August 31, 2012

Port City Gala Golf Tournament Postponed

Scholarship scramble tournament will be rescheduled

GRAMBLING, LA.  -  Due to the inclement weather caused by Hurricane Isaac and subsequent storms, the inaugural Grambling State University Port City Gala Golf Tournament has been postponed.

The tournament was scheduled to be held at 1 p.m.  Friday, August 31 at the Golf Club at Stonebridge in Bossier City. The event will be rescheduled for a later date.

The golf tournament is a fundraising event to raise money to fund scholarships for deserving students. The cost is $150 per two-person team to participate in this scramble tournament.
The Grambling State University Institutional Advancement office will continue to accept golf team registrations. For more information, see http://www.portcityclassic.org/PC%202012%20GOLF%20TOURNAMENT_BROCHURE.pdf, call 318-274-2217 and/or visit www.gram.edu for updates.

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Port City Classic Still on for Saturday

GRAMBLING, LA – The City of Shreveport and Grambling State University Athletic Officials have been and will be in constant contact with the National Weather Service in Shreveport to monitor the weather for the upcoming Port City Classic. The Grambling Tiger season opener is still scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium. Meteorologists have forecasted that the weather system currently in our area should be well north of Shreveport by Saturday and should not pose any threat to the Port City Classic festivities. In the event that the weather system does make an impact on Shreveport, officials have stated that the contingency plan is to play the game Sunday, September 2, at 5 p.m. As of now, it is not expected that the game will be moved as the National Weather Service continues to predict the storm will be completely out of the area by game-time Saturday. Kick-off of the 2012 Port City Classic featuring the Grambling State University Tigers and the Alcorn State University Braves is slated for Saturday at 6 p.m. at Independence Stadium. Tickets will be on sale starting at 9 a.m. at the stadium

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August 29, 2012

University Cancels Classes Today, Thursday and Friday

Classes will resume Tuesday; offices closed today, Thursday

GRAMBLING, LA. - Due to the anticipated impact of Hurricane Isaac, all classes will be cancelled at 4:00 p.m. today. Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. Due to the cancellation of classes, registration will be extended.

(All Employees) Administrative offices will close at 4:00 p.m. today and resume on Friday, August 31st at 8:00 a.m. Essential student and campus service functions will be available during the closure in order to provide services to resident students. Hours of operation for those facilities will be posted on the university web page.

Additional information will be provided should weather conditions warrant any changes. Please continue to check the university web page for updates.

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August 28, 2012

West Campus Annex Event Postponed

Storm conditions and university preparations to secure safety of campus while preparing to receive evacuees delays opening until September 5

GRAMBLING, La. – Due to the weather anticipated from the storm in the Gulf of Mexico, Grambling State University has postponed its Grambling State University West Campus Annex ribbon cutting from Wednesday, August 29 to Wednesday, September 5. The event will be held at 9 a.m.

“The addition of this campus is a historic and important event for the university, but we won’t proceed and put our university community or the general community at risk,” said President Frank G. Pogue. “We are working to make sure our Grambling family is safe in the coming days, and we look forward to seeing everyone on the morning of September 5.”

Pogue and a host of university alumni, Grambling city and Lincoln parish appointed and elected officials and others will unveil the university’s newest campus for academic, housing and program expansion next week.

Join the university at 9 a.m. on September 5 for the formal opening of the new campus at the site of the former Ruston Developmental Center, near the West Campus administration building and the new Grambling State University-West Campus sign.

Meet the city, state and university officials who helped make this happen. Hear some of the history about the property. Find out how the university plans to use the campus for additional student housing options. Hear a vision about how the university will enhance its academic profile with this additional space. Learn how the university will continue its tradition of being an active, engaging and welcoming part of the Grambling-Ruston community. The university’s world-famous marching band will perform.

The street address is 2776 Highway 150 in Ruston. The campus is about two miles from the main campus, near Hyatt Road and Highway 563. Look for a black fence and a large Grambling State University West Campus sign.

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Storm Preparations Underway

University prepares campus for possibility of evacuees, safety of faculty, staff and students

GRAMBLING, LA. –  As Tropical Storm Isaac heads toward Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, Grambling State University’s emergency response team is preparing faculty, staff and students for the worst and making plans to accommodate students from Xavier University in New Orleans.

The university may be used for emergency medical treatment and limited shelter assistance in the event of an emergency related to the storm. Grambling State is communicating with students from the New Orleans and southern Louisiana communities where their families might be affected and preparing students who may not have experienced such storms in their home cities and towns. The facilities and housing staffs are busy securing bunks, cots and water as well as checking emergency generators, purchasing plastic and nails.

“We are a caring institution and we will do everything necessary, and possible, to first and foremost to protect our university citizens,” said Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue. “We have planned for emergencies such as this and we’re implementing elements of that plan.”

“Our emergency team met this morning and we’re continuing to have subcommittee meetings and conversations to make sure everything goes smoothly,” added Ellen Smiley, university coordinator of the emergency response team. “We take our responsibilities seriously. Fortunately, we just reviewed our emergency response plans and we even did a mock drill. We’re prepared and we will be ready.”

Smiley said the team is divided into several sub groups, each responsible for a specific set of duties and responsibilities. She said the university has an emergency agreement with Xavier University in New Orleans and Grambling State is preparing to receive up to 100 Xavier students. Smiley said there are numerous things that need to be done and the team is working to anticipate as many needs as possible using the prepared emergency plan.

Smiley said the university remains open for all administrators, faculty, staff and students and classes are continuing until further notice.  University employees and students are encouraged to monitor the university website and KGRM-FM for updates.

NOTE: Corrects status of university storm preparations. The institution has not yet been designated a federal emergency facility.

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