The Alumni Voice

VOL. 4                                                                                                                                            NO.10 

May 2018 

In This Issue
Giving Back Involves More than Money!

Spring 2018 Phonathon

Hello alums! The University's Office of Development Spring Phonathon is underway. Students will be contacting you between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday to update your contact information. During the conversation, they will provide updates about what's happening on "The Hill" and request support for the PVAMU Annual Fund! These students are excited to interact with you. Be sure to answer the call and update your contact information.
Hello Alum! It's that time of year again when we reach out to our alumni to help us with putting on a few fabulous camps with the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences.

We are looking for fabulous presenters and amazing campers! If you or someone you know would make an awesome presenter for this year's camps, beginning with REAP, in June please contact me at REAP@PVAMU.EDU.  

If you have a student interested in a free residential camp this summer please contact us! We would love for you and your student to join us! #REAP #PVAMU #FreeCAmp
NAA LIFE MEMBER 
Class of 2001 
MARLIN HARGOVE
Guest Speaker 
NAA LIFE MEMBER
Class of 1990
 
The Prairie View A&M University Honda All-Star Challenge Team were undefeated making it to the Elite 8 of the championship held in Torrance, California. 
NAA Chaplain Creates Student Loan Help Video

App coming soon! 
PRAIRIE VIEW PRODUCES PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE
Terri Major-Kincade, M.D., M.P.H, B.S. Biology, '88
   
Dr. Terri is a physician, keynote speaker and author residing in Texas originally from New Orleans, LA. Presently she is an attending Neonatologist for the Pediatrix Medical Group.

She has practiced in the field of neonatal-perinatal medicine for over 15 years. Though featured on ABC's Houston Medical, Lifetime's Women Docs, Good Morning America and Fox News, she is best known for her warm and personal delivery around the care of critically babies and their families. Her four areas of expertise include: Neonatal Palliative Care, Perinatal Hospice, Balancing Marriage and Medicine, and Pre- Medicine Awareness/Career Preparation.

Dr. Terri is a best selling author for the collaboration Thinking About Quitting Medicine (Swiner Publishing Group). Her latest book, an Amazon best seller, is Early Arrival: 9 Things Parents Need to Know About Life in the ICU Nursery.

She is an Executive Board Member of Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA) and the Texas Chapter March of Dimes and chair of the Neonatal Palliative Care Teams.  She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the CV Roman Society, Artemis Medical Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Life Verse: Galatians 6:9 Do not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a reward if we do not give up!
  
PVNAA Suite Rewards...Coming Soon! Don't miss an opportunity to be inside Panther Stadium in the 'Room with a View!'   For more information email: pvunaa@pvualumni.org or
call (936) 857-5817

NAA LIFE MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT ON SEASON TICKETS! 
email:ljcollins@pvamu.edu for more information
 
NAA
Members receive 
10% off purchases
made at
 

Note: NAA members must email pvunaa@pvualumni.org to receive your password. Also, NAA Members currently in the AD's Club, will not be able to create a duplicate account.

 

JOIN TODAY!

Let's Finish What We Started
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Panthers it is time we addressed our remaining $6 million commitment.

We committed to contribute $10 Million for construction of the new Panther Stadium, we raised $4 Million and we have $6 Million to go!

We're asking all Alums to meet the challenge of our students and match their commitment.  All you need to do is contribute $1,500.

Will you join those that have met the Student Challenge and start a monthly recurring gift of any amount you can afford and give at  www.helppvbuild.org?


HBCU NEWS

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| News on "The Hill" |

#PVNation, do not miss your opportunity to get a tailgating space this season! Spaces are on sale NOW! Tell a friend, tell a neighbor, make sure you reserve your space! Link: https://bit.ly/2HHxuho.
CLICK HERE!
                   
 
GREAT THANKS to those Life Members of the National Alumni Association that donated to the NAA Annual Fund in the month of April.  
 
NAA ANNUAL FUND DONORS
(April 2018)
 

$500-$1001
Benny Lockett, '61 
 
$100-$499     
Clyde Canady, '76 
Nathelyne Kennedy, '59  
Atty. John Batchan, Jr. '65 
Arthur McCardell, '71 
Thomas 'Jack' Bellinger , '54  Rose McGowan, '53 
Amy & Cecil Boykin, '85 
 Mable McGuire, '6
 Kimberly Brown, '85 
 Lois Moore 
 Nethelyne Coleman, '62 
 Frederick & Rhonda Newhouse, '70 & '71 
 David Davis, '74 
 Joe Pittman, '57 
 Johnny Gentry, Jr. '71 
Caesar & Delores Roy, '54  
 Laurabeth Hicks, '42 
 Lavada Walker, '60 
Johnny Hunter, '64  
Gladys Wynne, '55  
Samuel Jackson, '58 
 Calvin Bluiett, '60 
Charles Hubbard
 
