By Ariel Bettis
Grambling State University Media Bureau
Grambling State University will educate and entertain future college students during its annual High School Day on Saturday. Students from Dallas, Houston, Lake Charles and Shreveport as well as Grambling, Ruston and Monroe are expected to attend.
"Students should expect a fun, safe environment," said Edward Scott, assistant director of admissions and head of the university’s recruitment service center. "They should expect to see exactly what the university has to offer, academically and socially…"
Grambling State has hosted a high school day event for more than 20 years. The day starts early, at 7 a.m. After registering, students will take a campus bus tour then hear about academics, social life and student government. University department heads, professors and students will welcome students and give them a preview of what college life will be like.
The day’s activities include learning about the university’s career and course offerings, meeting the president of the Student Government Association and Miss Grambling, hearing the school’s marching band and watching the cheer squad. Students will get a special treat when the campus-based Black Dynasty Modeling Troupe performs.
After lunch, the students will attend the 2 p.m. football game between Grambling’s G-Men and the Jackson State University Tigers.
Though this is the university’s “High School Day,” Scott said the event is “open to the general public; it’s just named high school day."
"You’ll actually have students coming from community colleges, you’ll have grade-school kids and alumni," he added.
The recruitment service center expects between 1,200 and 1,500 people to participate as they get to know Grambling and its people.
“One thing that makes an Historically Black College and University unique is that we are allowed the opportunity to interact with the president, touch the vice president and ask them questions, personally,” said Scott. He said the provost, Connie Walton, will be on hand.
Registration, which includes lunch and the game, is $35 per person. Registration will be held in T.H. Harris Auditorium. For more information, contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or Latari Fleming at email@example.com.