GSU Police Department Awarded $99K Grant to Enhance Technology


GRAMBLING, LA – The Grambling State University Police Department is getting a technology update at no cost to its students. The police department has been awarded a $99,000 grant for technology enhancement from the U.S. Department of Education.

The grant will be used to purchase new computers, body cameras, Tasers and a program that allows parking tickets to be issued electronically instead of written by hand.

GSU Police Chief Howard Caviness said the grant, which runs from Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016, will provide equipment to help the officers better ensure campus safety.

Putting computers in police cars will allow officers to spend more time patrolling, since they will no longer have to return to the police department in order to file a report.

“The computers will keep the officers out of the office and in the public’s eye more. The visibility of police officers alone can serve as a deterrent to crime,” Caviness said.

In addition, the new body cameras have wider lenses that will show observers a wider range of vision when viewing recordings.

“It shows that procedures have been properly followed or if violations have occurred,” Caviness said. “It protects the citizen and the police officer and the department he or she works for in different ways.”

Cardinal Ticket Track will not only allow officers to write and print tickets for parking violations electronically, but it will also take pictures of the vehicle and the surrounding location that can be used as evidence in appeals of traffic citations.

The grant has been awarded under the Student Aid & Fiscal Responsibility Act, Part F of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program grant. Chief Caviness is also applying for an extension of the grant through 2020.


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Welcome back students,

It’s wonderful to see that students returning to school, and everyone ready to attend classes and begin learning! For all of you who don’t know about the Grambling State University Student Counseling and Wellness Resource Center we are here to help student transition into the school year, and deal with mental wellness problems such as stress, relational issues and identified learning needs.


Below are some examples of student concerns that can present while you are in college where you may need additional support and resources. We are here to help!

  • Academic Concerns
  • Late for class
  • Not responding to outreach
  • Not interacting well with students.
  • Too much partying or late nights
  • Homesickness
  • Break-ups
  • Academic Problems
  • Extreme dissatisfaction with school, campus social concerns, etc. Emotional problems
  • Sleeps all the time/or not enough sleep
  • Feelings of depression
  • Adjustment problems with relationship break-up
  • Crying Spells
  • Severe mood swings
  • Eating /body image issues
  • Grief issues (death, parent’s divorce, etc.)
  • Alcohol/Drug related problems
  • Missing class due to partying
  • Mood changes
  • Legal issues

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Grambling State University vs Bethune-Cookman University Announces Kick-Off Time Change


GRAMBLING, LA –Athletic Officials at Grambling State University and Bethune-Cookman University announce a change in the kickoff time of the their football game on Saturday September 12th at Eddie G. Robinson, Sr. Memorial Stadium on the campus of Grambling State University. The kick off time is now 6:00pm CST, which was moved back two hours from the original kickoff time of 4:00 pm CST.

Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lynn W. Thompson at Bethune-Cookman and Interim Athletic Director Obadiah Simmons at Grambling mutually agreed that a later start-time is advantageous for the health, safety and well being of all parties involved. “Temperatures during early September in North Central Louisiana are extremely brutal and we want to ensure the comfort and safety of all players, coaching and support staffs, game officials and fans while attending this football game” notes Simmons. “The safety of the student-athletes and fans is the most important thing,” according to Thompson. “Being in Florida, we certainly understand extreme heat in the southeast, and we share the concern of Grambling State University and their athletic officials when it comes to the safety and well-being of the student-athletes and fans in extreme temperatures during this time of year.”

Grambling Head Coach Broderick Fobbs states “while we’re excited about playing the game, there’s always a conscientious effort to minimize and/or eliminate health hazards in every contest particularly in temperate climates. The safety and well-being of all student-athletes in every contest is paramount” according to Coach Fobbs.   “A later start-time is certainly in the best interest of everyone,” states Bethune-Cookman Head Football Coach Terry Sims. Coach Sims continued by stating “the number of fatalities resulting from exposure to extreme heat continues unfortunately to plague college football nationwide. Every precaution that can be taken to reduce the potential for these occurrences should be exercised. Moving the kickoff time back is certainly a safety measure in the right direction” according to Coach Sims.

Fans are also encouraged to dress accordingly and consume plenty of fluids to maintain their electrolyte balance to offset any ill effects of heat-related illnesses.

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Thurgood Marshall College Fund Launches Apple HBCU Scholars Program to Create Diverse Talent Pipeline


Washington, DC – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) today launched the application process for the inaugural year of the Apple HBCU Scholars Program, the largest and most comprehensive scholarship effort in HBCU history. Thirty successful undergraduate student recipients will be awarded sizable scholarships and receive year-long mentorships by Apple employees to include a paid internship at Apple headquarters next summer. The scholarship program is open to students in their final year of study from all of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBI).

