Kindrell Plains, Grambling State University- c/o 2016, Developmental Education
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
I am from a small town located in central Louisiana, Ferriday. Growing up I was very active in high school from the student government association, numerous clubs and organizations and the marching band.
Ferriday High School Marching band was the epitome of the World Fame Tiger Marching Band of Grambling State University.
When you see our black and gold you would think here come the baby World Fame. It was my high school director, Mr. Carl Dangerfield (RIP) who introduced me to the HBCU arena by inviting me to homecomings, events, high school band camps. Hope I made him proud.
Kindrell Plains, Proud Alum of Grambling State University, Class of ’11|Image Credit: Kindrell Plains
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
I simply chose an HBCU over a PWI because of the valuable experiences, lessons, and true essence of a family I received just as a high school student during campus visits and stays.
I visited almost 8 HBCUs my junior and senior years of high school and I can say I felt like I knew everyone like friends and family. The welcoming and hospitality was like no other. I knew that my choice of college would be an HBCU.
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
My experience at THEE Grambling State University is remarkable. My time at Grambling State University has shaped my ability to conquer the world on many levels.
Not only has it prepared me but Grambling has provided me the opportunity to freely be me and express my inner motives both mentally and physically.
I was very active on campus which opened up avenues of passion created to continue the great deed of legacy of my illustrious university, Grambling State Univeristy.
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
I can describe my first time as Gramfam! In this sense I was apart of a family that introduced me to many opportunities and pulled the inner abilities out of me. Coming in as a first year band student I gained several new brother and sisters that to this day, I can call upon.
“Coming in as a first year band student I gained several new brother and sisters that to this day, I can call upon.”|Image Credit: Kindrell Plains
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
Although all my professors played an intrinsic role in my life, there’s this one teacher since my arrival to date that has seen me grow and ensure through sometimes a simple smile that no matter the obstacles ahead, I can achieve.
Mrs. Wiley, my first year experience teacher was my leading force of motivation. She took out the time to not only teach my about the great history of Grambling State University but she opened her arms up and embraced me as mother away from home.
Questions about Grambling? Being a PoliSci major? Respectfully ask Kindrell!
What sports do/did you play at your HBCU? What positions?
What sports and/or extra curricular activities did you do in High School? And why?
Best restaurants on/near campus? Best dishes?
Who invited you to interview with us?
Your wildest moment at college?
What is your funniest college story? (everyone has one lol)
Grambling State University
Under Graduates: 3,883
Post Graduates: 980
- Athletics: Grambling State University competes in the NCAA Division I (Football Championship Subdivision for football) in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Currently, the Grambling State University Department of Athletics sponsors Men's Intercollegiate football, along with men's and women's basketball, baseball, track & field, softball, golf, soccer, tennis, bowling and volleyball. RIVALS: Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, and Texas Southern University.
- Notable Alumni: Charles M. Blow - 1991 - New York Times columnist** Erykah Badu - Grammy Award-winning artist** Natalie Desselle-Reid - Actress best known for roles in B*A*P*S, Def Jam's How to Be a Player, and Disney's Cinderella** Judi Ann Mason - Television writer, producer and playwright** Burl Cain - Master's degree in criminal justice, now warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary (also known as Angola)** Ollie Tyler - Mayor of Shreveport; former interim state superintendent of education; former Caddo Parish school superintendent** E. Edward Jones - 1952 - Educator, civil rights advocate, pastor, and former president of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., in Shreveport** Edward Joseph Price - 1975 - Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (District 58), businessman in Gonzales** Alicia Reece - Politician, member of the Ohio House of Representatives (33rd district)** Robert Bobb - Politician and public administrator; Emergency Financial Director for Detroit Public Schools; city manager for thirty years in the cities of Kalamazoo, Michigan; Santa Ana, California; and Richmond, Virginia** Israel "Bo" Curtis - Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992 to 2008; member of the Rapides Parish School Board from 1976 to 1992** Bettye Davis - Member of the Alaska Senate and former member of the Alaska House of Representatives from the 21st district** Rick Gallot - Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate for District 29 since 2012; former state representative for the 11th district** Jeff Hall - Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (District 26), accountant in Alexandria** Patricia Cage-Bibbs - 1972 - Women's basketball head coach at North Carolina A&T State University, Hampton University, and Grambling State University; has over 400 wins in her coaching career** Ronnie Coleman - Professional bodybuilder and eight-time Mr. Olympia winner** Jason Hatcher - 2006 - Current NFL defensive end** Tyree Hollins - professional football player** Doug Williams - former NFL quarterback; MVP of Super Bowl XXII**
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