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REPLAY: President Gallot Answers Live – 2019 University Update

This year’s annual event follows a year of history-making moments for Grambling State including a new 24-hour dining program, more than $20 million in funding for facility updates, the upcoming launch of Louisiana’s first Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, and the World Famed Tiger Marching Band’s invitation to perform for Beyoncé and Adidas.   Continue reading

Grambling State Launches New Mobile App

Smartphone application brings news, events, and students services to iOS and Android devices.

Whether you’re a current student, future student, faculty member, or alumni, Grambling State’s new mobile application makes it easy to get engaged with Grambling State.

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From Rouse’s to RWE Jones Drive: Freshman Jordan Taylor Makes Headlines for Choosing Grambling State University

Baton Rouge native who helped autistic teen acknowledged by University of Louisiana System for choosing GSU 

Jordan in Confernce RoomJordan in Confernce Room2It’s been a busy summer for Jordan Taylor. In just a few months he’s gone from helping a customer in need to national headlines, a free car, and more than $125,000 in support to achieve his college dream of becoming a Grambling State University Tiger.

“Coming to Grambling has been great,” said Taylor as he addressed the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors during a special meeting where he was acknowledged for his contributions. “The people have been really helpful, and I want to thank Chairman Perkins, Dr. Henderson, and the President of Grambling State for all of their help in getting me here.”

Taylor, a freshman Math Education major, garnered local and national media attention after a social media video went viral. The video showed him helping a customer at Rouse’s supermarket where he worked. That customer, Jack Ryan Edwards, age 17, has autism and was shopping when his father when Jordan and he met in at the Rouse’s on Drusilla Lane in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“It is a great opportunity today to be part of a great story that has taken place over the last few weeks and caught national attention,” said Al Perkins, Chairman of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. “When the story went public, everybody reached out to see what they could do to help Jordan. It was the mayor of Baton Rouge (Sharon Weston Broome) who took a major leap and a major role to reached out to make Jordan’s dream of college come true.”

To watch the full video of Jordan’s acknowledgment, click below or visit

Jordan, from the entire Grambling State University Community, welcome to the #GramFam.

GSU Spotlight: Dr. Meg Brown & GSU’s New Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Grambling State’s New Bachelor of Science in Nursing is one of the University’s most anticipated programs in recent history. Dr. Meg Brown has helped lead the effort. But, what fuels her passion for GSU Nursing and what’s next for the program? Watch to learn more in this GSU Spotlight.

Did you always want to be a nurse? 
“I always grew up with the expectation of becoming a nurse and I never thought anything else about it, that was the way it was going to be.”

What Should We Expect From This Program? 
There’s a history with Grambling for an undergraduate nursing program. Grambling’s program was exceptional. It was considered to be a star within the county, and we plan to go back to that; and to be an exemplar for other programs.”

Learn More about GSU Nursing & the New Bachelor of Science Program
The Grambling State University School of Nursing is growing the best in healthcare providers through cutting-edge education. From our pre-nursing program and new Bachelor of Science in Nursing to graduate education and research, our students, faculty, and alumni are helping shape one of America’s most important helping professions.

You’re Invited! Grambling State University Alumni Convention 2018

We’ve got less than 4 weeks left, but it’s not too late to sign up to connect with some of our most dedicated and influential Grambling State alums:

Here are three easy steps to make sure you don’t miss out.

Step 1: Register Now
Register now at

Full Conference: $225.00 per attendee
(includes registration packet, bag, t-shirt, and tickets to luncheons and the Black and Gold gala.)

Step 2: Grab Your Special Tickets
Don’t miss these must-see events. Be sure to add these events to your registration:

Grambling Legends Induction Dinner & Ceremony (includes red carpet reception)
Saturday, July 14th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm | $75 |

Grambling Legends Afterparty
Saturday, July 14th at 8:30pm – 1:30pm | $ 20

*Bundle pricing is also available for Induction Dinner, Ceremony, and the After party ($95)

Step 3: Book Your Hotel Deal
This year’s host hotel group discount is $114.50 per night (including tax). Mention the GUNAA Convention to get the special rate.

Host Hotel
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
1707 Roberta Avenue, Ruston, LA 71270
( 318) -251-9800

If you have questions about registration or hotels, please contact the GUNAA Office at or (318) 247-6770.

So now that you’ve been invited…. Let’s get registered! This year’s National Alumni Convention promises to be a great one focused on Leveraging the Power of One Grambling to help GSU deliver continued Academic Success, University Advancement, and Operational Excellence.

Campus Construction Signals New Growth at Grambling State

GSU targets a new series of facility improvements opening Fall 2018

This summer Grambling State University’s campus is showing brick and mortar signs of the institution’s growth.  From alumni giving to new Federal funding and record enrollment, the University’s seen steady momentum since the 2016 installment of its 10th President, Rick Gallot.

Most notably, the recent demolition of the C.D. Henry Natatorium began to make way for the school’s Intramural Center expansion project. The expanded Center, which currently houses more than 100 sports and health programs, will include a new pool and community programming areas.

“We’re seeing growth campus-wide, from our programs and research to the number of students,” said, Martin Lemelle, Jr., Chief Operating Officer for Grambling State University. “It’s exciting to see our facilities expanding to support our growing needs.”

