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April 2012

ULM announces new President's Academy for high-ability students

President's Academy logo


Joined by Fortune 500 companies, leaders at the University of Louisiana at Monroe are announcing the ULM President's Academy—a new career-oriented summer program for high-ability high school juniors and seniors throughout Louisiana, and the regions of Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

This concept evolved as ULM administrators sought to create a comprehensive program to encourage student development and preparation for college and future careers.

ULM President Nick J. Bruno wants high school students to experience unique professional and academic opportunities.

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1987 National Championship Football Team to be Inducted into ULM Hall of Fame

Bobby Staub


ULM’s 1987 national championship football team will be inducted into the ULM Athletic Hall of Fame this fall, Director of Athletics Bobby Staub announced recently.

The induction ceremony will take place during the ULM-Florida Atlantic football game scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, at Malone Stadium.

"This is a most deserving honor, and we're extremely excited to recognize the 1987 team on the 25th anniversary of their memorable season,” Staub said.

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GOHSEP secures funding for Doppler radar system at ULM

GOHSEP announcement

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and ULM officials announce a $3 million investment in hazard mitigation grant funding for a Doppler radar system on the ULM campus.

On March 22, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness announced a $3 million dollar investment in hazard mitigation grant funding for a Doppler radar system and 48KW generator for backup power. The Doppler radar system and generator will be located at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

“This was an opportunity to develop a great partnership with ULM. Not only will this be an educational tool for the university, but from a safety standpoint it will help the region better predict storms and other hazardous weather,” said GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis.

“The northern part of the state is just as vulnerable to severe weather as any other part of Louisiana whether it’s tornadoes, hail or flash flooding. These types of events can cause major damage and result in the loss of life,” Davis added.

The area that will benefit from the Doppler system includes: Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, and West Carroll Parishes.

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ULM alum finds success just "ducky"

Willie Robertson


Most folks have seen A&E Network's hottest new reality TV show "Duck Dynasty", but may not know that Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commanders, is a ULM alum ('96, B.S.).

To check out more about Willie and his family dynasty, visit the A&E Web site.

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First Annual School Law Conference at ULM April 30

ULM will host its first ever School Law Conference on Monday, April 30.

The conference is geared toward attorneys, school board members, school administrators, central office staff, or those interested in the legal issues affecting K-12 education in Louisiana.

The event will be held in the Student Union Ballroom, located on the second floor of the Student Union Building. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration price is $200 per attendee.

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Thank You for making Wine Over Water another great success!

Tommy WalpoleOn behalf of the ULM family, I want to thank our partners (Glazer’s, Letsinger Marine, Marsala Beverage and the Louisiana Restaurant Association), the seven Monroe area State Farm Agents who sponsored the Patron’s Party, our fantastic sponsors and the over 1,000 guests who attended Wine over Water for 2012.

Mark your calendar for 2013 Wine over Water — April 4, 2013, and join our Wine Over Water Facebook group!  

Thanks again! - Tommy Walpole

ULM Alumni Association expands Social Media tools

Social media is a great way to stay in contact with fellow alums and the university. ULM and the ULM Alumni Association currently uses various social media outlets such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, and RSS feeds to help you stay connected!

The ULM ALumni Association has assembled a listing of various alumni chapters with a Social Media presence.

Visit ULM's Social Media page - www.ulm.edu/socialmedia - for a complete list of the many types of Social Media you can use.

"Discover ULM" Magazine now available

Fall 2011 'Discover ULM' Magazine

The latest edition of the newly renamed "Discover ULM" magazine is now available.

Inside you'll find in-depth stories on ULM's 8th President Nick J. Bruno, you can rediscover ULM's traditions, and explore a tradition of excellence in ULM's faculty and staff, as well as read a tribute to ULM President Emeritus George T. Walker.

There's much more about ULM, your fellow alums and maybe even you in this interactive online edition!

Read The Hawkeye online!

The HawkeyeBe sure to read the latest edition of the Hawkeye, the official student newspaper of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, at www.ulmhawkeyeonline.com.

There you'll find the latest breaking news, sports, photos, polls and in-depth features you can’t find anywhere else.

If a story grabs your attention, you can also leave a comment in our “talk back” section online. Then check the next week’s edition to see if your comment made it in print.

