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December 2014

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Season's Greetings from ULM President Nick and First Lady Linda Bruno

For more Good News about ULM, visit the ULM News Center!

Director's Corner: a message from ULM Alumni Director Robin Stockton Underwood

Twas the week before semester break, when all through campus
Not a creature was stirring, not even Ace.
The finals were all complete,
All faculty and staff had hopes that the semester break would be there.
The students were nestled all snug in their homes,
While visions of sleeping late danced in their heads.

At the Anna Gray Noe Alumni Center, Nancy in the lobby, Brooke in her office, and I in mine,
Had just settled down for a long winter's break.
When out on the Bayou there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from behind the desk to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a parade lead by The Sound of Today was coming near.

I knew in a moment it must be our President, Dr. Nick Bruno.
More rapid than Warhawks his faculty and staff they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called his Direct reports and the Deans by name!
"Now Dr. Ritchers! now, Dr. Graves! now, Dr. Pani and Camile Currier
On, Brian Wickstrom! On, Susan Chappell!
On, Dean Berry! On Dean Blaylock! On Dean Lemoine!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

So up to the top of their fields they all flew,
With a pirogue full of Scholarships, diplomas, and 21 national recognitions too.
Daily they spoke not a word, but went straight to their work, educating our students
Development maintained relationships and managed all the gifts
Athletics filled the stands with cheering fans,
VAPA made sure the community was culturally rich, with performances from artists & bands

Thanks to them many communities were filled with happy ULM Alumni;
Alumni who have gone on to the top of the field: Counselors, Construction Managers,
Teachers, Coaches, Nurses, Pharmacists, Biologists, Accountants,
Musicians, Marketers, Managers, Pilots, Social workers and many more
Look back at their time at our Bayou's Gem giving a nod as they paid their Alumni Association dues of $35, allowing the good work could continue

Before they marched out of sight
I heard Dr Bruno, the Faculty and Staff exclaim,
'ere they went out of sight,
"Happy Holidays to all, and to all a Good-Night!"

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Robin Stockton Underwood


Robin Stockton Underwood, BBA ‘00
Director of Alumni Affairs
University of Louisiana at Monroe

PS - Remember to support your ULM Alumni Association with a financial gift! And you can easily double or even triple your gift with a Maching Gift from your employer. Find out more at our Matching Gift website!

Show Your Pride and Patriotism!

In an effort to help Ouachita Parish citizens and businesses fly their American and ULM flags proudly, the Greater Ouachita Lions Club created their "Pride and Patriotism" program.

For just $50 a year ($100 if you get both flags), the Lions Club will provide you with a 3' x 5' flag, wooden flag pole with gold finial, brass hardware, and a ground mount. They'll even come install it for you!

This rental fee also gets you year-round care for your flags. The Lions Club will come by periodically to check on your flags and poles; if the flag is worn down, they will replace it for you.

ULM Flags

This program was also started to help support and provide funds for the Lions Club's work in improving vision through screening and treatment of the detected deficiency in Ouachita Parish.

The 31 Ambassadors, the student group associated with the ULM Alumni Association, will begin helping the Lions Club with distributing the flags and flag poles. This will be part of their community service project for the upcoming semester.

If you're interested in getting a flag to put outside of your home or business, please contact Bill McConkey and the Greater Ouachita Lions Club at admin@greaterouachitalions.org or (318) 343-3086 or Brooke O'Bryant at obryant@ulm.edu or (318) 342-3606.

You can also download a Flag Application as an interactive PDF.

Fall 2014 ULM Magazine now available!

Fall 2014 ULM Magazine cover

In the Fall 2014 Issue . . .

- Stan Humphries comes back to the nest to join the Women's Basketball coaching staff

- EJ Ok reflects on her legacy and her love for her fans

- The Scelfo family tradition: All Warhawks a dozen times over

- Embracing Change: Buddy Embanato is part of ULM's past, present and future

Click on the magazine to read an interactive version or download as a PDF!

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Help Fund ULM Scholarships with a Warhawk Plate!

ULM License PlateWhen you purchase a Warhawk license plate, part of the proceeds help fund scholarships for future Warhawks.

And if you have an older NLU plate, you can even retain that plate number with your new ULM Warhawks plate!

For more information and to order your new Warhawk license plate, visit ulm.edu/alumni/licenseplate.

For more information about your Alumni Association, visit ulm.edu/alumni!

The ULM Alumni Association draws its membership from over 65,000 graduates located worldwide.

We invite you to reminisce and remember your time on campus and to stay connected to your university, to each other, and to your ULM Alumni Association.

Visit our "Reminisce & Reconnect" web page on the Alumni Web site and please feel free to send your memories and photos to Brooke O'Brayant at obryant@ulm.edu and we'll post what we can on this page!

