Three Grambling Lady Tigers were named to the National Tenpin Coaches Association Academic All-NTCA Honorable Mention Team

 

GRAMBLING, LA – Rachel Wise, Tabitha Nankya and Tafadzwa Chiridza of the Grambling State University women’s bowling team were named to the National Tenpin Coaches Association Academic All-NTCA Honorable Mention Team.

Wise is a native of Round, Texas, and a 2015 graduate of GSU with a degree in art education. Nankya, of Houston, Texas, also graduated in 2015 with a degree in engineering technology. Chiridza is a native of Tomball, Texas, and a sophomore majoring in computer information systems.

To be named to the Academic All-NTCA Team, a student athlete needs to receive votes in the All American voting at the end of the season. They must also have a 3.4 GPA for the 2014-2015 school year confirmed by their school. If a student athlete has received a 3.4 GPA for the year, they are listed as an honorable mention. The Grambling State University women’s bowling team

had an overall grade point average of 3.22 for the year.

The Grambling State University Athletics Department would like to congratulate these young ladies for an amazing honor.

Grambling State Honorable Mention Academic All NTCA
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Name
Last Name Year Area of Study From School
Tafadzwa Chiridza Sophomore Computer Information Systems Tomball, TX Grambling State University
Tabitha Nankya Senior Engineering Technology Houston, TX Grambling State University
Rachel Wise Senior Art Education Round, TX Grambling State University

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GSU Police Department Starts Free Cell Phone Program for Victims of Domestic Violence

 

By Angelita Faller

GRAMBLING, LA – The Grambling State University Police Department (GSUPD) is implementing a new program that will grant free cell phones to Grambling students who have lost their phones as a result of a domestic violence incident.

Starting in the fall semester, Grambling students may file a report with the GSU Police Department, and the student can receive a free cell phone to temporarily replace the destroyed phone until a new one can be purchased.

GSU Police Chief Howard Caviness hopes the program will serve as a deterrent to future domestic violence incidents, since perpetrators can destroy a person’s phone with the intent to leave the person without a means of communication to call for help or contact loved ones.

“A lot of times the perpetrator feels they have disabled the other person by smashing their communication device to the outside world. They (students) can come here, and we will help them be able to communicate with law enforcement officers and their parents until they can get another phone,” he said.

The GSUPD is paying for the phones out of its own budget, believing that the cost is worth the potential benefits to Grambling students.

“I hope we don’t have to give out any phones, but we will have phones here to supply the victims in domestic violence situations. If it costs us a uniform or two out of our allowance, then so be it. If it saves one of these students’ lives or keeps someone from being battered, it’s well worth what we are doing,” Caviness said. “I don’t know of any other university or college in the state of Louisiana that is doing this. I hope other universities will piggy back after us and do the same program.”

If anyone is interested in donating a cell phone or would like more information about the program, contact the GSU Police Department at 318-274-2219.

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Grambling’s Broderick Fobbs to be Presented with Robinson Award

 

Greater New Orleans Hall of Fame LogoNEW ORLEANS – The Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame will hold its annual awards banquet on Saturday, August 8 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, selects annual award winners in a variety of categories, in addition to selecting each year’s Hall of Fame class and Amateur Athletes of the Month. Overall, 24 individuals and two teams will be honored at this year’s banquet. The honorees are being announced over an eight-day period. Annual award winners will be introduced on Wednesday, followed by the Corbett Award winners, for the top male and female amateur athletes in the state and the 2015 Hall of Fame class.

Broderick Fobbs, the head football coach at Grambling State University, will be recognized at the event as the 2014-15 recipient of the Eddie Robinson Award. The award is presented annually to an athlete, coach, team or athletic administrator in Louisiana who demonstrates the qualities most associated with Grambling legend Eddie Robinson: outstanding achievement in athletics, academics, sportsmanship and citizenship by maximizing the use of limited resources.

