September 12, 2012

#GramFam Fader Concert Coverage

By Kimberly Monroe
Grambling State University Media Bureau

GSU-Fader 'Uncapped' concert.Grambling State University students were treated to a private, free concert on campus last night, and the capacity crowd in the T.L. Harris Auditorium was appreciative and enthusiastic and had a good party.

The concert featured two artists, Jhene Aiko and Future.

“I loved the concert,” said senior LaQuann Wimberly of Monroe. “I loved the mellow mood and Future came on stage and killed it. It was everything I expected, and more.”

University students won the concert during a summer online and texting competition among more than 100 accredited historically black colleges and universities. The competition and the concert were the kickoff of a larger HBCU uncapped promotion by vitaminwater, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola. The top two vote getters were promised a free concert, put on by concert promoter and magazine Fader. Texas Southern University is being treated to a free concert next week.

The names of the performers were kept a secret, until the weekend when each of them started tweeting that they would be appearing on campus and inviting students to RSVP online. Students were required to provide a valid university identification card to enter.

Though the doors were scheduled to open at 8 p.m., students were in line as early as 6 p.m. Sophomore Amber Williams, a criminal justice major from Dallas, was first in line. A fan of both performers, she wanted to make sure she got a prime seat. “Jhene is a good artist but I’m a huge fan of Future,” said Williams. “I feel that our vote does make a difference, especially now since we won the competition for a free concert.”

As students entered the auditorium, each was treated with a free bottle of vitaminwater or smartwater and a copy of The Fader magazine. At one point, the line to get in was so long that it snaked all the way to one of the campus dormitories. Scores of people were left outside once campus police determined that the auditorium had reached capacity at more than 2,000.

GSU President Frank G. Pogue with concert performer Akio.Aiko graced the stage in a mid drift Tiger shirt to connect with the #GramFam audience of tigers. This was her first performance on an HBCU campus. At one point she sang a song she wrote as her brother was being treated for cancer. This was the first time she performed the song since she lost him, and she broke down in tears as the crowd encouraged her.

As feature performer Future hit the stage, there was hardly any room to move up front. He sang some of his more popular songs.

Frank G. Pogue, president of the university, shocked a lot of students by attending the concert with his wife, first lady Dorothy Pogue. “It means a great deal that we won,” he said in an interview. “We have to congratulate our students for competing against other HBCUs … even this summer when they were behind and they came back to win first place.”

“We encourage high academic achievement,” the president added. “We also want people to have fun while they are enhancing academics. It’s a perfect balance. So we feel good about this.”

Aiko ended her night by tweeting,  “looks like it was a good night! Thanks for coming out to #uncapped #grambling.”

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September 11, 2012

Two Institutions Sign Business Degree Agreement

Memorandum of Understanding makes it easier for two-year college
 graduates to earn a four-year business degree

GRAMBLING, La. – Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue and Ray L. Belton, chancellor of Southern University at Shreveport, signed an agreement today that makes it easier for graduates of the Shreveport college to transition into a four-year bachelor’s degree program at Grambling State University.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by the president and the chancellor at an afternoon ceremony in the Grambling president’s conference room in Long-Jones Hall. The agreement is effective immediately.

The agreement means that Southern-Shreveport students who graduate with an associate’s degree in business management, event management or accounting can seamlessly transition to enrollment in Grambling State’s four-year bachelor’s business degree program with all course credits accepted toward a four-year degree. Though it is not a formal part of the agreement, the two institutions have agreed to find ways to develop scholarship opportunities for a few students each semester.

“We have to do it before we’re forced to do it,” said Pogue. “We’re doing it for the students, and we ought to set the pace.”  Belton agreed, saying the institutions made this agreement “for the benefits of students,” providing a “seamless transition from one institution to the other.”

Cynthia Hester, chair of the Division of Business Studies at Southern University at Shreveport, and Carl N. Wright, dean of the College of Business at Grambling State, worked on the agreement. Hester said the Southern-Shreveport program has nearly 100 students in the business program and graduates 25 to 30 with associate degrees each semester. She said the goal is for four to five Southern graduates to transition to Grambling State each semester.

“This is a good thing for the College of Business because we’re starting a hospitality program and that’s one of their priority focus areas,” said Carl Wright. He went on to say that Southern Shreveport graduates are getting jobs in the casino and hospitality industries in the Shreveport-Boosier area, and adding a four-year degree will allow more students to move into management, providing greater diversity in industries that greatly need more diversity.

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September 4, 2012

West Campus Annex Opens Wednesday

President invites university alumni, faculty, staff, students and the community

GRAMBLING, La. – Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue invites all alumni, faculty, staff, students and the Grambling-Ruston and northeast Louisiana communities to attend the official ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. at Grambling State University West Campus Annex on Wednesday, September 5.

The president postponed the event from last week because of the storm, not wanting to put the university community or the general community at risk. “We look forward to seeing everyone at this grand event,” said Pogue. “This is a historic event and a momentous opportunity for our institution.”

Pogue and a host of 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 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. Members of the university’s 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. Guests are strongly encouraged to arrive at least 20 minutes early to park and get good seats.

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