Monthly Archives: July 2015

Ellis Holds Free Baseball Clinic for Local Kids

 

Deveron Cage, 3, blasts a hit during

Deveron Cage, 3, blasts a hit during
Saturday’s Wilbert Ellis Baseball Clinic at Ruston’s Fraser Field. Photo courtesy of Scott Boatright/Ruston Daily Leader.

Around 140 boys and girls ages 4-16 learned about baseball basics, as well as some important life lessons, during the free sixth annual Wilbert Ellis Baseball Clinic held July 26 at Frazier Field in Ruston.

“The camp was a real success,” said Wilbert Ellis, former head baseball coach at Grambling State University. “It’s always a thrill because I always like to give back something to the community and the kids.”

Not only did the kids learn how to play baseball through sessions on batting, defense and pitching with former Major League Baseball players as instructors, they also learned important life lessons through enrichment sessions. About 75 parents attended the enrichment sessions as well.

“The kids love baseball, and the kids learn a lot about life through baseball, like how to stay away from drugs, making good grades, making the right decisions, and having the will in life to change for the better,” Ellis said.

Clinic instructors included Ellis, GSU Head Baseball Coach James Cooper; Assistant Baseball Coach Davin Pierre; Obadiah Simmons, former GSU player and interim athletic director of Intercollegiate Athletics; Robert Smith, former GSU player and coach; James Maryland, former Southern University player; and former GSU and Major League Baseball players Benjamin Williams, Ralph Garr, John Lewis, Ronnie Lewis and Bobby Dupree.

Ellis thanked the camp’s sponsors—Squire Creek Country Club, Ruston Housing Authority, First National Bank and Wing Stops in Ruston and Monroe—for making the clinic such a success. All the children received a free t-shirt, NCAA water bottle and Rawlings baseball glove, which were donated through the Coca-Cola NCAA Youth Clinics.

GSU Alumnae to Publish Children’s Book about Grambling’s History

 

By E’Vonne Gipson

Kimberly Monroe wrote her first book entitled “Homecoming in Tiger Land” to give back to the university and shed light on the importance of reading as a child.

Kimberly Monroe

Kimberly Monroe wrote her first book entitled “Homecoming in Tiger Land” to give back to the university and shed light on the importance of reading as a child.

“It’s a work in progress, but I have stayed persistent and positive,” Monroe said. ”I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I didn’t know my first one would be for children.”

The 2015 graduate of Grambling State University and the former editor-in-chief of the Gramblinite newspaper has always had a passion for writing and storytelling. She felt as an alumnae that creating the children’s book was the most creative way she could give back to an institution that has taught her so much.

The purpose of the book is to expose and encourage children to learn more about college at a young age. The Lake Charles native also wanted to share the amazing history of Grambling State University in the hopes children will choose Grambling State University when it is time to pick a college.

“There are many facets of our university that will never change and homecoming is one of them,” she said.” We have so much history that it often gets overlooked, and I wanted to combine the past and the present so that all Gramblinites can get a better appreciation for GSU.”

The writer said that her ideas originated from being mindful of what Grambling State University’s alumni hold dear to their hearts.

The children’s book is about a little boy named “Charlie P.”, who is attending his first Grambling homecoming with his parents. He and his family journey around Grambling’s campus before the big game, and he learns about the rich history of the university.

It also mentions some of GSU’s homecoming favorites, including the homecoming parade, Miss Grambling and her royal court, the Eddie G. Robinson Museum, the G-Men football team, tailgating, the World Famed Tiger Marching Band and the beautiful cheerleaders and Orchesis dancers.

“I was inspired to write this book by Desmond Delk, the author of ‘I Love My SSU’, a children’s book about Savannah State,” Monroe said. “I also learned that there are two others about Morehouse College and Howard University. I then decided that Grambling deserved one as well.”

One of Monroe’s biggest challenges has been trying to complete the illustrations so that the book will be printed in time for Homecoming 2015. It only took her a month to get the book’s storyline together, but it has taken up to six months to include illustrations.

The book is being published by Mascot Books. Monroe decided to go with this publishing company because they have published several other HBCU children’s books.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Kimberly on ‘Homecoming in Tiger Land’, and we are happy to have her join the growing family of Mascot Books Authors,” said Laura Carroll, senior project manager.  

