Grambling State University Professor Joins Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

 

GSU Professor Joins Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Lurie Thomason

GRAMBLING, La., – A Grambling State University professor is getting a chance to make his mark on Louisiana education. Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Lurie Thomason, Jr., an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, to Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). Thomason was sworn in as a member of BESE on Jan. 12.

“I always wanted to be a secondary or elementary school teacher, and I guess this is just affirmation from God that I need to work in that area,” Thomason said. “I have been in higher education, but my heart has always been with the secondary and elementary school teachers.”

BESE is an 11-member panel that sets policies for about 720,000 public school students in Louisiana, including academic standards, teacher evaluations and grades. Thomason is excited to explore issues to help the students in Louisiana.

“We want to look at educating historically disadvantaged students better in the public schools, look at finding more scholarships for needy students, programs that can get parents more involved in secondary and elementary education in a positive manner, creating some tutorial programs that can supplement what students are learning in school and help them do their homework, and looking at the curriculum and making sure that it is tailored to the needs of the 21st century,” he said.

As a veteran educator with 25 years of experience in higher education, Thomason is also dedicated to ensuring that Louisiana’s students are prepared for higher education.

“The board sets the curriculum to evaluate student readiness for college,” he said. “From the standpoint of being able to contribute to make sure students are ready for college, I am very enthralled to be on the board, because we want to make sure students are prepared to come to Grambling and other colleges and universities.”

Thomason joined Grambling State University in 1995. Over the years, he has taught and advised students, provided services to the university and established student development programs. He has served as the acting director of Judicial Affairs, where he presided over hearings related to student misconduct, revised policy and procedures and developed appropriate sanctions for student code violations.

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Grambling Laboratory Charter School Approved

 

Grambling, LA – The Louisiana Department of Education has approved a recommendation to convert Grambling’s three laboratory schools into a single Type 2 charter school system.

This decision means that the laboratory schools are no longer in danger of closing and will open in August as the Grambling Laboratory Charter School for k-12 students. The new school system will fall under the direction of the Grambling High Foundation Board of Directors.

“The school is now truly a community school. The Grambling High Foundation (GHF) Board of Directors (BOD) will now have responsibility for the school. The GHF BOD are members of the Grambling community and have a personal, vested interest in the health and success of the school,” Grambling High Foundation President Gordan Ford said.

The foundation will next work with the Department of Education to hammer out the details of the charter school contract.

“Once the charter contract is complete, we will begin the application processes for faculty, staff and students. We intend to have most of the hiring complete by the end of May, so we can spend most of the summer in professional development,” Ford said.

While the foundation is still seeking funds and donations to make school improvements with a plan to eventually build a new campus, the school will be fully funded and will not be dependent upon subsidies from Grambling State University or Lincoln Parish School Board.

“The Grambling High Foundation team and partners wish to say ‘thank you’ to our many supporters in the community and all that were involved in this process. We will continue to need their thoughts, prayers and support as we move forward to opening the charter school in Fall 2016 and providing excellent, rigorous educational opportunities for years to come,” Ford said.

Visit www.gramblinghighalumni.org for more information.

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Two Grambling State University Students Named Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship Winners

 

LaTerra Smith

LaTerra Smith

Jimmitriv Roberson

Jimmitriv Roberson

GRAMBLING, La. – Two Grambling State University students, Jimmitriv Roberson and LaTerra Smith, have been awarded a $5,000 scholarship in recognition of their community leadership and academic excellence from the Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship.

“I honestly cannot explain how I felt about winning the scholarship, but to best describe my feelings, I was overjoyed and pleasingly surprised!” Roberson said. “I never thought that I would be chosen to receive such an esteemed award. I am so thankful and grateful to be a recipient of the Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship, to represent GSU, and to help me to continue to further my education.”

Roberson, of Arcadia, Louisiana, is a junior majoring in biological sciences. She is the daughter of Jimmy and Triveria Roberson. She is currently vice president of the sophomore class and chair of the Hospitality committee on the Favrot Student Union Board. After graduating from Grambling, she plans to attend medical school and become a family doctor.

