You’re Invited! Grambling State University Alumni Convention 2018

We’ve got less than 4 weeks left, but it’s not too late to sign up to connect with some of our most dedicated and influential Grambling State alums:

Here are three easy steps to make sure you don’t miss out.

Step 1: Register Now
Register now at 

Full Conference: $225.00 per attendee
(includes registration packet, bag, t-shirt, and tickets to luncheons and the Black and Gold gala.)

Step 2: Grab Your Special Tickets
Don’t miss these must-see events. Be sure to add these events to your registration:

       Grambling Legends Induction Dinner & Ceremony (includes red carpet reception)
       Saturday, July 14th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm | $75 |

       Grambling Legends Afterparty
       Saturday, July 14th at 8:30pm – 1:30pm | $ 20

       *Bundle pricing is also available for Induction Dinner, Ceremony, and the After party ($95)

Step 3: Book Your Hotel Deal
This year’s host hotel group discount is $114.50 per night (including tax). Mention the GUNAA Convention to get the special rate.

       Host Hotel
       Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
       1707 Roberta Avenue, Ruston, LA 71270
       ( 318) -251-9800

If you have questions about registration or hotels, please contact the GUNAA Office at or (318) 247-6770.

So now that you’ve been invited…. Let’s get registered! This year’s National Alumni Convention promises to be a great one focused on Leveraging the Power of One Grambling to help GSU deliver continued Academic Success, University Advancement, and Operational Excellence.

Campus Construction Signals New Growth at Grambling State

GSU targets a new series of facility improvements opening Fall 2018

This summer Grambling State University’s campus is showing brick and mortar signs of the institution’s growth.  From alumni giving to new Federal funding and record enrollment, the University’s seen steady momentum since the 2016 installment of its 10th President, Rick Gallot.

Most notably, the recent demolition of the C.D. Henry Natatorium began to make way for the school’s Intramural Center expansion project. The expanded Center, which currently houses more than 100 sports and health programs, will include a new pool and community programming areas.

“We’re seeing growth campus-wide, from our programs and research to the number of students,” said, Martin Lemelle, Jr., Chief Operating Officer for Grambling State University. “It’s exciting to see our facilities expanding to support our growing needs.”

The Intramural Expansion project is just one of a number of construction projects. In addition, the University’s Facilities team is managing a series of campus-wide improvements that will impact students starting Fall 2018.

The improvements include:

Computer Lab & Server Room Upgrades
Completions from January 2018 to December 2018

Computer labs, smart boards, and supporting infrastructure upgrades are in progress in a series of campus buildings including Carver Hall and Jacob T. Stewart Hall.

Campus Safety and Emergency Support Improvements ­
Completions March 2018 to February 2019

A joint project of the University’s facilities, information technology and safety departments is underway bringing new lighting, signage, security, and monitoring upgrades to the campus’ highest traffic areas. Buildings impacted include Charles P. Adams; Brown and Carver Halls; and the Betty E. Smith Nursing Building, which houses GSU’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program slated to kick off Fall 2018.

Smart Auditorium (Nursing Building)
Completion in 2019

The Betty E. Smith Nursing Building will receive a series of upgrades. They include new seating, audio/visual capabilities, and integrations with new smart presentation technology to better support some of GSU’s largest classes and events.

New Communications Video Conferencing Lab
Opening Fall 2018

Carver Hall, which houses a number of science courses, faculty, and programs, will serve as home to a fully-enabled new video conferencing lab. The upgrades will help power student learning and research engagement with NASA, FEMA, ESPN, and a number of other nationally funded grant programs.

Flood Restoration Projects
First Completions Coming Fall 2018

Woodson Hall, Adams Hall, and the Favrot Student Union bowling alley will see a number of large improvements bringing all three buildings fully online by Spring 2019. The renovated academic areas will provide learning spaces for students across three different colleges and more than 20 majors.

