Grambling State University launches program to empower residents, students, and faculty to prevent type 2 diabetes

Grambling, LA – November 23, 2021 – Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Approximately 88 million American adults have prediabetes – and without taking action, many people with prediabetes can develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. In partnership with Well-Ahead Louisiana, Grambling State University is launching a program to help students, faculty, and residents with prediabetes in northeast Louisiana prevent type 2 diabetes by offering virtual lifestyle change classes. The program, Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. (CYL2) is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program. It teaches people how to incorporate healthy habits into daily life, cutting their risk for type 2 diabetes by more than half. The program also helps to reduce high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other chronic conditions.

“People can feel overwhelmed when they are diagnosed with prediabetes, but developing type 2 diabetes is preventable,” said Larry Proctor, Ph.D., CYL2 Coordinator at Grambling State University. “CYL2 provides participants with a support system, tools, and knowledge so they can feel empowered to make lifestyle changes that will help them lose weight and improve their overall health.”

Grambling State University conducts online orientations where people interested in the classes can learn more about the program and ask questions. An orientation will be held on Thursday, December 9, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. To register for the free meeting on Zoom, visit bit.ly/CYL2GRAM-Dec9.

Student and adult class cohorts will begin in January 2022. People interested in participating in the classes must call 318-274-2294 or email cyl2@gram.edu to determine eligibility and register. The classes will meet online for one year. In the first four months of the program, classes will meet 16 times. In the final eight months of the program, classes will meet 12 more times to help participants maintain healthy lifestyle changes. CYL2 is covered by many insurance companies, including Medicare for those 65 and older. A limited number of scholarships are available for those without insurance coverage for the program.

CYL2 provides participants in the program with a trained lifestyle coach who teaches them how to make positive daily changes they can stick with. You will also have the support of others making positive lifestyle changes as well. The classes cover:

  • Shopping and cooking for health
  • Managing chronic stress
  • Understanding how emotions can trigger eating
  • Practicing self-care
  • Achieving weight goals during midlife
  • Staying motivated
  • Making good food choices away from home
  • Knowing what to do when weight loss stalls

With such serious consequences, preventing type 2 diabetes is a major public health concern. The good news is that prediabetes can be reversed by making healthier lifestyle decisions.
Having prediabetes increases your risk for severe health conditions like:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Blindness
  • Kidney failure
  • Loss of toes, feet, or legs

About Prediabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 US adults have prediabetes – and most of those with prediabetes don’t know they have it. People at risk of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes:

    • Are overweight
    • Are 45 years of age or older
    • Have a parent or sibling that has type 2 diabetes
    • Are physically active fewer than 3 times per week
    • Gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds
    • Had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes)

About CYL2
CYL2 is conducted in partnership with the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since its inception in 2012, BWHI has expanded CYL2 to several cities throughout the United States. The goal of CYL2 is to inspire participants to sustain healthy lifestyle changes.

ABOUT THE BLACK WOMEN’S HEALTH IMPERATIVE

The Black Women’s Health Imperative is the only national organization dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the nation’s 21 million Black women and girls — physically, emotionally, and financially. It identifies the most pressing health issues and invests in the best of the best strategies, partners, and organizations that share their goal: ensuring Black women live longer, healthier, more prosperous lives.

ABOUT GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY

Grambling State University combines the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college, a combination that enables our students to grow and learn in a serene and positive environment. We offer more than forty (40) undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs through four colleges, including two professional schools and a graduate school. Additional academic support units include the University College, Earl Lester Cole Honors College, Continuing Education, and Service-Learning, and Army ROTC. National, regional, and local employers recruit graduates from Grambling’s excellent programs in nursing, computer science, teacher education, the arts, and other academic areas.

In addition to being one of the country’s top producers of African American graduates and the top producer of Computer Information Science grads in Louisiana, Grambling is the home of the World Famed Tiger Marching Band and the legendary college football coach Eddie Robinson, Sr., whose tenure is memorialized in a campus museum, funded and operated by the state of Louisiana. GSU is a member of the University of Louisiana System and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Also listed on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail, Grambling State University is steeped in history, 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.

