July 30, 2012

Grambling State University, USDA, Others Host “Big Event”

Saturday business event includes budding entrepreneurs, community members

By Grambling State University Media Bureau

GRAMBLING, La – If you are dying to be in business, or in business and want to ramp up your prospects and success, you want to be at the first-ever Big Event at Grambling State University on Saturday (Aug. 4).

Carl N. Wright, dean of Grambling State’s College of Business, said the seminar is the first of its kind at the university and is believed to be the first of its kind in the area.  He said it was the idea of Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue that the university should host some kind of activity targeting business people generally, especially those who need to learn more about land management. In a short matter of time, he said that Trailblazer RC&D formed a committee, made up of USDA agencies, and launched this effort.

“These issues are important to all of us. They are bread and butter matters, business dealings that have an impact on things we do nearly every day,” said Wright. “Most of us just don’t think about it, unless and until we’re involved.”

“In so many cases underserved customers are not aware of the various assistance that is available through USDA so therefore they have had limited participation in the various programs,” said Dexter R. Sapp, a resource conservationist on the water resources staff of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alexandria. “While NRCS has participated in Career Days/Job Fairs at various universities, including GSU, for a number of years, to my knowledge, this is the first time that an RC&D Council here in Louisiana has teamed up with a University and various USDA Agencies to conduct such an event.”

A featured general session will focus on “Mineral Rights: Oil and Gas Leasing Considerations,” examining how to value mineral rights, mineral rights contract negotiations, environmental impact and land value impact from the extraction of mineral deposits and other mineral rights considerations.

USDA defines its underserved customers as “individuals or groups who have not participated in or have received limited benefits from USDA programs.”

The event will be held on campus in the Favrot Student Union Black and Gold Room. The activity will start with a free breakfast and registration at 9 a.m., continuing with concurrent workshops at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. The program includes a free lunch for those who register in advance.
The organizers encourage anyone interested in attending, though the focus is on farmers, ranchers, landowners, community leaders, business leaders and entrepreneurs to register as soon as possible.

More specifically, Wright said among those who will benefit are those who want to go into business for themselves; community and business leaders wanting to know about funding sources for community projects; people who want to know about funding sources for single- and multi-family projects; forest landowners who need to know more about how to manage and market forest products; pasture landowners who want to know more about proper land management; homeowners who want to learn about water quality and best practices in average homes; property owners with issues involving feral or wild hogs and hunters who want to learn more about managing property with whitetail deer and turkey.

 The planning committee members feel that  students can benefit, too. “Students interested in going into business for themselves as opposed to working for someone will definitely benefit,” said Wright. “Our Entrepreneurial Forum during the Big Event can help them.

“They can also find out about possible funding sources through USDA Rural Development Programs and learn about opportunities they might not know exist. If nothing else, they can take the information back to parents and others and help their families and friends.”

 Sapp said participants will “gain awareness of what services are offered through USDA, which consists of agencies funded by their tax dollars.  The assistance provided by USDA is made available at no charge to the customer and many people do not realize this.”

“The committee hopes that once the participants become aware of the various services and programs that are provided by USDA and Trailblazer RC&D that they will contact the office in their parish and actually participate in some of our great programs.”

GSU’s Project EMERALD Director Obadiah Simmons has been working with Wright, Sapp and Ellzey Simmons, CEO of the Trailblazer Resource Conservation & Development Council in Ruston to coordinate the program. Other sponsors and supporters include USDA Rural Development, USDA’s Natural Resources, USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Grambling State University’s Office of Continuing Education, Ms Barbara McIntyre, President of the Grambling Chamber of Commerce, and Entergy.

To register and reserve a seat, or for more information, call the Trailblazer RC&D office at 318-255-3554 or email Simmons at esimmons@trailblazer.org. Also, see http://www.trailblazer.org/OAO_1.htm

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Media Contact:
Will Sutton
318-533-5337
mediarelations@gram.edu

 

July 26, 2012

Grambling Nursing Students Successfully Pass Certifications

Grambling’s MSN grads maintain 100% pass rate on certification exams

GRAMBLING, La. –  Grambling State University’s 2011-2012 Master in Nursing (MSN) graduates have continued the tradition of 100% pass rate on the national certification exams.  This standard of excellence was established by Grambling’s first MSN graduating class of 1999.

“I am proud to say that our graduate program in nursing makes significant contribution to the health profession in the region,” said Rama Tunuguntla, Ph.D., interim dean of the university’s College of Professional Studies. “Our graduates applied themselves and we are proud of them. Our faculty produces top graduates and ensures that they pass their certification exams so that they can enter, what continues to be, a competitive profession.”

“I commend the faculty for their dedication in providing the necessary learning experiences for students, and the students for their hard work and commitment to become good healthcare professionals,” added Danita Potter, Ph.D., interim associate dean of the School of Nursing. “Our faculty work hard to challenge our students, making sure they build on their existing nursing knowledge and gain additional skills based on real-world practice.”

“We are very proud of this program of excellence,” added MSN Program Director Rhonda D. Hensley, Ed.D, APRN, BC. “Those in the nurse practitioner programs must complete the program plan of study, which includes a minimum of 700 clinical hours in a primary care health clinic during the course of their study time at GSU. When they receive their MSN diploma, they are eligible to take a national certification examination, which is required for them to achieve their advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) license from the state.

