Addison, TX – The Grambling University National Alumni Association (GUNAA) will hold its national convention at the Marriott at Legacy Town Center in Plano, TX July 18–20.  The event, which attracts Grambling State University alumni members from all over the country, will be hosted by the Collie J. Nicholson Alumni Chapter of North Dallas.

“We are honored and absolutely ecstatic about hosting this year’s national alumni convention,” said chapter president Kimberlie Page.  “Our chapter members are driven and determined to make this event very special and one that fellow Gramblinites will leave remembering for a long time.”

Guest speakers for the convention include Dr. Frank G. Pogue, President of Grambling State University; Thomas “TNT” Todd, legendary civil rights attorney; Richard “Rick” Gallot, Jr., Louisiana State Senator – District 29; Jamie D. Grant, CEO of JDG Wealth Management, LLC; Kenn Rashad, President of Rashad Interactive, LLC; Suzanne Mayo-Theus, CEO of Mynette Management Company; Daryl K. Washington, Managing Partner at The Law Offices of Daryl K. Washington, P.C.  and Ophelia Nicholson, wife of the late Collie J. Nicholson who served as sports information director at Grambling State for three decades.

Tom Joyner, founder and chairman of the Tom Joyner Foundation will make a special guest appearance at the event.  Joyner said he’s excited about helping to raise money for Grambling State, which is the Foundation’s “School of the Month” in September.

“I’m so glad to be working with my Tigers,” said Joyner, whose nationally syndicated morning radio show airs in 100 markets reaching 8 million listeners every week.  “The Foundation’s mission – and my personal passion – is to help keep students finish their college education at Grambling. So, I ask the alumni, friends and other supporters to join me in making a difference.”

Convention registration fees:

  • Early Registration (postmarked by May 18, 2013) – $225.00
  • Regular Registration (postmarked by July 9, 2013) – $240.00
  • Late/On-site Registration (July 10, 2013) – $255.00
  • Non-Member – $225.00

Member registration includes admission to all information sessions/workshops, general body meetings, plenary sessions, luncheon and gala.

Non-Member registration does not include admission to the general meetings.

All alumni are encouraged to register early.  For more convention information, visit the official GUNAA website at www.GUNAA.net or the Collie J. Nicholson Alumni Chapter website at www.GSUCJNDallas.com.


The Grambling University National Alumni Association was established in 1950 and operates as a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization.  The organization’s primary mission is to financially support Grambling State University and to further enhance educational programs and scholarships for its students.  GUNAA currently has 32 chartered chapters along with 12 regions throughout the United States.

About Grambling State University

Known as the university “Where Everybody Is Somebody” and considered one of the most recognized HBCUs (Historically Black College and Universities) in the country, Grambling State University was founded in 1901 by Charles P. Adams to educate area African-Americans in North Lousisana.  Today, the university is a world renowned institution offering over 75 undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Dr. Ruby Higgins
GUNAA, Office Manager
Email: rubydhiggins@yahoo.com

Dewanna Jefferson
Vice President
Email: VicePresident@GSUCJNDallas.com