Remembering GSU Supporter Eugene Smith, Long-time Mayor of Arcadia, Louisiana

Header-NewsPost-Eugene-SmithBy GSU Media Burea

After battling a lung-illness, on April 23, 2018 long-time Arcadia Mayor Eugene Smith passed away leaving an extensive legacy of public service and achievement in North Louisiana.

“Mayor Smith was a public servant the entire North Louisiana community could count on,” remarked Grambling State President Rick Gallot. “He was a great collaborator who inspired us all to find better ways to work together. Smith’s legacy and his contributions to Grambling State and its surrounding communities were profound.”

Smith’s work included serving as Mayor of the town of Arcadia for sixteen years; serving on the Louisiana Municipal Association and Louisiana Entrepreneur and Small Business Commission; and hiring the Bienville Parish town’s first black attorney.

“Mayor Smith was an exceptional leader who proudly served all of the people of Arcadia and the neighboring communities with compassion and a true concern for improving their lives,” said Governor, John Bel Edwards in a statement.

Some of the lesser-known contributions of Smith’s legacy are his contributions to Grambling State and its surrounding communities. Those contributions include supporting the construction and opening of the Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium, the Grambling State University Legends, and collaborating with leaders from Grambling State and surrounding communities on a number of initiatives.

Grambling State University extends condolences to the family, friends, and communities of Mayor Eugene Smith.

GSU Spotlight: Student Poets Share for National Poetry Month

By Tyree Burnett

Since its founding in 2008, Lyrical Quest, a student group at Grambling State University, has offered an outlet for student artists. Singers, poets, rappers, and musicians on campus perfect their craft and foster their skills performing everything from original pieces to covers of their favorite artists.

In honor of National Poetry Month, GSU would like to spotlight two talented poets from Lyrical Quest.

Spotlight Question: How Do You Get the Courage to Perform?

“Just have fun and remember why you’re doing it, just to tell your story and tell your truth,” exclaims Sherrell Martin, an Elementary Education major from Bogalusa, LA, and noted spotlight artist of GSU’s Lyrical Quest.

Spotlight Question: Why is Poetry Important to You?

Kadedra Ashton, a sophomore Psychology major from Shreveport, LA says, “Poetry gives me a better outlook, and it lets me express myself to people who want to say it, but they don’t say it”.

Congratulations ladies. Continue perfecting your craft and sharing your truth through performance.

About National Poetry Month
National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. After the observed success of National Women’s and Black History month; the Academy was inspired to create a month to bring awareness and appreciation to the art of poetry. Today, National Poetry Month is the most popular literacy celebration in the world.

Tiger Tips: End-of-Semester Spring 2018

by Stephanie Lindsey & Sarah Renee Garner


The end of the semester is here!  While you’re working to retain information, don’t forget your health. Here are five tips to help you, my fellow students, ensure that our last few days on campus are stress free.

Tip 1: Do Your End-of-Semester Check
Remember that our regular class schedule ends on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Be sure your assignments are in and reach out to professors about potential extra credit.

Tip 2: Plan Your Study Time
Reading period starts Thursday, April 26, 2018 and ends on Friday, April 27, 2018. Take advantage of it. Form study groups and link up with other students who know your class subjects.

Tip 3: Be on Time
Finals begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. on April 30, 2018. Tardiness can tank your grade. So, don’t risk it.  

Tip 4: Eating Hours Change on May 5th
Be mindful of the dining hours in the cafeteria. During finals’ week, Dining Services will be open for normal service hours. After May 5, the cafeteria will be on the weekend schedule. Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Tip 5: Schedule Your Shuttle
Lastly, the student shuttle bus will transport students to the airport from April 30 to May 4. Make your reservation before April 30 to ensure you make your flights.

Thank you to our Student Government Association and University Communications for this first edition of Tiger Tips. If you like the video, follow @Grambling1901 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to let us know.

Beyoncé & Google Award Grambling State $25,000

BEYGood Initiative Partners to Award Additional $100,00 to four more HBCUs
BeyGood HBCU Scholarships
GRAMBLING, LA — April 23, 2018 – One day after closing out a history-making Coachella performance, artist Beyonce and her BEYGood initiative announced a partnership with Google to award another $100,000 to Historically Black Colleges and Universities that will include Grambling State University for the 2018-19 academic year.

“We’re so grateful to Beyoncé and the generous team at Google,” says Rick Gallot, President of Grambling State University. “They are both stellar examples of how individuals from all over can help support and empower the important work at HBCUs.”

The contribution to Grambling State will support the University’s continual leadership in STEM fields. The University is the #1 producer of African-American Computer Science graduates in the state.

“Google understands the vital role historically black colleges and universities play in delivering a high quality and culturally responsive education,” states Maab Ibrahim, a program manager. “In the last several years, Google has launched innovative programs to close the distance between Silicon Valley and HBCUs; we are proud to continue that commitment by matching Beyoncé’s generous donation.”

