GRAMLING, LA – Grambling State University has announced CNN Commentator and history-making South Carolina Legislator, Bakari Sellers will keynote the University’s Black History Convocation at 10:00 a.m. on February 19, 2019.

Sellers, an HBCU graduate, is well-known for making history in 2016, when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina State Legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation.

“Mr. Sellers’ accomplishments are an important example of civic engagement for our students and community,” said GSU President Rick Gallot. “His work shows us that it’s never too early to get involved and make an impact. We are honored to have him as our guest.”

In addition to his local work as a lawyer and legislator, Sellers aslo served on President’s Barack Obama’s South Carolina steering committee during the 2018 election; won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor in the state of South Carolina in 2014; and is a regular political commentator for CNN.

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

EVENT INFORMATION

WHO: Grambling State University

WHAT: Black History Convocation

WHEN: Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 10 a.m.

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

For media access or more information, call 318-245-5012 or email mediarelations@gram.edu.

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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 accreditation in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 41 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information, visit www.gram.edu.

Join the next cohort in the long legacy of Grambling State University trained nurses. Applications for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) and the BSN programs are now open. Deadline is February 25, 2019. Click below to download the application:

RN to BSN Application Packet – http://bit.ly/gsurnbsnsummer2019

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Why GSU Nursing?

The Grambling State University School of Nursing is growing the best in healthcare practitioners through cutting edge education. From GSU’s pre-nursing coursework to their new Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, graduate education, and research, our students, faculty, and alumni are helping shape one of America’s most important health professionals.

Though 120 credit hours of study and access to some of Louisiana’s most premier working professionals get the information you need to succeed on your path. Learn more at www.gram.edu/nursing or by emailing nursing@gram.edu.

Grambling State University was selected as HBCU Campaign Fund’s (HCF) August 2019 Supported Institution of the Month. GSU will be supported through HCF as a partner school through the areas of infrastructure, academic programs, fundraising, recruitment and enrollment, and institutional development.

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Grambling State University is a comprehensive, historically black, public institution that offers a broad spectrum of undergraduate and graduate programs of study. Through its undergraduate major courses of study, which are undergirded by a traditional liberal arts program, and through its graduate school, which has a professional focus, the University embraces its founding principle of educational opportunity. With a commitment to the education of minorities in American society, the University seeks to reflect in all of its programs the diversity in the world. The University advances the study and preservation of African American history, art, and culture. For more information, visit www.gram.edu.

NEW ORLEANS –The Bayou Classic returns to New Orleans for its 45th year with its series of fan and family-friendly events throughout the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend. Each year, this weekend of events brings together family, friends and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University to see one of America’s greatest college sports rivalries and celebrate football, family and the traditions surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

“What we want everyone to hear as we go into this week-long schedule of events is – ONE ROAR.  We welcome fans, families, alumni and visitors to experience the best of the classics at this year’s 45th anniversary celebration of the Number One HBCU Classic in the nation,” says Dottie Belletto, President and CEO of New Orleans Convention Company, Inc. (NOCCI), the management firm of the Bayou Classic.

HIGHLIGHTS IN 2018

SWAC West divisional champion: Alcorn State, Jackson State, Grambling State, and Southern University are the four remaining teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference still eligible to win a league championship and secure a spot in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 15. Grambling (6-4, 4-2 SWAC) will face Southern (6-3, 5-1 SWAC) in a contest that will declare the SWAC West divisional champion. The winner of this year’s Bayou Classic will advance to the SWAC championship game to be played December 1 on the campus of the SWAC institution with the highest ranking.

Celebrity Guest JB Smoove: Comedian and actor J.B. Smoove will be in attendance at this year’s Bayou Classic. Smoove is an American actor, writer, comedian, and voice actor. Starting his career off with the television series Def Comedy Jam in 1995, he is best known for his role as Leon on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. He also starred on the CBS sitcom The Millers.  He most recently portrayed a fictionalized version of himself on the BET improv-comedy reality television parody Real Husbands of Hollywood. Smoove will be part of many events throughout the weekend including doing a comedy skit at the Bayou Classic Greek Show & Battle of the Bands and attending the Bayou Classic Fan Festival.

