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Grambling State Advances to National Qualifying Tournament of 31st Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

DSC_5010Voting Site Open Now Through February 10 for HBCU Student Academic Challenge

Grambling State will compete in the National Qualifying Tournament of the 31st annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), America’s premier academic competition for top HBCU students. The fast-paced buzzer competition highlights students’ academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. Grambling State is one of 65 teams competing for institutional grants and a spot in the HCASC National Championship Tournament taking place on the American Honda campus in Torrance, Calif., March 28 – April 1, 2020.
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Spring High School Day at Grambling State Now on March 21, 2020

DSC_5010 Baseball Game Ticket Now Included with Registration at University Preview Day 

GRAMBLING, LA – January 28, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University announced that Spring High School Day will now be held on March 21, 2020. Registered attendees will gain admission to the Grambling State Baseball game against Arkansas Pine Bluff, as well as on-the-spot early application. 
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Grambling State Student Overcomes Paralysis to Walk Across Graduation Stage December 13, 2019

ArhondasmithGraduation Candidate Arhonda Smith Shares Her Story of Overcoming a Stroke While Earning Her Degree 

GRAMBLING, La. – December 12, 2019 – Grambling State criminal justice major, Arhonda Smith knew something wasn’t right when she suddenly couldn’t walk without staggering the morning of December 3, 2018. After receiving emergency medical attention, Smith learned she had had a stroke, lost the use of her right arm, and was warned that she would never walk again. Continue reading

Grambling State University Names Two Valedictorians for the Class of Fall 2019

IMG_7319Tionna Baker and Mustapha Yoosuf-Akinlaja to Receive Highest Honors at December 13 Commencement 

GRAMBLING, La. – December 12, 2019 – Grambling State University is proud to announce the position of highest GPA for the Fall 2019 graduating class is held by two students, Tionna L. Baker and Mustapha Yoosuf-Akinlaja. The two will be honored as top graduates during fall commencement exercises at 10 a.m. Friday, December 13, 2019, in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly.  Continue reading

Grambling State Wins Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge for the Second Consecutive Year

IMG_7357Student Team Develops App Concept for $7,500 Prize in Technology Business Model Competition 

GRAMBLING, La – December 3, 2019 – Three Grambling State students took home $7,500 cash prize at the 2019 Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge, a competition presented by Louisiana Economic Development. The competition give students the opportunity to present a technology-based business plan and receive mentorship from industry leaders and win funding for their idea.  

“Participating in the challenge for a second year was even more enriching than the first,” said Glossom, senior computer science major. “It’s amazing to have our business model receive this level of support and to learn the ins and outs of pitching the idea for stakeholders.”  

With the help of their coach, Dr. Sreekumari, the Grambling State team’s pitch won against two teams from Southern University, one team from Southern Law, and one team from Xavier University. 

IMG_7334Team members Cameron Jackson (first time participant), Gary White (second consecutive win), and Nakiaus Glosson (second consecutive win) developed a business model for a mobile application that alerts monitors homeowners of structural risks and damages in real time. The app is called MiEye and is designed to take the guesswork out of ensuring home safety.  

“I had a blast developing the business model and app concept to save people’s homes and generate revenue for insurance companies,” said White. “Winning the competition for a second time really validates that I’m on the right track for a promising career thanks to Grambling State and LED.” 

The top five teams were invited to pitch their business and technology solutions live before a panel of judges at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans. Grambling State’s winning team caught the attention of representatives from sponsors and recruiters from industry leaders such as American Airlines and the CIA. 

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

Additional sponsors of the event included American Airlines, ExxonMobil, Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, AT&T and Delta Regional Authority. 

“I’m excited by the prospect of making our mark in the industry with all the skills and tools we’ve learned from the competition, said Jackson, junior Computer Science major. “This experience is proof that there’s no limit to what we can accomplish.”

For interviews and more information about the Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge, please contact or call 318-243-5012. 

About the BizTech Challenge 

The BizTech Challenge, presented by Louisiana Economic Development, is an educational and interactive program that teaches currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students how to apply what they’re learning inside the classroom to solve real-world problems. With the end user in mind, student teams are charged with designing a technology that solves a problem in the marketplace and creating a successful business model around that technology. Team members have the opportunity to interact with industry professionals and business owners, which can potentially lead to internship and employment opportunities. 

Grambling State Appoints Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost

waltonheadshotBoard Approves Dr. Connie Walton to Lead Accreditation and More as the University’s Academic Leader 

GRAMBLING, La. – December 9, 2019 – Following a national search, Grambling State University has announced that Interim Provost Dr. Connie Walton has been appointed to the role of Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost.  Continue reading

Grambling State Partnership with Edward VIA Offers Fast Track to Doctor of Osteopathy

High Achieving Minority Students DSC_5010to Enter Med School as Sophomore Rocovich Scholars

GRAMBLING, La – December 10, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University announced the signing of a memorandum of under
standing (MOU) with Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) ensuring future opportunities for minority students to advance in the medical field. 

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STEM Grambling Brings Education Opportunities to North Louisiana Youth November 23

Registration Opens for K-12 Youth Program at Grambling State with STEM NOLA and SodexoMagic 

STEM Fest 2019 - GramblingGrambling, LA, November 13, 2019 – Grambling State University will be hosting the first STEM Grambling “STEM Fest” engaging North Louisiana’s K-12 youth in hands-on education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). In early September, plans to launch STEM Grambling were introduced as part of the University’s ongoing partnership with Magic Johnson’s SodexoMAGIC in conjunction with STEM NOLA, a successful community-focused educational initiative based in New Orleans, LA.   Continue reading

Tech Tour Scholarship Winner Advances to Finals in $3,000 Business Model Competition

Grambling State Students to Compete for Start-Up Business Opportunity at Golden Pitch Finale 

_DSC9621GRAMBLING, LA — November 5, 2019 – Destney Johnson, freshmen recipient of the Grambling State Tech Tour Scholarship, is among those advancing to the finals in the campus-wide business model competition, The Golden Pitch. Campus and community are invited to RSVP to attend the Shark Tank-style final pitch for $3,000 on Tuesday, November 19 from 11 am to 1 pm in the Grambling Hall Auditorium.  

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