Carroll and Meghan Reynolds helped to edit the book’s script and served as production managers. They’ll also help with finalizing the book’s manuscript.

“The writing process was fairly easy,” Monroe said. “I knew the direction I wanted to go. I knew there were things like the Alma Mater, Fight Song and GSU chant that the book couldn’t be complete without.”

She is thoroughly excited about the children’s book because she loved reading as a child herself. She explained that she is still an avid reader and wants to encourage the younger generation and stress the importance of literacy.

“My mother read to my siblings and me all the time growing up, so it has always been in my heart,” she said.

According to www.readingisfundumental.org, less than half of families read to their kindergarten-age children on a daily basis. The Department of Education also reported that since 2009 literacy rates for more than 50 percent of African American children in the fourth grade nationwide were below the basic skills level and far below average.

“People should purchase the book because it is bringing education back into homes and classrooms, promoting college to children at a critical age and spreads the name of Grambling State University,” Monroe said.

The new author of “Homecoming in Tiger Land” wants the Grambling family to get on board with her to not only give back to the university but to give back to the community and most importantly our children.

Follow Charlie P. and his family as they make their way to the Eddie G. Robinson Stadium for the big football game. With historical fun facts and eye-catching illustrations about GSU, this book is perfect for fans of all ages that love “Dear Ole Grambling.”

Monroe said she plans to use the proceeds from the book sales for book scholarships for two students at Grambling State University.

Grambling Alumni Begin Scholarship in Honor of Brother Killed During Vietnam War

 

Thompson and his wife, Berdell, set up a scholarship in honor of Perry. The Perry E. Thompson Non-Endowed Memorial Scholarship awards two $2,500 scholarships to Grambling students from New Iberia who are incoming or second-semester freshmen

Berdell (left) and Don Thompson (middle) stand with Davante’ Brown (right), a freshman majoring in sports management.

Anyone who knew Perry Thompson would say he was a good man. The New Iberia native was a protective older brother who watched out for his little brother, served his country and dreamed of playing football for legendary Coach Eddie Robinson at Grambling State University.

Perry Thompson graduated from Jonas Henderson High School in 1967 and was set to attend Grambling in the fall, though he never got the chance to fulfill his dreams. Perry Thompson died in 1968, half a world away from Louisiana, while serving in the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his bravery and sacrifice.

Perry’s younger brother, Don Thompson, never forgot about his big brother’s desire to attend Grambling, and now he is helping other New Iberia residents fulfill their dreams of attending Grambling.

Thompson and his wife, Berdell, set up a scholarship in honor of Perry. The Perry E. Thompson Non-Endowed Memorial Scholarship awards two $2,500 scholarships to Grambling students from New Iberia who are incoming or second-semester freshmen in good academic standing with at least a 2.5 GPA and involved in extra-curricular activities.

“I just wanted to give back to my hometown and keep my brother alive. He was a real great man. He was my shadow as I was his shadow while we grew up in the little town of New Iberia. I learned a lot from him. He always felt he had to protect his little brother,” Don Thompson said.

While Perry Thompson never got to become a Grambling Tiger, it seems quite poetic that the first recipient of his memorial scholarship is a member of the GSU football team.

“He had plans of coming to play ball for Grambling, and it’s fitting and proper that one of the first recipients played ball,” Don Thompson said.

The first scholarship recipient is Davante’ Brown, a 19-year old freshman majoring in sports management who plays left and right tackle and left and right offensive guard for the GSU football team.

“I feel very honored that I can accept this scholarship. Just being from a small town, for something like this to happen, it’s amazing. I just want to thank Mr. Thompson for allowing someone like me to get this opportunity,” Brown said.

“Small Investments Build Stronger Lives”

 

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

Honoring History

After accepting the position of ninth president of Grambling State University, I was shocked, and, at the same time, saddened to learn that alumni were giving less than one percent. Tragically, this fact was even more discouraging and disconcerting given that Grambling has such a rich, prestigious and honorable history.

Since that number was so low, I suspected there must be an error in the reporting. To validate my suspicion, I went back and conducted a further investigation. Sure enough, Grambling alums, as a whole, do not give very much money to their beloved alma mater. Fortunately, we have a few that give more than their fair share, which contributes greatly to the success, sustainability and lives of Grambling. Yet, the overall number of contributors and alumni giving is unimaginably small.

