GSU President Willie D. Larkin Resigns

 
Dr. Willie LarkinDr. Willie D. Larkin, who was appointed by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors as the 9th president of Grambling State University July 1, 2015, has resigned as of Thursday, June 23, 2016.

In Iess than a year. Dr. Larkin led the university in adopting a 5-year Strategic Plan that focused on shared governance, increasing enrollment and strengthening a student-centered culture. He is credited with over $1,000.000 in financial gifts to the university and developed the Student Leadership Initiative to increase student retention. The university realized a 92% increase in freshmen applications, an 80% increase in admitted freshmen, and the university awarded 731 degrees during the academic year. Also. Dr. Larkin developed the “President’s Appeal: Student Gap Sponsorship” to support students who need additional funding to attend the university.

“I am not a quitter,” said Larkin. “I committed to serving Grambling State University for 7 years, or as long as I was allowed to do so. I will always love Grambling State University. She deserves more, much more in order for her to regain her splendor. Grambling State will survive and thrive. I have faith that one day the faculty, staff, students and the alumni will stand together firmly to move Grambling forward without being distracted from the goal of educational excellence. GSU has had 10 presidents in 25 years. Continuity is the key to success. Grambling State University must have continuity before she can move to the next level of preeminence.”

Dr. Fredrick Pinkney, GSU alumnus, and a member of Governor John Bel Edwards’ transition team for Higher Education commented, “I am quite disappointed that he was not given a fair chance nor enough time. The constant change is disheartening, and the message from the UL System Board of Supervisors is deafening.”

Dr. Larkin commented: “My parents, who were sharecroppers, told me to ‘leave something better than you found it’. I believe I have done that during my time here. Many blessings to Grambling State University. Go Tigers!”

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GSU honors the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. E. Edward Jones

 
“GSU honors the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. E. Edward Jones, 1931 – 2016.  He will be sorely missed”.

Reverend E. Edward Jones, Sr. 1931-2016REVEREND DR. E. EDWARD JONES, SR.

1931 – 2016

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY MOURNS THE PASSING OF REV. DR. E. EDWARD JONES, SR. CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER, PASTOR, HUMANITARIAN AND ESTEEMED GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNUS.

“When reflecting on the life of Rev. Dr. E. Edward Jones, Sr, it is clear that he was a pillar of strength within his community, a drum major for justice and equality.” His concern for the quality of life for other people was widely known, and he championed fairness everywhere he went. He will be sorely missed, both for his wisdom and unrelenting courage. Grambling State University has lost a giant of a man, but his memories will live on forever in the minds and hearts of everyone who was fortunate enough to come in contact with him. He paved a clear path for us all to follow. We have lost a soldier and a fighter for justice. May he rest in peace and his light continue to shine through others.”

- Dr. Willie D. Larkin, President

ARRANGEMENTS:
Thursday, June 16, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
(Body will lie in state on Thursday, June 16, 2016)
Highlighting Dr. Jones’ contributions to Galilee, Shreveport & Louisiana
Galilee Missionary Baptist Church
1500 Pierre Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71103
(318) 221-2629

Friday, June 17, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.
Highlighting Dr. Jones’ contributions to the National Baptist Convention of America, International, Inc.
Galilee Missionary Baptist Church
1500 Pierre Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71103
(318) 221-2629

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Relocation of Classes from Washington Complex to Brown Hall

 

Please see the relocation of classes from Washington Complex to Brown Hall.
Classes relocation notice

CRN Course Title Subj No Instructor List Building Room Relocated To Building Class Room Course Time Course Days
30138 Develop Scien Inquiry Skills CDFR 360 MATTHEWS, TERRY Washington Complex 105 Brown Hall 213 02:30 pm – 04:50 pm MTWR
30320 Intern in Child Dev and Ear Li CDFR 460 ISLAND, GLENDA Washington Complex 105 Brown Hall 119 02:30 pm – 04:50 pm MTWR
30196 Audio Production MC 260 BLACK, SANTORIA F. Washington Complex 209 Brown Hall 118 09:30 am – 11:50 am MTWR
30039 Communication Graphics MC 303 LEE, SANDRA A. Washington Complex 205 Brown Hall 213 09:30 am – 11:50 am MTWR
30103 Single Camera Video MC 330 RICHARDSON, BRANDON O. Washington Complex 102 Brown Hall 214 12:00 pm – 02:20 pm MTWR
30086 Web Writing and Development MC 335 PETERS, WANDA Washington Complex 205 Brown Hall 115 02:30 pm – 04:50 pm MTWR
30124 Communication Research Methods MC 409 EDU, MARTIN Washington Complex 201 Brown Hall 118 02:30 pm – 04:50 pm MTWR
30273 Cross-Cultural Communication MC 515 EDU, MARTIN Washington Complex 209 Brown Hall 118 12:00 pm – 02:20 pm MTWR
30299 Opinion Writing MC 550 LALEHPARVARAN, PARVIN Washington Complex 209 Brown Hall 214 02:30 pm – 04:50 pm MTWR

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Grambling’s Chief of Staff accepted into H.E.L.F. Gamma Cohort and receives one of five coveted scholarships

 

Dr. Adriel Hilton Executive Asst. to the Pres and Chief of Staff

Dr. Adriel Hilton
Executive Asst. to the Pres and Chief of Staff

Grambling, LA - Dr, Adriel A. Hilton, GSU Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the President, has been accepted into the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.), Gamma Cohort. Additionally, Hilton received one of five scholarships to the third H.E.L.F. Leadership Institute on the campus of Miles College from June 2-5, 2016 in Birmingham, AL.

