New! Grambling State University License Plates

Available Now!

Now you can promote Grambling State University wherever you go. 
 
Ride with G and get the new GSU License Plate at gram.edu/licenseplate
 
 
How Your License Plate Can Help Support GSU
 
 

In Louisiana
$50
of each license plate comes back to Grambling State to be put to work right here on campus.  

 
In Texas
$22 of each license plate comes back to Grambling State to be put to work right here on campus.
 
 
Frequently Asked Questions


When will the GSU License Plates be available?
Now in-person and online in both Texas and Louisiana. 

Can I update my license plate when I renew?
Yes, you can switch to the GSU license plate when you renew and a portion of those fees will go to support GSU.

How much does the new license plate cost?
Cost vary by state. Visit www.gram.edu/licenseplate for the most up-to-date costs for your state. 

For full details on GSU License plates and how to launch a Grambling State license plate id your state visit gram.edu/licenseplate.

Grambling State Sports Hall of Fame, Alumni Convention, & Fundraising Campaign Kickoff This Week

GramBringSaveDate1200x1106ImagePostGSU Alumni, Major Donors and Athletic Legends including Doug Williams and James “Shack” Harris convene to celebrate.

GRAMBLING, LA — July 6, 2018 –This week Grambling State President Rick Gallot and City of Grambling Mayor Edward R. Jones will host alumni, major donors, and VIPs including GSU alumni and super bowl MVP Doug Williams to celebrate a series of major university events.

Event Details

Fundraiser Kick Off: Bring it Home 2018-19
Grambling State’s follow-up to the $1.2 million raised in 2017-18 starts Wednesday
Wednesday, July 11 at 11 a.m. | Hobdy Assembly Center (Green Room)

Alumni Convention, Grambling University National Alumni Association
Receptions, networking events, and alumni awards banquet
Thursday, July 12 to Sunday, July 15 | GSU Campus

Grambling Legends Press Conference & Reception
Doug Williams, James “Shack” Harris, & the 2018 Inductees
Friday, July 13, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Eddie G. Robinson Museum

Grambling Legends Induction Celebration with Doug Williams and Legends Class of 2018
Formal induction ceremony and celebration will include Doug Williams, James “Shack” Harris,  and notable former GSU athletes
Saturday, July 14, red-carpet reception at 5:30 p.m., Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center

For more detailed event information or to set up media interviews, please contact mediarelations@gram.edu or (318) 274-2866.

Why Help Grambling State University Bring it Home?

BIH-Impact Graphic-finBy Marc Newman, VP of Institutional Advancement, Research, and Economic Development

Last year’s Bring it Home fundraising campaign garnered a headline-making $1.2 million in support. While the numbers are impressive, the real power of the investment that our alumni, community members, and corporate partners have made will be felt for generations.

Here’s a short recap of a few amazing things that happened as a result of last year’s Bring it Home and why you should invest to make this year’s campaign even bigger.

Student Financial Help

Last Year’s Bring It Home campaign helped provide more than $250,000 in direct support for students in need. This aided the university in impacting the balances of hundreds of students through a variety of scholarships; including GAP which is designed solely to support students in reaching the academic finish line.

Scholarships & Grants

Another way last year’s givers helped make a difference was in the more than $250,000 in grants that were awarded as a result of the conversations, investments, and help from our alumni and community members. Those monies help fund cutting-edge research in robotics, biomedical research, technology, and more right here on Grambling State’s campus

More Engaged Alum

In 2017, each of our active alumni chapters did an amazing job spreading the word and growing the investment our past graduates make in Grambling. That investment showed up, not only in the dollars on the balance sheet; it resulted in an eight percent increase in alumni giving. The University also benefited from student recruiting, guest speaking, and other networking opportunities that continue to create success.

Let’s Bring it Home Again!

Because of last year’s enormous success, we’re continuing the drive for a second year. Visit www.gram.edu/giving/ or join us on campus for the Coffee Kickoff for Bring it Home 2018 while you are in town for the Alumni Convention weekend.

Thank all of you for your support and creating the impact that makes the difference for our students and campus community.

 

GSU Spotlight: How I Graduated from Grambling State Student-Debt Free

By Stephanie Lindsey

Each year, many young people achieve the milestone of college graduation.  The joyous occasion full of cheers and tears signals to most students that they are collecting their ticket to the world of “true adulthood”. Endia Green

For some, a dream job is around the corner. For others, the pursuit of a graduate degree is the next stop along the path.  No matter the direction, data from American Student Assistance shows that more than 70 percent of recent graduates received a bill with the rite of passage of graduation. 

