February 14, 2014

Senator Honored in Name of King, Donates to GSU

Sen. Rick Gallot, five others honored with Grambling State University MLK awards during third annual distinguished leadership luncheon

Gallot presented Dr. Pogue with a $250 check to be given to a student directly to benefit him/her in purchasing books or other needed supplies.
Gallot presented Dr. Pogue with
a $250 check to be given to a student
directly to benefit him/her in purchasing
books or other needed supplies.

Grambling State University Media Bureau

GRAMBLING, LA - Rick Gallot accepted a Fannie Lou Hamer Community Service and Leadership Award at Grambling State University and immediately announced a monetary donation to his alma mater.

While Gallot made his acceptance speech, he thanked Dr. Pogue and the entire Grambling family for the award, but as a recipient Gallot showed the true meaning of community service and support by giving back.

“God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others,” said Gallot, the 1987 GSU graduate. “I can bless a student therefore they have the opportunity to make their future successful.” His donation will go to the Grambling University Foundation.

The Grambling native made his announcement and the audience applauded.

Gallot presented Dr. Pogue with a $250 check to be given to a student directly to benefit him/her in purchasing books or other needed supplies.

The third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Awards Leadership Luncheon celebrated the life of King and some community heroes who live and work as King did.

To elaborate on the meaning of freedom, justice, non-violence, and social changes   members of the community read “Facing the Challenge of a New Age,” a 1956 original piece by King.

One of the readers was Sandra Andrews Lee, a mass communication professor. “I was happy to be a part of the readers, the program was very inspiring and enriching,” said Lee. “It was definitely an honor to recognize our community civic leaders, and for Grambling to be visible world-wide and not just Grambling-based.”

At the awards luncheon seven recipients who continue to make contributions in our community were recognized. The Shreveport Federal Credit Union was recognized with the Madame C.J. Walker Business Award. Helen Godfrey Smith, the president and CEO of the credit union, accept the award. Smith is president of the Grambling University Foundation.   

“I am happy to say that we have joined the race of Martin Luther King Jr.,” Smith said as she accepted the honor. “It is an honor that the Shreveport Federal Credit Union is eligible to be recognized.”

In addition to Gallot,the Fannie Lou Hamer Community Service and Leadership Awards were given to State Rep. Patrick Jefferson, Monroe Mayor James E. “Jamie” Mayo and Arcadia Mayor Eugene Smith and Billie Smith, his wife.  

The Eddie G. Robinson Sports Award was presented to Willis Reed, a former basketball player, GSU graduate, and a two-time championship winner with the New York Knicks.

“I’ve been to many events, but this has been a great experience to get a sports award in honor of Coach Rob is wonderful,” Reed said. “Coach Rob was like a father to all of his players. The most important thing is we all wanted to be just like him. He was an idol to me. I wanted to be smart like he was and give back to the community as he always did. I hope I’ve been an inspiration to someone else as coach Rob was to me.”

Reed and the other MLK award recipients were chosen based on award criteria that includes making significant contributions in the areas of race relations, justice and/or human rights in one or more of the following areas: arts, business, education, justice, political, religion, science or technology.

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February 13, 2014

GSU Welcomes ‘Eddie the Fighting Tiger’

The long-anticipated naming of the sculpture is determined by students, who chose the name of a Grambling State University legend to carry on with tradition

After about two months of being in its permanent home, across from Long-Jones Hall and the Eddie G Robinson Museum, the latest campus focal point has its new name.
After about two months of being
in its permanent home, across from
Long-Jones Hall and the Eddie G
Robinson Museum, the latest campus
focal point has its new name.

Grambling State University Media Bureau

GRAMBLING, La. — As Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue drives to his office every morning and as students make their way to the café or quad, they can now wave to “Eddie the Fighting Tiger.”

After about two months of being in its permanent home, across from Long-Jones Hall and the Eddie G Robinson Museum, the latest campus focal point has its new name. The GSU administration made sure to include the student body in choosing the name of the 17-foot tiger.

“The tiger was meant for the community but we really wanted it to be student-based,” said Stacey Duhon, vice president for student affairs and enrollment. “We wanted the students to be attached to the tiger, and what better way of doing that than letting them name the tiger.”

The initial nominations for the naming of the fighting tiger began Jan. 23 and ended on Jan. 28, giving students one week to submit names. A committee of eight students, faculty and staff members reviewed 150 names and picked the top ten names. Then, on Jan. 30-31, students voted, choosing their favorite name.

The top ten names were Champ the Tiger, Charles The Great, "Eddie" the Tiger, Fierce "The Fighting Tiger" Robinson, Nineteen O. One, Patronus (meaning: protector), RJ (Ralph Jones) the Tiger, Titan, Triumph and Zeus.

