The Alumni Voice

VOL. 4                                                                                                                                            NO. 8  

MARCH 2018 

In This Issue
Giving Back Involves More than Money!
NAA Chaplain Creates Student Loan Help Video
THE MIKE PRINCE SHOW 87.9FM
B roadcaster Mike Prince, '93 is looking for submissions for 'My PV Story'.
How did PVAMU turn you into a Productive Person? Call 713-570-6736 leave a 1-2 minute message including your contact information and you could be featured on the Mike Prince Show with over 230,000 listeners! Mike Prince also serves as the Vice President for the PV Athletic Club. He serves our purpose of the perpetuation of PVAMU. 
FULL TIME & INTERNSHIP POSITIONS
an independent executive compensation consulting firm, is seeking professionals to fill full time and internship positions.The second is an internship position, either in Chicago or our Woodlands office.  For the full time position, they are looking for undergrad or grad degrees in accounting, finance, or economics.  For the internship position, they are looking for Juniors (or individuals within a year of graduating) in accounting, finance, or economics.
Strong quantitative and excel skills as well as good communication skills are critical to these positions.  Interested individuals should forward forward their resume to Dr. Chong  at hgchong@pvamu.edu.
INTERN  INFORMATION  
PRAIRIE VIEW PRODUCES PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE
Morenike Joela Evans, '93
BA, Communications
 
     Morenike Evans is a Director, Producer and Writer who creates compelling, dynamic and entertaining programming for television, the web and film.

Her creative vision, strong story sense, keen eye for detail, and mastery of all levels of production from script to screen makes her a dynamic creator who excels under any production environment.

In launching MoJo Media Creations she intends to continue to break barriers in Hollywood by Directing, Writing and Producing compelling content featuring strong women characters and diverse storylines for both scripted and unscripted projects.

She currently has 5 scripted projects in various stages of development and also aims to establish herself as a top tier woman director for scripted television and film.

Her journey into directing narrative began out of film school, when her first short "The Water Story" was selected to air on Starz 3 and was also a finalist in Tribeca All Access. After years of a career working mainly in entertainment television, she began refocusing on her passion for scripted programming, and created opportunities to direct in the digital space by taking the helm of 3 highly acclaimed webseries--The Brown Betties Guide, SEXLESS and God ComplX.

Brown Betties Guide, which she also produced and co-wrote, earned her 7 nominations at the 2011 LA Webfest-including Best Director, Best Writing and Best Comedy Series.

SEXLESS, which she directed for the hugely popular Black & Sexy TV Network was acquired by Viacom to air on BET/Centric in 2016 and featured in Variety Magazine.

God ComplX, which was Executive Produced by Claire Brown (Being Mary Jane, The Game) is a 10-episode series funded by Google. The series earned Morenike Joela an Outstanding Director nomination at LA Webfest 2017 and won the Jury Award at the 2017 Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase.
NAA Members receive 
10% off purchases
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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!

NEW and RENEWING members of the NAA receive a
30% discount
coupon to purchase their copy of... 
'JOURNEY
TO THE STADIUM'  
A behind-the-scenes peek into how the new world-class Prairie View A&M Sports Complex came to be. Coupons will be accepted at the University Bookstore on the campus of PVAMU.

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!
                   
In this 2nd quarter, we welcome our newest alumni chapter, the Class of 1969 and our newest members to the National Alumni Association Family:
LIFE MEMBERS:
Jonathon Stribling, '97
Ashley Sparks, '17
Jefferey Austin, '11
ANNUAL MEMBERS:
Linda Spears, '89
Charles Holmes
Lee Langston, '80
Erica Gaither Everson, '05
Nastacia Thompson, '11
Robert Hollis, '69
Willie Spriggs, '69
Tiffiney Simpson, '00
James Sherrod, '73
Dr. Hershall Shelley, '69
Erica Milson, '05
Yvonne Ayuk Etta, '92
Ben Cavil, '67
Dolores Walker Cavil, '67
Nathaniel McClinton, '69
Brushard Higgins, '97
Velissa Lewis, '92
Joyce Johnson, '87
Lionel Perron, '06
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ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS ARE... 
Awards made annually to deserving students according to the donor wishes and current financial aid policies of the university. While it is preferred that scholarships be unrestricted, occasionally it can be appropriate to specify that the scholarship be awarded to students from a specific academic focus or geographic area. The donor may not, however, actually name the individual student to receive the award. Annually, the donor receives information regarding the students awarded scholarships.   
   
