August 28, 2012

Grambling State Convocation Scheduled for Tuesday

President Frank G. Pogue addresses university community,
 providing academic, budget and enrollment updates

GRAMBLING, LA. –  Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue will update the university community about progress on the institution’s strategic initiatives with a focus on academics, budget and enrollment at the annual fall convocation at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at the T.H. Harris Auditorium on campus.

As the state of Louisiana and the University of Louisiana System go through challenging and difficult budget and financial circumstances, the university remains focused on its historical goals and mission. Pogue remains committed to the university providing an affordable, quality education to all undergraduate and graduate students, doing so with a focus on the universities priorities and goals established in the first year of Pogue’s presidency. The president will address academic successes and plans, budget needs and realities and the status of enrollment.

“I will update our administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community on what we have done and what we plan to do,” said Pogue, the university’s eighth president. “These 10 priorities are not window dressing. We live and work by and through each one daily, and our Grambling family deserves to know where we stand.”

Though the details of the new university new budget will not be finalized until the enrollment period ends, Pogue said he will prepare the university community for what is coming, providing a realistic view of what must be done and how the university will go about implementing some necessary but painful cuts. “I know everyone wants to know what we’re doing, and how,” added Pogue. “We have been deliberate and focused on what needs to be done and we will make smart decisions. I will tell our community about the types of things we’re looking into to make this difficult time work best.”

Attendees are encouraged to arrive at the auditorium early.

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August 24, 2012

Grambling State Football to Hold Fan and Media Day

Coach Doug Williams, coaches, players sign autographs, take photos Saturday morning

 GRAMBLING, LA. - Join the G-Men Saturday, August 25 at 9:30 a.m. as Grambling State University prepares to start the 2012 football season with a Fan and Media Day at the Robinson Stadium Support Facility and Practice Field near Hobdy Assembly Center.

Tiger fans will have the opportunity to get 2012 Tiger Football Schedule cards and posters, get autographs from and take photos with Coach Doug Williams, his coaches and the players. Fans can see the new "Legends Row,"  a display along the fence line that celebrates Grambling State’s football greats inducted into the Grambling Legends Hall of Fame.   More than 40 banners line the entrance to the Stadium Support Facility celebrating the men that made Tiger football legendary across the country.  Children can enjoy a huge bouncer and other games before the event ends at 12 noon.

The season is just days away, and the team is hard at work under the  Louisiana sun preparing for the September 1 season opener against Alcorn State in the Port City Classic at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana.  The game starts at 6:00 p.m.

Tiger fans can purchase season, Port City Classic and Grambling State University/Texas Christian University game tickets Saturday.

For more information about the event, or to get tickets, call the university ticket office at 318-274-2625.

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Will Sutton


August 22, 2012


Grambling, La. – We announced recently that Grambling State University is the big winner of the vitaminwater national "HBCU Uncapped" contest, meaning the students have won a free concert.

Among all of the eligible and participating black colleges and universities, Grambling came in number one with the number of texts in support of Grambling State University. This gives Grambling big bragging rights, and the students will enjoy the concert in early to mid September.

We don’t know who’s going to be performing at the concert yet because vitaminwater and the show producer, FADER, , don’t release that until hours before the show. We will provide media with an early heads-up, at least a couple of days, as we learn more closer to the event date. The location will be on or near campus. To give you an idea about the types of youthful acts produced by FADER, they have produced shows featuring BEST COAST…OMARION…MELANIE FIONA…BIG BOI…LITTLE DRAGON…A-TRAK…KENDRICK LAMAR…2 CHAINZ

Students were asked to politely brag about the university’s win on Facebook and Twitter with @vitaminwater on Twitter and HASHTAG (#) GramFam, HASHTAG (#) vitaminwater and HASHTAG (#) uncapped.

"Our students were determined to win and their collective efforts paid off,” Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to an exciting vitaminwater Uncapped show."

"I’m not surprised at all," said David Ponton, dean of students at Grambling State University. "We have some of the best, most engaged, pro-active students anywhere. When I saw that Grambling had moved closer to the top, I knew it was just a matter of time before GramFam would ramp it up."

Students immediately started posting on Facebook and Twitter this afternoon, using #GramFam, #vitaminwater and #uncapped and @vitaminwater on Twitter.

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Additional Information:

Media Contact:
Barrett Wiley
District Marketing Manager –New Orleans/Baton Rouge
vitaminwater®, vitaminwater zero™,
(m) 225.200.4251 ; (f) 504.324.0869
Will Sutton



Southern Living Names Grambling State Among Top 20 Schools with the Best Tailgating Celebrations

Readers Choose the University to Win ‘The South’s Best Tailgate’

Vote Online or Via Smartphone from August 15-October 1

Southern Living, The South's Best Tailgate 2012

Grambling, La. – In the South, tailgating is a time-honored tradition. From the food and cocktails to the style and traditions, nobody does tailgating quite like Southerners. The editors at Southern Living huddled together to post a pre-season roster of the top 20 Southern schools with the greatest pregame celebrations. They are featured in the September issue, hitting newsstands August 24.  Readers and fans will ultimately determine the school that hosts “The South’s Best Tailgate.”

