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April 2014

ULM ranked for great academics and high acceptance rates by BusinessInsider.com

The University of Louisiana at Monroe has been ranked by BusinessInsider.com as Louisiana’s “most underrated” college.

BusinessInsider.com, in partnership with niche.com, published a list of 50 underrated colleges around the country — one from each state — which exhibited great academics, high acceptance rates and strong in-state student populations.

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“I have said many times, ULM is the best kept secret in Louisiana’s higher education system,” said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno.  “It is very rewarding to see independent sources recognize that ULM is an institution that has a lot to offer to students seeking a quality education.” 

ULM was ranked with other “underrated” universities, such as Clemson University, Mississippi State University, Texas A&M University, the University of Florida, the University of Oklahoma and Virginia Tech University.

Complete state-by-state rakings can be found at 
and ULM’s data can be found at colleges.niche.com/university-of-louisiana----monroe/

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from left: Dr. Ron Berry, Dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences; Mr. Mark Graham, Lincoln Builders; ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno; and Dr. Keith Parker, Director fo the School of Construction Management.

ULM School of Construction Management receives $100,000 for endowed professorship

The University of Louisiana at Monroe welcomed Mark Graham, a 1995 Construction Management graduate, who presented a check on behalf of the Louisiana Contractors Educational Trust Fund to Dr. Keith Parker, director of the ULM School of Construction Management.

The check, totaling $100,000, will go toward the "Thurman Potts Endowed Professorship."

The professorship-now the largest endowment in the school-is named after Thurman Potts, the first director of the then-named Department of Building Construction.

Throughout its history, the school has received $1.3 million in donations for the professorship. The professorship provides funds to the holding faculty member for research, classroom supplies, student trips, and more.

Potts was thankful to the overwhelming crowd for their attendance and support of both him and the university.

Potts arrived at ULM in 1966 after working for 20 years as an architect, and in 1976, Potts led the program in becoming the first accredited construction program of its kind in the United States.

Potts retired from the university in 1987 and became Professor Emeritus in 1988. Emeritus status is awarded to retired faculty members who have given numerous years of service, and who are perceived to have contributed largely to the progress and sustainability of the university and its programs.

"As the father of the construction management program, he often returns to check on his 'kids,'" said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno. "It's our duty to nurture and continue to grow the program for him."

According to current Director of the School of Construction Management, Dr. Keith Parker, the program has graduated over 2,000 students who have gone on to work in the construction field.

Potts is also a member of the school's Industry Advisory Council. The members of the council were in attendance for the ceremony. The council-made up of local and national construction firm leaders-has been vital in helping sustain the school and keep its students competitive in the field.

Potts and the other council members, advise the school director and faculty members on industry-related matters, helping the school make appropriate changes in its curriculum to meet the demands of the fast-growing construction industry.

The Thurman Potts Endowed Professorship was established to encourage and reward excellence in teaching, and demonstrate scholarly expertise in an appropriate field of construction management.

ULM's Wine Over Water returns for its ninth year April 24

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The University of Louisiana at Monroe’s annual “Wine Over Water—A Taste of the University,” will be held from 7-10 p.m., Thursday, April 24, on the bridge overlooking Bayou DeSiard, on Northeast Drive.

This year marks the ninth year for the premier event, which features food and spirits from various local vendors.

Entertainment will be provided by Funk de Ville of Memphis, Tenn.

Wine Over Water is an excellent way to support ULM, raise funds for local scholarships, and enjoy a memorable evening.

Proceeds go to the "Spirit of The Warhawk” scholarship, which benefits local aspiring college students.

Tickets are $60 each and include a commemorative wine glass. Attire is dressy casual.

In addition, a “Friend of ULM” Patron Party will be held prior to the Wine Over Water bridge party, at 5:30 p.m., in the University Library Conference Center, located on the seventh floor of the UM Library.

Sponsorship packages are available or Patron Party tickets may be purchased for $125 per person, which includes a wine glass, hors d'oeuvres, and attendance to the Wine Over Water bridge party.

