Favrot Student Union Board to sponsor activities, auditions

The Favrot Student Union Board is releasing its wrap-up schedule of activities for the month of February. 

The Board will sponsor a Love Yourself with All Your Heart (presented by the Hospitality Committee) today at 6 p.m. in the Union Room 242.

If you are interested in being an opening act in the 2016 Tiger Fest concert to be held on April 14 please bring your CD to office 221 in the Favrot Student Union or mail it to Grambling State University, Favrot Student Union Board

403 Main St. – Campus Box 4234, Grambling, LA 71245. Deadline to submit is March 9, 2016. This is open to the public. However, enrolled students must not have a judicial record within the past year.

The Board held its first general assembly meeting on Tuesday, February 16. Upcoming events will include student choice awards nominations on February 29 and the annual calendar girl pageant on March 12. FSUB who is also responsible for the conducting of Tiger Fest, which is scheduled April 10-15, discussed possible themes for Tiger Fest.


Student Government Association announces schedule for meetings 

The Grambling State University Student Government Association officials are encouraging students to attend the monthly general student body meeting. The dates are today, the second general student body meeting will be held at 6 p.m., March 17 and April 21. All meetings are held in the Favrot Student Union Theater at 6 p.m.

The meetings are open not only to students, but faculty and administration as well. For additional information or concerns contact Jonathan Wallace at 318-303-2927.


The 2016-2017 student FAFSA filing time is fastly approaching

The FAFSA application for the 2016-2017 Academic Year is now available on Please complete the application after you and/or your parents have filed taxes for the 2015 year.

If you and/or your parents are not required by the federal government to file taxes, please complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA now, said Gavin R. Hamms, director of the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships. He can be contacted at or

The priority deadline is April 15, but please act immediately!

For questions please come by the office in Lee Hall or call/email one of the experienced staff members such as Hamms,; Janice Critton, Counselor (A – E) or 318-274-6229; Carlever Allen, Counselor (F – J) or 318-274-6230;  LaTisha Sutton, Counselor (K-R), or 318-274-6415; Vertise Pickens, Coordinator/Counselor (S-Z) or 318-274-6372; Gloria Rhodes, information specialist, or 318-274-6440; Cherlyn Hatter, administrative coordinator II, or 318-274-6277 and Sherita Robertson, assistant director of system maintenance, or 318-274-6439.


Intramural center to offer add additional operating hours

The Department of Recreation and Intramural Center is now operating from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Saturday.

Terry Lilly will teach aerobics from Mondays through Thursday at 5:15 p.m. (step aerobics) and again at 8 p.m. (dance aerobics).

Yoga will also be held in the Intramural Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. with Capree Bramel.


Curriculum and instruction to hold ‘Cultural Symposium’ 

Grambling State University students, faculty and staff members are invited to the Cultural Symposium on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m.- 6 p.m. in Adams Hall Room 212. The focus topic will be “Promoting Health and Wellness: Spotlight on Cameroon”.

Featured presenters will include Dr. Mary Ghongkedze, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at GSU and Bello Ahmadou-Ahidjo, GSU Social Science Department graduate student.

The program will be sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and the School of Graduate Studies at Grambling State University in collaboration with The Monroe-Grambling Chapter of The Links, Inc. For further information, contact Dr. Loretta Walton Jaggers, professor of education in Curriculum and Instruction, at 318-274-2122 or


Grambling State student attends New York Fashion Week

Diamond Nicholson, a junior marketing major was invited to attend New York’s Fashion Week 2/15 through 2/17. She was the guest of Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson and her style team. Nicholson attended the Zac Posen and Michael Kors collection presentations. 

Diamond’s aspiration of becoming a fashion merchandiser/buyer for a major clothing conglomerate after graduating is her main focus. 

Diamond is an honor student, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Miss February 2016. She is the daughter of former Miss Grambling, Marva Nichols Griffin and former G-Man football star Thomas Griffin (stepfather) of Chicago, Illinois.


Minorities Serving Institutions Partnership Program internship deadline to apply is Feb. 28.

A new program designed to promote the education and development of the next generation workforce is offering internships for fulltime undergraduate students. 

Minorities Serving Institutions Partnership Program is offering internships for 10 weeks during the summer. Interns will complete research projects providing an enhanced training environment and exposing them to research challenges to Department of Education’s mission.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 28, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

For eligibility you must be a U.S citizen enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited MSI, and be working towards a STEM (science, engineering, technology, and mathematics) degree. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must be able to pass a drug test upon selection to participate.

Participants will be rewarded by either a stipend or salary commensurate with cost of living at the location of the host DOE laboratory.

For more information about DOE-EM’s MSIPP Interships Program, contact Connie Yung at 803-725-9032 or


Pre-housing for fall 2016 set for Feb. 29 

Pre-housing for fall 2016 will be held Monday, Feb. 29, and Tuesday, March 1, in Grambling Hall Auditorium 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for students who want the same room. 

For students who want any room, pre-housing will be held Wednesday and Thursday, March 2-3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tiger Village Clubhouse and on Friday, March 4, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Grambling Hall Auditorium. 


 Student Counseling Wellness Resource Center to host 'Wellness Group' every Tuesday

The Student Counseling Wellness Resource Center will be hosting Wellness Group every Tuesday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through March 15. Sessions will be held in the “Tiger Room” Student Counseling Center.

