Wednesday, July 11, 2018

PVAMU Concert Chorale to Perform in Germany and Poland

The Prairie View A&M University Cocert Chorale, under the direction of Dr. A. Jan Taylor, is set to perform in a series of concerts in Germany and Poland during August 26 through September 12, 2018.

At the invitation of Polish conductor Mariusz Smolij, the Chorale will perform two concerts of American music with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, in Toruń, Poland for the International Summer Festival “Music and Architecture. A concert version of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and Hailstork’s Four Spirituals for Two Sopranos and Choirare two of the works that are programmed for these concerts.

The orchestra has gained a firm standing among many other cultural institutions in Torun. The significant achievements is the International Summer Festival ‘Music and Architecture’ wich gather large audiences in the historic interiors. Another aspect of our activities is the musical education for children and youth.TOS is located in The Cultural and Congress Centre Jordanki.

Department of Music faculty who will travel and perform with the Chorale are Dr. John L. Cornelius II, composer and pianist; and voice faculty Leon Turner, bass-baritone; and Jolie Rocke Brown, soprano. Music Department alumna Audra Scott, soprano, will perform as a guest soloist. In addition to the performances with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, the Chorale will present concerts in Berlin, Germany, and in the Toruń-Bygdoski region in Poland. Also featured is a recital performed by bass-baritone Mr. Leon P. Turner and pianist Dr. Danny R. Kelley, Dean of the Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences. The Chorale’s tour will end with a visit to Warsaw, the capital city of Poland.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Pastor Averri T. LeMalle is Speaker for Men's Prayer Breafast at St. Francis of Assisi

The Men of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church extends an invitation to men of the community to its Monthly Men's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall of the church, 204 Dooley Street. Please confirm at 936-857-3272 or email:

The speaker is Pastor Averri T. LeMalle, Teaching Pastor at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston. As the Teaching Pastor he preaches and teaches in worship venues on Sundays and Wednesdays, rotationally serving all campuses and ministering to the entire congregation. Throughout the week, he serves in Pastoral Care, Leadership Development, and Community Outreach. Averri grew up, not only as the grandson and nephew of pastors but with a sense of personal call to ministry.

He developed a Love for Christ at a young age, and his call to preaching ministry grew in tandem with his Christian growth and development under the Lordship of Christ. Ministry was an inevitable destiny.

Prior to joining the team at Champion Forest in December of 2013, Averri served as an Associate Pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, LA, where he was mentored by Dr. Fred Luter, Jr. Following his tenure at Franklin Avenue, he served as a senior pastor in Pineville, LA for seven years.

Life-long learning is Averri’s commitment as he seeks to increase in biblical knowledge and theological insight. He is a graduate of Caskey School of Divinity, Louisiana College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where his primary training was in Pastoral Ministry with a focus on Psychology and Counseling. Additionally, he has studied as a Theological Education Fellow (FTE) at Vanderbilt University, Hampton University, and Liberty Theological Seminary.

Averri is committed to excellence in Bible study, preaching, teaching, and Christ-like living. He has a passion for ministering across demographics through the development of personal relationships with the focus on helping each individual develop a personal relationship and commitment to Christ. He believes that we are placed together in our service to the Kingdom to champion God’s will being done “on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Averri and his wife, Kionna, have been married for more than twenty years. From their heavenly union were born four manifestations of love: three sons and one daughter, Averri II, Kiondré, Travonté, and Janae.

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. Contact: or 936-857-3272.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Lonnie G. Bunch is PVAMU's Commencement Speaker on May 12

Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch, III, Founding Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is the commencement speaker at Prairie View A&M University on May 12, 2018 at 10:00 am in the university's Panther Stadium. This will be the university's first commencement in the outdoor Athletic Field, where more than 600 candidates will receive their Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. degrees.

Bunch is a personal mentee and friend of President Ruth Simmons and was selected for this historic event because of his background and commitment to the study of African Americans and the African Diaspora.

Bunch, historian, author, curator and educator, is the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. In this position he promotes the museum’s mission to help audiences see African American history as American history, and provides strategic leadership in areas of fundraising, collections, and academic and cultural partnerships.

