Football vs ULL, Chili Cook-Off, Browse on the Bayou and more set for Saturday, Nov. 15
There is plenty to do on the ULM campus Saturday, Nov. 15! Prospective students and their parents visit campus with "Browse on the Bayou," and parents of current students are guests of the university via Parents Day.
The 30th Annual Chili Cook-Off will be held in the Grove, and the Warhawks women's basketball team plays William Carey at 1 pm in Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
Topping of the day will be the Warhawks taking on in-state rival the ULL Ragin' Cajuns at 6 pm at JPS Field in Malone Stadium. Warhawk fans are encouraged to wear white for this "White Out" game!
School of Construction Management reunion weekend to be held Nov. 14-15
The University of Louisiana at Monroe's School of Construction Management and the Industry Advisory Council will hold a "Come Back Home" reunion the weekend of Nov. 14-15 on the ULM campus.
The SoCM/IAC is looking for School of Construction Management graduates from 1974, 1984, 1994 and 2004 class years and will highlight these years. The IAC would like to have as many of those alums to return to campus and reminisce about old times in Hanna Hall or the Construction Building.
The new SoCM Director Dr. Ed Brayton will be introduced, as Dr. Keith Parker has retired.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, Nov. 14 - 8:00 a.m.: The Industry Advisory Council fall meeting at the School of Construction Management building (room to be announced). No charge for attendance.
Friday, Nov. 14 - 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.: The SoCM/IAC social will be held in the University Conference Center, located on the 7th floor of the ULM Library. Awards will be presented to Constructor Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumnus inductees. Food, drinks and music will be included. Cost is $50.00 per person and tickets can be purchased online
Saturday, Nov. 15: Tailgating in Warhawk Heritage Park begins prior to the game against in-state and Sunbelt Conference rival the Ragin' Cajuns of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.
Tailgating is open to all industry friends and SoCM alums at no charge. Look for tailgate spot #59 — overlooking Bayou DeSiard — and of course lots of people having fun and the SoCM alumni tailgate banner.
For more information, contact Robin Underwood at email@example.com or 318-342-5244.
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Director's Corner: a message from ULM Alumni Director Robin Stockton Underwood
Dear University of Louisiana at Monroe Alumni,
Thank you is a simple phrase often forgotten in today's time
I've noticed we are often too busy to say it to those that mean the most to us, much less to the kind individual who holds open the door for us or places our groceries in the car. It also can't be said enough to you as our Alumni and Friends.
November has always been one of my favorite months of the year. This is the month we set aside to spend time with friends and family to offer Thanksgiving for our blessings.
Since it's the season, I'd like to thank each of you for your continued involvement and engagement with ULM! Alumni and friends are one of our University's greatest blessings to our current students and fellow alums. Each one of you are walking advertisements for the quality education our beloved institution provides and can offer valuable networking opportunities. I continue to be excited to hear about accomplishments of our Warhawk family.
"Once a Graduate, Always an Alumni" is a phrase that I recently heard at a conference that has resonated with me. It's never too late to engage - there is no time like the present. Please give the Alumni office a call or send us an email and we can fill you in on volunteer opportunities.
We are looking forward to seeing you on campus on Saturday, Nov. 15. There are numerous activities going on for this final home game day of the season and will conclude with a "White Out" game against in-state rival the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. You can check out the "Events" tab for a more in-depth schedule of events for that day.
And don't forget to connect with us on social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter), attend chapter events or athletic events in your area so you can be in the know. If you’ve moved, changed phone numbers, or email addresses, please take a moment now to update your contact information through the Alumni Directory.
Finally, if I may be of assistance, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-342-5244. Anytime throughout the year, you are invited to stop in and see us at the Anna Gray Noe Alumni Center, your home when you are on campus.
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.
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 email@example.com or (318) 343-3086 or Brooke O'Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org or (318) 342-3606.
You can also download a Flag Application as an interactive PDF.
Fall 2014 ULM Magazine now available!
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!
When 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.
Fieldhouse Bar and Grill named ULM Alumni Association "Business of the Month" for November
A field house is exactly where Joey Trappey fell in love with ULM, where on Saturday nights he put on the #1 jersey and took the field for ULM.
