March 15, 2013

The Gramblinite wins five campus newspaper awards

Grambling State University’s campus newspaper competes with HBCU newspapers

GRAMBLING, LA – The Gramblinite at Grambling State University took five honors at the recent National HBCU Student News Media Conference.

Student journalists from 10 different Historically Black Colleges and Universities attended the 15th annual conference in Nashville. The students participated in workshops, received resume and newspaper critiques and were mentored by media professionals.

"In the past, we have done a lot better, but walking away with five awards let’s me know that we are still a competitive college newspaper amongst other HBCUs," said Justin Madden, a Los Angeles native and senior mass communication major who is editor-in-chief of The Gramblinite. “The seminars were all beneficial, especially the one focused on the use of social media….”

The Gramblinite collected five awards:

  • First place: The Gramblinite, Best News Coverage, for coverage of the 2012 U.S. presidential election
  • First place: Tierra Smith, Best Sports News or Game Story, “No Contract, yes lawsuit,” a story about head football coach Doug Williams decision to file a lawsuit against the university
  • Second place: Tierra Smith, Best Sports Feature Story, “Promising debut for unlikely Tiger,” a story about the football team’s newest kicker
  • Second place: Evan Peter, Individual Page Design, for the Sept. 27 Retro Edition
  • Third place: Evan Peters, Best Design-Broadsheet

Other schools receiving top honors were Southern University of Baton Rouge, La. and North Carolina Central University of Durham, North Carolina.

The February HBCU Student Media Conference was a part of the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute on the campus of Vanderbilt University.

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March 14, 2013

NBC Universal Studios executive visits Grambling State University

Exclusive event focuses on students learning about entertainment industry

Ron Meyer, president and chief operating officer of Universal StudiosGRAMBLING, LA – One of Hollywood’s major studio heads will visit Grambling State University next week.

Ron Meyer, president and chief operating officer of Universal Studios, will talk with students March 21 about the media industry.

"It’s rare that a major Hollywood studio executive visits any HBCU campus to talk with students, so we’re thrilled that Ron Meyer has chosen to visit Grambling State University," said Frank G. Pogue, the university’s president. "In the short amount of time our students will have with him, we know they will get information and gain knowledge that they can’t get anywhere else."

Meyer and his teams have produced and distributed blockbuster and award-winning movies including the, The Fast Five series, Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, Despicable Me, Identity Thief and Ted. In addition, Meyer is responsible for Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Theme Parks, as well as Universal Studio locations in Singapore and Japan.

Meyer’s former colleague at NBCUniversal, Paula Madison, former NBCUniversal executive vice president who with Meyer discussed this fantastic opportunity to meet with Grambling’s students. Madison’s family owns the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and is a major investor in The African Channel, a cable network in the top 20 U.S. markets and the Caribbean.

Meyer prides himself on creating an engaging, encouraging and supportive work culture, once saying his role was like being the coach of a talented Super Bowl team. The visit includes a student question-and-answer with Meyer at 11:30 a.m. The program will be divided into two segments: the first part with Madison interviewing Meyer and a second part with Madison moderating the discussion featuring questions from students.

Paula Madison, former NBCUniversal executive vice president"After visiting the campus for the first time last year, I knew I would return and I knew who I wanted to have along for the trip," said Madison, who is the Sparks’ chief executive officer. "There was no question that I wanted Grambling students to hear and see Ron. I know they will enjoy him, be challenged by him and learn a great deal about the film industry."

Prior to joining Universal Studios in 1995, Meyer was president of Creative Artists Agency Inc., which he founded in 1975 with four colleagues who also were agents at the William Morris Agency. The firm became the preeminent talent agency, representing many of the industry’s most influential and talented actors and other film and television professionals. Previously, Meyer worked at William Morris as well as the Paul Kohner Agency, where he had worked as a messenger. 

Madison, an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), visited the mass communication department last year as a part of a Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism visiting professional program. She spent the day talking with students about business and business journalism, sports and sports journalism and how to best prepare for media careers.

Because space will be limited, the university’s Office of Public Relations and Communications asks that interested students email, including “#UniversalStudios” in the subject line and providing:

(a) name
(b) classification (sophomore, senior, etc.)
(c) home city/town
(d) major
(e) email address
(f) telephone number

Email requests without "#UniversalStudios" in the subject line may not be honored. Seating will be based on a first-come, first-served basis. Location specifics will be shared with the first students to submit their information, until capacity is reached.

No audio or video recording will be allowed. No digital recorders, cameras or cell phone recordings. No external media will be permitted.

Though this is not a career fair and no internships and jobs are being offered, this is a wonderful and rare opportunity for Grambling State University students to hear directly from one of the nation’s most influential media executives. Meyer is expected to talk with students about what it takes to be successful in media. Students are encouraged to look at the company’s various internships and jobs at

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March 8, 2013

Service Learning Gets National Honor Roll Recognition

Dr. Rory L. Bedford, Director of Service Learning at GSUGRAMBLING, LA - For the third time in five years, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll has recognized Grambling State University with national honor roll recognition for its service learning student volunteer work.

“We’re just thrilled that the work that our students do is being recognized again and again,” said Rory L. Bedford, director of the university’s Office of Service Learning. “It’s not about the credit for the school. It’s all about students getting great opportunities to supplement their academic experience with us.”

Started in 2006, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually highlights college and university involvement in community problems and solutions while helping to put students on “a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve. “ 

“Grambling State University is proud to have received this recognition again,” added Bedford. “Such distinction comes as a result of the support that service-learning has received from the administration, an outstanding faculty and a committed student body.”

