February 18, 2013

Student Presidents Share President’s Day Lunch with the President

President Frank G. Pogue and his executive leadership team will observe Presidents Day by listening to student leaders and other students in the campus cafeteria Monday

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue always listens to students as a student-centered and student-focused leader, and he’ll set aside some special time to hear directly from university student organization presidents during their regularly scheduled lunch time on Presidents Day.

In observance of the federal holiday Presidents Day, Pogue has invited all student leaders to eat with him at McCall Dining Hall and share feedback and ideas about what’s going well at the university and what can be better. Pogue will sit at a designated location and student leaders will come and go, based on their class schedules. In addition, members of the president’s executive leadership team – vice presidents, deans and key department and program leaders – will sit at different dining hall tables to chat with students and see what’s on their minds.

There is no agenda and no program. “This is an unfiltered opportunity for us to hear directly from our student leaders and our students,” said Pogue, who frequently dines at the campus cafeteria. “This is a special opportunity for our university leadership, and me, to hear whatever is on our students’ minds. After all, without our students, we don’t have a university.”

Student organization presidents will sit and discuss campus issues with Pogue between 12 noon and 1 p.m. Any student can share concerns, encouragement, ideas and support with Pogue. Several President’s Executive Council (PEC) members will be enjoying lunch with students as well. PEC members will be available between 12 noon and 1 p.m.

Interested faculty, staff and students are encouraged to join Pogue with a focus on listening to our students. As the president focuses on campus student leaders, he asks PEC members, faculty and staff to share this meal time with students, listening to their concerns and desires. Feedback will be taken seriously, and the PEC will discuss the experience at a regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting. Action steps will be shared with and considered by the appropriate departments, divisions and units.

Presidents Day was the first federal holiday officially designated to honor an American citizen, U.S. President George Washington. It has expanded to include U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and others who have served as U.S. president.

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February 7, 2013

ULS President, Dr. Woodley, Meets with GSU Student Leaders

By ANDREA BEASLEY
Grambling State University Media Bureau

Grambling, LADr. Woodley meeting with GSU Students.University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley met with five SGA leaders on Tuesday because she wants to understand student concerns – and they spoke up on behalf of Grambling State University students.

Woodley asked to meet with student leaders, and they met in President Frank G. Pogue’s conference room for close to an hour. SGA President Jonathan Allen and others told Woodley how much they like Grambling and how they have enjoyed their time at what would soon be their alma mater since all are graduating seniors. They talked about their favorite GSU traditions, including going to football games and swaying with the World Famed Tiger Marching Band. They also expressed concerns about some discourteous faculty and staff, university communication challenges and disconnects when one office says one thing and another says something different.

Allen said though neither he nor Pogue think students should have to pay for an adequate library, the student leadership team wants to show how important this is to students by supporting a bill for a student fee of $150 per semester. He acknowledged that the student body is split about the fee proposal.

If all goes according to plan, university students will vote whether to add a fee specifically for a new library. That would happen only after student leaders sign a bill and after the ULS Board considers the library bill and other bills later this month.

“When we present these ideas we have someone who understands what this means to us,” said Demi Spencer, 21, a biology major from Alaska who serves as the SGA vice president. “The fact that they know our voice …someone will be able to vouch for our small university.”

When asked whether the library approach was a good idea, Woodley deferred, saying she doesn’t know enough about the issue and would review it. She applauded the student leaders for taking on such a serious issue.

Corban Bell, 22, SGA chief of staff, felt Woodley “seemed like an open and active listener” who “was actively asking a lot of questions and then taking notes, making eye contact, and responding to what we were saying.”

 “She didn’t really come in there with an agenda,” added the senior accounting and economics major from Haywood, Calif.

During her first month on the job in Baton Rouge, Woodley is spending a full day at each of the nine ULS universities, including the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University. She’s had nearly the same schedule on each campus, spending time with the president, vice presidents and deans, faculty-staff senate representatives and students.

Woodley earned her undergraduate degree as the young mother of two small children after being married at 18.  She went to school while working, taking 10 years to complete her first degree. The Alabama native looked beyond those financial and other challenges, which included a divorce and becoming a single parent because she was determined to be successful and provide a good life for her kids.