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Demolition at Grambling State for Intramural Center Expansion

C.D. Harris Natatorium Demolition Makes Way for New Intramural Center
GRAMBLING, LA — April 20, 2018 – On April 23, 2018 construction crews will kick off demolition of one of Grambling State’s oldest student facilities to make way for the University’s Intramural GSU Natatorium 2018Center Expansion slated for completion Fall of 2019.

The Intramural Expansion project, an $8.5 million renovation and expansion, launches as a series of construction projects kick off at Grambling State this spring.  “We’re on the grow,” said Rick Gallot, President of Grambling State University. “That means our facilities have to advance to better match the needs and demands of our students.”

Grambling State’s Intramural Center is home to more than 100 health and fitness programs that serve students, faculty, and community members. Two-Term Student Government Association President, Adarian Williams, who has attended Grambling schools since elementary, said “The Intramural Center plays an integral role in the student and community experience. This expansion will enhance the Grambling experience for incoming generations of students and their families.”

During the construction period, the Intramural Center programs will continue to operate out of several student life facilities on campus.
Expansion plans include a pool addition, training facilities, and study and programming space.
For media access and coverage video of the demolition project, please contact Jovan Hackley at or call (318) 243-5012.


Dallas Mavericks CEO to Keynote Grambling State Commencement

Newest NBA CEO and former AT&T Executive Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall to share with students

Newest NBA CEO and former AT&T Executive Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall to share with students GRAMBLING, LA GRAMBLING, LA — April 20, 2018 – Months after being tapped by Mark Cuban and team leadership to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Dallas Mavericks, Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall will address students and faculty as the keynote speaker at the Grambling State University Spring Commencement, May 11, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Marshall, who is leading the charge to set the new NBA standard for inclusion and diversity, is known globally for her work with AT&T, where she served as Senior Vice President – Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer.

That work included guiding AT&T to placement on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, the top 3 on Diversity Inc.’s 2017 Top 50 list of companies, and her own acknowledgement as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine and on Ebony magazine’s 2016 “Power 100” list.
“We are honored to have such a visionary leader on campus to share her wisdom with our students,” said GSU President Rick Gallot.  “It’s more important today than ever for our students to understand the value that a diverse and inclusive culture brings to an organization.”

Marshall, who The Network Journal recently named one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Business, has already had an impact on Grambling State students after recently hosting a student visit at the Mavericks headquarters in Dallas, TX.

“Meeting Cynthia Marshall was definitely something I didn’t know I needed,” said Sara Renee Garner, sophomore in Grambling State’s Department of Mass Communication. “As a black woman in a male-dominated industry, she is like superwoman. Meeting her, I saw all of my dreams personified.”

Marshall will address students, faculty, and their families on the heels of Grambling State’s highest enrollment since 2014, which includes a freshman class increase of greater than 200 percent since that time.

“It’s been a great year for Grambling State students,” said President Gallot. “We’re excited to welcome Mrs. Marshall to help us celebrate.”

Commencement Information:


Grambling State University Commencement, Spring 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center
Grambling State University
100 North Stadium Drive
Grambling, LA 71245


For media credentials and coverage information, please contact or call the Office of University Communications at 318-274-2866. 




About Grambling State University

Grambling State University, located in Grambling Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information visit

Beyoncé Scores Invite to Return to Grambling State for the 45th Bayou Classic

GSU President Rick Gallot invites artist Beyoncé to the 2018 Bayou Classic

Gallot Twitter Screen ShotGRAMBLING, LA — April 16, 2018 – On the heels of her record-breaking Coachella performance, President Rick Gallot tweets and invites music artist Beyoncé Knowles to attend the 45th Bayou Classic Game in New Orleans, LA.

“It’s incredible to see HBCU support surging from so many places,” says Rick Gallot, President of Grambling State University. “When an artist like Beyoncé uses her platform to highlight the amazing talent within the HBCU community, it helps push us all forward.”

Grambling State, home of the World Famed Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band, has a long relationship with Beyoncé’s music. That history began with her first visit to Grambling State with the group Destiny’s Child in the year 2000. Since then, the Tiger Marching Band has performed Beyoncé’s top hits across the world including Crazy in Love and Flawless.

“We’d love the opportunity to say thank you to Beyoncé for her continuous HBCU support in person,” says President Gallot. “It would also give our students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at a once-in-a-lifetime event.”

That once-in-a-lifetime event is the 45th Annual Bayou Classic Weekend, where Grambling State University will face off against Southern University for the country’s second-most attended football game, next to the Super Bowl, and the Battle of the Bands.

Grambling State University students, supporters, and fans are encouraged to share the hashtag #BeyYouClassic to help show their support.


About Grambling State University

Grambling State University, located in Grambling Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information visit

About the 45th Annual Bayou Classic Weekend

In 2018, Grambling State University and Southern University will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the legendary football game that was the second most-attended football game in recent history. For more information, visit

Distinguished GSU Alumnus Returns as Cleo Fields Lecturer

Grambling State University alumnus Ronald E. Childs, a senior media strategist and award-Ronald Childswinning journalist based in Chicago, will return to campus Tuesday to serve as a student feedback coach and keynote speaker as part of the Cleo Fields Lecture series sponsored by the Department of Mass Communication.

