Dunbar Gallery, GSU , Department of Visual and Performing Arts Senior Exhibition by: Rachel Wise

Exhibition Dates: April 13th – April 23rd

From April 13th– April 23rd, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Grambling State University will host an exhibition by Rachel Wise, entitled My Garden, in Dunbar Gallery. Wise, a senior from Austin Texas, is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual and Performing Arts with a concentration in Studio Art.

Wise is interested in the natural designs inherent in the rhythmic of growth patterns of flowers. She says, “My love of flowers was very much influenced by the texture, color and fragrance of my grandmother’s flower garden. My Garden is a painted garden that explores the abstract biomorphic qualities of flowers juxtaposed with geometric patterns”.

The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception on April 16th from 4:30 pm – 6 pm in Dunbar Gallery.   The gallery located on Hutchinson Street, Grambling State University. Gallery hours are from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, M – TH and 8:30 – 12:00 Noon on Friday. Accommodations are available for large groups and special needs persons. For more information please contact Donna McGee at 318-274-2274, mcgeed@gram.edu or Rodrecas Davis at 318-274-3462, davisro@gram.edu . The artist may be contacted at rkwise21@gmail.com.

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GSU Senior Educates Uninsured about Health Issues

By Angelita Faller

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GSU senior Brianna Johnson (center) is creating educational materials for health advocacy while working at Our Lady of the Health System in Baton Rouge. Also shown are Johnson’s supervisors: Monique Marion

GRAMBLING, LA – Brianna Johnson has made it her mission to educate people without adequate health insurance about critical issues in health.

Johnson, a senior majoring in kinesiology with a concentration in health promotion, is spending the spring semester interning at Our Lady of the Lady Health System (OLOL) in Baton Rouge, where she creates educational materials informing the public about a variety of health conditions.

Covering 11 parishes, OLOL is one of the largest medical providers in Louisiana. Johnson is working in the Community Advocacy Department. As part of the community’s health assessment plan, Johnson is responsible for creating health education displays and toolkits that are used in waiting rooms, health fairs and other events.

“I go to different clinics in the Baton Rouge area, and I have educational tabletops. I basically provide information to the patients. I educate the underinsured and uninsured. That’s my main focus, because the different clinics I go to are in rural areas, so a lot of them may not have education on different health issues,” Johnson said.

The health education materials cover several critical health conditions, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, cancer, depression, mental health, substance abuse and Alzheimer’s disease.

Johnson’s internship is part of the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) internship program. DHPE’s program provides internships in public health programs to students from minority-serving institutions. Johnson is the second GSU student to earn an internship through DHPE.

After her graduation in May, Johnson will attend Louisiana State University at New Orleans. She is planning to earn a master’s degree in either Community and Behavioral Health or Public Health Nursing.

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Fitness Key to Success at GSU’s First Hackathon

By Angelita Faller

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Grambling student Dairen Lambert receives a certificate for a new tablet from Monique Woodard, founder and executive director of Black Founders, for winning Grambling’s first Hackathon. Photo by Glen Lewis.

GRAMBLING, LA – Louisiana has the sixth highest adult obesity rate in the county, but a personal fitness app from Grambling State University is hoping to change that.

The app is the product of Grambling’s first Hackathon, a 48-hour event where students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) create a mobile app over the course of a weekend. The event was held March 20-22 in the Jacob T. Stewart building.

Black Founders created the HBCUHacks program to provide students at HBCUs with the opportunity to learn coding, design and business skills. According to Monique Woodard, founder and executive director of Black Founders, African Americans are drastically underrepresented in the technology workforce. At powerhouse technology company Google, only 1 percent of its tech workforce is Black.

“For us, Hackathons aren’t just a weekend of coding. It’s a way to get students interested in learning more about tech careers and to get them into the tech career pipeline. There are so few Black professionals in tech, and we really see that as a very lucrative profession in the future of the economy. We would like more Black representation in the industry,” Woodard said.

The winning app, created by Team Get Fit, matches profiles of people who want to get fit with nearby personal trainers.

“We created an app focused on health, making the search for a personal trainer very convenient. Our main purpose is to close the void when it comes to personal training from a distance, because we believe that defeats the purpose,” said Jarett Triplett, a junior computer sciences major.

As winners of the Hackathon, Triplett and his teammate, Dairen Lambert, received certificates for new tablets from GSU’s Barnes & Noble bookstore. Not only does their app match up personal trainers with potential clients, but it also hosts a library of video workouts for people who want to have better control of their time.

“If you want to work out your abs, but you only have 20 minutes before you have to get to work, you can choose a 15-minute ab workout video,” Triplett said.

Two other teams competed in the Hackathon, creating apps geared toward educating people about African American history and promoting campus events.