Grambling State School of Nursing receives accreditation for BSN program

Above: Dr. Meg Brown, Associate Dean of the School of Nursing at Grambling State University, goes through an assessment exercise with students in one of their three simulation labs. Photo by Carlton Hamlin

GRAMBLING, La. – November 18, 2021 – In a letter to the School of Nursing at Grambling State University (GSU), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) notified the program that accreditation has been awarded through December 2026 for the BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program with zero compliance issues. As the state of Louisiana continues to experience a shortage of nurses and other health care professionals, the vitality of programs like these is crucial to the industry.

“National accreditation is essential for the survival of a nursing program. One of the first questions potential applicants ask is whether your program is accredited, “said School of Nursing Associate Dean Dr. Meg Brown, RN, ACNS-BC. “The accreditation of a program determines whether the nursing graduates will qualify for internships post-graduation or acceptance into advanced nursing programs. With all of that being considered, it was imperative that any graduate from GSU’s BSN program, including the first class, graduate from an accredited nursing program.”

Dr. Brown said the nursing faculty poured themselves into accomplishing this goal while working during weekends, Thanksgiving break, and the end of the Fall 2020 semester to complete the self-study in December 2020 and plan for the virtual visit.

“They were pillars of strength while being supportive of each other in finalizing the required details for completion of each stage of the process,” said Brown. “I am grateful for having this team to go through accreditation with.”

The Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) requires that Undergraduate and/or graduate nursing education degree program(s) achieve national nursing accreditation within one year of being granted full approval. The BSN program currently has initial approval from LSBN. The BSN program applied for new applicant status with the CCNE in Spring 2020. The program was notified in August 2020 of approval for new applicant status with a virtual site visit in January 2021 with CCNE and LSBN evaluators. During the exit meeting, the University’s Administration and Nursing faculty were informed that there were no compliance issues, and the recommendation would be for the maximum five-year initial accreditation from CCNE.

“The full accreditation of our BSN program is a significant step towards regaining our prominence as a top-tier nursing school,” said GSU President Rick Gallot. “Grambling State is proud to have a program of this caliber as part of our academic portfolio.”

“We are excited about the recent accreditation announcement by CCNE,” said Dr. Connie Walton, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The accreditation process involved a comprehensive review of the BSN program including the curriculum, student learning outcomes, faculty supporting the program, and resources. The School of Nursing is to be commended on this achievement. It speaks to the work that they have put in to provide a quality program.”

The twelve-month curriculum format offers programs in pre-nursing, BSN, RN to BSN, and MSN. The School of Nursing has been an important part of Grambling State for more than 30 years and prepared more than 2,000 students to enter the healthcare field. To learn more about the program, visit gram.edu/nursing.

About Grambling State University
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university that was founded in 1901. The institution has been accredited by SACSCOC, 13 associations, and in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. A member of the University of Louisiana System, Grambling State University has the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college. Offering 46 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, the 590-acre campus is home to world-class athletics, an internationally renowned marching band, and vibrant student life that enables our scholars to grow and learn in a positive environment. For more information, visit gram.edu.

Randy Huggins, Executive Producer and Writer of Hit STARZ Network Drama BMF, Says Grambling State Changed His Life

GRAMBLING, La. – Nov. 16, 2021 – Before becoming executive producer and writer of the hit STARZ network drama “BMF,” Randy Huggins built up his entertainment career on several successful shows. It is the experience at Grambling State University that forever changed the Detroit native’s life.

“Grambling changed my life because it offered a slower pace than living in a city as big and treacherous as Detroit,” he said. “The faculty and students at Grambling [State] really care about your wellbeing.”

Huggins said he was a lost college student until GSU faculty members helped guide him.