World Record at Battle of the Bands: BET Networks, in partnering with the Bayou Classic along with National Artist Development Group, will coordinate the execution of the World’s Largest HBCU Soul Train dance line at Battle of the Bands in cooperation with the students and bands of Grambling and Southern Universities and the Bayou Classic. The Soul Train will be documented for the Guinness World Records organization.

Bayou Classic Halftime Show: This year’s Bayou Classic Halftime Show is presented by Procter & Gambel/Crest. This always electrifying performance is one of the highlights of the weekend each year and the presenting sponsor is bringing special surprises to this year’s performance.

QUICK FACTS

Economic impact: Bayou Classic provides a $50 million economic impact to the City of New Orleans.

Visitors to New Orleans: Bayou Classic brings more than 200,000 visitors to New Orleans annually.

Hotel occupancy: Bayou Classic annually delivers a total citywide occupancy of more than 90 percent.

Ticket sales: Ticket sales for the 45th Annual Bayou Classic to date are higher than final totals of last year’s ticket sales.

Bayou Classic rankings: The Grambling State University Tigers lead the series with 23 wins

to Southern University Jaguars 21 wins in the Bayou Classic.

Bayou Classic Telecast: The 45th Annual Bayou Classic will be televised live on NBC Sports Network starting at 4 pm CST on Saturday, November 24. The Bayou Classic has been nationally televised since 1991.

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, November 23

Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge: 11:00 am

Presented by GE in partnership with NexusLA

Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Honoring Bayou Classic’s commitment to technology, the Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge is back for the third year in a row. Out of 14 registered teams from three Historically Black Colleges and Universities, five finalists will present their comprehensive business plans on Friday at 1:00 pm. The winning team, selected by a panel of expert judges will be presented with a cash prize of $10,000 before the Bayou Classic kicks-off on the field of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Battle of the Bands and Greek Show: 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm

Greek Show presented by Be the Match; Battle of the Bands presented by USMC

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Approximately 25,000 people will be at the show, as the Southern and Grambling’s historic marching bands strut across the Superdome in a colorful showdown that is the highlight of The Bayou Classic weekend for many attendees. In addition, the Greek show will feature creative skits from traditionally black Greek organizations across Louisiana.

Again this year, fans’ votes will play a role in scoring the Greek Show teams, with the results being displayed live. Fans can vote for their favorite performance via the Bayou Classic App.

The Battle of the Bands will also have a special appearances by the US Marine Corps Band and a special skit by comedian and actor J.B. Smoove.

The Battle of the Bands will conclude this year with BET Networks coordinating the execution of the World’s Largest HBCU Soul Train dance line documenting it for the Guinness World Records organization.

Saturday, November 24

Doc Grigg’s 2x Around the Dome: 8:00 am

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

The Doc Griggs 2X’s Around the Dome Family Fitness Fun Walk encourages the community to “Get Checked. Get Fit. Get Moving!” by walking twice around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome while showcasing historical landmarks in New Orleans. The event demonstrates to more than 500 attendees that exercise can be fun while highlighting the importance of health, fitness and wellness through a variety of exercises such as Zumba, Hula Hooping, Second Line Dancing instruction and bicycling.

Annual Bayou Classic Parade:  9:30 am start time

Presented by Cricket Wireless, in partnership with the French Market District

The Annual Bayou Classic Parade continues this year in traditional, New Orleans fashion with twelve floats and more than 45 total units.

The Grand Marshall for this year’s Annual Bayou Classic Parade is Mayor of the City of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell. Miss Louisiana Holli Conway will also be in the parade this year. Parade goers will also be able to catch commemorative 45th Anniversary Bayou Classic cups and medallion beads.

Route details: Parade begins on Elysian Fields Avenue at N. Peters Street; proceeds down N. Peters St onto Decatur Street; turns right on Canal Street; turns left on St Charles Avenue; turns right on Poydras Street; turns right on Loyola Avenue; parade ends at Duncan Plaza located on Loyola Avenue at Perdido Street.

