Grambling, LA – The College of Arts and Sciences continues to prove that it is indeed the College of Impact! Recently, eight of its recent graduates and four of its former graduates have made phenomenal accomplishments:
Dawn Clements, Visual and PerForming Arts major (Theatre Concentration) will enroll in Columbia University, (New York City) in September. She will embark upon a plan of study that will lead to the Master of Fine Arts in Acting,
Anthony Cherry, a Political Science major has been accepted by two Laws schools to seek the jurist Doctorate. The Thurgood Marshall School of law has made an offer that provides a Full Tuition Scholarship. In addition, the Howard University Law School has also accepted Mr. Cherry. He is still considering his options.
Willie Miller, a Visual and performing Arts Major (Theatre and Dance Concentrations) has been accept into the covet Pace University, (New York City) Masters of Fine Arts Program in Acting,
Melanie Williams also a Visual and Performing Arts Major (Theatre Concentration), has been signed with Darcel Monero Agency and has already started “lighting up” the movie screen. She will be featured in a new production being produced by Oprah entitled “Queen Sugar.” Melanie has worked over the past semester as an off-camera stand-in for several celebrities and is continuing to make her mark
Jovia Smith (Miss Grambling 2015-16) a Visual and Performing Arts major (Studio Art Concentration) will study this summer at Harvard University where she has been awarded a full scholarship to learn the specifics or Architectural Design. She has also been accepted by Florida lnternational University to pursue her Master of Fine Arts in the field full-time in the fall.
Grambling, LA - Grambling State University’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach Nadine Domond is being recognized for her accomplishments over the past academic year, which has set her program and the campus apart, among a grand collection of achievements at historically black colleges and universities nationwide. Coach Domond is among the finalist for the 2016 HBCU Awards.
In June, the academy of voters will cast ballots to select this year’s winners. The academy is comprised of previous winners, HBCU presidents and chancellors, faculty, students, alumni and reporters covering HBCUs nationwide. The voting period lasts for 48 hours, and all votes determine the sole finalist for each category.
The awards ceremony, presented by the University of the District of Columbia, will be held on July 15 beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the UDC campus. Tickets are available for purchase at hbcumediainstitute.eventbrite.com, but are limited.
The purpose of the awards ceremony is to give HBCUs an opportunity for national exposure in key areas of campus performance.
Coach Domond and GSU’s Lady Tiger Basketball Team finished the basketball season with an 11-4 conference recore. Under Domond’s leadership GSU’s Jazmin Boyd was named SWAC Freshman of the Year. The lady tigers point guard Shakyla Hill was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Year and third team all-state by vote of the state’s media representatives and university media relation’s directors. It wasn’t just the players who were honored this year; Coach Domond was named SWAG Woman’s Coach of the Year.
Congratulations Coach Nadine Domond for being a finalist for the 2016 HBCU Awards.
To see all the Finalist visit http://www.hbcudigest.com/sub/2016-hbcu-awards-finalists/#
Grambling, LA – Adriel A. Hilton received the 2016 Harry Canon Outstanding Professional Award from the Standing Committee on Men and Masculinities of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) during its annual convention in Montreal. Hilton currently serves as Executive Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff at Grambling State University.
ACPA supports and fosters college student learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, which informs policies, practices and programs for student affairs professionals and the higher education community. The purpose of the convention is to connect professionals and engage them in discussions of cultural, global, and contemporary issues within the higher education arena. ACPA has 7,500 members representing 1,200 private and public institutions from across the U.S. and around the world. Membership includes graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in student affairs/higher education administration programs, faculty, and student affairs professionals from entry level to senior student affairs officers. In 2012, the ACPA Governing Board adopted a Globalization Plan to further expand and deepen the Association’s commitment to prepare higher education professionals for their daily work. This year’s conference was further evidence of ACPA’s international approach to research, scholarship and practice to benefit its members and students.
A noted author and presenter, Grambling State University’s Dr. Hilton has numerous publications and proceedings to his credit. Some of his research is published in refereed journals such as Teachers College Record, Journal of College Student Development, Community College Review, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, and the Journal of the Professoriate. Membership on the editorial board of the Journal of Negro Education is among his numerous service commitments.
Dr. Hilton holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (finance) from Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA; a master’s of applied social science (public administration emphasis) from Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL; and a PhD in higher education (administration) from Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD. His award-winning dissertation and research was titled, “The Perceptions of Administrators Concerning the One Florida Initiative.”
Grambling, LA – Dr. Adriel Hilton, Executive Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, served as the Program Chair for the 62 Annual conference of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASAP) held in Houston, Texas, Under the Conference theme, “Transforming Student Success: Recruitment, Retention and Graduation”„ participants came from across the country for four days to share important concepts and practices relevant to their research and institutions.
