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President Gallot Appoints Friends of Technology Advisory Board at Grambling State University

University Leadership Drives Louisiana’s Digital Programming in Higher Education with Forthcoming Cloud Computing Degree 

GRAMBLING, La – February 28, 2020 – President Rick Gallot announced the formation of Grambling State University’s inaugural Friends of Technology Advisory Board to pioneer advancement in technology. The Board, comprised of thirteen top executives from technology industry giants including NASA, Salesforce, and Microsoft, serves as a key point of direction for ongoing systematic development and advancement of University initiatives in tech. 

“As we round the final corner of approvals for the University’s Cloud Computing degree program, I’m leaning on insights from this hand-selected group to learn what’s next in the industry,” said President Gallot. “Grambling State is changing the face of higher education in Louisiana as we cater to our students’ future need for education in technology and digital learning.”    

New Technology Advisory Board Leads Innovation at GSU 

The University’s Friends of Technology Advisory Board members include:

Several Grambling State alumni have joined the ranks of the University’s new Friends of Technology Advisory Board membership. Board members include:

  • Marysharon Owens, Head of Global Creative Studio at Illumina; 
  • Willie B. Williams, Research Portfolio Manager at NASA – ’71;
  • Dean Jones, Program Ambassador at Microsoft for Startups – ’86;
  • Dr. Jamika D. Burge, Design Leader at Capitol One & Tech Founder at BlackComputeHer; 
  • Michael Palmer, Chief Information Security Officer at Hearst; 
  • Terry Owens, Chief Information Officer of the Congressional Budget Office in the United States Congress ’89;
  • David Chatterton, Vice President of Enterprise Sales at Salesforce; 
  • Joe Brenner, Chief Information Officer at Sally Beauty; 
  • Jamie Hamilton, Sr. Vice President of Technology at Revegy ’94;
  • Upen Sachdev, Principal at Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Eric Moses, Capital and Planning Manager at Shell Exploration & Production Company – ‘01;
  • Alana Ward Robinson, President and CEO of Robinson Group Consulting, Inc. – ’72; 
  • and Dr. Adrian Butler, Chief Information Officer of Dine Brands Global – ’92.

The Board recently convened for the kick-off meeting and will assist in the planning and execution of University initiatives in cutting-edge science and technology with attention to the goal of ensuring that students gain the utmost preparation to enter tomorrow’s workforce. Grambling State aspires to position itself to align students as innovators who will create the next generation of digital experience. 

Pioneering Science and Tech in Louisiana Higher Education 

The University’s proposal to offer Louisiana’s first bachelor’s degree in Cloud Computing was recently approved by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. Next, the program will be reviewed by the Board of Regents for final approval. In addition to remaining the top-producer of African American Computer Science graduates in Louisiana, the University currently offers the only 4-year cybersecurity degree program in the state and is developing the state’s first Digital Library.  

“Cybersecurity and cloud computing are just the beginning,” said Dr. Connie Walton, University Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “This is a critical time in higher education when students need to be prepared for a workforce that looks very different than any previous generation. It’s imperative that we have industry experts to help build our curriculum toward tomorrow’s technology trends.” 

Champions for Student Success and Employed Graduates

In addition to advising University Leadership on curriculum and campus advancement, the Board also exists to provide direct student support. Grambling State students with tech majors attended the Friends of Technology’s first meeting, where they received career insights and mentorship. 

“The board is an outstanding resource for students like me to gain career placement, internships, and scholarships,” said Alexis White, Senior Cybersecurity major. “I’m extremely grateful to have access to such an exceptional and willing group of executives to coach me as I enter the technology industry.” 

Grambling State University expects that the Friends of Technology Advisory Board will ensure the continued trajectory of cutting-edge technological advancement and cloud-based thought leadership in the coming years. 

To learn about Grambling State’s science and computer technology programs, visit gram.edu.  

New Era of Excellence Alumni to Host Fundraising Reception for Grambling State University

Donation Portal Open Now Through February 8 for Spring 2020 Giving Campaign

Grambling State University invites campus and community to join the President’s Club Giving Society by supporting the Fourth Annual Alumni & Friends Fundraising Reception, “A New Era of Excellence.” Over 100 Grambling State community members supported last year’s New Era of Excellence Reception, raising more than $65,000 to bring their three-year total to $329,000. 

“Grambling State alumni have a unique dedication to meet the ongoing needs of our student body,” said President Gallot. “I am grateful for the outpouring of support for student advancement through much needed scholarships.”

