Carroll High School Athletic Complex Named After Grambling Alum James “Shack” Harris


Shack Harris, GSU Alum, PR Photo - Fall 15GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University alumnus James “Shack” Harris is returning to his high school alma mater, Carroll High School in Monroe, where the high school’s athletic complex will be named in his honor as part of the school’s Homecoming celebration on Oct. 2.

“It’s a great honor because that’s where I got my start. Carroll High School prepared me for college and the rest of my life. It’s really a great honor because so many others could have been chosen. I am excited to be back at Homecoming to watch the Bulldogs win!” Harris said.

Carroll High School Football Coach Jackie Hamilton had the idea to name the athletic complex after Harris. He cannot imagine a better role model for the students at Carroll High School than Harris, who has always taken an active role in the high school. “He was one of those guys that always made the school proud of him,” said Hamilton. “He was a great quarterback here, then he went off to Grambling. I was younger, but I always looked up to him since he was such a class act.”

Harris played as a quarterback for legendary Coach Eddie Robinson at Grambling, where he set a new passing yardage record with 4,705 yards. Harris was drafted to the Buffalo Bills in 1969, where he became the first Black quarterback to start an entire season as a professional football player. During his 12-year career, he also played for the Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers. Harris retired from his position as a senior personnel executive with the Detroit Lions in February.

“It’s great for kids here to understand that you can be anything that you want to be. Harris was a fine example of that. He didn’t let circumstances dictate his outcome. He always carried himself in a manner that you can look up to,” Hamilton said.

The official process to rename the athletic complex after Harris has taken over a year. It involved approval by the Monroe City School Board and help from state Representative Katrina Jackson, since naming a public building after a living person is generally prohibited.

Harris will be honored at a field presentation and unveiling ceremony at 6:25 p.m. at Carroll High School. Members of the public are invited to attend the ceremony and then watch the Bulldogs take on General Trass High School at 7 p.m. A press conference will be held at 6 p.m.


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Grambling State University Founder’s Week #GramCapture Photo Challenge


In 1901, the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School emerged from the desire of African-American farmers in rural, Northern Louisiana to educate their children and inspire them to pursue a better life. Today, 114 years later, Grambling State University is still inspiring people to pursue their dreams of obtaining a college education.

We want the Grambling Family to show what inspires you about Grambling State University in the Founder’s Week #GramCapture Photo Challenge! Students, staff, faculty and alumni of Grambling are encouraged to capture photos of their favorite people, places, events, etc. that inspire them to share their love for Grambling State University. Photos taken during Founder’s Week activities are strongly encouraged.

A team of judges from the GSU Founder’s Week Committee and the Office of University Communications will select the winners from the photo contest. The first-place winner and one guest will have coffee with Grambling State University President Willie Larkin during the Fall 2015 semester. The winner will also be featured in a special article in The Gramblinite.

The second place prize will be a $25 gift certificate to the GSU Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Two entries will receive an honorable mention and a Grambling t-shirt. All contest winners and their entries will be featured on Grambling State University’s social media websites and The Gramblinite.

For more information, contact Angie Faller at 318-274-2560 or

Rules for Submission:

  1. The contest is open to students, employees and alumni of Grambling State University who are participating in the 2015 Founder’s Week Celebration.
  2. Photos must be original and have been taken on campus and posted by the entrant during the Founder’s Week celebration between Sept. 28 to Oct. 2
  3. Post photos on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #GramCapture. Please caption your photo with the location, event and other descriptive details.
  4. For verification purposes, email a screenshot of your entry with your name, phone number and email address to
  5. Photos must be posted, tagged and publicly visible on Facebook and/or Instagram during Founder’s Week, Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, for contest consideration.
  6. Photos must be appropriate and encourage respectful behavior. Do not submit entries that contain graphic content, nudity, drug use or any other behavior or image that does not reflect positively on Grambling State University.
  7. By submitting to this contest, you consent to the following:

I grant Grambling State University the right to copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, exhibit, display, edit, or otherwise use my photograph, my name, and biographical information for educational, promotional, or other purposes that support Grambling State University’s mission. I understand that these rights are granted to Grambling State University and may be used in whole or in part without compensation. I affirm that the subjects in my photo have agreed that their likenesses may be used with the terms and conditions of this contest as listed above.

Founder's Week Photo Contest - Fall 2015


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Founder’s Week Commemorates 114 Years at Grambling State University


GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University will commemorate the 114th anniversary of its founding with a celebration of events beginning Sept. 28. The theme for the 2015 Founder’s Week celebration is “ONE GRAMBLING: Honoring History, Keeping Promises and Fulfilling Dreams.”