Team BlackCard, consisting of students Jaron Clark, E’Vonne Gipson and Qudus Oduniyi, created a mobile trivia game based on Black culture and history. The app is geared toward schools and the general public, hoping to teach people about African American culture and their contributions to history.

“The Hackathon was very informative and inspired me to learn more about the power of technology, because it heavily impacts the lives of this generation. My group was inspired to make a Black History Month trivia game app to give youth and adults a platform to learn and enjoy learning about African American culture,” Gipson said.

Team Aerialistic created GEvents, an app meant to easily promote and organize the details of campus events held at GSU. If the app is successful at Grambling, Team Aerialistic planned to expand the app to GSU-alumni sponsored events at well.

David Aubrey, the North Louisiana Regional Director of External Affairs for AT&T Inc. and Hackathon judge, said Team Get Fit won because of their innovative and creative ideas and passion for a product with good revenue potential.

“Get Fit was good. They were passionate about their idea. Fitness is something that is universal in this country and certainly needed. It’s a growing phenomenon. People are interested, and there are ways to generate revenue and create advertisements,” he said.

In December, AT&T awarded Grambling a $15,000 grant to sponsor the Hackathon.

“AT&T supports activities that promote the advancement of minority students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. We recognize there is a shortage, and we want to support institutions like HBCUS and activities that hopefully grow our workforce,” Aubrey said. “As an alumnus, it’s great to be able to come back and be a part of this. It seems more special to be engaged in this.”

The other judges included Yenumula Reddy, a mathematics professor at Grambling, and Avinash Reddy and Rama Sreedhara, both of CenturyLink.

Black Founders is planning to return to Grambling for a second Hackathon in the fall.

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Grambling State University Announces Winners of North Louisiana High School Art Show

Grambling State University Announces Winners of North Louisiana High School Art Show

Grambling State University’s High School North Louisiana Art Exhibition Awards Winners—Left to Right: Leah Reitzell, Sterlington High School teacher; Jazmine Lowery, Ruston High School (Curse of the Serpent); Hannah Ates, Choudrant High School (Paradise); Nancy Waldron, Choudrant High School teacher; Jeremy Curry, Gibsland Coleman High School (LeBron James Color Media) with family members Javion, Yolanda, Jeremiah and Tommie Curry; and Mary L. Rountree, Wossman High School teacher.

GRAMBLING, LA – Students from eight area high schools competed in GSU’s North Louisiana High School Art Show.

The winner of the art competition is Madison Mitchell, a student at Sterlington High School. She received the Best of Show award for her painting of a Louisiana swamp scene entitled “Louisiana Living”.

“It was so expressive. The color was clean. The composition was good, and it just jumped out at you,” said Tommie Sue Slaughter, a former assistant professor of art who judged the art competition.

In addition to “Louisiana Living,” Donna McGee, director of Dunbar Gallery, was especially impressed by two other entries. Jeremy Curry, a student at Gibsland-Coleman Complex, won first place in Color Media for his depiction of LeBron James.

“It was his interpretation of a photo of LeBron James. I thought that he did capture his personality well,” McGee said.

Another entry of interest was Nathaniel Doyle’s drawing. Doyle, a student at Wossman High School, received first place in Black and White Media for his “Portrait of Tamaya”.

“The technical skill and use of the pencil is very delicate and refined and very well done. He’s working from a photograph, but it’s very nicely done how he captured that person’s personality,” McGee said.

Other winners include:

  • Hannah Ates, Choudrant High School, 2nd Place, Color Media
  • Diamonique Williams, Wossman High School, 3rd Place, Color Media
  • Emily Smith, Choudrant High School, 1st Place, 3-D Media
  • Ashton Hagan, Sterlington High School, 2nd Place, Black and White Media
  • Jacob La Dart, Sterlington High School, 3rd Place, Black and White Media
  • Nathaniel Doyle, Jr., Wossman High School, Honorable Mention
  • Montreveon Parker, Wossman High School, Honorable Mention
  • Jazmine Lowery, Ruston High School, Honorable Mention
  • Jamillia White, Choudrant High School, Honorable Mention

Participants from this year’s art show are from Ruston High School, Choudrant High School, Grambling High School, Gibsland-Coleman Complex, Saline High School, Wossman High School and Sterlington High School. The Department of Visual and Performing Arts hosted the exhibition from March 4-19 in Dunbar Gallery.

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Ministers Conference Holds Convocation for Students

 

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Pastor Howard-John Wesley

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University’s Ministers Conference will feature a special convocation geared toward college students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Nursing Building’s auditorium.

Pastor Howard-John Wesley, senior pastor of the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA, will lead the convocation. He will lead a unique worship service termed CAYA (Come As You Are), which is geared toward young adults.

“What we do as ministers is not too far removed from any other principle of work. Anytime you worship and hear the word of God and are encouraged, it makes you more productive and a better person. Any worship benefits the world,” Wesley said.

