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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 | (318) 274-6414
Sports Information Director, Grambling State University


By GSU Media Bureau





Two Texas-based African-American mass communication professionals will deliver lectures and provide master classes as part of Grambling State University’s historic Cleo Fields Lecture Series “Why Our Voices Matter” on February 22 and March 15.

James T. Campbell, Senior Manager of Communication and Media for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas, and Nicole Cross, news anchor and health correspondent for KVUE-TV (ABC) in Austin, will talk with students, community members, and classes on the importance of the African-American Voice in today’s changing environment.

The Cleo Fields Lecture Series is named for the historic Louisiana icon, a lawyer who at age 24, became the youngest elected state senator in Louisiana’s history.

Lecture Series Events

Lecture: James Campbell of Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Thursday, February 22 at 11 a.m.
Washington-Johnson Complex, Room 100

Master Class: James Campbell of Blue Cross/Blue Shield
(Exclusive for Students in Mass Communications)
Thursday, February 22 at 1 p.m.
Washington-Johnson Complex, Room 100

Lecture: Nicole Cross of ABC Affiliate KVUE-TV, Austin
March 15 at 11 a.m.
Grambling Hall Auditorium

Master Class: Nicole Cross of ABC Affiliate KVUE-TV, Austin
(Exclusive for Students in Mass Communications)
March 15 at 1 p.m.
Washington-Johnson Complex, Room 100.

The series planning and moderation are headed up by Dr. Robbie Morganfield, head of Grambling State’s Department of Mass Communication and the Cleo Fields Endowed Professor in Mass Communication.

“Our students need to know that they are necessary parts of a puzzle that serve to make this nation great because out of many voices, we become one,” said Dr. Morganfield. “That does not mean we are uniformed; it means we are united in our purpose and identity as a free nation that is richer because of its diversity.”

The series is one of a number of events in GSU’s Department of Mass Communication that is designed to educate students and connect them with real life professionals and experience.

“Nothing beats face-time with real pros who are in the field now doing what students aspire to do,” he said. “Our students can be sponges and soak up knowledge and wisdom from individuals who know their fields and have the accolades to prove it.”

Students interested in Master Classes can register on-site.

For more information on the lecture series and events, please contact Dr. Robbie Morganfield at 318-274-2403 or

About Lecturer James Campbell of Blue Cross/Blue Shield
An award-winning newspaper journalist, Campbell will offer students a perspective on the role that they can play in strategic communication and news media careers and how experience in one media format can often open doors in another. After leaving the Houston Chronicle, Campbell went on to become senior vice president at Fleishman Hillard, Inc., one of the largest international public relations firms in the world.

About Lecturer Nicole Cross of ABC Affiliate KVUE
Cross, formerly an anchor and reporter with KNOE-TV in Monroe and KTBS-TV in Shreveport, is an award-winning journalist who served as evening news anchor and talk show host. As a journalist, and certified mental health expert with more than 15 years of counseling experience, she has worked to cover health-related issues both on- and off-air. In the past, Cross also served as spokesperson for Bishop T. D. Jakes, lead pastor of the Potter’s House Church in Dallas, one of the nation’s largest church congregations.




By GSU Media Bureau

Coca-Cola United’s “Pay It Forward” internship and scholarship contest is open, and two lucky Grambling State University students will win. SnipImage

The company is offering $1,000 scholarships and week-long training opportunities to students from a 16 historically black colleges and universities in the southern United States where the company operates. Students selected for the prestigious program will participate in a weeklong internship at a Coca-Cola UNITED facility in Baton Rouge or New Orleans. GSU and other students selected will be exposed to a range of company roles available at Coca-Cola UNITED, including operations management, sales, marketing, public relations, human resources and accounting. The all-expenses training includes housing, meals and transportation.

The contest is open to students who are 18 years old or older, enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at one of the participating HBCUs. This Internship is open to students of all majors. Applicants have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Students can apply February 1 through March 30. Grambling State students are encouraged to visit the university’s Career Services Office or the institutional advancement office to find out more.

