Third-year football coach agrees to two-year extension, including incentives for football coaches, staff

Grambling State University head football coach Broderick FobbsGrambling State University head football coach Broderick Fobbs is staying at GSU.

Fobbs, Interim Athletic Director Obadiah Simmons and GSU President Rick Gallot signed an agreement in the president’s office on Thursday (Oct. 20). The coach’s current contract was scheduled to expire in December 2016, and the new agreement extends his services through December 31, 2018. Gallot, who started as president on Aug. 1, said retaining Fobbs was one of his highest priorities.

“As a lifelong Grambling State football fan and as an alum, I know what we have in Coach Fobbs and I was determined to keep him as our coach,” said Gallot.

Coach said he loves his job and he is determined to do all he can to make the football program, athletics and his alma mater successful. “We’ve got something special going on here,” said Fobbs, “and we’re in the early stages of building of another legacy upon the great traditions developed by Coach Eddie Robinson, Prez (RWE) Jones and others. We’ve got a big job to do, and I’m grateful that President Gallot recognizes what our coaches and staff bring to the table.”

The agreement guarantees Fobbs $195,000, the salary he has earned since 2013. Fobbs said he did not want to accept a salary increase since the university is facing significant financial challenges and his coaches cannot receive salary increases at this time. Instead, the agreement is heavy on incentives, guaranteeing Fobbs additional compensation of up to $87,500 for specific goals, including winning the SWAC western division championship, being recognized as SWAC coach of the year, winning the Bayou Classic, winning the SWAC championship, winning the Celebration Bowl matchup between the SWAC and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) football championship teams and if the G-Men are declared the Black College national champions. In addition, Fobbs has an additional incentive to do something he makes a priority already — meeting or exceeding the NCAA benchmarks for Academic Progress Rate (APR). Student-athletes must attend classes, maintain specific grades and GPAs to remain eligible to participate.

In addition, the coach is provided with a salary bonus pool of $95,000 to be divided among his coaches based on specific incentives. For other coaches to be eligible to be considered for some of that money the team must win the SWAC western division, the SWAC championship and the Celebrity Bowl, widely seen as the national HBCU championship between the SWAC and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship teams played in Atlanta on Dec. 17, 2016. It also includes incentives for the football team being recognized as the Black College National Champion, a regular season record above .500 and for meeting or exceeding the NCAA APR benchmarks.

Gallot and Fobbs agreed that the fall negotiations started soon after the president started and continued cordially as the football season got underway and continued. Fobbs said there was no doubt that he wanted things to work out, and that he was far more concerned about the impact on his coaches and staff than any specific amount for himself. “I have an amazing team of coaches and a wonderful staff and we wouldn’t be doing as well as we’re doing without their commitment and dedication to our student-athletes and this program,” said Fobbs. “We’re all in this together, and if I win, they win.”

The agreement with the football coach guarantees that Fobbs will stay at his alma mater through the 2018 season at the Southwestern Athletic Conference school, ensuring that the significantly rejuvenated football program continues its winning tradition on the gridiron, in the classroom and in the community.

Hired in December 2013, Fobbs was charged with strengthening the program under a three-year contract. Since he started, Fobbs has been named the SWAC coach of the year twice, in 2014 and 2015, and he has a 19-8 record overall and a 12-4 record since 2015. His G-Men started the season as a team to watch but were not picked to win the SWAC western division or the conference championship. After a strong 3-0 SWAC start and a 3-1 overall record this season, the team is widely seen as the favorite to win the division and the SWAC championship.

“Coach Fobbs has done an incredible job both on the field and off, and we have to acknowledge, appreciate and support that,” said Gallot.

“There’s no question that Fobbs and our winning football program have been a big part of attracting more attention and more applicants. With 70 percent more applications this year compared to last year this time, that’s phenomenal, and it shows that a winning program has a real impact on recruiting.”

“I’m thrilled that we’ve signed Coach Fobbs for another couple of years. He’s a stellar leader and has done an amazing job with our football program in such a short period of time,” added Simmons. “By all accounts, Coach Fobbs is ahead of schedule relative to program goals.”

Fobbs started his coaching career at a Texas high school before working as a graduate assistant at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with then head coach Jerry Baldwin, now pastor of New Living Word Ministries in Ruston and a member of the university’s athletics director search committee. He coached at Northwestern State from 2002-07 and went to Lake Charles to coach at McNeese State University. He spent a stint at Southern Miss as wide receivers coach before returning to McNeese to coach tight ends for the Cowboys.