To honor Grambling’s history and legacy, we must immediately and with purpose change that statistic. In order for us to not only survive, but thrive, we must change our thinking and behavior toward giving and philanthropy. The fact is that state governments are never going to return to the levels of support in years gone by. Instead, we, Grambling, are going to have to do it ourselves as we honor our history. The habit of giving must become a way of life for graduates and alumni of HBCUs, and Grambling needs to lead the pack!

Keeping Promises

As we graduate from college, we all invariably hear ceremonial speakers, the president and alumni chapters remind graduates, newly minted alumni, to remember to give back to the university.  To keep our promises, we should never be where we are in support for our Grambling. To keep our promises — not only to ourselves but to future Grambling graduates — to give back to this venerable and legacy-rich university, I am appealing to Grambling people to step up to the plate, to sit in the front seat of history, and remind the world that Grambling honors its history by keeping its promises to this beloved university.

To help keep our promises, regardless of whatever institution you might have graduated, I am appealing to all, whether you did or did not graduate from Grambling or an HBCU, to give and to share by being a part of Grambling’s history, legacy and future. Like all promises we keep to our friends and loved ones, we must establish a commitment to philanthropy by giving back to the universities that make this nation great, our people flourish, our dreams come alive and our future strong. It is not only in the very fabric of the African American soul and DNA, but also in the heart and spirit of America and our wonderful state of Louisiana.

Fulfilling Dreams

Since my recent tenure as president of Grambling, I have quickly come to recognize our historic reliance on the state to provide resources to sustain our institution no longer works and is quickly diminishing. This was the sentiment that I emphasized during my interview for the Grambling presidency. Now that I’ve been on the job for nearly one month, I have come to validate my concerns, as many of you have, that the days of relying on the State of Louisiana to provide the financial resources to Grambling is quickly waning. Appropriations from the state have dropped from $32 million in Fiscal Year 2008 to roughly $13 million in Fiscal Year 2015. Quite frankly, there is no reason to expect that the Fiscal Year 2016 state appropriation will exceed the 2015 support. While state contributions have continually dropped, the cost of providing a high quality Grambling State University education has continued to rise. In other words, we – Grambling — must look to non-state sources to help sustain this great university and to create a strong philosophy and positive attitude toward philanthropy within our communities.

Now, the question becomes how do we continue to help past graduates and future graduates continue to fulfill their dreams? In reflecting on this immediate need, I have been moved and touched by the actions of a small group of Grambling alumni who began a unique fundraising campaign, called the 10 for 10 Challenge. This is a timely strategy, an impassioned plea to all to help dreams come alive. The financial sustainability of Grambling State University depends largely on the generosity, kindness and visionary leadership of alumni, friends, businesses, vendors and foundation giving programs, strategies, techniques and ideas to supplement the declining state government support.

That leads me to my main point in this article — investing in Grambling! One of the activities that support creating a stronger attitude toward philanthropy is the 10 for $10 Challenge. This is the campaign where individuals are asked to give at least $10 and challenge 10 others to do the same. This campaign will run through Homecoming 2015 with donors directing their resources to a specified targeted need at the university. This campaign is moving forward, and we expect that it will create significant awareness of our giving program, support specific programs of choice, as defined by the donors, and increase the air of philanthropy among all our stakeholders.

A few stakeholders have asked a series of questions about the 10 for $10 Challenge. Let me try and answer some of the most frequently asked questions below.

Why are we asking for “only $10?” For starters, $10 is an amount that everyone can afford. This gives everyone an opportunity to contribute to the financial sustainability of GSU without a severe strain on their finances. Second, it helps to significantly increase the number and percentage of alumni givers. Since 2011, reportedly the largest number of alumni givers to GSU in a single year is the 357 alumni who have given through 2015. Prior to this year, I am told that number was as small as 244. Since April 24, the 10 for $10 Challenge kickoff, more than 300 alumni have given an amount at some level to GSU. Some of these donors are included in the 357 alums listed earlier, but many are first-time givers.