New Digital Library
Design & Strategy Complete, Winter 2018

The University’s highly anticipated digital library is on-track to complete its design phase this winter. Architects and designers are actively working with students, faculty, and staff to complete the facility’s strategy documents including site selection, space programming, and academic needs assessments. The facility will include new computer labs, expanded archives, and community programming space to serve the school’s growing student population and surrounding areas.

Campus Construction Funding – New Support for Grambling State

“We’re fortunate to see a diverse surge of support,” said President Rick Gallot. “From FEMA to our engaged alumni, we’re connecting with a record number of organizations and individuals stepping up to back our vision and plans.”

This most recent round of support includes more than $1.2 million dollars raised as a part of the University’s four-month “Bring it Home” campaign, which engaged alumni across the globe.

“What’s awesome about the GSU community is that we show up to support in a number of ways. From dollars to internships and volunteering, our supporters make big things happen,” said Marc Newman, Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Grambling State.

For more information on campus improvements and changes, follow Grambling1901 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

To invest in Grambling State University improvements, visit

Grambling State Hires New Chief of Police, Carlos Kelly

Veteran Officer and Safety Researcher to Lead University Police Department

Grambling State University's New Chief of Police, Carlos KellyGRAMBLING, LA — June 12, 2018 – Today, Grambling State University officials announced that Carlos Kelly has been appointed the institution’s new Chief of the University Police Department, taking over for Interim Chief Lieutenant Ruby Jones who will continue with the department.

“It’s an honor to serve a community with such a rich legacy,” said Chief Kelly. “I know first-hand the positive impact effective policing can have on a community and am excited to be a part of the growth at Grambling State.”

A veteran law enforcement professional, Kelly leverage his 21 years of law enforcement experience to help lead and grow ongoing campus safety and community efforts for Grambling State’s more than 5,100 students and community.

Chief Kelly joins the campus of Grambling State after most recently serving as Lieutenant Commander for the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt). In addition to his work with MassArt, Kelly has helped lead policing efforts at Philadelphia Housing Authority Police Department, America’s third-largest housing authority and fifth largest city, and Bucks County Community College.

Kelly’s experience includes serving as an investigator, district commander, emergency manager, and a community relations specialist for localities and campuses in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and now Louisiana.

“We are grateful for the leadership and service of Lieutenant Jones and looking forward to the contributions of Chief Kelly to our growing campus and community,” said GSU President Rick Gallot.

For more information about Grambling State University Police Department and more information about Chief Kelly, please contact or call 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


Grambling State Summer Enrollment Jumps to 1,527

The University’s 10 percent enrollment increase builds on 5-year record & big summer news


GRAMBLING, LA — June 12, 2018 ‑‑ Today, Grambling State University announced that the campus continues to see enrollment growth, with a 10 percent year-over-year jump in enrollment as of its Summer I 2018 certification date.

The University’s certified enrollment report showed 1,527 students enrolled, up from 1,391 students at the close of certification the previous year. The jump follows the University reaching a 5-year enrollment high of 5,188 students for the Fall of 2018.

“We’re excited about this continuous campus growth,” said GSU Provost, Dr. Ellen D. Smiley. “We welcome every new Tiger and are encouraged to see both traditional and non-traditional students leveraging the summer semester to get closer to graduation.”

The summer progress comes just weeks after the University launched a series of key partnerships with Adidas, the New Louisiana Angel Fund 2, and breaking ground on new construction with its intramural center expansion projects. 

“The momentum from the fall and spring is still building,” said GSU’s President Rick Gallot. “Students and faculty alike are using the time to get ahead and really innovate.”

One example of this forward movement is in the University’s Sponsored Programs office, which was recently awarded $2.2 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to grow the University’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programming and enrollments.

In addition to the summer academic activity, the University’s campus is also home to more than 20 summer programs for youth, adults, and incoming students. These programs, which are coordinated by the Office of Continuing Education and Service-Learning,  include popular academic sessions on robotics, student leadership, and technology.