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Red River Classic Tickets are on sale now!Shreveport, LA – Tickets to the 2016 Red River State Fair Classic, pitting the Grambling State University (GSU) Tigers against the Alabama State University (ASU) Hornets, are now available for purchase. The game will be held Saturday, November 12 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport. Kickoff time is 2 p.m. Game tickets include free access to the State Fair of Louisiana. General admission tickets are $21, reserved, chair-back seats are $26 and club-level suites are $100. Tickets are available at the following outlets:

  • Shreveport Federal Credit Union (all locations)
  • Office of the State Fair of Louisiana
  • Independence Bowl Foundation Office, Independence Stadium
  • GSU Ticket Office, Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center, Grambling State University
  • Members of the Shreveport Chapter of the Grambling University National Alumni Association (GUNAA)

Youth and special group tickets can be arranged by contacting Joseph Carter at 318-294-0005, or contact Douglas Mosely at 318-349-6761.

Considered a home game for GSU, the Red River State Fair Classic is in its sixth consecutive year and has featured GSU playing such opponents as Texas Southern University, Alcorn State University and Louisiana Tech University.

Sponsored by the City of Shreveport, Caddo Parish Commission, the Shreveport-Bossier Sports
Commission, Shreveport Federal Credit Union and AT&T, the classic weekend features several other entertaining and fundraising events, including a gala on the Friday night before the game and an after party at the El Dorado Casino ballroom hosted by the Shreveport Chapter of the Grambling University National Alumni Association (GUNAA).

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 Newman brings a wealth of development, fundraising success

Marc A. Newman, VP of Institutional Advancement Grambling State University President Rick Gallot has hired Marc A. Newman, an experienced institutional advancement executive, to lead the university’s development and fundraising efforts.

Newman, who is scheduled to start November 1, brings years of experience as a United Negro College Fund and Saint Augustine’s University development leader. His appointment is subject to approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.

“With the unanimous recommendation of the search committee combined with my interview with him, I really knew we had found the right person for the job,” said Gallot.

“I am thrilled to be joining President Gallot and his team,” said Newman. “I have had the great fortune to work with and learn from some of the best in the fields of development and higher education. I look forward to utilizing my experiences to assist the president as he leads the vision to build on the rich history and legacy that is Grambling State University.”

Newman has a track record for identifying critical development needs and executing successful strategies to achieve specific, identifiable business and organizational goals. With UNCF he has been responsible for development campaigns in North Carolina and Virginia, supervising staffs with fundraising, special events and board development. During his 2005-2014 tenure as vice president of institutional advancement at St. Aug, he was responsible for leading a team that saw the institution through a period of significant growth to include increases in alumni and annual giving campaigns, community development, grant acquisition and overseeing the transition of Saint Augustine’s College to Saint Augustine’s University.

“We were impressed with Mr. Newman, his background, his experiences and his vision for taking GSU to the next levels with development and fundraising,” added Helen Godfrey-Smith, a member of the search committee and chair of the Grambling University Foundation. ” We believe he will strengthen President Gallot’s administrative team and improve the position of our university for fundraising success.”

Newman graduated from Chicago State University and a master’s of business administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, 100 Black Men of America and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Newman and his wife, Marjorie, are the parents of three children, Talia (23), Marc (16) and Miles (13). Majorie Newman is a media and communications professor at St. Aug and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.


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John Sibley Butler, Earl Lester Cole Honors College honorary memberJohn Sibley Butler has been inducted into Grambling State University’s Earl Lester Cole Honors College as an honorary member, only the third honorary member in the college’s history.

“He has a great interest in Grambling and we wanted to make sure that he was affiliated and aligned with the university,” said Rory Bedford, director of the university’s service learning program and coordinator of the Sept. 22 convocation at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center where Butler was inducted. “We hope that he will be an ambassador not only for the Honors College but for the university as well.”

Noting how few honorary members the college has, Ellen Smiley, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs said the selections are few, and specific. “You can’t just get in,” she added.

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Butler earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in 1969 after serving in Vietnam.He continued his education at Northwestern University as a Fellow of Social Change and received a doctorate in sociology in 1974. Butler was the founding editor of the National Journal of Sociology, serving as editor for 15 years. In 1988, the University of California at Berkeley sought Butler for a think tank on Testing and American Organizations. Butler has authored several books, published numerous journal articles and he has been recognized with several awards. Butler was one of the distinguished professors selected for the election committee advisory board under former Texas governor George W. Bush in 2000.