Of course, you can follow The Hawkeye on Facebook and Twitter, too. Thanks for your support, and keep reading the Hawkeye!

Have you ordered your ULM class ring yet?

ULM RingYour journey began when you took your first steps onto the ULM campus.

Each step along they way, from student involvement to enjoying athletic and cultural events on campus, to your pursuit of academic excellence, has been filled with enough memories to last a lifetime.

Your journey now brings you to this moment in your ULM life — your eligibility to purchase and wear the official ULM class ring.  ULM undergraduates with at least 90 hours towards graduation are eligible to wear the ULM class ring.

Wear it with pride as you begin the next great journey in your life.

Order your Official ULM Class Ring today!

3D view of the Official University Class Ring

Keep up with all the "scoop" on ULM Athletics

Visit these Warhawk Fan Web sites to keep up with all the "scoop" on ULM Athletics.

Warhawk logoWarhawk Report - The Warhawkreport.com is a part of the Rivals.com network that covers ULM Athletics and Recruiting. This alumni ran site is a way for fans to keep up with the latest news on the Warhawks and interact with other Warhawk fans on its message boards.

Subscriptions are $9.99 a month or $99.95 for an entire year which grants access to all sites on the Rivals Network so you can follow competing schools also.

For more information contact ULM alum Dusty Thibodeaux (BGS '06) at dusty@warhawkreport.com.

WarhawkNation - www.warhawknation.com or http://ulm.scout.com is operated by Matt Wilson. Matt writes stories and features covering all of ULM's sports and regularly publishes interviews with current and former ULM athletes, coaches, and student athletes who are considering offers from ULM.

WarhawkNation is a member of the scout.com Internet publishing network which syndicates more than 1,100 pieces of content daily to more than 2.1 million subscribers. For more information contact Matt Wilson at mattwilson3@comcast.net.

ULM's Career Connections offer employment services

The Office of Career Connections & Experiential Education at ULM (formerly Career Services) has an online job posting service serving ULM students and alumni.

The Web site, ulm.edu/careerconnections allows employers to post part-time and full-time positions as well as internship opportunities.

Anyone may browse the jobs, however, an active Campus Wide Identification number (CWID) will be needed to apply online. Alumni that graduated more than five (5) years ago should call Career Connections at 318-342-5338 to apply for positions.

Log onto ulm.edu/careerconnections and click on "Students: Browse & Apply for Jobs & Internships".

Employers will also find on the Career Connections Web site the link "Employers Submit Job or Internship" in order to post any job openings or internship opportunities at their organization. The Web site currently has over 800 positions available.

Visit ulm.edu/careerconnections for tips about resume preparation and interviewing skills. Please call 318-342-5338 for an appointment.

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!

All About You! spotlights the many accomplishments of our great alumni. Send your accomplishments and successes to walpole@ulm.edu, and please include a photo!

Steve Parker


Steve "Painless" Parker (B.S. Pre-Med, '84) is a clinical instructor for the Advanced Education for General Dentistry Residency Program at Naval Station Great Lakes.

He has been recognized as one of America's Top Dentists for 2009 and 2010.

Steve is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association and is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.

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Shane DesselleDesselle

Shane Desselle, (B.S. '90, Ph.D '95) has been named dean of the College of Pharmacy at California Northstate University in Sacramento, Calif., effective July 1.

"I am extremely excited about the opportunity," said Desselle. "We ULM grads, particularly our Ph.D. alums from the Pharmacy Administration program, are doing pretty well."

Deselle is currently a professor at the University of Oklahoma.

Valerie S. FieldsFields

Valerie S. Fields (M.Ed. '92, Ed.S. '97), has been named interim vice president for student affairs at South Carolina State University.

She has previously served SCSU as an associate professor of education and as the assistant vice president for student affairs, and currently serves as a member of the faculty preparing for reaffirmation of teacher education programs by NCATE.

Fields has worked as director of student development and as assistant dean for student life and leadership at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Susan AdamsAdams

Susan Adams (M.Ed. '97), associate professor of counseling and development at Texas Woman's University, is the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA), a division of the American Counseling Association.

The AADA's Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding service to the adult development division of the American Counseling Association and to the counseling profession in general.

