January 31, 2013

Professor Chosen for Academic Visit to France

College Professor Gary Poe is selected for week-long program for third time

GSU Professor Gary PoeGRAMBLING, La. – Once a year, for the last 11 years, the University of Louisiana System has partnered with Pôle University Léonard De Vinci to select professors from each of the ULS institutions to participate in “International Week” with faculty from other countries.

Gary Poe, a business professor at Grambling State University has been selected to represent Grambling State in France, March 16-24. Poe and other professors will collaborate with professors from Canada, Europe, Russia and South America as they lecture for six hours about various topics. Poe’s selected topic is “Ideas Have Social Consequences.”

Each year professors from all the participating universities are encouraged to apply for the program. Each university selects and recommends one faculty member for the PULV program. PULV decides whether to approve the recommendation or request another suggestion. Poe made the cut, as he’s done for each of the previous two years. President Frank G. Pogue, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Connie Walton and Business College Dean Carl Wright are happy with Poe’s selection and congratulated him as soon as they learned the news.

“I would like to thank the State of Louisiana, the University of Louisiana System for the opportunity to participate in this program,” said Poe. “I would like to particularly thank Dr. Pogue, Dr. Walton, Dean Wright and my colleagues and students in the College of Business for their support and encouragement. I hope my participation at Pole University’s International Week will bring honor to the faculty, staff and students of Grambling State University.”

The “International Week” program serves as a tool to expose students to different ideas outside of their own communities. According to PULV, in Europe every college business student is exposed to international business and they leave their country to do an internship or take a job in a different country. This is called their “Erasmus year,” and PULV supplements these experiences by bringing in lecturers from abroad to teach for a week.

"We are thrilled that Dr. Poe has been chosen for this special program abroad," said Wright. "It clearly shows the quality of his academic rigor, his professionalism and his stature in the academic community beyond Grambling’s campus. He’s a great representative of our faculty, and what students gain from professors like him in our College of Business."

During the week in France, the visiting professors serve as university ambassadors. Poe hopes to see College of Business students visit France to enrich their educational experiences.

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Grad Fair a Success

By Andrea Beasley
Grambling State University Media Bureau

Grambling, LA – Daron Spence was among the students lining up to inquire about graduate schools, summer research opportunities and scholarships at a Big 10 University recruitment fair.

Spence, 22, has attended the Grambling State University grad fair each of the last three years, gaining valuable experiences and graduate school interest. One of the fair’s success stories, he’s completed three summer research programs at Stanford University, The Ohio State University and Michigan State University. Now he’s being considered for multiple graduate school opportunities.

“I encourage students to come to the grad fair because things that might not be common knowledge” can be unearthed, opening up doors with good information and the right steps, said Spence, of Arleta, Calif.

More than 50 students attended the 18th Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Recruitment Fair, held in the Black and Gold Room of the Favrot Student Union.

The event coordinator, sociology professor J. Russell Willis, said students “increase their horizons in terms of possibilities of what exist.” “The caliber of students that Grambling produces keeps (recruiters) coming back,” said Willis, a graduate of The Ohio State University.

Purdue University, The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University and Illinois State University discussed opportunities. Despite the limited number of schools, many students were eager to ask questions about how to become eligible for the Big 10 school programs.

Students received honest feedback about what they need to do to become eligible at any CIC school. Ohio State’s Cyndi Freeman has attended recruitment fairs at Grambling for eight years. She said her goal is to increase awareness of what it takes to become eligible to get into her school and other Big 10 schools.

Freeman doesn’t want “students to get in positions so that they don’t have the option” to even meet the minimum requirements.

Freeman conducted Wednesday seminars to further increase awareness about how Grambling State students can help increase the number of African American students entering into STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) programs.

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Photos of Spring 2013 GSU Grad Fair
Photos of Spring 2013 GSU Grad Fair
Photos of Spring 2013 GSU Grad Fair
Photos of Spring 2013 GSU Grad Fair

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Grambling State University Honors Institution Greats

Prominent professionals will be recognized with the naming and renaming of campus facilities

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue will officially rename the university’s football stadium, name a building and name the 157-acre campus acquired from the state of Louisiana in 2012.

The official namings will take place as a part of the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Leadership Awards Luncheon at 11 a.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 5) in the Black and Gold Room in the university’s Favrot Student Union.

The Grambling State University West Campus Annex will officially be named “Grambling State University West Campus: R.W.E. Jones Annex” in honor of the institution’s longest serving president, Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, who served from 1936 until 1977.

The university president’s home has carried no name, and it will become “Johnson Place,” in honor of the late Lula Young Johnson, a Grambling alum and the wife of the university’s third president, Joseph B. Johnson. The Johnsons were the first residents in the 4,940-square-foot home, built in 1984.  President Johnson served from 1977 until 1991.

A building attached to the Washington-Johnson Complex, which houses KGRM-FM (91.5), will become the “Allen Williams Annex” in honor of the late Allen Williams, former chair of the Department of Speech and Theatre at Grambling State.

In addition, Pogue will officially rename Robinson Stadium as the “Eddie G. Robinson Stadium,” recognizing Eddie G. Robinson, the winningest football coach in Division I university football history. Robinson coached Grambling State’s football team for 57 years, from 1941 until 1997.

Tickets for the King luncheon are $10 in advance, and there will be no ticket sales at the door. Five professionals will be recognized for making visible and meaningful contributions to the advancement of race relations, and/or human rights causes in one or more of the following areas: arts, business, education, justice, politics, religion, science and technology.

For Tickets, contact Shirley Clay or Rose Wright in the Office of Institutional Advancement, 100 Robinson Street, on the Grambling State University campus, across from the Army ROTC Building. Or call 318-274-2217 or email wrightr@gram.edu or clays@gram.edu.

