April 4, 2014

GSU President Retires in Fifth Year

Grambling State University President Pogue announces that he is retiring, for the fourth time in his professional career, effective June 30

Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue announces his retirement after 5 years.
GSU President Frank G. Pogue announces
his retirement after 5 years.

GRAMBLING, La. (April 4, 2014)— Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue has announced that he has resigned and he is scheduled to work his last day at the university on June 30. “A lot has been accomplished, and a lot of good things are still happening at Grambling State University,” said Pogue, “but it is time for someone else to lead this fine institution.”

In a prepared statement released to the media and the Grambling State University community, Pogue, who started his tenure as the GSU president as a temporary job to help the institution with a transition, became the permanent president six months after starting. Grambling State University has such a historic past, and a strong future, and I am honored that I have had this wonderful opportunity to follow a number of strong GSU leaders,” said Pogue.

The president said he has discussed the timing of his departure for a few months, and he said he informed Sandra Woodley, president of the University of Louisiana System, Wednesday that he was stepping down effective June 30. He said he will help prepare for a presidential transition.

The Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System confirmed Pogue’s appointment as interim president of Grambling State University on December 15, 2009. The job became permanent on July 1, 2010 when the board officially changed his title, dropping the word “interim” and making him GSU’s eighth president. “I was thrilled to accept the invitation to serve this historic and visible institution,” recalled Pogue.

Pogue acknowledged that the last few years have been challenging as the university’s state funding was cut by more than 56 percent. Still, he emphasized, there were – and there continue to be – many good things happening at GSU. Pogue said he and first lady Dorothy Pogue will move to their home in Delaware, near their daughter and their two grandsons. He said he will return to his academic consulting work, retiring for good after retiring three times before this retirement announcement. “I promised Dot that this would be it,” he said.

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GSU Proudly Presents Success by Faculty, Students

President, provost and other university officials hosted an evening reception and a presentation to the ULS Board of Supervisors showing what makes Grambling State special

GSU President, Dr. Pogue, and Provost, Dr. Walton, provide a presentation at the ULS Board Meeting.
GSU President, Dr. Pogue, and Provost, Dr. Walton,
provide a presentation at the ULS Board Meeting.

By JESSICA WRIGHT
Grambling State University Media Bureau

BATON ROUGE  —  Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue and first lady Dorothy Pogue warmly received guests as they entered the Thomas Jefferson Room at the Claiborne Building for an evening reception.

GSU director of bands Larry Pannell and other faculty musicians serenaded guests as they mingled, dining on crab cakes, shrimp and crawfish pasta, bruschetta on toast and finger sandwiches. They also had an assortment of fresh fruits, cheeses, and desserts – and GSU’s signature cookies.

This is the second year different representatives from nine sister universities have gathered but the first time Grambling State University has hosted a reception. The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors and ULS staff heard and saw what Grambling State University has to offer, and the reception was the first part of a two-part GSU primer. Part 2 was Friday at the scheduled board meeting.

GSU presented the best its students and the university has to offer as a part of promoting awareness and graduates in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas.
The reception played host to representatives from Louisiana Tech University, University of Louisiana at Monroe, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Northwestern University, McNeese State University, Southeastern University, University of New Orleans and Nicholls State University as well as the ULS board members and ULS staff.

Glenda Island, the university’s head of the department of family and consumer sciences, decorated the room with tiger pride in mind. “Whenever we need decorations done for the university, I call on Dr. Island,” said Connie Walton, provost and vice president for academic affairs. Tables covered in black linens were embellished with gold accents, tiger sculptures and flower-filled vases. GSU faculty and staff from social work, service learning, the Earl Lester Cole Honors College, campus beautification, science & technology and the College of Business stood by informative displays announcing changes or things to come at Grambling State. There was a display about the work at the campus library, too.

The faculty band played popular Zydeco tunes, the culturally-famous second line and various covers from artists such as Luther Vandross. Pogue said he wanted to be sure the band played so guests would enjoy the entire experience – and they did. So did some who weren’t invited. The mostly upbeat music drew people in who were in the building for other things.

Toward the end of the Pogue addressed the room thanking Sandra Woodley, president of the UL system, for providing the opportunity to do events like this in an informal setting as board members and university leaders get to know one another. Pogue opened the floor to Woodley who said, “I admire Dr. Pogue because he is committed, hardworking and constantly trying to figure out how to make Grambling better.’’ She went on to speak about Grambling’s faculty, several of whom were in attendance, saying that their commitment and perseverance does not go unnoticed.

