4 Summer Scholarship & Financial Aid Tips

By GSU Media Burea

BAdobeStock_69727847-300efore you get busy this summer, don’t forget to secure cash you need to get to the graduation finish line. Check these smart to-do’s off your list to win a rare scholarship and get a head start on funding for the fall,

  1. Finish Your FAFSA (if you haven’t)

Many grants and other funding help are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis. Don’t miss the opportunity to maximize your financial help. Complete your 2018-2019 FAFSA immediately to find out your funding opportunities for next year. The application can be completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

  1. Submit Missing Documents

Are you sure your application and award are complete? If not, download these instructions (link coming) to make sure you don’t miss out on getting help or loans to cover your balance this Fall.  Check out Steps to Review Your Financial Aid.

 

  1. Ask Beyoncé & Google for $25,000 (by May 31)

We’re happy to announce applications are available the Formation scholarship we all heard about after Coachella. Visit our “scholarships” section at gram.edu/finaid/ to learn more. 

 

  1. Complete Your Summer Financial Aid Applications

Did you know there’s a chance that your Pell Grant could assist with the cost of Summer classes? You can find out more once you’ve submitted your Summer financial aid applications. Forms are available at gram.edu/finaid/.

Advancing Grambling State University

Angel Investor Initiative Funds Technology & Entrepreneurship Exposure for Students & Faculty

NLAF 2 By Jovan Hackley

The New Louisiana Angel Fund 2 (NLAF 2), a $3 million angel investment fund made up of about 60 accredited angel investors and companies, announced its partnership with Grambling State University and five additional institutions.

“With this NLAF 2 partnership we hope to open the world of investing and entrepreneurship to promising students in North Louisiana, who we believe will become active entrepreneurs or supporters of the startup community,” said John F. George Jr., M.D., President and CEO of Building Our Region (BRF).BRF has provided $75,000 for the participating universities to become members of the fund.

“Investing in a knowledge-based economy while at the same time diversifying our region’s economy through the launch of innovative, high-growth startups is a win-win for BRF, North Louisiana and our partner universities.”

More than 40 of the Angel Capital Association’s (ACA) 260 member groups, like NLAF 2, have a similar connection to a partner university. Examples include the Duke Angel Network, the Harvard Business Alumni Angels of Greater New York and Notre Dame’s inspired angel group, Irish Angels.

“Ultimately our goal is to provide an invaluable opportunity for our local colleges of business to become more knowledgeable, involved and supportive of the entrepreneur ecosystem that NLAF and others are building and promoting in this region,” said Dr. George.

“We know that North Louisiana and the Universities that line I-20 corridor produce the graduates that are innovating throughout our state,” said Marc Newman, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Research, & Economic Development of Grambling State University.

“We appreciate the opportunity to work with current and future business leaders who are recognizing and bringing to life more opportunities in technology and entrepreneurship.”

NLAF 2 is the second fund of its kind to be launched by BRF. The New Louisiana Angel Fund 1 (NLAF 1), launched in 2015 at $2.6 million, has funded 13 North Louisiana-based high-growth startups.

For more information on Building Our Region or the New Louisiana Angel Fund 2 (NLAF 2), visit BRFLA.org.

Graduation Replay: Grambling State Commencement 2018 Photos, Video, & Spotlight Stories

DSC_7133Congratulations to the Grambling State University Spring Class of 2018. We know you will celebrate your accomplishments for years to come.

To help, here’s a replay of graduation and a few photos and stories to help you remember the results of your hard work.

About the Spring 2018 Commencement:

Graduation Photos, Spring 2018

Watch the Broadcast

GSU Spotlight: 40-Year Road to Graduation, “Never, Never, Never Give Up”

parhamLocal All-star and NFL player Robert Parham Achieves Graduation Dream after 40-years
By Joice Dunn on behalf of the GSU Media Burea

Standing among this Spring’s candidates for graduation, Robert Parham Jr. will deliver on a promise he made to himself and his mother more than 40 years ago.

For Parham, the Grambling State University on Friday, May 11 is more than just a walk across the stage. The Kinesiology major will enter the Frederick C. Hobdy Center to fulfill a decades-old dream.