While student debt is often viewed as a required burden for most college students, there are great stories to show you can avoid the lifetime bill, if you have a plan. 

4 Tips for Students Wanting to Graduate Debt Free – A Biology Major’s  Story

Endiah Green, a Spring 2018 Biology graduate of Grambling State accomplished the seemingly impossible – graduating with her Bachelor’s degree debt free.

When asked what advice she would give to other students looking to graduate debt free, Green gave the following tips:

1) Maintain your GPA

“Maintaining a high GPA is critical.  This makes you eligible for a larger population of scholarships and internships,” said Green.

2) Get a Job and Work, Work, Work 

“I recommend getting a job whether on-campus, through a co-op, or internships. This helps keep money in their pockets and make payments towards tuition and school expenses like books.”

3) Be Conservative in How Much You Borrow 

“I saw some out loans to ‘live big’ on student loan money, ” said Greem. She recommends to students, “they should take out the lowest amount possible. This makes the loans easier to pay back”.  Students must also remember that all money borrowed will have to be paid back with interest later.”

4) Budget for Your Graduation Finish Line

Looking back, Green knows that as she sat in a crowded assembly center surrounded by her peers, behind the majority of those black robes sat people in mountains of student loan debt.

“My advice for those graduates looking to pay off loan debt would be to create a budget around your student loans in order to prioritize paying them off,“ advised Green. 

Endiah’s Biggest Challenge Along the Way

“My biggest struggle was finding and getting scholarships that would help me pay for school while constantly working.  Sometimes opportunities were presented to me.  Other times, I really had to do the groundwork and search for them on my own,” said Green.

So, whether you’re a Freshman just starting out your college career or nearing graduation, take note of this great advice if to graduate debt free (or at least with a little less).

 For more information on scholarships and other financial assistance, visit GSU’s Office of Financial at www.gram.edu/finaid

Your National Alumni Convention “Trip Advisor” for July 12 –15, Register Now

GramBringSaveDate1200x1106ImagePostDon’t miss out! Scroll for tips to make your Grambling University National Alumni Convention planning easy.  

Grambling Hotspots – Places to Know:

  • New! Legends Square Shopping Center
    Your last-minute shopping needs don’t require a trip to Ruston. The new Legends Square features Legends Market (grocery store), Dollar Tree and Hibbett Sports, as well as the Legends Walk of Fame park where you can view a list of Grambling’s greats. Check out the plaza conveniently located right off Exit 81 on the RWE Jones Drive / Hwy 149 one mile north of GSU’s campus.
  • Eddie G. Robinson Museum – Tours Available! Join us on a tour to learn about the legend, Eddie G. Robinson, GSU Athletics, and their outstanding contributions to the state of Louisiana, the nation, the world, and the game of football.
  • McCall Dining Center – GSU’s historic campus “café” has a new look. Stop by for snacks, coffee, or even a meal while you check out the additions of “Grambling spirited” updates.
  • GSU Official Bookstore : While you’re visiting campus, don’t forget to swing by the Official GSU Bookstore and update your wardrobe with some new GSU gear!
  • Grambling Village: When was the last time you visited the village? Stop by to check out visit iconic Grambling staples and a few new additions where you can eat, shop, and connect.

While you are on campus visiting for this year’s National Alumni Convention, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the growth on campus and in the Community. 

GSU Spotlight: Dr. Meg Brown & GSU’s New Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Grambling State’s New Bachelor of Science in Nursing is one of the University’s most anticipated programs in recent history. Dr. Meg Brown has helped lead the effort. But, what fuels her passion for GSU Nursing and what’s next for the program? Watch to learn more in this GSU Spotlight.

Did you always want to be a nurse? 
“I always grew up with the expectation of becoming a nurse and I never thought anything else about it, that was the way it was going to be.”

What Should We Expect From This Program? 
There’s a history with Grambling for an undergraduate nursing program. Grambling’s program was exceptional. It was considered to be a star within the county, and we plan to go back to that; and to be an exemplar for other programs.”

Learn More about GSU Nursing & the New Bachelor of Science Program
The Grambling State University School of Nursing is growing the best in healthcare providers through cutting-edge education. From our pre-nursing program and new Bachelor of Science in Nursing to graduate education and research, our students, faculty, and alumni are helping shape one of America’s most important helping professions.

