Sunday, August 15, 2010

Charleston to Review "From Baghdad to Being a Dad"

Men of St. Francis of Assisi will present its Monthly Prayer Breakfast on August 21, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. at the church on 204 Dooley Street. Mr. Carlen Charleston, (Rt. Lt. Colonel Marine) is the featured speaker. Charleston will review his recently released book "From Baghdad to Being Dad" chronicling his tours of duty as a Marine and then coming home to help raise his two lovey daughters. The book is a guide post for all returning soldiers and the struggles and challenges they daily face. All men of the community are invited to join the men and their spouses for this special event. Please confirm attendance by calling the church at 936-857-3272 by 5:00 p.m. August 20 or email,

“A Red Hot Summer’s Night” is the for the 4th Annual Red & White Ball set for Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Center Ball, W. A. Tempton Building at PVAMU. The event honors the Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighting Association, Inc. For information and sponsorship, call Elaine Jackson at 936-857-5550 or email:

Nominations are now being accepted for inductees into the Prairie View A&M University 17th Sports Hall of Fame Class. forms are now available at The Hall of Fame Weekend is set for November 13-15 with the formal banquet on Nov. 12 at the Prairie View A&M College of Nursing in Houston. On Nov. 13, the honorees will be introduced at a special halftime ceremony during Prairie View A&M’s vs. Alcorn State. For information, contact Laura Collins, Committee Chair at Nominations are due by Aug. 15.

Bethlehem United Methodist church hosted its Youth Sunday Program on August 16 at the church on 8th Street in Hempstead. Among the many performers were the St. Francis of Assisi Community Bell Troupe, directed by Dr. Vicki Seldon, professor of music at PVAMU. Also performing were Mrs. Patricia Brown Dever and Mr. Norton Campbell (former client) who both rendered soul searching gospel songs. Little Miss Ayeshia Smith served as Misstress of Ceremonies for the musical. The great display of talent were provided by Praise Dancers and singers from Bethlehem Baptist Church, Greater St. Peter's Bapist Church, Temple Refuse COGIC, Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church, Louisville Baptist, Apostolic Faith Sunnyside, Mount Corinth, St. Thomas UMC and Greater Zachary Baptist Church.

Plans are underway for the Labor Day Classic Soiree on September 4, 2010 hosted by the Houston Chapter of the PVAMU National Alumni Association. The event will be at the Magnolia Hotel, 1100 Texas Ave. beginning at 7 p.m. Go to for more information.

On Aug. 12, the PVAMU SBDC & WCEDP hosted a well attended public meeting with guest speaker Ronnie Lawrence, Area Director, Rural Development USDA in the Willie A. Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Center. Mr. Lawrence shared a detailed presentation on how a community is started with support from the USDA's program for rural communities. Several members of the Prairie View City Council, including Mayor Frank D. Jackson, Council Members Marie Herndon, Herbert Thomas and Brian Rowland. Representatives from TEEX were also on hand. Incidentally, TEEX has been retained to massage and formulate the five-year strategic development plan for the City of Prairie View. The PVAMU Small Business Development Center and Severn Trent sponsored the sumptuous breakfast for the patrons. For information on the WCEDP, go to

On August 14, 2010 more than 400 joined the ranks of Alumni when they received their degrees at the Summer Commencement of Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Danny Kelley, Dean of the Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences, the speaker for the momentous event, challenged the graduates to be involved in the university and to give back. Kelley said his selection to address the graduates is a testament to the hard work and diligence of his parents, siblings, family and community. Kelley paid homage to his loving wife Janice, children, brother and sisters.

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Robinson Williams on her first anniversary as the vice president for academic affairs at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona, Florida. Williams was named to the post on August 13, 2009.

Congratulations also to former PVAMU Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke who was formally inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame during its annual enshrinement ceremony Friday night at the Symphony Hall. A member of the largest induction class in Hall-of-Fame history, Cooper-Dyke becomes the first player to be inducted based primarily on her WNBA career. She was part of an enshrinement class that included Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen, longtime LA Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, St. Anthony's (N.J.) high-school coach Bob Hurley, Sr., as well as former players Dennis Johnson, Gus Johnson and international star Maciel "Ubiratan" Pereira, all of whom were honored posthumously. Also included in the enshrinement ceremony were the 1960 and 1992 US Men's Olympic teams. Cooper received her Blue Blazer on August 14 and commented that she is on the move to reinvent herself, now that she is the Coach at UNC-Wilmington.

Our condolences to the family of Mrs. Velda Guillory who passed away on August 2, 2010. Funeral services were held for Mrs. Guillory on August 7 at the Greater St. Peter’s Baptist Church in Hempstead. Condolences may be sent to The Velda Guillory Family, c/o Singleton Funeral Home, 616 7th Street, Hempstead, TX 77445

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

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: The professor of Military Science and cadets of the Panther Battalion of the Army ROTC at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) invite the public to its Summer Commissioning Ceremony on August 13 at 6 p.m. in the Johnson Phillip All Faiths Chapel.

Congratulations to Dr. George C. Wright on his seventh anniversary as president of Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Wright was officially named the seventh president on August 15, 2003.

Congratulations to the following business who have signed on for the new PVAMU Panther Bucks Merchant Program - Brubaker's Barbeque n Burgers (736 University Drive, Prairie View), Waller County Line BBQ (Waller) and Denny's (100 Cottonwood, Hempstead)/. PVAMU students can no use their Panther Card for purchases rather than a debit card or cash. Go to for more information.

The staff of Career Services at PVAMU is eagerly preparing for its 40th Annual Career Fair and Golf Tournament, set for September 20-24. For details, visit

The PVAMU Athletic Department has launched the Athletic Director’s Challenge to generate support for its proposed Sports Complex. To participate in the challenge, log on to For information on other programs go to become a Challenge Champion.

On August 14, 1876, the fifteenth Texas Legislature creates the Agriculture and Mechanical College of Texas at Bryan and the Alta Vista College for Colored Youth on the Kirby Plantation, now Prairie View A&M University.
Happy August Birthday Honors to: Willie J. Bell (9), Leon Gillian (9), Troy Hubert (9), Marie Lewis (9), Lauretta Burke (10), Albert Gee (10), Blessing Ezeoka (10) and Gwendolyn Jeffery (10). Belated Happy Birthday to Jadyn Smith who celebrated her fifth on July 26. CELEBRATING WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES are Henry & Nicole Rose (4) and Don & Beatrice Sowell (18).

Until next week, in the words of Malcolm X, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Keep the news, 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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