Grambling State Graduate Student President Receives NSEP David L. Boren Fellowship

Karmel Reeves Joins African Flagship Language Initiative to Mozambique 

GRAMBLING, La – May 22, 2020 – Grambling State University’s Title III Program Coordinator and graduate student has been awarded the exclusive 2020 National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowship in the African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI). Reeves will work for the US Government as a foreign liaison studying language and culture in Mozambique. 

“We exist to provide opportunities for young adults to grow into their dreams and it’s always rewarding to see our alumni go on to do great things,” said Grambling State President Rick Gallot. “We are proud of Ms. Reeves work with the federal government and especially of this landmark accomplishment.” 

This prestigious Federal opportunity invites highly skilled students to move to a designated location overseas as well as intensively study languages deemed critical to the U.S. National Security. Reeves is the first Grambling State graduate student to receive this esteemed opportunity. 

“My interest in public service was cultivated by the gross inequity and cyclical poverty in my hometown Detroit, Michigan,” Ms. Reeves said. “Growing up seeing this level of environmental inequity in southeast Michigan motivated me at a young age to become part of the change I wanted to see. It was my love for my community and my pride in my hometown that ignited my passion to pursue this career path,” she said. 

About Karmel Reeves 

As a teen, Reeves served an international nonprofit organization called Buildon, which runs youth service afterschool programs in United States high schools while building schools in developing countries. She also participated in Detroit’s urban farming initiative whose goal is to turn vacant lots into urban developments for farming. This urban agricultural movement in the city works to promote education, sustainability, and a community effort to empower urban neighborhoods while providing free produce to neighborhood residents, churches, and food pantries. 

Her international service began in 2013, when as a volunteer in Manchester Parish, Jamaica her work aided orphanages, homes for the mentally disabled, small farmers, and research facilities. In 2017, Reeves was selected to participate in the Israel Allies Cultural Exchange program, taking her to the border of Syria in the Golan Heights, a Kibbutz community on the border of Gaza, and several Arab-Palestinian villages to learn more about peace conflict initiatives in the Middle East between Israelis and Palestinians. 

In 2017, Reeves accepted a two consecutive internship appointment with the U.S. Department of Agriculture working with both the GIPSA and the AMS Civil Rights Departments. She was a founding member of the Inaugural Diversity Month Celebration Committee at the USDA. 

Reeves, 2019-2020 Graduate Student Government President, will put her graduate studies at Grambling State on hold to complete the Fellowship. After her training, she will be moving to Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, to work with the U.S. Embassy. She plans to return to complete her Masters in Public Administration, before relocating to Washington D.C. to fulfill her public service requirement at a U.S. agency aiding in National Security efforts. 

Order Your Regalia before July 31 | Expect Shipping Delays

From Your Barnes & Noble Bookstore Management:

Dear Grambling Spring 2020 Graduate, 

Congratulations!  While the May commencement ceremony has been postponed, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that you are a graduate of Grambling State University, an accomplishment of which you should be proud. To help you commemorate your hard work and commitment to attaining your degree, your Barnes & Noble Bookstore has set up online ordering for the custom Grambling State University regalia. 

By ordering your regalia now, you will have it to take photos to share with family and friends, to wear at a later commencement, and to have as a keepsake of these extraordinary times and your academic achievement.  

To order, please login to  The website will remain open through July 31st and orders will be direct shipped to your home free of charge.  Orders will arrive in approximately 3 – 4 weeks. Once you place your order, you will receive an order confirmation email and once your order has shipped you will receive a tracking number.  

For more information contact the bookstore: 

Store Manager Alfredo Morelos Jr. (318) 247-1010 or by email at

Grambling State Establishes 5 New Endowments and Professorships

Louisiana Board of Regents Approves Funding Adjustments at Top HBCU 

GRAMBLING, La – May 15, 2020 – The Louisiana Board of Regents recently approved five new endowed scholarships and professorships at Grambling State University. 

