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"Warhawks Prepared" grant integrates disaster preparedness into FRYS courses

Dr. Mark DohertyDr. Mark Doherty, associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, received a $5,000 Ready Campus grant from Louisiana Campus Compact to integrate disaster preparedness into the Freshman Year Seminar courses this fall.

The grant, "Warhawks Prepared," is part of a statewide partnership program that began among Pennsylvania's colleges and universities and their neighboring communities, but has extended to Louisiana and other states. The program is designed to strengthen preparation for, and response to, a variety of campus emergencies, including natural and human-made disasters.

FRYS students will be encouraged as part of the "Warhawks Prepared" curriculum to engage in mock disaster scenarios in preparation for a variety of emergencies including, but not limited to, school shootings and CPR-related, alcohol poisoning, and fire-related situations.

The fire-related emergencies will also enable the students to utilize brand new, state-of-the-art fire extinguisher training equipment recently purchased by the kinesiology department. This "live fire" system will safely enable hundreds of ULM students, faculty, and staff to learn proper extinguisher training during the one-day session for the cost of a propane tank and a tank of compressed air ? not the expensive cost of recharging hundreds of fire extinguisher tanks.

Doherty theorizes that former FRYS students enrolled in KINS 321, Safety Education, have provided student insight into the programming, which will help with the integration. "We've already seen other college campuses who could have, or did, benefit from this kind of training in the very worst of situations. The "Warhawks Prepared" program is designed to encourage increased personal responsibility with regard to campus safety, educate students about the ULM safety preparedness initiatives, and improve the students' basic lifesaving competencies if faced with a serious emergency."

The FRYS students will all be exposed to curricula in the classroom, which is being developed under the guidance of ULM faculty and staff from across various ULM disciplines and involves the acquisition of disaster preparedness knowledge, skill, and dispositions.

Staff from the Louisiana Board of Regents, the state's delegated governing board for higher education, asked Louisiana Campus Compact to develop a statewide Ready Campus implementation plan, recognizing the need to have a campuswide approach for emergency and disaster preparedness.

For more information about Ready Campus, visit www.compact.org.

Dr. Naveen MusunuruMusunuru’s analyses published on popular finance Web site

Naveen Musunuru, assistant professor of agriculture at ULM, recently has had two analyses published on the popular finance Web site www.seekingalpha.com.

The first, an article titled “Increasing Ethanol Demand and the Likely Price Implications for Corn,” examines the importance of biofuels and increasing food prices throughout the world.

According to his findings, Musunuru states that U.S. farmers intend to plant 86 million acres of corn in 2008, a decrease in acreage by approximately eight percent. High input costs associated with corn and relative soybean prices are the encouragement to do this and favor soybeans instead.

As Musunuru mentioned, “The present estimated 86 million acres are still considered to be at high levels when compared to historical crop acreages. Also at the same time, the demand for corn is increasing at a faster rate than supply, creating an upward pressure on prices. With an estimated yield of 150 bushels/acre (the average yield for the last five years), and adding the previous crop carryover, 2008 corn crop will likely produce at least 13 billion bushels of corn.”

He determined that in terms of corn consumption, the largest domestic use concerns feed purposes. Also that “corn for ethanol use may increase anywhere between 15 to 20 percent, when compared to last year, resulting in an estimated use of 3.7 billion bushels of corn for this year.”

The complete article may be viewed at:

Since the analysis’ publication, Musunuru concluded that due to recent Midwest floodings and the concern about upcoming crop size, December 2008 corn futures price has increased more than a dollar since June.

Musunuru’s other published analysis concerns the U.S. economy.

“An Overview of Five Key Economic Indicators” is described by the author as “a quick summary of important economic indicators which have the ability to influence the markets. Every week or every month some kind of statistics pertaining to either general U.S. economy or producer/consumer interest hits the markets. Sometimes this information is overwhelming for people new to the financial markets, and it is especially important to know what to look for and how to interpret these indicators.”

Musunuru then mentions some basic and important economic indicators: the Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing Survey, the Employment Report, Gross Domestic Product, Personal Income and Outlays, and the S&P/Case – Shiller Home Price Index.

He ends the article by advising readers that this list is not exhaustive and that they should keep an eye on consumer price index, retail sales data, the shape of the yield curve, and federal open market committee statements to gain a complete picture about the state of the economy.

The complete article may be viewed at:

Unter selected to participate in advanced placement program

Dr. Kevin UnterULM’s Dr. Kevin Unter, assistant professor of political science, was recently selected to participate in the annual Reading and scoring of the College Board’s AP Examinations this June in the subject of U.S. Government.

Each year the AP Program, sponsored by the College Board, gives more than one million capable high school students an opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses and examinations, and, based on their exam performance, to receive credit and/or advanced placement when they enter college.

Approximately 2.8 million examinations in 22 disciplines are evaluated by over 10,000 Readers – men and women regarded as some of the best college and high school educators in the United States, Canada, and abroad. This year, one of those educators is Unter.

The AP Reading is a unique forum in which academic dialogue between secondary school and college educators is fostered and strongly encouraged. Trevor Packer, executive director of the Advanced Placement Program at the College Board, reiterated that the program draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors in the world. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Dr. Kevin Unter.”

More about the College Board:

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 5,400 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®).