Butler became the chair of the Department of Management in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. In 2002, he became the director of the IC2 Institute, where he also held the Herb Kelleher Chair for Entrepreneurship and Business and was the Sam Barshop Research Fellow. Butler served on the board of directors for Morehouse Research Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Langston University National Institute for the Study of Minority Enterprise. In 2006, Butler was appointed by President Bush to the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board, and was reappointed in 2007. Butler currently holds the Gale Chair in Entrepreneurship and Small Business in the Graduate School of Business (Department of Management) at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.

Smiley said the Honors College has inducted two other honorary members; Anthony Cherry, former SGA student senator and retired NFL player, Jason Hatcher. Cherry assisted to draft the bill to get the self-assessed fee for the Honors College along side of the president of the Honors College, Prentiss Smiley. Hatcher induction was based on his contributions to his community, commitment and patronage to the Honors College. The Honors College usually hold honorary inductions into the Honors College in the Fall semester but both Cherry and Hatcher were inducted in February of 2016.

GSU President Rick Gallot said the induction is special, and having Butler talk with university students was important. “We’re looking to meet new friends and expand our circle of friends and we are excited to welcome this new friendship with such an accomplished business man well-connected in so many circles,” he said.

During Butler’s convocation speech he encouraged students to set goals for themselves and put effort towards accomplishing them. He expressed the importance of liberty and what it means to live freely without the bondage of preconceived notions or stereotypes. “Living life and living liberty means that a person should be able to accomplish whatever they visualize,” said Butler.


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President Gallot Names Search Committee for Athletic Director


David Aubrey, Search Committee Chair

David Aubrey, Search Committee Chair

Grambling State University President Rick Gallot has named a search committee to identify the institution’s next permanent athletic director. The thirteen members include alumni, community, faculty and student representatives.

The search ended Friday (Sept. 30), and 24 candidates submitted applications. The committee will meet soon to start the process of considering each applicant and to determine next steps. “I want the best candidate for the job, and I am confident that the committee will recommend a candidate who shares my bold vision for the future of athletics at Grambling State University,” said Gallot.

David Aubrey, a 1995 GSU graduate and state director of external affairs for AT&T Louisiana, is chair of the 13-person committee. The group includes GSU and NBA legend Willis Reed and GSU and NCAA legendary baseball coach Wilbert Ellis. Former GSU and NBA standout Aaron James and GSU and NFL standout Al Dennis will also serve.

Leon Sanders, vice president for finance and administration, joins Bobby Burkes, GSU faculty athletics representative, and GSU Student Government Association President Michael Meadows as campus representatives. Cathy Conwright, a 1981 graduate and vice president of the Dallas Alumni Chapter of the Grambling University National Alumni Association (GUNAA), will also assist with the search.

Community representatives include Jerry Baldwin, pastor of New Living Word Ministries and a former football coach at Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL); Ray Higgins, editor of and a local entrepreneur; Jim Oakes, former athletic director at Louisiana Tech, and Lanie Domier, chair of the kinesiology department at Louisiana Tech.

“We have a strong committee who have great experience and backgrounds in athletics,” said Gallot. “I am confident that the diversity and individual strengths of the members will provide the appropriate vetting of candidates in this process.”

GSU Athletic Director Search Committee 

David Aubrey Committee chair, state director of external affairs, AT&T Louisiana
Lanie Dornier Chair, Kinesiology Department, Louisiana Tech University
Willis Reed Grambling State University alumnus, retired New York Knicks player and NBA executive
Wilbert Ellis Grambling State University alumnus
Ray Higgins Editor, and Grambling entrepreneur
Jim Oakes Former athletic director, Louisiana Tech University
Jerry Baldwin Pastor, New Living Word Ministries, Ruston
Leon Sanders Grambling State University vice president for finance and administration
Cathy Conwright Vice president, Grambling University National Alumni Association Dallas Chapter
Aaron James Former athletic director, Grambling State University
Michael Meadows President, Grambling State University Student Government Association
Bobby Burkes Faculty athletic representative, Grambling State University
Albert Dennis Former athletic director, Grambling State University


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Skyline High sees Gallot, students where Kincade studied and played

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GSU President, Royal Court Visit QB’s SchoolDALLAS — Grambling State University President Rick Gallot and the Royal Court made a special visit to Skyline High School in Dallas. They visited with high school students, encouraging them to go to college and telling them why GSU would be a good college choice.

