Media Advisory: President’s Town Hall Meeting

 

UPDATE

Please be advised that the President’s Town Hall Meeting at Grambling State University, scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., has been POSTPONED. Due to an array of pertinent matters regarding the university, including athletic conference-related events, meetings, games, fall commencement planning and the continued planning associated with the completion of the fall semester, it was decided to postpone the President’s Town Hall Meeting until the spring 2016 semester. A new date will be announced soon. President Willie Larkin is committed to keeping the Grambling family abreast of matters associated with the university. Thank you for your continued support of Grambling State University.

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President Willie Larkin

President Willie Larkin

What: The President’s Town Hall Meeting at Grambling State University

When:  Jan., 2016

Where: Betty E. Smith School of Nursing Auditorium, Grambling State University

Who: Willie Larkin, president of Grambling State University; Janet Guyden, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs; Damon Wade, vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and Enrollment Management; David Ponton, interim vice president of Student Affairs; Leon Sanders, vice president of Finance and Administration; Otto Meyers, III, interim vice president of Advancement, Research and Economic Development; and Obadiah Simmons, interim director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Details: President Larkin and senior administrative leaders at Grambling State University will host a Town Hall Meeting to answer questions, address concerns and listen to comments related to Grambling State University. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors of GSU are encouraged to attend and ask questions that will start an open dialogue with the leaders at Grambling State University. Members of the public and the media are welcome to attend.

Those who are unable to attend the President’s Town Hall Meeting, but would still like to participate, may submit questions via email to Angie Faller at fallera@gram.edu. The meeting will be available to watch at https://www.youtube.com/user/GramblingStateUniv .

For more information, please contact the Office of the President at Grambling State University at 318-274-6124.

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http://www.gram.edu/calendar/?ai1ec_event=media-advisory-presidents-town-hall-meeting&instance_id=2205

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GSU Accounting Students Excel at NABA Conference

 GSU Accounting Students Excel at NABA Conference

Grambling, LA – Thirteen students and one faculty member from Grambling State University attended this year’s 36th Annual National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) Southwest-Western Region Student Conference in Dallas, Texas, from Oct. 15 –17.

“The conference attendees had a wonderful experience,” said Nonso Okpala, an accounting instructor and Grambling’s NABA faculty advisor, and GSU NABA President Nadisha Guavo. “Several accounting firms and companies such as Deloitte, KPMG LLP, PwC, Grant Thornton, Chevron and Dell were at the career expo. Our students interacted and networked with recruiters and employees from these firms. As a result, five students were able to secure interviews.”

In addition to the interviews held during the conference, three students (Abigail Newton, Sarah Wabo and Damillola Tamara Dada) were invited for second interviews with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Newton and Wabo have received offers for full-time employment, and Newton also won a $1,000 scholarship.

“This year’s NABA Southwest-Western region conference was very enlightening,” Newton said.

“I was able to tap out of my comfort zone and reach for the stars. From the first session down to my last interview, I felt like I had this exceptionally professional demeanor which I usually didn’t have. Every experience to build one’s self should be taken advantage of.”

The students also attended various networking, professional and leadership development sessions during the conference. Two Grambling students, Shareika Benjamin and Nadisha Guavo, who previously completed summer internships at accounting firms, had the opportunity to experience the conference through the eyes of a recruiter. They assisted the firms they interned with by recruiting possible candidates for employment and internship opportunities.

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GSU Police Department, and the SGA Launches “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All” Campaign to promote safe driving during the Bayou Classic Weekend

 

Grambling, LA – In an effort to make our roads safer, GSUPD and GSU SGA announced today that it has joined the “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All” campaign to stop distracted driving. We have pledged our support to help spread the message that distracted drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but everyone else on the road.

“We all know that talking on our cell phones while driving is distracting, but that doesn’t stop most people from continuing to do it,” said Lari Talbert, Exec. Assist to Chief of Police. “This effort is intended to educate our community about the dangers of cell phone use and other distractions while driving. We hope that once people see the statistics and realize the danger involved, they will change their driving habits to help protect themselves, their families, and others on the road.”

