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Grambling State Appoints Interim Engineering Technology Department Leadership

Notable Engineer and Associate Director of Bands Dr. Edwin Thomas to Head Growing Technology Program  

Thomas-Edwin-Headshot-squareGRAMBLING, LA– August 16, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University announced that Dr. Edwin Thomas will now lead the University’s Engineering Technology program which recently received new support from Governor Edwards and Louisiana Economic Development.  

“As our technology programs grow, it’s critical to ensure our students are connected with faculty who have the network and the knowledge to deliver a strong career start,” said President Rick Gallot. “From the band to the technology classroom, Dr. Thomas has proven to be a dedicated champion who leverages every opportunity to advance the lives of our students.” 

Dr. Thomas is an alumnus of Grambling State University and member of the academy for more than 30 years. After gaining his Bachelor of Science degree from GSU in 1978, he earned a Master’s in Industrial Technology from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. Dr. Thomas returned home to Grambling State to earn his doctorate degree in Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration, Supervision and Management. 

Since then, he has served as an expert consultant on home and plant design throughout Louisiana and served in several faculty positions. Dr. Thomas has also served as an advisor for the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. With numerous engineering certifications, include CAED from the University of Texas in Austin, and over 20 years of Industrial Engineering field experience, Dr. Thomas is well known for his leadership as a band director of the World Famed Tiger Marching Band.

The University’s Engineering Technology department offers concentrations in electronics engineering technology and drafting and design engineering technology leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology. Both programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (ETAC/ABET). A construction Engineering Technology concentration is also offered in the department. 

The University will launch a national search for a Head of the Engineering Technology program later this year. 

For more information related to Grambling State University, please contact Jovan Hackley at (318) 243-5012 or mediarelations@gram.edu.  
 
 

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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 42 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information visit gram.edu

 

GSU Spotlight: “Unc, I Want a Horn” –The World’s Newest Woman HBCU Band Director Started Her Band Career at Age 4

In honor of Grambling State University’s Band Camp, we’d like to share this “throwbuck” spotlight on how this one influential summer event changed the life of a Grambling State leader.

 image3“Every year from age 4 or 5, I attended band camp,” said Dr. Nikole Roebuck, the first woman director of Grambling State University’s World-Famed Tiger Marching Band. Dr. Roebuck is also the third woman in history to serve as Director of the Band at a historically black college and university (HBCU).

“For the first few years, they made me twirl the baton and march with the majorettes.”

“I remember this one day at camp sitting on the steps of Dunbar frustrated. I’m assuming someone had gone to find my Uncle to let him know what was going on,” Roebuck remembers. “[Her Uncle Joseph] comes outside to ask me what was wrong. My response was, ‘I don’t want to twirl the baton.’ When he asked, ‘Well what do you want you to do?’ I said, ‘Unc, I want a horn.’” Continue reading

First Woman Band Director Appointed at Grambling State

IG-SHARE-ROEBUCK-HeadshotDr. Nikole Roebuck to Lead as Director of Bands and Chair of the Department of Music

GRAMBLING, LA – May 31, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University announced Dr. Nikole Roebuck will lead as the University’s new Chair of the Department of Music and its first woman Director of Bands. Dr. Roebuck’s work will include overseeing operations for the World-Famed Tiger Marching Band which was recognized globally in April 2019 after performing for Beyoncé and Adidas. 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

Grambling State Marching Band Welcomes Rival to NFL Halftime Performance Thanksgiving Day

band jaqualanSouthern University to join Grambling State for its 14th NFL Halftime Performance

GRAMBLING, LA – Oct. 22, 2018 – Today, the Grambling State University World-Famed Tiger Marching Band announced its 14th NFL halftime performance has been scheduled for one of the League’s highest-rated games, Thanksgiving Day 2018.

During the November 22 face-off between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons, Grambling State will welcome its long-time Bayou Classic Rival, Southern University, to take the field at halftime.

“It’s always great to get a call from the NFL. Every one of these performances is an honor,” says Dr. Edwin Thomas, Interim Band Director of the World-Famed Tiger Marching Band. “It was an NFL performance that helped recruit me to Grambling years ago. It’s a privilege to be able to share that opportunity with our students and one of our sister schools.” Continue reading