During their visit, the royal court made a grand entrance, walking through scores of high school students in resplendent dress as some students gawked and others applauded. They went to the senior cafeteria to talk with students considering colleges, hoping to convince them that their choice should be GSU. It’s the same cafeteria where a star GSU football player once ate.

Skyline was DeVante Kincade’s high school, and the place where he became a national high school quarterback sensation. Skyline administrators, coaches and students are happy with the Kincade-Skyline success story, and they remember him fondly. He returned to Dallas this past weekend to play in front of family, friends and thousands of others in the annual State Fair Classic at the Cotton Bowl, leading the GSU G-Men to a 36-16 victory over the Prairie View A&M University Panthers. Kincade was named Offensive Player of the Week by the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Monday, the second week he received the honor.

“He is one of the best athletes to come through Dallas …schools in a long time,” said Carnally McGee, 41, a Skyline defensive coordinator and health teacher from Ardmore, Oklahoma. “He had big dreams coming out of high school … To see him doing the things he’s doing right now is big. It’s big for not only me, but the Skyline community to see him succeeding.”

The Skyline royal court visit was scheduled in advance, but the president’s visit was a surprise. Cathy Wasson-Cartwright, Grambling University National Alumni Association –Dallas Chapter vice president and GUNAA vice president-elect, said it was the first time she recalls a GSU president visiting during a Grambling State high school recruitment visit in Dallas in the 20 years her chapter has been coordinating high school recruitment visits with GSU. “This was a first,” she added.

Kincade was in touch with Gallot soon after the visit, sending the president a text to let him know he had taken notice.

GSU’s starting quarterback graduated from Skyline in 2012 and went to the University of Mississippi to play football. In spring 2015 he transferred from Ole Miss to Grambling State to be closer to his family, especially his mother.

“It was important to go to Skyline number one because our starting quarterback is a graduate of Skyline,” said Gallot. “Not only is he an exceptional athlete but he is a young man of strong and positive character. We want to … recruit other good students with strong character from that magnet school as well.”

The Skyline visit was one of several middle and high school visits by the Royal Court, and Gallot joined the group for three school visits. They visited Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center in Dallas, Skyline High School in Dallas, Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School in Glenn Heights, Texas, and DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas.

GSU student ambassadors visited another three schools in the Dallas area. Roosevelt High School in Dallas Texas, Duncanville high school in Duncanville Texas, Obama Male Leadership Academy in Dallas Texas. Townview Center welcomed Grambling State University with a pep rally. The Big D Marching Band gave a huge welcome to Grambling by performing different songs and chants like Kent Jones’ “Don’t Mind.”

McCowan Middle School students got an early start thinking about college as GSU visited their school gymnasium. Principal Nicholas C. Johnson, a proud Grambling State alumnus, rocked a black GSU T-shirt. “I always represent Grambling. It’s not unusual for me to have a Grambling shirt on,” said Johnson, 46, from Shongaloo, Louisiana.

The second generation alum graduated in 1992, and his wife, Lisa G. Johnson, graduated from GSU in 1990. In his second year as principal at the middle school, he was principal of W.A. Blair Elementary School for seven years of his 23 years in education. He has known Gallot for many years, and the president’s mother, Mildred Gallot, was one of his teachers. “It was a special day,” said Johnson.

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Department of Visual and Performing Arts to present Steal Away


Grambling State University Theatre to present Steal Away, by Ramona King October 11-14,
2016 in the Recital Hall, located in the Conrad Hutchinson Performing Arts Center.

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Grambling State University is pleased to
announce its 2016-2017 season opener, Steal Away by Ramona King. Set in the 1930s of
Chicago, the five matriarch members of the Negro Women’s Organization for Youth are
“running out of dough” and need to find other ways to help support young African American
females receive a college education. With the depression on the rise, patrons are not
purchasing the baked goods the ladies are selling to raise funds. Tracy Ada, a recent college
graduate and recipient of the NWOY funds, has conjured up a plan to take possession of what is
owed to these ladies and their organization. With guns and bags in hand and the ground plan
of The Chicago Savings and Loan Bank memorized, the ladies set out to take what is rightfully

Directed by Karl V. Norman, the cast includes Aaliyah Robinson as Tracy Ada Kyzer, Erika
Goode-Perry as Stella Margaret Kyzer, Taylor Humes as Sudy Atkinson, Jasmyn Curry as Rinita
Ruth, Payton Warren as Jade Long and Jhanae Okain as Blulah Daniels.