The Paper Market named ULM Alumni Association "Business of the Month"

With a "Celebrate Everything" motto and a goal to provide customers with a great party supply selection and customer experience, The Paper Market has plenty to be excited about.

In 2010, ULM alums Amy and Brian Robinson saw potential in the store, known as the Paper Shack and Party Store. Amy is a 2003 graduate of ULM, with a degree in Mass Communication, and Brian received his MBA in 2003. They bought the business in 2011, and have done everything in their power to stick to their motto and reach their goal.

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Since purchasing the store and changing the name, Amy and Brian have made huge transformations, from the interior and exterior of the store to increasing sales. Since 2011, sales have increased by 42% and the number of employees has increased from approximately 5 to 12. The Robinson's currently employ 6 current ULM students, and have 3 alums on staff, including Amy. They also pride themselves on their partnership with Rhonda Neal, a local graphic designer who provides customers with her original line of invitations, stationery and gifts.

When The Paper Market began going through their inventory to start ordering new and exciting things to sell, they donated thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise to a local ministry and goodwill organizations. One of their main goals in this overhaul was to provide customers with a more desirable selection of merchandise and to provide customers with the latest trends in party supplies without sacrificing customer service. They are also big supporters of many local organizations, including ULM, the March of Dimes, Med Camps and the Center for Children and Families.

The Paper Market has become a staple in the Monroe community, and prides themselves on taking a local business in Monroe and improving it to better serve this area. Whether you're planning a wedding, or having a tailgating party for a ULM game, you can find everything you need at The Paper Market. They are committed to serving Monroe and its surrounding areas, and are ready to help you Celebrate Everything!

About the Business of the Month: The purpose of the Business of the Month award is to show not only our alumni-owned businesses how much we appreciate their support, but to also show the community how special these places are.

The criteria for becoming ULM Alumni Association's Business of the Month are simple:

1. An owner (or managing operator) must be a ULM Alumni; if you are not an alumnus, you can join our association as Alumni by Choice.
2. Be current on alumni dues (annual dues are $35 for a single membership or $50 for couples, or $500 for a Legacy Society (lifetime) membership
3. Have ULM gear (pennants, flags, stickers, etc) visible in your business.

The Alumni Association selects its Business of the Month at the beginning of each month, and moves the sign to their location. Check the ULM Alumni Association Facebook page to see who will win next!

For more Good News about ULM, visit the ULM News Center!

Vote on the new Sound of Today uniforms!

The Sound of Today is in the final stages of deciding on new uniforms. The current uniforms are well worn and were purchased in 2001. Below are representative samples of three (3) different designs.

To vote, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/thesoundoftodaynewbanduniforms. You can take the survey thought January 5, 2015.

If you'd like to help the award-winning Sound of Today, visit our encrypted and secure web site to show your financial support today!

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ULM Commencement focuses on happiness and success

Over 700 students from the University of Louisiana at Monroe's fall 2014 graduating class earned degrees on Saturday, Dec. 6, in ULM's Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The momentous occasion is one that many see as the beginning of adulthood.

Degrees were conferred to 139 summer graduates, and 563 fall graduates.

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Louisiana Supreme Court Justice, Marcus R. Clark served as the ceremony's keynote speaker. A ULM alumnus, Clark focused his speech around happiness and success.

Clark reminded students to "Remember, you are not only a citizen of the city you live in, you are also a citizen of the state of Louisiana, a citizen of the United States of America, and a citizen of the world; and as such, you have responsibilities to ensure that you do your best to protect and preserve not only the happiness of your fellow citizens, friends and family, but to preserve and protect the environment and community in which you live."

Clark told students that some of the easiest ways to achieve happiness are to be involved, donate time or money, volunteer, vote, join organizations, and to "seek out opportunities to help change your outer reality.

Clark also gave students sound advice about the importance of continuing education. "I hope you realize that the degree you have earned today is not the end of learning in your life," he said. "Not only do I hope that you continue to learn, but I hope that you continue to help others learn. You know how important a good education is, and you've worked hard to achieve your degree today."

In continuance of Clark's sentiment on the importance of hard work, ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno gave special recognition to students who have interesting or inspiring graduation stories. Bruno highlighted four of those students on Saturday.

"We all know that it takes a great deal of work and discipline to earn a college degree, whether it's your first degree, or your third," he said. "Each year, I like to find graduates among you who have unique stories to tell, and I would like to introduce you to a few of them, today."

Sailesh Wagle came to ULM in 2011 from Kathmandu, Nepal. Wagle was also honored as a Magna Cum Laude graduate. Wagle leaves ULM having already secured a full-time position with Southwest Airlines. He graduated with a B.S. in computer science.