H.E.L.F. selected 25 of the 78 applicants to fill its Gamma Cohort. Fellows were chosen based on each applicant’s diverse interests, institutional affiliation and background in order to encourage a rich exchange and engagement among the fellows. The most important deciding factor was his or her strong belief in the purpose and mission of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

HBCUs represent an important sector of American higher education. This four-day conference will give the 25 participants access to cutting-edge ideas, innovative insights and mentorship from IIBCU presidents and other leaders, hoping to lead to transformative change in their work and ultimately in the IIBCU community. This special cohort will also engage with a professional network of driven and talented individuals who share their interest in and passion for IIBCUs.

“Organizations like and the leadership institute it puts on are critical to my training and that of my peers in order to ensure the sustainability of these institutions.” Hilton added, We owe it to our ancestors who fought against the worst odds to make higher education a possibility for young Black men and women at a time when no one else thought it was important.”

Hilton is an academic product of HBCUs, having earned his 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. He has received many awards and honors for his work related to public policy and higher education with particular emphasis on minorities’ access and achievement in higher education. Complete details can be found on his website at adrielhilton.com.

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Bayou Classic Announces Single-Game Ticket Sales

Bayou Classic Logo

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Single-game tickets to the 2016 Bayou Classic are officially available through Ticketmaster or at the Grambling State University & Southern University Box Offices. The 43rd Annual Bayou Classic will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 4 p.m.

This Thanksgiving, over 200,000 fans from across the nation will journey to New Orleans to witness the electrifying football game between Grambling State and Southern. The highly anticipated halftime show features two of the greatest marching bands in the nation. Bayou Classic has partnered with over 17 hotels in and around the Crescent City to provide guests with unbeatable rates and added amenities to accentuate their stay.

The Mercedes Benz Superdome, home to the Bayou Classic, has a seating capacity of 76,468. The 42nd Annual Bayou Classic game boasted a record-breaking attendance of 62,907; the highest number since the Classic returned to New Orleans post Katrina. The Battle of the Bands & Greek Show boosted its 2015 attendance numbers to 29652.

Proceeds from the Bayou Classic events provide support to the campuses’ athletic programs and fund scholarships through the GSU Foundation and the SU System Foundation.

To purchase tickets through Ticketmaster, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-000. For more information regarding ticket purchase, GSU & SU Alumni and to view a listing of the preferred 2016 Hotel Partners, visit: http://mybayouclassic.com/index.php

ABOUT THE BAYOU CLASSIC:
Bayou Classic is the historic gridiron rivalry between Grambling State University and Southern University, encompassing a weeklong series of entertaining and socially enriching events from November 22-26 in New Orleans, LA. The famed Classic embodies a family friendly atmosphere and fosters an economic impact of $50 million to the greater city of New Orleans.

The legendary game between Grambling State University and Southern University approaches its 43rd year this November and with viewership over 5.5 million in 2015 on the NBC Sports Network, the Bayou Classic has proven to be a steadfast beacon of legacy and tradition that extends beyond the HBCU community.

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CAMPUS ADVISORY: Parking Tickets will be Issued starting Monday, 6-6-16

 

STUDENTS AND FACULTY/STAFF WITHOUT PARKING DECALS 

GRAMBLING, LA - All students, faculty and staff must obtain parking decals from the traffic office. Starting Monday June 6 tickets will be issued for vehicles without university parkin permits.

On-campus students are not allowed to drive to class between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 pm.

Commuting students should park in the designated parking lots for commuters as designated:

  • On Dickerson Street, between Charles P. Adams and Woodson
  • On Cole Street, south side facing Charles P. Adams
  • On the front row of Charles P. Adams Hall, facing RWE Jones Drive
  • On the north end of the A.C. Lewis Memorial Library
  • On Blalock Street, where the white paint starts behind the basketball court
  • Lot in the front, on the right, of the Conrad Hutchinson Jr. Performing Arts Building
  • Lot across from the University Police headquarters, near the St. Benedict Catholic Center
  • At the Performing Arts building., on the left side when facing the building

Commuter lots are painted white and faculty/staff lots are yellow.

Parking handbooks can be obtained at the traffic office in Long-Jones Hall, room 171, or online.

Tickets will be issued for the following violations:

  • Parking on the lawn
  • Parking in a No Parking Zone
  • Parking in a Handicap parking spot

Because of the campus beautification project the university will strictly enforce the no parking on lawn policy, pursuing violators in the areas of the purchasing office, the hill near Old Wheatley Hall across from Holland Hall and the rear of Favrot Student Union.

