MAKING AN INTERVIEW FIRST IMPRESSION

Fobbs: Find ways to be successful, first with walking through the door

By Ya’LISHA GATEWOOD
GSU Media Bureau

Dr. Shelia Fobbs, Director of Career Services

Dr. Shelia Fobbs,
Director of Career Services

A professional interview starts when the candidate walks into the room.  The employer is looking for confidence, and a well-dressed, nicely groomed business professional.

“An employer can tell from the way a person comes into the room whether they’re going to interview them further from the first step,” said Sheila Fobbs, director of Grambling State University’s career services office.

During a recent (Oct. 11) career development seminar about interviews in GSU’s Grambling Hall, Fobbs walked students through the impact of their body language and presentation as an important part of being taken seriously when applying for a job.

“Choose to be positive and your actions will follow,” she told the students. “Your attitude is selected by you and how you allow it to be, so be positive before walking into an interview.”

Fobbs said candidates must choose how to dress carefully. Men and women should dress conservatively, with a focus on business attire. “No matter how hard, we try we cannot steer away from image,” said Fobbs. “Represent yourself as a brand.”

To help make her point, Fobbs played a game with the audience. The game was simple. Students clapped their hands to an upbeat rhythm and blues song, California featuring T.I., Young Dolph and Ricco Barrino. She asked students to choose an adjective to describe themselves using the first letter of their first name. The lively exercise made the students think about themselves, and how they feel about themselves. Fobbs wanted them to think about what a potential employer might see in them as they walk in for an interview.

Another part of being successful during an interviewing is doing research before the interview, Fobbs told the students. She said interviewees should research the company to learn as much about the business as possible. In addition, she said, bring extra copies of everything that should be shared. When talking, speak up and speak clearly, said Fobbs, and speak slowly, enunciating each word.

Though there are multiple ways to impress an interviewer once a candidate has the interviewer’s attention, Fobbs said that initial look has real impact.

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” she said.

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An Unexpected Scholar

Dorene Bell, new GSU Honor College Inductee, on stage w/Stephen Favors and honors college student president Prentiss Smiley

Dorene Bell, new GSU Honor College Inductee, on stage with Dr. Steve Favors and honors college vice president Laterious Pouncy.

Dorene Bell was a hairstylist for 20 years, running “House of Styles,” her own beauty salon in Monroe. She regularly saw clients, and uplifted their spirits through her work. More recently, she traded it all and went back to college.

Bell, a Grambling State University junior with a 3.7 GPA, is president of the university’s history club and she is the club’s Miss Carter G Woodson. She’s also a new member of the Earl Lester Honors College.

The Earl Lester Honors College hosted its 27th induction ceremony on Thursday (October 20) in the Betty E. Smith Nursing Building auditorium. Bell was one of 36 new inductees who were pinned and took a pledge symbolizing their official membership.

The night was extra special for Bell. She went back to school at 38, and she’s a superwoman balancing rearing three children, 22, 16 and 11 as she works to earn a college degree.

“I wanted to provide and be an example for my kids so they would go to school. Eventually, I want to become a historian and I want to write and publish and travel and lecture,” said Bell, 41, a history major from Monroe, Louisiana.

Bell’s mother, Marietta Deal, 57, went back to school first. Bell followed her mother’s footsteps. Deal earned an associates degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in December. Now Deal is working toward her bachelor’s degree at the University of Louisiana at Monroe with the goal of graduating in the spring.

Deal is extremely proud of herself, and her daughter.

“Where I was working they downsized and I lost my job so that let me know that I needed to do more for myself to take control of my life so I decided to go back to school and get my degree,” said Deal, a senior from Oakland, California.

Deal and Bell have faced struggles before college and while in college.

“My mom was 15 when she had me. We have gone through many family tragedies in the past three and a half years since the day we began this journey back to further our education,” said Bell. She said they have faced “death, lost jobs, divorce, everything bad that could possibly happen, it happened. But we never stopped.”

Bell couldn’t type and didn’t know much about computers when she started at GSU. Now she’s less than a year away from earning her degree.

“Being inducted means a lot,” she said. “It’s been a struggle. It’s been hard, but it’s very rewarding now that I’m actually able to see some of the fruits of the things and work that I’ve put in since I’ve been here. It’s an honor. I’m very excited about it.”