Michael V. Johnson II, a member of the ULM Football team since 2011, was also recognized by Bruno. Throughout his career he earned academic awards and Sun Belt Conference honors. Johnson will return to ULM in the spring. He has been accepted into the history master's program, and will be a department graduate assistant. Johnson graduated with a B.A. in history.

Brooke Keels, a third generation ULM graduate and current ULM employee, earned a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her father and grandfather are ULM alumni, and her husband Scott is also a graduate and now an employee of the university. Keels serves as the Assessment Coordinator for the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences. Brooke and Scott have one son, Liam.

Ariel Conley earned an M.Ed in educational technology leadership completely debt-free. Conley came to Monroe from Lake Charles, and worked 20-hours a week as a graduate assistant. Conley worked for both the School of Education and the ULM Child Development Center.

Several honor graduates were also recognized during the ceremony. They are designated as summa cum laude (3.900-4.000), magna cum laude (3.750-3.899) and cum laude (3.500-3.749).

For a full video recording of the ceremony, a list of graduates, and photo galleries, visit ulm.edu/commencement

ULM pharmacy student wins leadership award

Drew Register, a Monroe native and pharmacy student at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, was recently honored with the American Pharmacists Association, Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Student Leadership Award.

The award is given to four student pharmacists in the United States. Register serves as the Chapter President of the ULM APhA-ASP organization.

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"It is extremely humbling to have been chosen to receive this award," said Register. "Myself, as well as the other students in this organization provide screenings and education to our community members because that is sincerely what we love to do. Being recognized for striving to advance the profession I am so passionate for is truly an honor."

According to the APhA-ASP, all nominees must be members of APhA-ASP and currently in their next to last year of graduation from an accredited school or college of pharmacy. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained.

Established in 1983, the APhA Student Leadership Awards recognize outstanding academic achievement and leadership ability in APhA-ASP at the local, regional, and national levels of students. The awards are endowed by Procter & Gamble.

Drew received nomination letters, and letters of recommendation from both professors and peers.

The award consists of a $500 scholarship, and a plaque, which will be presented at the APhA-ASP Awards Ceremony during the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in 2015.

"Moving forward, this award only further motivates me to make an impact on the health of those within our community," Register said. "Our organization has innovative programming in the works to educate children and community members alike about diabetes, heart health, and drug abuse in the upcoming year."

Register plans to graduate with a Pharm.D. in 2016.

For more Good News about ULM, visit the ULM News Center!

Warhawk fans! Fly to Hawaii with the Warhawks in 2015!

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The Warhawks travel to Hawaii in November 2015 to play Hawaii, and you can fly with the Warhawks and join the fun! Here's how:

  1. Donate $100 or increase your donation by $100 to the ULM Athletic Foundation by December 19, 2014.
  2. With every $100 donation, you will receive one (1) entry into a drawing, which will take place after every 100 donations of $100 or more. This means that with every drawing, your entry will have a 1-in-100 chance of winning!

The trip includes round-trip airfare for Nov. 25-28, 2015 for you and a guest; hotel accomodations; two (2) tickets to the ULM vs Hawaii game; official team gear; and Athletic Foundation membership benefits.

For complete information, visit www.ulmwarhawks.com

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Warhawk Concessions Frequent Buyer Card now on sale

Purchase a Warhawk Concessions Frequent Buyer Card for $25 and receive $1 off your purchase at all Warhawk concession locations!

The Warhawk Concessions Frequent Buyer Card is available for purchase at the ULM ticket office located in Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

The Warhawk Concessions Frequent Buyer Card is good for the remainder of the 2014-15 athletic season (through baseball) and can be used at any sporting event that sells concessions.

The Warhawk Concessions Frequent Buyer Card cannot be used on promotional items or beer sales.

Are you an active member of the ULM Athletic Foundation?

Join the 'Young Grad' program today!The ULM Athletic Foundation helps raise awareness and financial support for the Warhawk athletic programs, positively promote all athletic events, grow our fan and donor base, and enhance the lives of over 300 student-athletes.

There are five ways you can help ULM Athletics!

1. Become and active member of the ULM Athletic Foundation and “Give 110%” of your previous year’s giving.

2. Make a gift toward scholarship endowments or facility upgrades

3. Match your gift through ULM's matching gift program. Visit ulm.edu/giftmatch for more info.

4. Recruit friends and colleagues to buy season tickets and join the ULM Athletic Foundation

5. Include ULM Athletics when preparing or revising your will or estate plan.

And don't forget several new exciting membership programs: the "Young Grads" program and the "Jr. Warhawk" program.

More information about the ULM Athletic Foundation can be found at www.gowarhawks.net 

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