Ferias Ferguson, Sr. '62 
Anthony Campbell
 
Wilma Kirk, '71  
Maurice Owens, '55 
Jake Turner, Jr. '64
 
Joyce Robinson, '66 
Barbara Jarmon, '69
Lynn Morris, '78 
Wilma White, '54 
Oscar & Maggie Amos,   '61 & '65 
Charles Melton, '75 
Faye Morrison 
Curtis Jones, '56 
JoAnn Jones, '64 
Vernell Sturns, '61  
  Ollie Buckner, '70 
Clarence Miller, Jr. '51 
Melvin Myers, '59 
Gwendolyn Berry, '72 
Christopher Williams, '94 
Celeste Cook-Glenn, '85 
Shaune Gross, '79 
Charles Pennington, '95 
Scheretta Wilson, '87 
 
The NAA's Annual Fund is collected for operational use which includes;
*Creating a Mentoring and On-line support network to connect alumni with students
*Expanding communications via the website and all forms of social media for alumni outreach
*Additional repairs and maintenance to our Alumni House
*Any IMMEDIATE operational needs of the National Alumni Association

If you are a Life Member of the NAA and have not received information regarding the Annual Fund please contact the NAA Office. 
  
 Donate online or by mailing your donation to P.O. Box 2875 - Prairie View, Texas - 77446. The NAA is a registered 501 (c)(3) charity. Make your check payable to PVAMU-NAA. Thank you in advance. We appreciate your support.  
 
  Please take note of upcoming events in our alumni chapters, enjoy the articles and links provided for your enlightenment and feel free to share!   
FROM THE PEN OF THE PRESIDENT!
 
It's a little known fact that I was a Spanish major at PVAMU. In Summer '91 I attended the Spanish language program at the Universal Institute in Quernavaca, Mexico. 

I loved the language but after college I had no one to practice with me. Me encantaba el idioma, pero después de la universidad no tenía a nadie para practicar conmigo.

The 1st Annual Scholarship Gala of the Sigma Lambda Beta Epsilon Gamma Chapter Fraternity was a great success  The event chair invited me and I was privileged to bring remarks.

SLB is a social fraternity that promotes awareness of the Latino culture advancing young, collegiate men to become better men. Congratulations are in order, the gentlemen announced their first $10K endowment on the campus and awarded $1500 in scholarships to PVAMU Sigma members and students.

Members of the National Alumni Association have long discussed the need for more diversity in the NAA and soon we may have a new alumni chapter. (April 6)

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Kudos to the San Antonio Chapter
and President, Colonel (RT) Rayford Shaw. Their Annual Scholarship Luncheon was a feast for the eyes and heart. The program included a riveting testimonial from senior scholarship recipient, Bria Branford and the keynote address was delivered by the City of Prairie View Mayor, Alumnus David Allen. I'm always grateful for the opportunity to address our alumni and scholarship awardees, spreading the good news of PVAMU. Opportunities to interact with incoming students is one of the reasons I stay on the move. Not only was the luncheon well attended but the decor was beautiful thanks to Luncheon Chair Tobortha Samples and the kuncheon committee. (April 14)
SA Scholarship recipients, 3 freshmen and a senior
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The
Inauguration of our 8th President, Ruth J. Simmons, was an experience not to be forgotten. The pomp and circumstance was a sight to behold, something students and alumni have not seen before on the campus of PVAMU. Present were celebrities, colleagues of President Simmons and alumni from across the country serving as delegates from their prospective colleges and universities. Each college held an open house, hosting a showcase for visitors.

I was most pleased that all members of our National Alumni Association Executive Board and many of our Chapter Presidents were in attendance for the day's events (luncheon, investiture ceremony, dinner). It was a delight to see former University Presidents, Dr. Percy Pierre, General Julius Becton and Dr. George C. Wright participating in the investiture ceremony. Greetings were brought from the Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association by your NAA President. The investiture ceremony in its entirety may be viewed via the link below. (April 20)
 
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MEETING THE UnMET NEED
The Committee for Meet the UnMet Need met and agreed upon 4 criteria for students of PVAMU to receive emergency funds. The criteria was voted upon by the body and approved at the last Board of Directors Meeting.They are:
* Awardee must be a junior or senior in good academic standing with the university (2.0 GPA)
* Awardee must agree to a release of grades to the NAA for the last 4 semesters
*Awardee must agree to have their identity published by the NAA
*Needed amount of the award must not exceed $3,500

A special thank you to Constance Norflett for your $500 donation bringing our grand total to $4900 to MEET the UnMet Need.

Kimberley


BACK TO THE BASICS; FORWARD WITH ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT 
NAA CALENDAR
ALUMNI INITIATION PINNING CEREMONIES
Tuesday, May 8th (NWHouston Campus)
Thursday, May 10th (Main Campus)
 
137TH ANNUAL COMMENCEMENT EXERCISE
Saturday, May 12th
 
NAA AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE!
Friday, June 15th
 

JOIN US for the following ACTIVITIES: 
 
OPENING DAY 7/19
NAA Board of Directors Meeting (noon)
State of the NAA/Plenary Session (3pm)
Mardi Gras Reception (8pm)

UNIVERSITY DAY 7/20 (Purple & Gold Day)
State of the University/Q&A Forum with President Simmons and Cabinet (9am)

Alumni Mentoring 
Student Loan Management (2pm) 
*Compliance Training (chapter officers 2:30-4:00pm)
PVAMF (3:00pm)
HBCU Alumni Party & Class Pictures (8pm)


NAA DAY 7/21
Memorial Service Breakfast (8am)
*Officer Training (chapter officers) (10-12pm)
Athletic Summit (1pm)
Bus Trip to French Quarter (2-5) $$

First 50 persons with a PAID, FULL convention registration receive a $15 voucher to use in the hotel casino!