“Please join us as we celebrate Founder’s Week at Grambling State University from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2,” President Willie Larkin said. “We have set aside this time to reflect on the humble beginnings of this great university over 114 years ago, which stands today as an internationally known HBCU. I encourage each of you – students, faculty, staff and alumni – to continue to build on the solid foundation of our past and strive to make Grambling State University the life-giving, preeminent university its founder, Charles P. Adams, envisioned.”

The official opening of Founder’s Week will begin with a short ceremony at 7:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 28 at the bust of Grambling’s founder, Charles P. Adams, which is located on the east side of Lee Hall. The opening ceremony will be followed by the annual Founder’s Week Community Fellowship Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. in the Black & Gold Room in Favrot Student Union. The breakfast will begin with a prayer led by Campus Minister, Rev. C. DeWayne Hollins, at 7:55 a.m. President Larkin will also give remarks during the breakfast.

Tickets for the breakfast can be purchased for $10 each at the Grambling State University Advancement Office. Contact Rose Wright at 318-274-2217 or to purchase tickets.

The Founder’s Day Convocation will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29 in T.H. Harris Auditorium. Eddie Martin, senior vice president at Bank of America and a 1985 Honor Graduate of GSU, has been named the keynote speaker for the convocation celebration.

“The founding fathers laid a foundation for all students that lasts to this very day,” Martin said. “Without the founding fathers having that vision in their beliefs to set up an institution, regardless of the obstacles that were in front of them, they believed that it would make a significant difference to future students.”

Other events will include special Founder’s Week tours of Grambling State University and departmental and organizational exhibits throughout the week. For more information about Founder’s Week, please call 318-274-6124.


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Grambling State University Announces 2015 Founder’s Day Convocation Speaker


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Eddie Martin

GRAMBLING, LA – Eddie Martin, senior vice president at Bank of America, has been named the keynote speaker for Grambling State University’s 2015 Founder’s Day Convocation, which will be held at 11 a.m., Sept. 29 in T.H. Harris Auditorium.

Grambling State University will celebrate the 114th anniversary of its founding with a week-long celebration. The official opening of Founder’s Week will begin with a short ceremony at the bust of Grambling’s founder, Charles P. Adams, at 7:30 a.m., Sept. 28., followed by the annual Founder’s Week Community Fellowship Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. in the Black & Gold Room in Favrot Student Union. Martin’s speech is entitled, “When Faith and Preparation Collide with Opportunity.”

“The founding fathers laid a foundation for all students that lasts to this very day,” Martin said. “Without the founding fathers having that vision in their beliefs to set up an institution, regardless of the obstacles that were in front of them, they believed that it would make a significant difference to future students. The folks that are living today in 2015 are really benefitting from the work that they did back in the day.”

Martin, who grew up near Saline, Louisiana, followed his older sister to college at Grambling State University in 1981. While attending Grambling, Martin was a member of the Accounting Club and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and became senior class president. He is a 1985 honor graduate of Grambling State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He credits Grambling for laying the foundation for his successful career.

“Grambling really laid the foundation for me,” Martin said. “As a young person, Grambling provided me with a lot of tools and direction that molded me to really be prepared for what was next, my future. On a daily basis, I go back into my Grambling toolbox and pull out the things I learned at school, like how to deal with conflict, how to prioritize your day-to-day activities and how to dream.”

After leaving Grambling, Martin worked as an internal auditor for Pizza Hut, Inc. and JCPenney, Inc. He also worked as a manager for INROADS, where he created personal development programs for high school and college students.

Martin has maintained a very successful financial career at Bank of America. He started off performing financial reviews and preparing financial statements as a commercial credit analyst and has worked his way up to his current position of senior vice president on the Global Risks Fair Lending Team as a senior enterprise compliance manager.

Throughout his time at Bank of America, Martin has worked in many roles, including a commercial credit review officer who managed a $1-billion portfolio, director of Private Lending Training and Development and a change consultant on Business and Private Lending. He has served as a senior vice president in seven divisions, including Consumer Real Estate, Information Security Business Continuity, Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Global Risk Initiative and Portfolio Management and Mortgage Services and Operations.

Martin is an award-winning public speaker, a former member of the Chamber of Commerce and an avid golfer. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Rhonda, and two children, Camille and Julian.


