August 7, 2014

Dr. Loretta Walton-Jaggers of Grambling State University

Named LRA Educator of the Year

Louisiana Readers Association (LRA) honored Dr. Walton-Jaggers at its Annual Educator of the Year Banquet on July 25th in Marksville, LA.
Louisiana Readers Association (LRA) honored
Dr. Walton-Jaggers at its Annual Educator of the
Year Banquet on July 25th in Marksville, LA.

GRAMBLING, LA – Dr. Loretta Walton-Jaggers, a seasoned educator at Grambling State University was recently named Louisiana Reading Association’s Educator of the Year. Dr. Jaggers is a professor of Education Curriculum and Instruction and is the founder and coordinator of the annual Spring Reading Conference promoting university, school, and community partnerships at Grambling State University since 1995.

“I am elated for being chosen for this distinguished honor. I love to read as well as teaching others to read. This field has opened many doors of opportunities as well as travel. I’ve traveled throughout the United States, Jamaica, and the Czech Republic while attending reading conferences,” states Dr. Walton-Jaggers.

Louisiana Readers Association (LRA) honored Dr. Walton-Jaggers at its Annual Educator of the Year Banquet on July 25th in Marksville, LA.  “Dr. Jaggers has been a member of LRA and IRA for 22 years. In addition, she has been very instrumental in curriculum development at Grambling State University. She co-authored the book, Developing Literacy Skills Across the Curriculum, and articles used in the development of courses in the university’s teacher education program.  Dr. Walton-Jaggers is also the Principle Investigator and Director of the 2014 LA GEAR UP Summer Bridge Program at GSU, sponsored by a grant provided by the Louisiana Office of Financial Assistance (LOSFA)), the program provides opportunities for first semester freshmen to enhance their Reading/Literacy, Math and English skills as well as college and career readiness.

“We are grateful to Dr. Walton-Jaggers for her role in literacy education in Louisiana and congratulate her on this recognition,” says Lena M. Sparacio, M. Ed., Chairperson, Awards and Citations Committee.

The Louisiana Reading Association, one of the largest professional educational organizations in the state, has been promoting and advocating for literacy for more than 50 years. LRA works closely with the International Reading Association and local reading councils, promoting and dispensing research based literacy information to its more than 53,000 members in the U. S. and worldwide. In addition, the LRA provides professional development opportunities for educators and advocates for practices that improve reading instruction and support the best interests of all learners and reading professionals.

NOTE: Photo – Dr. Loretta Walton-Jaggers

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July 21, 2014

GSU 2014 LA GEAR UP Wraps Up for the Summer

Summer Bridge Program Comes to a Close

Grambling, La. – Grambling State University’s 2014 LA GEAR UP Summer Bridge Program, “College Success Scholars – Bridges to Achievement” focused on various bridges or program components to expand and enhance students’ college and career readiness skills.  The bridges were designed to increase awareness and expectations of college while developing and enhancing knowledge and skills for academic achievement and career success.  This program has operated every year since its inception in 2005.

Previously, this program operated for two weeks, but with additional funding granted by the State of Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LA GEAR UP) in the amount of $410,050, the program continued for six weeks.  Dr. Loretta Walton Jaggers, Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is the program director.

The program has two themes.  Bridges to Achievement is the academic theme that consisted of college courses (6 hours), focused tutoring/study hall workshop, academic support workshops and study skills/time management workshops. The second theme is the 3 R’s – Recreation, Relaxation, Rewards which consisted of recreational and sports activities, a movie night, a 4th of July barbeque, and field trips. Lead counselor and Grambling alum Khris Hobbs stated, “I LOVE THIS PROGRAM! I have seen the impact that it can and has made on our youth. We have the opportunity to work with and get to know some amazing students. The bond/connection that is formed goes deeper than the short time that they are with us. Here at Grambling, we make sure that we do all we can for our students.”

There were 25 students enrolled in the program this year.  Each student came from high schools that are members of the LA GEAR UP program. Students Anthonica Johnson and Jameshaulyn B. Fernandez both from Plaquemine, Louisiana, felt that the summer bridge program was “absolutely incredible and amazing.”  “I have grown so much over the past six weeks,” says Anthonica. “We were privileged with the opportunity to meet incredible people, receive free college credits and a head start in college,” states Fernandez. Both students felt that they met their goals and will encourage others to take part in the summer program.

Last Friday, the program came to a close with an “Excellence in Achievement Awards Dinner.” Students and counselors were presented with awards and acknowledgements from the program organizers. Some of the participants were able to showcase their talents as well. One of the attending students, JaBryson Jones from New Iberia, put it nicely, “By giving up the freedom in front of me, I was able to gain the success before me.” May these students have much success and a promising future!

