Monthly Archives: February 2015

Persident’s Corner – Happy Mardi Gras


Mardi Gras translated from French means “Fat Tuesday.” It became a legal holiday in Louisiana in 1875. Its roots came from festivals in ancient Rome that were adopted by Christians as a celebration before Lent (between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday), a period of fasting for 40 days. Traditionally, Christians make sacrifices and “give up” something during Lent. Usually, I give up chocolate (that’s really hard for me) and eat only fish or vegetables on Fridays. This year I’m asking all Gramblinites to “Give Up a Meal for Grambling” during Lent.

GSU needs your donations because the public dollars from the State of Louisiana are getting smaller. Most of us eat out at least once per week; lunch, dinner, even breakfast. Any amount you pay for any meal will be greatly appreciated. You can give by mailing a check to the President’s Office payable to Grambling State University; or on our website at: and click the donate button under Connect to GSU.

Your contribution helps us raise funds from other donors; knowing that our Alumni and Friends give to Grambling; even though they pay state and federal taxes. Please join me to “Give Up a Meal for Grambling” today!

College of Business Hosts Seminar with Computer Science Corporation

A Computer Science Corporation (CSC) representative spoke with Grambling State University College of Business majors about employment opportunities and a successful job search on February 10 in the Jacob T. Stewart Building.

CSC University Liaison Geoff Lucas informed students about CSC, as well as what the company was looking for in prospective students seeking internships and full-time employment.

CSC has a rich history of more than 50 years in business, which began in 1959 with a mission to be a global leader in providing technology enabled business solutions and services.

Lucas explained that making a good first impression was the single most important thing students need to focus on when looking for a job. He also emphasized that students should not attend career fairs in groups with their friends. It’s best to approach recruiters alone, so students can get quality one-on-one time.

Lucas encouraged students to apply for internships and employment with CSC. He stated that CSC’s partnership with universities will ensure a highly capable, committed workforce ready to take on their customers toughest challenges.

“We will leverage our university relationships to perform valuable research on new technologies, and we are seeking talented students for internships and full-time opportunities,” he said.

Former GSU Player to be Inducted into the Black Football Hall of Fame

former GSU football player, the late Ernest “Ernie” Ladd

A former GSU football player, the late Ernest “Ernie” Ladd, will be posthumously inducted into the 2015 Black College Football Hall of Fame.

Ernest “Ernie” Ladd, also nicknamed “The Big Cat”, began his career attending Grambling State University on a basketball scholarship, before playing football for the school under legendary coach Eddie G. Robinson. Ladd was a standout player for Grambling, and he was eventually drafted to the American Football League’s San Diego Chargers in 1961.

He helped the Chargers win four AFL Championships in five years by being one of the largest players in professional football history, standing at 6’9” and 315 pounds.

While he was playing football, Ladd developed an interest in professional wrestling and made this his full-time job in 1969. Ladd made a name for himself in the wrestling world by squabbling with well-liked wrestlers in the business.

Ladd was inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame in 1981, the Grambling State University Hall of Fame in 1989 and the WWF Hall of Fame in 1995.

Ladd was later diagnosed with colon cancer and died in 2007 at the age of 68.