Confessions of a Panther
Intimidation, fear of the unknown, feelings of inadequacy–all the things that threatened any real chance of a promising future, plagued me during the later months of my senior year in high school. In spite of being in the top 10 percent of my class, and prepped to graduate cum laude, I still hadn’t seriously considered going to college because quite frankly: I wasn’t sure if I belonged there.
I imagined that the intellectual ability required for admission into and matriculation through a four-year university wasn’t anything that I possessed. All I knew was that college was never an option in my family, it was an expectation.
Discussions amongst my classmates centered around applications being submitted to various institutions of higher education including Prairie View A&M University. After careful consideration and much prayer, I took a leap of faith and applied as well.
Shortly after, my letter of acceptance gave me a sincere feeling of validation. That was just the beginning, because “The Hill” opened the door to infinite possibilities to achieve my own definition of excellence.
In my opinion, that’s the essence of my beloved alma mater: opportunity. Prairie View didn’t offer me an academic crutch of sorts and no one held my hand. Instead, I was offered the chance to be challenged to critically think, broaden my horizons and make wise decisions for myself. Many might argue that to be the premise of most colleges/universities, yet the major difference is, PVAMU surrounded me with genuine love and concern evidenced through faculty who knew me by name, and classmates and former students who consistently cultivated a sense of tradition and pride in their school. That pride condemned thoughts, words, and actions of mediocrity.
As a member of the professional staff here now, gratitude fuels my motivation to give my best in service; as I’m forever indebted to Prairie View A&M University for all it’s given to so greatly enrich my life. – Jena Peevy ‘02
*Peevy is the Senior Communications Specialist in the Office of Enrollment Management.*
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The 2012 Homecoming was definitely set out in style. The week’s festivities began with the Gospel Fest spotlighting the talents of students, graduates and gospel great Kurt Carr. Throughout the week, school spirit and pride were exemplified through events such as a book review and poetry reading, concert, comedy show and the parade. The Panther Football team displayed great athletic prowess as they took on the Alcorn State Braves winning 52 to 37. There is no way to capture the event in just a few photos, but visit www.facebook.com/pvamu to see pictures of this great weekend.
As a sophomore at PVAMU, Lawrence Perkins ‘72 took advantage of the Federal Aviation Administration summer Junior College Program that was introduced to him on campus by an FAA recruiter. Destined for greatness, Perkins proved to be a quick study, mastering each area of the air traffic controller training program as well as the Flight/Data and Clearance Delivery and Ground Control positions before his senior year at PVAMU. Forty-two years later, Perkins retired having sited over 35 airport traffic control towers, and as a founding member of the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees and an active contributor of PVAMU and the National Alumni Association.
POETRY SPEAKS VOLUMES
Author, playwright and PVAMU alumnae Rae-Shell Fletcher ‘00 has turned her passion of domestic violence awareness into a voice that commands attention with the debut of her stage play “Poetry is my Lyfe, Revenge is my Mission.” Adapted from the fiction novel of the same name, Fletcher seeks to reveal the signs of domestic violence and empower those in situations to seek help. For more information about her project visit lyfespoeticrevengemovie.com
Alumni Day 2013
Mark your calendars for our first Alumni Day 2013! This is a celebration you won’t want to miss. We would like to invite you 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. The full itinerary is still taking shape; so mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 29. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 936-261-1566.
If there were a recipe for a good life, many of us would make the culinary arts a hobby. But according to Lucille Bishop Smith, owner of Lucille’s Treasure Chest of Fine Foods, all you have to do is take equal parts of kindness, unselfishness and thoughtfulness; mix in an atmosphere of love; add the spice of usefulness; scatter a few grains of cheerfulness; season with smiles; stir in a hearty laugh, and dispense to every member of your family.
This recipe for success has proven true in her great-grandsons, Chris and Ben Williams, who recently opened a charming Southern cuisine restaurant in the Houston. This enchanting eatery appropriately named “Lucille’s” after their great-grandmother, pays tribute to the culinary artist most known for her signature southern recipes and hot biscuit mix.
She was not only an inventor and businesswoman but also served as an educator and is credited with introducing the first college level commercial foods and technology departments in the nation to PVAMU. Smith shared her talents with the PVAMU family for a span of 10 years, serving as an assistant professor of baking. At the age of 82, Lucille’s Treasure Chest of Fine Foods was published through her family corporation revealing a wealth of cooking recipes and catering knowledge.
Open since June 1, the restaurant features some of Smith’s most famous original dishes such as gingerbread waffles, hot rolls and chili biscuits.
Cathy Veniegas 713-758-7231
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