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Grambling State University to resume operations February 22

Classes, operations virtual through Wednesday, boil advisory continues

GRAMBLING, La – February 21, 2021 – In the aftermath of recovering from the impact of the winter storm system, Grambling State University officials announced today that all classes (in-person, hybrid, hyflex, online) will be held virtually through Wednesday, February 24. In-person instruction for face-to-face classes will resume on Thursday, February 25. The boil advisory remains in effect until further notice.

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.

Grambling State University issues boil advisory in wake of weather conditions

BOIL ADVISORY
Grambling University Water System
PWS ID# LA1061005/LA1061016
Lincoln Parish, Louisiana

Date: 2/18/2021

Due to record freezing temperatures, the Grambling University Water System is experiencing problems with the water supply system for the following location: Stadium Facility.

Because of this problem, the water produced by our water supply system is of questionable microbiological quality.

Therefore, as a precaution, the Grambling University Water System is issuing a BOIL ADVISORY effective immediately. This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by the Grambling University Water System.

It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container. The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle or pouring it from one clean container to another).

Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

Upon notification from the Office of Public Health’s State Regional Laboratory that the samples collected from our water supply have been found to be safe, the State Health Department will notify the water supply of the sample results. Upon such notification, the Grambling University Water System will then rescind the Boil Advisory and notify its customers that the water has been found to be safe.

If you have any questions, please email mediarelations@gram.edu.

Grambling State University student awarded Capitol Hill internship

Wilson

GRAMBLING, La. – February 15, 2021 – Grambling State University (GSU) student Steven D. Wilson was recently awarded an internship in Operations with the House Democratic Caucus in Washington, D.C. Now through May, Wilson’s duties will include providing outreach support to Democratic Member offices, managing logistics, assisting with team projects, attending remote congressional briefings and hearings, conducting research, and drafting internal documents. The senior biology pre-med major said he was in total shock when he learned about being selected. To his surprise, he discovered several medical doctors and PhDs serving in Congress.

“I hope to gain knowledge and exposure on how the Democratic Caucus works and how certain decisions are made along party lines,” Wilson said. “I also want to learn the due process on how bills are crafted, the democrats take on the current global pandemic that we are living in, and what processes that they are taking to get us back to a close sense of normalcy.”

While he aspires to attend medical school and pursue a specialty in anesthesiology, the internship will help fuel Wilson’s other goal of becoming a politician with a primary focus on healthcare.

The third generation in his family to attend Grambling State University, Wilson is also a member of Kappa Alpha psi Fraternity, Inc. and is actively involved in over 15 other organizations that include 2019-2020 SGA President, student member on the Grambling University Foundation board, and a student member of the University of Louisiana system student advisory council.

Wilson found the opportunity by working with the Office of Career Services at Grambling State University. Their services include: resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, career assessments, internship, and job search strategies.

“I am passionate about helping students find their dream job or internship,” said Kellye Blackburn, director of Career Services at GSU. “It was my pleasure to assist Steven with his cover letter and resume, and documents he needed to complete his application for the Operations Internship. Through our partnership with Handshake, students have access to more than 8,500 opportunities across several majors.”

For more information about Career Services at Grambling State University, email Kellye Blackburn at blackburnk@gram.edu.

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.

Grambling State University extends closure through Friday amidst wintry conditions

Classes, Campus Operations expected to resume Monday, February 22

GRAMBLING, La. – February 15, 2021- Grambling State University will suspend operations and cancel classes through Friday, February 19 amidst wintry weather conditions. Campus operations and classes are expected to resume Monday, February 22.

“Based upon the current forecast, the decision to close was made with the safety of our students, faculty, and staff in mind,” said Grambling State University President Rick Gallot.

According to the National Weather Service, a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the entire Four State Region through 6 PM this evening. A mix of sleet and snow becoming ice, with significant impacts to travel and power outages are expected. In addition, dangerous wind chills will result in ‘real feel’ temperatures in the single digits to several degrees below zero. Updates will be given on the institution’s Twitter page at twitter.com/grambling1901.

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.

Grambling State University to close campus Monday in wake of wintry weather forecast

Campus operations, classes expected to resume Tuesday

GRAMBLING, La. – February 12, 2021 – Grambling State University will suspend operations and cancel classes on Monday, February 15, in light of anticipated inclement weather. Classes are expected to resume Tuesday, February 16.

