Grambling State Marks Sixth Year of Enrollment Increases

Freshman Class Experiences 42 Percent Growth

GRAMBLING, LA.– Sept. 23, 2020 – Fall enrollment at Grambling State University is 5,438, up 4 percent, fueled by a substantial 42 percent increase in the freshman class.

For students like Jordan Braithwaite, a freshman criminal justice major from St. Louis, Missouri, Grambling State stood out as exceptional at an HBCU fair she attended. Since arriving on campus, she hasn’t been disappointed. The University lives by its motto, “Where Everybody is Somebody,” and no one is left behind, she said.

“The environment we receive as students makes you feel like you’re with your family, which gives us the security to find and simply be ourselves,” she said, adding that she believes faculty and staff are committed to student success.

Fall 2020 marks the sixth consecutive year Grambling State has seen enrollment increases.

“The university has a  20.47 percent increase from 2014 Fall to 2020 fall semester in overall student enrollment,” Registrar Patricia J. Hutcherson said.  “The increase is a result of  collaborative recruitment efforts of the admissions and recruitment team, alumni, faculty and staff; changes in Board of Regents policies regarding minimum admission standard; new academic degree programs and an awesome university leadership team, which embraces student self-service.”

Family legacy also influences many student decisions.

For Christin Briggs, a chemistry major from Detroit, Michigan, her great-aunt Tommie Jean Mason’s stories about her experiences at Grambling State convinced her to choose the University.

“At that moment, listening to her experiences, I said I’m going to Grambling,” Briggs said. “She laughed and told me it would be hard work for me to get here and I was ready to take the challenge on.  An HBCU was always my first choice and I thought what could be better than to come back to my roots in Louisiana. I created a list of what I was looking for in universities and Grambling matched everything. I knew right there Grambling would be the place to cultivate me into the young woman I am becoming.”

Family legacy was important to Connor Roberts, a kinesiology major from Ruston, Louisiana, but a chance to march in Grambling State’s World Famed Band was something he had “waited my whole life for.”

Continued campus improvements, including a digital library and upgraded dining opportunities through SodexoMagic, play a role in recruiting, as do the new, unique majors in cloud computing and cybersecurity.

“It is indeed a great time to be a Tiger! I’m grateful to our admissions and recruitment team for their consistent and passionate work in the midst of COVID,” Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Gourjoine M. Wade said. “Their dedication and hard work never wavered.

“I’m also very appreciative to the parents who entrusted their children to us during this challenging period in their lives, and I want to ensure them that it is an honor we do not take lightly,” Wade said. “Record-breaking new student growth during a global pandemic is proof that HBCUs matter and that Grambling is positioned to be a destination for graduation.”

For interviews and more information about Fall 2020 enrollment, please contact mediarelations@gram.edu.

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.

Free COVID-19 Testing Available at Hobdy Assembly Center

Event on Campus is Open to the Grambling Community

GRAMBLING, La. – September 25, 2020 – The National Guard will be on the Grambling State University campus to offer free COVID-19 testing to the community.

The event will be held daily except Sunday starting Monday, September 28, until Friday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

It is open to Louisiana residents over 2 years of age who are not displaying any symptoms of illness. Participants should bring a photo ID and insurance card if they have insurance. People who do not have insurance will be accepted for testing and no insurance will be billed.

Results will be available within three to four days through the MyChart patient portal or by phone.

More on Grambling State’s coronavirus prevention and response can be found at gram.edu/coronavirus. 

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.

PeyBack Foundation Endows Scholarship Honoring Doug Williams

Funding Begins Immediately for Student Selected to Receive Scholarship

Peyback Foundation LogoGRAMBLING, La. – September 23, 2020 – The PeyBack Foundation has established the Doug Williams Endowed Scholarship at Grambling State University.

Peyton Manning, a Louisiana native, and legendary former NFL quarterback, and his wife Ashley Manning established The PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk.

Since its inception, the Foundation has provided millions of dollars in grants to various organizations and programs.

“We are honored to commemorate Doug Williams with this scholarship as Doug has been a tremendous role model to Grambling students for many years through his actions both on and off the field,” a statement from The PeyBack Foundation said.

