Ambassador to the BREED Award

August 14, 2014

The American Boer Goat Association honored 16 people with Ambassador to the Bred Award at the Annual Members Banquet that took place during the 20th Anniversary ABGA National Show.

The Recipients of the 2014 Awards are:

  • Buck Pruitt
  • Jimmy Day
  • Kim Halfmann
  • Sammy Helmers
  • Don Jackman
  • Stan Keen
  • Norman Kohls
  • Mike Masters (Deceased)
  • Jane Meacham
  • Dian Newman
  • Lou Nuti
  • Ernest Schwarts
  • Mary Powis
  • Walter Pope III (Deceased)
  • Charles Turner
  • E. Whitehead

The Ambassador to the Breed Award was initiated by the ABGA Board of Directors in 2012 to honor people who the association believes have made an impact on the goat industry. In addition to receiving an ABGA bronze, the recipients’ names are placed on a plaque that resides in the ABGA office. They are also listed on the Ambassadors to the Breed page on the ABGA website.

Dr. Lous Nuti, recipient of the 2014 Breed Award

Dr. Lous Nuti and Buck Pruitt, recipients of the 2014 Breed Award

The first awards were given in 2013 and went to Dr. Frank Pinkerton, Marvin Shurley, the Kearney Family, and Dr. Frank Craddock.

Buck Pruitt and Dr. Lou Nuti both attended this year’s banquet and received their awards in person. The 16 individuals who received 2014 awards are those who first realized the full impact the South African Boer goat could have on the U.S. goat industry. They had the foresight and vision to enable them to put their personal differences aside and begin the work that would lead to the formation of the American Boer Goat Association.


REAP 2014, “Sowing Into Your Future”

August 1, 2014

REAP participantsThe Research Extension Apprentice Program (REAP) has just come to a close after 2 weeks of learning, fun, relationship-building, and skill development. REAP is a program for high school juniors and seniors that are interested in Agriculture and/or Human Sciences. The program is 2 weeks long and provides on-campus room and board for the students along with conducting many fun and educational activities. The goal of the program is to educate students in research and extension related topics in a fun and interactive way, and motivate them to pursue a career in Agriculture or Human Sciences.

From June 15th to June 27th, the students attended a series of workshops and activities that were designed to teach the students skills that can help them be more efficient and maximize their potential and introduce them to some of the basics of Agriculture and Human Sciences. They discussed topics such as, the power of meditation, basic nutrition, the benefits of juicing, the power of forgiveness, and effective time management. The students also attended curriculum oriented seminars conducted by CARC researchers and scientists where they learned the basics of different agriculture and human sciences. They learned about chemistry, different types of soils, natural resources, environmental systems, hydrology, veterinary medicine, growth and development of livestock animals, and more.

The students were also able to visit the George Bush Library in College Station where they toured the museum and learned about former President George H. W. Bush. They also took a trip to Peckerwood Gardens in Hempstead where they were able to observe several different types of rare and uncommon plants.

The program came to an end on June 27th with a closing program for the students, parents, faculty, and staff in which the students were able to give emotional speeches and reflect about their experience in the program. The closing program also featured speeches from faculty and staff members of CEP and CAHS including a motivational speech from Dean of CAHS, Dr. Alton B. Johnson. Some of the students also took turns as Master of Ceremonies, and some entertained the crowd with dance and spoken word performances.

REAP 2014 turned out to be a success, and all the participants enjoyed their experience and their time at PVAMU. They all left with new friends and new skills to help them stay motivated and be successful and attend college, hopefully, at PVAMU CAHS.

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More photos from the REAP 2014 event can be found at the CAHS Facebook and Instagram pages

By Jakari Bates

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CAHS Student Gets $125,000 Scholarship

August 1, 2014

RaymondThomasOne of the 2014 USDA/1890 Scholars Program recipients will be attending the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences (CAHS) at Prairie View this fall. Mr. Raymond Thomas is one of the most recent scholars to be accepted into the USDA/1890 Scholars Program, and he has chosen Prairie View A&M University as the 1890 institution at which he will pursue his education.