"I truly love to use my counseling skills and life experiences to make positive contributions to society in a variety of different ways," Dr. Adams said.  "When I consider all those that do so much for our profession and the service contributions they make, I am humbled to be selected and honored for my work."

In addition to her teaching and counseling duties at TWU, Dr. Adams is an internationally known speaker on adults dealing with grief and loss. 

She also is the immediate past president of the Texas Counseling Association (TCA) ­ the largest state counseling association in the U.S. ­ and was named the 2008 Counselor Educator of the Year by the Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES), a division of the TCA.

Dr. Adams received her Distinguished Service Award during an AADA breakfast held during the American Counseling Association's convention in San Francisco March 24.

Jeff Walker (B.A. '79), has written "The Last Chalkline", a biography of Jack Chevigny, Notre Dame football star under Knute Rockne.

Chivigny figured prominently in the “one for the Gipper” legend in Yankee Stadium and in the Notre Dame-Navy game of 1928 that still holds the unofficial record for attendance at Soldier Field.

More info about "The Last Chalkline" can be found at:

Jeff HoodHood

Jeff Hood (BA '91, MA '94), has been selected as a member of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Management Development Program (MDP) Class of 2012.  The program will be held from June 3–15, 2012.

Jeff serves as the Associate Director – Undergraduate Programs in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

He obtained his Ed.D. from the University of Arkansas in 2007.

ULM-Baylor football game moved to Friday, Sept. 21; be televised on ESPN

ULM’s football home opener against nationally-ranked Baylor has been moved to Friday, Sept. 21, and will be televised nationally on ESPN or ESPN2, ULM Director of Athletics Bobby Staub announced. The game is slated to kickoff at 7 p.m. at Malone Stadium.

Bobby Staub


Todd Berry


“This is a tremendous opportunity to garner national exposure to a prime time audience for our football program, institution, community and region,” Staub stated.

“We are very excited about having a great opponent such as Baylor on national television in Malone Stadium,” ULM head coach Todd Berry said. “What a tremendous way to open up a great home schedule.”

Baylor is coming off one of its best seasons in school history as it finished 10-3 in 2011 and ranked as high as No. 12 in the final USA Today Poll. If the Bears remain in the Top 25 entering the game with the Warhawks, it would mark the first time ULM has hosted a nationally-ranked Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent on campus.

Awesome ULM's Water Ski Team video!

ULM alum Lynn Lincecum and John Rea Realty produced this cool video about ULM's Waterski team.
Check it out!

iPhoneULM releases free phone apps for Warhawk fans

Download the ULM iPhone app and get all the latest in ULM Athletics in a simple, interactive interface on your Apple or Android smart device.

Among the info included is latest news, scores and schedules, and rosters for all your favorite ULM teams! In addition, live stats are available for selected sports.

Upgrade to the Premium ULM app for access to exclusive on-demand video from Warhawks All Access, including press conferences, player and coach interviews, and much more!

Visit ulmwarhawks.com to download your free app for any Apple or Android smart device.

ULM announces 2012 Football Schedule
(home games in bold)

Sept. 8  at Arkansas (Little Rock) – Away tailgating
Sept. 15 at Auburn
Sept. 21 (Fri @ 7pm) on ESPN Baylor – Alumni Association Shrimp Boil
Sept. 29 at Tulane – Away tailgating
Oct. 6 at Middle Tennessee
Oct. 13 Florida Atlantic - Hall of Fame Weekend
Oct. 20 at Western Kentucky
Oct. 27 South Alabama - HOMECOMING
Nov. 3 UL-Lafayette
Nov. 8 at Arkansas State (Thursday) (ESPNU)
Nov. 17 North Texas – Chili Cook-off
Nov. 24 at FIU

ULM softball coach earns 700th win

Rosemary Holloway-Hill


ULM head softball coach Rosemary Holloway-Hill has earned her 700th win with a come-from-behind victory April 19 at Stephen F. Austin.

In her 27 years at the helm of the program, Holloway-Hill has guided three teams to conference championships and had two teams reach the postseason and helped the team make the transition from the Southland Conference to the Sun Belt.

Holloway-Hill basked in a similar moment April 24 when she was honored for her 700th career win at ULM, following the Warhawks' conference game doubleheader against Florida Atlantic. The Warhawks won both games of that contest.