Smith, a sophomore chemistry major, of Omaha, Nebraska, is the daughter of June Smith and Wilbur Jackson. She is a member of the Center for Mathematical Achievement in Science and Technology, Favrot Student Union Board, Chemistry Club, Midwest Association Club and Fresh Company Club. After graduation, she plans to become a doctor and surgeon.

“I was up against the best of the best in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) departments at Grambling State University,” Smith said. “To be chosen is not only a humbling experience but a monumental moment in my life. None of it would have been possible without God. I feel like all the good I do is being acknowledged through organizations’ and companies’ willingness to support my post-secondary education endeavors.”

The scholarship program is presented in partnership with select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and is an expansion of the groundbreaking “Verses and Flow” program, featuring poetry, spoken word and music. Since its inception in 2014, the scholarship program has awarded $180,000 to ambitious students.

“These Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship recipients are accomplished in school and in their communities,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing. “These young adults are highly motivated and we’re excited to reward them for their efforts. We wish them all the best and know they’ll positively shape and enhance the lives they touch.”

To be considered for the scholarship, students completed an application and submitted a written or video essay detailing how they are community leaders, the importance of community and the benefits of attending an HBCU.

For more information about the Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship and a list of the participating HBCUs, please visit http://luxuryawaits.com.

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Grambling State University Designated Military and Veteran Friendly Campus

 

Grambling, LA. – Grambling State University has been recognized for creating a supportive environment for veteran and military students. The campus was designated a Governor’s Military and Veteran Friendly Campus to assist veterans in selecting which Louisiana higher education institution best fits their needs.

“Grambling State University is proud to be named a Military and Veteran Friendly Campus,” President Willie Larkin said. “Through its inception, Grambling has served the needs of military service members and veterans.  In addition, the university has and continues to create supportive social catalytic spaces for all students.  Being named a Military and Veterans Friendly Campus shows the university’s commitment to our service members.”

With over two million veterans returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, it is important that Louisiana’s two and four-year schools support military men and women by helping them get a quality education. In order to seek a Governor’s designation, state schools must offer admissions policies and academic and student support services tailored to military and veteran students signifying their willingness to assist service men and women in meeting their educational goals.

Some of the criteria for receiving the designation include specialized orientation sessions, application fee waivers, readmission policies after returning from deployment, priority class scheduling, veteran-specific courses, career workshops and adoption of the veterans’ articulation transfer process.

Grambling State University Designated Military and Veteran Friendly Campus

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Grambling State University Opens Acts of Faith Exhibit

Grambling State University Opens Acts of Faith Exhibit Acts of Faith Exhibition
Selections from the Sutton Collection of American & African American Art

Grambling, LA – Grambling State University is hosting an exhibition of selected works from the Sutton Collection of American & African American Art. The exhibition deals with investigations of faith and spirituality in modern, postmodern and contemporary art.

The exhibition includes works by Grambling alumnus Frank Kelley, Jr., Drék Davis, GSU assistant professor of art, Elizabeth Catlett, Willie Birch, Jacob Lawrence, Benny Andrews, Michael Harris, Stefanie Jackson, Don Cincone and Vitus Shell. Associated events include a collector’s talk by Cheryl Sutton (ART ON PURPOSE: Creating a Lasting Legacy), Conversations with the Artists and several studio visits.

The exhibition will be on display from Jan. 11–Feb. 25 in the Dunbar Art Gallery located at the intersection of Sandle and Hutchinson Street in Grambling. The public is invited to visit with the artist at a reception on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 4:30-6 p.m.

Gallery hours are from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.–noon Friday. Accommodations are available for large groups and those with special needs. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 318-274-2274.

Click here for photos of gallery exhibition/reception:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gramblingstateuniv/albums/72157663386228479

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Grambling State University Wins $50,000 Scholarship Donation from Allstate Quotes for Education Program for Third Year in a Row

GRAMBLING, La. – For the third year in a row, Grambling State University has won a $50,000 scholarship donation from the Allstate Quotes for Education fan vote for school pride competition.