The museum, the 19th to open as part of the Smithsonian Institution, is located on the national Mall where Smithsonian museums attracted more than 24 million visitors in 2005. It stands on a five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument and opposite the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. The museum opened to critical and public acclaim on September 24, 2016.

As a public historian, a scholar who brings history to the people, Bunch has spent nearly 30 years in the museum field where he is regarded as one of the nation’s leading figures in the historical and museum community.

Prior to his July 2005 appointment as director of NMAAHC, Bunch, served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society, one of the nation’s oldest museums of history (January 2001-June 2005). There, he initiated an unprecedented outreach initiative to diverse communities and launched a much-applauded exhibition and program on teenage life titled “Teen Chicago.” He also led a successful capital campaign to transform the institution in celebration of its 150th anniversary and managed an institutional reorganization.

Bunch has held several positions at the Smithsonian. As the National Museum of American History’s (NMAH) Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs (1994-2000), he oversaw the curatorial and collections management staff of nearly 200. In addition to leading the curatorial team that developed the major permanent exhibition “American Presidency: A Glorious Burden,” he served as co-author of the exhibition’s companion book by the same name.

While assistant director for curatorial affairs at NMAH, (1992-1994), Bunch developed “Smithsonian’s America,” an exhibition that explored the history, culture and diversity of the United States; it was shown in Tokyo, Japan as part of the “American Festival Japan ’94.” He also supervised the planning and implementation of the museum’s research and collection agendas. As a supervising curator at NMAH, (1989-1992), he oversaw several of the museum’s divisions, including Community Life and Political History.

From 1978 to 1979, Bunch was an education specialist and historian at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, where he developed multi-cultural instructional programs and researched and wrote the history of African Americans in aviation.

Bunch served as the curator of history for the California Afro-American Museum in Los Angeles from 1983 to 1989. There he organized several award-winning exhibitions including “The Black Olympians, 1904-1950” and “Black Angelenos: The Afro-American in Los Angeles, 1850-1950.” Committed to making history accessible, he also produced several historical documentaries for public television.

A prolific and widely published author, Bunch has written on topics ranging from slavery, the black military experience, the American presidency and all black towns in the American west to diversity in museum management and the impact of funding and politics on American museums. In 2010, he published the award-winning book “Call the Lost dream Back: Essays on Race, History and Museums.” “Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives” was published in 2014 and in 2015 he published “Memories of the Enslaved: Voices from the Slave Narratives.” In 2016, Bunch co-authored “From No Return: the 221-Year Journey of the Slave Ship Sao Jose.” In 2017, he authored for the World Economic Forum in Davos Agenda (blog), “America, Slavery and how Museums can help to heal Fractured Societies.” Lectures and presentations to museum professionals and scholars have taken him to major cities in the United States and to many nations abroad including Australia, China, England, Italy, Japan, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, Ghana, Senegal and Cuba. Since 2008, Bunch has served as the series co-editor of the “New Public Scholarship Edition” of the University of Michigan Press. During the inaugurations of President Barack Obama, Bunch served as an on-camera commentator for ABC News.

In service to the historical and cultural community, Bunch has served on the advisory boards of the American Association of Museums, the African American Association of Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the ICOM-US. Among his many awards, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Commission for the Preservation of the White House in 2002 and reappointed by President Barack Obama in 2009. In 2005, Bunch was named one of the 100 most influential museum professionals in the 20th century by the American Association of Museums and in 2009, Ebony Magazine named him one of its 150 most influential African Americans. Again, in 2016 he was chosen as one of the 100 most significant African Americans by Ebony Magazine. In 2011, BET (Black Entertainment Television) selected Bunch to receive its BET Honors for outstanding service to American education. In 2014, BET selected Bunch as one of its ICON Men for his work mentoring young African American men. In recent years, Bunch has been honored with: Visionary History Award, DC Historical Society (2016), Rainbow Push Torchbearer Award (2016), Delta Sigma Thea Remembering Our Heritage Award (2016), and National Newspaper Publishers Association Torch Award (2016). In 2016, Washingtonian Magazine named him Washingtonian of the Year and Bunch was listed as #1 in the Washington Business Journal’s Power 100 ratings and in Vanity Fair’s Hall of Fame. In 2017, Bunch was given the President Award at the NAACP Image Award and the Greater Washington Urban League presented him with the Impact Leader Award. In addition, BLACK ENTERPRISE presented Bunch with the inaugural XCEL Award at their Summit. In 2017, Bunch was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Born in the Newark, N.J. area, Bunch has held numerous teaching positions across the country including The American University in Washington, D.C. (1978-1979); the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (1979-1981); and The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (1989-2000). He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from The American University in Washington, D.C. in African American and American history.

