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April 2013

Community celebrates dedication of Kitty DeGree Hall at ULM

Picture of Kitty DeGree Hall

Philanthropist Kitty DeGree devoted her life to bettering the community, and today the community recognized her unparalleled dedication.

On April 12, University of Louisiana at Monroe faculty, staff, students, and community officials celebrated the dedication of Kitty DeGree Hall, formerly known as the ULM Nursing Building.

ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno called Kitty a “philanthropist who gave, but never asked.”

“She said she wanted to ensure that what she did for this university would go on long after she had left. Today is the result of her commitment,” Bruno said.

“One of the things this university must keep in mind is the spirit of Kitty DeGree, and that is to give and not to expect anything in return. We can make a difference at this university…then we can change this region.”

arrowMore about Kitty DeGree Hall . . .

Speech-Language Pathology students earn perfect scores and surpass national average

Students in the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Speech-Language Pathology master’s degree program earned a third consecutive 100 percent passage rate on the spring 2013 Praxis exit exam.

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the national passage rate for first time test-takers is approximately 86 percent.

Johanna Boult


“A third consecutive year with 100 percent passage rates indicates the consistent quality of the master's program,” said Dr. Johanna Boult, assistant professor and head of SLP.

“Our students continue to prove themselves at a rate well beyond the national average.”

Passage of the Praxis exam means students are eligible to apply for both state licensure and national certification through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

arrowDiscover more about SLP's perfect scores . . .

Members of ULM's Fishing Team reel in the FLW National Championship

Photo of Paul Clark and Brett PreuettThe fishing duo of Paul Clark and Brett Preuett are known for their ability to pull off the big win on the river.

This past weekend, the two University of Louisiana at Monroe students nabbed their biggest win yet, capturing the FLW College National Fishing Championship on Beaver Lake, in Rogers, Ark.

Clark and Preuett—a graduate student from Colfax—walked away with a prize package worth $30,000, which includes a new boat.

The team also received automatic qualification into the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup World Championship, Aug. 15-18, in Shreveport.

arrowDiscover more about the ULM Fishing Team . . .

National Cancer Institute funds ULM pharmacy professor's breast cancer research

Yong-Yu Liu


The National Cancer Institute awarded $310,045 to Yong-Yu Liu, an associate professor of pharmacology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The grant will fund his “critically important” breast cancer research.

Liu, M.D., Ph.D., teaches in the Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences Department in ULM’s College of Pharmacy.

“This grant is critically important for cancer research because it helps us learn how cancer stem cells cause chemotherapy failure and how to target cancer stem cells to improve cancer treatments. This grant also creates a unique opportunity for training our students in the forefront of biomedical study.”

Liu’s long-term goal is to understand how cancer stem cells can be specifically manipulated for preventive and therapeutic purposes.

arrowDiscover more about Dr. Liu's breast cancer research . . .

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

Help design the ULM Alumni Association Credit Card!

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The ULM Alumni Association is happy to announce a new credit card agreement and wants your help in designing our new card!

Your Alumni Association will offer four (4) different "themed" credit card designs: Academics, Athletics, ULM, and Warhawk.

Just pick your favorite design - one (1) from each category. Vote as often as you'd like. It's that simple.

Once the votes are tallied, we'll take your top choices in each category to create the new cards.

Voting will start soon, so watch for an email from Good News.

Note: If you are currently using any other “ULM” card, those cards no longer support the ULM Alumni Association.

Travel the World with your Fellow Alums!

See the world and travel with your fellow alums! The ULM Alumni Association has partnered with other Louisiana Alumni Associations to offer you the best in world travel packages.

Some travel packages are cruises, others are excursions, but all of them offer a memorable travel experience you won't forget!

To find out more about available travel packages, just click a destination below or visit ulm.edu/alumni/travel

Alaskan CruiseAlaskan Cruise

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 - ulm.edu/socialmedia - for a complete list of the many types of Social Media you can use.

Fall 2012 'Discover ULM' Magazine

"Discover ULM" Magazine now available

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

Inside you'll find in-depth stories on the 1987 National Championship football "Team of Destiny"; Beyond the Classroom: ULM's Partnerships and Collaborations, and the 2012 President's Report.

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 this Warhawk Fan Web site 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

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!

Several ULM alums are board members of "Families Helping Families of Northeast Louisiana", a non-profit organization in Monroe .

Cody Rials (BS '01) is a native of Monroe, and is married to Elizabeth Jaubert, also a native of Monroe, LA. He earned his degree at ULM in Construction Management, and he is a graduate of LSU's Paul Hebert School of Law with a Juris doctorate and Bachelor of Civil Law.

Cody is an attorney with the local law firm of Dimos, Brown, Erskine, Burkett, and Garner, LLP. His areas of practice include personal injury, real estate, corporate law, and disability law.

Cody and his wife are members of Lea Joyner Memorial United Methodist Church in Monroe. In his spare time, he enjoys anything outdoors, and he is an avid hunter and fisherman.