“I promised my mother years ago that I would finish my degree at GSU and it feels good that I was able to keep my promise,” Parham said. “I was inspired to push forward by my son who has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics and has been working for the last eight years.”

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Parham is best known to most for his three decades of football achievement. In 1981 he was selected and played for the San Diego Chargers of The National Football League for two years and was a free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 1983 -1984.

As Grambling State University’s leading rusher from 1978-80, he amassed 2,700 yards over that span as GSU won three consecutive SWAC titles.  He was three times named Black College All-American, three times named to the All-SWAC first team and in 1980; he was named Black College Player of the Year.  He was also awarded the Jake Gaither Award and broke the rushing record of Paul “Tank” Younger having gained 3,448 yards.

While an unconventional path, these achievements paved the way for Parham to become a GSU Legend, which helped him ultimately fulfill his graduation dream.

 “Being inducted into The Grambling Legends Hall of Fame in 2017 inspired and encouraged me along the way. I was also fortunate to have in my corner great coaches, mentors, an extraordinary department chair advisor, excellent professors, along with family and friends.”

Those mentors and coaches include The Legendary Coach Eddie G. Robinson and Coach Melvin Lee, both from Grambling State.   Parham a first-time All-Conference running back in each of the three seasons he played for Grambling.  He graduated from Gordon High School in Decatur, Georgia where he was also a two-time All-State and a three-time All-DeKalb County first-team fullback and linebacker. 

“I am very excited to award Robert Parham his degree. As a young man growing up here in Grambling, I remember Mr. Parham being an outstanding football player for Coach Eddie Robinson,” explained Grambling State president Richard Gallot. “I truly admire his desire to complete his coursework and earn his degree. I hope his story of never giving up and finishing something he started, serves as motivation to others that it’s never too late to get your degree,”

The currently retired and inductee from the 1976-1980 era said his advice to anyone returning to school would be, “to never, never, never, give up.”

Parham has spent most of his adult life helping his community, family, and friends advance by providing.  Known to most as a “gentle giant” he has broken records on and off the field using his love for sports as a tool to help build his career as a man whose word is his bond.  

“From the moment that Robert reached out to the Department of Kinesiology, Sport & Leisure Studies (KSLS), it was apparent in his tone of voice of how important completing his undergraduate degree was to him. He has been persistent in communicating with the KSLS advisors on a degree completion plan based on his prior academic work,” said Dr. Obadiah Simmons Jr., department head.

During the past 20 years, Parham has worked in law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department; The Fulton County Police Department Jail Division; and as a Police Officer with the State of Georgia Building Authority Police Department, Atlanta, Georgia.   Earlier in his career, Parham also served as an Off-Shore Drill Serviceman with the Shell Oil Company in New Iberia, Louisiana. 

He is the proud father of one son, Kellen Parham (Ashley) of San Antonio, Texas and two granddaughters Kennedi and Kailen. 

Congratulations Robert Parham on fulfilling your graduation dream.

GSU Spotlight: Mother-Son Graduates Celebrate 3 Degrees of GSU Legacy

By Stephanie Lindsey & Jovan Hackley

IMG-1002-cropWhen Denise Mack crossed the stage to receive her first degree from Dr. Johnson in the early 90’s, she had no idea she’d share that stage years later with the son she carried the first time around.

“I’m very proud to graduate with Virgil,” says Denise. “I’m most of all proud of him for just graduating and staying focused on his goal. It hasn’t always been easy for him.”

Virgil Mack, who will receive his Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts, grew up in Dubach, Louisiana and worked to beat his neighborhood outlook on a college degree.

“Growing where I’m from there’s not the expectation that you’ll graduate from college. It was a stigma I wanted to overcome. I wanted to break the statistic,” said Mack.

This week, Virgil will not only graduate with a college degree, but he has leveraged his time at Grambling to start on the path to entrepreneurship.

“I really didn’t know what I wanted to do for my first few years at Grambling. I found my love for camera when I was thinking about my hobbies. I wanted to commit to something that didn’t feel like work. Movies were what I liked the most,” said Mack. “My junior year, I invested in a camera and started to doing photos and short videos.”

