Meet the Captains – #BringitHome2018

IMAGE-BIH_CaptainsBy Kyndall Colon

More than 97 percent of Grambling State University students receive some form of federal and state financial aid. With big debates around financial aid programs, TOPS, and overall funding in higher education, bottom-line support for students is critical in helping them reach their educational goals.

At Grambling State, our “Bring it Home” annual fundraising campaign helps meet students at their point of need – from scholarships to funding solutions for deferred maintenance and employee development. The campaign’s $1 million goal is one of many University efforts to help close the gap between graduation for students.  Continue reading

GSU Spotlight: 8 Alumni Who Are Helping Grow the Grambling State Legacy

GSU Logo with MottoAs we celebrate this Founder’s Week, we’d like to say a special thank you to the thousands of alumni who help grow the GSU Legacy through their personal achievements and efforts like Bring it Home.

Here are eight alumni whose accomplishments this year helped prove that we really are “The Place Where Everybody is Somebody:”

 “It’s not about the individual, it’s about Grambling” – Doug Williams 

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GSU Spotlight: STEM Innovation & Her Grambling Start – Cherie Kirkland #BringItHome2018

Cherie Kirkland’s career technology and leadership has included work for some of America’s largest brand names including IBM, The Weather Channel, and Cox Automotive. She credits much of her experience with her Grambling State start. Check out Cherie’s story on her journey to Grambling State and the importance of STEM education at HBCUs today.

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GSU Spotlight: The Alexanders on Giving From the Heart – #BringItHome2018

Charles (Grier) Alexander and Donyetta Davis Alexander experienced similar financial hurdles while they were students at Grambling State University. They both received a little help which made a big difference in their collegiate experience. As they look back, they have always wanted to offer support to GSU students.

GRIER-Alexander“Someone helped me in my time of need,” said Charles. “It was a great gift. And I knew for me to live up to the ‘GramFam’ expectations that I had to do the same for the next student.” Continue reading

Shannon Frank Reeves, Sr. Appointed Director of Alumni Affairs

Grambling State University hires Alumnus to Join Institutional Advancement Team

headshot-Reeves-ShannonGRAMBLING, LA – September 13, 2018  – Grambling State University President Rick Gallot today announced the appointment of alumnus and California native Shannon Frank Reeves, Sr. as its Director of Alumni Affairs.

Reeves has over 30 years of experience in non-profit executive management, government affairs, economic development and higher education. Prior to his appointment at Grambling, he served as Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Alabama A&M University. Continue reading

Grambling State Senior Receives Top Honor from White House HBCU Initiative

Faron Rush to represent GSU during National HBCU Week Conference, Sept 16-18

GRAMBLING, La.– September 12, 2018 – The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities has named Grambling State University Senior, Faron Rush, to its roster of 2018 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars.
Rush, of Chicago, Ill., was one of 63 students nationwide to earn the Initiative’s highest student recognition.

Headshot-Rush-FaronHe will travel to Washington, D.C. September 16-18 to participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s National HBCU Week Conference and receive recognition at the Initiative’s Excellence in Innovation and Competitiveness Awards. As a scholar, he will engage in workshops on leadership, professional development, innovation and entrepreneurship. Continue reading

GSU Spotlight: 3 Lessons from Leveraging a Technology Wave – Dwayne Jackson #BringItHome2018

Dwayne-JOhnsonAfter 20 years in information technology, Grambling State alumnus Dwayne Jackson cast out on his own to build a technology enterprise. Sixteen years later, his journey includes major wins like increasing revenue more than 45 percent and serving clients including federal, state, and local government entities across the U.S.

Jackson, who founded Software Tech Enterprises just two years after the dot-com crash, recently shared critical advice for students and other alumni who are considering careers and entrepreneurship.

Here are his three lessons for entrepreneurs who are looking to leverage today’s technology wave: Continue reading

4 Ways Students Can Help Grow GSU (Without Running for Office)

By Adarian Williams

The hustle to the graduation finish line is very real. From our studies, jobs, and working to Talktomethursdaysecure the perfect internship, it may seem like there isn’t “time” to get involved and help tackle those opportunities we know will make our campus better.

But, that’s where you’re wrong. Getting involved is a lot easier than you think.

Here are four easy ways you can help the University function effectively (without taking on an officer role with a student organization):

  1. Join the Tiger Council

The SGA Tiger Council grants students the opportunity to volunteer with the Student Government Association without holding an office. From working with special events, helping gather and share the student voice on campus, to working hand-in-hand with campus leaders, Tiger Council is a great way to facilitate meaningful changes here on campus. Continue reading