Hilton not only had the responsibility of coordinating all presentations during the conference, but also, along with a colleague, presented: Success Factors that Influence Retention and Graduation for African American Females at a Selected HBCU. Adriel Hilton has maintained membership in NASAP over a period of time and based on his involvement in the organization he is a past recipient of NASAP’s highest award, the Sadie M. Yancey Professional Service Award. Hilton maintains an active membership in the Association.
Now a part of the Grambling State University family, Hilton has the responsibility of assisting the President in the day-to-day operations of the President’s Office. He serves as the President’s liaison with University administration, faculty, staff and students, in addition to external stakeholders. Hilton, a Miami, Florida native is a graduate of Morehouse College with the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration; Florida AM University with a Masters of Applied Social Science; he holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from Morgan State University. Dr. Hilton has had additional educational opportunities at Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard Business School, Clark Atlanta University, and Georgia State University.
Dr. Hilton enhanced his proficiency in Higher Education Administration and teaching in one of his previous positions, at Upper Iowa University (UIU), where he served as Executive Assistant to the President and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees in addition to the first ever Chief Diversity Officer at the University. He was also an adjunct faculty member at both UIU and the University of Northern Iowa.
Grambling, LA. – After an intense search, Grambling State University announced today that Interim Police Chief Howard Caviness is the university’s permanent Police Chief. Chief Caviness has over 28 years of extensive and specialized law enforcement experience, which spans over several different agencies and departments of law enforcement.
Chief Caviness began his career in law enforcement with the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Department in January 1988. He received his Police Officer Standardized Test (POST) certificate from the state of Louisiana in 1990. During his tenure in law enforcement, Chief Caviness has received hundreds of hours in advance training in narcotics, SWAT, and administrative duties. Chief Caviness worked for the state of Louisiana at the Alcohol Tobacco Control Division. He was the supervisory agent over 24 central and northeast Louisiana parishes.
In addition, Chief Caviness obtained top secret clearances from the U. S. Government which enabled him to work cases for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and assist in the arrest of wanted fugitives from the U. S. Marshal’s Service. Chief Caviness also serves as an expert witness in local, state, and federal courts. Chief Caviness is a former member and served as the team commander of the Ouachita Parish SWAT Team in Monroe, La. Chief Caviness is a past instructor of the police academy in Monroe, La.
Chief Caviness is no stranger to GSU, legendary Coach Eddie Robinson attempted to recruit Caviness on a football scholarship in the 1980s. Chief Caviness did not come to Grambling then but he returned nearly 32 years later and accepted the position of Investigator with GSUPD. Chief Caviness was promoted to the Interim Chief approximately 6 months after his employment date with GSUPD. Under Chief Caviness’ administration several grants where drafted and secured, which have afforded the GSUPD to purchase much needed equipment for the department. Body cameras for officers, a cellular telephone for domestic violence victims, and police cars are just some of the items Chief Caviness secured during his current time at GSUPD.
With his 28 years of experience in law enforcement, Chief Caviness looks forward to continuing the advancement of GSU as one of the safest campuses in the United States. Chief Caviness resides in West Monroe, La with his two sons, Logan and Hunter Caviness.
GRAMBLING, La. — Grambling State University is scheduled to include more than 400 participants in the 2016 Spring Commencement at 10 a.m. Friday, May 13th at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. The commencement speaker is Thomas A. Moorehead, President and CEO of Sterling Premier Group and Moorehead Properties, Inc. GSU is providing several ways that proud caregivers, parents, relatives and friends can watch the spring commencement. In addition, the university has provided some guidelines and helpful information for those who will be attending commencement.
Commencement rehearsal for students participating in the 2016 Spring Commencement ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 11th at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. On May 13th, graduates should arrive at the Assembly Center at 8:00 a.m., while faculty, staff and students participating in the ceremony will assemble at 8:30 a.m.
A commencement reception will be held in McCall Dining Hall immediately following the event. Graduates and their guests are invited to participate. Participants attending the reception, which will feature light refreshments, are asked to park in designated parking locations. Violators may be towed.
Visitors attending the commencement at the Assembly Center are asked to park in the designated locations. There will be a drop-off and pick-up area in front of the Assembly Center for those who are disabled and those with special circumstances and special needs, but this is not a parking area. Commencement 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. Handicap parking spaces will be monitored and proper credentials must be displayed or vehicle will be towed. No curb parking — violators will be towed.
The doors to the Assembly Center will open at 7 a.m. No visitors will be allowed to enter the Assembly Center before 7 a.m. All audience members should arrange for their parties to be seated at the same time. SAVING SEATS FOR OTHERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. Ushers will be monitoring the rows to ensure that all seats are filled. While waiting for commencement to begin, please be respectful and courteous to others attending the ceremony, mindful of any instructions made by Grambling employees working at commencement, and listen carefully to any pre-commencement announcements.
