10 Ways Grambling State Interns are Changing the World this Summer

Intern-DayFrom IBM to international trade and politics, for almost 120 years Grambling State University’s produced impact makers that helped drive some of the world’s most important change. And, this summer is no different.

Here are 10 Ways Grambling State Interns are helping create positive impact on a local and national level: Continue reading

BEYONCE’S BEYGOOD FOUNDATION AWARDS GRAMBLING STATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

Grambling State Graduate Student, Cletus Emokpae receives $25,000 Scholarship

Grambling State Graduate Student, Cletus Emokpae receives $25,000 ScholarshipGRAMBLING, LA–July 23, 2018– Today, Beyonce’s BeyGood Foundation announced it has awarded a $25,000 scholarship to Grambling State University Mass Communication student, Cletus Emokpae.

“This is incredible,” says Cletus Emokpae, a graduate student from Staten Island, New York. “I knew that me coming to Grambling was going to lead to big things, but I never imagined this.” Continue reading

Grambling State Sports Hall of Fame, Alumni Convention, & Fundraising Campaign Kickoff This Week

GramBringSaveDate1200x1106ImagePostGSU Alumni, Major Donors and Athletic Legends including Doug Williams and James “Shack” Harris convene to celebrate.

GRAMBLING, LA — July 6, 2018 –This week Grambling State President Rick Gallot and City of Grambling Mayor Edward R. Jones will host alumni, major donors, and VIPs including GSU alumni and super bowl MVP Doug Williams to celebrate a series of major university events. Continue reading

Why Help Grambling State University Bring it Home?

BIH-Impact Graphic-finBy Marc Newman, VP of Institutional Advancement, Research, and Economic Development

Last year’s Bring it Home fundraising campaign garnered a headline-making $1.2 million in support. While the numbers are impressive, the real power of the investment that our alumni, community members, and corporate partners have made will be felt for generations.

Here’s a short recap of a few amazing things that happened as a result of last year’s Bring it Home and why you should invest to make this year’s campaign even bigger.

Student Financial Help

Last Year’s Bring It Home campaign helped provide more than $250,000 in direct support for students in need. This aided the university in impacting the balances of hundreds of students through a variety of scholarships; including GAP which is designed solely to support students in reaching the academic finish line.

Scholarships & Grants

Another way last year’s givers helped make a difference was in the more than $250,000 in grants that were awarded as a result of the conversations, investments, and help from our alumni and community members. Those monies help fund cutting-edge research in robotics, biomedical research, technology, and more right here on Grambling State’s campus

More Engaged Alum

In 2017, each of our active alumni chapters did an amazing job spreading the word and growing the investment our past graduates make in Grambling. That investment showed up, not only in the dollars on the balance sheet; it resulted in an eight percent increase in alumni giving. The University also benefited from student recruiting, guest speaking, and other networking opportunities that continue to create success.

Let’s Bring it Home Again!

Because of last year’s enormous success, we’re continuing the drive for a second year. Visit www.gram.edu/giving/ or join us on campus for the Coffee Kickoff for Bring it Home 2018 while you are in town for the Alumni Convention weekend.

Thank all of you for your support and creating the impact that makes the difference for our students and campus community.

 

GSU Spotlight: How I Graduated from Grambling State Student-Debt Free

By Stephanie Lindsey

Each year, many young people achieve the milestone of college graduation.  The joyous occasion full of cheers and tears signals to most students that they are collecting their ticket to the world of “true adulthood”. Endia Green

For some, a dream job is around the corner. For others, the pursuit of a graduate degree is the next stop along the path.  No matter the direction, data from American Student Assistance shows that more than 70 percent of recent graduates received a bill with the rite of passage of graduation. 

While student debt is often viewed as a required burden for most college students, there are great stories to show you can avoid the lifetime bill, if you have a plan. 

4 Tips for Students Wanting to Graduate Debt Free – A Biology Major’s  Story

Endiah Green, a Spring 2018 Biology graduate of Grambling State accomplished the seemingly impossible – graduating with her Bachelor’s degree debt free.

When asked what advice she would give to other students looking to graduate debt free, Green gave the following tips:

1) Maintain your GPA

“Maintaining a high GPA is critical.  This makes you eligible for a larger population of scholarships and internships,” said Green.

2) Get a Job and Work, Work, Work 

“I recommend getting a job whether on-campus, through a co-op, or internships. This helps keep money in their pockets and make payments towards tuition and school expenses like books.”

3) Be Conservative in How Much You Borrow 

“I saw some out loans to ‘live big’ on student loan money, ” said Greem. She recommends to students, “they should take out the lowest amount possible. This makes the loans easier to pay back”.  Students must also remember that all money borrowed will have to be paid back with interest later.”

4) Budget for Your Graduation Finish Line

Looking back, Green knows that as she sat in a crowded assembly center surrounded by her peers, behind the majority of those black robes sat people in mountains of student loan debt.

“My advice for those graduates looking to pay off loan debt would be to create a budget around your student loans in order to prioritize paying them off,“ advised Green. 