Bayou Classic Fan Festival: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Presented by Cox

Champions Square at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

An extremely popular pre-game celebration where live musical performances and entertainment get the crowd warmed up for the game. Schedule of performances for this year include:

  • Xeno MoonFlower
  • Assatay
  • Kevin Stylez
  • Daniel Heartless
  • Kennedy Drum Line
  • Metro and Honey Jack
  • Keedy Black
  • Tonya Boyd Cannon
  • 5th Ward Weebie
  • Choppa
  • Tweeday
  • Neno
  • Jay Jones
  • DJ Mannie Fresh
  • Juvenile

Fan Fest will also have a special appearance by the United States Army Band. Fan Fest attendees will also enjoy sponsor activations and special giveaways throughout the event.

The 45th Annual Bayou Classic Game: 4:00 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

More than 200,000 people come to New Orleans for the Bayou Classic weekend, and 50,000 – 60,000 make their way to the Bayou Classic game. The Bayou Classic commemorates historically black colleges and universities, academic achievement, tradition, sportsmanship, marching bands, and friendly competition. The “Classic” is an exhibition of the high standards of academic achievement deeply embedded in the traditions of the two institutions – Grambling State University and Southern University.

Other game highlights:

National anthem: Miss Louisiana Holli Conway will perform the National Anthem at this year’s Bayou Classic.

The 45th Annual Bayou Classic Halftime Show

Presented by Procter & Gamble / Crest

The electrifying halftime show will feature the Grambling State University’s World Famed Marching Band and Southern University’s Human Jukebox and Dancing Dolls.

Tickets still available

Tickets are still available for purchase through Ticketmaster or the Bayou Classic official website, www.mybayouclassic.com.

For more information, download the official Bayou Classic Mobile App, follow Bayou Classic on social media or visit www.mybayouclassic.com.

About The Bayou Classic
The Bayou Classic ( www.mybayouclassic.com ) features one of America’s greatest college sports rivalries, bringing the fans and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University to New Orleans for a celebration of football, family and the traditions and pageantry surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Proceeds from the annual series of Bayou Classic events provide support to the campuses’ athletic programs and fund scholarships through the SU System Foundation and the GSU Foundation. The 45th Annual Bayou Classic will be played on Saturday, November 24, 2018.

The 45th Annual Bayou Classic is supported by the following organizations – Procter & Gamble/ Crest; MillerCoors; The Louisiana Office of Tourism, Louisiana Office of Culture Recreation & Tourism and Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser; US Marine Corps; The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation; New Orleans & Company; US Army; Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board; Be The Match; BET; MetroPCS; The Coca-Cola Company; AARP; Republic National Distributing Company/Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey; Cracker Barrel; French Market District; Cox; GE; UBER; New Orleans Plantation Country; FINRA; Entergy; Parish of Caddo – Shreveport, Louisiana; National Wildlife Federation; Visit Baton Rouge; Cricket Wireless; NOMTN – New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network; Mignon Faget; Downtown Development District; Essence; Louisiana Highway Safety Council – LHSC; Black Women’s Health Imperative; McDonald’s; Metro Disposal; Sheen Magazine; Sony Pictures – Spider Man; ULS.

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University (GSU) has announced that the campus continues to see enrollment growth, with a 10 percent year-over-year jump in enrollment as of its Summer l 2018 certification date.

In a press release by the university, the University’s certified enrollment report showed 1,527 students enrolled, up from 1, 391 students at the close of certification the previous year. The jump follows the University reaching a 5-year enrollment high of 5, 188 students for the fall of 2018.

“We’re excited about this continuous campus growth,” said GSU Provost Dr. Ellen D. Smiley. “We welcome every new Tiger and are encouraged to see both traditional and non-traditional students leveraging in summer semester to get closer to graduation.”

The summer progress comes just weeks after the University launched a series of key partnerships with Adidas, the New Louisiana Angel Fund 2, and breaking ground on new construction with its intramural center expansion projects.

“The momentum from the fall and spring is still building,” said GSU’s President Rick Gallot. “Students and faculty alike are using the time to get ahead and really innovate.”

One example of this forward movement is in the University’s Sponsored Programs office, which was recently awarded $2.2 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to grow the University’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programming and enrollments.

In addition to the summer academic activity, the University’s campus is also home to more than 20 summer programs for youth, adults, and incoming students. These programs, which are coordinated by the Office of Continuing Education and Service-Learning, include popular academic sessions robotics, student leadership, and technology.