In addition to Grambling State University, participating schools include Alabama State University, Miles College, Stillman College, Talladega College, Tuskegee University, Southern University, Xavier University, Alcorn State University, Dillard University, Clark-Atlanta University, Fort Valley State University, Savannah State University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Albany State University.

For the past two years, 10 students representing five HBCUs in Alabama were chosen to participate. The company expanded the program for 2018 to include schools throughout the seven-state footprint where Coca-Cola UNITED does business.

For more information on the annual “Pay it Forward” student opportunity, visit

Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc., founded in 1902 and headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is the largest privately held Coca-Cola bottler in North America and the third largest bottler of Coca-Cola products in the U.S. Among the franchises operated by UNITED include Chattanooga, the world’s first Coca-Cola bottler, and Atlanta, headquarters of the worldwide Coca-Cola system. United has approximately 10,000 associates located in 54 sales and distribution territories, and nine production facilities, across seven southeastern states.




By Stephanie Lindsey/GSU Media Bureau

Perry and Monica Jones found their perfect match at Grambling State University, and now they’re using corporate matching gifts to support the university that launched their relationship and their careers. MonicaPerryJonesCelebrationBowlDec2018

Perry Jones, a Chicago, Illinois, native, and Monica Jones, originally from Mobile, Alabama, both came to Grambling in 1980. She was a marketing and information systems major and graduated in 1983. He majored in industrial technology and automotive, and received his degree in 1984.

“Grambling was an amazing experience for both us. It truly was the place ‘Where everybody is somebody.’ You just felt how invested the faculty and administration were in you personally. We came into our own at Grambling and made lifelong friends,” Perry Jones said.

He is the senior vice president for North America, Manufacturing and Distillation – Diageo and she is director of Enterprise Sourcing for Cox Enterprises Inc. They have residences in Atlanta, Georgia and Naperville, Illinois.

 Giving back to the university that gave so much to them has always been a goal for the Joneses. “We have been blessed in our life together after Grambling and because of that we want to see that tradition continue with the next generation,” he said.

In 2009, the Joneses committed to raising $100,000 for Grambling.  Currently, they are over 50 percent of that goal with over $60,000 raised. 

“Due to some of the changes at Grambling over the years, we pressed pause on that commitment. However, we were re-energized with the creation of the Center for Professional Development under Otto Meyers and the outreach by Marc Newman after the installation of President Gallot. We have all the confidence in Rick and Marc’s leadership,” he said.

“It was the gift from Monica and Perry Jones that really jumpstarted my understanding of the power and potential of fundraising at GSU and among the Grambling community. Their generosity came at a pivotal time for me. I was new to Grambling. Their personal support of me and my department’s success is greatly appreciated,” said Marc Newman, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Grambling.

Much of the Joneses’ success in giving back has been through maximizing corporate matching gifts.

“I’ve utilized company match where my company has matched my personal donations. It’s a way to get more money to your chosen charity,” he said.

“The Joneses’ utilization of workplace giving is an example of how powerful the matching of giving amounts can be,” said Newman.

For more information on workplace giving or to make a gift to Grambling State University visit




Potential Tigers and their parents flocked to Grambling State University from all over the country. Although residents of Louisiana and Texas were the majority, guests from California, Florida, Illinois and Oregon witnessed the GRAMFAM in action. Hundreds attend Spring 2018 High School Day at Grambling State University.

Aysha Kemp, 17, a senior from Palm Harbor, Florida, came with the hopes of following in her sister’s footsteps. “My sister went to an HBCU, so I wanted to go to one. She went to Alabama A&M.”

Others, like Brieana Fields, 17, from Houston, were visiting Grambling for a second time. She liked GSU before, so Saturday’s visit was to determine whether the school remains her school of choice after an earlier visit.

“The first time I came I felt home,” she recalled. “Everyone was nice and friendly.”

Kemp and Fields were among more than 850 participants, counselors, parents and alumni registered for the black and gold “Stomp the Yard” experience. It was a record attendance number for a spring High School Day. Of that number, 257 students pre-registered and another 342 students registered on site.

