September 27, 2012

Judy Jackson Returns to GSU

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
WELCOMES BACK MRS. JUDY JACKSON

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue is pleased to announce that long-time university employee Judy Jackson has returned to the university this week. Effective immediately, Jackson has returned to the Office of the President.

Mrs. Jackson retired on June 30, 2012 after serving for 31 years as Executive Assistant to 8 of the 10 university presidents. “I love Grambling State University and I am happy that the president asked me to return,” said Jackson. “I am happy to bring the president’s office team back together again, said Pogue.

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September 21, 2012

Grambling Sports Radio Network to hold Annual Fall Pancake Breakfast

GRAMBLING, LA – The Grambling Sports Radio Network will hold a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, September 22nd from 8:00-10:00 AM at Applebee’s in Ruston.

During the breakfast, students will also be collecting donations for "The Go 4 the Goal Foundation." "Go 4 the Goal" is a national non-profit organization that supports childhood cancer research. The goal for the Grambling Sports Radio Network is to raise $1000 in donations for the campaign.

One lucky guest will have the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the State Fair Classic; which takes place on October 6th in Dallas, Texas. The game tickets will allow admission to the fair, the pre-game concert, the big game and the halftime Battle of the Bands.  Winners must be present to win and there is no cost to enter.

Tickets for the event are $5.00 and may be purchased in advance from any network member or at the door. Proceeds from the event will go to support activities for network students. For more information, please contact Santoria Black at 318-274-6199

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September 20, 2012

University Faculty Ramps Up Grants Success

Institution grant success is tied to faculty focus, involvement

Dr. Frank G. Pogue presenting Dr Carolyn Jackson with 1st time grant award.GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University has been awarded $17.1 million in grants in the calendar year 2011, an increase of 64% over the 2010 grant cycle. These grants come at a critical time as the university faces drastic state funding cuts. The university’s state funding has declined by 44%, from $30.5 million in the 2008-09 academic year to $16.9 million this fall, making grants acquisition invaluable.

“These grants have enabled the university to purchase $1.3 million in classroom and office equipment, $3 million to supplement the salaries of 296 university personnel, including 182 faculty members, and provided $253,000 in wages to 120 students participating on research projects with faculty members.” said Ken Koroma, associate vice president of sponsored programs. “We’re already off to a good start this academic year with $9.2 million in grant proposals already submitted for funding. “All of this demonstrates the president’s efforts to diversify the university funding base and to enhance the academic profile of Grambling State University.”

At a recent luncheon, Frank G. Pogue, president of Grambling State University, took time to honor 41 faculty members who successfully acquired grants last year. Each was presented with a certificate of appreciation. Pogue told these faculty members that what they have done is helping the university survive during difficult economic times while enhancing the academic scholarship of their units.

Two faculty members were recognized for special efforts. Yenumula Reddy,a professor in the Department of Computer Science, was recognized as the faculty member who submitted the largest number of grant proposals and regularly submits applications. As a result of his ongoing efforts, he was been successful with grants totaling $3.1million. Reddy said he prefers to continue to pursue grant opportunities not worrying which will be successful because he knows some will. Some of the grants proposals submitted by Reddy include the Department of the Army’s Materiel Command for the design and implementation of cognitive radio networks with cloud and A TRIO/Upward Bound mathematics and science program. Also recognized was Carolyn Jackson, a professor in the Department of Education. A first-time Grambling State grant seeker, she successfully applied for and won a $3 million grant for an alternative teacher certification project through the U.S. Department of Education. When asked how she did it, Jackson she said she put a lot of time into the grant, said prayers and left the rest up to God.

Sponsored Programs Grants Awards Luncheon.
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Fall 2012 Convocation

By Alexia Hinton
Grambling State University Media Bureau

Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue said the institution has lots of good things happening and more good things are in store, but the university is facing layoffs for the first time in recent memory as a result of declining state contributions.

“I think it is fair to say that Grambling State University is open with a financial emergency today,” Pogue told the fall convocation audience as students, faculty and staff listened. He said the nation’s economic downturn and a significant reduction in state funding of higher education institutions are the causes.

The president said the university’s state funding has declined by 44%, from $30.5 million in the 2008-09 academic year to $16.9 million this fall – and there may be more cuts coming. “In the past … years, we have been able to avoid laying people off because of budget cuts,” the president told the audience. “This will not be possible this year.”

