with 364 blank pages to go!

We are moving into uncharted waters, 2018 doesn't have any history for us; therefore, we have to make history. We don't know what the New Year is going to bring. We don't know what problems we are going to encounter or the changes that we will have to make. We don't know what blessings the Lord has in store for us. But whatever the New Year holds don't be afraid.

Let your God guide you down the path you may go. There are opportunities ahead of you to make a new commitment. You decide which path you are going to walk in this coming year. You decide what your priorities are going to be. You decide which direction you are going to take, each and every day.

Here are the 10 traits from "Investors Business Daily" that has been helpful to others over the years. 10 Traits For Success: (1) How You Think Is Everything - Always be positive. Think success, not failure. Beware of a negative environment. (2) Decide Upon Your True Dreams and Goals - Write down your specific goals and develop a plan to reach them. (3) Take Action - A Goals is nothing without action. Don't be afraid to get started. Just do it. (4) Never Stop Learning - Go back to school or read books. Get training and acquire skills. (5) Be Persistent and Work Hard - Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Never give up. (6) Learn To Analyze Details - Get all the facts, all the input. Learn from your mistakes (7). Focus Your Time and Money - Don't let other people or things distract you. (8) Don't Be Afraid to Innovate; Be Different - Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity. (9) Deal and Communicate With People Effectively - No person is an island. Learn to understand and motivate others. (10) Be Honest and Dependable and Take Responsibility - Otherwise, Numbers 1-9 won't matter.

On the subject of writing: I am pleased to share some points to help you as you take time to create your personal family history or spiritual journey. Here are the first two of 17 suggestions provided by Dr. Sylvester Shannon, a Presbyterian minister of Fort Belvoir, Va. Begin by writing (1) your birth: when, where, parents, surrounding circumstances, and conditions. (2)Your childhood: health, diseases, incidents, funny accidents, visitors in your home, etc. grandparents, relatives you remember, religion in your home, financial condition of parents. Embellish those points with personal anecdotes. You will find that at the end of the next 10-12 weeks you would have completed, what may be a best seller for the whole world to read.

By the way, if you have never had a mentor or personal coach, it won't hurt to get one now. This person can help you plan your course of action and stay with you through the implementation. You know the best tennis player, entertainer or golfer in the world all have coaches or mentors who helped them to success. Yet most people (who admire them) never even take the first lesson, and much less invest in a personal coach. Be different. Seek the support of a coach in your life? Best wishes! I look forward to your success.

JANUARY BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO: Willie J. Bell III and Felecia Bell (1), Pearl Martin (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) and Hosie Anderson (19).

ON A CULTURAL NOTE, I am sure you knew that on: Jan. 01/01/1804 - Haiti gains independence from France; 1/1/1863 - President Abraham Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves in the United States; 01/02/1831 - William Lloyd Garrison began publishing "The Liberator" abolitionist newspaper, in Boston Mass; 01/02/15- Noted historian John Hope Franklin is born; 01/03/1624 - William Tucker, first black child born in America, baptized in Jamestown; 01/04/20 - The first black baseball league, the National Negro Baseball League, was founded; 1/4/85 Congressman William Gray is first African American elected chairman of the House Budget Committee; 1/5/11 Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is founded at Indiana University; 1/15/29 The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is born in Atlanta, Ga.; 8, 1836-Fannie M Jackson, educator and first black woman college graduate in the U.S., was born on this date; 1/9/1866-Fisk University was founded in Nashville; 1/12/48 - The U.S. Supreme Court decision gives blacks the right to study law at state institutions; 1/12/71-The Congressional Black Caucus organized in DC; 1/13/13-Delta Sigma Theta Sorority founded at Howard University; 1/15/08-Alpha Kappa Alpha, first black Greek letter sorority, founded at Howard University and 1/16/20-Zeta Phi Beta founded at Howard University.

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: Prairie View A&M University will host its Spring Student Orientation for incoming undergraduate freshman and transfer students. The goal is for our students to have a successful start to their first year at the university. The event is on January 9 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm in the Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium.

