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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.

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Summer Learning: 2018 Camps on Campus at Grambling State University

GSU 2018 summer camps bannerThis year’s summer camps are getting a new twist at Grambling State. Check out our growing list of summer camps and learning opportunities for age 4 and up!

Camp Topics

  • Science & Technology
  • Leadership & Personal Development
  • Sports
  • Arts


Coding & Robotics Workshop
June 11 – 14 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Registration: $85
Instructed by Mr. Lane Elien
Ages: 8-16 (CEU-SC 002)
Campers will then learn the basics of electrical circuits and computer science, how to leverage programming, and put to work and present their learning using robotics.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.

Introduction to Embedded Computing & the Internet of Things (IOT)
July 2-3 and 9-10th | 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Registration: $65
Instructed by Mr. Lane Elien
Ages: 12 and older (CEU-SC 003)
Learn about embedded computers and how the IoT powers almost all of our worlds including cars, displays, computers, and more
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.

PLC-Programmable Logic Controller Workshop

July 16-17th, 23rd – 24th | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Registration:  $35
All Ages (CEU-SC 004)
Instructor: Mr. Lane Elien
Get training and started on your career path to work  in control and automation. Learn skills you can leverage to work with sensors, circuits, actuators, and the logic programming driving today’s innovations.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.

The Use of Biotechniques in the Environment
June 6, 1 – 5pm | Cost: $15
Ages 11-13 (CEU-SC 005)
Instructed by Dr. Waneene Dorsey
Students will learn how to perform biotechniques used in chromatography, DNA extraction, cell type identification, protein migration, & water quality analysis on pond water.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.

Big Data Science Camp
June 25 – 28, 2018, 9am – 4:30pm and Friday, June 29, 2018 from 9am – 12pm
Rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders
Learn how data analysis skills can lead to a variety of jobs as athletic agents, music producers, marketing managers, military leadership, financial advisors, scientists, and more.
To register, complete the Big Data Science Camp Application

Provost Leadership Camp – Session I & II
June 18 – 22 & June 25 -29 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Registration Fee: $75
Instructed by Dr. Ellen D. Smiley
For ages 10 to 12 (CEU-HON 0001)
From reading and writing help to public speaking and foreign language tips, join GSU’s provost and campus mentors as they help build the next generation of leaders.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.

Kid’s Educational and Recreational Camp
June 4 – 8 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Registration Fee: $35 (includes lunch)
Instructed by Ms. Daphne Tolliver
For ages 7-12 (CEU-SC 006)
Get your child engaged in a variety of physical and educational activities – including arts and crafts, sports, culture, field trips and much more.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.


Straight Talk for Youth Empowerment
June 11 – 15 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration $35
Instructed by Ms. Cassandria Peoples
Ages 12-18 (CEU-SW 001)
From goal setting and interpersonal skills to team building and quality leadership, this camp focuses on developing well-rounded student leaders.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.
Donte’ Jackson Men’s Basketball Summer Camp
June 11-13, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 3p.m.
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center
Cost: $100
Ages from 5-14 (Boys and girls)
Contact:  Kyle Jones: (870) 329-0499; Demetrius Moore: (414) 292-6366
To register, visit
Volleyball Skills Camp (Two Dates)
June 25, 2018 | 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and July 15, 2018 | 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center | GSU Men’s Gymnasium
Cost: $50 (each)
Contact: Demertria Johnson: (318) 497-3190 or
To register, visit


Freddie Murray Skills and Drills Basketball Camp
June 18-22, 2018 | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center
Cost: $100 ($25 non-refundable deposit required) or $25 per day
Ages: 8-13 (Boys and girls)
Contact: Isayra Diaz: (318) 274-6282 or
To register, visit

Women’s Soccer College Bound Camp
July 6-9, 2018
Ages: Girls 13 – Junior College Transfers
Cost: Overnight Camper: $325; Commuter: $130
Contact: Justin Wagar:
To register, visit