Miller heads to Oakland Raiders

Al Miller


ULM alum and NFL Hall of Famer Al Miller has accepted a job as strength and conditioning coach with the NFL Oakland Raiders.

In a note to supporters, Miller said, "I wanted to let each of you know, that I've accepted the job as strength/conditioning coach of the Oakland Raiders.

The man that was named the head coach, Dennis Allen, is a close personal friend, and an outstanding young coach, and I'm tickled to death that he has given me this opportunity."

Hawk Talk continues at noon on Mondays as baseball coach Jeff Schexnaider joins Hawk Talk to discuss Warhawk baseball.

The hour-long show is hosted Nick White and comes live from ULM's Student Union Building (SUB), and is broadcast over ESPN 97.7 FM -Monroe.

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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The Fray to play during ULM Spring Fever Week April 27

The University of Louisiana at Monroe Campus Activities Board is excited to announce that the Grammy-nominated band The Fray will headline this year’s Spring Fever concert in conjunction with the City of Monroe’s annual DeltaFest.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, April 27, at the Monroe Civic Center during ULM's annual Spring Fever Week.

Tickets will range in price and are as follows:
ULM student prices:
Pit: $40
Floor: $25
Level 100: $23
Level 200: $20

General public:
Pit: $50
Floor: $35
Level 100: $33
Level 200: $30

Tickets can be purchased at the Monroe Civic Center box office or at www.ticketmaster.com.

ULM to host Festival of World Languages April 28

Parlez-vous français? ¿Habla Español?

The University of Louisiana at Monroe Foreign Language Department and area language teachers will bring a Festival of World Languages to the ULM Student Union Building on April 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This year's theme is "Celebrating 200 Years of Language and Culture" to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Louisiana’s statehood.

15th Annual Juried Art Exhibition now showing thruMay 4

The University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Division of Art, in conjunction with the School of Visual and Performing Arts, presents the 15th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, which is now open for public viewing through Friday, May 4.

Sponsored by the ULM Campus Activities Board, the annual exhibition was created in order to recognize student achievement in the visual arts and to provide students with the experience in presentation of art works on a professional level.

Exhibition hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

For more information visit ulm.edu/art/exhibits.html or view a Photo Gallery at ulm.edu/gallery.

ULM dental hygiene program expands to Wisconsin

Since 1972, more than 800 dental hygiene professionals have been expertly trained at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Now, thanks to a new articulation agreement with Northcentral Technical College in Wisconsin, ULM's dental hygiene program will expand its reach even further.

The new partnership allows students to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in two years at ULM (online) after completing an associate degree in Dental Hygiene at Northcentral Technical College in Wisconsin.

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ULM construction students place at prestigious regional design competition

University of Louisiana at Monroe construction students scored major wins at the 17th Annual TEXO/Associated Schools of Construction Student Competitions in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 20, outscoring teams from Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, and Louisiana Tech University.

The ULM Design-Build team, consisting of Amelia Mixon, Monroe; Holten Elmore Monroe; Daniel Norman, Conway, Ark.; Albert Stevenson, Jonesville; Jared Gallien, West Monroe; and James Waldron, Freeport, Fla., placed third in their category and received a $500 prize.

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ULM biology students/faculty bring home first place wins from 86th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences

The University of Louisiana at Monroe Biology Department scored three first place wins at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences on March 3 in Alexandria.

Competition was plentiful - there were a total of 73 posters and 112 paper presentations, all sections combined, with participants from 32 institutions.

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ULM’s 31 Ambassadors named District IV’s Best

ULM’s 31 Ambassadors were named Outstanding Student Organization for District IV, which includes ambassador programs from Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Mexico. This marks the third time in the last seven years that the 31’ers have received this prestigious award.

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ULM Fishing Team Scores Big

ULM Fishing TeamThe ULM Fishing team, with ULM President Nick J. Bruno (center), show off the "top fishing" trophy.

The ULM Louisiana Invitational held at the Ouachita River April 14 and 15 awarded 1st thru 3rd awards along with the “Louisiana Champion” bragging rights trophy for the top finishing Louisiana based school.

ULM topped all other Louisiana school teams for the bragging rights as Champion of Louisiana for 2012.

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