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Celebration of Life Services Announced for Doris Robinson


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Doris Robinson

GRAMBLING, LA – A Celebration of Life for Doris (Mott) Robinson, the wife of the late Legendary Coach Eddie G. Robinson, Sr., will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Grambling State University’s T.H. Harris Auditorium. A repast service will be held at Eddie G. Robinson Museum following the burial service.

Additional Celebration of Life services will include a public viewing at Miller Funeral Home, 2932 Renwick St., in Monroe, Louisiana, from 1-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and a public viewing at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church, 2155 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., in Grambling, Louisiana, from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Mrs. Robinson, 96, passed away peacefully at 8 a.m. on Sept. 16 after a brief illness at Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston.

Doris Mott was born on May 2, 1919, to John and Lillian Mott in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Upon graduating from McKinley High School in Baton Rouge, she attended Southern University from 1936 to 1938 and later graduated from Leland College in 1941. She met the love of her life, Eddie G. Robinson, in eighth grade, and they were married on June 24, 1941.

Mrs. Robinson began her teaching career working in the school system of Lincoln Parish at Fellowship Elementary School and Lincoln Elementary School. She later taught at Lincoln High School, Dubach High School and Ruston High School. She taught English and social studies, coached students in speech for the Louisiana State Literary Competition and prepared her students for basic public speaking activities.

Mrs. Robinson eventually retired after many years of teaching to travel with her husband, Coach Eddie Robinson, and the Grambling State University Tiger football team. Mrs. Robinson will forever be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother, great friend and the “Matriarch of Grambling Athletics.”

Coach Robinson and Mrs. Robinson had two children, Lillian Rose and Eddie Jr., five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild.

Blessed with a beautiful soprano voice, Mrs. Robinson sang professionally for many years and is known for her ability to create a moving, artistic conception of a musical composition. She has also been involved in numerous civic and social organizations and is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., the National Education Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and New Rocky Valley Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Robinson’s family requests that memorial donations be made to the Friends of the Eddie Robinson Museum, P.O. Box 550, Grambling, LA 71245 or the Eddie Robinson Legacy Fund, P.O. Box 818, Grambling, LA 71245.


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Department of Visual and Performing Arts Presents “Blues for an Alabama Sky”


Grambling, LA – Grambling State University Theatre to present Blues for an Alabama Sky, by Pearl Cleage October 6-9, 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 2015-2016 season opener, Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleage. Set in 1930 Harlem, New York, the harsh realities of the Great Depression have devastated the bright decade of the Harlem Renaissance. Disease and poverty have overshadowed the creative happiness that fueled a surge of African-American artists. A timeless look at hopeful dreams in hopeless days, this is a story with a rich cast of characters, each scrambling to survive and make sense of their overlapping personalities, politics and love.

Directed by Paul Bolin, the production staff includes Quintara Johnson as production stage manager, David Kaul as set and lighting designer, Lucita Foster as sound designer and Teshia Lincoln as costume designer.

The cast includes: Ka’Darius Gray as Guy, Mionne Featherstone as Angel, Adarian Williams as Sam, Erika Goode-Perry as Delia and Ibraheem Farmer as Leland.

Performances dates are October 6-9, 2015 and the show begins at 7pm. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for general admission. Tickets will go on sale starting Monday September 28, 2015. Box office will be open from the hours of 1pm-5pm Monday through Thursday and thirty minutes before performance time. For more information, please 274-2892.

For mature audiences only.

 GSU Theater Presents Blues for an Alabama Sky poster, Fall 2015


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Grambling State University Student Exhibition Awards Reception Sept. 24 in Dunbar Gallery


Grambling, LA – The annual Grambling State University Student Exhibition will come to a close with a public Awards Reception from 4:30-6 p.m. on Sept. 24 in Dunbar Gallery. The exhibition, sponsored by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, is comprised of works by Grambling State University students from freshmen through senior level.

Students submit works to be juried by the faculty each spring, and the exhibition hangs through the summer months. “This show gives students an introduction to the jury process that is common procedure for many group exhibitions and helps prepare them for the experience of exhibiting in off-campus venues,” says Donna McGee, director of Dunbar Gallery.

The exhibition will remain on display through Sept. 24 in Dunbar Gallery. The gallery, which is located on Hutchinson Street on the Grambling State University campus, is open from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.–noon on Friday. Special accommodations are available for large groups and people with special needs. For more information, please call 318-274-2274.

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Grambling State University Mourns the Loss of Doris Robinson


GSU Mourns the loss of Doris Robinson

Doris and Eddie Robinson, Sr.

GRAMBLING, LA – The Grambling State University family is mourning the loss of Doris (Mott) Robinson, the spouse of the late Legendary Coach Eddie G. Robinson, Sr.