In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. That same year, eleven percent of fatal crashes were reported as distraction-affected crashes.

While anything that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off the task of driving is a hazard, there is heightened concern about the risks of texting while driving because it combines all three types of distraction – visual, manual and cognitive.

The national distracted driving effort focuses on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness and education – the same activities that have curbed drunk driving and increased seat belt use.

The GSUPD AND GSU SGA campaign will send out a variety of emails consisting of flyers, videos, statistics, general information as well as a “Take The Pledge Card” to commit to fighting to end distracted driving. The SGA will be distributing the information throughout the dorms as well as airing information on the student’s information television station.

“Every driver in Grambling has a role in this effort,” said Lari Talbert. “However, we especially want to reach out to our student drivers because we know that statistically, the under-20 age group had the highest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes.”

GSUPD and GSU SGA’s goal with this campaign is simple – save lives by getting drivers to remember that “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All.”

For more information about distracted driving, please visit www.distraction.gov, or you can contact Lari Talbert at talbertl@gram.edu. PLEASE CLICK LINK BELOW FOR VIDEO…

https://youtu.be/S_-6EoNhitg

Click here for PDF:
http://www.gram.edu/news/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Just-Drive-press-release.pdf

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Apple Awards 30 HBCU Students Scholarships in $40 Million Diversity Effort

 

Apple made a $40 million dollar multi-year commitment, the largest and most comprehensive corporate investment ever given exclusively for students and faculty of four-year HBCUs.

by Samara Lynn

Apple Awards 30 HBCU Students Scholarships in $40 Million Diversity Effort

(Image: Denise Smith Young – fortune.com)

Apple awarded 30 HBCU students a one-year college scholarship and a summer internship program at Apple’s headquarters at the Leadership Institute in Washington D.C., last weekend.

[Related: Facebook Launches TechPrep to Improve Diversity in Tech]

Hosted by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) the students were chosen from across 47 HBCUs. The 30 Apple scholars were announced by Denise Young-Smith, vice president for worldwide human resources, Apple. Young-Smith is herself a graduate of an HBCU; Grambling State University.

“The people at Apple don’t just create products—they create the kind of wonder that’s revolutionized entire industries,” remarked Young-Smith at the ceremony. “And it’s the diversity of those people and their ideas that inspires the innovation that runs through everything we do, from amazing technology to industry-leading environmental efforts,” she said.

Click here for complete article:
http://www.blackenterprise.com/technology/apple-awards-30-hbcu-students-scholarships-in-40-million-diversity-effort/

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Darnel Williams Named Apple HBCU Scholar

 

Darnel Williams Named Apple HBCU Scholar

Darnel Williams and Denise Young-Smith

Grambling, LA – A Grambling State University student has been awarded a one-year college scholarship and a summer internship at Apple’s headquarters in California as part of a new initiative by Apple to invest in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Darnel Williams is one of 30 students who are members of the first cohort of the Apple HBCU Scholars Program. Denise Young-Smith, vice president for worldwide human resources at Apple and a graduate of Grambling State University, announced the winners at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 14-15.

“I don’t know how to relate how I feel,” Williams said. “I am very excited because it is Apple. This is a company where they have a lot of great minds, and I hope to bring my knowledge to what they are doing and to learn a lot from the people who already work there.”

Scheduled to graduate in May 2017, Williams is a junior from La Plaine, Dominica pursuing a double major in electronic engineering technology and mathematics and physics. He is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

The scholarship includes up to $25,000 for the students’ senior year of college; a summer internship in Cupertino, California; participation in a year-round program to prepare for post-graduation careers; pairing with an Apple mentor during their senior year; the opportunity to serve as ambassadors on their campuses to build awareness about the Apple and TMCF Diversity Initiative; an invitation to attend TMCF’s Annual Leadership Institute; and participation in the Apple HBCU Immersion Experience in Cupertino.