Semester Successes: Grambling State’s KGRM Funds $53,000 in Student Scholarships

KRGM-Student ScholarsThe tagline for KGRM, Grambling State University’s 50,000-watt radio station, is “Giving You Music and More…” and this spring for fifty-three fortunate students, the “more” was a $1,000 scholarship. The money was raised through a radiothon hosted by the station in partnership with the Grambling State’s Office of Institutional Advancement. Funds raised are used for scholarships and recruiting.

“I believe students need all the help that they can get,” said Joyce Evans, general manager of KGRM. “Not having to worry about having enough money to pay their fees gives them more time to work harder on their studies.”

Now in its sixth year, the 12-hour radiothon is held annually on the Friday before each homecoming game. Alumni, churches, local businesses, university administrators and employees, and station listeners are among the growing list of persons who participate in the on-air giving activity by taking their donations to the radio station, which is located in the Allen Williams Annex in the Washington-Johnson Complex on the campus. The scholarships are awarded each spring semester.

Save the Date: 2018 Radiothon, November 2
This year’s radiothon, chaired by Dr. Edrene Frazier, associate professor of mass communication, is scheduled for Friday, November 2.

The scholarships are available to full-time undergraduate and graduate students (who are not pursuing a doctorate) who are in good standing with the university and have an overall grade point average of 2.5. Each potential recipient must also submit a 500-word essay expressing a need for the scholarship.

For more information on KGRM, the radiothon, or the scholarships, contact Joyce Evans at 318.274-6343 or evansjb@gram.edu.

About KGRM
KGRM-FM is a 50,000-watt non-commercial educational radio station licensed to Grambling State University with a dual purpose of a laboratory function for students in the Department of Mass Communication and service to the community. KGRM is on the air for 24 hours a day, through the automation system operating on the 91.5 frequency. It offers a variety of music, news, sports and public affairs programming. The station is run by students and supervised by an Operations Manager. The students always exhibit an incredible work ethic, a strong belief in the power of education and an unwavering devotion to Grambling State University and Community.

Grambling State Extends Broderick Fobbs Contract to 2022

By Brian Howard, GSU Sports Information Director
 
GRAMBLING, LA GSU Head Football Coach Broderick Fobbs–  June 21, 2018 – Grambling State University received approval from the University of Louisiana System on Thursday to extend the contract of the University’s head football coach Broderick Fobbs through the 2022 season.

“Coach Fobbs and his team have done a phenomenal job building the Grambling State program and investing in our student-athletes both on and off the field,” said Athletics Director, Paul Bryant. “We look forward to continuing the legacy of success.”

Fobbs returned to his alma mater in December 2013 and has led the Tigers to a 39-11 overall record in four seasons. Those wins include the University’s first HBCU National Championship since 2008.  Under Fobbs, the team is 32-2 in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) play and has won back-to-back conference championships in 2016 and 2017. These achievements have contributed to Fobbs winning the SWAC Coach of the Year honor for four consecutive years.

“Grambling State is not just my alma mater, it is home for my family,” Fobbs said. “It’s a blessing to live and work at a school you truly love.”

Under Coach Fobbs’ leadership, Grambling State’s championship program has produced five National Football League (NFL) players. They include Chester Rodgers (Indianapolis Colts), Chad Williams (Arizona Cardinals) and three contracted free-agents, Martez Carter (Washington Redskins), Montrel Meander (Cleveland Browns) and Trent Scott (Los Angeles Chargers).

“What (Coach Fobbs) has done here at Grambling has been special,” said former Grambling State head baseball coach Wilbert Ellis said. “Four years ago he came here and has continually built this program. You can see success on the field.”

Grambling State is set to open the 2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. facing the University of Louisiana at Lafayette at 6pm in Lafayette, La.

For interviews or more information on Grambling State Athletics, contact Brian Howard at 302.258.7461 or howardb@gram.edu.

Follow Grambling State Athletics
For complete coverage of Grambling State athletics, please follow the Tigers on social media at @GSU_Tigers (Twitter), /gramblingstateathletics (Facebook), @gramblingathletics01 (Instagram) or visit the official home of Grambling State Athletics at gsutigers.com.

You’re Invited! Grambling State University Alumni Convention 2018

We’ve got less than 4 weeks left, but it’s not too late to sign up to connect with some of our most dedicated and influential Grambling State alums:

Here are three easy steps to make sure you don’t miss out.

Step 1: Register Now
Register now at https://bit.ly/2JTnKVE 

Full Conference: $225.00 per attendee
(includes registration packet, bag, t-shirt, and tickets to luncheons and the Black and Gold gala.)

