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PVAMU Chapter of AITP Wins Collegiate Conference Competition


Prairie View A&M University students competed against more than 30 schools in various technology-related competitions at the Association of Information Technology Professionals in St. Louis.

Christopher Perkins, Farhan Khan, Leah Gilbert and Krystal Hunter, management information systems (MIS) students travelled to the conference with their advisor, Henry Rose, after spending weeks preparing for competition.

During the awards ceremony, the judges announced that that Khan won first place in the Networking Design competition scoring higher than the members of the second place team from Texas State University. Khan also received special recognition for the Security qualifying test and scenario finals competition.

“We had some challenges preparing to make this trip,” said Rose. “The students performed well at the student regional competition in Lafayette, Louisiana in fall and we did what we could to ensure that they could compete at the national competition. AITP planned and worked really hard to make this trip work. We are all proud of them."

Shakir Receives Fulbright Award


Dr. Safwat Shakir of the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant as a professor of environmental science and engineering at the University of Naples in Italy.

For a full semester beginning September 1, Shakir will teach a course on sustainable development. Shakir will also conduct research on environmental sustainability and ecological footprints in collaboration with professors at the University.

“I believe that this award is wonderful recognition for Prairie View A&M University and confirms the quality of its people,” said Shakir. “Furthermore, this award is an honor for me as a faculty member in Prairie View A&M University’s family.”

Shakir is the director of the Texas Gulf Coast Environmental Data (TEXGED) Center housed in the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering.

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Byars Urges New Grads to Give Back

 Vice President for Student Affairs and Institutional Advancement Lauretta F. Byars urged graduates to always remain connected to their alma mater.

Byars addressed the nearly 300 graduates during the summer 2012 commencement ceremony. In her address, Byars shared examples of alumni who have impacted the world and use their talents to further the university.

“My goal is to impress upon you the understanding that when you leave here, as graduates of Prairie View A&M University, you have a responsibility to contribute to the communities where you choose to reside, and to contribute to the University which is awarding you this degree,” Byars said.

While the ceremony was a special one for all graduates, there was one graduate who made history as she accepted her doctoral degree.

CaLynna Sorrells, from Pine Bluff, AR, was the first female to receive a doctorate from the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering. She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering. Her achievement comes on the heels of the country’s push to increase the number of graduates, especially minorities, in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

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