This year’s programs also feature popular GSU hosts Men’s Basketball Coach Donte Jackson, the Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year; big data expert, Dr. Yenumula Reddy; and GSU’s World Famed Tiger Marching Band. 

For more information on summer programs and activities, follow Grambling State University on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


Remembering C.D. Henry – Grambling State Educator, Administrator, & Advocate


C.D. Henry was more than the name on an iconic building at Grambling State University.  

Dr. Charles D. Henry’s tenure as chairman of Grambling State University’s College cd henryof Health, Physical Education and Recreation was one of innovation. It included collaborations with  some of the university’s most legendary coaches and student athletes, including the well-known Fredrick Hobdy and Eddie G. Robinson Sr.  

Dr. Henry led the College from 1958 to 1974 and also serving as executive officer and secretary-statistician for the Southwestern Athletic Conference from 1968-73.   

A native of Conway, Ark., Dr. Henry graduated from Philander Smith College in Little Rock where he became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He went on to receive his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Iowa.    

He began his career in athletic administration at his alma mater as the director of athletics and assistant football coach at Philander Smith, serving for six years before coming to Grambling.  

Under his leadership, Grambling State grew in both athletics and community achievements including hosting the NYSP (National Youth Sports Program), winning the University’s first SWAC Conference Basketball Championship, and the completion and renovations of the Natatorium (formerly known as the Physical Education Annex) that would be later dedicated to Dr. Henry in 1985.   

Dr. Henry’s Grambling State achievements and service fueled his progress to creating a national impact in student athletics. In 1974,  he left Grambling to join the Big Ten Conference, becoming the nation’s first African-American assistant commissioner for any athletic conference.

Throughout his career at the Big Ten, Henry displayed the same zeal as the staff liaison for women’s intercollegiate athletics as he did for assisting in African-American national issues. He was instrumental in preparing the Big Ten for officially instituting women’s competition in 1981-82.  He served as an advocate for historically black colleges and universities on a national level which included serving as the executive secretary for the National Athletic Steering Committee, the athletic policy-making board for all HBCUs.  

In an interview former Big Ten Commissioner Wayne Duke credited Dr. Henry, sharing, ”We were very fortunate to have C.D. Henry on staff, because he had such a wealth of background and a wide range of acquaintances in minority representation throughout the entire country. He was enthusiastic and passionate about improving the opportunities of all student-athletes, not only in the Big Ten, but also on the national front as well.”  

On Dec. 14, 1982, Henry passed away at the age of 59 after a brief illness. Since his passing, he continues to be recognized nationally by the institutions he served. The Big Ten created an internship in his name, which provides training for minorities interested in pursuing a career in intercollegiate athletics.

The Society of Health and Physical Educators established the Charles D. Henry Award in 1984 to recognize contributions of its members to increase the involvement of ethnic minorities in the organization.   

The SWAC honors its highest-achieving men’s athletic program each year with the C.D. Henry Award.  

In addition, at Grambling State University, the school’s natatorium bore his name during its final 23 years of operation.

GSU Spotlight: Two-Term SGA President on Growing Up Grambling & Giving Back

by Nia Rhiana Pressley
Most know two term SGA President, Adarian Williams, as the student who can get anything done with a smile on his face. This GSU Spotlight talks about his struggles growing up without his dad and the triumphs he’s had while growing up Grambling. 

It Wasn’t Always Easy: “Growing up in a single-parent household prepared me. It helped me to look for positivity in all things.”

Two Terms, Two Times: “I served two terms as SGA president in high school and now I’m serving two terms on the collegiate level and wow! I just thought of that, wow!”

Summer Learning: 2018 Camps on Campus at Grambling State University

GSU 2018 summer camps bannerThis year’s summer camps are getting a new twist at Grambling State. Check out our growing list of summer camps and learning opportunities for age 4 and up!

