Grambling State University Notable Alumni

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14 Notable alumni of
Grambling State University

Grambling State University is 1527th in the world, 551st in North America, and 516th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 14 notable alumni from Grambling State University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Ronnie ColemanRonnie ColemanBorn in United States1964-.. (age 57)bodybuilderpolice officerAmerican football playerRonnie Dean Coleman is an American retired professional bodybuilder. The winner of the Mr. Olympia title for eight years in a row, he is regarded as one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time. Alongside his eight Mr. Olympia wins, he held the record for most wins as an IFBB professional with 26 titles until it was broken by Dexter Jackson….+ show more
  2. Erykah BaduErykah BaduBorn in United States1971-.. (age 50)singersinger-songwriterpoetcomposerjazz musicianErica Abi Wright, known professionally as Erykah Badu, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. Influenced by R&B, 1970s soul, and 1980s hip hop, Badu became associated with the neo soul subgenre in the 1990s and 2000s along with artists such as D’Angelo and Maxwell. She has been called the Queen of Neo soul. Badu’s career began after she opened a show for D’Angelo in 1994 in Fort Worth; record label executive Kedar Massenburg was highly impressed with her performance and signed her to Kedar Entertainment. Her first album, Baduizm, was released in February 1997. It spawned four singles: “On & On”, “Appletree”, “Next Lifetime” and “Otherside of the Game”. The album was certified triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Her first live album, Live, was released in November 1997 and was certified double Platinum by the RIAA….+ show more
  3. E-40E-40Born in United States1967-.. (age 54)restaurateurmusicianfilm produceractorrapperEarl Tywone Stevens Sr., better known by his stage name E-40, is an American rapper. He is a founding member of the rap group the Click, and the founder of Sick Wid It Records. He has released 28 studio albums to date, appeared on numerous movie soundtracks, and has also done guest appearances on a host of other rap albums. Initially an underground artist, his 1995 solo album In a Major Way opened him up to a wider audience. Beginning in 1998, he began collaborating with mainstream rappers outside the San Francisco Bay Area. He rose to higher mainstream popularity in 2006 with his single “Tell Me When to Go”, which was produced by Lil Jon….+ show more
  4. Willis ReedWillis ReedBorn in United States1942-.. (age 79)basketball playerbasketball coachWillis Reed Jr. is an American retired basketball player, coach and general manager. He spent his entire professional playing career (1964–1974) with the New York Knicks. In 1982, Reed was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1996, he was voted one of the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History”….+ show more
  5. Charles M. BlowCharles M. BlowBorn in United States1970-.. (age 51)columnistwritergraphic designerjournalistCharles McRay Blow is an American journalist, commentator, and op-ed columnist for The New York Times.
  6. Burl CainBurl Cain1942-.. (age 79)prison wardenNathan Burl Cain, I, is the commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the former warden at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in West Feliciana Parish, north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He served there for twenty-one years, from January 1995 until his resignation in 2016….+ show more
  7. Sammy WhiteSammy WhiteBorn in United States1954-.. (age 67)American football playerSammy White is a former American football wide receiver in the NFL.
  8. Brion RushBrion RushBorn in United States1984-.. (age 37)basketball playerBrion Rush is an American professional basketball player for the Crailsheim Merlins of the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL). He played college basketball for Grambling State University.
  9. Margaret CarterMargaret CarterBorn in United States1935-.. (age 86)politicianMargaret Louise Carter is an American politician who was a Democratic member of the Oregon Legislative Assembly from 1985 to 1999 and 2001 to 2009 and was the first black woman elected to the state’s legislature. She served in the Oregon House of Representatives until 1999, and then in the Oregon State Senate from 2001 to 2009. She served as President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Vice Chair for Ways and Means, and as a member of both the Health and Human Services and Oregon State Hospital Patient Care committees. She announced her resignation from the Senate effective August 31, 2009, and took a post as Deputy Director for Human Services Programs at the Oregon Department of Human Services. In 2015, she was reportedly considering a return to the senate….+ show more
  10. Alicia ReeceAlicia ReeceBorn in United States1971-.. (age 50)politicianAlicia Michelle Reece is a Democratic politician currently serving as a Hamilton County Commissioner. She formerly served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 33rd district. She was previously the Vice Mayor of Cincinnati from 2002 to 2007….+ show more
  11. Stephanie A. FinleyStephanie A. FinleyBorn in United States1966-.. (age 55)lawyerStephanie Ann Finley is the former United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana and is a former nominee to be a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.
  12. Maestro CurtisMaestro Curtis1956-.. (age 65)musiciancomposerMaestro Curtis, also known as Maestro Brian, is an American musician, composer, producer, arranger and music executive.
  13. Carlton HardyCarlton HardyBorn in United States1971-.. (age 50)baseball playerCarlton Hardy is an American college baseball coach. He is the head baseball coach at Savannah State University.
  14. Alma DawsonAlma DawsonlibrarianteacherAlma Dawson is an American scholar of librarianship. She retired as Russell B. Long Professor at the School of Library & Information Science, Louisiana State University in 2014 and was awarded Emeritus status in 2015. In 2019 Dr. Dawson was honored with the Essae Martha Culver Distinguished Service Award from the Louisiana Library Association which honors a librarian whose professional service and achievements, whose leadership in Louisiana association work, and whose lifetime accomplishments in a field of librarianship within the state merit recognition of particular value to Louisiana librarianship.