According to the National Weather Service, A mix of rain, freezing rain, and freezing drizzle is expected through the late morning hours today mainly across north Louisiana. Another round of light freezing precipitation will be possible on Saturday night across the same areas. Temperatures will continue to drop each day through early next week with an extended period of sub-freezing temperatures for most of our area late this weekend into the middle of next week. The coldest temperatures ranging from the single digits to the mid-teens will occur on Tuesday morning. Updates will be given on the institution’s Twitter page at twitter.com/grambling1901.

For more information about the facility, email mediarelations@gram.edu.

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.

Grambling State University receives $250,000 for permanent endowment fund from Diageo North America

Initiative to include the creation of an internship platform to help drive diversity across the industry

GRAMBLING, La. – Feb. 3, 2021 – Grambling State University has received $250,000 from Diageo North America to create a permanent endowment fund and provide financial aid grants to talented students across different disciplines and majors. This is part of a broader innovative program that Diageo North America announced to support 25 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), focused on building opportunities to develop future leaders and help shape a more equitable society. The initiative is expected to benefit thousands of students over the years across the country.

The Diageo Endowed Scholarship Fund will be used to provide scholarships to at least 10 students each year. Qualified applicants must be of African heritage; enrolled in an academic program at Grambling State University; currently pursuing a degree in any major (preference will be given to Engineering, Chemistry, Marketing, and Communications majors); maintain a 2.75 grade point average and meet the University’s general scholarship requirements (e.g. academic standard, code of conduct).

Perry Jones

“We appreciate the support of Diageo and are so proud of Perry Jones and the role he has taken in advocating for his alma mater and other HBCUs,” said Grambling State University President Rick Gallot. “This generous gift will help Grambling State continue to produce graduates that are valued for their leadership and innovation.”

With a goal of helping to change the complexion of the industry, Diageo North America has also committed to taking a step to build a pipeline of talented leaders through an internship platform over the coming years and Grambling State University will be part of it. The company will provide opportunities for HBCU students to gain valuable work experience at a fast pace that could help them with their future career aspirations or jump-start their career in the consumer goods industry.

“We are proud to partner with these esteemed institutions and to do our part to help shape a more equitable society by providing opportunities for future leaders,” said Debra Crew, President, Diageo North America. “This initiative further deepens Diageo’s commitment to making a long term and sustainable impact on underrepresented communities.”

“As an HBCU grad, I’m proud of the partnership Diageo is announcing today. This is an incredible step in furthering Diageo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion to colleges and universities that have a legacy of producing some of our most recognized minority leaders,” said Perry Jones, President, Diageo North America Supply and Grambling State University Alum. “I look forward to the development of new young leaders as a result of this investment in our HBCUs.”

This initiative was created by working closely with Diageo North America’s African Heritage Business Resource Group (A.H.E.A.D.) to focus on the priorities and actions, along with the right partnerships, to make the most meaningful impact in the Black community.

To learn more about Diageo’s work to support the communities where it operates, including company values, visit www.diageo.com.

About Diageo North America
Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Casamigos and Don Julio tequilas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Tanqueray, and Guinness.

Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE: DGE) and their products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, their people, brands, and performance, visit www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practices. Follow at Twitter and Instagram for news and information about Diageo North America: @Diageo_NA.

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.

Serving Up Student Success: Tiger Resource Room Opens at Grambling State University

Grambling State noted as first HBCU to partner with Whataburger, Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana

GRAMBLING, La. – Jan. 27, 2021 – Whataburger and Grambling State University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today celebrating the grand opening of the new Tiger Resource Room Powered by Whataburger. The student-operated resource room will help provide food, supplies, and other necessities, to help students succeed on their college journey.

The resource room was made possible through Whataburger’s partnership with Grambling State University and the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana and is the first of its kind with an HBCU (Historically Black College, University). The room is stocked with perishable and non-perishable food items including canned goods and dairy products, along with toiletries and other everyday needs. There will also be Whataburger-branded school supplies such as backpacks and pens, bottled water, hand sanitizer, and other items.

“It’s been really inspiring to see students and faculty from Grambling come together to help provide essential resources for their fellow Tigers,” said Charles Benjamin, Whataburger Area Manager. “No student should ever have to choose between food and books, and we’re glad to do our part by helping stock the Tiger Resource Room with everyday supplies students need.”

“Grambling State University is committed to doing everything we can to help our students achieve success, and we’re grateful to our community partners like Whataburger and the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana who are helping make this a reality for us,” said Rick Gallot, Grambling State University President. “Being able to serve every need our students have is our top priority.”