Camp Topics

  • Science & Technology
  • Leadership & Personal Development
  • Sports
  • Arts


Coding & Robotics Workshop
June 11 – 14 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Registration: $85
Instructed by Mr. Lane Elien
Ages: 8-16 (CEU-SC 002)
Campers will then learn the basics of electrical circuits and computer science, how to leverage programming, and put to work and present their learning using robotics.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.

Introduction to Embedded Computing & the Internet of Things (IOT)
July 2-3 and 9-10th | 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Registration: $65
Instructed by Mr. Lane Elien
Ages: 12 and older (CEU-SC 003)
Learn about embedded computers and how the IoT powers almost all of our worlds including cars, displays, computers, and more
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.

PLC-Programmable Logic Controller Workshop

July 16-17th, 23rd – 24th | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Registration:  $35
All Ages (CEU-SC 004)
Instructor: Mr. Lane Elien
Get training and started on your career path to work  in control and automation. Learn skills you can leverage to work with sensors, circuits, actuators, and the logic programming driving today’s innovations.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.

The Use of Biotechniques in the Environment
June 6, 1 – 5pm | Cost: $15
Ages 11-13 (CEU-SC 005)
Instructed by Dr. Waneene Dorsey
Students will learn how to perform biotechniques used in chromatography, DNA extraction, cell type identification, protein migration, & water quality analysis on pond water.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.

Big Data Science Camp
June 25 – 28, 2018, 9am – 4:30pm and Friday, June 29, 2018 from 9am – 12pm
Rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders
Learn how data analysis skills can lead to a variety of jobs as athletic agents, music producers, marketing managers, military leadership, financial advisors, scientists, and more.
To register, complete the Big Data Science Camp Application

Provost Leadership Camp – Session I & II
June 18 – 22 & June 25 -29 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Registration Fee: $75
Instructed by Dr. Ellen D. Smiley
For ages 10 to 12 (CEU-HON 0001)
From reading and writing help to public speaking and foreign language tips, join GSU’s provost and campus mentors as they help build the next generation of leaders.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.

Kid’s Educational and Recreational Camp
June 4 – 8 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Registration Fee: $35 (includes lunch)
Instructed by Ms. Daphne Tolliver
For ages 7-12 (CEU-SC 006)
Get your child engaged in a variety of physical and educational activities – including arts and crafts, sports, culture, field trips and much more.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.


Straight Talk for Youth Empowerment
June 11 – 15 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration $35
Instructed by Ms. Cassandria Peoples
Ages 12-18 (CEU-SW 001)
From goal setting and interpersonal skills to team building and quality leadership, this camp focuses on developing well-rounded student leaders.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.
Donte’ Jackson Men’s Basketball Summer Camp
June 11-13, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 3p.m.
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center
Cost: $100
Ages from 5-14 (Boys and girls)
Contact:  Kyle Jones: (870) 329-0499; Demetrius Moore: (414) 292-6366
To register, visit
Volleyball Skills Camp (Two Dates)
June 25, 2018 | 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and July 15, 2018 | 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center | GSU Men’s Gymnasium
Cost: $50 (each)
Contact: Demertria Johnson: (318) 497-3190 or
To register, visit


Freddie Murray Skills and Drills Basketball Camp
June 18-22, 2018 | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center
Cost: $100 ($25 non-refundable deposit required) or $25 per day
Ages: 8-13 (Boys and girls)
Contact: Isayra Diaz: (318) 274-6282 or
To register, visit

Women’s Soccer College Bound Camp
July 6-9, 2018
Ages: Girls 13 – Junior College Transfers
Cost: Overnight Camper: $325; Commuter: $130
Contact: Justin Wagar:
To register, visit


Youth Soccer Camp
July 30-31, 2018 | 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Registration: $10 or $5 per day
Ages: 4 to 14 (Boys and girls)
Contact: Justin Wagar:
Camp Information:



Fabric Art & Handmade Vintage Craft Day Camp
July 10 – 12 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Instructed by Dr. Frankie Rabon | Cost: $60
Contact: Dr. Frankie Rabon:
No age restriction
Get expert help with a 3-day fabric art project to help renovate your space, office, or just to make a great gift.  Past projects include Kentucky heritage bears, embroidery projects, dolls made from everyday socks, friendship bracelets, and more.
To register, complete the Application for Continuing Education.