“The national pass rate for the national certification exams is 73%. Since our MSN program began, we have maintained 100% pass rate for the first time writers of their national certification exams, usually through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.”

Hensley noted that once “the graduates complete the program and pass their national certification examination, they will receive their APRN license which allows them prescriptive authority in the state, and the privilege of practicing primary health care in a clinic.”

Both the BSN and MSN programs of the Betty E. Smith School of Nursing are accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The MSN program offers three areas of concentration, which consist of Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator.

Learn more about the school and the MSN program at http://www.gram.edu/academics/majors/professional%20studies/departments/nursing/

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Media Contact:
Will Sutton
318-533-5337
mediarelations@gram.edu

 

July 24, 2012

Grambling State University Mourns Former First Lady

Lula Johnson, first lady for 17 years, died Sunday

GRAMBLING, La. – The Grambling State University family mourns the death of Lula Johnson, the wife of former president Dr. Joseph B. Johnson.

“The Grambling State University family joins all who knew and worked with Mrs. Johnson and Dr. Johnson our deepest sympathies,” said Frank G. Pogue, Ph.D. “Mrs. Johnson was the first lady of Grambling State University for more than 17 years. It may not be commonly known, but the first lady is the president’s biggest encourager and supporter.”

“Mrs. Lula Johnson was affectionately referred to as the Perfect First Lady,” said Ellen Smiley, Ph.D., executive assistant to President Pogue and a colleague and friend of the Johnsons. “She complimented her husband, President Joseph B. Johnson well, and she was a joy to all those who met her.

“"She was a very classy First Lady who was always polite,” added Janis Bluford, who was hired by President Johnson and now serves as President Pogue’s senior assistant. “I admired how 
she supported her husband as president of GSU and took care of her young 
triplets — Joey, Julie and Juliet. She was loved and admired by
 many."

Mrs. Johnson worked in Lincoln Parish and at the Alma J. Brown Elementary Laboratory School at Grambling State University as a supervising teacher for 14 years. She was a champion for family, children and her alma mater, Grambling State University.

Services will be held July 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Marks AME Church in Atlanta, GA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Education Fund of the St. Marks AME Church, 3605 Campbellton Road, SW, Atlanta, GA 30331.

The university will hold a service in honor of Mrs. Johnson in August. Details will follow.

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Media Contact:
Will Sutton
318-533-5337
mediarelations@gram.edu

 

July 23, 2012

Grambling President Responds to NCAA Decision

Eddie G. Robinson, Grambling State University’s legendary football coach, is the winningest Division I college football coach

GRAMBLING, La. – Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue welcomes the NCAA decisions regarding Pennsylvania State University and its football program, though he recognizes that today’s decisions result from a regrettable series of events.

“The Grambling State University family continues to recognize that what happened at Penn State University was an unfortunate tragedy that is much larger than athletics and football, said Pogue, Ph.D. “We support the NCAA’s decisions regarding the sanctions against Football Coach Joe Paterno. We will continue to acknowledge the legendary Eddie G. Robinson as the winningest Division I football coach in American history.  On a larger level, we will always respect and thank him for bringing integrity into sports and the culture of Grambling. We invite all of America to visit the Eddie G. Robinson museum, located on the campus of Grambling State University.”

“I have heard the name Eddie G. Robinson nearly all of my life. Having lived and worked for three years in the culture that Eddie G. Robinson created at Grambling and having spent more than 15 years as a university president in Penn State University’s culture and the ever-present shadow of the legendary Joe Paterno, I can easily understand the athletic greatness of Grambling State University and Penn State.  It is easy to see why these two highly successful coaching giants respected each other.  Because of the human being he was known to be, Eddie G. Robinson would have been the first person to express regrets about the tragedies that occurred at Penn State that led to the removal of Joe Paterno as head football coach of the Nittany Lions, and we at Grambling State University deeply respect the decision of the NCAA to strip Penn State of its wins from 1998 through 2011.

“We are proud that Coach Eddie Robinson will remain the winningest Division I football coach in the history of college football.

“As the Grambling family has said all along, regardless of the action of the NCAA, Eddie G. Robinson will forever be remembered as the coach with more football victories than anyone else in Division I.”

Learn more about the university and the museum see http://www.gram.edu
and http://www.robinsonmuseum.com

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President Pogue Speaking to Reporters at Press Conference.

Press and University Officials gather outside the Robinson Museum for a press conference.

Click here to view the press conference on our Youtube Channel .

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Media Contact:
Will Sutton
318-533-5337
mediarelations@gram.edu

 

July 20, 2012

GSU President Responds to NCAA Football Record Request

Grambling State University President Responds
 to NCAA Football Record Request

GRAMBLING, La. –  Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue today responded to a City of Grambling, La., mayor and city attorney request that the NCAA vacate some of Pennsylvania State University Coach Joe Paterno’s Division I football victories.

"Grambling State University is a proud institutional member of the city of Grambling, Louisiana and a proud member of the NCAA,” said Pogue. “We are as passionate about Coach Eddie Robinson’s legacy as anyone. This is an NCAA matter."

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Media Contact:
Will Sutton
318-533-5337
mediarelations@gram.edu

 

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