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Grambling State University Computer Science Student Interns at Rock Central

Shiloh Williams

Shiloh Williams

GRAMBLING, La. – June 16, 2021 –  Shiloh Williams, a junior at Grambling State University (GSU), is completing a virtual internship with Rock Central. The Detroit-based professional services company focuses on human resources, accounting, technology, and more.

Williams, of Houston, Texas, is earning a degree in computer science with a minor in mathematics at GSU. He is interning in Rock Central’s software engineering department this summer.  The section focuses on such areas as programming and systems design, implementation, and administration.

“I started May 21, 2021 and will conclude August 17, 2021,” Williams said. “I hope to learn the process of engineering a product and pushing it out for public use. So far, I have been learning a lot and I have implemented a lot within the company., I am very excited to continue my development as a programmer.”

He said the skills and processes that he is learning are helping to prepare him for a career in computer science.

“When I graduate, I would like to switch between machine learning and software engineering,” Williams said. “During the internship, I’ve learned a lot such as how to use Git (version control system used to store code), three more languages to program in, and backend and UI (User Interface) development.”

About Rock Central
Rock Central is a professional services company that supports the growth within its Rock Family of Companies and it provides the services that its clients need to evolve while allowing them to focus on their business. The company’s expertise encompasses human resources, accounting, technology, legal services and more. From helping companies who are just getting started to working with experienced industry veterans, Rock Central’s teams partner with enterprises to help them go further.

 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

Grambling Engineering Technology Professor and Alum Wins Top Award in 2021 Lincoln Parish Park Festival Car Show

John E. Frazier

John E. Frazier

GRAMBLING, La. – June 16, 2021 – John E. Frazier studied industrial technology at Grambling State University (GSU) and went on to have a successful career at General Motors. Now an engineering technology professor at GSU, he eventually turned his skills to car restoration.

That hobby recently earned Frazier the top award and trophy at the 2021 Lincoln Parish Park Festival Car Show. The winning car was a restored blue and white 1955 Chevrolet Belair with a 350 engine and two four-barrel carburetors.

It’s clear why the vehicle earned Frazier the title of the best overall winner. The time and effort he put into it shows in the shiny, pristine exterior, the powerful engine and the refurbished interior.

Frazier said his interest in all things automotive began when he was a teen.

“I started in high school with a love of cars,” he said. “When I was at Grambling State University, I majored in industrial technology. I was already rebuilding engines before I went to work for General Motors.”

After completing his undergraduate degree at GSU, Frazier worked as an industrial engineer/supervisor at General Motors Corporation, Flint Engines Division in Flint, Michigan.

He has over 30 years of experience in industrial engineering and teaching at Louisiana Technical College and Grambling State University. His main hobbies include gardening, building and flying drones, and restoring old classic cars. Other antique vehicles restored by Frazier include a 1970 Corvette Stingray and a 1978 Ford F-150 custom pickup truck.

GSU President Rick Gallot said the university is fortunate to have Frazier on its faculty.

“He is not only incredibly talented but he is able to transfer his knowledge on to our students,” he said. “The attention to detail that he displays in car restoration is also reflected in the classroom. He’s a class act and we are proud of his accomplishments.”

To learn more about the Engineering Technology Department at Grambling State University, visit

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

Unanimous House and Senate Votes Pass Historic Louisiana Diversity Sports Hiring Bill

HCR-19 to transform outlook for college head coaching roles through The Doug Williams Center

June 14, 2021 – District 58 Representative Ken Brass’s historic bill to increase statewide hiring of people of color to sports administration roles has passed through the House of Representatives and Senate with unanimous support. This was round four of the five-step Louisiana legislative process; next HCR-19 will be presented to Governor John Bel Edwards for signature.

“The approval of this bill with no dissenting votes proves that all members of the House of Representatives and Senate are committed to creating fairness and representation in the process of hiring Louisiana’s most critical sports leadership roles,” said Brandon A. Logan, Executive Director of The Doug Williams Center. “We are confident that the Governor will be equally enthusiastic about prioritizing progress.”

Once the bill has been accepted by the Governor, its key initiatives will be implemented by The Doug Williams Center. The first act of the HCR-19 will be the development of the Louisiana Minority Sports Initiative Task Force, which will devise a plan to develop a more diverse group of candidates for head coach and athletic director positions at public postsecondary education institutions. The Center will assemble and give oversight to the task force, whose members will include Board of Regents Higher Education representatives, university presidents and directors of athletics, representatives of the New Orleans Pelicans and Saints, along with private sector business owners.

Learn more about HCR-19. Read the HCR-19 bill.