Youth Soccer Camp
July 30-31, 2018 | 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Registration: $10 or $5 per day
Ages: 4 to 14 (Boys and girls)
Contact: Justin Wagar:
Camp Information:



Fabric Art & Handmade Vintage Craft Day Camp
July 10 – 12 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Instructed by Dr. Frankie Rabon | Cost: $60
Contact: Dr. Frankie Rabon:
No age restriction
Get expert help with a 3-day fabric art project to help renovate your space, office, or just to make a great gift.  Past projects include Kentucky heritage bears, embroidery projects, dolls made from everyday socks, friendship bracelets, and more.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.


More Camps

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Advancing Grambling State University

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

Graduation Replay: Grambling State Commencement 2018 Photos, Video, & Spotlight Stories

DSC_7133Congratulations to the Grambling State University Spring Class of 2018. We know you will celebrate your accomplishments for years to come.

To help, here’s a replay of graduation and a few photos and stories to help you remember the results of your hard work.

About the Spring 2018 Commencement:

Graduation Photos, Spring 2018

Watch the Broadcast


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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

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 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 or call (318) 243-5012.

To show your support for Grambling State, visit

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 or call (318) 243-5012.


Dallas Mavericks CEO to Keynote Grambling State Commencement

Newest NBA CEO and former AT&T Executive Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall to share with students

Newest NBA CEO and former AT&T Executive Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall to share with students GRAMBLING, LA GRAMBLING, LA — April 20, 2018 – Months after being tapped by Mark Cuban and team leadership to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Dallas Mavericks, Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall will address students and faculty as the keynote speaker at the Grambling State University Spring Commencement, May 11, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Marshall, who is leading the charge to set the new NBA standard for inclusion and diversity, is known globally for her work with AT&T, where she served as Senior Vice President – Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer.

That work included guiding AT&T to placement on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, the top 3 on Diversity Inc.’s 2017 Top 50 list of companies, and her own acknowledgement as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine and on Ebony magazine’s 2016 “Power 100” list.
“We are honored to have such a visionary leader on campus to share her wisdom with our students,” said GSU President Rick Gallot.  “It’s more important today than ever for our students to understand the value that a diverse and inclusive culture brings to an organization.”

Marshall, who The Network Journal recently named one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Business, has already had an impact on Grambling State students after recently hosting a student visit at the Mavericks headquarters in Dallas, TX.

“Meeting Cynthia Marshall was definitely something I didn’t know I needed,” said Sara Renee Garner, sophomore in Grambling State’s Department of Mass Communication. “As a black woman in a male-dominated industry, she is like superwoman. Meeting her, I saw all of my dreams personified.”

Marshall will address students, faculty, and their families on the heels of Grambling State’s highest enrollment since 2014, which includes a freshman class increase of greater than 200 percent since that time.

“It’s been a great year for Grambling State students,” said President Gallot. “We’re excited to welcome Mrs. Marshall to help us celebrate.”

Commencement Information:


Grambling State University Commencement, Spring 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center
Grambling State University
100 North Stadium Drive
Grambling, LA 71245


For media credentials and coverage information, please contact or call the Office of University Communications at 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

Beyoncé Scores Invite to Return to Grambling State for the 45th Bayou Classic

GSU President Rick Gallot invites artist Beyoncé to the 2018 Bayou Classic

Gallot Twitter Screen ShotGRAMBLING, LA — April 16, 2018 – On the heels of her record-breaking Coachella performance, President Rick Gallot tweets and invites music artist Beyoncé Knowles to attend the 45th Bayou Classic Game in New Orleans, LA.

“It’s incredible to see HBCU support surging from so many places,” says Rick Gallot, President of Grambling State University. “When an artist like Beyoncé uses her platform to highlight the amazing talent within the HBCU community, it helps push us all forward.”

