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Campus Security Update: Incident – November 28, 2018


GRAMBLING, LA – November 28, 2018 – This evening the Grambling State University Police Department was notified of a bomb threat called in to the Grambling Hall facility. 

At this time, University officials can confirm the following:

  • An “all clear” has been issued for Grambling Hall and surrounding buildings.
  • Main Street and Founders Avenue in Grambling, LA have been reopened to all traffic. 
  • All campus academic and administrative offices will resume normal operations on Thursday, November 29.
  • The Grambling State University Police Department will continue to collaborate with Parish and state officials to investigate the source of the threat.
  • At this time, no connection has been confirmed to any other incidents at any other campus.

The safety of our students and campus community remain a top priority. Thank you to our State Fire Marshal, the Bossier City Fire Department, US Marshal, campus police and all other local agencies who collaborate to keep our campus safe.

We encourage all campus community members to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to GSU Police at (318) 274-2222.

Emergency Alert: Grambling State University – Evening Classes Cancelled

In response to an afternoon bomb threat, evening classes cancelled, and administrative offices closed

GRAMBLING, LA – November 28, 2018, 4:37 p.m. – Grambling State University evening classes are cancelled due to a bomb threat to the University’s Grambling Hall building. GSU Police and local agencies are investigating.

To report any suspicious activities, call (318) 274-2222.


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 41 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information, visit


Christmas Recognized as Academic Leader at Bayou Classic

DSC_6137 copyBy Brian Howard, Sports Information Director
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Grambling State University senior linebacker De’Arius Christmas received one of two United States Marine Corps Excellence in Leadership Awards during Friday’s Bayou Classic Coaches Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency. Southern’s Jaron Johnson received the other award.

Before the big battle on the field on Saturday, Grambling State and Southern football teams, administrators and supporters gathered for the 45th Annual Bayou Classic Coaches’ Luncheon. The leadership awards recognize players that display some of the same qualities of the Marine Corps: integrity, decisiveness and dependability.

Christmas, who is a National Football Foundation (NFF) William V. Campbell Trophy and STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Defensive Player of the Year Finalist, personifies the scholar-athlete ideal, leading Grambling State in tackles while working toward an engineering degree. The Vicksburg, Miss., native deservedly becomes the Tigers’ second NFF National Scholar-Athlete, and their first since 1972.
Boasting a 3.82 GPA as an engineering technology major, Christmas is on pace to graduate in May 2019 and aspires to work at his hometown’s research and development laboratory. The SWAC All-Academic Team selection was named the 2017 Grambling State Student-Athlete of the Year across all sports. His other academic accolades include the Athletics Director’s Academic Honor Roll, the President’s List and the Dean’s List.
For the second consecutive season, Christmas is the Tigers’ leading tackler, posting 42 stops in 2018 along with 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He has twice been named the SWAC Defensive Player of the Week this season, including his performance against Alabama State where he returned an interception 66 yards for a touchdown. Christmas’s other weekly honor came when he led Grambling State with eight tackles while recording two sacks and an interception in a win over Texas Southern.
A two-year team captain, Christmas, who is the son of Tina Qualls and Derrick Christmas,  led Grambling State with 88 tackles in 2017 en route to earning Third Team All-America status. The 2017 SWAC Defensive Player of the Year also garnered first team all-conference recognition while guiding the Tigers to consecutive 11-win seasons and SWAC titles. Christmas led Grambling State to a victory in the 2016 Celebration Bowl, which denotes the HBCU national champion, and he guided the Tigers to an appearance in the 2017 edition.
A three-year volunteer with the Special Olympics, Christmas has participated in events with the Vicksburg Packers, including giving a speech for the city’s leadership team. A transfer from East Mississippi Community College, he was featured on the first season of the Netflix docuseries “Last Chance U.”

Three Grambling State University Teams Compete for $10,000 in Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge

9B3A782D-A9C6-41CA-B2C9-A4E04D7D1623Competition draws HBCU teams from Louisiana, neighboring states, to pitch for $10,000 prize  

GRAMBLING, LA – November 23, 2018 — Three Grambling State University student teams have made it to the final round of the Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge, a competition challenging students to develop a technology-based business plan. A total of 17 colleges and universities from Louisiana and surrounding states were invited to participate in the challenge, which is sponsored by NexusLA and GE with additional support from Exxon.

The top teams in the categories of engineering and robotics; energy, environmental and agricultural technologies, and digital technologies and software were invited to pitch their business and technology solutions live before a panel of judges from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans.

These teams already have passed two early rounds of competition. In the final round, judges will  choose the winner based on innovation, business model development and technical achievement. Grand-prize winners are honored during an on-field appearance at the Bayou Classic football game.

“We’re extremely proud of these student entrepreneurs and their initiative,” said President Rick Gallot. “Their successes in these competitions prove that innovation starts the day our students step foot on campus. The bright ideas from the classroom aren’t just thoughts, but viable businesses that can change the world.”

Grambling State’s participating students include Lala Aitcha Coulibaly, Kellyne Thomas, Faron Rush, Noressa Fontaine, Alisha Thomas, Niana Celestine, Gary White, Nakiaus Glosson, Kerwan Antoine, Jarrid Richards, Casey Henry, and Catherine Conn.

Statement of Condolences from Grambling State University and President Rick Gallot

On behalf of the entire Grambling State University family, I express my deepest condolences to the family of Jayla Gray and to President Lee and the entire Alcorn State University campus community. We here at Grambling State were greatly saddened to hear of your loss and share our deepest sympathy in this difficult hour. We will keep each of you in our thoughts and prayers.
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Grambling State Fiscal Health Score Jumps 100 Percent

University moves from 2016 fiscal watch list to record improvement 

GRAMBLING, LA – Oct. 26, 2018 – An October report issued by the University of Louisiana System reports Grambling State University has doubled its fiscal health score since FY 2016; increasing from a 1.30 to a 2.60 as of the most recent report.   

Grambling State University Campus PhotoThe fiscal health score, developed by the Louisiana Board of Regents, measures overall organizational health, factoring in important components including debt, revenue, and ability to operate. Continue reading

Grambling State Helps Fight Breast Cancer

4 Campus Events Provide Free Screenings and Help Raise Awareness 

ribbonFor the next two weeks, the Grambling State campus community will activate to help fight breast cancer through testing, awareness, and celebrating local survivors. Media and community members are invited to join campus leaders for the following:

  • Free breast cancer screenings will be held from 2-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at GSU’s Free Betty E. Smith Nursing Building, 1 Cole St. The screenings are sponsored by the university’s Nursing Program and More Than Conquerors Breast Cancer Support Group.

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Meet the Captains – #BringitHome2018

IMAGE-BIH_CaptainsBy Kyndall Colon

More than 97 percent of Grambling State University students receive some form of federal and state financial aid. With big debates around financial aid programs, TOPS, and overall funding in higher education, bottom-line support for students is critical in helping them reach their educational goals.

At Grambling State, our “Bring it Home” annual fundraising campaign helps meet students at their point of need – from scholarships to funding solutions for deferred maintenance and employee development. The campaign’s $1 million goal is one of many University efforts to help close the gap between graduation for students.  Continue reading