If further information is needed, contact Interim Chief Howard Caviness, at 318-274-2222, or Ms. Jeanette Amos in the traffic office at 318-274-3363.

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Grambling State University’s Hilton Honored with NASPA Award

 

Brandon Nelson, NASPA Awards Chair & Dr. Adriel Hilton, GSU Chief of Staff

Brandon Nelson, NASPA Awards Chair & Dr. Adriel Hilton, GSU Chief of Staff

Grambling, LA - Adriel A. Hilton, Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the President at Grambling State University, was presented the ‘Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community – Newly Published Research Award.” from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) at the organization’s annual conference earlier this year in Indianapolis.
The Core of NASPA’s mission is to provide professional development for student affairs educators and administrators who share the responsibility for a campus wide focus on the student experience. The NASPA Annual Conference is a four-day gathering of student affairs professionals who come together to learn, grow, be inspired, and return to their campuses with the tools needed to navigate the constantly changing landscape of student affairs.

Dr. Hilton received the award because of his scholarly research and publication of “Black Men in Colleges and Universities; Examining the Effect of Non-cognitive Variables on Student Success.” The purpose of the Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community (MMKC) is to provide a venue for discussion, research, and the distribution of information about men’s gender identity development, in the context of college campuses.

In addition to this award, he has received numerous awards for research and service. Among these are the 2015 Melvene Draheim Hardee Award by the Southern Association for College Student Affairs; the 2015 Sadie M. Yancey Professional Service Award by the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals; the 2015 Outstanding Professional Contribution & Distinguished Scholar Award by the North Carolina College Personnel Association; the 2013 Michael A Powell, Esq. Service Award by the National Black Graduate Student Association; the 2013 Joseph H. Silver, Sr., Leadership and Mentoring Initiative Alumni Award by the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education; Florida A&M University’s 2012 Outstanding Alumni of the Quasquicentennial Award; the 2010 Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Exemplary Scholarship by the American Educational Research Association Multicultural/Multiethnic Special Interest Group; the 2009 Outstanding Research Award by the American College Personnel Association Standing Committee for Men; the Ebony magazine 2009 Top Young Leaders Under 30 Award; and, the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education 2009 Outstanding Doctoral Student award for his doctoral dissertation.

Dr. Hilton a Miami, Florida native is proving to be an asset to Grambling State University as he serves as the President’s liaison with University administration, faculty, staff and students, in addition to external stakeholders.

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GSU President Larkin visits Cuba Exploring Educational Opportunities

 

Grambling President Willie D. Larkin and Dr. Vivian Larkin in Cuba exploring educational collaborations for GSU

Grambling President Willie D. Larkin and Dr. Vivian Larkin in Cuba exploring educational collaborations for GSU

Grambling, LA - Grambling State University’s President Dr. Willie D. Larkin is looking to expand both educational borders and the GSU brand in Cuba. As Auburn University’s College of Agriculture and California State University, Fullerton currently have agreements in place with the University of Havana, the possibility for Grambling State to develop such collaborative programs with universities in Cuba is taking shape.

In 2014, President Obama announced that the United States would be restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years. The announcement sparked interest and presented opportunities for entrepreneurs, corporations and for institutions of higher learning to expand their borders.

For the higher education community in particular, the benefits are numerous. According to a 2015 article in The Wall Street Journal, Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business are eager to enroll students from Cuba as soon as possible. “The Cuban market is attractive in part, because the country’s higher-education system has a reputation for developing students who are strong in math and the sciences,” according to Dr. Derrick Bolton, director at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

President Larkin wearing his Eddie G. Robinson t-­shirt & GSU hat in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Larkin expresses, “Grambling through & through. I love that Black and Gold!”

President Larkin wearing his Eddie G. Robinson t-­shirt & GSU hat in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Larkin expresses, “Grambling through & through. I love that Black and Gold!”

Grambling State University’s president, Dr. Willie D. Larkin, sees many possible prospects, as well. “One of my goals is to expand Grambling’s international footprint over the next 5 years.” Dr. Larkin is currently visiting Cuba to become more acquainted with the country’s culture and educational systems. It is important that all of our supporters know that I am constantly mining for unique advantages for our students, faculty and staff. I am looking for golden prospects, as they relate to higher education. Cuba is a goldmine just waiting to happen.”

The Tom Joyner Foundation is also currently on an educational 4-day exploratory trip in Cuba. A spokesperson for the Foundation noted, “We want to provide an opportunity for HBCU presidents to begin to figure out how Cuba may play a role in providing exciting opportunities for their students and research for their faculty.”

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The College of Arts and Sciences Carries the Baton Of Excellence Onward

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.

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Grambling State University’s Women’s Basketball Coach Nadine Domond among the Finalist for the 2016 HBCU Awards

 

Coach Nadine Domond

Coach Nadine Domond

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/#

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