The USDA/1890 Scholars Program offers scholarships to students who are seeking a bachelor’s degree at one of the eighteen 1890 Land-Grant Institutions in any field related to agriculture, food, natural resource sciences. Each award provides annual tuition, employment, and covers the costs of room and board, books, and fees through 4 academic years, plus a requirement to work in the Student Educational Employment Program, and is valued at $125,000. The scholarship is renewed annually, but renewal is contingent upon satisfactory performance and progress toward completing the degree plan. Upon receiving their bachelor’s degrees, USDA/1890 Scholars have an obligation of 1 year of service to the USDA for each year of financial support they have received. The USDA/1890 Scholars Program also includes opportunities for paid internships with the USDA in different cities throughout the 4 year scholarship period.

Mr. Thomas is only the second USDA/1890 Scholar to attend PVAMU. He will be attending Prairie View in the fall of 2014 in CAHS majoring in agricultural economics. He chose to attend Prairie View mainly because his father attended and his older brother is also currently a student. He became more familiar with CAHS and the field of agriculture when he attended the 2013 REAP program where he also learned about the USDA/1890 Scholars Program. He has also received a $10,000 departmental scholarship through CAHS to supplement the USDA scholarship.

Raymond is very excited about starting his college career. He has been interested in agriculture since he joined the Boy Scouts at around 5 years old. He remained an active member of the Boy Scouts throughout his primary and secondary education where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Being a scout developed his interests and appreciation for the environment and agriculture through extensive outdoor camping. He chose PVAMU because of the close, family-like environment amongst the students, faculty, and staff. He also feels that Prairie View has the adequate resources and dedication to ensure his success earning his Bachelor’s degree. Raymond is interested in pursuing a career working for the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) within the USDA upon graduation. With a career with NASS, he can satisfy his passion for agriculture with his passion for mathematics and crunching numbers.

By Jakari Bates

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Sleep and Nutrition

July 21, 2014

Sleep1Have you been concerned about the lack of sleep that you have been getting lately? Well it could be attributed to the types of foods that you are eating before bedtime. Healthy reports that poor health is a common problem with more than 25% of U.S. adults reporting insufficient sleep or rest at least 15 out of 30 days.  In addition, your body may be slightly allergic to certain foods and this could also contribute to insomnia. According to Yahoo Voices, “Coffee, soda, chocolate, desserts and spicy foods can all be considered culprits behind your night waking”.   Some of the most common foods known to cause insomnia/lack of rest (that could also be an allergen) are chocolate, wheat, corn and dairy.

Research has also suggested that Chinese food, which often contains a stimulant called MSG, may be a contributor to insomnia as well as food that is typically difficult for your body to digest or causes gas like; garlic, cabbage, beans, and broccoli. Live also adds that alcohol, sugary foods, and tomato products are among the list of foods that could keep you up all night.

Healthy also reports that adequate sleep is necessary to:

  • Fight off infection
  • Support the metabolism of sugar to fight off diabetes
  • Perform well in school
  • Work effectively and safely

If you are experiencing sleepless nights keep track of the foods that you consume during the day to determine those items you may want to steer clear of.

Remember…make healthy choices at Dinner today!


Don’t forget to register for the Pathway to Total You Wellness Health Conference. The event will take place on September 24, 2014. Click here:



By Danielle Y. Hairston Green,
Program Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences
Cooperative Extension Program

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Nutrition and Leadership!

June 17, 2014

What’s On Your Plate? (June Edition)


What choices are you making today that will influence the decisions of our students here on campus?

The rising obesity rates and the prevalence of harmful weight management strategies employed by college students, have peaked the curiosity of researchers. In fact, The American College Health Association (2005) in a national college health assessment gathered data which suggest that

Get excited about your influence!!

Get excited about your influence!!

stress is the number one reported health impediment to students’ academic performance, with depression and anxiety ranked number five. That same assessment revealed that over 15,000 of the 56,637 student’s surveyed were overweight or obese.

As high school students change over into the semi-independent lifestyle of college life they are faced with the added responsibility of making choices that could have a profound impact on their physical, mental, and nutritional health.  Jackson, Tucker and Herman (2007)  supports that college students are “challenged with greater autonomy, new demands and stressors associated with a different structure to daily life” (p. 69). It is believed that understanding the factors that encourages or discourages certain health practices of college students, and the individuals that have the greatest influences could reveal the key to student’s nutritional health behaviors.

