July 17, 2012

Grambling Joins 2012 Preseason Women’s NIT Field

The 16-team field for the 2012 Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament has been announced, and Grambling State University’s women’s basketball team will join the tournament field.

Eleven of the 16 teams are coming off of postseason berths. Other than Grambling, the field features Davidson, Delaware, Duquesne, Georgetown, Illinois State, Iowa, Kennesaw State, Liberty, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Morehead State, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Sacred Heart and Sam Houston State.

The Preseason WNIT kicks off the women’s college basketball season and will be played Nov. 9-18 in a three-game guarantee championship format. The bracket is expected to be announced soon. Here’s a snapshot of the field:

- Grambling State new head coach Patricia Bibbs returns to her alma mater with three starters back from a 15-15 team out of the Southwestern Athletics Conference. Bibbs is the only coach in the country to amass at least 500 wins at a Historically Black Colleges and University, and she returns to a program that she built with eight conference titles in her previous 13 years.
Davidson returns its top four players from a 22-9 team that shared top honors in the Southern Conference and played in the Postseason WNIT. Michele Savage (SoCon Coach of the Year) led the team to its best conference showing in school history, and returns SoCon Player of the Year Sophia Aleksandravisius and first-teamer Laura Murray.
Delaware is the hands-on favorite to repeat as Colonial champs and make a postseason run with All-American Elena Delle Donne returning for her final season with the starting lineup intact. Delle Donne led the nation last year in scoring, averaging 28.1 points a game for the 31-2 Blue Hens, who finished the season ranked 14th in the country.
Duquesne returns four starters from a 20-12 team that advanced to the postseason and chalked up its fourth straight 20-win season. The defensive-minded Dukes have played in the postseason four straight years.
Georgetown welcomes back All-American Sugar Rodgers, who led the Big East in scoring with 18.5 points a game during conference play. The Hoyas (23-9) finished the season ranked 17th in the nation and were ranked in the Top 25 all year.
Illinois State has made six straight trips to the postseason, and returns four starters from a 19-13 team that took second in the Missouri Valley after being picked to finish sixth. Stephanie Glance was named the conference Coach of the Year after leading the Redbirds to their sixth straight season of finishing first or second in conference play, and Jamie Russell was named the conference Newcomer of the Year.
Iowa hopes to get back leading scorer Jaime Printy in time for the start of the Preseason WNIT, after Printy tore her ACL in February. The rest of the team picked it up when Printy went down, though, as the Hawkeyes (19-12, 11-5) won their final eight conference games to finish second in the Big Ten Conference. Lisa Bluder has led Iowa to five straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Kennessaw State gets all five starters back after advancing to the Atlantic Sun Tournament semifinal round. Nitra Perry replaces retired Colby Tilley, and A-Sun Freshman of the Year Taylor Mills returns for the Lady Owls (14-17 a year ago).
Liberty head coach Carey Green took the Flames to their 13th conference crown and set a Big South record for most league wins along the way with a 16-2 conference mark. Liberty gets three starters back from that 24-9 team, including first-teamer Devon Brown and Big South All-Freshman Reagan Miller.
Memphis has had three straight 20-win seasons, including last year’s 25-8 mark and 13-3 record for a second-place finish in Conference USA. The 25 wins under coach Melissa McFerrin are the program’s most wins in 30 years.
Middle Tennessee won another Sun Belt title with a perfect 16-0 record, and finished 26-7 overall on the way to its sixth NCAA showing in the past seven years. Rick Insell’s teams have posted 20-win seasons all seven years, and this fall could be the beginning of another, with all five starters back on the court.
Morehead State graduated two seniors from a 10-19 team that looks to be stronger this year in the Ohio Valley Conference with the addition of a strong recruiting class.
North Carolina gets its top two scorers and rebounders back from a 20-11 program that has won four ACC titles in the last eight years. Coach Sylvia Hatchell will enter her 27th season as one of just four Division I coaches with 800 wins. 
Northern Illinois (14-17) was young last year under second-year head coach Kathi Bennett, but returns the bulk of its scoring and rebounding this fall with three starters back on the court and only two seniors gone from a still-young lineup.
Sacred Heart returns four starters from a 25-8 team that won the Northeastern Conference and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Pioneers have finished in the top three every year in conference play in the last 12 years under Ed Swanson.
Sam Houston is coming off of postseason play after earning an 18-12 overall record and 12-4 mark in the Southland Conference. The Bearkats won the West Division championship by posting the school’s most league wins in more than a decade. The future is bright, too, with the top four players returning for coach Brenda Nichols.

