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 National Alumni Association

Alumni Voice
Issue IX
July  2012
In This Issue
Message From President
Chapter News
PVAMF News
Campus News
Pres Morris

Mr. Lynn Morris

2011-2013 NAA President


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Dear Praire View Alumni,  

I would like to begin with special thanks to President Charlotte Jefferson-Huggins and the Central Texas Metro-Plex Chapter for inviting Gladys and me to their Annual Picnic. In addition to meeting committed chapter members, we met two new May Graduates who have come up through our Pre-Alumni group. It is nice to see trees that were planted bearing fruit. It was a hot day, but Panther Love demonstrated by our hosts cooled the day. I always enjoy speaking with Mrs. Reynolds on PV history when we visit. She is very soft spoken and knowledgeable of our University's past.

 

Why Have a National Convention?

 

As many of you are aware, the annual National Alumni Association Convention will be held July 25-28, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. The registration has been very slow, but generally picks up in early July. Early registration has been extended until July 6. Some of the newer graduates see the convention as a gathering of the senior members. However, in reality, it is a traditional gathering characterized by forward planning and lots of networking opportunities.

 

This year marks the 38th convention. That means it has spanned over three generations of Panthers. This tradition is something that we should continue since it has made such a positive impact on our University. It affords an opportunity to hear the state of your University, Alumni Association, and Foundation, as well as ask questions. The speakers are very dynamic and informative. We set goals for the forthcoming year and generate our unified plan. In addition, we rotate to cities where families can enjoy a very cost effective summer vacation.

 

In the recent years we have seen the influx of new graduates in our chapters' leadership and rank. This influx is much needed and welcomed. However, we must respect our past as we move forward. There are some past successes that we must use as examples for growth and some failures that we must not repeat. If we are to continue to grow our organization, we must respect the past and embrace change. I attend NAA conventions because I get re-energized when I see and hear from our earlier graduates. Whether their Golden-year coats are Purple or Gold, they look beautiful. Also, I am encouraged when I hear recommendations for improvements to attract new graduates from our more recent graduates. If you are a regular at the convention, please keep coming, just register earlier. If you have not attended and are in the Dallas - Fort Worth area, come by and feel the Panther Spirit. I hope to see you next month in Fort Worth and in Atlanta in 2013.

 

 

 

National News

 38th National Convention Count Down 

 

"Empowering Our Institution By

Bridging Generations"

 Ft Worth Committee

  

Greetings, Prairie View Alumni & Friends!

 

It is with pride the NAA invites you to the "City of Cowboys and Culture" for the 38th National Alumni Convention. The convention will convene at the Sheraton Hotel and Spa, 1701 Commerce Street, July 25-28, 2012. The NAA and Fort Worth Chapter extend a hearty welcome and are looking forward to sharing the city's culture and legacy.  

 

The *early registration fee is $300, per Life or Financial Annual members. Late registration for members (begins July 6, 2012) and full registration for all Inactive* members or guests is $350

 

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The convention room rate is $109, per night (single or double). The cut-off date for room registration is Friday, July 6, 2012. (Room rates are guaranteed for NAA Convention registered attendees for a period of three days before and three days after the convention depending on availability).   Parking rates are $18.00 per day for Valet and $12.00 per day for Self-Parking. You can register for your room by calling, (817) 335-7000, ask for PVAMU Group Code: PVG18A; or at the hotel website:  

 

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Convention Registration Packet

 

Golf Tournament Registration

 

Activity Schedule

 

 

Chapter News 

 

Atl Chapter Golf Tournament Success 

ATL Chapter Golf Tournament 1st Place
Mr. Earl Brown, James Kirkwood Team and Roslind Jackson

The Atlanta Metropolitan Chapter held its First Annual Golf Classic at Browns Mill Golf Course (Atlanta, Ga) on June 9, 2012. The Classic proved to be the Chapter's largest fundraiser yet, organized by Fundraising Chair Rosalind Jackson and Golf Adviser Earl Brown.

The photo above features the 1st Place winners, courtesy of Alum Earl B. Smith. First Place- Alum James Kirkwood Team; Second Place- Alum Earl and Helen Brown Team; and Third Place- Alum Roland Austin Team. More photos are available via www.pvamuatl.org.

 

Johnson Space Center Chapter

Juneteenth Celebration

 

Tuesday,  June 19, 2012, the Johnson Space Center Alumni Chapter partnered with NASA's African American Employee Resource Group to host a Juneteenth Celebration at the Gilruth Center underneath the Live Oak Pavilion. Almost two-hundred participants were in attendance.  The celebration included fish dinners, beverages, music, games, and networking opportunities. Several organizations come out to celebrate with us. The Buffalo Soldiers told the history of Juneteenth, brought displays and distributed tri-fold pamphlets. The United Negro College Fund via the Boeing Black Employees Association were present to share information about their upcoming Fall 2012 scholarship drive. The National Society of Black Engineers - Houston Chapter was present to  promote membership and mentoring goals.

Overall the Juneteenth Celebration was a success. The JSC Chapter was able to meet and introduce twenty summer interns from Prairie View A&M that are  currently working at NASA or with a contractor this summer. The four JSC Chapter scholarship recipients that will be attending Prairie View A&M in Fall 2012 were also present. All the proceeds from the Juneteenth Celebration will be ear for the marked Endowment Fund.

Mark S. Falls

JSC Chapter President

 

Los Angeles Chapter Participates in College Fair

 

Mr. John Terry at College Fair in LA
Mr. John Terry recuiting at College Fair in LA

 

PV Southern California Alumni

Host Meet & Greet for

President & First Lady Morris

 

 Southen California PV Alumni
President & First Lady Morris with PV Alumni in Southern California


 

Prairie View A&M Foundation News  
Sports Complex
Sports Complex

 

 

The Prairie View A&M Foundation (PVAMF) is a public non-profit organization dedicated to securing and stewarding gifts and grants that benefit Prairie View A&M University.

The ultimate objective of the Foundation is to raise funds for projects and programs that ensure future excellence in all areas of the university including teaching, research, service and athletics.

 


Campus News

 

Labor Day Classic Tickets On Sale Now

 

Football
Panther Football Team

Tickets for the highly-anticipated 2012 State Farm Labor Day Classic football contest featuring Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern are now on sale. The Prairie View A&M Panthers will face SWAC for Texas Southern on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. in Houston's Reliant Stadium.

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For more information about PV Athletics contact:

Ryan McGinty
 
Director of Sports Information
 
Prairie View A&M University
 
P.O. Box 519, Mail Stop 1500
 
Prairie View, Texas 77446
(936) 261-9140

 

 

 

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