May 27, 2014

CAMPUS ADVISORY: Legacy Square Dedication Ceremony to be held in Eddie Robinson Museum Today at 11:30 a.m.

GRAMBLING, LA —Due to inclimate weather, the Legacy Square Dedication and presentation to the Wayne Family previously scheduled to be held today at 11:30 a.m. in the square (in front of Eddie the Fighting Tiger) will be held in the Doris Robinson Room in the Eddie Robinson Museum.

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May 19, 2014

GSU College Graduation Photo Goes Viral

Thousands have seen, posted, tweeted photo of Miss Grambling State University and her boyfriend, giving Miss GSU a last-minute chance to garner votes in Ebony magazine HBCU Campus Queen contest

A graduation photo of Miss Grambling State University, Amber Brice, and her boyfriend, Robert Coleman, has gone 'viral' on twitter.
A graduation photo of Miss GSU, Amber Brice,
and her boyfriend, Robert Coleman,
has gone ‘viral’ on twitter.

By JESSICA WRIGHT
Grambling State University Media Bureau

Since the reigning Miss Grambling State University posted a graduation picture with her boyfriend on social media it has gone viral.

One post on Twitter has received more than 6,000 retweets as Twitter users shared it with their Twitter connections and at least 4,000 people have marked the photo as a “favorite,” letting their followers know that they really, really think people should see it. With posts and likes on the likes of Facebook, Instagram and other social media, what was meant as a different, fun spring graduation photograph has been seen by thousands.

“We are still surprised! We literally only posted it on Instagram on my page,” said Brice, 22, who took the photo with Robert Coleman, 22, outside of the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center after Friday’s graduation.  When most others were gone, Brice and Coleman were there celebrating with each other and a few friends, including Korey Walker, a good friend and amateur photographer.

Brice, a Gibsland, Louisiana, native who majored in marketing, poses with Coleman, a Dallas native who majored in biology and a drum major of the Grambling State ‘World Famed’ Tiger marching band, when he suddenly picked her up and held her in the air when Walker snapped the photo – on Brice’s iPhone. It’s not as though the idea was original. Coleman and Brice were inspired by another couple on Instagram and decided to recreate the photo.

With @ambraismissg on Instagram and @ambra_brice on Twitter, the photo continues to be tagged and shared as Brice faces an important deadline today.

She is in the running to be a part of a historically black college and university campus queen contest spread in Ebony, a national magazine with a predominantly African American audience. Each year the magazine includes a special feature showcasing a group of HBCU campus queens. The top 10 vote-getting queens will get a trip to for a photo shoot, interviews and video then appear in a fall issue of the magazine.

As of early Friday, Brice was in 13th place, not enough to make the cut – unless she can garner enough online votes by the Friday 11:59 p.m. deadline.

Some first-time voters will get a free, year-long Ebony magazine subscription, and since voting is unlimited, all GSU alumni, faculty, staff, students and supporters can vote as often as possible and online on desktops, laptops, mobile devices and smart phones.  “We’re urging everyone to follow these simple guidelines: Vote, Refresh, Repeat and tag #MissGforEbony,” said Brice.

Read more about Brice at http://www.gram.edu/life/news/?p=968 and vote for Brice at http://www.ebony.com/campusqueens/118

Miss GSU's graduation photo has received more than 6,000 retweets as Twitter users shared it with their Twitter connections and at least 4,000 people have marked the photo as a “favorite,” letting their followers know that they really, really think people should see it.
Miss GSU’s graduation photo has received more than 6,000 retweets as Twitter users shared it with their Twitter connections and at least 4,000 people have marked the photo as a “favorite,” letting their followers know that they really, really think people should see it.

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May 9, 2014

GSU Honors Toyota Executive with Honorary Degree

In his tenure at Grambling State University, Pogue has awarded only two other doctorates; this will be his third, and final honorary GSU degree

Jim Colon, vice president of African American business strategy, North America for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. is scheduled to receive an honorary doctor of laws from GSU President Frank G. Pogue at Friday’s commencement.
Jim Colon, vice president of African American business strategy,
North America for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
is scheduled to receive an honorary doctor of laws from
GSU President Frank G. Pogue at Friday’s commencement.

By JESSICA WRIGHT
Grambling State University Media Bureau

Jim Colon had never visited Grambling State University until Thursday. Today he’s getting an honorary doctorate from GSU.

During a whirlwind day, Colon met a host of university officials but he spent the most time with students. During a casual conversation in the Favrot Student Union, Colon thanked everyone for such a warm welcome, and “for making me feel like GramFam in such a short time.”

Jim Colon, vice president of African American business strategy, North America for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. is scheduled to receive an honorary doctor of laws from GSU President Frank G. Pogue at Friday’s commencement. The free event starts at 10 a.m. at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on campus.