The University will also host its 2019 University/Community Council Meeting on January 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Julius Becton Auditorium in the Alvin I. Thomas Building. The public is invited.

Prairie View A&M University will present a special Symposium: Scholars’ Voices Series, African American History and Culture on January 18 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm in Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium, Willie A. Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Center. Featured speaker is Dr. Cornell West, philosopher, author, and social activist, a scholar of African-American studies, and is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University. He also holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University and has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has authored 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, offers an unflinching look at nineteenth and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. Persons interested in attending should click here EVENTBRITE

Please continue your prayers for Loraine Kirkpatrick, Willie Smith, Madolyn Reed, Pamelyn Reed, Amy Boykin, who stand in the need of prayer. May the peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge of God, through Jesus Christ! Have a great 2019.

Until next week, in the words of the late great god-father of soul James Brown, "Get On the Good Foot because Papa's got a Brand New Bag!" in 2019. Keep the news, achievements, and recognitions coming to prairieviewtoday@yahoo.com or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, Texas 77446.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Finance Instructor Harvey is Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

Danny Harvey, Director of a CFP Board-Registered Financial Planning & Finance Faculty at Prairie View A&M University is the Men's Breakfast speaker on December 15 at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church 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.

Harvey is a successful educator, speaker and Portfolio Manager/Analyst with broad-based experience and hands-on skills in the financial and global energy industries. He has been recognized for delivering high-quality work on time, managing a broad range of responsibilities, and thriving under pressure.

Prior to Prairie View A&M University, Harvey served as an Adjunct Professor at DeVry University, Commodities Trade Control Analyst with Barclays Investment Bank, and Portfolio Manager with Invesco and was also a Systems Project Analyst. While with Invesco, he was responsible for actively managing and trading more than $70 billion in assets, across varying sectors and currencies (U.S., Canada, U.S. Dollar offshore, tax-exempt, government, and corporate securities and money market funds). He also successfully negotiated terms and conditions of trades with brokers and ensured success.

As a member of the finance faculty, Harvey has exposed his students to various financial institutions to include participation in the “From the Classroom to the Trading Room” workshop at the Wells Fargo New York, visit to the New York Stock Exchange for the opening and closing of the market, a financial leadership program at Goldman Sachs, Williams Capital, Bloomberg LP headquarters and Texas A&M University’s Financial Planning Conference to name a few. He also assisted students in hosting various seminars and workshops, including the Money Matters Program and the Real Talk on Personal Finance with the Collegiate 100 of Prairie View A&M University.

Harvey holds the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree in Global Energy from the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston and the Bachelor degree in Economics from Texas A&M University. Additionally he completed an international business residency in Beijing and Xi'an, China; holds Certification in Oil & Gas Financial and Valuation Modeling from Wall Street Prep in Energy and holds certification in Accounting, Advanced Excel techniques, Valuation & Financial Modeling (Operating, DCF Analysis, LBO, and M&A) from Texas A&M University. Other certifications include TC Cowin Financial Literacy Summer Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University, and WISE Certification in Personal Finance Working.

In addition to his teaching responsibility, Harvey serves as a Mentor with the Caring Aggies Mentor Program which provide support to children as they develop through school and to inspire them to pursue higher education; building confidence and leadership skills; providing fun, life-enriching experiences; and role modeling qualities of success. He also finds time to volunteer with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Leadership Houston Class XXXVI, United Way's Project Blueprint, Bauer College Alumni Association Board Member, MBA/EMBA Engagement Chair, Finance Committee Co-Chair; Houston Black Leadership Institute, American Association of Blacks in Energy (Houston Chapter) Board Member and Treasurer, National Black MBA Association Houston Chapter, Inc. Board Member and Financial Secretary. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the National Society of Black Engineers and the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference.

