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ULM Speech Team wins in Texas

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(left to right): Isaac Henderson (assistant coach), Carl O’Banion, Mallory Bonnette, Josh Mohon, Kina Reed (assistant coach).

ULM's Speech and Debate Forum began its 2006-2007 season by winning 3 of 4 events at the Tarrant County College Speech Tournament. The tournament was held October 7th and 8th in Hurst, Tx., and featured competitors representing colleges and universities from Texas, Louisiana and Kansas.

The team was led by Freshman Mallory Bonnette, who earned honors as the top overall speaker at the tournament. Bonnette also earned the tournament championship in Prose Interpretation and teamed with freshman Josh Mohon to earn the tournament championship in Duo Interpretation. Mohon also earned a second place finish in Poetry Interpretation. The tournament also featured the debut performance of Carl O’Banion, who earned the tournament championship in After Dinner Speaking.

Head coach Bob Alexander said “I think this sets the tone for our season. Each student representing ULM this weekend was in their first competition for our program, yet they have stepped in to continue the winning tradition of the ULM Speech & Debate Team. I am tremendously proud of their performance and am looking forward to another productive season.”

The ULM Speech and Debate Forum is open to any student, and no prior experience is required. If you are interested in finding out more about the team, you are encouraged to contact Bob Alexander at 342-1462.


Global Studies program to offer new courses

The Global Studies program at ULM will expand its catalog offerings in the 2007-8 academic year, adding new courses with international content.

Originally formed by Barbara Michaelides, now director of university retention, the program has been in place for over two years and offers a unique interdisciplinary concentration currently available to French and Spanish majors.

Its curriculum features courses selected for their international content and drawn from a variety of fields, including business, economics, government, mass communications and economics. The Global Studies option caters to the needs of students who desire to combine language study with a solid background in business, public policy and/or public relations. Such a uniquely flexible approach offers students a wide range of practical skills that will help to prepare them for rewarding careers international in scope.

For more information, contact the Global Studies program director, Chris Michaelides, at 318-342-1533.


Miss Black and Gold Pageant set for Oct. 18

Alpha Phi Alpha will sponsor the Miss Black and Gold Pageant Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in Brown Auditorium. Alpha Phi Alpha, a National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternity on ULM campus, will sponsor the local competition. The winner will move on to compete in the regional Miss Black and Gold pageant.

Contestants participating at the ULM pageant are:

  • Brittany Jones, a 20-year-old pre-toxicology junior from Jennings
  • Darah White, an 18-year-old pre-pharmacy freshman from Natchez, Miss.
  • Angel Delandro, an 18-year-old social work freshman from New Orleans
  • Sherice Glasper, an 18-year-old nursing freshman from Vicksburg, Miss.
  • Heather Davis, a 19-year-old biology sophomore from Arlington, Texas;
  • Tadasha Hudson, a 20-year-old nursing junior from Shreveport;
  • DeAnna Halley, a 22-year-old criminal justice/sociology junior from Lake Providence
  • Sharde' Maleia, a 20-year-old communications sophomore from New Orleans.

Admission is $3 in advance and $5 at the door. You can purchase a ticket from any Alpha Phi Alpha on campus.

For more information, call 337-580-0036.


CODI department performs community service at conference

Judy Fellows, department head of communicative disorders, and 44 senior and graduate students volunteered at the annual Conference on Aging sponsored by C.A.B.L.E. (Communities Acting to Benefit Louisiana’s Elderly). Their participation enabled 450 senior adults from the area to experience “a day of learning.”

Jillian Morgan, a graduate student from Canada, said, “I was able to benefit personally from the experience. I have spent the majority of my life working with, and adoring children. The brief encounters I had with some of the participants at the conference reminded me that the elderly have wonderful energy, and valuable wisdom that is exciting to be around.”

Lexie Parnell, a graduate student from West Monroe said, “The C.A.B.L.E. Conference is a wonderful opportunity and benefit for the elderly in our area to socialize and be educated all at the same time. I was really blessed this year by the C.A.B.L.E. conference. I was able to greet people and interact with them, which is something I really enjoy.”

Molly McPartland, a graduate student from Washington state, said, “The C.A.B.L.E. Conference was a great way to get involved in the community, which is very important in our profession (speech-language pathology).”

