January 23, 2014

GSU Department of Visual and Performing Arts Faculty Show Reception

GRAMBLING, LA. - Grambling State University’s Dunbar Gallery hosts the annual faculty exhibition from January 7 – 30, 2014.  The exhibition is comprised of works by four faculty members: Drek Davis, Larry Holston, Donna McGee, Tommie Sue Slaughter and one staff member, Mr. Terence C. Williams, II.  

            The idea of reuse is an important component of Davis work.  He reinterprets images from popular culture using a variety of materials from fabric to roofing paper.    The female role as nurturer is reflected in T.S. Slaughter’s ceramic and mixed media works.  Larry Holston’s work is inspired by issues of concern in African American culture and his love of fishing.   Donna McGee’s work references her love of nature and landscape and examination of the evolving earth as means of understanding the self.  Terence C. Williams explores the local area through photographs that capture his unique view of the world.

The public is invited to interact with the artists at a closing reception to be held on January 30th, 2014 from 4:30 – 6:00 PM in Dunbar Gallery.  The gallery is located on Hutchinson Street on the GSU campus.  Gallery hours are from 8 – 4:30 Monday – Thursday and 8:00 – 12:00 on Friday.  Accommodations are available for large groups and special needs persons.  For more information please call 318-274-2274.

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January 22, 2014

GSU’S President Pogue: ‘WISE is a Strong Step, Right Direction’

Grambling State president says ‘it’s a good day in Louisiana’

GSU President Pogue called Gov. Jindal’s announcement that the state will support higher education with a $141.5 million infusion in the coming fiscal year 'great news'

GSU President Pogue called Gov. Jindal’s
announcement that the state will support higher
education with a $141.5 million infusion in the
coming fiscal year ‘great news’

GRAMBLING, LA. - Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue called Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Tuesday announcement that the state will support higher education with a $141.5 million infusion in the coming fiscal year “great news” that will help GSU and all higher education institution across the state.

“This commitment from the governor is wonderful news for students and higher education in the state generally,” said Pogue. “Having spent several consecutive years with multiple budget cuts — at least two each year — the thought of being able to plan for the next academic year and beyond is nothing more than absolutely exciting.”

The total funding, equaling about 6.66 percent increase beyond the current fiscal year budget, will provide GSU with a part of that amount, providing some much-needed relief, the president said.  In the last six years, Grambling State has instituted multiple layoffs, reduced the number of vice presidents and associate vice presidents, reduced the number of deans and reduced the number of degree programs from a high of 67 to the current 47.

 “A state commitment to stabilize tuition and to allow campuses to retain the revenue generated from student tuition is an important development, and one that allows university presidents, chief academic officers and chief financial officers and others to do their jobs,” added Pogue.

The governor also announced a $40 million workforce incentive initiative fund that will match higher education research institutions with additional financial help for those producing students with high-demand certificates and degrees.

“While $40 million for all of higher education is not going to be enough to help all community colleges and four year institutions,” said Pogue, “it’s a good start and a good opportunity for Grambling State University and others to consider ways we can connect university needs to these specific state requirements so we can better meet student needs.

“Overall, this is a good day for higher education in Louisiana, and very good evidence that Louisiana can turn things around for its deserving students and employees.”

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January 21, 2014

The UL System’s Nine Universities Laud Governor Jindal’s Support of the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE) Plan

The UL System's Nine Universities Laud Governor Jindal's Support of the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE) Plan

BATON ROUGE, LA. - Today, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced his support of the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE) plan that calls for stable funding for higher education and the creation of a $40 million performance‐based fund tied to workforce needs and innovation.

Below are statements by University of Louisiana System President Sandra K. Woodley and the presidents of all nine UL System universities on the Governor’s announcement.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA SYSTEM PRESIDENT SANDRA K. WOODLEY

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA SYSTEM PRESIDENT SANDRA K. WOODLEY
“In the University of Louisiana System, there is a deep sense of responsibility and urgency to increase the pace at our nine universities to meet growing workforce demands and to achieve national competitiveness. We are greatly appreciative of Governor Jindal’s support of the WISE plan and are committed to leveraging these new dollars, engaging in unprecedented collaboration across higher education systems, and enhancing our partnerships with business and industry to drive economic development.”

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT FRANK POGUE

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT FRANK POGUE
“This commitment from the governor is wonderful news for students and higher education in the state. Being able to plan for the next academic year and beyond with stable funding is nothing more than absolutely exciting, and the commitment to allow campuses to retain the revenue generated from student tuition is an important development. The $40 million for all of higher education provides a good opportunity for Grambling State University and others to consider ways we can connect university needs to specific state priorities and better meet student needs. This is a good day for higher education in Louisiana, its deserving students and employees.”

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT LESLIE K. GUICE

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT LESLIE K. GUICE
“Louisiana Tech is excited about contributing to the WISE plan and the opportunities it will create for both our graduates and our State. I believe WISE will ultimately result in opportunities for our best and brightest graduates to remain in‐state and to use their skills and talents to build a stronger Louisiana for all of us.”

MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT PHILIP C. WILLIAMS

MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT PHILIP C. WILLIAMS
“Governor Jindal’s Executive Budget provides universities with the current level of state support in addition to giving the universities tuition revenue that will strengthen academic and student support initiatives. The creation of the WISE Fund is a commitment by the Governor to directly connect higher education to Louisiana’s economic development efforts, and it will allow McNeese to further develop innovative partnerships with existing and emerging industries and businesses in Southwest Louisiana.”

NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT BRUCE T. MURPHY

NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT BRUCE T. MURPHY
“I am very encouraged by news of Gov. Jindal’s WISE plan. Nicholls State University will certainly utilize this dedicated source of funding to grow our unique academic programs and create new ones that meet the workforce development needs of our region. Nicholls has a longstanding history of working with industry partners to produce highly skilled graduates in unique, high demand areas including culinary arts, geomatics, nursing, maritime management, marine biology and petroleum engineering and technology safety management.”

NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT RANDALL WEBB

NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT RANDALL WEBB
“Northwestern State University is encouraged by the WISE plan, which will help us strengthen our academic and student support programs to meet the state’s workforce development demands. Northwestern State has been working with partners in a number of industries to align our programs with their needs for several years, and we look forward to enhancing these relationships to help Louisiana grow.”

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT JOHN CRAIN

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT JOHN CRAIN
“We are very appreciative of Governor Jindal’s support, for establishment of the WISE plan and collective efforts to stabilize funding for higher education. We look forward to the opportunity to continue expanding Southeastern’s strong partnerships and commitment to workforce and economic development in our region.”

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT LAFAYETTE PRESIDENT E. JOSEPH SAVOIE

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT LAFAYETTE PRESIDENT E. JOSEPH SAVOIE
“The University of Louisiana at Lafayette favors the WISE Fund opportunities. UL Lafayette has been establishing public‐private partnerships, we’ve been committed to economic development, and our university is among the top 10 in the U.S. for the percentage of NSF research expenditures funded by business. This new $40 million investment by the state is a positive step to foster further innovation by higher education.”

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE PRESIDENT NICK J. BRUNO

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE PRESIDENT NICK J. BRUNO
“I appreciate the Governor’s plan to stabilize higher education funding in the upcoming budget. I also look forward to ULM participating in the WISE Fund initiative.”

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS PRESIDENT PETER J. FOS

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS PRESIDENT PETER J. FOS
“The University of New Orleans is thankful for Governor Jindal’s support of higher education and the WISE fund. WISE will provide much needed resources for our programs of excellence in engineering, computer science and accounting, while enabling the university to continue to support the humanities and other academic programs, including education. The WISE funding will ensure that the University of New Orleans, a community asset, will maintain and strengthen its relationships with industry and the private sector.”

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January 17, 2014

GSU President: ‘Social Media is Helpful, Useful; Use It’

Grambling State University social media policy encourages use of a variety of sites to engage faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters

Grambling, La. – Grambling State University is encouraging the use of social media with its own university social media policy and a leadership request to get engaged online.

The university’s policy committee considered and approved a social media policy in August (2013) and GSU President Frank G. Pogue is urging everyone to consider how best to incorporate social media into the institution’s academic and business operations with the guidance of the new policy.

“ It’s something we must incorporate into appropriate business aspects of our operations,” the president said in a letter to the university community. “It’s definitely something we must use to connect with, and stay connected with, students and alumni.”

Pogue noted that a number of GSU associations, colleges, departments, offices and units use, or want to use, social media sites such as Blogger, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, SnapChat, tumblr., Twitter, YouTube, RSS feeds and other social media sites. He said “social media is a great way to stay in contact with your audience – whether it is alumni, colleagues or prospective students.”

The president said the university will develop a list of officially recognized and sanctioned Grambling State University social media sites, and he asked for the assistance of all university administration, faculty, staff and students.  He said it was social media that put Grambling State University over the top to win $50,000 in scholarship money in the recent Allstate/Tom Joyner Foundation “Quotes for Education” contest.

“We are not requiring everyone to use social media,” added Pogue. “However, there are some duties and responsibilities that increasingly require us to incorporate social media into what we do.”

GSU’s Social Media Policy has been online for several months, and a social media form has been developed and was launched this week. “I ask that all Grambling State University associations, colleges, departments, divisions, offices and units comply with our social media policy by entering the requested information at http://gsunet/docs/socialmedia.asp for EACH social media account,” the president wrote in the letter. “If an association has two social media accounts with two or more people as account holders, both social media accounts must be registered with each person’s name. If one person in an office is the account user for each of three social media sites, that person needs to complete a form for each of the sites.

Pogue said though no one person at GSU is a social media expert with sole responsibility for social media, he encourages those with comments, questions and suggestions to touch base with communications and public relations director Will Sutton mediarelations@gram.edu.

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January 16, 2014

University Announces Feb. 4 MLK Event

Third annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Leadership Awards Luncheon will include distinguished citizens

GRAMBLING, La. – Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue will host the university’s third annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award Luncheon on February 4 at 11 a.m. in the Black and Gold Room of the Favrot Student Union. Pogue said a special group of citizens will be recognized as they receive MLK Leadership Awards.

“This has become a favorite GSU and community event, and we want everyone to join us as we recognize one of this nation’s – and this world’s – greatest leaders, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Pogue. “We will make time to observe his contributions as we launch Black History Month and honor some of our best, biggest and favorite GSU supporters who exemplify what King stood for during his life on this earth.”

A limited number of luncheon tickets are available at $10 per person and may be purchased by contacting Rose Wright in the Office of Institutional Advancement, 100 Robinson Street, on the university campus, across from the Army ROTC Building. Or, call 318-274-2217 or email wrightr@gram.edu. No tickets will be available at the door the day of the event.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award recognizes and honors people who, through their service to Grambling State University, the state, region and country, exemplify King’s character, leadership and selflessness. Each must have been personally or corporately involved in making tangible, visible, and meaningful contributions to the advancement of race relations, and/or human rights causes in one or more of the arts, business, education, justice, politics, religion, science or technology and athletics. MLK award recipients will be announced soon.

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