September 19, 2013

Former President Returns to Address Founder’s Day Convocation

Neari Warner will talk about tradition, service and excellence at 11 a.m. Tuesday

Former GSU President,Dr. Neari Warner, returns to address Founder's Day Convocation.
Former GSU President,Dr. Neari Warner,
returns to address Founder’s Day Convocation.

GRAMBLING, LA -A familiar face and a special person in Grambling State University history will visit the campus as the Founder’s Day Convocation speaker. Former acting university president Neari F. Warner will speak on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. in the T.H. Harris Auditorium.

"Dr. Warner played a significant role by providing significant stability and tremendous leadership at a crucial time in this university’s history, and we’ll never forget what she did," said Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue. "As we’re forced to lead and navigate this university through a challenging, difficult financial period, I can’t think of anyone better to help us remember our history and our mission."

Warner, a New Orleans, La., native, was the first woman to head the university. During her tenure she successfully led GSU through a crisis that threatened the school’s accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to serving as an acting president, Warner is a Grambling alumna and graduated with honors as a magna cum laude when she received her bachelor’s degree in 1967. She also worked at the university as provost and vice president for academic affairs and vice president for development and university relations.

Prior to coming to working at Grambling State, she spent 26 years at Southern University in New Orleans. A noted scholar, Warner has been recognized for her work and efforts to make a difference. She has been recognized with the “Glass Ceiling Award” by the Louisiana Association of Women for Equal Opportunity and she was named a “New Orleans Role Model” by the Young Women’s Christian Association. In 2008, Warner was inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame. There is a $1 million endowed student scholarship named in her honor.

Other scheduled public events for Founder’s Week include:

  • The official opening of Founder’s Week will start at “The Founder’s Bust” of Charles P. Adams with a short ceremony at the east side of Lee Hall at 7:30 a.m. Monday (Sept. 23).
  • Annual Founder’s Week Fellowship Breakfast, scheduled for 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. Monday (September 23) in the Black and Gold Room at the Favrot Student Union.
  • The Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present “The Amen Corner” by James Baldwin September 24-27 at the Floyd L. Sandle Theatre, located in the Conrad Hutchinson Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for the general public.

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Senior Music Education Major Wins $1,500 Scholarship

Kelley Hall named third Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar

By Diana Sepulveda
Grambling State University Media Bureau

Kelley Hall named third Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar.
Kelley Hall named third Tom Joyner Foundation
Hercules Scholar.

GRAMBLING, LA -Senior music education major Kelley Hall was surprised when he learned the Tom Joyner Foundation selected him as its Hercules Scholar at Grambling State University.

Hall decided on Grambling State to be a part of the World Famed Tiger Marching Band, and he has marched in the band for three years. He is also involved in several extracurricular activities on and off campus.

“I was a student leader, drill sergeant, and section leader over the tuba section,” said Hall, whose scholarship was announced on The Tom Joyner Morning Show Thursday (Sept. 19). “I also participate in the university wind ensemble, a member of the Strong Tower Gospel Chorale here in the Grambling area, and I was inducted into the Earl Lester Cole Honors College.”

Hall, who has a 3.86 GPA, has aspirations to become a middle or high school band director then a band director at the collegiate level. “When I finish my matriculation here at Grambling State University, I plan to find work at a low-income middle school,” said Hall. “The students that will be in my music program will be ‘blank slates’ that I can teach from scratch …”

On Sept. 1, Grambling State University was named by the foundation as its September school of the month. Hall, a Springhill, La., native, will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Earlier this month, the foundation awarded scholarships to sophomore Pierre L. Moore, 19, and junior Lionel Kilolonyuy-Sandjong, 22. The foundation is helping Grambling State with student scholarships by asking friends, students, alumni to participate by making donations at www.tomjoynerfoundation.org.

Founded in 1998, the foundation has helped raised over $60 million to help students attending historically black college and universities to access more scholarships and stay in school.
The Hercules Scholarship is named after Tom Joyner’s father, the late Hercules Joyner, who was an education advocate. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on community and leadership skills, a minimum GPA of 3.5 and be a male attending an HBCU of the month.