Family members report that Mrs. Robinson passed away peacefully at 8 a.m. this morning after a brief illness at Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston. The Grambling family is offering its sincerest condolences to Mrs. Robinson’s family and loved ones.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Robinson family. The entire GSU family mourns their loss,” Grambling State University President Willie Larkin said.

Mrs. Robinson, 96, was an especially beloved figure within the Grambling State University Athletics Department. She was widely known for her attendance at GSU athletic events and will be fondly remembered as the “Matriarch of Grambling Athletics.”

“Mrs. Robinson was truly an iconic figure and fixture among those affiliated with GSU Athletics,” said Interim Athletic Director Obadiah Simmons.  “In addition to attending all of the G-Men’s football games, Mrs. Robinson’s presence at ‘all’ athletic events involving GSU was anticipated, expected and counted upon by the Grambling Family. Mrs. Robinson had a certain aura about her that was accentuated by a very charming personality that she exhibited throughout her lifetime.”

Doris and Eddie Robinson both graduated as English majors from Leland College in 1941. They married the same year and moved to Grambling when Eddie Robinson became the head football coach at what was then Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute. Mrs. Robinson worked as a teacher at Lincoln High School and a counselor at Ruston High School. She was a member of New Rocky Valley Baptist Church in Grambling and The Links, an international, professional service organization for women of color. She was honored in 2014 as a contributor to the Grambling Legends Hall of Fame.


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Grambling State University Professor Receives $54K Grant to Research Cancer Prevention


Waneene Dorsey, Endowed Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences

Waneene Dorsey

GRAMBLING, LA – An endowed professor at Grambling State University has received a $54,000 grant to research cancer prevention.

Waneene Dorsey, the Ernest Everett Just Endowed Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, received the grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents to fund cancer research on toxicogenomics.

This field of science combines toxicology and genomics to understand the collection, interpretation and storage of information about gene and protein activity within a particular cell or tissue of an organism in response to toxic substances.

Since cancer is the uncontrolled multiplication of DNA-damaged cells, identifying what molecules activate cancer gene proteins could lead to the discovery of ways to prevent the onset of cancer.

“I am identifying molecules that turn on cancer gene proteins in mouse liver cells, which allow the uncontrolled behavior of cells,” Dorsey said. “Once the biomolecules have been identified, they can be blocked by various chemicals. These chemicals have the potential to provide a medicinal tool to help prevent the onset of cancer.”

Dorsey’s research proposal was submitted to cancer research specialists in other states for review by the Louisiana Board of Regents. Her proposal ranked number 18 out of 36 funded proposals and received high marks for institutional capabilities, commitment and support.

Dorsey is a globally known cancer researcher who performs most of her experiments in the Molecular Toxicology Research Laboratory in Carver Hall at GSU. Over the years, she has trained many biology students through internships, while her research activities have provided a strong platform for toxicogenomics at GSU.


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Fall 2015 Enrollment Increases at Grambling State University


GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University posted an increase in enrollment for entering freshmen, transfer students and total enrollment for the Fall 2015 semester. Freshman enrollment is up 57% over last year with 638 first-year students attending classes, while transfer student enrollment was up by 36% with 311 students enrolled. Combined graduate and undergraduate enrollment stands at 4,553.

“We are pleased to announce that our preliminary numbers are ahead of last year’s numbers,” Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness & Enrollment Management Damon Wade said. “GSU’s enrollment increase provides a baseline for future growth and is especially significant in light of the changes in Board of Regents policy regarding out-of-state tuition and ACT test requirements. We expect significant gains in freshman and transfer student enrollment for Fall 2016. Our new freshman and transfer student enrollment increases also demonstrates that Grambling is strong, and that students believe that this is the perfect environment for their academic and social growth.”

President Willie Larkin thanked GSU’s dedicated recruiters, Admissions officers and alumni for the hard work that has led to this increase in enrollment.

“I am beyond excited to learn that our enrollment numbers are trending upward in 2015,” Larkin said. “This is a clear indication that our message around Grambling’s ‘Value Proposition’ is finally beginning to resonate with everyone. I can’t thank our recruiters, Admissions officers and alumni around the country enough for their steadfast assistance in steering students to the university. Now that we see it can be done, I am urging everyone to continue to support the direction we’re going and help Grambling reach its ultimate goal of 8,000 students. I am confident that we can make this happen with tenacity, hard work and intentionality. Again, we are thrilled beyond expression at this great news.”


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