September 26, 2011

CBS Sports to Air Morgan State-Grambling Documentary

CBS SPORTS NETWORK TO AIR DOCUMENTARY ABOUT
FIRST HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL
GAME PLAYED IN NEW YORK CITY

“1st & Goal in the Bronx: Grambling vs. Morgan State 1968” Debuts
Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 PM, ET

CBS Sports Network presents 1ST & GOAL IN THE BRONX: GRAMBLING VS. MORGAN STATE 1968, a documentary about the monumental game played between Grambling and Morgan State, the first historically black college football game played in New York City. The one-hour documentary airs on Wednesday, Sept. 28 (7:00 PM, ET), exactly 43 years after the game was played at Yankee Stadium in front of more than 60,000 fans. Actor Keith David narrates the program.

A clip from the documentary can be viewed via: http://bit.ly/oJEkYz

Through the lens of this historic game, this documentary explores the history of black college football and its struggles in segregated America, as well as the political and cultural sub-text surrounding this match-up. The show features numerous interviews with players from Grambling and Morgan State including Shack Harris and Raymond Chester, as well as current Grambling coach Doug Williams, Willie Brown, Willie Lanier, Eddie Robinson’s widow Doris Robinson and veteran sports columnist Jerry Izenberg, among others. Overall, 31 players involved in the game were drafted to the NFL or AFL.

The game has been played every year since 1968 and officially became the New York Urban League Classic in 1971, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The New York Urban League Classic was played at Yankee Stadium until 1987, when it moved to the Meadowlands.

Alexis Arguello and Brian Davis produce. Emilie Deutsch is Vice President, Features and Interstitials, CBS Sports Network. For more information, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

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September 25, 2011

Founder’s Week at GSU

Founder’s Week Celebration
Taking Place at Grambling State University
110 Years of Tradition, Service and Excellence

GRAMBLING, LA — On November 1, 1901 the doors opened to the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School (CIAS), known today as Grambling State University. Charles P. Adams was sent by Tuskegee Institute’s Booker T. Washington to assist in organizing the industrial school in which he then became the founding president.

In 1905, the school moved to its present location and was renamed the North Louisiana Agricultural and Industrial School. By 1928, after becoming a state junior college and being renamed the Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute, the school began to award two-year professional certificates and diplomas. In 1936, and the curriculum emphasis shifted to rural teacher education; students were able to receive professional teaching certificates after completing a third academic year. The first baccalaureate degree was awarded in 1944, in elementary education.

Well Grambling State University has come a long ways since 1901. The university offers more than 800 courses and 68 degree programs in five colleges, including an honors college, two professional schools, a graduate school, and a Division of Continuing Education. National and local employers recruit graduates from Grambling’s excellent nursing, computer science, teacher education, business and other programs.

In addition to being one of the country’s top producers of African American graduates and the top producer of Computer Information Science grads in Louisiana, Grambling is the home of the internationally renowned Tiger Marching Band and the “winningest” coach in college football, the legendary football coach Eddie Robinson, Sr., whose tenure is memorialized in a campus museum, funded and operated by the state of Louisiana. Steeped in history, with a longstanding tradition of excellence, Grambling State University continues to emphasize the value and importance of each student, exemplified by our motto: Where Everybody Is Somebody.

This week Grambling State University will hold several activities to celebrate its 110th anniversary. On Monday at 7:30 a.m. President Frank G. Pogue and Grambling City Mayor Edward Jones, will begin the week by signing an Official Proclamation at the Bust of the Founder for the opening ceremony followed by the Founder’s Week Fellowship Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Black and Gold Room (cost $!0). Founder’s Week Tours will begin and departmental exhibits will take place as well. On Tuesday the Founder’s Day Convocation will start at 11:00 a.m. at the T.H. Harris Auditorium. Rev. Dr. E. Edward Jones GSU Alumnus and Pastor of Galilee Baptist Church in Shreveport, La., will be the guest speaker. Wednesday, the university will hold a Historic Building Marker Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. in front of Long-Jones Hall. The National Register of Historic Buildings added nine campus buildings to the National Registry after they meet the individual and collective eligibility criteria. The buildings that received the markers are: Eddie G. Robinson Museum (1939), Jewett Hall (1939), Lee Hall (1939), Long-Jones Hall (1939),Foster-Johnson Health Center (1943), University Police Building (1943), Men’s Memorial Gym (1954), Brown Hall (1956) and T.H. Harris Auditorium (1960). The President’s Fall Convocation on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the Frederick C. Hobdy assembly Center will wrap-up the week long activities. During the week Tuesday thru Thursday the campus and community neighbors are invited to attend GSU theatre production The Wiz in the Conrad Hutchinson, Jr. Performing Arts Center (cost $8.00).

For additional information the community may contact Mrs. Janis Bluford, Founder’s Week Committee Chair at 318-274-6124.