About The Doug Williams Center

Founded in 2020, The Doug Williams Center exists to build an ever-growing network of solutions for diversity and inclusion in collegiate and professional sports. The Center is a learning commons and advancement space for audiences to examine the history of race and politics in American sports and build holistic perspectives on the cultural impact to provide resources for ongoing social progress. With the support of its esteemed Advisory Board and multi-disciplinary academicians, the Center offers thought leadership and practical resources to sports industry entities. A hub for academic of research and development, The Doug Williams Center is an affiliate of Grambling State University.

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Grambling State University Officials: Juneteenth is a Time of Reflection and Commemoration

Bill Passes Making June 19 an Official Louisiana State Holiday, campus to close June 18, 21 in observance

by Bobbie Handcock, Office of Communications

GRAMBLING, La. – June 15, 2021 – Juneteenth has long been celebrated in various communities in Louisiana but this year marks the passage of a bill making it an official state holiday. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed House Bill 554 into law on June 10 after it passed unanimously in the House and Senate. Juneteenth, or June 19, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.

Grambling State University (GSU) began observing Juneteenth as an official holiday in 2020. The campus will be closed on Friday, June 18, and Monday, June 21 in observance.

GSU President Rick Gallot said the university, the city of Grambling and other communities across the state and country have observed Juneteenth for years. The fact that state legislators have passed a law officially making Juneteenth a holiday in Louisiana helps bring awareness of African-American history. The new state law goes into effect on August 1, 2021.

“Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the emancipation of enslaved people in this country,” Gallot said. “It is the moment when the culture began moving away from an unpaid Black labor force to a more empowered Black experience. Not only will Grambling State commemorate this holiday, but with the passage of this new law, the great state of Louisiana will officially observe it as well.”

Juneteenth is a time of reflection and commemoration, said Dr. Roshunda Belton, chair of the Department of History at Grambling State University.  It celebrates the day the enslaved African Americans in Texas, specifically, Galveston, received word that they were free.

“The date was June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the end of the Civil War,” Belton said. “It is an important day because it symbolizes a Day of Independence for African Americans.”

So, why did so much time pass before the news reached Texas?

“It is true that news did not move as fast as it does in the 21st century, but it was very likely that slaveholders held the information to take advantage of the free labor during the harvest season,” she said. “Even after the Civil War had ended, the enslaved of Texas were still working, not knowing that they were free individuals. It was not until June 19, 1865, that they were informed of their new status as freed individuals.”

Belton explained that while the Emancipation Proclamation applied to the rebelling states that had joined the Confederacy, it did not apply to states like Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, and Missouri.  The 13th Amendment, adopted in December 1865, officially ended slavery throughout the United States.

“Even though the Emancipation Proclamation did not free all the enslaved, nor were they all freed on June 19, 1865, Juneteenth is a celebration of independence and a time to reflect on the challenges, successes, and strengths of the African-American community,” she said.

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



Grambling Partners with LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, Louisiana Tech to Share COVID-19 Data

The Rockefeller Foundation Awards Grant to LSUHS to Strengthen Genomic Sequencing to Respond to Pandemic Threat; Dr. Paul Kim to Lead Effort at GSU

Dr. Paul Kim

Dr. Paul Kim

NEW YORK – June 9, 2021 – The Rockefeller Foundation today announced over $20 million in funding and several non-financial collaborations to help strengthen global capabilities to detect and respond to pandemic threats. The goal is to strengthen organizations’ abilities to sequence and share genomic and other data. Comprised of over 20 public, private, and non-profit organizations, this network will help shape The Rockefeller Foundation’s pandemic prevention institute.

One of the grant projects brings together teams at LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHS) Shreveport,  Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University (GSU)  to establish an equitable and transparent regional surveillance hub based in north Louisiana along the I-20 and I-49 corridors. This hub will reach across several medically-underserved populations within the greater south central and south central United States.

The three teams will work together to generate and rapidly share SARSCoV-2 (which causes COVID-19)  genomic surveillance data by building trust-based relationships with underrepresented communities and the organizations that serve their needs.

Under the leadership of Dr. Paul Kim, an assistant professor at GSU, the Department of Biological Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the School of Social Work will collaborate with the LSUHS Center of Emerging Viral Threats to increase sequencing by addressing barriers such as medical mistrust, lack of mobility, and limited access to healthcare for the predominately African-American and low-income population of north/central Louisiana.

Genomic sequencing allows health officials  and scientists to study prolonged outbreaks, understand behaviors that spread COVID-19, and map coronavirus clusters.