Albert Bandura’s Social learning theory suggests that people learn indirectly, by observing and modeling others with whom they may identify with the most. According to Horacek, Betts, and Rutar (1996), “college students’ most used source for nutritional information is their family and peer group” (p. 353). Similarly, a study conducted by  Greaney et al. (2009) of 115 college students suggests that there are interpersonal-level barriers to healthful weight management, indicating that other individuals behaviors are influential factors to ‘what and when’ college students eat (p. 283).

Members of Tuesday Terrifics. Staff and Faculty making healthy choices!

Members of Tuesday Terrifics. Staff and Faculty making healthy choices!

In addition, The Theory of Reasoned Action, developed by Fishbein and Ajzen, states that the intention of a person to adopt a recommended behavior is determined by the person’s subjective and normative viewpoint based on what others think he or she should do, and whether important individuals approve or disapprove the behavior. Budd, Beiker, & Spencer (1982) and Towler & Shepherd (1992) support this theory in their respective studies, which indicate that a person’s attitude and subjective norms are both predictors of individuals consumptions and/or use of unhealthy substances and/or foods.

Campus leadership is an important aspect of helping freshman students as they change over into a semi independent living situation; moving from the comforts of home to an environment where they must manage their lives without the direct input of family and/or caretakers.  Leadership is also important in modeling health behaviors for students, especially on the college campus which could perpetuate overconsumption of unhealthy foods. This is due to the ease of accessibility to foods that are not enriched with nutritional benefits (Strong, Parks, Anderson, Winett & Davy, 2008). These health behaviors could be any action taken by a person to maintain, attain or regain good health and to prevent illness.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), schools [including colleges and universities] can have a significant impact on the nutritional health behaviors that are changed or developed by our children and our young adults. Our University provide students with opportunities to explore a variety of meals and physical health choices. These students spend much of their waking hours interacting with us, those they may consider leaders, and in the classrooms where the greatest amount of influence of their nutritional health decisions are made. Leaders can become the change agent to support healthier decisions among campus students by practicing healthier choices; make the right decision.



By Danielle Y. Hairston Green,
Program Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences
Cooperative Extension Program

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Cooperative Extension Program welcomes Mart High School students to the real world

June 2, 2014

McLennan County’s Cooperative Extension Program and Mart High School, in Mart, Texas, conducted the Welcome to the Real World! financial literacy simulation. Sixty-eight high school juniors and seniors explored hands-on budgeting choices, as well as, career and lifestyle options.

Prior to the simulation, students assumed the role of single, 25-year old independent adults with no financial support from friends and family members, that had attained the basic educational requirements for their career of choice. After choosing a career, the students had their taxes, savings and student loan repayments deducted from the income, and students used the remaining income to determine their monthly budget and lifestyle choices. Even before the simulation some students were reconsidering their career choices.

“I thought I wanted to be a child care worker but I don’t know how I would pay my bills. I am thinking about a Plan B job choice,” said a Mart High School junior.

Mart High School housing seminar

Using their monthly budget students visited different stations that represented items on their monthly budget. More than 15 volunteers assisted students as they decided how to pay for housing, utilities, transportation, entertainment, groceries, insurance and clothing. Students also had the option of visiting a station to donate to charity. If they overspent their budget, a financial assistance station helped students with their budget for a $50 overdraft fee, per visit. The Reality Wheel station was used to represent unexpected life situations where students could lose or gain as much $250 from the wheel.

Community volunteers who manned the stations included a city council member, firefighter, local business executive, parole officer, pharmacy technician, grandparent, two parents and Mart Independent School District staff. Missy Canet, a Mart High School parent and Groesbeck High School counselor managed the Groceries station and was impressed by the simulation.

“The kids seemed genuinely interested and engaged in the program. I’m interested in doing this activity at Groesbeck High School next fall,” she said.

Mart Firefighter Phillip Burnett, who managed the Entertainment station also saw the students’ high level of engagement in the simulation.

“I witnessed several your adults realize the struggle of what their guardians go through to help raised them. This was a great exercise for young people to take a look in the ‘Real’ world,” said Burnett.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service‘s Central Program Leader, Dana Tarter agreed. In her visit she mentioned, “the students I observed at the Mart High School event took the simulation to heart, they were engaged and worked diligently to make the best decisions and spend their money wisely.  I believe it was a real eye opening activity for some.”

