The Alumni Voice
VOL. 4                                                                                                                                            NO. 5    DECEMBER 2017
In This Issue
Giving Back Involves More than Money!

NAA Life Member

Michael Washington '93

Guest Lecturer-Dept. of Chemical Engineering

Washington is also a member of the PVAMU Chemical Engineering Advisory Board

 

 

NAA Life Member

Phyllis Darden-Caldwell '80

Special Guest Speaker

AMERICAN HONDA SUMMER INTERNSHIP
HONDA is excited to present its 2018 Summer Intern Program to sophomore, junior and senior level college students who are interested in participating in a unique and challenging learning opportunity. This program is open to students currently attending an eligible HBCU.
 
This internship will be in Torrance, CA. Housing and transportation will be provided.

Interns will be placed within various departments throughout our company which include: Product Planning, Export Service, Marketing, Motorcycle, Environmental Business Development, Sales, Parts & Service, and Logistics.

In addition to gaining experience in a corporate environment you will have the opportunity to expand your project management, presentation, and team-building skills. Your contributions will make a difference in the departments you support.

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?
CLICK HERE!
        
     Happy Holidays and please welcome our newest PVAMU National Alumni Association Members. Between September 1st and December 1st the following PVites and friends joined the Association:

Smith, Andrew '76
Allen, Sheldon
Boykin,Cecil
Moton,Malori '15
Giles, Kennedy '88
Giles, Sheila
Clay-Lewis, Sonya '93
Davis, Ruby '15
Edwards, Erica '97
Morrison, Carolyn '78
Wolf, Sheila
Austin, Gregory '77
Clark, Imani '16
Briscoe, Wortham '70
Thibodeaux, Torie '08
Massele, Helen '14
Johnson, Glenda '97
Champagne, Renessa '86
Semper, Stefanie '07
Williams, Doris
Robertson, Crystal '98
Boyd, Jerelean '68
Wyatt, Rosalind '87
Brent, Earnisa '16
Clack, Bonnie
Curry, Debra '92
Houston, Dorothy '66
Heiskell, Shaunetta
Smith, Carlton '92
Smith, LaRachelle '94
Rawls, Curtrelle '14
Jackson, Ingrid '94
Benton, Deonna '02
Williams, Alan '93
Scott, Icalette
Johnson, Quodesia '12
Boyd, LRhonda '03
Dixon, Contrella '85
  
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!
 
BACK TO THE BASICS; FORWARD WITH ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT
 
 
 
 
MEETING THE UNMET NEED
 
In this fall semester, 187 students were dropped due to non-payment. Fifty-eight freshmen, 35 sophomores, 14 juniors and 25 seniors (seniors with less than 12 hours to graduation) have left campus and will NOT return...a dream deferred. There are a multitude of reasons this happens and with some students needing as little as $300.    

So how do we save these Panthers? How do we get the funds needed? That's easy - through the financial support of people like you. As an alumnus of a 'University of the First Class' your support is needed in educating the students of PVAMU. Would you help us further efforts with a tax deductible donation of $300 or more? With this donation, you can keep a Panther in class. The next drop-date is January 31st, the 12th day of class.
 
We've been in talks with the treasury and are brainstorming ways to get the attention of our students regarding their drop date and the money owed. I know you are asking, "How are we able to discover the student's financial situation?" In order to receive the emergency funds, students will be asked to sign a waiver of information to funding sources such as the NAA and the PVAMF. This will be a 3rd party scholarship meaning that funds will go directly to the treasury to remit payment for students and not-interfere with financial aid awards.  What's in it for me you ask? Some of you may remember the days of standing in the financial aid office praying for a miracle. You could be a young person's miracle today. 
 
You can 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. Thank you in advance. We appreciate your support. 

HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL YOU SAVE TODAY?
 
                      
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.  
  
Kimberley
HBCU NEWS

Careers at PVAMU

 

 

CHAPTER EVENTS
LOS ANGELES CHAPTER
HOLIDAY GALA & CASINO NIGHT Dec. 8th

WASHINGTON D.C.
CHRISTMAS PARTY & TOY DRIVE Dec. 8th

Bring an unwrapped toy
 
FORT WORTH HOLIDAY KICKOFF PARTY
Dec. 14th

 


DALLAS CHRISTMAS PARTY
Dec. 18th

CHAPTER NEWS
 *The San Antonio Alumni Chapter held a reception for the  
PVAMU Athletic Director & Football Coaches. 11/15
Dallas Alumni Chapter has begun two endowments that when matched total $110,000. Congratulations Dallas!
*Nursing Alumni Chapter Leadership held a 'Snack & Chat' with nursing student participants of the Summer Bridge Program 2017. 11/29
NAA CALENDAR
December 16; 10:00 a.m.
Commencement Exercises

December 18th-29th
NAA Office Closed
PRAIRIE VIEW PRODUCES PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE
Ashford & Swain  
  Xplosion Technology Founders
Isis Ashford (left) and
Kehlin Swain (right)  
     Kehlin Swain and Isis Ashford, have created Xplosion Sports Technology, a hardware startup which uses sensor technology to enhance athletes' performance. Prior to Xplosion, Kehlin and Isis attended PVAMU where Kehlin was a Computer Engineering major and Isis an Electrical Engineering major. Friends since 2012, they worked on several school projects together and bonded over their shared interest in entrepreneurship.
     In May of 2016, Xplosion Sports Technology was born. The two raised $65,000 while still in school to support Xplosion's product development and had the support of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at PVAMU. In addition to that support, Prairie View's baseball team was the first team to sign up for Xplosion's pilot program.
     After graduation, the two moved to Austin to continue the accelerator program, foregoing full-time job offers from multiple tech companies.
Excerpts from the article Prairie View A&M Alumni Create Sensor Technology to Enhance Athlete Performance by Jordan King
NAA  CHAPTERS & CLASSES
Atlanta Metropolitan, Austin, Beaumont, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Bend, Fort Worth, Hempstead, Houston, Johnson Space Center, Los Angeles, Missouri City, 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 '57, Class of '60, Class of '61, Class of '62, Class of '64, Class of '67

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. 
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