“Fast, accurate genomic sequencing information is the key to ending the COVID-19 pandemic and the suffering it has caused. Yet today only 14 countries, all of which have developed economies, are sequencing five percent or more of their cases and sharing them through global databases,” said Rajiv J. Shah, President of the Rockefeller Foundation. “For that reason, The Rockefeller Foundation is strengthening global sequencing capacity – to end this pandemic for all as soon as possible.”

These initial grants and agreements will expand country and regional capacity for sequencing the genomes of pathogens in sub-Saharan Africa, India and the United States, as well as strengthen a global network of genomic sequencing information that is accessible across the world. They represent the first step in the development of The Rockefeller Foundation’s pandemic prevention institute. The institute will collaborate other pandemic prevention efforts, including the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence and the UK’s Global Pandemic Radar and other pandemic prevention efforts, to identify disease outbreaks early and stop them in the first 100 days.

As COVID-19 variants continue to drive surges of outbreaks, reliable genomic surveillance will help accelerate timely analysis and inform response measures to keep countries one step ahead of the virus and counter emerging threats in the future.

“As the virus evolves, we have to ensure that vaccines, our best tools for stopping it and its deadly toll on individuals, families and communities, remain effective,” said Dr. Rick Bright, Senior Vice President of Pandemic Preparedness at The Rockefeller Foundation. “Rapidly sharing genomic sequencing information from all corners of the globe enables us to see and understand how the virus is changing and adapt our tools accordingly. Without this information we risk the pandemic continuing to wreak havoc on our lives.”

COVID-19 demonstrated that the world was ill-prepared to combat a novel pathogen. Before the next pandemic strikes, modernizing the global infrastructure for pandemic preparedness and prevention is critical. The Foundation is working in close partnership with other organizations that share this vision to leverage comparative strengths to transform global capacity.

The Rockefeller Foundation looks forward to collaborating closely with other pandemic prevention efforts, including the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence and the UK’s Global Pandemic Radar, after the G7 Summit to ensure resources are used most efficiently and effectively, and that all partners are playing to their strengths and not duplicating efforts..

The grants and collaborations announced today are a part of the Foundation’s continuing commitment to end the COVID-19 pandemic, while working to prevent the next one and catalyzing an equitable, sustainable global recovery. They form the building blocks of a pandemic prevention institute that will work alongside other initiatives to identify, analyze and inform responses to emerging outbreaks before they become global catastrophes. This global institute will help bring new, innovative ideas to the forefront of global discussions, enable leaders to better detect and manage outbreaks, and ultimately support a world free of pandemics once and for all.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation has stepped up to support expanded access to smart testing and vaccines, worked with leaders to cement ideas for scaling genomic sequencing capacity in the United States in “Getting Ahead of the Pandemic: Accelerating National Genomic Surveillance Capacity” and accompanying implementation framework, published actionable recommendations to catalyze the role of testing and tracing within India’s pandemic response system in “The Road Ahead for Smart Testing and Tracing in India.”

The Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation is a pioneering philanthropy built on collaborative partnerships at the frontiers of science, technology, and innovation to enable individuals, families, and communities to flourish. We work to promote the well-being of humanity and make opportunity universal. Our focus is on scaling renewable energy for all, stimulating economic mobility, and ensuring equitable access to healthy and nutritious food. For more information, sign up for the organization’s newsletter at and follow us on Twitter @RockefellerFdn.


Grambling State Engages Parker Executive in Advancement VP Search

GRAMBLING,  La. – June 8, 2021 – Grambling State University (GSU) announced that it has engaged the services of Parker Executive Search to collaborate in the search for a Vice President of Advancement.

Parker Executive Search will assist GSU in the search process to successfully identify and recruit the most qualified candidates. The Atlanta-based firm will be responsible for the development of position specifications in coordination with GSU; original research and candidate identification throughout the search process; marketing and advertising of the position, assessment, and advisement throughout the search process, and reference and background checks.

Marc A. Newman will leave Grambling State for a fundraising and development position at another university. During his tenure at GSU, Newman worked to increase alumni giving by 255%, created over 70 new scholarships and endowments, and developed a new athletic sponsorship platform. He was also instrumental in the organization and the creation of the Doug Williams Center for the Study of Race and Politics in Sports.

“Mr. Newman brought a wealth of experience to his role at Grambling State University and his expertise in development has truly helped us advance as an institution,” said GSU President Rick Gallot. “He launched new initiatives that helped take Grambling to the next level in fundraising and we are grateful for his impactful contributions.”

Collaborating with Parker Executive Search, GSU plans to conduct the search over the summer with a hire in place by early fall.

