Grambling Partners with LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, Louisiana Tech to Share COVID-19 Data

The Rockefeller Foundation Awards Grant to LSUHS to Strengthen Genomic Sequencing to Respond to Pandemic Threat; Dr. Paul Kim to Lead Effort at GSU

Dr. Paul Kim

Dr. Paul Kim

NEW YORK – June 9, 2021 – The Rockefeller Foundation today announced over $20 million in funding and several non-financial collaborations to help strengthen global capabilities to detect and respond to pandemic threats. The goal is to strengthen organizations’ abilities to sequence and share genomic and other data. Comprised of over 20 public, private, and non-profit organizations, this network will help shape The Rockefeller Foundation’s pandemic prevention institute.

One of the grant projects brings together teams at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHS) Shreveport,  Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University (GSU)  to establish an equitable and transparent regional surveillance hub based in north Louisiana along the I-20 and I-49 corridors. This hub will reach across several medically-underserved populations within the greater south central and south central United States.

The three teams will work together to generate and rapidly share SARSCoV-2 (which causes COVID-19)  genomic surveillance data by building trust-based relationships with underrepresented communities and the organizations that serve their needs.

Under the leadership of Dr. Paul Kim, an assistant professor at GSU, the Department of Biological Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the School of Social Work will collaborate with the LSUHS Center of Emerging Viral Threats to increase sequencing by addressing barriers such as medical mistrust, lack of mobility, and limited access to healthcare for the predominately African-American and low-income population of north/central Louisiana.

Genomic sequencing allows health officials  and scientists to study prolonged outbreaks, understand behaviors that spread COVID-19, and map coronavirus clusters.

“Fast, accurate genomic sequencing information is the key to ending the COVID-19 pandemic and the suffering it has caused. Yet today only 14 countries, all of which have developed economies, are sequencing five percent or more of their cases and sharing them through global databases,” said Rajiv J. Shah, President of the Rockefeller Foundation. “For that reason, The Rockefeller Foundation is strengthening global sequencing capacity – to end this pandemic for all as soon as possible.”

These initial grants and agreements will expand country and regional capacity for sequencing the genomes of pathogens in sub-Saharan Africa, India and the United States, as well as strengthen a global network of genomic sequencing information that is accessible across the world. They represent the first step in the development of The Rockefeller Foundation’s pandemic prevention institute. The institute will collaborate other pandemic prevention efforts, including the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence and the UK’s Global Pandemic Radar and other pandemic prevention efforts, to identify disease outbreaks early and stop them in the first 100 days.

As COVID-19 variants continue to drive surges of outbreaks, reliable genomic surveillance will help accelerate timely analysis and inform response measures to keep countries one step ahead of the virus and counter emerging threats in the future.

“As the virus evolves, we have to ensure that vaccines, our best tools for stopping it and its deadly toll on individuals, families and communities, remain effective,” said Dr. Rick Bright, Senior Vice President of Pandemic Preparedness at The Rockefeller Foundation. “Rapidly sharing genomic sequencing information from all corners of the globe enables us to see and understand how the virus is changing and adapt our tools accordingly. Without this information we risk the pandemic continuing to wreak havoc on our lives.”

COVID-19 demonstrated that the world was ill-prepared to combat a novel pathogen. Before the next pandemic strikes, modernizing the global infrastructure for pandemic preparedness and prevention is critical. The Foundation is working in close partnership with other organizations that share this vision to leverage comparative strengths to transform global capacity.

The Rockefeller Foundation looks forward to collaborating closely with other pandemic prevention efforts, including the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence and the UK’s Global Pandemic Radar, after the G7 Summit to ensure resources are used most efficiently and effectively, and that all partners are playing to their strengths and not duplicating efforts..

The grants and collaborations announced today are a part of the Foundation’s continuing commitment to end the COVID-19 pandemic, while working to prevent the next one and catalyzing an equitable, sustainable global recovery. They form the building blocks of a pandemic prevention institute that will work alongside other initiatives to identify, analyze and inform responses to emerging outbreaks before they become global catastrophes. This global institute will help bring new, innovative ideas to the forefront of global discussions, enable leaders to better detect and manage outbreaks, and ultimately support a world free of pandemics once and for all.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation has stepped up to support expanded access to smart testing and vaccines, worked with leaders to cement ideas for scaling genomic sequencing capacity in the United States in “Getting Ahead of the Pandemic: Accelerating National Genomic Surveillance Capacity” and accompanying implementation framework, published actionable recommendations to catalyze the role of testing and tracing within India’s pandemic response system in “The Road Ahead for Smart Testing and Tracing in India.”

The Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation is a pioneering philanthropy built on collaborative partnerships at the frontiers of science, technology, and innovation to enable individuals, families, and communities to flourish. We work to promote the well-being of humanity and make opportunity universal. Our focus is on scaling renewable energy for all, stimulating economic mobility, and ensuring equitable access to healthy and nutritious food. For more information, sign up for the organization’s newsletter at rockefellerfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter @RockefellerFdn.

 

Grambling State Engages Parker Executive in Advancement VP Search

GRAMBLING,  La. – June 8, 2021 – Grambling State University (GSU) announced that it has engaged the services of Parker Executive Search to collaborate in the search for a Vice President of Advancement.

Parker Executive Search will assist GSU in the search process to successfully identify and recruit the most qualified candidates. The Atlanta-based firm will be responsible for the development of position specifications in coordination with GSU; original research and candidate identification throughout the search process; marketing and advertising of the position, assessment, and advisement throughout the search process, and reference and background checks.

Marc A. Newman will leave Grambling State for a fundraising and development position at another university. During his tenure at GSU, Newman worked to increase alumni giving by 255%, created over 70 new scholarships and endowments, and developed a new athletic sponsorship platform. He was also instrumental in the organization and the creation of the Doug Williams Center for the Study of Race and Politics in Sports.

“Mr. Newman brought a wealth of experience to his role at Grambling State University and his expertise in development has truly helped us advance as an institution,” said GSU President Rick Gallot. “He launched new initiatives that helped take Grambling to the next level in fundraising and we are grateful for his impactful contributions.”

Collaborating with Parker Executive Search, GSU plans to conduct the search over the summer with a hire in place by early fall.

About Parker Executive Search
Parker Executive Search is a leading global retained search firm with more than 30 years of experience. The Atlanta-based firm has a national and international client base including top intercollegiate athletics programs and sports businesses, leading colleges and universities, Fortune 500 corporations, privately held startups, nationally-recognized academic health science centers, hospital/health systems and best-in-class not for profits.

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 gram.edu.

GSU Senior Awarded Scholarship, Stipend & Fellowship Through Chevrolet’s Discover the Unexpected/NNPA Program

GRAMBLING, La. – June 3, 2021 – Jasmine Franklin, a senior at Grambling State University, has been awarded a scholarship, stipend and virtual fellowship made possible by Chevrolet and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA).

Franklin, a mass communications major from Chicago, Illinois, credits her work at the university’s student newspaper, The Gramblinite, as a major factor in achieving the awards.

“I am honored to represent Grambling as the first GSU student to participate in this program,” Franklin said. “I’m grateful to Chevrolet for investing in my future and awarding me a scholarship that will cover my college expenses for my entire senior year. I couldn’t have done it without my experience as editor-in chief of The Gramblinite.”

Chevrolet’s Discover the Unexpected/NNPA Program provides a $10,000 scholarship, $5,000 stipend and a virtual journalism fellowship connected with Black-owned publications including The Atlanta Voice, The Chicago Defender, and The Houston Forward Times.

Given the need for more diversity in journalism, Franklin said she is excited to work for a Black-owned newspaper this summer. She plans to strengthen her skill set and take the knowledge she learns back to The Gramblinite to improve the paper.

About Chevrolet’s Discover the Unexpected Program
Chevrolet and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) give HBCU students an opportunity to Discover the Unexpected (DTU) about their communities, their careers and themselves. Students from varied backgrounds and experiences will report on inspirational stories in the Black community while creating content for various social media platforms. With interests ranging from writing and production to videography and photography, each fellow will report and produce unique stories that will last a lifetime. Using NNPA’s professional resources, and the All-New Chevrolet Bolt’s innovative technology, DTU Fellows will share stories that shatter perceptions, push boundaries, and encourage everyone to Discover the Unexpected.