For more information, contact the Student Counseling Center at 318-274-3277.



Tutoring in mathematics open to all students

The Quality Enhancement Plan at Grambling State University kicked off its Mathematics Clinic earlier this week.  The clinic will be available Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Carver Hall, Room 136 until April 28, 2016.  

The Mathematics Clinic is an opportunity for students to receive individual assistance from Mathematics faculty outside the classroom.  All mathematics students may participate, however students registered in MATH147 (Pre-calculus I) and MATH148 (Pre-calculus II) are required to attend.    

To find out how the Mathematics Clinic can help you succeed or for more information, contact Shakira Hardison in Carver Hall, Room 137 or by e-mail at  

The Mathematics Department and the QEP team are here to help you excel, because at Grambling State University Math Really Does Matter!


The Grambling State University Office of Retention has announced its tutorial schedule for the semester.

Tutorial for biology 103, 104, 113, and 114, for chemistry 111, and for English 101 and 102 will be held through April 29.

Engineering Technology Department Alumni and Students Connect Sessions will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with the Engineering Technology Department Open House to follow from noon to 5 p.m. 

The Clayton A. Wiley High School Day is Wednesday, Feb. 24 with registration beginning at 8 a.m. in Room 133. The Clayton A. Wiley Honors Awards Reception is also Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. in Room 104. All activities will take place in the T.L. James Hall.


Feb. 22 is deadline for NOLA alternative teaching certification program

teachNOLA, a rigorous alternative certification program that recruits and trains recent college graduates, is searching for individuals who want to have a role in addressing the critical shortage of teachers, particularly in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Jefferson Parish.

The program has been actively seeking participants since last fall, and the final priority deadline is Monday, Feb. 22.

teachNOLA is looking for people who are willing to teach and  inspire students in underserved areas. The program is also open those who are thinking about a career change.

For more information about teachNOLA, visit

Remember, the deadline is Monday, Feb. 22. 


Annual Musical and the Dr. C P Payne Area and City Revival to be held February 28 – March 3

The Annual Musical and the Dr. C P Payne Area and City Revival, sponsored by the Interdenominational Alliance Ministries, will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at the New Hope Baptist Church, 301 W. Vaughn Ave. in Ruston, Louisiana. 

Revival services will be held Monday-Thursday, Feb. 29–March 3, with day and night services. Daytime services will be held at the New Rocky Valley Baptist Church, 2155 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Grambling, Louisiana, where the Rev. Julius Sumler is pastor, beginning at 11:45 a.m. daily. Nighttime services will be held at the Zion Hill Baptist Church, 505 Lee Ave. in Ruston.


Church announcement

Gumspring Missionary Baptist Church located in Farmerville, Louisiana will hold its Annual Black History Program, Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.    Brother Mark Hunter of New Rocky Valley Baptist Church, Grambling LA will be the guest speaker.  Song services will be rendered by Woodlawn Baptist Church of Farmerville, LA  Soul food dinner will follow in the church fellowship hall.  National Theme:  Hallowed Grounds:  Sites of African American Memories:  Sub-Theme:  Keeping Hope Alive.  Psalms 21:24.   Everyone is invited to worship.


March 15 is deadline to apply for burn camp for girls

Angel Faces is looking for adolescent girls who have suffered severe burns or disfiguring trauma to attend its annual healing retreat June 20-26 in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. 

The retreat is designed to inspire and nurture the girls to process their adversity and to help boost self-confidence.

The retreat is designed for girls ages 12-18. The weeklong retreat is free to participants. The $4,500 fees are taken care of by the sponsors of AngelFaces.  

The founder of the Angel Faces, Lesia Cartelli, was burned herself in a gas explosion at the age of 9. She spent over 20 years developing and directing after-care programs for children and adults. 

 “We take girls who hurt inside and out, who may be in a spiral of self-pity, anger and depression… ,” said Cartelli. “We teach them to get out of the spiral by embracing the pain as a blessing.”

Applications are posted online at The deadline for applications to be submitted is March 15.


RPAR needs volunteer soccer coaches 

The Ruston Parks and Recreation youth soccer league is about to kick off but first, additional youth coaches are needed to volunteer their time this spring.  

The season is approximately seven weeks long and the games are played on Saturday at the Regional Sports Complex on Farmerville Street. Practices are set by the individual coaches. There are over 190 children playing on 28 teams this spring in three age divisions: Under 6, Under 8 and Under 11.  

Coaches are an integral part of this youth program and volunteers are needed now. Give a little time, and get the satisfaction of shaping a child’s life and much more. 

If you are interested in coaching, please contact the RPAR office at 255-5800 or  

Games begin Saturday, Feb. 20.


RPAR softball leagues games to begin April 25

Fresh cut grass, lined infield, ring of a bat, a diving catch, sweating, bleeding, and diving into home.

Not a bad way to spend an evening out at the Ruston Parks and Recreation softball fields.

RPAR softball games begin Monday, April 25 The divisions are Coed, Men’s E, Men’s Church and Coed Church. Games are played by United States Specialty Sports Association rules.

The team fee of $305 is due Wednesday, April 20.

For more information, contact RPAR at 318-255-5800 or



In the February 4 issue: 

 On Page 3 in a story titled “Students get business advice,” it was stated that Christina Davis was one of only three consultants in the area. There are only two consultants in the Northeast Louisiana region. The Gramblinite regrets the error.