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Community Breakfast Brings People Together to Honor Founder

University expecting a Who’s Who Crowd Monday

Founder's Week Celebration Honors University Founder(s), Charles P. Adams.
Founder’s Week Celebration Honors
University Founder(s), Charles P. Adams.

GRAMBLING, LA – People across Lincoln Parish, Ouachita Parish and northern Louisiana are getting excited about one of the area’s most engaging, interactive who’s-who events next week.

As a part of Grambling State University’s Founder’s Week, President Frank G. Pogue is inviting the university community and the general public to attend the annual Founder’s Week Fellowship Breakfast, scheduled for 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. Monday (September 23) in the Black and Gold Room at the Favrot Student Union on campus.

“It’s a once-a-year activity that continues to draw a capacity crowd, and you just never know who you’re going to see,” said Janis Bluford, coordinator of the institution’s Founder’s Week activities. “Our committee works hard to pull this off, but, frankly, local mayors, sheriffs, pastors and others bug us as early as the summer asking us for the date.”

“They come out to see everybody in one place,” added Pauline Lee, a retired university librarian who pulls together a team of people to host the breakfast, which costs $10 per person. “They love seeing each other, and they really love serving, too.”

Pogue and some members of his executive team will serve breakfast as will representatives from the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce, Liberty Hill Baptist Association ministers and other community ministers, area mayors, Lincoln Parish Police Jury and other law enforcement officials. Also serving will be GSU student government leaders, faculty and staff. Athletic Director Aaron James, a Louisiana Hall of Famer and former NBA New Orleans Jazz basketball player, will call out the names of the individuals and organizations as servers wait for their turn to serve others.

“My wife and I look forward to this breakfast,” said Pogue. “It’s one of our favorite activities because we see so many people at the same time, and we actually have time to talk to them because there’s no long program.”

“Honoring Charles P. Adams for all that he did for us is one of the best, most important things we can do.”

Tickets for the breakfast are $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the university Institutional Advancement office on campus. For more information, call 318-274-2217 or email wrightr@gram.edu.

The breakfast is one of a series of events celebrating the university’s 112th anniversary. Founded by the North Louisiana Colored Agriculture Relief Association, Grambling State opened its doors on Nov. 1, 1901 as the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School. The university’s first president, Charles P. Adams, was sent by Tuskegee Institute’s Booker T. Washington to help organize an industrial school. It wasn’t until 1944 when the first baccalaureate degree was awarded in elementary education. In 1946 the university was named after P.G. Grambling, a white man who had donated land used to construct the school. Then in 1974, a new permanent name was given to the historical institution – Grambling State University.

Other scheduled public events for Founder’s Week include:

  • The official opening of Founder’s Week will start at “The Founder’s Bust” of Charles P. Adams with a short ceremony at the east side of Lee Hall at 7:30 a.m. Monday (Sept. 23).
  • A Happy 112th Birthday Celebration Bash sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Favrot Student Union Board will be held Thursday (Sept. 26) at 11 a.m. in front of the Favrot Student Union Building.

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GSU Theatre to present The Amen Corner, by James Baldwin Sept. 24-27

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University Theatre will present The Amen Corner, by James Baldwin September 24-27, 2013.

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Grambling State University is pleased to announce its 2013-2014 season opener, The Amen Corner by James Baldwin at the Floyd L. Sandle Theatre, located in the Conrad Hutchinson Performing Arts Center.

Come be a part of the congregation as Sister Margaret (played by Ashley Boston) delivers us to a righteous life. All is well in the store-front church until the past “comes home.” Watch as the secrets unfold and what was perceived as merciful and good becomes scorned and ridiculed.

Directed by the Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Dept, Dr. King D. Godwin, the production staff includes Donovan Taylor as production stage manager, Brandon McKnight and Dawn Clements as assistant stage manager, John Shadowinds as set and light designer, Collin Jno-Finn as prop and sound designer, and Teshia Lincoln as costume designer.

The cast includes: Ashley Boston as Sister Margaret, Ashlee Lackey as Odessa, Anthony Broadway as David, Tiana Alexander as Sister Moore, Kedrick Smith as Brother Boxer, Melanie Williams as Sister Boxer, Kdeja Johnson as Ida Jackson, Jayla Fountain as Sister Douglas, Rachel Chinn as Sister Sally, Kadarius Gray as Brother Rice and Justin Owens as ensemble/Brother Boxer understudy.