SGA President Marcus Solomon and students Akunna Amaefule, Joyia Smith and Sean Moore were on the student-focused committee. They were joined by Professor Gernerique Stewart joined Dean of Students David Ponton and Casey Byrd, associate director of student activities. According to Byrd, the committee reviewed the nominations and chose the 10 best.

In the end, the winning name was Eddie, presumably after Eddie G. Robinson, the university’s legendary head football coach and the NCAA Division football coach with the most wins. The 3,600-pound sculplture arrived on campus early on Dec. 4, and word spread quickly. Students, faculty, staff and others rushed out to the campus quad, snapping photos. Several students suggested the name Eddie, and each name was put in a pool and nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner pulled the name of the lucky winner during the recent Allstate-Tom Joyner Foundation Quotes for Education event in the T.H. Harris Auditorium — Tashica L. Grant-Sims. Sims will get books for the semester.

The sculpture was designed by Houston-based artist Bridgette Mongeon. It was about three years in the making after the 2011 Student Government Association president, Channing Gaulden, first suggested the idea. GSU President Frank G. Pogue said a cornerstone marking the special tiger sculpture will be installed at the base of the sculpture and it will include the names of the three SGA presidents responsible for bringing the idea to fruition.

“I can’t even imagine a better name for our fighting tiger and our mascot,” said GSU President Frank G. Pogue, who said he thought the idea was a winner as soon as he heard it. “The reality is that there is no better name, and it is a name recognized internationally and everywhere….It is so appropriate that the location of this new addition to our campus is directly across the street from the Eddie G. Robinson Museum because you cannot see one without seeing the other.”

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GSU Student Newspaper Named Best Newspaper

The Gramblinite wins top honors among historically black university newspapers nationwide

The Gramblinite gathered more than seven awards, including first place in the best editorial cartoon and best spot news story categories.
The Gramblinite gathered more than
seven awards, including first place in the
best editorial cartoon and best spot
news story categories.

GRAMBLING, La. — The Grambling State University student newspaper is the best among historically black college and university campus newspapers, according to the Black College Communication Association.

In a national competition in which all HBCU college newspapers were eligible to participate, The Gramblinite came out on top as the best student newspaper with non-regular production. The newspaper is published weekly during the academic year and twice during the summer. Twelve newspapers competed.

“I am thrilled to know that the Black College Communication Association named The Gramblinite the best newspaper in 2013,” Edward Welch Jr., the acting head of the university’s Department of Mass Communication, said. “The award means the newspaper did a lot of things well.  Judges noted the paper’s spot news, sports coverage, paper design, headlines and cartoons.”

Welch said he is “proud of the students,” publication director Wanda L. Peters and university editor Joice M. Dunn who work (with students) to produce the best newspaper each week. “Kudos!” he added.

"This is a proud moment for The Gramblinite and Grambling State University,” said Peters. “The Gramblinite’s designation as the best student newspaper among historically black colleges and universities is a testament to the quality of the work of the student journalists here at Grambling. These students work hard to put out a paper each week and they take their work seriously.”

“This award is also about continuing the strong journalism tradition here at Grambling,” added Peters, who said The Gramblinite last won the top honor in about 2009 for work done in 2008. “We are standing on the shoulders of hundreds of student journalists who laid the foundation for this good work."

The announcement was made at the annual HBCU Excellence in Journalism conference at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, on Saturday. BCCA is the principal professional association of journalism and communication professors at HBCUs. Professional journalists around the nation volunteer each year to judge entries in 16 categories ranging from spot news reporting, photography, opinion writing, sports, feature writing and online reporting.

“Good layout, interesting and consistent,” wrote the chief judge in the category for Best Student Newspaper (non-regular production). “The Gramblinite has a clean layout that uses promos wisely so they don’t clutter the paper,” the judge wrote. “The paper also does a good job of using wire to plug holes rather than filling holes with fluff pieces. Thought goes into the selection of photos and the presentation of story packages. That’s good to see at the college level,” the chief category judge wrote.

In addition to the best newspaper award, The Gramblinite gathered seven other awards, including first place in the best editorial cartoon and best spot news story categories. Gramblinite cartoonist Nobel Michael, 20, a junior from Lancaster, Calif., has worked with the student newspaper since the fall semester. He won for a cartoon about Obamacare. The newspaper reported and wrote a two-story spot news package, “Grambling loses Legend,” including stories about head football coach Doug Williams’ departure by Diana Sepulveda and Tierra Smith, both of Houston. The judges saw a lot they liked in the package: “There were a lot of elements to like in the package: the "moving forward," the list of Doug Williams’ achievements and stumbles and the variety of reactions from the campus.”

