May 27, 2014

President, First Lady Honored for Contributing Much to GSU

University-wide reception to honor the Pogues is scheduled for Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Dr. and Mrs. Pogue cutting cake at a celebration in their honor for their contributions to GSU.
Dr. and Mrs. Pogue cutting cake at a celebration
in their honor for their contributions to GSU.

By JESSICA WRIGHT
Grambling State University Media Bureau

Grambling, LA – The crowd at the Eddie G. Robinson Museum was there to honor Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue and first lady Dorothy Pogue but there wasn’t a whisper when the first lady spoke about being ready to leave with a twist.

“We’ve been many places, but it is extremely difficult for me to leave Grambling,” Mrs. Pogue told the audience of about 60 in the Doris Robinson Banquet Hall. She talked about how she’s made life-long friends and GSU has been like no other place they have served. This is her fourth first lady role since President Pogue has served as interim president or president at three universities before arriving in Lincoln Parish in 2009.

At the invite-only reception, the Pogues greeted and welcomed close friends, church members and community leaders to the first of a few farewell receptions. The largest is Wednesday (May 28) at the Favrot Student Union’s Black and Gold Room, and it is open to all faculty, staff, students and the public from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Pogue retires June 30.

Thursday night’s event included tables dressed in white linens tablecloths, mostly with single-stem red roses and an occasional white rose along with baby’s breath. Though nearly all tables were bare but for the flowers and small plates of food, the special table set aside for President and Mrs. Pogue quickly filled up with gifts, plaques and proclamations.

The Friends of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum said they wanted to honor the Pogues because they have done so much for Grambling State University, and the university relationship with the museum. Friends president Wilbert Ellis, a former GSU baseball coach and retiree, and chairman John Belton decided to honor the first couple by hosting a special event with some special friends – and giving each museum watches to remember the museum and the university.

Incoming GSU Student Government Association president Erik Johnson and incoming Miss Grambling State University, Ginia Smith, told the Pogues and the attendees that the president and his wife meant a lot to students. Marcus Kennedy, incoming Graduate Student Government Association president, said he, too, appreciated the difference seeing the GSU campus and relationships when he arrived as a freshmen to this point as a graduate student.

“Dr. Pogue will truly be missed but he deserves to rest and enjoy his grandsons,” said David Ponton, interim associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students.  The University of Louisiana Systems Board is considering who to name as interim president as the system does a national search for Pogue’s successor.

Others in attendance were State Sen. Rick Gallot, State Rep. Patrick Jefferson and Grambling Mayor Edward Jones of Grambling. The Pogues were especially pleased that Grambling State’s first lady of football, Doris Robinson, 95, joined to share the evening, saying it was a beautiful night for a couple of truly nice people.

As guests entered the museum and the hall, the Pogues were greeted with pats on the back, warm handshakes and lots of hugs. As guests enjoyed a light feast of crab cakes with remoulade, grilled veggies, thinly sliced brisket on sesame rolls, fruit and mini dessert bites, the president couldn’t help but visit each table and each guest to say thank you and share memories. Aramark made sure that the president had his favorite dessert, key lime pie, too.

A large, white sheet cake decorated with black and gold icing and with a photo of the Pogues walking hand in hand away from the Eddie the Fighting Tiger sculpture led the president to tell museum director Jon Moss “that cake is too pretty to cut.”

It was cut, however, and devoured – but for the photo.
Not everyone who spoke about the Pogues was listed on the program. Some stood and told the Pogues what they meant to the university and the community, and others talked privately.

“Working under all the presidents that Grambling has had but two, President Pogue has always brought a peacefulness when all else was amuck,” said Janis Bluford, who has worked in the president’s office for many years. “I am also thankful that he has brought God back into our university because after all that is where we began.”

Guest after guest acknowledged the difficult challenges Pogue was faced with upon his arrival at GSU and repeatedly thanked him for sticking with and making the necessary changes to improve the institution. “He came to a town looking for friendship and his is leaving with love,” added Jones as he presented Pogue with a plaque for strengthening the relationship between the town and the university.