“This program is about exposing gifted students from HBCUs 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 Young-Smith. “That’s why we’re so proud to be partnering with TMCF to help us find the next generation of innovators.”

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 HBCUs. 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.

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Grambling State University Alumna Danette Wilson Guest Stars on “Criminal Minds”

 

Grambling State University Alumna Danette Wilson Guest Stars on “Criminal Minds”

Danette Wilson

Grambling, LA – An alumna of Grambling State University will guest star on an upcoming episode of the hit CBS television series “Criminal Minds.” Danette Wilson is a guest star in the episode entitled, “Awake,” which will air at 8 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Danette Wilson graduated from Grambling with a degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting and a minor in theater. She relocated to Los Angeles to make her childhood dreams of becoming an actress a reality. Her film credits include “Exit Strategy“, “The Gray Man,” “The People Outside” and “Desi Holiday.” Television credits include a co-star role in the CBS show, “Vegas,” opposite Carrie Anne Moss and a series regular role in the pilot, “BAD GUYS,” for the NBC Playground Competition.

“Criminal Minds” follows the cases of the BAU, an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation’s most dangerous criminal minds in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.

The official synopsis for “Awake” states: “The BAU heads to Phoenix, where an unsub is forcing his kidnapped victims to endure sleep deprivation. Also, Hotch and Garcia deal with the threat from the underground hitman group, the ‘Dirty Dozen.’”

Click here to view a trailer for “Awake.”

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Lamore Carter Reflects on Half a Century in Higher Education

 

Lamore Carter Reflects on Half a Century in Higher Education

Lamore Carter

Grambling, LA – Lamore Carter has long believed that education can empower a person’s life for the better. He has held this belief close to his heart as he dedicated half a century to service in higher education. He spent four decades of that time at Grambling State University, serving many roles from psychologist to professor to provost and vice president of academic affairs.

For a man who is so dedicated to higher education, Carter’s initial journey into the heyday of college life was interrupted by a call to serve his country. Carter completed his elementary and secondary education in Beaumont and Galveston, Texas, but was drafted to serve in World War II immediately upon his high school graduation as valedictorian at Central High School in Galveston in 1943. He was awarded the Legion of Honor medal along with 16 other World War II veterans by the French consul general in 2014 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Carter’s three years in the U.S. Army did spark a love of travel to foreign countries, which he described as the “single most educational activity that one can engage in.” He later traveled extensively throughout his academic career to recruit international faculty and negotiate exchange agreements with universities abroad.

Upon his return from the war, Carter diligently returned to his studies, earning a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Fisk University in Nashville, a master’s degree in educational psychology and science methods from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a doctorate in psychology from the State University of Iowa in Iowa City. He also completed post-doctoral research in higher education management at Harvard University.

Lamore Carter receives the Legion of Honor Medal from French Consul General Jean-Claude Brunet.

Lamore Carter receives the Legion of Honor Medal from French Consul General Jean-Claude Brunet.

Grambling College was the first college to answer his letters inquiring about college teaching positions. When Carter arrived in Grambling by train on a lonely Sunday in 1952, he was greeted enthusiastically by President R.W.E. Jones.

Grambling was a far different place more than 60 years ago. Carter made $2,800 a year teaching psychology courses as an assistant professor of biological sciences and coordinator of human growth courses through the College of Education, because a psychology department had yet to be established.

After four years at Grambling, he spent two years as a research assistant at the State University of Iowa, including a summer research assistantship at Gallaudet College for the Deaf in Washington, D.C. He returned to Grambling in 1958 as an associate professor.

In 1961, Carter was named the director and psychologist for Grambling’s Special Education Diagnostic Center, an experience which he recalls as one of the highlights of his career, since he developed the first center for special education at Grambling. “We were getting contracts from superintendents of five surrounding parishes. We had a speech therapist, a reading specialist, a social worker and a psychologist. We would visit schools and evaluate students who were recommended for special education,” he said.