About Parker Executive Search
Parker Executive Search is a leading global retained search firm with more than 30 years of experience. The Atlanta-based firm has a national and international client base including top intercollegiate athletics programs and sports businesses, leading colleges and universities, Fortune 500 corporations, privately held startups, nationally-recognized academic health science centers, hospital/health systems and best-in-class not for profits.

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

GSU Senior Awarded Scholarship, Stipend & Fellowship Through Chevrolet’s Discover the Unexpected/NNPA Program

GRAMBLING, La. – June 3, 2021 – Jasmine Franklin, a senior at Grambling State University, has been awarded a scholarship, stipend and virtual fellowship made possible by Chevrolet and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA).

Franklin, a mass communications major from Chicago, Illinois, credits her work at the university’s student newspaper, The Gramblinite, as a major factor in achieving the awards.

“I am honored to represent Grambling as the first GSU student to participate in this program,” Franklin said. “I’m grateful to Chevrolet for investing in my future and awarding me a scholarship that will cover my college expenses for my entire senior year. I couldn’t have done it without my experience as editor-in chief of The Gramblinite.”

Chevrolet’s Discover the Unexpected/NNPA Program provides a $10,000 scholarship, $5,000 stipend and a virtual journalism fellowship connected with Black-owned publications including The Atlanta Voice, The Chicago Defender, and The Houston Forward Times.

Given the need for more diversity in journalism, Franklin said she is excited to work for a Black-owned newspaper this summer. She plans to strengthen her skill set and take the knowledge she learns back to The Gramblinite to improve the paper.

About Chevrolet’s Discover the Unexpected Program
Chevrolet and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) give HBCU students an opportunity to Discover the Unexpected (DTU) about their communities, their careers and themselves. Students from varied backgrounds and experiences will report on inspirational stories in the Black community while creating content for various social media platforms. With interests ranging from writing and production to videography and photography, each fellow will report and produce unique stories that will last a lifetime. Using NNPA’s professional resources, and the All-New Chevrolet Bolt’s innovative technology, DTU Fellows will share stories that shatter perceptions, push boundaries, and encourage everyone to Discover the Unexpected.

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



Experience the Power of the Bayou Classic

Tickets on sale for 48th Annual Bayou Classic, presented by Procter & Gamble, scheduled for November in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, La.  – June 2, 2021 – Tickets for the 48th Annual Bayou Classic, presented by Procter & Gamble, go on sale today, Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

The Bayou Classic, ranked as the #1 HBCU Classic in the nation, is the iconic collegiate gridiron matchup between Grambling State University and Southern University, which will take place on Saturday, November 27, 2021, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.

Bayou Classic fans may also purchase tickets for the ever-popular Battle of the Bands & Greek Show to be held on Friday, November 26, 2021, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Tickets, which will be available on every seating level of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, currently can be purchased at Ticketmaster. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Additional ticket purchase options will open and be announced at a later date.

Advance ticket prices for the 48th Annual Bayou Classic Football Game range from $16-50. Tickets for the Greek Show & Battle of the Bands start at $20 with options for VIP experiences. Ticket prices increase $10 day of event.

“We have worked hard to make this iconic football game affordable, more fan and family-friendly,” said Dottie Belletto, President and CEO of NOCCI (New Orleans Convention Company, Inc.), the event management firm for the 48th Annual Bayou Classic. “Our ticket prices have not changed for multiple years – our commitment to our fans that we want you in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the Bayou Classic this year.”

All COVID-19 guidelines will be followed for all official Bayou Classic events. These guidelines will follow all state and local regulations and will be updated routinely and posted on the official Bayou Classic website at

In addition, the hotel block has opened at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans – the official host hotel of Southern University for the 48th Annual Bayou Classic. Hotel reservations can be made by visiting or calling the hotel reservation line directly at (504) 561-1234 and requesting a room using the group code of G-BC21.

About the Bayou Classic
The legendary game between Grambling State University and Southern University will celebrate its 48th year in November 2021. The Bayou Classic has proven to be a steadfast beacon of legacy and tradition that extends beyond the HBCU community. Fans from across the nation journey to New Orleans during Thanksgiving weekend to witness the electrifying football game between Grambling State and Southern, while eagerly awaiting the highly anticipated halftime show featuring two of the greatest marching bands in the nation. For more information, visit

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Jeffrey D. Ory
504-458-5866 (for calls and/or texts)

Grambling Accepting Applications for Post-Bachelor Advanced Supervision Certificate Program

by Bobbie Handcock | Office of Communications

GRAMBLING, La.  –   June 1, 2021 –  Grambling State University is offering Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) staff and others an opportunity to earn a certificate in advanced supervision. Applications are being accepted for the new Post-Bachelor Advanced Supervision Certificate Program which is offered through the university’s School of Social Work. It consists of 18 hours of core courses to be completed within one academic year.