Some of his Honors & Awards are the National Finalist for HBCU Male Faculty of the Year from the HBCU Digest, Who’s Who in Black Houston, Faculty Research Development Grant for $20,000 for the financial literacy outreach program - "Panthers in the Black" and a $25,000 to develop and enhance the financial planning program at Prairie View A&M University and the TD Ameritrade Emerging Programs Grant.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Former BET Executive is PVAMU's Commencement Speaker

On December 16 Prairie View A&M University will host its 2018 Fall Commencement at the CFISD Berry Center of Northwest Houston, 8877 Barker Cypress Road in Cypress, Texas. Some 400 candidates are expected to receive bachelor, master and PhD degrees from the seven colleges and schools.

The speaker is Dr. Debra L. Lee whose trailblazing career spans more than 3 decades. She is arguably one of the most influential female voices in the entertainment industry. Up until May 2018, Lee served as the Chairman & CEO of BET Networks, the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally.

During her tenure, Lee helmed BET’s reinvigorated approach to corporate philanthropy & authentic programming that lead to hits such as The New Edition Story, Being Mary Jane, The BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors and many more. Lee earned her Juris doctorate at Harvard Law School, while simultaneously earning a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in Asian politics. In 2014 she was awarded with a Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) from Brown University.

The Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighting Association, Inc. concludes its Christmas Food and Toy Drive on December 19. Donors may drop off their gifts at the Fire Station on 502 Ellen Powell St., Prairie View, the Prairie View City Hall on US Business 290 and the Prairie View Federal Credit Union on University Drive during business hours. Unwrapped toys for boys and girls ages 0-17 and gift cards are welcomed. For information contact: 936-857-9550. The toy and food give-away is on December 22 at the Fire Station. If you know a family in need please contact city hall @ 936-857-3711, the police station 936-3521 or Elaine Jackson @ 936-857-5550. Remember those in need during this time of year!

St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church will host its Men’s Prayer Breakfast on December 15 at 8:30 a.m. at the church, 204 Dooley Street. The speaker is Mr. Danny Harvey, the Director of a CFP Board-Registered Financial Planning & Finance Faculty at Prairie View A&M University, a position he has held since August 2014. He is a Successful Educator, speaker and Portfolio Manager/Analyst with broad-based experience and hands-on skills in the financial and global energy industries. He has been recognized for delivering high-quality work on time, managing a broad range of responsibilities, and thriving under pressure.

Harvey holds the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree in Global Energy from the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston and the Bachelor degree in Economics from Texas A&M University. Additionally he completed an international business residency in Beijing and Xi'an, China; holds Certification in Oil & Gas Financial and Valuation Modeling from Wall Street Prep in Energy and holds certification in Accounting, Advanced Excel techniques, Valuation & Financial Modeling (Operating, DCF Analysis, LBO, and M&A) from Texas A&M University. Other certifications include TC Cowin Financial Literacy Summer Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University, and WISE Certification in Personal Finance Working.

Under the theme: “The Gathering of Men”, Mr. Harvey will address and discuss the creation of personal wealth and getting your finances in order for the future. He will also discuss the financial status of men in the community and offer suggestions on how to improve the quality of life for all. All men of the community are invited to attend. PLEASE call 936-857-3272 or email: stfrancispv@sbcglobal.net to confirm attendance.

Lifting spirits and sharing the faith is on the hearts and minds of the men of the community as they traverse the area singing Christmas carols on December 10, 2018, beginning at the Prairie View City Hall, with stops in Concorde Village, Hill Estates and Alta Vista. The program will conclude at the home of Mrs. Katherine Reed, who has provided refreshments for the seventh year. The event is in its eleventh year and is hosted by the Men of St. Francis of Assisi and other volunteers and coordinated by Mr. Darryl Johnson.

The Houston FoodBank Mobile unit will return to St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Prairie View on Thursday, December 20 with distribution from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church on 204 Dooley Street. There are no qualifications necessary, however, persons will have the opportunity to sign up for SNAP, Children’s Medicaid/CHIP and TANF programs. Patrons are urged to PLEASE bring bags and boxes for the free items. For other information write to smtfrancispv@sbcglobal.net or call 936-857-3272.

