Campus briefs

Favrot Student Union Board ends Summer I, kicks off Summer II

The Favrot Student Union Board has two planned Summer I activities left for GSU students to enjoy. The activities include a Movie Night at 6 p.m. in the movie theater and kick ball set for Wednesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at the old stadium. 

The board will kick off Summer II activities with a Taboo Night at 6 p.m. in the Black and Gold Room of the union on Wednesday, July 1. There will be Bingo at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 also in the Black and Gold Room. Dodge ball will be held on July 14 at 6 p.m. in the intramural center and July 22 kick ball will be held in the Old Stadium at 7 p.m.


GSU Ruston Alumni Chapter to hold fourth scholarship gala

The Grambling University National Alumni Association-Ruston Chapter will hold its fourth annual scholarship gala on Saturday, June 13 in the Black and Gold Room in Grambling’s Favrot Student Union.

“While the primary purpose of this gala is to raise money for GSU scholarships, the gala will honor eight leadership donors and two scholarship recipients,” said Liz White, president of the chapter and a 1966 graduate of Grambling.

“It’s an opportunity for us to give back. We want to develop a mindset of giving to our institutions.”

A wine and cheese reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a banquet at 7 p.m. The keynote speaker will be head football coach Broderick Fobbs with Groove Minded providing live entertainment for the black-tie event. 

A silent auction will also be held, where attendees will have the unique opportunity to bid on a live pony that was donated by an anonymous business owner in Ruston. 

The scholarship is named the Ruston Alumni Chapter’s The Family of Coach James Wicks Duncan Sr. Endowed Scholarship in memory of Duncan, a prominent Lincoln Parish coach and educator, after his daughter, Janet Duncan Barnes, a member of the Grambling University Foundation Board of Directors, donated $25,000 to the endowment last year. 

Tickets are $50 each. To purchase tickets, please call 318-278-2046.


University to participate in the National Civil Rights conference

 Grambling State University will participate in the National Conference on Civil Rights held in Meridian, Miss. on June 21- 24.

There will be representatives from the GSU faculty, staff,  mentors and sponsors representing. There will also be children and youth participating on the program such as the Black Empowerment Apprenticeship Programs ( BEAP)  along with members of Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences.

    Grambling will hold an Intergenerational Roundtable Discussion of films such as “Standing on the My Sisters’ Shoulder, “The Ruby Bridges Story”, “Selma” and  “The Untold Story of Emmitt Till”.

The conference will also include a Paper/Poster Session:   Global Challenges-Civil Rights and Human Rights issues in Education, Heath and the Environment.


World Famed Tiger Marching Band to host summer camp 

The World Famed Tiger Marching Band will be hosting another summer high school band camp begining on Sunday, July 5 and ending on Saturday, July 11. The fee for the camp is $335 per individual, and the minimum deposit is $100. 

Camp participants must be at least in the fifth grade in the fall of 2015, and payments must be cashier’s checks or money orders in the name of Grambling State University Marching Band. A discount of $10 will be given if ten or more students come per school.

All chaperones/directors/parents choosing to stay the week are responsible for their own lodging elsewhere and meals unless otherwise decided by the director under extenuating circumstances. All those allowed to stay with exceptions will still be charged the full camp price.

For more information please contact us at 318-274-6257 or 318-274-6160.


August 15 is deadline for Ernest Gaines Literary Award entries

Entries are being accepted through Aug. 15 for the ninth annual Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Information on criteria and entrance forms for the award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize, is available at

Sponsored by Baton Rouge Area Foundation donors, the Gaines Award honors outstanding fiction (novels or short-story collections) from rising African-American authors. The award recognizes Louisiana native Ernest Gaines’ extraordinary contribution to the literary world. 


The Rocky Valley Baptist Church to celebrate143 years of service

Reverend Ricky L. James and the Rocky Valley Baptist Church family will celebrate 143 years of service Sunday, June 28 at 3 p.m. The church is located on 133 Braswell Road in Simsboro.

The theme will be Celebrating 143 years of God’s Faithfulness. Serving as guest for the occasion will be Reverend Calvin Wortham and the Holland Grove Baptist Church family of Simsboro. 


The Impact Worship Center has relocated to Grambling

The Impact Worship Center, with Pastors Curtis and Shelia Mack, has relocated to 504 S. Main St., Grambling. The church members and pastors are inviting everyone to come worship with the Impact family. 

Worship service is on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Bible Study is on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.