As the evening came to a close the President and his wife graciously thanked everyone for coming but not before leaving them with a reminder. “All institutions in Louisiana are important but Grambling is essential,” said Pogue. He stressed the importance of continuing to protect Grambling by talking up the institution rather than putting it down and by working with others rather than pushing them away.

 

Dr. and Mrs. Pogue, pictured here with Senator Gallot, receive gifts of appreciation from the community and GSU family.
Dr. and Mrs. Pogue, pictured here with Senator Gallot, receive gifts of appreciation from the community and GSU family.

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CAMPUS ADVISORY: Legacy Square Dedication Ceremony to be held in Eddie Robinson Museum Today at 11:30 a.m.

GRAMBLING, LA —Due to inclimate weather, the Legacy Square Dedication and presentation to the Wayne Family previously scheduled to be held today at 11:30 a.m. in the square (in front of Eddie the Fighting Tiger) will be held in the Doris Robinson Room in the Eddie Robinson Museum.

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May 19, 2014

GSU College Graduation Photo Goes Viral

Thousands have seen, posted, tweeted photo of Miss Grambling State University and her boyfriend, giving Miss GSU a last-minute chance to garner votes in Ebony magazine HBCU Campus Queen contest

A graduation photo of Miss Grambling State University, Amber Brice, and her boyfriend, Robert Coleman, has gone 'viral' on twitter.
A graduation photo of Miss GSU, Amber Brice,
and her boyfriend, Robert Coleman,
has gone ‘viral’ on twitter.

By JESSICA WRIGHT
Grambling State University Media Bureau

Since the reigning Miss Grambling State University posted a graduation picture with her boyfriend on social media it has gone viral.

One post on Twitter has received more than 6,000 retweets as Twitter users shared it with their Twitter connections and at least 4,000 people have marked the photo as a “favorite,” letting their followers know that they really, really think people should see it. With posts and likes on the likes of Facebook, Instagram and other social media, what was meant as a different, fun spring graduation photograph has been seen by thousands.

“We are still surprised! We literally only posted it on Instagram on my page,” said Brice, 22, who took the photo with Robert Coleman, 22, outside of the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center after Friday’s graduation.  When most others were gone, Brice and Coleman were there celebrating with each other and a few friends, including Korey Walker, a good friend and amateur photographer.

Brice, a Gibsland, Louisiana, native who majored in marketing, poses with Coleman, a Dallas native who majored in biology and a drum major of the Grambling State ‘World Famed’ Tiger marching band, when he suddenly picked her up and held her in the air when Walker snapped the photo – on Brice’s iPhone. It’s not as though the idea was original. Coleman and Brice were inspired by another couple on Instagram and decided to recreate the photo.

With @ambraismissg on Instagram and @ambra_brice on Twitter, the photo continues to be tagged and shared as Brice faces an important deadline today.

She is in the running to be a part of a historically black college and university campus queen contest spread in Ebony, a national magazine with a predominantly African American audience. Each year the magazine includes a special feature showcasing a group of HBCU campus queens. The top 10 vote-getting queens will get a trip to for a photo shoot, interviews and video then appear in a fall issue of the magazine.

As of early Friday, Brice was in 13th place, not enough to make the cut – unless she can garner enough online votes by the Friday 11:59 p.m. deadline.

Some first-time voters will get a free, year-long Ebony magazine subscription, and since voting is unlimited, all GSU alumni, faculty, staff, students and supporters can vote as often as possible and online on desktops, laptops, mobile devices and smart phones.  “We’re urging everyone to follow these simple guidelines: Vote, Refresh, Repeat and tag #MissGforEbony,” said Brice.