Bell and the other new inductees watched as previous honors college students donated $5,000 to establish the Dr. Joseph B. and Mrs. Lula Y. Johnson Endowed Scholarship. Honors college dean and GSU provost Ellen Smiley explained that the contribution matches $5,000 that former GSU President Johnson and his wife gave to create an endowed scholarship. “Over the years, the scholarship will grow and students that come to the university will be able to take it advantage of the interest that has come from the scholarship,” said Smiley, of Homer, Louisiana.

Smiley, the second dean of the honors college, has high hopes for her new inductees and she wants them to become “productive citizens” on campus, noting that honors college students have held positions such as student government association president, leaders of athletics groups and Miss Grambling State University.

“This is a way for the students to come together. They may not have the same major because we have such a diverse group, but they can come together on common ground,” added Smiley. “Through our seminars as we learn more about culture we always are trying to increase their knowledge.”

Smiley said the scholarship will help some students who have the smarts and not all the resources needed. “You can be the best student in the world if you don’t have the resources you won’t be able to succeed.”

Fall 2016 Honors College Induction Ceremony

Pictured (Slideshow):
Ellen D. Smiley, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs/ Dean of the Earl Lester Cole Honors College/Associate Professor of Education
Steve Favors, Professor of Education, Earl Lester Cole Honors College
La’Terious Pouncy, Vice President, Earl Lester Cole Honors College (Accounting major)
Prentiss Smiley, President, Earl Lester Cole Honors College (CIS and History 4+1 major)

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BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INTRODUCES CLASS OF 2017

Gary "Big Hands" Johnson - GSU Black College Football Hall of Fame Inductee 2017Atlanta, GA – The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) announced its Class of 2017 today. Six inductees were selected from a list of 25 Finalists who had been determined earlier by the BCFHOF Selection Committee.

The Class of 2017 includes Parnell “Paydirt” Dickinson (Mississippi Valley State), Harold “Sunny” Jackson (Jackson State), Gary “Big Hands” Johnson (Grambling State), Robert Porcher (South Carolina State, Tennessee State), Isiah “Butch” Robertson (Southern) as player inductees and Coach Billy Joe (Cheyney, Central State, Florida A&M, Miles College).

“This class is another representation of the immense football talent that has played at historically black colleges and universities,” said BCFHOF Co-Founder and 2012 Inductee James “Shack” Harris. “All five players were college All-Americans, and three were first round NFL draft picks.”

Votes were tallied from the 12-member Selection Committee, comprised of prominent journalists, commentators and historians, as well as former NFL General Managers and executives, and from previous BCFHOF inductees to determine this year’s honorees.

The Class of 2017 will be honored at the Eighth Annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Presented by the Atlanta Falcons on February 25, 2017. The Induction Ceremony takes place at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Inductees will also be recognized at the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on December 17th. For more information, please visit www.BlackCollegeFootballHOF.org.

About the Black College Football Hall of Fame

The Black College Football Hall of Fame was established in October 2009 to honor the greatest football players and coaches from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Its trustees are football legends Mel Blount, James Harris, Willie Lanier, Art Shell and Doug Williams. The Black College Football Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Shack Harris & Doug Williams Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization.

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GSU PARTNERSHIP MAKES SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES EASIER

Scholarship platform search company helps match Grambling State students with money

Grambling State University has partnered with Scholly, an easy-to-use mobile application that helps students find and apply for college scholarships.

GSU students have free access to the Scholly app so they can receive professional guidance and support to seek scholarship opportunities. Designed to ease the scholarship search process, Scholly is a simple, comprehensive, and accurate scholarship search platform that helps undergraduates and graduate students match scholarships.

“Working with Grambling State University reflects the commitment that the university has to its students being able to reach higher academically by being supported financially. Scholly equips students with the appropriate tools to find, get matched with, and apply for scholarships to fund their education” said David Hunt, a Scholly impact executive.

“We are excited about this new partnership between Grambling and Scholly,” said Damon Wade, vice president for institutional effectiveness and enrollment management. “Higher education is an essential rung on the ladder towards financial security, and it’s a climb that many of our students are unable to maintain due to a lack of resources or awareness of the type of scholarship support that may be available to them. Grambling State is committed to helping our students afford college.”

Scholly turns the long months search for “free money” for college into minutes. Students interested in obtaining access to Scholly and scholarship opportunities should send an email to scholly@gram.edu.

