Meet the Cast: The Black Nativity Stageplay at Grambling State’s Opening Night

NativityTonight’s the big opening night. The Grambling State University Choir will perform “The Black Nativity.”  The stage play is the iconic telling of the Christmas story as written by author and the “Poet Laureate of Harlem,” Langston Hughes.

The play’s story most recently made headlines in 2013 when Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, and Jennifer Hudson brought it to life on the big screen. This week, GSU’s own star cast will revive the live version for a 3-day north Louisiana showing featuring band direction by gospel group Forever Jones musician William B. Taylor.

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Campus Security Update: Incident – November 28, 2018


GRAMBLING, LA – November 28, 2018 – This evening the Grambling State University Police Department was notified of a bomb threat called in to the Grambling Hall facility. 

At this time, University officials can confirm the following:

  • An “all clear” has been issued for Grambling Hall and surrounding buildings.
  • Main Street and Founders Avenue in Grambling, LA have been reopened to all traffic. 
  • All campus academic and administrative offices will resume normal operations on Thursday, November 29.
  • The Grambling State University Police Department will continue to collaborate with Parish and state officials to investigate the source of the threat.
  • At this time, no connection has been confirmed to any other incidents at any other campus.

The safety of our students and campus community remain a top priority. Thank you to our State Fire Marshal, the Bossier City Fire Department, US Marshal, campus police and all other local agencies who collaborate to keep our campus safe.

We encourage all campus community members to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to GSU Police at (318) 274-2222.

Emergency Alert: Grambling State University – Evening Classes Cancelled

In response to an afternoon bomb threat, evening classes cancelled, and administrative offices closed

GRAMBLING, LA – November 28, 2018, 4:37 p.m. – Grambling State University evening classes are cancelled due to a bomb threat to the University’s Grambling Hall building. GSU Police and local agencies are investigating.

To report any suspicious activities, call (318) 274-2222.


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 41 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information, visit


Governor John Bel Edwards Holds Leadership Class at Grambling State

GOvernor EdwardsGrambling State University Students Receive Leadership Training from Louisiana’s Top Executive

GRAMBLING, LA – November 26, 2018 – Today, Grambling State University’s Presidential Leadership class will host Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards as a guest-instructor at 10 a.m. in the University’s Distance Learning Laboratory. Continue reading

Grambling State Students Take Home $10,000 Grand Prize at Bayou Classic Biz Tech Challenge

Grambling State Students Win First and Third Place in Business Startup Competition 

GRAMBLING, LA – November 23, 2018 – Two of the three Grambling State University student teams took home more than $10,000 in cash prizes at the 2018 Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge; a competition challenging students to develop a technology-based business plan.

GSU participated as one of 17 colleges and universities from Louisiana and surrounding states who were invited to participate in the Winners-BizTechchallenge, sponsored by NexusLA and GE with additional support from Exxon. Continue reading

Christmas Recognized as Academic Leader at Bayou Classic

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Grambling State University senior linebacker De’Arius Christmas received one of two United States Marine Corps Excellence in Leadership Awards during Friday’s Bayou Classic Coaches Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency. Southern’s Jaron Johnson received the other award.

Before the big battle on the field on Saturday, Grambling State and Southern football teams, administrators and supporters gathered for the 45th Annual Bayou Classic Coaches’ Luncheon. The leadership awards recognize players that display some of the same qualities of the Marine Corps: integrity, decisiveness and dependability.

Christmas, who is a National Football Foundation (NFF) William V. Campbell Trophy and STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Defensive Player of the Year Finalist, personifies the scholar-athlete ideal, leading Grambling State in tackles while working toward an engineering degree. The Vicksburg, Miss., native deservedly becomes the Tigers’ second NFF National Scholar-Athlete, and their first since 1972.
Boasting a 3.82 GPA as an engineering technology major, Christmas is on pace to graduate in May 2019 and aspires to work at his hometown’s research and development laboratory. The SWAC All-Academic Team selection was named the 2017 Grambling State Student-Athlete of the Year across all sports. His other academic accolades include the Athletics Director’s Academic Honor Roll, the President’s List and the Dean’s List.
For the second consecutive season, Christmas is the Tigers’ leading tackler, posting 42 stops in 2018 along with 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He has twice been named the SWAC Defensive Player of the Week this season, including his performance against Alabama State where he returned an interception 66 yards for a touchdown. Christmas’s other weekly honor came when he led Grambling State with eight tackles while recording two sacks and an interception in a win over Texas Southern.
A two-year team captain, Christmas, who is the son of Tina Qualls and Derrick Christmas,  led Grambling State with 88 tackles in 2017 en route to earning Third Team All-America status. The 2017 SWAC Defensive Player of the Year also garnered first team all-conference recognition while guiding the Tigers to consecutive 11-win seasons and SWAC titles. Christmas led Grambling State to a victory in the 2016 Celebration Bowl, which denotes the HBCU national champion, and he guided the Tigers to an appearance in the 2017 edition.
A three-year volunteer with the Special Olympics, Christmas has participated in events with the Vicksburg Packers, including giving a speech for the city’s leadership team. A transfer from East Mississippi Community College, he was featured on the first season of the Netflix docuseries “Last Chance U.”