Performances dates are September 24-27, 2013 and the show begins at 7pm. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for general. Tickets will go on sale starting Monday September 16, 2013. Box office will be open from the hours of 1pm-5pm Monday through Thursday and thirty minutes before performance time. For more information, please call Mrs. Modest at 274-2201 or modestd@gram.edu.

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September 18, 2013

GSU Students Hail Taco Bell, New Upscale ‘C-Store’

As the result of a student survey, university opens a full-service Taco Bell menu; also opens the state’s first Aramark P.O.D. Market

By TIERRA SMITH
Grambling State University Media Bureau

President and Mrs. Pogue are first in line to enjoy the food available at the new Taco Bell in the food court.
President and Mrs. Pogue are first in line to enjoy
the food available at the new Taco Bell in the food court.

GRAMBLING, LA -The Tiger Express food court was packed with students as Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue and his wife, Dorothy, stood at the Taco Bell counter ordering tacos as scores of students stood behind them.

Students made it clear last semester that they wanted this fast food option, and Tuesday’s grand opening was clear evidence. “Taco Bell will be a major attraction for the food services at Grambling State University,” said Pogue.

“This was a very big step,” confirmed LaResha Taylor, 20, a junior social work major from Houston.  “Taco Bell is maybe one of the best moves yet.”

Taco Bell opens restaurants across the country, and there are plenty of fast food options in the Grambling-Ruston area. But GSU students fought for this on-campus option – and won. A student survey was provided and Taco Bell came out on top.

In addition to Taco Bell, students were swarming Aramark’s P.O.D. Market, a new specialty convenience store offering fresh fruit, fresh smoothies, special coffees, grocery store-type products and black beauty products. There are a number of these stores on campuses across the nation, but this is the only full-service P.O.D. on any Louisiana campus.

The Pogues were the first in line at Taco Bell, then there were some of the president’s executive team. The student line stretched halfway across the Tiger Express food court floor as students anxiously waited for a turn to order.

At a general assembly in the T.H. Harris Auditorium a little earlier, students cheered loudly when it was announced that the official grand opening would be held in a matter of minutes.

“Students were not satisfied with the overall options in Tiger Express,” said Jordan Harvey, the Student Government Association president. He applauded the university’s decision to work with he and other SGA representatives to make this desire a reality.

University Director of Food Services Eddie Rushing said when he arrived in February it was obvious that the right thing to do was to work to bring Taco Bell to the campus. The restaurant replaces Topio’s Pizza, which offered combinations of pasta and pizza.
“Students said Topio’s was the lesser option they preferred,” said Carday Marshall, manager of food services.

Rushing said the GSU Taco Bell will have a full menu just like the one in Ruston with the same prices whereas other campuses have Taco Bell Express operations with an express, or limited, menu. He said they opted for a full-service menu because Aramark thinks GSU students will appreciate it.

“This gives more options to the students,” said Rushing. “They get the full Taco Bell experience.”

Rushing projects revenue of about $300,000 annually at the Taco Bell and about $210,000 weekly at the market.

The grand opening was a celebratory event. Six students had the chance to win a limited edition Bayou Classic cooler in the taco-eating contestants. Popular student deejays, the DJ Twins, entertained students and faculty with popular music mixes as people enjoyed lunch and browsed the new additions. Two roommates and softball teammates enjoyed the activities and options, especially since neither has a car. The food court is walking distance from their dorm.

“It’s very convenient,” said Alexus Brown, 18, a freshman education major from Beaumont, Tex. “The food was really good. The line was long, but it was definitely worth the wait.”  

“I love Taco Bell,” added Aayilah Lowe, 18, a freshman kinesiology major from Hitchcock, Tex.  “I mean really, who doesn’t love Taco Bell.”

Students weren’t the only ones enjoyed the afternoon.

“It brings more variety to Tiger Express,” said Joseph Price, the head basketball coach. 

“I am not a big taco eater, but these are good,” said Nettie Daniels, associate vice president of planning and institution research planning, as she enjoyed a Nacho Cheese Loco Taco with other members of the president’s executive council. “These tacos will bring me back again.”

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