September 19, 2013

Community Breakfast Brings People Together to Honor Founder

University expecting a Who’s Who Crowd Monday

Founder's Week Celebration Honors University Founder(s), Charles P. Adams.
Founder’s Week Celebration Honors
University Founder(s), Charles P. Adams.

GRAMBLING, LA – People across Lincoln Parish, Ouachita Parish and northern Louisiana are getting excited about one of the area’s most engaging, interactive who’s-who events next week.

As a part of Grambling State University’s Founder’s Week, President Frank G. Pogue is inviting the university community and the general public to attend the annual Founder’s Week Fellowship Breakfast, scheduled for 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. Monday (September 23) in the Black and Gold Room at the Favrot Student Union on campus.

“It’s a once-a-year activity that continues to draw a capacity crowd, and you just never know who you’re going to see,” said Janis Bluford, coordinator of the institution’s Founder’s Week activities. “Our committee works hard to pull this off, but, frankly, local mayors, sheriffs, pastors and others bug us as early as the summer asking us for the date.”

“They come out to see everybody in one place,” added Pauline Lee, a retired university librarian who pulls together a team of people to host the breakfast, which costs $10 per person. “They love seeing each other, and they really love serving, too.”

Pogue and some members of his executive team will serve breakfast as will representatives from the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce, Liberty Hill Baptist Association ministers and other community ministers, area mayors, Lincoln Parish Police Jury and other law enforcement officials. Also serving will be GSU student government leaders, faculty and staff. Athletic Director Aaron James, a Louisiana Hall of Famer and former NBA New Orleans Jazz basketball player, will call out the names of the individuals and organizations as servers wait for their turn to serve others.

“My wife and I look forward to this breakfast,” said Pogue. “It’s one of our favorite activities because we see so many people at the same time, and we actually have time to talk to them because there’s no long program.”

“Honoring Charles P. Adams for all that he did for us is one of the best, most important things we can do.”

Tickets for the breakfast are $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the university Institutional Advancement office on campus. For more information, call 318-274-2217 or email wrightr@gram.edu.

The breakfast is one of a series of events celebrating the university’s 112th anniversary. Founded by the North Louisiana Colored Agriculture Relief Association, Grambling State opened its doors on Nov. 1, 1901 as the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School. The university’s first president, Charles P. Adams, was sent by Tuskegee Institute’s Booker T. Washington to help organize an industrial school. It wasn’t until 1944 when the first baccalaureate degree was awarded in elementary education. In 1946 the university was named after P.G. Grambling, a white man who had donated land used to construct the school. Then in 1974, a new permanent name was given to the historical institution – Grambling State University.

Other scheduled public events for Founder’s Week include:

  • The official opening of Founder’s Week will start at “The Founder’s Bust” of Charles P. Adams with a short ceremony at the east side of Lee Hall at 7:30 a.m. Monday (Sept. 23).
  • A Happy 112th Birthday Celebration Bash sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Favrot Student Union Board will be held Thursday (Sept. 26) at 11 a.m. in front of the Favrot Student Union Building.

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