“Mr. Garner told me that I was gonna be a history major. So, I started pursuing a history degree and Dr. Mildred Gallot as well as Ms. Cato really took care of me, especially once I started doing my work-study in that department,” he said. “She made sure the courses I was taking would help me graduate. She encouraged me to enroll in Mr. [Karl] Norman’s drama class. At the time, I knew nothing about drama and would get up and act out these skits from situations that happened in my life.”

Huggins’ real-life drama also captured the attention of one of his classmates.

“One of the students, Erica Wright, used to tell me that I was lying all the time and that she didn’t know anyone’s life as dramatic as mine,” Huggins recalled. “She encouraged me to start writing that stuff down to go in a book or movie. I had never considered writing prior to that class and that student, who three years later released her first album, was Erykah Badu.”

After graduating from GSU with a history degree, he worked as a teacher in Detroit before relocating to Los Angeles.

Huggins is now the creator, writer, and showrunner of the STARZ’s drama “BMF,” and an executive producer along with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Before that, he was a consulting producer on “Power Book II: Ghost” and spent two seasons on the FOX drama, “Star.” He also served as a consulting producer on BET’s “The Quad” and was the showrunner of BET’s “Rebel,” which he executive produced with John Singleton.

Huggins also wrote on three seasons of the STARZ hit drama “Power “and later served as the show’s co-executive producer. He launched his writing career on FX’s police drama “The Shield,” where he served as the writers’ assistant for four seasons. That same year, he joined the writing staff of “The Unit” and went on to become the executive story editor on the STARZ drama, “Crash.” Then, he became a co-producer on NBC’s medical drama, “Trauma.” Huggins also served as a producer on “Criminal Minds.”

It is the “BMF” drama that is close to home for Huggins. Short for Black Mafia Family, the show is set in Detroit and inspired by the true story of two brothers who “rose from the decaying streets of southwest Detroit in the late 1980s and gave birth to one of the most influential crime families in this country,” Huggins explained. “Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory’s charismatic leadership, Terry “Southwest T” Flenory’s business acumen, and the fraternal partnership’s vision beyond the drug trade and into the world of Hip Hop would render the brothers iconic on a global level. The show is now in its second season.

“This is a story about love, kinship, and capitalism in the pursuit of the American dream,” Huggins said.

The show is just the latest in his pursuit of his Hollywood dreams.

“The best advice or encouragement I’d give to anyone pursuing their dreams is to honor the 4 P’s: planning, patience, persistence, and prayer,” Huggins said. “You have to map out your goals and the obstacles you may face achieving them. You have to be patient and understand the time it may take to accomplish your dreams. You have to be relentlessly persistent to make that objective happen. And you have to pray about it.”

Veterans Day program honors those who serve

Grambling, La. – November 11, 2021 – Grambling State University honored military veterans during its third annual Veterans Appreciation Day Program today at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

The event saluted veterans and extended gratitude for their service.

“We are so grateful for those men and women who have bravely served and fought for this country,” GSU President Richard Gallot said. “As a University, we are proud of our ROTC units, not only today but of those that have existed for so many decades. We just appreciate the opportunity to take time today to pause and say thank you to all of our veterans.”

State Rep. Patrick O. Jefferson, D-Homer, representing District 11, delivered the keynote address and opened by thanking the veterans for all that they have done for our country.

“Today we have come to celebrate and honor those who have given of themselves and who have answered that great clarion call, to serve,” Jefferson said. “Today we are here because you answered the call. There have been a number of challenges and today we stand boldly in saying indeed, you are champions.”

Jefferson, a graduate in 1990 from Dillard University who also obtained a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law, said 19 million individuals since 1776 have answered the call.

“You are among those individuals,” Jefferson said. “You joined perhaps, because of a draft, because you looked at a better way, a better life, or perhaps you followed your buddy and went in and signed up that day. But you answered that clarion call and today, Grambling State University and this area, we are proud to salute you.”

The event was enriched by the sounds of the GSU Choir and moving performance of the National Anthem by the World Famed Tiger Marching Band. The appreciation program also recognized veterans with a medal ceremony, as well as a tribute to the fallen comrades with a flag folding ceremony, followed by the playing of “Taps.”

