May 25, 2012

GSU Receives $100,962 LA GEAR UP Grant for the 2012 Summer Learning Camps

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University will again host the LA GEAR UP Summer Learning Camps this summer starting with Week I which will be held during July 8-14, 2012.  Week II activities will be held from July 15- 21, 2012.   The focus of the LA GEAR UP  (Louisiana Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) camps is to help students develop and enhance academic and leadership skills needed to promote success in planning and completing their post secondary education.   According to the overall program goals, this initiative focuses on the following: 1) Provide stimulating experiences in Math, Science, Technology, and/or English/Language Arts;  2) Expand career goals and aspirations; 3) Provide information about college that includes early planning and financial support services; and 4) Combine learning with fun. Grambling professors, Dr. Loretta Walton Jaggers and Dr. Nanthailia McJamerson serve as co-principle investigators for the LA GEAR UP Summer Learning Camp grant which totaled $100,962 for the 2011 Summer Camps.  The LA GEAR UP Summer Learning Camps are housed in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction of the College of Education.

The grant is funded by the Louisiana Board of Regents (LA SIP/LA GEAR UP) to implement the two one week Summer Learning Camps at Grambling State University.  This is the seventh consecutive year that Jaggers and McJamerson have been funded to implement the LA GEAR UP Summer Learning Camps.  In 2005, Jaggers and McJamerson submitted a proposal that requested funds to implement a one week LA GEAR UP Summer Learning Camp at the cost of $37,000.   The grant was awarded and the project was a success based on the results of numerous project evaluations.  Since then another week has been added and the program has been funded over $100,000 each year.

During May 10-11, 2012 students, parents, teachers and administrators from LA GEAR UP schools from across Louisiana attended a statewide LA GEAR UP conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  During the conference the participants had an opportunity to learn more about the camps that are offered by various universities across the state of Louisiana. Drs. Jaggers, McJamerson, and Foster presented six interactive multi-media sessions to perspective campers during the conference.
As in the past years, the Grambling State University LA GEAR UP Project is designed to focus on the theme, CSI: Grambling (College Success Investigators).  Using CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) projects, campers have an opportunity to work collaboratively with their peers and content area specialists to strengthen basic Math, Science, and Reading/Literacy skills.  The camp activities are also designed to focus on leadership preparation, Math and Science tutorials, study skills, test-taking strategies, preparation for college life, and career opportunities in Math, Science, and Reading/Literacy Skills.  There will be numerous SKYPE Presentations and interactive activities that focus on the NASA Experiences.  NASA is one of our supporting sponsors.

The key academic and enrichment activities include Explorations/classes that focus on forensic investigations while developing and enhancing basic Math, Science, and Reading/Literacy skills.  Based on Boreal Laboratory Kits, the four explorations/classes follow: (1) Sherlock Bones: Identification of Skeletal Remains; (2) Theta Technologies Crime Scene II; (3) Terror from Paradise; and (4) Mystery of the Bloody Stain. Summary of activities for each of the four Explorations are:

  1. Sherlock Bones: Identification of Skeletal Remains -The lab activities involves the utilization of actual techniques used in forensics to identify and access skeletal indicators. 
  2. Theta Technology Crime Scene II –The activities provide opportunities for students to utilize the materials in a CSI kit to match fiber, fingerprints, analyze blood samples, and use chromatography to help solve the case that is presented in the scenario.
  3. Terror from Paradise – This Exploration is designed to provide creative interactive activities and diverse resources that focus on solving a case involving terrorists transporting biological weapons to the United States. 
  4. Mystery of the Bloody Stain - Activities are designed to focus on strategies for performing ABO and Rh typing to determine how blood can be used in solving crimes. 