Colon has been an accomplished business leader and an advocate for African American participation in the automobile industry for 34 years. He is responsible for engaging Hispanic and African American business and media communities, as well as building a network of Toyota Associates and team members across regions to optimize relationships with important external Hispanic and African American groups. This is not the first honorary degree Colon has been awarded, in May of 2011 he received an honorary degree of Humane Letters from Martin University in Indianapolis.

“I’m not one to bestow honorary degrees lightly,” said Pogue. “In my time at GSU, I’ve awarded only two. I’m proud to recognize Jim for his contributions." The president said he chose to honor Colon with an honorary degree because “he’s a man of character and commitment, someone who hasn’t forgotten where he’s come from, and someone who regularly works to find ways to help others, especially African Americans.”

Including Colon, Grambling State has awarded 29 honorary degrees. Muriel Howard, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), was awarded a doctor of humane letters in May 2010 and Donna Brazile, a Democratic political strategist and television political commentator, was awarded a doctor of laws in May 2012.

During the chat with students, Colon took time to talk about how best to advance at a time when some people of color may not be wanted in some work places. “As an applicant to any company you must figure out how you can add value to the company,” he told the students.  

Colon stressed that it is important to look for things the company needs and find ways to help the company maximize those opportunities. In addition, he said he thinks those with entrepreneurial desires and skills will do well. Not everyone has to work for the big company, he said. Some can create their own businesses to serve the big company. “There are so many opportunities for persons with a keen eye to see what a company needs and make a pretty good living for themselves,” he said.

In the fall of 2012, Colon agreed to serve on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia.

A native of Gary, Indiana, Colon resides in Palos Verdes, Calif. with his wife, Ladora, and two sons, Tyler, 18, and Miles, 17.  When he can find time for leisure, he enjoys being on the golf course. The family plans to relocate to Plano, Texas, due to Toyota’s recent decision to move its headquarters and about 3,000 employees.

VP of African American business strategy for Toyota North America, Jim Colon, addresses the GSU family at a special event, before being awarded an honorary degree.
VP of African American business strategy for Toyota North America, Jim Colon, addresses the GSU family at a special event, before being awarded an honorary degree at the spring commencement exercises.

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May 8, 2014

Grambling State University Commencement

University provides guidelines, information for May 9 graduation, more

GRAMBLING, LA — Grambling State University is scheduled to include more than 500 participants in its Spring 2013 commencement at 10 a.m. Friday (May 9, 2014) at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. GSU is providing several ways that proud caregivers, parents, relatives and friends can watch the fall commencement. In addition, the university has provided some guidelines and helpful information.

LIVE BROADCAST OPTIONS Those with access to a computer and an Internet connection can watch the event by using http://panhandle.ezstream.com/play/index.cfm?id=4424355E1D&ptype=wmp
Access from mobile devices is listed below:

iPhone
http://panhandle.ezstream.com/play/index.cfm?fuseaction=mbl&type=m3u8&id=4424355E1D&Org=panhandle

iPad
http://panhandle.ezstream.com/play/index.cfm?fuseaction=mbl&type=m3u8&id=4424355E1D&Org=panhandle

Kindle
http://panhandle.ezstream.com/play/index.cfm?fuseaction=mbl&type=rtsp&id=4424355E1D&Org=panhandle

Android/Blackberry
http://panhandle.ezstream.com/play/index.cfm?fuseaction=mbl&type=rtsp&id=4424355E1D&Org=panhandle

RADIO/ONLINE In addition, KGRM-FM will broadcast the entire commencement live. Tune in at 91.5 FM, starting at 9:45 a.m. Or, on any computer, laptop or mobile device, tune in to the KGRM broadcast via http://www.gram.edu/life/campus media/kgrm/ The station will broadcast until all diplomas have been awarded.

PARKING Visitors attending the commencement at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center are asked to park in the designated locations. There will be a drop-off and pick-up area in front of the center for those who are disabled and those with special circumstances and special needs, but this is not a parking area. Graduation participants are asked to park in the parking spaces near the Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium sign closest to the Conrad Hutchinson Performing Arts Center to allow family and friends to park closest to the Assembly Center.

CONGRATULATIONS BANNERS/BALLOONS/FLAGS The university is excited that such a large class is graduating this fall, just as caregivers, parents, relatives and friends are excited. Everyone attending is asked to be respectful of others who want to hear the names of their graduates called, and to see their graduates walk in the procession and walk across the stage. To ensure that this formal event is as enjoyable for everyone as possible, NO CONGRATULATORY BANNERS, BALLOONS OR FLAGS WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE ASSEMBLY CENTER.

