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Grambling State University to resume classes September 8

Online registration to remain open through September 11

GRAMBLING, La – August 30, 2020 – In the aftermath of recovering from the impact of Hurricane Laura, Grambling State University officials announced today that online and face-to-face classes will resume Tuesday, September 8. Administrative offices are planned to resume operations Tuesday, September 1. 

Registration for the fall semester will remain open until September 11.

Winds from Hurricane Laura damaged the electrical substation near campus and caused a power outage that began Wednesday and ended Saturday afternoon. Now that power has been restored, efforts are focused on resuming operations and making plans to continue instruction.

“The beginning of this semester has not been without its challenges,” said Grambling State President Rick Gallot. “I commend the student body, team members, and the City of Grambling for remaining resilient during this trying time.”

“Serving the whole student is our number one priority,” said Dr. Connie Walton, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Making sure they have what they need as an individual feeds the success of their scholarship.”

During the outage, team members acted immediately. Facilities surveyed the campus for damage and worked with Entergy for repair to the substation while the University Police Department placed lighting towers and kept the campus safe. SodexoMagic staff prepared and supplied hot meals to students each day. Campus Living and Housing worked to make the residence halls as comfortable as possible, and Student Affairs coordinated charging and cooling centers to boost cell phones, enhance access to WiFi, and provide relief from the heat of the day.

“We are passionate about meeting students where they are and providing the support they need, especially in this circumstance,” said Gourjoine M. Wade, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students. “I’m grateful to the Campus Living and Housing team for the work they continue to do to provide an encouraging environment for our students.”

“In every crisis, there is an opportunity to assess our operations and continually improve,” said Martin Lemelle, Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration and Chief Operating Officer. “We are thankful to our campus community for their resiliency and collaboration.”

About Grambling State University
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901 that combines the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college. This combination enables students to grow and learn in a serene and positive environment. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. A member of the University of Louisiana System, Grambling State University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. With a longstanding tradition of excellence, Grambling State University continues to emphasize the value and importance of each student, exemplified by our motto: Where Everybody Is Somebody. For more information, visit gram.edu.

Contact:
Tisha Arnold
mediarelations@gram.edu
(318) 243-5012

Grambling State University To Offer Relief Services To Area Residents

Charging stations, cooling centers, food service available

GRAMBLING, La. – August 29, 2020 – In the wake of Tropical Storm Marco and Hurricane Laura, Grambling State University officials opened its doors to provide relief to area residents.

Sunday, August 30, and Monday, August 31, the lobby of the Jacob T. Stewart building will be open to Grambling, Louisiana residents to charge cell phones and access WIFI from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Jacob T. Stewart building

SodexoMagic will provide staff to open the C Store in the building from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on both days to offer refreshments for purchase.

SodexoMagic will also be provide meals for up to 200 residents and distributed from the City of Grambling Fire Station, located 562 Stadium Drive, at 1:30 p.m. Meals can be picked up via drive-through. Those unable to travel can have their meal delivered by calling (318) 480-1858.

“I am appreciative to Grambling State University and all of the entities that work to make this happen,” Grambling Mayor Edward R. Jones. “With the help of partners like Grambling State, we will get through this difficult time.”

“As a lifetime resident of this city, it was important to be a good neighbor and help where we can,” said Grambling State President Rick Gallot. “The survival of this city and institution thrives when we do all we can to rise together in the face of adversity.”

“We are grateful for partners like Sodexo Magic who understand the importance of community partnerships,” said Martin Lemelle, Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration and Chief Operating Officer. “Their continued support is valued and appreciated.”

About Grambling State University
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901 that combines the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college. This combination enables students to grow and learn in a serene and positive environment. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. A member of the University of Louisiana System, Grambling State University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. With a longstanding tradition of excellence, Grambling State University continues to emphasize the value and importance of each student, exemplified by our motto: Where Everybody Is Somebody. For more information, visit gram.edu.

Contact:
Tisha Arnold
mediarelations@gram.edu
(318) 243-5012

Grambling State University Extends Campus Closure To Friday, August 28

GRAMBLING, La. – August 27, 2020 – Grambling State University officials announced that the campus closure has been extended through Friday, August 28.

According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Laura was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm early this afternoon and is expected to continue weakening rapidly. Laura will continue north across northern Louisiana into Arkansas over the next day.

In-person and virtual classes are expected to resume Monday, August 31.

