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Grambling State to “Retool” Common Areas for Social Distancing and Sustainability 

University Uses $50,000 “Retool Your School” Winnings to Improve Study Spaces and More  

GRAMBLING, La. – July 1, 2020 – Grambling State prepares for students to return to a distancing-friendly campus using the $50,000 prize from The Home Depot’s 2020 “Retool Your School” competition. Campus updates can be expected in Carver Hall, The Tiger Den, and other prominent outdoor areas of the campus.  

“Our Student Affairs Team and SGA conducted a survey that received over 500 responses about where students felt the campus updates would be most beneficial,” said Gourjoine Wade, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. “We were able to combine some of the final suggestions into one multilayered project based on cost estimates, sustainability, and the need for increased safety.” 

The University garnered unprecedented support to the tune of hundreds of thousands of tweets containing the hashtag #Grambling_RYS20 to win the online competition. Other top prize winners were Jackson State University, Southern A&M University, and Stillman College.  

“It was powerful to see everyone coming together on social media for weeks to make sure the prize went to GSU,” said Student Government President Steven Wilson. “Using the funds to help students stay at safe distances in the areas where we spend the most collective time will keep us safer when we return to campus.”  

Energy-efficient lighting will illuminate interior common areas and exterior green spaces so students, faculty, staff, and community members can study, research, engage, and interact within appropriate safe distances. The University will also install modern, sustainable furnishings that can be easily moved apart to give students safe and comfortable areas to support their social and emotional well-being.

Relaxation spaces will also provide students with a quiet room that will serve as havens to practice self-care. A collaborative effort between key campus partners will conduct quality assurance inspections and practice ongoing industry recommended cleaning and maintenance of all lights, furnishings, and equipment to ensure the project’s sustainability. 

“Investments from partners like The Home Depot are essential to our continued success at maintaining a student-centered experience at Grambling State,” President Rick Gallot said.  

The Home Depot “Retool Your School Program” has provided over $2.6 million in campus improvement grants for HBCUs to make sustainable improvements to their campuses.  

Potential partners who would like to contribute to Grambling State’s ongoing infrastructure and safety plans can contact Marc Newman, Vice President for Advancement, at advancementservices@gram.edu.

GSU NOTICE: University Re-Opening Plan Coming July 6

Due to the unpredictable nature of the ongoing global health crisis, Grambling State University administration is working diligently to prepare our campus, faculty, staff and most importantly our students for all potential scenarios, including the return of students to campus, a continuation of remote learning, or a hybrid combination of the two. The University has made no changes concerning Homecoming and other fall/winter events. However, we remain flexible to respond in the interest of public safety. Please remain engaged as we will issue our Fall 2020 Campus Re-opening Plan, which will include residence hall move in information and essential dates, on July 6, 2020 with contingencies in mind for alternative outcomes.

Student Fee Waiver Policy

 

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Terms:

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

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2020 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars Announced 

Shared from the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

June 18, 2020

 

Contact: Press Office

(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

2020 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars Announced

Washington – The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Initiative) announced today the names of 44 students from 33 historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) selected as 2020 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars – the Initiative’s highest student recognition.

“It is my privilege to congratulate the HBCU Competitiveness Scholars Class of 2020 on their outstanding academic achievement, community leadership, and entrepreneurial spirit,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “These exemplary students have excelled inside the classroom and out and have successfully met the unprecedented challenges to learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their determination, resilience and commitment to excellence will serve them well as they continue their academic careers and prepare for future continued success.”

“I am simply thrilled to recognize the 2020 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars,” said Johnathan Holifield, Executive Director of the Initiative. “These students are fine examples of the talent and boundless vitality found at America’s HBCUs. This recognition heightens expectations for scholars to continue making meaningful contributions to our nation. I am confident they will deliver.”

Scholars are chosen based on their academic achievements, campus and civic involvement and entrepreneurial ethos or “go-getter” spirits. Comprised of undergraduate, graduate, professional students, and international students from various academic backgrounds, the 2020 scholars were selected from among several highly distinguished HBCU students. In addition, each recognized scholar was nominated and endorsed by their institution president, which itself is a prestigious acknowledgement.

“The Competitiveness Scholars Program is a great way to showcase and recognize HBCU students for their academic, civic and entrepreneurial prowess,” said President James E. Clark, South Carolina State University. “Our students are the leaders of the future and this program is one of the many ways we celebrate our student leaders and introduce them to society. I could not be any prouder than I am now of the HBCU 2020 cohort of scholars especially those from SC State.”