 

The 2012 LA GEAR UP Staff will include: Project Director-Dr. Loretta Walton Jaggers; Leadership Coordinator- Dr. Nanthalia McJamerson; Administrative Assistant-Mrs. La Vonda Walker; Tutor/counselor Coordinator and the NASA Experiences Coordinator- Dr. Elaine Foster; Assessment Coordinator – Dr. Ronnie Davis; Multi-Media Coordinator- Mr. Sheddrick Bradford; Forensic Teachers – Mr. Willie Butler, Mrs. Oreta Whitley, and Dr. Benny Miles; Dorm Mom – Mrs. Dana Howard; Dorm Dad – Mr. Rudolph Ellis; Technology/Web Administrator – Mr. Bruce Morgan; Newsletter Production Coordinator- Mrs. Janet Bryant.

Parents who are interested in enrolling their children in the LA GEAR UP Summer Learning Camps should check with their school to see if the school is a part of the program.

NOTE: Photos attached/below of students and members of the staff.

LaGear Up Staff Instructor Working with Student Campers.

LaGear Up Staff Instructor Assisting Student Campers with Chemistry Experiments.

Click here for PDF.

# # #

Media Contact:
Debra Johnson
318-533-5337
mediarelations@gram.edu

 

Grambling State University 1st Annual Radiothon

Grambling State University will host its first annual radiothon, Friday, October 19 as a part of homecoming weekend. Donors can bring their donations to KGRM 91.5 FM, express support of the university, and challenge others to give.

Dr. Ken Eke, Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement stated that “The radiothon gives the University a new platform to seek financial contributions from our supporters. By giving to the university, Gramblinites and friends of Grambling from across the nation make it possible for more young men and women to have access to the high quality education that Grambling State University is known for around the globe.”

Click here for PDF.

# # #

Media Contact:
Debra Johnson
318-533-5337
mediarelations@gram.edu

 

May 18, 2012

GSU 2012 Spring Commencement Weekend

MEDIA ADVISORY

GSU 2012 Spring Commencement Weekend

 

Date:         May 17, 2012
To:             Media Outlets
From:         Grambling State University Media Relations
Topic:        Commencement Activities – Attachments Included
What:        Grambling State University will celebrate the following activities on campus:

  1. Welcoming the Class of 1962 – Golden Graduates 50th Reunion
  2. Friday
    1. Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony – 10:00 Black & Gold Room – Presiding Brigadier General Gracus K. Dunn
    2. Undergraduate Nursing Pinning Ceremony – 3:00 Betty E. Smith Nursing Bldg. (Auditorium)
    3. MSW Hooding Ceremony and BSW Graduation Celebration – 7:00 p.m. Betty E. Smith Nursing Bldg. (Auditorium)
    4. Tiger Torch Night – 6:00 T.H. Harris Auditorium – Featuring Finesse Mitchell
  3. Saturday
    1. Spring 2012 Commencement – 10:00 Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center – Guest Speaker: Ms. Donna Brazil
    2. President’s Post Commencement Reception – Following commencement ceremony in the McCall Dining Hall

Where:       Grambling State University Campus

Click here for PDF.

# # #

Media Contact:
Debra Johnson
318-533-5337
mediarelations@gram.edu

 

 

May 17, 2012

University of Louisiana System Calls Special Board Meeting

UL System Campuses Facing a Combined $105.7 Million Cut

BATON ROUGE – The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System will hold a special meeting in Baton Rouge on Monday, May 21, 2012 to discuss the repercussions of pending legislation that would dramatically reduce funding for colleges and universities.

WHAT: UL System Board of Supervisors Special Meeting
WHEN: 2 p.m., Monday, May 21, 2012
WHERE: Room 1-100, Claiborne Building, 1201 N. Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA  70802

If the budget bill (HB1) currently moving through the Louisiana Legislature is not amended the University of Louisiana System’s nine universities are slated to lose $105.7 million in state appropriations.  This will bring the UL System’s total state funding reductions since Fiscal Year 2008/09 (including recently acquired UNO) to $293 million (54 percent).  As the current budget proposal stands, total reductions in state general fund support for all of higher education since FY 2008/09 would reach $585 million.