Team members with essential job functions should report to work on campus. All other team members are not expected to work (on campus or remotely) during the University closure; this includes those team members who are approved to telework. If you have questions whether your work function is considered essential during inclement weather, please contact your supervisor. Registration for the fall semester has been extended through Tuesday, September 1.

Ongoing updates will be posted on Grambling State University’s Twitter page at www.twitter.com/grambling1901.

For more information, please contact mediarelations@gram.edu

Grambling State University to suspend operations August 27 amidst weather concerns

(Updated Aug. 27, 2020)
GRAMBLING, La. – August 26, 2020 – Grambling State University officials announced that the campus will close Thursday, August 27 in anticipation of possibly dangerous weather.

According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Laura is expected to make landfall near the Texas and Louisiana border as a major hurricane Wednesday evening. North Louisiana should experience tropical storm conditions Thursday. Heavy rainfall, strong winds, and possible tornadoes are expected overnight Wednesday and through Thursday.

In-person and virtual classes will be suspended effective 5 p.m. August 26 through Thursday, August 27.

In-person and virtual classes will be suspended effective 5 p.m. August 26 through Thursday, August 27. Team members with essential job functions should report to work on campus. All other team members are not expected to work (on campus or remotely) during the University closure; this includes those team members who are approved to telework. If you have questions whether your work function is considered essential during inclement weather, please contact your supervisor. Registration for the fall semester has been extended through Tuesday, September 1.

Ongoing updates will be posted on Grambling State University’s Twitter page at www.twitter.com/grambling1901.

For more information, please contact mediarelations@gram.edu

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Monroe Offers Free COVID-19 Testing

Two-Day Event on Campus is Open to the Grambling Community

Ochsner/LSU Health Shreveport logoGRAMBLING, La. – August 20, 2020 – Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Monroe representatives will be on the Grambling State University campus for two days to offer free COVID-19 testing to the community.

The event will be held Wednesday, August 26, and Thursday, August 27, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center as long as supplies last.

Testing will be conducted by medical professionals, said Beverly Vonshea Lewis, Director of Economic Development and Community Health Initiatives at Ochsner LSU Health.

It is open to Louisiana residents over 2 years of age who are not displaying any symptoms of illness. Participants should bring a photo ID and insurance card if they have insurance. People who do not have insurance will be accepted for testing and no insurance will be billed, Lewis said.

Results will be available within three to four days through the MyChart patient portal or by phone, she said.

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

About Grambling State University 
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901 that combines the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college. This combination enables students to grow and learn in a serene and positive environment. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. A member of the University of Louisiana System, Grambling State University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. With a longstanding tradition of excellence, Grambling State University continues to emphasize the value and importance of each student, exemplified by our motto: Where Everybody Is Somebody. For more information, visit gram.edu.

Contact:
Tisha Arnold
mediarelations@gram.edu
(318) 243-5012

GSU Launches New Academic Video Platform to Deliver More Engaging and Interactive Learning Experience While Protecting Student and Faculty Safety

Louisiana HBCU partners with Echo360 to roll out new teaching platform with remote video instruction and student engagement capabilities for its classroom, hybrid and remote learning offerings

Long Jones Hall (front entrance)WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 1, 2020 – Grambling State University, Louisiana’s top producer of Computer Information Science graduates, today announced a new pandemic-proof learning initiative to provide faculty and students with engaging, active learning experiences regardless of whether they are in-person or remote.

As part of its hybrid learning plan for the fall semester, the university is partnering with Echo360 — the award-winning video platform designed specifically for higher education — to enable faculty to easily record, stream, and share video content, and provide students with tools to engage more deeply with their course material.

“During an uncertain academic year, our community will need to navigate new types of challenges whether they are taking classes in-person, online, or both. While classes will have different formats, we want to ensure that our students and faculty have the best possible teaching and learning experience regardless of how the instruction is taking place,” said Eldrie B. Hamilton at Grambling State University. “By partnering with Echo360, we can provide our students with a platform specifically designed for education that will create active learning moments in the classroom and beyond.”

With the adoption of the Echo360 platform, Grambling State students will have access to features and tools to facilitate active learning experiences that improve student outcomes. As students participate in class — whether virtually or in-person — and watch recorded learning content, they can notify instructors that a specific moment is confusing, share questions and discuss course content with their peers, take notes time-synched to the lecture, and respond to quizzes and polls to provide immediate opportunities to test their knowledge.