Read more about Brice at http://www.gram.edu/life/news/?p=968 and vote for Brice at http://www.ebony.com/campusqueens/118

Miss GSU's graduation photo has received more than 6,000 retweets as Twitter users shared it with their Twitter connections and at least 4,000 people have marked the photo as a “favorite,” letting their followers know that they really, really think people should see it.
Miss GSU’s graduation photo has received more than 6,000 retweets as Twitter users shared it with their Twitter connections and at least 4,000 people have marked the photo as a “favorite,” letting their followers know that they really, really think people should see it.

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May 9, 2014

GSU Honors Toyota Executive with Honorary Degree

In his tenure at Grambling State University, Pogue has awarded only two other doctorates; this will be his third, and final honorary GSU degree

Jim Colon, vice president of African American business strategy, North America for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. is scheduled to receive an honorary doctor of laws from GSU President Frank G. Pogue at Friday’s commencement.
Jim Colon, vice president of African American business strategy,
North America for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
is scheduled to receive an honorary doctor of laws from
GSU President Frank G. Pogue at Friday’s commencement.

By JESSICA WRIGHT
Grambling State University Media Bureau

Jim Colon had never visited Grambling State University until Thursday. Today he’s getting an honorary doctorate from GSU.

During a whirlwind day, Colon met a host of university officials but he spent the most time with students. During a casual conversation in the Favrot Student Union, Colon thanked everyone for such a warm welcome, and “for making me feel like GramFam in such a short time.”

Jim Colon, vice president of African American business strategy, North America for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. is scheduled to receive an honorary doctor of laws from GSU President Frank G. Pogue at Friday’s commencement. The free event starts at 10 a.m. at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on campus.

Colon has been an accomplished business leader and an advocate for African American participation in the automobile industry for 34 years. He is responsible for engaging Hispanic and African American business and media communities, as well as building a network of Toyota Associates and team members across regions to optimize relationships with important external Hispanic and African American groups. This is not the first honorary degree Colon has been awarded, in May of 2011 he received an honorary degree of Humane Letters from Martin University in Indianapolis.

“I’m not one to bestow honorary degrees lightly,” said Pogue. “In my time at GSU, I’ve awarded only two. I’m proud to recognize Jim for his contributions." The president said he chose to honor Colon with an honorary degree because “he’s a man of character and commitment, someone who hasn’t forgotten where he’s come from, and someone who regularly works to find ways to help others, especially African Americans.”

Including Colon, Grambling State has awarded 29 honorary degrees. Muriel Howard, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), was awarded a doctor of humane letters in May 2010 and Donna Brazile, a Democratic political strategist and television political commentator, was awarded a doctor of laws in May 2012.

During the chat with students, Colon took time to talk about how best to advance at a time when some people of color may not be wanted in some work places. “As an applicant to any company you must figure out how you can add value to the company,” he told the students.  

Colon stressed that it is important to look for things the company needs and find ways to help the company maximize those opportunities. In addition, he said he thinks those with entrepreneurial desires and skills will do well. Not everyone has to work for the big company, he said. Some can create their own businesses to serve the big company. “There are so many opportunities for persons with a keen eye to see what a company needs and make a pretty good living for themselves,” he said.

In the fall of 2012, Colon agreed to serve on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia.

A native of Gary, Indiana, Colon resides in Palos Verdes, Calif. with his wife, Ladora, and two sons, Tyler, 18, and Miles, 17.  When he can find time for leisure, he enjoys being on the golf course. The family plans to relocate to Plano, Texas, due to Toyota’s recent decision to move its headquarters and about 3,000 employees.

VP of African American business strategy for Toyota North America, Jim Colon, addresses the GSU family at a special event, before being awarded an honorary degree.
VP of African American business strategy for Toyota North America, Jim Colon, addresses the GSU family at a special event, before being awarded an honorary degree at the spring commencement exercises.

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May 8, 2014

Grambling State University Commencement

University provides guidelines, information for May 9 graduation, more

GRAMBLING, LA — Grambling State University is scheduled to include more than 500 participants in its Spring 2013 commencement at 10 a.m. Friday (May 9, 2014) at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. GSU is providing several ways that proud caregivers, parents, relatives and friends can watch the fall commencement. In addition, the university has provided some guidelines and helpful information.