On concluding the simulation, students and volunteers were able to reflect on their experience during a wrap-up session. Volunteers which included Ginger Rainey, a grandparent who managed the Reality Wheel station, advised students to watch their transactions and make sure they equaled out to their budget and account activities. Students also expressed their thankfulness. A Mart High School senior commented, “I believe this was an eye opener and a good way to show us how to manage our money.”


By Meilana A. Charles,
Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Cooperative Extension Program

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Are you on the path?

May 27, 2014

What’s On Your Plate (May Edition)

The Pathway To Total You Wellness 2014

A corporate wellness program is an essential tool to empower staff to participate in activities that will help in the prevention or intervention of an illness and disease while taking charge of their overall health.  In 2013, Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) implemented the Campus Wide Wellness initiative that is cost saving and will increase productivity with just a few simple projects that promote healthier lifestyles.  Image

The Campus Wide Wellness Initiative is an investment in Prairie View A&M University’s most valuable asset; our staff and faculty. According to Infinite Wellness Solutions, “studies have shown that employees are more likely to be on the job and performing well when they are in optimal physical and psychological health. PVAMU staff, students and faculty are  more likely to be attracted to, remain with, and value an employer that appreciates them” (para. 4).

In addition, by investing in corporate wellness programs, PVAMU will be helping the United States achieve its three two major Healthy People 2020 worksite goals:

Physical Activity: Increase the proportion of employed adults who have access to and participate in employer-based exercise facilities and exercise programs.

Immunization and Infectious Disease: Increase the proportion of children and adults who are vaccinated annually against seasonal influenza.

Tobacco Use: Reduce tobacco use by adults

This year the Campus Wide Wellness Initiative will initiate the first Annual Pathway to Total You Wellness Health Conference. The health conference will take place on September 24, 2014 on the main campus and it will be an all-day affair; fabulous workshop presenters, refreshments, door prizes, lunch (limited seating) will be provided. Vendors will be  available to educate the faculty, staff and students on topics such as natural hair, organic foods, medicinal plants, physical health, mental health, parenting, financial health, stress, relationships, and chronic & infectious disease.

Participants receiving information about dental care.

Participants receiving information about dental care.

The wellness initiative is year round and will include 20 Total You Wellness workshops a semester which will be facilitated at the PVAMU Northwest Houston Center,  PVAMU College of Nursing, the Waller County Library, and the PVAMU main campus in the area of nutrition, physical, mental, technology, and financial health. PVAMU Office of Human Resources will send out weekly health fact sheets as well as manage and implement three health fairs, and the College of Agriculture and Human Science Cooperative Extension Program will provide a monthly health blog for your review and entertainment.

In addition, Auxiliary and Recreational sports will be hosting Tuesday Terrifics at noon which is an opportunity for faculty staff and students to gather for a quick round of recreational fun. Zumba, boot camp, Insanity Workout, the running 5k club and resistance Training will also be available to faculty staff and students throughout the year and much more.

So, are you on the right path? Come join us in 2014!




Infinite Wellness Solutions


By Danielle Y. Hairston Green,
Program Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences
Cooperative Extension Program

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PVAMU MANRRS recognizes Hodge and Jones

May 6, 2014

The members of the Prairie View A&M University MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) Chapter recognized Mr. Horace Hodge, USDA/1890 Program Liaison and Dr. Wash Jones, Assistant Professor, CAHS during a special meeting on April 26th.

Ms. Rose Marie Somers 2013/2013 President and Mr. Christopher Wong, 2014/2015 President officially presented Dr. Jones and Mr. Hodge an “Appreciation Award” for their dedication, commitment and mentorship during the 2013/2014 school year.

MANRRS Recognition

Dr. Wash Jones and Mr. Horace Hodge share a photo at a MANRRS meeting called to recognize their dedication, commitment and mentorship.

Both recipients thank the members as indicated below:

Jones said “Thank you tremendously for the surprise honor/recognition given to Mr. Hodge and me this week. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness, and it lets me know that our work is not in vain. MANRRS means a great deal to me, and I desire to do my best to help all members thrive to success and excellence. It’s a joy working with all of you and seeing you move toward excellence. Thanks a million!”

