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We. Are. Grambling. – A Message from President Gallot

_DSC3796-squareby Rick Gallot, President of Grambling State University

Article reposted from “The College Town” insert of the Ruston Daily Leader

Dear Tigers:

You are the continuation of the incredible Grambling State University legacy. For more than 118 years, we’ve led innovation in education and influenced culture around the world.

Today, the spirit of our legacy continues to respond to industry need and emerging opportunity for African Americans. It helps us define achievement now as a community of learners and educators.

That spirit has resulted in invitations from Beyoncé. That spirit has connected us with icons like Magic Johnson. That spirit is landing you internships and jobs in high places, from Wall Street to major TV networks across the globe.

This year I want to encourage you to take care of and grow that spirit.

Today, as Americans and industries forge through unfamiliar territories, we are in the best position to produce and become the leaders of innovation and civic change that redefine how the world visualizes success.

Through our digital library, we will help create the next generation of information access.

Through our academics, our students and faculty are already setting new standards in research and learning.

Through our collective giving, we are creating a model for what’s possible when the synergy of public, private, and individual forces combine to create an impact.

Today, the innovation we drive isn’t just monumental on our campus. It is the essence of who we are and will always be; at Grambling we are the definition for success.

As you venture into the classroom, out onto campus, to work, and everywhere else you go, I want you to remember that Grambling State University is the place “Where Everybody is Somebody”. This is more than a motto. It is a way of life. It is who we are.

We. Are. Grambling.

Rick Gallot
President of Grambling State University

REPLAY: President Gallot Answers Live – 2019 University Update

This year’s annual event follows a year of history-making moments for Grambling State including a new 24-hour dining program, more than $20 million in funding for facility updates, the upcoming launch of Louisiana’s first Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, and the World Famed Tiger Marching Band’s invitation to perform for Beyoncé and Adidas.   Continue reading

City of Monroe to host August 21st Press Conference for ULM vs. GSU Football Game

LOGO-MonroeAlumni and football fans have been anxiously awaiting the kickoff of the 2019 college football season, headlined by the August 31 matchup between the University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawks and Grambling State University Tigers at ULM’s Malone Stadium.  Mayor Jamie Mayo and the City of Monroe will host a special “neutral site” pre-game press conference featuring coaches and university officials from both schools, at 10 am Wednesday, August 21, in the Monroe Convention Center Bayou Room, located at 401 Lea Joyner Expressway, Monroe, LA.  The media and public are invited to attend. Continue reading

Students Win: Gram1901Dining Survey Winners Take Home an iPad, Apple Watch, and $250

AdobeStock_183963784-800Congratulations to Ke’Nyja Hayes, D’Errah Nelson, and Jasmine Smith, whose winning feedback won them prizes in our spring @gram1901dining survey. Winners, who were selected at random, joining more than 500 other campus responders. Their feedback helped design our new 24-hour dining program that kicks off in just a few weeks.   Continue reading

Grambling State Recognized as a Top Producer of Minority Graduates

_DSC1126University Recognized in Five Academic Categories for Leading U.S. in African American Graduates 

Grambling, LA – August 12, 2019 – Recent data published by Diverse Issues in Higher Education acknowledged Grambling State University as a top 10 leading producer of African American graduates in five categories: computer science, social sciences, education, marketing, and homeland security and related areas. Continue reading

CAMPUS ADVISORY: PARKING – Decals Available for Fall 2019

Grambling State University (GSU) Parking Decals for the Academic Year 2019-2020 will be available at LONG JONES HALL, ROOM 171, beginning MONDAY, August 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during registration week.

The decal payment must be obtained prior to the issuance of the decal. Payroll deduction forms are available from student accounts. To purchase your parking decal, you must also have available your current driver’s license, state vehicle registration form and auto insurance card. Continue reading

Dr. Quentin Holmes Named Chief of Police at Grambling State University

Former Monroe, LA Chief to serve as interim head of University Police and special advisor for public safety 

GRAMBLING, LA – August 9, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University officials announced that Dr. Quentin Holmes has been appointed the institution’s new Interim Chief of the University Police Department and Special Advisor to the COO for Public Safety.  Continue reading

Media Alert: Groundbreaking Event at Grambling State September 7

Students, Officials, and Alumni to Celebrate the Construction Start for the University’s Digital Library and Learning Commons 

Grambling, LA – August 2, 2019 – Grambling State University, Louisiana’s top producer of African-American Computer Science graduates, will celebrate the start of construction on its new University Digital Library and Learning Commons Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of RWE Jones Drive and Central Avenue in Grambling, LA.   Continue reading

From President Gallot: On the Passing of Waneshia Bush

Good Morning #GramFam,

It’s with a heavy heart that I request your prayers and offer condolences to the family, classmates, and community of Waneshia Bush who passed away earlier this morning. As a student, a recent Miss Black and Gold, and a volunteer, Waneshia was well known and admired by her classmates, professors, and those she knew. Coping with any loss of life can be difficult, and exceptionally challenging when we lose someone so bright so soon. At this time, I encourage us all to remember why we call each other the “gram fam” and band together to support one another.

For those in need of counseling support, remember that Dr. Speed and her team are available to help students and reachable at (318) 274-3338 or (318) 274-3277.

To the Bush family, we are here to support you and will keep you lifted in prayer during this difficult time.



From President Gallot: On the Passing of Buddy Davis

Buddy2-1000When you are truly passionate about your work it shows – in the people you reach, in what you produce, and ultimately in how it affects everyone around you. When you do it for a community you care about, it changes the world. 

On behalf of the entire Grambling State University family, I would like to offer our condolences and gratitude to the family of the legendary Buddy Davis who helped cement Grambling State on the map and change our world.  Continue reading