October 6, 2010

Grambling State Announces Host Hotel for State Farm Bayou Classic

GRAMBLING, LA—The JW Marriott New Orleans will serve as the host hotel for Grambling State University fans and alumni during the 37th annual State Farm Bayou Classic which will be held November 26-28, 2010.

The gridiron matchup between the Tigers and the Jaguars is Saturday, November 27 at 1 p.m. in the Louisiana Superdome.

Reservations can be made by contacting the JW Marriott and mentioning group code gtvgtva. Room rates are $169 per night, excluding taxes.

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JW Marriott New Orleans
614 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
504.525.6500
www.marriott.com (Group code: gtvgtva)

 

Grambling State Sets Course for A New Beginning

Dr. Frang G. Pogue outlines course for a new beginning at fall convocation.

GRAMBLING, LA- “The university is ready to embark upon a new beginning by building on the many successes of the past,” explained Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue during his recent State of the University address at the Fall Convocation.

Dr. Pogue informed the university community of his priorities for the upcoming academic year, and senior administrators presented divisional accomplishments.

He also told university personnel, students and community members that Grambling State University continues to face some of the greatest financial challenges in the history of the institution.

In addressing these challenges, the university is actively engaging the university community in an inclusive planning process which touches every facet of the university and is designed to improve the overall viability and operational effectiveness of the university.

The president noted that the recently initiated LA GRAD Act is forcing Grambling State University and all public institutions in the state of Louisiana to compete with one another for dwindling state resources. “We have reached a point in which very good is not good enough. Excellence is not only an expectation but a requirement for the success of this institution,” said Dr. Pogue.

Dr. Pogue also explained that the university’s top five priorities for the 2010-11 academic year are:

  1. To enhance academic quality by building on the strengths and accomplishments of the university
  2. To develop and implement an Enrollment Management and Retention Plan
  3. To develop fundraising and friend-raising initiatives
  4. To improve campus facilities
  5. To enhance marketing and public relations efforts

Dr. Frank G. Pogue speaks before the crowd at fall convocation.

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Director of Public Relations
Grambling State University
GSU Box 4268
100 Robinson Street
Grambling, LA 71245
(318) 274-2560 Office

 

Grambling State’s Provost Honored in Baton Rouge

Dr. Connie Walton, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

GRAMBLING, LA— Dr. Connie Walton, Interim Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Grambling State University, was honored as one of the Most Powerful Women in Louisiana during the Louisiana Women’s Conference in Baton Rouge on September 17.

Dr. Frank G. Pogue, President of Grambling State University said, “I am very excited by Dr. Walton’s accomplishment. She is a constant reminder of the excellent preparation our students receive at Grambling State University.”

Dr. Walton was appointed to her most recent position in January 2010 by Dr. Pogue.

The senior academic official is a tenured faculty in Chemistry, who received a B.S. in Chemistry from Grambling State University and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi,

To her credit, Dr. Walton served as a member of the State of Louisiana’s Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence for one year (2006-2007) and the Board of Regents Chief Articulation Officers for Grambling State University for 2008-2009.

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Director of Public Relations
Grambling State University
GSU Box 4268
100 Robinson Street
Grambling, LA 71245
(318) 274-2560 Office

 

October 5, 2010

Grambling State Receives Title III SAFRA Grant

GRAMBLING, LA—Grambling State University was recently awarded $1.2 million in Title III funding as a part of the HBCU–Institutional Aid Program from the U.S. Department of Education. The funds from the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) grant are anticipated to continue over the next ten years.

The University developed a grant proposal to fund specific technological and facility improvements to enhance the quality of education and the academic environment for Grambling State University students. The University will use these federal funds to:

  • Develop a computer lab in the College of Business,
  • Make necessary renovations/improvements to heating, air conditioning, and other systems in campus facilities,
  • Make renovations in the library as well as purchase library books and periodicals, and
  • Enhance the efforts of the Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) through the use of smart class rooms and other technological advancements.

Although heralded in the media as a “jackpot,” the university was anticipating the award and had previously factored these restricted federal funds into current budget projections.

For additional information on Title III program funds, contact Beverly Hill-Hercules, Executive Director of Title III Programs at (318) 274-6448.

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Director of Public Relations
Grambling State University
GSU Box 4268
100 Robinson Street
Grambling, LA 71245
(318) 274-2560 Office

 

Grambling State President Receives Financial Report

GRAMBLING, LA—Grambling State University President Dr. Frank G. Pogue recently received a comprehensive financial status report from McDemmond and Associates, a Pompano Beach, Fla.-based consulting firm.

Pogue requested the review following his appointment as president of Grambling State University. The GSU leader said, “This review is something that anyone taking over as president should do to ensure the financial stability of an institution they are charged with overseeing. I am very pleased with the information and analysis we have received and have already enacted several of the recommendations”.

The consulting firm was selected based on the professional expertise of Dr. Marie McDemmond, who serves as principal in the firm. Dr. McDemmond is President Emeritus of Norfolk State University where she served as president from 1997 to 2006. She also served as Vice President for Finance, CFO and Chief Operating Officer of Florida Atlantic University from 1988 to 1997.

McDemmond said, “It is my pleasure to work under the strong leadership of Dr. Pogue in reviewing the university’s financial position and to serve as a financial consultant to the university. The review process and the report are critical tools for the president as he assumes his new role. The report is a great resource for critical decision-making during these times of drastic budget cuts and will assist Dr. Pogue in establishing short and long-term goals for the financial stability and viability of the university.”

Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration Leon Sanders said, “The report is very timely as the university has identified several opportunities that will improve the way the university operates.”

Sanders went on to note that the university has improved staffing capacity by hiring a payroll manger and an assistant comptroller for grants and administration. The university has also finalized negotiations with a new comptroller, who is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 30 years of experience in LA state agencies and higher education. The university recently contracted the Green Accounting firm to assist with year-end closing and the preparation of an annual financial report.

During the upcoming fiscal year, the university will continue to hire critical staff and make necessary organizational improvements. “It is important to note that policy evaluation, development and implementation are time intensive tasks and many of the necessary changes will take time,” said Sanders.

The university is working with the legislative auditor and the UL System to ensure that the university is operating in compliance with state regulations. “The university has carefully reviewed all of the issues identified by the legislative auditor and has implemented strategies to ensure the financial integrity of the university,” Sanders said.

McDemmond affirms that the services of her firm will be available to the university for as long as deemed necessary by the president.

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Director of Public Relations
Grambling State University
GSU Box 4268
100 Robinson Street
Grambling, LA 71245
(318) 274-2560 Office

 

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