Evan Peters, 31, won second place in the best headline writer category and third place for best individual page design. Peters, a master’s graduate student from New Orleans, La., finished the undergraduate program in December. Commenting about Peters’ individual page design work, the judges said his work had an “Overall clean, traditional design, yet the content strongly reflects the voices/opinions of the student body, which is what a good college paper does.”

The Gramblinite staff won second place for best design. The judges wrote “These covers had impact. Giant attention-grabbing photos and some risk taking in Art and Style. The designers also had a keen eye for photos that conveyed emotion and made solid use of graphics.”

Sepulveda, 24, a senior from Houston, Texas, won third place in the best sports news or game story category for “GSU legend retires after 44 years in NFL,” a story about Charlie Joiner, a wide receiver GSU and SWAC Hall of Famer who played with the San Diego Chargers.

An honorable mention recognition was picked up for best overall sports coverage for the April 11, April 18 and Oct. 3 editions of the newspaper.

The judges included respected journalists and news professionals from across the nation. Judges for the 2013 Excellence in Journalism Awards were:

Regina Boone, photographer, Detroit Free Press
Candace Buckner, sports writer, The Indianapolis Star
Duchesne Drew, managing editor for operations, The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune
Jeanne Fox Alston, news consultant
Deborah Heard, news consultant
Don Hudson, executive editor, The Decatur (Ala.) Daily
Delano Massey, metropolitan editor, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader
Maria Reeve, deputy metro editor, The (Minneapolis) Star-Tribune
Reginald Stuart, journalist and corporate recruiter, The McClatchy Company
Linda Williams, senior editor, The (Raleigh) News & Observer

Gramblinite Award Winning Editorial Cartoon
Gramblinite Award Winning Editorial Cartoon

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February 10, 2014

Grambling State University Receives $1.8 Million in Research Grants

Five GSU students gain valuable hands-on research experience and internship opportunities

Yenumula B. Reddy, computer science professor
Yenumula B. Reddy,
computer science professor

GRAMBLING, La. — Two grants totaling $1.8 million from the U.S. Air Force have been awarded to two Grambling State University professors.

Yenumula B. Reddy, a computer science professor, and Naidu Seetala, a physics professor, are the recipients of the awards to conduct research on cognitive radio cloud network, high performance GP-GPU computing, robotics and structural material applications.

The grants are an integral part of the Air Force research program to develop and implement war-fighting technologies in air, space, and cyberspace. One of the research projects will address the technical barriers involved in developing ultra-high temperature ceramic materials for use in aerospace defense and national security applications.

Naidu Seetala, physics professor
Naidu Seetala,
physics professor

"These grants, like many others that the university has received, showcase the ability of our faculty to engage in cutting edge applied research with broader national implication," said Ken Koroma, associate vice president for grants and research administration. “Think about,” continued Koroma, “our faculty on these grants, using nano material in ceramic, will develop and characterize structural systems to be used by the U.S. Air force in propulsion and thermal protection systems. That is fantastic.”

The grants will also provide educational and research opportunities for GSU students. They will have hands-on research experiences by working directly with the faculty. Five students will be provided internship positions every year at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.


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February 6, 2014

Brightly Painted Curbs Debut on GSU Campus

Blue, red, yellow and white curbs have quietly appeared as a beautification project takes shape closer to the ground

Grambling State University Media Bureau

GRAMBLING, La. — As campus beautification continues at Grambling State University, many students may have noticed the new fighting tiger sculpture and the new benches on The Yard. Perhaps going unnoticed is something a little closer to the ground: freshly painted curbs.

About 3,000 square feet of curbs have been repainted throughout the entire campus. With bright blue, white, yellow, and red colors it is easier to see the curbs-and that’s part of the plan. Blue is for handicap parking. Red shows fire zones. Yellow is for faculty. White is for student parking.

The building parking lot that needed the most painting done was the Betty E. Smith Nursing Building on Cole Street, according to Tremell Turner, associate director of facilities.

“The nursing building needed to be heavily repainted because it was too confusing because all of the colors faded away to blue coloring,” Turner said. “The new painting of the curbs and parking zones made it easier for commuters to understand where they can or cannot park.”

All campus curbs and parking lots have been or will be painted except for Tiger Village and Freshman Village.  Turner said the reason dorm area curbs will not be painted is because the dorms are maintained by Ambling Services.

Some students have noticed the curbs.

“I actually noticed the repainting of the curbs and streets,” said Burgundy Hammond, a junior criminal justice major from Alexandria, La. “I believe it’s a small but noticeable difference that will play a huge role in the improvement of the campus.”

Turner said “it is important for our students and faculty to see the zones clearly and it is important for our campus to look crisp and clean especially the painting of the curbs and parking zones.”

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