Since President Gallot’s appointment in 2016, alumni and long-term supporter James Bradford has organized a dedicated group of supporters and givers to help grow Grambling State with the annual discretionary fundraising effort.

“If we don’t give to Grambling State, who will?” said James Bradford, lead organizer of the annual Alumni & Friends fundraising effort.

While donations of any amount are appreciated, donors can become a member of Grambling State’s President’s Club Giving Society by donating $1,000 or more prior to the event. Donated funds are earmarked for the President’s Scholarship Fund. Give on or before February 7th to be recognized at this year’s event.

EVENT DETAILS

New Era of Excellence
Alumni & Friends Fundraising Reception
February 15, 2020
6:00 p.m.
Performing Arts Center – Band Hall

Alumni and supporters are encouraged to give through February 8 online at gram.edu/giving (select New Era of Excellence: Alumni & Friends in the drop menu) or with a check payable to the Grambling University Foundation (PO Box 507, Grambling, LA 71245) with Attention to Brenda Williams. Reception seating is available for $1000 per two seats.

For more information, contact Grambling State’s Office of Advancement at AdvancementServices@gram.edu.

Bayou Classic: Miss Grambling State and Miss Southern A&M Share Childhood Friendship

IMG_5773HBCU Queens Go Head-to-Head Supporting Opposite Sides of 46-Year Rivalry 

GRAMBLING, La  – November 26, 2019 – They will be on opposite sides of the Bayou Classic field for the annual competition, but Miss Southern A&M University, Alacia Brew, and Miss Grambling State University, Rickenzie Johnikin are friends whose bond extends beyond rivalry.  

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Three-Time SWAC Champion, Coach Wilbert Ellis, to Keynote Eddie G. Robinson Lecture Series

ellis_coach100th Birthday Celebration Continues with Convocation Today at 11 a.m. 

GRAMBLING, La.  – November 11, 2019 – Grambling’s own legendary baseball coach, Wilbert Ellis, will keynote the Fourth Annual Edward G. Robinson Leadership Lecture Series on November 12 in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center at 11 a.m. Coach Ellis is a Grambling State Baseball Hall of Famer and Southwestern Athletic Conference Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. 

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Tech Tour Scholarship Winner Advances to Finals in $3,000 Business Model Competition

Grambling State Students to Compete for Start-Up Business Opportunity at Golden Pitch Finale 

_DSC9621GRAMBLING, LA — November 5, 2019 – Destney Johnson, freshmen recipient of the Grambling State Tech Tour Scholarship, is among those advancing to the finals in the campus-wide business model competition, The Golden Pitch. Campus and community are invited to RSVP to attend the Shark Tank-style final pitch for $3,000 on Tuesday, November 19 from 11 am to 1 pm in the Grambling Hall Auditorium.  

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SodexoMAGIC Makes History with $2 Million Donation to Grambling State

Magic Johnson’s International Conglomerate Invests in STEM, Technology Pilots, and Scholarships 

 _DSC4914GRAMBLING, LA — November 5, 2019 – Today, Grambling State announced that Magic Johnson’s SodexoMAGIC donated one of the largest unrestricted gifts in the University’s 118-year history. The $2 million contribution comes only four months into the multi-year partnership between the University and international food service and facilities management giant. 

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adidas™ to Open Custom MakerLab on Grambling State’s Campus November 1

Screen Shot 2019-10-31 at 4.21.01 PMAthletic Apparel Giant Celebrates Nearly Two-Year Partnership with University During Homecoming 

Grambling State welcomes global sports partner and multi-billion dollar corporation, adidas, to give 300 Homecoming attendees the opportunity to create their own screen-printed adidas apparel at the adidas MakerLab Friday, November 1 on the campus Yard from 1-6 p.m. 

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Grambling State Receives Designation for a Center of Academic Excellence in Mathematical Achievement for Science and Technology

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GRAMBLING, La – October 31, 2019 – Grambling State University receives recognition by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors and the Louisiana Board of Regents for a Center of Academic Excellence in Mathematical Achievement for Science and Technology (CeMAST).
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Happy 118th Birthday, Grambling State University!

4 Fun Ways You Can Celebrate GSU During Homecoming Week

GSU Football CrowdSince its founding on November 1, 1901, Grambling State has grown into an internationally renowned producer of African American leaders and a trendsetter for American culture.  

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