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June 18th, 2013

Grambling State wins $1.7M in STEM grant

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Grambling State University has been awarded a $1.7 million, five-year grant by the National Institutes of Health to provide graduate degree opportunities to under-represented honors students.

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Kyte earns $50k in scholarships

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – John Kyte from Ruston has been selected from more than 500 applicants to receive a University of Arkansas Honors College Fellowship.
The fellowship award of $50,000 largely covers tuition, books, room and board, and registration over four years. The fellowship funds can also be combined with other scholarships and grants for study abroad and research projects.
Kyte is the son of John and Julie Kyte and attended Ruston High School. As a freshman he will be an undeclared major in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

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Travel to Pompeii at library event

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This summer as library patrons are participating in the “Ground Breaking Reads” Adult Summer Reading Program, the library invites everyone to join them as they unearth ancient civilizations in their monthly Around the World at LPL program.

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Tech a success in the classroom

Louisiana Tech University’s final season in the Western Athletic Conference has been a success both within and outside of the playing area.
There was that memorable nine-win, nationally-recognized performance by the Bulldogs’ football squad, then a 27-victory and Top 25 ranked showing by the men’s basketball team.
But even more significantly is that Tech athletics gained equal recognition and attention for its success in the classroom.

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Keeping the family healthy

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Sometimes, you find out why old adages have managed to stand the test of time. The past couple of weeks have made me completely understand why people still say, “When it rains, it pours.”
I spent the week before last camped out in the Intensive Care Unit waiting room at a hospital in Alexandria, waiting for my mom to be released. When she was released, we didn’t really have a lot of answers — leaving us feeling pretty unsettled.

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Outdoors offer a lot for youth

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“The Great Outdoors,” I consider this phrase a very common one, but trends of today would lead us to believe that today’s youth may not be quite so familiar with it. Youth today are more familiar with phrases like, “Just Google it,” “Facebook me,” “Look the video up on YouTube,” “Follow me on Twitter,” “Check Moodle for your assignment,” “Get your grades on Parent Command,” “We have got to prepare for the LEAP test,” “Let’s play some Xbox.” There are many reasons for this trend.

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Grambling: Hall of Fame year

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GRAMBLING — Call it a “Hall of Fame” for Grambling State University athletics.
One ex-Tiger legend has already been so honored, while three others will follow in upcoming weeks and months at various sites.
Earlier this year, former GSU and NFL receiving star Charlie Joiner was induced into the Black College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga.
It was the fifth different Hall of Fame honor for the Many native, who earned the game’s highest honor in 1996 with induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Tickets available for state event

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NATCHITOCHES – Fans of Louisiana’s rich sports legacy can obtain tickets to the gala weekend planned for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame June 27-29.
The nearly 28,000-square foot, state-of-the-art museum that has been in the works for the past several years will official open its door with a grand opening set for June 28 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the facility located on Front Street.
Eleven inductees will be enshrined on June 29, at the Natchitoches Events Center during the 2013 induction dinner and ceremony to begin at 6 p.m.

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Anna Koll: Trailblazer in 1920s

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(Editor’s note: The first in a series of stories on 2013 inductees into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, with ceremonies set for Natchitoches on June 29. Today’s spotlight: Anna Koll).
Not long before her death in 1998 at age 93, Anna Koll of New Orleans was told by her nephew, Bill Koll, that she had been nominated for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
Her response was “Why?”
Actually, the response should have been “Why not?” Or, more properly, “Why not sooner?”

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Today is deadline for Festival tennis

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Today is the final day for registering for the 2013 Louisiana Peach Festival tennis tournament.
The Brennan Dodge-sponsored tournament will be held Friday through Sunday and has fees of $35 per player for one event and $45 per player for two events. Divisions are men’s, women’s and mixed doubles. The tournament will be played on the Louisiana Tech University courts.

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