To purchase tickets, visit ulm.edu/alumni/wine 

Tickets may also be purchased by visiting ULM’s Anna Gray Noe Alumni Center at 4400 Bon Aire Drive, or by calling the ULM Alumni Association at 318-342-5420 or Toll Free at 1-866-WARHAWK (866-927-4295).

ULM launches new online photo store

ULM alumni, students, faculty/staff and supporters will be able to shop online for ULM photos on the brand new ULM Official Online Photo Store.

The store will be operated on the PhotoShelter platform, worldwide leader in photography portfolio websites, photo sales, marketing and archiving tools for photographers. With PhotoShelter, ULM receives a customized website to showcase events throughout the year from football games to graduation.

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The website is a collaboration between the ULM Office of Public Information and the Warhawk Athletics Department. "We are very excited to announce the launching of our new official online photo store," said President Nick Bruno.

"The store will provide alumni and supporters with an easy to navigate website where they will be able to choose from a large selection of ULM photos that will help enhance our exposure."

ULM decided on the PhotoShelter platform based on Warhawk fan and ULM alumni requests for the opportunity to purchase high quality photos of ULM and Warhawk Athletics. The online Photo store satisfies those requests, with plans to add photos of the campus since its founding in 1931.

Fans can access the photo store by clicking on the shop tab at ULMWarhawks.com, or through the university website.

"The online photo store is a great addition to the new offerings we have revealed this past year to our supporters." said Brian Wickstrom, Director of Athletics.

"The store will provide a wide range of photographs for our fans to choose from."

The website address for the store is ulm.edu/photos

One of the key components to the new website is that ULM will have full control over the photographs and the galleries. The official online store will grow as the year progresses, as the number of photographs will significantly increase with the number of ULM sponsored events.

If there are any comments or questions about the online photo store, please feel free contact Richard Duran, Director of Marketing at 318-342-5382 or duran@ulm.edu

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Director's Corner: a message from ULM Alumni Director Devin Girod

Devin Girod


Dear Fellow Alumni & Friends,

I hope I find all of you well around this Easter holiday!

Like all of you, our staff is looking forward to a few days with family and friends, then we will be back to working on our upcoming spring and summer events.

We hosted our annual La' Louisianne Crawfish Boil April 12 in conjunction with the Maroon and Gold Spring Game. Saturday was perfect weather for both, and it showed in attendance. ULM Athletics estimates it was one of the better attended spring games we've hosted.

In addition, the crawfish boil had a good crowd where alumni were able to eat crawfish, visit and get a 2014 football preview from our new end zone tailgating area. We would like to thank Vic Hendricks at Cypress Inn and Buddy Embanata for boiling the crawfish. Also, big thanks to State Farm Insurance for serving as our title sponsor.

Prior to La' Louisianne, on April 11, the 31 Ambassadors hosted our annual Oozeball tournament, wrapping up Spring Fever week. As always, the tournament was a great time and attended very well by the student body.

The 31 Ambassadors are hosting a T-Shirt Swap this week. For anyone that doesn't know, T-Shirt Swap provides our students the opportunity to turn in other universities' shirts and receive new ULM shirts in return. The other shirts are then given to a charity outside the area… We only want to see ULM Warhawk gear locally!

Our 31'ers will also visit the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home soon to donate their proceeds from the Big Switch-when students and administrators switch with one another for a day- and visit with the children for an afternoon. Our 31 Ambassadors are doing a great job this year, as they do every year. They are sharing what the Alumni Association does, and trying to create a culture where our students know there is life with ULM after the college experience.

As I highlight in every edition, I want to share a few events that are coming up in the near future:

The Jackson Social/Dinner is THIS Thursday, April 17. The dinner is at Sombra Mexican Restaurant beginning at 6:00pm.

Our 9th Annual Wine Over Water is Thursday, April 24. Tickets can be purchased at ulm.edu/alumni/wine

The Greater Atlanta Crawfish Boil is Saturday, April 26 at Boudreaux's in Duluth, GA starting at 11:00am.

The 6th Annual Warhawk Golf Classic is Friday, May 2 at The Stonebridge Club in Bossier City, LA. More information can be found at ulm.edu/alumni/golf/

The Greater Baton Rouge After Hours Event is Monday, May 5 at The Lyceum in Baton Rouge, LA. Our legislators will be in attendance, so please join us to make a good showing the night before Northern Exposure begins.