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September 23, 2011

1st & Goal in the Bronx Premier Showing Fundraiser A Big Hit at GSU

1st & Goal in the Bronx Premier Showing Fundraiser
A Big Hit at GSU – Eddie G. Robinson Museum

Grambling, La – The Friends of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum hosted a fundraiser at the Museum on Thursday, September 22, at 6:30 in the evening. One hundred Guests viewed an exclusive screening of the CBS Sports Network’s Documentary “1st & Goal in the Bronx: Grambling vs. Morgan State 1968.” This Classic was the first college football game played in New York City by predominately black colleges. Producers of the Documentary attended as well as documentary participants such as Mrs. Doris Robinson, wife of the Legendary Coach Eddie Robinson, sports writer Buddy “OK” Davis, retired coach Doug Porter and former players Delles Howell and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams. Mr. Howell actually played in the 1968 game. Guests enjoyed a movie atmosphere, complete with gourmet movie concessions and a red carpet entrance into the viewing room. Gift bags were provided by the CBS Sports Network. The documentary will air on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 7 p.m. on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 152. Call your local cable provider for availability.

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CBS Sports Producers; Jon Moss, EGRM PR Director; Dr. Frank Pogue, GSU President; Coach Wilbert Ellis, President, Friends of Eddie G. Robinson Museum Organization
CBS Sports Producers; Jon Moss, EGRM PR Director; Dr. Frank Pogue, GSU President; Coach Wilbert Ellis, President, Friends of Eddie G. Robinson Museum Organization

Viewing audience
Viewing audience

Family members and friends look-on
Family members and friends look-on

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USDOE Announces $3.1 Million Dollar Grant Award to GSU

USDOE Announces $3.1 Million Dollar Grant Award to
Grambling State University’s College of Education

GRAMBLING, LA — The U.S. Department of Education announced on Thursday that it has awarded Grambling State University a grant in the amount of $3.1 million over a five year period. The grant is received under the “Transition to Teaching Program.” According to USDOE, “The program supports efforts to recruit mid-career professionals and recent graduates with degrees outside of education and then help these recruits become teachers through alternative certification routes. The program also emphasizes placing teachers in high-need schools. Teacher candidates supported by the project are required to teach in high-need schools for at least three years.”

Dr. Carolyn Jackson, Grant PI & Project Director states, “the proposal was submitted in May of this year and I was absolutely ecstatic when I got the news. With this award, we will be able to recruit, train and retain recent college graduates and mid-career changers as teachers of record in our state’s high-needs and rural school districts. GSU already has a post baccalaureate, certification-only program called Teach GSU. With this grant we will expand that initiative through the development of a Master’s degree program, the Alternative Teacher Certification Project (ATCP). The ATCP will allow eligible participants to receive full, state, teacher certification AND a Master’s of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree within approximately 16 months. A major focus of our project will be the recruitment of individuals who have an undergraduate degree in a STEM discipline. I am excited and ready for the challenge and task.”

The “Transition to Teaching Program” will help address teacher shortages in STEM content areas through the recruitment, training and placement of teacher interns. In addition, the project aims to provide opportunities for job embedded training, on-site mentoring and induction activities to increase teacher retention. “Under this program participants are eligible to receive a stipend of up to $5,000 through the grant,” says Dr. Jackson.

Dr. Wynetta Lee, Dean of the College of Education at GSU states, “We are so proud of the vision, creativity and determined effort that Dr. Jackson put forth in developing this grant proposal. It is no surprise to me that the project was funded because Dr. Jackson wrote an excellent grant. The ability to earn both certification and a graduate degree will likely increase our enrollment in graduate education at GSU and will eventually have a positive effect on supplying highly qualified teachers in high-needs schools.”

Grambling State University is one of 30 grantees from across the country to be awarded the Transition to Teaching Program grant. In addition, Grambling is one of two institutions in the State of Louisiana and the only HBCU to receive the award this year.

For additional information on this grant and other Grambling State University College of Education programs contact Dr. Wynetta Lee, Dean of the College of Education at 318-274-2231 or www.gram.edu/academics/majors/education/.

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September 16, 2011

Grambling State University Classic Game Tickets on Sale

Grambling, La – Grambling State University has announced that tickets for the Dallas State Fair Classic game scheduled for October 1, 2011 are on sale. The purchase of a game ticket will allow patrons into the Texas State Fair as well. GSU student tickets are $18.00 each and non-student tickets are $26.00 per person. GSU students can purchase up to 6 tickets with a validated ID for the Dallas game. Bayou Classic tickets are also on sale. GSU students may purchase up to 2 tickets with validated ID at $20.00 each. Non-student tickets are $50.00, $38.00, $25.00 and $15.00. The annual Thanksgiving holiday game is scheduled for November 26, 2011. For more information, please contact GSU ticket office at 318-274-2625 or e-mail mardisp@gram.edu.

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