The Prairie View Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association, Anne Preston Unit held its monthly meeting on December 19 in the Activity Center of the First United Methodist Church, Owens Road in Prairie View and conducted by Andrea Bell Miller, president. Mrs. Johnie Walker, President, District 6 and former PVRTA president will be on hand to provide updates on her service for the district.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ada Beal, Amy Boykin, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Loraine Kirkpatrick, Gail Adams Lee and Family, Pearl Martin, Madolyn Reed, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Otelia Watson, Sandra Watson and Jessie Yell. May God’s peace be with you!

Our deepest condolences to Gloria Thompson and Family on the passing of her husband, James A. Thompson on November 27, 2018. Condolences may be sent to the James A. Thompson Family, c/o Singleton & Sons Funeral Home, 627 New Orleans, Hempstead, TX 77445. You may call for other information (979)826-2425.

Happy December Birthday Wishes: Justin Samuel (1), Esel Bell (1), Valeria Nickerson (1), Lewis Smith (1), Sarah Williams (1), Linda Barrs (2), Betty Ricks (2), Robert Woodie McClennon (2), Scherrentina Williams (3), Alejandra Jewel Gutierrez (5), Jessica D. Berry (8), Carolyn Brown (9), Arie Walker (11), Ursula Johnson (15), Vanessa Weatherspoon (15), Emory Davis (17), Chase Gillian (17), Emery Davis (17), Cecil Dorsett, III (18), Clara Walker (18), Barbara Queen-Clarke (19), Deviyon Gillian (21), Jordan Hannah (21), Charles Muse (21), Vivian Smith (22), Trivia Cyrus (23), Minnie Cyrus (23), Ula Richard (23), Lillian Manual (24), Nicole D. Berry (25), Marcus Williams (25), Darius Walker(25), Coach Barbara Jacket (26), Dalton McWhinney (27), Jocelyn Whiting (29), Johnie Walker (29), Beatrice Sowell (29) and Michael Sowell (30). HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Cynthia & Maurice Hobson (17), Maurice & Arlicia Perkins (25), Everett & Beckey Fredholm (28) and George and Carolyn Brown (28).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: The Office of Special Programs will host its Fall 2018 Alumni Pinning Ceremony on December 13 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium, Willie A. Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Center, 700 University Drive, Prairie View. The speaker for the program is Dr. Tania R. White is the speaker. White is an Education Instructional Coach with the Fort Worth ISD, founder and president of Educator Well-Health, Inc. Holds the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Prairie View A&M University, the Master of Education degree in Counseling and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix and the Master in Business Administration in Business Leadership from Concordia College. Dr. White has served in education for 23 years, with previous experience as an engineer in Houston, Texas. White serves on the Executive Board of the National Alumni Association of Prairie View A&M University as the Chaplain.

President Ruth Simmons will host the annual University Holiday Reception on December 18 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. The event will close out the fall semester with the faculty, staff and alumni and guests. For information contact the Office of the President at 936-261-2111 or email Carol Campbell at cdcampbell@pvamu.edu.

Until next week, show your love to others, be of good cheer and let your light shine. Remember the reason for the season is Christ our Lord. Keep the news and achievements coming to prairieviewtoday@yahoo.com or P. O. Box 5433, Prairie View, TX 77446.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Congressman Al Green is Alpha Phi Alpha Founders’ Day Speaker

U.S. Congressman Al Green is the speaker for the Founders’ Day Observance of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. on December 2, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. in the Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium, Memorial Student Center at Prairie View A&M University. The members of the fraternity are commemorating the 112th Anniversary of the founding of the fraternity at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on December 4, 1906.

The program is open to the public and is being hosted by the Eta Gamma Chapter (PVAMU), Epsilon Tau Lambda (Prairie View), Pi Omicron (TAMU) and Pi Alpha Lambda (College Station) Chapters, all members of Area IX of the Fraternity.

