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JUNE 2020 | Campus Living & Housing Update

New Freshman, New Transfer, Readmits and Off Campus Students Desiring to live on-campus
June 15, 2020

We are excited that you have chosen to begin or continue your higher education experience at Grambling State University for the Fall semester of 2020. Due to higher than normal student housing demand, all university provided housing has been filled to capacity prior to the listed Priority Deadline. We understand that on-campus housing is a unique part of the collegiate experience and the Office of Campus Living and Housing strives to provide a safe and comfortable living environment where students can focus on their studies; that is why we are committed to keeping our students informed of upcoming opportunities to access university provided housing.

 

Essential FAQs:

I am an incoming freshman/new transfer/ readmit/off campus student that desires university provided housing, but have not completed the Fall 2020 Housing Application. What should I do next? Due to higher than normal student housing demand, Students are currently unable to complete the Housing Application until spaces become available. Should you desire to be notified when space may become available, please complete the “Housing Interest Form” (Click here).  Please note, completing this form does not guarantee university provided housing.

 

I am an incoming freshman/new transfer female student who has submitted a housing application and paid my deposit for Fall 2020 housing. What should I do next?

Female students who have completed the application and paid their deposit will be contacted by phone as spaces become available. Students will receive a phone call from the Campus Living & Housing staff based on the order in which the application was received.

 

Can I move to CEV using financial aid?  No, unless your move is within one of our university provided housing units assigned by Campus Living and Housing. However, if you enter a CEV lease without university approval, you will be responsible for the cost of rent and utilities. Financial aid does not cover the cost of this off-campus living option.

 

Can I move off campus? Those students who can secure off-campus housing or live within a distance that would allow them to commute from home, you may complete the “Off Campus Exemption Form” under the “My Housing” tab in banner. Make sure that all supporting documents are attached to your application to expedite your approval. Some options for off-campus residence can be found HERE.

 

So without Housing, what should I do?

Please know that all hope is not lost. From living locally with relatives and friends, commuting from a local city, temporary off campus arrangements, online learning, and securing your own place off campus, students without Housing (Or those waiting on Housing) can still attend Grambling State University. Although it is possible spaces will not open before August, having options are essential to starting the semester off right. Here are some off campus resources regarding local rental options in the area, in addition to hotel options that may be secured while you wait for university provided housing availability.

 

 

UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFO

In order to be contacted about housing availability, please ensure your correct email address, cell phone number, address, and emergency contact information are listed in BannerWeb. This is the contact information that will be used to reach you concerning your housing and other University outreach.

If needed, contact the office of Campus Living and Housing at gsuhousing@gram.edu to clear up any remaining questions about your Housing status.

Grambling State to Honor Juneteenth as an Official University Holiday 

Historically Black University Memorializes African American Independence Day

GRAMBLING, LA – June 12, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University announced that June 19 will be acknowledged as an official university holiday. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day and Cel-Liberation Day, commemorates the date in 1865 that the last documented illegally detained slaves learned that they were free roughly two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law.  

“The observance of Juneteenth in our holiday schedule will support awareness of African American History and promote ongoing enlightenment among our students, employees, and other stakeholders about the continued significance of HBCUs,” said Martin Lemelle, Executive Vice President of Grambling State. 

The Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute, now Grambling State University, was founded in 1901, only 36 years after the official end of legal United States slavery on June 19, 1865. As an historically Black institution, GSU’s foundational values have been centered on the educational, societal, and professional progress of Black Americans.  

“Grambling State helped to do something incredible in North Louisiana at a crucial time,” said President Rick Gallot. “Our visionary founder Charles P. Adams took on the challenge of entering a post-Civil War south to battle all forms of racism and systemic oppression in order to build an institution that would shift the culture away from the mindset of an unpaid Black labor force into more brilliant, empowered Black experience. Juneteenth marks the start of that shift.” 

The University’s observance of June 19 as an official holiday means a campus-wide closure for the day effective immediately.  

“A lack of Black History in education plays a significant role in our society’s shift into a second major civil rights moment,” said Dr. Roshunda Belton, Head of the History Department at Grambling State. “Recognizing Juneteenth is a necessary step in deepening public understanding of American History, especially given the irreplaceable role of Black people in that story and how we see it playing out in today’s social climate.” 