LIVE BROADCAST OPTIONS Those with access to a computer and an Internet connection can watch the event by using http://panhandle.ezstream.com/play/index.cfm?id=4424355E1D&ptype=wmp
Access from mobile devices is listed below:

iPhone
http://panhandle.ezstream.com/play/index.cfm?fuseaction=mbl&type=m3u8&id=4424355E1D&Org=panhandle

iPad
http://panhandle.ezstream.com/play/index.cfm?fuseaction=mbl&type=m3u8&id=4424355E1D&Org=panhandle

Kindle
http://panhandle.ezstream.com/play/index.cfm?fuseaction=mbl&type=rtsp&id=4424355E1D&Org=panhandle

Android/Blackberry
http://panhandle.ezstream.com/play/index.cfm?fuseaction=mbl&type=rtsp&id=4424355E1D&Org=panhandle

RADIO/ONLINE In addition, KGRM-FM will broadcast the entire commencement live. Tune in at 91.5 FM, starting at 9:45 a.m. Or, on any computer, laptop or mobile device, tune in to the KGRM broadcast via http://www.gram.edu/life/campus media/kgrm/ The station will broadcast until all diplomas have been awarded.

PARKING Visitors attending the commencement at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center are asked to park in the designated locations. There will be a drop-off and pick-up area in front of the center for those who are disabled and those with special circumstances and special needs, but this is not a parking area. Graduation participants are asked to park in the parking spaces near the Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium sign closest to the Conrad Hutchinson Performing Arts Center to allow family and friends to park closest to the Assembly Center.

CONGRATULATIONS BANNERS/BALLOONS/FLAGS The university is excited that such a large class is graduating this fall, just as caregivers, parents, relatives and friends are excited. Everyone attending is asked to be respectful of others who want to hear the names of their graduates called, and to see their graduates walk in the procession and walk across the stage. To ensure that this formal event is as enjoyable for everyone as possible, NO CONGRATULATORY BANNERS, BALLOONS OR FLAGS WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE ASSEMBLY CENTER.

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO Only university-authorized campus and external media will be allowed on the floor of the Assembly Center to shoot and film the event. Only external, official media with university-recognized media credentials will be allowed on the center’s floor, and only authorized campus and external media representatives with university-issued MEDIA ACCESS passes will be permitted on or near the floor. Other than the official, university-contracted photography firm, only ONE representative from the UNIVERSITY YEARBOOK and ONE representative from THE GRAMBLINITE will be allowed to roam the floor without interfering with the event. Only university-authorized GSU TV representatives will be allowed to be at designated floor locations, limited to television production and stationary film/video recording. No other still photography or video recording will be allowed. All others will be asked to clear the area. NOTE: Any external or university media representative found to be shooting photography or video for profit and/or for sale or other benefits may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

POST-COMMENCEMENT RECEPTION A commencement reception will be held in the McCall Dining Hall immediately after the event. Graduates and their family members are encouraged and invited to participate. Participants attending the reception, which will feature light refreshments, are asked to park in designated parking locations. Violators may be towed.

EXTERNAL MEDIA COVERAGE External media are asked to contact the Office of Public Relations and Communications no later than 3 p.m. THURSDAY (May 8th) with definite, or tentative, plans to attend and cover the commencement. If there are specific external media interview requests, please make those at the same time. Please email mediarelations@gram.edu AND call 318-274-2814.

TORCH NIGHT The university will host a Tiger Torch Night on Thursday (May 8), the night before the Friday commencement, at 6 p.m. in the T.H. Harris Auditorium on campus. The evening will feature comedian Cocoa Brown. This free activity is an informal, traditional activity that helps graduation candidates and their families to bond with administration, faculty and staff as new Grambling State alums before the exciting graduation program. Spring 2013 graduates who attend will receive a special graduation gift after the program and during a reception in which refreshments will be served.

For additional information that may develop, visit www.gram.edu.

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