June 24, 2014

GSU Bids Farewell to President and Mrs. Pogue

Faculty, friends, residents and staff say goodbye to an in-touch, down-to-earth president as he retires to enjoy consulting and family time with his bride of more than 50 years, his daughter and his two grandsons

As June comes to an end, so does the tenure of Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue. Since he announced his intention to retire June 30, Pogue has received calls, emails, handshakes and pats on the back as he continues conducting university business.

As Pogue winds down his time as Chief Gramblinite, Johnson Place, the president’s home for the last few years, is full of packed boxes and boxes being packed. Still, he continues his decades-old routine of waking up about 4:30 a.m., working out on the treadmill, checking emails and eating breakfast prepared by housekeeper Marian Crawford by 7 a.m. After spending some time with GSU’s first lady, Dorothy Pogue, his wife of more than 50 years, he kisses her gently and he is on his way to the office.

A lot of people have greeted him, some for the final time as he has been serenaded with care, concern and love. Being president requires travel, and just recently he has traveled to Washington, D.C., to represent Grambling State University.

The Pogues are leaving a memorable mark as they head into their next era of life.

Deon Jones
Grambling State University Media Bureau

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June 20, 2014

GSU President: ‘Bayou Classic Goes On’

Grambling State President Frank G. Pogue says there are no talks about changing the Southern University and Grambling State University matchup

GRAMBLING, La. – The Bayou Classic will be played between Grambling State University and Southern University this fall — and in the future, according to Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue.

The historic football matchup pits the Southern University Jaguars against the Grambling State University Tigers on November 29 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, this time with the winner breaking the tied number of wins at 20-20. During a Wednesday meeting of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District board, concerns were raised about the Bayou Classic, an annual football matchup between two historically black universities and the only HBCU football game aired on national television.

“We know that nearly everyone is passionate about the Bayou Classic, and that includes Grambling State alums as well as people who enjoy the rivalry and all that takes place on and off the field each fall,” said Pogue. “This is a fierce, competitive rivalry in terms of football but it is nothing short of a good, strong marriage between two world-class institutions when it comes to putting on a tremendous week of activities and events on and off the field.”

“There is no discussion to change this historic matchup, and there are no plans to change this annual challenge in any way,” added Pogue.

The president noted that the Bayou Classic matches up well with other HBCU classics in terms of football game attendance and surpasses most other classics when it comes to drawing fans and supporters across the multiple-day event. The Bayou Classic annually draws about 250,000 to the Crescent City the week of Thanksgiving.

The LSED is responsible for the operation of the John A. Alario Sr. Event Center, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Arena, New Orleans Saints Training Facility, TPC Louisiana, and Zephyr Field. The Bayou Classic is coordinated and marketed by the New Orleans Convention Company, known as NOCCI. Southern University and Grambling State University jointly own, operate and coordinate the Bayou Classic with NOCCI as its event and marketing firm.

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June 16, 2014

GSU Ruston Chapter Pledges $50,000 Scholarship

With $25, 000 in hand and an alumna pledge of $25,000, the Ruston Alumni Chapter presents $50,000 check during third annual scholarship gala on GSU campus

Dr. Janet Duncan Barnes, a 1974 GSU alumnae, has pledged a $50,000 scholarship donation as part of GSU’s Ruston alumni chapter.
Dr. Janet Duncan Barnes, a 1974 GSU alumnae,
has pledged a $50,000 scholarship donation as
part of GSU’s Ruston alumni chapter.

Grambling, La. -Grambling State University’s Ruston alumni chapter has pledged a $50,000 scholarship donation, including $25,000 already raised and another $25,000 promised by Dr. Janet Duncan Barnes.

“It’s the least we could do to help our very own place where everybody is somebody,” said Liz White, president of the Grambling University National Alumni Association Ruston Chapter and a 1966 graduate. “We all love dear ole Grambling, and we also believe that we have to show our love with the green.”

During the third annual scholarship gala event at the university’s Black and Gold Room, President Frank G. Pogue said he was thrilled that such a large donation had been pledged, one of the largest alumni chapter pledges made in recent years. White said $25,000 was raised over the last two years, originally with a $10,000 goal. She said the chapter easily raised $8,000 and then set up leadership donor opportunities, asking chapter members to donate at least $1,000 each. Those donations started coming in as well, White said. So the goal became larger, much larger. Then, the chapter set out to find a matching donor, and Barnes made an unexpected promise. “She simply said she would take care of it,” said White.

The scholarship will be named the Ruston Alumni Chapter’s Coach James Wicks Duncan Sr. Endowed Scholarship, in memory of Barnes’ father, a prominent Lincoln Parish coach and educator. “It is with great pride and genuine humility that we, The Duncan Family, support GUNAA- Ruston Chapter’s initiative…We are our Brother’s Keeper,” said Barnes.

Barnes, a successful New Orleans pediatrician and businesswoman and a 1974 GSU alumnae, said the $25,000 pledge is made easy because GSU meant so much to her as she built a strong foundation and as she watched the university during trying financial times. The institution has lost 56 percent of its state funding in just six years, including twice-annual cuts until December. Barnes, a native of Ruston, is a member of the Grambling University Foundation Inc. board of directors, and she established the Mary Rice Duncan Endowed Scholarship, named after her mother, a few years ago.

“When I sat with Liz and she told me their intention to establish a $50,000 endowed scholarship, I was absolutely amazed, thrilled because I know the needs of our students,” said Pogue, who continues as GSU president through June 30. “It is becoming increasingly more difficult to get federal and other student loans and funding, and sizeable donations like this one make a lot of difference.”