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COACH FOBBS INKS DEAL WITH GSU

Third-year football coach agrees to two-year extension, including incentives for football coaches, staff

Grambling State University head football coach Broderick FobbsGrambling State University head football coach Broderick Fobbs is staying at GSU.

Fobbs, Interim Athletic Director Obadiah Simmons and GSU President Rick Gallot signed an agreement in the president’s office on Thursday (Oct. 20). The coach’s current contract was scheduled to expire in December 2016, and the new agreement extends his services through December 31, 2018. Gallot, who started as president on Aug. 1, said retaining Fobbs was one of his highest priorities.

“As a lifelong Grambling State football fan and as an alum, I know what we have in Coach Fobbs and I was determined to keep him as our coach,” said Gallot.

Coach said he loves his job and he is determined to do all he can to make the football program, athletics and his alma mater successful. “We’ve got something special going on here,” said Fobbs, “and we’re in the early stages of building of another legacy upon the great traditions developed by Coach Eddie Robinson, Prez (RWE) Jones and others. We’ve got a big job to do, and I’m grateful that President Gallot recognizes what our coaches and staff bring to the table.”

The agreement guarantees Fobbs $195,000, the salary he has earned since 2013. Fobbs said he did not want to accept a salary increase since the university is facing significant financial challenges and his coaches cannot receive salary increases at this time. Instead, the agreement is heavy on incentives, guaranteeing Fobbs additional compensation of up to $87,500 for specific goals, including winning the SWAC western division championship, being recognized as SWAC coach of the year, winning the Bayou Classic, winning the SWAC championship, winning the Celebration Bowl matchup between the SWAC and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) football championship teams and if the G-Men are declared the Black College national champions. In addition, Fobbs has an additional incentive to do something he makes a priority already — meeting or exceeding the NCAA benchmarks for Academic Progress Rate (APR). Student-athletes must attend classes, maintain specific grades and GPAs to remain eligible to participate.

In addition, the coach is provided with a salary bonus pool of $95,000 to be divided among his coaches based on specific incentives. For other coaches to be eligible to be considered for some of that money the team must win the SWAC western division, the SWAC championship and the Celebrity Bowl, widely seen as the national HBCU championship between the SWAC and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship teams played in Atlanta on Dec. 17, 2016. It also includes incentives for the football team being recognized as the Black College National Champion, a regular season record above .500 and for meeting or exceeding the NCAA APR benchmarks.

Gallot and Fobbs agreed that the fall negotiations started soon after the president started and continued cordially as the football season got underway and continued. Fobbs said there was no doubt that he wanted things to work out, and that he was far more concerned about the impact on his coaches and staff than any specific amount for himself. “I have an amazing team of coaches and a wonderful staff and we wouldn’t be doing as well as we’re doing without their commitment and dedication to our student-athletes and this program,” said Fobbs. “We’re all in this together, and if I win, they win.”

The agreement with the football coach guarantees that Fobbs will stay at his alma mater through the 2018 season at the Southwestern Athletic Conference school, ensuring that the significantly rejuvenated football program continues its winning tradition on the gridiron, in the classroom and in the community.

Hired in December 2013, Fobbs was charged with strengthening the program under a three-year contract. Since he started, Fobbs has been named the SWAC coach of the year twice, in 2014 and 2015, and he has a 19-8 record overall and a 12-4 record since 2015. His G-Men started the season as a team to watch but were not picked to win the SWAC western division or the conference championship. After a strong 3-0 SWAC start and a 3-1 overall record this season, the team is widely seen as the favorite to win the division and the SWAC championship.

“Coach Fobbs has done an incredible job both on the field and off, and we have to acknowledge, appreciate and support that,” said Gallot.

“There’s no question that Fobbs and our winning football program have been a big part of attracting more attention and more applicants. With 70 percent more applications this year compared to last year this time, that’s phenomenal, and it shows that a winning program has a real impact on recruiting.”

“I’m thrilled that we’ve signed Coach Fobbs for another couple of years. He’s a stellar leader and has done an amazing job with our football program in such a short period of time,” added Simmons. “By all accounts, Coach Fobbs is ahead of schedule relative to program goals.”