This year’s programs also feature popular GSU hosts Men’s Basketball Coach Donte Jackson, the Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year; big data expert, Dr. Yenumula Reddy; and GSU’s World Famed Tiger Marching Band.

For more information on summer programs and activities, visit GSU’s website at www.gram.edu.

 

 

CHICAGO, IL – Join the Chicago Football Classic Scholarship Fund, Inc. in partnership with City Colleges of Chicago and Chicago Public schools as they co-sponsor a college fair featuring recruiters from over 25 HBCU’s and local colleges and universities. The students will be able to speak with representatives about admissions, financial aid (including the City of Colleges of Chicago Star Scholarship), testing, majors and more. The college fair will also feature a financial planning seminar presented by BMO Harris Bank.

The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) organization and its Division of Recruitment is proud to join the Chicago Football Classic as a support service for the college fair in assisting students to choosing HBCU.

The CFC HBCU College Fair and Empowerment Summit takes place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Soldier Field following by the football classic showdown with the Grambling State Tigers facing the Clark Atlanta Panthers with kick-off at 3:30 p.m.

Registration for the fair is free and you can sign-up your student(s) here. For other information regarding this year’s Chicago Football Classic and tickets, visit their website at www.chicagofootballclassic.biz.

CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago Football Classic proudly announce this year’s teams. The classic is celebrating a major milestone of 20 years in the making, the Chicago Football Classic features a “not to be missed” game between Grambling State University Tigers and the Clark Atlanta University Panthers, Saturday, September 30th at 3:30 p.m. at Soldier Field.

“The Chicago Football Classic is exited to announce this exciting game that everyone wants to see, and we are proud to bring it to Chicago,” said Larry Huggins, Co-Founder of the Chicago Football Classic.

According to The Chicago Citizen, this year’s Classic will be a destination event showcasing not only series of events including the President’s Reception, Golf Tournament, Pep Rally, HBCU College Fair and Empowerment Summit, Battle of the Bands and of course, the highly-anticipated game, but some exciting surprises as well. Plans are underway to make this the “must attend” Classic of all time.

“This signature event demonstrates the commitment that the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District have towards the Chicago Football Classic, and the experience that is provided to the families Chicago,” says Tim Rand, Co-Founder of the Chicago Football Classic.

The Chicago Football Classic is excited to have the opportunity to host this game between the Grambling State University Tigers and the Clark Atlanta University Panthers. The tradition and the rivalry that these teams bring, highlights two strong (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) HBCUs for students and their families to see in Chicago.

“We remain committed to bring not only a spirited game to Chicago, but give our youth an educational experience, promoting the importance of getting a good education and furthering their academic aspirations.” says Everett Rand, Co-Founder.

For more information, visit the Chicago Football Classic website at www.chicagofootballclassic.biz or by calling 773-874-8000.

hrdCHICAGO, IL – This past June, HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) held its 3rd annual HBCU Royalty Dictionary competition with the theme “Rulers of the Throne”. The competition highlights newly historically black colleges and universities campus Queens, Kings and SGA Presidents.

The HBCU Royalty Dictionary is an initiative that spotlights the newly elected and crowned campus leaders through a pre-submitted biography with a series of questions relating to their campus improvement, strengths, motivation and upcoming plans during their reign or term.

This year’s competition featured a mixture of 20 campus leaders who holds the title of Queen, King and SGA Presidents that were voted by the public to be featured in the dictionary. The leaders are represented from the following schools: Florida Memorial University, Huston-Tillotson University, Stillman College, North Carolina Central University, South Carolina State University, Saint Augustine’s University, Grambling State University, Virginia Union University, Savannah State University, Bennett College,  Benedict College, Fisk University, Claflin University,  University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Morris College, Savannah State University, Philander Smith College and Chicago State University.

After two (2) years of the competition, this year was the first publication of the HBCU Royalty Dictionary as a magazine. The HBCU Royalty Dictionary is usually published to the HCF’s website featuring the present year induction class.

The 2016 HBCU Royalty Dictionary is now available and can be viewed in PDF format on HCF’s website here. You can purchase the magazine copy for $7.99 + shipping in support of the featured student leaders here.

All proceeds from the magazine will benefit and assist supporting the next HBCU Royalty Dictionary competition, student scholarships, services at HBCU’s and operations of HBCU Campaign Fund.

