GSU Unites and Gives to United Way

By Elliot Jones

Grambling State University has closed out its 2014 United Way Campaign in style by donating over $12,000. GSU was able to raise money by having over 10 departments with a 100 percent participation rate. Grambling State University has a long history of being a community leader in giving. GSU and United Way are partnering to increase local graduation rates, providing education towards financial literacy and preventive health behaviors that will align with Grambling’s community service interests.

“On behalf of the community, I would to thank GSU students, faculty and staff for their outstanding leadership,” said Michelle Tolar, United Way Area Director of Lincoln Parish. “This will provide life-changing services to people right here where we work and live.”

GSU Interim President Dr. Cynthia Warrick thanked all of the Grambling family for donating to this year’s United Way Campaign. “We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Way to align our service learning program with the programs they support in the community. Don’t be surprised when you see Grambling students, faculty, and staff, reading to 3rd grade classes, and volunteering with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Boys and Girls club. With the business expertise in our faculty and students, we will provide financial education to students in the area so they can prepare for a brighter financial future, especially when it comes to paying for their college education,” Warrick stated.


Grambling Interim President Cynthia Warrick Decides Not to Seek Permanent Presidency

After long and thoughtful consideration, Interim President Dr. Cynthia Warrick has decided not to apply for the permanent position of President at Grambling State University.

“While I am confident that my work during this important transition has made a positive impact at Grambling; I have decided that I will honor my agreement with the Registry not to apply for the permanent position,” Warrick said.

Dr. Warrick went on to say, “I have embraced this opportunity as an honor and as long as I am here at Grambling, I will continue to use my time and energy to work on the initiatives I have started to make the university its best.  I truly believe in Grambling, its students, faculty, and staff; so I hope everyone will continue to work with me to ensure its future growth and success.”

During Warrick’s six-month tenure as interim president, she streamlined administrative operations; implemented aggressive student recruitment strategies; established relationships with local, state, regional and national legislative and governmental representatives to support program and funding initiatives; developed matching fund relationships with private sector industries and organizations raising more than $470,000 in donations; and opened new channels of communication.

University of Louisiana System President Sandra K. Woodley acknowledged Warrick’s decision and offered her continued support.

“These are challenging times for Grambling and all of higher education.  Dr. Warrick’s leadership has been instrumental in putting the University on a path to success by making the tough decisions needed to affect positive change.  I am grateful for the difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions made by Dr. Warrick that I believe will pay dividends long after this transition is over. Grambling’s next president will certainly benefit from her hard work and dedication,” said Woodley.


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“Grambling Students Celebrate Recycling and Black History with Art Contest”

Grambling Students Celebrate Recycling and Black History with Art Contest Photo

Mia Murry, an art teacher at Grambling Middle School and High School,
is shown with her winning students of the Creative Recycling Challenge (L to R):
Sean Morris, eighth grade, second place; Braniya Moran, ninth grade, first place;
and Shun Minnifield, 10th grade, third place.

By Angelita Faller

A globe representing key events in black history—everything from a bag of Skittles symbolizing what 17-year old Trayvon Martin was carrying when he was killed to inspirational quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.—was the people’s choice as winner of an art contest where the pieces were made entirely of recyclable materials.

The Creative Recycling Challenge was held as part of Grambling State University’s Recycle mania event on January 22 to celebrate the launch of a campus-wide recycling initiative with Pratt Industries. GSU students and others in attendance voted on their favorite art pieces, which were on display in Favrot Student Union.

Students from Grambling Middle School and High School focused on pieces celebrating moments in black history to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which took place just a few days before the art contest.

Braniya Moran, a ninth grader, won first place and a $50 gift card for her piece, “Black History Around the World,” which was inspired by Trayvon Martin, Martin Luther King, Jr., Eric Garner and Rosa Parks.

“It’s sad to see all these people who died, especially Martin Luther King, Jr., who brought peace to the world. This project really means something to me. I love black history,” Moran said.