Today, Virgil is in the second year of running his own photography and video company that captures and edits commercial video for businesses in North Louisiana.

“It was challenging to get him to believe in himself. I knew he could do it,” says Virgil’s mom Denise.

“Seeing him strive to do more, pushed me to do more. Just watching him go through college it encouraged me to go to college.”

This Spring Denise will graduate with a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice after a more than 20-year break from education. Her advice to those who are considering returning to school is, “It’s never too late to pursue your career. If you want to go back to school, I don’t care what your age is, you have to start somewhere. Just give it a try.”

Grambling State University would like to congratulate Denise Mack, Virgil Mack, and all of the Spring 2018 graduates on their great accomplishments and inspiration to Tigers past, present, and future around the world.

GSU Spotlights highlights the accomplishments of students, faculty, and alumni successes throughout the GSU Community. To nominate or provide feedback on GSU highlights, contact the Grambling State University Office of University Communications at mediarelations@gram.edu.

Jodeen Shillingford Scores Top Honor as GSU Valedictorian

Double-major student in Accounting and Computer Information Systems finishes with 3.92

By GSU Media Burea

shillingford, Jodeen DominicaDSC_4426 copy[1]This year Grambling State University’s top-ranking graduate is also one of its most accomplished. Spring 2018 Commencement Valedictorian, Jodeen Shillingford is known across the campus as one it’s most involved students.

“Most people and professors know Jodeen for her work,” said Dr. Donald White, Dean of Grambling State’s College of Business. “Mrs. Shillingford is one of those students who worked in the background but brought a lot of energy to the classroom and her involvement.”

During her time at Grambling State Shillingford volunteered with a number of organizations both on and off campus. Her volunteerism includes outreach through the National Association of Black Accountants; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program; Louisiana CPA (LCPA) Student Chapter, Beta Gamma Sigma; Sigma Alpha Pi; and the International Students Organization.

Originally from Wesley, Dominica, her GSU honors follow a long list of accomplishments from organizations nationwide including:

  • Who’s Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities
  • President’s List each semester since enrolling at GSU
  • College of Business Academic Scholar (2016 -2017)
  • LCPA Educational Foundation Scholar (2017-2018)
  • National Association of Black Accountants Regional Scholar (2016-2017)
  • National Association of Black Accountants National Scholar (2017)
  • North-East LCPA Scholar (2016-2017)
  • GSU Radiothon Scholar (2016)
  • Tom Joyner Scholar (2016)
  • Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE) Scholar (2017)
  • College of Business Student for Professional Development, (2015)
  • GSU’s High Ability Program (2016-2017)

 

After graduation, Shillngford plans to earn a master’s degree Accountancy and Finance to help her become the first Certified Public Accountant in her family.

“It’s exciting to be graduating and receive the honor because I didn’t see it coming,” says Jodeen. “I usually like to do a lot in the background, but it’s never on stage.”

Jodeen will take the stage with more than 400 graduates during Grambling State University’s Spring 2018 Commencement. She will share the stage with her follow graduates and the Interim CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, Cynthia Marshall who was the former Chief Diversity officer for AT&T.

Congratulations to Jodeen and the rest of the Spring 2018 graduating class of Grambling State University.

GSU Spotlights highlights the accomplishments of students, faculty, and alumni successes throughout the GSU Community. To nominate or provide feedback on GSU highlights, contact the Grambling State University Office of University Communications at mediarelations@gram.edu.

 

 

Celebrating 26 Years of Service: Dr. Larry J. Pannell, Director of Bands and Head of GSU’s Music Department


By GSU Media Bureau

Headshot-Pannell-RetirementGrambling State University is proud to celebrate the contributions of Dr. Larry J. Pannell, Director of Bands and Head of the University’s Music Department. For 26 years Dr. Pannell, most known for his leadership of the Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band, has contributed to a long list of accomplishments in Louisiana and across the nation.