Carter took on an even greater challenge in 1965, when he became the director of Grambling’s Center for Institutional Research and was tasked with building and maintaining the new center. “It was so critically important to institutional accreditation. You had to have it, because when SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) had scheduled a visit to the institution, Grambling had to be ready. One of the reasons black universities had difficulty gaining and retaining accreditation is that we did not have this. An institution that is not doing research is losing ground,” he said.

Midway through his academic career in 1969, Carter began traveling to gain experience at additional colleges. He served as the first postdoctoral fellow in educational research for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a distinguished visiting professor of psychology and education at Morehouse College in Atlanta, dean of faculties at Texas Southern University and a postdoctoral fellow at Louisiana State University.

He returned to Grambling for the second time in 1971 as the associate dean for administration and research and was promoted to vice president for academic affairs and research in 1977, a position that he held until 1991.

It was during this time that Carter faced what he considers his greatest challenge and success at Grambling, his five-year work as part of a three-man committee (Carter, President Joseph Johnson and “world-class lawyer” Thomas “TNT” Todd) that coordinated and prepared materials concerning the 1982 consent decree between the Department of Justice and the State of Louisiana.

The consent decree brought millions of dollars to Grambling State University, resulting in many new academic programs, raises for employees, buildings and improvements to Grambling’s campus. The consent decree resulted in Grambling’s first doctoral program of developmental education in 1984.

Among the most prominent changes as a result of the consent decree was the establishment of the School of Nursing in 1983. Carter recruited Betty Smith from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, then Northeast Louisiana University, to run the program and recommended naming the program after her. Carter remembers her as a “lady who had a lot of spirit who was skilled and innovative.”

Carter finished his time at Grambling as provost and vice president for academic affairs and special advisor to the president/executive director of Total Quality Management. Carter left Grambling in 1993 for a four-year tenure as president of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. He finished his academic career as the provost and vice president for academic affairs of Texas College from 1997 to 2001.

Carter, a firm believer in community service, is especially proud of founding the Grambling Lion’s Club. He is also a fellow of the American Association on Mental Deficiency, a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a member of the American Association for Higher Education, Louisiana Board of Examiners of Practicing Psychologists, Phi Delta Kappa Professional Fraternity and the American Psychological Association.

Carter has been married to Lena Jones Carter, who is a retired English instructor from Grambling, for nearly 60 years. They have two daughters, Greta and Kris-Lana, and three grandchildren, Lauryn, Morgan and Reginald.

“I don’t think anyone living has done more on behalf of Grambling State University than my dad.  What huge shoes to fill!” said Greta Carter, director of the Center of Student Professional Development.

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Grambling Announces the Winners of the 2015 Founder’s Week Photo Contest

Grambling Announces the Winners of the 2015 Founder’s Week Photo Contest

Pictured from left to right are Brittany Hoskin, Jordan Cameron, President Willie Larkin, E’Vonne Gipson and Katrina Jordan.

Grambling, LA – Congratulations to the winners of the Grambling State University Founder’s Week #GramCapture Photo Challenge! The winners include Brittany Hoskin, first place; E’Vonne Gipson, second place; and Jordan Cameron and Katrina Jordan, third place.

Brittany Hoskin, an instructor in Grambling’s First Year Experience, submitted photos of her class taking a tour of Grambling’s historical sites.

“I teach the First Year Experience, so I have an entire section dedicated to Founder’s Week,” said Hoskin, who won a coffee date for her and a guest with President Willie Larkin for her winning entry. “It is important for our students to learn the meaning of the institution. This is the place where everybody is somebody, and that is important to know.”

E’Vonne Gipson, a senior mass communication major, entered pictures of herself with pictures of her hero, Charles P. Adams, the founder of Grambling State University.

“I was very excited about entering the Founder’s Day Photo Contest because I am continuing a legacy in attending this historic university,” said Gipson, who won a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble Bookstore. “My grandparents, my mother, her siblings and my sister all attended GSU, so Charles P. Adams founded my second home. I believe Mr. Adams would be proud of how much the university has grown since its creation in 1901.”

