Grambling’s Intramural Center to offer summer hours, activities

The Department of Recreation and Intramural Center is now operating with new Summer hours. The center opens from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays,  and closed on the weekends.

Terry Lilly will teach aerobics Mondays through Thursday at 5:15 p.m. All students must have a valid student ID and a large towel to enter the center. Wednesday, June 15 there will be a Kickball Tournament ftom 3-5 p.m. at the Intramural Center. June 16th -NBA-Game Tournament 3-5 p.m. at the Game room inside Tiger Express.


Deadline nears for the 2016 federal diversity internship 

The application deadline for the fall 2016 semester of the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative is only three weeks away! Any interested students must submit an application by June 15, 2016 to be considered.  

As a reminder, this is a fully funded, paid internship program with various federal agencies. Accepted students will receive fully-furnished housing (at no cost) close to their internship location, a twice-monthly stipend, and professional guidance from a TWC adviser.

For more information on the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative, please visit: Applications can be submitted at: Questions can be directed to Lyndsy Horn or 202-238-7917. 


‘Competitive Faculty Grants Program’ extends cutoff date

The deadline has been extended for the submission of proposals for the “Competitive Faculty Grants Program” sponsored by Apple and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.  The submission deadline has been changed from May 20 to July 22. This change respects the many competing demands on the faculty and administrators at the end of the spring semester. Hopefully, this extension will promote a robust pool of high quality and highly innovative strategies designed to improve the participation, persistence, and graduation rates in technology-related disciplines within the HBCU community.

Additional programmatic information, including the revised timeline, is available. Your immediate attention and communication of this important RFP modification to interested faculty and administrators is appreciated. 


Tenth annual Ernest J. Gaines award accepting submissions 

The deadline for submissions to the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence is Aug. 15.

 Sponsored by Baton Rouge Area Foundation donors, the Gaines Award honors rising African-American authors while recognizing Louisiana native Ernest Gaines’ extraordinary contribution to the literary world.

The contest, which includes a $10,000 prize, is open to fiction – novels or short-story collections – published in 2016. Galleys for 2016 publications are also accepted. Information on criteria and entrance forms is available at

Submissions are judged by a national literary panel, and the winner will be announced in November. The award ceremony takes place on Jan. 19, 2017, at the Manship Theatre in downtown Baton Rouge.

A Louisiana native, Gaines’ critically acclaimed novel “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” was adapted into a 1974 made-for-TV movie that received nine Emmy awards. His 1993 book “A Lesson Before Dying” won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. He serves as writer-in-residence emeritus at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.


The 2016-2017 student FAFSA filing time quickly 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 2015.

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


Mt. Zion Church to hold annual Women’s celebration on Sunday

An annual Women’s Day celebration will ber held Sunday, June 12 at 3 p.m. at the Mount Zion Baptist Church, Grambling, Louisiana, Rev. Anthony C. Slack, pastor. 

Dr. Glenda Island of Mt. Calm in Arcadia, Louisiana will serve as guest speaker. 

The theme will be “Women of Faith in the Lord” and all churches are invited.


Rocky Valley Baptist Church of Simsboro to hold 143 years

The 143rd anniversary of the Rocky Valley Baptist Church of Simsboro will be held Sunday, June 26 at 3 p.m.

Rev. Julian Barnes and the Springville United Baptist Church of Gibsland will serve as guest. A pre-anniversary musical is set for Saturday, June 25 at 6 p.m.