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Confessions of a Panther
My alma mater rings true…
Dear Prairie View, our song to thee we raise… In gratitude, we sing our hymn of praise,
The Hill, The Yard, My 2nd Home…. I remember when we first met November 2006 on my first college visit. What a beautiful sight you were. From the classrooms, buildings, landscaping, to the people and the history. It was in love at first sight. Eventually, you accepted me into your long standing legacy and I stepped foot on campus June 10, 2007 as a part of the STEM summer program. What a great time that summer was. I learned the campus, took my first college classes, and most memorable, were the people I met and are still best friends with. It was because of you that I had this opportunity.
Beginning my sophomore year, you really opened your doors to me to be whatever I wanted to be. As sophomore class president, I learned so much by being surrounded by some of Prairie View’s finest student leaders. Learning how to serve and become a true student leader, I was introduced to a host of different people in and outside of the classroom. You were really grooming me to be the Prairie View Man you knew I could be.
For mem’ries dear, for friends and recollections, For lessons learned while here we’ve lived with thee,
I almost want to forget all about my junior year; it was truly a rollercoaster ride of ups, downs, twists, turns, and circles upside down. The year couldn’t have started better. I spent a summer working my first co-op with Cimarron, Lockheed Martin at Prairie View; I also got to work with my current three best friends to create the world-famous Class of 2013 PV Shuffle to ‘I Look Good;” one of the greatest shuffles to be added to the long list! That year was the first time the football team beat Grambling in over 20 years. It was also the year you afforded me the opportunity to go to New York City on behalf of the University. Well in the midst of all of the great things going on, I guess God had another plan for me. My life no longer had a purpose, the one channel that I enjoyed passionately to lead and serve was now taken from me because of an accusation of being hazed. I lost my position. I lost my housing, lost my meal plan, lost my academic scholarship, lost ‘friends,’ lost my opportunity to be SGA President, and I lost my motivation. Being used to make an example for others is a terrible feeling. I remember speaking to the Director of Communications at PV and she told me if “anyone can bounce back from this it is you.” Neither I, nor her, realized what was being spoken into existence at this time. I spent the Christmas break doing some soul searching, praying, some weeping, and planning. I decided I would finish the year up better than ever.
For these we pledge our hearts full of devotion, To serve thee now, and through eternity.
AHHH YEA! SENIOR YEAR! I decided this year I would redefine myself. So in all I did, I made sure that I was upholding high standards: Spiritually, Academically, Physically, etc; Eventually recognition by my peers afforded me the opportunity to be nominated the president of PALs.
This time of transition prompted me to start my own website: www.aCEOglobal.org, a blog that’s designed to give all the resources necessary to achieve an “aCEO state of mind” Through Worship, Wisdom, Wellness, and Wealth entries and tips, I help my readers get further ahead in life with articles, videos, speeches, prayers, etc. Whatever comes across the table that I could share with hopes to turn this into a full-fledged organization very soon.
With little over 100 days until I was to walk across the state and turn my tassel, I said this year I would put into action my two motto’s I had adopted during my junior year. “It ain’t about you,” and “You don’t need a position to have influence.” I resigned from all positions and denied any future leadership positions to just serve. I wanted to spend the semester , simple, mentoring, guiding, and pouring all the knowledge that I gained throughout my years into those behind me. Throughout that semester PV, I’ve appreciated you more than any other semester spent with you.
As days go by, our hearts will not grow cold, We’ll love thy purple royal and thy gold,
Ole Prairie View, Alta Vista, if you know your history, I’m really going to miss you. You and God got together and setup a true master plan for me. Truly showed me how what I thought I was to be was NOTHING compared to what you have afforded me to become. As Jeremiah 29:11 reads, “For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This sums up my entire experience at Prairie View A&M. Prairie View, I will forever be indebted to you and all you have shown me. I am at peace, I am prosperous, I am productive. You have fueled my passion, defined my purpose, and confirmed my prosperity. There is NO experience like that of PVAMU. That’s why we yell everywhere we go, “PV-U Know” because only WE can KNOW what it means to be a part of PVNATION.
We’ll through our lives exemplify thy teachings, We’ll always strive a blessing to be.
On December 17, 2011, I graduated with two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. I graduated with no student loans, no kids, a job with Accenture as a System Integration Analyst, and a life experience like no other. I am very blessed, fortunate, and proud to call myself an alumnus of THE Prairie View A&M University. So I’ll love thee now, and through eternity.
Trenton T. Johnson ’11
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Alumni Business Spotlight
Grocery stores and dry cleaning may seem monotonous after a long hard day at work for many, but for PVAMU alumnus Keith Marshall ’97 these are the simple things that pays his bills. In business since September of 2011, Average Joe’s Concierge seeks to take the hassle out of “life’s daily chores “making them both affordable and enjoyable. Average Joe’s Concierge services the downtown Dallas, Texas area allowing customers to select services and grocery items from a website while customizing a delivery time that cuts down the wait for groceries to be delivered to their office or home door. Marshall’s company recently celebrated its first year of service and looks to expand throughout the entire DFW area in the near future. For more information visit https://averagejoesconcierge.com
Masoth: The Journey Beyond
Author and Alumnus Ehav Ever ’98, takes readers on a captivating journey of self-discovery in his new book, Masoth: the Journey Beyond. Inspired by his personal road to self-actualization, Ever’s reflects on various elements of his life and those who have made an impression through the character of Ezra Lyons. Ezra finds himself at a crossroads after his reality suddenly changes and he seeks to find a new start. He finds himself transported to another universe that differs from the culture he left behind. For more information on his project visit http://www.masothjourney.com/
Williams Joins Elite Ranks
Prairie View A&M guard/forward Latia Williams has proven to be one of the most prolific scorers in program history after making the 1000-point club in a 72-60 loss to Kansas on Dec. 16.