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO Only university-authorized campus and external media will be allowed on the floor of the Assembly Center to shoot and film the event. Only external, official media with university-recognized media credentials will be allowed on the center’s floor, and only authorized campus and external media representatives with university-issued MEDIA ACCESS passes will be permitted on or near the floor. Other than the official, university-contracted photography firm, only ONE representative from the UNIVERSITY YEARBOOK and ONE representative from THE GRAMBLINITE will be allowed to roam the floor without interfering with the event. Only university-authorized GSU TV representatives will be allowed to be at designated floor locations, limited to television production and stationary film/video recording. No other still photography or video recording will be allowed. All others will be asked to clear the area. NOTE: Any external or university media representative found to be shooting photography or video for profit and/or for sale or other benefits may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

POST-COMMENCEMENT RECEPTION A commencement reception will be held in the McCall Dining Hall immediately after the event. Graduates and their family members are encouraged and invited to participate. Participants attending the reception, which will feature light refreshments, are asked to park in designated parking locations. Violators may be towed.

EXTERNAL MEDIA COVERAGE External media are asked to contact the Office of Public Relations and Communications no later than 3 p.m. THURSDAY (May 8th) with definite, or tentative, plans to attend and cover the commencement. If there are specific external media interview requests, please make those at the same time. Please email mediarelations@gram.edu AND call 318-274-2814.

TORCH NIGHT The university will host a Tiger Torch Night on Thursday (May 8), the night before the Friday commencement, at 6 p.m. in the T.H. Harris Auditorium on campus. The evening will feature comedian Cocoa Brown. This free activity is an informal, traditional activity that helps graduation candidates and their families to bond with administration, faculty and staff as new Grambling State alums before the exciting graduation program. Spring 2013 graduates who attend will receive a special graduation gift after the program and during a reception in which refreshments will be served.

For additional information that may develop, visit www.gram.edu.

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May 7, 2014

GSU Valedictorian Aims High, Works Hard, Achieves

St. Lucia student finds the university is the special place he needs for encouragement, friends

Andre Merille, 25, a mathematics and physics major with a concentration in biomedical sciences is the spring 2014 undergraduate graduating class valedictorian.
Andre Merille, 25, a mathematics and physics major with
a concentration in biomedical sciences is the spring
2014 undergraduate graduating class valedictorian.

BY E’VONNE GIPSON
Grambling State University Media Bureau

GRAMBLING, LA A Grambling State University senior with characteristics of an overachiever set exceptional academic goals in hopes of pursuing his dreams after graduation. Though the journey was challenging for him, he continuously stood out as a dedicated, determined and dutiful student who earned exceptional marks.

Andre Merille, 25, a mathematics and physics major with a concentration in biomedical sciences is the spring 2014 undergraduate graduating class valedictorian. The university’s commencement is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on the campus. The graduation is free and open to the public.

The St. Lucia native said he never set being valedictorian one of his goals, but it became more of a reality that it was even a chance during his junior and senior year. “It took a lot discipline to maintain my grades but I often focused on avoiding distractions,” he said.

One of his professors, Naidu Seetala, said Merille is a special student. “Andre was a very studious student receiving a 4.0 grade point average. He did all of his work in a timely manner,” said Seetala, a GSU physics professor for 27 years. “He has worked with me and participated in competitions and conferences for two years. I am very impressed with his accomplishments and I can say it paid off for him.”

Merille won a first place district national conference student competition at the Emerging Research Conference in Washington, D.C. in February 2013. His work focused on rare-earth oxide nano-particles calculus observance. The conference aims to help undergraduate and graduate students enhance science communication skills and to better understand how to best prepare for science careers.

His perfect 4.0 grade point average throughout his undergraduate studies earned him the top academic spot.  “I admit it took a lot of sacrifice and hard work. There is no way around it. I was just persistent and worked toward gaining knowledge, and not the grade,” said Merille.

Merille first heard about Grambling State University in 2009 from one of his high school classmates. Later when he heard from GSU’s international recruiter, Merille looked more thoroughly into the school and decided it was the right place for him. He arrived at Grambling in 2010 he began to make new friends, feeling welcome. As time went along he built even more bonds creating a support system.

The 2014 valedictorian said, “During my four years at GSU I have had my periods of discouragement and depression. However, praying, working out and talking to my family, friends and girlfriend kept me grounded and focused.”

The summa cum laude graduating senior had other responsibilities and was involved in other things such as being a GSU residential housing assistant, a member of the physics club, and participating in the materials and discipline of research conference with the mathematics and physics department. Merille also had an internship in Batavia, Illinois, at Fermilab, an internationally recognized particle physics laboratory outside of Chicago.

“I sometimes got pretty busy, but I would like to believe that I am naturally a hard worker. I think I received that trait from my father. I am this determined because being given this chance is a blessing….. I also wanted to put myself in a position where I can provide abundant blessings to my family and country. I keep thinking that God gave me these skills so that I can help multitudes of people,” said Merille.  

Merille did not study math every day; he studied every other day. He didn’t always know all the answers to each and every question, but he was determined to find out and get the answers.

After graduation Merille would like to attend Columbia University to study electrical and computer engineering in New York City. He cannot afford that now, so he will be looking for a job in New York until he can start graduate school.  He hopes to become a biomedical or engineering professional.

“Graduating is bittersweet,” said Merille. “I will miss many people that I have known these four years. I will now be able to share the knowledge that I have gained for a good cause.”

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