Grambling, LA - Grambling State University (GSU) was invited to participate in the NASA MUREP (Minority University Research and Education Project) Educator Institute that was held June 6-10, 2016 at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Participants from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction were: Ginger Abney, La Sadie Dixon, Asia Scott, and Danyelle Cober. Dr. Loretta Walton Jaggers, Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, served as the faculty sponsor.
The teacher candidates and the faculty sponsor participated in a series of activities that served as an introduction to the on-site experiences at Stennis. The Grambling team also viewed and discussed various webinars and videos that were presented by NASA Specialists, and interacted with NASA specialists regarding the design, implementation, and submission of final culminating projects.
The team had opportunities to develop and implement lesson plans based on NASA concepts that were presented at the Institute. As a result of participating in the NASA Educator Institute at Stennis, Grambling State was presented the plaque, “NASA MSI (Minority Serving Institution) Emerging Stars Network 2016 Institutional Member”.
According to NASA, “the primary goal of this institute is to utilize NASA’s unique assets, resources and Subject Matter Experts to provide high-quality learning experiences for undergraduate and alternative route STEM pre-service educators.”
The diverse, highly interactive program activities at Stennis Space Center involved the use of NASA Education resources, and “best practices” instructional strategies that related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) concepts. Multiple experiences were also provided to minute an increased understanding of “human space exploration”.
According to Dr. Jaggers. “The NASA Educator Institute at Stennis Space Center was an excellent and a rewarding experience for all participants involved. The teacher candidates had diverse opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills about various resources and strategies for developing STEM concepts in the PK-12 classrooms.”
Grambling, LA - On Monday, July 18, 2016, the Delta Regional Authority selected Grambling State University as one of six Historically Black Universities to be a part of their HBCU Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative. Interested HBCU’s submitted an application to the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) for competitive review. The application process required each university to address previous work in developing and supporting entrepreneurs, a vision for expanding these efforts and the identification of community partners. Interim Vice President of Advancement, Mr. Otto Meyers, assembled a team to develop the application. The writing team consisted of Advancement staff, STEM and Business faculty. Members of the writing team included Mr. Otto Meyers, Mr. Talmon Butler, Dr. Erick Valentine, Dr. John Nwoha, Dr. Donald White, Dr. Ben Nwokolo, and Dr. Danny Hubbard. The Interim Director of Sponsored Programs, Dr. Connie Walton, led the writing efforts.
According to Meyers, the ultimate goal of this initiative is to improve the job opportunities available in the Delta Region. This region of the United States has approximately 10 million residents and consists of parishes and counties in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.
The GSU vision for expanding its entrepreneurial focus includes providing training that targets all students. Additionally, specific training will be provided for those aspiring entrepreneurs that have technology-related business ideas. These ideas may include the development of Apps.
Mr. Leon Sanders, Interim Chief of Operations and Vice President for Finance and Administration stated, “We are excited that Grambling State University was selected to be a part of this initiative. Since 1901, Grambling State University has partnered with agencies to equip students with skills that will impact communities in a positive manner. This program supports the expansion of the University’s entrepreneurial footprint and expansion of the training provided to students.”
Grambling State University will receive funds to host a two-day technical assistance, rapid acceleration workshop during year one. This workshop will focus on areas that are vital to establishing and maintaining a successful business.
For additional information regarding this program, please access the official press release at http://dra.gov/newsroom/press-release/news-six-hbcus-to-expand-entrepreneurship-programming-for-minority-students/.
Grambling, LA - Grambling State University (GSU) passed the Louisiana Granting Resources and Autonomy for Resources for Diplomas (GRAD) Act a second time with a score of 100 percent in all four standards for FY 2014/2015 (Year 5) and FY 2015/2016 (Year 6).
Grambling State University is monitored annually by the Board of Regents in regards to our progress in meeting the performance objectives of the Louisiana Granting Resources and Autonomy for Resources for Diplomas Act (LA Grad Act) for Year 6. “We are proud that our institution was able to achieve successful attainment of the student success objective to retain tuition authority and performance funding”, said Patricia J. Hutcherson, Executive Director of Enrollment Management/University Registrar.
Hutcherson explains that the GRAD Act became law in 2010. It gives higher education institutions increased autonomy and tuition flexibility in exchange for their commitment to statewide performance goals. The four standards are Student Success, Articulation and Transfer, Workforce and Economic Development, and Institutional Efficiency and Accountability. Passage of a performance objective requires a minimum overall score of 80%. Year 6 marks the final year of the GRAD Act performance accountability process and related legislative data audits.
In 2010, the Louisiana Legislature enacted the GRAD Act, which provides for six-year performance agreements between the Louisiana Board of Regents and Louisiana public postsecondary education systems and institutions with the goal of increasing accountability and performance among the participating institutions in exchange for increased tuition authority and operational autonomies,
The GRAD Act requires the Louisiana Board of Regents to annually review, monitor and report to the legislature and the governor each participating institution’s progress in meeting the four performance objectives of the GRAD Act.
Dr. Janet A. Guyden, interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs explains that the 100 percent pass rate lays a strong foundation of information that documents outcomes in key areas such as admissions, cohort baseline data, retention from first to second year and beyond, progression to upper division areas, and graduation rates. The LA GRAD Act information captures best practices for higher education institutions, like Grambling State, that speak to their viability and documents outcomes that support institutional goals and objectives. The LA GRAD Act has ended but the template of information is valuable and can be used as a baseline into our future.
