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

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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

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

Follow Grambling State Athletics
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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 

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 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

Grambling State Hires New Chief of Police, Carlos Kelly

Veteran Officer and Safety Researcher to Lead University Police Department

Grambling State University's New Chief of Police, Carlos KellyGRAMBLING, LA — June 12, 2018 – Today, Grambling State University officials announced that Carlos Kelly has been appointed the institution’s new Chief of the University Police Department, taking over for Interim Chief Lieutenant Ruby Jones who will continue with the department.

“It’s an honor to serve a community with such a rich legacy,” said Chief Kelly. “I know first-hand the positive impact effective policing can have on a community and am excited to be a part of the growth at Grambling State.”

A veteran law enforcement professional, Kelly leverage his 21 years of law enforcement experience to help lead and grow ongoing campus safety and community efforts for Grambling State’s more than 5,100 students and community.

Chief Kelly joins the campus of Grambling State after most recently serving as Lieutenant Commander for the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt). In addition to his work with MassArt, Kelly has helped lead policing efforts at Philadelphia Housing Authority Police Department, America’s third-largest housing authority and fifth largest city, and Bucks County Community College.

Kelly’s experience includes serving as an investigator, district commander, emergency manager, and a community relations specialist for localities and campuses in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and now Louisiana.

“We are grateful for the leadership and service of Lieutenant Jones and looking forward to the contributions of Chief Kelly to our growing campus and community,” said GSU President Rick Gallot.

For more information about Grambling State University Police Department and more information about Chief Kelly, please contact or call 318-274-2866.


About Grambling State University

Grambling State University, located in Grambling Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information visit


Grambling State Summer Enrollment Jumps to 1,527

The University’s 10 percent enrollment increase builds on 5-year record & big summer news


GRAMBLING, LA — June 12, 2018 ‑‑ Today, Grambling State University announced that the campus continues to see enrollment growth, with a 10 percent year-over-year jump in enrollment as of its Summer I 2018 certification date.

The University’s certified enrollment report showed 1,527 students enrolled, up from 1,391 students at the close of certification the previous year. The jump follows the University reaching a 5-year enrollment high of 5,188 students for the Fall of 2018.

“We’re excited about this continuous campus growth,” said GSU Provost, Dr. Ellen D. Smiley. “We welcome every new Tiger and are encouraged to see both traditional and non-traditional students leveraging the summer semester to get closer to graduation.”

The summer progress comes just weeks after the University launched a series of key partnerships with Adidas, the New Louisiana Angel Fund 2, and breaking ground on new construction with its intramural center expansion projects. 

“The momentum from the fall and spring is still building,” said GSU’s President Rick Gallot. “Students and faculty alike are using the time to get ahead and really innovate.”

One example of this forward movement is in the University’s Sponsored Programs office, which was recently awarded $2.2 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to grow the University’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programming and enrollments.

In addition to the summer academic activity, the University’s campus is also home to more than 20 summer programs for youth, adults, and incoming students. These programs, which are coordinated by the Office of Continuing Education and Service-Learning,  include popular academic sessions on robotics, student leadership, and technology.

This year’s programs also feature popular GSU hosts Men’s Basketball Coach Donte Jackson, the Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year; big data expert, Dr. Yenumula Reddy; and GSU’s World Famed Tiger Marching Band. 

For more information on summer programs and activities, follow Grambling State University on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


Remembering C.D. Henry – Grambling State Educator, Administrator, & Advocate


C.D. Henry was more than the name on an iconic building at Grambling State University.  

Dr. Charles D. Henry’s tenure as chairman of Grambling State University’s College cd henryof Health, Physical Education and Recreation was one of innovation. It included collaborations with  some of the university’s most legendary coaches and student athletes, including the well-known Fredrick Hobdy and Eddie G. Robinson Sr.  

Dr. Henry led the College from 1958 to 1974 and also serving as executive officer and secretary-statistician for the Southwestern Athletic Conference from 1968-73.   

A native of Conway, Ark., Dr. Henry graduated from Philander Smith College in Little Rock where he became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He went on to receive his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Iowa.    

He began his career in athletic administration at his alma mater as the director of athletics and assistant football coach at Philander Smith, serving for six years before coming to Grambling.  

Under his leadership, Grambling State grew in both athletics and community achievements including hosting the NYSP (National Youth Sports Program), winning the University’s first SWAC Conference Basketball Championship, and the completion and renovations of the Natatorium (formerly known as the Physical Education Annex) that would be later dedicated to Dr. Henry in 1985.   

Dr. Henry’s Grambling State achievements and service fueled his progress to creating a national impact in student athletics. In 1974,  he left Grambling to join the Big Ten Conference, becoming the nation’s first African-American assistant commissioner for any athletic conference.

Throughout his career at the Big Ten, Henry displayed the same zeal as the staff liaison for women’s intercollegiate athletics as he did for assisting in African-American national issues. He was instrumental in preparing the Big Ten for officially instituting women’s competition in 1981-82.  He served as an advocate for historically black colleges and universities on a national level which included serving as the executive secretary for the National Athletic Steering Committee, the athletic policy-making board for all HBCUs.  

In an interview former Big Ten Commissioner Wayne Duke credited Dr. Henry, sharing, ”We were very fortunate to have C.D. Henry on staff, because he had such a wealth of background and a wide range of acquaintances in minority representation throughout the entire country. He was enthusiastic and passionate about improving the opportunities of all student-athletes, not only in the Big Ten, but also on the national front as well.”  

On Dec. 14, 1982, Henry passed away at the age of 59 after a brief illness. Since his passing, he continues to be recognized nationally by the institutions he served. The Big Ten created an internship in his name, which provides training for minorities interested in pursuing a career in intercollegiate athletics.

The Society of Health and Physical Educators established the Charles D. Henry Award in 1984 to recognize contributions of its members to increase the involvement of ethnic minorities in the organization.   

The SWAC honors its highest-achieving men’s athletic program each year with the C.D. Henry Award.  

In addition, at Grambling State University, the school’s natatorium bore his name during its final 23 years of operation.

GSU Spotlight: Two-Term SGA President on Growing Up Grambling & Giving Back

by Nia Rhiana Pressley
Most know two term SGA President, Adarian Williams, as the student who can get anything done with a smile on his face. This GSU Spotlight talks about his struggles growing up without his dad and the triumphs he’s had while growing up Grambling. 

It Wasn’t Always Easy: “Growing up in a single-parent household prepared me. It helped me to look for positivity in all things.”

Two Terms, Two Times: “I served two terms as SGA president in high school and now I’m serving two terms on the collegiate level and wow! I just thought of that, wow!”