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August 2013

ULM unveils revamped institutional logo

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Officials at the University of Louisiana at Monroe unveiled a revamped version of the university’s institutional logo at an employee luncheon on Aug. 12

The restyled logo—designed in-house by Director of Graphic Design, Christi Bailey—will serve as a more modern interpretation of the university’s most recognizable symbol—the Kitty DeGree Bell Tower.

Bailey said she was excited to redesign the logo. “It was an honor to be a part of the team in the Office of Public Information that developed the new ULM logo chosen to represent our university,” she said.

“As a ULM Arts and Sciences graduate and an employee of ULM for the past 32 years as a graphic designer, this will always serve as a very important milestone for me.”

ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno unveiled the logo to a packed room of faculty and staff, with a presentation that highlighted the updated look.

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ULM alum Devin Girod hired as alumni affairs director

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The University of Louisiana at Monroe has named ULM alum Devin Girod as the new Director of Alumni Affairs. He began his new position Aug. 1.

ULM Executive Vice President Stephen Richters said he is pleased to welcome Girod to ULM.

“Both the alumni board and I have every confidence in Mr. Girod. Devin will rise to the challenge and work with the Alumni Association as it evolves and supports the university in the ever changing environment of higher education."

Girod said he is looking forward to the new opportunity.

“I have the unique perspective of an undergraduate student, a graduate student, a graduate assistant, a former PREP staffer, and an alumnus of ULM. Therefore, my past six years have been all ULM. Now I will have the ability to better the university I have grown to love and show pride in – this is a special opportunity.”

Girod has several plans for the next few years. “I want to identify the components our alumni are looking for in their regional events,” he said. “I am hopeful this will encourage ULM’s alumni base to attend their regional events and get excited about all the positive things happening on our campus.”

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Ice Cream Duo Ben & Jerry next ULM Lyceum Series speakers

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Ice cream icons Ben and Jerry are the 2013 ULM Lyceum Series speakers.

Since 1978, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield have combined unique ice cream flavors such as the potato chips and fudge creation called "Late Night Snack," inspired by Jimmy Fallon and his Late Night talk show. 

This flavor, along with many others, helped catapult the entrepreneurs—more popularly known as Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream—to the forefront of people’s minds and freezers.

This fall, the duo will tell their story at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Ben and Jerry are the 2013 ULM Lyceum Series speakers. Their presentation, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, in Brown Auditorium.

In 2000, the entrepreneurs sold their original $12,000 investment business for $325 million. ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno views the visit as an opportunity to highlight the positive aspects of business ownership.

He said, “In a region where small businesses thrive, it is a great opportunity to host two men whose small business evolved into a multi-million dollar enterprise. Ben and Jerry are business icons, and we are excited to have them speak to students and the community about their lives, business, and triumphs.”

Tickets will be available for purchase at ulmtickets.com, at a later date. Student tickets cost $2 with a ULM ID. Tickets for the general public are $25, and patron party tickets are $50.

On the day of their arrival, Cohen and Greenfield will conduct a master class for business majors, followed by the Patron Party, at 5 p.m., in the ULM Library Conference Center.

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ULM Alumni Association opens Warhawk Heritage Park

Warhawk fans have a new tailgating opportunity this upcoming football season—the University of Louisiana at Monroe Alumni Association’s Warhawk Heritage Park.

Heritage Park will serve as ULM’s newest tailgating destination, hosting the RVs and tents of alumni and friends as they cheer on the Warhawks. Heritage Park is located off Bon Aire Drive between the ULM Alumni Center and “Bon Aire,” the President’s home.

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Scott Higginbotham, president of the ULM Alumni Association Board of Directors, said, “Since we understood there was a waiting list for spots in The Grove and the university already owned the property, the association voted unanimously to fund the earth work, tree trimming, and surveying, which we were able to complete this summer.

The new tailgating area contains 64, 40 foot by 70 foot spaces, many overlooking Bayou DeSiard or shaded along Bon Aire Drive.

Higginbotham continued, “We feel it is a win-win situation for Warhawk fans that want to come to ULM and have a family-oriented tailgating experience with other fans and families. We certainly hope our first year will be a huge success as we serve all ULM alums and their families.” 

Devin Girod


Devin Girod, director of Alumni Relations, is excited about the new tailgating available to ULM’s alumni base and community friends.

“We are proud to expand as ULM’s tailgating experience continues to grow,” he said. “This is a positive testament to athletic success and the support our alumni and community display.”

ULM football finished with eight wins and five losses last season and expects growing attendance for the 2013 season.

