Grambling State Students To Compete in the 2020 FOX Soul HBCU Video Contest

Fox SOUL, a new live and interactive streaming channel dedicated to the African American viewer, has invited graduate and undergraduate students of Grambling State to compete in a video competition against students from Howard University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Morehouse College for a $10,000 prize.

The contest, February 24, 2020 to March 27, 2020, invites students to submit videos in one of three Contest categories, and the first, second, and third place winner in each subject category will be announced April 22, 2020.

The three subject categories under which a student may submit a video for consideration are: 

  1. Knowing My Self Worth
  2. My Dream for America
  3. Letter to my Brothers and Sisters

Each video can be no more than 3 minutes long and must be original content, both video and audio combined. No copyrighted visuals or music may be included. Videos with copyrighted material will be disqualified. 

Participating students must submit video entries to for inclusion in the official University-proctored contest to be considered, not directly to FOX Soul.

Share your creative videos in three themes: ‘Knowing Your Worth’, ‘A Letter to America’ or ‘A Letter to My Brothers and Sisters’ for a chance to win $10,000! Let your vision be seen and your voice be heard!

President Gallot Appoints Friends of Technology Advisory Board at Grambling State University

University Leadership Drives Louisiana’s Digital Programming in Higher Education with Forthcoming Cloud Computing Degree 

GRAMBLING, La – February 28, 2020 – President Rick Gallot announced the formation of Grambling State University’s inaugural Friends of Technology Advisory Board to pioneer advancement in technology. The Board, comprised of thirteen top executives from technology industry giants including NASA, Salesforce, and Microsoft, serves as a key point of direction for ongoing systematic development and advancement of University initiatives in tech. 

“As we round the final corner of approvals for the University’s Cloud Computing degree program, I’m leaning on insights from this hand-selected group to learn what’s next in the industry,” said President Gallot. “Grambling State is changing the face of higher education in Louisiana as we cater to our students’ future need for education in technology and digital learning.”    

New Technology Advisory Board Leads Innovation at GSU 

The University’s Friends of Technology Advisory Board members include:

Several Grambling State alumni have joined the ranks of the University’s new Friends of Technology Advisory Board membership. Board members include:

  • Marysharon Owens, Head of Global Creative Studio at Illumina; 
  • Willie B. Williams, Research Portfolio Manager at NASA – ’71;
  • Dean Jones, Program Ambassador at Microsoft for Startups – ’86;
  • Dr. Jamika D. Burge, Design Leader at Capitol One & Tech Founder at BlackComputeHer; 
  • Michael Palmer, Chief Information Security Officer at Hearst; 
  • Terry Owens, Chief Information Officer of the Congressional Budget Office in the United States Congress ’89;
  • David Chatterton, Vice President of Enterprise Sales at Salesforce; 
  • Joe Brenner, Chief Information Officer at Sally Beauty; 
  • Jamie Hamilton, Sr. Vice President of Technology at Revegy ’94;
  • Upen Sachdev, Principal at Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Eric Moses, Capital and Planning Manager at Shell Exploration & Production Company – ‘01;
  • Alana Ward Robinson, President and CEO of Robinson Group Consulting, Inc. – ’72; 
  • and Dr. Adrian Butler, Chief Information Officer of Dine Brands Global – ’92.

The Board recently convened for the kick-off meeting and will assist in the planning and execution of University initiatives in cutting-edge science and technology with attention to the goal of ensuring that students gain the utmost preparation to enter tomorrow’s workforce. Grambling State aspires to position itself to align students as innovators who will create the next generation of digital experience. 

Pioneering Science and Tech in Louisiana Higher Education 

The University’s proposal to offer Louisiana’s first bachelor’s degree in Cloud Computing was recently approved by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. Next, the program will be reviewed by the Board of Regents for final approval. In addition to remaining the top-producer of African American Computer Science graduates in Louisiana, the University currently offers the only 4-year cybersecurity degree program in the state and is developing the state’s first Digital Library.  

“Cybersecurity and cloud computing are just the beginning,” said Dr. Connie Walton, University Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “This is a critical time in higher education when students need to be prepared for a workforce that looks very different than any previous generation. It’s imperative that we have industry experts to help build our curriculum toward tomorrow’s technology trends.” 

Champions for Student Success and Employed Graduates

In addition to advising University Leadership on curriculum and campus advancement, the Board also exists to provide direct student support. Grambling State students with tech majors attended the Friends of Technology’s first meeting, where they received career insights and mentorship. 

“The board is an outstanding resource for students like me to gain career placement, internships, and scholarships,” said Alexis White, Senior Cybersecurity major. “I’m extremely grateful to have access to such an exceptional and willing group of executives to coach me as I enter the technology industry.” 

Grambling State University expects that the Friends of Technology Advisory Board will ensure the continued trajectory of cutting-edge technological advancement and cloud-based thought leadership in the coming years. 

To learn about Grambling State’s science and computer technology programs, visit  

Message Regarding the Novel Coronavirus

Faculty, Staff and Students,

Grambling State’s administration is monitoring developments related to the Novel Coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, which was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. At this time, there have been no cases of the disease on campus, in Louisiana, or even in the Southeast region of the United States. The Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, has determined that the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time.

However, the CDC and the U.S. State Department have upgraded warnings against travel to china to the highest level. The World Health Organization has also declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency. Accordingly, the University is prohibiting all Grambling State students, faculty and staff from traveling to China for university business or university academic purposes, until further notice. Travel to China for personal reasons is also strongly discouraged.

Before traveling, check the CDC’s website for health travel advisories or visit the site to learn more about this virus:

This virus spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose and difficulty breathing.

If you traveled to China in the past 14 days and are experiencing these symptoms, you should:

  • Seek medical care immediately. Before going to the Student Health Center, doctor’s office, or emergency room, call ahead and inform them of your recent travel and your symptoms so they can be prepared for your arrival and minimize exposure to others.
  • Avoid contact with others and avoid travel of any kind to help mitigate the spread of the illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. (Covering with your hands will then spread the germs to anything you touch.)
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Any Grambling State students who traveled to China in the past 14 days and are not experiencing symptoms should contact the Foster-Johnson Health Center at 318-274-2351 for guidance and assistance.

Members of the Grambling State community, especially those from China, who are not sick but have an increased level of anxiety about the situation can contact the Foster-Johnson Health Center’s Mental Health Service at 318-274-2351 to speak to someone or make an appointment.

The CDC also recommends every day healthy habits to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

Grambling State will continue to closely follow all developments related to the Novel Coronavirus and will keep the campus community apprised of any major changes in the situation.

Grambling State University Extends Partnership with Barnes & Noble

5-Year Contract Improves Affordability and Availability of Digital Materials for Students 

 GRAMBLING, La – February 27, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University announced a 5-year extension of its campus retail partnership with Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  

 “As we continue to transform higher education in the state of Louisiana, our aim is to make sure the cost of textbooks and learning resources remains approachable for our talented students,” said Grambling State President Rick Gallot. “The updates to our Barnes & Noble agreement reflect our dedication to holistic student success.”

The University’s targeted negotiations with Barnes and Noble that have resulted in improved affordability of textbooks for Grambling State’students along with an increased financial return toward the University’s bookstore management budget. 

“Our partnership with Barnes and Noble signifies our mutual commitment to remaining a trusted resource for our students and innovator in the industry of collegiate retail,” said Martin Lemelle, Executive Vice President of Grambling State.  

The University engaged Campus Bookstore Consulting (CBC), higher education’s Boston-based premier campus store consulting firm, to support its negotiation efforts with Barnes and Noble.

“It’s imperative that we ensure students have the access to the best resources at an affordable cost,” said Casey Byrd, the University’s Director of Operations and Compliance who led negotiations with the support of committee comprised students, faculty, and staff.  