Endiah’s Biggest Challenge Along the Way

“My biggest struggle was finding and getting scholarships that would help me pay for school while constantly working.  Sometimes opportunities were presented to me.  Other times, I really had to do the groundwork and search for them on my own,” said Green.

So, whether you’re a Freshman just starting out your college career or nearing graduation, take note of this great advice if to graduate debt free (or at least with a little less).

 For more information on scholarships and other financial assistance, visit GSU’s Office of Financial at www.gram.edu/finaid

Your National Alumni Convention “Trip Advisor” for July 12 –15, Register Now

GramBringSaveDate1200x1106ImagePostDon’t miss out! Scroll for tips to make your Grambling University National Alumni Convention planning easy.  

Grambling Hotspots – Places to Know:

  • New! Legends Square Shopping Center
    Your last-minute shopping needs don’t require a trip to Ruston. The new Legends Square features Legends Market (grocery store), Dollar Tree and Hibbett Sports, as well as the Legends Walk of Fame park where you can view a list of Grambling’s greats. Check out the plaza conveniently located right off Exit 81 on the RWE Jones Drive / Hwy 149 one mile north of GSU’s campus.
  • Eddie G. Robinson Museum – Tours Available! Join us on a tour to learn about the legend, Eddie G. Robinson, GSU Athletics, and their outstanding contributions to the state of Louisiana, the nation, the world, and the game of football.
  • McCall Dining Center – GSU’s historic campus “café” has a new look. Stop by for snacks, coffee, or even a meal while you check out the additions of “Grambling spirited” updates.
  • GSU Official Bookstore : While you’re visiting campus, don’t forget to swing by the Official GSU Bookstore and update your wardrobe with some new GSU gear!
  • Grambling Village: When was the last time you visited the village? Stop by to check out visit iconic Grambling staples and a few new additions where you can eat, shop, and connect.

While you are on campus visiting for this year’s National Alumni Convention, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the growth on campus and in the Community. 

GSU Spotlight: Dr. Meg Brown & GSU’s New Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Grambling State’s New Bachelor of Science in Nursing is one of the University’s most anticipated programs in recent history. Dr. Meg Brown has helped lead the effort. But, what fuels her passion for GSU Nursing and what’s next for the program? Watch to learn more in this GSU Spotlight.

Did you always want to be a nurse? 
“I always grew up with the expectation of becoming a nurse and I never thought anything else about it, that was the way it was going to be.”

What Should We Expect From This Program? 
There’s a history with Grambling for an undergraduate nursing program. Grambling’s program was exceptional. It was considered to be a star within the county, and we plan to go back to that; and to be an exemplar for other programs.”

Learn More about GSU Nursing & the New Bachelor of Science Program
The Grambling State University School of Nursing is growing the best in healthcare providers through cutting-edge education. From our pre-nursing program and new Bachelor of Science in Nursing to graduate education and research, our students, faculty, and alumni are helping shape one of America’s most important helping professions.

Semester Successes: Grambling State’s KGRM Funds $53,000 in Student Scholarships

KRGM-Student ScholarsThe tagline for KGRM, Grambling State University’s 50,000-watt radio station, is “Giving You Music and More…” and this spring for fifty-three fortunate students, the “more” was a $1,000 scholarship. The money was raised through a radiothon hosted by the station in partnership with the Grambling State’s Office of Institutional Advancement. Funds raised are used for scholarships and recruiting.

“I believe students need all the help that they can get,” said Joyce Evans, general manager of KGRM. “Not having to worry about having enough money to pay their fees gives them more time to work harder on their studies.”

Now in its sixth year, the 12-hour radiothon is held annually on the Friday before each homecoming game. Alumni, churches, local businesses, university administrators and employees, and station listeners are among the growing list of persons who participate in the on-air giving activity by taking their donations to the radio station, which is located in the Allen Williams Annex in the Washington-Johnson Complex on the campus. The scholarships are awarded each spring semester.

Save the Date: 2018 Radiothon, November 2
This year’s radiothon, chaired by Dr. Edrene Frazier, associate professor of mass communication, is scheduled for Friday, November 2.

The scholarships are available to full-time undergraduate and graduate students (who are not pursuing a doctorate) who are in good standing with the university and have an overall grade point average of 2.5. Each potential recipient must also submit a 500-word essay expressing a need for the scholarship.

For more information on KGRM, the radiothon, or the scholarships, contact Joyce Evans at 318.274-6343 or evansjb@gram.edu.

About KGRM
KGRM-FM is a 50,000-watt non-commercial educational radio station licensed to Grambling State University with a dual purpose of a laboratory function for students in the Department of Mass Communication and service to the community. KGRM is on the air for 24 hours a day, through the automation system operating on the 91.5 frequency. It offers a variety of music, news, sports and public affairs programming. The station is run by students and supervised by an Operations Manager. The students always exhibit an incredible work ethic, a strong belief in the power of education and an unwavering devotion to Grambling State University and Community.