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Grambling State University Appoints Kellye Blackburn Director of Career Services

New Hire Brings International Experience to the Position

Kellye Blackburn, Director of Career ServicesGRAMBLING, La. – August 19, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University announced the appointment of Kellye Blackburn as Director of Career Services.

“Grambling State continues to seek the best of the best for our team,” said President Rick Gallot. “Ms. Blackburn’s background, experience and education will allow us to reach out and develop new opportunities for our graduates.”

About Kellye Blackburn
Blackburn spent the past nine years in Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the Senior Manager of Employability and Alumni Relations at Abu Dhabi University and as a Senior Specialist Career Services for the Higher Colleges of Technology.

The Atlanta, Georgia, native holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Spelman College, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Clark Atlanta University, and a Professional Diploma in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. In 2019, she was selected to participate in a summer leadership program at the Al Maktoum College in Dundee, Scotland.

Prior to living in the UAE, Blackburn served as the Director of Career Planning and Placement for Non- Business Majors and also as the Assistant Dean of Campus Life at Morehouse College.

For more information, please contact mediarelations@gram.edu. To learn about open positions at Grambling State University, visit gram.edu/careers.

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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. For more information, visit gram.edu.

Contact:
Kathy Spurlock
spurlockka@gram.edu
(318) 243-5012

SGA President Awarded Honor Named for Former President Joseph B. Johnson

Gamma Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Establishes Award to Honor Leadership

Steven Wilson, Gamma Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Joseph B. Johnson Leadership Award WinnerGRAMBLING, La. – August 18, 2020 – The Alumni of the Gamma Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. announced today that it has conferred its highest award, the Joseph B. Johnson Leadership Award, to Steven Wilson.

Wilson, a native of Winnfield, LA, is a spring 2018 initiate into the Gamma Psi Chapter and is the current Grambling State University Student Government Association president.

While serving as SGA president, Wilson has:

  • Worked with Advancement Office and Graduate SGA President on new Whataburger Tiger Resource Center and student pantry auxiliary,
  • Been instrumental in getting on-campus mobile charging stations,
  • Worked to get a mobile application for student safety,
  • Advocated for students on-campus and at state level,
  • Increased student engagement for Home Depot Retool-Your-School Challenge.

“Grambling State provides opportunities for students like Steven Wilson to develop leadership skills that will serve them throughout their lives,” President Rick Gallot, who is also a Kappa Alpha Psi brother. “These opportunities go well beyond the classroom into the community and make a real difference in our world.”

The award was established this year by the Alumni of the Gamma Psi Chapter in conjunction with the $100,000 Dr. Joseph B. Johnson Endowed Professorship. It is given at the discretion of the Gamma Psi Alumni Steering Committee to the undergraduate brother who has represented the chapter, community, and university well in a leadership capacity. It includes a $500 cash award.

The late Dr. Joseph B. Johnson was a spring 1955 initiate of the Gamma Psi Chapter and president of Grambling State from 1977 until 1991. Dr. Johnson’s presidential tenure saw many university achievements, most notably stabilization of the university’s financial standing and a substantial enrollment increase.

For more information, please contact  mediarelations@gram.edu  or call (318) 243-5012.

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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.

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

Grambling State University Appoints Tisha D. Arnold Director of Communications

Tisha D. Arnold, Director of CommunicationsHBCU Communications Expert to Serve as Key Contact at GSU

GRAMBLING, La. – August 18, 2020 – Grambling State announced that Tisha D. Arnold has assumed the role of University Director of Communications.

“Communications leadership is one of the essential charges that tracks our University’s steady growth,” said Martin Lemelle, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are enthusiastic about welcoming such an experienced leader to our team.”

Arnold has worked in the communications industry for more than 17 years. She comes to Grambling State from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where served as Public Information Officer, establishing the social media presence for the institution and slogan, “Become a Part of the Pride.”

Arnold also founded PRIDE Magazine to foster a deeper connection between the brand and its constituents. Now known as UAPB Magazine, the award-winning publication has a readership of more than 10,000. Apart from founding the magazine and establishing the social media presence, Arnold redesigned the website, was integral in the re-imaging of the institution, and led the direction of graphics for annual events.