Second place and a $25 gift card went to Sean Morris, an eighth grader, for “Rosa Parks on the Bus.” Morris, who is an avid recycler, created a bus out of a milk carton and the wheels of the bus out of push pops. He describes Parks’ 1955 decision not to give up her bus seat in the colored section to a white passenger as a “turning point in history.”

Shun Minnifield, a 10th grader, received third place and a $15 gift card for “The First Light Bulb.” His piece celebrates the work of Lewis Howard Latimer, a draftsman and inventor who received a patent in 1881 for improving the production of carbon filaments used in light bulbs.

Mia Murry, an art teacher at Grambling Middle School and High School, said creating art out of recyclable materials was an interesting challenge for the 16 students who participated in the contest, one that got them thinking about the importance of recycling.

“Some struggled to see what they could create with the materials available, but they enjoyed it. It makes them think about recycling. Maybe next time they will think twice about whether to throw something in the trash,” she said.


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Honors College to sponsor “Mock Law School Class”

Earl Lester Cole Honors College to sponsor “Mock Law School Class”

Honors College Moc Law Class featuring professors from Southern University Law Center.

The Earl Lester Cole Honors College will be sponsoring a “Mock Law School Class” featuring professors from Southern University Law Center. The class provides a great opportunity for students to observe and participate in critical thinking and reasoning through the eyes of the Socratic Method. Students who have an interest in becoming a lawyer will experience firsthand what to expect in a first year law class.

Guest professors will be Michael C. Garrard, Arthur E. Stallworth, and Alvin Washington. Garrard is a graduate of Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Herbert Law Center and Georgetown University Law Center. Stallworth is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Southern University Law Center. Washington is a graduate of Grambling State University and Southern University Law Center. All three professors have a wealth of experiences that will provide insight into the field of law.

When the opportunity became available to have these distinguished gentlemen conduct the “Mock Law School Class” for our students, we sieged the moment, said Dr. Ellen D. Smiley, Dean of the Earl Lester Cole Honors College. We have been fortunate to have a number of our students who have graduated from Grambling State University go on to earn their law degrees from Campbell Law School in North Carolina, Florida A & M, Southern University, University of Vermont, Texas Southern, Howard, University of Florida, North Carolina Central and others. We welcome opportunities that increase our ability to send more students to graduate and professional schools, said Smiley.

The “Mock Class” is scheduled for Monday, January 26, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the School of Nursing Auditorium. Students are encouraged to attend and the public is cordially invited. For additional information contact Dr. Ellen Smiley at 318-274-2114.

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GSU Theatre Presents Crimes of the Heart

Grambling State University Theatre to present Crimes of the Heart, by Beth Henley. Performances are February 3-6, 2015 at the Floyd L. Sandle Theatre, located in the Conrad Hutchinson Performing Arts Center.

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Grambling State University is pleased to announce its third production of the 2014-2015 season, Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley. Three young sisters – Babe, Lenny and Meg – reunite in their Mississippi hometown to await news of their hospitalized grandfather. With emotional baggage from the past and immediate troubles with the law, each of the dysfunctional MaGrath sisters is forced to face the consequences of her crimes of the heart. These unfortunate events unfold in this witty dramatic comedy, sure to please any audience member.

Directed by Paul Bolin, the production staff includes Lucita Foster as production stage manager and sound designer, Joseph Osborne as technical director, Karlie Robinson as set designer, Je’Lasa Williams as lighting designer, Larrese Wormley as prop master, and Teshia Lincoln as costume designer.

The cast includes: Rachel Chinn as Lenny MaGrath; Mionne Featherstone as Meg MaGrath; Ashia Allen as Babe MaGrath; Melanie Williams as Chick Boyle; Brenton Douglas as Barnette Lloyd; and Jaren Stringer as Doc Porter.

