Monthly Archives: March 2015

President’s Corner – March 27 2015

Grambling State University students had the honor of competing in the Honda Campus All Star Challenge National Championship tournament held March 21-25th.  Honda has been conducting this HBCU Challenge for 25 years!  This type of consistent support and celebration of our students’ academic talent is the type of March Madness that more companies should support.

This year’s road to the championship began in the fall, with 76 HBCUs vying for the final 48 slots. Through countless hours of study, drills and practice, GSU emerged, knowledgeable and ready to take on the competition. It was exciting!

Grambling’s 2015 team was composed of Dave Fields Jr., Captain, a junior from Mililani, HI; John Carter, a freshman from Washington, NC; Whitney Gaston-Loyd, a senior from Shreveport, LA; and Jharrayne McKnight, a junior from Anacoco, LA. Charlette Favors coaches the team.

Congratulations to our team of outstanding students for making it to the sweet 16.  Looking forward to a greater celebration for 2016!

 

47th Annual Miss Calendar Girl Pageant

Grambling State University is proud to announce Joi’Lavia Porter as the winner of the 47th Annual Miss Calendar Girl Scholarship Pageant. As the new Miss Cover Girl, Porter, a sophomore psychology major, will receive $1,200, free housing for the 2015-2016 academic year and be featured on the cover of Grambling’s 2015-2016 calendar. Porter also received the title of Miss Congeniality and will promote professionalism in business as her platform.

First Runner Up went to Kristen Jackson, who will receive a $600 prize, while Astra Watts was named 2nd Runner Up and will receive a $400 prize. Winners of special pageant prizes include: Miss Swim Wear: Jontae Walchak; Miss Sense of Style and Most Patrons: Taylor Roberson; Miss Academic Excellence and Most Advertisements: Jimmitriv Roberson; and Miss Interview: Kristen Jackson.

Other winners of the Miss Calendar Girl Pageant who will be featured in Grambling’s upcoming 2015-2016 calendar include: Miss September: Tiana Smith; Miss October: Taylor Roberson; Miss November: Genesis Williams; Miss December: D’Ashley Williams; Miss January: Kadija Hudson; Miss February: Diamond Nicholson; Miss March: Kayln Manning; Miss April: Angelica Woods; Miss May: Nofisat Shobowale; Miss June: Jakailya Strawder; Miss July: Danielle Dickinson; and Miss August: Angelique Stewart.

Minister’s Conference Spring 2015

Ministers and college students alike were encouraged to take advantage of every opportunity they are granted during a memorable and passionate sermon delivered by Howard-John Wesley, senior pastor of Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va., during GSU’s first Ministers Conference held March 25-27 in the School of Nursing Auditorium.

“Everybody knows somebody who has failed to become all that they could be, because they were not ready when the day of opportunity knocked on their door. Grambling is not just a piece of paper to put on the wall, but rather a key to open a door that will be presented before you at some time in your life journey. When that opportunity knocks, when that moment calls, when that possibility presents itself, there is the expectation that everything God has planted within you will be used to launch you into something great,” Pastor Wesley said.

Skyy Robinson, a sophomore mass communication major who attended the conference, was glad for the motivation of Pastor Wesley’s sermon. “College students need the encouragement and the motivation to keep their spirits up when they are going through a hard time. Like he was saying in his lesson, during this time a lot of students are stressed over midterms and start losing faith in themselves, so the encouragement is always good,” she said.

Edwin Scott, pastor of Hollywood Baptist Church in Shreveport, recalls having a bit of a rebellious streak while he attended Grambling from 1973 to 1977 and understands just how important it is for college students to keep a hold of their faith during this time of personal transition.

“When I was in college, I was a devil. I acted like it, but I had just enough Jesus in me to make sure that I didn’t get too far off track,” Scott said. “That college age is really trying to define who you are, and you are always transitioning from one thing to another. If you are not careful at that age, they (college students) tend to leave church out of that transition.”

Do You Have What it Takes to Work at Google?

Google has been named the #1 Best Company to Work For by Fortune magazine in 2015, making it a desirable internship site for college students. If you want to work at Google, you need to be a leader, have a great resume and be flexible in a non-traditional work environment, according to Chastity Mills, a university programs specialist for Google’s Atlanta office, who advised Grambling students on how they can score an internship with Google during a workshop on March 19 in the Jacob T. Stewart building.

The resume is the most important piece of the Google application puzzle. Wells advises students to complete resumes in the McCombs resume template, which can be downloaded online, and to pack the resume with examples of leadership skills and activities that have made an impact. Applicants should also leave off an objective and include a hobby section at the end of the resume.

While a hobby section is not standard in resumes, it is exactly the kind of quirkiness that fits in well with Google. Mills warns potential applicants that Google is not a normal workplace by any means. There is less structure, so students must be able to take on new projects and responsibilities quickly.

“Corporate is not college. There is no syllabus. There are no office hours. The quicker you are at jumping into something, the better,” Mills said.

For more information on Google’s student workshops and internship program, visit www.google.com/careers/students.

Click here for Google Teleconference Photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gramblingstateuniv/sets/72157651128755239/

Coach Fobbs Profile

Ever since Broderick Fobbs was a young boy, he would sit on his father’s knee and listen to the great football stories of his time. His father, Lee Fobbs, was an All-American running back at Grambling State University, and Fobbs always dreamed of following in his father’s footsteps. As the head football coach at Grambling State University, Fobbs has not only turned his dream into a reality, but he also gets to spend his days working with his father, who is the running backs coach at Grambling.

