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New Startup Competition To Award $4,500 To Student-Grown Businesses

The Golden Pitch - Business Model Competition, Nov. 15, 6pmGrambling State University (GSU) and BRF’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP), which specializes in stimulating entrepreneurship opportunities in Northwest Louisiana, have partnered to bring The Golden Pitch competition to the GSU campus. The competition is designed to support student innovation and will conclude at The Golden Pitch event, which will take place on November 15, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Grambling Hall Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Continue reading

GSU Alumnus Becomes First African American mayor of Alexandria, Louisiana

District 26 State Rep. Jeff Hall made history Tuesday night, becoming the first African American to be elected mayor of Alexandria.Jeff Hall

Hall, a former Cleco executive, received 53 percent of the vote and beat his closest challenger by more than 2,400 votes.

The Grambling State University accounting graduate also worked for the city of Alexandria for seven years in the 1970s before going to work for the Central Louisiana Legal Services and the Rapides Parish Police Jury. He joined Cleco in 1981, where he worked for 32 years.

In addition to serving in the Louisiana Legislature, Hall is the former chairman of the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority (GAEDA) as well as the Alexandria Central Economic Development District (ACEED). Hall also served on the Rapides Hospital Board of Trustees.

President Rick Gallot and the Grambling State University family congratulate Mayor-Elect Hall and wish him great success.

 

Campus Security Update

Today shortly after midnight, Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University police were notified of a Facebook post concerning the threat of a shooting at both Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University.

Louisiana Tech Police Chief Randal Hermes reported the threat to the Louisiana State Police, whose intelligence unit then began the investigation of the threat. Continue reading

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 howardb@gram.edu.

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

NLAF 2 By Jovan Hackley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beyoncé & Google Award Grambling State $25,000

BEYGood Initiative Partners to Award Additional $100,00 to four more HBCUs
BeyGood HBCU Scholarships
GRAMBLING, LA — April 23, 2018 – One day after closing out a history-making Coachella performance, artist Beyonce and her BEYGood initiative announced a partnership with Google to award another $100,000 to Historically Black Colleges and Universities that will include Grambling State University for the 2018-19 academic year.

“We’re so grateful to Beyoncé and the generous team at Google,” says Rick Gallot, President of Grambling State University. “They are both stellar examples of how individuals from all over can help support and empower the important work at HBCUs.”

The contribution to Grambling State will support the University’s continual leadership in STEM fields. The University is the #1 producer of African-American Computer Science graduates in the state.

“Google understands the vital role historically black colleges and universities play in delivering a high quality and culturally responsive education,” states Maab Ibrahim, a Google.org program manager. “In the last several years, Google has launched innovative programs to close the distance between Silicon Valley and HBCUs; we are proud to continue that commitment by matching Beyoncé’s generous donation.”

For media interviews and more information on Grambling State University, email mediarelations@gram.edu or call (318) 243-5012.

To show your support for Grambling State, visit www.gram.edu/giving.

Demolition at Grambling State for Intramural Center Expansion

C.D. Harris Natatorium Demolition Makes Way for New Intramural Center
GRAMBLING, LA — April 20, 2018 – On April 23, 2018 construction crews will kick off demolition of one of Grambling State’s oldest student facilities to make way for the University’s Intramural GSU Natatorium 2018Center Expansion slated for completion Fall of 2019.

The Intramural Expansion project, an $8.5 million renovation and expansion, launches as a series of construction projects kick off at Grambling State this spring.  “We’re on the grow,” said Rick Gallot, President of Grambling State University. “That means our facilities have to advance to better match the needs and demands of our students.”

Grambling State’s Intramural Center is home to more than 100 health and fitness programs that serve students, faculty, and community members. Two-Term Student Government Association President, Adarian Williams, who has attended Grambling schools since elementary, said “The Intramural Center plays an integral role in the student and community experience. This expansion will enhance the Grambling experience for incoming generations of students and their families.”

During the construction period, the Intramural Center programs will continue to operate out of several student life facilities on campus.
Expansion plans include a pool addition, training facilities, and study and programming space.
For media access and coverage video of the demolition project, please contact Jovan Hackley at mediarelations@gram.edu or call (318) 243-5012.

 

Speak Up for GSU! ULS Day at the Capitol, April 11th

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By Jovan Hackley & Sara Renee Garner2018 ULS Day

If you believe our Governor and legislators should support higher education, April 11, 2018 is your day to speak up.

April 11th, Grambling State University will travel to Baton Rouge, along with eight other University of Louisiana System (ULS) schools to engage our state leaders and speak up for higher education. Alumni, community members, students and faculty are encouraged to show up in their black and gold to support.

This legislative session, there are many questions about the levels of funding for higher education. As the State of Louisiana’s governors and state legislators work to resolve a potential $1 billion shortfall.

The only historically black college/university (HBCU) in the UL system and the system’s leading provider of African-American graduates in key areas like computer science, it’s more important than ever for the University to receive consistent and growing support.

“We know that the foundation of workforce development, economic development, and community development is human development. That’s the business that colleges and universities are in,” said Dr. Jim Henderson, President of the UL System. “The future of the state of Louisiana, the future of our people, the future of our employer hangs in the balance.

South Louisiana Grambling State alumni and supporters are encouraged to join this year’s ULS Day events:

University of Louisiana System, “ULS Day” at the State Capitol

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

11:00 am to 2:30 pm (Lunch at 11 am)

Hosted by University of Louisiana System

Tentative Agenda (times are approximate)
11:00 am                  Lunch and Academic Program Displays

12:00 pm                  Louisiana Tech: Stage Combat Performance

12:30 pm                  Spirit Group Showcase and Mascot Dance-Off

1:00-2:00 pm            Official Program

2:15 pm                     Group Photo

For more information and live updates on ULS Day, visit https://www.ulsystem.edu/policymakers/uls-day-at-the-capitol/.