Performances dates are February 3-6, 2015 with a Pay-What-You-Can preview on Monday, February 2. At Friday night’s performance, audience members are encouraged to dress in their best 80’s outfit for a chance to win a prize! The show begins at 7pm and tickets are $3 for students and $5 for general. Tickets will go on sale starting Tuesday January 27. Box office will be open from the hours of 1pm-4:30pm Tuesday/Thursday and thirty minutes before performance time. For more information, please call Mrs. Modest at 274-2201.

Flyer:GSU Theatre Presents Crimes of the Heart


Mary Fran Crook
(318) 274-2892

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GSU Student Receives NADE Scholarship

Rudolph Ellis, GSU Graduate Student from Belize

Rudolph Ellis, GSU Graduate Student from Belize

By: Henry Williams

The National Association for developmental Education awarded a scholarship to Grambling State University’s own Rudolph Ellis, a graduate student from Belize, Central America majoring in developmental education. His concentration is curriculum and instructional design. Ellis was also given a $1000 stipend to attend a conference upon completion of the program.

Ellis was full of excitement when he found out that he was the winner of the scholarship and who it was in honor of touched him the most.

“Obtaining the Dr. White graduate scholarship from NADE not only provides me with the gratification that I chose the right path in education,” said Ellis. “I am humbled to receive an award that recognizes one of the greatest professors of the University and a pioneer in development education. It feels great to continue along his path to further my education here at Grambling State University.”

This scholarship is in honor of the late Dr. William G. White Jr. He is remembered for his lifetime of hard work and dedication to prepare students to further their ranks in his or hers’ education. White was a former professor at Grambling State University and he had a great influence on the students. Students like Ellis, looked up to him as a role model and mentor. Some Students who were taught by Dr. White, not only became winners of his scholarship award, but active members of NADE as well.

NADE recognizes professionals and students annually at their Conference and there are several awards that are distributed, one being the Dr. William G. White Jr. award.


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Featured Artist Kevin X. Rhodes in Dunbar Gallery, January 20 – February 26, 2015

From January 20 – February 26, 2015, Grambling State University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts will feature an exhibition by Kevin X. Rhodes in Dunbar Gallery. The exhibition, entitled Continuum, explores traditional textile materials and how the essences of those materials are manifested through sculptures, drawn paintings, and photographic media. Rhodes states, “Process is important. The process generates a sensory communication between artist and object, in which an understanding of the material’s properties are developed.”

Rhodes received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Grambling State University in 2009. He continued his Post-Baccalaureate studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia. In 2014 Rhodes received a Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA. Gallery Director, Donna McGee stated, “We are very pleased to welcome Kevin back to GSU. He is an excellent role model for our students.”

On Thursday, January 22, 2015 the artist will present a public lecture that gives insight into his growth as an artist and the concepts behind his works. The lecture will be held in Grambling Hall Auditorium from 1:30 – 2:30 PM. A reception for the artist will be held after the lecture from 4:30 – 6:00 PM in Dunbar Gallery located on Hutchinson Street in Grambling, Louisiana. Gallery hours are from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday. Accommodations are available for large groups and special needs persons. For more information please call 318-274-2274.


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GSU Named to the President’s Higher Education Honor Roll for Outstanding Achievements in Service-Learning


Presidents Higher Education Honor Roll Photo

Grambling State University has once again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  The award was established in 2006, after thousands of college students traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.  This marks the fourth time in six years, that Grambling has received this national honor as a result of the university’s involvement in academic and community service service-learning.  The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually highlights colleges and universities and is administered by The Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with the U. S. Department of Education and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.   The award is conveyed to colleges and universities that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.

