Monthly Archives: June 2015

Greeting From Grambling’s New President

GSU President, Dr. Willie Larkin

Willie D. Larkin, Ph.D.

Greetings Grambling Family!

I am extremely honored to have been selected as the 9th President of Grambling State University!  As you ALL know, Grambling is an exceptional, innovative, creative, and outstanding university.  I know our university will only get better and better!

I call upon each of you to work with me as a team and embrace and confront the challenges and expand and create new and innovative opportunities to return our beloved institution to the highest level of greatness.  As my wife and I drove onto campus, a breath of fresh air welcomed us as we surveyed our new citadel of greatness–Grambling!

As I reflected on the selection and recruitment process, I knew, in every ounce of my being, that Grambling needed me as much as I needed Grambling.  I have come home; but my stay will be marked by how much we ALL can do together to restore Grambling to that once great roar!

Grambling State is hallowed grounds and many iconic legends have walked across our campus and many more will in the future.  You and I have a great opportunity before us to build on past successes. Although it will not always be easy, I am asking all Gramblinites to embrace a new tomorrow; a new day has come to our beloved institution–THE Grambling State University Tigers!

To achieve our ends, our duty, our goal is simple: to embrace and grow the university and establish a robust resource acquisition strategy.  We will ask Grambling men and women, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni to give as they have never given before!

And rest assured that every penny will be accounted for and every resource will be for the healing of dear ole’ Grambling.  My administration will be transparent and transformative as we re-brand Grambling as a phoenix Tiger rising again in the higher education arena. We will expand the university’s reach and continue to attract a broader array of talented, motivated, and achievement-oriented students.

In addition to elevating the academic standards on campus, we will rebuild our athletic prowess, and claw our way to greatness as we place competitive gamesmanship and fear into the hearts and minds of our opponents as they serve as our honored competitors.  We will be both scholars and fierce competitors to all those we encounter.

The ultimate goal is to become one of the top universities in the country.  Remember, we are “ONE GRAMBLING: Honoring History, Keeping Promises, and Fulfilling Dreams.” 

Come join me as we begin the process of rebuilding a dynasty of excellence–in all that we do!  In order for us to accomplish our shared vision, we must all push and pull in the same direction.  We are family and we must work together.

Stay tuned, as you will hear more from me in the days, weeks, and months to come.

Again, thank you for welcoming me to the Grambling State University Family and allowing me to become a “G.”

With Great Enthusiasm,


Willie D. Larkin, Ph.D.
Grambling State University

I’m a G 10 for $10 Challenge Breaks $10,000 Mark!

The Grambling State University 10 for $10 Challenge has now broken its first fundraising goal of $10,000, thanks to the generous support of the Grambling Family! The fundraising campaign has raised a total of $11,257 from 327 donators. Let’s keep the momentum going in order to reach our next campaign goal of $100,000 by Homecoming 2015! Visit to donate now!

“We are so pleased that two of our thoughtful and giving alumni, Angelee Rhyne and Marva Nichols, decided to bring the 10 for $10 Challenge Campaign to our attention and to promote this initiative,” said John Rosenthall, vice president for Research, Advancement and Economic Development. “They are spearheading the 10 for $10 Challenge Campaign Advisory Board that will provide direction and guidance for this effort, as we endeavor to raise $100,000 by Homecoming 2015. Reaching $10,000 is the first milestone. This campaign is an excellent example of the University and alumni working together seamlessly.”

Greg Ford Becomes Dean of Natural Sciences and Physical Education at Georgia Highlands College

GSU Alumnus, Greg Ford, named new dean of natural sciences and physical education at Georgia Highlands College

GSU Alumnus, Greg Ford, named new dean of natural sciences and physical education at Georgia Highlands College

A Grambling State University alumnus has been chosen as the new dean of natural sciences and physical education at Georgia Highlands College. Greg Ford holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in chemistry from Grambling State University and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Ford was also a post-doctoral fellow at Morehouse School of Medicine through the American Psychological Association Neuroscience Program.

Ford will be joining GHC from Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he lectured, conducted laboratory courses and directed research laboratory experiments for students across the terms. Additionally, he worked in the Morehouse School of Medicine during the summers, serving as co-director for the Neuroscience Institute summer program, tracking data on students and yielding a 10-year plus longitudinal study on student success.

Additionally, Ford is the educational director for Promoting Our Worth as Entrepreneurs and Researchers in Innovative Technology (POWER-IT) Summer Academy sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Morehouse School of Medicine. POWER-IT is a year-round research-based intervention program that promotes Georgia high school students’ education in advanced information and communication technologies (ICT). The POWER-IT Summer Academy provides high school juniors and seniors with an exciting eight-week-long program of pre-college activities at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Prayers for Dr. Warrick


Please keep Dr. Cynthia Warrick and her family in your prayers. Dr. Warrick’s father, Joseph A. Scott, Jr., passed away Thursday morning.

A funeral service for Mr. Scott will be held Thursday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m. at New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church, 1107 S.E. Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78220.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to:

Joseph A. Scott, Jr. Scholarship Endowment, PVAMU College of Business, P.O. Box 519, MS2300, Prairie View, TX 77446.

Former Grambling Track Team Member Earns Award for Service as Volunteer Track Coach


George Temple Photo

George Temple (middle) receives the 2015 Crystal Apple Award from East Baton Rouge School Superintendant Bernard Taylor and Mayor Kip Holden for his 20 years of service as a volunteer track coach.

Grambling alumni George Temple was awarded the 2015 Crystal Apple Award for his extraordinary volunteer service as an assistant track coach on May 5. Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) recognizes outstanding persons and organizations who have volunteered in East Baton Rouge Parish’s public schools for at least 10 years.

Temple was a member of the track team while he attended Grambling, and he has used his knowledge to help students excel as athletes. He has served as a volunteer track coach for more than 20 years with Scotlandville Magnet High School, Glen Oaks High School and Second Chance Academy. He started volunteering back in 1995 when his daughter attended Scotlandville Magnet High School. A full 20 years later and Temple is volunteering again as his grandson now attends the same high school.

Temple coaches boys and girls running 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters. According to The Advocate, Temple is a devoted track coach who routinely misses birthday and anniversary celebrations to coach. He spends hundreds of dollars a year of his own money to help the team he’s coaching, including purchasing awards for teams that did not get an award ceremony and raising money for a team that did not have enough uniforms for each member.

Grambling Alumni Awarded Massachusetts Black Judges Conference Book Award


Chris Hughes Photo

Chris Hughes received the 2015 Book Award from the Massachusetts Black Judges Conference.

An alumnus of Grambling State University has been honored with a Book Award from the Massachusetts Black Judges Conference that will provide financial assistance to cover the cost of books for his legal studies. Christopher Hughes is a 2010 graduate of Grambling with a Bachelor of Art degree in Political Science. He is currently a second-year law student at New England Law in Boston.

The Massachusetts Black Judges Conference was founded in 1977 to represent the interests of African American judges in Massachusetts. The MBJC sponsors an annual Book Award program, which recognizes outstanding African American law students in Massachusetts. It also advocates on behalf of the African American judiciary in public forums.

According to the New England Law website, Hughes serves as evening chair of the Black Law Students Association, is a member of the Charles Hamilton Houston Enrichment Program and has participated in the law school’s Public Interest Legal Clinic. He plans to become a tax lawyer focusing on corporate tax law and tax litigation, but also plans to work pro-bono cases in family law.