August 29, 2013

Football Broadcasts Return to KGRM

Saturday marks first broadcasts of Tiger football in 14 years

BY AZANIA BRIGGS
Grambling State University Media Bureau

GRAMBLING, LA. – After 14 years, Grambling State University’s football games to 91.5 KGRM-FM, the university’s radio station.

The first broadcast is Saturday as the Tigers face Alabama A&M at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium. Listeners can hear the entire football game, including the pregame and postgame shows. The pregame show starts thirty minutes before the game and the postgame show will begin immediately after the game.

Alumni, fans and other Grambling State University football supporters can tune in to 91.5, or by going online to www.gram.edu, clicking on the KGRM-FM tab under “student life” and clicking on the option to listen to the station online.

“I really think that it’s a plus because it’s our own station,” said Aaron James, a 1974 graduate who is athletic director. “It has Grambling’s name and our fans will be able to listen to Grambling’s radio station and not another station.”

Doug Williams was the head football coach in 2000 when the team had a 10-2 season, and when he returned as head football coach in 2011 he was one of the people questioning why games were not being broadcast on his university’s radio station. “I thought it was crazy for games not to be broadcasted on KGRM, but I’m glad that the football games are back on the station.”

Rather than continue to wonder, Williams went right to the top, asking Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue. “Doug Williams found some time to go and talk to President Pogue about the games being back on KGRM and I also talked to him,” recalled Evans. “After much thought and consideration, Pogue agreed that our games should be back on our station.”

One Grambling alumna who remembers listening to KGRM-FM when she attended GSU in the 1980s is Belinda Dawson, 51, a native of Alexandria, La. “It was so entertaining,” said Dawson. “Everybody listened to KGRM and because of that the campus was involved and the students supported the football team along with other sports like basketball.”

Evans said she’s already welcomed sponsors and underwriters and she expects more as area businesses and individuals learn about the return of G-Men football to the campus radio station. She said interested parties can contact her at 318-274-6343 or evansjp@gram.edu.

KGRM-FM is a 50,000 watt, non-commercial educational radio station licensed to Grambling State University with a dual purpose of a laboratory function for students in the Department of Mass Communication and service to the community.

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August 28, 2013

University Competes for $50,000 in Scholarships

Grambling State urges faculty, staff, students, alums, friends to vote daily

GRAMBLING, LA. – Grambling State University is in a nationwide competition to win $50,000. Allstate’s “Quotes for Education” contest includes historically black colleges and universities from across the nation, and the HBCU with the most votes will win the money.

“We can do this if we pull together to make it happen,” said Jordan Harvey, Student Government Association president and a senior business major at the university. “When Gramblinites pull together, we can make anything happen.”

“With state funds dwindling, we can use all the help we can get, and this would be a wonderful way to help us help our students,” added President Frank G. Pogue. “I encourage everyone to vote daily, even on the weekends.”

Allstate Insurance and The Tom Joyner Foundation unleashed the “Quotes for Education” initiative earlier this month with the goal of raising at least $200,000 for scholarships for HBCU students. There are two ways to participate. Grambling State faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters are urged to vote online and to use smartphones and other mobile devices. The contest requires a valid email address. Grambling State supporters can visit www.allstatequotesforeducation.com or www.gram.edu to participate.

The “Quotes for Education” program started in 2009 to ease the financial burden on African American students and their families. Though the contest does not require it, participants can get insurance quotes by providing an email address and a zip code. For every quote, Allstate will donate $10 to the foundation. Allstate anticipates 15,000 people will participate, meaning that Grambling State University must push votes daily. The contest continues through the end of November, specifically at 11:59:59 p.m. CENTRAL TIME on November 30.

The university has been among the top five HBCU vote tallies since the contest started. Pogue and Harvey said they would coordinate faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to garner as many votes as possible each day, week and month. “Keep checking our website for updates,” said Pogue. “And vote online and on your phone every day,” added Harvey.

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Grambling State President Talks About Finances Live at 10 A.M.

GRAMBLING, LA. – Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue visits The News-Star editorial board meeting at 10 a.m. TODAY. He will discuss the State of Louisiana, the University of Louisiana System and the university’s challenging budget situation and the outlook for the future. Visit www.thenewsstar.com to see the board interview streamed live.