Additional information on the GRAD Act is available at the Louisiana Hoard of Regents website at http://www.regents.la.gov/page/grad-act
Contributing Writer – Dr. Lizzie White
GUNAA-Ruston Chapter hosts 5th Annual Scholarship Gala that honored Baseball’s Ralph Garr, Scholarship Recipients and Leadership Donors
Ralph Garr, Major League Baseball Legend, was guest of honor and keynote speaker for the 5th Annual Scholarship Gala sponsored by the Ruston Chapter of Grambling University National Alumni Association. This black-tie event was held Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Black and Gold room on the campus of Grambling State University. There were approximately 150 in attendance. The theme for this years’ event was “Sowing Seeds for Scholars.” In keeping with the theme, the chapter presented GSU President Dr. Willie D. Larkin with a check in the amount of $20,000 to increase the Chapter’s Endowed Scholarship which was established two years ago.
Garr, a Ruston native, was honored for his exemplary character as a big name sports icon, and for his generosity in giving his time and lending his name to numerous charities. He was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 1985, the Grambling State University Hall of Fame in 1991, the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame in 2006, the International League Hall of Fame in 2008, Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Ark-La-Tex Museum of Championships in 2014.
As part of the chapter’s celebrating his outstanding achievement, Ralph Garr was presented with several citations including a United States Flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol and a proclamation, both from U.S. Congressman Ralph Abraham, a proclamation from each, La State Rep. Patrick Jefferson, Grambling Mayor Edward Jones, Ruston Mayor Ronnie Walker, and Grambling State University President Dr. Willie D. Larkin. To help celebrate his achievements, Garr had friends to travel all the way from Atlanta, GA and Houston, TX.
His accomplishments earned mention in Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd” right around the time he was being drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 3 rd Round of the 1967 Major League Baseball Draft.
Garr and his wife have one son and three daughters. His son, like his father, is a baseball scout for the St. Louis Cardinals. Garr currently serves as a scout for the Atlanta Braves.
The annual gala also focused on two scholarship recipients and six Ruston Chapter members who were honored as Leadership Donors. The scholarship recipients were Jessica Clinton, a 2016 graduate of Ruston High School with a 3.2. GPA and Alianndra Williams, a 2016 graduate of Ruston High School with a 3.8 GPA.
The Leadership Donors were chapter members who gave $1,000 or more to the Gala’s Fundraising campaign. Each of these has participated as leadership donors in the past.
Thoughts of Some Donors
Grey Ludley, Law Enforcement Sergeant, LSU Health Science Center, Monroe, La.
I have been a supporter of Grambling State University for many years and in a number of capacities from being a Police Officer for the University for 11+ years to serving in many other university-related activities. I have been a season ticket holder for GSU Football in addition to giving to the KGRM Radiothon each year. However, my experience as being a leadership donor as well as an active member of Ruston Chapter of Grambling University National Alumni Association, Inc. by far has been the most rewarding experience to date. By being able to help some deserving student further their education at Grambling is what it is all about. The Bible tells us in Psalm 37:3 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed”. I feel that it is my duty and obligation to help feed the mind of some young person because someone that came before me fed me as well. GOD bless Dear Ole Grambling.
Michelle Wright, Executive Director, Lincoln Council on Aging
By awarding scholarships to the University, it helps to insure that there is a future GSU. Throughout life, we have some good days and some great days. As individual donors, we are helping GSU through its good days, so it can get back to its great days.
Ethel Drayton, Elementary Teacher, Jackson Parish School District
Giving back to GSU is a way of expressing my gratitude and love for my alma mater. It’s also rewarding to know that I have played a part in assisting others with furthering their education.
Patricia Hutcherson, University Registrar, Grambling State University and Executive Director of Enrollment Management
I count it a blessing to be a three-year leadership donor for the GUNAA Ruston Chapter, Inc. and always embrace the opportunity to give back to my alma mater. The scholarship will be a legacy and assist so many students who are in need of gap funding to successfully complete their degree programs. I have already committed for the next chapter giving opportunity. It’s all about giving back!!
Ida Alexander, Retired Teacher, New Orleans School District and H&R Block 8-years Tax Pro
GSU was a very important part of my life as an educator. As a leadership donor, I wanted to ensure that this university continues to offer this opportunity to others by “Sowing Seeds for Scholars.”
Dr. Lizzie White, GUNAA-Ruston Alumni Chapter President and Retired English Professor, Louisiana Tech University
In my opinion, the Gala was absolutely remarkable, something every community should have from time to time. The mission of our Scholarship Gala is to honor those in the community that have worked so hard in making a positive difference in the lives of young people. Our scholarships are awarded to need-based students as a means of assisting them in their quest to realize their dreams. When I reflect on my alma mater and what it means to me, I always wonder what my life would be like had it not been for Grambling College. As a leadership donor, I feel honored to be able to give back so that the next generation of young people may have an opportunity, like I did, to follow their dreams.
To date, the GUNAA-Ruston Alumni Chapter has donated $70,000.00. Proceeds from the Scholarship Gala go towards the Coach James Wicks Duncan, Sr. Endowment Scholarship created by the chapter, which supports students at Grambling State University.
Following the resignation of Grambling State University’s president, the University of Louisiana System has named GSU’s vice president of finance and administration, Leon Sanders, as the person in charge of handling operations beginning July 1. Mr. Sanders will coordinate with the System on all personnel, academic and financial decisions.
The Board, already scheduled to hold a special meeting in Baton Rouge on July 26 to interview UL System president finalists, will also discuss the selection of Grambling’s next president.
“Grambling State University has experienced an unusual number of leadership changes the past 25 years and the System office, in coordination with the Board, is working with urgency to secure the right leader for this exceptional institution,” Interim UL System President Dan Reneau said.
More information on the application process is posted atULSystem.edu/GramblingSearch.
Dr. 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!”
“GSU honors the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. E. Edward Jones, 1931 – 2016. He will be sorely missed”.
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
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
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
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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.
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.