The order of events for the day are the following: it begins with a lunch and academic exhibits, then goes to a stage fighting demonstration from Louisiana Tech that segues into a spirit showcase featuring the schools’ mascots, and finally it ends with remarks from officials.

 

 

 

Grambling Women Up: STEM Leader Innovates for IBM, Sara Lee Hosiery, and Other Major U.S. Companies as an Entrepreneur

GSU Alumna Alana Ward Robinson turns Computer Science background into help for hundreds of companies.

By Jovan Hackley & Jasmine Kennedy

Alana and Oneal Robinson with Michelle ObamaHow does a computer science graduate end up creating $100 million engineering initiatives for one of America’s top commercial printing providers? “Never give up and never settle for less,” says Alana Ward Robinson an active supporter and alumna who uses her experience from IBM, Sara Lee Hosiery, and a series of other Fortune 500s to help grow companies today.

A graduate of Grambling State University and Harvard University’s Advanced Management Certificate program, Robinson advises that “We should assume that we’re the best. We should assume that we can be number one and never give up on that expectation.”

A continuous pioneer in women’s and African-American achievement, Robinson’s resume includes more than 40 years of helping corporations, non-profits, and higher education institutions across the country and globe find new ways to leverage technology.

That work includes working her way up from an entry-level hire to a senior executive at IBM; a Vice President and CIO for Sara Lee Hosiery, KMart, and Coors Brewery Company; and a board member to international non-profit organizations that include The Executive Leadership Council and the World Food Programme based in Rome, Italy.

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When asked about the source of her achievements, Robinson, a graduate of the Computer Science program in 1972, offered, “The same effort I put into getting good grades as a student was the same effort I put into doing good work as an employee. I burned the midnight oil. I produced results, and those results came with the rewards of more opportunity.”

Those opportunities would take Robinson and her family to more than five major U.S. Cities and help her raise two children with the love of her life, former Drum Major and GSU Alumnus, Elbert O’Neal Robinson.

Why Alana Chose Grambling

One of The Network Journal’s Top 25 Most Influential Black Women from 2010, Robinson attributes much of her success to her father and his passion for giving her a Grambling State start.

“Very unselfishly, my dad, who was a Southern grad, was very concerned about his health. My guidance counselor helped me find a four-year scholarship and he thought that, for me, Grambling State made a lot of sense,” she shared.

Robinson’s dad did live to see her graduate with honors in 1972, after which she moved on to begin her career with IBM where she would become a trendsetting leader in STEM.

Helping Women & Companies Up

Today, Alana and her husband O’Neal lead Robinson Consulting Group, an executive consulting firm they’ve founded to help businesses across the nation identify and increase value by improving their finance, technology, and digital marketing operations.

“Women have not always been represented in corporate America’s executive teams; and not because they couldn’t do the job. It is important that we recognize the accomplishment of women executives, such as Alana Robinson,” says Dr. Connie Walton, Director of Sponsored Programs for Grambling State and long-time colleague of Robinson. “By recognizing these leaders, young girls, and young boys will grow up understanding that corporate leadership positions are possible for both men and women.”

Thank you, Alana Robinson, for helping raise “Grambling Women Up.”

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Grambling Women Up: Courageous Local Civil Rights Legends Share

By Kathy Spurlock and Jasmine Harris

As part of its Women’s History Month observance, Grambling State University celebrates a number of phenomenal women who have helped women across the nation and the world rise. Thank you to Louisiana’s Women Warriors for helping lift Grambling Women Up.

“Women Women WarriorsWarriors: A Conversation” was a program presented to students and the community to address a much-neglected area of humanities study: the activism of women in rural communities during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s.

During the program, several women shared their experiences. Mrs. Berta Bradford Robinson, a native of Jonesboro, Louisiana, along with James Potts, is noted for desegregating Louisiana Tech University. Robinson lost her church to a fire following the news of their integration at the university. “First of all, the headlines came out before the church was burned. The headlines were Bradford and Potts integrate Tech and immediately after that headlines showed church was burned,” she told the group. Robinson spoke to the guilt her counterpart felt toward enrolling into the university, blaming himself for the destruction caused to the church.

Mrs. Bessie Dill Bradley recounted the frightening night she was sought by Ku Klux Klan members while sitting in jail. Bradley received a feeling that she explained as a divine calling for her to hide herself. The men circled the building looking for a victim and eventually left when they found no one.

Bradley, with tears welling up in her eyes, began to sing a hymn to the crowd as a show of gratitude.

“It was a special moment in the room, it felt like listening to one of your grandparents telling you about their upbringing and the trials and tribulations they went through” said Derrick Johnson, a Biology major from Atlanta, Georgia.

Mrs. Mabel Houston detailed her experience at Jackson High School, where she was only able to stay for four months. The white students treated her as an oddity. Her bullying came in the form of children separating themselves from her. While demonstrating with 12 other students against the school, they were arrested and thrown in a garbage truck to be hauled off to jail. She was only 14 at the time. “They didn’t hurt us, they just put us in jail and fed us three meals a day for a week,” Houston said.

The program was designed to open an important conversation about the women who were not written into history, and to inspire the audience to seek the unrecognized heroines in their own communities and to document their stories before they are lost to history.

These women highlighted were vital parts in the movement toward equality in their communities. Thank you, Women Warriors, for helping raise “Grambling Women Up.”

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