Childs, a 1982 graduate, has enjoyed a distinguished career and in 2007 became the first mass communication alum to be inducted into the Grambling State University Alumni Hall of Fame. Continue reading

GSU Calendar Cover Girl Pageant Turns the Big 5-0

Cover-Cal-girl-49Since 1968, the Grambling State University Cover Girl Calendar has highlighted a long history of stellar women and incredible alumnae. This Saturday, students and the campus community will celebrate and crown the 50th Calendar Cover Girl in the University’s History.

Grambling State University

50th Anniversary Calendar Cover Girl Pageant

Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 7 p.m.

T.H. Harris Auditorium

Admission: Free for Students and Community Members

This year’s momentous program will feature a record-number of Cover Girls who will return to celebrate the pageant’s milestone.

“The 50th Annual Cover Girl Pageant will highlight past, present and future pageant excellence. Terry Lilly, pageant choreographer has once again outdone himself in capturing this unforgettable pageantry experience,” said Sharon Perkins, Director of the Favrot Student Union.

This Year’s Cover Girl and recently elected Miss Grambling, JaMariea’ Davis-Miller, will pass on the crown to one of this year’s beautiful contestants:

Enausha Abney
Arcadia, LA
Talisia Mcmurray
Ruston, LA
Tia Wright
Washington, DC
Jade Belton-Coleman
Kierara Moore
Monroe, LA
Onshala Alexander
Milwaukee, WI
Jakayla Caleb
Springfield, LA
Ashton Myers
Savannah, Ga
Ahmya Ash
Davenport, Iowa
Jessica Clinton
Ruston, LA
Ahmani Ownens
Minden, LA
Dalyia Booker
Miami, FL
Lillian Christian
Little Rock, AR
Faith Poole
Asheville, NC
Nikky Dunbar
Chicago, IL
Allysa Crane
Atlanta, GA
Mikeia Ridgell
Pine Bluff, AR
Lajazzmond Pichon
Houston, TX
Mata Drain
Shreveport, LA
Jaalyn Roane
Ruston, LA
Jericha Richards
Springfield, IL
Cristina Franklin
Beaumont, TX
Antallia Ross
Farmerville, LA
Mariah Smith
Chicago Heights,IL
Megan Gainous
Grambling, LA
Yrrasha Taylor
Baton Rouge, LA
Dazmeiah Turner
Winnfield, LA
Taylor Graham
Chicago, IL
Destini Thurman
Orlando, FL
Alianndra Williams
Ruston, LA
Tori Guyton
Detroit, MI
Alexis Walker
Monroe, LA
Jazmine Hunter
Cienna Washington
Ruston, LA
Rickenzie Jhonikin
Farmerville, LA
Zakiyah Whaley
Tyler, TX
Madison Levingston
Dallas, TX
Jammie Wilson
Dallas, TX
De’Lia Madison
New Orleans, LA
Kelsey Woods
Shreveport, LA

Doors will open for this year’s event at 6 p.m. at T.H. Harris Auditorium. To get updates first on this year’s Cover Girl winner, follow @Grambling1901 on Facebook and Twitter.

4 Ways Grambling State’s Campus is Focusing On Sexual Assault Awareness

Grambling State Students, Faculty, & Staff Join in Sexual Assault Awareness Month #SAAM
By Jovan Hackley

From major headlines to new efforts by America’s even smallest employers, the #MeToo movement has breathed new life into sexual assault awareness – including a big effort spearheaded by Grambling State Students and staff.

“It is important for GSU to join in the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Movement to bring awareness and dialogue of the importance of respect in relationships and consent,” said Beverly Crawford, Beverly W. Crawford, Title IX Coordinator/EEO Officer for GSU. “It is also important for the GSU community to embrace survivors who courageously use their voice to speak the truth.”

This month Grambling State students and community members will band together to grow sexual assault awareness on campus through four big events:

Outreach Booths: How Can I Say Yes When I Can’t Say No?
The Yard & McCall Dining Hall
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 11 a.m.
Learn about consent, how to report sexual assault, and about resources nationally and on GSU’s campus.

Movie Screening: The Hunting Ground
Grambling Hall Auditorium
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
GSU Students, staff and faculty will screen the award-winning 2015 expose on sexual assault on some of America’s most notable college campuses.

Greek Demonstration: Strolling Off to End Violence
The Yard
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | 11 a.m.
Join our campus fraternities and sororities as they raise awareness of sexual assault and resources for victims.

Campus Demonstration: National Sexual Assault Awareness Denim Day
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | All-Day
Wear Denim to show your support for victims of sexual assault.

Students, faculty, and community members are encouraged to attend and share the hashtag #SAAM to support this year’s events.

For students and campus community members who may experience or have questions related to sexual assault, the University provides a list of resources:


Divisions Who Can Help: