November 30, 2012

Lady Tiger Basketball to Host Stephen F Austin

Grambling, LA – This weekend the Grambling State University "Lady Tiger" Basketball team will have their home opener against Stephen F. Austin. Game time on Saturday will be at 7 p.m. at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

It will not only be the home opener for the "Lady Tigers", but it will also be the return of Patricia Cage-Bibbs as Head Coach. Last season, Coach Cage-Bibbs won her 500th game as a Head Coach.  

During her first stint at GSU, Cage-Bibbs set numerous milestones, including earning the first Southwestern Athletic Conference automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for women’s basketball in 1994.

All seats for the game are just $10 and can be purchased at the GSU ticket office located at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. Fans are also encouraged to bring their canned goods or non-perishable food items to the game to help Christian Community Action of Lincoln Parish.  For more information call the GSU ticket office at 318-274-2625

Click here for the complete schedule (PDF).

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November 21, 2012

Eddie G. Robinson Museum Portrait Event

By Erina Love
Photos by Trent Brown
Grambling State University Media Bureau

GSU President Frank G. Pogue shakes hands with portrait artist Steve Skipper.When Steve Skipper was 36 years old, he made his way to Grambling State University to look into the possibility of painting a portrait of Eddie G. Robinson. Unfortunately, he missed Robinson by five minutes.

Seventeen years later, Skipper unveiled what is now the official Robinson family commemorative portrait of the legendary football coach on Monday night at the Eddie G. Robinson Museum on the university’s campus.

“I have three sons and four daughters and as they celebrate the gift that God gave me, I want them to be able to celebrate the greatness of Eddie G. Robinson,” said Skipper, 53, a Homewood, Ala. native and president of Anointed Homes Art.

Doug Williams and James Harris brought Skipper to the attention of the Robinson family. Williams, the head coach of last season’s SWAC championship Grambling football team who leads his team into this weekend’s Bayou Classic, and Harris, senior personnel executive for the Detroit Lions, played for Robinson, the winningest coach in NCAA Division I football history. The family like the work they saw and they commissioned him to paint the coach’s portrait.

Loved ones and supporters of coach Robinson sat in anticipation in the Doris Robinson Banquet Hall as a gold cover hid the portrait that took Skipper more than 2,000 hours to paint a portrait so realistic that Mrs. Doris Robinson reached out to touch her husband as tears welled up in her eyes. Several photographers rushed to shoot the artist and his most recent masterpiece and to photograph family members and others with the painting. The audience erupted with applause and sounds of amazement.

“It is special and a privilege to have the unveiling on campus and in the museum,” stated the Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue. “Eddie G. Robinson’s name is synonymous with Grambling, they are one in the same and we are blessed to have the experience of the artist behind the painting.”

Skipper is the official artist for the University of Alabama and he is nationally recognized as one of the nation’s top sports artists. Several special guests spoke before the unveiling, including Grambling Mayor Edward Jones and Eddie G. Robinson Jr. The audience was surprised when Mrs. Doris Robinson went to the podium to speak. She rarely makes public comments.

“When we talk about black history on Grambling’s campus, we’re including Eddie G. Robinson, and when I talk about the lives he has touched and impacted, I’m including myself,” said Williams, who saw Robinson as a mentor and considers himself a part of the Robinson family.

The original painting is valued at $8,500.  There will be 557 regular editions sold for $150. Another 57 signature editions will be sold for $350, including five of Coach Robinson’s top players — Williams, Harris, Willie Davis, Willie Brown and Charles Joiner. Another 41 artist proofs will be sold for $500 with Eddie G. Robinson’s signature embossed in gold, and 41 mini print editions will be sold for $41 dollars. Part of the proceeds will benefit the university’s athletics programs. The art can be purchased by visiting

Coach Robinson Portrait Photo Collage.

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Bayou Classic Hosts Career and College Expo

GRAMBLING, LA – High school students, college students close to starting professional careers or heading to graduate school and professionals in search of other opportunities are invited to attend The Empowerment Exchange, the Bayou Classic’s official career and college expo.

The event will be Friday November 23 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans during one of the biggest football game weekends in the nation. The career fair begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. on the hotel’s second floor foyer. This event is free and open to the public.