“Warhawk Heritage Park is poised to create another great campus environment for socializing with fellow alums, community supporters, and showing support in maroon and gold,” said Girod.  

For information, pricing inquiries and general guidlines, contact the ULM Alumni Association office at 318-342-5420 or visit ulm.edu/alumni/tailgating

Alumni Association to host ULM vs. OU Watch Party

Join alumni and friends at the Pickle Barrel, located at 1827 Avenue of America in Monroe, on Saturday, Aug. 31 to cheer on the Warhawks as they open the 2013 football season against the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, Okla.!

For more information, contact Devin Girod at the ULM Alumni Center at 318-342-5244 or girod@ulm.edu or accept a Facebook invite at facebook.com/events/409301202507769/

New ULM Alumni Chapter Started:  Greater South Carolina

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from left: Rick Strack; Sara Matkins Gilliland ('59); Stephanie Smith Strack (99'); Renée Hebert ('98, '00); Bob Gilliland; and Ryan Holloway ('99).

What do ULM alumni do when they move to a new area, want to connect with other alumni and discover there is no alumni chapter in the area?

They start an alumni chapter. Recently, Renée Hebert ('98, '00) moved to the Greenville, SC area to start a new job.

She knew no one in the area and immediately thought of connecting with fellow ULM alumni.

She contacted the ULM Alumni Association to inquire about an alumni chapter; the Association ran a list of alumni in the area and to everyone's surprise there were close to 100 names on the list. With the Association's help, Renée put together a happy hour for local alumni on May 30, 2013.

Although a small number attended, it did demonstrate that local alumni want to connect with other ULM alumni. Those in attendance were Sara Matkins Gilliland ('59) and husband Bob; Ryan Holloway ('99); Stephanie Smith Strack ('99) and husband Rick; and Renée Hebert ('98, '00).

Attendees shared many memories, including their family history of ULM graduates, reminiscing about buildings on campus and looking through yearbooks from Sara Gilliland's time at ULM (then Northeast Louisiana State College).

All are looking forward to more events and increased attendance.

Ryan Holloway summed it up the best, "Having an alumni chapter here in South Carolina Upstate signifies that ULM is not simply my hometown college. It is a university that trains its graduates to compete across the country and the world in any discipline. An alumni chapter in the upstate also signifies that a piece of my hometown is now in my adoptive hometown."

Well said, Ryan!

Photo courtesy Renée Hebert

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

European Tapestry CruiseBalkan Marvels 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.

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!

Trevor Hall (B.S., '11) has launched Nationwide Aviation which provides full service flight instruction that travels to the student to train them at their location, anywhere, any time. 

Nationwide is based in Fort Worth, Texas and that allows easy access for the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Nationwide uses a Piper Cherokee for flight instruction and aircraft rental and they also have multiple customers that own their own aircraft and we train them at their home airport.

The Nationwide Aviation Instructor staff also features a fellow ULM alum Chad Reetz (B.S., '12), who conducts day to day operations in the North Texas region.

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Dwayne Louis (B.S., '96), wanted a coffeemaker that was simple, versatile and portable.

Inspired by the Cajun style of engineering creative, simple solutions and his own background in engineering, Louis started researching how he could create the perfect brewing tool. After two years of research and design, Louis invented the CajunCoffeePress.

The CajunCoffeePress’s small plastic parts, which can fit into most small bags, allow the user to brew coffee in a variety of ways.

It can be used with single-serve cups or ground coffee and tea, and it can be used as a French press, inverted or pour-over drip-style coffee tool. When the coffee is brewed and the parts are cleaned, everything fits together tightly for storage.

Louis said it has tons of applications including camping, travel and college dorm rooms, many of which don’t allow coffeemakers.

“It lends itself to any demographic of user that drinks coffee or tea,” Louis said. “It’s up to you. The versatility allows you to make coffee your way.”

To learn more about the CajunCoffee Press, visit kck.st/195K4md

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Norman McQueen (BA '85) has been appointed to serve as the program administrator for Horry County Schools' Scholars Academy.

A 10-year partnership between Horry County Schools and Coastal Carolina University, the Scholars Academy was established  to provide advanced learners with the level of academic rigor commensurate with their abilities.

Advanced high school academics and college courses are integrated to enable students to graduate high school with an equivalent of two years of college credits.

The program is located on the campus of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC.

ULM professor named Pharmacist of the Year

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University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Anthony Walker was named Pharmacist of the Year by the Louisiana Pharmacists Association (LPA).

“My desire to serve is the driving force behind this accomplishment,” said Walker, an assistant professor in ULM’s College of Pharmacy.