Congressman Green was first elected to serve the people of Texas’ 9th Congressional District in Houston in 2004 and was recently elected for an eighth term in the United States House of Representatives. Green, a veteran civil rights advocate, has dedicated his life to fighting for those in society whose voices, too often, are not heard. He currently serves on the Financial Services Committee. He sits on two subcommittees: Housing and Insurance as well as Oversight and Investigations, where he holds the position of Ranking Member. Within the Democratic Party he holds the position of Assistant Whip.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Green’s family taught him the importance of positive preparation through education and righteous resistance to overcome persistent injustice. He attended Florida A&M University, Howard University, and the Tuskegee Institute. Before receiving an undergraduate degree, he enrolled in the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1973. As a law student, he earned awards in the areas of Federal Procedure and Conflicts.

After graduating from law school, Green co-founded and co-managed the law firm of Green, Wilson, Dewberry, and Fitch. In 1977, he was appointed Justice of the Peace in Harris County, Texas, where he served for 26 years before retiring in 2004. Throughout his career, Congressman Al Green has enjoyed the respect of his colleagues as well as a wide cross-section of community leaders, who have praised his legal skills, impeccable character, and ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.

For approximately ten years, Congressman Al Green served as president of the Houston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Under his leadership, the organization grew to unprecedented heights, increasing membership from a few hundred to many thousands, and the staff from one to more than ten.

Since its founding, the fraternity has provided leadership and service during the Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights Movements, and addressed social issues such as apartheid and urban housing, and other economic, cultural, and political issues affecting people of color. The fraternity’s mentoring, academic achievement and voter education programs and its relationships with the March of Dimes, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boy Scouts are priority-one for the fraternity. Some of its major programs include the Million Dollar Contribution to the National Urban League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the United Negro Scholarship Fund and its lead role in the management and construction of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the Washington Mall. Dr. King was one of the most revered brothers of the fraternity. Attorney Harry E. Johnson, Sr., the fraternity’s 31st General President serves as the President of the MLK Foundation. The fraternity is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with Mr. Mark Tillman as the General President.

The fraternity’s membership is more than two hundred thousand college trained men dispersed in more than 1,500 college and 900 alumni chapters throughout the United States, Korea, Europe and the Caribbean. Some of its prominent members are Justice Thurgood Marshall, Congressmen Emmanuel Cleaver, Al Green, William Gray, Ralph Metcalf and Charles Rangel; Ebony Publisher John H. Johnson, former PVAMU presidents Alvin I. Thomas, E. B. Evans, Charles Hines and E. B. Evans; Mayors Lee P. Brown, David Dinkins, Maynard Jackson, Frank Jackson, Raymond E. Carreathers, Jiles P. Daniels, Sr., Michael Wolfe and Ernest Morial, Texas Representatives Al Edwards, Sylvester Turner, Boris Miles and Ronal Reynolds; musicians Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie; Rhodes Scholar and Activist Paul Robeson, W. E. B. DeBois; Olympian Jesse Owens, and legendary coaches Eddie Robinson and Lenny Wilkins, to name a few.

Contact: Frederick V. Roberts – unitancommunications@yahoo.com

Saturday, November 3, 2018

VOTER ALERT: November 6, 2018 at 7AM - 7PM is the mid-year election and Waller County will conduct voting throughout the county. Voters in Prairie View Precinct 309 will vote at the Willie A. Tempton Student Center at Prairie View A&M University, L. W. Minor Street, and voters in Precinct 310 will vote at the Prairie View City Hall, 44500 Bus. Hwy. 290 East, Prairie View. We encourage you to cast your vote for the Blue Wave Vote Democratic Slate of candidates. Waller County Election Information.

The Prairie View Federal Credit Union continues its Holiday Loan promotion for its members through December 21. Members can also secure Auto Loan for new vehicles and cut their interest loans in half for refinancing of automobiles. Come join the Prairie View Federal Credit Union, the only financial organization in Prairie View, located at 704 University Drive in Prairie View. Call 936-857-4925 for information.