Fobbs started his coaching career at a Texas high school before working as a graduate assistant at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with then head coach Jerry Baldwin, now pastor of New Living Word Ministries in Ruston and a member of the university’s athletics director search committee. He coached at Northwestern State from 2002-07 and went to Lake Charles to coach at McNeese State University. He spent a stint at Southern Miss as wide receivers coach before returning to McNeese to coach tight ends for the Cowboys.

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TICKETS TO RED RIVER STATE FAIR CLASSIC ON SALE NOW

Red River Classic Tickets are on sale now!Shreveport, LA – Tickets to the 2016 Red River State Fair Classic, pitting the Grambling State University (GSU) Tigers against the Alabama State University (ASU) Hornets, are now available for purchase. The game will be held Saturday, November 12 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport. Kickoff time is 2 p.m. Game tickets include free access to the State Fair of Louisiana. General admission tickets are $21, reserved, chair-back seats are $26 and club-level suites are $100. Tickets are available at the following outlets:

  • Shreveport Federal Credit Union (all locations)
  • Office of the State Fair of Louisiana
  • Independence Bowl Foundation Office, Independence Stadium
  • GSU Ticket Office, Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center, Grambling State University
  • Members of the Shreveport Chapter of the Grambling University National Alumni Association (GUNAA)
  • Ticketmaster.com

Youth and special group tickets can be arranged by contacting Joseph Carter at 318-294-0005, or contact Douglas Mosely at 318-349-6761.

Considered a home game for GSU, the Red River State Fair Classic is in its sixth consecutive year and has featured GSU playing such opponents as Texas Southern University, Alcorn State University and Louisiana Tech University.

Sponsored by the City of Shreveport, Caddo Parish Commission, the Shreveport-Bossier Sports
Commission, Shreveport Federal Credit Union and AT&T, the classic weekend features several other entertaining and fundraising events, including a gala on the Friday night before the game and an after party at the El Dorado Casino ballroom hosted by the Shreveport Chapter of the Grambling University National Alumni Association (GUNAA).

For additional information, please visit the website at www.redriverstatefairclassic.com
or facebook.com/redriverstatefairclassic.

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GALLOT HIRES ADVANCEMENT VP

 Newman brings a wealth of development, fundraising success

Marc A. Newman, VP of Institutional Advancement Grambling State University President Rick Gallot has hired Marc A. Newman, an experienced institutional advancement executive, to lead the university’s development and fundraising efforts.

Newman, who is scheduled to start November 1, brings years of experience as a United Negro College Fund and Saint Augustine’s University development leader. His appointment is subject to approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.

“With the unanimous recommendation of the search committee combined with my interview with him, I really knew we had found the right person for the job,” said Gallot.

“I am thrilled to be joining President Gallot and his team,” said Newman. “I have had the great fortune to work with and learn from some of the best in the fields of development and higher education. I look forward to utilizing my experiences to assist the president as he leads the vision to build on the rich history and legacy that is Grambling State University.”

Newman has a track record for identifying critical development needs and executing successful strategies to achieve specific, identifiable business and organizational goals. With UNCF he has been responsible for development campaigns in North Carolina and Virginia, supervising staffs with fundraising, special events and board development. During his 2005-2014 tenure as vice president of institutional advancement at St. Aug, he was responsible for leading a team that saw the institution through a period of significant growth to include increases in alumni and annual giving campaigns, community development, grant acquisition and overseeing the transition of Saint Augustine’s College to Saint Augustine’s University.

“We were impressed with Mr. Newman, his background, his experiences and his vision for taking GSU to the next levels with development and fundraising,” added Helen Godfrey-Smith, a member of the search committee and chair of the Grambling University Foundation. ” We believe he will strengthen President Gallot’s administrative team and improve the position of our university for fundraising success.”

Newman graduated from Chicago State University and a master’s of business administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, 100 Black Men of America and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Newman and his wife, Marjorie, are the parents of three children, Talia (23), Marc (16) and Miles (13). Majorie Newman is a media and communications professor at St. Aug and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

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EARL LESTER COLE HONORS COLLEGE NAMES HONORARY MEMBER

 
By JESSICA WRIGHT
GSU Media Bureau

John Sibley Butler, Earl Lester Cole Honors College honorary memberJohn Sibley Butler has been inducted into Grambling State University’s Earl Lester Cole Honors College as an honorary member, only the third honorary member in the college’s history.