Joey graduated from ULM in 2005 with a marketing degree. He played from 2001-2005 for the then-Indians, and was a three-year team captain. He received his Master's in Education degree in 2007, and taught for one year at Ouachita Christian School in Monroe. Realizing that teaching was not for him, he decided a family-friendly restaurant is what he wanted to open.
In 2009, Joey opened his doors at the Fieldhouse for the Monroe and ULM community, and he hasn't looked back. He eventually bought the building next door to the Fieldhouse and expanded his business in 2013 and create a party room atmosphere.
"When I was a student, I just remember there being slim pickings for places that provided a relaxed atmosphere for students, and that's why I wanted to open the Fieldhouse," says Joey.
If you look at the menu at the Fieldhouse, you can tell they cater to all demographics, whether one is there for Monday's 2-for-1 burger night or just going by for lunch. And while you're there, be sure to try Joey's favorite item on the menu, the Grilled Chicken Club sandwich.
Joey prides himself on a quality product and great service that his establishment provides to the customers. He employs over 20 ULM students throughout the year, who act more like friends then servers. Joey's framed #1 jersey, along with ULM flags, helmets and paintings can be found throughout the restaurant.
He also prides himself on the participation of the Fieldhouse in the community. The Fieldhouse sponsors Little League teams, including softball and baseball, helps support the Susan G. Komen Foundation and is a huge supporter of all things ULM.
In early November 2014 he hosted a fundraiser for the ULM cheerleading squad, where 15% of his sales that day went to the team, helping them pay for their trip to nationals. You can also find him at Wine Over Water in the spring supporting the ULM Alumni Association and at the Athletic Foundation kickoff in the fall.
Joey and his wife Holly have two daughters, Riley and Ella.
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!
Alumni couple opens new clothing store in Monroe
A lifetime goal of opening their own business has become a reality for two ULM alumni.
Leslie Smith Culp ('06, BA) and Joshua Culp ('03, BBA; '10, MBA) are the proud owners of Hemline, a clothing store located at 2360 Tower Dr., Suite 106, in Monroe.
Although Hemline is primarily a women's clothing store, it does carry clothing for men.
Ladies can shop for a swimsuit or a cocktail dress, and men can find jeans and dress shirts. Hemline also carries ULM T-shirts by 47 brand.
The Culps are proud of their partnership with 47 brand, a worldwide sports apparel company. Hemline contacted the company, who has only previously sold ULM hats, to create and produce the first ULM shirt designed by the brand.
The Culps started their business long before the official store opening in February 2014. Beginning in September 2013, the Culps set up a booth at the Downtown River Market and a booth at Cotton.
“We felt it was important to create a customer base prior to opening the store,” says Joshua.
If you step foot into Hemline, you feel like you’re stepping into the Culp family. The store manager is Joshua’s sister, who worked for six years with Hemline before moving back to Monroe.
“The goal was to open a business, but it was more important to us that we could open a business that involved our family and the community,” says Joshua.
The Culps say they like the idea of trusting a close family member to run their business and knew that Hemline would allow them to immediately give back to the community by donationing to various organizations.
Joshua's undergraduate degree is in Management and Leslie's undergraduate degree is in Psychology.
She is currently enrolled in ULM’s Elementary Education program.
Holidays at ULM promises fun for the whole family Nov. 25
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 25, the annual Holidays at ULM celebration will take place on the University of Louisiana at Monroe campus. ULM alumni are always welcome to join the festivities, which are free and open to the public.
The evening will begin in Brown Auditorium with a holiday concert featuring ULM Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) students and faculty.
The annual "lighting of the campus" will take place after the concert, in front of Brown Hall.
ULM Fall Commencement set for Dec. 6
At 10 a.m., on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Fant-Ewing Coliseum, ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno will award degrees at ULM’s Fall 2014 Commencement Ceremony.
Graduates from the 2014 summer class also received their degrees.
As is the past, Commencement will be streamed live online.
Visit ulm.edu/commencement for more information.
Five ULM online programs ranked on national best value lists
Five programs from the University of Louisiana at Monroe have been ranked in OnlineU.org's list of its 2015 Best Value College Rankings. ULM's online programs in counseling, education, healthcare, nursing, and psychology all ranked as some of the nation's best value online degrees.