Performances dates are October 11-14, 2016 and the show begins at 7pm. Tickets are $1 for
children 12 years and younger, $3 for students 13 and older and $5 for general admission.
Grambling State students get in free with their student ID (must obtain a ticket at the box
office). The box office will open forty-five minutes before performance time. For more
information or group reservations, please call Mary F. Crook at 274-2892.

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GSU Band Honors Retired Band Director

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GSU Band Honors Retired SU Band DirectorLawrence Jackson led the creative and powerful sound of the Southern University Human Jukebox for 38 years as director of bands. Cranking the Human Jukebox volume up during the 2013 Super Bowl and the 2015 introduction of boxer Floyd Mayweather in the MGM Grand Arena of Las Vegas for “The Fight of The Century,” Jackson established a pattern of discipline and commitment that made the SU band what it has become today.

An unusual thing happened Saturday night as the Grambling State University World Famed Tiger Marching Band welcomed Jackson as an honorary band director.

At Saturday night’s (Sept. 24) against Alcorn State University, another institution with a legendary band history, Larry Pannell, Grambling State University’s director of bands, honored and inducted Jackson, his longtime friend and band and music rival, into the World Famed Band as an honorary band director.

“This is classy,” Jackson said moments after leaving the football field induction ceremony. “This is one classy institution.”

Jackson’s brother, Larry (sp????) Jackson, a 1971-75 World Famed member, presented the retired SU band director Jackson his honorary black and gold GSU band jacket.  He also received a Grambling blanket, hat and a ring. An 8×10 photo of Jackson will be placed in the Conrad Hutchison Performing Arts Center museum along with a summary about Jackson’s historic tenure at Southern.

The two band directors may have battled during football games and the annual Battle of the Bands the night before the Bayou Classic in the Superdome each November, but, off the field, they have been friends for more than two decades.

“I felt truly blessed to have had the legendary World Famed Grambling State Tiger Marching Band see fit somebody from the Human Jukebox marching band as an honorary band director,” Jackson said in an interview. “After all, the World Famed had a lot of firsts.  They were first to be chosen to do a halftime show at the first Super Bowl ever, first HBCU band I know to play on live television with the great Dr. Conrad Hutchinson, because the Grambling Tigers were hard at work in the sixties. So I was truly honored to be recognized.”

Larry (sp???) Jackson, who lives in Dallas, Texas, said he would not have missed his brother’s special moment.

“My brother is a remarkable person because he went to Grambling, played with the Tiger band, traveled the world,” said the former Southern band director. “He was so glad I was able to come to his university … For him to put the Tiger jacket on me I think was more special to him than anything else. I was honored but he had joy and excitement in his eyes. He was so enthused that his brother would put on the same jacket he wore for years.”

Jackson and Pannell first met in 1990 at the Bayou Classic in New Orleans when both were assistant band directors at their respective schools. Throughout the years the frenemies discussed much more than music: students, academic success, preventing undercover initiations as they handled hazing and students lacking finances.

Pannell and Jackson worked together to discuss how to put on a great Battle of the Bands show and great halftime performances that were nationally televised. The two would call each other and pray on for a good show. They would pray that they would please their fan bases the most since it can be hard enough to please their own fans, praying that Southern fans would enjoy the Southern Band and that Grambling fans would enjoy Grambling’s band.

Pannell knows he was doing something different, something special for someone from a historic enemy school, but he said friendships, relationships and professionalism much top what’s done on the field and in the streets.

“It was a great honor to honor Jackson,” Pannell said. “A lot of the time when we do your work, at the end of your career you’re forgotten.

“What we try to do is honor those who have done a lot for music education, and for students who leave the band and not just to be musicians but to be successful citizens for our country – and Lawrence Jackson meets those qualities.”

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eBay’s Black says HBCUs must develop practical, hands-on learning experiences and provide networking opportunities

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Tiffany Black’s first experience at an historically black college university (HBCU) was on the Grambling State University campus. Ebay’s head of global influencer content marketing toured the campus, visited the Eddie G. Robinson Museum and attended the Miss Grambling State University.

