September 2011

School Year in full SwingDr. Donald Brown
As an alumnus of Prairie View A&M University, Dr. Donald Brown has a lot in common with the current students. He revisited “The Hill” to share his story of succeeding against all odds as key-note speaker for the fall 2011 General Student Assembly, a gathering designed to start students’ semester off with a positive message. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Human Performance in 2003 and earned a master’s degree in Education in 2006. He returned to PVAMU and received his doctoral degree in Education Leadership in 2009.

With all of Brown’s accomplishments and awards, academics did not come easy. During his early years in school, Brown was placed in special education courses and was told that he would pursue education after high school. Despite the prediction, he persevered and is enjoying a successful career in education. Brown is currently the ADAPT Center building principal in Alvin Independent School District.

Brown shared with students the three steps to achieve success in life: put God at the center of attention in everything you do, have a plan while remaining determined and seek mentors who will guide and assist in implementing the plan.


Alumni Breakfast Oct 29, 2011 Hilton Sheveport Red River Rm 830am Free Rsvp 936-261-1566

Class Reunions

Class Reunion Meeting’s for 5-year(2002), 10-year(2007) and 25-year(1987) classes!

With only one year away, the time is now to identify class leaders and committee chairs to pull off an event your entire class will be excited to attend. Reunions are milestone events and our goal is to stand beside you as you and your classmates plan for this awesome celebration.

When: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 19, 2011 (Homecoming)

Where: Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium
Willie A. Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Center

What: Class Reunion Planning Meeting

If you are interested in serving in a leadership capacity or want additional information about the reunion program we have designed please contact me directly by email at

Passing Down a Legacy

The Arbuckle family has taken the Purple and Gold tradition to heart. With three generations of women attending Prairie View the legacy is deep in their roots.

It all started with Peggy Anne Fields ’54 and her sister Billie Joe Arbuckle ’56. Years later, Billie’s daughter, Gaye Arbuckle ’86 would attend PVAMU and rounding out this family tree is the newest panther, Skyler Arbuckle.

During their time at PVAMU, each member of the Arbuckle family contributed to the University in their own individual way. Billie gave her spirit as a Prairie View Cheerleader. Peggy was poised and radiant as the second attendant to Ms. Prairie View A&M. Using her voice as gift, international gospel recording artist Gaye Arbuckle was active in concert chorale. The youngest of the clan, Skyler is showing of her talents on the court as a member of the lady Panther Volleyball team.


Arbuckles Family carrying on the panther spirit throughout generation

Prairie View is proud to have families like the Arbuckles carry on the panther spirit throughout generation. If you have a PV legacy share it with us at

lets celebrate homecoming 2011

Chuck D Drops Knowledge in SPIT Lecture
Chuck DRenowned rapper, producer and author Chuck D made his first visit to PVAMU and extolled the virtues of thinking globally and valuing the college experience.

Chuck D, named Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, is best known as the leader of Public Enemy, pioneering rap group that tackled social and political issues. He grew up in Long Island, New York and attended Adelphi University to pursue a degree in graphic design. His passion led him to a successful career in music, becoming one of the most influential political rappers that the hip-hop era has ever seen. Today, he continues to speak out on politics and society.

As the fall’s first Students Participating in Transcendent (S.P.I.T.) Knowledge guest speaker, Chuck D urged students to explore the world and secure a passport. He also urged students to maintain their sense of self as the various messages are thrown their way. “The mind is the real estate of the new millennium,” he said.

The S.P.I.T. Knowledge series at PVAMU is a twist on the traditional college lecture series program aimed at arousing interest that may not be stimulated through the traditional classroom setting through the presentation of a diverse group of speakers. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Upcoming guest include:
Kemba Smith -Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Farrakhan- Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Beautiful Melodies

Voices of History

On September 18, 2011 the national choir of the 105 Voices of History featured singers who are students from the HBCU choral music departments, including Willie Rollerson and Quodesia Johnson of PVAMU, in a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

ela Anderson '72/'79.


This concert featured a composition by Lela Anderson ’72/’79. The selection the 105 Voices of History performed was Anderson’s arrangement of a spiritual entitled I Opened My Mouth to the Lord, which is published by Hinshaw Music.



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