Fobbs Hall of Fame PR Photo - sum15Fobbs is being honored after taking over the reins of the award’s namesake’s program and lifting it up from depths to which it had never fallen in history – a combined record of 2-21 during the 2012-2013 seasons. Things sunk so low that the 2013 season was most memorable due to a player revolt related to dissatisfaction with athletic facilities and travel accommodations. The week-long boycott forced cancellation of a road game against Jackson State.

One of the most recognized brands in college football was getting recognition for all the wrong reasons. Enter Fobbs, a Grambling alum who was one of the few coaches to jump at the vacant head coaching position. All he did was lead the G-Men to seven wins – one win away from playing for the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship.

“Just the name Eddie Robinson, that says it all for me. It’s just a tremendous honor to receive an award with his name on it,” beamed the man who captained two editions of Grambling teams coached by Robinson.

The 2014 Grambling Tigers lost the first three games of the season before putting together a seven-game winning streak.

The victory-string was snapped by Alabama State, however the Tigers entered the Bayou Classic against arch-rival Southern needing a win for a spot in the conference title game. Grambling fell short in a 52-45 thriller, completing the year with a 7-5 record and one of the most remarkable turnarounds in recent college football history.

Fobbs says he relied on one of many lessons he learned from the man whose name graces this award.

“Just the importance of discipline and getting up every day and dusting yourself off and continuing to work and do your job.”

The 2014 SWAC Coach of the Year heard the wisdom of Eddie Robinson his entire life. Before getting those life lessons from the man himself as a Grambling student-athlete, it was drilled into his psyche by his father Lee Fobbs, an outstanding running back at Grambling under Coach Robinson in the late sixties and currently a member of Broderick’s coaching staff.

“He had a Plan A going in but he did not have a Plan B because he really believed in Plan A. He didn’t believe it would fail,” says the proud father.

“He’s done a great job with his staff and with the kids in terms of where he wants them to go academically. I just think it’s fitting that he would win this award.”

Story submitted by Ro Brown of the Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee.

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Grambling State University Seeks Suggestions to Improve University

 

Suggestion Ad PR Photo Sum. 15GRAMBLING, LA – Do you have a good idea to help make Grambling State University even better? We want to hear it! Grambling has launched an electronic suggestion box to encourage students, faculty, staff, alumni and anyone interested in helping Grambling State University to send in their suggestions for the university. President Willie Larkin and top university leaders will review the suggestions.

“We want to know what people are thinking and feeling about the university and sincerely welcome suggestions on how to improve GSU through the services we offer,” President Larkin said. “The purpose of the box is to allow anyone to go online and make suggestions about how to improve GSU. Your suggestion matters!”

Suggestions or ideas could be about recruiting students, fundraising, curriculum recommendations, what time football games begin, attracting corporate supporters, working with the alumni, campus beautification, constructing buildings, safety issues/concerns, strategies on building up school spirit, or any other topic that can help improve Grambling.

Visit www.gram.edu/suggestion to make a suggestion today!

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Red River State Fair Classic Press Conference

Grambling State Tigers vs. Texas Southern University

Grambling, LA – On Friday, July 24th, the Shreveport – Bossier Sports Commission will hold a press conference at Independence Stadium in the Sky Room at 11 a.m. Grambling Stat University Head Football coach Broderick Fobbs will join Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler, Chris Giordano from the State Fair of Louisiana, and Kelly Wells with the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission to discuss this exciting event.

The Grambling State Tigers will face Texas Southern University on Nov. 7th; kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Independence Stadium.

We encourage all Tiger fans in the surrounding areas to come out and support this event!

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Williams and Williams will represent Grambling at 2015 SWAC Football Media Day

 

SWAC Media Day Football PR Photos - Summer 2015GRAMBLING, LA – Head Football Coach Broderick Fobbs and two veteran Tigers will represent Grambling in the 2015 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Football Media Day on Friday at the Marriott in Birmingham, Alabama.