“He has a great interest in Grambling and we wanted to make sure that he was affiliated and aligned with the university,” said Rory Bedford, director of the university’s service learning program and coordinator of the Sept. 22 convocation at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center where Butler was inducted. “We hope that he will be an ambassador not only for the Honors College but for the university as well.”

Noting how few honorary members the college has, Ellen Smiley, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs said the selections are few, and specific. “You can’t just get in,” she added.

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Butler earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in 1969 after serving in Vietnam.He continued his education at Northwestern University as a Fellow of Social Change and received a doctorate in sociology in 1974. Butler was the founding editor of the National Journal of Sociology, serving as editor for 15 years. In 1988, the University of California at Berkeley sought Butler for a think tank on Testing and American Organizations. Butler has authored several books, published numerous journal articles and he has been recognized with several awards. Butler was one of the distinguished professors selected for the election committee advisory board under former Texas governor George W. Bush in 2000.

Butler became the chair of the Department of Management in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. In 2002, he became the director of the IC2 Institute, where he also held the Herb Kelleher Chair for Entrepreneurship and Business and was the Sam Barshop Research Fellow. Butler served on the board of directors for Morehouse Research Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Langston University National Institute for the Study of Minority Enterprise. In 2006, Butler was appointed by President Bush to the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board, and was reappointed in 2007. Butler currently holds the Gale Chair in Entrepreneurship and Small Business in the Graduate School of Business (Department of Management) at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.

Smiley said the Honors College has inducted two other honorary members; Anthony Cherry, former SGA student senator and retired NFL player, Jason Hatcher. Cherry assisted to draft the bill to get the self-assessed fee for the Honors College along side of the president of the Honors College, Prentiss Smiley. Hatcher induction was based on his contributions to his community, commitment and patronage to the Honors College. The Honors College usually hold honorary inductions into the Honors College in the Fall semester but both Cherry and Hatcher were inducted in February of 2016.

GSU President Rick Gallot said the induction is special, and having Butler talk with university students was important. “We’re looking to meet new friends and expand our circle of friends and we are excited to welcome this new friendship with such an accomplished business man well-connected in so many circles,” he said.

During Butler’s convocation speech he encouraged students to set goals for themselves and put effort towards accomplishing them. He expressed the importance of liberty and what it means to live freely without the bondage of preconceived notions or stereotypes. “Living life and living liberty means that a person should be able to accomplish whatever they visualize,” said Butler.

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President Gallot Names Search Committee for Athletic Director

 

David Aubrey, Search Committee Chair

David Aubrey, Search Committee Chair

Grambling State University President Rick Gallot has named a search committee to identify the institution’s next permanent athletic director. The thirteen members include alumni, community, faculty and student representatives.

The search ended Friday (Sept. 30), and 24 candidates submitted applications. The committee will meet soon to start the process of considering each applicant and to determine next steps. “I want the best candidate for the job, and I am confident that the committee will recommend a candidate who shares my bold vision for the future of athletics at Grambling State University,” said Gallot.

David Aubrey, a 1995 GSU graduate and state director of external affairs for AT&T Louisiana, is chair of the 13-person committee. The group includes GSU and NBA legend Willis Reed and GSU and NCAA legendary baseball coach Wilbert Ellis. Former GSU and NBA standout Aaron James and GSU and NFL standout Al Dennis will also serve.

Leon Sanders, vice president for finance and administration, joins Bobby Burkes, GSU faculty athletics representative, and GSU Student Government Association President Michael Meadows as campus representatives. Cathy Conwright, a 1981 graduate and vice president of the Dallas Alumni Chapter of the Grambling University National Alumni Association (GUNAA), will also assist with the search.

Community representatives include Jerry Baldwin, pastor of New Living Word Ministries and a former football coach at Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL); Ray Higgins, editor of gogrambling.com and a local entrepreneur; Jim Oakes, former athletic director at Louisiana Tech, and Lanie Domier, chair of the kinesiology department at Louisiana Tech.

“We have a strong committee who have great experience and backgrounds in athletics,” said Gallot. “I am confident that the diversity and individual strengths of the members will provide the appropriate vetting of candidates in this process.”

