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February 2015

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Robin Stockton Underwood


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

Dear University of Louisiana at Monroe Alumni,

February is a perfect month to celebrate the love of Louisiana and the rich history and traditions of your favorite Louisiana university. Black History Month, Valentine's Day, President's Day, and Mardi Gras are all celebrated this month.

I've never been more grateful to be working for you. And let me say there is a lot to love about ULM right now — we have the history, awards and success. Our future is bright, but we need our alums to be our advocates and get involved. We offer a variety of ways that you can do just that — join your Alumni Association, attend an event, or simply share ULM's "Good News."

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We are busy planning the 10th Annual Wine Over Water. This award-winning and signature event will be held Thursday, April 9, and it helps ULM students by raising funds for the "Spirit of the Warhawk" scholarships. You can call our alumni office at 318-342-5420/Toll Free 1-866-WARHAWK (866-927-4295) or visit the Wine over Water web page to purchase your tickets. In addition, we are making plans for Alumni Chapter events to bring ULM to a town near you.

Under President Bruno's leadership, great things continue to happen at ULM. National awards and recognitions showcase our outstanding academic programs, which increase the value of your ULM education.

On Feb. 18, President Bruno announced to the campus the partnership role ULM will play to dramatically expand technology-focused offerings to facilitate 400 new high-tech jobs IBM will place in Monroe. An IBM technology facility will anchor 88-acre, CenturyLink-affiliated technology park and mixed-use development with the State of Louisiana and ULM support.

For all you Star Trek fans, actor and social media guru George Takei, who portrayed "Sulu" on the original 1960's TV series, will speak at ULM's Lyceum Series in Brown Auditorium Tuesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. One of the topics covered will be Takei's time growing up in a Japanese internment camp less than 100 miles from Monroe. Tickets are available at ulm.edu/lyceum/tickets.html

The Warhawks' athletic program continue to field success, lead by Athletic Director Brian Wickstrom's coaches and staffs. The men's basketball team stands atop first place in the Sun Belt Conference, and the women's team continues its scrappy play for a Sun Belt tournament berth under first-year coach Jeff Dow. First-year softball coach Cory Lyon's Warhawks are red hot with a 9-1 record, and baseball is poised for a strong season under head coach Bruce Peddie.

The School of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) has announced ULM alum Jay Bocook ('77, MME) will serve as its Composer-in-Residence, with a free concert Feb. 23 in Brown Auditorium.

Last but not least, by special arrangement with Music Theater International, VAPA will present Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" as its Spring Musical March 26 - 29, 2015 in ULM's Brown Theatre. Sounds like a perfect date night to me!

We hope to see you soon on campus — all that is missing is you!

Robin Underwood Signature

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!

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!

Dansby's Taylor Rental named ULM Alumni Association "Business of the Month"

When you step foot into Dansby's Taylor Rental, you will more than likely be greeted by the friendly face of Tom Dansby, Sr. And if you're really lucky, he may even take you on a grand tour of the place, and you can sense his pride as he shows you everything you could ever need for a party. This makes for the perfect reason to give this business the honor of being February's Business of the Month.

Photo of Current 'Business of the Month'

Forty years ago Mr. Dansby decided he wanted to own his own business and got started with making that dream become a reality. Mr. Dansby and his wife Lynda opened the doors on August 15, 1975. In 1980, they moved to their current location on Forsythe Avenue and have been and staple in the Monroe community since then.

Born in Shreveport, Mr. Dansby moved to Monroe in 1946. He is a 1958 graduate of ULM (then Northeast Louisiana State College) with a degree in General Studies and his late wife Lynda was a 1957 graduate with a degree in Social Work.

When asked where the Taylor in his store title comes from, he laughs.

"People come in all of the time and call me Mr. Taylor. Lynda would get so frustrated and tell me to tell everyone that I wasn't Mr. Taylor, but I don't mind," Tom said.

When he started the store, he went in with a company called Taylor Rental, which was a franchise by a man named Taylor Pluggy. According to Mr. Dansby, there were over 700 Taylor Rentals around the country, but now there are only a handful.

For a short period, Mr. Dansby's rental shop was the only one in Monroe, and he sometimes felt like he was running for his life. He prides himself on the fact that his shop is the oldest rental business in Monroe. He is also very proud of his staff. In the past 40 years, he has had numerous ULM alumni work for him, and have staff members who have been employed with him for over 25 years.