Grambling State, home of the World Famed Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band, has a long relationship with Beyoncé’s music. That history began with her first visit to Grambling State with the group Destiny’s Child in the year 2000. Since then, the Tiger Marching Band has performed Beyoncé’s top hits across the world including Crazy in Love and Flawless.

“We’d love the opportunity to say thank you to Beyoncé for her continuous HBCU support in person,” says President Gallot. “It would also give our students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at a once-in-a-lifetime event.”

That once-in-a-lifetime event is the 45th Annual Bayou Classic Weekend, where Grambling State University will face off against Southern University for the country’s second-most attended football game, next to the Super Bowl, and the Battle of the Bands.

Grambling State University students, supporters, and fans are encouraged to share the hashtag #BeyYouClassic to help show their support.


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

About the 45th Annual Bayou Classic Weekend

In 2018, Grambling State University and Southern University will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the legendary football game that was the second most-attended football game in recent history. For more information, visit

Distinguished GSU Alumnus Returns as Cleo Fields Lecturer

Grambling State University alumnus Ronald E. Childs, a senior media strategist and award-Ronald Childswinning journalist based in Chicago, will return to campus Tuesday to serve as a student feedback coach and keynote speaker as part of the Cleo Fields Lecture series sponsored by the Department of Mass Communication.

Childs, a 1982 graduate, has enjoyed a distinguished career and in 2007 became the first mass communication alum to be inducted into the Grambling State University Alumni Hall of Fame.

During his visit, he will help evaluate and offer feedback to seniors presenting their capstone projects Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Washington Johnson Complex. He also will be the featured speaker at a 6 p.m. Mass Communication year-end awards and recognition dinner to be held in Green Room 167 of the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

“It is always a pleasure and privilege when one of the department’s own comes home to engage with students,” said Dr. Robbie R. Morganfield, the Cleo Fields Endowed Professor in Mass Communication and Department Head. “I know our students will greatly benefit from their time with Mr. Childs, who continues to punctuate an already outstanding career.”

Childs currently serves as a senior media strategist with Burrell Communications Group, of Chicago, one of the nation’s premiere African American-owned advertising agencies. He also is an award-winning journalist, public relations practitioner and social network engagement consultant, who through his own independently branded company, OMEN Communications, represents an array of clients as a digital editorial content provider, media relations specialist, editor, publicist and literary agent.

Childs’ 36-year career in communications has seen him serve in recent years as publisher and executive editor of The Chicago Defender, considered by some to be the flagship of the black press. Before that appointment, he was a vice president with Flowers Communications Group, a media strategist for the Burrell Communications Group and associate editor of the former EM – EBONY MAN magazine, while simultaneously working in public relations at Johnson Publishing Company.

He previously had served as a communications specialist and speechwriter to the late mayor Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African American chief executive, until Washington’s untimely death in office in 1987.

Childs began his career as a business editor, copy editor, photographer and editorial cartoonist for The Chicago Defender, and has since written articles and opinion columns for more than three-dozen black interest-newspapers, magazines and web sites throughout the U.S. and abroad.

He is a member of the National and Chicago Associations of Black Journalists, the National and Chicago Black Public Relations Societies and he additionally takes pride in mentoring journalism and public relations students at several historically black colleges and universities.  Childs currently holds 31 industry awards for editorial, public relations and media relations excellence, including the 1991 Award for Outstanding Commentary given by the Chicago Association of Black Journalists.

A recipient of the 1990 Distinguished Alumni Presidential Citation bestowed by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, he is one of two mass communication graduates to be inducted into the Grambling Hall of Fame.

About the Cleo Fields Lecture Series

The Cleo Fields Lecture series brings accomplished mass media practitioners to campus to discuss current events and offer practical advice to students. This year’s theme has focused on why diverse voices matter in media-related professions.

Dr. Morganfield said the awards dinner is an attempt to build new platforms for recognizing and encouraging excellence among students. Scholarships and other honors will be announced during the dinner, as well as opportunities for students to apply for several new scholarships.