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Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Awards Grambling State Student Prestige Award

Student Radio Journalist Earns Recognition for work with KGRM and on-campus media 
By Jocye Evans, General Manager, KGRM 

 

Pictured (left to right): Students Kamau Dangerfield, Christiana Essien, Maurice Tandy-Patton and Charleston Talbert, operations manager for KGRM, the Grambling State University campus radio station.

Pictured (left to right): Students Kamau Dangerfield, Christiana Essien, Maurice Tandy-Patton and Charleston Talbert, operations manager for KGRM, the Grambling State University campus radio station.

           Grambling State University junior, Maurice Tandy-Patton, was named Student  Broadcaster of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters (LAB) during its annual Prestige Awards Luncheon held March 21, 2019 at the Doubletree Hotel in Lafayette, Louisiana.

            Tandy-Patton won this year’s competition which included both professional and student journalists from throughout the state. The Prestige Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements by Louisiana radio and television broadcasters, was established to encourage the highest standards of reporting, community service and production creativity. All television and radio stations in the state are eligible to compete, and judging is conducted by a panel of broadcast experts from outside of the state of Louisiana.|
            For the 20-year old Cincinnati, Ohio, native, the award is more than a tribute to his hard work with KGRM, a campus radio station that serves the North Louisiana I-20 corridor. Tandy-Patton’s recognition as an on-air announcer also shares a testament to the perseverance he learned early in life while facing some seemingly insurmountable odds. 

 

With limited contact with a mother who was addicted to drugs, Tandy-Patton and his father lived in numerous shelters and, at one point, in their car.  When he was only eight years old, his father developed kidney disease and later in 2015 lost his life after battling lung cancer.

            “I am very honored and grateful to receive this award,” said the 20-year old unsuspecting recipient who is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mass communication. “I love broadcasting, particularly radio; and the opportunity to be an

announcer of KGRM, our campus radio station. This experience has been very rewarding and educational,” said Tandy-Patton.
The award, however, was no surprise to some members of the GSU Mass Communication Department. Joyce Evans, general manager of KGRM, describes him as a “dedicated student who always exhibits great initiative, professionalism and diligence.” Maurice has demonstrated admirable leadership ability and his positive attitude makes him a pleasure to work with,” she added.
“I have known Maurice since his first semester of college, when he enrolled in one of the courses I taught. His perfect score on the first test in the course got my attention. He maintained top test scores throughout the semester and was one of the top students in the class,” said Martin O.Edu, professor at Grambling State.
Today, Tandy-Patton maintains a 3.4 grade point average. His ultimate dream is to become a professional broadcaster with a mission to keep the community in which he serves informed of current and important issues and events.

 

“It has been great working closely with and supervising Maurice during his time here at the station,” said Charleston Talbert, operations manager for the radio station.  While at the station, Tandy-Patton was trained in the operations of Shortcut 360

Personal Audio Editor and is currently the producer of the Gospel News Show and hosted two on-air shows, Smooth Jazz with Mo and a talk show, KJ & Mo.

 

            Tandy-Patton is a former contributing writer for the campus newspaper, The Gramblinite, and a member of the Earl Lester Cole Honors College.

Save the Date: Grambling State 2019 TigerFest – “TigerWorld” Official Schedule of Events

Tigerworld2019 Spring Celebration Will Feature it Food, Fun, and the Famous

From Sunday, April 7 to Friday, April 12 our campus will feature unforgettable “TigerWorld” themed events, delicious food, and show-stopping performances by student talent, national recording artists, and comedians.

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Ohio State’s Urban Meyer to Keynote Inaugural Grambling State Event

Former Coach to Keynote “Legacy Keepers: Preserving the Eddie Robinson Playbook” March 21

IMG_6163GRAMBLING, LA –March 7, 2019 –The Grambling State University Department of Athletics, in conjunction with the Eddie G. Robinson Museum, announced a very special event in the continuing celebration of what would have been legendary Grambling State University head football coach Eddie Robinson’s 100th birthday this year. Continue reading

Grambling State Searches for Director of Bands and Music Department Lead

band jaqualanApplications Close March 13 for New “World-Famed” Marching Band and Music Leaders

GRAMBLING, LA – March 1, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University announced applications will close March 13, 2019 for submissions to fill its vacancies for a permanent Director of Bands and a permanent Head of the University’s Music Department. Continue reading

GSU Women Win: Three Grambling State Women and an Alumnus Win Black Engineer of the Year Awards

2019 BEYA Gala

Three women students and one alumnus of Grambling State University took home top honors at this year’s Black Engineer of the Year Awards in Washington, DC. Arlanda Nunsett, Faith Pittman, and Niana Celestine were rewarded for their excellence in community service, student leadership, and academic achievement.

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ESPN to Hire Grambling State Student Reporter – Rhoden Fellowship 2019-20

 

ESPNESPN is on the hunt for its next HBCU-grown star reporter.  Through its  Rhoden Fellows Initiative, one student storyteller will have the opportunity to cover the NCAA Final Four;  the NFL Combine and Draft; and more of America’s top sporting events.

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Grambling State University students are encouraged to apply now at https://jobs.espncareers.com/job/bristol/espn-rhoden-fellowship-2019-2020/5216/10958904 Continue reading

Gov. Edwards Announces Technology Agreement With Grambling State

photo3390University will join LED in implementing $1.2 million initiative in computer science, cybersecurity

GRAMBLING, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards joined Grambling State University President Rick Gallot and Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson to sign a $1.2 million Memorandum of Understanding which will advance technology careers for Grambling State students. Continue reading

GSU Alumna Dana Williams, Ph.D. Appointed As Interim Dean Of Howard’s Graduate School

Dana Williams Ph.DWASHINGTON – January 30, 2019 – Howard University has appointed Dana Williams, Ph.D., as the Interim Dean of the Howard University Graduate School. Williams serves as the chair of the Department of English and a professor of African American literature. She received her bachelor of arts degree in English from Grambling State University and her master of arts and doctoral degrees in English from Howard University.

Read More at https://newsroom.howard.edu/newsroom/static/9381/dana-williams-phd-appointed-interim-dean-graduate-school

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