With the Echo360 platform’s Universal Capture tool, Grambling State faculty can use a single application and interface for recording the screen of their personal device, as well as for scheduled and on-demand lecture capture, regardless of whether they use a Windows or Mac device. Additionally, they can use the platform’s analytics to better understand how students interact with course content and identify students that may be struggling and at risk of falling behind.

“When discussing colleges and universities’ COVID-19 responses, it’s understandable — and often appropriate — to focus entirely on online learning. However, we can’t allow ourselves to overlook the experience of students enrolled in hybrid and in-person courses, and try to solve the new problems posed by COVID-19 with old solutions,” said Fred Singer, CEO of Echo360. “Institutions that can offer in-person or hybrid courses in the coming fall and spring semester should look to Grambling State as a model of a university that is using technology to enhance the experience of all students whether they are in-person, hybrid, or online students.”

Grambling State students, administrators, and faculty will have access to the Echo360 platform in August 2020.

About Echo360
Echo360 believes that improved outcomes start with great moments in the classroom. Developed by educators, Echo360 helps instructors record and extend those moments to improve learner engagement through accessible, engaging video-based learning. Through our smarter video platform, learners and instructors have 24/7 access to discussion of course material, presentation materials, and the lecture itself. We generate data that helps instructors, higher education institutions, and continuing education organizations proactively identify and pursue opportunities to improve learning outcomes. Today, Echo360 technologies reach more than two million learners at approximately 1,200 schools and organizations across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific.

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About Grambling State University
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901 that combines the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college. This combination enables students to grow and learn in a serene and positive environment. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. A member of the University of Louisiana System, Grambling State University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. With a longstanding tradition of excellence, Grambling State University continues to emphasize the value and importance of each student, exemplified by our motto: Where Everybody Is Somebody.

For more information, visit gram.edu.

Contact:
Tisha Arnold
mediarelations@gram.edu

Foster- Johnson Health Center Receives $500,000 Grant for Renovation Project

National Park Service Provides Funding Through Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Foster-Johnson Health CenterGRAMBLING, La. – August 18, 2020–Grambling State University announced it has been selected to receive $500,000 from the National Park Service’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities grant program for renovation of the Foster-Johnson Health Center in Grambling State University’s Historic Village.

“We are grateful for this support from the National Park Service to preserve one of Grambling State’s most important landmarks.” said University President Rick Gallot.

The renovation project is supported by a grant from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities fund as administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

“As Grambling State continues to make Louisiana history, we hope to find the digital library and other new construction on future lists of historically valuable landmarks,” said Dr. Rudolph Ellis, Associate Dean of Student Services.

Ellis worked with Rene Harris of University Facilities Management team and other key University staff members to acquire the grant funding for infrastructure preservation. Foster-Johnson Health Center, built in 1943, was named after Madison Foster, a physician from Monroe, and Edward A. Johnson, who drove 200 miles roundtrip from Natchitoches to serve Grambling Campus and community residents.

About Grambling State University 
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901 that combines the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college. This combination enables students to grow and learn in a serene and positive environment. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. A member of the University of Louisiana System, Grambling State University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. With a longstanding tradition of excellence, Grambling State University continues to emphasize the value and importance of each student, exemplified by our motto: Where Everybody Is Somebody. For more information, visit gram.edu.

Contact:
Kathy Spurlock
mediarelations@gram.edu

Grambling State University Appoints Kellye Blackburn Director of Career Services

New Hire Brings International Experience to the Position

Kellye Blackburn, Director of Career ServicesGRAMBLING, La. – August 19, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University announced the appointment of Kellye Blackburn as Director of Career Services.

“Grambling State continues to seek the best of the best for our team,” said President Rick Gallot. “Ms. Blackburn’s background, experience and education will allow us to reach out and develop new opportunities for our graduates.”

About Kellye Blackburn
Blackburn spent the past nine years in Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the Senior Manager of Employability and Alumni Relations at Abu Dhabi University and as a Senior Specialist Career Services for the Higher Colleges of Technology.

The Atlanta, Georgia, native holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Spelman College, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Clark Atlanta University, and a Professional Diploma in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. In 2019, she was selected to participate in a summer leadership program at the Al Maktoum College in Dundee, Scotland.