JSC CHAPTER  
HOST 
MEET & GREET w/ PRESIDENT SIMMONS
2/22/18
Chapter President Mark Falls, President Simmons and Mrs. Falls 

President Simmons was invited to speak at the Black History Program sponsored by NASA but before the program a Meet & Greet was held with the Johnson Space Center Alumni Chapter. President Simmons put her fundraising chops to work collecting $1200 from JSC Members.
 
 
LOS ANGELES CHAPTER 
SUPPORTS PVAMU STUDENTS
HONDA CAMPUS ALL-STAR CHALLENGE 
  4/8
/18

LA Chapter Members & competing students. 

H
igh-Achieving HBCU Students compete for School Grants and the
Championship Title in the 29th
Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC). This National competition celebrates academic achievements of America's  HBCUs.Students from 48 HBCUs travel to California and compete at the National Championship Tournament in culmination of year-long program. This is America's premier academic competition
for HBCUs. In addition to the
championship title, teams will compete to win a share of more than $350,000 in institutional grants from Honda. The HCASC National Championship playoffs were held on April 10 at the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. campus in Torrance, California.
  
Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is a year-round program that centers on community service,
leadership, networking opportunities and mentorship. It includes campus engagement, qualifying tournaments and culminates with the National Championship held in California. The fast-paced competition highlights students' academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history,science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture." 

 PVU Students compete with JSU Students

FORT BEND COUNTY CHAPTER 
HOST BLACK PANTHERS: A FAMILY STYLING IN POWER 
FASHION SHOW & SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER
4/14/18
This very well attended event serves as the annual scholarship fundraiser for the chapter. If you missed this event you missed an opportunity for FUN! 
 
DALLAS CHAPTER 
ATTENDS
MEET & GREET HEAD COACH DOOLEY & OTHER COACHING STAFF
  4/23/18
PVAMU football coaches, DFW high school coaches along with Dallas Alumni Leadership

E
ducation is Freedom coordinated with PVAMU to host a Meet & Greet between Coach Dooley, assistant coaches and high school coaches in the DFW area. Dallas Alumni Leadership were given the opportunity to attend. 
 

PV NURSES CHAPTER  
HOST 
35th ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON 
4/28/18
Twenty scholarships were awarded to junior and senior nursing majors in amounts ranging from $1,000-$2,500!

At the luncheon, 3 nursing graduates of PVAMU received special honors for their service to their communities and the nursing profession;
Tara Tatum, MBA, BSN, RN,
Colonel (Rt.) Frannie Rettig, MSN, BSN, RN
and Lisa Blackmon-Jones, DNP, MS, BSN, RN,.  
CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
CHAPTER & CLASS  NEWS
ATLANTA CHAPTER
Community Food Bank Volunteer Activity
Saturday, May 12th 
1:00pm - 4:00pm

The Atlanta PV Alumni Chapter is partnering with the HBCU Alliance for their first annual stop hunger community service day with the Atlanta Community Food Bank

DALLAS CHAPTER

CLEVER DEAN LEWIS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
Thursday, May 10th @ 7p.m.
Concord Church


WASHINGTON D.C. CHAPTER 


  
 
THE CLASS OF '67's 
DREAM FUND
 CONTINUES
See the DREAM FUND video HERE! 
 
 
SPONSORED BY THE WASHINGTON D.C. ALUMNI CHAPTER
To view full brochure and apply CLICK on this link


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PVAMU Class of 1992 
NAA  CHAPTERS & CLASSES
Atlanta Metropolitan, Austin, Beaumont, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Bend, Fort Worth, Hempstead, Houston, 
Johnson Space Center, Los Angeles, Missouri City, North Dallas Denton Collin County, Prairie View Agriculture, Prairie View Local,
Prairie View Nurses, PV Athletic Club,  PVAMU ROTC, San Antonio, Waco, Washington D.C.
Class of '53, Class of '54, Class of '55, Class of '59, Class of '60, Class of '61, Class of '62, Class of '64, Class of '66, Class of '67, Class of '69

Four points of focus for chapters and classes:
*Advocacy:
Assisting students in overcoming obstacles that hinder educational advancement;
*Friendraising/Scholarships:
Direct financial support to students;
*Membership:
Engaging the classes of the 80's and '90's, younger alums and recent graduates;
*Mentorship:
 Sharing of experience and expertise between legacy, younger alums, and students.                         
 
The purpose of the Association is to form a union of Prairie View A&M University, ex-students, and interested citizens of similar aspirations for the perpetuation of PVAMU.  
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