Step 2: Grab Your Special Tickets
Don’t miss these must-see events. Be sure to add these events to your registration:

       Grambling Legends Induction Dinner & Ceremony (includes red carpet reception)
       Saturday, July 14th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm | $75 |

       Grambling Legends Afterparty
       Saturday, July 14th at 8:30pm – 1:30pm | $ 20

       *Bundle pricing is also available for Induction Dinner, Ceremony, and the After party ($95)

Step 3: Book Your Hotel Deal
This year’s host hotel group discount is $114.50 per night (including tax). Mention the GUNAA Convention to get the special rate.

       Host Hotel
       Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
       1707 Roberta Avenue, Ruston, LA 71270
       ( 318) -251-9800

If you have questions about registration or hotels, please contact the GUNAA Office at office@gunaa.net or (318) 247-6770.

So now that you’ve been invited…. Let’s get registered! This year’s National Alumni Convention promises to be a great one focused on Leveraging the Power of One Grambling to help GSU deliver continued Academic Success, University Advancement, and Operational Excellence.

Campus Construction Signals New Growth at Grambling State

GSU targets a new series of facility improvements opening Fall 2018

This summer Grambling State University’s campus is showing brick and mortar signs of the institution’s growth.  From alumni giving to new Federal funding and record enrollment, the University’s seen steady momentum since the 2016 installment of its 10th President, Rick Gallot.

Most notably, the recent demolition of the C.D. Henry Natatorium began to make way for the school’s Intramural Center expansion project. The expanded Center, which currently houses more than 100 sports and health programs, will include a new pool and community programming areas.

“We’re seeing growth campus-wide, from our programs and research to the number of students,” said, Martin Lemelle, Jr., Chief Operating Officer for Grambling State University. “It’s exciting to see our facilities expanding to support our growing needs.”

The Intramural Expansion project is just one of a number of construction projects. In addition, the University’s Facilities team is managing a series of campus-wide improvements that will impact students starting Fall 2018.

The improvements include:

Computer Lab & Server Room Upgrades
Completions from January 2018 to December 2018

Computer labs, smart boards, and supporting infrastructure upgrades are in progress in a series of campus buildings including Carver Hall and Jacob T. Stewart Hall.

Campus Safety and Emergency Support Improvements ­
Completions March 2018 to February 2019

A joint project of the University’s facilities, information technology and safety departments is underway bringing new lighting, signage, security, and monitoring upgrades to the campus’ highest traffic areas. Buildings impacted include Charles P. Adams; Brown and Carver Halls; and the Betty E. Smith Nursing Building, which houses GSU’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program slated to kick off Fall 2018.

Smart Auditorium (Nursing Building)
Completion in 2019

The Betty E. Smith Nursing Building will receive a series of upgrades. They include new seating, audio/visual capabilities, and integrations with new smart presentation technology to better support some of GSU’s largest classes and events.

New Communications Video Conferencing Lab
Opening Fall 2018

Carver Hall, which houses a number of science courses, faculty, and programs, will serve as home to a fully-enabled new video conferencing lab. The upgrades will help power student learning and research engagement with NASA, FEMA, ESPN, and a number of other nationally funded grant programs.

Flood Restoration Projects
First Completions Coming Fall 2018

Woodson Hall, Adams Hall, and the Favrot Student Union bowling alley will see a number of large improvements bringing all three buildings fully online by Spring 2019. The renovated academic areas will provide learning spaces for students across three different colleges and more than 20 majors.

New Digital Library
Design & Strategy Complete, Winter 2018

The University’s highly anticipated digital library is on-track to complete its design phase this winter. Architects and designers are actively working with students, faculty, and staff to complete the facility’s strategy documents including site selection, space programming, and academic needs assessments. The facility will include new computer labs, expanded archives, and community programming space to serve the school’s growing student population and surrounding areas.

Campus Construction Funding – New Support for Grambling State

“We’re fortunate to see a diverse surge of support,” said President Rick Gallot. “From FEMA to our engaged alumni, we’re connecting with a record number of organizations and individuals stepping up to back our vision and plans.”

This most recent round of support includes more than $1.2 million dollars raised as a part of the University’s four-month “Bring it Home” campaign, which engaged alumni across the globe.

“What’s awesome about the GSU community is that we show up to support in a number of ways. From dollars to internships and volunteering, our supporters make big things happen,” said Marc Newman, Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Grambling State.

For more information on campus improvements and changes, follow Grambling1901 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

To invest in Grambling State University improvements, visit www.gram.edu/giving.