He is married to Maria Marable Bunch, a museum educator. They have two daughters, Sarah and Katie.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Ruth Simmons is installed as 8th President of Prairie View A&M University

April 20, 2018 was an historic day in higher education for the State of Texas with the inauguration of Dr. Ruth Simmons as the 8th and first female president of Prairie View A&M University. More than 80 representatives from academia and learned societies and community organizations were on hand to salute Dr. Simmons. Mr. Charles W. Scwartz, Chairman of the Board of Regents for The Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), presiding officer, welcomed the students, staff, faculty and guests to the auspicious event. He commended Dr. Simmons for the wealth of experience that she brings to PVAMU and the system and pledged his full support.

TAMUS Chancellor, John Sharp presented Dr. Simmons with the presidential medallion and mace signifying her official installment. Sharp also stated that TAMUS was committed to building the president’s house for Ruth. Some of the luminaries on hand were U. S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who presented Simmons a United States Flag; Texas Senator Lois Kolkhorts; Prairie View Mayor David Allen, PVAMU’s Alumni President Kimberly Runnels; Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson and Academy Representative Princeton University Professor Martha Tienda; former presidents Julius W. Becton, Percy A. Pierre and George C. Wright, and interim president Ivory Nelson. SGA President Kendric Jones began his message by asking the audience to shout the nickname "Ruth the Truth" which the students gave to Simmons, who quickly won the admiration and respect by the students, alumni and staff. She is a woman who unabashedly “speaks truth to power.” Jones also reflected on Ruth’s mentoring and advising at the most important times. "Ruth is the truth and it brings the student body joy that she will be leading the university into that extended legacy of greatness."

Dr. Walter Massey, Chancellor of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, was the keynote speaker. His message to Dr. Simmons was that he was pleased that she, like the Sankofa Bird, has returned home. He reminisced on Ruth’s experiences from a large family in the cotton fields, segregated schools to the halls of academics at some of the nation’s finest schools to become president of a woman’s college and Ivy League university and now Prairie View A&M University. He said that with all of the experiences and achievements that Ruth was in place where she was unprepared to make comprises for anything. She was at a point of greatness and that PVAMU is the recipient of her commitment to excellence . . . “Welcome Home Ruth Simmons, welcome home,” he concluded.

Simmons is one of a few leaders in the nation who have served as president of multiple universities, having served at Smith College and Brown University. She holds degrees from Dillard and Harvard Universities and has served as Provost, Vice President and Dean at Spelman College, University of Southern California and Princeton University.

Simmons came from humble beginnings in Grapeland, Texas and is the youngest of 12 children. Her audacious refusal skirt the “hot button” issues, and the solutions-based eloquence with which she articulates many of the key challenges that prevent souls from reaching their full potential is, to say the least, empowering and soothing words to others. Being around her, you are never voiceless because she is someone strategically positioned on the educational stage who validates others, fights for the least of them and tells their stories in interviews in articles (Houston Chronicle), on radio and television news programs and on panel discussions and in lectures. At the same time and, more importantly, with her agility, this courageous truth teller transcended boundaries and the quiet and unceremonious manner in which she empowers and supports others is unprecedented at the thriving HBCU. In an early interview with the New York Times, she aptly expressed her vision for cultivating the next generation of African American Scholars.

