Thursday, March 3, 2016

March is Women's History Month

Super Tuesday (March 1) came and left us with folks selecting candidates of their choice in the primary elections. At press time the results were not in so we will give a recap in the next issue. The early voting for the Waller County elections were very low and it was expected to pick up on Election Day. For more information on elections, visit: or call 979-826-7643.

March is National Women's History Month and no need to forget it! Women have given birth to a nation that for many years refused to recognize them for their contributions so it is only fitting that we pay homage to those women throughout history and learns about the many obstacles women have had to overcome and the many contributions toward the development of the world. The celebration began in 1981 Women’s History Week and later grew into Women’s History Month in 1987 by congressional approval. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

This year's theme, " “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government” honors and recognizes the role of women in transforming culture, history and politics as leaders, scientists, educators, politicians, artists, historians, and informed citizens. The theme also celebrates the myriad ways in which the spirit, courage, and contributions of American women have added to the vitality, richness, and diversity of American life. For more information on national events, go to Several programs are scheduled throughout the community to commemorate this month . . . The members of the Collegiate 100 will host its "Women in Leadership" Seminar March 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the E.E. Obannion Building. For more information, visit Ryan Turner is the president.

The Waller County Master Gardeners Association will present its Spring Gardening Seminar on March 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Waller County Road & Bridge Annex Building, 775 Business 290 E in Hempstead. Several speakers will address the various plants and flowers and how to care for them during the period. Lunch is provided as part of the $25 seminar fee. Registration closes on March 3. For more information, call 979-826-7651.

The Prairie View Federal Credit Union will hold its Annual Meeting on March 22, 2016 to be held in the Parish Hall of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church at 6:00 p.m. The members will elect several members to the Board of Directors and the Credit Committee. Members are encouraged to attend the meeting and let their voices be heard. For other information, call 936-857-4925.

Jerry W. Kellum announces the provision of Notary Public Services, seven days a week, in Prairie View by appointments. Please call 936-857-5215. Discount available to senior citizens.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ada Beal, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Vanessa Jackson, Evelyn Jones, David Kirkpatrick, Autry Osby, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Sandra Watson, Theola Woods and Douglas Woolfolk, and the community Law Enforcement Officers. May God’s peace be with you!

HAPPY MARCH BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO: Ruby Cross (1), Ronald Humphrey (1), Equilla Jackson (1), Mary Fry Moore (1), Willie Trotty (1), Jessie Yell (3), Jonathan Amos (6), Cheryl J. Edmond (7), Amanda Johnson (8), John H. Fuller (9), Lucinda Vanduren (10). Ada Bennett (14), Vidah Ezeoka (15). HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Larry and Mattie Hickman (12).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: Basketball at Prairie View A&M University is at its best as both Panther teams scored victory against the Bulldogs of Alabama A&M University on February 29 in the Billy Nicks Arena. In the first match the Lady Panthers extended their winning streak to four with a 93-72 victory to up its season 13-12 overall and a 9-7 SWAC record. In the men’s matchup, the Panthers defeated the Bulldogs 85-65, to improve its record 6-22 and 6-10 SWAC. Next matchup, the teams travel to Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi on March 3 where the Lady Panthers will play the Braves at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s game is at 7:30 p.m. Then on March 5, the teams take on the Jaguars of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with the ladies at 3:00 p.m. and the men’s at 7:00 p.m.

The Career Center staff at Prairie View A&M University hosted its first Career Leadership Institute on February 25-27 at Houston’s Embassy Suites, West. The institute featured four con-current workshops addressing issues on leadership, communication, etiquette, interviews, internships, technology, dressing and corporate culture. Representatives from various corporations and agencies that participated in the Career Fair and PVAMU Cluster group led the workshops and forums. The event began on February 25 for the 100 students with preliminary workshops and a networking reception with Dr. Kendal Harris, Dean of Engineering addressing the group. The students were divided into groups and received the instructions for the case study on business to be presented at the close of the institute.

On February 26, the workshops ensued followed by the luncheon sponsored by the USAA Corporation of San Antonio. Mr. Mack Haik, businessman and owner of the hotel made a surprise appearance at the luncheon. Mr. Haik shared his personal and professional experiences and encouraged the students to follow their passions and to always give back to the community. Dr. Michael McFrazier, Vice President for Administration was the keynote speaker for the luncheon. Dr. Lawrence McNeil assisted the students with the case study. Overall, the institute was a huge success for the department according to Glenda Jones, Director for Career Services. For information on Career Services, call 946-261-3576 or visit

Prairie View A&M University will formally dedicate the Alfred N. Poindexter Veterinary Hospital Building today with programs from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For information, call 936-261-5150 or visit: The Cooperative Extension Service at Prairie View A&M University continues its Technology Workshops with its presentation of Technology Health: Storage on the Cloud on March 16 in the Carden-Waller Building. For more information, call 936-261-5118.

On a cultural note, you should be aware that on March 11, 1878 - Prairie View A&M University, formally the Agricultural College of Texas for Colored youth, opened with eight male students and L. W. Minor as its first principal, though it was chartered by Texas Constitution on August 15, 1876. The University will commemorate its 140th Anniversary with a series of events throughout the month.

Until next week, in the words of Dr. W. E. B DuBois, “The function of the Negro college is to maintain the standards of popular education . . . and help in the solution of problems of race contact and cooperation." Keep the news and achievements coming to or P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.

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