The Intramural Expansion project is just one of a number of construction projects. In addition, the University’s Facilities team is managing a series of campus-wide improvements that will impact students starting Fall 2018.

The improvements include:

Computer Lab & Server Room Upgrades
Completions from January 2018 to December 2018

Computer labs, smart boards, and supporting infrastructure upgrades are in progress in a series of campus buildings including Carver Hall and Jacob T. Stewart Hall.

Campus Safety and Emergency Support Improvements ­
Completions March 2018 to February 2019

A joint project of the University’s facilities, information technology and safety departments is underway bringing new lighting, signage, security, and monitoring upgrades to the campus’ highest traffic areas. Buildings impacted include Charles P. Adams; Brown and Carver Halls; and the Betty E. Smith Nursing Building, which houses GSU’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program slated to kick off Fall 2018.

Smart Auditorium (Nursing Building)
Completion in 2019

The Betty E. Smith Nursing Building will receive a series of upgrades. They include new seating, audio/visual capabilities, and integrations with new smart presentation technology to better support some of GSU’s largest classes and events.

New Communications Video Conferencing Lab
Opening Fall 2018

Carver Hall, which houses a number of science courses, faculty, and programs, will serve as home to a fully-enabled new video conferencing lab. The upgrades will help power student learning and research engagement with NASA, FEMA, ESPN, and a number of other nationally funded grant programs.

Flood Restoration Projects
First Completions Coming Fall 2018

Woodson Hall, Adams Hall, and the Favrot Student Union bowling alley will see a number of large improvements bringing all three buildings fully online by Spring 2019. The renovated academic areas will provide learning spaces for students across three different colleges and more than 20 majors.

New Digital Library
Design & Strategy Complete, Winter 2018

The University’s highly anticipated digital library is on-track to complete its design phase this winter. Architects and designers are actively working with students, faculty, and staff to complete the facility’s strategy documents including site selection, space programming, and academic needs assessments. The facility will include new computer labs, expanded archives, and community programming space to serve the school’s growing student population and surrounding areas.

Campus Construction Funding – New Support for Grambling State

“We’re fortunate to see a diverse surge of support,” said President Rick Gallot. “From FEMA to our engaged alumni, we’re connecting with a record number of organizations and individuals stepping up to back our vision and plans.”

This most recent round of support includes more than $1.2 million dollars raised as a part of the University’s four-month “Bring it Home” campaign, which engaged alumni across the globe.

“What’s awesome about the GSU community is that we show up to support in a number of ways. From dollars to internships and volunteering, our supporters make big things happen,” said Marc Newman, Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Grambling State.

For more information on campus improvements and changes, follow Grambling1901 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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Celebrating 26 Years of Service: Dr. Larry J. Pannell, Director of Bands and Head of GSU’s Music Department

By GSU Media Bureau

Headshot-Pannell-RetirementGrambling State University is proud to celebrate the contributions of Dr. Larry J. Pannell, Director of Bands and Head of the University’s Music Department. For 26 years Dr. Pannell, most known for his leadership of the Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band, has contributed to a long list of accomplishments in Louisiana and across the nation.

“Our band is one of the many iconic student groups that make our school and brand great,” said President Rick Gallot. “That greatness is only possible with committed leadership. Dr. Pannell’s legacy is evidence of his enormous commitment.”

Affectionately known as “Doc,” Dr. Pannell has directly trained more than 5,000 student members of the World Famed Marching Tiger Band. His contributions have helped connect the students and University with some of America’s largest brands including Apple, EA Sports, the National Basketball League (NBA), and the National Football League (NFL). In addition, under the guidance of Dr. Pannell, the Tiger Marching Band has participated in more than 300 national performances with:

  • Apple, Inc.
  • Bayou Classic
  • BET’s Season of the Tiger
  • The Cartoon Network
  • Denver Nuggets NBA
  • Denzel Washington’s “The Great Debaters”
  • “Drumline” – Movie with Twentieth Century Fox
  • “Drum Line” Performed for BET
  • EA Sports Battle of Bands
  • ESPN
  • ESPN’s Docu-Series, “The Battle”
  • Fox Sports Network
  • Good Morning America
  • Kansas City Chiefs NFL
  • MTV
  • Inclusion in the National Museum of African-American History and Culture
  • NBA All Star Games (1994, 2010)
  • NBA Dallas Mavericks
  • Inclusion in NCAA Hall of Champions
  • NFL Dallas Cowboys
  • NFL Houston Texans
  • NFL Jacksonville Jaguars
  • NFL New Orleans Saints
  • NFL Seattle Seahawks
  • President Bill Clinton
  • Presidential Inaugurations – 44th Barack Obama (2009, 2013), 43rd Pres. George Bush (2005)
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Seattle Seahawks NFL
  • Sports Illustrated
  • “Star Wars” (Film)
  • Super Bowl XXXII
  • Tournament of Roses Parade
  • Wheel of Fortune

Dr. Pannell, known for his energy, wit, and passion for musical excellence, summed up his legacy by saying, “May the work I’ve done speak for me.”

“When it comes to band directors, we were blessed to work with Doc,” said Ja’Qualan Keal, former drum major for the Tiger Marching Band from 2016 to 2017.  “He taught us all the value of hard work and to do everything with excellence.”

Thank you, Dr. Larry J. Pannell, for your many contributions and years of hard work.