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ULM’s 31 Ambassadors win prestigious ASAP awards

Members of the ULM 31 Ambassadors, the proactive student-alumni service organization, won awards for the second year in a row at the 2007 Association of Student Advancement Programs District IV Conference March 9 – 11 in Dallas, Texas.

Pix of 31 Ambassadors

The 31 Ambassadors applied for and won two district awards. Persephone Alexander, vice president of public relations, was named the Outstanding Student Leader of the Year. The group won an Outstanding External Program award for their 2006 Oozeball tournament, an annual mud volleyball competition for ULM students, which has grown in size and popularity for 20 years.

“The 31ers continue to add new programs to their annual calendar,” said Molly Pealer, assistant director of alumni programs. “The existing programs continue to expand and promote good will to all involved. The district recognizes that the 31ers are a premier and inspiring organization.”

Members of the group presented two educational sessions. The first, “Your Philanthropy is Showing,” showcased various community service projects that the 31 Ambassadors have either coordinated or participated in, with the intention of giving conference participants ideas for philanthropy projects they can implement at their respective universities. The second, titled “Etiquette: 101,” taught participants all about first impressions, proper introductions, interview etiquette and dinner table etiquette.

ASAP, a program of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is an association of student organizations at more than 300 higher education institutions in North America, all with the common goal of enriching student advancement programming. ASAP is a unique program run by students, for students, with the help of district advisers and CASE staff.

The 31 Ambassadors is sponsored by the ULM Alumni Association and is largely self-sustaining with additional funding coming from the generous contributions of benefactors and the ULM Alumni Association. They serve as the official host for alumni-related activities while sponsoring events aimed at increasing student awareness of ULM and the Alumni Association. They also foster the spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy among students and future alumni.

For more information about the ULM 31 Ambassadors, visit their web page at: www.ulm.edu/alumni/31.html

For more information about ASAP, visit www.case.org



ULM students win 22 prestigious ADDY Awards, doubling accomplishments from last year

University of Louisiana at Monroe students were well-represented recently at Northeast Louisiana's ADDY Awards program, as 11 students walked away with 22 student ADDY Awards.

This is the second year ULM students competed in the competition. Last year five students won a total of nine awards.

Kenneth Clow, Biedenharn Endowed Chair in Business, is proud of the students' accomplishments. "The ADDY competition, sponsored by the AAF and the local Advertising Club of Northeast Louisiana, provides students the opportunity to display their creative ability and to compete with advertising professionals," he said. "To be recognized by individuals who create advertisements for a living is certainly a great honor and our students should be very proud of their accomplishments this year."

The following students earned awards:

  • Senior Meagan Jenkins, marketing major, Winnfield
  • 2006 graduate Tiffany Gray, marketing, Dodson
  • Senior Nicole Shows, marketing, Monroe
  • Senior Bret Munson, marketing, Monroe
  • Senior Anna Giannobile, marketing, Monroe
  • 2006 graduate Ashley Long, management, Monroe
  • Senior Carmen Buckles, marketing, Katy
  • Senior Felicia Jackson, management and marketing, Shreveport
  • Senior Kalee Cooksey, Marketing, Ruston
  • 2006 graduate Colby Weaver, general studies, Monroe

Shows won Best in Show for "Bail Bonds"; Shows won a Gold for "Fuji Film"; Shows won a Silver for "Sure Fresh Mints"; Buckles won five Gold awards for "Steve Madden" entries; Cooksey won a silver for "Vintage Attic"; Giannobile won a Silver for "The Cotton Patch"; Gray won a Silver for "Nike Senior"; Gray won a Gold for "Dell Mouse"; Gray won a Gold for "Gap"; Gray won a Silver for "Apple Ipod"; Jackson won a Silver for "Kodak Moments"; Jenkins won a Gold for "Comfortable Fit"; Jenkins won a Silver for "Valentine's Day"; Munson won a Silver for "Nike Campaign"; Weaver won a Gold for "Capturing the Moment"; Weaver won a Silver for "Afterglow Image Photography"; Weaver won a Silver for "Capturing the Moment."

According to the AAF, the not-for-profit industry association that administers the ADDY Awards via 200 member advertising clubs and 15 districts, this student competition is designed especially for college students. This category allows work entered at a local level to advance up to regional and national judging, just like the work entered by professionals across the U.S.

As stated on the AAF website, “The ADDY Awards represent the true spirit of creative excellence by recognizing all forms of advertising from media of all types.”



120 Named to ULM Athletic Director’s honor roll

One hundred and twenty ULM student-athletes were recognized at the last several Warhawk basketball games for their work in the classroom.

Each student earned a 3.0 or higher grade point average in the Fall 2006 semester.

"We have a great group of student-athletes and we are proud of their accomplishments, not only on the field of play, but in the classroom as well," said ULM Director of Athletics Bobby Staub.