“The endowed gift will have a significant impact on the future of Grambling State University and our students we serve,” said Marc Newman, vice president for Advancement Research and Economic Development at Grambling State. “Naming the scholarship after Doug Williams and acknowledging his impact on the campus and higher education in general only increases the impact of the gift.”

The first recipient will receive funding beginning with Fall 2020. Qualifications for the scholarship award are that the recipient must be a rising Sophomore at the university with a minimum 3.5 grade-point average, community service involvement and need-based financial aid.

Williams was the first African American quarterback to win MVP in a Super Bowl. As quarterback for the Washington Redskins football team, he not only helped win the game, but was named the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl XXII on Jan. 31, 1988 in San Diego, California.

At Grambling State where he has served both as player and coach, Williams still holds school records for most passing yards in a season (3,286), yards in a career (8,411), career completions (484), touchdown passes in a game (7), season (38) and career (93).

Most recently, he has worked with the University to launch the Doug Williams Center for the Study of Race and Politics in Sports.

In discussing the scholarship, Williams recounted a long-term association with the Manning family, and also thanked Peyton’s parents, Archie and Olivia Manning for raising the kind of son they did.

“I am very humbled and grateful, my wife and I talk about it all the time, that Peyton Manning would look upon Grambling State University and endow a scholarship in my name to help some needy student that is going to school at Grambling State University,” Williams said.

The University anticipates selecting the first scholarship recipient soon.

To learn more about scholarships and giving at Grambling State, visit gram.edu.

Grambling State’s Education Department Recruits Black Men to Teaching Profession

Call Me MiSTER® Program Brings Academic Support and Mentorship for Future K-12 Educators

GRAMBLING, La. – September 21, 2020 – Grambling State University’s Black Male Teacher Initiative has joined forces with Clemson University’s nationally known Call Me MiSTER® program to aid in the recruiting and development of more Black men into the teaching profession.

The program addresses the alarming statistic that less than 2 percent of teachers in the U.S. are Black men. Grambling State’s Call Me MiSTER® initiative aims to increase the pool of diverse teachers who will serve the state’s schools.

The Call Me MiSTER® (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program was founded originally at Clemson in 2000. Call Me MiSTER® is a teacher leadership program that provides the participants, who are entitled “Call Me MiSTER® Scholars,” with the tools necessary to succeed as teachers.

“Increasing the number of Black men leading in the classroom is an essential step in impacting the dramatic racial disparities in the national K-12 learning space,” President Rick Gallot said.

Grambling State’s program aims to engage and recruit Black male students into the teaching profession and see them through graduation in teaching degree programs significantly over a five-year period. Students in the program will receive scholarships, academic coaching, and post-graduate mentorships, among other benefits, to effect short-term sustainable improvement in the state education system.

Grambling State’s education department, currently offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Post-Master’s Certifications, and Doctoral degrees is led by Dr. Cheryl Ensley, who has worked closely with President Gallot to enroll the first cohort.

“In many cases, underrepresentation leads to underperformance,” said Ensley. “Study after study demonstrates that students who have teachers of the same racial identity have increased success rates in education and that having a diverse teacher group benefits children of all backgrounds. Our program gives GSU students an incentivized pathway to fill those roles and make change in classrooms across the nation.”

“Clemson University is proud to partner with Grambling State University and their strong commitment to provide leadership in establishing a sustainable pipeline of Black male teachers to serve in Louisiana public schools” said Dr. Roy Jones, Call Me MiSTER Executive Director.

Grambling State’s Call Me MiSTERâ initiative targets the eleven Teacher Preparation programs currently offered by the University. The first cohort consists of seven students, 3 from Louisiana, and 1 each from Texas, Florida, Nevada, and California.

For more information about Grambling State’s education programs, visit gram.edu

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.