It is a known fact, success breeds success. For example, as we increase the number and percentage of alumni contributions, we are more likely to facilitate an increase in corporate and foundation giving to GSU. Thirdly, the requested amount of $10 serves only as a starting point. That is, we need everyone to give at least $10 and challenge 10 others to do the same or give more. The average donation is $51.88, and many alumni are giving a specific amount ranging from $10 to $100 each month for a year or longer.

To help fulfill the dreams of many, some may ask the important question of “How do we know that the money will be spent as directed?” Funds donated through this campaign will be monitored by Mr. Otto Meyers, interim vice president for Advancement, Research and Economic Development. He will work closely with alumni and donors to administer this initiative and ensure that all funds are properly distributed. It has been decided that the funds will be presented to the target areas at the 2015 Homecoming game.

In closing, alumni giving, philanthropy, and civic duty and responsibility to the university must be part of the very fabric of the learning process for students, not only at the moment of graduation but rather as part of their daily lives. In a few weeks, students will be returning to campus with dreams, goals and aspirations in their quest to obtain a Grambling education. Their dream is, without question, to pursue a better life for themselves and their families. They are asking for a chance to realize their dreams. Our students weep for your help and understanding. Every dollar that you contribute to Grambling State University will be a dollar to help fulfill a dream. I close with Grambling’s motto: “ONE GRAMBLING: Honoring History, Keeping Promises and Fulfilling Dreams.”

 

“ONE GRAMBLING: Honoring History, Keeping Promises, and Fulfilling Dreams”

Greetings Grambling Family:

It is with a sense of humility that I enter into these legendary halls of greatness at Grambling State University. I am feeling an unparalleled kinship to the founder, President Charles P. Adams. He arrived from Tuskegee in response to a request from a group of farmers, who had a vision for a better life and the wherewithal to develop a mechanism to make their vision a reality.

These farmers collaborated and formed the North Louisiana Farmers’ Relief Association (NLFRA) to move their vision forward. They wrote to Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee requesting help to establish an industrial and agricultural school, and he sent Charles P. Adams. In August 1901, Mr. Adams established and began the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School, known now as Grambling State University.

When Charles P. Adams arrived, he was well-received by the people of the community who were eager to work with him to move the vision forward. Like our legendary founder, I, too, was greeted with similar enthusiasm from the students, faculty, staff, alumni, the local community, and other university stakeholders. I was extremely impressed with the passion and commitment demonstrated by members of the Grambling University National Alumni Association, and the Grambling Legends, who have both pledged their allegiance to our great institution.

In an effort to conduct an accurate assessment of the current status of the university, I have engaged in several meetings, not only with my Executive Team, but also with students, faculty, staff and other university stakeholders. I have also reviewed the current strategic plan and various consultants’ reports regarding the status of the university. I am forming various committees to increase collaborative decision-making and to improve communication at all levels of the university. When meeting with each group, I have communicated the core values that I expect to see reflected consistently in each employee as they perform their daily job duties and responsibilities at Grambling State University.

We are each responsible in some way for the success of our students. However, we can only claim success when we produce students who can compete successfully in a global society. Grambling State University will better serve our students and enhance our brand when each day we operate with honesty and integrity. Everyone must comply with established rules and guidelines. Those who fail to adhere to rules and guidelines will be held accountable.

I will be transparent regarding all matters that impact the university. At this time, I will share with you some recent decisions that I have made to improve services for our students and strengthen our budget.

  • The University Police Department has been reassigned to Dr. David Ponton, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students. This reassignment will enhance the Police Department’s educational and crime prevention initiatives with our student leaders and other student organizations. The police officers and administrative staff will work collaboratively with students to strengthen the relationship with the police department. The university will continue to develop its relationship with the Grambling City Police Department and the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department to bolster the safety and security of our university community.
  • The Center for Student Professional Development has been reassigned from the College of Business to the Division of Research, Advancement and Economic Development, to work collaboratively with the Student Career Services Center. Although the two units are not merged at this time, they will work in tandem to provide unparalleled services to all of our students. This realignment will enable us to provide all of our students an opportunity to gain valuable business acumen, and expand opportunities for internships and job placement after graduation.
  • We are also making plans to enhance services to students who are awarded Work Study this year through the following initiatives:
    • Students will now be required to take a series of basic training courses on basic job protocol (i.e. proper office attire, telephone etiquette, office protocol).
    • Students will be required to interview with university staff before being placed on the job.
    • Once a student is assigned to a department, they will be provided with a work schedule, job description, and detailed job duties.
    • The student will be trained and evaluated on their assigned job tasks.
    • The Grambling Achievement Program Department, Student Financial Aid Office and many other campus faculty and staff will work collaboratively to prepare our students to compete in the twenty-first-century workforce.

