Board of Regents Approves Cloud Computing Degree at Grambling State

Louisiana’s First 4-Year Cloud Computing Degree Program to Begin Fall 2020

GSU President Gallot before the ULS Board.

Image taken at Board of Regents meeting pre-COVID-19.

GRAMBLING, La. – May 29, 2020 – On Thursday, the Louisiana Board of Regents approved Grambling State University’s proposal to offer Louisiana’s first bachelor’s degree in Cloud Computing.

“World markets benefit tremendously from increased diversity in career fields like cloud computing, and our students are the perfect fit for this need,” said President Rick Gallot. “We are proud to have the support of the University of Louisiana System and the Board of Regents to prepare the next wave of digital geniuses and tech talent for the innovation industry.”

The program will train students to become cloud computing experts who can build and maintain cloud infrastructures. Professionals with these skills are projected to remain in high demand for decades to come. According to Forbes, in 2019 there were 50,248 cloud computing positions available in the U.S. from 3,701 employers and 101,913 open positions worldwide. Beginning with the graduating class of 2024, Grambling State alums can don the title of Cloud Architect, Cloud Consultant, IoT Engineer and many other high demand tech-based positions with a median starting salary over $80k for many positions.

“Our work doesn’t end at graduation. In this new environment of increased distance learning and teleworking, the demand for professionals in disciplines like cloud computing and cybersecurity only continues to grow,” President Gallot said. “As a university, we had the forethought to integrate these programs as we continue to prepare our students to meet the demands of an evolving workforce.”

“The GSU Career Center, our vast alumni network, and our Friends of Technology Advisory Board are a few of the many ways that we ensure our alums are employed upon degree completion,” said President Gallot.

The hard work of curriculum development and gaining the proper approvals to offer the degree program is overseen by the University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Connie Walton.

“Grambling State University is excited about the approval of the new program in cloud computing,” Dr. Walton said. The global cloud computing market size is expected to grow to $623.3 billion by 2023.

“The average length of time a cloud computing-related position remains open is close to 50 days. The degree program in Cloud Computing will allow Grambling State University to play a major role in ensuring that workforce needs related to cloud computing can be met,” Dr. Walton said.

Grambling State has long been a national leader in producing African American Computer Science graduates. The new program’s development is being spearheaded by Grambling State faculty member and member of the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission, Dr. Yenumula B. Reddy. Dr. Reddy also serves as the chair of the department that houses Louisiana’s first degree in Cybersecurity.

“Our program will remain current with emerging workforce needs via strong industry partnerships and by using an innovative staffing approach,”Dr. Walton said. “The faculty teaching in this program will include individuals who are currently working in cloud computing positions. Students who are in this program will have the opportunity to learn from experts. Further, Dr. Reddy and his team will ensure that students receive assistance in placement in internships and cooperative education experiences. His team will also build into the program opportunities for students to engage in cutting edge research in cloud computing.”

Grambling State has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Mathematical Achievement for Science and Technology (CeMAST).The Center supports the six STEM undergraduate degree programs housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, and one program in the College of Business. These programs are biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, cybersecurity, engineering technology, mathematics and physics, and computer information systems.


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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 academic programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information, visit

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Grambling State Appoints Timothy Graham as Director of Purchasing

Experienced Accountant and Procurement Officer Assumes  Executive Leadership Role at Grambling State

GRAMBLING, La. – May 28, 2020 –Grambling State University announced that Timothy Graham assumed the role of Director of Purchasing starting May 18.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Graham to our team,” said Grambling State Senior Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations Sheilah Faucette. “His extensive experience brings a unique blend of talents to this important role.”

“In this position, Graham will provide executive level direction for the University’s fiscal management and strategic acquisitions. He has vast experience in negotiating large capital expenditure projects, developing domestic and international supplier relationships, implementing purchasing software systems, and managing multi-million dollar budgets and forecasts.

“In order to continue providing an exceptional educational experience for our students, we must maximize our assets,” said Executive Vice President Martin Lemelle. “We look forward to having Mr. Graham’s guidance in this area.”

About Timothy Graham
Graham brings over eighteen years of governmental and global procurement, supply chain implementation, and strategy execution. He has vast experience in negotiating large capital expenditure projects, developing domestic and international supplier relationships, implementing purchasing software systems, and managing multi-million dollar budgets and forecasts.

He is a graduate of Southern University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He received his MBA from the University of Phoenix. In addition to his years of purchasing, his background includes several years of bank management and accounting experience. Prior to joining the Grambling family, Graham was the Senior Buyer for Benteler Steel-Tube in Shreveport, Louisiana where he was responsible for global contract negotiation and implementation, large capital equipment purchases, and plant maintenance and repair agreements.

For more information, please contact or call (318) 274-2866. To learn about open positions at Grambling State University, visit

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 academic programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information, visit

LaNita Hughes
(318) 274-6286

GSU Faculty Awarded $92,919 NEH Grant for Digital Humanities Program

GRAMBLING, La – May 26, 2020 – The National Endowment for the Humanities recently awarded a $92,919 grant to Grambling State University faculty from the Departments of English and History as part of a three-year innovative curricular initiative for a program in the Digital Humanities.

Co-directors Dr. James Clawson and Dr. Edward Holt, along with Dr. Roshunda Belton and Ms. Catherine Bonner, will collaborate to design and implement an interdisciplinary minor and host a series of workshops to train humanities faculty in pedagogies and technologies appropriate to the Digital Humanities.

The first institute will be hosted by Grambling State University from August 3rd to 7th, 2020. This workshop will serve as an intensive introduction to Digital Humanities and an opportunity to develop learning activities for new and existing classes. Faculty from Grambling and all regional universities are encouraged to apply to participate by submitting their name, contact information, and a 200 word statement about what they hope to gain from the institute to this form by July 1st, 2020. All teaching disciplines and areas of focus are welcome.

Grambling State’s award is part of $30.9 million in grants to support 188 projects across the country. The University’s grant is one of 16 nationwide in the Humanities Initiatives Grants, which in part support and enrich humanities education and scholarship at HBCUs.


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 academic programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information, visit

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GSU NOTICE: June Travel Mandate Immediately Effective

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Students, Faculty and Staff:

Your health and safety are of utmost concern to Grambling State University. For this reason, the University is immediately implementing a campus-wide Travel Mandate through June 30, 2020 with the following mandatory tenets:

University-wide Travel Mandates:

  • All university-sponsored international and domestic travel is hereby prohibited;
  • Personal international travel is strongly discouraged by the CDC and Grambling State;
  • Effective immediately, the University requests student and staff to disclose travel plans, both international and domestic, through the GSU Registry of Personal Travel Form.

International Travel Regulations:

  • Grambling State strongly urges extreme caution and judgment for your personal international travel; should students or staff choose to engage in personal international travel, these persons will be required to complete a GSU Confidential Health Form and self-isolate until receiving further guidance from University Health Services.

Regulations for Inbound Travel and Visitors to Campus:

  • Anyone, including University affiliates and invited guests, who arrives on campus having visited or traveled through a location with a CDC levels 1-3 travel warning and areas of high-concentration for COVID-19, must complete a GSU Confidential Health Form and self-isolate until receiving further guidance from University Health Services. Visit the CDC website for current information on travel warnings and high-risk destinations.

Please keep in mind that your travel choices can have urgent impact on those you come in contact with upon arrival and return to Grambling State and other destinations.

Further information on the University’s COVID-19 Prevention and Response efforts are forthcoming. Follow @grambling1901 and check your email regularly for updates.

Grambling State to Gradually Reopen Campus for Employees

Grambling State to Gradually Reopen Campus for Employees Beginning June 2020
University Personnel to Return to In-Person Work in Phases with Increased Safety Measures 

GRAMBLING, La – May 26, 2020 – Today, Grambling State announced plans to gradually resume on-campus work for team members beginning June 2020. Details of the University’s multi-phased reopening approach and new safety protocols will be made available to employees in the coming week.