About Tisha D. Arnold
Arnold is a 2003 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and has also studied Integrated Marketing Communications at West Virginia University.
In addition to her professional role with UAPB, she served in community leadership positions, including Business Division Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Chamber of Commerce, member of the Advertising and Promotion Commission, and member of the Chamber Red Coats. She currently serves as Director for District Communications for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District IV.

For more information contact mediarelations@gram.edu to reach Tisha D. Arnold.

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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. For more information, visit gram.edu.

Contact:
LaNita Hughes
hughesl@gram.edu
(318) 243-6286

Grambling State University Increases Security After Incident on Campus

Police investigating shooting incident involving non-Grambling student

Brown Hall - GSU Campus Photo GRAMBLING, La – August 14, 2020 – At approximately 10 p.m. Thursday, August 13, there was an incident on the campus of Grambling State University that resulted in shots being fired between Pinchback and Douglass Halls. One individual, a non-Grambling student, received non-life-threatening injuries and is recovering at a local hospital. University police were immediately on the scene, and a shelter-in-place order was issued for students via the emergency alert system.

“We are grateful that no students were injured during this incident,” says Grambling State President Rick Gallot. “Campus safety is our first priority. We have taken immediate additional steps to protect our students. These enhanced measures include increased security, access control [mechanisms, stations, check points, etc.], and the immediate implementation of a 10 p.m. curfew until further notice.”

We are thankful to have support from the local law enforcement community, including Grambling City Police, the Lincoln Parrish Sheriff’s Department, and Louisiana State Police.

The incident is currently under investigation. Additional updates will be provided as they become available. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call police at (318) 274-2222. Students in need of counseling services may contact the University Counseling Center at (318) 274-3277.

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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.

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

Please Register to attend a Virtual Early Registration

(Freshman, Sophomore, New Transfer students only)

Registration Link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v1n43rBNZEGywZ2gVqTvuEkU2nG35-JIobpkcMQi6UdURTREQ0JTNTkxTU1DOExUSk05M0g1SExKMS4u

You will be able to do the following in this Virtual Session: (1) Obtain a class schedule for the Fall 2020 semester (2) Obtain assistance with Financial Aid (3) Remove Holds that may be on your account (4) Get Housing questions answered (5) Obtain answers to other General Questions.

*Virtual Early Registration Fall 2020: Wednesday, July 29th at 9:00 am (Central Time)*

*The Deadline to Register is Monday, July 27th at 9:00 am (Central Time)*

Student Fee Waiver Policy

 

As part of our university’s mission to afford each student the opportunity to pursue a degree, Grambling State University offers an out-of-state fee waiver to students who intend to fully engage and immerse themselves in Grambling experience. For tuition purposes, students from other states (U.S. citizens), International students and members of the U.S. Military may be considered to have some or all of their out-of-state fees waived when registering for admittance, provided they satisfy one or more the following criteria:

  1. Students must first satisfy the admission requirements.
  2. Students must demonstrate a financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid Office. Student   must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for need assessment.
  3. Students must complete the out-of-state fee waiver application after being admitted to the university, and submit it with all required documents.  The fee waiver application and accompanying documents cannot be faxed.
  4. First-time Freshmen and continuing students must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. and will be evaluated at the end of the each Spring semester.
  5. Special Achievement Consideration (SPIRIT):

Non-resident, undergraduate students (U.S. citizens) with high achievement in dance performance, or debate, or visual arts, or music performance, or theater performance may be considered a resident of Louisiana for tuition/fee purposes, if it is deemed that the students’ presence will improve the educational opportunities of other students.  Cheerleaders, ROTC, Orchesis, Band, Choir or other university-recognized or sponsored spirit groups that perform at athletic game activities, and SGA members, may also be considered in this group. The applying student must meet each of the following criteria:

  • New students must first satisfy admissions criteria
  • Students must demonstrate a financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Demonstrate high achievement in the appropriate performance area.
  • First-Time Freshmen and Continuing Students must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and be evaluated at the end of the each Spring semester.
  • Demonstrate leadership.
  • Commit to participate in the appropriate performance area.

*Upon approval of the SPIRIT out-of-state fee waiver/exemption, the group director must have students sign a statement of understanding which outlines the conditions of retaining the out-of-state fee waiver/exemption.  The statement must be kept on file in the group director’s office for the duration of the waiver/exemption.