A few of the companies scheduled to participate are Primerica Insurance, Virtuous Communications, INC., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, the Dallas Police Department, Progressive Insurance and the United States Marine Corps. They will be hiring for full-time jobs, part-time jobs and internships.

In addition, several universities will be discussing undergraduate and/or graduate school options.

  • Grambling State University Admission
  • Grambling Alternative Teacher Certification
  • Grambling State University Alumni Affairs
  • Southern University Admission
  • Southern University Law Center
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Fisk University
  • Bellevue University
  • Southern University
  • Dillard University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

During the career fair, participants can also attend one of two HBCU Institute panel discussions. First Session, “Career Mapping,” will look at the transition from college to the early years in a new career. Sheba Turk, traffic reporter at WWL-TV’s Eyewitness Morning News in New Orleans will discuss how she spent time in the trenches at the TV station before getting her big break in front of the camera.

The other, “Hazing at HBCUs,” will feature CNN contributor and political analyst Roland Martin as he discusses the issue with Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue, Southern University System President Ronald Mason, Jr.  and Grambling and Southern students. Both sessions will be held in the hotel’s Empire Ballroom I.  The first session will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the second session will begin at 2 p.m.

Click here for PDF.

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Students Earn Nursing Scholarships

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University congratulates four nursing students receiving scholarships from the Shreveport Black Nurses Association (SBNA).

Kimberly Houston,  a Shreveport native, received first place, winning a $1,000 scholarship. Three other Grambling State students — Guarab Paudel, Jey’dah Lewis and Dakena Potter —  each received $250 scholarships.  The four university nursing students were among eight students awarded scholarships by the SBNA during a program earlier this month.

The November 3 SBNA scholarship program recognized students with scholarships and promoted membership opportunities for nursing students while advocating academic excellence.

SBNA held its 6th annual scholarship event at the Clarion Hotel in Shreveport. Scholarship requirements included submission of a public service announcement about the future of nursing, being enrolled in a professional nursing program, a letter of recommendation, a proven leadership role in a community or service organization and a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

SBNA was founded under the guidance of the National Black Nurses Association.  The NBNA was founded in 1971 as a collective of black nurses to investigate, define and advocate for the health care needs of African Americans and to facilitate scholarship initiatives to nursing students in their pursuit of becoming a nurse.

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Will Sutton



November 15, 2012

Bayou Classic Contests


We are giving away a cruise at the Bayou Classic. We’ve been calling this the HOT SEAT! One lucky fan will win a cruise for two on the Carnival Elation to the Western Caribbean!


  • 18+
  • Purchased game ticket
  • Be in the HOT SEAT when the winning seat is called!


The name of the company providing cruise is  Getaway Travel Entertainment LLC. 
Tag Line is  "….Sophisticated Fun & Leisure"…. "Where The Fun Begins"
Phone #  1-800-501-7447 (SHIP)

5 Day Western Caribbean Cruise  On The Carnival Elation Ship Departs and returns to New Orleans

Ports of Call:

  • Cozumel, Shopping, Snorkeling at Punta Sur, Dolphin Swim & Ride
  • Progreso Yucatan, Shopping, Visit Mayan Ruins & Beaches,
    Travel Dates Jan 15, 2013 -Dec 13, 2013. Black Out Dates Apply.


We have a photo contest on Facebook. We need help getting the word out about the contest. Right now, we need people to upload photos. Here is the link to our contest on Facebook.
The final winner of the Bayou Classic Facebook Photo Contest will receive two tickets to the 2012 Bayou Classic being held on Saturday, November 24 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. This "Bayou Classic Spirit Champion" will also win a 2012 Bayou Classic Tailgate Prize Pack which will include licensed merchandise and tailgate items from Southern University and Grambling State.

Contest will run from through November 20th. We will select the top 5 vote getter from each school and select a random winner from that group as the winner. We will announce the winner on Tuesday November 20th. We will contact you by email. If we do not receive confirmation from winner by Wednesday November 21st at 12pm CST you will forfeit your prize and at the sole discretion of the sponsor of the program we may select another winner.

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