While growing up in his hometown of Monroe, La., Fobbs spent his high school days playing football, basketball and track. Even though he was recruited by five other colleges, Fobbs had his heart set on Grambling State University. He played as a running back and wide receiver from 1993 to 1996. During his college football career, he helped the team win three Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championships, served as team captain, led the league in yards per carry with an average of 7.6 yards per carry, and was named Burger King Honor Student of the Week.

Fobbs graduated from Grambling in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. He got his start in coaching as a physical education teacher and football, basketball and track coach for junior high school students in Waco, Texas. Since then, he has coached college football at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Northwestern State University and the University of Southern Mississippi. Just before coming to Grambling, Fobbs worked as a tight ends coach at McNeese State University.

When Fobbs received the head football coach position in December 2013, he was overjoyed at the opportunity to return home to his alma mater, but he knew he was facing a challenge of rebuilding the school’s football program. After one year as Grambling’s head football coach, Fobbs led a team with only two wins in the past two years to a record of 7-5 for the 2014 season. He has since been honored as the 2014 SWAC Coach of the Year, the Louisiana Coach of the Year and the Sheridan Broadcasting Network (SBN) Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year.

Coach Fobbs is currently on a campaign to build relationships with alumni and raise money for the university. His travels during 2015 will take him to Shreveport, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Monroe, New York City, New Orleans, Chicago and Detroit. His message to alumni is: “This is our school, and because it’s ours, we should support ours. When we support ours, we will see a positive return on our investment.”

Coach Fobbs is married to his wife, Kim. They have two daughters, Kyndal and Rylee. He is a member of the American Football Coaches Association and reading and cooking outdoors.

GSU Baseball Team Honors Ralph Garr, Sr.

Grambling State University honored one of its baseball greats at the home opener against Wiley College on Feb. 18, which was dubbed Ralph Garr, Sr. Day in honor of the 69-year-old Tiger veteran. Garr kicked off the game by throwing the first pitch.

Garr graduated from Lincoln High School in Ruston before attending Grambling, where he led the Tigers to a 35-1 regular season mark and batted .585, before getting picked in the third round of the 1967 Major League Baseball draft.

Garr played for the Atlanta Braves from 1968 to 1975. While he earned a reputation from his impressive batting history, Garr earned the nickname “Road Runner” because of his speed. He won the 1974 National League batting .353, while collecting 149 hits before the All-Star break, a record that still stands today. Garr also played for the Chicago White Sox from 1976 to 1979 and the California Angels from 1979 to 1980.

Garr was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1985, Grambling State University Alumni Hall of Fame in 1991, the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame in 2006, the International League Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Ark-La-Tex Museum of Champions in 2014.

GSU Alumnus Hosts Fundraiser featuring Coach Fobbs

A Grambling State University alumnus made automotive history last year, when he became the first African American to own and operate a Rolls-Royce dealership in the United States. Owning one of only 35 ultra luxurious Rolls-Royce dealerships in the country is not Thomas Moorehead’s only claim to fame in the automotive industry. In 2001, he opened a dual dealership selling BMWs and Mini Coopers in Virginia. BMW of Sterling is the largest minority-owned BMW dealership in the United States

Moorehead is a 1966 graduate of GSU with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 1977, and is currently earning a doctorate there as well. He worked as an analyst at Mobile and Chrysler and the director of community services at the University of Michigan before hopping careers to automotive sales. He owned dealerships in Nebraska and Illinois before moving to Northern Virginia to open BMW of Sterling.

Moorehead is giving back to his alma mater by hosting a meet and greet reception honoring Head Football Coach Broderick Fobbs at Moorehead’s BMW dealership in Sterling, Virginia, on Sunday, March 29, from 4-7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit athletic scholarships and other university support. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Rose Wright at 318-274-2217 or wrightr@gram.edu.

President’s Corner – March 2015

Like all Louisiana state-funded agencies and universities, Grambling State University is waiting on the outcomes of the state budget process that will begin in April. The Governor has projected a huge shortfall in state resources that is driving an expected cut in higher education. We will not know the extent of the cuts to the GSU appropriation until June. However, we are developing plans to ensure that our academic operations remain vital. The best way to address any loss in resources to Grambling is to increase our resources, and our greatest resource is our students. Student recruitment is a major priority, and I have been actively visiting high schools to let prospective students know in person that Grambling is the place for them to achieve their college education. The recruiters and I have been received very well during these visits, and there is significant interest in Grambling once students hear about our campus size, academic programs, nurturing environment, and student activities and organizations.

The biggest surprise is that most of the high school students today haven’t heard of Grambling, don’t know where we are located and have little knowledge of our treasured history or outstanding alumni. One reason for this lack of knowledge about GSU is that students, faculty, staff and alumni are not vocal enough about the good news and not visible when it comes to wearing the Black and Gold. I’ve met numerous alumni who indicate that they “bleed black and gold,” but that’s not visible. Beginning today, we are requesting that ALL GSU Alumni speak with students, parents, family and friends about their great experiences at Grambling at least once a week. Choose one day to talk about Grambling. Also, WEAR YOUR COLORS!! We would like ALL GSU Alumni to wear Grambling gear and the “G” at least once a week. Show everyone that you are proud alumni from the place where, “Everybody is Somebody.”

Finally, I hope that you will invite everyone to the “Black & Gold” weekend. March 21will provide activities for every age and interest. The HBCU Hackathon sponsored by AT&T, Spring High School & Transfer Day and the Black & Gold scrimmage game with returning “G” Men Flag Football Game at half-time. That evening is the Cover Girl Pageant and the Coaches Wives Masquerade Ball. Celebrate spring with GSU!