 

The Initiative remains committed to extending their platform to provide meaningful experiences for HBCU students. Both the Initiative and the U.S. Department of Education fully support this 2020 recognition of competitiveness scholars and believe it to be a critical effort to better support and motivate HBCU students during the pandemic.

“These scholars are already extraordinary,” said Elyse Jones, Scholar Program Coordinator. “With the drastic changes that have been made to their learning environments, they still manage to distinguished themselves in their leadership and service, continue to foster their student voices, and furthermore embody what it means to have a ‘competitiveness spirit.’ Their ability to stay so diligent in their studies and invested in their personal growth during a time of uncertainty speaks volumes to the character of these students.”

 

Selected students will serve for one academic school year representing the 2020-2021 cohort of Competitiveness Scholars. During this unique academic school year, the Initiative will work closely with our federal and non-federal partners to develop a robust calendar of virtual events for our scholars that will explore, exchange ideas and share best practices around leadership, professional development, career pathways, government resources and much more.

 

North Carolina A&T is delighted to participate in the HBCU Competitiveness Scholars Program and very proud of our student, who is among those selected for this prestigious honor,” said N.C. A&T Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. “The outstanding academic work and commitment to high achievement are illustrative of the kind of students this program is attracting. I congratulate our scholar, Oluchi Ochukwanyere, and her very impressive peers for their recognition, and look forward to the exciting work I know all of them will do over the coming year in exhibiting and championing HBCU excellence across the country.”

 

Competitiveness Scholars typically assemble during the Annual National HBCU Week Conference. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, scholars will not be able to convene in Washington, D.C. for the National Recognition Program in the Fall. Instead, plans are underway for an online recognition and virtual campaign to ensure the scholars receive their acknowledgement during 2020 Virtual HBCU Week Conference. During this virtual event, they will participate in workshops designed to strengthen their leadership and will be encouraged to seek out ongoing personal and professional development in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship.

 

For more information on this recognition you can visit our Competitiveness Scholars Program webpage.

 

NOTE: Below is a list of the 2020 Competitiveness Scholars, in alphabetical order by hometown state, the school they attend and the school’s location.

 

ARKANSAS

Pine Bluff-Sadagicous Owens, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

ARIZONA

Peoria- Stacy Porche, Southern University Law School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Phoenix-Sarah Adewumi, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland

CANADA

Toronto- Remeya Ganesh, Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, Mississippi

CONNECTICUT

Windsor-Tanysha Young, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania

DELAWARE

Bear- Corban Weatherspoon, Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Washington-Taria Taylor, University of District of Columbia Community College, Washington, District of Columbia

ENGLAND

London- Chyna Sawyers, Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, Mississippi

FLORIDA

Gainesville- Jayda Teasley, Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina

Orange Park- Ashanique Moore, Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina

GEORGIA

Covington- Alexander Lowe, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia

Doerun-Denerick Simpson, Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia

Ellenwood- Jailen Edwards, Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee

Villa Rica- Pablo Vallejo, Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

ILLINOIS

Chicago- Bruce Wilson, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia

Chicago- Justin Lindberg, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Huntsville, Alabama

Chicago-Travis Armstead, Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina

Chicago- William McCorn, Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina

KENTUCKY

Louisville-Christopher Ward, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky

Owensboro-Brionna Greer, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky

LOUISIANA

Winnfield- Stephon Wilson, Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana

MARYLAND

Bowie-Christopher Clay, Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland

District Heights- Makala Brent, Bennett College, Greensboro, North Carolina

Laurel- Alleyah Caesar, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia

Temple Hills- Darious Lawson, Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland

MICHIGAN

Detroit- Karmel Reeves, Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana

MISSOURI

Saint Louis- Eric Johnson, Rust College, Holly Springs, Mississippi

Saint Louis- Skylr Smith, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia

NEW JERSEY

Jersey City- Kiyana Roberts, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Cheyney, Pennsylvania

NEW YORK

Rochester-Virgil Parker, Howard University, Washington, District of Columbia

NIGERIA

Lagos-Emmanuella Kyllians, Alcorn State University, Alcorn, Mississippi

NORTH CAROLINA

Battleboro- Zaniya Caine, North Carolina Central University, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Durham-Malaysia Davis, Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina

Greensboro- Desmond Freeman, Bluefield State College, Bluefield, West Virginia

Raleigh- Oluchi Chukwanyere, North Carolina Agricultural and Technology University, Greensboro, North Carolina

PENNSYLVANIA

Easton- Kevin Mwangi, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Cheyney, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia-Jalen Scott-Davis, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania

SOUTH CAROLINA

Aiken-Calvin Coach III, Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina

Columbia-Ronitra Wilson, Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina

Orangeburg- Herbert Smith, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina

TENNESSEE

Murfreesboro- Rhyan Lake, Howard University, Washington, District of Columbia

TEXAS

Fort Worth- Toiya Smith, Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Rockwall- Jeffrey Clemmons, Hutson Tillotson University, Austin, Texas

San Antonio-Amira Johnson, St. Phillips College, San Antonio, Texas

Grambling State University Names Senior Associate Athletics Director 

Nationally Respected Sports Leader Will Also Serve as Senior Woman Administrator

GRAMBLING, La. – June 17, 2020 – This week, Grambling State University welcomed Merlene Aitken-Smith as Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator.

Aitken-Smith comes to Grambling State after serving seven years as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Compliance, Student Services/ Senior Woman Administrator, and Title IX Investigator at Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga.

“It’s imperative that every member of the team have a clear vision of how to continue the progress of our outstanding athletics legacy,” said Dr. David Ponton, Athletics Director and Vice President of Student Affairs. “We are excited to welcome Mrs. Aitken-Smith to the team.”

At Grambling State, she will lead the athletics compliance program and supervise the academic services program, which facilitates and supports academic advising and tutorial services for student-athletes. Aitken-Smith will partner with and serve as the primary liaison for the Title IX, Financial Aid, and Registrar’s Offices to ensure compliance and proper certification of student-athlete eligibility consistent with NCAA and SWAC rules and regulations.  She will report directly to Grambling State President Rick Gallot and have an indirect reporting line to Ponton.

Additionally, Aitken-Smith will serve as the sport administrator for multiple men’s and women’s teams, along with representing Grambling State for a four-year term as a newly appointed member of the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct.

“I am honored and humbled to accept the Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA position at Grambling State University,” Aitken-Smith said. “Grambling State has a rich tradition of academic excellence and athletic success. I am proud and excited to be part of this tradition.  I want to thank President Rick Gallot and Dr. David Ponton for the opportunity to join the Grambling State family, and I look forward to contributing to the success our student-athletes, coaches, and team members. “

Aitken-Smith’s 20-plus years of compliance and athletics administration experience include previous positions at Georgia Tech, North Carolina A&T, Winston Salem State, University of Kansas, University of Washington, and Michigan State University.

At Clayton State, Aitken-Smith coordinated day-to-day compliance and rules education for all intercollegiate athletics programs. Her primary areas of oversight included the compliance office, academic services/life-skills, women’s basketball, men’s golf, and cheerleading. From May-September 2018, she also served as the Interim Director of Athletics.

Under Aitken-Smith’s leadership, Clayton State student-athletes set records with grade point averages, and Clayton State earned the Peach Belt Conference President’s Academic Award in May 2019.

In addition to leading students to academic excellence, Aitken-Smith established the Laker Leadership Program, a life-skills program that featured various personal and professional sessions throughout the academic year.

About Merlene Aitken-Smith 

Merlene Aitken-Smith served on numerous Institutional, Peach Belt Conference, and NCAA committees. During 2019-2020, she was selected to participate in the prestigious NCAA Pathway Program for aspiring athletics directors and conference commissioners. She has been appointed to serve on the Board for the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) and serves as a member of Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA) where she is on the Nominating Committee and the 2018 Atlanta Local Organizing Committee. Aitken-Smith also served as the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women Internship Grant Chair-2018 and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

A native of Yonkers, NY, Merlene Aitken-Smith earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brooklyn College and her Juris Doctorate from Massachusetts School of Law.

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Grambling State’s “Team Member First” Approach Helps Flatten the Curve in Black Communities 

Campus Safety Measures and Extended Telework Promote Health at GSU 

GRAMBLING, La – June 15, 2020 – As North Louisiana COVID-19 cases continue to impact African American communities at a dramatically higher rate than other demographics, Grambling State University’s administration enacts a “Team Member First” approach to work and the forthcoming return to campus this summer.  

“By extending telework and using that time to diligently prepare our campus for safer daily procedures, we are aiming to keep our community at lower risk,” said President Richard Gallot. “There is no greater team than the Grambling team and it’s our honor to make sure they can do what they do best in safety.” 

Since March 23, the University has made telework accommodations for most job functions. Over the last several weeks, the administration’s efforts have been aimed at developing preventative procedures in preparation for return to on-campus work. Returning team members can expect protective plexiglass around circulation desks, sanitizing stations across campus, and a mandatory morning temperature screen each day before entering campus buildings.  