IBM Establishes First Quantum Education and Research Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Quantum Center part of broader HBCU investment, including additional $100M in Skills Academy technology, assets, resources and skills development

ARMONK, N.Y, September 17, 2020 – Today, IBM is announcing its first IBM Quantum education and research initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), aimed at driving a diverse and inclusive quantum workforce. Led by Howard University and 12 additional HBCUs, the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center will offer access to its quantum computers, as well as collaboration on academic, education, and community outreach programs. In addition, as part of the company’s continued efforts around diversity and inclusion, IBM will make a $100M investment in technology, assets, resources and skills development through partnerships with additional HBCUs through the IBM Skills Academy Academic Initiative.

“We believe that in order to expand opportunity for diverse populations, we need a diverse talent pipeline of the next generation of tech leaders from HBCUs. Diversity and inclusion is what fuels innovation and students from HBCUs will be positioned to play a significant part of what will drive innovations for the future like quantum computing, cloud and artificial intelligence,” said Carla Grant Pickens, Chief Global Diversity & Inclusion Officer, IBM.

Driving Diversity and Inclusion in Quantum Computing

The IBM-HBCU Quantum Center is a multi-year investment designed to prepare and develop talent at HBCUs from all STEM disciplines for the quantum future. It will emphasize the power of community and focus on developing students through support and funding for research opportunities, curriculum development, workforce advocacy, and special projects.

“Diversity is a source of competitive advantage, essential to create a thriving quantum industry,” said Dario Gil, Director of IBM Research. “We could not be more excited about partnering with our HBCU colleagues to help educate and empower the first generation of quantum computing native students and researchers.”

The 13 HBCUs intending to participate in the Quantum Center were prioritized based on their research and education focus in physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and other STEM fields. They include: Albany State University, Clark Atlanta University, Coppin State University, Hampton University, Howard University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Southern University, Texas Southern University, University of the Virgin Islands, Virginia Union University, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

For more about the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, read HBCU Center Driving Diversity and Inclusion in Quantum Computing.

Investing in Under-Represented Talent to Drive Innovation

As part of the Skills Academy Academic Initiative in Global University Programs, a multi-year program, IBM is donating more than $100M in assets, including university guest lectures, curriculum content, digital badges, software, and faculty training to select HBCUs by the end of 2020. The IBM Skills Academy is a comprehensive, integrated program designed to create a foundation of diverse and high demand skill sets that directly correlate to what students will need in the workplace. The learning tracks address topics such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, blockchain, design thinking, and quantum computing. The HBCUs who are part of the Skills Academy Academic Initiative include: Clark Atlanta University, Fayetteville State University, Grambling State University, Hampton University, Howard University, Johnson C. Smith University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, Southern University System, Stillman College, Virginia State and West Virginia State University. The response to combating systemic racism in the US must be timely, strategic and more than a statement of support. The response needs to be tangible action. IBM’s investment in HBCUs is part of the company’s efforts around social justice and racial equality by creating equitable, innovative experiences for HBCU students to acquire the necessary skills to unlock economic opportunity and prosperity.

To learn more about IBM’s 100 years of work on diversity, inclusion and equality in the workplace, visit https://www.ibm.com/employment/inclusion/

Founder’s Week Offers Virtual Opportunities to Honor University’s History

Grambling Graduate, Las Vegas Commissioner to Deliver Keynote Address  

GSU Founder's Week 2020 Announcement ImageGRAMBLING, LA — September 16, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University announced a series of Founder’s Week events that will honor the University’s influential leaders and its 119-year history.

The week’s events, themed Building What’s Next, will include a series of ceremonies, service opportunities, and education events for students, campus, and its communities.

“Founder’s Week is an important opportunity to connect our students with our world-changing legacy and the leaders who helped make us a global impact center and brand,” said President Rick Gallot.

Founders Week Events include: 

Monday, September 21, 2020
7:30 a.m. Official Opening of Founder’s Week Ceremony The Founder’s Bust (eastside of Lee Hall)

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Founder’s Week Community Activity – Pull-Up Picnic | Eddie G. Robinson Stadium – Gate 1

*Must go online and fill-out form for free meal and souvenir at https://rebrand.ly/founderspicnic  

The first 250 persons to fill out the form will receive meals. 