Students will benefit immediately from provisions of the contract which improve affordability including: 

  • a reduction of gross margin course materials to 25%; 
  • adjusted pricing for digital course materials and textbook rentals; 
  • and used textbook prices will not exceed 75% of new textbook selling prices. 

As part of the agreement, Barnes & Noble guarantees a percentage of sales back to the University in support of student programming. In addition to a signing bonus, Barnes & Noble will contribute textbook scholarships, Grambling University Foundation Scholarship donations, apparel donations, and utility fee payments.  

“It’s an exciting time to be in collegiate retailing with all of the changes in the industry. Barnes & Noble values our long-standing partnership with Grambling University,” said Kimberly Otte, Vice President, Stores at Barnes & Noble College. “We look forward to introducing new initiatives, saving students money on their course materials and staying relevant in the students’ minds.” 

The bookstore continues to strive to be the low-cost leader in textbooks and course materials, as well as the overall go-to destination for purchasing textbooks, trade books, supplies, sports apparel, souvenirs and other university-related merchandise. 

For more information about Barnes & Noble bookstore at Grambling State University, contact Alfredo Morelos, Jr. at 318-247-0661.  For media inquiries, contact

Order Live Grambling State Athletics Games on Pay-Per-View This Season

Register for Digital Streaming Subscription; Proceeds to Benefit GSU’s 100% Student-Run Video Staff

Beginning on Feb. 22 all home games broadcasts will be available on Pay-Per-View.  

Tiger fans can cheer on Grambling State Tiger and Lady Tiger Basketball, Softball, Baseball, from the comfort of their homes. Spectators can get digital access by subscribing to one of four available pay-per-view packages: 

  • $6.99 for 24-hour access; 
  • $10.99 for one-month access to view ALL games in a calendar month; 
  • $24.99 for access to the remaining season 
  • or $89.99 for an annual access pass. 

There are no geographic restrictions to access the Pay-Per-View stream. Once a PPV package is purchased, fans can watch live on Grambling State sports on desktop and mobile devices, through the

Register for access through by selecting “Sign-up” and selecting the access plan that suits you. The answers to frequently asked questions relating to live athletics access is available on this site.  

For more information, contact Habtom Kelete, Sports Information Director for Grambling State University Athletics. If you experience technical issues during the broadcast, please contact use the online form for support.  

Annual Faculty Art Show Open Now through February 27

From January 14 – February 27, 2020 Grambling State University’s, Dunbar Gallery is hosting an exhibition of works entitled 20/20.  The exhibition is a presentation of works by members of the Visual Arts faculty and staff: Rachel Chanin, Rodrecas Davis, Larry D. Holston, Donna F. McGee, and Terence C. Williams, II. Created by five artists, the works offer a survey not only of the artists work but also the ways in which they see the world. In short, the works presented underscore the vision that each artist holds for the future.

Rachel Chanin, a native of West Monroe, Louisiana, holds a Master of Education from Arkansas State University and a Bachelor of Art from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Donna McGee, Professor of Art (emerita), holds a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Mississippi State University, a Masters in Counseling from Mississippi State University and Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Painting and Drawing from Louisiana Tech University. Rodrecas Davis, Professor of Art, is a native of Monroe, Georgia, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia.  Larry Holston, Assistant Professor of Art, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education from Grambling State University and a Master of Arts in Art from Northwestern Louisiana University. Terence C. Williams, II holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sequential Art from Savannah College of Art and Design.

The public is invited to meet the artists at a closing reception to be held in the gallery on Thursday, February 27, 2020, from 4:30 – 6:00 PM.  Gallery hours are from 8 – 4:30 M-TH and 8:30 – 12:00 N on Friday (Closed for university holidays).  Dunbar Gallery is located in Dunbar Fine Arts Annex on Hutchinson Street in Grambling.  Accommodations are available for large groups and special needs persons.  For more information please call or 318 274-2201 or

General Dynamics, USAA, and IBM Among the 100+ Companies to Recruit at Grambling State

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Presents Resume Workshop Prior to Career Expo

Quinnipiac University wide Career Fair Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in the Recreation Center Courts on Quinnipiacís Mount Carmel Campus.

