Alumna to speak at graduation December 18 in Assembly Center

Denise Young-Smith will speak at the Fall 2015 commencement in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on Friday, December 18 at 10 a.m.

Young-Smith, vice president of Worldwide Human Resources at Apple, is responsible for attracting and retaining top talent at the company.  She joined Apple in 1997 and served in several key roles.

She received a bachelor of arts degree in mass communication and a master’s degree in organizational management from Grambling State University. Denise was a member of The Gramblinite newspaper staff while attending GSU. 

Graduates will attend practice on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. to receive final instructions and line placement.


The Rising Junior Examination set for graduating seniors only

The Rising Junior Examination presents the Proctored Online Test. The test is pending graduating seniors “only.”

 It will be held on Monday, December 14 at 9 a.m. at the Testing Center in Charles P. Adams Hall, Room 322. 


Lincoln Parish fraternity chapters to hold Founder’s Day on Dec. 6

The Greater Lincoln Parish Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.–the Epsilon Kappa Lambda, Delta Sigma, and Eta Kappa Chapters–invite you to attend the 109th observance of Founders’ Day, will be held Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Lewis Temple C.M.E. Church of Grambling, Louisiana. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. 

The guest speaker will be Dr. Richard Smith, M.D. of Monroe, Louisiana. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Christopher E. Jackson at or call (318) 797-2240.


GSU Concert Choir and Small Vocal Ensemble to hold concert 

The Grambling State University Concert Choir and  Small Vocal Ensemble will a Fall Concert on Tuesday, December 8 at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. The church is located at 1000 Woodward Ave., Ruston, Louisiana.

The concert conductor will be Natorshau M. Davis, accompanist will be Dr. Joseph Henry. For more information call 274-2106.


Thurgood Marshall College Fund application deadline set Dec. 18

Thurgood Marshall College Fund-Lowe’s Gap Scholarship (TMCF) priority application deadline is Friday, December 18 for Grambling State University students.

To qualify students must meet the following guidelines: 

n  A U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident Alien

n  Final Year of Study (Graduating Senior for Fall 2015, Spring 2016 or Summer 2016)

n  Minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 Scale  

n  Demonstrated Academic Merit and Financial Need of $3100 or Less

Please notify Patricia Hutcherson at if you plan to complete the scholarship application and submit for eligibility.  This TMCF application can be accessed by clicking:

 Applicants must submit the following documents for consideration: All documents submitted must be in PDF format only.  Only completed applications will be considered.

n  Current account balance statement

n  Resume (should demonstrate community service and leadership abilities)

n  2015-16 Student Aid Report (received from filing FAFSA)

n  Current college transcript (official or unofficial)

n  Minimum 500 word essay addressing the following question:  What are your post-graduation plans and how will the gap scholarship help you to achieve your goals?

If you have questions, please contact Hutcherson at 318-274-3242.


Grambling State alumni relations in search of 2016 reunion class

The Office of Alumni Relations is looking for the Class of 1966. In May of 2016, the Class of 1966 will celebrate their 50th anniversary class reunion! The office is gathering contact information for all 1966 graduates. 

If you are interested in assisting, complete the application found on the alumni site:

To view the events and registration form for your class reunion, please go to

If you are or know a member of the Class of 1966, please provide their contact information to the alumni relations office – by emailing:  or by calling either 318-274-6265 or 318-274-6008.


City of Grambling to sponsor Christmas Parade December 12

The Annual Grambling Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 12. Area churches, schools, bands, businesses, clubs, scouts, ROTC groups and organizations are invited to participate by contacting Nelda Williams Baisy, Grambling Joy Fund committee chairperson, at 247-6912 or 548-6922 or Charles Young, Parade Chairperson at 247-3730. 

The parade is scheduled to line up at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church, 2155 Martin Luther King Avenue, Grambling, Louisiana at 10 a.m. and will begin promptly at 11 a.m. 


The parade will move East on Martin Luther King Avenue; take a right turn on Main Street at the Christian Center; move through the business area and Grambling State University; take a left at the Catholic Center; and end at the Grambling Community Center located behind the Fire Station on Stadium View Drive.

Santa will pass out treats to children and all parade goers will be treated with a Christmas Cheer bag of fruit and candy.

Retired school teacher and Grambling State University graduate Hazel Douglas is the Parade Grand Marshal.

The theme of the parade is “Joy and Peace to the World”. 

Parade participants are asked to use the theme on their car, truck, van or any other vehicle entered in the parade. There is no participation fee.

The Grambling Joy Fund Committee Members will be canvassing the community soliciting donations.   

The public is encouraged to arrive early to get a good spot to view the parade.