CONGRATULATIONS BANNERS/FLAGS/AIR HORNS
Everyone attending the commencement 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, FLAGS OR AIRHORNS WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE ASSEMBLY CENTER.
Only university-authorized campus and external media will be allowed on the floor of the Assembly Center to shoot and film the event. Only 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 passes will be permitted on the floor. All others will be asked to clear the area.
To watch a live broadcast of commencement, visit www.gram.edu and click on the “Watch 2016 Spring Commencement Live” link on the right side of the webpage (http://www.youtube.com/user/GramblingStateUniv/live, available 10 a.m. CST 05/13/16). In addition, KGRM-FM will broadcast the entire commencement live. Tune in at 91.5 FM starting at 10 a.m. The station will broadcast until diplomas are awarded. Visit www.gram.edu and click on the link at the right of the homepage to listen to KGRM live.
EXTERNAL MEDIA COVERAGE
External media are asked to contact the Office of University Communications and Media Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-243-8022 for further information regarding admittance to commencement and to make interview requests. All external media must park in a designated parking area (the loading dock area at the back of the Assembly Center), and are required to show media credentials to enter the parking area and the back of the building.
Grambling, LA - Grambling State University is proud to announce Brianna Phillips, a 21-year-old senior Kinesiology major, as the valedictorian of the Spring Class of 2016. She will graduate with a 3.98-grade point average at 10 a.m. Friday, May 13th at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
“I am completely shocked!” Phillips said, “I wasn’t expecting this, but I am very excited.”
Brianna Phillips is a native of Fairfield, California and the daughter of Charles and Desiree Phillips. “I chose to attend Grambling because I have always wanted to go to an HBCU and I was accepted on the spot at a Black College Fair while I was in high school and the fact that my older sister was already here at Grambling made my decision even easier,” says Phillips.
She mentioned that her family is in complete awe and overjoyed. Brianna explains, “My family was overwhelmed, my mother started crying, and of course my mom posted it on Facebook.”
When asked how she prepared herself for this unexpected honor, Brianna replied, “I studied hard and I never skipped class.” She continued by saying studying comes naturally for her. “It wasn’t hard for me because I’m naturally studious; I just made sure I wasn’t negatively influenced.”
When not studying, Brianna was involved with various on-campus organizations. She is an active member of the Alpha Theta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and she also volunteered with the Student Athletic Trainers on campus.
Her advice to the incoming 2016 fall freshman: “Don’t be influenced by your peers, go to class, sit up front, and take notes.”
Brianna would like to thank a few staff and faculty that contributed to her success. Phillips says, “I would like to thank all of my professors over the years, and the Kinesiology faculty, specifically Dr. Simmons, Dr. Carter and Ms. Russell for always having an open door whenever I needed help.”
- Grambling State University Provides Guidelines, Information for 2016 Spring Commencement Events
- GSU Alumnus Thomas Moorehead 2016 Spring Commencement Speaker
- Brianna Phillips Named Grambling State University’s 2016 Spring Valedictorian
- Class of 1966 Reunion
- Spring 2016 Torch Night
After graduation, Brianna Phillips will pursue a law degree focusing on Entertainment or Business law in her home state of California.
Grambling, LA – The College of Business at Grambling State University has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.
AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs. Today, there are 761 business schools in 52 countries and territories that maintain AACSB Accreditation. (For the most recent information visit, http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/accreditedmembers.asp).
“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB Accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”
Erick Valentine, PhD, interim dean college of business states, “AACSB accreditation differentiates business and accounting programs from those at other institutions in terms of quality, rigor, and relevance. AACSB International accredits less than five percent of business schools worldwide. This achievement builds on the rich history of GSU’s College of Business, and underscores our commitment to excellence and quality business preparation education received by our students and successful graduates.”
“The economic and political climate in the State of Louisiana requires that the COB become more innovative with our curriculum and delivery, engaged with stakeholders, and provides a greater impact with our community, these objectives fall directly in line with the directives of AACSB. We have met this challenge in the past and will continue to improve our output and performance. The College of Business’s faculty and staff add a tremendous amount of value to the talented students who choose Grambling. We have produced industry leaders worldwide. That is our legacy, that is our future,” explains Dr. Valentine.
