June 10, 2014

GSU Introduces ‘Legacy Square,’ Brick Project

New Grambling State University project allows alumni, faculty, staff, students, supporters for purchase bricks to say “I was here” at new campus icon

GSU graduate Anita “Alexis” Dominique is the first alum, student and person to have a brick purchased for placement on GSU’s new Legacy Square.
GSU graduate Anita “Alexis” Dominique is the first alum,
student and person to have a brick purchased for placement
on GSU’s new Legacy Square.

By DEON JONES
Grambling State University Media Bureau

GRAMBLING, LA —Grambling State University graduate Anita “Alexis” Dominique is the first alum, student and person to have a brick purchased for placement on GSU’s new Legacy Square.

Dominique’s “legacy brick” is one of 60 bricks purchased since the bricks went on sale May 27. In a short few days, university alumni, faculty, staff, students and supporters have been calling, emailing and visiting to make sure they get a special spot with the limited space available in the newly-named Legacy Square. Dominique feels special.

“It feels pretty good,” she said during an interview. “From my understanding, they are going to put the bricks by the tiger and we’re going to be there forever.”

Carolyn Collier, interim executive director for alumni affairs, said the project has had a big jump start with about 60 bricks purchased in just a few days, all without a lot of publicity. She said the circle around the tiger will hold about 1,000 bricks, and once the circle is filled, bricks will be added to the north, east, south and west sidewalks. Bricks purchased by August 1 will be installed in time for homecoming this fall, she said.

Dominique, 22, graduated last month with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Dominique, who played soccer four years at GSU, plans to attend graduate school in the fall at Grambling State University with the goal of one day becoming a probation officer or a social worker. Anita’s grandmother, whose name is also Anita Dominique, 64, heard about the new project and purchased a brick for her granddaughter, making the younger Anita Dominique the first one with a brick.

“I’m so excited she graduated,” said the elder Dominique, swelling with joy during a telephone interview from Sacramento, California. “She is the first grandchild to graduate from college and a black university…. The history that’s going to go along with that brick is exciting.  “We also have other family members that have graduated from Grambling and we are pleased to be able to add her to the family of Gramblinites,” added the elder Dominique.

“Anyone who has a tie with Grambling, who wants to have a commemorative brick is welcome to do so,” said Collier. “When you purchase a brick you will receive a beautiful certificate that can be framed, which shows the brick and how it will be worded.”

GSU President Frank G. Pogue’s dream is to have the GSU legends around the Legacy Square: faculty, athletes, students and alumni. “Eddie the Fighting Tiger is about helping keep our enrollment up,” Pogue said during a recent Legacy Square brick event as he noted that it is the big, new icon drawing a lot of attention on campus. “Now the fights are over who is going to take the picture first. The fighting tiger has received a lot of attention, and it’s right by the Eddie Robinson Museum. The location of Legacy Square was no accident.”

Stacey Duhon, interim vice president for institutional advancement, said the square is a place where alums, students and others visit to “stroke Eddie’s tail” or simply to gather, a place “to say this is where we belong.”

Added Duhon, “We belong in front of the Eddie Robinson Museum and your name on the walkway will show the kids, the day, time, and that you were here.”

Bricks ordered before August 1 are discounted at $200. After August 1, brick prices will carry the regular price of $250. Each brick has eighteen characters per line and four lines per brick. Collier said funds raised for this special project will provide scholarships for GSU students.

Those interested in purchasing a brick can make checks/money orders payable to:

Grambling University Foundation, Inc.
c/o Office of Institutional Advancement
P.O. Box 587
Grambling, Louisiana 71245

Or, contact the alumni affairs office at 318-274-6404 or 318-274-2217.

GSU Legacy Brick Project is underway, bricks are available for purchase through the Grambling University Foundation.
GSU Legacy Brick Project is underway, bricks are available for purchase through the Grambling University Foundation.

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GSU President: ‘We Welcome Interim President Warrick’

Grambling State University President Frank Pogue welcomes Cynthia Warrick on behalf of GSU alumni, faculty, staff, students – and promises an easy, helpful transition

GRAMBLING, LA — Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue joins University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley in welcoming Cynthia Warrick as the university’s interim president designee.