The new scholarships and professorships include: 

  •  Dr. Adrian and Gilonda Butler Endowed Professorship in Cyber Security 
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Delta Iota Endowed Scholarship 
  • Ruby Billups Standard of Excellence Scholarship (Alpha Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.) 
  • Lonnie B. Smith Endowed Scholarship 
  • Ruston Alumni Chapter’s Family of Coach James Wicks Duncan Sr. Endowment 

“What makes this program unique is that we were able to utilize funding from outside sources to grow the value of our endowments,” said Marc Newman, Vice President for Advancement. “Combining Title III funding as a 1 to 1 match, combined with the Board of Regents program that offers an 80/20 match for the endowed programs, has made the difference.”  

The University continues to report record breaking enrollment. After many public institutions took large financial hits during COVID-19 response, smart advancement tactics such as these couldn’t come at a better time to ensure that the University’s steadily growing numbers are supported with student aid funding and more. These compounded endowments come on the heels of the University’s successful Dr. Joseph B.  Johnson Endowed Professorship established by the Gamma Psi Chapter Alumni of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated. 

“We are grateful to all of the trailblazers who are proving what’s possible with endowment funds,” said President Gallot. “With this funding,  we will continue to support the academic advancement of our students and faculty so they can continue leading the state in technology and innovation.” 

The University’s growing partnership with Argent Financial Services has made the planned giving and scholarship foundation more convenient than ever. GSU alums like Lonnie B. Smith, Jr. have gone above and beyond to guarantee the program’s continued success. 

“This is only the beginning of the growth we envision for Grambling State,” said Newman. “These endowments present an excellent opportunity for our alumni and supporters to turn their gift into a lasting legacy.”  

To learn how to start an endowment, contact the Grambling State University Office of Advancement at

Grambling State Prepares for In-Person Instruction This Fall

University Will Open Campus in August In Accordance with UL System Plans 

GRAMBLING, LA – May 12, 2020 – The nine University of Louisiana System member institutions are planning for a return to face-to-face instruction this fall. Institutions are designing plans specific to their individual communities that prioritize the health and safety of students, faculty and staff and the universities’ educational mission.  

“Throughout this event our member institutions have prioritized safety and learning. Those will remain our chief considerations as we begin the process of re-populating our campuses,” UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson said. “The university experience is more than just attending class and we are optimistic, with the right safeguards in place and following the guidance of health experts, that we will be able to safely return to campus in August.” 

Last month UL System Board Chair Mark Romero appointed an ad hoc committee on post-pandemic operations who will meet later this month to discuss returning to campus and review System-level guidelines to assist universities in transitioning to more normal operations.  

“Our universities have been in lock-step through the interruptions we experienced the past couple of months,” Henderson said. “This systemic coordination is beneficial to students, faculty, staff and the state as a whole.” 

The System’s guidelines will address the re-populating of campuses based on external and internal conditions including segmenting return by waves; testing requirements; increased hygiene; communication practices; and distancing protocols. Grambling State will continue to monitor the ongoing CDC and State guidelines to best protect campus and community. 

Fall 2020 Housing Full Before Priority Deadline

We are excited that you have chosen to begin or continue your higher education experience at Grambling State University for the Fall semester of 2020. Due to higher than normal student attendance volume, all housing for new and transfer female students and for all upperclassmen has been filled prior to the listed July 1 Priority Deadline. We understand that on-campus living is a unique part of the collegiate experience and the Office of Campus Living and Housing strives to provide a safe and comfortable living environment where students can focus on their studies; that’s why we are committed to keeping our students informed of upcoming opportunities to access university provided housing.  

Incoming freshman and new transfer male students can continue to follow the housing application protocol.  
The only university provided housing options currently available are as follows:  Wheatley Hall (double occupancy) and Holland Hall (Holland Hall is a co-ed apartment style honors hall for incoming freshmen and transfer students with a minimum 3.25 GPA). Click HERE for steps to complete your application now, spaces are limited. Find residence hall requirements HERE. See room rates HERE.  