Sunday, November 11 is Veterans’ Day and American’s everywhere will commemorate the day with special events and programs, and also visits to the various memorial cemeteries. Sincere thanks to the men and women who served and are serving in all branches of the U.S. Military. Thank you all for your tireless and selfless dedication and sacrifices in keeping our country safe. The Prairie View Scouts Troop 1906 and Cubs Troop 338 is expected to pay their respect by placing flags on the gravesite of veterans in the Prairie View Memorial Cemetery.

The Houston FoodBank Mobile unit will return to St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Prairie View on Wednesday, November 14 and Thursday, December 20 with distribution from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church on 204 Dooley Street. There are no qualifications necessary, however, persons will have the opportunity to sign up for SNAP, Children’s Medicaid/CHIP and TANF programs. Patrons are urged to PLEASE bring bags and boxes for the free items. For other information write to smtfrancispv@sbcglobal.net or call 936-857-3272.

The Prairie View Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association, Anne Preston Unit held its monthly meeting on October 24 at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church and conducted by Andrea Bell Miller, president. Mrs. Johnie Walker, President, District 6 and former PVRTA president was on hand to witness the tribute and salute to the veterans present. More than 20 veterans participated and certificates were presented to the oldest veteran's present to include Mr. Luther V. Francis (93) and Mr. Henry P. Kemp (92). The next meeting for the PVRTA is on November 28 at St. Francis of Assisi.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ada Beal, Amy Boykin, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Loraine Kirkpatrick, Pearl Martin, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Otelia Watson and Sandra Watson.

HAPPY NOVEMBER BIRTHDAY TO: Luther V. Francis (1), Marcus O. Higgs (1), Earlene Leverett (1), Edward Martin (1), Samuel Montgomery (1), Della Miles (4), Bernice Webster (4), Linda Willis (5), Martha Bailey (6), Lasana Sirleaf (7), Travis Webster (8), Famata Freeman (9), Lillian Kirby (11), Harold Simmons (11), Barbara Dunham Gooden (13) and Carol Cummings Kellum (15).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: The 2018 Homecoming for PVAMU family is now history. The weeklong festivities was October 21-27 and included many activities for some 30K students, alumni and friends from a spirit filled Gospel Fest, Special Memorial Service, King and Queen's Ball and the Mr. & Miss Prairie View A&M University reunions, Homecoming Concert, the Stage-breakers Step Show, parade and the football game with the Panthers and the Alcorn University Braves. Unfortunately the Panthers fell to Alcorn. The tailgating area provided a great opportunity for old friends to meet and share in the festivities. One of the highlights for yours truly was chatting with alumnae Loni Love, Emmy Award winning Talk Show Host on the Real, comedienne, actress and engineer. Loni was a former student leader and activities producer during her time at Prairie View A&M University.

Danny Harvey, a finance professor and financial planning program director at the university, is aiming to change those attitudes. Harvey will be hosting “Money Matters,” a seminar highlighting the various key aspects of financial planning on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 4:00 pm, in the Willie A. Tempton, Sr., Memorial Student Center Ballroom. The event will include a panel discussion of students faculty, staff, and financial planning professionals. All are welcome to attend.

Until next week, in the words of Larry J. Sabato, “Every election is determined by the people who show up and VOTE.” Keep the news and achievements coming to prairieviewtoday@yahoo.com or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Prairie View A&M University host Homecoming 2018 Celebration