The annual event will feature head coaches accompanied by a pair of student athletes from all 10 SWAC schools. SWAC officials will rank the college football teams and announce the pre-season All-Conference Teams.

Grambling will be represented by Fobbs, Jevonta Williams, a defensive lineman from Zachary, Louisiana, and Johnathan Williams, a quarterback from Tampa, Florida. “Johnathan is in my opinion the best player in the conference,” Fobbs said. “He is highly intelligent, he knows what it takes to get things done, and he is the leader of our team. Jevonta is the leader of our defensive team, and he is also highly intelligent. I couldn’t think of two better men to have representing us this weekend.” Dee Jackson will moderate the live coverage beginning at 10 a.m. CT live on the SWAC Digital Network. The SWAC’s official website, swac.org, will carry continuous coverage of MD15 via online video and audio broadcast stream.

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Grambling Alumni and Student Government Association Beautify Main Street!

 

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Alumnus LaQuieta Huey works with Student Government Association members to repaint handicapped signs and parking spots along Main Street during the Grambling University National Alumni Association 2015 National Convention.

Grambling, LA – Grambling State University alumni and members of the Student Government Association are making the campus safer and more beautiful by painting handicapped spots, crosswalks and parking spots along Main Street as a community service project for the Grambling University National Alumni Association 2015 National Convention.

Jonathan Wallace, president of the Student Government Association, said students were happy to take on this project to beautify Main Street.

“This is the first year we are doing a community service project with GUNAA,” Wallace said. “Main Street is a big concern for students, with it being the busiest street on campus, so we have taken the initiative to start the process to re-paint the parking spots and crosswalks.”

LaQuieta Huey, a 2000 graduate of GSU who is now a materials engineer, wanted to be part of the community service project, because she is a firm believer in giving back to the university that helped her achieve her dream of working at NASA.

“I am a proud Grambling alumnus,” Huey said. “I am here to give back to the university, because the university has given me so much.”

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Four Officers from GSU Police Department Graduate from Police Academy

 

Four Officers from GSU Police Department Graduate from Police Academy PR Photo - Summer 15

Four members of the Grambling State University Police Department have graduated from the North Delta Regional Law Enforcement Academy in the past three months. From left to right are officers Rodney Williams of Shreveport, Brian Gardner of Monroe, Thomas Harmon of Arcadia, and Miranda Dees of Ruston.

Grambling, LA – Grambling State University’s campus has just gotten safer. Four members of the GSU Police Department have attended and graduated from the North Delta Regional Law Enforcement Academy in the past seven months.

Officers Miranda Dees of Ruston and Thomas Harmon of Arcadia, a five-year veteran of the GSU Police Department, began the 14-week academy in April and graduated at the end of June, while officers Rodney Williams of Shreveport, also a five-year veteran, and Brian Gardner of Monroe started in January and graduated at the end of April.

“This is a priority for the university to have certified police officers to better protect the students, faculty and staff,” GSU Interim Police Chief Howard Caviness said. “This is a huge accomplishment for the Grambling State University Police Department and the university as a whole. Although our law enforcement personnel hasn’t increased, training our current staff has and this will greatly benefit our students, faculty, and staff.” Caviness said that high turnover in law enforcement has created a demand for more law enforcement officers. Cadets spend 40 hours a week for 14 weeks to complete training in firearms safety and usage, criminal law and ethics, driving courses, defensive tactics, active shooter situations, investigative tactics, drug recognition, sensitivity training and other topics. One of the graduates, Dees, is the first Caucasian female to become a certified police officer while working at the GSU Police Department. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in history from Louisiana Tech. In the future, Dees plans to pursue a career as a federal law enforcement officer with the FBI or the U.S. Marshals Service. “I spent my undergraduate years working with the police station, so I knew I would be good at police work,” she said. “It was a good experience at the academy. There were some tough moments where it’s important to remember not to give up, but we had great instructors who made sure we got through it.”