About Grambling State University
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901 that combines the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college. This combination enables students to grow and learn in a serene and positive environment. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. A member of the University of Louisiana System, Grambling State University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. With a longstanding tradition of excellence, Grambling State University continues to emphasize the value and importance of each student, exemplified by our motto: Where Everybody Is Somebody. For more information, visit gram.edu.

 

 

Experience the Power of the Bayou Classic

Tickets on sale for 48th Annual Bayou Classic, presented by Procter & Gamble, scheduled for November in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, La.  – June 2, 2021 – Tickets for the 48th Annual Bayou Classic, presented by Procter & Gamble, go on sale today, Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

The Bayou Classic, ranked as the #1 HBCU Classic in the nation, is the iconic collegiate gridiron matchup between Grambling State University and Southern University, which will take place on Saturday, November 27, 2021, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.

Bayou Classic fans may also purchase tickets for the ever-popular Battle of the Bands & Greek Show to be held on Friday, November 26, 2021, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Tickets, which will be available on every seating level of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, currently can be purchased at Ticketmaster. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.mybayouclassic.com. Additional ticket purchase options will open and be announced at a later date.

Advance ticket prices for the 48th Annual Bayou Classic Football Game range from $16-50. Tickets for the Greek Show & Battle of the Bands start at $20 with options for VIP experiences. Ticket prices increase $10 day of event.

“We have worked hard to make this iconic football game affordable, more fan and family-friendly,” said Dottie Belletto, President and CEO of NOCCI (New Orleans Convention Company, Inc.), the event management firm for the 48th Annual Bayou Classic. “Our ticket prices have not changed for multiple years – our commitment to our fans that we want you in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the Bayou Classic this year.”

All COVID-19 guidelines will be followed for all official Bayou Classic events. These guidelines will follow all state and local regulations and will be updated routinely and posted on the official Bayou Classic website at mybayouclassic.com.

In addition, the hotel block has opened at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans – the official host hotel of Southern University for the 48th Annual Bayou Classic. Hotel reservations can be made by visiting https://www.hyatt.com/group-booking/MSYRN/G-BC21 or calling the hotel reservation line directly at (504) 561-1234 and requesting a room using the group code of G-BC21.

About the Bayou Classic
The legendary game between Grambling State University and Southern University will celebrate its 48th year in November 2021. The Bayou Classic has proven to be a steadfast beacon of legacy and tradition that extends beyond the HBCU community. Fans from across the nation journey to New Orleans during Thanksgiving weekend to witness the electrifying football game between Grambling State and Southern, while eagerly awaiting the highly anticipated halftime show featuring two of the greatest marching bands in the nation. For more information, visit www.mybayouclassic.com.

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Grambling Accepting Applications for Post-Bachelor Advanced Supervision Certificate Program

by Bobbie Handcock | Office of Communications

GRAMBLING, La.  –   June 1, 2021 –  Grambling State University is offering Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) staff and others an opportunity to earn a certificate in advanced supervision. Applications are being accepted for the new Post-Bachelor Advanced Supervision Certificate Program which is offered through the university’s School of Social Work. It consists of 18 hours of core courses to be completed within one academic year.

The program is the result of a workforce development partnership with DCFS and the Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy (LCWTA). The coursework is beneficial for anyone working for human services organizations and aspiring to become a premier supervisor or manager. Any individual with a bachelor’s degree can apply.

The certificate program allows participants to gain theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in leadership and supervision in their particular work environment, said Evelyn Jenkins, School of Social Work Title IV-E Child Welfare program coordinator who is overseeing the certificate program.

“Working with children and families is very rewarding and multifaceted. Professionals in these careers must possess eclectic and specialized knowledge and skills to address the plethora of issues and challenges presented to them,” Jenkins said, adding that supervisors must be able to lead by providing educational, administrative, and supportive supervision.

Learners in the program will be able to provide strength-based supervision that contributes toward the creation of an organizational culture that promotes learning, inclusiveness, equity, ethical behavior, and relational transparency, she said.

“The School of Social Work is excited to be offering the Post-Bachelor Advanced Supervision Certificate,” Dr. Jacqueline Garrison, associate dean of the School of Social. “Through the Title IV-E Child Welfare Grant, the School works in partnership with the Department of Children and Family Services to recruit, educate and train students for competent practice at DCFS upon graduation.”

She said the certificate program allows the School of Social Work to expand and enhance the partnership with DCFS.

“This certificate program allows the School of Social Work the opportunity to support DCFS in addressing the need to have competent professionals available to provide supervision and leadership to its front-line caseworkers,” Garrison said, adding that the program also allows the School to honor the goal of becoming a leader in the academic marketplace and professional community for social work training and education in the area of child welfare.

“This program will have a positive impact on DCFS workforce and on services provided to children and families in the state of Louisiana,” she said.

For the criteria for admission to the program and the application, visit Post-Bachelor Advanced Supervision Certificate Program.

In addition to the program application, those interested must submit the application for the School of Graduate Studies which is web-based.

Applications to School of Social Work and School of Graduate Studies must be submitted by July 1, 2021, for fall semester and December 1, 2021, for spring semester.

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Jacqueline Garrison at garrisonj@gram.edu .

 

Grambling Military Science Professor Reflects on the Importance of Observing Memorial Day

Lt. Col. Mason Moore

Lt. Col. Mason Moore

GRAMBLING, La.  – May 27, 2021 – Lt. Col. Mason Moore, professor of military science at Grambling State University (GSU), said observing Memorial Day is important because “we couldn’t enjoy the freedoms that we have without the sacrifices of the men and women who have served this great nation.”

People across the country will be observing the day on May 31. Grambling State University will be closed Friday, May 28 and Monday, May 31 in observance of the holiday.

“For me, Memorial Day is a time for remembrance of all of those who have made the final sacrifice for our country and its way of life,” he said. “Personally, it is a time where I reflect back on my five combat deployments and remember those who I have known.”

Moore said he always tells the story of one of his really good friends who lost his life to a “blue on green” incident.  It’s where a foreign partner/ally either accidentally or intentionally kills an American service member. His friend, Raymond Estelle, was an Air Force officer on his first deployment in the first week of that deployment. To learn more, visit https://thefallen.militarytimes.com/air-force-maj-raymond-g-estelle-ii/6393971.

“So, my reflection is usually a combination of wonder, guilt, anger, and thanks –  all at the same time,” he said. “Memorial Day is a gut check for me…it motivates me to be the best that I can possibly be knowing that others have sacrificed so that I can be here today.”

Moore likes to make a clear distinction between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

“Memorial Day honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while Veterans Day honors those who have or continue to serve,” he said. On Memorial Day, you may visit a cemetery or sit back on the lake with friends and tell stories of the fallen or have your own personal reflections.

“Either way one observes this day, our citizens should realize that someone has paid the ultimate sacrifice for them to enjoy all of the freedoms and liberties that they currently enjoy and are entitled to,” Moore said.

Families, friends, and military service members are affected by those who have lost their lives, he said.

“I just had a Gold Star Family (one who has lost a family member in war time service) that attended our commissioning ceremony at LA Tech last week,” Moore said. “The mother and father were aunt and uncle to one of my cadets. Their son had perished in Al-Ramadi, Iraq in 2007 while serving in the Marine Corps. So, although less than 10% of the American population even serve in the militar), their family and friends are affected by their loss.”

He added that Memorial Day is also a day where Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can affect those who have served in the military.

“With reflection can come grief, guilt, depression, etc.” he said. “Any loss of life to PTSD is tragic and unnecessary. I hope that our brothers and sisters in arms will reach out for help if they need it or that their friends and families will be there for them to assist in getting them the care that they need.” For more information about PTSD, visit https://www.ptsd.va.gov/gethelp/crisis_help.asp.

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 gram.edu.

 

 

 

Dr. Rudolph Ellis Named Interim Vice President of Student Affairs at Grambling State

GRAMBLING, La.  –  May 25, 2021- Dr. Rudolph Ellis has been named interim Vice President of Student Affairs at Grambling State University (GSU).  He will move into the interim position previously held by Dr. Guorjoine Wade.

Dr. Ellis currently serves as director of GSU’s Office of Retention. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in English education and his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. His doctorate degree is in developmental education with a focus on curriculum and instructional design and student personnel and services.