Dr. Rory L. Bedford serves as director of service-learning at Grambling State University and is proud that the university has received this recognition again.  Bedford stated, “Such distinction comes as a result of the support that service-learning has received from the administration, an outstanding faculty and a committed student body.”   In 2005, Grambling State University became the first university in the University of Louisiana System to establish an Office of Service Learning. In 2008, only three years after establishing the office, the university incorporated Service-Learning as a part of the General Education requirements to assure that all students have a meaningful service-learning experience before they graduate. As the university prepares students for “citizenship in a democratic society,” students must complete at least 160 hours of service-learning activities. A minimum of 80 hours must be earned by doing academic service learning in a class-community setting. The other 80 hours can be achieved with approved civic engagement activities or community service projects.

According to Bedford, the university’s faculty continues to adapt courses that fit the cycle of service-learning. He said students participate in projects to help meet the needs of the community. Some of the projects include: students volunteering to assist the elderly with technology skills; student volunteers assisting with ACT preparation workshops; nursing students providing blood pressure and other screenings in rural areas; students from the School of Social Work and the School of Nursing participating in Operation Stand Down, a social service program providing assistance to the homeless and others through counseling and other services; Criminal Justice students mentoring students at the Swanson Juvenile Center; Theater students performing for underprivileged people in low-income areas to provide cultural enrichment; students assisting communities after natural disasters.  “These activities represent a microcosm of projects that are ongoing at the university,” said Bedford.

“The Grambling State University family realizes the impact that “service” has on our nation and the rewards to both the givers and receivers of the service.   Those who participate in service-learning activities experience the value that is added to the lives of those they help.  No reward is greater than that,” added Bedford. The university is always looking to expand the number of community partners and service opportunities for our students.  Agencies, organizations, businesses, schools, municipalities and faith groups who are interested in partnering with the university should contact Dr. Rory L. Bedford, Director of Service-Learning at 318-274-2547.


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Student Fee Waiver Policy


As part of our university’s mission to afford each student the opportunity to pursue a degree, Grambling State University offers an out-of-state fee waiver to students who intend to fully engage and immerse themselves in Grambling experience. For tuition purposes, students from other states (U.S. citizens), International students and members of the U.S. Military may be considered to have some or all of their out-of-state fees waived when registering for admittance, provided they satisfy one or more the following criteria:

  1. Students must first satisfy the admission requirements.
  2. Students must demonstrate a financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid Office. Student   must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for need assessment.
  3. Students must complete the out-of-state fee waiver application after being admitted to the university, and submit it with all required documents.  The fee waiver application and accompanying documents cannot be faxed.
  4. First-time Freshmen and continuing students must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. and will be evaluated at the end of the each Spring semester.
  5. Special Achievement Consideration (SPIRIT):

Non-resident, undergraduate students (U.S. citizens) with high achievement in dance performance, or debate, or visual arts, or music performance, or theater performance may be considered a resident of Louisiana for tuition/fee purposes, if it is deemed that the students’ presence will improve the educational opportunities of other students.  Cheerleaders, ROTC, Orchesis, Band, Choir or other university-recognized or sponsored spirit groups that perform at athletic game activities, and SGA members, may also be considered in this group. The applying student must meet each of the following criteria:

  • New students must first satisfy admissions criteria
  • Students must demonstrate a financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Demonstrate high achievement in the appropriate performance area.
  • First-Time Freshmen and Continuing Students musthave and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and be evaluated at the end of the each Spring semester.
  • Demonstrate leadership.
  • Commit to participate in the appropriate performance area.

*Upon approval of the SPIRIT out-of-state fee waiver/exemption, the group director must have students sign a statement of understanding which outlines the conditions of retaining the out-of-state fee waiver/exemption.  The statement must be kept on file in the group director’s office for the duration of the waiver/exemption.

Additional Terms:

  • The maximum time allowed for the out-of-state fee status is four (4) consecutive years.
  • Students receiving the out-of-state fee waiver/exemption must sign a statement of understanding which outlines the conditions of retaining the waiver/exemption.
  • Grambling State University reserves the right to limit the overall number of out-of-state fee waivers/exemptions granted.

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