**Mask must be worn**

The Tour Video can be viewed on the Jumbotron via the entrance at Gate 1 with social distancing taking place. SodexoMagic employees will disseminate the lunches to those not wanting to leave their vehicles.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
11:00 a.m. – Founder’s Day Virtual Convocation
Speaker: Commissioner Lawrence Weekly

Watch live at www.gram.edu

Other Activities:

FYE (First Year Experience) students will participate in Founder’s Week during their scheduled FYE class times. They will view the Founder’s Day Virtual Tour Video and are required to write an essay after viewing the video. The following class schedule will be observed on the day of the virtual convocation. All afternoon courses will resume the regular class schedule.

REGULAR CLASS TIME

8:00 – 9:20 A.M. | 9:30 – 10:50 A.M. | 11:00 – 12:20 P.M.

ADJUSTED CLASS TIME

8:00 – 8:50 A.M.  | 9:00 – 9:50 A.M.  | 10:00 – 10:50 A.M.

CONVOCATION 11:00 – 12:30 P.M.

 

About Commissioner Weekly

Lawrence Weekly

Commissioner Lawrence Weekly is the Vice-Chairman of the Clark County Commission Board and was the first African American to chair the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors’ Authority. He also sits as chairman of the Board of Trustees for University Medical Center Southern Nevada (UMC), Western Regional Rep for the National Association of Black County Officials (NABCO), Nevada Association of Counties (NACO), and the Clark County Liquor & Gaming Licensing Board, and the Local Law Enforcement Advisory Board that awards millions to valley-wide programs dedicated to improving the quality of life for families in Clark County. Additionally, the commissioner is a member of the Family and Juvenile Justice Services Policy and Fiscal Affairs Board, Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition, and the Springs Preserve Board of Trustees for the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Commissioner Weekly is a native Nevadan and graduate of Western High School. He attended Grambling State University where he earned a bachelor’s in Communication. He holds a master’s in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and teaches public policy at UNLV.

He also is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and is a founder of the Kappa Alpha Psi Leadership League for aspiring young black men in high school and a founder of Camp Brotherhood which affords inner-city youth an opportunity to attend camp at Mt. Charleston each year at the close of the academic year.

For more Founders Week and university events, supporters and students are encouraged to visit gram.edu/calendar.

For media information and interviews, email mediarelations@gram.edu.

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.

 

Grambling State University Names Director of Talent Acquisition and Recruitment

Alum Returns After Successful Careers in Professional Sports and Higher Education

Kenyatta Randall

GRAMBLING, La. – September 16, 2020 – Grambling State University alum Kenyatta Randall has joined the University as Director of Talent Acquisition and Recruitment.

“We are excited to welcome Kenyatta Randall back to Grambling State University,” said Lori Williams, Grambling State’s Associate Vice President for Operations and Chief Human Resources Officer.

Randall brings 14 years of Human Resources experience to the role. She served four seasons with the Miami Heat and The American Airlines Arena as Sr. Recruiter and Human Resources Information Systems Administrator.

Her responsibilities included all HR strategic areas and overseeing executive and front office staff recruiting for all sporting events, awards shows, concerts as well as the 2006 NBA Finals. Randall also implemented the internship program by recruiting academically talented students from various colleges and universities.

Randall later moved to Tampa Bay and was recruited by the Champs Sports corporation as HR Manager where she managed HR policies and streamlined HR procedures for the corporate office. She later became the recruitment and employment manager for the University of South Florida and most recently as human resource administrator for USF Health and the College of Nursing.

“In her new role as the Director of Talent Acquisition and Recruitment, Ms. Randall will transform how we identify, recruit, and acquire talent,” Williams said. “She brings institutional knowledge and a wealth of experiences from the private and public sectors. We look forward to the diversity of thought and expertise she will contribute to the Human Resources team.”

“My goal as the Director of Talent Acquisition and Recruitment is to identify and acquire the best talent, the brightest talent, and the right talent to serve at Grambling State University. Hiring is and will always be the most important key to growth and to supporting the mission and vision of the college,” Randall said.