Saulsberry to speak at ULM Commencement Aug. 9

Dr. Pamela Higgins SaulsberryDr. Pamela Higgins Saulsberry, head of ULM’s Department of Social Work, will speak at the ULM Summer Commencement Saturday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m. in Fant-Ewing Coliseum. Saulsberry has over 30 years of career experience.

She achieved her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University (’72), her master’s of social work degree from the University of Denver (’73-’74), and her Ph.D. from Jackson State University (’03).

She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a LCSW Board-approved supervisor. She also holds a Louisiana Qualified School Social Work Certificate.

Among her many achievements, Saulsberry has been named a College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Faculty Member on multiple occasions, has been featured in Who’s Who Among American Teachers (’94), received the March of Dimes Outstanding Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation (’03), and was the Outstanding Business/Professional Women Recipient (’04). She also served as the president of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Louisiana Sickle Cell Foundation.

She is a well-respected professional author/administrator, social worker, presenter, and community advocate.

Sharma receives multiple honors

Dr. Anita SharmaDr. Anita Sharma, associate professor of social work at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, recently received dual honors.

Sharma earned a “Leadership Recognition” award in gerontology by the Baccalaureate Program Directors' Association, a national organization for social work educators.

She has also been elected as the chairperson of the Board of Directors of Families Helping Families of Northeast Louisiana.

Dr. Jeffrey Cass, dean of the ULM College of Arts and Sciences, was not surprised that Sharma received such high tribute. “Anita Sharma represents the kind of faculty member the ULM community loves to support—committed to her field and to her students. As a professional in social work, Dr. Sharma adheres to the highest of standards, and she subscribes to the noblest of ideals, that of assisting those in distress, alleviating their pain, and carrying them through hardship.”

According to its Web site, Families Helping Families of Northeast Louisiana, Inc. is a network of families in the Northeast Louisiana area who, because of their own experiences, became committed to reaching out to others who have relatives with special needs.

Sharma said it was an honor to be granted such responsibility in an organization “that embodies everything good about our community. Families Helping Families reaches out to assist and empower individuals with disabilities and their families. Through its various interventive and proactive programs, it endeavors to take away the implication of ‘handicap’ from the word ‘disability.’"

The organization is located in Monroe and serves the 12 parishes that comprise Region 8 - Ouachita, Richland, Franklin, Caldwell, Tensas, East Carroll, West Carroll, Madison, Union, Morehouse, Jackson, and Lincoln. While each Families Helping Families center is regionally based and therefore different in approach, each one is able to maintain its mission and vision by being a member of Families Helping Families of Louisiana.

For more information, go to: www.fhfnela.org.

Hanser to speak at the World Forum on Women's Rights in Korea

Dr. Robert HanserULM assistant professor of criminal justice Dr. Rob Hanser will travel to Seoul, Korea, July 14 – 18, as a guest speaker at the World Forum on Women's Rights in Korea.

He will present on the United States system's policy and practice regarding victims and offenders of juvenile/child sex offenses. South Korea is constructing new reform legislation in this area and is interested in how the United States addresses this type of criminal activity.

Hanser said that one of his key areas of expertise in research is domestic violence, including sex offenses. “I have researched these and related topics on several occasions and have published several pieces on juvenile sex offending and juvenile sexual victimization. I was also an intern therapist at a domestic abuse shelter for children and adolescents, several of whom had trauma issues related to sexual abuse.”

The Organization Committee for the World Forum on Women's Rights will pay all expenses in addition to an $800 speaker’s fee. Hanser intends to donate his payment to the ULM Institute of Law Enforcement.

He also welcomes the opportunity to strengthen ties with his colleagues in Asia, as ULM will co-host the Ninth Annual Conference for the Asian Association of Policing Sept. 30 – Oct. 3 in Lafayette.

“I think that this will definitely represent ULM in a positive manner,” Hanser said.

Sutherlin to serve on editorial board for Global Studies Association

Dr. John W. SutherlinDr. John W. Sutherlin, ULM political science professor and co-director of the Social Science Research Laboratory, will serve on the Global Studies Association editorial board during the next year.

At the GSA Annual Conference held June 6 – 8 at Pace University in New York, Sutherlin delivered two papers: one on intellectual property changes for India and China; the other on environmental policy under authoritarian regimes.

“GSA is the most important organization of its kind with top-tier researchers from across the world,” remarked Sutherlin. “For ULM to have representation on its editorial board for next year, for the first time ever, says a great deal about where this university is headed.”

Sutherlin will work with a number of global scholars on a range of topics including workers rights, nationalism in a global world, environmental and resource management and the nature of conflict.

“One of the reoccurring themes for the GSA has always been change. How can we make our world, our communities better? The range of alternatives presented by researchers is as broad and diverse as the world itself.”

The GSA has already begun receiving papers and will review and edit throughout the summer and fall. Publications are made available each year at the annual conference.

GSA is a multi-disciplinary scholarly association set up in order to address the vast social, political and economic transformations of global scope that are impacting upon the world today. GSA provides a forum for scholars to collaborate and explore shared responses to such phenomenon, particularly in the context of globalization. It is headquartered at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Sutherlin to serve on editorial board for Global Studies Association.

Stories courtesy of ULM's Office of University Relations

Photos courtesy of Richard Lupo, University Photo Services

Information from College Board was included in the story about Kevin Unter

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