Dr. Simmons expressed her sincere thanks to her family, the TAMUS, students, faculty and staff and all the visiting persons. As she laid out her goals for the university, holding back emotional tears, she said "I believe in a way that my path to Prairie View was written in the heavens; for how else can I explain the improbable way I came to this task? How can I turn away from doing for other young people what was done for me?" To conclude her speech, Simmons donated $100K to establish and Endowed Scholarship in honor of her parents. She stated that the family will also match her contribution too, along with a match from TAMUS.

Among the learned societies represented were Cambridge University of England (Reverend Cynthia Engle, Rector of St. Francis of Assisi - Prairie View), the oldest institution in attendance (12th Century), Harvard University, Brown, MIT, Spellman, Dillard, Lincoln, Texas A&M University and its other branches, to name a few.

Preceding the formal inauguration was the special symposium on African American Studies at HBCUs with the featured panelists Beverly Guy-Sheftall (Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spellman), Melanye Price '95 (Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Rutgers), and Paula Giddings (Elizabeth A Woodson Professor Emerita of Africana Studies at Smith College). W. Gabriel Selassie I '88 (Ralph Bunche Associate Professor of African American History at Los Angeles Community College) as moderator. This event was followed by a luncheon which featured presentations from the students, including Mr. & Miss Prairie View A&M University. A touching moment for Dr. Simmons was the rendition of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sonia, a sophomore history major. On concluding the song, the student representatives escorted Dr. Ruth to the stage, who embraced each student. She also expressed her thanks to special guests including Chris Tucker and Michael Eric Dyson, Beverly Ledbetter and the representatives from Brown University, Smith College and other universities present.

Concluding the day of celebration was the elegant inaugural banquet held at Houston’s Post Oak Hilton Hotel. The audience was treated to the sound of great music from the PVAMU Jazz Band and PV Singers. On hand for special commendations to Dr. Simmons were Dr. Johnetta Cole from Spelman and Bennet College, Beverly Ledbetter from Brown, Comedian/Actor Chris Tucker and former presidents Becton, Pierre and Nelson. Ruth’s friends from Brown University also made a $100K donation to her parents’ endowment. Simmons thanked everyone for their support.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Odis Mack, Allstate Insurance Owner is Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

The men of St. Francis of Assisi will host its Men's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall the church on 204 Dooley Street. The speaker is Mr. Odis Mack LUTCF, CLTC and Agent/Owner for All State Insurance Corporation and West Harris County Insurance Associates. The free breakfast is open to the men of the community, who are asked to confirm their attendance at 936-857-3272 or email:

Mr. Mack, LUTCF, CLTC and Agent/Owner for All State Insurance Corporation and West Harris County Insurance Associates, a business he founded some thirty years ago, and has worn many hats in the company. His tenure and experience has allowed him to not only understand the ins-and-outs of insurance, but also to service hundreds of families regarding their protection needs. He is committed to helping his clients to protect the things that are important – family, home, car, boat and more. He is most proud to be associated with a company who’s been serving satisfied customers for over 70 years. He offers quality insurance that’s affordable and provide easy access for the customers to contact him in person, over the phone, or through his Web site - wherever and whenever the need arises. He is also committed to helping his clients determine their immediate and long-term financial goals, find solutions to meet those family’s needs, understand investment solutions, such as annuities, retirement, life insurance and college savings; review your insurance and financial needs as they change and answer questions and provide ongoing service and support

Mack holds the Bachelors from Rice University. His volunteer experiences include Board Member-Shield Bearer Board of Directors and YMCA Langham Creek.

Odis is well respected in the insurance and financial industry and is the recipient of the Allstate Wall of Fame Texas Region, Regional Sales Manager of the Year, State of Texas, Hall of Honor at Rockdale High School, All State Circle of Champions and the All State Associate Claims Representative of the Year- State of Texas. He holds membership with the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce, Texas Radiation Advisory Board, the Houston Area Urban League, West Houston Church of Christ, YMCA Langham Creek, Rice University Owl Club, Max Velocity Track Club, Lisa's Hope Chest and High School of Sport Sciences.

You are invited to our Bible Study/Christian Education is held on Sunday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Our Sunday services begin at 11:00 a.m.

