August 11, 2014

Grambling State University Graduate Students Elected to National Post

GRAMBLING, LA – The National Black Graduate Student Association, Inc. (NBGSA) is pleased to announce the election of several Grambling State University graduate students during the organization’s 26th national conference held in Baton Rouge, LA. Those students are Kindrell Plains, Vice President Administrative Affairs; Marcus Kennedy, National Parliamentarian; Kimberly Monroe, National Historian; and Kenneth Williams, South Central Regional Representative. They will serve on the 2014-2015 Executive Council. Additionally, the Leadership team will have Jarell Miller and April Davis, Finance Committee Commissioners. As the organization prepares for an intense 27th year conference, each student position is vital.

The conference welcomed graduate and professional students from diverse academic and regional backgrounds from across the world. Students presented original research through roundtable, panel and poster presentations. Amongst the many informative oral presentations was Grambling State University’s Marcus Kennedy, who presented an auto-ethnographical study on the transitions of an athlete to a graduate coach. Some of the featured speakers for the conference included Dr. Gregory Carr, Chair of African American Studies, Howard University; Dr. Isiah Warner, Vice-Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, Louisiana State University and Louisiana State Representative Patrick Jefferson, Councilwoman Ronnie Edward & Senator Weston-Broom.

Founded in 1989, the student-run organization continues to address the needs of minority students by providing them with numerous opportunities for development. NBGSA is comprised of five regions which host events over the course of the year including regional student development conferences, workshops, and networking events. NBGSA also hosts one national research and development conference each year during which the organization awards scholarships and publishes its peer-reviewed journal, Call & Response. Students are allowed the opportunity to fellowship, exchange ideas, network and elect officers for national posts during the conference.

National President, John O. Nwosu, Jr. remarked, "This year we will primarily focus on finding innovative and effective ways to enhance the academic, personal, professional, and social development of Blacks in higher education," He continued, "We have an outstanding team of talented Black graduate students who are capable of raising the expectations for this organization as well as Black graduate students worldwide. I’m fortunate and excited to be working with a team of dedicated and exceptional individuals!" "We plan to make this year the best one ever for NBGSA culminating with our most successful conference in recent history! We have a list of goals and action items oriented towards fundraising, leadership development, and enhancing value for our members and stakeholders," stated President Nwosu. He continued, "I believe that our success starts with leadership and that everyone possesses the ability to lead. The key to overwhelming results for the 2014-15 year will be to galvanize our membership at all levels so that everyone has vested buy in to the successes and achievements of NBGSA!"

The NBGSA leadership team met in Atlanta, GA June 26-29, 2014 at Morehouse University for its annual Leadership Summit and Networking Social. Subsequent quarterly meetings will be held in October 2014 and January 2015 in Gainesville, FL at the site of the 2015 NBGSA National Conference. The 27th annual meeting will be held in March 2015 and hosted by the University of Florida. For more information, email president@nbgsa.org, visit www.nbgsa.org or call (800) 471-4102.

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Several Grambling State University graduate students were elected to serve in leadership roles during the National Black Graduate Student Association, Inc. (NBGSA)’s 26th national conference held in Baton Rouge, LA

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