Antoinette (Rodgers) Hoard (BA '00) is a native of Rayville but now resides in Monroe along with her husband Darrell Hoard. Antoinette earned her degree in Socail Work at ULM and has many certifications in Early Childhood and is also a Certified Pathways trainer. She is employed with Volunteers of America as the Program Director for the Twin Cities Early Head Start program.

Antoinette and Darrell have two boys Jamal and Treylen. As a family, spending time together as a family is very important. The connection with Families Helping Families happened eight years ago when she wanted to know more information about serving children with disabilities in their facilities.

She is a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Monroe, LA . In her spare time she enjoys shopping, reading, and talking to friends and family.

Henry Bateman (BBA '94) currently works for LATAN. He earned his degree in Finance/Economics.

Henry has 10 years experience in the non-profit field (disability resources/Assistive technology) and has given many presentations on topics such as Assistive Technology in the Classroom and Reduced Interest Loan Programs. He has also written newspaper articles about the Americans with Disabilities Act and Universal Design/Universal Access and developed multi-million dollar programs.

Henry has presented college classroom lectures at the University of Louisiana Monroe on the general subjects of Assistive Technology and the Emotional Impact of Disabilities, and also conducted radio and television interviews on subjects related to Assistive technology. He has worked untiringly to disseminate important information about services and supports available to people with disabilities in Louisiana.

He currently serves on The Statewide Independent Living Council, Twin Cities Mayor's Committee for the Disabled, Families Helping Families of Northeast Louisiana Board, and participates in several other disability related councils, committees and boards.

Lynn Wilson (BS '81) is a native of LaSalle Parish but has been a resident of West Monroe since 1988. He and his wife, Donna, have three sons Josh, Justin and Jacob. He graduated with a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from ULM and also obtained a Master's Degree in Health Sciences Management from LSU.

Lynn has been employed at E.A. Conway Medical Center in Monroe since 1988, both in the clinical laboratory and for the past 6 years as the Assistant Hospital Administrator. Other community activities that Lynn is or has been involved with include serving on G.B. Cooley's Human Rights Board, mentor in the Ouachita Parish Juvenile Drug Court program, West Monroe Dixie Youth baseball and football programs, United Way Heart Walk, Susan Komen Race for the Cure among others.

The Wilson family have been members of Cedar Crest Southern Baptist Church since moving to West Monroe where Lynn has served as deacon, Sunday School leader, and on various committees.

Since 2009, Lynn has spent at least one week each year participating in pastor and church leader training in the European country of Bulgaria. He is an avid sports fan of all types, loves to read and work in his yard.

"FHF is a tremendous community resource. They have assisted my family directly in the past by providing some special playground equipment for my son with special needs. Any way that I may assist the mission of this organization is my pleasure. I am honored to be associated with FHF".

Upcoming Campus Events

April 22-28: Spring Fever Week
The University of Louisiana at Monroe's Office of Student Life and Leadership and Campus Activities Board presents yet another great year of Spring Fever events, April 22-28.

This year’s theme has as special and local significance that is sure to please all who participate.

Spring Fever 2013, “Hawk Dynasty” will include a week full of fun, food, and events for the ULM community.

For the complete Spring Fever schedule, visit ulm.edu/springfever 


April 30: Second Annual School Law Conference
The University of Louisiana at Monroe will host the Second Annual School Law Conference from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 30 in the Student Union Building second floor ballrooms.

“The conference gives teachers and administrators the opportunity to interact with others in their field while gaining valuable information on legal issues affecting elementary and secondary education,” said Dr. Wayne Brumfield, Vice President for Student Affairs.

For registration, more information, and the complete conference schedule, visit ulm.edu/law 

For questions, contact ULM's Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at 318-342-5215 or lbrown@ulm.edu 

ULM strategic plan seeks input from internal and external communities

Nick J. Bruno


The University of Louisiana at Monroe has embarked on its 2013 Strategic Planning process, which includes a drafted document that highlights the current state of the university and its goals.

“Our Strategic Planning process is very critical at this time in ULM’s history,” said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno.

“Everyone on campus and in our service region, as well as area employers, are encouraged to provide input during this process and will be kept informed of the progress. The final plan will drive whatever actions we must take to address any fiscal challenges we may face.” 

The new plan will incorporate input from all constituencies seeking to contribute to ULM's success, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members. 

arrowDiscover more about ULM's Strategic Plan . . .

ULM Hawkeye wins Associated Press awards

Photo of Hawkeye Award Winners(from left:) Hawkeye Award winners in the Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors competition Daniel Russell, Emi McIntyre, and Shelby DeSoto. Four staff members from the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Hawkeye student newspaper won awards at the annual Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors competition in Oxford, Miss.

“For students, it's always gratifying to get recognized by industry professionals for your hard work.

"These Associated Press awards indicate the quality product that ULM's Student Publications are turning out regularly,” said Christopher Mapp, director of Student Publications.


arrowDiscover more about The Hawkeye's AP awards . . .