Pastor Wesley will also lead the Thursday evening worship service, which is being held in honor of Pastor E. Edward Jones, pastor of Galilee Baptist Church in Shreveport. The service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Nursing Building’s auditorium.

Pastor Wesley is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and would like to invite his fellow Kappa Alpha Psi members to attend these activities.

About Pastor Wesley: Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley is the exciting, gifted and anointed Senior Pastor of Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. A courageous, dynamic, and visionary leader, Dr. Wesley is a much sought after preacher, teacher, and featured national keynote speaker for various churches, leadership and development programs. He is only the eighth pastor to be installed in the 212-year history of the historic and world-renowned Alfred Street Baptist Church. Under his leadership, the church has grown to over 7,000 members with nearly 80 active ministries.

For more information about the Minsters Conference, visit http://www.gram.edu/news/?p=393. For more information about Pastor Wesley, visit http://www.alfredstreet.org/leaders/about-pastor-wesley/.

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Dr. Ellen Smiley, Dean of the Honors College of GSU selected as President of the Louisiana Collegiate Honors Council

 

Dr. Ellen Smiley, Dean of the Honors College of Grambling State University

Dr. Ellen Smiley,
Dean of the Honors College

Dr. Ellen D. Smiley, Dean of Grambling State University’s Earl Lester Cole Honors College was selected as the President of the Louisiana Collegiate Honors Council (LCHC) during its Annual Conference. The conference, which was hosted by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was held March 20-21. The keynote speaker for the conference was Dr. Julia Frederick, Dean of the University of Lafayette Honors Program.   Honors students and Honors Deans and Directors from throughout the state attended the conference. Students competed in the Quiz Bowl competition, presented papers and posters of their research and other projects. The council is made up of 16 colleges and universities that are members of the University of Louisiana System, Southern University System, Louisiana Community and Technical College System and Louisiana State University System. Dr. Julia Frederick of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette was reelected as secretary-treasurer and Professor Brett Heintz of Delgado Community College was elected as the Vice President. Smiley said it is an honor to have been chosen to serve as president of the council. I am looking forward to working with the universities to strengthen the “honors bond” that connects us. Grambling State University will host the conference in 2016.

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Dunbar Gallery, GSU Dept. of Visual and Performing Arts Senior Exhibition by Joseph Osborne

 

Exhibition Dates: March 23 – April 9, 2015

From March 23th – April 9th, 2015, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Grambling State University will host an exhibition by Joseph Osborne, entitled No Heroes Noir: La Barbershop Conscience, in Dunbar Gallery. Osborne, a senior from Shreveport, is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual and Performing Arts with a concentration in Studio Art.

Osborne’s sculpture uses layers of plywood, repurposed wood and other materials. Osborne says, “I love using wood especially found or repurposed wood because it comes with an identity already in its grain and shows evidence of its previous use.”

The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception on Tuesday, March 24th 5 – 7:00 PM in Dunbar Gallery.   The gallery located on Hutchinson Street, Grambling State University. Gallery hours are from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, M – TH and 8:30 – 12:00 Noon on Friday. Accommodations are available for large groups and special needs persons. For more information please contact Donna McGee at 318-274-2274, mcgeed@gram.edu or Rodrecas Davis at 318-274-3462, davisro@gram.edu . The artist may be contacted at josborne814@yahoo.com.

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Pastor Darrell White Opens GSU’s First Ministers Conference

 

Pastor Darrell White

Pastor Darrell White

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University’s first Ministers Conference will open Wednesday with a worship service led by Pastor Darrell White. The service will be held at 6 p.m. in the Nursing Building. The public is encouraged to attend.

Pastor White is the pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va., and a 1981 graduate of Grambling. While at Grambling, he joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and would like to personally invite his fellow Alpha Phi Alpha brothers to attend the service.

About Pastor White: The Reverend Dr. Darrell Keith White is a native of Louisiana and represents the fourth generation of Baptist ministers in his family. His undergraduate work was completed at Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology. In acknowledgement of his calling from the Lord, he matriculated to the Virginia Union University School of Theology in Richmond, Virginia, and obtained a Master of Divinity degree. Recognizing the need for further education in ministry, Dr. White attended the Presbyterian School of Christian Education and earned a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education. He is also the recipient of an earned Doctorate in Ministry from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C. Dr. White was awarded a certificate in Church Business Administration from The Leadership Institute at Union Presbyterian Seminary, in cooperation with the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA). He is also a 2012 graduate of Leadership Fairfax.

Dr. Darrell K. White was licensed to preach the gospel in August 1983 at the New Hope Baptist Church of Welsh, Louisiana, and was ordained in August 1984 at the Israelite Missionary Baptist Church of Crowley, Louisiana. In 1986, Dr. White was called to the pastorate of the Baptist Liberty Church in King William, Virginia. Under his leadership, the church grew spiritually and physically in the name of the Lord. In 1990, the Moore Street Missionary Baptist Church of Richmond, Virginia extended the call to Dr. White to become the Assistant to the Pastor and the Minister of Christian Education, full-time.