For media interviews, contact mediarelations@gram.edu

Grambling State to Gradually Reopen Campus for Employees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Grambling State to Gradually Reopen Campus for Employees Beginning June 2020
University Personnel to Return to In-Person Work in Phases with Increased Safety Measures 

GRAMBLING, La – May 26, 2020 – Today, Grambling State announced plans to gradually resume on-campus work for team members beginning June 2020. Details of the University’s multi-phased reopening approach and new safety protocols will be made available to employees in the coming week.

“Taking this gradual approach to bring teams back to campus for work will help us ensure that every single team member becomes familiar with new campus-wide safety procedures,” said President Gallot. “As these safety protocols become normalized on campus, we hope the need for them will subside as we near the Fall semester and welcome back our students.”

The University has plans to implement such practices as mandatory temperature scans at pre-determined medical checkpoints as well as the use of face masks, hand sanitizing stations, and limited building entry points across campus.

“In addition to complying with all state and CDC regulations, we are keeping in mind the holistic wellness of our teams,” said Lori Williams, Grambling State’s Associate Vice President of Operations/CHRO. “Our team members have shown extreme resilience during this unprecedented set of circumstances. We are confident that our collective efforts can help keep campus safe during the transition.”

On March 23, 2020, the University announced the shift of remote capable employees to telework in accordance with the Governor’s initial Stay-at-Home Order. Following Governor Edward’s extension of the mandate, Grambling State’s telework arrangement was extended through May 30.

Grambling State’s Human Resources office works closely with Facilities Management and other key University departments to ensure that workspaces are conducive to social distancing and that employees have the tools needed to telework or take time off to care for dependents still affected by COVID-19. The gradual return to campus for work will consist of small groups of team members returning to their onsite work spaces in an order that best serves student and campus needs.

This announcement comes shortly after Governor Edwards approved a statewide reopening plan which began Friday, May 15. Statewide COVID-19 recovery plans have included the start of the Health Equity Task Force and the Resilient Louisiana Commission Task Force, both of which COVID-19 have Grambling State team members working to lead the charge to restoring health and normalcy to Louisiana communities.

The University of Louisiana System announced last week that all nine institutions, including GSU, were developing plans to welcome students safely back to their campuses for the upcoming fall semester.

For media interviews or more information about Grambling State University, contact mediarelations@gram.edu. To learn more about the University’s response and prevention planning for COVID-19, visit gram.edu/coronavirus.

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.

Fall 2020 Housing Full Before Priority Deadline

We are excited that you have chosen to begin or continue your higher education experience at Grambling State University for the Fall semester of 2020. Due to higher than normal student attendance volume, all housing for new and transfer female students and for all upperclassmen has been filled prior to the listed July 1 Priority Deadline. We understand that on-campus living is a unique part of the collegiate experience and the Office of Campus Living and Housing strives to provide a safe and comfortable living environment where students can focus on their studies; that’s why we are committed to keeping our students informed of upcoming opportunities to access university provided housing.  

Incoming freshman and new transfer male students can continue to follow the housing application protocol.  
The only university provided housing options currently available are as follows:  Wheatley Hall (double occupancy) and Holland Hall (Holland Hall is a co-ed apartment style honors hall for incoming freshmen and transfer students with a minimum 3.25 GPA). Click HERE for steps to complete your application now, spaces are limited. Find residence hall requirements HERE. See room rates HERE.  

I am an incoming freshman/new transfer female student who has submitted a housing application and paid my deposit for Fall 2020 housing. What should I do next?  
Female students who have completed the application and paid their deposit will be contacted by a staff member should housing become available via phone in the order in which the application was received.  

I am an incoming freshman/new transfer female student who has not completed the Fall 2020 Housing Application. What should I do next? Due to higher than normal student attendance volume, The Office of Campus Living and Housing is currently at max occupancy within the incoming freshman/transfer female residence halls. Once the housing application re-opens, students will be notified via email and given further instructions. 

I am an upperclassman student, who hasn’t applied for housing yet or I have applied but haven’t had the option to select a room online. How do I get university provided housing for Fall 2020? 

When additional housing is available, all students will be notified via phone with instructions on securing university-provided housing for Fall 2020. 

Can I move to CEV using financial aid?  

Yes, if the move is within one of our university approved housing units assigned by Campus Living and Housing. However, if you enter a CEV lease without university approval, you will be responsible for the cost of rent and utilities. Financial aid does not cover the cost of this off-campus living option.  