For more information regarding the HBCU Royalty Dictionary, contact support@hbcucampaignfund.org or call HCF office at 773.988.2106.

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Picture of Grambling State University campus entrance. Located in Grambling, Lousisana. Photo credits: blackenterprise.com.

Grambling State University, a Historically Black College and University located in Grambling, Louisiana, is under search of new leadership after the 10th head resigned less than a year of holding the helm.

According to recent reports, four more applicants have submitted their application for the job with two of the previous five applicants dropping out. The University of Louisiana System Board hopes to name a new president at its July 26 meeting in Baton Rouge.

Dr. Willie Larkin, who was selected as the 10th President of Grambling back in June 2015, resignation came after growing disconnection between some faculty members and the administration months into his presidency. In February, Grambling’s Faculty Senate vote “no confidence” in Larkin, citing “a vague administrative response to pressing issues such as falling enrollment, fundraising and the loss of the school’s nursing program.”

There was also strain between Larkin and some GSU supporters. One supporter felt that Larkin was doing nothing to build up the university and would not listen to those with experience to help guide the university.

Before the UL System Board chose Dr. Larkin, it was known on his resume that he was Executive Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Morgan State University’s President Dr. David Wilson, who the Board of Regents was underway of almost sitting him out of office after a few university mismanagement issues drew controversy.

In the view of Larkin, according to HBCU Digest, he took a trip to Cuba which were confirmed by staff members to be a vacation and not an academic outreach trip as he initially promoted to the campus and local media outlets. A picture of Larkin with the Morgan State University Gospel choir in Cuba at the same time of trip was posted and went vital which also drew controversy.

Like any other HBCU, Grambling State deserves leadership who can move the university forward with the new millennium that will also protect the institution to surviving with time. As prestigious Grambling is, the future of it’s existance does not need to be included in the list of other HBCU’s that has been endangered.

The question is why such little time in search such as a month for a president just to fill the position so that more controversy can display within Grambling and HBCU media compared to up to five or six months interviewing the best candidates that fit and can comply to taken on the aspect needs of the institution?

This is not what is needed in the eyes of HBCU’s and what people already have determined which distress their contributing to supporting these institutions that is much need for the Black communities in America of today.

It’s up to the UL system board to play fairly and believe in change when choosing the next chief. With four applicants that have relations in HBCU’s and three who does not occupation-wise, it’s best if the chosen one is carefully critiqued on their strategic plans for the upcoming future of Grambling.

The applicants are:

  • Carlos Clark, special assistant to the president for accreditation at Arkansas Baptist College and previously executive vice president at Wilberforce University in Ohio.
  • Audrey Freeman, principal and executive director at Bluford Drew Jamison STEM Academy, Middle School, Baltimore.
  • Angelia Young Jones, adjunct professor of political science at Prairie View A&M University.
  • Dessie Mae Sanders, faculty, English and Literature Uplift Education, Summit International Preparatory High School, Arlington, Texas.
  • Paul Bryant, associate provost, enrollment management, Albany State University (nominated by GSU President Frank Pogue).
  • Rick Gallot of Grambling, attorney, member of the Cleco Corp. board of directors and former state lawmaker.
  • Donnovon Outten, associate vice president for academic affairs, Webster University.

Ivory A. Nelson, president emeritus of Lincoln University, and Jerald Woolfolk, vice president for student affairs at State University of New York at Oswegohad, have withdrawn their application from consideration.

During the search, the applicant should be placed in an interactive assignment other than a question and answer session, which will allow them to collaborate with faculty, staff, students, alumni as well as the community. One thing that comes first for all HBCU’s is the way leadership responds to their faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community. It’s very vital in gaining the trust of the surrounding community of the institution.

In result of the interactive assisgnement, this will distinguish if the faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community are comfortable with the applicant and if he or she is an excellent fit for the university. As bad as “HBCU’s” need the African-American community support, there is NO way it should be denied during this current time and day.

So with only nine days until the UL system board chooses and announces Grambling State’s next president what is the procedures that are being exercised in making sure the accurate leader take the helm? Will they take the helm just because it’s an paid title duty and the UL System “urgently needs” it filled? Or will they take the helm to join the fight with and for Grambling State University and the betterment of its reality as an HBCU?