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GSU Spotlight: Grambling State Alumnus Appointed to Potbelly Corporation’s Board of Directors 

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Dine Brands Global (Applebee’s & IHOP) CIO Adrian Butler to Serve Industry Leader

GRAMBLING, LA – June 5, 2019 – This Spring Grambling State University alumnus, Adrian Butler joined the growing list of minority executives breaking historic barriers in corporate board service. With his appointment to the Potbelly’s Corporation Board of Directors, Butler’s service will help advance the growing uptick of African-Americans and other minorities who are serving on corporate board. Continue reading

Grambling State Professor Honored as Educator of the Year

DSC_4771.Award Day Honors Dr. Mary Ghongkedze for Outstanding Work 

Grambling, LA – June 3, 2019 – The Louisiana Reading Association (LRA) has awarded Grambling State University professor Dr. Mary Ghongkedze the top honor of 2019 Educator of the Year. Dr. Ghongkedze will be recognized July 12, 2019 at 7 P.M. at the LRA’s 2019 Awards Ceremony on at the Paragon Resort in Marksville, Louisiana.  

The LRA’s esteemed Educator of the Year award celebrates Louisiana instructors who make a major impact through literacy programs outside of the classroom.  

Throughout her extensive career, Dr. Ghongkedze has impacted thousands of students as a teacher in Katy, TX, instructor in Grambling State’s College of Education and mentorship of teachers throughout the state.

Dr. Ghongkedze has also been honored for her exceptional service-learning work at Grambling State’s Lunch, Learn and Appreciate awards luncheon in 2015 for a project which emphasized health and wellness concepts for senior citizens. She was recognized again in 2018 for her participation in the MUREP Educator Institute (MEI) held in June at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. 

About the Louisiana Reading Association 

The LRA, affiliated with the International Literary Association promotes and supports reading research, reading development, & advancement of literacy in the great state of Louisiana. The mission of the Louisiana Reading Association is to improve the quality of literacy for all. 

Grambling State Baseball Player Named Valedictorian

Heath_Jalen_1B_Colorado_Springs-SQUAREJalen Alexander Heath to be recognized at University’s 2019 Spring Commencement

Grambling, LA – May 07, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University named baseball student-athlete, Jalen Alexander Heath, Valedictorian of the Spring 2019 graduating class. Heath earned top honors, with a 3.98-grade point average, and will take the stage Friday, May 10, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the University’s Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. Continue reading

Deadline Extended – ESPN – Rhoden Fellowship Internship Opportunity 2019-20 

ESPNAre you interested in sports, marketing, and journalism? Here’s your opportunity to work for ESPN.  Through its Rhoden Fellows Initiative, one student reporter will have the opportunity to cover the NCAA Final Four; the NFL games and more of America’s top sporting events.

Apply Now

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

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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.

Students are invited to save the date for this year’s big events: Continue reading