“On behalf of myself and those who continue to serve and those who are with us today who will serve with us in the future, it is our ultimate thanks to you who have trail blazed a path for us,” Lt. Col. Mason Moore, GSU Military Science Professor of ROTC, said. “So when you see a veteran, every day is Veterans day – please thank a veteran. The families of U.S. veterans have indeed borne their share of burdens, so if you get the chance to thank them, please do.”

Penya Moses appointed Chief Operating Officer at Grambling State University

Penya Moses

Grambling, La. – November 10, 2021 – Penya M. Moses, JD, LL.M. has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Grambling State University. A Sterlington, Louisiana native, the Linville High School graduate is a former member of the Grambling Lady Tigers women’s basketball team and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Grambling State University, Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University School of Law, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law.

“We are excited about alumna Penya Moses joining our team as Chief Operating Officer,” said Grambling State President Rick Gallot. “As a graduate of the institution, she understands the culture at Grambling State University. Her experience in higher education, law, operations, and executive administration brings an impressive combination of expertise that will benefit the institution and its drive toward continued excellence.”

A seasoned executive and attorney of more than 24 years, Moses possesses a unique legal, operational, and administrative portfolio that includes emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and rebuilding; property and facilities management; information technology, human resources; contract management, and customer service.

​In the legal arena, Moses served in various roles with the State of Louisiana Department of Children and Family Service’s Bureau of General Counsel, as a prosecutor respectively in the First and Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office, as the former City Attorney for the City of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and as Director of Administration & Associate Counsel for American MetroComm Corporation.

In higher education, Moses has served as an adjunct professor at Nuñez Community College in the areas of Business Law and Tax Accounting as well as an instructor in the Caddo Sheriff’s Office Cadets Training Academy. As an active member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Ms. Moses served as a speaker in LSBA’s Diversity Program and was named by Attorney General Jeff Landry to serve his Civil Division Transition Committee to interview existing and potential employees and to make recommendations to improve the Department of Justice.

Moses serves her community as chair of the Board of Commissioners for Reeves Memorial Medical Center. She is a silver star member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and was inducted into Grambling State University’s Hall of Fame Gallery of Distinction for her noteworthy community service.

“I endeavor to ensure that all the facilities, systems, resources, and staff are available to maximize efficiency and promote campus safety while building high-value experiences for the faculty and students at Grambling State University,” said Moses. “My main purpose is to direct and control the university’s operations in accordance with the strategic vision proclaimed by President Richard Gallot by further connecting our organization in the spirit of excellence. I believe as stated in 1 Corinthians 12:31 that there is a “more excellent way” and now that I am back home, I am committed “to show a way that is better” to achieve maximum results.”

About Grambling State University
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university that was founded in 1901. The institution has been accredited by SACSCOC, 13 associations, and in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. A member of the University of Louisiana System, Grambling State University has the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college. Offering 46 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, the 590-acre campus is home to world-class athletics, an internationally renowned marching band, and vibrant student life that enables our scholars to grow and learn in a positive environment. For more information, visit gram.edu.

Grambling State University to Hold Veterans Appreciation Day Program November 11

GRAMBLING, La.- Oct. 29, 2021- Grambling State University will honor military veterans during its third annual Veterans Appreciation Day Program at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. The event, which is open to the public, will salute veterans and extend gratitude for their service. Attendees must wear masks and practice social distancing.

State Rep. Patrick O. Jefferson, D-Homer, representing District 11 will deliver the keynote address.

Rev. Maurice White, senior pastor at Zion Traveler Baptist Church in Ruston, will give the invocation. The program will feature the presentation of colors by GSU ROTC Tiger Battalion, a performance of the National Anthem by the World Famed Tiger Marching Band and a music medley by the GSU Choir.

GSU President Richard Gallot and Grambling Mayor Edward Jones will speak during the recognition as well as LaVetCorps Navigator Greg Ludley.