The site used multiple factors in the ranking methodology, which include: tuition, non-profit status, student loan repayment rate, accreditation, student services, student reviews, and university accomplishments.
At number 10 on its respective list, the online bachelor's degree in education placed high on a list of 25 overall universities. The site references that its methodology "considered which online schools were affordable, had strong student outcomes, and prepared students well for licensure. Colleges on the list offered online programs focusing on childhood education, special education, education administration, and many other disciplines."
Dr. Sandra Lemoine, dean of the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences, is well aware of the exposure that these ranking bring to her college, and the institution.
"The School of Education in the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences grows stronger every day to fulfill the demands of the modern world," said Lemoine. "Our outstanding faculty work hard to develop and implement exceptional online programs that allow traditional and non-traditional students to pursue and strengthen their educational and career goals."
ULM's online master's degree in counseling came in at number 11 on the list of the best value counseling degrees with a cost of $14, 250. Overall, 23 universities were ranked on this list. According to the methodology, the "list focuses on colleges offering online master's in counseling degrees that are affordable, prepare students well for the job force, and offer strong student support services. Fourteen of these schools offer degrees for less than $15,000 per year. Many of them, including the University of Louisiana at Monroe…are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, which is required for certification as a counselor."
ULM's online bachelor's degree in health studies—health studies marketing/management—provided another top-10 ranking. The degree comes in at a cost of $11, 250. The site commends the university's 8-week sessions, which help students progress through their degree at a faster pace.
ULM's on-campus nursing degree has garnered much national attention as of late and OnlineU.org ranks ULM's online RN to BSN program as the number 24 best value in the nation. OnlineU.org highlights the program's replication of the on-campus program, stating: "All of the university's online programs use the same materials and cover the same topics as the on-campus equivalent, and online students earn the exact same degree. The Kitty DeGree School of Nursing, including the online RN to BSN degree, is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, which ensures that programs meet high academic standards and prepare students for the workforce."
Dean of the College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Benny Blaylock, says, "ULM's College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences degree programs continue to garner national recognition for the outstanding educational opportunities they offer at a cost that makes them an excellent value. This level of value and quality is a product of the outstanding work, planning, and delivery by faculty and staff in the Nursing, Counseling, and Health Studies programs."
Rounding out ULM's rankings, the online bachelor's degree in psychology came in at number 17 in the nation on the best value psychology degrees list. At a cost $11, 250, the ULM degree is praised by OnlineU.org. The site says, "One unique aspect of the psychology program is that The University of Louisiana at Monroe offers a variety of cutting edge courses not available elsewhere, such as evolutionary psychology and positive psychology."
Dr. Ron Berry, dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences said, "We are always excited when national organizations such as OnlineU.org recognize the value in our online programs. With this ranking, it is also very encouraging that the group has recognized some of the unique features of our online psychology program. I appreciate our faculty who continue to be innovative in their development of courses and their delivery."
ULM's rankings from OnlineU.org are not the institution's first. In June, OnlineU.org named ULM's online MBA as one of the top 25 most affordable programs in the country.
For more information on these rankings visit onlineu.org/best-value-colleges
ULM and Delta partner to boost STEM participation
Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC) and the University of Louisiana at Monroe decided to strengthen their alliance to better combat a very serious educational/career deficit in an official agreement signing Nov. 4, at the LDCC Monroe campus.
At one time in our nation's history, the U.S. was a leader in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. However, recent studies have repeatedly shown that there is a lack of student interest in focusing on these topics.
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in those specific disciplines. According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 percent of high school students are interested in a STEM career and have proven a proficiency in mathematics. Currently, nearly 28 percent of high school freshmen declare an interest in a STEM-related field, a U.S. Department of Education website says, but 57 percent of these students will lose interest by the time they graduate from high school.
LDCC & ULM signed a memorandum of understanding in 2008 establishing course and program transfer and articulation agreements. The overall goal of that agreement was to identity high-student interest degree programs at each institution and develop specific degree program articulation agreements, allowing a smooth transfer of credits from one institution to the other. This would serve to improve the transfer process for the benefit of students.
LDCC & ULM have now amended their agreement to include the first 2 years of LDCC's Associate of Science Louisiana Transfer – Biological Sciences Concentration which will now be transferrable to ULM's Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science.