More Camps

Check this list weekly for updates on summer camps, and if you know of any camps we should share, email us at


4 Summer Scholarship & Financial Aid Tips

By GSU Media Burea

BAdobeStock_69727847-300efore you get busy this summer, don’t forget to secure cash you need to get to the graduation finish line. Check these smart to-do’s off your list to win a rare scholarship and get a head start on funding for the fall,

  1. Finish Your FAFSA (if you haven’t)

Many grants and other funding help are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis. Don’t miss the opportunity to maximize your financial help. Complete your 2018-2019 FAFSA immediately to find out your funding opportunities for next year. The application can be completed at

  1. Submit Missing Documents

Are you sure your application and award are complete? If not, download these instructions (link coming) to make sure you don’t miss out on getting help or loans to cover your balance this Fall.  Check out Steps to Review Your Financial Aid.


  1. Ask Beyoncé & Google for $25,000 (by May 31)

We’re happy to announce applications are available the Formation scholarship we all heard about after Coachella. Visit our “scholarships” section at to learn more. 


  1. Complete Your Summer Financial Aid Applications

Did you know there’s a chance that your Pell Grant could assist with the cost of Summer classes? You can find out more once you’ve submitted your Summer financial aid applications. Forms are available at

Advancing Grambling State University

Angel Investor Initiative Funds Technology & Entrepreneurship Exposure for Students & Faculty

NLAF 2 By Jovan Hackley

The New Louisiana Angel Fund 2 (NLAF 2), a $3 million angel investment fund made up of about 60 accredited angel investors and companies, announced its partnership with Grambling State University and five additional institutions.

“With this NLAF 2 partnership we hope to open the world of investing and entrepreneurship to promising students in North Louisiana, who we believe will become active entrepreneurs or supporters of the startup community,” said John F. George Jr., M.D., President and CEO of Building Our Region (BRF).BRF has provided $75,000 for the participating universities to become members of the fund.

“Investing in a knowledge-based economy while at the same time diversifying our region’s economy through the launch of innovative, high-growth startups is a win-win for BRF, North Louisiana and our partner universities.”

More than 40 of the Angel Capital Association’s (ACA) 260 member groups, like NLAF 2, have a similar connection to a partner university. Examples include the Duke Angel Network, the Harvard Business Alumni Angels of Greater New York and Notre Dame’s inspired angel group, Irish Angels.

“Ultimately our goal is to provide an invaluable opportunity for our local colleges of business to become more knowledgeable, involved and supportive of the entrepreneur ecosystem that NLAF and others are building and promoting in this region,” said Dr. George.

“We know that North Louisiana and the Universities that line I-20 corridor produce the graduates that are innovating throughout our state,” said Marc Newman, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Research, & Economic Development of Grambling State University.

“We appreciate the opportunity to work with current and future business leaders who are recognizing and bringing to life more opportunities in technology and entrepreneurship.”

NLAF 2 is the second fund of its kind to be launched by BRF. The New Louisiana Angel Fund 1 (NLAF 1), launched in 2015 at $2.6 million, has funded 13 North Louisiana-based high-growth startups.

For more information on Building Our Region or the New Louisiana Angel Fund 2 (NLAF 2), visit

Graduation Replay: Grambling State Commencement 2018 Photos, Video, & Spotlight Stories

DSC_7133Congratulations to the Grambling State University Spring Class of 2018. We know you will celebrate your accomplishments for years to come.

To help, here’s a replay of graduation and a few photos and stories to help you remember the results of your hard work.

About the Spring 2018 Commencement:

Graduation Photos, Spring 2018

Watch the Broadcast