“Our band is one of the many iconic student groups that make our school and brand great,” said President Rick Gallot. “That greatness is only possible with committed leadership. Dr. Pannell’s legacy is evidence of his enormous commitment.”

Affectionately known as “Doc,” Dr. Pannell has directly trained more than 5,000 student members of the World Famed Marching Tiger Band. His contributions have helped connect the students and University with some of America’s largest brands including Apple, EA Sports, the National Basketball League (NBA), and the National Football League (NFL). In addition, under the guidance of Dr. Pannell, the Tiger Marching Band has participated in more than 300 national performances with:

  • Apple, Inc.
  • Bayou Classic
  • BET’s Season of the Tiger
  • The Cartoon Network
  • Denver Nuggets NBA
  • Denzel Washington’s “The Great Debaters”
  • “Drumline” – Movie with Twentieth Century Fox
  • “Drum Line” Performed for BET
  • EA Sports Battle of Bands
  • ESPN
  • ESPN’s Docu-Series, “The Battle”
  • Fox Sports Network
  • Good Morning America
  • Kansas City Chiefs NFL
  • MTV
  • Inclusion in the National Museum of African-American History and Culture
  • NBA All Star Games (1994, 2010)
  • NBA Dallas Mavericks
  • Inclusion in NCAA Hall of Champions
  • NFL Dallas Cowboys
  • NFL Houston Texans
  • NFL Jacksonville Jaguars
  • NFL New Orleans Saints
  • NFL Seattle Seahawks
  • President Bill Clinton
  • Presidential Inaugurations – 44th Barack Obama (2009, 2013), 43rd Pres. George Bush (2005)
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Seattle Seahawks NFL
  • Sports Illustrated
  • “Star Wars” (Film)
  • Super Bowl XXXII
  • Tournament of Roses Parade
  • Wheel of Fortune

Dr. Pannell, known for his energy, wit, and passion for musical excellence, summed up his legacy by saying, “May the work I’ve done speak for me.”

“When it comes to band directors, we were blessed to work with Doc,” said Ja’Qualan Keal, former drum major for the Tiger Marching Band from 2016 to 2017.  “He taught us all the value of hard work and to do everything with excellence.”

Thank you, Dr. Larry J. Pannell, for your many contributions and years of hard work.

Grambling State Appoints Interim Band & Music Department Leadership

new-gsu-music-leadership-smallGSU Professor & Asst. Director to Lead During Transition & Search

GRAMBLING, LA — May 09, 2018 –  Today Grambling State University, home of the World Famed Tiger Marching Band, announced that Dr. Edwin Thomas and Dr. Nikole Roebuck will now lead the Tiger Marching Band and Department of Music, respectively.

Dr. Thomas and Dr. Roebuck will follow Dr. Larry J. Pannell as interim leadership. Dr. Pannell will retire on June 30, 2018, after 26 years of service to the University and band.

“Our band is one of the many iconic student groups that helps make our school and brand great,” said President Rick Gallot. “That greatness is only possible with committed leadership.”

Dr. Thomas is an alumnus of Grambling State University, who also received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the American Conservatory of Music, has taught for more than 30 years in addition to his work with the band. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Grambling State in 1978 and was an active member of the band as an undergraduate student. He will continue as an Associate Professor of Engineering Technology in addition to his responsibilities as Interim Head Band Director. Outside of his work with Grambling State, Thomas has served as an expert consultant on home and plant design throughout Louisiana. He is also volunteer advisor for the Louisiana State Department of Economic Development.

Dr. Roebuck is an alumna of Grambling State who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education in 2001 and she is also a former student member of the Tiger Marching Band. Roebuck has taught at the University for more than 11 years and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Assistant Band Director. She will continue in both roles while serving as Interim Head of the Department of Music.

Dr. Roebuck is the first female director of the Grambling State Marching Tiger Band. Her experience outside of GSU includes serving as clinician for regional all city honor bands and national acknowledgement for her research of collegiate band directors and the effects of sound pressure exposure.

“We are fortunate to have a team of great leaders across our university,” said President Gallot. “We are grateful to Dr. Thomas and Dr. Roebuck for their continuing contributions to Grambling State.”