“An education opens the door to greater social and economic mobility,” said GSU President Willie Larkin. “Allstate is leading the way to make sure that this door is open to the students who need it the most. We are grateful for their support in advancing the greatest equalizer of opportunity in our nation, a college degree. We hope their leadership in providing these opportunities will inspire other organizations and individuals to make similar commitments to student access and success.”

Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation have partnered together to raise scholarship funds for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). For each insurance quote, Allstate donated $10 to the Tom Joyner Foundation in support of HBCU students, up to $200,000.

As a part of the program, people could vote for the HBCU of their choice to receive a $50,000 donation for student scholarships. Grambling supporters employed social media tools, as well as word-of-mouth networking, to successfully engage alumni, students, faculty and staff in the fan vote campaign. Grambling received 33.72 percent of the vote to win the competition for the third year in a row.

“This is truly an honor and much appreciated opportunity for Grambling to win the Allstate Quotes for Education challenge for three consecutive years,” said Otto Meyers, III, interim vice president of advancement, research and economic development. “This three-peat is one of many examples of accomplishments achieved by the Grambling Family through unified efforts by alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends. My thanks goes to Allstate and to the Grambling Family.  Grambling looks forward to using the Allstate award to further the mission of the university and continue to provide exceptional academic experiences for our students.”

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Tiger 1 Card System Failure PSA

 

Attention:

Due to system failure, the Tiger 1 Card cannot be used at this time. As regards to meals on campus, all registered students will be given a temporary meal plan card which will be given by the Department of Residential Life. For individuals who have purchased a meals plan and are off campus, you will be given punch cards from Aramark.

In order to purchase books and supplies from Barnes and Noble, students will need to bring there Tiger1 Card as well as their registered fee sheet.

Tiger Express will be closed until the system is restored. Also, purchases made on GFlex will be unavailable until the system is restored.

We are diligently working to get the system restored by early next week and we do apologize for any inconvenience.

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Coach Ellis Wins the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce 2015 Robert E. Russ Award

 

Coach Ellis Wins the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce 2015 Robert E. Russ Award

Wilbert Ellis

Grambling, LA – Coach Wilbert Ellis has been named the recipient of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce 2015 Robert E. Russ Award, to be presented at the Chamber’s Awards Banquet on Jan. 22. This award is the highest honor given by the Chamber for community advancement.

“Coach Ellis was among eight community members to be nominated this year,” said Chamber President Judy Copeland. “You don’t have to look very hard to see why Ruston-Lincoln is such a special place, it’s the incredible people.” “There absolutely could not be a finer selection for the Russ Award than Coach Ellis,” said Chamber Chair-Elect Cathi Cox-Boniol. “When you think about an individual who has dedicated their life to enhancing not only their community but the people in it, the name of Wilbert Ellis has to come to mind. I can assure you there are countless folks in Lincoln Parish whose lives have been directly impacted by this man, and he has contributed significantly to their quality of life. And that in turn has impacted us all. A legendary baseball coach whose name can be seen on everything from facilities to Hall of Fame plaques, perhaps his greatest imprint will be on the legions of young people he has tirelessly worked with through the decades. Following in the exquisite footsteps of his mentor ‘Prez’ Jones, Coach Ellis has left an indelible impression on the face of Lincoln Parish, something he continues to do to this day as a true champion for his home and the people in it.”

The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. on Jan. 22 with a wine-and-cheese social sponsored by Origin Bank. Anna Blake, Miss Queen Dixie Gem, will entertain guests with her musical talent of tickling the ivories, sponsored by Hunt, Guillot and Associates. Dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. Attire is business casual. Tickets are $40 each for Chamber members and $50 for non-members. A reserved table for six is $250 for Chamber members and $275 for non-members. For tickets, register online at www.rustonlincoln.org, call the Chamber at 255-2031, or drop by the Chamber office located at 2111 North Trenton Street.

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