Ellis has taught for over 15 years and has worked to provide student success, retention and persistence. He has served in a variety of leadership roles including Associate Director of Campus Living and Housing and Associate Dean of Student Services. He is also involved in several outreach programs within the community. As an alumnus of Grambling State University, Ellis said he believes in “giving back and making a difference in the lives of students at the university.”

His interests include student success and retention, social media and education, living learning communities and male identity development in higher education.

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, he said “Satisfaction in success lies more in the effort and not solely in the attainment.” Ellis said his aim is to make the student experience meaningful and intentional as the university continues the search for the new Vice President of Student Affairs.

GSU President Rick Gallot said Ellis has a heart for student success and retention that he will carry into his new interim role at the university.

“Dr. Ellis brings to this position a commitment to serve students,” he said. “He works to ensure that they not only graduate but become responsible, contributing members of the community.”

Dr. Wade, a Grambling State alumnus, served as the university’s Associate Vice President and Dean of Students before taking on the interim vice-president role. He has taken a position with another university.

“Grambling State has always been a place whose mission is to develop the next generation of leaders,” said President Gallot. “Dr. Wade is a nationally recognized leader in digital student engagement and we are confident he will represent us well as he continues to advance in his career.”

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 .

 

GSU Student Shares Pandemic Experience at National Forum 

by Bobbie Handcock | Office of Communications

Thyme Turner

Thyme Turner

GRAMBLING< La. – May 19, 2021 – Thyme Turner, a rising sophomore at Grambling State University, was recently selected to participate in a forum held by the Gardner Institute – an organization dedicated to transformation learning and scholarly program dedicated to issues of change.

Turner, of Raymond, Mississippi, was first selected by a Jackson State University professor to serve on the student panel during The Transformational Webinar in 2020. She was invited back this year to speak during It’s a Wrap: Academic Year of 2020-2021. The virtual forum featured her and three students from other universities. Turner shared her experiences as an HBCU student who was impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, said her advisor, Dr. Suzanne Mayo, explaining that Turner was chosen from students from across the country to speak at the webinars.

“Thyme was the only student from an HBCU and represented Grambling State University well as a student leader, a scholar and an aspiring researcher,” she said, adding that “It’s such an honor to have a GSU student to be selected, but even more so because Thyme [was| a freshman, an honor student and a student change maker.”

During the forum, Turner shared her student perspective about COVID -19 and her experience as a Grambling State University student. She also touched on such topics as self-care, staying focused, and staying motivated.

“This was a wonderful opportunity because it gave me a national platform to shine a light on HBCUs and to speak about my experience as a first-year college student during a pandemic,” Turner said, adding that “I’ve learned more about myself this year and throughout my freshman year. I learned that I had more self-discipline than I thought because of the way that the classes were set up virtually. I also learned that I thrive living away from home.”

Turner said she felt supported and listened to at Grambling during the pandemic and that’s so important to students. She said she also found support among her peers.

“One thing that Grambling is absolutely amazing at is giving you help when you need it,” she said. “If you have a question about anything, email someone, text them on Twitter and they will respond within minutes.”

When asked about coping, Turner said, “I always like to say self-care is the best care. It’s important to give yourself days off …to get your mind back where it needs to be.”

Dr. Mayo said Turner was well-prepared for the opportunity to speak during the webinars.

“At Grambling State University with our Quality Enhancement Program (QEP), we encourage our Family and Consumer Sciences students to develop their communication skills by enhancing their writing, speaking and delivery,” she said. “Thyme came to my class each week prepared to speak about the content with ease, clarity and vigor. I would give a “shout out” to her for always speaking up and one day, I asked her after class when and where did she get that ability to speak up.”

Turner told her she was in student government in high school and described herself as a leader who looked forward to bringing her talents to GSU.

“I knew that day that I was teaching tomorrow’s leader today in Thyme Turner.  I told her, your future is so bright it blinds me,” Dr. Mayo said.

About the Gardner Institute
The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to partnering with colleges, universities, philanthropic organizations, educators, and other entities to increase institutional responsibility for improving outcomes associated with teaching, learning, retention, and completion. Through its efforts, the Institute will strive to advance higher education’s larger goal of achieving equity and social justice.

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 gram.edu.