“Over the last couple of days you have heard from our university presidents calling these proposed cuts ‘catastrophic’ and ‘devastating.’  They are not exaggerating.  If nothing is done, we are facing a very real possibility of several campuses declaring financial exigency, which is a measure of last resort,” said UL System President Randy Moffett.

“Our campuses have already cut non-essential services.  With reductions of this magnitude, our board and campus leaders need to have some frank discussions about next steps,” said UL System Board Chair Wayne Parker.

Over 70 percent of the State of Louisiana’s operating budget is protected through constitutional or statutory dedications, federal mandates, and unavoidable obligations.  Higher education does not enjoy any constitutional protection from cuts.  Consequently, when the state faces significant shortfalls, higher education, along with healthcare, takes the brunt of the reductions. 

“Higher education has been notified that of the $268 million shortfall in the budget for next year, $134 million will be taken from our allocations.  This is in addition to the $71 that higher education was already notified would be removed in HB1,” said Moffett. 

Over the past four years, reductions to higher education have been mitigated in part by one-time funding and raising tuition and fees.  Even with modest increases in tuition over the last few years, it has not been enough to close the gap in funding.  Since FY 2008/09, the UL System’s net total funding reduction would be $162.6 million (19 percent) given the current budget scenario.

To date, UL System campuses have taken several steps to address declining resources such as furloughing employees, incentivizing retirement, restructuring administrative offices, eliminating over 200 academic programs, restructuring over 300 academic programs, and eliminating over 1,300 budgeted positions.

As soon as it is finalized, an agenda for Monday’s meeting will be posted at www.ulsystem.edu/BoardMeetings

Click here for PDF.

-ULS-

Media Contact:
Jackie Tisdell,
225-219-0257
Jackie.Tisdell@la.gov
-or-
Debra Johnson
318-533-5337
mediarelations@gram.edu

 

May 16, 2012

Grambling State University Facing $5.5 Million Cut

Grambling, La. – If the budget bill (HB1) currently moving through the Louisiana Legislature is not amended Grambling State University is slated to lose $5.5 million in state appropriations.  This will bring Grambling’s total state funding reductions since Fiscal Year 2008-09 to $17.8 million (56 percent).  As the current budget proposal stands, total reductions in state general fund support for all of higher education since FY 2008-09 would reach $585 million.

“The budget reductions over the past several years along with anticipated cuts, will result in a financial emergency for Grambling State University and threatens to undermine our ability to achieve our core mission.  These cuts will lead to further restructuring at the university, a decline in program offerings and course availability, a threat to program accreditations, additional faculty and staff layoffs, curtailing enrollment growth and our ability to meet the requirements of the LA GRAD Act.  It will also continue to negatively impact our ability to support student events and activities.  Inasmuch as Grambling is primarily state dependent, an additional cut of $5.5 million will seriously impact the future of the university,” states Dr. Frank G. Pogue, President of Grambling State University.

Over 70 percent of the State of Louisiana’s operating budget is protected through constitutional or statutory dedications, federal mandates, and unavoidable obligations.  Higher education does not enjoy any constitutional protection from cuts.  Consequently, when the state faces significant shortfalls, higher education, along with healthcare, takes the brunt of the reductions. 

“Higher education has been notified that of the $268 million shortfall in the budget for next year, $134 million will be taken from our allocations,” said University of Louisiana System President Randy Moffett.

Over the past four years, reductions to higher education have been mitigated in part by one-time funding and raising tuition and fees.  Even with modest increases in tuition over the last few years, it has not been enough to close the gap in funding.  Since FY 2008/09, Grambling’s net total funding reduction would be $7.8 million (14 percent) given the current budget scenario.

To date, Grambling has taken several steps to address declining resources such as campus-wide furloughs, elimination of programs, administrative reorganization, and reduction in positions/employees.

Click here for PDF.

# # #

Media Contact:
Debra Johnson
318-533-5337
mediarelations@gram.edu

 

Older Posts »

Powered by WordPress