Grambling State to Honor Juneteenth as an Official University Holiday 

Historically Black University Memorializes African American Independence Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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318-274-2866
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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

JPMorgan Chase Includes Grambling State in its Commitment to Professional Development

Grambling State University Student Earns Prestigious Apprenticeship

Jordan Williams, a junior computer science major from Monroe, Louisiana, has been selected as an apprentice in JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways initiative.GRAMBLING, La. – June 1, 2020 – Jordan Williams, a junior computer science major from Monroe, Louisiana, has been selected as an apprentice in JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways initiative.

“The JPMorgan Advancing Black Pathways Apprenticeship means a lot to me because I’ll be working as an apprentice for the largest bank corporation in America,” Williams said.

“I’ll be working virtually with black students from Harvard, Howard, Yale, Columbia, and Morehouse, just the name a few. Not only that, I’ll also be introduced to professionals from JPMorgan who will act as my mentors during the program and after.”

Through Advancing Black Pathways, JPMorgan Chase is working to improve educational opportunities and job readiness for black students. This includes hiring 4,000 black students at the firm in roles such as apprenticeships, internships and post-graduation roles over the next five years.

The company also is expanding partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other non-profit organizations to help provide career opportunities while supporting the professional development and financial health of black students.

Williams, a President’s List honor student, a member of Grambling State University’s Earl Lester Cole Honors College. He also holds memberships in the University’s Center for Mathematical Achievement in Science and Technology (CMAST) and Tiger L.I.F.T. leadership program, as well as the “World Famed” Tiger Marching Band.

For more information, please contact  mediarelations@gram.edu  or call (318) 243-5012.

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:
Raven Thissel
mediarelations@gram.edu
(318) 243-5012

Board of Regents Approves Cloud Computing Degree at Grambling State

Louisiana’s First 4-Year Cloud Computing Degree Program to Begin Fall 2020

GSU President Gallot before the ULS Board.

Image taken at Board of Regents meeting pre-COVID-19.

GRAMBLING, La. – May 29, 2020 – On Thursday, the Louisiana Board of Regents approved Grambling State University’s proposal to offer Louisiana’s first bachelor’s degree in Cloud Computing.

“World markets benefit tremendously from increased diversity in career fields like cloud computing, and our students are the perfect fit for this need,” said President Rick Gallot. “We are proud to have the support of the University of Louisiana System and the Board of Regents to prepare the next wave of digital geniuses and tech talent for the innovation industry.”

The program will train students to become cloud computing experts who can build and maintain cloud infrastructures. Professionals with these skills are projected to remain in high demand for decades to come. According to Forbes, in 2019 there were 50,248 cloud computing positions available in the U.S. from 3,701 employers and 101,913 open positions worldwide. Beginning with the graduating class of 2024, Grambling State alums can don the title of Cloud Architect, Cloud Consultant, IoT Engineer and many other high demand tech-based positions with a median starting salary over $80k for many positions.

“Our work doesn’t end at graduation. In this new environment of increased distance learning and teleworking, the demand for professionals in disciplines like cloud computing and cybersecurity only continues to grow,” President Gallot said. “As a university, we had the forethought to integrate these programs as we continue to prepare our students to meet the demands of an evolving workforce.”

“The GSU Career Center, our vast alumni network, and our Friends of Technology Advisory Board are a few of the many ways that we ensure our alums are employed upon degree completion,” said President Gallot.

The hard work of curriculum development and gaining the proper approvals to offer the degree program is overseen by the University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Connie Walton.

“Grambling State University is excited about the approval of the new program in cloud computing,” Dr. Walton said. The global cloud computing market size is expected to grow to $623.3 billion by 2023.

“The average length of time a cloud computing-related position remains open is close to 50 days. The degree program in Cloud Computing will allow Grambling State University to play a major role in ensuring that workforce needs related to cloud computing can be met,” Dr. Walton said.

Grambling State has long been a national leader in producing African American Computer Science graduates. The new program’s development is being spearheaded by Grambling State faculty member and member of the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission, Dr. Yenumula B. Reddy. Dr. Reddy also serves as the chair of the department that houses Louisiana’s first degree in Cybersecurity.

“Our program will remain current with emerging workforce needs via strong industry partnerships and by using an innovative staffing approach,”Dr. Walton said. “The faculty teaching in this program will include individuals who are currently working in cloud computing positions. Students who are in this program will have the opportunity to learn from experts. Further, Dr. Reddy and his team will ensure that students receive assistance in placement in internships and cooperative education experiences. His team will also build into the program opportunities for students to engage in cutting edge research in cloud computing.”

Grambling State has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Mathematical Achievement for Science and Technology (CeMAST).The Center supports the six STEM undergraduate degree programs housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, and one program in the College of Business. These programs are biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, cybersecurity, engineering technology, mathematics and physics, and computer information systems.