During the ULS board meeting the next morning (Friday, March 28), Pogue and Walton gave a presentation created to inform those who may not have had the chance to visit the campus. Pogue opened with a photo of the student-named Eddie the Fighting Tiger, saying “Nothing has generated more excitement since the opening of the Eddie G. Robinson museum,” a reference to the museum named after the legendary football coach and the 17-foot tiger sculpture erected in early December.

Walton discussed the university’s STEM programs and talked about Grambling State’s efforts to increase the underrepresented groups with graduates from degree programs in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering technology, mathematics & physics and health-related studies through research and innovation. Understanding the importance of educating youth, Walton said GSU also caters STEM programs to the K-12 grades at the institution’s lab schools to help educate, and motivate, school children to consider careers in math and science.

As a proud president and something like a proud father, Pogue talked about GSU’s championship men’s track team and its Hall of Fame track coach, Bertram Lovell. There were Grambling State student success stories who went on to Ivy League institutions including Harvard and Yale university’s as well as a significant increase in alumni giving, by as much as 12% since the 2012-2013 academic year as the president emphasized the importance of giving back.


ULS board members and university representatives pose for a photo at the recent board meeting.

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April 3, 2014

BET Gospel Stars ‘Minister’ at GSU

University students, faculty, staff and community basks in an inspirational glow from four nationally recognized gospel recording artists

BET Gospel Stars performed and shared inspiring messages of faith at Harris Auditorium.
BET Gospel Stars performed and shared
inspiring messages of faith at Harris Auditorium.

By E’Vonne Gipson
Grambling State University Media Bureau

Worship comes in a variety of forms, and some recent visitors to the Grambling State University campus encouraged students to always keep God first and to establish personal relationships with God.

Candace Bryant, Amber Bullock, Kierra Sheard, and Le’Andria Johnson have gospel singing in common, they each came to believe and to strengthen their faith in different ways – and they each promote personal relationships in different ways. In interviews after the March 26 “Women of Gospel” performance at GSU, they explained why they believe and why gospel is a tool they use to communicate about the faith they enjoy.

“My first record was released when I was 14 or 15, but I would say 18 was really when I decided that singing gospel music was right for me because that’s when I started reading more and actually understanding God,” said Kierra Sheard, one of four gospel artists to perform at GSU’s Harris Auditorium. “I began to understand the depth of him and who he is, and my relationship with him was no longer shallow or kiddy. I knew that I knew him, it was no longer me going off of what mama and daddy told me, I knew him for myself.”

Johnson confessed that she was in and out of relationships with too many men but she said God saved her. “God is not a doctor, he is a healer and a life-changer, faith and your relationship with him and prayer is what moves God,” said Johnson, the Season 3 winner of BET’s popular “Sunday Best” gospel competition show. “The same miracles he performed back then he can do them right now, he did it for me, and he will do it for you.”

Bryant, an Ohio native with a powerhouse voice, said gospel is her special way to share the joy that comes with knowing God.  “I often (wondered whether) gospel music was for me, but when I thought about singing about the man who died for me and singing about who I live for, I realized that this is who I am, this is where I am supposed to be,” said Bryant.

Like Johnson and Bryant, Amber Bullock, BET’s “Sunday Best” Season 4 winner, said she enjoys ministering, seeing it as a blessing “for God to be able to see what he sees in me through our relationship to allow me to share his amazing word with millions of believers.”

Johnson recalled that she was “going through all the hell” a few years ago when she talked to God through prayer, asking for deliverance and healing and her prayers were answered. “He would answer, ‘I wanted you to know that if I put you through it, I will bring you out of it, too,’” she said. “God doesn’t make any mistakes.”

Johnson and the other gospel stars enjoyed the Grambling State concert, and they said they were pleased that hundreds of students and others showed up.

“I saw so much potential in the house tonight,” Johnson said backstage. “To be able to be amongst young women and men of God — I say that’s who they are because that’s who they really are — they might not portray it at this time, but is important to know who you really are and your relationship with God, and it was a true blessing for all of us to be at Grambling State University …”

Dr. and Mrs. Pogue enjoy the Gospel performance along with other attendees.
Dr. and Mrs. Pogue enjoy the Gospel performance along with other attendees.

