Friday, June 25, 2010

PVAMU National Alumni Convention set for July 21-25 in New Orleans


The countdown is on for the 36th National Convention of Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association set for July 21-24 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Alumni from everywhere are expected to attend the four-day event, featuring workshops, seminars, dance and awards ceremonies. For information, contact the National Headquarters at 936-857-5817.

The Emmanuel Baptist Church in Prairie View is conducting its 2010 Vacation Bible School for July 21-25 from 8:00 am -4:30 pm. The camps are open to students in grades Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. For information, call 936-857-3529.

Congratulations to Allyn Bowdre (4th grade Jones), Kennedi Hendrix (6th grade Waller Junior), Brittney Jones (6th grade Schultz) and Brianna Jones (4th grade Jones) on making 100 on the 2010 TAKS Math exam. The students are the newest members of the 3D Mathematics Academy 100 Club in Prairie View.

The Prairie View Chamber of Commerce will hold is meeting tonight (June 24) at 6:00 pm in the Prairie View National Alumni Headquarters on University Blvd. All interested citizens are asked to attend. George E. Higgs is the president.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 Summer Vacation Bible School and Hand Bell Camp at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Prairie View. The Vacation Bible runs July 19-23 and Hand Bell runs July 26-30, all beginning 7:30 am -5:30 pm. The camps are open to students in grades Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. For information, call 936-857-3534, 832-885-7980, 936-857-3302 or 936-857-3272. The camps are free and lunch will be provided by the Episcopal Church Women. The ladies of St. Francis will hold a “Garage Sale” on June 26 from 7:00 am to 11:00 am.

Save the Date: - August 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm for the 4th Annual Red and White Ball, sponsored by the Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighters Inc. For information and ball sponsorship, call Elaine Jackson at 936-857-5550 or email:

Congratulations to Coaches Michael Bryant and Roy Jones of the Prairie View A&M University Football team on their selection to the 2010 NCAA Expert Coaches Football Academy in Anaheim, California on June 22-24. Bryant (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach) and Jones (tight ends coach) are two of 20 coaches nationally for the event. Also to Heishma Northern (football defensive coordinator) on his selection to attend the 2010 NCAA Champions Forum being held at the same time in Anaheim, California Northern is the only representative from the Football Championship Subdivision ranks and one of three coaches among the 15 participants who doesn’t coach on that level.

A Big Thank you to the participants in the 4th Annual Golden Tee Golf Tournament sponsored by the Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to support its scholarship fund. Some 72 golfers participated in the tournament. Plans are underway for next year event. For more information, contact Adrian Carter (832) 687-0803 or Victor James (832) 228-6368.

Mayor Frank D. Jackson and Reverend Robin Willis challenged the men at the Men’s Breakfast held at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on June 19th to unify and challenge the status quo. Jackson gave a brief account of Junteenth, its significance to the state and county, and Prairie View’s role in shaping the status relations in the county. Reverend Willis challenged the learned and the unlearned to work together for the common good. The men also had the chance to reflect on their involvement in helping the community. The next Men’s Breakfast on July 17th will feature Dr. Lucius Wyatt who will speak on “Rediscovering Jazz.”

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for the health of Martha Bailey, Esel and Willie J. Bell Sr., Ernestine Carreathers, Nellie Charleston, Dewayne Charleston, Larry Coleman, Redessa Coleman, Hulen and Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Mary Kemp, James Poindexter, Irene Reid, Otelia A. Watson and Douglas Woolfolk. May the peace of God be with you!

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: The PVAMU Career Services Department welcomed some 100 students and their parents to the campus for its 25th Pre College Enrichment Program on June 20. The program for 10-11th graders, runs through July 3, exposes students to study skills, career choices and personal development. The Career staff also continues its work on events for the 40th Anniversary Celebration in September. For information, call 936-261-3570 or visit

More than 1,600 students are taking part in other camps and programs to include the ACCESS for incoming freshmen, The Air Force Summer Academy for High School Students and the SECCS program for middle school students in engineering and science.

Happy June Birthday wishes to: Donnie Pennywell (19), Lee Davies (20). Joyce M. Jeffrey (20), Karon Neal (20), Chandra Johnson (24), Sharon McWhinney (24), Beverly Spears (24), Brystol Mayo (26), Ceaniel Ragston (26), Mary Boozer (27) Jokeisha Campbell (27), Jennifer Jackson (27), James Johnson (28), Robert Smith (29), Darlene Clark (30) and Caroline Stevenson (30).

On a cultural note, I am sure you knew that on June 23, 1982 – the House of Representatives approves the extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, despite Senator Jesse Helms’s attempt to block the house vote. (The senate had approved it five days prior); 6/23/40-Wilma Rudolph, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, is born in Clarksville, Tennessee6/24/1896-Booker T. Washington is the first Black to receive an honorary master of arts degree from Harvard University; 6/25/09 - The King of Pop Michael Jackson passes away in Los Angeles, California; 6/27/72-Patricia Roberts Harris, the first Black U.S. ambassador is named Chairman of the Democratic National Convention and also served as Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Until next week, in the words of Frederick Douglass, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” Keep those achievements and recognitions coming to, fax (936) 857-5352, phone (936) 857-3272 or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, Texas 77446.

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