Prior to living in the UAE, Blackburn served as the Director of Career Planning and Placement for Non- Business Majors and also as the Assistant Dean of Campus Life at Morehouse College.

For more information, please contact mediarelations@gram.edu. To learn about open positions at Grambling State University, visit gram.edu/careers.

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About Grambling State University 
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901 that combines the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college. This combination enables students to grow and learn in a serene and positive environment. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. A member of the University of Louisiana System, Grambling State University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. With a longstanding tradition of excellence, Grambling State University continues to emphasize the value and importance of each student, exemplified by our motto: Where Everybody Is Somebody. For more information, visit gram.edu.

SGA President Awarded Honor Named for Former President Joseph B. Johnson

Gamma Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Establishes Award to Honor Leadership

Steven Wilson, Gamma Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Joseph B. Johnson Leadership Award WinnerGRAMBLING, La. – August 18, 2020 – The Alumni of the Gamma Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. announced today that it has conferred its highest award, the Joseph B. Johnson Leadership Award, to Steven Wilson.

Wilson, a native of Winnfield, LA, is a spring 2018 initiate into the Gamma Psi Chapter and is the current Grambling State University Student Government Association president.

While serving as SGA president, Wilson has:

  • Worked with Advancement Office and Graduate SGA President on new Whataburger Tiger Resource Center and student pantry auxiliary,
  • Been instrumental in getting on-campus mobile charging stations,
  • Worked to get a mobile application for student safety,
  • Advocated for students on-campus and at state level,
  • Increased student engagement for Home Depot Retool-Your-School Challenge.

“Grambling State provides opportunities for students like Steven Wilson to develop leadership skills that will serve them throughout their lives,” President Rick Gallot, who is also a Kappa Alpha Psi brother. “These opportunities go well beyond the classroom into the community and make a real difference in our world.”

The award was established this year by the Alumni of the Gamma Psi Chapter in conjunction with the $100,000 Dr. Joseph B. Johnson Endowed Professorship. It is given at the discretion of the Gamma Psi Alumni Steering Committee to the undergraduate brother who has represented the chapter, community, and university well in a leadership capacity. It includes a $500 cash award.

The late Dr. Joseph B. Johnson was a spring 1955 initiate of the Gamma Psi Chapter and president of Grambling State from 1977 until 1991. Dr. Johnson’s presidential tenure saw many university achievements, most notably stabilization of the university’s financial standing and a substantial enrollment increase.

For more information, please contact  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 academic programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information, visit gram.edu.

Contact:
Tisha Arnold
arnoldt@gram.edu
(318) 243-5012

Grambling State University Appoints Tisha D. Arnold Director of Communications

Tisha D. Arnold, Director of CommunicationsHBCU Communications Expert to Serve as Key Contact at GSU

GRAMBLING, La. – August 18, 2020 – Grambling State announced that Tisha D. Arnold has assumed the role of University Director of Communications.

“Communications leadership is one of the essential charges that tracks our University’s steady growth,” said Martin Lemelle, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are enthusiastic about welcoming such an experienced leader to our team.”

Arnold has worked in the communications industry for more than 17 years. She comes to Grambling State from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where served as Public Information Officer, establishing the social media presence for the institution and slogan, “Become a Part of the Pride.”

Arnold also founded PRIDE Magazine to foster a deeper connection between the brand and its constituents. Now known as UAPB Magazine, the award-winning publication has a readership of more than 10,000. Apart from founding the magazine and establishing the social media presence, Arnold redesigned the website, was integral in the re-imaging of the institution, and led the direction of graphics for annual events.

About Tisha D. Arnold
Arnold is a 2003 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and has also studied Integrated Marketing Communications at West Virginia University.
In addition to her professional role with UAPB, she served in community leadership positions, including Business Division Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Chamber of Commerce, member of the Advertising and Promotion Commission, and member of the Chamber Red Coats. She currently serves as Director for District Communications for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District IV.

For more information contact mediarelations@gram.edu to reach Tisha D. Arnold.

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About Grambling State University
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901 that combines the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college. This combination enables students to grow and learn in a serene and positive environment. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. A member of the University of Louisiana System, Grambling State University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. With a longstanding tradition of excellence, Grambling State University continues to emphasize the value and importance of each student, exemplified by our motto: Where Everybody Is Somebody. For more information, visit gram.edu.

Contact:
LaNita Hughes
hughesl@gram.edu
(318) 243-6286