During a Friday (Sept. 16) breakfast hosted by GSU President Rick Gallot, Black, shared a wealth of journalistic, marketing, social media insights with students. Black talked and allowed student to ask questions about her career and the opportunities, and challenges, for HBCU students at tech companies in the Silicon Valley.

Black told a group of GSU students that too many HBCU students gaining “text book” educations without the hands-on experience and corporate networking that often matters.  “HBCU students learn and understand practicums and theories but have trouble applying those theories and problem solving issues” sometimes, she said. “In addition, HBCUs have to reestablish pipelines with tech companies in Atlanta, New York and California. Gaining a pipeline allows opportunities such as meeting with employees from Apple, eBay, Google, and Facebook.”

A longtime “ride or die” east coast soul, Black has lived in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Pennsylvania so California is different for her, culturally and professionally.  Growing up in Harlem, Black said she was culturally exposed to Jamaicans, Puerto Ricans, Haitians and other diverse ethnicities and races. In California, she said, diversity means something different on a daily basis, including a diversity of thinking, ideas, gender, gays and lesbians. Plus, she added, San Francisco Bay area companies “definitely interview differently.”

“At Google they’re looking for Googly people but won’t define what Googly means,” she said. “At eBay I was challenged with making a power point presentation with eight slides or less. At this point I’m working in marketing, normally for presentations our slides decks would be 50 slides or more. It was very challenging.”

Black encouraged the GSU students to consider geography but to choose jobs and opportunities across the nation and the world. “Go where the best opportunity is for you,” said Black, who travels with eBay across the United States, London and Germany regularly. “Whether it’s in California, London, New York wherever it is, go for the opportunity first and then seek the community” you need and want to be a part of.”

Black knows there is a great deal of diversity growth opportunity, and she is determined to see others come behind her to help improve staff diversity and company impact. In 2014, when Black joined eBay, she was disappointed to learn that she was one of only 50 full-time African American eBay employees –out of 30,000 employees nationwide. To help the few African American employees encourage and support each other, there was an affinity group, the African American Employee Network (AAEN), since renamed Black Employees at eBay (BEE).

The business and mass communication majors attending the special event learned a lot from Black. Harrington Harris, 20, a junior mass communication major from Phoenix, said “the biggest thing she spoke about was coming into companies and knowing how to do stuff, not being textbook savvy, having hands-on experiences …”

During her visit, Black was constantly on social media talking about her GSU experiences, even using the now popular hashtag #WhyNotGrambling. She was showered with Grambling State gifts and she said she felt quite welcome, especially since she graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She was told she’s now GramFam.

Gallot thanked Black as Taylor Stewart, Grambling State Miss Cover Girl, pinned the a GSU lapel pin on her dress. “Our motto here is, “Where everybody is somebody” and you are somebody here,” the president told her. “The fact you would take time out of your global schedule to be here with us is incredibly important.”


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Jeremy M. Martin, Chief of Staff for the Assistant Secretary of Defense office, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., was recently presented his ROTC National Hall of Fame certificate and medal, by the Honorable Patrick Murphy, Under Secretary of the United States Army.

Grambling State University graduate and former ROTC Cadet Jeremy M. Martin has been inducted in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) National Hall of Fame. Martin, a retired U.S. Army colonel, was one of more than 300 to receive a certificate and medal at the 100th anniversary ceremony for the Army ROTC.

“I am trying to build our network of ROTC graduates form Grambling,” said Lt. Col. Denise A. Moultrie, a professor of military science for the GSU ROTC Tiger Student Battalion who nominated Martin for the honor. “It was the first time that a candidate from Grambling had been selected.”

Martin serves as the principal staff assistant and adviser to the secretary and deputy secretary of defense for communications, news media relations, public outreach, engagement, public affairs and visual information. Prior to his appointment into senior executive service, Martin served for 30 years in the Army. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal.
Martin, a Louisiana native, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Grambling State. He holds a master’s degree in human resources development from Webster University and a master’s of strategic studies (MSS) degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course; Military Intelligence Officers Advance Course; Joint Forces Staff College; Public Affairs Officers Course; United States Army War College, and the Department of the Army Senior Leader Seminar.

A few of the notable ROTC Hall of Famers include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito (Princeton), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former Secretary of State Colin Powell (City College of New York) and NFL legend Jim Brown (Syracuse).

Martin was pleased to be in the special group. “I was happy to be selected to represent Grambling State University,” he said.


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