“There are “scholarships” and then there are “scholarship programs,” said TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. “Apple has made an historic investment in a scholarship program that will transform the lives of HBCU star students by not only removing the financial barriers to college attendance, but by providing them additional non-financial program elements like Apple mentors and summer internships. These Apple HBCU Scholars will be the future tech industry leaders.”

The Apple HBCU Scholars Program is the first of several programs under the new Apple and TMCF Diversity Initiative. In March, Apple and TMCF announced a partnership to identify, develop and harness talent from the nation’s community of HBCU’s. The over $40 million multi-year commitment from Apple is the largest and most comprehensive corporate investment ever given exclusively for students and faculty of four-year HBCUs. The multi-year commitment includes funding to build a talent database, internships for high achieving students, exposure to Apple’s campus and work environment, and funding of faculty innovation grants focused on developing successful ways to accelerate HBCU students into the tech field. Through TMCF’s entrepreneurial division, select students who have desires to build businesses using technology will have an opportunity to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference and discover new pathways to successful entrepreneurship through developing new ideas and new apps.

“This program is about exposing gifted students from HBCU’s to a career in technology. We’re big believers that innovation will be strongest when talented people from diverse backgrounds are part of the creative process,” said Denise Young Smith, Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources. “That’s why we’re so proud to be partnering with TMCF to help us find the next generation of innovators.”

The Scholars Program will provide students with a diverse and valuable set of learning and personal growth opportunities that include: a scholarship up to $25,000 for their senior year of studies; a summer internship at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California; participation in a year-round development program to prepare for post-graduation careers; pairing with an Apple employee mentor during students’ senior year; the opportunity to serve as Ambassadors on their HBCU campuses to build awareness for the Apple and TMCF Diversity Initiative; the opportunity to attend TMCF’s Annual Leadership Institute in Washington, DC in November 2015; and participation in the Apple HBCU Immersion experience in Cupertino, California during the spring of 2016.

The application process is open now and will close on September 18, 2015. For more information on the Apple HBCU Scholars Program and eligibility requirements visit For information on the TMCF Apple Diversity Initiative, visit and follow @TMCF_HBCU on Twitter.


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Tigers Battle it out During “Tiger”lympics


Tigerlympics PR Photo - Fall 15

GRAMBLING, LA – The Grambling State University Recreation and Intramural Sports kicked off the school year with the “Tiger”lympics event on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in the Intramural Center.

Students were placed on teams and battled it out participating in relay races, obstacle courses, three point and hot shot contests. Scores were taken and then teams were placed in brackets for the dodge ball tournament finale. The DJ provided live music to keep the action going.

Team Rankings were as follows: 1st Place-Team Dem Boys with Alex M., Rannie M., Jaylen H., and Elisha M., 108 points; 2nd Place-Team Unknown with Kyron Jones, Keidrick Johnson, Jaden Sutton, and Brandon Johnson, 107 points; and 3rd Place-Team Elite with Vaughn J., Devonte C., Marcell L., and Blake C., 68 points.

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Lady Tigers Soccer Team Preparing For First Competition


GRAMBLING, LA – The Lady Tigers’ soccer team is preparing to kick-off their fall campaign. Grambling State University’s season will begin on Friday, Sept. 4 as the host for cross-town foe Louisiana Tech at 4 p.m.

The Lady Tigers will play the next four games on the road with contests at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Texas Southern and Prairie View A&M University. The team will then host Alabama State University at 3 p.m. on Oct. 2, followed by Alabama A&M University on Oct. 4 at 1 p.m.

They will play the next two games on the road with contests at Mississippi Valley State and Alcorn State. The Lady Tigers will finish the last four games of the regular season at home with contests against Howard University, Jackson State, Southern and the University of Arkansas Pine-Bluff.

The 2015 SWAC Soccer tournament will take place on Nov. 5-8 in Huntsville, Alabama.


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Fan Fest/Media Day Event Moved to the GSU Football Practice Field


GRAMBLING, LA – The 2015 Grambling State University Athletics Fan Fest/Media Day will be moved from Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium to the GSU Football Practice Field. The scrimmage is being moved to the GSU football field due to preparations to ensure that the stadium is ready for the 2015 football season. Due to limited seating, fans are encouraged to bring their own seating.

The football team will scrimmage from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Due to rain in the forecast, fans are encouraged to prepare for the weather conditions on Saturday. Parking in the stadium support parking lot will be off limits on Saturday to fans. Fans are encouraged to park anywhere outside of the stadium support parking lot.

Fan Fest admission and parking is FREE of charge. For complete coverage of Tiger Athletics, please follow @GSUTigers on Twitter, @GSU_Tigers on Facebook, or visit the official home of Grambling State Athletics at


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Grambling State University and Alumni Continue 10 for $10 Fundraising Challenge Through Bayou Classic Weekend


GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University and alumni continue to raise money for the university through the I’m a G 10 for $10 Challenge, which has been extended through the Bayou Classic weekend. GSU Foundation officials and alumni will present GSU with the funds raised from the campaign during the Bayou Classic weekend.

