GSU Opens Home Baseball Season


The 2016 Edition of the Grambling State University (GSU) Baseball Team will make their home debut with a 3-game series beginning February 26th – February 28th against the University of Pittsburgh. The home opener scheduled for Tuesday February 23rd against LeMoyne Owen College has been canceled due to inclement weather. Three single games against the University of Pittsburgh are scheduled for Friday February 26th at 3:00 pm, Saturday February 27th at 2:00 pm, Sunday morning February 28th at 11:00 am. GSU’s opening home series will take place at Ruston High School Baseball Stadium this week due to needed repairs to Wilbert Ellis Field at RWE Jones Park on the campus of GSU. The Ruston High School Baseball Stadium is located at 300 Ball Park Rd. in Ruston off of U.S. Hwy 167 South.

The GSU Baseball Team opened their 2016 season by participating in the Annual Major League Baseball (MLB) Urban Youth Academy Tournament at Wesley Barrow Field in New Orleans. After opening the season on February 19th with a 15 – 0 win over arch rival Southern University, the Tigers dropped their remaining two games to the University of New Orleans by a score of 11 – 8 on February 20th and a one-run loss to Western Division conference foe Prairie View 4-3 on Sunday. Their record currently stands at 1 – 2. (Coach Cooper may want to include some comments here regarding the opening games in New Orleans here. If not, please make final edits and release to our internal and external media outlets.)


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Though facing tough times, securing Grambling’s future is achievable


Grambling, LA – Grambling State University was dealt a serious blow the end of January when Governor John Bel Edwards announced a mid-year budget reduction of $262 million to all state agencies, with $131 million of that number to affect Louisiana’s institutions of higher education. Grambling’s personal financial loss from these budget cuts equates to $2,509,045.

Though we are feeling particularly vulnerable here at Grambling, we are not alone. In fact, a state-wide economic downturn and budget cuts are putting Louisiana’s entire higher education system at risk for a number of reasons. A January 23, 2016 article in The Advocate listed these disquieting facts since past Governor Jindal took office eight years ago:

  • State aid to Louisiana universities has been slashed by 53%.
  • On a per student basis, Louisiana has cut support of higher education more than any other state in the nation, or 41%.
  • Louisiana tuition and mandatory attendance fees were lifted faster than any other state.
  • Due to rising costs, more students are now opting not to seek bachelor’s degrees.
  • The number of Black students attending any of Louisiana’s universities is down by 8%.
  • Enrollment at Louisiana’s four-year public HBCUs is down by a combined 15%.
  • Louisiana is one of three states with the smallest percentage of adults who have earned a college degree—with only 18.9% of its Black population having a college diploma.
  • Merit-based scholarship programs, such as TOPS, are not always awarded equally with White high school graduates three times more likely to receive TOPS than Black graduates—and three-quarters of recipients come from families who earn more than the state median income of roughly $40,000.

These are the facts. Grambling is facing tough times right now. We cannot continue to run Grambling State the same way and expect things to get better or even stay the same. It is time for change, and with everyone’s help—faculty, staff, alumni and students—we can keep Grambling State University viable and strong. Anything is possible as long as we believe and are willing to accept change. Change is possible. Change can be good. A perfect example, who would have thought there would ever be an African-American U.S. president?

   Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. — President Barack Obama, First African-American U.S. President

                Jeff Denneen and Tom Dretler have written a paper entitled, “The Financially Sustainable University,” which outlines a focused strategy to help colleges and universities reinvent their industry and stop spending beyond their means. They recommend the following four strategies: 1) developing a clear strategy, focused on the core; 2) reducing support and administrative costs; 3) freeing up capital in non-core assets; and 4) strategically investing in innovative models.

I have already started the process at Grambling by establishing a Budget and Priorities Committee to develop criteria for budgetary decision-making and to review previous reductions, current spending levels, priorities and needed plans to protect the core missions of our institution. This will definitely help Grambling deal with the budget cuts. Please, if you have any cost-saving suggestions to offer, do not hesitate to email them to Grambling is also looking for ways to reinvent itself and take advantage of the latest technology and innovative learning techniques available today.

I also believe we can use some of the previous list of negatives to our advantage. For example, knowing only 18.9% of Louisiana’s Black population has a college degree means there is an untapped pool of 81.1%. We are a historically Black university, so maybe night classes that cater to a working adult community is something we need to consider, in addition to an online platform. Feel free to send me your thoughts on programs or learning models you think would work here at GSU.

Since 2008, the overall number of Black students attending any of Louisiana’s universities is down by 8%. HBCUs are known for helping the underserved in a nurturing environment. Do you know a student or school you can promote Grambling State University to? More important, is everyone at Grambling doing his or her best to make sure this a welcoming and nurturing environment where all students can succeed? Always remember, the students are the reason we are here.

Volunteerism is so very important and the only cost is one’s time. Are you capable of tutoring or mentoring? Do you have time to serve on a committee or fundraise? Can you help research scholarship opportunities? As a student, could you serve as a student ambassador in the Admissions Office or on a student forum to answer new student questions? Everyone, ask yourself, is there something I can do to help?

Finally, regarding our sports teams—one of our alumni groups recently contributed a sizeable amount to our football program and coaching staff in recognition of their hard work and winning season. This was an unexpected but much appreciated gift. If you are able to contribute time or money—fundraising or in donations—to keep this important part of our college going culture, we need you now. Again, contributing ideas or making contacts with someone you might know on how we can get our teams to also generate income would certainly be beneficial.

Let’s all do our part to help preserve Grambling State University. During these tough times, keep your spirits high and enthusiasm up for your sake and the sake of Grambling. I leave you with the words of the first African-American appointed as the U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell, “Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”

Go Tigers!

With Great Enthusiasm,
Willie D. Larkin, Ph.D.


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New Jobs Coming to the City of Grambling


City of Grambling Mayor Edward Jones

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Mayor Edward Jones

GRAMBLING, LA – The Mayor of the City of Grambling has a vision and plan to bring the city new jobs. Mayor Edward Jones says “In 2011, the council voted and approved for the city to purchase more than 9 acres of land near Interstate-20 for the purpose of start Commercial business for city”.

Phase one of this project is slated to begin in 3-weeks. It is estimated to cost 10-million dollars some of which was able to be secured through federal funding to support this project. One of the businesses that plan to be in this location is Sullivan’s Grocery out of Brookhaven, Mississippi.

Mayor Jones says “It has been 45 years since Grambling has had a grocery storing in the city. We knew that people would eat every day and weknew it would be a vibrant business.”

The Mayor also plans to bring in a retail stores on this strip.

“There will be a Hibbett Sports, Dollar Tree, and a Pizza Hut. These are the businesses that have committed to this project thus far. But we hope to have more businesses as time goes one”, says Major Jones.

Mayor Joes believes its time for the residents of the city of Grambling get the most out of our city. He wants to make sure the city is able to offer the basic goods and services that a city needs to offer its residents. With new businesses coming to town, so will jobs.

Jones says, “We will offer approximately 140-new jobs.”


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GSU Department of Visual and Performing Arts Presents “The Mountaintop” by Katori Hill

Grambling State University Theatre to present The Mountaintop by Katori Hall on February 23-26, 2016 at the Floyd L. Sandle Theatre, located in the Conrad Hutchinson Performing Arts Center.

In honor of Black History Month, Grambling State University’s Theatre will be performing the Olivier Award-winning play, The Mountaintop by Katori Hall. A frequent visitor to Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, Dr. King is visited by the new housekeeper (Camae), who not only serves him fresh coffee, but his “papers” to eternal life. Hall’s mystical envisions are mixed with truths of the night before King’s infamous assignation. “You in a relay race, albeit the fastest runner we done ever seen’t. But you ’bout to burn out, superstar. You gone need to pass off that baton.” ~ Camae

Directed by Karl V. Norman, the production staff consists of David Kaul as set and light designer, Teisha Lincoln as Costume Supervisor and Ja’Keem Smith as Costume Designer, Cam Conerly as Sound Designer, Dawn Clements and Ibraheem Farmer as Prop Masters and Quintara Johnson as Production Stage Manager.

Performances dates are February 23-26, 2016 and the show begins at 7pm. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for general admission. Starting the week of the show, the 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.

Cast members include: Adarian Williams (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr) from Grambling, LA and Klervaé Stinson (Camae) from New Orleans, LA.

GSU Theatre to present The Mountaintop by Katori Hall on February 23-26 7pm Floyd L. Sandle Theatre

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

Media Advisory

Media Advisory: The President’s Town Hall Meeting at Grambling State University - Feb. 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. Nursing Auditorium

President Willie Larkin

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

When: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Where: Betty E. Smith School of Nursing Auditorium, Grambling State University Who: Willie D. Larkin, President of Grambling State University and senior administrative leaders

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 the proposed mid-year budget cuts at 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 Mitzi LaSalle at The meeting will be available to watch at on Feb. 15.

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


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