I am an incoming freshman/new transfer female student who has submitted a housing application and paid my deposit for Fall 2020 housing. What should I do next?  
Female students who have completed the application and paid their deposit will be contacted by a staff member should housing become available via phone in the order in which the application was received.  

I am an incoming freshman/new transfer female student who has not completed the Fall 2020 Housing Application. What should I do next? Due to higher than normal student attendance volume, The Office of Campus Living and Housing is currently at max occupancy within the incoming freshman/transfer female residence halls. Once the housing application re-opens, students will be notified via email and given further instructions. 

I am an upperclassman student, who hasn’t applied for housing yet or I have applied but haven’t had the option to select a room online. How do I get university provided housing for Fall 2020? 

When additional housing is available, all students will be notified via phone with instructions on securing university-provided housing for Fall 2020. 

Can I move to CEV using financial aid?  

Yes, if the move is within one of our university approved housing units assigned by Campus Living and Housing. However, if you enter a CEV lease without university approval, you will be responsible for the cost of rent and utilities. Financial aid does not cover the cost of this off-campus living option.  

Can I move off campus? Those students who can secure off-campus housing may complete the “Off Campus Exemption Form” under the “My Housing” tab in banner. Make sure that all supporting documents are attached to your application to expedite your approval. 

In order to be contacted about housing availability, please ensure your correct email address, cell phone number, address, and emergency contact information in BannerWeb. This is the contact information that will be used to reach you concerning your housing and other University outreach. 

Check your student email 

The University will always contact you here first! Get into the habit of checking your GSU email daily.  

Still have Questions about your housing?   
Log into BannerWeb and click the “My Housing” tab to:  

  • Check your housing status,  
  • Complete a housing application (if applicable),  
  • Complete Housing Payment ($200 application fee; if applicable),   
  • Select a room (if applicable),  
  • Complete an off-campus approval form (if applicable)  

If needed, contact the office of Campus Living and Housing at to clear up any remaining questions about your Housing status. 

Grambling State Names Former Calendar Queen as Valedictorian

Alianndra Williams ReceivesTop Honors in Graduating Class of Spring 2020

GRAMBLING, La – May 5, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University announced former Miss Cover Girl Alianndra Williams as valedictorian of the Spring 2020 graduating class. Williams earned top honors, with a 4.0 grade point average.  

“I plan on giving back to Grambling State by offering numerous academic and book scholarships to upperclassmen in need,” said Williams.  

Attending Grambling State University is a family tradition for spring 2020 valedictorian Alianndra Williams. Along with the family tradition of attending Grambling State, Williams’ legacy includes family members who worked at the University in various capacities, including her great-grandmother, Ann Stevenson Osborne, who worked in Purchasing for 46 years and her grandmother, Gail Stevenson Lee, who taught Developmental English in Brown Hall for many years. Her mother, Adrienne Gray, grandfather, and uncles also graduated from Grambling State. 

This valedictorian has distinguished herself by not only continuing a family tradition, but also in her excellence as a student leader and role model while maintaining her perfect 4.0 grade point average. 

“It’s an honor to award the valedictorian distinction to someone from our local community with such an outstanding extracurricular record,” said President Gallot. “Ms. Williams is a hard-working student who I know will continue to excel in all of her future endeavors.” 

Williams was crowned Miss Covergirl 2018-2019, donning the pages of the University’s annual calendar. She was selected as an esteemed member of the Earl Lester Cole Honors College as well as The President’s Student Leadership Initiative. During her years as a student, Williams served on the Favrot Student Union Board, Phi Epsilon Kappa Honors Fraternity, Inc., Grambling State University Student Ambassadors, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. President of the Alpha Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Williams has been named to the President’s List throughout her university career. 

After graduation, she plans to attend Physical Therapy School at Texas Woman’s University and ultimately open a physical therapy practice in Dallas, Texas.  