Can I move off campus? Those students who can secure off-campus housing may complete the “Off Campus Exemption Form” under the “My Housing” tab in banner. Make sure that all supporting documents are attached to your application to expedite your approval. 

UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFO 
In order to be contacted about housing availability, please ensure your correct email address, cell phone number, address, and emergency contact information in BannerWeb. This is the contact information that will be used to reach you concerning your housing and other University outreach. 

Check your student email 

The University will always contact you here first! Get into the habit of checking your GSU email daily.  

Still have Questions about your housing?   
Log into BannerWeb and click the “My Housing” tab to:  

  • Check your housing status,  
  • Complete a housing application (if applicable),  
  • Complete Housing Payment ($200 application fee; if applicable),   
  • Select a room (if applicable),  
  • Complete an off-campus approval form (if applicable)  

If needed, contact the office of Campus Living and Housing at gsuhousing@gram.edu to clear up any remaining questions about your Housing status. 

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.  

Grambling State Announces Grand Opening of Chick-Fil-A and Firehouse Subs

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SodexoMAGIC Powers New Campus Dining Options Beginning February 17 

GRAMBLING, La. – February 11, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University announced Firehouse Subs and Chick-fil-a will open on Monday, February 17, 2020 in the Tiger Express.  

“We are all very excited to provide the exact dining experience that our students have asked for,” said Grambling State President Rick Gallot. 

Newly completed renovations to the student union food court (Tiger Express) are part of the University’s five-year partnership with SodexoMAGIC, which has already added Pizza Hut and Steak & Shake to student dining options. Grambling State’s campus will receive $6.7 million in facility updates that include a full-scale renovation of McCall Dining Hall during the Summer of 2020 and the addition of a campus Starbucks planned for a 2021 opening.  

“These improvements have a direct impact on the economic development for the institution and the Grambling community,” said Sheilah Faucette, Senior Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations of Grambling State University.  

For interviews or more information on Grambling State’s new dining program, email Raven Thissel at 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 degree programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information visit gram.edu.

About SodexoMAGIC 

SodexoMAGIC was formed in 2006 through a joint venture between Magic Food Provisions (MFP), which is owned by NBA all-star Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Sodexo to provide food and facilities management services to businesses, hospitals, schools and universities. SodexoMAGIC was founded with the purpose of empowering the communities it serves, creating opportunity by hiring locally and purchasing goods and services from minority and women-owned businesses.  With a 51 percent ownership interest by MFP, SodexoMAGIC has been certified as a minority-owned and managed company by the Minority Supplier Development Council and the Southern California Minority Business Development Council, Inc.  The joint venture employs over 6,500 people at approximately 50 locations across the U.S. and Canada. 

Chick-Fil-A and Firehouse Subs Opening at in Tiger Express Next Month

Upgrade Your Meal Plan to Accommodate New Dining Options Before January 28

Grambling State University and SodexoMAGIC are excited to announce that Chick-fil-a and Firehouse Subs will be open for your business in February! Students are encouraged to revisit your meal plan before January 28 to make sure you’re ready for additional dining opportunities in Tiger Express throughout the Spring semester.

Important Information About Meal Plans

You can only change/upgrade your meal plan once per semester. The deadline to make changes to your meal plan for Spring 2020 is January 28. Need more info on SodexoMAGIC meal plans? Click here to learn your options.

To find more details before you make your selection, visit https://gram.sodexomyway.com/my-meal-plan/index

How do I change my meal plan? 

To change your meal plan, before January 28: 

  1. Visit BannerWeb  
  2. Select “Register Online” 
  3. Select “Optional: Upgrade your residential meal plan to gold or platinum, or purchase a commuter plan” 
  4. Follow prompts to complete. 

How do I guarantee 24/7 access to McCall Dining services? 
 
Be sure to complete all online registration steps, paying close attention to the “Pay Tuition & Fees” segment. During this step, you must “Accept and Pay Fees” to complete the registration process and activate McCall 24/7 dining access. Then, verify that your fee sheet has a status of “Registered.” If so, you now have 24/7 access to McCall Dining services.  online.

Need info on your Tiger1 Card or G-Flex? Find it here. 

What’s for dinner? 

Plan your meals by checking the McCall Dining Hall menu, the Chick-fil-a menuFirehouse Subs menu online.

The @gram1901dining team is here to help you get the most out of your meal plan. For more information, visit gram.edu/dining or call (318) 274-3252.