Woodley announced Thursday afternoon that she has selected Warrick, a senior fellow at the Howard University Center for Minority Health Services Research in Washington, D.C., for the position of interim president of GSU, pending approval by the ULS Board of Supervisors at the board’s Baton Rouge meeting on June 27. The system announcement said Warrick would lead the university as the system continues a national search for a permanent president. Warrick was interim president at South Carolina State University in the 2012-13 academic year, leading that state’s only public historically black university.

“Dr. Warrick is an outstanding academic with a strong research and funding reputation, and we welcome her as she becomes a part of the Grambling State University family and its new leader,” said Pogue, who officially retires on June 30. “She will bring outstanding academic and leadership approaches. I welcome the opportunity to work with Dr. Warrick to provide this historic institution with a good, positive transition before I leave and as she starts a new era at Grambling State University.”

Pogue said he has started working on a draft schedule he will review with Warrick with the goal of having several days of one-on-one, president-to-president meetings and key executive meetings. “She will find Gramblinites to be just as warm and welcoming as they were to me when I arrived on campus in 2009,” added Pogue.

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June 4, 2014

Three GSU Students Train in New York for Summer Internships

Group worked on cash flow and financial statements, Securities and Exchange Commission filings, mergers and acquisitions and more to prepare for paid summer internships

By DEON JONES
Grambling State University Media Bureau

GRAMBLING, LA — Three Grambling State University students are heading to paid summer internships after a week of Dow Jones News Fund business journalism training in New York.

Jessica Wright, Ninfa Saavedra and E’Vonne Gipson are among 17 interns chosen for the Dow Jones News Fund Business Residency, a business and business journalism boot camp-like program hosted by New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute in the Village. The GSU students joined 14 others for the program. Some interns will stay in the New York City area and others will join organizations as far west as California and Colorado, as far east as Massachusetts and as far south as Texas.

“It’s a week-long training process,” reported Saavedra, 20, a rising senior mass communication major from Katy, Texas. “You go to workshops from 8-5 at NYU. It teaches you the ways of business reporting, different reporting.”

“I will be working for the Cape Cod Times in Massachusetts, one hour away from Boston,” added Saavedra. “I’ll be working 10 weeks for $350 a week, and after that, if you’re an undergraduate (or graduate student returning to school) they give you a $1,000 scholarship when you go back to school.”

Interviewed during the week of training, Wright said “it’s been getting better and better every day, more and more learning, exposure to a lot of influential people, formulas and ways to take (our) careers to the next level.” Wright, a Dallas native will be interning at the National Endowment for Financial Education in Denver, Colorado, said she learned a lot, including that though few journalism and communications schools have business journalism courses and programs, the work ties into business, and once you learn or acquire those skills your opportunities will be limitless.”

E’Vonne Gipson, 21, of Missouri City, Texas, will be interning at an E.W. Scripps Co. newspaper, the Abilene Reporter News in Abilene, Texas. “It’s cool, busy, busy, busy, fun. We learn a lot, see a lot, big city, a lot to enjoy explore and get into,” Gipson said on Thursday. “Today we got to visit The Wall Street Journal and NBC and Dow Jones.”

Gipson said she would be a business beat reporter, writing for the newspaper’s Sunday business section and other parts of the newspaper during the week.

The business reporting program is one of a few sponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund, and this one is the only one focused on business and business journalism. “There are seven programs. Digital, sports, business reporting and news copy editing has four residency programs,” said Linda Shockley, the fund’s deputy director. “Business reporting students are trained how to read filings that companies are required to submit to the Securities and Exchange Commission” as well as how to read financial statements.

“The news copy editing program has been around since 1968 and over the years we’ve grown from two copy editing residency programs to four,” said Shockley.

According to Shockley, 60, of Lawnside, New Jersey, “the important thing is that the students get training before they start their internship. They get training in press style, financial writing style, the basics of reporting, reporting on business stories…”

2014 Summer Internship Students Pictured (left to right): Ninfa Saavedra, E'Vonne T. Gipson, and Jessica Wright
Pictured above (left to right): Ninfa Saavedra, E’Vonne T. Gipson, and Jessica Wright

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May 27, 2014

President, First Lady Honored for Contributing Much to GSU

University-wide reception to honor the Pogues is scheduled for Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Dr. and Mrs. Pogue cutting cake at a celebration in their honor for their contributions to GSU.
Dr. and Mrs. Pogue cutting cake at a celebration
in their honor for their contributions to GSU.

