February 5, 2014

GSU Wins $50K from Allstate, National Foundation

Nationally syndicated radio show host Tom Joyner joined Allstate representatives to give Grambling State University a check to help 32 students with scholarships

Allstate and Tom Joyner Foundation Present a check to GSU.
Allstate and Tom Joyner Foundation present a check to GSU.

Grambling State University Media Bureau

GRAMBLING, La. — It was time for a celebration at Grambling State University. It’s not every day the school gets $50,000 for student scholarships.

GSU students welcomed nationally syndicated radio show host Tom Joyner with “We Love Tom Joyner” and “Thanks Allstate” signs as he dropped off the big check.

The World Famed Tiger Marching Band led the crowd with a loud, bouncing and rocking tune as GSU cheerleaders led Joyner down the aisle to the stage in the T.H. Harris Auditorium to celebrate Grambling State winning the Allstate and Tom Joyner Foundation “Quotes for Education” national HBCU competition.

Of the scores of HBCUs participating, Grambling State had the most school spirit, winning $50,000 for deserving students. Each of the 32 students receiving a $1,000 scholarship was introduced. Some of the students were on the verge of dropping out of school, struggling to pay tuition balances.

The balance of the scholarship money will be used to recruit freshmen and transfer students for the fall semester.

“Every semester I have a balance of more than $2,000,” Raven Croft, 20, a junior marketing major from Dallas, said. “My parents work extremely hard to make sure I can return to GSU to continue my education. I go back home to work every winter and summer break to do my part. This scholarship will alleviate some stress on me and my family. I am extremely grateful.”

The Allstate Scholars maintained grade point averages of 3.0 or higher, wrote an essay and showed financial need.

“I am grateful and blessed,” Jasmine Hobdy, 20, a junior criminal justice and psychology major from Alexandria, La., said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am motivated to continue my dedication to academic excellence.” Students included athletes, international students and Earl Lester Cole Honors College members and a range of classifications and majors.

“Receiving this award motivates me to continue to keep up my hard work and dedication,” Evan Hale, 20, a junior mass communications major from Chicago, said. “I am really thankful. I wasn’t expecting to be selected. It’s a great honor.”

“I am excited to be among the scholars at GSU,” added Tamara Burns, 18, a freshman nursing major from West Monroe. “I am glad to represent the freshman class.”

Joyner, a Tuskegee University graduate, believes it’s his responsibility to protect HBCUs and their students. He comes from a long family line of HBCUs graduates, dating back to his grandparents, and vows his grandchildren will attend HBCUs. He said he understands the trials GSU students face, and he’s heard similar stories at other HBCUs. He said he wants students to have “one less worry” after getting an Allstate scholarship.

“If I don’t, who will” support HBCUs, said Joyner.

Since 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has helped more than 21,000 students and raised more than $65 million. Joyner is one of the most recognizable supporters of HBCUs.

To win the Allstate competition, it took thousands of GSU faculty, students, alumni and supporters voting online in a nationwide competition for their favorite HBCUs. All of the votes were tallied and the HBCU will the most votes won. Voting started in August and ended at the end of November.

“This is a true indication that if we stand together we can accomplish anything,” Frank G. Pogue, the university’s president, said. “This is a great moment in our history.”

“I am extremely proud how we came together as a university to impact our students,” Miss Grambling Ambra Brice said.

There were several notable guests in the T.H. Harris Auditorium, including University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley.

“We came to support Grambling,” said Woodley. “We appreciate all support for GSU students.”

As the event started, the skies were dark, cloudy and it was pouring. One student scholar put it in context.

“Although it’s raining outside, it’s a great day in Grambling,” Mahalia Jackson, 18, a freshman computer science major from Jonesboro.

GSU Welcomes Tom Joyner and Allstate for scholarship check persentation.
GSU Welcomes Tom Joyner and Allstate for scholarship check presentation.

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February 4, 2014

National Radio Show Host Visits GSU Tuesday

As members of the university band and cheer squad pump up the crowd, an Allstate representative and Tom Joyner of the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show will present a $50,000 scholarship check

Thomas Joyner Jr.
Thomas Joyner Jr., President
of the Tom Joyner Foundation will
present a check to GSU.

GRAMBLING, La.  — Following a $50,000 victory in a national Allstate insurance contest, it is time for a Grambling State University celebration, Tom Joyner-style.

