October 18, 2013

Winston Named Interim Head Football Coach

GRAMBLING, LA — Grambling State University defensive coach Dennis “Dirt” Winston has been named interim head coach of the G-Men, effective today.

Winston joined the GSU family in 2012 after working at Arkansas-Pine Bluff as the school’s defensive line coach since 2010. He immediately implemented a closed practice so he and his coaches could work with the football team after a frustrating two days filled with concerns and emotions.

“We are blessed to have a coach with the type of background and experience like Dirt on staff already and ready to go,” said GSU President Frank G. Pogue. “There’s no question we’re having a difficult season, but I’m certain that Winston will get our young men focused on what they need to do to beat Jackson State University this weekend and to bring some other wins the balance of the season.”

“I’ve known Dirt a long time, and I can’t think of a better choice,” added Aaron James, the university’s athletic director.  “He can tone things down and get the program up and running smoothly while empowering our football players to be successful.”

Winston coached at Grambling State from 1992-1994 and from 1995-1997. He was an assistant coach at Arkansas (1997-98), Norfolk State (1994-95) and Arkansas State (1989-91).  Winston was an assistant for the Toledo Rockets (MAC) for four seasons, coaching linebackers from 2001-02 and the defensive line two seasons. Winston left Toldeo to join the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League coaching staff in 2005, coaching the defensive line.

During his playing days Winston played linebacker at the University of Arkansas from 1973-76, and was selected to the Razorbacks’ All-Century Team in 1994. He was drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round of the NFL draft in 1977.

He played eight seasons with the Steelers (1977-81, 1985-87), including Super Bowl victories in 1978 and 1979. He also played three seasons with the New Orleans Saints from 1982-84.

Interim head coach and running backs coach George Ragsdale has been reassigned in the athletic department. “Rags is an amazing person and we’re happy to have him on our team,” said Pogue. “We thank him for helping us these last few weeks, and we know he’ll help us in other ways.”

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October 17, 2013

Delta Community College Celebrates, Recommends Lincoln Parish’s GSU

University president, students travel to Monroe to entertain, inform

By TRENT BROWN
Grambling State University Media Bureau

GRAMBLING, LA — Nearly 200 students filled the Louisiana Delta Community College conference room to see what Grambling State University has to offer. Delta students met GSU administration, faculty, staff and students during the first “GSU Day at Delta.”

“It’s a great collaborative effort between two schools to ensure students receive a quality education,” said Barbara Hanson, Delta’s chancellor. Louisiana Delta Community College and four-year university Grambling State University are institutions of higher education just a few miles apart and with a common interest to help students become successful.

Hanson, who hosted GSU President Frank G. Pogue and a number of GSU representatives, kicked off the event by highlighting what she and other educators consider the four-year university as a contributor to the Louisiana system.

“You don’t know how honored we are to have Grambling here today,” said Hanson. “Were thrilled because the pathways we can create through educational opportunity is a wonderful thing.” Pogue agreed.

“It just an exciting time,” said Pogue, who gave Hanson a black and gold “Big G” lapel pin. “I’ve been here a number of times and this is the first time I found it to be so exciting because I’ve never seen students understand and know Grambling so well.”

The collaborative effort between the institutions’ student affairs offices was aimed at providing Delta students an opportunity to interact with GSU representatives in one place to learn about degree programs, student life and other opportunities only a short distance away in the next parish to the west.

As she grabbed a bag full of brochures, Sarah Zeno, 18, who is studying child development at Delta, said meeting with her future university was beneficial. “I’m going to do all I can here so when I transfer to GSU, it won’t be hard of an adjustment for me,” said Zeno, who is spending two years at the community college to prepare her for two additional years at Grambling State.

Kelvin Barris, 27, of Monroe, is studying business technology at Delta and plans to extend his college career in the spring with a psychology major at GSU.“By attending today’s presentation, I am well planned and excited to go to a place where everybody is somebody,” said Barris, reciting Grambling State’s decades-old motto of inclusion.

Louisiana Delta Community College is an open-admissions college that offers two-year degree programs, certificates and courses for personal or professional growth. Delta’s main campus is in Monroe and there are campuses in West Monroe, Bastrop, Farmerville, Lake Providence, Ruston, Tallulah and Winnsboro. Nearly 4,000 students attend Delta annually.

Pogue said many students attend a community college or another two-year college as an interim step to pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. Pogue told LDCC students he started his college career at a community college in Mobile, Ala., before graduating from Alabama State University. He said his community college experience was a good stepping stone for him, and he wants GSU to be that stepping stone for Delta students.

Alvina Thomas, interim vice president of student affairs at Delta, said it’s all about creating an environment that makes it possible for students to succeed.  “I encourage all of our students to go to a four-year institution,” said Thomas.

GSU has taken many steps to respond to the changing demographics and to make the campus more attractive to potential students.  University officials are nearing completion of a campus beautification project, including remodeled the yard outside of the Favrot Student Union, expanding and updating landscaping around campus and developing a first-year experience program for new students.

The midday event included lots of entertainment, along with free pizza and soda provided by Delta’s student government association. Members of Omega Psi Phi , Iota Phi Theta and Phi Beta Sigma fraternities stepped with fraternity chants and songs before a packed crowd in the conference center. Members of Grambling State University’s World Famed Tiger Marching Band, the university cheer squad and the Orchesis Dance Company also performed.