NOTE: Photo attached: 2014 LA GEAR UP Summer Bridge Program Class

IMG-3588 – taken by Mr. Khris Hobbs

2014 GSU LA GEAR UP participants and counselors pose for a group photo in the student union.
2014 GSU LA GEAR UP participants and counselors pose for a group photo in the student union.

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July 11, 2014

Sounds of Music Heard Around Grambling State University

54th Annual Band Camp

Band Camp students practice to improve their skills at the 54th Annual GSU Band Camp.
Band Camp students practice to improve their skills at the 54th Annual GSU Band Camp.
Band Camp students practice to improve their
skills at the 54th Annual GSU Band Camp.

Grambling, La. – In 1960 Grambling State University legendary band director Dr. Conrad Hutchinson formed a band camp for high school and junior high school students. Fifty-four years later the tradition continues. Under the direction of Dr. Larry Pannell and his band camp staff, future musicians and possibly future Gramblinites are trained to improve their musicianship.

This year the camp has 475 students who traveled from Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana to take part in marching and educational sessions. Band Director Dr. Larry Pannell stated, “I am happy to have the camp back into existence and we are looking forward to getting back up to 800 students or more per camp year. The camp has come a long way from the old Dunbar Hall to the state-of-the-art Conrad Hutchinson Performing Arts building. We are able to teach our style of music so that the kids can go back home and share what they learned at camp, the Grambling way.”

The students experience college life and have access to a state-of-the-art facility. Trae Smith, a 13 year old camper from Tulsa, Oklahoma who plays saxophone said, “They teach me a better way to play the saxophone. I kind of sucked in the beginning but I am getting a lot better. I enjoy being here. This is my first time and I will be back next year.”

Camp director and alumnus Israel Charles, Class of ’88 stated, “One of the things we like most is that the kids are cooperative and are enjoying themselves. This is my third year as camp director; I attended the camp as a student leader in the mid-1980’s. We use the camp as a recruiting tool and many good musicians have come to Grambling. Our priority though is to make the student a better musician, appreciate the facilities for learning, come to know the campus and be a part of the band.”

Before the campers leave on Saturday they will be able to show off their skills and talents in a talent show scheduled for Thursday. The closing program will be an opportunity for folks on campus to come by the block party and listen to different band group’s show off their newly learned skills by beginners or advanced campers.

Grambling State University band camp is scheduled each year on the second week of July. Musical activities include are: concert band, marching band, jazz ensemble, orchestra, elementary theory and brass/percussion/woodwind and beginners band. The band camp instructors include university band personnel as well as high school and junior high school band directors. For additional information and to register for next year’s camp contact the university at 318-274-6257 or 318-274-6160, email: cowanj@gram.edu or write to Grambling State University Marching Band, P.O. Box 4238, GSU, Grambling, LA 71245.

NOTE:  Photos by Glenn Lewis, GSU Photography/Yearbook

GSU Band Camp Atendees practice together in preparation for the talent show.
GSU Band Camp Atendees practice together in preparation for the talent show.

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July 3, 2014

New Grambling State SGA President Travels to Germany

The 2014-15 SGA President will be the first ROTC cadet to represent Grambling State University in Vilsek, Germany

New SGA President and ROTC cadet, Eric Johnson is heading to Cadet Troop Leader Training Program in Vilsek, Germany.
New SGA President and ROTC cadet, Eric Johnson
is heading to Cadet Troop Leader Training
Program in Vilsek, Germany.

BY DEON JONES
Grambling State University Media Bureau

GRAMBLING, La. – Erik Johnson is a rising senior and an Army ROTC cadet heading to Germany for a special experience.

Of thousands of cadets across the nation, Johnson is the only cadet from Louisiana, the only cadet from Grambling State University and the only one from Louisiana heading to the Cadet Troop Leader Training program in Vilsek, Germany, which is six hours from Switzerland and four hours from Austria.

“This year is the first year Grambling State University has participated in sending its cadets overseas to be a part of the CTLT,” said Johnson during a recent interview on campus before traveling abroad recently.

Johnson, elected this spring as the 2014-2015 Grambling State University Student Government Association president, will spend three to four weeks with infantry units and serve in a lieutenant-level leadership role with active-duty units. All his expenses will be paid by the military. “I will be shadowing a lieutenant in the infantry unit. The infantry unit is the first line, fighting force of the military,” explained Johnson.

David Ponton said he’s impressed with Johnson and having a chance to go to Germany is a great opportunity.