The program is the result of a workforce development partnership with DCFS and the Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy (LCWTA). The coursework is beneficial for anyone working for human services organizations and aspiring to become a premier supervisor or manager. Any individual with a bachelor’s degree can apply.

The certificate program allows participants to gain theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in leadership and supervision in their particular work environment, said Evelyn Jenkins, School of Social Work Title IV-E Child Welfare program coordinator who is overseeing the certificate program.

“Working with children and families is very rewarding and multifaceted. Professionals in these careers must possess eclectic and specialized knowledge and skills to address the plethora of issues and challenges presented to them,” Jenkins said, adding that supervisors must be able to lead by providing educational, administrative, and supportive supervision.

Learners in the program will be able to provide strength-based supervision that contributes toward the creation of an organizational culture that promotes learning, inclusiveness, equity, ethical behavior, and relational transparency, she said.

“The School of Social Work is excited to be offering the Post-Bachelor Advanced Supervision Certificate,” Dr. Jacqueline Garrison, associate dean of the School of Social. “Through the Title IV-E Child Welfare Grant, the School works in partnership with the Department of Children and Family Services to recruit, educate and train students for competent practice at DCFS upon graduation.”

She said the certificate program allows the School of Social Work to expand and enhance the partnership with DCFS.

“This certificate program allows the School of Social Work the opportunity to support DCFS in addressing the need to have competent professionals available to provide supervision and leadership to its front-line caseworkers,” Garrison said, adding that the program also allows the School to honor the goal of becoming a leader in the academic marketplace and professional community for social work training and education in the area of child welfare.

“This program will have a positive impact on DCFS workforce and on services provided to children and families in the state of Louisiana,” she said.

For the criteria for admission to the program and the application, visit Post-Bachelor Advanced Supervision Certificate Program.

In addition to the program application, those interested must submit the application for the School of Graduate Studies which is web-based.

Applications to School of Social Work and School of Graduate Studies must be submitted by July 1, 2021, for fall semester and December 1, 2021, for spring semester.

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Jacqueline Garrison at .


Grambling Military Science Professor Reflects on the Importance of Observing Memorial Day

Lt. Col. Mason Moore

Lt. Col. Mason Moore

GRAMBLING, La.  – May 27, 2021 – Lt. Col. Mason Moore, professor of military science at Grambling State University (GSU), said observing Memorial Day is important because “we couldn’t enjoy the freedoms that we have without the sacrifices of the men and women who have served this great nation.”

People across the country will be observing the day on May 31. Grambling State University will be closed Friday, May 28 and Monday, May 31 in observance of the holiday.

“For me, Memorial Day is a time for remembrance of all of those who have made the final sacrifice for our country and its way of life,” he said. “Personally, it is a time where I reflect back on my five combat deployments and remember those who I have known.”

Moore said he always tells the story of one of his really good friends who lost his life to a “blue on green” incident.  It’s where a foreign partner/ally either accidentally or intentionally kills an American service member. His friend, Raymond Estelle, was an Air Force officer on his first deployment in the first week of that deployment. To learn more, visit

“So, my reflection is usually a combination of wonder, guilt, anger, and thanks –  all at the same time,” he said. “Memorial Day is a gut check for me…it motivates me to be the best that I can possibly be knowing that others have sacrificed so that I can be here today.”

Moore likes to make a clear distinction between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

“Memorial Day honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while Veterans Day honors those who have or continue to serve,” he said. On Memorial Day, you may visit a cemetery or sit back on the lake with friends and tell stories of the fallen or have your own personal reflections.

“Either way one observes this day, our citizens should realize that someone has paid the ultimate sacrifice for them to enjoy all of the freedoms and liberties that they currently enjoy and are entitled to,” Moore said.

Families, friends, and military service members are affected by those who have lost their lives, he said.

“I just had a Gold Star Family (one who has lost a family member in war time service) that attended our commissioning ceremony at LA Tech last week,” Moore said. “The mother and father were aunt and uncle to one of my cadets. Their son had perished in Al-Ramadi, Iraq in 2007 while serving in the Marine Corps. So, although less than 10% of the American population even serve in the militar), their family and friends are affected by their loss.”

He added that Memorial Day is also a day where Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can affect those who have served in the military.

“With reflection can come grief, guilt, depression, etc.” he said. “Any loss of life to PTSD is tragic and unnecessary. I hope that our brothers and sisters in arms will reach out for help if they need it or that their friends and families will be there for them to assist in getting them the care that they need.” For more information about PTSD, visit

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