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August 26, 2013

Grambling State University Goes Digital

University will share convocation online, smartphones for the first time; major digital announcement anticipated

GRAMBLING, LA. – For the first time, Grambling State University will have several ways that alumni, faculty, students can be a part of a fall convocation.

Under the leadership of President Frank G. Pogue, anyone can tune in online, on iPads, Kindles or on smartphones to watch the 11 a.m. event on August 29. “We would love to see all Grambling State University alumni and friends attend the first convocation of the year,” said President Frank G. Pogue, “but we know that many people are busy and we need to provide other ways people can join us. It’s time that we join the digital age, and I’m grateful that our engineering, technology and TV center staff are professionals who can make this happen.”

Pogue will provide an overview about university academics and operations, including addressing the serious financial situation in which the institution finds itself. State funding has declined from about $31 million in the 2008-2009 academic year to about $14 million in the 2013-2014 academic year, forcing a second year of employee layoffs and a major university realignment and restructuring. Vice presidents will share information about adjustments and changes in their respective areas of responsibility.

In addition, the president will make a major digital announcement, one sure to excite students and alumni.

Those with access to a computer and an Internet connection can watch the event by using GSU Fall Convocation Live Broadcast. An alternate link that can be used is GSU Fall Convocation Live Broadcast. Apple iPhone users can see the convocation by using GSU Fall Convocation Live Broadcast (iPhone). Those using Google Android or Blackberry smart phones can use GSU Fall Convocation Live Broadcast (Android/Blackberry)

KGRM-FM will broadcast the entire convocation live. Tune in at 91.5 FM, starting at 10:45 a.m. The station will broadcast until the convocation program ends.

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August 19, 2013

Ebony Magazine Features Miss Grambling State University

Miss GSU 2012-13 is one of 10 HBCU campus queens in the national magazine


Miss GSU, Geralka Jackson, is featured in
Ebony Magazine.

Grambling, La. – Miss Grambling State University 2012-13 has been chosen as one of 10 historically black university campus queens to be featured in the September issue of Ebony magazine.

Geralka Jackson, a May 2013 university graduate who reigned as Grambling State’s queen for the most recent academic year, competed for the magazine feature honor with HBCU campus queens from across the nation. “It’s an honor to be able to continue to represent my alma mater on a national level even after I’ve graduated,” said Jackson, 22, who works as an admissions recruiter and counselor at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La. “Being chosen as a top HBCU Campus Queen is a wonderful way to end my tenure at Grambling State University. Hopefully the feature can be used as a way to recruit new students.”

Ebony touts its support for programs “that celebrate and nurture young Black women” and says “The EBONY HBCU Campus Queens program honors young women at the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities who are role models of both beauty and ambition on campus and in their communities.”

Jackson, who graduated with a degree in mass communication, worked with others to produce a strong biographical sketch and a compelling video seeking support, and both were posted on ebony.com.

"Our own Miss Grambling State University has represented us well during 2012-2013, and now all of America will see how poised, smart and talented Gerri is as they learn more about her in Ebony and on ebony.com," said Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue. "We know it was a competition among the nation’s historically black universities to get one of only 10 spots for HBCU campus queens, and we’re proud of Team Grambling State voting enough to allow Gerri to represent our university."

This means a lot for us as more people learn more about Grambling State University," added Pogue. He noted that even with her various campus activities, Jackson earned a 3.5 GPA and was a part of the university’s prestigious Earl Lester Cole Honors College. "Gerri was a stellar student, an articulate and well-spoken representative and she’s started a professional career that I know will be distinguished.

During the summer Jackson worked two jobs as a marketing promotions and events associate, one at Horseshoe Casino and the other at Harrah’s Louisiana. Both are Caesars Entertainment companies, and both are based in Shreveport, La.

Jackson was one of the HBCU campus queens that participated in a month-long contest in which the public could visit Ebony’s website, voting often or even daily for a favorite HBCU Queen. Jackson made the cut to the top 15 campus queens and voting continued. When voting was closed, the suspense began. There was no announcement about the top 10 campus queens until the magazine hit the newsstands a few days ago.
“I was elated to find out that I had accumulated enough votes to be featured in the magazine.,” added Jackson.

Other HBCU campus queens featured in the magazine including young women from Savannah State University in Georgia, Hampton University in Virginia, Florida A&M University in Florida, Jackson State University in Mississippi, Alcorn State University in Mississippi, Tuskegee University in Alabama, Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, Tougaloo University in Mississippi and Bennett College in Greensboro, NC.

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