The Preseason WNIT features a three-game guarantee format. The event opens Nov. 9 with first-round games. Second-round games will be played Nov. 11; semifinals will be Nov. 14-15; and the championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 18.  Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on the second weekend, Nov. 16-17. All games are hosted by participating schools.

In last year’s Preseason WNIT, No. 1 Baylor defeated No. 2 Notre Dame on its way to history’s only perfect 40-0 season.

For more information, contact Santoria Black, Grambling’s sports information director, at 318-274-6562 or WNIT Director Renee Carlson at 970-672-0557. Or, visit the website at www.womensnit.com.

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July 13, 2012

Small Business Training Offered

Small Business Training Offered
 Operation JumpStart: First Step helps with practical, hands-on training

GRAMBLING, La. – A special group of entrepreneurs pursuing dreams of small business ownership are studying business fundamentals and gaining practical, hands-on experience in a free program offered by Grambling State University.

The College of Business and the Office of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning have teamed up to provide a six-week course, Operation JumpStart: First Step, a nationally-recognized, successful training model for people considering starting or expanding a small business.  The curriculum teaches participants essential small business planning and preparation skills.  The program starts this week, and classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., continuing through mid-August.

Applications are required and can be obtained from Dr. John Nwoha in Grambling State University’s Jacob T. Stewart Building, Room 342, or by calling Nwoha at 318-274-2463. If you would like to be considered, or if you want to register, call Ms. Wanda Jacobs at 318-274-3185.

Supporting partners include the Greater Northern Louisiana Community Development Cooperation (GNLCDC) and the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce (GCCC) as well as others.  The six-week small business training course is open to the public. 

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July 12, 2012

Grambling Appoints New Communications Chief

Grambling Appoints New Communications Chief
  Prominent educator, journalist assumes
 public relations, communications role

GRAMBLING, La. –  Will Sutton, a Louisiana native who studied communications and journalism in high school and college then went on to a successful career as a newspaper reporter and editor has joined Grambling State University as acting Director of Public Relations and Communications, effective immediately.

“We have enjoyed having Will on campus as a visiting professor, and we’re thrilled that he’s agreed to stay and help us communicate all the good news about our wonderful university,” President Frank D. Pogue said. “We know someone of his caliber will automatically have respect from his media peers and our academic community, and we know he can help us.”

Sutton joined Grambling on January 1 as the Reynolds Visiting Professor of Business Journalism in the Department of Mass Communication with a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. He has brought real-world journalism experience to the classroom and started a much-heralded, strictly optional professional development program that challenges mass communication majors with high expectations and standards.

“As a native of New Orleans, I’ve known about Grambling for a long, long time,” said Sutton, 57, a graduate of Hampton Institute (University) and former president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), 1999-2001. “To be a part of GramFam means a lot, and I look forward to helping the university, and the media, as I benefit from an association with Grambling.”

Sutton, a graduate of Hampton Institute (University), is a Nieman Fellow, attending Harvard University in 1987-88. He has been a street reporter and led award-winning journalism teams.  He has held several senior management positions at daily newspapers, including Gannett, Knight Ridder and McClatchy newspapers such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and the Post-Tribune in Indiana. He started his newspaper career as a summer intern at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He has been active in journalism and media circles for years, helping to judge numerous contests, including the Pulitzer Prize. He was the Scripps Howard Endowed Professor at Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, where he founded and directed a widely-heralded writing program, the Academy of Writing Excellence (AWE). AWE students went on to internships with NBC, MSNBC, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Daily Press in Newport News, Va., the United Way and elsewhere. He started a similar program at Grambling.

In addition to his public relations and communications duties, Sutton will advise students, helping them gain the knowledge and skills needed to be successful interns and professional journalists and media professionals. Sutton is an Eagle Scout, and he’s been active as a Boy Scout leader since before the birth of his son.

A second-generation, lifetime member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Sutton is married to Cheryl Franey Sutton and they have one son, Tre, 17. He is a lifetime member of NABJ and a member of several professional organizations, including the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). Learn more about Sutton at http://www.linkedin.com/in/willsutton.

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