Randall was deeply involved within the south Florida community as a member of Leadership Miami, volunteered for South Florida & Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl Host Committees, National Association of Black Sports Professionals, National Society for Human Resource Management, Tampa Bay Society for Human Resources Management, Hospitality Human Resources Association, and is a Vice Chair of the Palmetto Youth Center board of directors located in Palmetto, Florida.

About Kenyatta Randall
Randall earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Grambling State University. She is a Real Estate Agent and Notary in the State of Florida. She recently earned her Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in human resource management from the University of the People.

For more information about career opportunities at Grambling State, visit www.gram.edu.

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.

Doug Williams Center Names Executive Director & Inaugural Board

Center moves swiftly to implement mission of promoting diversity and access for all in athletics

Doug Williams Center for the Study of Race and Politics in Sports Advisory Board Grid GRAMBLING, La. – September 9, 2020 – Grambling State University has named Brandon A. Logan as Executive Director for the Doug Williams Center for the Study of Race & Politics in Sports. Members of the inaugural Advisory Board have also been named. The Center, established in August, will be supported by the National Football League (NFL) Campus Connection program and other public and private donors.

“Sport is both a microcosm and is potentially transformative of the racial issues confronting society,” says Logan. “Considering this complexity, the Doug Williams Center for the Study of Race & Politics in Sports will critically analyze the racial politics of athletics and offer thoughtful solutions to level the playing field. My goal is to develop an inclusive learning environment that equips a multi-generation of scholars and decision makers with valuable competitive intelligence that improves organizational structure and culture. I am humbled and honored to lead an initiative that bears the name of my former coach and American trailblazer, Doug Williams. ‘World-class’ and ’excellence’ have been synonymous with the history of Grambling State University and its athletic program. The Center will embody these qualities in the continuation of this institution’s legacy.”

Brandon A. Logan

“When Brandon first walked on the football field, I knew he was a leader who could bring individuals together,” says Doug Williams. “From academic leaders, athletes, politicians, social activists, students, and more, I couldn’t think of a better person to take the lead on the initiative.” The Center is named after Williams, a National Football League Executive and Grambling State alumnus; in 1988, Williams was the first Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

“Throughout his time as a student and in his personal career, Brandon has shown a unique ability to connect the dots,” adds Connie Walton, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “We look forward to him engaging our faculty in sports administration, sports marketing, business, history, and other disciplines in the Center’s initiatives.”

The Doug Williams Center’s newly named Board members represent some of the best minds in sports and education. They are well positioned to guide the Center as it tackles challenges and offers solutions to some of today’s most relevant issues. This esteemed group includes the individuals listed below. Other Board members are expected to be added to the lineup.

  • J. Ofori Agboka, Vice President, Human Resources Global Customer Fulfillment, Amazon
  • Christine Brennan, USA Today Sports Columnist, Television Commentator, Author
  • Joe Burrow, NFL Quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Mark Davis, Owner, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Matthew Guidry, PhD., Former Deputy Executive Director, The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
  • James “Shack” Harris, Former NFL Quarterback, Former NFL Executive, Co-founder, Black College Football Hall of Fame
  • Dr. Jim Henderson, University of Louisiana System President
  • E. Newton Jackson, Jr., PhD, University of North Florida
  • Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman and CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprises
  • Bob Kendrick, President, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
  • Dr. Richard Lapchick, Founder/Director, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, ESPN Columnist
  • Cynthia Marshall, CEO, Dallas Mavericks
  • Dr. Charles McClelland, Commissioner, Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)
  • Jacqie McWilliams, Commissioner, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)
  • Gregory Moore, Esq., Commissioner, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC)
  • Dr. Charlie Nelms, Chancellor Emeritus, North Carolina Central University
  • Benjamin Peavy, Managing Director, Accenture Federal Services
  • Shannon Sharpe, Co-Host, Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, Pro Football Hall of Famer
  • Dr. Dennis E. Thomas, Commissioner, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)
  • Dr. Raunda Williams, Special Advisor

“The Doug Williams Center for the Study of Race & Politics in Sports will add great value to our schools, communities and country,” says Board member, Dr. Raunda Williams. “To have a place where different entities can come together to discuss, analyze and create a culture for positive change is much needed anytime, but especially in a time of unrest. Doug and I are so humbled and grateful to be able to work with such a distinguished, accomplished and forward-thinking group of individuals assembled on this advisory board.”

