August 20, 2012

Small Business Training Offered

Operation JumpStart:  First Step helps with practical, hands-on training

GRAMBLING, LA. - A special group of entrepreneurs pursuing dreams for small business ownership will study business fundamentals and gain 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 class will begin on August 21 at the H. Simmons, Sr. Small Business Learning Center (SBLC) in Jonesboro and continue through September 27.  The course meets for six consecutive weeks every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  A $10.00 registration fee will be assessed for the course, including course materials.  Due to space constraints, the course will be limited to the first 20 applicants. 

To register for the Jonesboro class, please visit the GNLCDC Office located at 160 Industrial Drive, Jonesboro; call 318-395-9355 or email gnlcdc@msn.com.  In the Grambling area, contact John Nwoha at 318-274-2463 or nwohao@gram.edu, or 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 small business training course is open to the public.

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318-533-5337
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Grambling State University West Campus Annex Opens August 29

University Officials, alumni and other officials hail expanded campus with 9 a.m. ribbon cutting, special announcements

GRAMBLING, La. – Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue, faculty, staff, students and many invited guests will cut the ribbon unveiling the university’s newest campus for academic, housing and program expansion, Grambling State University West Campus Annex.

The newly acquired property, the former Ruston Developmental Center, was donated to Grambling State University through Senate Bill 583 (Act 236) of the 2012 session of the Louisiana Legislature.  The bill was sponsored by Senator Rick Gallot (District 29).

“I am inviting the entire community to one of the most important events at Grambling in recent years,” said Pogue. “This acquisition of 157 acres of land and 47 buildings will better serve our students, the region and nation with a sharper focus on academics and academic opportunities.”

The formal ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on August 29, at 9 a.m. at 2776 Highway 150 in Ruston, LA, two miles west of New Rocky Valley Baptist Church. 

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.

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318-533-5337
mediarelations@gram.edu

 

August 17, 2012

Spirit Rally Major Announcement TODAY at 1 p.m.

Students will be excited, thrilled when they hear the news

GRAMBLING, La. - Grambling State University is excited to let you know that we will have a big announcement TODAY at our “Spirit Rally” at 1 p.m.

The rally is being held in the Men’s Memorial Gymnasium on Reed Street on the campus, off Main Street, next to the T.H. Harris Auditorium. Please arrive early to get good seats. We encourage administration, faculty, staff, students and alums to join us. The event will include performances by the Orchesis Dance Company, the famous Grambling State University marching band and the spirit-filled Grambling State University cheerleaders. The Spirit Rally is an annual event, held before classes start. The announcement is something different and special.

Our big announcement involves a major, name-brand company and our students. In a few short words, when our students hear the news, they will go wild!

Bring your cameras and cellphones. You’ll want to use them!

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

 

August 10, 2012

GSU Announces 2nd Annual Port City Gala and 2012 Beacon Honorees

Local, state, regional and national professionals will be recognized at August 31 event

GRAMBLING, La. – Grambling State University today announced an impressive list of Beacon Award honorees, including an internationally known pastor, a couple of famous former National Basketball Association players, a couple of prominent business leaders, an educator and a popular singer.

Bishop T.D. Jakes is being recognized in the community development/civil rights category. In 1998, Jakes started the Metroplex Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), which works to remedy social and economic disparities in historically underserved communities.

Shreveport’s Joseph Carter, a prominent educator who served in Monroe public schools, Wiley College in Marshall, TX., and elsewhere, is being recognized for his education contributions. A Grambling State University Hall of Fame member, he has been active in the Boy Scouts of America, Grambling University National Alumni Association and other professional organizations.

Willis Reed was selected to represent Athletics/Sports and Karl Malone of Karl Malone Properties was chosen in the individual business and industry field. Reed played basketball at West Side High School in Lillie, LA, and attended Grambling State University, where he scored 2,280 career points, averaging 26.6 points and 21.3 rebounds during his senior year. He led Grambling State to three Southwestern Athletic Conference championships. Malone, nicknamed “The Mailman” during his 18 seasons with the Utah Jazz then a season with the Los Angeles Lakers. He has proven to be a savvy businessman, operating commercial development, restaurants and timber operations, all under Malone Properties.

Selected for the small business and large business categories are Metropolitan Circles, LLC and Entergy Louisiana LLC. James Thrower Jr. is president of Metropolitan Circles. Thrower’s Metropolitan Circles is responsible for progressive intervention for youth and elderly in the Shreveport area. It is one of the fastest growing social services agencies in the state. William M. Mohl is president and CEO of Entergy and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C., which together serve more than a million electric customers in the state. He is responsible for the companies’ electric transmission and distribution systems, customer service, regulatory and governmental relations, economic development programs and charitable contributions, as well as the companies’ financial performance.

Stephanie A. Finley was chosen in the public service category. Honorable Finley is a Grambling State University graduate who is the United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana. She serves as the criminal bar examiner for the Louisiana Bar and is a frequent local and state youth conference lecturer, sharing with young adults and students the perils of drug involvement.

Community Service is represented this year by Bishop L. Lawrence Brandon, senior pastor and CEO of several, fast-growing church congregations in the Shreveport/Bossier City area. He is the founder and CEO of Praise Temple Ministries and L. L. Brandon Ministries, Inc.   

Grambling State University graduate Erykah Badu was chosen to represent the arts and culture category. As a world renowned artist, Badu founded a non-profit group, B.L.I.N.D. (Beautiful Love Incorporated Non-Profit Development), which is geared toward creating social change through economic, artistic, and cultural development. She also transformed the legendary Forest Theater in South Dallas into a headquarters for live shows and charity benefits.

The honorees will be recognized on August 31 at 7 p.m. at the Port City Gala on August 31 at the Shreveport Convention Center. The Beacon Award is the university’s highest non-academic award. It is presented to organizations and people committed to good character, high ethical standards, humanitarian efforts and philanthropy.

“The Grambling State University family is excited about this group of honorees as we take over Shreveport with our Port City Classic Weekend,” said Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue. “The Port City Classic has become an important Grambling State tradition and recognizing an outstanding group such as these companies and individuals shows how much we care about performance on the field as well as performance in academics and in life.”

“We had a number of nominations and we’re really pleased with the group of Beacon Awardees selected by the committee,” said Ken Eke, interim vice president of Institutional Advancement. “We look forward to honoring these special institutions and people at the Port City Gala.”

In addition to honoring our Beacon awardees, the Gala will feature Grambling State University’s Show Band and special performances. VIP tickets for the gala are $125 per person. General tickets are $75 per person. Sponsorships are available. For more information about the Port City Gala, the Port City Golf Tournament or the Port City Classic Weekend, contact Mrs. Rose Wright at 318-274-2217.

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