Joyner, of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, visits the campus Tuesday at 2 p.m. to officially present the school with a $50,000 check for student scholarships at the T.H. Harris Auditorium. Joyner will be joined by his son, Thomas Joyner Jr., president of the Tom Joyner Foundation, and Carlos Boston, an Allstate representative with Shreveport’s Boston Group, to present the check to GSU President Frank G. Pogue.

“We were excited when we heard in early January that Grambling State won, and we’re excited that Allstate, the Tom Joyner Foundation and Tom Joyner are visiting the campus to help us celebrate and give us the money,” said Pogue. “It will be quite an afternoon, and we invite all GSU supporters to join us.”

Joyner, a native of Tuskegee, Ala. and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., graduated from an HBCU, what is now Tuskegee University. After a series of radio jobs in a number of markets, Joyner landed two jobs, one at WGCI in Chicago in the morning and KKDA in the afternoon. He commuted between the two metro markets daily for eight years, earning the nickname “Fly Jock.” In 1994, The Tom Joyner Morning Show was syndicated nationally. Joyner founded the Tom Joyner Foundation with an emphasis on helping historically black colleges and universities such as Grambling State University.

The “Big Event” will include the Grambling State University cheer squad and members of the university’s World Famed Tiger Marching Band. Joyner will issue a challenge to 32 Allstate-Tom Joyner Foundation Quotes for Education Scholars focused on academic excellence. Each of the students will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and the balance of the scholarship money will be used to recruit incoming freshmen and transfer students. The centerpiece of the event will be presentation of the scholars, each receiving a $1,000 scholarship from the national insurance company, widely known by its popular slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate.”

During a fall national online contest, GSU alumni and students led a competition with dozens of HBCUs to win enough support to win the scholarship money. Using the modern form of “word of mouth,” the university pulled together via social media outlets with posts and reposts, tweets and retweets. Using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other sites, the GSU community, commonly known among the younger crowd as #GramFam, garnered enough support to win the big prize.

Pogue encourages all GSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and supporters to attend the public event and help GSU celebrate. “It’s not every day that Grambling State receives $50,000 from anyone,” the president said, “so we want all of our alums and friends to join us as we celebrate with Tom, his son and Mr. Boston. It’s going to be a good time, with a great cause – helping our students.”

About the Allstate Corporation
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer known for its “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate” slogan. Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help nearly 16 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate.

About the Tom Joyner Foundation
Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has focused on its primary mission of helping to keep students enrolled in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The foundation has assisted more than 20,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs, raising more than $60 million.  Throughout the week, the foundation announces scholarship winners on the nationally syndicated radio show hosted by its founder, Tom Joyner. Each week, separate financial awards are focused on students who are single parents, high achievers, and distinguished students at the School of the Month.

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Campus Advisory: Spring 2014 Parking Notice



  • All students, faculty, and staff must obtain parking decals from the traffic office by February 3, 2014.
  • On-campus students are not allowed to drive to class between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
  • Commuting students should park in the designated parking lots for commuters designated below:
    • On Dickerson Street – between Charles P. Adams and Woodson
    • On Cole Street – South side facing Charles P. Adams
    • On the front row of Charles P. Adams Hall facing RWE Jones Drive
    • On Blalock Street- where the white paint starts behind the basketball court
    • Lot on the right of the Conrad Hutchinson, Jr. Performing Arts Building
    • Lot across from the University Police building, near the St. Benedict Catholic Center
    • At the Performing Arts building – on the left side when facing the building
  • All faculty/staff lots are in the process of being painted yellow.
  • The University Police will initiate booting and/or towing of all unregistered vehicles after three citations.
  • Parking handbooks can be obtained at the Traffic Office in Long-Jones Hall, room 171, or online.

Tickets will be issued for the following violations:

  • Parking on the lawn
  • Parking in No Parking Zone
  • Parking in Handicap

Starting February 3, tickets will be issued for vehicles with no university parking permit.

Because of campus beautification project we will be strictly enforcing the no parking on lawn violators in the areas of: Purchasing Office, the hill near Old Wheatley Hall across from Holland Hall and the rear of Favrot Student Union.

If further information is needed contact Interim Chief Ruby Jones at (318) 274-2222, Ms. Lari Talbert at (318) 274-3365 or Ms. Jeanette Amos in the Traffic Office at (318) 274-3363.

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Media Contact:
Jeanette Amos




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