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Billie J. Evans: More Than Just a Staff Member, a Custodian of Dreams

Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) means a lot to Billie J. Evans, 2011-12 PVAMU Staff of the Year. A native of Waller, Texas, and an administrative coordinator at the School of Architecture (SOA), Billie started working at PVAMU 27 years ago. She credits the university for taking a chance on her and giving her the [...]

Class of 1968 Pays It Forward with Endowed Scholarship Fund

You could not miss them. Donned in the traditional gold suit jackets of the Golden Class, the Class of 1968 stood out in the crowd of thousands during Prairie View A&M University’s 2018 Homecoming Week. And while they came to celebrate the past, the future was very much on their minds. “It is tradition for [...]

Straight from the Heart: PVAMU Alumna Viola Bess Hebert, RN, BSN, MA ’74 Commits to Advancing Nursing Education in Perpetuity through Estate Planning

When faced with her own death, Viola Bess Hebert, RN, BSN, MA ’74 focused first on the lives of others. “I was undergoing major surgery and wanted to update my will,” states Viola. “I prayed and reflected on what is important to me—nursing and the lives of patients served by our profession. Nursing is my [...]

African-­American Studies Initiative Awarded $1 Million in Grants and Gifts

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) a grant of $500,000 to support its effort to establish an African-­‐American Studies Initiative which will be housed in its Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences. Inspired by the Mellon Foundation award, an anonymous donor pledged an added [...]