Dansby's really is a one-stop-shop for anyone planning a party. With a large selection and warehouse, you can rent anything from tents to tableware to tablecloths. If you're not searching for wedding candelabras or a gazebo, try the front store room and grab a sno-cone machine or rent a large inflatable jumper for a birthday party.

Not only is Mr. Dansby a busy business man, but always makes time to support ULM.

He is a Lifetime Member of the Alumni Association, and a large supporter for the Athletic Foundation. You can see him supporting our Warhawks at almost every home game, and he proudly has a ULM flag and alumni sticker in front of his business. His business also supports the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, and the Susan G. Koman Foundation.

Tom and Lynda's son Thomas Dansby, Jr. ('84, B.S.), and his wife Sandy, have two children, Thomas and Sarah.

Mr. Dansby and his staff are dedicated to make any and all rental experiences perfect. Be sure to stop in and chat with Mr. Dansby to see what he can do for you.

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!

McCrory named IACP Board of Directors President-Elect

Gary McCrory


Gary McCrory, ('77, B.S.) RPh, CCN, has been named President-Elect of the 2015 International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) Board of Directors by the IACP membership, to become President in January 2016.

Mr. McCrory has served on the IACP Board since 2006. IACP is an association representing more than 4,000 pharmacists, technicians, students, and members of the compounding community who focus upon the specialty practice of pharmacy compounding. Pharmacy compounding is the long-established tradition in pharmacy practice that enables physicians to prescribe and patients to take medicines that are specially prepared by pharmacists to meet patients' individual needs.

"Having the clinical and professional expertise of individuals like Gary McCrory is essential to IACP's role in developing the best practices of compounding pharmacists everywhere," says, David G. Miller, RPh, IACP Executive Vice President/CEO.

"Each of our volunteer Board members brings unique experience as both practitioners and business managers to guide IACP and its membership. We are fortunate to have Gary as part of our leadership team."

Mr. McCrory currently is a Pharmacy Management Consultant with the Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) in Houston.

Previously the president McCrory's Pharmacy, El Paso, Texas, Mr. McCrory has been active in community pharmacy since 1977 and is in his fourth term on the IACP Board of Directors. He has been a PCCA member since 1984, and was awarded PCCA Pharmacist of Month in May 1997. Additionally, he serves on the PCCA Advisory Council. He also is a former PCCA Pharmacist of the Year.

He has served as consultant with Smart Strategies (Pharmacy Customer Service) and Genetic Testing Laboratories. He is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, AmerisourceBergen Good Neighbor Pharmacy Regional Advisor, and a Pharmacist Preceptor Certification (Texas). He also previously served as the Texas Pharmacy Compounding Section Chairperson.

The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) is an association representing more than 4,000 pharmacists, technicians, students, and members of the compounding community who focus upon the specialty practice of pharmacy compounding. Compounding pharmacists work directly with prescribers including physicians, nurse practitioners and veterinarians to create customized medication solutions for patients and animals whose healthcare needs cannot be met by manufactured medications.

More than 150,000 patients and prescribers also belong to our organization via the grassroots advocacy group, Partnership for Personalized Prescriptions (P3) IACP's mission of protecting, promoting and advancing personalized medication solutions is critical for patient healthcare. Visit www.iacprx.org to learn more and to find a compounding pharmacist near you.

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31 Ambassadors walk away winners with top award

The University of Louisiana at Monroe's 31 Ambassadors have won the coveted Outstanding Organization Award from the Council for Advancement in Support of Education (CASE) District IV at a recent conference held in Denton, Texas.

Evening of honor


District IV is comprised of 40 higher education institutions from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Each year, CASE District IV accepts nominations for its Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (ASAP) awards for various awards, including Outstanding Internal Program, Outstanding External Program and the crowning award, Outstanding Organization.

The Outstanding Organization Award celebrates extraordinary dedication to student advancement in higher education. The award is a tribute to the Ambassadors' achievements and ongoing efforts to advance education and the 31 Ambassador organization.

During the three-day conference, hosted by the University of North Texas and Texas Tech University, students attended different sessions presented by their peers.

The 31 Ambassadors presented a session under the "Creating Annual Events" catagory, entitled "Started from the Bottom."

The Ambassadors' session centered on their annual events, the planning process, and how to successfully those events. Some of these events include Oozeball, The Big Switch, The Chili Cook-Off and T-Shirt Swap. After their presentation, peer students asked questions about how to start similiar events at their own universities.

