Contributing writing United States Sen. Mary Landrieu, representative of Louisiana, made a stop in Grambling during her north Louisiana tour of the state.
Before attending the press conference in Carver Hall, Landrieu showed her support to Doris Robinson, widow of Eddie G. Robinson concerning the Robinson Museum.
Once she arrived at the press conference, Landrieu was warmly greeted by Dr. Robert M. Dixon, provost and vice president of academic affairs.
He talked about the remodeling of the campus and the various needs for the conference.
Dr. Connie Walton, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, briefed Landrieu and others in attendance on GSU’s Minority Leaders University Research program.
Walton, Dannie Hubbard, Yenumula Reddy, Avaine Strong, Tabbetha Dobbins, and Naidu Seetala are professors who are invovled in the project.
The students who are working with the project are Shelton Mathews, Brandon Howard, Patrick Harris, Brittney Banks, Brandy Guillory and Sylvester L. Sanders.
Walton talked about the research being done with nanomaterials for use in body armor, stides toward communication frequencies, among others. She said that GSU was capable of make a positive impact in the technology field.
Walton said, “The research that is being conducted on the campus of Grambling State University has th e potential to offer great benefits to soldiers in the field.”
Landrieu was given a virtual tour of the developments at the university through a PowerPoint presentation, highlighting renovations as well as nearly completed dormitory construction. Dixon said the renovations to the food court will be completed in October, and the new Dunbar Hall should be finished in 2009.
Dixon mentioned a list of needs for the university such as a new science building, library, and lab schools. The provost said that a pipeline could run from the high school to the university.
“I’m really proud of representing such smart people,” said Landrieu.
“You’ve shown that our universities can have a real impact on new and emerging technology in the defense industry,” she said.
Landrieu told those gathered for her visit in Carver Hall that she was proud of what GSU’s leaders had accomplished.
Sen. Landrieu has secured a number of grants and funds on behalf of GSU. Over the pass three years, there has been over a half million dollars in support of GSU. Grambling has received $100,000 for the Forensic Chemistry Field. Other grants include $350,000 for URAP-HBCU, $194,747 to support of advanced resource utilization research, $32,987 for advanced nursing education and $75,000 for other education programs.
Landrieu said Grambling State University had her full and complete support.