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Scholars Convene at Prairie View A&M for Royce West Lecture

Texas State Sen. Royce West forum and lecture series to brings out A Host of Illustrious Guests during PVAMU 2009 Homecoming Celebration

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas–Prairie View A&M University’s Don K. Clark College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology is pleased to announce that it will once again host the Royce West Forum and Lecture Series, in honor of Texas State Sen. Royce West, whose contributions helped usher the foundation for the PVAMU College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology, which houses the nation’s only PhD in juvenile justice and was the first established of its kind.

The forum which was introduced in 2008 by PVAMU’s President Dr. George C. Wright and is intended to bring distinguished academicians and practitioners together to discuss and explore the theme “Ensuring Justice In the Criminal Justice System in Texas”.

Notable literary and occupational professionals, PVAMU alumni, staff and students are expected to attend this highly anticipated lecture series hosted by PVAMU’s College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology during PVAMU’s 2009 Homecoming Celebration.

Prairie View A&M University’s Don K. Clark College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology Royce West Forum and Lecture Series event and forum.

Thursday, October 15, 3:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Invited guests will join PVAMU President George C. Wright and university officials in the auditorium of the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology Building.

Prairie View A&M University campus Don K. Clark College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology Building-Auditorium (Bldg. side facing L.W. Minor Street) Prairie View, TX 77446-0519

For specific directions, parking instructions and clearance to cover this event, please contact Bryce H. Kennard in the PVAMU Public Relations Office at or (936) 261-2134/2121.

Senator Royce West

About Sen. Royce West
Senator Royce West was installed as State Senator, District 23 (Dallas County), in January 1993 after winning the election for the Senate seat in Nov. 1992. He has represented the 23rd Senatorial District in the 73rd, 74th, 75th, 76th, 77th, 78th, 79th and 80th Legislative Sessions. Texas Monthly Magazine recently named Sen. West as one of the 25 most powerful people in Texas politics. Throughout his legislative tenure, the magazine also named him as one of the “Ten Best Legislators in Texas” and twice gave Senator West as “Honorable Mention”. The Associated Press named Senator West as one of the “key players of the 2005 Legislature” in its “Movers and Shakers” list. West is a managing partner for West & Associates L.L.P. and holds both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington, B.A. and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Houston.

About the PVAMU College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology and the Juvenile Crime Prevention Center
January 2006 marked eight years of excellence for both the PVAMU College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology and Juvenile Crime Prevention Center, which meets the research, training and education needs of Texas and the nation. The Center and College were established as a result of Texas House Bill 1550, providing degree programs that are the first of their kind in the nation. The focus has been on juvenile justice and psychology, and the training of juvenile justice and psychology practitioners. Faculty and professional staff represent numerous academic disciplines and nations, while educating students within diverse curricula. The programs offered include: two bachelor of science degrees in criminal justice (one with a juvenile justice specialization); a bachelor of science degree in psychology; a web-based master of science degree in juvenile justice; a master of science degree in juvenile forensic psychology; two doctorate degree programs in juvenile justice and clinical adolescent psychology.

Texas State Senators, Toby Goodman, Senfornia Thompson, Royce West, Rodney Ellis, Sylvester Turner and Garnett Coleman pushed the historic Texas legislation that created the College. Initially, the program was funded from 25 cents from each felony case in Texas. Today, PVAMU receives 50 cents from each felony case in Texas. In its first year, the College garnered $1.2 million. With the funds, the College has been able to hire professors, fund an entire department and build the new state-of-art facility, known as the College of Juvenile and Psychology and the Texas Crime Prevention Center Building.

The three PhD degrees in the history of Prairie View A&M University were awarded in juvenile justice. Currently, there are 50 doctoral students, 56 master’s students and 665 undergraduate students.

During the college’s illustrious history, hundreds of practitioners have been trained to benefit courts and crime prevention for Texas and the nation. The PVAMU Juvenile Crime Prevention Center provides customized training to criminal justice, juvenile justice, social services and school professionals throughout Texas. It also creates partnerships and provides technical assistance to communities, government agencies and private entities to implement programs, policies, and strategies that address juvenile crime and delinquency and related social problems. In May of 2006, the college graduated its first female Ph.D. graduate, Lorraine Samuels.

About Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M University was founded in 1876 and is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in Texas. With an established reputation for producing engineers, corporate leaders, nurses and educators, the university offers a variety of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs through eight colleges and schools. Prairie View A&M recently named its College of Engineering for alumnus Roy G. Perry and the university’s marching band, The Marching Storm, was featured as the lead band in the 2009 Rose Parade. A member of The Texas A&M University System, the university is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research and service. During the university’s 132-year history, more than 51,500 academic degrees have been awarded. For more information regarding PVAMU, visit

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