Her non-traditional background “gives her a different perspective,” said Baton Rouge native Jodi Mauroni, associate vice president for education policy and initiatives with the UL system. Mauroni and Jackie Tisdell, the ULS assistant vice president for communications have been touring the campuses with Woodley. Mauroni added,  “everybody is looking forward to working with her.”

“I really want to understand what the university is proud of and I want to understand the challenges that the universities do have,” said Woodley, “particularly, over the past few years where there’s been tough financial times.”

Woodley oversees nine universities in the UL system, which includes 92,000 students with a total budget of $762 million annually. Other than Grambling State University, La. Tech and ULM, the UL system includes McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern State University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of New Orleans.

Dr. Woodley meeting with GSU Faculty.

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February 6, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King Luncheon A Memorable Event

By ERINA LOVE
Grambling State University Media Bureau

Grambling, LA - Grambling State University students and legends were showcased during the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Leadership Awards Luncheon on campus, and there was one special visitor.

University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley attended the event as a part of a full-day visit on campus. She was one of more than a dozen people who read King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech and President Frank G. Pogue surprised her with the help of Larry Pannell and Doug Williams, director of the World Famed Tiger Marching Band and the head football coach who was the NFL Super Bowl MVP 25 years ago. Woodley donned a marching band letterman jacket with her name as an honorary band director and she got an autographed football from Williams.

Woodley is visiting three northern Louisiana universities that are a part of the UL system. She was at the University of Louisiana at Monroe Monday and she wraps up her three-day visit to the area at Louisiana Tech Wednesday. She’s visiting each of the nine ULS schools to talk with the university administrations, faculties, staffs and students as a part of a listening tour.

Woodley was joined by ULS Board Chair Wayne Parker and Bob Shreve as well as other dignitaries. But the focus was on King and some of the university’s greats.

The luncheon recognizes awardees who, through their service to Grambling State University, the state, region and country, exemplify the character, leadership and selfishness of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “We introduced this luncheon as one of the many ways at Grambling to bring the community together,” said Pogue. “I would like to that the entire community, by supporting the event, they are supporting Grambling — and that is the key to continue to work together and support the institution.”

Senior Quinterio Lane led the crowd of about 250 with the singing of ’”Lift Every Voice and Sing” and Brandon McKnight, a junior theater major from Bossier, started the reading of King’s speech. There were faculty, staff and community members, too, but the students seemed to bring the audience to its feet, especially as Student Government Association President Jonathan Allen gave an emotional and passionate conclusion.

A group of four students from Alma J. Brown Elementary School recited several King quotes, adding a youthful perspective at the lunch. “I had a great time at the lunch. I really liked the set-up and I hope the audience liked my speech,” said Haley Albrinton, 9, a fourth grader.

Assisted by Janis Bluford, who chaired the committee that organized the event, Pogue presented each award to the awardee or a representative. The Charles Drew Science and Technology Award was presented to Drs. Richard and Edith Rayford, who were not able to attend. Richard Rayford is a accomplished clinician in cardiology, healthcare researcher, author and educator he is also an alumnus of GSU and a member of the Grambling University Foundation Board. Edith Rayford is an obstetrician/gynecologist.

The Fannie Lou Hamer Community Service and Leadership Award was presented to Grambling Mayor Ed Jones and Valena Lane. Lane is a GSU alumna, a former Lincoln Parish music teacher and has worked as Grambling Housing Authority director.

“This will probably be the most memorable event that I experience. I am highly honored to receive this award, especially in the name of Hamer, who was a leader in the civil movement and her suburb leadership will never be forgotten,” said Jones, a city native and a Grambling State alum.

The Kara Vaughn Jackson Education Award was presented to Lamore Carter, vice president of academic affairs emeritus who served GSU in various roles for more than 40 years. “I am delighted and honored to receive this award,” he said. “I am 87-years-old and this is a once in a life time award.”

The Madame C.J. Walker Business Award recognized Calvin Wilkerson, founder and owner of Grambling’s Collegiate Shoppe, believed to be the oldest African American business in the state still operating. Shared posthumously, it was accepted by his daughter, Delores Smith and a son who still operate the store.

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