“I’m most honored to service my patients, my community, my profession, my students, and my family.”

The Pharmacist of the Year Award is given in recognition of Outstanding Service to LPA and the Profession of Pharmacy.

According to their web site, LPA strives to better inform the public about pharmacy practices and addresses issues pharmacists face in order to maintain the overall well-being of Louisiana pharmacists and the communities they serve.

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ULM College of Pharmacy Dean Benny Blaylock said, “Dr. Walker does everything with the utmost integrity, insuring that everyone around him is treated fairly, honestly and with respect. He is a gifted speaker, presenting lectures with enthusiasm in addition to accuracy. Dr. Walker also consistently displays a willingness and eagerness to ‘go the extra mile,’ whether in the classroom, laboratory or in the pharmacy professional world outside the College of Pharmacy.”

LPA notified Walker that he would be considered for an award without revealing which award it would be, asking only for his resume and all his yearly accomplishments.

“This award is one of LPA’s prestigious honors, given during the president’s banquet, the last evening of LPA’s annual convention. I didn’t know that my award would be for Pharmacist of the Year,” Walker said.

“Words cannot express how humbled I am to have received this award. I am so thankful to my professional friends and colleagues who nominated me for it. I am honored to serve alongside each of them.”

ULM remembers an amazing talent: Louis Nabors

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Louis Nabors, a man known for his commanding voice and powerful presence in the classroom, onstage, and in person, bestowed his gifts to the University of Louisiana at Monroe for 40 years.

Nabors, 69, died in Italy on July 30. A memorial service was held in ULM's Brown Auditorium on Aug. 10.

ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno shared his thoughts on ULM’s associate professor of voice.

“We are saddened to hear about the loss of our incredible professor, Louis Nabors,” said Bruno.

“He was a great colleague who was known for his voice and vibrato, and over the past four decades, he influenced hundreds of lives. Louis traveled the world doing what he loved, performing in international operas and musical theater, and delivering uplifting spirituals. His community impact and dedication to ULM were two of his most amazing qualities, and he will be sorely missed by the ULM family.”

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Nabors, a bass and local legend regarded for his repertoire of spirituals and impossibly deep, resonant timbre, taught and performed across the country. He appeared at the Kennedy Center as well as with top opera companies and symphonies in Arizona, Houston, Los Angeles, Fort Worth, Louisiana, West Germany, the Philippines, and the Bahamas. He also appeared in musical theater nationwide.

Derle Long, director of ULM School of Visual and Performing Arts, said, “I’m saddened to hear about the loss of a valuable colleague and good friend. He’s been an institution in the ULM Department of Music for many years and a wonderful performer and teacher. It is sad to lose someone of his caliber.”

Nabors created and directed ULM’s Interdenominational Ensemble, an on-campus choral group that sings a variety of musical styles including gospel, spirituals, and African-American Broadway musicals and operas.

Deborah Chandler, associate professor and Director of Choral Activities at ULM, met Nabors in 2004. She said,  “Louis was a giant of a man in more than the obvious ways. He was a giant with his talent and his love for his students and family; with the care that he offered his students, he was a father figure to so many. He was a trusted, valuable colleague and he will be missed for a very long time. As faculty, we can only try to comfort the students who looked up to him and trusted him. He was a compassionate teacher whose tough love approach elicited excellence from his students. We can carry on his passions for singing and sharing with his students. Our love and prayers of healing go out to his family and friends.”

Delasber Sanders (B.G.S. ’96), first cousin of Nabors’ wife and Nabors’ former student, said, “[Louis was] the biggest, toughest, teddy bear I’ve ever known. He expected excellence, and he achieved it.”

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In 2005, Nabors performed the role of Amonasro in Elton John’s “Aida,” and spent the summer teaching in Italy. He completed a recital tour throughout Germany in 2006 and 2009. During the summer of 2007 and 2010, he performed the role of Sarastro in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” with Almafi Coast Music Festival. He also performed as Simone in Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” in 2008. Nabors served as ULM’s summer commencement speaker in 2006. His annual performance of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” delighted audiences at the university’s annual holiday celebration.

He was recognized both artistically and personally by such nods as the 1990 College of Liberal Arts Performing Artist of the Year and several honors for outstanding community service. Nabors received his Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Prairie View University and his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Southern University.

ULM video-surveillance security system featured in "Commercial Building Products" magazine

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ULM police officer Jonathan Emmons utilizes new video surveillance equipment to ensure campus safety.

Over the past few years, the University of Louisiana at Monroe has progressively implemented a new video-surveillance system in various locations across campus, raising the level of security for students, employees, and guests.

