August 2011

Talent From the “The Hill”

Rikki Valentino LaFontaineRikki Valentino LaFontaine, the first ever Mr. Prairie View A&M University, made it to the top 20 on BET’s hit show, Sunday’s Best.

After years of singing background vocals for the likes of Enrique Iglesias, Yolanda Adams and Richard Smallwood, La Fontaine is now ready to step center stage with a solo career. Originally from Dallas, Texas, LaFontaine currently resides in Los Angeles, California, but performs all over the world.



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Diversifying the Workplace

When Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport leaders formed a vision to diversify its workforce, Kevin Hines went to work.Kevin Hines

Hines, a technical specialist at the center, was a key player in establishing a relationship with students in the business and engineering programs at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, a historically black college.

He helped recruit students to Keyport and once they were hired, offered mentorship. His work was recognized, and later this month he will be presented with the Navy’s 2011 Blacks in Government meritorious service award.

Of the 60 Prairie View students interviewed, Keyport hired nine who are now employed as logistics management specialists, electrical engineers and mechanical engineers.

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Meet us in Orlando

The Prairie View A&M University Panthers are gearing up to take on the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University Labor day weekend in Orlando, Florida.

MEAC/SWAC CALLENGE PRESENTED BY DISNEYThere are several events for alumni, students, faculty and staff to interact and network. On Saturday, September 3, come mix and mingle with alumni and friends at The Presidents Breakfast in the Kilimanjaro Room of the Sheraton Safari Hotel and Suites. Make sure to RSVP HERE or call 936-261-1566. Then join us at the tent Sunday before the game for the Great Heart & Soul Tailgate from 10:00 a.m. to kickoff.



The Celebration is Near


Campus Housing Gets New Look

The campus of Prairie View A&M University is rapidly changing to adapt to the modern day features that students look for when selecting a second home for their collegiate journey. PVAMU and American Campus Communities have teamed up to expand on-campus housing for upperclassmen with new facilities and several upgrades.

More than 144 rooms were added in University Village Northwest. Comprised of two buildings of four bedroom, four bathroom suites is adjacent to University Village North and will be known as Phase VI. Students will be able to enjoy many amenities in the units while taking advantage of the close proximity to classes. The state-of-the-art housing will be open for students in the fall.

Along with the construction of the new living facility, the campus’ oldest student housing space received a facelift. New counters, larger beds, updated paint and fixtures were added to units in Phase 1 this summer. The rooms also received painted accent walls, faux wood floors, new appliance and ceiling fans for each bedroom. Major changes to landscaping and lounge areas are currently underway.

American Campus Communities celebrated their 15-year partnership this summer with a “re-grand opening” celebration

Photo: Courtesy of Colby Walker, student

American Campus Communities celebrated their 15-year partnership this summer with a “re-grand opening” celebration. Campus administrators toured the facilities and viewed the room upgrades and changes.

Fort Bend ISD Fills Vacant Seat

Cynthia L. Gary Fort Bend Independent School District Board of Trustees appointed Cynthia L. Gary to fill the unexpired term of the vacancy for East Side At-Large Position 7 for the board of trustees. She will begin her service at her first official board meeting on Aug. 22.

Gary completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Prairie View A&M University, where she also worked as a visiting professor of sociology. Upon completion of her baccalaureate degree, Gary began working as an environmental chemist. She left her corporate career to pursue a public service profession in an effort to better serve her community.

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All-Star Spends Summer with Honda

Jonathan Gholston (left), a player on the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge 2010 Championship team is living it up in Southern California. Jonathan Gholston (left), a player on the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge 2010 Championship team is living it up in Southern California. He’s not lounging on the beach or catching waves, instead he is serving as a corporate communications intern for American Honda.

A four-season veteran of the Challenge team, Gholston was featured earlier this year as a participant in a satellite simulcast to discuss his participation in the program.

Prairie View A&M University’s Honda Campus All-Star Challenge team, Jonathan Gholston, earned the 2010 championship after defeating Mississippi Valley State University in the final match.

Photo: Courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

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