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 GSU Cheerleaders

Please be advised that the list below is pending Spring 2020 final grades. All skills performed in videos must be maintained.  In the event that you are unable to perform the skills, your position will be reevaluated.  If you are a new or returning student, please be sure you have applied and have been accepted to Grambling State University for the Fall 2020 semester.  If you have any work obligations or classes that will hinder you from participating 100% please contact Mr. Terry Lilly immediately at or by phone at 318-274-2507.


  1. Shayvonna Cowens 
  2. Zeyandra Jackson
  3. Biahje Benson
  4. Skylar Ross
  5. De’Quencia Williams 
  6. Nikiya Lee
  7. Sydney Street
  8. Keiara Dalferes
  9. Kirsten Williams 
  10. Jordan Turner
  11. Brittany Miller
  12. Asha Standifer
  13. Nevaeh Johnson
  14. Britany Hunter
  15. Robbi Palmer
  16. Alexis Hebert


  1. Taraca Hardiman
  2. Zion Stout
  3. Shandelle Hunter
  4. Lachelle Edwards
  5. Shanyra Howard
  6. Jemauri Johnson-Cole
  7. Kynedi White 
  8. Jurnee Dilworth
  9. Madison Agnew
  10. Christina Hicks
  11. Courtnee Williams 
  12. Dazmeiah Turner
  13. Kayla Guyton
  14. Zoe’  Jackson
  15. Taylor Robinson
  16. Yasmine Hamilton 
  17. Cheyenne Walker
  18. Crisma Burford
  19. Selena Mitchell
  20. Kannay Mallard


  1. Darious Christopher
  2. Shamodre Green
  3. Ray’mon Fuller
  4. Trevente Harper 
  5. Divante Gray
  6. Daquann Ford
  7. Michael Bassett

You will be receiving further communication as to date or return and other details in the near future. 

If you were not selected please contact Mr.Terry Lilly for evaluation and critiques after May 6, 2020.

Confirmed Coronavirus Case at Grambling State University

Long-Jones Hall Closed for Sanitation After Exposure by Infected Team Member 

GRAMBLING, La – May 1, 2020 – Today, the Grambling State University announced a positive COVID-19 case. A University team member who was in Long-Jones Hall within the last two weeks has been confirmed with coronavirus and is under medical supervision off-campus. 

Until further notice, no one is permitted to enter Long-Jones Hall while the University employs professional sanitation and protocols for restoring the area for entry and use.  

At this time, there is minimal risk of spread through direct contact due to this person’s lack of interaction with others during their time on campus.  

RELEASE: Grambling State Announces CARES Act Grant Guidelines

University Students to Receive Federally-Funded Relief  

GRAMBLING, La – May 1, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University announced student eligibility guidelines for Congress’ Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. On March 27, the federal government announced that $12.56 billion of the $2 trillion stimulus package distributed to institutions of higher education using a formula based on student enrollment. 

“Ensuring our students receive every possible resource to recover from COVID-19 related losses and complete their education is essential,” said President Rick Gallot.  

Grambling State University received $7 million in federal support, $3.5 million of which to distribute to students who meet the criteria: 

  • 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 are currently 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. 

All students are not eligible for CARES Act grant assistance and those who are not eligible will not have access to the application. Students who meet pre-qualification to apply for CARES Act grant assistance will find the application in their student portals beginning May 8, 2020. Students must submit their CARES ACT Grant Application for the Spring Semester no later than the close of business by May 15, 2020. Those who do not meet the submission date will have their grant applications considered only if funding is still available.  

Students can find specific information on accessing grant funds HERE. More on Grambling State’s coronavirus prevention and response can be found at

Student Guidelines: GSU CARES Act Grant

Grambling State University students who need financial assistance for expenses incurred during COVID-19 response could be eligible for a student grant. Students who have incurred additional cost of attendance (COA) expenses like food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, childcare, and others may qualify for a federal CARES Act Grant, which will provide emergency relief funding. 


Only students who meet pre-qualification to apply for CARES grant assistance will find the application in BannerWeb. Students who have financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic and are 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. If a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA. Students who have not filed a FAFSA but who are eligible to file a FAFSA also may receive emergency financial aid grants. The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following:  

  • U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen;  
  • a valid Social Security number;  
  • registration with Selective Service (if the student is male);  
  • and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.  