Prairie View Today take this moment to remember the passing of a Prairie View Icon and Pillar, Mr. George E. Higgs, a long-time resident, who passed on October 21, 2017. The community will forever remember Mr. Higgs and his contributions, anecdotes and reminders that Prairie View A&M University produces productive people with purpose and vision. Mr. Higgs was one of the hardest working man in Prairie View for a number of years. Higgs was the epitome of the Power of One, he believed in getting things done and doing it well! Thus his leadership skills helped him to serve as President and founder of the Prairie View Chamber of Commerce, Prairie View Athletic Club, Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association and its first Executive Director, Prairie View Local and Hempstead Alumni Club; Prairie View Retired Teachers Association, Class of 1956, Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Phi Delta Kappa; the All Faiths Chapel Advisory Board and Chairman of the Board, Manager and Treasurer of the Prairie View Federal Credit Union. He was a long-time member of Mount Corinth Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Higgs was married to Hattie Olivette Jackson (deceased) of Arkansas and that union produced two children, Cherie (Calvin Singleton) and Marcus (Amecia Smith) and three grandchildren Carlton E. and Calvin Clinton, III Singleton and Morgan Alicia Higgs.

EARLY VOTING has begun in Waller County on October 22 and runs through November 2 at the at Waller County Courthouse on 836 Austin St., Hempstead, Texas from October 22-28. During Early Voting, Voters can vote at any Location Prairie View Voters we suggest you Vote Now! Voting on October 29-31, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Willie A. Tempton Student Center, Prairie View A&M University, L. W. Minor Street and November 1-2, 2018 – 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Waller County Community Center, FM 1098 – next to Prairie View Post Office. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 – ELECTION DAY from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. as follows: PRECINCT 309: Memorial Student Center PVAMU and PRECINCT 310: Prairie View City Hall, 44500 Bus. 290. We encourage you to vote early!

The Prairie View Federal Credit Union continues its Holiday Loan promotion for its members through December 21. Members can also secure Auto Loan for new vehicles and cut their interest loans in half for refinancing of automobiles. Come join the Prairie View Federal Credit Union, the only financial organization in Prairie View, located at 704 University Drive in Prairie View. Call 936-857-4925 for information. Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ada Beal, Amy Boykin, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Pearl Martin, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Otelia Watson and Sandra Watson. Special prayers for the students, staff and faculty, and alumni and friends who will celebrate PVAMU’s Homecoming 2018.

OCTOBER BIRTHDAY CONGRATULATIONS TO: John Jacob Boyer (1), Elaine Jackson (2), Michael Munnings (3), Allen Roberts (3), Andre’ Berry (6), Glen Berry (7), Deleanor Kirkpatrick (9), Kimberley Hunter (12), Irene Davis ( 14), Lorraine Kirkpatrick ( 24), Carlita Solomon ( 24), Gloria Sandles Armstrong (25), Glenda Sandles Jones (25), Andre’ Wade (25), Anthony D. Hill (27), Alvin Coleman (27), Linda Greenleaf (27), Anthony Jones (27), Senora Webster-Sims (27), Margie Beard (29), Carl Jones (29) and Ryan Harden (30).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: The Prairie View A&M Foundation Gala held on October 13 at the Hilton Hotel in Houston on Post Oak is now history. And what a success it was? More than 500 alumni, staff, friends and guests enjoyed the festivity, with NBC’s 2’s Anchor Kahmbrell Marshall as the Host. Among those bringing greetings and saluting the guests were Mr. Roy G. Perry, Foundation Chairman and Dr. Ruth Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Simmons also expressed thanks to Mr. Perry, who also honored the newest deans to the university from the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences and the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering. Dr. Simmons became the 8th president of the university on November 9, 2017. From all account the event was a huge success and is expected to bigger and better in 2018. For information on the foundation, visit www.pvamf.org/ or call (800)707-8138.

The 2018 Homecoming for PVAMU family is in full swing. The festivities runs October 21-27 and was ushered in with a spirit filled Gospel Fest on October 21 with featured artist Gospel Singer/Songwriter/Producer and Minister Fred Hammond along with Social Media Sensation and Gospel Comedienne Miss Sherlene. Several student performers provided the opening singspiration with song and praise dancing.