You are also invited to share information with others for the Houston Food Bank/Kraft Mobile Distribution on May 9, 2018 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at St. Francis of Assisi.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Christopher Herring of Texas Black Chamber of Commerce is Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

The men of St. Francis of Assisi will host its Men's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall the church on 204 Dooley Street. The speaker is Christopher C. Herring, Chairman of the Texas Black Chamber of Commerce. The free breakfast is open to the men of the community, who are asked to confirm their attendance at 936-857-3272 or email:

Christopher was born and raised in Newburgh, New York to Reverend Dr. Zebedee & Betty Herring. He is a retired United States Air Force officer, commissioned in 1991. Chris led various diversity and equal opportunity and treatment programs while on active duty. His excellence enabled him to be a protocol officer for President Ronald Reagan, handpicked to lead the Department of Defense "One America" White House initiative of President Bill Clinton and project leader to President George W. Bush for his Homeland Security visits to South Dakota. Subsequently, Christopher was recognized by the US JAYCEES with a lifetime achievement award as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA). With his positive impacts to America, he joined an elite group of a little over 600 Americans since 1939 to include former Presidents Bill Clinton, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Gerald Ford and John F. Kennedy, and corporate tycoons Ross Perot, Henry Heinz and Nelson Rockefeller.

A sought after leader and business consultant, Christopher is a premier national leader in business development, economic & workforce development, diversity and inclusion and entrepreneurship. Chris brings complex problems to creative solutions from experiences serving as an executive in the for-profit, non-profit, academia and government sectors of America's economy. Chris is a graduate of Boston University, Chapman University, and the George Washington University and is also a certified Workforce Diversity Trainer through the Society of Human Resource Management.

Christopher’s wealth of experiences include serving as President/CEO of the Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce, the River Walk Publishing, LLC, the Bluffview Estates of Camino Real Home Owners Association and he is in his fourth year as the Chairman of the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce (TAAACC), and also Owner and Vice President of New Horizons School, LLC, Executive Vice President of South Texas Operations for Blackstar Companies. Chris is a Silver-Life Member of the NAACP and an active member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

As the Chairman of the Texas Black Chamber, he advocates for over 250,000 Black businesses and 23 chambers of commerce - to include Prairie View Chamber of Commerce - in the nation's second largest economy, with the expressed goal to increase Black business revenues and sales.

Since 2011, Christopher has served three mayors as the Mayor of San Antonio's appointee to the Small Business Advocacy Committee (SBAC) overseeing the Small Business Economic Development Advocacy (SBEDA) Program subcontracting goals. He was elected by his peers as the City of San Antonio Chairman of the Small Business Advocacy Committee and the 5-Yr Contracting Diversity Plan Accountability Subcommittee which are both laws within the city of San Antonio.

Chris' story was captured by StoryCorps and their recorded conversation was entered into the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and in a special collection at National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC in 2016.

Christopher is proudly married to Jacqueline Jones Herring and they are the proud parents of Chris, Maya, and Olivia. They are active members of the Now Word Covenant Church in San Antonio, Texas.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Dr. Corey Bradford is Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

The men of St. Francis of Assisi will host its Men's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall the church on 204 Dooley Street. The speaker is Dr. Corey S. Bradford, Senior Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer at Prairie View A&M University. Patrons are asked to confirm attendance at 936-857-3272 or email: so that we may adequately provide for you.

Bradford, who joined the university in July 2011 will share his experiences and provide vital information to the current projects and future development underway at the university. As part of his duties Bradford ensures PVAMU’s fiscal responsibility through cultivating revenue sources through new, innovative ways with an interest in research. Since his appointment, Dr. Bradford is credited with constructing a very impressive portfolio that has reached various facets of the university. Some of his accomplishments include:

• Increasing the financial health of PVAMU; established fiscally sound practices that have resulted in increasing cash reserve balances totaling over $170 million (record high)

• Led initiatives to bring about greater economic development activities and job creations such as the construction of the Panther Plaza Retail Center, increased minority contractors/firms doing business with the University; and worked closely with the Waller County Economic Development Council and Texas HWY 36A project to spur on local development; PVAMU’s total annual economic impact on the state of Texas was estimated around $700 million per year

• Helped to secure $30 million in additional research funding from TAMUS Chancellor Research Initiative and Research Development Fund

• Supported new campus initiatives from internal reallocations of annual cost savings; examples include: Leadership PVAMU, COMPASS retention program, Chinese Confucius Institute, additional summer bridge programs, increased scholarships, increased minimum wage, and student withdrawal insurance, etc.