The University will launch a national search for both Head Band Director and Head of the Department of Music later this year.

 

GRAMBLING STATE ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH ADIDAS

Repost from gsutigers.com

adidas_graphics-gsulogo-webGRAMBLING, La. | Grambling State University Athletics and adidas today announced a multi-year partnership in which the Portland, Ore., based company will be the official athletic footwear, apparel and accessory brand of the Tigers through the 2022-2023 season.

“We are extremely thrilled to be embarking on an exciting new partnership with adidas,” Grambling State Director of Athletics Paul A. Bryant said. “Our comprehensive agreement will provide the highest quality look and feel for the highest levels of athletic competition. We are excited to make adidas products available to our student-athletes and have their iconic brand across our department.”

“Our mission is to help athletes perform better and we seek to inspire through our products, our style and in communities. We’re looking forward to partnering with Grambling State Athletics to help them execute their mission to build on their national reputation of winning championships, graduating students and devolving leaders,” said Jim Murphy, director of NCAA Sports Marketing at adidas North America. “We’re excited to be a part of Grambling State’s commitment to providing student-athletes the opportunity to successfully compete at the highest level of NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics and we’ll bring our newest and most innovative high-performance products to the Tigers over the next five years.”

Adidas is a global designer, developer and marketer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to make all athletes better. adidas is the official uniform, footwear and apparel provider for more than 100 collegiate programs including Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Rutgers and Texas A&M. adidas has marketing agreements with the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL), and Major League Soccer (MLS).

CONTACT: Brian Howardhowardb@gram.edu | (318) 274-6414
Sports Information Director, Grambling State University

GSU Spotlight: Mass Communications Student Wins Thomson Reuters/White House Correspondents’ Scholarship

By Jovan Hackley

This year’s White House Correspondents Dinner included stellar representation from GIMG_9203-Taylerrambling State University.

As one of two winners of the Thomson Reuters/White House Correspondents’ Association Trust in Reporting Scholarships, Grambling State graduate student Tayler Davis received an invite and attended this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner.

“The dinner and weekend were amazing. It was amazing to connect with so many people and be in the room with those who have been making media history,” said Tayler Davis who is one of two HBCU students who received the Reuters scholarship. “Being a part of the weekend reassured me that I’m in the right field and has opened doors for me to meet major players at CBS, behind Face the Nation, and I even got the chance to meet Don Lemon.”

Davis, an aspiring television news reporter from Baton Rouge, LA is in her first year of graduate studies in GSU’s Department of Mass Communication. A graduate of Dutchtown High School in Geismar, LA and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Davis hopes to one day become an anchor and White House correspondent and she’s well on her way. She is the first designee for the $7,000 award which is one of several highly competitive scholarship efforts and training programs offered by the news service.

“It is beyond big for Grambling to be a part of this effort,” said Dr. Robbie Morganfield, who teaches graduate courses and serves as head of GSU’s Mass Communication department. 

Morganfield, whose career includes services as a political reporter and editor for several of the nation’s largest newspapers, is launching a Public Affairs Reporting Institute this summer to provide Davis and other students classroom and practical experience.

“We are living in a time when diverse voices and perspectives are more important to the news industry than ever,” Morganfield said. “We have to be players in this very important movement.”

Screen Shot 2018-05-06 at 2.30.32 PMDavis is an active member of National Association of Black Journalists, volunteers at KEDM – North Louisiana’s NPR station, and has served as a moderator for a community town hall forum sponsored by the Grambling Department of Mass Communication and the City of Grambling. While enrolled at ULM, Davis worked as a reporter for the campus-based Hawkeye newspaper and the campus public radio station.

“It’s an incredible honor to see students like Tayler elevating their experience,” said GSU President Rick Gallot. “They are turning class-time into careers. That’s the kind of initiative that ensures our bright legacy continues.”

GSU Spotlights highlights the accomplishments of students, faculty, and alumni successes throughout the GSU Community. To nominate a student or alumni or provide feedback on GSU Spotlights, email the Grambling State University Office of University Communications at mediarelations@gram.edu.