Mr. Hodge presented the following comments: “I want to thank each of you personally and as a group for the beautiful award. It was quite a surprise and very humbling. It is certainly a pleasure to work with the PVAMU MANRRS chapter and beside a very dedicated and committed primary advisor, Dr. Wash Jones. Having been associated with the PVAMU MANRRS Chapter since its inception, I know “The Best is Yet to Come”.

I am looking forward to a great 2014/2015 school year.

Senior Citizens Get Techy With IT!!

April 23, 2014
Participants and Panthers United Members pose for a picture!

Participants and Panthers United Members pose for a picture!

The Waller County Citizens Assistance Coalition (WCCAC) has been conducting computer basics classes at the Waller County Public Library in Hempstead, TX. Participants are a diverse group of residents and have been in attendance at the weekly sessions. These participants have computer experiences ranging from no experience to moderately knowledgeable and owning laptops, tablets and other electronic devices. Computer Basics sessions have been held weekly from March 20th and will continue until the end of April.

As a part of the ‘Senior Tech Initiative’, Panthers United collaborated with WCCAC to assist with providing this much needed senior service. Panthers United is a Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) recognized student organization that is supported by the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences. Panthers United created the ‘Senior Tech Initiative’ as an opportunity for students to bridge generational gaps while supporting Senior Citizens and mature adults in their journey to understand how to conquer the stress of using basic technology.

Students help participant understand how to use Microsoft Word.

Students help participant understand how to use Microsoft Word.

The first ‘Senior Tech’ event was held on April 15, 2014, in the Carden Waller Extension Building at PVAMU. The Senior Tech Subcommittee volunteers provided one on one support to each of the participants in attendance at the Waller County Library as well as at the PVAMU session location. Some of the issues that challenged the seniors were: sharing photos between smart phones, understanding how to organize Apps on the Kindle Fire, exploring the benefits of Groupon App, setting up a Google email account, and connecting email accounts to their smart phones devices, as well as learning a few basic skills related to operating the Microsoft Word office tool.

Panthers United member assists participant with smart phone.

Panthers United member assists participant with smart phone.

 “I truly enjoyed the session. The students were friendly and patient and I learned more than I thought I could. I look forward to future sessions”. ~ Senior Participant

Ms. Danielle Hairston Green, Extension Specialist (FCS) at PVAMU is providing the leadership & service learning projects for the students. If you or someone you know is interested in attending please contact the Waller County Library at (979)732-6281 or Panthers United Senior Tech Initiative at (936)261-5118 or register at Please bring your laptop or tablet computer to the session, if you have one, although this is not a requirement.

Written in collaboration with Mr. LaVaughn Mosley of the Waller County Citizens Assistance Coalition


By Danielle Y. Hairston Green,
Program Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences
Cooperative Extension Program

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Agriculture students excel at 2014 National MANRRS Conference

April 7, 2014

Christopher Wong and Robert Woodie McClennon Jr., College of Agriculture and Human Sciences (CAHS) students, received accolades at the 29th Annual National Career Fair and Training Conference of the Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) March 27-29 in Birmingham, AL.

Wong won 1st Place and a $300 monetary award in the Undergraduate Research Poster Contest for his research on “The Effect of Heat Treatment on Oil Absorption of Agricultural Fibers.” He conducted his research as a Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) Honors Program student during a 2013 summer research program at North Dakota State University. Wong is a sophomore agriculture major with a concentration in agronomy.

McClennon won 2nd Place and a $200 monetary award in the Impromptu Public Speaking Contest for his discussion of the following question: “Across the country, some 23 million Americans live in inner city and rural locales where the scarcity of supermarkets drives people to convenience stores, pharmacies and fast food restaurants as their vendors of first resort. What programs should be implemented to promote broad based access to healthy food across different socio economic groups?” McClennon advanced to the national competition after winning 1st Place in the MANRRS Regional Competition in Austin, Texas, in October 2013. He is a senior agriculture major with a concentration in animal science.

The two students were among eight PVAMU students attending the conference which included approximately 850 representatives from government, industry and higher education institutions around the United States. The 2015 MANRRS Conference will be hosted March 26-28 in Houston.

2014 MANRRS Contest Winners

2014 MANRRS Contest Winners Christopher Wong, left, and Robert McClennon Jr., right.