• Oversaw a successful HUB vendor program, which ranked in the top 10 in Texas among all state agencies in doing business with minority vendors

• Provided executive leadership in updating the new University Strategic Plan for 2016-2021.

The St. Louis native has an established career in higher education. Prior to PVAMU he served as assistant vice president for financial and administrative affairs and ethics officer at the Southern Illinois University System. Prior to that post, Bradford was the assistant to the vice president for planning and budget and budget analyst for the SIU System. During his time with the SIU System, he played a role in securing $3 billion in state appropriations.

Bradford earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Studies and a master’s in Applied Math and Statistics from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He received an educational certificate from the Harvard Institute for Management Development and earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Bradford is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Central Association of College and University Business Officers, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the American Mathematical Society, the SIU Alumni Association and the SIUE Alumni Association.

St. Francis of Assisi will also host the Houston Foodbank/Kraft Mobile Food distribution at the church on 204 Dooley Street on Thursday, March 15, 2018 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. Please share this information with persons you feel may benefit from this service.

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.

Ash Wednesday is on Valentines Day

Traditionally, February 14 is recognized solely as Valentine's Day, one when love is shared with the giving of roses, chocolate and even wedding proposals. However, this year, Ash Wednesday falls on February 14th with a different emphasis and commitment. A time to reflect and share our thanks, for this time that we remember the greatest sacrifice.

How appropriate that the holiday that is symbolized with a heart is the day that we remember our own mortality and the loving sacrifice that God made for us.

One is the romantic love that we associate with Valentine’s day, but the other is the greatest love; the love of the Father for us, so great was the sacrifice, the beloved Son given as a sacrifice for us.

St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 204 Dooley Street, Prairie View invites the members of the community to share in the imposition of Ashes at its service on February 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Church.

As the lenten season begins, let us look into our own hearts and ask – What kinds of sacrifices can I make to extend the love of God to everyone? Let today be the day you give up who you have been for who you can become.

May God be with us all.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Dr. Willie F. Trotty is Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

The men of St. Francis of Assisi will host its Men's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall the church on 204 Dooley Street. The speaker is Dr. Willie F. Trotty, former vice president for research, Dean of the graduate school, and professor of educational leadership at Prairie View A&M University. Please confirm at 936-857-3272 or email:

Dr. Trotty Prairie View A&M University in 1977 in the Univerity's Teacher Corp Program and held several positions most recently as vice president for research, dean of the graduate school, and professor of educational leadership at Prairie View A&M University. At the state and national levels, Dr. Trotty served as a member of the board of directors of the Texas Society for Biomedical Research, Chair of the Steering Committee for the Science and Engineering Alliance (SEA) in Washington, D.C., Councilor and a Trustee of the Texas A&M Research Foundation, member of the Texas Medical Center Council of Research Directors. He is a past president of the Association of Texas Graduate Schools (ATGS) and the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools (CHBGS).

Dr. Trotty, received the B.S. degree (1970) in biology and political science and the M.S. degree (1972) in biology and secondary education from Stephen F. Austin State University. He received the Ph.D. degree in educational administration and industrial management from Purdue University in 1977. In 1995, he completed the Governor’s Executive Development Program (Class XIII) at the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School Of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas. In December of 2004, Dr. Trotty was a Fulbright Scholar at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt.

Dr. Trotty has made numerous professional presentations and authored numerous funded proposals to support teaching, research, and service at Prairie View A&M University. He chaired the 1990 University Self-Study Committee for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation. He led the Prairie View A&M University team that won an Indefinite Quantity/Indefinite Delivery contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) that allowed the university to complete task orders totaling approximately three million dollars.