Most recent data           
The National Alumni Association including its Chapters and Classes have more than $2.4 MILLION in endowed scholarships on the campus and in 2017 awarded $115,948.15 in endowed scholarship funds to PVAMU Students.

National Alumni Association awarded $16,000 in scholarships to 14 students.   
Beaumont Alumni Chapter 
awarded $3,000 in scholarships to 3 students
Houston Alumni Chapter 
awarded $3,134 in scholarships to 5 students
Los Angeles Alumni Chapter 
awarded $14,500 in scholarships to 12 students
PV Nurses Alumni Chapter
awarded $6,000 in scholarships to 4 students 
San Antonio Alumni Chapter
awarded $7,500 in scholarships to 10 students
Class of 1953
awarded $5,000 in scholarships to 3 students
Class of 1954
awarded $6,168 in scholarships to 7 students
Class of 1957
awarded $12,000 in scholarships to 2 students
Class of 1959
awarded $14,300 in scholarships to 14 students
Class of 1960
awarded $16,453.15 in scholarships to 18 students
Class of 1962
awarded $14,890 in scholarships to 15 students 
*The Fort Worth, ROTC and Washington D.C. Chapters, Classes of 1961 and 1964 have endowments but no scholarships were awarded in 2017.
At the time of this posting the Dallas Alumni Chapter endowed scholarship account was being established with a donation of $50,000.

Today you could be a young person's miracle. 
 GIVE TODAY!
 
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!
 
    Last month, President Simmons and I had quite an in-depth conversation. She assures me the National Alumni Association and the soon to be established Office of Alumni Affairs can co-exist. The two entities will work closely together to review the effectiveness of the office. There is also the possibility of an advisory council of sorts which would include NAA representation; alumni input at the highest level. In the President's own words, "These alumni would be strong, out-spoken, competent persons." 
 
"An Office of Alumni Affairs along with an Office of University Events will be established. This will clarify areas of responsibility that should coordinate to ensure that we are reaching and involving alumni in a meaningful ongoing way. An office of Alumni Affairs, led by an alumnus, that continuously engages alumni will not only assist us in repairing some of the negative perceptions that some alumni have about the university, it will also assist us in our fundraising efforts. The search for a leader of this effort will be announced in February."
                           Ruth J. Simmons, President PVAMU

     At our last NAA Board of Director's Meeting held in February chapter and class presidents discussed a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Talents) Assessment of the the NAA to develop an action plan for growth. Chapters across the country submitted input. This will continue to be a topic of discussion and strategy for the NAA. We must be intentional in our efforts to ensure there will always be a place for the National Alumni Association, an INDEPENDENT voice for alumni.        

Kimberley

BACK TO THE BASICS; FORWARD WITH ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT
44th ANNUAL ALUMNI CONVENTION
JULY 19-21
Boomtown Casino & Hotel New Orleans
Click Here -Tentative Convention Schedule
JOIN US for the following ACTIVITIES: 
 
OPENING DAY 7/19
Golf Tourney
NAA Board of Directors Meeting (noon)
State of the University/Plenary Session (3pm)
Mardi Gras Reception (8pm)

UNIVERSITY DAY 7/20 (Purple & Gold Day)
 Q&A Forum with President Simmons and Cabinet (9am)
Panther Luncheon (noon)
*Compliance Training (chapter officers 2:30-4:00pm)
PVAMF (3:30pm)
Alumni Party & Class Pictures (8pm)


NAA DAY 7/21
Memorial Service Breakfast (8am)
*Officer Training (chapter officers) (10-12pm)
Athletic Summit (1pm)
Awards Banquet (7pm)
*Chapter of the Year
*Alumnus of the Year
*Prometheus Award (Outstanding Achievement in his/her profession)
*Lifetime Achievement Award
*Volunteer Award (Non-graduate)
*Donor Recognitions

Paid registrants also receive:
1. Alumni bag 
2. Convention souvenir booklet
3. Discounted Room Rates $115 inclusive of breakfast (2) per double occupied room in
 Bayou Market Buffet
4. FREE Hotel Parking
5. Complimentary WiFi

First 25 with a PAID, FULL convention registration receive a $15 voucher to use in the hotel casino!
 
