April 9, 2014

Three GSU Students Win Houston Advertising Scholarships

The mass communication majors, all from the Houston area, receive $2,000 scholarships from the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston, making Grambling State University proud

E'Vonne Gipson, Ninfa Saavedra and Tierra Smith have won scholarships from the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston.
E’Vonne Gipson, Ninfa Saavedra and Tierra Smith have won scholarships
from the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston.

BY JESSICA WRIGHT
Grambling State University Media Bureau

GRAMBLING, LA. — Three Grambling State University students have won scholarships from the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston (AEF- Houston).

E’Vonne Gipson, Ninfa Saavedra and Tierra Smith – all junior mass communication majors — were chosen from a pool of over 80 applicants. Only 20 students were selected to receive $2,000 scholarships, making it the second consecutive year for Gramblinites to be among the scholarship awardees.

“Grambling did really well again this year; the quality level of Grambling’s participation in the past three years has improved demonstrably,” said Rich Klein, chairman of the AEFH. The students competed with students from universities in the four-state area including Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

The GSU student scholarship winners will be recognized during a special AEFH benefit luncheon with 17 other student scholarship winners, family members and professors on Friday (April 11) at The Junior League of Houston. The Houston foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores, juniors and seniors pursuing undergraduate or post graduate degrees in advertising, communications, interactive marketing, journalism, radio/TV, commercial art, public relations or related fields.

Edward Welch, the GSU mass communication department head, is happy that Grambling State is producing qualified students. “It validates that students can achieve things if they apply their skills,” said Welch. All three work with the Grambling State University Media Bureau.

Tierra Smith, 21, sports editor of The Gramblinite concentrating in Sports Journalism, found out about the scholarship opportunities from last year’s recipients, 2013 Grambling alumni Erina Love and Justin Madden. “When this scholarship came around again this semester, I was excited because I knew people who won it and I knew it was a strong possibility I could win, too,” said Smith. She is a recipient of the Gilbreath Communications Education Fund scholarship.  A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Smith moved to Houston with her family and attended Alief Hastings High School. “I am extremely thankful for the many doors moving to the city has opened for me,” she said.

Born and raised in the Houston area, Ninfa Saavedra, 20, who works with campus radio station 91.5 KGRM, received the foundation’s KTRK Television Scholarship. “Winning this scholarship means a lot to me and my family; it has given me a lot of confidence in myself and skills,” said Saavedra, who is from Houston suburb Katy, Texas. As an alumni of Hightower High School in Missouri City, she is excited about the scholarship.

E’Vonne Gipson, 21, who has a public relations concentration and also majors in criminal justice, received the Houston Media Classic Education Scholarship. Born in Ruston, La., but reared in Missouri City, Texas, Gipson participated in the Creative Writing Club at Elkins High School where she discovered she really enjoyed writing. “I would like to be an individual who is one day able to share the knowledge I’ve learned, and also be able to give back so that other hard working students are able to receive scholarship opportunities,” she said.

Audrey Gilbreath, president and chief executive officer of Gilbreath Communications, sponsors the foundation’s Gilbreath Communications Education Fund scholarship. A 1979 Grambling State University alumna, she sees the need for more HBCU students to get help as they consider advertising and marketing careers. An Arizona native who has been a foundation member for 10 years, she said “it’s important in the communications field that we encourage our students to participate.”

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GSU Police Arrest Students on Drug Charges

Grambling State University President Pogue, police say no one is exempt from investigations, arrests and/or charges as the university continues to provide a safe, secure campus focused on academics

GRAMBLING, La. — An ongoing investigation by the Grambling State University Police Department has resulted in the arrests of two GSU students.  Warrants for two non-student suspects have been issued. The investigation resulted in the seizure of several pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $12,000.  In addition to the seizure of the narcotics, the GSU police department seized a semi-automatic handgun and drug paraphernalia.

“This has been a strictly internal campus investigation by our university police department, and while we don’t like what the investigation has yielded we want our students, faculty and staff to realize that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers,” said GSU President Frank G. Pogue. “We are responsible for what we, and our associates, do – or, at a minimum, we’re responsible for reporting suspicious activity.” The president said campus police have requested the assistance of local law enforcement agencies as the investigation continues.

According to police Lt. Ruby Jones, Donavon Taylor, 20, a freshman from Lancaster, Texas, and Trevonne Mingo, 18, a freshman from Bogalusa, La., have been arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute and criminal conspiracy.  Taylor was also charged with possession of a firearm in a firearm-free zone and possession of drug paraphernalia. They have been booked into Lincoln Parish Detention Center where they are awaiting bond.

Earlier today (Tuesday, April 8), a police department investigator visited Douglas Hall Room 145 as a part of the ongoing investigation started on March 24. After knocking, the investigator found dorm room resident Taylor and visitor Mingo.  There was a smell of burnt marijuana, prompting the investigator to seek room search consent. Taylor provided consent and a search yielded a substantial amount of marijuana, packaged and ready for sale.  In addition to the marijuana, officers confiscated a .45 caliber semi-auto handgun, and a large amount of cash.

On Monday (April 7), the GSU police department obtained a warrant for the arrest of Demario James Jackson, 22, of Arcadia, La., for home invasion, criminal conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is being pursued by law enforcement officials, and his total bond is $70,000. In addition, Daryl Shaw, age unknown, of Gibsland, La., has a warrant for his arrest.