All of these initiatives are intended to place Grambling students in a more competitive position to perform on the world stage.

Our main focus is to engage our students throughout their Grambling experience and to provide them with avenues to develop both personally and professionally, and enable them to accelerate their critical thinking skills. We want our students to have a plethora of opportunities for entrepreneurial engagement and professional growth. The objective is to empower them with the knowledge and skills that will increase their marketability in the national and global workforce. We will increase our efforts to engage our students both academically and professionally.

  • Athletics has been reassigned to the Division of Finance and Administration to ensure that our budget remains intact as we meet the needs of our Athletic Department and stay on course with the budget objectives for FY15-16. I will constantly review all budget and finance activities to make sure that the university is being operated according to best business practices.
  • Since I have concluded my first level assessment of the university’s finances, I have also decided to eliminate the positions of Special Assistant to the President and the Executive Dean in the College of Business. I believe that this decision will place the University on firmer financial ground. I appreciate the services provided by Mr. Eric Eaton and Mr. Otto Meyers while serving the university in those respective positions.
  • We are also moving in a different direction in the Division of Research, Advancement and Economic Development. Mr. John Rosenthal has laid a foundation that will continue under the leadership of Mr. Otto Meyers. Mr. Meyers has been reassigned to serve as the Interim Vice President for Research, Advancement, and Economic Development. His legal background as an attorney and his time spent in corporate America will allow him to bring a different kind of vision, energy and leadership to this position. The business acumen he possesses will accelerate the achievement of goals for the Division. I expect this change to allow the university to expand its reach and opportunities within corporate America. Additionally, this unit, under Mr. Meyers’ leadership, will be expected to open up greater avenues and opportunities for our faculty to pursue more contracts and grants within the federal government. Our faculty should be engaging in more research and entrepreneurial endeavors.
  • I have also decided to move forward with a national search for a permanent Director of Athletics. I am reviewing some search firms to help us with this hire. We must get this one right.
  • Other personnel changes will be forthcoming, and you will continue to be included in discussions and informed of my decisions regarding the various moves at the University.

For 114 years, Grambling has prepared students to be productive members of society, and many alumni have reached state, national and global acclaim and impact, through a variety of pursuits. We are now poised to take Grambling to the next level of preeminence. Our growth trajectory will continue upward, from good, to better and ultimately to BEST in CLASS. We will not rest until we have exhausted every resource within our arsenal to stabilize and move Grambling to GREATNESS. Producing exceptional graduates will continue to be our primary mission, and I believe we can, and will, do it better than we have ever done it before. We will do what is required to remain a viable HBCU and become the premier institution we once were.

Finally, I knew coming in that Grambling was facing certain challenges. I want you to know that I don’t fear a challenge or hard work. However, I believe the key to our success is not only for us to work hard, but we must also work SMARTER. We all should be looking for more efficient ways to perform our jobs. We should all be asking ourselves questions when we hit the same bump in the road every day, or every season. We should all be asking ourselves, what else can I do to make Grambling better? I know we have the intelligence and commitment to propel Grambling State University to the next level of greatness, but we have to pull together and get it done.

I am interested in hearing your suggestions for improvement. I am setting up an electronic suggestion box, which will be announced shortly, with instructions on how to access it, so that you can share your creative ideas and solutions on how we can improve the operations within our various departments, or Grambling State University in general. It is with great enthusiasm that I accept the challenges that are facing us now and those in the future. I have every confidence that the Grambling State University Family and I will work through and overcome every challenge in front of us. I invite you to partner with me to revive Grambling.

It has been said that “organizations don’t get things done; plans don’t get things done, ONLY people get things done!” So, let’s get to work and fight for Dear Old Grambling!