Additional Terms:

  • The maximum time allowed for the out-of-state fee status is four (4) consecutive years.
  • Students receiving the out-of-state fee waiver/exemption must sign a statement of understanding which outlines the conditions of retaining the waiver/exemption.
  • Grambling State University reserves the right to limit the overall number of out-of-state fee waivers/exemptions granted.

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Media Contact:
Office of Communications
318-274-2866
mediarelations@gram.edu

Grambling State University Sets Up Relief Efforts for Dominica

 

GRAMBLING, LA – Fernanda Azouz, a master’s student in public administration, has been a member of the Grambling family since 2010. Right now, her thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and loved ones from her home nation of Dominica. The small Caribbean island nation was hit by Tropical Storm Erika last week, leaving 20 people dead, 50 missing and a land devastated by nature’s destructive forces.

“I have many close friends who are stuck. Dominica has lost a lot of bridges and access roads. There is no way to connect to certain villages. Some areas have no electricity and no water. Some people have no food since it has been days with no electricity. They don’t have enough dry goods that they can use. We have many students who have been directly impacted. Their families are trapped, and some have died in mudslides,” Azouz said.

Tropical Storm Erika brought a foot of rain to Dominica, causing flooding and landslides that destroyed homes and buildings and roads, leaving many communities cut off from the rest of the country.

Grambling has 40 students from Dominica enrolled at Grambling, and there are more students who are stranded in Dominica and have been unable to travel to Grambling to begin their fall classes.

To assist the Dominican students and their families, the university has established a safe and secure mechanism for giving. Ways to Donate:

  1. Make checks payable to the Grambling University Foundation and mail to:

Grambling University Foundation, Inc.
P. O. Box 587
Grambling, La 71245
(Please indicate “Dominica” in the memo section of the check.)

  1. Dominica Relief Fundraising CampaignTo use a credit card by phone, please call Mrs. Brenda F. Williams at (318) 274-6032.
  2. To give online, please go to the Grambling State University homepage: www.gram.edu. On the left side of the screen, please click “Donate to the Dominican Relief Effort” and enter the required information.  Next, select “Tiger Annual Fund/GUF – Dominican Relief Effort” as the designation of your gift. You will then be able to use your credit or debit card to make a donation.

Azouz and her fellow Grambling students from Dominica are gathering supplies to send to Dominica, and are looking for donations of canned goods, school supplies, toilet paper, first aid kits, diapers, basic medical supplies and more. If anyone is interested in donating supplies for the people of Dominica, email Azouz at azouzf@gram.edu.

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Media Contact:
Office of Communications
318-274-2866
mediarelations@gram.edu

JPMorgan Chase Includes Grambling State in its Commitment to Professional Development

Grambling State University Student Earns Prestigious Apprenticeship

Jordan Williams, a junior computer science major from Monroe, Louisiana, has been selected as an apprentice in JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways initiative.GRAMBLING, La. – June 1, 2020 – Jordan Williams, a junior computer science major from Monroe, Louisiana, has been selected as an apprentice in JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways initiative.

“The JPMorgan Advancing Black Pathways Apprenticeship means a lot to me because I’ll be working as an apprentice for the largest bank corporation in America,” Williams said.

“I’ll be working virtually with black students from Harvard, Howard, Yale, Columbia, and Morehouse, just the name a few. Not only that, I’ll also be introduced to professionals from JPMorgan who will act as my mentors during the program and after.”

Through Advancing Black Pathways, JPMorgan Chase is working to improve educational opportunities and job readiness for black students. This includes hiring 4,000 black students at the firm in roles such as apprenticeships, internships and post-graduation roles over the next five years.

The company also is expanding partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other non-profit organizations to help provide career opportunities while supporting the professional development and financial health of black students.

Williams, a President’s List honor student, a member of Grambling State University’s Earl Lester Cole Honors College. He also holds memberships in the University’s Center for Mathematical Achievement in Science and Technology (CMAST) and Tiger L.I.F.T. leadership program, as well as the “World Famed” Tiger Marching Band.

For more information, please contact  mediarelations@gram.edu  or call (318) 243-5012.

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.

Contact:
Raven Thissel
mediarelations@gram.edu
(318) 243-5012

Board of Regents Approves Cloud Computing Degree at Grambling State

Louisiana’s First 4-Year Cloud Computing Degree Program to Begin Fall 2020

GSU President Gallot before the ULS Board.

Image taken at Board of Regents meeting pre-COVID-19.