 “I talk or meet with him every day,” said Ponton, GSU’s interim associate vice president of student affairs and dean of student affairs. “He calls me constantly. Nobody’s perfect but Erik is focused, disciplined and (has) his priorities in line. Germany is a wonderful opportunity, very well deserved, a very prestigious opportunity for him to represent the only HBCU invited.”

Johnson was a part of a Culture Awareness Learning Program (CULP) last year, where he worked with the Romanian Air Force in Romania, located at the crossroads of Southeastern and Central Europe.  “We taught English, interacted with soldiers and the Romanian community, fed the homeless, performed renovations on the military units (and) we performed maintenance on C130 (PUMAS) planes and jet fighters” recalled Johnson.

Johnson is scheduled to graduate with a bachelor’s in kinesiology and a minor in military science in 2015. When he does, he’ll become a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He wants to one day become an athletic director at Grambling State University.

“I love Grambling and one day I would actually like to be AD of GSU or go back to Dallas,” mentioned a confident Johnson, a native of Dallas.

Johnson, 21, will be the first SGA President at Grambling State University affiliated with the GSU ROTC Program. Johnson has a 3.5 GPA and will also be the only African American cadet to represent Grambling State University in Vilsek, Germany, this summer.

Johnson is one of more than 5,000 cadets leaving to go overseas this week (June 27). He will return August 30. Johnson ranks number three of 27 cadets in the GSU ROTC Program. Johnson is now a first lieutenant in the GSU ROTC Program. First lieutenants may serve as the platoon leader of a specialized weapons unit or as the executive officer of a company of 70 to 250 soldiers.

 

GSU SGA President Eric Johnson works with other GSU student in the SGA office.
GSU SGA President Eric Johnson works with other GSU student in the SGA office.

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June 26, 2014

Grambling State Presidential Transition Underway

Outgoing GSU President Frank G. Pogue helps provide smooth transition for incoming interim president Cynthia Warrick, who assumes university leadership Tuesday

Outgoing  President Frank G. Pogue shakes hands with incoming Interim President Cynthia Warrick as the university makes the transition to new leadership.
Outgoing President Frank G. Pogue shakes hands with incoming
Interim President Cynthia Warrick as the university makes
the transition to new leadership.

GRAMBLING, La. – Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue announced his decision to retire June 30 a few weeks ago but not without a plan to provide a smooth transition. That process is taking place this week as incoming interim president Cynthia Warrick splits her time between Grambling State and Baton Rouge as she prepares to start her tenure.

“It was important to me, and this fine institution, that we do something that isn’t done as often as it should happen,” said Pogue, who heads to his retirement home in Delaware soon. “It is rare in higher education that one president welcomes another, for a variety of reasons, but when it can happen it provides a wonderful opportunity for the incoming leader to hear some things directly from the outgoing president, face to face and eye to eye.”

“I decided I wanted to do that for whoever Grambling State University’s next leader would be, even before I knew it would be Dr. Warrick,” added Pogue. “But I’m glad I’ve had time to meet and dine with Dr. Warrick, and her husband, and to set up some key administration, faculty and staff meetings before she gets started and really digs in.”

Warrick, a pharmacist with extensive academic and research experience, is becoming GSU’s chief executive officer from her role as senior fellow at the Center for Minority Health Services Research at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is scheduled to be confirmed as Grambling State’s interim president by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors at its Friday (June 27) meeting.

In advance of that action and her July 1 start, Pogue provided Warrick with several opportunities to talk with and hear from various university groups and teams, including finance and administration, athletics, academic affairs, music, student affairs, institutional planning and as well as students.

“It was a nice opportunity to see many of the people with whom I will be working,” said Warrick. “I enjoyed meeting administrators, faculty and staff, especially students who are our reason for existence.”

Pogue and first lady Dorothy Pogue dined with Warrick and her husband, Jan Jasper, in the presidential dining hall Tuesday night, a quiet, quaint opportunity to more casually discuss life at Grambling State University. The Pogues are moving out of Johnson Place, the president’s home, and Warrick and  her husband are moving in.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Warrick has served as interim president at South Carolina State University; dean and chief research officer and professor of pharmacy at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina; associate professor and director of environmental & occupational health at Florida A&M University and assistant professor in the Division of Management, Policy & Community Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston.

Warrick earned a doctoral degree in environmental science and public policy at George Mason University, a master’s degree in public policy from Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Howard University.

Interim President Cynthia Warrick poses with GSU students and family members as she prepares to lead the university.
Interim President Cynthia Warrick poses with GSU students and family members as she prepares to lead the university.

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