 

For more information, please contact mediarelations@gram.edu or call (318) 274-2866.

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:
LaNita Hughes
hughesl@gram.edu
(318) 274-6286

Grambling State Appoints Timothy Graham as Director of Purchasing

Experienced Accountant and Procurement Officer Assumes  Executive Leadership Role at Grambling State

GRAMBLING, La. – May 28, 2020 –Grambling State University announced that Timothy Graham assumed the role of Director of Purchasing starting May 18.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Graham to our team,” said Grambling State Senior Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations Sheilah Faucette. “His extensive experience brings a unique blend of talents to this important role.”

“In this position, Graham will provide executive level direction for the University’s fiscal management and strategic acquisitions. He has vast experience in negotiating large capital expenditure projects, developing domestic and international supplier relationships, implementing purchasing software systems, and managing multi-million dollar budgets and forecasts.

“In order to continue providing an exceptional educational experience for our students, we must maximize our assets,” said Executive Vice President Martin Lemelle. “We look forward to having Mr. Graham’s guidance in this area.”

About Timothy Graham
Graham brings over eighteen years of governmental and global procurement, supply chain implementation, and strategy execution. He has vast experience in negotiating large capital expenditure projects, developing domestic and international supplier relationships, implementing purchasing software systems, and managing multi-million dollar budgets and forecasts.

He is a graduate of Southern University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He received his MBA from the University of Phoenix. In addition to his years of purchasing, his background includes several years of bank management and accounting experience. Prior to joining the Grambling family, Graham was the Senior Buyer for Benteler Steel-Tube in Shreveport, Louisiana where he was responsible for global contract negotiation and implementation, large capital equipment purchases, and plant maintenance and repair agreements.

For more information, please contact mediarelations@gram.edu or call (318) 274-2866. To learn about open positions at Grambling State University, visit gram.edu/careers.

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:
LaNita Hughes
hughesl@gram.edu
(318) 274-6286

GSU Faculty Awarded $92,919 NEH Grant for Digital Humanities Program

GRAMBLING, La – May 26, 2020 – The National Endowment for the Humanities recently awarded a $92,919 grant to Grambling State University faculty from the Departments of English and History as part of a three-year innovative curricular initiative for a program in the Digital Humanities.

Co-directors Dr. James Clawson and Dr. Edward Holt, along with Dr. Roshunda Belton and Ms. Catherine Bonner, will collaborate to design and implement an interdisciplinary minor and host a series of workshops to train humanities faculty in pedagogies and technologies appropriate to the Digital Humanities.

The first institute will be hosted by Grambling State University from August 3rd to 7th, 2020. This workshop will serve as an intensive introduction to Digital Humanities and an opportunity to develop learning activities for new and existing classes. Faculty from Grambling and all regional universities are encouraged to apply to participate by submitting their name, contact information, and a 200 word statement about what they hope to gain from the institute to this form by July 1st, 2020. All teaching disciplines and areas of focus are welcome.

Grambling State’s award is part of $30.9 million in grants to support 188 projects across the country. The University’s grant is one of 16 nationwide in the Humanities Initiatives Grants, which in part support and enrich humanities education and scholarship at HBCUs.

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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:
Raven Thissel
thisselr@gram.edu
(318) 243-5012

GSU NOTICE: June Travel Mandate Immediately Effective

GSU Logo with Motto

Students, Faculty and Staff: UPDATED JUNE 30, 2020

Your health and safety are of utmost concern to Grambling State University. For this reason, the University is immediately implementing a campus-wide Travel Mandate through July 31, 2020 with the following mandatory tenets:

University-wide Travel Mandates:

  • All university-sponsored international and domestic travel is hereby prohibited;
  • Personal international travel is strongly discouraged by the CDC and Grambling State;
  • Effective immediately, the University requests student and staff to disclose travel plans, both international and domestic, through the GSU Registry of Personal Travel Form.

International Travel Regulations:

  • Grambling State strongly urges extreme caution and judgment for your personal international travel; should students or staff choose to engage in personal international travel, these persons will be required to complete a GSU Confidential Health Form and self-isolate until receiving further guidance from University Health Services.

Regulations for Inbound Travel and Visitors to Campus:

  • Anyone, including University affiliates and invited guests, who arrives on campus having visited or traveled through a location with a CDC levels 1-3 travel warning and areas of high-concentration for COVID-19, must complete a GSU Confidential Health Form and self-isolate until receiving further guidance from University Health Services. Visit the CDC website for current information on travel warnings and high-risk destinations.

Please keep in mind that your travel choices can have urgent impact on those you come in contact with upon arrival and return to Grambling State and other destinations.

Further information on the University’s COVID-19 Prevention and Response efforts are forthcoming. Follow @grambling1901 and check your email regularly for updates.