“Grambling State University would like to honor the men and women who have bravely served and fought for this country,” President Gallot said. “Veteran’s Day is a time to pay tribute to all veterans. We want to honor those who are still with us as well as those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives. We want to thank all of our veterans and their families for their selfless service to this nation.”

About Grambling State University
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university that was founded in 1901. The institution has been accredited by SACSCOC, 13 associations, and in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. A member of the University of Louisiana System, Grambling State University has the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college. Offering 46 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, the 590-acre campus is home to world-class athletics, an internationally renowned marching band, and vibrant student life that enables our scholars to grow and learn in a positive environment. For more information, visit gram.edu.

EPA and Grambling State University Partner to Strengthen Environmental Studies and Improve Career Opportunities for Students

EPA Press Office (press@epa.gov)

WASHINGTON (Nov. 8, 2021) – EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, EPA Region 6, and historically black university Grambling State University (GSU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) pledging to collaborate in preparing students to enter and compete in the federal workforce; providing Environmental Protection Agency’s expertise to review and enhance GSU curriculums; and participating in research efforts to promote environmental awareness.

“Through this collaborative agreement between EPA and Grambling State University, we hope to enrich the educational experience of GSU students, and spur interest in careers in the federal government,” said Larry Starfield, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “The MOU shows our mutual commitment to the education and development of our country’s future leaders.”

“Grambling State University has continuously demonstrated excellence in education throughout their 120-year history, and EPA has benefited from many alumni joining the workforce throughout the agency, especially here in Region 6,” said Acting Regional Administrator David Gray. “EPA is excited to strengthen this partnership through a new agreement that will enhance GSU’s academic programs as well as EPA’s outreach to a diverse pool of job candidates.”

“We are thankful to the Environmental Protection Agency for their initiative in providing valuable opportunities to Grambling State University Students,” said Richard J. Gallot Sr., President of Grambling State University. “Partnerships like these make it possible for our scholars to gain meaningful experience to position themselves competitively in this vital industry.”

GSU President Gallot, Acting Assistant Administrator Starfield, and Acting Region 6 Administrator Gray took part in a virtual signing ceremony today to celebrate establishment of the MOU.

GSU is a public, historically black university founded in 1901 and located in Grambling, Louisiana. The University is committed to expanding its footprint as a state and national leader who provides exemplary undergraduate and graduate education through innovative teaching and a commitment to community engagement.

EPA is committed to promoting equal employment opportunity by broadening the applicant pools to include diverse and qualified college graduates when seeking professionals in the fields of science, technology, and environmental law and policy.

Among the activities described in the MOU:

EPA may participate in career fairs and other outreach opportunities during the academic year to provide publicly available information about opportunities at the EPA and the EPA employment process.

EPA staff may have the opportunity to volunteer to serve as mentors to GSU students, participate in panel discussions, lectures, and other on-campus events.
EPA may provide expertise and resources for curriculum review relating to environmental policy and enforcement.

EPA may share public information about opportunities for GSU to participate in EPA’s research efforts

EPA may facilitate communication between communities it serves and the GSU community about activities to promote environmental awareness, such as, the College Underserved Partnership Program (CUPP).

GSU may provide EPA access to the University’s facilities and non-monetary resources to increase visibility and awareness of EPA programs.

The MOU can be read, here: https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/memorandum-understanding-between-us-environmental-protection-agency-and-grambling-state

Legacy, Looking Ahead the Focus of 120th Founders Convocation

By Brian Howard | University Communications

GSU President Rick Gallot

GSU President Rick Gallot

Grambling, La. – November 2, 2021 – Grambling State University continued its celebration of 120 years of educational excellence today with the Founders Convocation at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

Grambling State alumna Dr. Dana A. Williams, dean of the Graduate School at Howard University, served as the convocation speaker as GSU President Richard J. Gallot, Jr., and University of Louisiana System President Dr. James Henderson provided remarks to highlight the event.