With Great Enthusiasm,

Willie D. Larkin, Ph.D.
President
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Grambling Graduate Dreams of Eliminating Disparities in Healthcare for African Americans

 

DanielN_sum15Daniel Nwachokor has dreamed of becoming a physician his entire life. His parents remember him being an inquisitive child that was fascinated with science and health. He was routinely the first student to submit a project at the school science fair.

As Nwachokor prepared to enter high school, his passion for medicine grew, and he was ultimately selected to attend the L.V. Hightower High School Medical Science Academy in Missouri City, Texas. This accelerated program prepares students who want to enter the medical field with specialized classes and internships in the healthcare industry.

When Nwachokor entered Grambling State University in 2005, he immediately had an advisor meeting with his future mentors, Danny Hubbard, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Felix Ifeanyi, head of the Department of Biological Sciences, who asked him what he wanted to do with his life.

“I said I want to be a physician. They said, with hard work and dedication, we can help you get there,” Nwachokor said. “I knew I wanted a university that had a great premedical curriculum and a supportive faculty that could ultimately help me capture my lifelong career goals.”

All of this made Nwachokor’s transition to GSU successful. He was involved in several extracurricular activities while at GSU. Most notably he was president of the Grambling chapter of the Minority Association of Premedical Students and a summer scholar at the Meharry Medical College Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine program in Nashville, Tennessee.

After he graduated from Grambling with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in 2009, Nwachokor entered the University of Kansas School of Medicine. In May 2015, he graduated with a dual degree of medical doctor (M.D.) and master of public health.

While in medical school, Nwachokor conducted research on healthcare disparities in the African American community. He and other researchers analyzed how ethnicity, education and socioeconomic factors influence healthcare perceptions. His career interests center around preventative medicine and minority health.

For his master’s capstone project, he designed and created a community health initiative to increase the number of African Americans who get screened for colorectal cancer. His work is now being used at many African American churches in the Kansas City area.

Nwachokor has recently moved to Houston, Texas, to begin a three-year family medicine residency at the Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. After Nwachokor completes his residency in 2018, he plans to practice full-spectrum family medicine and eventually open his own group practice. He also plans to continue researching healthcare disparities with an ultimate goal of “improving healthcare outcomes for minorities.”

Dear Gram-Fam:

 

Legends Event 0715This past weekend was amazing!  Both the Grambling University National Alumni Association and the iconic Grambling Legends came home to GSU.  It was a busy and exciting weekend on campus. Although the attendance for the GUNAA National Alumni Convention was not as large as I would have liked to see, the alums present were excited about Grambling’s new future and direction.  I was enthusiastically embraced as the 9th President of Grambling, and both groups are eagerly anticipating the shared vision that will soon be presented.

Almost every person pledged a commitment to help me return Grambling back to its glory days.  Everyone agreed that we should maintain many of the traditions that have gotten us to this place and time, however the majority of alumni felt that we have to make some significant changes to balance and compliment our rich heritage.  My goal is to continue to build upon the legacy and not simply replace the great things about GSU.  We all agree that some things do need to be changed, but that they must be the right changes.

GUNAA Convention summer 15Later Saturday night, I was treated to the most fabulous extravaganza that I’ve ever seen.  In my 42 years in Higher Education, I have never seen as many outstanding high achievers in one room, as I did this past weekend.  Grambling has done an amazing job of producing some really outstanding individuals.  When I reflect on how well our graduates have turned out, it reminds me that coming to Grambling is a promise for the future. The university nurtured and helped them develop their talents, taking them from good to great. The Grambling experience takes young people where they are and transforms them into exemplars.  Just like the members of the National Alumni Association, the Legends also pledged their loyal support to the administration and our future generations of bright young stars, both academically and athletically.

“The events of the weekend were capped off with a well-attended prayer breakfast where ministers from across the region, public servants and students were invited to give prayers for me and my administration.  The room was filled with powerful pleas to bless Grambling State University in its plans for resurgence.  After a great breakfast and a series of prayers, I closed the meeting by thanking everyone for their complete support and endorsement of Grambling State University.

What a great way to begin my journey as the new president. I too feel energized and ready to go. The message is clear, “united we stand, divided we fall.” I urge you to get involved and to show your love for Grambling too.  Remember, it’s all about “ONE GRAMBLING: Honoring History, Keeping Promises and Fulfilling Dreams.”

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