High School Day Browsing Black and Gold“Spring high school day has never looked this good or been this big,” Grambling State University President Rick Gallot exclaimed with enthusiasm. The president greeted visitors with warm welcomes, and he teased the crowd in the T.H. Harris Auditorium with a Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity stroll, and a red and white cane.

The day included campus tours led by student ambassadors. Current GSU students mixed with visitors in the auditorium, in the Black and Gold Room for academic program and student group browsing and lunch in the McCall Dining Hall, creating one of the
 liveliest environments at recent high school days.High School Day students with GSU Clothing at the Bookstore.

The “Stomp the Yard” event hosted by MC Fiji and DJ Twinz turned everyone into a hype crowd of gold and black in the auditorium. Participants were amazed by the World Famed Tiger Marching Band, bobbing to their performance of ‘Bodak Yellow’ by Cardi B, and rocking to the GSU anthem. Rapper Whop Bezzy, a Baton Rouge native, shocked everyone when he appeared onstage to his song “You Know I Ain’t Scared.”

High School Day students pose for photo in the Favrot Student Union Atrium.DeVaria Hudson, GSU’s director of admissions, coordinated the day’s big event with assistance from the admissions and recruiting team. Ms. Dee, as she’s known to students, arrived in Grambling in April 2017 after a stint at Nova Southeast University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The record-breaking turnout gave Hudson a lot to celebrate. She said student ambassadors were an important part of the success.

Referred to as the heart of admissions, student ambassadors lead visitors as student representatives offering a student-focused experience. Sophomore R’Reon Robinson, 20, a transfer student from Los Angeles, California, and a business management and history major, always wanted to go to an HBCU. She became an ambassador when a friend suggested it as something helpful she could do. She liked the idea of presenting a “student’s face instead of an administrator’s.” Miss GSU Royal Court poses for photo.

This year’s Spring 2018 high school day Robinson’s first big event, and she was pleased with the energy. “I feel like we showed them the best of our campus,” she said.

The next GSU High School Day is scheduled for Sept. 22.

Miniya Shabazz contributed to this report.




When the 64th Miss Grambling State University answered the question, “What does it means to be an American?” for, The Washington Post, she had no idea she would receive so much attention. IMG_1592

In mid-January, Post photojournalist Bonnie Jo Mount sent Jimmitriv Roberson a link to a photo-focused news feature about what unites Americans in a divided nation. Roberson was offered the opportunity by Will Sutton, the GSU director of communications, who received a call from Mount, a former newspaper and teaching colleague.

The Washington Post chose two people from each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., totaling 102 participants. Seven Post photographers traveled across the U.S.A. to conduct the interviews and photo shoots to make this project happen. The second Louisiana person chosen lives in West Monroe, Louisiana.

Once Roberson, the university and others started sharing the link, Roberson started hearing from family, friends and others and she’s been elated since. She had a lot to say, though only a small part of her interview was used.

“I felt that the only thing we have in common as Americans is to be free… Religion is one of the biggest things that separates us because there are so many types of religions such as Christianity, Buddhism, Muslim…,” said Roberson, a senior biology major from Arcadia, Louisiana who attended Arcadia High School.

After conferring with Mount, Sutton told Roberson she could be Jimmi or Miss Grambling for the photo shoot, and she thought what better way to represent the university than to represent as Miss Grambling. She put on a nice outfit, sash and crown and. showed up for an 8 a.m. photo shoot in front of Brown Hall on Oct. 2. They took around 500 pictures.

Grambling State SGA President Adarian Williams is happy that Roberson got this national attention from the Washington Post, and he loves the energy it is bringing Roberson and the school. He called it a “marvelous achievement.”

“Jimmi is the type of queen we’re all so proud …I am just so proud of her,” he said. IMG_1556

Roberson said she recognizes that this is bigger than herself and she is grateful for this opportunity. She said she does back-to-back interviews frequently as Miss Grambling but didn’t know it would blow up to this magnitude. She has an electronic version of the “What Unites Us?” feature and she plans to print it, frame it and keep it as a keepsake.