“Taking this gradual approach to bring teams back to campus for work will help us ensure that every single team member becomes familiar with new campus-wide safety procedures,” said President Gallot. “As these safety protocols become normalized on campus, we hope the need for them will subside as we near the Fall semester and welcome back our students.”

The University has plans to implement such practices as mandatory temperature scans at pre-determined medical checkpoints as well as the use of face masks, hand sanitizing stations, and limited building entry points across campus.

“In addition to complying with all state and CDC regulations, we are keeping in mind the holistic wellness of our teams,” said Lori Williams, Grambling State’s Associate Vice President of Operations/CHRO. “Our team members have shown extreme resilience during this unprecedented set of circumstances. We are confident that our collective efforts can help keep campus safe during the transition.”

On March 23, 2020, the University announced the shift of remote capable employees to telework in accordance with the Governor’s initial Stay-at-Home Order. Following Governor Edward’s extension of the mandate, Grambling State’s telework arrangement was extended through May 30.

Grambling State’s Human Resources office works closely with Facilities Management and other key University departments to ensure that workspaces are conducive to social distancing and that employees have the tools needed to telework or take time off to care for dependents still affected by COVID-19. The gradual return to campus for work will consist of small groups of team members returning to their onsite work spaces in an order that best serves student and campus needs.

This announcement comes shortly after Governor Edwards approved a statewide reopening plan which began Friday, May 15. Statewide COVID-19 recovery plans have included the start of the Health Equity Task Force and the Resilient Louisiana Commission Task Force, both of which COVID-19 have Grambling State team members working to lead the charge to restoring health and normalcy to Louisiana communities.

The University of Louisiana System announced last week that all nine institutions, including GSU, were developing plans to welcome students safely back to their campuses for the upcoming fall semester.

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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 academic programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information, visit

Grambling State Graduate Student President Receives NSEP David L. Boren Fellowship

Karmel Reeves Joins African Flagship Language Initiative to Mozambique 

GRAMBLING, La – May 22, 2020 – Grambling State University’s Title III Program Coordinator and graduate student has been awarded the exclusive 2020 National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowship in the African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI). Reeves will work for the US Government as a foreign liaison studying language and culture in Mozambique. 

“We exist to provide opportunities for young adults to grow into their dreams and it’s always rewarding to see our alumni go on to do great things,” said Grambling State President Rick Gallot. “We are proud of Ms. Reeves work with the federal government and especially of this landmark accomplishment.” 

This prestigious Federal opportunity invites highly skilled students to move to a designated location overseas as well as intensively study languages deemed critical to the U.S. National Security. Reeves is the first Grambling State graduate student to receive this esteemed opportunity. 

“My interest in public service was cultivated by the gross inequity and cyclical poverty in my hometown Detroit, Michigan,” Ms. Reeves said. “Growing up seeing this level of environmental inequity in southeast Michigan motivated me at a young age to become part of the change I wanted to see. It was my love for my community and my pride in my hometown that ignited my passion to pursue this career path,” she said. 

About Karmel Reeves 

As a teen, Reeves served an international nonprofit organization called Buildon, which runs youth service afterschool programs in United States high schools while building schools in developing countries. She also participated in Detroit’s urban farming initiative whose goal is to turn vacant lots into urban developments for farming. This urban agricultural movement in the city works to promote education, sustainability, and a community effort to empower urban neighborhoods while providing free produce to neighborhood residents, churches, and food pantries. 

Her international service began in 2013, when as a volunteer in Manchester Parish, Jamaica her work aided orphanages, homes for the mentally disabled, small farmers, and research facilities. In 2017, Reeves was selected to participate in the Israel Allies Cultural Exchange program, taking her to the border of Syria in the Golan Heights, a Kibbutz community on the border of Gaza, and several Arab-Palestinian villages to learn more about peace conflict initiatives in the Middle East between Israelis and Palestinians. 