Over the last 120 years, the University has been identified under several names – The Colored Industrial and Agriculture School, The North Louisiana Agriculture and Industrial School, The Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute, Grambling College and now Grambling State University.

In the midst of changes to its name over the years, Gallot said that the University has experienced the best of times and on occasion, some unpleasant times.

“We have endured two World Wars, the Korean Conflict, Wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. We’ve sustained the Great Depression, the great recession, the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 and of course the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gallot said. “We’ve encountered discrimination, segregation and Jim Crow. In spite of it all, we continued to rise. In our 120 years, we’ve seen our country transform from the Pony Express and telegrams to instant messaging and 5G. We’ve seen our country put a man on the moon and emergence of electric and autonomous vehicles. We’ve advanced from card catalogs and volumes of encyclopedias to the digital library and ‘hey Siri.’ Together, through it all, we continue to rise, and rise, and rise.”

University of Louisiana System President Dr. James Henderson

University of Louisiana System President Dr. James Henderson

Henderson, who has been a longtime supporter of the University, spoke about the rich tradition and legacy that Grambling State has had over the years, but is focused on what’s ahead.

“I am really focused on what’s next for Grambling,” Henderson said. “It’s about this whole family, the ‘GramFam,’ and the way they’ve risen above so many challenges to achieve excellence. That’s how you define Grambling. I couldn’t be more excited about it’s future under the leadership of my dear friend Rick Gallot and certainly the  extraordinary faculty and leadership team.”

GSU alumna Dr. Dana A. Williams, dean of the Graduate School at Howard University

GSU alumna Dr. Dana A. Williams, dean of the Graduate School at Howard University

Williams earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Grambling State in 1993, and was the highest-ranking student in her graduating class.

“Founders Day this year invites us to reflect on the Founders vision, to celebrate 120 years of achievement, and to commit a new high level of excellence,” Williams said.

Williams, who earned a master’s degree in African American literature and continued her education to earn a doctorate in English with an emphasis in African American Literature at Howard University, said she wondering what the theme would be to commemorate this history year.

“Each fall under President Gallot’s administration, I wait with bated breath to see what the theme will be for the year,” Williams said. “As we mark this 120th year since our founding, it is so fitting that we remember that we rise together.

“The word rise can be used as a verb or a noun,” Williams continued. “In old and middle English, the verb means to move upward, especially from behind the horizon. As a noun, rise refers to increase in power or influence. It can also refer to a piece of land that slopes upward. “

Williams shared the journey of Grambling State University and the legacy the institution has, but left one final remark to commemorate Founders Day.

“For 120 years, Grambling has moved upward and emerging with vigor and with grace from beyond the horizon,” she said. “We will not shirk in our duty to respond to the needs of any and all who call upon us and even those who do not know they need us. We are Grambling and we rise together.”

Deloitte Announces $250,000 Master of Accountancy Scholarship Program With Louisiana Tech and Grambling State Universities

Scholarship will help increase diversity within the accounting profession

NEW YORK – Oct. 27, 2021-  Today Deloitte announced the creation of a $250,000 scholarship program to help fund the cost of tuition for students from Grambling State University who are seeking a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree from Louisiana Tech University’s College of Business. The announcement further showcases the global professional services organization’s commitment to increasing diversity within the accounting profession.

As previously announced last fall, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University — a long-standing HBCU located five miles from Louisiana Tech’s campus — signed a memorandum of understanding that provides an accelerated pathway for Grambling students to achieve a degree that is not provided at their undergraduate institution. This agreement allows Louisiana Tech and Grambling to provide their shared students with the education, resources and support they need to sit for the CPA exam and launch successful careers.

Because financial aid packages will not transfer from institutions in Louisiana, senior accounting majors at Grambling State are required to self-fund their coursework at Louisiana Tech. Prior to Deloitte’s scholarship program investment, scholarships and graduate assistantships were primarily funded by Louisiana Tech alumni in order to lift the financial burden for these students.