GRAMBLING, La – February 11, 2020 – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund will host a Resume Workshop for Grambling State students in Jacob T. Stewart room 320 on Monday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. in preparation for the University’s 2020 Spring Graduate & Professional School Expo on Tuesday, February 18 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. The Expo gives students the chance to connect with recruiters seeking to fill internships, part-time, and full-time positions across the nation. 

Attendees can connect with representatives from the following list of companies: 

Academic Partnerships 

Alexandria Police Department  

Atlanta Regional Census Center – RCC  

Austin Independent School District  

BGC Advantage  

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana  

Bossier Parish School System  

Bossier Sheriff’s Office  


City of Carrollton  

City of Memphis  

City Year  

Cleco Corporate Holdings, LLC 

Concordia Parish School Board  

Dallas Police Department  

DFW Airport Police Department  

Dine Brands IHOP & Applebee’s 

East Baton Rouge Parish School System 

El Dorado Public Schools 

Enterprise Holdings  

FDIC – Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation  

Federal Bureau of Prisons  

Fort Worth Independent School District  

Frisco ISD (TX)  

Garland ISD  

General Dynamics Information Technology  

Grambling State University College of Professional & Graduate Studies  

Grambling State University Police Department 



KNOE 8 News  

Lafayette Parish School System  

Linwood Public Charter School  

Lonoke School District 

Louisiana Army National Guard  

Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries  

Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice  

Louisiana State Police  

Louisiana State University Graduate School  

Madison County Schools 

Marriott International  

MedCamps of Louisiana  

Mesquite Independent School District  

Morehouse Parish Schools  

Morehouse School of Medicine  

National Park Service  

Nexstar Media Group, Inc.  

North Little Rock School District  

Ochsner LSU Health  

Omaha Public Schools  

Postlethwaite & Netterville  

Quicken Loans  

Rapides Parish School Board  

Red Peach, LLC  

Red River Therapeutic Solutions LLC  

Rockford Public School District 205  


Ruston Police Department  

Sabine Parish School Board  

Sam Houston State University College of Education  

San Bernardino City U.S.D.  


Sheraton Hotel New Orleans  

Sherwin-Williams Company  

Shreveport Green  

Shreveport Police Dept.  

Southern University Law Center  

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences  

St. Mary Parish School Board  

St. Mary’s County Public Schools  

Tangipahoa Parish School System  

Texas A&M-Commerce: Enrollment Management & Retention  

Texas Chiropractic College  

The Orchard Foundation  

United States Capitol Police  

United States Secret Service  

University of Arkansas – Fayetteville  

University of North Texas 


USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service Louisiana  

USDA – Farm Service Agency  

Washington State Patrol 

Remember: This semester’s career fair requires professional attire. If you need assistance with resume help, interview tips, or advice on how to dress your best, contact Career Services at or 318.274.2346. 

Grambling State Announces Grand Opening of Chick-Fil-A and Firehouse Subs


SodexoMAGIC Powers New Campus Dining Options Beginning February 17 

GRAMBLING, La. – February 11, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University announced Firehouse Subs and Chick-fil-a will open on Monday, February 17, 2020 in the Tiger Express.  

“We are all very excited to provide the exact dining experience that our students have asked for,” said Grambling State President Rick Gallot. 

Newly completed renovations to the student union food court (Tiger Express) are part of the University’s five-year partnership with SodexoMAGIC, which has already added Pizza Hut and Steak & Shake to student dining options. Grambling State’s campus will receive $6.7 million in facility updates that include a full-scale renovation of McCall Dining Hall during the Summer of 2020 and the addition of a campus Starbucks planned for a 2021 opening.  