Stephanie Swillie, a senior from Vicksburg, Miss., said, “When I chose this profession, I made up my mind that I solely wanted to work with children. I had no desire to work in the nursing homes because it would be ‘too sad.’ However, my mind may have changed after working a few hours with seniors at the C.A.B.L.E. conference. Not only did I learn about the elderly population, but it also allowed me to catch a glimpse of how some of my future clients may act. I took joy in these people…I admire them because I know they have such a great story to tell. I must admit, you may be seeing me working at a nursing home one day.”

Morgan Smith, a senior from Monroe, said, “I had a wonderful time at the conference. It brought joy to my day and reinforced my dream to work with the elderly one day. If I brightened the day of one of the seniors, then I am satisfied. I have learned to appreciate the little things in life and that you can still live life actively when you get older.”

Kristen Cox, a senior from West Monroe, said, “I had such a good time last Friday at the C.A.B.L.E. Conference. It was a great opportunity for our class to help the community, represent our school and department, and for us to work together as a group.”

Fellows said, ”The CODI students have volunteered at this conference since its beginning eight years ago. I believe that it is a good opportunity for them to give back to the community through a service project. One of the most profound things I believe the students discovered this year was that attitude is everything. Their positive attitude throughout the day made it more pleasant for them as well as the participants. Despite overwhelmingly busy schedules this semester, the students willingly volunteered their time for this worthy endeavor. I am very proud of them.”


ULM launches National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Using a blitz of posters, e-board Ads, and public information outlets, the College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Monroe has launched a student-designed effort to increase awareness of Cyber Security issues.

A group of approximately 30 students enrolled in the university’s Information Security Management class have mounted a campaign to inform the public that October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. Their goal is to increase public awareness of cyber-threats such as “Phishing,” password cracking, identity theft, social engineering, worms and viruses.

According to course instructor, Allen Johnston, these efforts serve two significant functions – to make our community more conscious of the computer-related threats that can cripple our personal and professional activities and to empower ULM students to share their knowledge and expertise related to information security. Johnston said, “Our students are becoming computer security experts and have a message to share. They have taken a creative approach to spreading the word about security and are taking a proactive role in connecting with our campus and community regarding various safeguards that allow every individual to be more prepared.”

Johnston’s class offers the following awareness tips for home-based and business-related computing:

  • Increase your computers’ defenses by keeping programs up-to-date

  • Use difficult and unique passwords that are protected and changed monthly

  • “Think first - Click later” – this simple motto may save you from opening harmful e-mail, instant messages, or pop-ups

  • Protect your personal information. Remember, credible organizations never request personal information using e-mail.

  • Look for the “padlock” or “key” in web page lower right corner to make sure you have secure web access

  • Keep kids safe on-line by knowing who they are “talking” to at all times

For further information regarding this project and Cyber Security Awareness Month, contact Johnston at ajohnston@ulm.edu or 342-1142.


ULM Chili-Cookoff LogoIt's Chili Time at ULM

Are you ready to rumble!? The ULM 31 Ambassadors, student-representatives for the ULM Alumni Association, will host their 22nd annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 21 in "The Grove" on ULM’s campus prior to the ULM vs. Middle Tennessee home football game.

This year’s theme is “Chili Bowl Championship XXII” and participants are encouraged to vie for the coveted Showmanship Award. Trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and one team will receive the People’s Choice Award.

Come to "The Grove" to purchase a $1.00 taster cup to sample all the chilis entered in the competition and vote for your favorite. This year’s event is sponsored by Marsala Beverage Co., KNOE TV-8, The Radio People, Bayou 92.7 and Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

Teams of 6 or less people may sign up for $40, which includes an event apron for the team captain and beverages for the team. Competition begins at noon.

For more information or to receive an application, visit the ULM Alumni Center or call Molly at (318) 342-3601 or (866) WARHAWK. Applications are also available online at
www.ulm.edu/alumni and click on the "2006 Chili Cook-Off Application" link. Applications are due by Wednesday, October 18.





Stories courtesy of ULM's Office of University Relations and ULM's Alumni Association

Photo courtesy of ULM Speech Team


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