"This partnership between LDCC and ULM will serve to enhance and augment educational opportunities for all of our students by clearly defining transfer pathways. We are pleased to have such a good friend in ULM and are excited about the opportunity that this partnership provides us to support the Louisiana Community and Technical College System's (LCTCS') Strategic goal of quadrupling student transfers to four-year universities. Together we become more than the sum of our parts," expresses Dr. Barbara M. Hanson, Chancellor at LDCC.
Quadrupling? Yes. According to a report by the website www.STEMconnector.org, by 2018, projections estimate the need for 8.65 million workers in STEM-related jobs. The manufacturing sector faces an alarmingly large shortage of employees with the necessary skills — nearly 600,000. The field of cloud computing alone will have created 1.7 million jobs between 2011 and 2015, according to the report. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2018, the bulk of STEM careers will be:
• Computing – 71 percent
• Traditional Engineering – 16 percent
• Physical sciences – 7 percent
• Life sciences – 4 percent
• Mathematics – 2 percent
Hence, the goals of LCTCS is not just a great idea but, a very necessary one, as well. "We are very pleased to partner with Louisiana Delta Community College in an ongoing effort to help prepare students for high demand jobs like those in the Medical Laboratory Sciences field," expresses Dr. Nick Bruno, President of ULM.
It has become critical that 2-year and 4-year institutions partner for our global good. Hanson and Bruno are definitely moving efforts in the right direction in Northeast Louisiana to best prepare students for the jobs that await them.
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Another Hall of Fame Weekend is in the books
The University of Louisiana at Monroe's L-Club inducted three new members, Stepfret Williams (football), Mike Grantham (football), and Roger Mann (track and field) into the Hall of Fame during the Hall of Fame Weekend held Oct. 24-25, 2014.
The Hall of Fame weekend began on Friday, Oct. 24 with over 15 two-man teams competing at Chennault Golf Course. On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place in the University Conference Center, located on the 7th floor of the ULM Library.
From left: ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno; Hall of Fame inductees Mike Grantham, Roger Mann, Stepfret Williams; and L-Club President Blair Michel.
Stepfret Williams was a record-smashing wide receiver from Minden who still holds ULM career records in receiving yards (3,177) and touchdown receptions (33). A first team all-conference player in 1993 (Southland), 1994 (1-A Independent) and 1995 (1-A Independent), Williams wrapped his four-year career with 16 100-yard receiving games. He was a third-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1995. He was introduced by his father, Stepfret Williams Sr., who shared his sons' fond memories of attending school here.
Mike Grantham was introduced by former teammate, and L-Club president Blair Michel. Grantham earned First-Team All-America honors from the Associated Press in 1983 and 1984. The versatile four-year letter winner for the football program played offensive line at both the guard and tackle and also earned First-Team All-Southland Conference and All-Louisiana honors as a senior in 1984. Grantham shared a few heartwarming stories about playing for his alma mater before accepting his award.
Roger Mann was introduced by college roommate and teammate Dr. Fred Vogel. A three-time NAIA All-American, Mann won eight Gulf States Conference titles including three in the 120-yard hurdles, three as a member of the 400m relay team, one in the 330-yard hurdles and one in the 400m hurdles. He holds the school record in the 330-yard hurdles at 36.6 seconds set the GSC record in the 120-yard hurdles at 13.7 seconds and the 400m relay at 40.3 seconds. He also compete in the 1968 Olympic trails.
After the ceremony, the inductees and their families were invited to the L-Club tent in the South Endzone of Malone Stadium, where they enjoyed front row seats, fried fish and hushpuppies. They were also recognized on the field at halftime of the ULM vs. Texas State game with President Nick Bruno and L-Club President Blair Michel.
Warhawk fans! Fly to Hawaii with the Warhawks in 2015!
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:
- Donate $100 or increase your donation by $100 to the ULM Athletic Foundation by December 19, 2014.
- 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
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?
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.
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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30th Annual Chili Cook-Off
Saturday Nov. 15
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Holidays at ULM Celebration
Tuesday Nov. 25, 5:30 p.m.
Fall 2014 Commencment
Saturday Dec. 6, 10 a.m.
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Men's 2014 Schedule
Women's 2014 Schedule