ULM Residential Life staff win awards

Michael Davis


Michael Davis, assistant director for housing at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, received a Service Award from the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) during their annual conference in Atlanta, Ga., in early March.

This award offers institutions the opportunity to recognize a staff member who has made a significant contribution to residence hall students and housing organizations.

Winners are chosen after nominations from their institution’s Chief Housing Officer.

arrowDiscover more about Residential Life's awards . . .

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

Bobby Staub stepping down after 9 years as Director of Athletics at ULM

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Bobby Staub, who has served as the director of athletics at ULM since 2004, has announced his resignation, effective July 1.

“First and foremost, I’d like to thank the Warhawk family for nine great years,” said Staub.

“The past 12 months have been particularly gratifying with the on-field achievements, academic accomplishments and external successes that we were able achieve. I’m especially grateful to our coaches, staff and student-athletes for their hard work and dedication to ULM. It’s truly been a team effort.”

“I’m appreciative for the opportunity afforded me when I was hired back in 2004. This has been a tremendous journey for (my wife) Laura and I. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Monroe and have made so many life-long friends here. We’ve been truly blessed. We wish the Warhawk family all the best.”

arrowRead more about Bobby Staub's resignation . . .

ULM Track Team members achieve academic success

Four members of the University of Louisiana at Monroe Track and Field Team recently received academic awards. The awards were given to members of the men’s and women’s teams who received the highest grade point averages.

Students who received awards were:

Martin Solomon, a junior from Chester, Penn., transferred from Youngstown State University. He is currently the 49th ranked 400-meter hurdler in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).  He is also in the top three in both the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles in the Sun Belt Conference.

AnaKaren Lopez is a sophomore distance runner from Lawrenceville, Ga. She competes in the 5k and 10k, as well as Cross Country.

Awards were also given to freshmen members of the team.

Nigel Cribbs, of Hoover Ala., is a member of ULM's 4x400-meter relay team—ranked second in the Sun Belt. He also competes in the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash.

Rebecca Dark of Monroe, a graduate of Ouachita Christian School, runs the 800-meter race and Cross Country. 

ULM football announces Summer Showcase Dates

Todd BerryBerry

The ULM football program has announced dates and times for its 2013 Football Showcases. 

These events are for 2014 high school graduates who wish to play college football and are interested in showcasing their skills for Head Coach Todd Berry and his staff.



  • Sunday, June 9th - St. Amant High School, St. Amant, LA - 4:00pm
  • Monday, June 10th - Tad Gormley Stadium, New Orleans, La. - 9:00am
  • Tuesday, June 11th - Malone Stadium, Monroe, La. - 4:00pm
  • Saturday, July 20th - Malone Stadium, Monroe, La. - 4:00pm

Cost: $20 per athlete, per session
Attire: T-shirts, shorts, cleats (no helmets, pads, etc.)


For more information contact Vince Logan, Director of Football Operations, at (318) 342-5369 or logan@ulm.edu

Phil Shaw receives SEATA Athletic Trainer Award

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ULM associate athletic director for internal operations Phil Shaw has been named the recipient of the annual Southeast Athletic Trainer's Association's (SEATA) College/University Athletic Trainer Award.

The award is given annually to recognize an athletic trainer at the college or university level for service to the institution, the community, as well as SEATA. The selected recipient serves many functions in addition to athletic training.

Shaw arrived at ULM in January of 2004 as he was hired as the head athletic trainer after spending the previous year and a half at Coffee High School in Douglas, Ga., as the school's head athletic trainer.

In September 2006, Shaw was promoted to assistant athletic director for operations while still maintaining head athletic training duties. In July 2011, Shaw assumed a new role within the athletic department as he was named the associate athletic director for internal operations.

Shaw received a bachelor's of science degree in physical education from the University of West Alabama in the spring 1993 and earned a master's of education degree from ULM in the spring of 1995.

Shaw and his wife Cindy reside in Monroe with their two children, Caycee and Zach.

Sun Belt Baseball Tournament tickets on sale now

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Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament ticket sales were opened up to the general public and member institutions on Monday, April 22.

M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus will host the event Wednesday-Sunday, May 22-26.

Only tournament booklets will be sold in advance.

Prices are $75 for chairbacks (grandstand) and $45 for bleacher seating. All seating for the SBC Tournament will be reserved.

Purchases can be made in person at the ULL Ticket Office located at the Cajundome (444 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, La.) or by calling (337) 265-2357.

Students from Sun Belt Conference institutions with a valid I.D. receive free admission (bleacher seating only). Children under age two will be admitted free of charge.

Single-game ticket sales will start on Wednesday, May 22. Prices will be $15 for chairbacks (grandstand) and $10 for bleacher seating.

Family Night is set for Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Family Night allows fans to see Sun Belt Conference student-athletes honored with academic and athletic awards. The night will conclude with a home run derby.

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.

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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