September 17, 2012

University Founders Week Activities Scheduled

Annual activities scheduled for Sept. 24 and Sept. 25

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University will host its annual Founder’s Week activities the last week of September with some traditional events on September 24 and September 25.

President Frank G. Pogue invites the Grambling-Ruston-Lincoln Parish and northeast Louisiana communities to attend the opening ceremony at 7:30 a.m. on September 24 as he and Grambling Mayor Edward Jones sign an official proclamation and recognize university founder Charles P. Adams at a bust of Adams adjacent to Lee Hall. That brief ceremony will be followed by the annual Founder’s Week Fellowship Breakfast, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Favrot Student Union’s Black and Gold Room.  Attendees will be served breakfast by a host of community and university representatives, including officials from the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce, Liberty Hill Baptist Association ministers and other community ministers, area mayors, Pogue and Mrs. Dorothy Pogue as well as the president’s executive council, university student leaders, university faculty representatives, area alumni, athletics department officials and team members, Lincoln Parish Police Jury and Sheriff’s Department officials as well as other law enforcement representatives.

The following day, September 25, the president will host the annual Founder’s Day Convocation at the T.H. Harris Auditorium. This annual event will include an academic march, the university choir, and students from the lab schools.  During the week, the university will include historic and informational tours about the institution and its founder.

“The annual Founder’s Week Fellowship Breakfast is something I look forward to each fall because it’s a time to honor our departed, much-loved founder Charles P. Adams and it’s important that we remember what he did in establishing this great institution,” said Pogue. “In addition, it’s a wonderful time of fellowship for Gramblinites and university supporters, not to mention the good food.”

Tickets for the breakfast are $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the university Institutional Advancement office. For more information, call 318-274-2217 or email wrightr@gram.edu

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Constitution Day Features National Activist, Author, Educator, Scholar

Event starts at 11 a.m. Tuesday in T.H. Harris Auditorium

GRAMBLING, LA - Author and economist Boyce Watkins is scheduled to deliver the Constitution Day lecture at Grambling State University Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 11 a.m.

Watkins is a scholar in residence in entrepreneurship and innovation at Syracuse University in New York. The lecture starts at 11 a.m. in the T.H. Harris Auditorium on the campus.

Watkins is a distinguished scholar with the Barbara Jordan Institute for Policy Research.  He has been a visiting fellow at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim, Germany.  He is well known for his finance and investing work, and he is frequently called upon as an advocate for education and social justice issues.  He has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, The Tom Joyner Morning Show and in a number of national publications, including USA Today and Essence magazine.

He has authored several financial advice books, including "Financial Lovemaking 101: Merging Assets with Your Partner in Ways that Feel Good,”  “Black American Money" as well as "What if George Bush Were a Black Man?"

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Fall Enrollment Increases (UPDATE)

Graduate enrollment leaps 13%; total enrollment jumps 1.3%

GRAMBLING, LA (September 17, 2012)  Grambling State University’s enrollment has increased at the undergraduate and graduate levels as the institution’s administration continues to work to enhance its efforts with recruitment, admissions and retention.

Based on preliminary, unofficial university numbers, the fall 2012 numbers are in, showing a 1.3% increase in overall enrollment, and a whopping 13% increase in graduate enrollment. Total enrollment increased from 5,207 in fall 2011 to 5,277 in fall 2012. At the graduate level, 746 graduate students were enrolled in fall 2011 and 843 are enrolled this fall.

“Obviously, given the national and state of Louisiana economy, the fact that we exceeded our enrollment last year, which showed an increase by 4.3%, an increase this year demonstrates that Grambling State University continues to be an institution of academic quality,” said Frank G. Pogue, Grambling State University president. “We continue to be an institution of choice. This success positions Grambling to remain committed to our primary mission, providing a high quality of education for our students.”

Pogue said this enrollment success will continue to motivate the institution’s administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni to “pursue academic excellence as we rejoice about this achievement.”

This fall’s enrollment increases continues Grambling State’s annual enrollment increases since Pogue arrived at the university in 2009. By fall 2010, there were 4,994 students enrolled and in fall 2011, there were 5,207 students enrolled.

"Clearly with all the budget cutting across the state, and especially in higher education, every student counts more than ever. We are pleased that we’ve increased the number of undergraduate students, and we’re thrilled that our graduate student numbers have jumped so much,” said Connie Walton, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “An increase in enrollment is huge when it occurs during a time the institution is increasing admission standards.  Grambling State University, as mandated by both governing Boards, increased admission requirements for first time freshmen and transfer students for fall 2012.  The increase in enrollment was a result of a dedicated admission staff (both at the undergraduate and graduate level) as well as a university community that realizes the important role it plays in recruitment and retention.”

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September 13, 2012

University Mourns the Loss of a Student

Las Vegas freshman transfer student Jamal Brown passed this morning

GRAMBLING, LA. – Jamal Brown, a freshman transfer student from Las Vegas, died this morning. He was 19.

Brown, a psychology major, was playing basketball at the Grambling State University intramural center with friends on Tuesday evening. After the game, he said he was having trouble breathing. Soon after, he was rushed to Ruston’s Northeastern Louisiana Medical Center, where he was treated. He was in the intensive care unit until he passed shortly after 10 a.m. today.

“Based on what I understand, Jamal was a wonderful young man, full of energy and life,” said Frank G. Pogue, president of Grambling State University. “He wanted to attend Grambling since he was 14 years old. We are glad he had that opportunity, and he will always be a part of our family of Gramblinites.

Pogue expressed sympathy for the family and said the entire university community wishes them Godspeed.

Funeral services and burial will be in Las Vegas, and arrangements are being coordinated by the family.

Las Vegas freshman transfer student Jamal Brown

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September 12, 2012

GSU Lady Tiger Volleyball 2012 Season Begins

GRAMBLING, La. - The Grambling State University Lady Tiger volleyball team will open up their home schedule on Wednesday night against Mississippi Valley State University in Memorial Gymnasium.  The match will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on SWAC TV.

The Lady Tigers are looking forward to playing at home as the early part of the season has not been kind.  After having their first matches against Southeastern University and a tournament at Nicholls State canceled because of Hurricane Isaac, Grambling hit the road and had difficult matches against Wiley College and Louisiana Tech. 

This will not be the only home match for the volleyball team this week. The Lady Tigers will face the University of Louisiana-Monroe team Thursday at 6 p.m.  The Lady Tigers will open up SWAC division play on September 19th when they travel to Houston to face Texas Southern University.  

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