We will continue to do our best at providing engaging events, sharing stories about the great things our students and faculty are doing and opportunities for you to help our students. We want to continue to see our alma mater thrive and grow.

Best to you and yours!
Devin Girod Signature                                                                                                    

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!

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Spring 2014 ULM magazine is now available

The Spring 2014 edition of The ULM Magazine— "Legacies" — is now available in an interactive format.

A smaller, more focused version of the ULM Magazine, "Legacies" spotlights five decades of ULM alumni and several current ULM faculty who make a difference everyday.

To view "Legacies," just click on the magazine cover!

Warhawk Wines now available!

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The ULM Alumni Association is proud to announce Warhawk Wines are now available for purchase!

Weibel Family Vineyards in Lodi, California have created special 7 wines for Warhawk Fans, including a sparkling wine and a non-alcoholic sparkling wine.

You can purchase Warhawk Wines from the Weibel Family Vineyards' website at www.weibel.com and clicking on the "Purchase" link.

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Receive Visa Platinum benefits including online banking, auto rental, travel insurance, while earning redeemable rewards points by shopping at participating retailers.

Show your ULM Alumni Association support and pride by choosing one of our customized card designs!

Photo of iPhoneULM app now includes Alumni features

Those who have the University of Louisiana at Monroe's free mobile app will find a few new features in the latest update including local weather conditions and ULM Alumni Association events.

The new Alumni Association feature has the potential to bring alumni closer to the university community with event listings, contact information, and the opportunity for alumni to update their information with the association.

In 2012, ULM integrated new items to the mobile app including a tuition estimator, and interactive campus map, which allows students to see their courses pin-pointed on an interactive map of campus buildings to see exactly where they need to go each day to get to class.

ULM's mobile app, developed in 2011, provides a portable method for students to access much of the same information they currently access from their desktop or laptop computers.

To see these new features, visit your app store and upgrade to the latest version of ULM Mobile.

The mobile app is a free download available for iPhone, Android, and most other web-capable smart phones at ulm.edu/app

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

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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.

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

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 girod@ulm.edu, and please include a photo!

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Robbie Jones (BA '11) is living in New York City and is a social media intern for Fast Company magazine, listed as one of the top ten Business Magazines.

Jones' degree is in art with an emphasis in Sculpture and Graphic Design. While at ULM he was the editor of the Chacahoula yearbook for 2 years.  He has since been employed by Nuby and Vantage as a graphic designer.

He's had several articles written about him for an art project that he has done in New York City:



Robbie is the son of Bobby (BA '82) and Susan (Duncan) Jones (BA '82).

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Carrundlas Mathews (BSN '12) is a Registered Nurse with St. Francis Medical Center and was recently featured in ULM's "Legacy" magazine.

Mathews is philosophical about ULM.

"ULM's nursing program not only provided me with the foundation needed for nursing practice, but also helped shape me into the professional nurse that I am today. If one has faith and the ability to persevere, nothing is impossible."

Stockley presents at conference of Louisiana colleges and universities

Dr. Joshua Stockley, associate professor of political science and L.M. McKneely endowed professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, presented at the 75th Annual Conference of Louisiana Colleges & Universities in Baton Rouge on March 7.

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As part of a panel titled, "Current Political Trends Affecting Higher Education," Stockley spoke to a statewide audience about the fiscal decisions made by Louisiana's government that have resulted in cuts to higher education.

Stockley's research shows that more than 3,000 higher education jobs have been lost in the last five years within the network of campuses that make up the LSU and University of Louisiana systems.

"It was an honor to have been invited by Dr. Joseph Savoie, president of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, to give this presentation," said Stockley.

"I was alarmed by the number of people unaware of the magnitude of the cuts to higher education and the reasons for these cuts. I hope the information that I shared will allow others to spread the word about the fiscal situation facing higher education in Louisiana and the economic value of higher education to Louisiana."

The Conference for Louisiana Colleges and Universities (CLCU) was established with the purpose of improving postsecondary education in Louisiana. It serves as a communications medium for all institutions of higher education in the State and other constituents.