The Grambling Foundation and the 10 for $10 Challenge Committee invite alumni, students, staff, faculty, parents and friends to take up the challenge to build a strong and sustainable future for the university.

Grambling, like other Historically Black Colleges and Universities, has seen a sharp decline in state funds to support college education.

“I have been moved and touched by the actions of a small group of Grambling alumni who began a unique fundraising campaign, called the 10 for $10 Challenge,” GSU President Willie Larkin said. “This is a timely strategy, an impassioned plea to all to help dreams come alive. The financial sustainability of Grambling State University depends largely on the generosity, kindness and visionary leadership of alumni, friends, businesses, vendors and foundation giving programs, strategies, techniques and ideas to supplement the declining state government support.”

The 10 for $10 Challenge is a way for Gramblinites worldwide to financially support Grambling State University by donating $10 per month to Grambling State University Foundation and then challenging 10 more Gramblinites, family, friends and supporters of GSU to do the same. This simple idea has increased alumni giving by 48 percent in just over three months. Future fundraising activities for the campaign will include events at Grambling’s home football games and a fun day of giving during Homecoming 2015.

Donations may be made using the Grambling Mobile App, by texting tenforten to #50155 and visiting or Checks can be mailed to Grambling University Foundation, Office ofResearch, Advancement and Economic Development, GSU Box 4236, Grambling, LA 71245. For more information about the I’m a G 10 for $10 Challenge, email


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Eddie G. Robinson High School Football Classic

TeamUp Sports Consulting presents the Inaugural Edtie G. Robinson High School Football Jamboree Classic.

The jamboree classic event will kick off with a media luncheon presented by Letterman Magazine on Friday, August 21,2015 at the Eddie G. Robinson Museum, 126 Jones Street on the campus of Grambling State University from 11am-1pm. Top talent and coaches from six area high schools (Evangel Christian Academy, Grambling lab, Wossman, Carroll, Richwood, and Delhi) Wll be available for interviews and photographs. For more information contact Trandon Moy

The jamboree classic itself will take place the follOwing Saturday, August 29,2015 at Robinson Stadium. Gates will open t 11am. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be easily purchased from any participating school location of interest. $12 day of game at the ticket box office at the Fred C. Hobdy Assembly Center located on the campus of Grambling State University. Concessions will be provided on the home/visitor side of the stadium and in the stands by Aramark. All major credit cards and cash will be accepted. Complimentary parking will be provided on campus for the attendees of jamboree classic.

All paid fans will receive a classic wristband for all day access to the following:

  • YMCA officiated youth football jamboree from 12pm-2pm
  • Game #1 Grambling Lab Kittens(home) vs. Carroll Bulldogs (visitor) at 3pm
  • Game #2 Richwood Rams (home) vs. Delhi Bears (visitor) at 5pm
  • Game #3 Wossman Wildcats (home) vs. Evangel Christian Academy (visitor) 7pm
  • Louisiana National Guard Kids Fun Zone – Live remote with radio personality BJ Bell from 100.1 The Beat, inflatables bouncers, interactive games, military display, and courtesy product samples from Raising Canes. The Kids Fun Zone is available to ticketed guests from 12pm to 7pm.
  • The Eddie G. Robinson Museum from 11am to 3pm located on Grambling State University campus.
  • 10% off select merchandise and apparel at the Barnes & Noble Grambling Book Store
  • The McCall Dining Hall ($6.25 full buffet dining experience)

Classic game promotions and special features include:

  • Raising Canes “Kickin for Canes” Field Goal Challenge
  • X-treme PH Sports Water “Half Time Skills Challenge” (facilitated by D1 Quarterback Academy & Skill Training)
  • The High School “Battle of the Bands in the stands” & an appearance by the Wor1d Famed Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band.

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Grambling’s Kenneth Myers Named the HBCU Coach of the Year


Kenneth Myers, GSU Women's Tennis Coach - Fall 2015 PR Photo

Kenneth Myers

Grambling, LA. – Grambling State University Head Women’s Tennis Coach Kenneth Myers was named the 2015 Historically Black College & Universities Coach of the Year. Myers received this honor during the 98th American Tennis Association (ATA) National Tennis Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Aug. 8. The Grambling State University Athletics Department would like to congratulate Coach Myers on his honor.

“I feel very honored to win this prestigious award. I’m just thankful that we have an entity that is helping to give more recognition to our HBCUs,” Myers said. “What makes it even more special for me is being an HBCU graduate and having the opportunity to coach at an HBCU is amazing.”

The American Tennis Association (ATA) is based in Largo, Maryland, and is the oldest African-American sports organization in the United States. The core of the ATA’s modern mission continues to be promoting tennis as a sport for black people and developing junior tennis players, but the ATA welcomes people of all backgrounds.


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