“This event was inspiring to our students,” said Yosha Lain, Delta’s SGA president. “I hope our students choose GSU.”

Pogue was thrilled with the event, and hopeful about the results. “Our main goal was to tell students how the important it is to transfer to Grambling,” he said, “and I hope we achieved that goal.”

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October 15, 2013

GSU Day at Louisiana Delta Community College

LDCC students get a chance to see what opportunities Grambling State has to offer

GRAMBLING, LA — Louisiana Delta Community College will be hosting “GSU Day at Delta” on Wednesday (October 16) to introduce Delta students to four-year degree options at Grambling State University, its neighbor and higher education friend to the east.

Most of the GSU Day activities will take place at the Louisiana Delta Community College Conference Center in Monroe, starting at 11 a.m.  After a program in the center, however, participants will move to the college’s commons area and amphitheater for some entertainment. Members of Grambling State University’s World Famed Tiger Marching Band will join cheer squad members and Orchesis Dance Company dancers to share some of GSU’s student activity and life.

Delta Chancellor Barbara M. Hanson will host GSU President Frank G. Pogue and members of his administration, faculty and staff for the informative and fun event. The collaborative effort between the institutions’ student affairs offices is aimed at providing Delta students an opportunity to interact with Grambling State representatives in one place with a chance to learn about specific degree programs and to ask questions. GSU representatives from admissions, residential life, financial aid, the registrar’s office and student activities will be available. The LDCC SGA will provide some light refreshments.

Louisiana Delta Community College is an open admissions community college focused on serving northeast Louisiana citizens with support from the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, its faculty and staff. The main campus is in Monroe with additional campuses in Bastrop, Farmerville, Ruston, West Monroe, and Winnsboro.

Grambling State University has more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offers more than 45-degree programs.

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October 9, 2013

Oak Grove Author Visits University Students

Ernest Hill encourages students to take on family challenges

GRAMBLING, LA — Author Ernest Hill will enrich the academic experiences of Grambling State University students with a series of classroom presentations on Thursday (October 10), discussing the interconnectedness of education and schools, home and family relationships and how students can help communities and neighborhoods work together for the success of young children.

Hill is the author of “A Person of Interest,” “Family Ties,” Satisfied With Nothin,’” “Cry Me A River,” and “It’s All About the Moon: When The Sun Ain’t Shining.” Another book, “A Life For A Life,” has caught the eye of movie producers. A screen play has been written. The classroom visits are being coordinated by Frankie Rabon, an associate professor in Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Hill will speak in the Washington-Johnson Complex in Room #107 at 1:00 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. He will do a book reading and sign books at the university Barnes & Noble bookstore from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

“Hill is a great example of our Louisiana learning and teaching,” said Rabon. “He grew up in Oak Grove and is the fourth of 10 children. He grew up in a time of tin-roof shanties with a loving mother and father who gave all 10 children much encouragement.

“He and all of his brothers and sisters finished college with the strong support of progressive parents who taught their children the value of honesty, hard work and education. He was also taught to dream of a life beyond the narrow confines of the small town into which he had been born.”

For further information about the classroom visits or the book reading and signing, contact Rabon at rabonf@gram.edu or 318-274-2266.

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October 2, 2013

Grambling State Pursues Head Football Coach

Seeking strong administrator, president announces search committee to work with AD

GSU President Frank G. Pogue and Athletic Director Aaron James work with search committee to identify next head football coach.
GSU President Frank G. Pogue and Athletic Director Aaron James
work with search committee to identify next head football coach.

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue has appointed a nine-member search committee to consider and identify the university’s next head football coach.

“We have a lot of work to do, there are a lot of needs and we need a good administrator, a good manager who also has coaching experience,” said Pogue, who said the university has officially posted the coaching vacancy. “We need someone who is a positive, upbeat leader, someone with strong organizational skills and someone who will put our student-athletes first while doing what’s necessary to develop strong relationships across athletics, the university, the community and among alumni.”

Athletics Director Aaron James said he will work closely with the search committee to ensure a thorough and exhaustive search, and one that will yield a strong field of candidates.

James said while there is no definite timetable, he hopes for a swift conclusion, it is more important to identify and hire the best candidate. “We need a team player, someone who will work with the other coaches and me,” added James, who took on permanent AD duties just recently.

Pogue appointed Leon Sanders, vice president for finance and administration, to chair the search committee. The president said the search committee includes a diverse representation of university employees, alumni and a student-athlete representative.

Interested candidates can find the job description and posting in the unclassified section at https://careers.gram.edu

In addition to Sanders, the search committee includes Wilbert Ellis, president of the Friends of Eddie G. Robinson Museum; Stacey Duhon, vice president for student affairs and enrollment; Ezzard Burton, Monroe-Ouachita Alumni Chapter; Jackie Slack, Monroe-Ouachita Alumni Chapter; Bertram Lovell, GSU track coach; Phillippe Carter, GSU assistant athletic director of compliance; Janet Guyden, associate vice president and dean of graduate studies and research and professional studies and Tyree Hollis, a student-athlete and member of the football team.

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