An endowment supporting The Center has been established by The Grambling University Foundation with Argent Trust Company. To make a tax-deductible donation to the endowment, click “CONTRIBUTE” at https://raceandpoliticsinsports.com/. Options are available for one-time gifts as well as on-going pledges. To contribute marketable securities or include the Doug Williams Center in your estate plans, please contact the Foundation at (318) 274-2217.

To learn more about the Doug Williams Center for the Study of Race & Politics in Sports or to Join The Huddle and get involved, please visit https://raceandpoliticsinsports.com/ or email raceandpoliticsinsports@gram.edu.

About the Doug Williams Center for the Study of Race & Politics in Sports

The Doug Williams Center for the Study of Race and Politics in Sports will engage domestic and global conversations on race and politics in sports aimed at helping to identify, analyze, and develop feasible solutions. The Center will leverage the expertise of an advisory board that will include academic leaders, athletes, politicians, and activists to:

  • examine the historical role of sports and politics in addressing racial inequality and disadvantage in the domestic and global contexts;
  • contribute to national discussions related to race, politics, and diversity in sports;
  • promote critical, interdisciplinary, and innovative research and approaches to understanding race and discrimination;
  • serve as a think tank to generate insights, identify trends and solutions necessary to achieve positive and sustainable change on race issues;
  • collaborate with the NCAA and professional sports leagues to address issues of racial barriers, diversity, and access in athletics;
  • and produce tangible products promoting and addressing the challenging issues of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

About Doug Williams

Doug Williams, former GSU SWAC championship quarterback, was drafted 17th overall in the NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, becoming the first African-American quarterback to be picked in the first round. He later became a member of the Washington Redskins and as the first Black quarterback on a Super Bowl starting line-up led his team to a 42-10 victory as MVP in Super Bowl XXII. In 1988, he founded the Doug Williams Foundation, which awarded more than $100,000 in college scholarships.

In 1998, Williams succeeded Eddie G. Robinson as the head coach at Grambling State University, during his stint he coached to team to four SWAC Championships. Next, he served as personnel executive with his former NFL teams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins. Since 2017, Williams has served as Senior Vice President of player personnel with the Washington Redskins.

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.

About NFL Campus Connection

The NFL Campus Connection program, launched in 2018, aims to provide students with programs and experiences that help prepare them for future careers in professional football administration. The Campus Connection program is an extension of the NFL’s ongoing relationship with Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Through the partnership, the NFL and participating institutions seek to increase career opportunities for students and athletic administrators.

Grambling’s Cloud Computing Program Reaches for the Sky with Industry Partners

First Cloud Computing Program in Louisiana Draws Interest Nationally  

Online Cloud Program Student PhotoGRAMBLING, La. – September 4, 2020 – As Grambling State University launches its innovative Cloud Computing program, a new industry partner has joined to support the effort.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has signed on with its AWS Educate program to offer support to the institution’s unique computer science programs.
Grambling State University is Louisiana’s top producer of African American computer science and computer information system graduates. The newly launched Cloud Computing program is the first of its kind in the state.

Through AWS Educate, the company’s global initiative to support cloud learning for students and faculty, educational organizations receive benefits such as:

• Guidance in building an educational institution’s degree programs in Cloud Computing to ensure that the program outcomes align with the skills necessary to prepare a student for AWS industry certifications and employment in the field of cloud computing.

• Access to curriculum resources – including syllabi, instructional content, hands-on activities and assessments – that support student learning in Cloud Computing.

• Access to content to support professional development and technical training for faculty members who will deliver program coursework.

• AWS Promotional Credit to ensure that students have an opportunity to practice and apply their knowledge using the AWS console.

• Access to the AWS Educate Job Board, which contains cloud-related job postings from Amazon and our customers and partners, to help match Educate members with employers looking for cloud-skilled talent.

“We’re continuously working to prepare students for the enormous opportunities in today’s economy,” said President Rick Gallot. “We are grateful for partners like AWS who support these important efforts.”

