September 12, 2013

Visual and Performing Arts Hosts Artist Richard Lou

Multimedia site-specific installation, “Stories on My Back,” on display through Sept. 19

Guest Artist Richard Lou dsicusses installation with Drek Davis.
Guest Artist Richard Lou dsicusses
installation with Drek Davis.

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University’s department of visual and performing arts is hosting a multimedia, site-specific installation entitled Stories on My Back by artist Richard A. Lou. The exhibition will be housed in Dunbar Gallery, located on Hutchinson Street on the university’s campus in Grambling, LA.

Inspired by stories told by his mother and father, Lou creates an environment reminiscent of the ancient ceremonial spaces used by all cultures. His goal is to encourage youth to embrace certain values and goals through story telling.

Lou is professor and chair of the department of visual arts at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee. He has an extensive national and international exhibition record, including exhibitions in Mexico and the United States.

Lou will present a lecture about his work on September 19 from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. in Grambling Hall Auditorium. A reception for the artist will be held 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in Dunbar Gallery.

Gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. Accommodations are available for large groups and special needs persons. For more information, please call Donna Mcgee at 318-274-2274.

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September 11, 2013

HBCU Veteran Named Interim Head Football Coach

Running backs coach, former NFL player prepares for Classic, remainder of season

George Ragsdale, Interim Head Football Coach
George Ragsdale, Interim Head Football Coach

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University running backs coach George Ragsdale has assumed head football coaching duties, effective immediately.

Ragsdale becomes interim head coach as the Tigers head to the Missouri Classic in Kansas City with a 0-2 record. The G-Men finished the 2012 season with a record of 1-10. Head football coach Doug Williams was released from his position, effective immediately. The university has decided to move in another direction, buying out the remainder of his contract.

“We recognize Doug Williams’ many contributions to our football legacy,” said Pogue, “and we express our deep appreciation for his service to Grambling State University and we wish him well in the future.”

Ragsdale has coached in the SWAC and MEAC, including coaching at North Carolina A&T State University, Norfolk State University, Morris Brown College and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He was a four-year letterman at A&T, his alma mater, and he still holds the school’s all-time rushing record and he helped the school reach its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship in 1975. Ragsdale played with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins. He also played in the United States Football League (USFL) with the Oklahoma Outlaws. 

The university will have no further comment at this time.

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September 9, 2013

Bruno, Pogue: ULM-GSU Matchup is Good for Both, Should Continue

There’s no agreement, but the two Presidents want to make it work.

By Kimberly Monroe
Grambling State University Media Bureau

University of Louisiana at Monroe President Nick Bruno and Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue want to continue football matchup.
University of Louisiana at Monroe President Nick Bruno
and Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue
want to continue football matchup.

Grambling, LA – University of Louisiana at Monroe President Nick Bruno and Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue agree that their I-20 competition should continue.

ULM bested GSU by 48-10 in Saturday’s matchup at Malone Stadium, and both presidents said it’s more than just a game. “It’s important to bring both regions together, said Bruno. “It’s fun to see I-20 come together to enjoy the game, have fun and tailgate.”

An estimated 23,600 people attended the Saturday game.  When the schools played the first game in 2007, about 30,101 people filled the stadium. ULM won the 2007 game, too, but only by 28-14.

In 2011, the Warhawk- Tiger matchup produced the largest on-campus collegiate football crowd in north Louisiana history, according to school athletic officials.

Saturday’s game was the second of two in a two-year agreement. No additional games are scheduled between the two competitors, but the presidents, who are friends, intend to make it happen again.

“Everyone enjoys it,” said Pogue as the game came to a close. “They love the band, because after halftime majority of the crowd left.”

Pogue also said the game is more than about a win or lost; it’s more of an economic concern for the competition to continue.

“The foreseeable future anticipates further budget cuts,” added Pogue. “We are in a financial emergency. Athletics brings in the largest deficit, therefore we should drive a little over 30 miles because the income is real.”

Bruno agreed. “This is a great collegiate football experience for both teams,” he said. “Although both schools have different missions, we can have a lot of fun together.”

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Former New Orleans Saint Talks About Giving Back

Mississippi native Joe Horn visits university as Constitution Day speaker

GRAMBLING, LA. – Four-time NFL Pro Bowler Joe Horn will be the Constitution Day speaker at Grambling State University on September 17.

“The focus of Mr. Horn’s lecture will be the United States Constitution and our responsibility as citizens to give back to others,” said Rory Bedford, director of the university’s service learning program. Bedford said Horn will emphasize why citizens have an obligation to provide community service during his lecture, titled “Life, Liberty, Freedom and Prosperity.”

Horn, a Tupelo, Miss., native, will speak to a university-wide audience at 11 a.m. in the T.H. Harris Auditorium as a part of this federal Title III-funded event. Constitution Day commemorates the establishment and signage of the U.S. Constitution by 39 men on September 17, 1787 when the new Americans became citizens. Bedford said though the primary audience is students at the university, the one-hour lecture by the father of six is open to area high school students, especially athletes who may look up to Horn as a positive example.

Horn, 41, an entrepreneur and a 1996 NFL draft pick, played wide receiver at Itawamba Community College in Mississippi. When playing for the Saints he had the nickname “Hollywood” because of his stylist dressing. He is a distinguished community service volunteer helped during the post Hurricane Katrina period and working on how NFL owners and players handle head injuries, among other efforts, according to Bedford.

Horn worked at a fast food restaurant and in a factory while going to college as he worked on his education and ramping up his skills to become a better football player. As an entrepreneur, Horn created and sells Bayou 87, a barbecue sauce and sausage he markets throughout the south.

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Drummers, Steppers Raise AIDS Awareness in New Orleans

24 university students educate, entertain at U.S. Conference of AIDS

By TIERRA SMITH
Grambling State University Media Bureau

GRAMBLING, LA. – Twelve members of Grambling State University’s World Famed Tiger Marching Band percussion section and 12 members of the university’s Epsilon Roe chapter of  Kappa Kappa Psi is in New Orleans as a part of the United States Conference on AIDS.

Members of the Tiger band percussion section will play as members of KK Psi do some of their energetic, high-stepping routines. The 24 students are scheduled to open the conference then perform during the conference’s plenary luncheon at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. During the luncheon, audience members will be challenged and motivated to join the “step up and lead” advocacy and the fight to decrease the number of AIDS cases and work to eliminate the disease.

The three-day conference at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans is scheduled September 8-11. For about 20 years, the USCA has sought “to increase the strength and diversity of the community-based responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through education, training, new partnerships, collaboration and networking.” HIV/AIDS issues are major issues in the African American community, and Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue said he supports this activity as an important cultural and health opportunity.

Terry Lilly, Grambling State’s head cheerleading coach, was asked by the Super Bowl half time choreographer and staging director Kristen Patterson “KP” Terry to coordinate a step routine to promote AIDS awareness at the conference. Terry and Lilly have worked together multiple times, including the February Super Bowl in New Orleans.

 “She called and asked if I could coordinate this opportunity,” said Lilly. He teamed up with Edward Thomas, a Grambling State band director who supervises the percussion section and drum majors. “They will be stepping to get USCA’s message across,” Thomas said of his band members who are also a part of KK Psi, a national honorary band fraternity.

The group left by bus campus about 3 a.m. today (Monday, Sept. 9) and they will return after the luncheon performance.

MEDIA NOTE: Media must have credentials to access the conference. According to conference representatives, accepted media receive complimentary registration for media purposes. Those without advance registration must report to the media room in Hyatt Strand 2 on Level 2.

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