Three Grambling State University Teams Compete for $10,000 in Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge

9B3A782D-A9C6-41CA-B2C9-A4E04D7D1623Competition draws HBCU teams from Louisiana, neighboring states, to pitch for $10,000 prize  

GRAMBLING, LA – November 23, 2018 — Three Grambling State University student teams have made it to the final round of the Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge, a competition challenging students to develop a technology-based business plan. A total of 17 colleges and universities from Louisiana and surrounding states were invited to participate in the challenge, which is sponsored by NexusLA and GE with additional support from Exxon.

The top teams in the categories of engineering and robotics; energy, environmental and agricultural technologies, and digital technologies and software were invited to pitch their business and technology solutions live before a panel of judges from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans.

These teams already have passed two early rounds of competition. In the final round, judges will  choose the winner based on innovation, business model development and technical achievement. Grand-prize winners are honored during an on-field appearance at the Bayou Classic football game.

“We’re extremely proud of these student entrepreneurs and their initiative,” said President Rick Gallot. “Their successes in these competitions prove that innovation starts the day our students step foot on campus. The bright ideas from the classroom aren’t just thoughts, but viable businesses that can change the world.”

Grambling State’s participating students include Lala Aitcha Coulibaly, Kellyne Thomas, Faron Rush, Noressa Fontaine, Alisha Thomas, Niana Celestine, Gary White, Nakiaus Glosson, Kerwan Antoine, Jarrid Richards, Casey Henry, and Catherine Conn.

Grambling State Student Entrepreneurs Win $10,000 in Startup Support

BRF’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program invests cash and training in GSU’s Golden Pitch Winners

This week, seven Grambling State University student entrepreneurs were rewarded more than $10,000 in support for their startups through the Golden Pitch Business Model Competition sponsored by BRF’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP).

“This competition is helping young innovators hone their business skills and bring to life their own dreams,” said Donald White, Dean of the College of Business. “They’re learning that their innovative ideas can become much more than a thought — they have viable businesses they are growing.”

The Golden Pitch, one of three Louisiana university business plan competitions that make up the Grand Prix program, attracted 14 student teams from Grambling State University. Student entrepreneur teams received training and mentorship from local entrepreneurs, investors, and faculty members in hopes of winning one of three cash prizes, scholarships to Louisiana Startup Prize 2019 and the Patent Academy, and one year of business services from EAP.

This year’s winners include:

Screen Shot 2018-11-17 at 4.11.20 AM$3,000 Cash Grand Prize Winners 
Jarrid Richards, Kerwan Antoine, and Casey Henry

$1,000 Cash Runner Up
Sherdica Moses

$500 Cash Third Place
Latina Jones and Faron Rush

“One of EAP’s objective is to foster entrepreneurial education at the university level,” said Dave Smith, Executive Director of EAP. “We think the best way to grow an entrepreneurial-minded ecosystem is to expose students to an environment that celebrates their innovation. Through EAP’s Grand Prix college business plan competitions, we are guiding students and young entrepreneurs in growing their businesses, taking them from concept to reality.”

For more information on this year’s winning ideas or the Golden Pitch, please contact or (318) 243-5012.

Feeding America CEO & Former Wal-Mart Exec to Keynote Grambling State Graduation

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot to share  December 14 at University’s Fall Commencement Headshot-Fontentot-Claire

GRAMBLING, LA — November 16, 2018 – Today, Grambling State University announced Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot will keynote the University’s, December 14, 2018 Fall Commencement.
Babineaux-Fontenot has earned national recognition for her humanitarian work, growing up as one of 108 siblings, and serving as Wal-Mart’s former Executive Vice President of Finance and Global treasurer.

“Mrs. Babineaux-Fontenot’s long record of service is one we can all learn from,” said President Rick Gallot. “We are grateful and excited for our students to hear how they can leverage their Louisiana education to change the world.”

Babineaux-Fontenot’s long record of service includes serving on the national board of directors for National Urban League, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the Association of Latino Professionals for America, and the National Association of Black Accountants.  
Members of the media are invited to join graduates, families, and the University at

Grambling State University Commencement, Fall 2018 
Friday, December 14, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center
Grambling State University
100 North Stadium Drive
Grambling, LA 71245

For event media credentials or interview scheduling, please contact or (318) 243-5012.