West Side Story logo VAPA to present "West Side Story" March 26-29

By special arrangement with Music Theater International, ULM's School of Visual and Performing Arts presents Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" as its Spring Musical March 26 - 29, 2015 in ULM's Brown Theatre.

"West Side Story" will be directed and choreographed by ULM Associate Professor of Dance Robin Stephens, with Associate Professor Dr. Deborah Chandler as musical director.

Show times are Thursday, March 26; Friday, March 27; and Saturday, March 28: All shows begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 29: Matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at ulm.edu/vapa/tickets.html


ULM academics and business honor societies recognized among nation’s best

The University of Louisiana at Monroe has again been nationally recognized for excellence in its academic and honor society programs.

Education badgesThree education programs — curriculum and instruction, teaching, and educational leadership — have been nationally ranked in the latest edition of "Best Value Online" by TopMastersinEducation.com

The site’s ranking considers the quality and affordability of regionally accredited schools.

Ranked number six of the eight programs featured, the online master’s program in curriculum and instruction offers a unique feature — eight different concentrations. The concentrations include early childhood education; elementary education; English as a second language (ESL); reading; special education (academically gifted); special education (early intervention); special education (educational diagnostics); and special education (mild/moderate disabilities).

Two business honor societies were recognized as being among the best in the country. ULM's chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma — the international honor society for business programs — was recognized as a premier chapter for 2014 and Beta Alpha Psi--an international honor society for financial information professionals — recognized ULM's Eta Sigma Chapter as a Superior Chapter.

ULM Foundation honors donors; names Hall of Distinction recipient

The University of Louisiana at Monroe held a Donor Recognition Program in the ULM Library Conference Center on Feb. 5. Honored were members of the Kitty DeGree Bell Tower Society, who have provided cumulative lifetime gifts totaling $50,000 and above, and the 2014 University Associates, who provided gifts of $1,000 and above in 2014.

Evening of honor

"This event is a chance for us to honor our very special alumni and friends who have generously invested in our university not only this past year, but over eight decades," said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno.

Bruno also presented the Hall of Distinction Award, which is the university's highest donor recognition honor. The 2014 recipient, The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, is the first recipient since 2009. The award was established in 2004 to recognize individuals and organizations which have honored ULM through a lifetime of distinction and exemplary service to, support for, or promotion of the university.

The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation—an Atlanta-based charity dedicated to the support of women in nine southeastern states—has been a part of the ULM family for more than 42 years, providing over $1.8 million in scholarships for female students in healthcare related majors.

The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation has proposed a grant of $131,000 to the ULM Foundation to be used for health sciences scholarships during the 2015-2016 academic year—a five percent increase over their 2014-2015 grant.

The award was accepted by Carrie Davis Conway, senior program officer of the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation. Conway joined the Foundation staff in 2014. She previously served as Executive Director of the Southeast Region for CARE USA, and has 10 years of experience working in development in the higher education sector.

Previous Hall of Distinction honorees include J.P. Morgan Chase (2009); CenturyLink (2008); the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Foundation (2007); Nelson D. and Bennie Hughes Abell (2006); the Thomas H. and Mayme P. Scott Foundation (2005); and Kitty DeGree (2004).

For more information about the ULM Foundation and giving to ULM, visit ulm.edu/foundation

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Check out this awesome video with plenty of high-fives from softball coach Cory Lyon for an impressive 9-1 start to begin the season

Warhawks Softball High 5's

Rarified Air for Men's Basketball: First Place; Big Crowds; 400th Win at Fant-Ewing; Sun Belt Tourney Seed

men's basketball

In front of its biggest crowd of the season of 3,502 fans, the ULM men's basketball program used a big second half to post its 400th win in Fant-Ewing Coliseum history on Feb. 12 in a 67-55 victory over rival UL-Lafayette.

On Feb. 14, a wire-to-wire victory marked the sixth win in a row for the ULM men's basketball program as it defeated Appalachian State, 69-58.

The Warhawks' Sun Belt record have cinched them a seed in the 2015 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Tournament March 12-15 at the University of New Orleans' Lakefront Arena.

The Warhawks return to the court Saturday, Feb. 21 when they travel to Arkansas State for a 7:05 p.m. tip-off at the ASU Convocation Center.

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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