In 2017, Reeves accepted a two consecutive internship appointment with the U.S. Department of Agriculture working with both the GIPSA and the AMS Civil Rights Departments. She was a founding member of the Inaugural Diversity Month Celebration Committee at the USDA. 

Reeves, 2019-2020 Graduate Student Government President, will put her graduate studies at Grambling State on hold to complete the Fellowship. After her training, she will be moving to Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, to work with the U.S. Embassy. She plans to return to complete her Masters in Public Administration, before relocating to Washington D.C. to fulfill her public service requirement at a U.S. agency aiding in National Security efforts. 

Order Your Regalia before July 31 | Expect Shipping Delays

From Your Barnes & Noble Bookstore Management:

Dear Grambling Spring 2020 Graduate, 

Congratulations!  While the May commencement ceremony has been postponed, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that you are a graduate of Grambling State University, an accomplishment of which you should be proud. To help you commemorate your hard work and commitment to attaining your degree, your Barnes & Noble Bookstore has set up online ordering for the custom Grambling State University regalia. 

By ordering your regalia now, you will have it to take photos to share with family and friends, to wear at a later commencement, and to have as a keepsake of these extraordinary times and your academic achievement.  

To order, please login to  The website will remain open through July 31st and orders will be direct shipped to your home free of charge.  Orders will arrive in approximately 3 – 4 weeks. Once you place your order, you will receive an order confirmation email and once your order has shipped you will receive a tracking number.  

For more information contact the bookstore: 

Store Manager Alfredo Morelos Jr. (318) 247-1010 or by email at

Grambling State Establishes 5 New Endowments and Professorships

Louisiana Board of Regents Approves Funding Adjustments at Top HBCU 

GRAMBLING, La – May 15, 2020 – The Louisiana Board of Regents recently approved five new endowed scholarships and professorships at Grambling State University. 

The new scholarships and professorships include: 

  •  Dr. Adrian and Gilonda Butler Endowed Professorship in Cyber Security 
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Delta Iota Endowed Scholarship 
  • Ruby Billups Standard of Excellence Scholarship (Alpha Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.) 
  • Lonnie B. Smith Endowed Scholarship 
  • Ruston Alumni Chapter’s Family of Coach James Wicks Duncan Sr. Endowment 

“What makes this program unique is that we were able to utilize funding from outside sources to grow the value of our endowments,” said Marc Newman, Vice President for Advancement. “Combining Title III funding as a 1 to 1 match, combined with the Board of Regents program that offers an 80/20 match for the endowed programs, has made the difference.”  

The University continues to report record breaking enrollment. After many public institutions took large financial hits during COVID-19 response, smart advancement tactics such as these couldn’t come at a better time to ensure that the University’s steadily growing numbers are supported with student aid funding and more. These compounded endowments come on the heels of the University’s successful Dr. Joseph B.  Johnson Endowed Professorship established by the Gamma Psi Chapter Alumni of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated. 

“We are grateful to all of the trailblazers who are proving what’s possible with endowment funds,” said President Gallot. “With this funding,  we will continue to support the academic advancement of our students and faculty so they can continue leading the state in technology and innovation.” 

The University’s growing partnership with Argent Financial Services has made the planned giving and scholarship foundation more convenient than ever. GSU alums like Lonnie B. Smith, Jr. have gone above and beyond to guarantee the program’s continued success. 

“This is only the beginning of the growth we envision for Grambling State,” said Newman. “These endowments present an excellent opportunity for our alumni and supporters to turn their gift into a lasting legacy.”  

To learn how to start an endowment, contact the Grambling State University Office of Advancement at

Grambling State Prepares for In-Person Instruction This Fall

University Will Open Campus in August In Accordance with UL System Plans 

GRAMBLING, LA – May 12, 2020 – The nine University of Louisiana System member institutions are planning for a return to face-to-face instruction this fall. Institutions are designing plans specific to their individual communities that prioritize the health and safety of students, faculty and staff and the universities’ educational mission.  