The CLCU is comprised of representatives from Louisiana's accredited two-year and four-year colleges and universities, as well as members of the Louisiana Board of Regents and the management boards for each system.

The Conference attracts higher education leaders and government officials from across the State to exchange ideas on the improvement of post-secondary education in Louisiana.

Noble wins national photography award

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Dr. Joni H. Noble, associate professor in the Department of Art at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, was awarded the "Best Photograph" award, March 22, at the Big Easel Preview Show held in Lafayette.

Artists selected for the Big Easel Show will be honored from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on May 10, at the Town Square at River Ranch in Lafayette.

"I was thrilled," Noble said about winning the award. "I'm very honored to be included in this competition. Many gifted artists are represented."

The show is a national juried competition, which features one work of art from each of 77 artists who submitted work in various categories.

Noble's work, titled, "Hampton Court Palace Gardens" is a black and white, 30"x 40" large format black and white print, which Noble shot on location in July, 2013.

"The photo was taken at Hampton Court Palace just outside of London," said Noble. "My photographs were taken during my study abroad course that I teach in Europe every summer. [Hampton Court] is one of Henry VIII's palaces and it has lovely formal gardens. I was interested in the shape and starkness of the trees."

"I'm drawn to the simplicity of the subject and the brooding sky in the background. I thought this particular photograph had a lot of content."

Noble found it challenging to select only a few pieces for submission.

ULM criminal justice professors present in India; Hanser recognized as U.S. expert

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Drs. Attapol Kuanliang and Robert Hanser, associate professors of the criminal justice program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, recently attended and presented at the International Police Executive Conference in Trivandrum, India.

Kuanliang presented his paper titled "A Comparison of College Student's Perceptions of Campus Police and External Police," which is expected to be published by CRC Press in a future textbook highlighting practices related to policing-by-consent.

In addition, Kuanliang was tasked with chairing a session at the conference, and also served as a primary discussant during other sessions.

Hanser presented his paper titled "Citizen Satisfaction with Police: The Effects of Income Level and Prior Victimization Experiences on Citizen Perceptions of Police," which is also expected to be published by CRC Press in a textbook highlighting issues related to policing-by-consent and the need for effective police-community relations.

Hanser was also invited by the University of Central Kashmir to extend his visit and provide a presentation on legal liabilities in policing and corrections to the university's law professors and law students.

In addition, Hanser met with judges and policing and security experts in the region to engage in a roundtable discussion on issues related to liabilities among practitioners, human rights concerns in policing, and correctional operations as well as issues associated with organizational change in agencies.

"I have had a long fascination with this region because of the unique characteristics that it holds, in terms of political, historical, and religious significance," said Hanser. "To have the ability to travel there and exchange ideas on policing, border security, and jail and prison operations with scholars and top-ranking officials was a humbling experience."

According to Hanser, his presentation-"Civil Liability for Police and Prison Personnel in the United States"-was well received by the faculty and students at the University of Central Kashmir. His discussion at the Kashmir Zonal Police Headquarters resulted in articles by both the Kashmir Times and the Kashmir Reader hailing Hanser as a U.S. Expert on policing.

Hanser said, "The Kashmiri people were warm, hospitable and kind, and I am truly grateful for the wonderful reception that they provided."

ULM criminal justice professors author textbook on multiculturalism

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Dr. Robert Hanser, coordinator of the University of Louisiana at Monroe's criminal justice program, and Dr. Mike Gomila, adjunct professor of criminal justice at ULM, recently published an innovative textbook titled "Multiculturalism and the Criminal Justice System."

The publisher, Pearson/Prentice Hall, describes the text as the "contemporary text that addresses diversity and multicultural issues in the policing, judicial, correctional, and juvenile justice segments of the criminal justice system. Unlike other texts on similar areas of study, this text is comprehensive in its portrayal of various minority groups, addressing the issues from a systemic view of criminal justice."

Hanser explained, "This text has a unique approach because it weaves into the chapters issues related to globalization and the impact that this has on diversity in the United States. The means by which international events have affected these diverse groups was an aspect that we did not want to ignore."