FREE Convention Tee with a PAID, FULL convention registration by March 31, 2018!
 

 *Additional cost
HBCU NEWS

 PVAMU Family & Friends Weekend 3/23-25  

 




LOS ANGELES CHAPTER REPRESENTS PVAMU @ BLACK COLLEGE EXPO
  2/10/18
Chapter VP Renee Dorn and other chapter members were put to the test, in the absence of University recruiters, imparting information and gathering stats from potential PVites. Hundreds of parents and students descended upon the PVAMU booth. The LA Chapter has participated in the BCE for more than 15 years. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Seniors and Juniors meet with top HBCUs and a variety of colleges and universities and start planning where they want to be when they graduate.
  PVites, Wendall Smith '90 and John Terry '64 speak with potential students. 
WASHINGTON D.C. CHAPTER   PARTICIPATES IN THE 
50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
 OF NAVY ROTC @ PVAMU
  2/14/18
For the D.C. installment of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Navy ROTC at PVAMU Col.(Ret) Pamela Hodge, President of the Washington D.C. Alumni Chapter, read a congratulatory letter from the NAA. The event was held at the National Museum of the United States Navy. A very prestigious event with a slate of Distinguished Visitors including the US Marine Corps Commandant (top ranking four star General Robert Nellar USMC). Former NAA VP, Dr. Kenneth Hinson read a similar letter at the Houston Installation held 2/8.
  Members of the PV NROTC class of 1970; Captain Moseby with D.C. Chapter President, Col Pamela Hodge, Captain Tarver, and Captain White, all US Navy Retired   
FORT WORTH CHAPTER 
CHARTERS BUS FOR PANTHERLAND DAY 
 
2/24/18
The Fort Worth Prairie View Alumni Chapter took a recruiting bus trip to Prairie View A&M University Saturday February 24TH. It was an ALL DAY trip that included a full tour of the university and attendance to both women's and men's basketball games played on campus!  Only Junior and Senior students were allowed to attend.
HOUSTON CHAPTER 
MARDI GRAS SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON  
 
2/24/18
The Power Center was packed with PV Alumni and Friends for this annual event. The Houston Chapter awarded 9, $1000 scholarships to Houston area students.
View Scholarship Presentations HERE!
View Scholarship Presentations HERE!
Scholarship Applications

FORT BEND CHAPTER
FORT WORTH CHAPTER
HOUSTON CHAPTER
 
CHAPTER & CLASS  NEWS

HOUSTON PV ALUMNI
SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER & MEMBERSHIP DRIVE CRAWFISH BOIL
SATURDAY, APRIL 7TH 
 
 

SAN ANTONIO PV ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON
SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH
email Doris Lowe for tickets djoan1953@yahoo.com

 
FORT BEND COUNTY PV ALUMNI
4TH ANNUAL FASHION SHOW &SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER

SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH
FOR MORE INFORMATION


NURSES PV ALUMNI
35TH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH 
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
 
  
 
THE CLASS OF '67's 
DREAM FUND
 CONTINUES
See the DREAM FUND video HERE! 
 
 
SPONSORED BY THE WASHINGTON D.C. ALUMNI CHAPTER
NAA CALENDAR
CHAPTER COMPLIANCE REPORTS DUE
March 2, 2018 

FAMILY & FRIENDS ALUMNI RECRUITMENT
(find us inside MSC)
Saturday, March 24th

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Saturday, April 21st @ 2 P.M.  
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 '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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