The Alumni Voice

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AUGUST 2018 

In This Issue
PRAIRIE VIEW PRODUCES PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE
NAA CHAPTER OF THE YEAR 
PV ATHLETIC CLUB

Mr. Greg Austin, President
♦ Financial Members: 44 (42 Life Members; 2 Annual Members)
♦ Members Serving as National Officers: Yes (Vice President, Charlotte Jefferson- Huggins)
♦ Convention 2017: Co-Host of Event (12-members fully registered)
♦ Homecoming 2017 Banquet: Host (3-tables)
♦ Financial Support to University: Yes (Annual attendance at All Sports Banquet & Underwriter of all Sports Awards presented to Students; Sponsored breakfast for Coaches at 2nd Annual PV Relays in addition to supplying volunteers to work the event for both high school and college sessions, April 2018)
♦ Financial Support to NAA Concerns: Yes (Largest advertising presence in Convention Souvenir Book [19 ads in 2017]; support to other alumni chapters [Houston, $200 ad; PV Local Chapter, financial support to fundraising efforts thru members.)
♦ Financial Support to Others: Yes (Sponsor of OpenMic Broadcast Radio [which broadcasts PVAMU, local high schools and neighboring junior college sports events])
♦ Community Service: Members serving in various capacities (PV Chamber of Commerce (3-members); Volunteers with Meals on Wheels (since program inception); Members serving on city and national elections (1-Precinct Judge); Member, duly elected to serve on local school board [Waller Independent School District], third term.
NAA ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR 
MR. MARK S. FALLS
Mechanical Engineering
Class of 1982 
   
MARK FALLS is in good standing at the local and national levels. He has been a financial member of the Johnson Space Center-PVU local chapter since employment at NASA for over 30 years and a life-time member of the National Alumni Association. MARK  is an active member of the JSC-PVU local chapter and he currently serves as President. At the national level, he was formerly Chaplain, and he now participates in quarterly meetings, and collaborates and assists the Constitution & ByLaws committee to update the constitution. The nominee's integrity and moral character was demonstrated to students, alumni and the University when he invited Dr. Ruth Simmons to be the keynote speaker during NASA JSC Black History Month (BHM) Observance, and she gladly accepted. Prior to the BHM Program, he scheduled a one hour meet-and-greet with intern students and JSC-PVU alumni and the President so she could share her vision for the University. As a result, NASA JSC Center Director and Senior Managers were impressed with her keynote speech and the alumni were so impressed that they donated $600 to the University's annual fund prior to her departure. 

FALLS demonstrated his love and passion for PVAMU and the NAA when he resurrected the JSC-PVU Alumni local chapter that was dormant and inactive for two and half years. He selected officers with that same passion and vision, re-instituted monthly meetings, generated a yearly calendar and established an annual budget, plus persuaded 20 alumni to become financial, the largest financial membership since the Chapter's existence in the mid-1980's. The nominee established committees and appointed leaders to align with NAA visions such as advocacy, scholarship, membership, and mentorship. MARK created a succession plan to groom the next  generation officers as leaders to reduce the risk of the local chapter being inactive. He developed a preliminary survey for feedback on how to get alumni engaged not only  financially but ACTIVELY engaged. His motto is "Nothing is not your best". As a result of this revitalization, the local chapter is thriving again, two alumni have become NAA life-time members. MARK continues to contribute his time, talent, and his money to ensure that the local chapter is viable and beneficial to the NAA and the University.

Pastor Falls is the proud husband of First Lady Andrea Renee Falls, and a devoted father to his precious twing, Mark, II and Hannah and a daughter, Alicia Ferrias.  No matter how he is described, Pastor Falls is a man with a Kingdom agenda.
Dr. Tania White, '92
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Let's Finish What We Started
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Panthers it is time we addressed our remaining $5,953,614 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?

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GREAT THANKS to our Life Members that gave to the NAA Annual Fund in the month of July.  
 
NAA ANNUAL FUND DONORS
(July 2018)
 

Hilltopper - $1000-$1999
  Opal J. Smith, '54

Alta Vista $500-$999
Clem Daniels, '59
Grover W. Martin, '49

Century Club $250- $499
Beverly Williams Hatchett, '73
   
Pathfinder - $100-$249
Wilma HooksWhite, '59
Clairene Jines Booker, '54
Rebbie Lewis McGowan, '70
Barbara Holts White, '60
Willie & Betty Moreland, '64


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!