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AT&T Donates $50,000 to Fund STEM Scholarships at Grambling State University

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AT&T donated $50,000 to Grambling State University on July 1 for student scholarships in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. Back Row (L to R): Herbert Simmons, Jr., president of the Grambling Faculty Senate; Grambling Mayor Pro-tempore Roy Jackson; SGA President Jonathan Wallace; Jalexi Heard, SGA executive assistant; Rep. Patrick Jefferson; Sen. Rick Gallot, Jr.; Cecil Holt, SGA chief justice; Jan Carter, AT&T sales executive for the employee sponsorship program; Jan Waguespack, AT&T client solution executive for higher education; and David Aubrey, AT&T regional director. Front Row (L to R): Adarian Williams, GSU sophomore class president; Asia Scott, SGA director of academic success; Astra Watts, GSU junior class president; GSU President Willie Larkin; Michael Meadows, SGA chief of staff; Grambling Mayor Edward Jones; and Charles Scott, AT&T engineering manager. Photo by Glenn Lewis.

GRAMBLING, LA – AT&T has made a $50,000 contribution to the Grambling University Foundation Inc., for scholarships in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to be awarded to 23 students for one year. One superior student will receive a $5,000 scholarship, two will receive $2,500 awards, and 20 students will be awarded $2,000 scholarships.

“Supporting STEM education in Louisiana is of the utmost importance if we are going to continue to move forward as a global leader in innovation,” said state Sen. Rick Gallot, Jr. “These students are our future, and we must continue to invest in their education and development if we want to continue to see growth.”

Grambling State University is a comprehensive, historically black, public institution with a community of learners who strive for excellence in their pursuit of knowledge. AT&T’s scholarship contribution will help with the university’s goal to increase the retention of STEM students. It follows a $15,000 donation to Grambling in December 2014 to sponsor the HBCU Hacks program, a 48-hour program where student teams create a mobile app over the course of a weekend.  “Grambling recognizes the importance of investing in STEM education, and we are proud to have Senator Gallot who supports and mirrors our drive for excellence,” said Helen Godfrey Smith, chairwoman of the Grambling University Foundation Board of Directors. “Research has shown that students who receive financial aid in the form of grants and scholarships have improved rates of success, and we are thrilled to be able to give this chance to 23 deserving students.”

These scholarships will also help fill a statewide need for STEM-trained employees necessary for Louisiana’s future workforce. Experts estimate Louisiana alone will have 69,000 STEM vacancies by 2018.

“It is vital that we prepare tomorrow’s workforce today,” said AT&T Louisiana President Sonia Perez. “Our country will need thousands of new employees to fill science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related jobs to meet the demands of the billions of dollars in new projects already in development. Supporting institutions like Grambling will go a long way toward preparing our future workforce, across our state and the throughout the country.”

The minimum grade point average to qualify as an AT&T scholar and maintain a scholarship is 3.0. Scholars will be selected based on their application, essay, faculty recommendation, involvement in STEM-related extracurricular activities and unmet financial need.

“I appreciate this gesture and this investment in Grambling State University. This is not just a giving of a check; it is an investment in the future of our young people,” GSU President Willie Larkin said.

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Tickets on Sale for 42nd Annual Bayou Classic

 

Bayou Classic LogoGRAMBLING, LA – Tickets for the iconic 42nd Annual Bayou Classic are now on sale, and you can get your tickets for the special price of two tickets for $42! This July-only special commemorates the Bayou Classic’s 42nd anniversary.

The Bayou Classic is the iconic collegiate gridiron matchup between Southern University and Grambling State University, which will take place on Saturday, November 28, 2015 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Bayou Classic fans may also purchase tickets for the ever-popular Battle of the Bands & Greek Show to be held on Friday, November 27, 2015 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

This special offer is only valid from July 1-31, so get your tickets now! The code for this ticket promotion is: 2FOR42. Visit the My Bayou Classic website (www.MyBayouClassic.com) or Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com) to purchase your tickets today!

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