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April 2, 2014

GSU Hires Director of Admissions, Recruitment

Hayes joins Grambling State University from Mississippi’s school, Jackson State University

Please welcome Dr. Clarence Lavon Hayes to GSU as director of admissions and  recruitment.
Please welcome Dr. Clarence Lavon Hayes to
GSU as director of admissions and recruitment.

GRAMBLING, La.  — Grambling State University has hired Clarence Lavon Hayes as director of admissions and recruitment. The appointment was effective April 1.

Hayes is an accomplished professional with over 16 years of education experience at Jackson State University, Hinds Community College, Coahoma Community College and the Clarksdale Municipal School District.  He earned a bachelor’s in public administration from Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Miss. At Jackson State, he earned a master’s in guidance and counseling and a doctorate in urban higher education at JSU’s executive Ph.D. program.

A 1993 graduate of West Tallahatchie High School in Webb, Miss., Hayes has been the graduation coach at Clarksdale High School in Clarksdale, Miss., monitoring student progress and helping school staff to incorporate ACT standards into the curriculum. As a consultant he has been part of a team of professionals developing and implementing admissions strategies for JSU. The capital city four-year institution has about 9,000 students. GSU has about 5,000.

“Dr. Hayes is a welcomed addition to the division of enrollment management,” said Gloria George, interim associate vice president for enrollment management. “His skills, knowledge and experience will enhance the delivery of services to our students, faculty, staff, alumni and the university community.”

Hayes said he is excited to join GSU and he is looking forward to working with the admissions and recruitment staff in Grambling Hall. To recruit and help students through the admissions process is an intriguing part of the job.  You find out the students’ interests and get the parents excited about getting them off to college, said Hayes, a native of Webb, Miss., and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

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March 26, 2014

GSU Features ‘Women of Gospel’

The free event is open to the public as four gospel songstresses ‘have church’ on a typical midweek Bible study evening

GSU Celebrates Women's History Month with 4 talented gospel singers at a free concert held in the T.H. Harris Auditorium.
GSU Celebrates Women’s History Month with 4
talented gospel singers at a free concert held in the
T.H. Harris Auditorium.

GRAMBLING, La.  — Grambling State University will have not one, but four powerhouse gospel stars performing hit songs Wednesday (March 26) in the T.H. Harris Auditorium at 7 p.m. – and it is FREE.

Presented by university’s Lyceum Committee and the Office of Student Activities, this is the first time GSU has had four gospel recording artists performing on the same stage on campus.  Two of the artists were crowned “Sunday Best” on BET, one is part of a legendary gospel family and the fourth has been singing since she was two years old.

“We invite all of northern Louisiana to come out and have a little church with Grambling State University,” said GSU President Frank G. Pogue. “We know Wednesdays are a normal, midweek night for a lot of church Bible studies, and we know that regular church-goers will get a lot of religion and a lot about the Word if they join us Wednesday night. I don’t think many pastors would mind.”

Le’Andria Johnson and Amber Bullock were crowned winners of BET’s reality show “Sunday Best,” a gospel singing competition series hosted by gospel recording artist and producer Kirk Franklin.  On the show, the judges set out to find the best, undiscovered gospel talent around the world.

Johnson, 31, of Palatka, Fla., was crowned the Season 3 winner in June 2010, and Bullock, 28, of St. Louis, was crowned the Season 4 in September 2011. Each received a national recording contract, a new car and an undisclosed cash prize benefiting his or her community as well as the title of ‘Sunday Best.’ Both were signed with the Music World Gospel label with Matthew Knowles, father of superstar Beyoncé Knowles.

Kierra Sheard, 26, from Detroit, is another big name in the music industry. Sheard is the daughter of gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard and the granddaughter of gospel choral director Mattie Moss Clark. Sheard has many hits, but her 2011 hit "Indescribable" is one many fans have been singing across the nation. Sheard and her family also have had a hit reality show “The Sheards,” an eight-episode reality show following one of the biggest families in gospel music aired on BET.

Candace Bryant, from Cincinnati, is a songstress that has been singing since the age of two. She has been a member of the Greater Cincinnati Choral Union, an affiliatiate of The National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Chorus founded by the late Thomas A. Dorsey. Her outstanding voice has captured the hearts of many. Her family is a big part of who and why she is such a stunning gospel artist. She has always said her children and fans are her biggest motivation.

All four gospel artists have beautiful voices that fill rooms and touch people’s hearts, and each has a different style. They each travel nationally, and the university is excited that they are making Grambling State University as one of many stops.

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