 

 
        Year In Review

     One year ago this month the first ALUMNI VOICE of my presidency was published. These last 12 months have flown by and much has occurred.

Recently, a little more than 100 persons came together to celebrate, fellowship and discover how to become more engaged with PVAMU.

Today, our National Alumni Association is facing a challenging landscape due to rampant apathy by a majority of PV Alumni. In our alumni chapters innovative and great works continue but when you review our State of the Association in the link below you will see minuscule growth in the Association.  State of the Association

This year was one of 'Media' and 'Correction'. The concern regarding the recognition of our newest members and donors in a timely manner has been rectified. Currently, members and donors receive an immediate email expressing our thanks upon receipt of their donation or membership fee. Membership cards and donor lapel pins are mailed via USPS. The Alumni Voice is disseminated monthly with a list serve of 22K+, there are 970 alumni in the Facebook Group, 920 Instagram followers,Twitter followers, an NAA YouTube Channel and a Marketing Brochure. (see link below). During the 44th Annual Alumni Convention for the first time in many years a total of 30 amendments to our constitution & bylaws were voted upon by the body present.  

We must remain focused on providing pathways  to opportunity for nearly 9,000 students and perpetuating the legacy of our beloved alma mater. We cannot rest on our laurels.There are actions still to be taken. We must do more than to protect what we have; we must cultivate, nurture and grow our Association and we do that by demonstrating our love for PVAMU in deed and word.

This Association is strong because we make it strong by joining as members, attending alumni meetings,volunteering to serve on committees and becoming donors. I encourage each of you remain engaged in listening, in learning, and advocating for PVAMU and the National Alumni Association. This is our responsibility as alumni; to leave our Association and our Alma Mater better for tomorrow than they are today. 

 

Go Panthers!

Kimberley


BACK TO BASICS; FORWARD WITH ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT 

44th Annual Convention Pictorial

A special thank you to the Alumni Convention Committee (pictured left), The PVAMU Office of Development, Charles Porter and the Panther Club, and D.G. Sports and Entertainment.
                                                                                                                              Souvenir Booklet



Souvenir Booklet
NAA Prez. State of the NAA                          
    Donor Pin                 Speaker Dr. Walter Kimbrough-Dillard







Mardi Gras Reception
  President Simmon has captive audience
Speaker Dr. W. Gabriel Sellassie                       PVAMU Students                       
     Coaches - Athletic
 Summit
   
      amendment voting

 

PVAMU ROTC ALUMNI CHAPTER
HOST
SPIRIT NIGHT FUNDRAISER
7/2/18

The fundraiser was hosted at Willie's Bar & Grill. A special thanks to 2nd Lieutenant Terry Kommany for his engagement with chapter officers. Photo: L2R: Earl Terry, Terry Kommany, Fred Washington, Cornelius Blackshear, and James Woods. 

WASHINGTON D.C. ALUMNI CHAPTER
HOST
FAREWELL DINNER FOR INTERN
7/30/18

Washington D.C.Alumni at farewell dinner with Kirsten Budwine, our PVAMU Panthers on Capitol Hill intern. She completed her internship and returned to TX this week.
CHAPTER & CLASS  NEWS

DALLAS ALUMNI CHAPTER
PV-NIC & MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
Saturday, August 4, 2018 

  
  
 
FORT BEND COUNTY ALUMNI CHAPTER
SCHOLARSHIP GALA
Saturday, August 18, 2018 


ATLANTA METROPOLITAN CHAPTER 
HOST ITS
ANNUAL END OF YEAR 
FUNDRAISING CELEBRATION
  Saturday, August 25th
FREE for all Atlanta Chapter Members!
    


 
 
 
 
FORT WORTH CHAPTER 
SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER
SUMMER GOLF SHOOTOUT 
Sunday, September 30th  

 PV NURSES ALUMNI 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 CALENDAR

PVAMU COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES
Saturday, August 11 @ 10:00 am
Berry Center of Northwest Houston

NAA BOARD MEETING
Saturday, September 8 @ 9:30 a.m.

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Classes of the '90s

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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