“Our strategy is simple – Team Members First,” said Lori Williams, the University’s AVP for Operations and Chief Human Resources Officer. “We are taking the necessary time to ensure we’re considering everything before team members return to campus. Until we are confident our campus can support prevention, we will continue to operate remotely.” 

Grambling State University employs nearly 600 people, over 90% of whom are African American. In northwest Louisiana, Black citizens are dying at 3.86 times the rate of those of other races. The University’s efforts are intended to keep team members and the Grambling community safer by extending telework and limiting work-related external contact.  

PRESS CONFERENCE: Louisiana National Guard Begins Repairs at Grambling State  

Campus Drainage Issues to be Resolved Before August  

 GRAMBLING, La – June 14, 2020 – The Louisiana National Guard will be joined by their Adjutant General Keith Waddell, Grambling State University President Rick Gallot, and other state officials on the campus of Grambling State University for the official groundbreaking of a drainage improvement project on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.  

“We appreciate the support of Governor Edwards and other officials as we address the flooding issues on campus,” said President Gallot. “The support in the form of funding and personnel will provide a long-term solution for an issue that has plagued the campus for years.” 

The project was approved under the Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Program, enabling the use of National Guard equipment for a Civil-Military project, according to CPT Brandon R. Cambre. The Innovative Readiness Program affords the Louisiana National Guard opportunities to use soldiers’ training requirements and equipment to benefit various public entities, non-profit organizations, and the people of Louisiana.   

Representatives of the Louisiana National Guard’s 225th Engineer Brigade shared that “the Louisiana National Guard values the opportunity to assist Grambling State University and the surrounding community.”  

Flooding in early spring of 2019 caused damage to infrastructure at Grambling State due to ditches and culverts becoming partially obstructed by trees, silt, and other debris. Louisiana National Guard engineers have begun the necessary improvements to re-establish proper drainage.  

Limited media access will be granted, please contact mediarelations@gram.edu to verify intent to attend. Protective masks are required and physical distancing of at least 6 feet will be observed. 

Grambling State University Sets Up Relief Efforts for Dominica

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Student Can Receive CARES Grant Funding for Summer Session 1

Students Can Receive Federally-Funded Relief  For Summer Session I & Spring 

SUMMER SESSION I CARES GRANT INFO: Eligible students can apply for CARES grant funding for Summer Session I. Each qualified student who is enrolled in Summer Session I with 0-3 credit hours will receive $100 and those with 4 or more credit hours will receive $200 in grant funds. Applications open June 9-16, 2020. 

SPRING 2020 CARES GRANT INFO: Some funds are still available after the initial wave of student applications. If you missed the initial application window for Spring grant funding, you have a second chance to apply. Applications open NOW – June 12, 2020. 

Students who meet the criteria may be eligible:  

  • Students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants and  
  • Students who have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus that have affected their cost of attendance (COA) and   
  • Students who are degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students and  
  • Students who were enrolled in the Spring Semester at Grambling State University and were not enrolled exclusively in online classes and/or programs prior to the COVID-19 emergency.  
  • Must have a valid 2019-2020 FAFSA on file.
     

All students are not eligible for CARES Act grant assistance and those who are not eligible will not have access to the application in BannerWeb. Students who meet pre-qualification to apply for CARES Act grant assistance will find the application in their student portals. Students must submit their CARES ACT Grant Application for the Spring and Summer I term no later than the close of business on deadlines listed above. 

Funds for both Spring and Summer Session I will be disbursed no later than June 30th after the enrollment in Summer I and application process has been verified.   

 

More on Grambling State’s coronavirus prevention and response can be found at gram.edu/coronavirus

RELEASE: Grambling State University Awards $2.6 Million in Student Relief Grants  

University Delivered over 3,000 CARES Grants To Aid Students Affected by COVID-19 

GRAMBLING, La – June 5, 2020 – As of today, Grambling State University has awarded more than 3,000 CARES Act grants totaling $2.6 million to students who have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by Congress provides financial support to qualifying students. At Grambling State, over 3,700 students were eligible for the relief funding which was signed into law March 27.
 

“Financial support is one of many ways that we’re grateful to show our students that in every circumstance we are here to support their advancement,” said President Rick Gallot.  

Grambling State will also offer CARES Act grants of $100 or $200 for each qualified student enrolled in Summer I courses. The University will continue to process the applications and will award funds to students by June 30, 2020.

 

For more information, visit the University’s COVID-19 site at  www.gram.edu/coronavirus