To learn more about Grambling State University visit www.gram.edu. Or to learn more about AACSB International accreditation, visit the accreditation section of the AACSB International Web site at: http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/
President and CEO, Sterling Premier Group and Moorehead Properties Inc., Thomas A. Moorehead Named Grambling State University’s 2016 Spring Commencement Speaker
GRAMBLING, La., (May 5, 2016) Thomas A. Moorehead, president and CEO of Sterling Premier Group and Moorehead Properties, Inc., will deliver Grambling State University’s 2016 Spring Commencement speech. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 13 in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
“Mr. Moorehead is a winner, not only in the corporate world, but in life. He cares about people, as is demonstrated in the way he interacts with the people that work for him, or as he puts it “works with him.” Thomas is a generous philanthropist and believes in giving back to the community. We are proud of the mark he’s made on the world and of the success he’s earned. It is our honor to welcome him back home and have him share his testimony of how Grambling State University contributed to his mammoth success. He is indeed a visionary leader who has become a wonderful role model for others to follow. I am proud to call him a friend,” explains GSU President Dr. Willie D. Larkin.
Moorehead is a graduate of Grambling State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1966. In 1971, he earned a master of social work degree from the University of Michigan, where he is six credits short of completing a doctoral degree program.
His diverse career path has taken him from corporate America to higher education to entrepreneurship. In December 2013, Moorehead became the first African American awarded a Rolls- Royce franchise. Rolls- Royce Motor Cars Sterling is the only full-service dealership between New Jersey and North Carolina. A year later, he purchased Harley- Davidson of Washington, D.C.
In 2004, Moorehead and his wife, Joyce Anne, formed a charitable foundation to support underserved communities in the Washington metropolitan area. The Foundation has provided more than $400,000 in scholarships for college- bound high school seniors and emergency grants to matriculating college students, as well as assistance to working families and non-profit organizations in the region.
Always driven, Moorehead took on yet another business challenge: the hospitality industry. In 2007, Moorhead was the only local minority investor/ owner in the Marriott Residence Inn at the National Harbor Resort and Convention Center, making him the first African American with ownership in a hotel at National Harbor of Price George’s County, Maryland. Since 2007, his portfolio has grown to more than 40 properties.
Throughout Moorehead’s careers, he has served as a chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NAMAD) from 2013 to 2015. He also served on the VA Dealers Board. Currently, Moorehead is an active member of the Black & Gold Foundation Board for Grambling State University.
Among Moorehead’s numerous achievements are being named Washington metropolitan area Top 100 Business Award by Washington Business Journal; Best of the Best Black Business Award by Black Enterprise; National Association of Automobile Dealers nominee for Time magazine Dealer of Year award; Top 25 Minority Business Leaders by Washington Business Journal, and the Black Enterprise Dealer of the Year 2007. In 2014, Moorehead was honored to be a recipient of The 2014 Morehouse College Candle in the Dark Business Award, joining a list of esteemed honorees. Moorehead was also a member of the 10th District Federal Reserve Board.
Office of the President
Dear Grambling State University Alumni and Friends:
Imagine what your life would be like today were it not for the educational foundation you received at Grambling State University. Now, imagine what it would be like for you to read letters like this from perspective and current students almost daily:
“After months of fundraising, selling chips and cookies at school, to my mother selling breakfast at her job, I was able to attend an HBCU college tour. During the tour, I was exposed to many HBCU institutions, but the university that captured my heart was Grambling State University! I attended the Annual Los Angeles Black College Expo on February 6, 2016. I was ecstatic to be accepted on the spot by the GSU recruiter. My acceptance is far more significant than I can explain. Dr. Larkin, I need financial assistance to attend Grambling State University.”
Sadly, we get letters like this too often, and sadder still, we are less able today to assist future leaders such as the perspective student who wrote this letter. With your help, by giving to the President’s Appeal: Student GAP Sponsorship, their dreams of attending GSU could be realized. What we know is that students who must forego their first year of college, or who must drop out for financial reasons, will probably never complete their higher education. Again, with your help, this does not have to happen.
Gramblinites, we find ourselves with a unique challenge in our glorious history; never before have we been confronted with the steep hurdles we are now facing today:
Louisiana’s consistent reduction in funding for Higher Education, with an additional projected 30% reduction in Higher Educational funding for fiscal year 2016-2017; and
The reduction in TOPS (Taylor Opportunity Program Scholarship) funding to instate students to attend college.
I am making a direct appeal to you and requesting your financial support with a gift of any amount. I am also asking for contributions from your friends and fellow alumni. Every single gift helps.
If you would like to sponsor a student in need, please visit http://www.gram.edu/giving/.
Please join me in an effort to close the financial gap for these deserving students. These young people, the future of this state and this country, are depending on us. Many of them could make it if they only had an additional $500 or $1000. Come on, Gramblinites and friends! I know we can count on you for your support.
Thank you and let the Mighty Grambling Tiger roar!!!
With Great Enthusiasm,
Willie D. Larkin, Ph.D.
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