“It’s been an honor to work on this project with fellow classmates and university administration,” said Steven Wilson, Grambling State University Student Liaison. “Knowing that the resource room is stocked with essentials students often need, I’m excited to welcome our Grambling Family to this on-campus resource.”

Representatives from Whataburger, Grambling State University, the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana, students, and other community partners will be in attendance.

About Whataburger
Whataburger has served up its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950, when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 840 locations in 10 states and sales of more than $2.5 billion annually. Whataburger has 50,000 Family Members (employees) and more than 14 million customers who like to customize their Whataburgers just the way they like it. Newsweek ranked Whataburger second on its 2021 list of America’s Best Customer Service brands in the Fast Food category. Visit whataburger.com for more information.

The Tiger Resource Room Powered by Whataburger is part of the Whataburger Feeding Student Success program, a corporate-wide community relations initiative that supports students of all education levels through school resource rooms, scholarships, and community involvement. The Grambling State University resource room is the second to open with others planned in the future.

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.

Grambling University Foundation Board Names New Members

Board officers elected for upcoming year

GRAMBLING, La. – January 21, 2021 – The Grambling University Foundation Board recently announced the appointment of two new members and held elections for Board Officers. Juan Cunningham of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Gregory Jones of Montgomery, Alabama, were chosen to join the board.

The board also voted on the following officers for the upcoming year: Dr. Richard Rayford, Chair; Attorney Latoya Merritt, Vice Chair; Dr. Adrian Butler, Treasurer; Mrs. Monica Kennedy Jones, Secretary.

Cunningham, who retired from Norfolk Southern as vice president of Human Resources, has more than 40 years of experience in leadership, planning, strategy and budgeting. His career and retirement have been marked with a spirit of service. The Grambling State graduate has been active with his fraternity, Omega Phi Psi, in community volunteerism projects since his retirement.

Jones is president and CEO of The Jones Group. With over 25 years of leadership experience in government affairs, business development, and political advocacy, The Jones Group has represented a variety of corporations, industry and professional associations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Current and former clients include Abbott Laboratories, American Heart Association, Apple, Draft Kings, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, National Association of Black Automotive Suppliers, Pfizer, Alabama State University, and Tuskegee University.

Outgoing Chair David Aubrey was recognized for his many contributions. During his four-year tenure as chairman, the board helped grow the Foundation and Grambling State’s Division of Advancement, including the hiring of an investment firm, securing funding for stadium improvements, growth in alumni and corporate giving, and “0” audit findings.  He will remain as a board member.

“I am thankful for the efforts made by Aubrey and other officers to move the institution forward,” said Grambling State University President Rick Gallot. “Their work laid the foundation for a brighter future for Grambling State.”

The Grambling University Foundation is a public non-profit organization established to provide financial assistance to Grambling State University.

For more information, please contact  mediarelations@gram.edu.

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.

Spring 2021 Online Registration Extended for New and Continuing Students

We are excited for you to begin or continue your Tiger academic journey. Today, Spring 2021 Online Registration is extended through January 25, 2021; 100% online registration means there are no in-person meetings. To make things simpler, you won’t need to retrieve an alternate PIN from your advisor in order to select your classes; however, please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor in your department to ensure your course selections are the best fit for degree completion.

To ensure your success in the virtual classroom, here is a list of must-do’s to complete enrollment and online registration.

Online Registration Steps New & Returning Students

The updated process makes remote registration simple. Use BannerWeb and the Online Student Support Center to navigate getting registered. Follow these easy steps:

  1. Admissions Confirmation (New & Transfer Students Only) Complete any outstanding admissions requirements (documents, testing, etc.) or book an online appointment to find out any remaining to-dos for getting admitted.
  1. Submit Immunization Records (New & Transfer Students Only) New and transfer students, submit your immunization documents to the Foster-Johnson Health Center.
  1. Schedule an Academic Advising Appointment  

Please reserve a meeting with your academic department for academic advisement by booking an appointment via the online student support center.   During the meeting with your advisor your class schedule will be identified.  Your academic advisor will send you a follow-up email that will verify the schedule that was agreed upon.  A copy of this email will become a part of your file that is housed in the academic department.