Williams was recently honored for her accomplishment, joining Gaati Werema (1529), Candice Thomas (1671), Dominique Smith (1381), Tanisha Lee (1088 ) as the last players to do so in the 21st century.
Williams, who reached 600 rebounds in a 49-42 win over Hampton on Dec. 20, also joined Werema as the only player in the 21st century to have 1000 points and 600 rebounds. Werema finished her career with 1529 points and 977 rebounds.
Alumni Day 2013
Mark your calendars for Alumni Day 2013! This is a celebration you won’t want to miss.
You are invited to a full day of events and happenings as we pay tribute to our founders, applaud the achievements of our alumni and showcase the evolution of our prestigious University during the annual Founder’s Day program.
Register today by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 936-261-1566 or by email email@example.com
Would you be my Sweethart?
Mr. James Cioffi and Mrs. Jasmine(McKinley) Keeton ’96
It’s the classic tale of a northern city girl swept off her feet by his southern hospitality. We met at the end of the semester in 1993 at the National Society of Black Engineers fundraising car wash in Hempstead at Pizza Hut. I walked up to him and introduced myself. He was smitten, smiled and returned the gesture with a courteous southern draw introduction. I was hooked. I transferred to a University in Michigan, but returned for the 1993 fall PV Homecoming. I sought him out and we danced all night. In the fall of 1994, I returned to PV. Within weeks, we were a couple! After graduation, we started our careers with the National Aeronautics Space Administration and we continue to make history every day! We were united in marriage during the spring of 1998, and from this union, 5 children have BLESSED our lives – Jadean, James Cioffi Jr. (deceased), JoyLynn, Jason, and Jeremiah. We will be celebrating our 15 year wedding anniversary in June of 2013.
Mr. Brandon and Mrs. Tiffany Alexander Stout ’05
My husband (Brandon Stout), and I (Tiffany Alexander Stout), met the summer before we started our freshman year in the ESCI (Engineering Summer Program). Both of us had received scholarships to attend PV and major in Engineering or Computer Science. One day in class, I hear someone in my ear whispering psssssst, psssssst….so I turned around, obviously to see who was making such a rude and disrespectful gesture (young at the time), and it was Brandon. We had not yet been introduced, and after introductions were made, proceeded to ask me if I wanted to come to his room to watch a movie sometime. Of course I responded with NO! as the days went by, he was very persistent. Finally I came around, and we went on our first date which was in the kitchen of his dorm room in phase III. His roommates were nice enough to stay in their rooms, as he cooked his specialty… fettuccine alfredo pasta, corn and toast….it was delicious! Our freshman year, he asked me if I would be his girlfriend while we were in his car, as I was about to exit and head to my room in University College and I said YES!
As the years progressed, he played football and I pledged Delta Sigma Theta. Like most young couples, we had our ups and downs, summer break-ups, but we always came back to each other. We attended church together every Sunday, and participated in a lot of other social clubs and activities. We had a LOT of FUN during our PV years. We met in 2000 and were FINALLY married on February 24, 2007 in Orange, TX. We have 1 daughter named Payton who is 2 years old.
Mr. Lamar Johnson ’92 and Mrs. Tipfenie Deeds
In the first semester of my junior year, during the 1989-1990 school year, I had a class with a freshman that I thought was skinny, but beautiful. I was pledging Kappa at the time and my roommate was dating her friend. She had a boyfriend, but he went to another school. As I was pledging, I wore a shirt and tie and brought a briefcase to class once a week. I also paid attention in class and engaged with the instructor when questions were asked. She thought I was a nerd because I answered questions and brought a briefcase.
After the Christmas break, I saw here at the bookstore while I was getting books for one of my Engineering classes. I looked up and there she was, more beautiful than I had remembered; we started talking as if we were friends for a long time. I asked her for her number, she gave it to me, we started talking and a couple of months later we were dating.
When I graduated in 1992, we were still together. I went off to my first military assignment in Washington, DC and we continued to talk. I flew back to Texas two or three times during the fall of 1992 to see her, and sent her an airline ticket to spend the New Year with me. During date night on New Year’s Eve, we went to a Bobby Brown concert and at the stroke of midnight, after getting my kiss; I took the ring out of my pocket and proposed. She said ‘yes’ and we were married in 1995. We have now been married for 17 years, and have a 13 year old son named Lamar ‘Trey’ Johnson, III.
Mr. Craig and Mrs. Christina Love
Craig is originally from Chicago, and made his way to Prairie View thanks to his grandmother, who is also a PV graduate. Christina is from Killeen, TX, and both of her sisters went and graduated from PV, and she followed in their footsteps.
We met for the first time during homecoming weekend (1991), our first semester at Prairie View, but did not start dating until February 14, 1993. I graduated from PVAMU with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1995, and worked as a graduate assistant coach for 1- year. We were engaged April 6, 1996 and were married on Prairie View’s campus at the Johnson-Phillip All Faiths Chapel, May 11, 1997. I continued my education and received my master’s degree in Counseling in 1997. Craig graduated from PVAMU with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 1997 and was commissioned in May through the PVAMU ROTC program to the United States Army. We have been together for almost 20 years and have traveled the world thanks to the military. While enlisted we have be stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington (1997-1999), Fort Knox, Kentucky (1999-2001), Fort Hood, Texas (2001-2006), Hohenfels, Germany (2006-2009), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (2009-2010). Currently, we live in a town called Manhattan, and are stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas and will be leaving for Stuttgart, Germany, in 2013. Together we have three beautiful daughters ages 14, 10, 7.
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