From President Gallot: On the Passing of Buddy Davis

Buddy2-1000When you are truly passionate about your work it shows – in the people you reach, in what you produce, and ultimately in how it affects everyone around you. When you do it for a community you care about, it changes the world. 

On behalf of the entire Grambling State University family, I would like to offer our condolences and gratitude to the family of the legendary Buddy Davis who helped cement Grambling State on the map and change our world.  Continue reading

Grambling State Launches New Dining Program with Magic Johnson’s Sodexo Magic

Student Feedback Fuels New $6.7 Million Facility Updates and 24-hour Service

_DSC4439-EDITED-final-webGRAMBLING, LA — July 15, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University announced the launch of a long-term partnership with a new dining service provider SodexoMAGIC. The new agreement will deliver $6.7 million in facility renovations, new major-brand quick-serve restaurants, and 24-hour dining.
“The best part of our new program is that we, as students, are driving the design,” said Steven Wilson, rising senior and President of the University’s Student Government Association. “I’m grateful to President Gallot and the entire administration for how they’ve helped turn our comments, emails, and surveys into an experience that supports all of our students.” Continue reading

Student Services Update: New Dining Program Adds 24-Hour Service & More [InfoGraphic]

Header-Square-POST-DiningCongratulations Tigers! You’ve done it. Your feedback, research, surveys and emails have created a state of the art dining program that will improve campus eats for years to come. From 24-hour dining to new restaurants, learn what to expect during the generation of @gram1901dining

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Former Grambling quarterback Doug Williams speaks on having street named after him

***REPOST from gsutigers.com by Brian Howard, Sports Information Director Grambling State University***

Sep 08, 2012; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Grambling State Tigers head coach Doug Williams reacts on the sidelines during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU won 56-0. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

GRAMBLING, La. | Grambling State University, along with the department of athletics, will hold a special ceremony at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 12 to honor former GSU quarterback Doug Williams.

Grambling State will hold a street naming ceremony in honor of Williams and will take place on the corner of Facilities and Stadium Drive in Grambling, La.

Williams, who was a two-time recipient of the Black College Player of the Year Award, attended Grambling State and played for legendary head coach Eddie Robinson. He guided the Tigers to a 36-7 record as a four-year starter at quarterback and led Grambling State to three Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Championships.

In 1977, Williams led the NCAA in several categories, including total yards from scrimmage (3,249), passing yards (3,286), touchdown passes (38), and yards per play (8.6). He finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, behind Earl Campbell, Terry Miller, and Ken MacAfee.

Williams graduated from Grambling State with a bachelor’s degree in education and began working on his master’s degree before the 1978 NFL Draft.

Despite the success that he enjoyed on the football field, then-Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Joe Gibbs was the only NFL coach that visited Williams. Gibbs spent two days with Williams, reviewing playbooks, film and going through passing drills. Gibbs rated Williams as the best quarterback in the draft and the Buccaneers selected the 6-foot-4 quarterback in the first round (17th overall) in the 1978 NFL Draft. With that selection, Williams became the first African-American quarterback taken in the first round of an NFL Draft.

Williams, who threw for 16,998 yards in his professional career, played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1978-1982), Oklahoma/Arizona Outlaws of the USFL (1984-1985) and the Washington Redskins (1986-1989).

During the 1986 season, Williams reunited with Gibbs in Washington and initially served as a backup to Jay Schroeder. However, an injury to Schroeder moved Williams into the starting spot. Williams, who went 42-45-1 overall, passed for 100 touchdowns and rushed for 15 touchdowns in 88 games, helped guide the Redskins to the Super Bowl XXII as Washington routed the Denver Broncos. In addition to winning a Super Bowl, Williams became the first black quarterback to play in the big game. In the Super Bowl, Williams completed 18 of 29 passes for 340 yards, with four touchdowns, as he earned Super MVP honors.

After a career with the Redskins, Williams worked as an executive with Tampa Bay (2004-2010), Virginia Destroyers (2010-11) and Washington Redskins (2014-present). He had a few stops as a head coach, first at Morehouse where he went 3-8 during the 1997. Williams returned to his alma mater, guiding the Tigers to an overall mark of 61-34 and a 36-23 SWAC record from 1998-2003 and 2011-2013. His 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2011 teams were SWAC West Division Champions. In addition, his team’s won the SWAC Championship three times (2000, 2001 and 2011) and Black College Football National Championship two times (2000 and 2001).

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GSU Spotlight: “Unc, I Want a Horn” –The World’s Newest Woman HBCU Band Director Started Her Band Career at Age 4

In honor of Grambling State University’s Band Camp, we’d like to share this “throwbuck” spotlight on how this one influential summer event changed the life of a Grambling State leader.

 image3“Every year from age 4 or 5, I attended band camp,” said Dr. Nikole Roebuck, the first woman director of Grambling State University’s World-Famed Tiger Marching Band. Dr. Roebuck is also the third woman in history to serve as Director of the Band at a historically black college and university (HBCU).

“For the first few years, they made me twirl the baton and march with the majorettes.”

“I remember this one day at camp sitting on the steps of Dunbar frustrated. I’m assuming someone had gone to find my Uncle to let him know what was going on,” Roebuck remembers. “[Her Uncle Joseph] comes outside to ask me what was wrong. My response was, ‘I don’t want to twirl the baton.’ When he asked, ‘Well what do you want you to do?’ I said, ‘Unc, I want a horn.’” Continue reading

A Portion of Main Street, Designated a University Road

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Grambling, LA – July 4, 2019 – A portion of Main Street in Grambling, Louisiana has been designated as a “University road.” The section of Main Street which runs between College Avenue and Central Avenue crosses directly through the busiest part of Grambling State University’s campus, making it an essential segment of the institution’s daily functions.  

“The success and safety of our students is our first priority,” said President Rick Gallot. “This improvement allows our staff the operational flexibility to address dynamic security requirements and support the functional needs of the University.”  

“The road designation supports the best interest of our students”, said Steven Wilson, President of Grambling State’s Student Government Association. “As active citizens of the community, we look forward to the continued partnership between the University and the City of Grambling.”  

For media interviews or more information email mediarelations@gram.edu.

 

About Grambling State University 

Grambling State University generates $173 million in total economic impact and generates 1,524 jobs for its local and regional economies. The presence of the University provides continuous growth for the community.  

 

Creed & Creed to Sponsor Fundraiser Supporting Grambling State

lead-helmets-heelsLocal Law Firm Signs On to Help 2019 Helmets & Heels Raise Money for  Students and Victims of Domestic Violence 

 

GRAMBLING, LA – June 27, 2019 –Today, the Creed & Creed Law Offices announced it has signed on as title sponsor of Helmets & Heels 2019, a women’s football clinic and social event that raises funds to combat domestic violence and support student-athletes.
Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 3 p.m. Creed & Creed and other companies will join 100 women for shopping, networking and football education from Grambling State’s champion coaches Broderick Fobbs, coach Quentin Burrell, and coach Terrance Graves. Continue reading