Students who were enrolled exclusively in online programs or classes prior to the COVID-19 national emergency are not eligible. 


Applications for CARES Act grants will be available starting May 8. Eligible students should sign-in to Banner Web to complete an application by May 15.  Awarding of funds is made on a four-tiered schedule with full-time undergraduates eligible for the largest award. These availability-based funds will be disbursed as outlined in the schedule below. Students who do not meet the submission date will have their grant applications considered only if funding is available; students who apply before the deadline will receive funding first. There is a maximum amount awarded per student as a base amount. A limited amount of funds are available, however outstanding circumstances may require additional funding as needed. 

Check you student email for results or requests for additional information after your application has been submitted. Awarded funds will be posted on the student’s account and disbursed in the form of a direct payment to the student either in direct deposit or mailed check. It is recommended that students set up direct deposit to their checking account so that funds will be readily accessible for needed expenses. 

Tiered Schedule of CARES Act Funding  

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What is the CARES Act? 

The CARES Act is federal legislation which provides financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. One part of this federal program allocates money to Grambling State University, and a portion of that allocation can be awarded directly to students who are experiencing financial expenses due to the coronavirus.  

Who can apply for CARES Act funds? 

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 are currently 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. 

Please login to your student account to submit an application.  

What does “eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965” mean? 

Section 484 of the HEA states that Title IV eligible students must: 

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program 
  • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school. 
  • For currently enrolled students, be making satisfactory academic progress. 
  • Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans. 
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan. 
  • File “as part of the original financial aid application process” a certification that includes 
  • A statement of educational purpose. 
  • Student’s SSN. 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen. 
  • Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges.  
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits. 
  • Have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently. 
  • Have Selective Service registration verified. 
  • Have Social Security Number verified. 
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations. 

Can Undocumented Students and International Students Receive Funds Under the CARES Act? 

No. Under ED’s new guidance undocumented students, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, and international students are not eligible for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants to students. 

What kinds of expenses are allowable? 

Funds can be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare. 

How much can I apply for? 

Students are eligible for a maximum base amount based on their student status tier.  Additional funding may be awarded for high-cost expenditures or special circumstances that have been indicated by the student with supporting documentation. A limited amount of funds are available. We have a limited amount granted to us, and we appreciate students only asking for the amount needed so we can serve as many students as possible. 

How do I apply? 

  • Login to your student account and complete the application/certification.  
  • Complete all required fields. 
  • Submit your application. 

Does the money need to be repaid? 

No, money received through this fund does not need to be repaid.  

How will I receive my money? 

The funds that are awarded will be posted on the student’s account and refunded in the form of a direct payment to the student. Ensure the most up-to-date direct deposit information in your BannerWeb account prior to May 8 so that funds will be readily accessible for needed expenses. If you are unable to accept funds via direct deposit, you will receive a check mailed to your permeant address as recorded in BannerWeb.  

Would this funding reduce my financial aid? 

No, this fund does not negate nor replace financial aid, and it is a one-time grant. 

Can I apply for funding more than once? 

No, students can apply only once. If funding is remaining after all applications have been received and reviewed, students would be notified if there are additional opportunities for future semesters.  

What are the deadlines to apply? 

Students must submit their CARES ACT Grant Application for the Spring Semester no later than the close of business by May 15, 2020. Students who do not meet the submission date will have their grant applications considered only if funding is still available.  To authorize direct deposit see the instructions listed in the “Process” section above. 

How will I receive my money? 

The funds that are awarded will be posted on the student’s account and refunded in the form of a direct payment to the student. It is recommended that students visit BannerWeb set up direct deposit to their checking account so that funds will be readily accessible for needed expenses.  To authorize direct deposit see the instructions listed in the “Process” section above. Students who do not setup direct deposit will receive checks mailed to their address on file.