For more information about the Minsters Conference, visit http://www.gram.edu/news/?p=393. For more information about Pastor White, visit http://www.bethlehemofalexandria.org/pastor/.

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Grambling Prepares to Compete at Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship

Student team will challenge the best and brightest HBCU students

[Grambling, LA], – Brainpower from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will be on display at the 26th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament. HBCU students have spent the school year diligently preparing and qualifying to compete in the national championship of this unique academic tournament, March 21-25, 2015, on the campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, California.

This year’s road to the championship began in the fall, with 76 HBCUs vying for the final 48 slots. Through countless hours of study, drills and practice, elite teams emerged, knowledgeable and ready to take on the competition.

“Every one of the students that qualifies for the ‘Great 48’ is a champion in their own right,” said Steve Morikawa, Vice President of Corporate Community Relations at American Honda. “Honda is proud to welcome this year’s class into an exceptional community of HCASC alumni that comes together each year to celebrate academic excellence.”

Grambling’s 2015 team is Dave Fields Jr., Captain, a junior from Mililani, HI; John Carter, a freshman from Washington, NC; Whitney Gaston-Loyd, a senior from Shreveport, LA; and Jharrayne McKnight, a junior from Anacoco, LA. Charlette Favors coaches the team. Dr. Cynthia Warrick, President, will accompany the team.

HBCU Alumni in the Los Angeles Area are invited to attend the Round Robin Games on Sunday, March 22nd from 8:30 am – 7 pm at the South Bay Marriott. Click for HCASC NCT Guest Information.

The 2015 finals will be live-streamed on Monday, March 23rd starting at 12:00 ET on HCASC.com and other websites.

For more information on the 2015 HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit www.hcasc.com. Connect with HCASC via social media for updates on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HCASC) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/HCASC), using #HCASC.

Click here for GSU AllStar Challenge Fact Sheet
Click here for Information on Supporting the GSU Team 

About Honda Campus All-Star Challenge:Celebrating HBCU excellence, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States. Since 1989, the program has awarded more than $7.5 million in grants to participating HBCUs, impacting the lives of over 100,000 students across 22 states. HCASC’s impressive roster of past participants includes engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors. A number of high profile former HCASC participants have been inducted into the HCASC Hall of Fame, including Clark Atlanta University alumnus and ESPN anchor, Bomani Jones, who participated in two HCASC competitions between 1999 and 2001, serving as team captain in 2001.

For more information, contact:

Thomas Cunningham, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge: (800) 388-2272 x105 / tom@hcasc.com

Matt Sloustcher, Honda North America, (310) 357-5711 / matt_sloustcher@hna.honda.com

Honda AllStar Challenge 2015 Grambling Fact Sheet
Honda AllStar Challenge 2015 Come Support Your HBCU Team!

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Grambling State University Holds First Ministers Conference

 

Update: The evening worship service on March 26 will be held in honor of Dr. E. Edward Jones, pastor of Galilee Baptist Church in Shreveport, La. Please note that Pastor E. Edward Jones is the current pastor of Galilee Baptist Church, not the pastor emeritus, as reported in the previous press release.

GRAMBLING, LOUISIANA – Grambling State University is holding its first annual Ministers Conference March 25-27.

This conference will be filled with inspiring sermons and thought-provoking lectures. GSU Interim President Cynthia Warrick hopes it will become an annual event to strengthen ties between local churches, the community and Grambling.

“We look forward to this opportunity to be of service to area clergy and their respective church communities. Our aim is to host a Ministers Conference each year when clergy can come together in an environment conducive to learning and be exposed to cutting edge ministry resources and dynamic clergy leadership,” Warrick said.

The event will feature special guests: Dr. Harry Blake, who has served as pastor of the Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Shreveport, La., since 1966; Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, senior pastor of Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va.; and Rev. Dr. Darrell White, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va.

The conference will feature workshops on pastoral leadership, conflict resolution, and strengthening and growing your church and young adult ministry. The evening worship service on March 26 will be held in honor of Dr. E. Edward Jones, pastor emeritus of Galilee Baptist Church in Shreveport, La.

Grambling is holding this workshop free of charge to its participants. If anyone would like to donate money to help with the cost of food or workshops, donations can be made to Grambling State University, Office of Research, Advancement and Economic Development, GSU Box 4236, Grambling, LA 71245. Anyone who donates $100 or more will be recognized as a charter sponsor of this event.

Registration is limited to the first 250 participants and will end on March 20. For more information and to register for the conference, contact Rose Wright @ (318) 274-2217 or wrightr@gram.edu.

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