The events continued on October 22 with special events around campus, to include a Special Memorial Service for the Notable Playwright, Director, Teacher and mentor Dr. Theodis Shine, former head of the Theater Program at Prairie View A&M University. Among the persons paying tribute to Shine were Dr. Lucius R. Wyatt, retired Head of the Department of Music and Theater, Dr. Dianne Jemison Pollard, Dean of the Honors College at Texas Southern University, Eileen Morris and Rachel Dickson Artistic Directors for the Ensemble Theater, Andrea Bell Miller, former student, Dr. Mark Phillips head of the Department and Dr. Danny R. Kelly, Dean of the Brailesford College of Arts and Sciences.

Special readings were provided by Dr. John L. Cornelius and Dr. Vicki Seldon from the Music Department. The King and Queen's Ball highlighting Mr. & Miss Prairie View A&M University will be on October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium. Other events include the Homecoming Concert with Boosie, Hip Hop Artist, followed by the Stage-breakers Step Show (Oct. 26), parade (Oct. 27) and the football game with the Panthers and the Alcorn University Braves on October 27 in the Blackshear Field Stadium at 2:00 PM. For information, visit: https://pvamuhc.com/schedule/#top. The City of Prairie View will join the University with vending on October 26-27 with a Vendors area on FM 1098. For information call 936-857-3711.

The Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association will hold its Fall Alumni Meeting on Friday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m. in the Alvin I. Thomas Auditorium (Administration Building). All alumni are invited to attend and to share their thoughts and reflect on thier days on the Hill. The Annual Homecoming Banquet will be in the evening at 7p.m. in the Ballroom of the Willie A. Tempton Sr. Student Center. The association will honor and recognize the Golden Anniversary Class of 1968 with special medallions. Featured entertainment for the evening will be provided by Alumnae Sonya Freeman, fresh from her off-broadway tribute to the legendary singer - Phyliss Hyman.

Until next week, in the words of Larry J. Sabato, “Every election is determined by the people who show up and VOTE.” Keep the news and achievements coming to prairieviewtoday@yahoo.com or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Baldwin is Men's Prayer Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

Dr. Rick Baldwin, associate professor of Management and Marketing in the College of Business at Prairie View A&M University, is the speaker for the Men’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on Saturday October 20, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. on 204 Dooley/200 Phillip Streets in Prairie View.

Dr. Baldwin’s undergraduate teaching course load includes Principles of Management, Small Business Management, Retail Management and the recently developed Sports, Entertainment and Event Marketing course. Baldwin also teaches a graduate course in entrepreneurship which culminates with the winning team participating at the at the OFC Innovation & Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition, a program that provides entrepreneurial opportunities and experiences to students, and helps them to look at the big picture and apply all of their conceptual & theoretical knowledge. His teaching experiences also include stints in graduate and undergraduate teaching at LeTourneau University, Concordia University and Our Lady of the Lake University.

Dr. Baldwin has more than twenty years of professional experience in the telecommunications industry with employment with SBC Corporation (AT&T) in management, marketing, auditing, industry analysis and external relations. He also had a stint in finances with the First City National Bank, Houston in Funds Management.

He has conducted scholarly and business research of Land Grant Institutions’ Impact on their Immediate Communities' Economic Development and Leadership; nonprofit Institution Accounting Internal Controls and community development efforts in Houston and surrounding communities. Additionally he has published several articles related to community development for the City of Houston and Waller County and its inclusive cities. He is the recipient of the Direct Marketing Association Fellowship and received the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and International Underwater Explorations Grant.

Baldwin previously served as the Director of the Community and Economic Development Graduate Program in the School of Architecture at university and also spend time serving as a business and economic development consultant with the Small Business Development Center.

Baldwin holds the Bachelor of Science in Business from University of Houston; Master’s in Business Administration from Amber University and the Doctorate in Business Administration, Nova Southeastern University. He holds membership in American Marketing Association and the Texas Association of Community and Economic Development.

St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church P. O. Box 246 204 Dooley200 Phillips Street Prairie View, TX 77446 936-857-3272