Her high basketball coach found out about Roberson’s accomplishment when she posted the article on social media.

“I feel like it’s a major accomplishment for a young lady that is very deserving… she’s unique in a special way and she really deserves everything that comes to her…it’s remarkable,” said Coach DeAndre Alexander, the girls’ basketball coach at Arcadia High School.

“There are so many positive emotions that I feel. I feel really good that I was able to not only represent myself but my peers, my family, my community and, of course, the university and even the state of Louisiana …,” said Roberson, 21.

“At first I was shocked, and I still am, because it’s something that’s really big being that this is a news outlet that’s very well-known and people don’t just make it to the Washington Post every day,” added Roberson. “People are very proud of me and I’m continuing to remain humble…”





Grambling State University is starting a major reconstruction project, restoring several campus buildings to more extensive use as a part of a $2 million effort. BowlingAlleyLEWIS.DSC_2816 copy

Like a number of individuals and businesses in northern Louisiana, Grambling State University suffered a lot of building damage during a March 2016 flood. Several days of heavy rain brought more than 25 inches of rain to the area, including 20.66 inches at the Monroe Regional Airport, between March 8-11. Scores of people were displaced, and many businesses and homes were damaged, some permanently.

At Grambling State University, five buildings — Charles P. Adams, Woodson Hall, T.H. Harris Auditorium, the Favrot Student Union and the men’s memorial gymnasium – were damaged during the downpours. All will get facelifts.

WoodsonHallLEWIS.copy“This single bid construction project will give our students, faculty and staff more of the campus facilities they deserve,” said GSU President Rick Gallot. “Our campus suffered significant damage as others did. It took some time to go through the processes, but we did what we had to do to get to this point.”

GSU Facilities Director Frederick Carr said once the purchase of building construction materials and supplies is completed and the project starts it will take about 300 days to finish all of the work. His goal is to see the work start as early as March of this year so the project can be finished by spring 2019.

The project, which went through a public bid and contract review process in December, was awarded to J.S. Rugg Construction Inc. It will include dry wall replacement, painting, floor and door replacements and repair, electrical fixes, new desk and chairs, plumbing updates and some equipment replacement. In addition, the men’s gym, where a number of student activities and events are scheduled, will get a new transformer and electrical control room repairs. A popular student feature, the eight-lane alley on the first floor of the student union, will be repaired and reopened once the construction is completed.GSUMen'sGymOutside

Carr said some faculty have had to live a “nomad life” since the rain storms, moving from building to building and office to office, complicating consistency and communication among faculty and students and having an impact on classroom instruction. He said a couple of parking lots were damaged so much they haven’t been used since the storm. AdamsHallJan252018HAMLIN.DSC_6783

Gallot said while the storm wasn’t something the university could’ve anticipated, it was the institution’s responsibility to work with the state, the federal government and other parties to get these campus buildings online again. Some, like the student union and Adams, have been partially used.

“It has been very stressful for our students, faculty and staff,” said Carr. “It will continue that way for some time, but the good news is that we’ve got a plan and everyone will see that we’re working the plan.”

HarrisAuditoriumJan252018HAMLIN.DSC_6779Carr said the university is working on a separate, more comprehensive flood mitigation plan that will be developed in coming months.

“These have been challenging times for the GSU family,” said Carr, “but Grambling State University is educating and graduating its students.”






Christella Dawson was living in alleys at one point in her life, but she refused to let that deter her from seeking success. When she arrived at Grambling State University she had no idea what she wanted to do. DSC_8354 copy

“I had no idea what career I wanted,” recalled Dawson, a 1968 GSU graduate. “Mr. Jay Humphreys stopped me one day after his math class and told me that I had impressed him and that I should consider majoring in mathematics. He spent the next four years guiding my college career. I watched the proud, knowledgeable professors at Grambling and wanted to imitate them. I hope I’ve made them proud.”