Grambling State University Student Awarded Internship with State Farm

Mikayla Jackson

Mikayla Jackson

GRAMBLING, La. – May 18, 2021 – Mikayla Jackson, a rising junior at Grambling State University, has been awarded an internship with State Farm in the claims management area.

“I’m looking forward to representing Grambling State University well in my upcoming internship,” she said. “I’m excited to be an example and show the business capabilities of an HBCU student. My studies have prepared me to make a positive impact in the State Farm workspace.”

The computer information systems major applied for State Farm’s national 2021 Summer Claims Internship posting in December 2020.  The company was seeking college sophomores majoring in liberal arts, marketing, business, management, or finance who would want to convert to full-time positions after multiple internships. Applicants had to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0, submit a resume, and undergo a series of pre-interview coaching sessions and a recorded interview.

The Monroe, Louisiana native was awarded the paid internship which includes an additional stipend. In April, she was featured in two nationwide company meetings highlighting HBCU students who were selected for the internships.

Jackson credits Dr. Sharon Johnson and Dr. Karl Norman, who taught fundamentals of business and public speaking courses, respectively, among others for preparing her to enter the stringent process with confidence. She said business communication instructor Susan Wiley taught her a lot about business etiquette and procedures.

“Mikayla has distinguished herself as a very conscientious, goal-oriented, meticulous, and engaged student leader,” Wiley said. “She is also a critical thinker and problem solver; these are skills that I am sure she will use often as a claims management intern.”

She said that the State Farm internship will provide Jackson with valuable work experience and help to prepare her for permanent employment after graduation.

As an incoming freshman in the fall of 2019,  Jackson was awarded the GSU Academic Achievement Award and was one of 10 inaugural recipients of the TechTour scholarship.  She has not only maintained these awards but has excelled academically and has received honors recognition for the last three semesters.

Jackson has been selected to serve as a community assistant in GSU’s Office of Campus Living and Housing for the 2021-22 academic year and looks forward to joining other campus service and social organizations as the campus reopens post-pandemic.

She is the daughter of Tiffany and Milton Jackson who are alumni of Grambling State University.

About State Farm
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent company of several affiliates and subsidiaries that provide property and life insurance, and financial services.  State Farm is a mutual company that makes its primary focus its policyholders. Its more than 58,000 employees and more than 19,000 independent contractor agents service 83 million policies and accounts throughout the U.S. 

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 gram.edu.

Grambling State’s College of Business Receives Continued AACSB Accreditation 

by Bobbie Handcock | Office of Communications

Dr. Donald S. White

Dr. Donald S. White

GRAMBLING, La. – May 18, 2021 –  The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) announced that it has extended accreditation for Grambling State University’s College of Business.

For more than a century, AACSB accreditation has been synonymous with the highest standards in business education. More than 800 institutions across 58 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation in business.

Grambling State’s business school is among several that recently extended their accreditation.

“AACSB congratulates each institution on their achievement,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning. The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”

Achieving accreditation requires rigorous internal focus, engagement with an AACSB-assigned mentor, and peer-reviewed evaluation. During this multiyear process, schools focus on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB’s accreditation standards. These standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty, and staff as active participants; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.

“The continued accreditation for our College of Business means that we will remain in the top 5% of business schools globally that are accredited by AACSB, the preeminent business school accrediting body in the world,” said Dr. Donald  S. White, dean of GSU’s College of Business. “Our program has withstood a strenuous review of our peers and have been deemed a quality program that warranted such notoriety.  Our students can now be assured that they are attending an exceptional program that only 22 other HBCUs and a total of approximately 800 schools around the world that can make such claim.”

White said the acknowledged achievement bodes well for student recruitment and signals to companies, graduate schools and other entities that internships, permanent placements and graduate school are all good bets for GSU business students.

“This seal of approval serves as a sense of pride for our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and our administration for the roles they played in making the reaffirmation process a success,” he said. 

About Grambling State University
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901 that combines the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college. This combination enables students to grow and learn in a serene and positive environment. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. A member of the University of Louisiana System, Grambling State University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. With a longstanding tradition of excellence, Grambling State University continues to emphasize the value and importance of each student, exemplified by our motto: Where Everybody Is Somebody. For more information, visit gram.edu