"Multiculturalism and the Criminal Justice System" examines perspectives from the practitioner, offender, and victim vantage point. This approach provides both breadth and depth on issues pertaining to multiculturalism and diversity.

"This text is quite multidisciplinary in approach," said Gomila. "In order to fully address the various forms of diversity that can be found in the criminal justice system, we had to draw from a multitude of reference works that included such disciplines as psychology, counseling, history, gerontology, religious studies, and gender studies. The fusion of these various elements resulted in a very comprehensive text that addresses issues relevant to today's multicultural society."

Hanser concluded by saying, "It was our goal to present the various aspects of diversity and diverse populations, juxtaposed with the international developments that affect this country. In doing this, we also wanted to address the entire criminal justice system rather than just one segment of that system. This gives the text a great deal of utility in criminal justice courses."

The 432-page book can be purchased online at the publisher's Web site

ULM communication professor pens book chapter on reality television

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Dr. Christopher Mapp, assistant professor of communication and Director of Student Publications at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, contributed a chapter to the book, "Reality Television: Oddities of Culture."

The book analyzes reality television shows that have shifted their focus from everyday topics onto subjects that are strange, unfamiliar, and "out-there," Mapp said.

"One of the reasons shows like 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' and 'Duck Dynasty' are so popular is because they take the traditional reality show structure and turn it on its head. These days, it seems like the weirder and wilder, the better."

The book explores these non-traditional shows that illustrate odd, unique, or peculiar aspects of our society, Mapp said.

Mapp's chapter, "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew: A Wicked Brew of Fame, Addiction, and Cultural Narcissism," explores the program and whether it accelerates the downfall of the participants, advances Dr. Drew's celebrity status, or a combination of both.

"[My chapter] also examines the more toxic tendencies of our narcissistic culture and how it feeds into, and off of, reality TV. It seems we relish watching celebrities self-destruct even as we strive to be more like them," Mapp said. 

"Reality Television: Oddities of Culture" was published by Lexington Books on Feb. 16, and is currently available for purchase.

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Dow named ULM Women's Basketball Head Coach

With the goal of boosting the ULM women’s basketball program back to the top of the Sun Belt Conference, Director of Athletics Brian Wickstrom announced on April 1 the hiring of Jeff Dow as the sixth women’s head coach in school history.

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“I am excited to have Jeff take over our women’s basketball program. His track record of high academic success and winning percentage as a coach will help us deliver the best student-athlete experience possible,” Wickstrom said. “During the process, we spoke with a lot of administrators, student-athletes and community members about Jeff. He received high marks from all groups.”

Dow, who holds an all-time head coaching record of 221-109 (.670), was one of the most successful coaches in Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) history. He compiled a five-year record of 108-40 (.729) from 2008-13 at the helm.

"We are excited to welcome aboard a proven winner with a history of success in new head coach Jeff Dow. He is highly thought of in the coaching community. Coach Dow really stood out in our process for his experience at the Division I and II levels. We look forward to benefiting from his vision and energy," said Kevin Price, Senior Associate Athletics Director and Chairman of the search committee.

Complete information, including Dow's coaching record, accolades from colleagues and a video of the press conference can be found at www.ULMWarhawks.com

ULM duo reels in first place in bass fishing tournament

The University of Louisiana at Monroe fishing duo of Dustin Perkins, a marketing major from Elmer and Trapper Munn, a biology major from Oak Grove, took first place at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional with a combined 19 pound, six ounce haul while fishing the Ouachita River.

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Dustin Perkins (left) and Trapper Munn show off their first place plaques after winning the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional.

Perkins and Munn weren't the only ULM team to succeed.

The team of Brett Preuett, a graduate student from Colfax, and Jackson Blackett, a biology major of Sterlington, took third, while Nick LaDart a kinesiology major, and Brian Eaton a nursing major, both of Monroe, took tenth.

The two-day tournament on the Ouachita River docked at Forsythe Park, with weigh-in taking place at the Warhawk Circle on the ULM campus.

The event was the first ever Carhartt college event to be held in Louisiana.

The tournament hosted 77 teams from 27 different institutions.