Katrina Jordan, an assistant professor and assessment coordinator for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, shared photographs of herself and her colleagues at the Founder’s Day Convocation.

“I’m starting my second year, and I have been very happy at GSU,” she said. “It really makes me want to participate. I have worked at other schools where I have not felt as welcome as I do at Grambling State University. I have a lot of school spirit, and the Founder’s events were a bonding experience for me and the new head of my department.”

The final winner, Jordan Cameron, a senior mass communication major, shared photos of Founder’s Week events he captured as a photographer with the yearbook.

“I am always taking pictures, so I just wanted to record the Founder’s events for everyone to remember,” Cameron said.

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KOUS Live 96.3 Radio Staff Speaks at Grambling

KOUS Live 96.3 Staff Dish with GSU Students

(L to R): Johnny Patterson, GSU engineering technology lecturer, and Augusta Turner and Dexter Jackson of KOUS Live radio station in Monroe.

By E’Vonne Gipson

Grambling, LA – The staff at Monroe’s KOUS Live 96.3 spoke to Grambling State University students on Tuesday to give exceptional advice and provide internship and career opportunities in the broadcast and engineering technology industries.

“I was elated to come to Grambling State University to speak to all the students about the various opportunities in the broadcast field,” said Augusta Turner (Lady A), chief executive officer of KOUS. “However, I wanted to see more ladies in the room because there is a need for more females in the broadcast industry.”

Turner began working in the broadcast industry 15 years ago and has been affiliated with Grambling State University through various NAACP events. She spoke to the students about the different roles and duties of professionals in the radio station. Johnny Patterson, a special projects coordinator in the Engineering Technology Department, was glad that Turner could emphasize the different jobs associated with engineering technology. “My background is electrical engineering. I know radio stations need engineers, but my students did not. After graduating from GSU, they don’t just have to work at engineering firms. There are a ton of options in this field,” he said.

Donald Carral, Jr., a junior mass communication major at GSU and on-air personality at campus radio station KGRM 91.5, said he hopes to pursue a career in the broadcast industry after graduating and gained valuable information from the KOUS staff.

“Speaking with the KOUS Live staff has presented me with the opportunity to network with different individuals who already have experience in the industry,” said Carral. “I look forward to going to their station very soon to use the skills that I’ve learned from my professors at Grambling State University and my mentors at KGRM.”

Joyce Evans, who is general manager of KGRM, is Carral’s mentor, but she was also a mentor to Dexter Jackson, who is now the general manager of KOUS and a 1974 graduate of Grambling State University.

“We came to speak to the students and introduce them to the broadcast and technology experience,” said Jackson. “I remember when I was a student here at Grambling; something that always stuck with me was Ms. Evans saying that we aren’t about the junk talk. We are about providing opportunity and teaching students how to produce professional work.”

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Dunbar Gallery, GSU, Department of Visual and Performing Arts Senior Exhibition by Demetrius Love

 

Grambling, LA. – From November 16th – December 3rd, 2015, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Grambling State University will host an exhibition by Demetrius Love, entitled Unique Provisions, in Dunbar Gallery. Love, a senior from Grambling, is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual and Performing Arts with a concentration in Studio Art.

Love’s exhibition explores the aspects of darkness and light in the human condition. He uses light and dark values as symbols for wise and unwise choices to show that our decisions influence the future direction of our lives. Love believes that young people often make bad choices and these consequences stay with them all of their lives. He says, “I have experienced a personal struggle that was the result of making some bad choices in my youth that I am still trying to overcome”. He hopes that his work will inspire other people to make better choices. He also believes that our society and legal system should have more services to help young people get back on track.

The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception on Tuesday, November 17, from 4:30 – 6:00 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 demetrius69@gmail.com.

Calendar Listing/Flyer:
http://www.gram.edu/calendar/?ai1ec_event=unnique-provisions-senior-exhibition-by-demetrius-love 

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