“Grambling has essentially gone from a state-funded institution to a state-assisted  institution that will soon be a state-located institution,” said Pogue.

The University of Louisiana Systems plans to implement ways to manage out- of -state fee waivers.  Reducing the waivers by 100 students can reduce the annual budget by $1.3 million. Although this strategy saves a huge amount, it will affect the university significantly since 40% of Grambling State’s students are from out of state.

Pogue said later that decisions regarding layoffs and budget cuts are being worked on and announcements would be forthcoming after key administration officers and his Budget and Priorities Committee review options. He did say there would likely be a reorganization of some departments and units.

The president said changing admissions criteria will change how the university considers and accepts students in the future, something that will have an impact on enrollment in the future. He said about 32% of Grambling’s first-time, full-time students have needed at least one remedial course. But, starting in fall 2014, any student needing to take a remedial course, or more than one, will not be accepted at Grambling State – or any other Louisiana four-year university – because the state will not support remedial courses at four-year institutions. One exception will be transfer students from community colleges who need a developmental course.

Some of the most welcome news came when the president said the university has established a beautification committee. In the coming months, landscaping will be upgraded or repairs made to Carver Hall, T.H. Harris, Charles P. Adams, Long-Jones Hall and A.C. Lewis Memorial Library buildings. In addition, he said there will be several road and street repairs, including fixing the parking lot behind the student union.

In other information and news, the president said:

  • Since our international student population makes up 8% of enrollment,  Pogue has developed a task force charged to better help the international student body with their needs.
  • Grambling has teamed up with Jackson Parish, Monroe City and Farmerville high schools to increase dual enrollment for high school students taking college courses
  • Purchasing in bulk to consolidate campus wide purchases has been implemented to cut back on school budgeting
  • Providing excellent customer service has been made priority, and all administration, faculty and staff in each unit, department and college is expected to offer quality customer service, internally and externally
  • The full name of Eddie G. Robinson will be added to the football stadium
  • To enhance the campus infrastructure, a Beautification Committee has been established to enhance campus landscaping. Carver Hall, T.H. Harris, Charles P. Adams, Long-Jones Hall and A.C. Lewis Memorial Library will be renovated or upgraded. Repairs will also be made to roads and parking lots.

Pogue reminded everyone that he wants to see Gramblinites on campus who speak to each other, who are kind to each other and who are proud of Grambling State University.

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September 19, 2012

GSU Theatre presents Miss Evers Boys

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University Theatre to present Miss Evers’ Boys, by David Feldshuh, September 25-28, 2012 at the Floyd L. Sandle Theatre, located in the Conrad Hutchinson Performing Arts Center.

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Grambling State University is pleased to announce its first main stage production of the 2012-2013 season, Miss Evers’ Boys, by David Feldshuh.  Nurse Evers is hired by the government to aid four gentlemen being “treated” for syphilis in Tuskegee, Alabama.  When the government’s money runs out, she stays with them until a cure is found; however, a cure never finds them.  Based on the actual events of the Tuskegee experiment, we (the audience) become witnesses to the day-to-day operation of a governmental experiment gone wrong.  We feel the pain each man endured, and experience the trust found through their nurse, Miss Eunice Evers. 

Directed by Dr. King D. Godwin, the ensemble cast consists of a seven talented GSU students. The production staff includes DJ and Sean Turner as set constructers, Curtis Maxey as light designer, Teshia Lincoln as costume designer, Ka’Darius Gray as prop master, and Je’Lasa Williams as stage manager.

Costs for the performances are $3 for students and $5 for general. Box office will be open one week before the show, as well as the week of the show, from the hours of 1pm-5pm Monday through Thursday.  For more information, please call Mrs. Modest at 251-2201.

Cast members include: Dawn Elizabeth Clements (Birmingham, Alabama) as Miss Eunice Evers; Sean Turner (Luling, Louisiana) as Dr.Eugene Brodus; Willie Miller (New Orleans, Louisiana) as Hodman Bryan; Michael Antoine Sandusky (Romulus, Michigan) as Willie Johnson; Justin Madden (Los Angeles, California) as Ben Washington; Raje’ Inglehart (New Orleans, Louisiana) as Dr. Douglas; and Brandon McKnight (Dallas, Texas) as Caleb Humphries.

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