Pogue noted that alumni giving has increased from about 1.3% a year ago to about 12% in less than two years. “It means that no matter what our challenges and troubles, our alums understand the growing importance of giving to make a real difference in the lives of our students,” he said.

The Ruston chapter honored the 11 Grambling State alums that made contributions of $1,000 or more, including Ida Alexander,  retired New Orleans educator; Cheryle Buggs, Lincoln Parish educator; Ethel Drayton, Jackson Parish educator; Patricia Hutcherson, Grambling State University registrar; Debra Johnson, GSU Interim executive director of external affairs; Laverne Junior, retired GSU employee; Joecephus “Joe” Melton,  U.S. Air Force retiree; Mary Richard,  retired Lincoln Parish educator; Joe Ann Spencer, Lincoln Parish educator; Liz White, retired Louisiana Tech University professor, and Michelle Wright, executive director of the Lincoln Council on Aging.

“Dr. Barnes shared a piece of her heart, and a hefty piece of her checkbook,” added White. “What she and these other donors have done show an indescribable generosity. I see it as a challenge to others who are able and willing to give back.”

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June 13, 2014

GSU Students Help Older Adults Ramp Up Tech Skills

Technology-savvy Grambling State University students help people 50 and older take existing tech skills to higher levels during four-day program

By Deon Jones
Grambling State University Media Bureau
 
GRAMBLING, La. - Senior citizens and seasoned citizens wanting to know how to get more out of their smartphones, laptops and mobile devices are getting some help at Grambling State University next week.

Designed specifically for people who are 50 years old and older, the university’s service learning program and the university first year experience program are co-hosting a four-day event, “Strengthening Technology Skills,” Monday through Thursday. The program will start each day at 2 p.m. in room 211 in the Charles P. Adams Building on campus. The event is free. Each day the program ends at 4 p.m.

During “Strengthening Technology Skills – a Workshop for People Over 50,” participants will learn a variety of creative and technical skills, including information about the I-Phone, other mobile devices, tablets, personal computers and more.  Participants will learn how to Skype and learn which apps are best for different types of desires and uses. One-on-one guidance and training will be provided.

“Students are getting together to finalize the curriculum, and prepare for the workshops because they will be leading the discussions,” said Dr. Ellen D. Smiley, dean of the Earl Lester Cole Honors College and associate professor of education and coordinator of military science.

Smiley said at least one student will be available each day, and each student will focus on different aspects of technology use. “The students are computer information systems major or others who have had experience working with technology,” added Smiley. She said she and Dr. Rory Bedford, director of the university’s service learning unit, will be on hand to provide some backup assistance.

Bedford said this workshop series is an opportunity for students to earn service learning credit.  “The students will experience the joy of providing service to others while sharing what they have learned from their coursework,” he said. “The first day, the students will assess the participants and determine their knowledge with regard to technology.”

“In many cases, although one may be very intelligent, using a cell phone and other technology can be challenging,” said Smiley. “The workshops will move at a slow pace so that participants will not feel intimidated by the technology.”

Participants are encouraged to bring Droids, iPhones and other smartphones as well as iPads and other tablet computers and other mobile devices.  Those interested can call 318-274-2114 or email smileye@gram.edu.

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June 12, 2014

Louisiana Delta, Grambling State Agree to Help NELA Students

With a couple of signatures, the two higher education institutions agree to help northern Louisiana students who need developmental education courses to be eligible to enroll at GSU

GSU President Frank G. Pogue and Louisiana Delta College Chancellor Barbara M. Hanson sign a memorandum of understanding.
GSU President Frank G. Pogue and Louisiana Delta Community College
Chancellor Barbara M. Hanson sign a memorandum of understanding.

By Grambling State University Media Bureau

MONROE, La. - Louisiana Delta Community College Chancellor Barbara M. Hanson and Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue formally signed a memorandum of understanding to help area students that need development courses as they prepare for a four-year university degree.

The two higher education leaders talked about and signed a memorandum of understanding that focuses on northeastern Louisiana students that want to enroll at Grambling State University but need one or two developmental education courses to be eligible.

“This is the way things are supposed to go,” said Pogue. “The relationship between the two of us….It’s about the two of us empowering our students to be successful.”

Hanson said Delta is happy to assist Grambling State and specifically to help northeastern Louisiana students pursue the developmental education course work they need to enroll in a four-year institution like GSU but “aren’t quite ready” for university matriculation.

During a late morning news conference and MOU signing event, Hanson and Pogue sat at a wooden table for two in front of Delta and GSU banners. Pogue signed one sheet as Hanson signed another, then they swapped papers and each signed the second one.

In the fourth floor lobby of Delta’s Louisiana Purchase Building on Millhaven Road, the two leaders exchanged pleasantries about Pogue ending in tenure as GSU president on June 30, still fairly early in Hanson’s tenure as Delta chancellor. The two institutions have had traditional community college-university connections and relationships. The MOU strengthens the relationship and focuses on advising and helping students matriculate through LDCC and on to and through GSU to earn a four-year degree.

Brandon Collins, 23, has been a happy Delta student for two years. As he wraps up his course work at the community college, he’s preparing to make a fall transfer to GSU, where he plans to major in biology. He’s happy with the MOU because he knows it will help more students do what he is doing. “It will help them transition to the university level and make the other processes go through smoothly,” said Collins. “There’s stuff like sending transcripts and just getting things committed and in order.”

GSU President Frank G. Pogue addresses those in attendance at the sigining of a memorandum of understanding between GSU and Louisiana Delta Community College.
GSU President Frank G. Pogue addresses those in attendance at the sigining of a memorandum of understanding between GSU and Louisiana Delta Community College.

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