“The scholarships from Deloitte will be a game changer on multiple levels and we are thrilled to team with Louisiana Tech and Grambling State through this program,” said Stephen Metoyer, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, Deloitte Tax LLP and graduate of Louisiana Tech University. “By eliminating the financial barrier many students face when seeking access to higher education, not only do we anticipate helping to diversify and grow the regional accounting workforce, it is our earnest hope that many graduates of this program will go on to become tomorrow’s leaders of the accounting profession, fueling the long-term change we are seeking. This investment complements other bold initiatives we are undertaking, including our Making Accounting Diverse and Equitable (MADE) and Deloitte Tax Scholars programs.”

“We are truly grateful for Deloitte investment in this innovative pathway to our Master of Accountancy,” said Dr. Chris Martin, dean of Louisiana Tech’s College of Business. “Our collaboration with Grambling — and now Deloitte — is a testament to the importance of investing in shared student success that will benefit the field by providing highly qualified accounting professionals who will diversify the field. We look forward to expanding this model to other HBCUs in the future to continue to increase diversity of thought and opportunities in the accounting profession.”

Grambling State University to Commemorate 120 Years During Founders Day Celebration 

Dr. Dana A. Williams, GSU alumna and dean of Howard University graduate school, to speak for convocation

Dr. Dana A. Williams

Dr. Dana A. Williams

GRAMBLING, La. – October 27, 2021– Grambling State University will hold its Founders Day observance Nov. 1-5 and honor the historic moment in 1901 when the historically black university was founded. Traditionally GSU has held the observance beginning in September but this year’s celebration begins Nov. 1 because the date will mark 120 years of educational excellence for GSU.

“The planning committee has developed events that honor the history of Grambling State University and convey our rich legacy to the next generation,” said GSU President Rick Gallot. “We have overcome so many obstacles in the past and continue to face numerous present-day challenges. So, it’s fitting that the theme is ‘Together We Rise’ because it is our strength in unity that has fueled our journey thus far.”

He said the Founder’s Day observance will continue to be held in November moving forward because it is imperative that the celebration be aligned with the day the institution opened its doors.

The celebration will begin Monday, November 1 at 8 a.m. with the tradition of laying a wreath on the bust of Charles P. Adams at Lee Hall on Grambling State’s campus. In addition to a proclamation signed by the Mayor of Grambling, LA, a time capsule will also be buried for unearthing at the 150th anniversary in 2051.

A 120th birthday celebration will take place immediately afterward in McCall Dining Hall and will feature the University Choir and a portion of the World Famed Tiger Marching Band.

On Tuesday, November 2 at 11 a.m., Founders Convocation will be held in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center where Dr. Dana A. Williams will serve as the speaker.

When she earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Grambling State in 1993, Williams was the highest-ranking student in her graduating class. She taught briefly in the Madison Parish public school system, before moving to Washington, D.C., where she attended Howard University. She earned a master’s degree in African American literature and continued her education to earn a doctorate in English with an emphasis in African American Literature.

Williams has served as faculty member in the departments of English at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and at Howard University. She became chair of Howard’s Department of English in 2009. In 2016, she was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Humanities Council and was named dean of the Graduate School at Howard in 2021.

Williams has published extensively in African American literature as an author or editor. In addition to her book projects, she has published articles in reviews and journals.

The remainder of the week will encompass historic displays by university departments and an online campaign, #ThisIsGrambling, that will feature testimonials submitted by alumni and supporters. Those wishing to participate can send video or audio, no longer than 60 seconds in length to communications@gram.edu. Commemorative shirts will be worn on Friday, November 5 and can be purchased at the University Bookstore.

About Grambling State University
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university that was founded in 1901. The institution has been accredited by SACSCOC, 13 associations, and in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. A member of the University of Louisiana System, Grambling State University has the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college. Offering 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, the 590-acre campus is home to world-class athletics, an internationally renowned marching band, and vibrant student life that enable our scholars to grow and learn in a positive environment. For more information, visit gram.edu.