By JESSICA WRIGHT
Grambling State University Media Bureau

Grambling, LA – The crowd at the Eddie G. Robinson Museum was there to honor Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue and first lady Dorothy Pogue but there wasn’t a whisper when the first lady spoke about being ready to leave with a twist.

“We’ve been many places, but it is extremely difficult for me to leave Grambling,” Mrs. Pogue told the audience of about 60 in the Doris Robinson Banquet Hall. She talked about how she’s made life-long friends and GSU has been like no other place they have served. This is her fourth first lady role since President Pogue has served as interim president or president at three universities before arriving in Lincoln Parish in 2009.

At the invite-only reception, the Pogues greeted and welcomed close friends, church members and community leaders to the first of a few farewell receptions. The largest is Wednesday (May 28) at the Favrot Student Union’s Black and Gold Room, and it is open to all faculty, staff, students and the public from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Pogue retires June 30.

Thursday night’s event included tables dressed in white linens tablecloths, mostly with single-stem red roses and an occasional white rose along with baby’s breath. Though nearly all tables were bare but for the flowers and small plates of food, the special table set aside for President and Mrs. Pogue quickly filled up with gifts, plaques and proclamations.

The Friends of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum said they wanted to honor the Pogues because they have done so much for Grambling State University, and the university relationship with the museum. Friends president Wilbert Ellis, a former GSU baseball coach and retiree, and chairman John Belton decided to honor the first couple by hosting a special event with some special friends – and giving each museum watches to remember the museum and the university.

Incoming GSU Student Government Association president Erik Johnson and incoming Miss Grambling State University, Ginia Smith, told the Pogues and the attendees that the president and his wife meant a lot to students. Marcus Kennedy, incoming Graduate Student Government Association president, said he, too, appreciated the difference seeing the GSU campus and relationships when he arrived as a freshmen to this point as a graduate student.

“Dr. Pogue will truly be missed but he deserves to rest and enjoy his grandsons,” said David Ponton, interim associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students.  The University of Louisiana Systems Board is considering who to name as interim president as the system does a national search for Pogue’s successor.

Others in attendance were State Sen. Rick Gallot, State Rep. Patrick Jefferson and Grambling Mayor Edward Jones of Grambling. The Pogues were especially pleased that Grambling State’s first lady of football, Doris Robinson, 95, joined to share the evening, saying it was a beautiful night for a couple of truly nice people.

As guests entered the museum and the hall, the Pogues were greeted with pats on the back, warm handshakes and lots of hugs. As guests enjoyed a light feast of crab cakes with remoulade, grilled veggies, thinly sliced brisket on sesame rolls, fruit and mini dessert bites, the president couldn’t help but visit each table and each guest to say thank you and share memories. Aramark made sure that the president had his favorite dessert, key lime pie, too.

A large, white sheet cake decorated with black and gold icing and with a photo of the Pogues walking hand in hand away from the Eddie the Fighting Tiger sculpture led the president to tell museum director Jon Moss “that cake is too pretty to cut.”

It was cut, however, and devoured – but for the photo.
Not everyone who spoke about the Pogues was listed on the program. Some stood and told the Pogues what they meant to the university and the community, and others talked privately.

“Working under all the presidents that Grambling has had but two, President Pogue has always brought a peacefulness when all else was amuck,” said Janis Bluford, who has worked in the president’s office for many years. “I am also thankful that he has brought God back into our university because after all that is where we began.”

Guest after guest acknowledged the difficult challenges Pogue was faced with upon his arrival at GSU and repeatedly thanked him for sticking with and making the necessary changes to improve the institution. “He came to a town looking for friendship and his is leaving with love,” added Jones as he presented Pogue with a plaque for strengthening the relationship between the town and the university.

As the evening came to a close the President and his wife graciously thanked everyone for coming but not before leaving them with a reminder. “All institutions in Louisiana are important but Grambling is essential,” said Pogue. He stressed the importance of continuing to protect Grambling by talking up the institution rather than putting it down and by working with others rather than pushing them away.

 

Dr. and Mrs. Pogue, pictured here with Senator Gallot, receive gifts of appreciation from the community and GSU family.
Dr. and Mrs. Pogue, pictured here with Senator Gallot, receive gifts of appreciation from the community and GSU family.

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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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