The Alumni Voice
VOL. 4                                                                                                                                                  NO. 4      NOVEMBER 2017
In This Issue
Giving Back Involves More than Money!
We are excited to announce a remarkable opportunity for an ambitious and passionate youth to work for Greening Youth Foundation as an intern with National Capital Parks-East!
Greening Youth Foundation is currently seeking a Public Engagement Steward that will assist with engaging the community in the 2018 centennial of Anacostia Park and the bicentennial birthday celebration of Frederick Douglass at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.
Through this paid 17 week internship, the steward will assist the visitor services and communications team in the day to day planning, coordination, outreach and other exciting tasks that will potentially increase volunteers, park stewards and visitors!  
We ask that you share this amazing opportunity with a PV Student who may be eligible and interested in gaining real world on-the-job experience with a federal agency!

Visit public-engagement-steward/ for more information on how to apply.
Application period closes November 8, 2017
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.

Alumni Make Your Travel Plans TODAY for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2017
     Get updated information regarding a Hotel and Airfare ONLY package for Wednesday to Friday evening in New York November 22-24th.
     All prices and availability are subject to change until the deposit is paid in full. HD Travel has the most affordable, preferred non-stop flight itinerary.  
      Holloman Destination Travel is a FULL service travel agency. Cruises, car rentals, airfare, all-inclusive vacations and now the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Get started on your trip today! Any questions please do not hesitate to contact HD Travel at 469 607-7HDT or click on the link  Alumni travel to New York!                       
Give to the
Marching Storm
The University has raised more than three-fourths of the $600,000 goal. Please help to send more than 300 proud Panther Marching Storm Band students to represent PVAMU, the State of Texas and all HBCUs.
Thanks for your support!   
Let's Finish What We Started
We have all either seen or heard about the new Sports Complex and Stadium. All that remains is to eliminate the debt. The goal is $10 Million and with more than 6,600 financial gifts we have reached $4 Million!

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.
     PVAMU Homecoming was a world-wind of activity! With one alumni activity after another: National Alumni Association Member Phylliss Darden-Caldwell hosted Club 1876 featuring the smooth tunes of Smooth Inversions (PVites). Friday held the NAA Board of Directors meeting and the General Alumni Meeting where President Simmons and her cabinet participated in a question and answer forum. Next on the agenda was the NAA's 27th Annual Alumni Banquet and Dance where I served as keynote speaker. President's Homecoming Message. On Saturday our NAA administrator, volunteers and myself greeted alumni and students in MSC to dispense NAA tees and have students submit their advocacy request. Also, Saturday morning saw the 'Golden Class' Luncheon where I was asked to bring remarks. Of course, I would be remiss if I did not note the hospitality experienced in the tailgate area, the great music shared and the fellowship enjoyed among PVites and friends. I hope everyone had a fun, happy and safe Homecoming 2017. Kudos to the Dallas Alumni Chapter presenting $80K for scholarships and student support during the Homecoming half-time presentation. The proceeds of their 22nd Annual Scholarship Gala.   
Please take note of upcoming events in our alumni chapters, enjoy the articles and links provided for your enlightenment; and feel free to share!   
In the October Alumni Voice the scholarship amount for the Class of '59 was omitted:
*Class of 1959
endowment fund $297,000 $106,000 in scholarships awarded since its inception.
Reducing the negative impacts of unmet need.  
For far too long, too many PVAMU students have been dropped for minuscule non-payment, due to this the NAA is considering a Panther Retention Grants Program. Within hours of the fee drop, personnel in enrollment services proactively reach out to hundreds of students who have just been dropped, offering small grants. In some cases, the difference between a student staying enrolled or not hinges on as little as $300-a surprising claim until one realizes that a high percentage of Texas State students come from households with annual incomes of $40,000 or less. The Projected Outcome is that grant recipients meet with financial aid counselors, and hopefully more than 90% will re-enroll for subsequent semesters without requiring additional grants.  
This is a proven program implemented in other universities. Small grants in the amount of $300-$1000 to assist students in emergency situations. This type of emergency assistance is what students will remember and hopefully lead to them to return to the NAA as a member. We are seeking financial assistance from alumni across the country. Are you willing to give?
The 'Golden Anniversary' Class of 1967 has already begun the charge with their $129,000 presentation to the Dream Fund, meeting the 'Unmet Need'.  What a Legacy! 
Often times Alumni Chapter Presidents are asked, "Why should I join the National Alumni Association?" "What's in it for me?' The NAA is where you belong. You belong with your family of almost 60,000 living Prairie View A&M University alumni. Your NAA is here to support and advocate for the perpetuation of Prairie View A&M University. Become a member today and join thousands of other PVAMU graduates, fans and friends. Whether you're looking to network with fellow alumni, stay connected with the campus, a leadership role, new friends, a new job, financially support the education of the next generation and/or a collective manner to advocate for our alma mater the NAA is where you belong . Now is the time to support your PV Family by joining the NAA.
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.

Panther Beyond the Hill
Mr. George E. Higgs
Class of 1956
*Responsible for the acquisition of the Alumni House for the National Alumni Association
* Former NAA President
*President of the PV Athletic Club,       leading the giving effort for the sports complex, $200K
 *Recipient of the PVAMU Humanitarian Award 2017
*Husband, Father, Friend, Alumnus


Dec. 2nd


Magnificent colorful Christmas tree outdoor in a snowy night with a shooting star in the sky for the perfect Christmas mood

November 23-24
Thanksgiving Holiday

December 1
DEADLINE for Chapter Affiliation Fees & Reports

December 16; 10:00 a.m.
Commencement Exercises
Only 2 access passes remaining to the NAA Suite for the last home game of the 2017 football season. This requires a $350 donation; includes food and drink. Great thanks to the Haynes, Roy and Ward families, for supporting our efforts!
Call or email then send your donation today!
Phone: (936) 857-5817
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings '93   
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore is Founder, President, and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, a certified B Corporation and mission driven strategy firm, dedicated to helping community-based, philanthropic, academic, governmental, and corporate organizations achieve positive social change. The firm specializes in coalition building, public policy analysis and research, designing advocacy, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and government relations.

Dr. Rockeymoore also leads the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a non-partisan 501c3 social change think and action tank dedicated to making policy work for people and their environments by advancing health, wealth, education, and civic success for diverse populations.

Dr. Rockeymoore has served as the Vice President of Research and Programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Senior Resident Scholar at the National Urban League, Chief Of Staff to Congressman Charles Rangel, Professional Staff on the House Ways and Means Committee, and as a CBCF Legislative Fellow in the office of former Congressman Melvin Watt among other positions.

She is the author of The Political Action Handbook: A How to Guide for the Hip-Hop Generation and co-editor of Strengthening Community: Social Insurance in a Diverse America among many other articles and chapters.

She has been quoted extensively in publications such as the Washington Post and New York Times and has appeared on various cable television news outlets.
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:
Assisting students in overcoming obstacles that hinder educational advancement;
Direct financial support to students;
Primary focus on engaging the classes of the 80's and '90's, younger alums and recent graduates;
 Sharing of experience and expertise between legacy, younger alums, and students. 
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