The list of honorees, includes ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District honorees Lance Brasher (men's basketball), Amanda Bartlett (women's track & field), and Rani Giladi (men's track & field).

The Fall 2006 ULM Athletic Director's Honor Roll included 17 from baseball, 3 from men’s basketball, 8 from women’s basketball, 25 from football, 9 from men’s golf, 4 from women’t golf, 13 from women’s soccer, 13 from softball, 4 from tennis, 11 from men’s cross country/track & field, 12 from women’s cross country/track & field, and 2 from volleyball.



ULM School of Construction management delegation attends mechanical
contractors convention

The ULM School of Construction Management and its Construction Guild were represented at the 118th Annual Convention of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) held from February 24 – March 1 in Orlando, FL. The ULM delegation consisted of eight students and their faculty advisor Dr. David Manry. More than 160 students/faculty from over 20 colleges and universities were part of the 2000 attendees.

ULM School of Construction management delegates attend the 118th Annual Convention of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) in Orlando, Fla.


The convention allowed the ULM delegation to mingle with a couple of the Louisiana MCAA affiliates who also happen to be strong supporters of the ULM School of Construction Management. Mechanical contractors from both the MCA of Shreveport-Bossier and MCA of the Central Gulf Coast spend time during the convention to become better acquainted with the attendees.

Besides attending educational sessions and networking with fellow students, the ULM students – during the Annual Student Chapter Exhibit – met several mechanical contractors who talked to them about both internships and full-time positions. Finally, the convention allowed the attendees to listen to a presentation by retired General Colin Powell and to enjoy an evening with entertainer Bill Cosby.



ULM Venturers Club plans inaugural camping trip for March 17 – 18

The ULM Venturers Club is now forming and planning its inaugural camping trip for March 17 – 18 in the wooded wilderness of northeast Louisiana.

Katrina Durrett, director of the ULM aquatic services/natatorium and expert camper, will oversee all activities at TL James Boy Scout Camp in Downsville, approximately 45 minutes from ULM. Greg Nelson, director of ULM’s Annual Giving, will also lend his camping and Boy Scouts of America leadership skills as co-host.

The intent is to provide ULM students with the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor camping experience in a scenic natural setting. There are three pristine lakes on the 1,400-acre property. The campground area includes private hot showers, toilet facilities, and tree houses or tents for overnight accommodations.

All critical camping gear will be provided. Intoxicating substances, weapons or fireworks are not allowed at any scout camp. Opposite-sex sharing of tents and tree houses are likewise prohibited. A married couples camping trip may be planned later if there is sufficient interest.

Space is limited to the first 20 people. The cost will be $25 per person. To sign up, go to the ULM Natatorium, fill out waivers and pay the fee.

For complete schedule and provisions list, contact Durrett at 342-5316 or durrett@ulm.edu or Nelson at 342-3684 or gnelson@ulm.edu.



Student to receive short fiction award at Southern Literary Festival

University of Louisiana at Monroe student Chris Leader will receive his short fiction award at the Southern Literary Festival March 30 – 31 at Rhodes College in Memphis.

Leader’s entry, titled "damn spot," placed third in its category at the SLF and was also published in ULM’s student literary magazine, the Helicon. At 18 years of age, Leader has already earned his junior classification as a double major in finance and economics.

According to J. Eric McNeil, director of Student Publications, ULM students have a history of winning in the SLF’s different divisions. This year, about 20 universities across the South participated.



Snyder Museum to feature ULM students’ work in exhibition

The Snyder Museum in Bastrop is currently showing a group exhibition by ULM art students. Known as the Painters' House Group, these students occupy private studios in a university-owned house on Bon Aire Drive.

Participants in this exhibition are Samantha Allen with figurative acrylic, oil and mixed media paintings and computer generated illustrations; Diane Hill with non-objective and landscape acrylic paintings; Nick Hutchinson with figurative and non-objective acrylic paintings; Brad New with figurative and landscape acrylic paintings and figurative and mixed media monotype original prints; Stefan Nodarse with original prints in the form of figurative lithographs, etchings and color reliefs and non-objective etchings and lithographs; and Michele Smith with figurative and portrait acrylic paintings and figurative achromatic digital photographs.

The exhibit will run until Tuesday, March 27. Located at 1620 E. Madison Avenue in Bastrop, the museum is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesdays – Fridays.



Kappa Delta to host Shamrock Run March 17

Kappa Delta will host the Shamrock Run Saturday, March 17 from 7:30 – 11 a.m. at Forsythe Park. The annual charity event to benefit Prevent Child Abuse America consists of registration, the 5K run/walk, a one-mile fun run/walk, an awards ceremony, and lunch.

Registration forms are due March 10 – 17, with fees ranging from $10 – 25. T-shirts will be given to all registered runners.

For more information, email KappaDelta_Amanda@yahoo.com or call (318) 381-1088 or (318) 342-1603.




Stories courtesy of ULM's Office of University Relations

Photo courtesy of Dr. David Manry



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