“Throughout this event our member institutions have prioritized safety and learning. Those will remain our chief considerations as we begin the process of re-populating our campuses,” UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson said. “The university experience is more than just attending class and we are optimistic, with the right safeguards in place and following the guidance of health experts, that we will be able to safely return to campus in August.” 

Last month UL System Board Chair Mark Romero appointed an ad hoc committee on post-pandemic operations who will meet later this month to discuss returning to campus and review System-level guidelines to assist universities in transitioning to more normal operations.  

“Our universities have been in lock-step through the interruptions we experienced the past couple of months,” Henderson said. “This systemic coordination is beneficial to students, faculty, staff and the state as a whole.” 

The System’s guidelines will address the re-populating of campuses based on external and internal conditions including segmenting return by waves; testing requirements; increased hygiene; communication practices; and distancing protocols. Grambling State will continue to monitor the ongoing CDC and State guidelines to best protect campus and community. 

Fall 2020 Housing Full Before Priority Deadline

We are excited that you have chosen to begin or continue your higher education experience at Grambling State University for the Fall semester of 2020. Due to higher than normal student attendance volume, all housing for new and transfer female students and for all upperclassmen has been filled prior to the listed July 1 Priority Deadline. We understand that on-campus living is a unique part of the collegiate experience and the Office of Campus Living and Housing strives to provide a safe and comfortable living environment where students can focus on their studies; that’s why we are committed to keeping our students informed of upcoming opportunities to access university provided housing.  

Incoming freshman and new transfer male students can continue to follow the housing application protocol.  
The only university provided housing options currently available are as follows:  Wheatley Hall (double occupancy) and Holland Hall (Holland Hall is a co-ed apartment style honors hall for incoming freshmen and transfer students with a minimum 3.25 GPA). Click HERE for steps to complete your application now, spaces are limited. Find residence hall requirements HERE. See room rates HERE.  

I am an incoming freshman/new transfer female student who has submitted a housing application and paid my deposit for Fall 2020 housing. What should I do next?  
Female students who have completed the application and paid their deposit will be contacted by a staff member should housing become available via phone in the order in which the application was received.  

I am an incoming freshman/new transfer female student who has not completed the Fall 2020 Housing Application. What should I do next? Due to higher than normal student attendance volume, The Office of Campus Living and Housing is currently at max occupancy within the incoming freshman/transfer female residence halls. Once the housing application re-opens, students will be notified via email and given further instructions. 

I am an upperclassman student, who hasn’t applied for housing yet or I have applied but haven’t had the option to select a room online. How do I get university provided housing for Fall 2020? 

When additional housing is available, all students will be notified via phone with instructions on securing university-provided housing for Fall 2020. 

Can I move to CEV using financial aid?  

Yes, if the move is within one of our university approved housing units assigned by Campus Living and Housing. However, if you enter a CEV lease without university approval, you will be responsible for the cost of rent and utilities. Financial aid does not cover the cost of this off-campus living option.  

Can I move off campus? Those students who can secure off-campus housing may complete the “Off Campus Exemption Form” under the “My Housing” tab in banner. Make sure that all supporting documents are attached to your application to expedite your approval. 

In order to be contacted about housing availability, please ensure your correct email address, cell phone number, address, and emergency contact information in BannerWeb. This is the contact information that will be used to reach you concerning your housing and other University outreach. 

Check your student email 

The University will always contact you here first! Get into the habit of checking your GSU email daily.  

Still have Questions about your housing?   
Log into BannerWeb and click the “My Housing” tab to:  

  • Check your housing status,  
  • Complete a housing application (if applicable),  
  • Complete Housing Payment ($200 application fee; if applicable),   
  • Select a room (if applicable),  
  • Complete an off-campus approval form (if applicable)  

If needed, contact the office of Campus Living and Housing at to clear up any remaining questions about your Housing status.