The 13 top teams from the regional tournament qualified for the Carhartt B.A.S.S. National Championship, which will be held this summer.

Alumni weekend a success for ULM soccer program

For the first time in the program’s 15 year history, the ULM soccer team welcomed back its former players on campus for an Alumni Weekend on March 22-23.

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The festivities featured a friendly between the alumni and the 2013-14 Warhawks on March 22, followed by a dinner that evening. It was the first time ULM had a chance to play against its predecessors.

“It was awesome having our alumni back on campus. I haven’t had the opportunity to really connect with a lot of them since they graduated. They are a big part of the program and we want to make sure that they keep coming back. We want this to be a tradition,” said ULM head coach Roberto Mazza.

Men's golf wins second tournament in a row

The ULM men's golf team finished in first place in both team and individual competition in the ULM/Wallace Jones Invitational, hosted by ULM.

This was the second team win in a row for the Warhawks and first career individual win for Velten Meyer.

"The guys played very well today," said head coach Walt Williams.

Picture of Mens Golf TeamULM finished under par in the final round of play, with a 4-under 284, to grab the top spot in a strong 14-team field with an 870. The Warhawks finished 11 strokes in front of second-place team UALR.

"UALR made a big run at us and caught us early in the round but our guys took the Trojans' best shot and answered on the back nine and pulled away at the end for an 11 shot win," said Williams.

Four of the five golfers on the ULM team finished individual competition in the top 10.

Velten Meyer led the way with a final score of 5-under 211 and the first place spot out of 70 competitors. Meyer was followed by Calum Hill (219), who finished in a tie for third, Mason Seaborn (220) in a tie for fifth and Greg Smail (222) in a tie for ninth. Charlie Macneal rounded out the group, posting a 226 and finishing in a tie for 18th.

"Velten was spectacular in getting his first individual win with a -5 total on a tough course and Calum was close behind in 3rd!" said Williams.

The ULM 'B' team ended the tournament in 11th place after carding a 933. Blake Traweek had a strong performance to finish in front with a 7-over 223 and in a tie for 11th on the individual leaderboard.

ULM Results
Charlie Macneal - 75-75-76--226
Greg Smail - 77-72-73--222
Mason Seaborn - 77-73-70--220
Velten Meyer - 72-69-70--211
Calum Hill - 76-72-71--219

ULM 'B' Results
Tyler Elbrecht - 79-76-75--230
Blake Traweek - 76-73-74--223
Kirk Thomas - 78-82-89--249
Christian Tepley - 82-81-86--249
Adam McCleary - 82-76-77--235

Team Results

1. ULM - 300-286-284--870 2. UALR - 291-301-289--881 3. ORU - 303-298-309--910 4. Western Texas CC - 314-308-292--914 5. New Orleans - 310-300-306--916 6. Nicholls State - 305-306-306--917 7. Abilene Christian - 307-302-310--919 8. Nebraska-Omaha - 308-311-304--923 9. Texas-Pan American - 310-312-304--926 10. Jackson State - 310-318-303--931 11. ULM 'B' - 315-306-312--933 12. Arkansas-Monticello - 317-307-312--936 13. Belhaven - 327-305-313--945 14. North Dakota - 320-323-318--961

Warhawks Shine at Jim Mize Invitational

Three first-place and four second-place finishes headlined the ULM track & field program's outing at the Jim Mize Invitational on March 22, hosted by Louisiana Tech.

Photo of Isaac GriederIsaac Grieder competes in the pole vault, photo courtesy of ULM athletics


All-Sun Belt Conference Indoor First-Team selection Isaac Grieder continued to stay hot after winning the pole vault with a personal-record clearance of 5.12m. It stands as the highest jump in the NCAA east region and shattered the junior's previous best of 4.83m.

Sophomore Dusan Makevic blew away the field in the men's 1500m with a personal-record score of 3:48.52. It was about two and a half seconds faster than the second-place time, and more than 13 seconds faster than the third-place time.

The Warhawks also won the men's 4x400m relay as the team of sophomore Nigel Cribbs, freshman Jeremy Harden, sophomore Mark Demus and sophomore Andrew Tate ended in a season-best time of 3:14.78.

