Taylor Stewart, Grambling State University- c/o 2016, Mass Communications
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
I am from Columbia, Maryland. My parents introduced me to HBCU’s. My dad is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University and his parents taught there as well.
Grambling State Cheerleader Taylor Stewart!
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
I chose an HBCU over a PWI because I wanted to be in a environment that would allow me to do more than just go to school. I wanted to be around people that would support me not only in college but also post college.
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
My story is that no matter what you have to deal with you can overcome anything. Life is what you make it and you must go after it and grab it!
Taylor Stewart in her position as TV Sideline Reporter for GSU
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
My “first time” experience was doing the Miss CoverGirl pageant this year. I had never done a pageant before and was so nervous leading up to the pageant, but in the end it worked out in my favor!
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
A professor that has impacted my life both in and out of the classroom is Will Sutton. Ever since I took him for Principles of Public Relations he has been a tremendous part of me building my portfolio and being successful both in and out of the classroom.
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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