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Grambling State University Selects King Honorees

Five professionals will be recognized for service to the community at a Tuesday lunch program

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue has named five Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Leadership awardees, including the mayor of Grambling, a civil rights activist, educational pioneers and successful medical doctors.

The award categories and the awardees are:

  • Dr. Charles Drew Science & Technology Award: Drs. Richard and Edith Rayford
  • Fannie Lou Hamer Community Service and Leadership Award: Valena Lane and Grambling Mayor Edward Jones
  • Dr. Kara Vaughn Jackson Education Award: Lamore J. Carter
  • Madame C. J. Walker Business Award: Calvin Wilkerson, posthumously

The second annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Leadership Awards Luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 5) in the Black and Gold Room in the university’s Favrot Student Union. Tickets are $10 in advance, and there will be no ticket sales at the door.

Richard RayfordDr. Richard Rayford is a graduate of Grambling State University as well as an accomplished clinician, researcher, author and educator. In 1998, he joined Jackson Cardiology where he is the radiation safety officer for the Jackson Cardiology Associates Nuclear Lab. Rayford is an active member of many local and national professional societies and organizations, including the American Medical Association, American Heart Association, Association of Black Cardiologists, Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association and Jackson Medical Association.

 

Edith F Smith RayfordDr. Edith Rayford, the wife of Richard Rayford, is an obstetrician/gynecologist and director of the Central Mississippi Health Services’ Southwest Clinic in Jackson, Miss. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Medical Association. She served a two-year term as president of the Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association and serves that organization as treasurer today. A Diamond Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Edith Rayford is also a member of The Links in Jackson and an associate member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She graduated from Tougaloo College.

 

Valena LaneLane is a well-known educator in the Webster and Lincoln parish schools. She’s being acknowledged for her countless educational contributions for more than 20 years. Lane has led more than 40 educational trips for youth and elderly in Bienville, Claiborne, Lincoln and Union parishes. Lane, who has been recognized by the National Council of Negro Women for her leadership and service, is the executive director for the Community Council, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides enriching educational experiences for seniors.

 

 

Edward JonesJones, a Grambling State University graduate, is responsible for a number of businesses coming up in our area, specifically housing. Jones has led the building effort for a new housing development, “The Mansfield Estate,” which will pay homage to the late Rev. Andrew Julius Mansfield, a former mayor and former Grambling State University employee. The subdivision project will include six, two-bedroom homes; 21, three-bedroom homes and four, four-bedroom homes directly behind Grambling City Hall. Jones was elected mayor after serving on the Grambling City Council.
 

 

Lamore CarterCarter is being recognized for his passion to elevate the academic image of Grambling State University through his work ethic and a knack for research-based innovation. For more than 40 years, Carter dedicated himself to GSU, representing the university at international conferences in Mexico, India, China and Thailand to initiate foreign faculty and staff exchange agreements.
Carter held many positions during his time at Grambling State, including professor of psychology and education, associate dean for administration and research, provost and vice president for academic affairs and research and special advisor to the president. He is also a member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, often referenced as “The Boule,” and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

 

Calvin WilkersonWilkerson was known for being a social activist in the community. During the 1960s, Wilkerson established voter registration drives to raise money for local and NAACP cases defending the civil rights of those abused by authority figures. He took part in the historic Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., personally handing King $900 in contributions from Grambling citizens. Wilkerson served as a Lincoln Parish School Board member, a Board of Trustees member for the University of Louisiana System, and was a member of the Grambling Business League and Federal Credit Union Board.
 

 

 

Awardees are recognized for making visible and meaningful contributions to the advancement of race relations and/or human rights causes in one or more of the following areas: arts, business, education, justice, politics, religion, science and technology.

For Tickets, contact Shirley Clay or Rose Wright in the Office of Institutional Advancement, 100 Robinson Street, on the Grambling State University campus, across from the Army ROTC Building. Or call 318-274-2217 or email wrightr@gram.edu or clays@gram.edu.

NOTE: See awardee photographs attached.

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January 29, 2013

Big Ten Universities Recruit for Graduate School

GRAMBLING, LA – For the 18th consecutive year, there will be a Big Ten school “Grad Fair” Tuesday (Jan. 29) starting at 10 a.m. to 12 noon in Grambling State University’s Black & Gold Room. The fair will include The Commission on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Recruitment Caravan, a consortium of the Big Ten member universities plus the University of Chicago.

J. Russell Willis, a GSU sociology professor who graduated from The Ohio State University, has hosted the grad fair with the goal of exposing students to graduate school opportunities. The event is an informative session about the participating universities’ grad programs and/or paid summer research opportunities.

"The Commission on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Universities represent the nation’s premier higher education consortium of top tier research institutions,” said Willis. “The fact that they continue to return to Grambling every year to recruit our students speaks very highly of the caliber of students we are able to send them for graduate study and summer research learning opportunities. (Provost) Dr. Connie Walton and her staff in the Office of Academic Affairs are strong supporters of this event. And, as in years past, I am delighted to be associated with it."

Interested sophomores and juniors may have on-site interviews about graduate school programs, and even paid summer research internships. Each participating Big Ten school will have a representative give a presentation detailing information about what the school has to offer. There will also be discussions about what to look for when considering graduate schools, how to find funds for graduate school and how to successfully apply to graduate school. Students can ask questions about financial aid, assistantships, fellowships and other graduate school matters.

The event is open to any student, faculty and/or staff interested. Refreshments will be served. For additional information about the event, contact J. Russell, Ph.D., at 318-274- 2331

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