In 2005, Grambling State University became the first university in the University of Louisiana System to establish an Office of Service Learning.  In 2008, only three years after establishing the office, the university incorporated Service-Learning as a part of the General Education requirements to assure that all students have a meaningful service-learning experience before they graduate.  As the university prepares students for “citizenship in a democratic society,” students must complete at least 160 hours of service learning activities.  A minimum of 80 hours must be earned by doing academic service learning in a class-community setting.  The other 80 hours can be achieved with approved civic engagement activities or community service projects. 

In 2012, Grambling State earned honor roll status. In 2009, the university earned honor roll with distinction recognition.

According to Bedford, the university’s faculty continues to adapt courses that fit the cycle of service learning. He said students participate in projects to help the community. Some of the projects in the past year have included:

  • student volunteers assisting with ACT preparation workshops
  • nursing students providing blood pressure and other screenings in rural areas
  • students from the School of Social Work and the School of Nursing participating in Operation Stand Down, a social service program providing assistance to the homeless and others through counseling and other services
  • Criminal Justice students mentored students at the Swanson Juvenile Center
  • Theater students performed for underprivileged people in low-income areas to provide cultural enrichment

“These projects represent a microcosm of projects that are ongoing at the university,” said Bedford.

“Grambling State University faculty has embraced service learning, realizing the important role ‘service’ has in preparing students for success in the national arena,” said Connie Walton, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “Faculty design projects that are linked to the discipline and work closely with students in the completion of the projects.  The faculty and students should be proud of the service that has been rendered to the community.”

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March 6, 2013

Pogue Portrait Unveiled in Administration Building

President Pogue’s photograph was hung with seven other photographs of those who have served Grambling State University as president since 1901

GRAMBLING, LA  -  Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue’s presidential photograph was unveiled during a brief, casual program in the foyer of Long-Jones Hall on the campus Tuesday morning. The photograph was taken by Glenn Lewis, the institution’s longtime campus photographer and yearbook editor.

“I’ve been blessed having the opportunity to serve this great, historical institution as president in a long line of leaders who worked with others to keep this university serving students and building strong careers,” said Pogue, with first lady Dorothy Pogue at his side. “If I’m remembered for anything after I’m gone, I want people to look at this Pogue fella and say I was known for being a student-centered leader, one who cared deeply about their welfare and someone who respected himself and respected others.”

Pogue has worked with his administration to bring fiscal control, accountability and integrity at Grambling State University. He empowered others to implement efforts that resulted in the university earning its first clean state legislative audit in recent memory. In addition, he and his team has grown and maintained undergraduate and graduate enrollment, even with continued state funding reductions. In addition, total grant expenditures, including faculty research, increased, believed to be the highest in university history.

After serving as interim president for seven months, Pogue was appointed the university’s eighth president in June 2010. In his nearly 50-year academic career, he has served either as interim president or president at four universities. He was the first African American to serve as president at the predominantly white Edinboro University of Pennsylvania when he was appointed in 1996. When he retired in 2007, the university named a student center in his honor and bestowed on him the title of president emeritus. Pogue intended to retire with his wife, Dorothy Pogue, when another opportunity arose. He served as interim president of Chicago State University from 2008-2009. Earlier in his career, he served as interim president at the State University of New York at Cobleskill from 1992-1993.

The other university presidents whose portraits hang in the first-floor lobby include: founding president Charles P. Adams, who served for 35 years; Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, who became president in 1936 and five presidents who served between 1977 and 2009 when Pogue became interim president — Joseph Benjamin Johnson; Harold W. Lundy; Raymond Hicks; Leonard Haynes III; Steve A. Favors; Neari Francois Warner, the university’s first female president, who served a three-year interim term, and Horace Judson.

GSU President and Mrs. Frank G. Pogue unveil his presidential photograph in the foyer of Long-Jones Hall.
GSU President and Mrs. Frank G. Pogue unveil his presidential photograph in the foyer of Long-Jones Hall.

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March 5, 2013

Pogue to Speak at Presidential Inauguration of Grambling Alumna

Grambling State University president scheduled to speak at Thursday inauguration of Monroe native Cynthia Jackson-Hammond in Ohio

Grambling, LA - Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue is scheduled to speak at the inauguration and investiture ceremony of Central State University President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond on Thursday (March 7) at 11 a.m. in the Paul Robeson Cultural Arts Center at Central State in Wilberforce, OH.

The inauguration of the first woman president in Central State’ s 126-year history will include a formal procession of trustees, distinguished guests and delegates representing universities from throughout the country, students, faculty, staff and alumni. Pogue will speak, recognizing Jackson-Hammond as an accomplished academic, a native of Monroe, La., and an alumnus of Grambling State University. Pogue will also bring greetings from all higher education presidential colleagues.

The Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine recently announced the selection of Jackson-Hammond as one of 25 women nationwide who will be profiled in its second annual Women’s History Month edition, scheduled to be released on March 14. She is being recognized for her contributions throughout her career, and in particular as the first woman president in the university’s 126-year history. Jackson-Hammond was named the eighth president of Central State University on July 1 (2012). She received a doctorate degree in education from Grambling State University in dual cognate areas: curriculum and instruction and student personnel services and a bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University.

"Cynthia Jackson-Hammond is one of Grambling State University’s brightest stars," said Pogue. "It’s a testament to her education here and her commitment to our university and education that this magazine has honored her. It’s my pleasure to attend and speak at her inauguration."

Founded in 1887, Central State University academically prepares students with diverse backgrounds and educational needs for leadership and service in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world. The University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond
Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond

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