Everything You Need to Know About Grambling State University

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Grambling, Louisiana 71245
Main Phone: (318) 274-3811
Main Contact: Jimmy Washington
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Grambling State University
     Grambling State University combines the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college, a combination that enables our students to grow and learn in a serene and positive environment. We offer more than 800 courses and 68 degree programs in five colleges, including an honors college, two professional schools, a graduate school, and a Division of Continuing Education. National and local employers recruit graduates from Grambling’s excellent nursing, computer science, teacher education, and other programs.
     In addition to being one of the country’s top producers of African American graduates and the top producer of Computer Information Science grads in Louisiana, Grambling is the home of the internationally renowned Tiger Marching Band and the “winningest” coach in college football, the legendary football coach Eddie Robinson, Sr., whose tenure is memorialized in a campus museum, funded and operated by the state of Louisiana. Steeped in history, with a longstanding tradition of excellence, Grambling State University continues to emphasize the value and importance of each student, exemplified by our motto: Where Everybody Is Somebody.Quick FactsUndergrad Population: 4409
Graduate Population: 588
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $4846
Out of State Tuition: $12099
Room & Board: $8109
Applications Due: July 15th ($20)
Conference: NCAA
Mascot: Tigers
Accreditations: NCATE,
Online Classes: yes
Percent Men: 46%
Percent Women: 54%Online Admissions Application:
Majors Offered
Arts and Sciences
-Biological Sciences
-Computer Science
-Engineering Technology
-English and Foreign Languages
-Family and Consumer Sciences
-Mathematics & Physics
-Political Science
-Visual and Performing Arts
-Computer Information Systems
Educational and Graduate Studies
-Curriculum & Instruction
-Developmental and Higher Education Studies
-Kinesiology, Sport, and Leisure Studies
-Graduate Studies
Professional Studies
-Criminal Justice
-Mass Communication
-Social Work
-Military Science / Army ROTC
Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Choir, Choral Groups, Concert Band, Dance, Fraternities, Honors Program, Intramural Sports, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Radio Station, Sororities, Student Newspaper, Television Station
College History
     Grambling State University opened on November 1, 1901 as the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School. It was founded by the North Louisiana Colored Agriculture Relief Association, organized in 1896 by a group of African-American farmers who wanted to organize and operate a school for African Americans in their region of the state.
     In response to the Association’s request for assistance, Tuskegee Institute’s Booker T. Washington sent Charles P. Adams to help the group organize an industrial school. Adams became its founding president.
     In 1905, the school moved to its present location and was renamed the North Louisiana Agricultural and Industrial School. By 1928, after becoming a state junior college and being renamed the Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute, the school began to award two-year professional certificates and diplomas. In 1936, and the curriculum emphasis shifted to rural teacher education; students were able to receive professional teaching certificates after completing a third academic year. The first baccalaureate degree was awarded in 1944, in elementary education.
     In 1946, the school became Grambling College, named after P.G. Grambling, the white sawmill owner who had donated the parcel of land where the school was constructed. In addition to elementary educators, Grambling prepared secondary teachers and added curricula in sciences, liberal arts and business, transforming the college from a single purpose institution of teacher education into a multipurpose college. In 1949, the college earned its first accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
     In 1974, the addition of graduate programs in early childhood and elementary education gave the school a new status and a new name – Grambling State University. The university expanded and prospered between 1977 and 2000. Several new academic programs were incorporated and new facilities were added to the 384-acre campus, including a business and computer science building, school of nursing, student services building, stadium, stadium support facility and an intramural sports center.

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