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, she graduated from Carroll High School in Monroe, Louisiana, and went on to earn a mathematics degree from Grambling State University.

In 1969, a federal court-mandated integration order sent her to Neville High School, where she taught for 22 years before moving into an assistant principal role and then, in 2016, to the top administrative job, principal. DSC_8346 copy

As she was honored with the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Trailblazer Award by Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, Dawson told the hundreds of school children in Howard Theatre at the Monroe Civic Center that she’s proof they can do anything they choose to do. Dawson meant it. She may be small in stature, but she’s been an active karateka for 17 years. She holds local, regional and national titles as a second-degree black belt in Shotokan Karate.

“You can do anything you set your mind to do,” Dawson, 73, said to thunderous applause. Noting that it’s important to have the support of family and others who have their best interest at heart, even when some doubt them, Dawson asked her mentor to stand, acknowledging that she wouldn’t have succeeded without her. “I will never forget this moment,” she said.

Dawson was recognized for as an “individual who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to Dr. King’s dream of equality and achievement for all,” someone who “goes far above and beyond the call of duty to assist, educate, help or inspire others.” DSC_8605 copy

Dawson made a point to acknowledge Johnnie G. Rodgers, her longtime mentor. “I met her when I was a child attending Zion Traveler Baptist Church of Monroe. Her husband was the pastor,” Dawson said later. “When I entered Carroll High School, she was my English teacher and encouraged me from that point until this very day. When you meet her, you walk away feeling better about yourself than when you walked up to her. She will always find something positive to say to make you feel good about yourself.”

It was a big day for Gramblinites as three of the Monroe MLK award winners are graduates of Grambling State University. In addition to Dawson, Darryl Triplett, a talented art instructor in the Monroe School System, was presented the Morris Henry Carroll Education Award and John Ross was presented the W.L. “Jack” Howard Public Service Award. GSU President Rick Gallot was the keynote speaker at the event. DSC_8571 copy

Triplett, a New Orleans native, was an All-American football player at Highland Community College in Kansas before playing his final two collegiate years at GSU under Coach Eddie Robinson. It was while in college that Triplett refined his appreciation for and his skill with art while earning an art education degree and a master’s in art and humanities. He has created widely recognized paintings, including the 20th Bayou Classic football game program, an image for the 2003 LSU National Championship Football Team and a piece celebrating the New Orleans Saints as Super Bowl champions. He was honored for his work in Monroe schools for 28 years, and evidence of his popularity and impact was shown as scores of students in the audience cheered when he was presented the award.

“Grambling State University prepared me well as an educator,” Triplett said after the program. ” Professors were very interested in the students’ well being as well as their educational experiences.   It is good to be recognized by your peers. The reward was a long time coming and very much appreciated.  I am 55 years old and looking forward to serving for a few more years.”

John RossJohn Ross, who earned an undergraduate degree in education at GSU, was honored with the W.L. “Jack” Howard Public Service Award for his 32 years encouraging and motivating students during his education career, including 12 years as principal at Berg Jones Elementary School in Monroe. Ross developed a reputation for doing whatever it took to help students achieve success. He would put on costumes, do stunts, climb trees and get on top of buildings if it meant students were excited about learning and meeting goals.  Ross wore multiple hats, including a stint as the interim director of the city’s parks and recreation department and director of community affairs in addition to being pastor of Good Hope Baptist Church.


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University opens at 7:30 a.m., classes resume on normal schedules

Grambling State University opens for normal business and classes THURSDAY. GSUStudentTrioSnowPicJan162017.IMG_1574

Spring 2018 registration continues online via Banner. On campus registration has been extended through Friday at 5 p.m.

The National Weather Service forecasts temperatures below freezing tonight and Thursday morning, with a hard freeze expect tonight and in the morning. Prioritize safety first, and check travel routes for hazardous conditions.

Campus dining will operate on the brunch schedule today, Wednesday, in McCall Dining Hall. Brunch: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dinner: 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. We will resume normal dining hours Thursday.