Gallot was invited to meet the president of AWS, and the relationship that led to this designation for Grambling State was born. AWS support helped Grambling State earn state approval of the program.

Since Gallot made the AWS connection, three Grambling State professors have attended AWS Academy and Cloud Computing curriculum has come to the campus.

Dr. Yenumula Reddy, professor and program coordinator in the department of computer science, is working hand-in-hand with AWS Cloud Computing experts to develop the curriculum. They are continuing to work together on AWS course contents, Dr. Reddy said.

Cybersecurity student Alexis White is among those interested in learning about Cloud Computing.

“We are in need of more professionals that have a passion for Cloud Computing,” she said. “That starts with our students at Grambling State University being the catalyst for our future.”

The Louisiana Technical and Community College System also is preparing a two-year Cloud Computing curriculum that will bridge to Grambling State’s four-year program.

“When universities work hand in hand with industry partners to identify the skills needed to meet the needs of a rapidly growing sector students always benefit,” said Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed. “As the state focuses on developing talent so Louisiana prospers, new programs like cloud computing will play a major role in attracting new students and graduating them in high demand, high-wage careers. Grambling has been laser focused on creating a top-notch degree and we recognize their innovation and persistence.”

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.

“Grambling State University is excited about the approval of the new program in Cloud Computing,” Dr. Connie Walton, vice president of academic affairs and provost, said. “The global Cloud Computing market size is expected to grow to $623.3 billion by 2023. 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.”

Beginning with the graduating class of 2024, Grambling State alums can do 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.

Other industry partners for Cloud Computing include LED, Oracle Academy, Oracle NetSuite, Cisco Networking Academy, Microsoft, IBM and Google Analytics Academy.

For more information about Grambling State’s computer science programs, visit gram.edu

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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.

Contact:
Tisha Arnold
mediarelations@gram.edu
(318) 243-5012

September Brings Internship, Career Opportunities to Campus

Students Can Receive Information About Major Companies and Interview Advice

GRAMBLING, La. –September 3, 2020 – As the Career Center at Grambling State University reopens after the Hurricane Laura closure, it will immediately launch events to pair students with companies that may be hiring.

The first one will be Monday, September 8, at 10 a.m. as the Career Center reopens. This is a virtual interview workshop with State Farm Insurance. The sessions are open to all majors and are video on demand. The workshop will prepare students for the State Farm 2021 Summer Internship selection process.

Other September events include:

September 13, 5-8 p.m. JC Penney Suit Up Event at Pecanland Mall
Annual event, discounted professional attire
Open to GSU, Students, Staff and Faculty
Transportation available – reserve your seat on Handshake

September 14, 1 p.m. IBM Women in Technology Virtual Workshop
Information Session for female 3rd and 4th Year STEM majors

September 15, 11 a.m. USAA Information Session 
Information Session for CIS & CoB Sophomores and Juniors about 2021 Summer Internship opportunities

September 15, 11 a.m. PWC Information Session 
Information Session for CIS & Accounting students interested in internship opportunities with a Big 3 company.

September 17, 11 a.m. IBM Apprenticeship Program Technical Interview Virtual Workshop and Information Session Speaker – Carl Jones, GSU Alumni/IBM employee.
Open to graduating seniors all mayors. GSU SGA leaders and IBM representatives will host workshop to learn about:
How to succeed in a Technical Interview
Full time paid training programs with IBM in Monroe and Baton Rouge.
(30 vacancies)

September 23, Rocket Mortgage- Virtual Interview Workshop–open to all majors.
Participants will learn about:
How to succeed in a Virtual Interview
Internships and full-time jobs with the Rock family of companies.

For more information, contact the GSU Career Services Office.
Daily via Microsoft Teams, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In Person Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.,Jacob T. Stewart Building

Appointments required: Please email: Kellye Blackburn, Career Services Director (blackburnk@gram.edu) or Altha Madison, Career Services Assistant Director (madisona@gram.edu).

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.

Contact:
Tisha Arnold
mediarelations@gram.edu
(318) 243-5012