“These improvements have a direct impact on the economic development for the institution and the Grambling community,” said Sheilah Faucette, Senior Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations of Grambling State University.  

For interviews or more information on Grambling State’s new dining program, email Raven Thissel at 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 degree programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information visit

About SodexoMAGIC 

SodexoMAGIC was formed in 2006 through a joint venture between Magic Food Provisions (MFP), which is owned by NBA all-star Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Sodexo to provide food and facilities management services to businesses, hospitals, schools and universities. SodexoMAGIC was founded with the purpose of empowering the communities it serves, creating opportunity by hiring locally and purchasing goods and services from minority and women-owned businesses.  With a 51 percent ownership interest by MFP, SodexoMAGIC has been certified as a minority-owned and managed company by the Minority Supplier Development Council and the Southern California Minority Business Development Council, Inc.  The joint venture employs over 6,500 people at approximately 50 locations across the U.S. and Canada. 

From President and Mrs. Rick Gallot on the Passing of Robert “Bob” Griffin (1932-2020)

On the Passing of Ark-La-Tex Legendary Radio and Television Journalist Known as the “Goodwill Ambassador”

To the Griffin Family:  

On behalf of our entire Grambling State University community, we want to offer our sincerest condolences on the passing of Bob Griffin. 

He is remembered with deep appreciation for his coverage of our athletic teams, especially for his notable coverage of our football team during the leadership of coach Eddie Robinson. The apparent respect and adoration he exhibited for Grambling State Athletics will be forever cherished.  

We will remember his life and contributions as an example of a person driven by passion and authenticity.  

As you endure this challenging time, we hope you take comfort in his outstanding impact. We are forever grateful for his work and will keep you lifted in our thoughts and prayers.  

Forever Grambling,   

President and Mrs. Rick Gallot   

Grammy Award Winner and Civic Activist, David Banner to Keynote Black History Month Convocation

Grambling State University Welcomes Media, Campus and Community to Celebratory Programming on February 20

GRAMBLING, LA – February 5, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University announced Grammy Award winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, civic activist and actor David Banner will keynote the University’s Black History Convocation in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on February 20, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

“A strong sense of Black History permeates the culture of our campus year-round,” said Grambling State University President Rick Gallot. “It’s important that our students understand that they are the next chapter of Black History and grasp the importance of using their talents to continue the work of trailblazers who came before them.”

About David Banner

Banner attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, graduating with a degree in business; and attended graduate school at the University of Maryland on a full scholarship before pursuing his music career.

Banner also is founder of A Banner Vision, a multimedia company that specializes in providing emotionally engaging music for iconic commercials, video games and films. A Banner Vision has produced ads for brands like Pepsi, Gatorade, Paramount Pictures (Footloose film), Marvel, Capcom, Mercedes Benz and mass-market retailer Kmart.

Banner is the creator of Heal the Hood, Inc., a foundation providing relief and recovery assistance to lower income people of the Gulf Region affected by natural disasters. Heal the Hood also supports youth development and recreation programs in Mississippi. The foundation raised $500,000 for Katrina survivors in Mississippi and Alabama; and 2014 was its eighth year of distributing clothing, toys, and other necessities to Jackson, Mississippi families during the holidays.

Campus and community members are invited to attend this year’s convocation.


WHO:             Grambling State University

WHAT:           Black History Month Convocation

WHEN:           Thursday, February 20, 2020, at 11 a.m.  (C)

WHERE:         Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center, Grambling, LA



8:00 – 9:20 A.M.                       8:00 – 8:50 A.M.

9:30 – 10:50 A.M.                    9:00 – 9:50 A.M.

11:00 – 12:20 P.M.                 10:00 – 10:50 A.M.

CONVOCATION                    11:00 – 12:30 P.M.

Regular class schedule resumes at 1:00 p.m.

For media access or more information, call (318) 243-5012 or email