GRAMBLING, La. – May 29, 2020 – On Thursday, the Louisiana Board of Regents approved Grambling State University’s proposal to offer Louisiana’s first bachelor’s degree in Cloud Computing.

“World markets benefit tremendously from increased diversity in career fields like cloud computing, and our students are the perfect fit for this need,” said President Rick Gallot. “We are proud to have the support of the University of Louisiana System and the Board of Regents to prepare the next wave of digital geniuses and tech talent for the innovation industry.”

The program will train students to become cloud computing experts who can build and maintain cloud infrastructures. 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. Beginning with the graduating class of 2024, Grambling State alums can don 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.

“Our work doesn’t end at graduation. In this new environment of increased distance learning and teleworking, the demand for professionals in disciplines like cloud computing and cybersecurity only continues to grow,” President Gallot said. “As a university, we had the forethought to integrate these programs as we continue to prepare our students to meet the demands of an evolving workforce.”

“The GSU Career Center, our vast alumni network, and our Friends of Technology Advisory Board are a few of the many ways that we ensure our alums are employed upon degree completion,” said President Gallot.

The hard work of curriculum development and gaining the proper approvals to offer the degree program is overseen by the University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Connie Walton.

“Grambling State University is excited about the approval of the new program in cloud computing,” Dr. Walton said. The global cloud computing market size is expected to grow to $623.3 billion by 2023.

“The average length of time a cloud computing-related position remains open is close to 50 days. 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,” Dr. Walton said.

Grambling State has long been a national leader in producing African American Computer Science graduates. The new program’s development is being spearheaded by Grambling State faculty member and member of the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission, Dr. Yenumula B. Reddy. Dr. Reddy also serves as the chair of the department that houses Louisiana’s first degree in Cybersecurity.

“Our program will remain current with emerging workforce needs via strong industry partnerships and by using an innovative staffing approach,”Dr. Walton said. “The faculty teaching in this program will include individuals who are currently working in cloud computing positions. Students who are in this program will have the opportunity to learn from experts. Further, Dr. Reddy and his team will ensure that students receive assistance in placement in internships and cooperative education experiences. His team will also build into the program opportunities for students to engage in cutting edge research in cloud computing.”

Grambling State has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Mathematical Achievement for Science and Technology (CeMAST).The Center supports the six STEM undergraduate degree programs housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, and one program in the College of Business. These programs are biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, cybersecurity, engineering technology, mathematics and physics, and computer information systems.

 

For more information, please contact mediarelations@gram.edu or call (318) 274-2866.

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.

Contact:
LaNita Hughes
hughesl@gram.edu
(318) 274-6286

Grambling State Appoints Timothy Graham as Director of Purchasing

Experienced Accountant and Procurement Officer Assumes  Executive Leadership Role at Grambling State

GRAMBLING, La. – May 28, 2020 –Grambling State University announced that Timothy Graham assumed the role of Director of Purchasing starting May 18.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Graham to our team,” said Grambling State Senior Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations Sheilah Faucette. “His extensive experience brings a unique blend of talents to this important role.”

“In this position, Graham will provide executive level direction for the University’s fiscal management and strategic acquisitions. He has vast experience in negotiating large capital expenditure projects, developing domestic and international supplier relationships, implementing purchasing software systems, and managing multi-million dollar budgets and forecasts.

“In order to continue providing an exceptional educational experience for our students, we must maximize our assets,” said Executive Vice President Martin Lemelle. “We look forward to having Mr. Graham’s guidance in this area.”

About Timothy Graham
Graham brings over eighteen years of governmental and global procurement, supply chain implementation, and strategy execution. He has vast experience in negotiating large capital expenditure projects, developing domestic and international supplier relationships, implementing purchasing software systems, and managing multi-million dollar budgets and forecasts.

He is a graduate of Southern University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He received his MBA from the University of Phoenix. In addition to his years of purchasing, his background includes several years of bank management and accounting experience. Prior to joining the Grambling family, Graham was the Senior Buyer for Benteler Steel-Tube in Shreveport, Louisiana where he was responsible for global contract negotiation and implementation, large capital equipment purchases, and plant maintenance and repair agreements.

For more information, please contact mediarelations@gram.edu or call (318) 274-2866. To learn about open positions at Grambling State University, visit gram.edu/careers.

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.

Contact:
LaNita Hughes
hughesl@gram.edu
(318) 274-6286