  1. Create Your Class Schedule Login to BannerWeb to select your classes and submit your schedule. You will no longer need an ALTERNATE PIN to submit your schedule. Be sure to notify your advisor of any changes that you make that deviate from the agreed upon schedule.
  1. Confirm Financial Aid  If needed, book an online appointment to clear up any questions about your financial aid. Before you book, remember log into BannerWeb to:
  • Check your award,
  • Check your account balance, and
  • Accept Your Award
  1. Confirm Housing Assignment If needed, contact the office of Campus Living and Housing at 318.274.2504 or gsuhousing@gram.edu to clear up any questions about your Housing status. Before you call, remember log into BannerWeb; 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) 

7. Accept and Pay Fees If needed, book an online appointment to clear up any questions about your student account or balance.   No cash payments are being accepted due to COVID-19.  All payments should be completed online.  To be completely enrolled, you must visit BannerWeb to “Accept and Pay Fees.” Select Student > Registration > Accept/Pay Fees.

Payment Due Date for Spring 2021 – January 6, 2021 ($150 Late Fee applicable January 13, 2021)

8. Verify Fee Sheet Ensure that your fee sheet says “registered.” If your fee sheet does not say “registered,” make an online appointment with the Student Accounts office through the Online Student Support Center.

9. Next Steps for Fall Coming Soon  You can choose to upgrade your meal plan. You’ll also get your Tiger1 Card, G-FLEX and more in the coming months. Each student living in University Housing will automatically receive the 24/7 Silver plan. There is no need to change or choose a different plan in the Fall unless you would like to upgrade your plan to Gold or Platinum.

Congratulations

Once, you’ve completed these steps, you are now fully registered at Grambling State University for the Fall semester of 2020. For more help navigating virtual registration, contact the departments as listed below:

REGISTRAR: email registrar@gram.edu. FINANCIAL AID: email Dr. Gavin Hamms, Director of Student Financial Aid hammsg@gram.edu ADMISSIONS: email Gilberto Alvarado, Director of Admissions alvaradog@gram.edu CAMPUS LIVING & HOUSING: email gsuhousing@gram.edu STUDENT ACCOUNTS: email studentaccounts@gram.edu TIGER1 CARD OFFICE: email tiger1@gram.edu

If you are having trouble reaching your advisor, please contact your Department Head for assistance. The contact information for all department heads can be found on the contact page here.

Grambling State University’s World Famed Tiger Marching Band named among participants in virtual inauguration event

GSU Band PR ImageGRAMBLING, La. – January 18, 2021 – Grambling State University’s World Famed Tiger Marching band will be featured in festivities celebrating the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Entitled “We Are One,” the virtual event is the latest addition to the schedule of activities planned by the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC).

The World Famed Tiger Marching Band is no stranger to rubbing shoulders with heads of state. The band has performed at inaugurations for President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. President Bill Clinton also traveled to Grambling State to perform with the band.

“Even in a pandemic, the World Famed will showcase its talent on a platform that will be seen across the globe,” said Grambling State University President Rick Gallot, Jr. who also played guitar and percussion in the ensemble. “We are proud that they will be representing the institution for the inauguration of the first HBCU graduate to serve as Vice President of the United States of America.”

Started in 1926 by Grambling College President Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, the band has performed in more super bowls than any other college or university to date. Known recently for their performance with Beyoncé at Coachella, the more than 250-piece ensemble has traveled internationally, made appearances in advertising campaigns for multiple national brands, and was among the bands shown in Drumline. Frequently labeled, ” The Best in the Land,” the ensemble prides itself on the tradition of molding embryo noisemakers into superb musicians and magnificent marchers.

“I consider it a privilege and an honor to have received the call,” said Dr. Nikole Roebuck, chairperson of the music department and director of bands at Grambling State University. “We don’t take this honor lightly.”

The event will be hosted by Terrance J and will feature a special performance by Tobe Nwigwe, in addition to performances by DJ D-Nice, The O’Jays, Rapsody, Step Afrika, the String Queens, the Texas Southern University Debate Team, and more.

The Grambling State University World Famed Tiger Marching Band will be one of seven groups featured in a Battle of the Bands segment. Other schools include the Florida A&M University Marching 100, Jackson State University Sonic Boom of the South, Louisiana Leadership Institute All-star Marching Band, South Carolina State University Marching 101, Southern University Human Jukebox Marching Band, and the Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands.

The We Are One event will stream live from 8:00-9:30 PM Eastern at bideninaugural.org/watch and on Urban One, HBCU Grad, NowThis, Revolt TV, The Source, The Shade Room, BET, The Grio TV, Daily Kos, Watch The Yard, Blavity, and on NBC Peacock TV — on The Choice, which is Peacock’s free, exclusive news channel, and this will be promoted through PIC’s social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about the World Famed Tiger Marching Band, please contact mediarelations@gram.edu.

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.