Under his leadership, the University’s research expenditures averaged $11.9 million per year. Dr. Trotty played a major role in organizing and directing the University’s capital campaign; “Extend the View, Shape Tomorrow Today.” The campaign added over $32 million in new funds, equipment, and software to the university.

The Purdue Education Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Purdue University College of Education selected Dr. Trotty as the recipient of the 2001 Alumni Award of Distinction for outstanding leadership in higher education and dedication to excellence in teaching, research and service. He also received awards and commendations from the Houston Teachers Association, the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools, the Defense Information Systems Agency, NASA Johnson Space Center, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and others.

Dr. Trotty is active in his community. He served on the board of directors of the Community Artist Collective and currently serves on the Wheeler Avenue Inter-City Visions board. He is a founding member of the Prairie View Kiwanis Club (no longer operational) and the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Scout Troop 242 Venture Crew.

He is a member of the diaconate at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas where Rev. Dr. Marcus D. Cosby is Senior Pastor, Rev. Alexander E. M. Johnson is Associate Pastor, and Rev. William A. Lawson is founding pastor emeritus. Dr. Trotty is married to Dr. Sarah A. Trotty, former associate Professor of Art at Texas Southern University. They have three children (Laurette Marion, Willette Francine and William Martin) and three grandchildren (Sydney, Alfred, and Symone).

We are delighted to have you join us for a great fellowship and breakfast. We encourage you to invite and bring a friend too! As usual, you will have an opportunity to share your experiences, ask questions and make comments on issues that you feel are important to enhancing the quality of life in the community.

St. Francis of Assisi will also host the Houston Foodbank/Kraft Mobile Food distribution at the church on 204 Dooley Street on Thursday, January 20, 2018 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. Please share this information with persons you feel may benefit from this service.

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, December 9, 2017

Chief Keith Jemison is Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

The men of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church will host its Men's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall of the church on 204 Dooley Street. The speaker for the breakfast is Dr. Keith Jemison, Chief of Police at Prairie View A&M University. We ask the attendees to please confirm at 936-857-3272 or email:

Dr. Jemison was named the Chief of Police in July of 2017. He previously served as Assistant Police Chief with the Missouri City Police Department (MCPD) from 2011-2107. Prior to this, he served as the Chief of Police of another Texas law enforcement agency. During his tenure at MCPD, he was in command of the Police Administration Bureau which includes the Support Services Division and the administrative Services Division both headed by a Captain. The Support Services Division consisted of Records, Crime Analysis, Dispatch, Facilities and the joint Missouri City and Sugar Land radio system. The Administrative Services Division consisted of Budget, Professional Standards & Internal Affairs, Training & Professional Development, Grant Management, Accreditation & Recognition, Crime Prevention & Community Programs, as well as Recruiting, Hiring and Background Investigations, and Code Enforcement.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Chief Jemison holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College of Missouri with Cum Laude honors, a Master's degree in Political and Justice Studies from Governor's State University, and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Interdisciplinary Leadership with a concentration in Public Safety from Governor's State University as well. Chief Jemison holds a Master Peace Officer certification through the state of Texas.

In addition to having been an Adjunct Professor for several local colleges and universities and teaching at police academies, Chief Jemison is a graduate of the Senor Management Institute for Police (SMIP) at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)Session #50, the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) Session #329, the FBI Regional Command College, Penn State University's Police Executive Development (POLEX), and the FBI LEEDA Executive Management Trilogy. Chief Jemison carries several instructor level certifications including, Firearms Instructor, Crisis Intervention Instructor, FBI Instructor, General Police Instructor, and is a certified Police Forensic Investigative Hypnotist. 1112015, Chief Jemison was honored to have been accepted to and graduated from Harvard University's Senior Leaders in State and Local Government program.

Chief Jemison is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA), the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA), the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society, and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). In addition to these memberships, Chief Jemison serves on the training advisory board of the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy and has served as a keynote speaker at various events.

St. Francis of Assisi will also host the Houston Foodbank/Kraft Mobile Food distribution at the church on 204 Dooley Street on Monday, December 18 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. Please share this information with persons you feel may benefit from this service.

You are also invited to fellowship with us in our Bible Study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship service at 11:00 a.m.