Jones said this week’s arrests and warrants are the result of an ongoing investigation. According to the GSU police department, a series of events unfolded from mid March through today. There was a March 17 incident involving several GSU students and non-students, resulting in an aggravated battery committed on Mingo. An investigation determined that the incident resulted from an argument. Then, on March 24, there was a home invasion at 145 Douglas Hall on the campus, involving five or six young men. A 16-year-old juvenile was arrested and charged with home invasion, criminal conspiracy, and misrepresentation at booking.

“We anticipate additional arrests as the investigation continues,” said Jones. “No one is exempt from an investigation on campus if they are in violation of the law. We welcome all information and tips, anonymous or otherwise. Students and others can talk with any campus official, not just the police.”

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April 8, 2014

GSU Black Tie Event Raises Scholarship Dollars for Students

Grambling State University President Pogue is hosting a scholarship gala Friday night, including big band music and a Harlem Renaissance theatrical tribute

GRAMBLING, LA. — Grambling State University presents the President’s Black Tie Scholarship Gala on Friday (April 11). The event will include a social, dinner and a theatrical production, “A Tribute to the Harlem Renaissance.”

“The main purpose is to look into the contributions of Afro-Americans in visual and performing arts,” said King David Godwin, interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “This is a tribute to our ancestors and the legacies of these artists.”

During the theatrical performance, 17 GSU student singers and eight student performers will highlight some of the personalities from the Harlem Renaissance.  The Harlem Renaissance, (1919-1929) was a black cultural movement centered in New York City and included urban areas in the Northeast and Midwest of the nation, largely in Harlem.  The GSU students will perform skits, solo and group songs and other lively entertainment.

The social starts at 5:30 p.m. The program starts at 6 p.m.

Before the guests enjoy the student talents, they will enjoy a delightful dinner the World Famed Tiger Marching Band band room, which will be transformed into a GSU “Cotton Club.” The Cotton Club was a white-only establishment where many well-known black entertainers and jazz musicians played. 

The GSU Show Band will play music played at the Cotton Club, including sounds from Lena Horne, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Cab Holloway, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. The band features five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, a male vocalist, a female vocalist, a pianist, a bass guitarist, an electric guitar, a drummer and a percussionist.

“This gala gives people in the community a chance to come and see students in action,” said Larry Pannell, GSU’s director of bands. “Some of the people who are attending will relate to the music of this era that they usually do not hear every day.”

The last day to purchase tickets is today (April 8). The tickets are $100 per person and $50 for students. Make payable to Grambling University Foundation, Inc.  Payroll deduction is available for employees.  For more information please contact Rose Wright in Institutional Advancement at 318-274-2217 or email wrightr@gram.edu.

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April 4, 2014

Grambling State Announces Education Professionals Career Fair

Grambling State University welcomes over 40 school districts from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi and Texas to recruit future education professionals.

GRAMBLING, La. — The Education Professionals Career Fair, sponsored by the Office of Career Development and Placement at Grambling State University, will link entry-level and experienced candidates with school districts from Louisiana, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi and Texas.

This event will be held on April 11 in the Black and Gold Room of the Favrot Student Union. The career fair begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Professional attire is required.

More than 40 school districts will interview attendees. Participating school districts include Caddo Parish Public Schools (La.), Eldorado Public Schools (Ark.), Academy for Urban School Leadership – Chicago Teacher Residency Program (Ill.), and Irving Independent School District (Texas). A list of the school districts can be found at https://grambling-csm.symplicity.com/events/ and clicking “Participants” at “Spring 2014 Education Professionals Career Fair.”

For more information about the Education Professionals Career Fair, contact Garnesha Beck at beckg@gram.edu or 318-274-2346.

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GSU President Retires in Fifth Year

Grambling State University President Pogue announces that he is retiring, for the fourth time in his professional career, effective June 30

Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue announces his retirement after 5 years.
GSU President Frank G. Pogue announces
his retirement after 5 years.

GRAMBLING, La. (April 4, 2014)— Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue has announced that he has resigned and he is scheduled to work his last day at the university on June 30. “A lot has been accomplished, and a lot of good things are still happening at Grambling State University,” said Pogue, “but it is time for someone else to lead this fine institution.”

In a prepared statement released to the media and the Grambling State University community, Pogue, who started his tenure as the GSU president as a temporary job to help the institution with a transition, became the permanent president six months after starting. Grambling State University has such a historic past, and a strong future, and I am honored that I have had this wonderful opportunity to follow a number of strong GSU leaders,” said Pogue.

The president said he has discussed the timing of his departure for a few months, and he said he informed Sandra Woodley, president of the University of Louisiana System, Wednesday that he was stepping down effective June 30. He said he will help prepare for a presidential transition.

The Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System confirmed Pogue’s appointment as interim president of Grambling State University on December 15, 2009. The job became permanent on July 1, 2010 when the board officially changed his title, dropping the word “interim” and making him GSU’s eighth president. “I was thrilled to accept the invitation to serve this historic and visible institution,” recalled Pogue.

Pogue acknowledged that the last few years have been challenging as the university’s state funding was cut by more than 56 percent. Still, he emphasized, there were – and there continue to be – many good things happening at GSU. Pogue said he and first lady Dorothy Pogue will move to their home in Delaware, near their daughter and their two grandsons. He said he will return to his academic consulting work, retiring for good after retiring three times before this retirement announcement. “I promised Dot that this would be it,” he said.

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