Rally around your favorite Southern team and vote daily from August 15 to October 1 on or via smartphone by downloading the complimentary Digimarc Discover app and scanning the corresponding text. Southern Living will crown the winner of “The South’s Best Tailgate” at a home game by November 10.  

"Tailgating combines two of the South’s greatest loves: food and football. No one on earth celebrates game day like we do: it’s a cocktail party, family reunion, and fashion show all in one,” said Southern Living Editor, Lindsay Bierman.

Southern Living, September 2012 IssueSouthern Living unveils the roster of universities vying for “The South’s Best Tailgate”:

Auburn University: Boasts an entire Wikipedia page devoted to pregame rituals.
Clemson University: Caps off pre-gaming with one of the best player entrances in college football.
Grambling State University: Turns its rival match up into a weeklong extravaganza.
Hampden-Sydney College: Inspired a Brooks Brothers ad with its well-dressed “Hillgaters.”
Howard University: Sports the styles that have earned students mentions on best-dressed lists.
Louisiana State University: Enlists RVs and crawfish boils to cook up a massive tailgate.
McDaniel College: Houses the nation’s only drive-in stadium.
Mississippi State University: Treats its friendly fan base to ice cream made on-campus.
Southern Methodist University: “Boulevards” instead of tailgates with stylish barbecues.
Texas A&M: Wakes the school up at midnight on game day with “The Midnight Yell.”
University of Alabama: Packs tents 1,000-deep on the Quad each Saturday.
University of Arkansas: Claims two football stadiums in different cities.
University of Florida: Hosts annual tailgate-turned-block party occupying nine acres.
University of Georgia: Welcomes more than 100,000 tailgaters per game.
University of Mississippi: Is home to The Grove – chandeliers, candelabras, linen napkins and all.
University of Oklahoma: Starts with “The Land Run” to lay territory claim before each game.
University of South Carolina: Tailgates in Cockabooses, 22 train cabooses turned game day suites.
University of Tennessee: Unites 150 houseboats and yachts nearby for a massive “sailgate.”
University of Texas: Co-hosts annual Red River Rivalry in Dallas at the local State Fair.
University of Virginia: Tailgates against the backdrop of Charlottesville’s Monticello Mountain.

Southern Living chose the roster of universities vying for “The South’s Best Tailgate” based on the following criteria:

  • Most Spirited: Schools that turn “fan” into “fanatic.”
  • Traditionalists: Schools renowned for game-day rituals.
  • Powerhouses: Southern schools with a history of winning on and off the field (chosen by the most bowl victories).
  • Style Setters: From sundresses to cake stands, these schools showcase true splendor in the grass.

Southern Living shares its top-ranked recipes for the ultimate game day spread including Southern-Style Cuban sandwiches, Warm Gumbo Dip and Mini Bourbon-and-Cola Bundt Cakes.

For a full list of colleges included in “The South’s Best Tailgate” feature, visit: The voting period is open August 15 to October 1, 2012. One vote per day is counted toward the final tally. Votes placed on Saturdays count twice toward the final tally. Vote daily for a chance to win $2,500 toward an ultimate tailgate.

For the first time ever, Southern Living has teamed up with the SEC to publish The Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook, to hit shelves August 21, just in time for the first games of the 2012 football season. From the Ole Miss Ole Fashioned to Rocky Top Popcorn, Southern Living developed menus and tailgating ideas for every fan base. The 256-page cookbook features over 150 game day recipes and special sections highlighting each of the 14 SEC schools’ game day traditions, character and hometown flavor.

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Additional Information:

Media Contact:
Megan Levinson, 212-522-3773,
Jennifer Zawadzinski, 212-522-9046,
Will Sutton



TCU Football Game Tickets

Grambling, La. – Kick-off for the GSU vs. TCU football game in Fort Worth, Texas is set Saturday, September 8th at 6 p.m.

There are a limited number of tickets remaining for the game and this is the final week that Tiger Fans can purchase tickets from GSU.  Game tickets are available at the ticket office for $47 and the deadline to call or come to purchase your tickets is Friday at 5 p.m.  This is the last chance for Tiger Fans to purchase tickets from Grambling and guarentee a seat in the Tiger Section.  GSU students can purchase tickets for this game on their Tiger 1 Card.  This game will be a sell out so don’t delay, purchase your tickets today.

For more information on contact the GSU ticket office at 318-274-2625.

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Media Contact:
Will Sutton



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