The Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighting Association, Inc. is hosting two major events leading up to the 2015 Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. First the association launches its Annual Food and Toy Drive from November 10-December 19. Drop off places are Fire Station on 502 Ellen Powell St., Prairie View every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.; Prairie View City Hall on US Business 290 and the Prairie View Federal Credit Union on University Drive during business hours. Bring a smile to a child; donate unwrapped toys for boys and girls ages 0-17. For information contact: 936-857-9550. Next is the Annual Senior’s Luncheon for Thanksgiving on November 26, 2015 at 12 Noon at the Fire Station.
PVAMU Alumni have a lot to be thankful for this year. First congratulations to Dr. Dawn Dubose on her selection of Principal of the Year presented by the National Association of Black School Educators at its recent meeting Houston, Texas. Dubose is principal for HISD-Red Elementary and is a 1998 graduate of PVAMU. Congratulations also to Ernie Collins, a recipient the of 1890 Universities Career Exemplar In augural Awards from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Collins, a 1969 graduate, is among 19 recipients from historically black land-grant universities receiving the award. Collins retired from the ExxonMobil formally Humble Oil and Refinery Company in 2003 after 34 years of service.
Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ernestine Carreathers, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Evelyn Jones, David Kirkpatrick, Gail Adams Lee and Family, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Theola Woods and Douglas Woolfolk. May God’s peace be with you!
A VIEW FROM THE HILL: Congratulations to the PVAMU Panther Football team and coaches on a successful 2015 season. Under the leadership of Coach Willie Simmons, his first season, the team amassed a 9-2 season and 9-1 SWAC record, the first in decades for the Panthers. The team impressive record has caused an all-out petition to the NCAA for consideration of an at-large post season play. At press time a decision has not been made. The PVAMU Family is hopeful that the 2015 Panthers will be selected.
Don’t forget to support Radio-thon 2015 hosted by KPVU FM 91.3 at Prairie View A&M University. The station is celebrating its 34th Anniversary. It began its on-air service on November 26, 1981 under the leadership of Shirley Staples as the laboratory for the Communications Department. Since then, the station has taken a broader role and is a PBS Station, supported in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For information, contact email@example.com or 936-261-3750.
The staff of the Johnson Phillip All Faith Chapel and student organizations at PVAMU will host its 2015 “Gift for Tots” on Dec. 5 at 10:00 am. All children (toddlers to 8 years of age) are invited to come out and receive a Christmas gift. They are also accepting unwrapped gifts for the program. For information contact Ms. Lewis at 936-261-3591./p PVAMU announces its 2015 Fall Commencement schedule with two exercises on December 12 at 9 a.m. and at 1 p.m.in the William “Billy” Nicks, Sr. Building. Major General (Ret) Julius Parker is the commencement speaker. General Parker is the President and CEO, J.P. Industries, Inc. and the JADOR Enterprises Inc., consulting firms located in Phoenix, Arizona. Parker and his wife Dorothy June are proud alumni of Prairie View A&M University. Parker graduated in 1955 with a commission as second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and retired as the highest ranking African American Intelligence Officer in the history of the army. The Parkers children, Julius Jr. and DaVita also graduated from PVAMU. The New Alumni Induction is on December 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Opal Johnson-Smith Auditorium./p Until next week, remember that whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Believe in the power and make a difference in the lives of others. Keep the news and achievements coming to firstname.lastname@example.org, P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.