Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed to host Coffee Forum at Grambling State

Faculty-Student Roundtable to Feature Top Louisiana Higher Education Official

Louisiana’s new Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed will host a face-to-face forum with students, faculty, and education leaders on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at 7:30 a.m. on the campus of Grambling State University.kimhunterreed.adv718.adv_-768x511

The forum, one stop on a two-day North Louisiana tour, is part of  Dr. Reed’s ongoing outreach to connect with the students, campuses, and education leaders throughout the state.

“We believe that Dr. Kim Hunter Reed is uniquely positioned to lead Louisiana Higher Education into the future,” said Louisiana Board of Regents Chair Robert W. Levy in a release announcing Dr. Reed’s appointment.

“It’s critical that we talk about the importance of making sure more people have access to good education and training,” said Dr. Reed.

At the event, to be held at the historic Eddie G. Robinson Museum, students and professors will get to connect and share their perspectives directly with Commissioner Reed.

“It’s an incredible honor to have Commissioner Reed on our campus listening to the students and faculty who are leading our innovation and success,” said President Rick Gallot of Grambling State. “We know that we have great support throughout our state and it is always an honor to personally share our gratitude and feedback.”

Prior to her appointment as Louisiana’s 9th Commissioner of Higher Education, Dr. Reed served as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Her experience also includes serving in President Barack Obama’s administration as Deputy Undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education, leading postsecondary diversity and inclusion work.

“Coffee with the Commissioner,” Tuesday’s forum event, will kick off promptly at 7:30 a.m. For questions or inquiries related to Dr. Reed’s visit, email mediarelations@gram.edu.

 

Campus Security Update

Today shortly after midnight, Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University police were notified of a Facebook post concerning the threat of a shooting at both Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University.

Louisiana Tech Police Chief Randal Hermes reported the threat to the Louisiana State Police, whose intelligence unit then began the investigation of the threat. Continue reading

From Rouse’s to RWE Jones Drive: Freshman Jordan Taylor Makes Headlines for Choosing Grambling State University

Baton Rouge native who helped autistic teen acknowledged by University of Louisiana System for choosing GSU 

Jordan in Confernce RoomJordan in Confernce Room2It’s been a busy summer for Jordan Taylor. In just a few months he’s gone from helping a customer in need to national headlines, a free car, and more than $125,000 in support to achieve his college dream of becoming a Grambling State University Tiger.

“Coming to Grambling has been great,” said Taylor as he addressed the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors during a special meeting where he was acknowledged for his contributions. “The people have been really helpful, and I want to thank Chairman Perkins, Dr. Henderson, and the President of Grambling State for all of their help in getting me here.”

Taylor, a freshman Math Education major, garnered local and national media attention after a social media video went viral. The video showed him helping a customer at Rouse’s supermarket where he worked. That customer, Jack Ryan Edwards, age 17, has autism and was shopping when his father when Jordan and he met in at the Rouse’s on Drusilla Lane in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“It is a great opportunity today to be part of a great story that has taken place over the last few weeks and caught national attention,” said Al Perkins, Chairman of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. “When the story went public, everybody reached out to see what they could do to help Jordan. It was the mayor of Baton Rouge (Sharon Weston Broome) who took a major leap and a major role to reached out to make Jordan’s dream of college come true.”

To watch the full video of Jordan’s acknowledgment, click below or visit https://www.ulsystem.edu/board-meeting-broadcast/

Jordan, from the entire Grambling State University Community, welcome to the #GramFam.

4 Big Student Service Changes for the 2018-19 Academic Year

ICON-NEW-SERVICESWelcome week is fast approaching and most are already making football plans. In the background, four big changes are brewing that will make student life at Grambling State even better this year.

1. Internet’s Getting 20x’s Faster
By spring 2019, Grambling State’s campus will get a major update to its internet speed to support the expanding student population and lay the groundwork for its digital library. Continue reading