GSU Athletic Director Search Committee 

David Aubrey Committee chair, state director of external affairs, AT&T Louisiana
Lanie Dornier Chair, Kinesiology Department, Louisiana Tech University
Willis Reed Grambling State University alumnus, retired New York Knicks player and NBA executive
Wilbert Ellis Grambling State University alumnus
Ray Higgins Editor, gogrambling.com and Grambling entrepreneur
Jim Oakes Former athletic director, Louisiana Tech University
Jerry Baldwin Pastor, New Living Word Ministries, Ruston
Leon Sanders Grambling State University vice president for finance and administration
Cathy Conwright Vice president, Grambling University National Alumni Association Dallas Chapter
Aaron James Former athletic director, Grambling State University
Michael Meadows President, Grambling State University Student Government Association
Bobby Burkes Faculty athletic representative, Grambling State University
Albert Dennis Former athletic director, Grambling State University

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GSU PRESIDENT, ROYAL COURT VISIT QB’s SCHOOL

 
Skyline High sees Gallot, students where Kincade studied and played

By MINIYA SHABAZZ
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GSU President, Royal Court Visit QB’s SchoolDALLAS — Grambling State University President Rick Gallot and the Royal Court made a special visit to Skyline High School in Dallas. They visited with high school students, encouraging them to go to college and telling them why GSU would be a good college choice.

During their visit, the royal court made a grand entrance, walking through scores of high school students in resplendent dress as some students gawked and others applauded. They went to the senior cafeteria to talk with students considering colleges, hoping to convince them that their choice should be GSU. It’s the same cafeteria where a star GSU football player once ate.

Skyline was DeVante Kincade’s high school, and the place where he became a national high school quarterback sensation. Skyline administrators, coaches and students are happy with the Kincade-Skyline success story, and they remember him fondly. He returned to Dallas this past weekend to play in front of family, friends and thousands of others in the annual State Fair Classic at the Cotton Bowl, leading the GSU G-Men to a 36-16 victory over the Prairie View A&M University Panthers. Kincade was named Offensive Player of the Week by the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Monday, the second week he received the honor.

“He is one of the best athletes to come through Dallas …schools in a long time,” said Carnally McGee, 41, a Skyline defensive coordinator and health teacher from Ardmore, Oklahoma. “He had big dreams coming out of high school … To see him doing the things he’s doing right now is big. It’s big for not only me, but the Skyline community to see him succeeding.”

The Skyline royal court visit was scheduled in advance, but the president’s visit was a surprise. Cathy Wasson-Cartwright, Grambling University National Alumni Association –Dallas Chapter vice president and GUNAA vice president-elect, said it was the first time she recalls a GSU president visiting during a Grambling State high school recruitment visit in Dallas in the 20 years her chapter has been coordinating high school recruitment visits with GSU. “This was a first,” she added.

Kincade was in touch with Gallot soon after the visit, sending the president a text to let him know he had taken notice.

GSU’s starting quarterback graduated from Skyline in 2012 and went to the University of Mississippi to play football. In spring 2015 he transferred from Ole Miss to Grambling State to be closer to his family, especially his mother.

“It was important to go to Skyline number one because our starting quarterback is a graduate of Skyline,” said Gallot. “Not only is he an exceptional athlete but he is a young man of strong and positive character. We want to … recruit other good students with strong character from that magnet school as well.”

The Skyline visit was one of several middle and high school visits by the Royal Court, and Gallot joined the group for three school visits. They visited Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center in Dallas, Skyline High School in Dallas, Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School in Glenn Heights, Texas, and DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas.

GSU student ambassadors visited another three schools in the Dallas area. Roosevelt High School in Dallas Texas, Duncanville high school in Duncanville Texas, Obama Male Leadership Academy in Dallas Texas. Townview Center welcomed Grambling State University with a pep rally. The Big D Marching Band gave a huge welcome to Grambling by performing different songs and chants like Kent Jones’ “Don’t Mind.”

McCowan Middle School students got an early start thinking about college as GSU visited their school gymnasium. Principal Nicholas C. Johnson, a proud Grambling State alumnus, rocked a black GSU T-shirt. “I always represent Grambling. It’s not unusual for me to have a Grambling shirt on,” said Johnson, 46, from Shongaloo, Louisiana.

The second generation alum graduated in 1992, and his wife, Lisa G. Johnson, graduated from GSU in 1990. In his second year as principal at the middle school, he was principal of W.A. Blair Elementary School for seven years of his 23 years in education. He has known Gallot for many years, and the president’s mother, Mildred Gallot, was one of his teachers. “It was a special day,” said Johnson.

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