Thursday, Nov. 17, the campus of Prairie View A&M University was adorned with the presence of its beloved mascot in life-size form.
The sculpture sits outside of the Willie A. Tempton Sr. Memorial Student Center in an area donned “Panther Plaza.” The work was commissioned by the 2010-2011 Student Government Association (SGA) led by Bobby J. Smith II, president. Artist Bridgette Mongeon created the nearly 700-pound brass sculpture under the direction of a committee of faculty, students and staff.
The dedication ceremony, held at 2 p.m. featured several past SGA Presidents as the concept was passed down through several administrations before the idea was approved by university administrators in 2010. A reception immediately followed the program were students, faculty, staff and alumni were able to share their memories and describe what ‘The Panther’ means to them.
Twenty-three years after his last speaking engagement at PVAMU, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan made his return to “The Hill” as a guest of the S.P.I.T. Knowledge Lecture Series.
The Students Participating in Transcendent Knowledge (S.P.I.T. Knowledge) Lecture Series featuring Farrakhan, to date, is the program’s largest, prompting the event to be moved from its usual location in the Willie A. Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Center to the William “Billy” J. Nicks, Sr. Health and Physical Education Building. The event brought out a number of dignitaries from the Houston community, including renowned hip-hop artist Bun B and Houston City Councilman Jarvis Johnson.
Farrakhan thanked the student body for inviting him to speak and imparted the importance of listening to various viewpoints. “Education should prepare you to listen to anyone and judge them for yourself as to whether they are worthy to be listened to,” he said. He also encouraged students to explore agriculture and its role in creating jobs. From valuing oneself to reflecting on the historic Million Man March, Farrakhan touched on a variety of topics for the audience.
S.P.I.T. Knowledge is a modern day twist to the traditional college lecture series programs. The program offers a diverse genre of speakers to our students and surrounding community to inform and stimulate interests that otherwise may not have been aroused in a traditional classroom setting. Upcoming Speakers include General Russel Honorae’ and Judge Glenda Hatchett.
The commitment of the PVAMU Historically Underutilized Business Program (HUB) is to solicit and promote participation of certified minority and woman-owned businesses through the State of Texas HUB Program. The Senior Vice President for Business Affairs and the PVAMU HUB Office is committed to HUB Diversity and will aggressively work toward expanding HUB contract opportunities with certified minority vendors.
Additionally, PVAMU would like to increase procurement opportunities with local vendors and with PVAMU alumni. We have created an online vendor registration form to capture this important information. The information we obtain will allow us to send your business PVAMU solicitations for goods/services. We also encourage you to register your business with the State of Texas Centralized Master Bidders List. The CMBL is a database of vendors who are registered to receive solicitations and submit bids to the State of Texas.
Former PVAMU President Lieutenant General (Ret.) Julius W. Becton, Jr., was recently inducted into the National Defense University National Hall of Fame.
The prestigious honor is given National Defense University graduates who exhibit an exceptional record of service as well as achievement meriting special recognition.
After retiring from the U.S. Army with nearly 40 years of service, Becton enjoyed a full career in public service. He has served as director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance in the U.S. Agency for International Development and director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He went on to serve as PVAMU’s fifth president from 1989 to 1994.
Becton earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Prairie View and a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the NDU National War College. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from a variety of schools including Huston-Tillotson University, Muhlenberg College and the Citadel.
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