On the women's side, sophomore Pauline Muiruri notched a second-place time of 11:07.66 in the 3000m. Junior Anakaren Lopez took fourth in the event at 12:37.37.

Sophomore Rychlend Martin-Horne highlighted the jumps by bringing home a second-place high jump of 1.65m, a personal-record. Freshman Alexis Gordon excelled in throws with a second-place and personal-record toss of 45.72m in the discus.

The Warhawks garnered a pair of top-five finishes in the women's 800m as junior Teona Glave took third at 2:17.40 and freshman Brittany Garrison tallied a personal-record 2:24.27.

In the 400m, sophomore Victoria Bowie turned in a top-10 result with a personal-record 1:01.39 time.

Three more personal-records were set in the 100m hurdles as freshman Adriunna Brown clocked in at 14.91, sophomore Ariel Cain at 15.00 and freshman Alexis Morton in 15.33. All three were top-10 times. Brown also posted a personal-best in the 400m hurdles by finishing sixth in 1:05.34.

The Warhawks closed it out with a second-place showing in the 4x400m relay. The team of sophomore Brittany Miller, Cain, Glave and Morton grabbed a season-best time of 3:58.95. It was more than 10 seconds faster than ULM's faster team at the Southern Miss Invite.

Back in the men's division, Cribbs recorded a third-place time of 48.45 in the 400m, a season-best. Harden led ULM in the 100m with a fourth-place and season-best time of 10.79. Harden also took fifth in the 200m at 21.96.

Senior Martin Solomon etched a third-place time in the 110m hurdles of 14.84. Freshman Brandon Banks was also in the top-five at 14.90. Solomon also took third in the 400m hurdles at 53.28, a season-best.

Freshman Jevaughn Shaw headlined ULM in men's throws with a fourth-place hurl of 13.61m in the shot put and a top-five showing in the discus of 48.26m. Both were personal-records.

Grieder finishes strong at Texas Relays Decathlon

Becoming the first-ever ULM track & field student-athlete to earn an invitation to the Texas Relays in the decathlon, Isaac Grieder competed strong against 24 of the nation's best on March 28-29.

Photo of Isaac GriederIsaac Grieder, courtesy of ULM Athletics


ULM track & field junior Isaac Grieder improved upon his score amongst some of the stiffest competition in the country in the decathlon and finished 15th out of 24 competitors at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Grieder moved up six spots in the standings after day one and totaled 5,592 points. He started the day with a personal-record of 15.52 in the 110m hurdles, good for 11th place. Grieder took fourth in the pole vault with a 4.70m leap and recorded a top-10 throw in the javelin at 51.99m.

The Garland, Texas native finished ahead of student-athletes from Auburn, Baylor, Washington State, Arkansas, New Mexico, Duke and Arkansas State.

Grieder was the first-ever ULM student-athlete to compete in the decathlon at the Texas Relays and earned the invitation after winning the heptathlon at the Sun Belt Championships, becoming an All-Conference First-Team selection.

In other action, freshman Andre Phillips tallied a personal-record of 53.97 in the 400m hurdles to finish in the middle of the pack in a 61-competitor field. He placed just three spots ahead of senior Martin Solomon who turned in a time of 54.11.

In distance running, sophomore Dusan Makevic posted a time of 15:05.51 in the 5000m. In the 1500m, junior Hillary Kirwa clocked in at 4:00.00, inching out freshman Vinnie Van Puyvelde at 4:00.25.

ULM launches Ace's Army Student Rewards Program

The ULM Athletic Department has launched the Ace's Army Student Rewards Program in order to encourage student attendance at all sporting events. 

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With this program students will be awarded a pre-determined number of points for each game attended when they swipe their ULM ID card. As students accumulate points they will be eligible for prizes at different level, starting at 5 points and advancing to 50.  

These prizes range from an Ace's Army Koozie to an Ace's Army Hoodie, Ice Chest, or Big Chair. Additionally, the student with the most points at the end of the year will win in-state tuition for a semester.

Complete program information, inlcuding rules/FAQs, and a full list of prizes and a schedule of the eligible sporting events, is available at ULMWarhawks.com

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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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