The joint efforts of the ULM Computing Center and the University Police Department to incorporate this system were recently featured in the June 2013 edition of “Commercial Building Products” magazine.

Chance Eppinette, interim director for the computing center, said, “We are very excited to have this opportunity of being recognized in a national setting for our attempts to proactively provide a secure learning environment at ULM. This is also the first time the ULM Computing Center has been recognized in a publication of this manner.”

According to the magazine article, “It became clear to the university’s computing-center team – those responsible for over-seeing all technological installations on campus – that security technology would help better protect university assets and safeguard students from potential threats.”

ULM agreement with YMCA extended

ULM officials met with YMCA board members to discuss the future of the Lake C. Oxford Natatorium at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

The two parties recently agreed to begin the process of extending the current cooperative agreement for 60 days, pending approval by the UL System Board of Supervisors and other appropriate agencies. During the 60-day extension, YMCA will be exploring a permanent solution that will allow them to maintain continued operation of the natatorium.

The university will continue to pay the utilities through the 60-day extension. This extension will provide the YMCA with an opportunity to develop a long-term business agreement that will include a strategic plan to improve the facility, grow membership, and become financially self-sustaining.

Wayne Brumfield


ULM Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Wayne Brumfield said, “I am pleased that the YMCA has had the opportunity to operate the facility for the past 18 months. Now, they have more time to develop a plan that will encompass corporate sponsorships and additional community support.”

The YMCA and its aquatic staff assumed operational control over the natatorium on Jan. 17, 2012 and entered an 18-month contract, which was later extended until July 31, 2013. ULM retained ownership of the natatorium and assisted with preventive maintenance, insurance, and utility costs.

The original agreement was designed to give the YMCA 18 months to sustain the operation of the natatorium, become self-sufficient without dependence on ULM student fees, and increase student usage.

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

Game times announced for Sun Belt Network football broadcasts

The Sun Belt Conference has announced its game times for all seven Sun Belt Network games for the 2013 season.

ULM’s contest at South Alabama is scheduled for a 6 p.m. kick on Nov. 23 in Mobile, Ala. The game will air locally on CSS and those outside the southeast can view the games via ESPN3.

A week later, the Warhawks will be featured on the SBC Network as they travel south to UL-Lafayette for a Nov. 30 clash in Lafayette, La. ULM will again appear in primetime as the contest is slated to kickoff at 6 p.m.

2013 ULM football guide now available


Ben Sheets named volunteer assistant at ULM

Ben Sheets


Former ULM and MLB pitcher Ben Sheets has joined the Warhawk baseball program as a volunteer assistant coach.

Sheets spent three seasons at ULM (1997-99) and was a two-time All-Southland selection (1998, 1999).

He was also named the conference Player and Pitcher of the Year in 1999.

He went on to earn an Olympic Gold Medal as part of the 2000 United States Olympic Team.

Sheets holds the school record for wins in a season (14) and season winning percentage (.933) both of which came in the 1999 season.

Sheets appeared in the majors from 2001-2012 but missed the 2009 and 2011 seasons due to injury. He spent time with the Milwaukee Brewers (eight seasons), Oakland Athletics (one season) and Atlanta Braves (one season).

He started 250 MLB games and finished his career with 94 wins, a 3.78 ERA and 1325 strikeouts in 1596.2 innings of work.

Sheets is one of three new coaches to join the program as Bruce Peddie and Larry Thomas also joined the staff.

Walt Williams named head men’s golf coach

Walt Williams


ULM director of athletics Brian Wickstrom announced the hiring of Walt Williams as the new Warhawk men’s golf coach.

Williams joins ULM after two seasons at Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas. During his tenure at WTC, where he coached both the men’s and women’s teams, he had a total of 15 players earn All-Conference honors while eight individuals were named All-Americans.

In 2012, Williams was named the Western Junior College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the men’s team to a conference, state, regional and GolfStat National Championship. The women’s team earned the regional crown in 2012 and finished third overall at the NJCAA National Championship.

"I'm thrilled to be coming over to Monroe and coaching at ULM and my family is all in for the move,” said Williams.

“I never intended to leave Western Texas when I moved from Washington State to return to my hometown two years ago, but in the past week I've gotten to know Brian Wickstrom and several other members of the ULM athletic family and have been very impressed with them and the university as well as the City of Monroe. During my coaching career I've known several coaches at ULM and I hope to continue to build on the successes of some of the men that have coached here in the past in an effort to make ULM and the Monroe community proud of our men's golf program.”

Under his watch in 2013, the squad again had successful seasons as the women finished sixth at the NJCAA National Championship, while the men finished 14th. He also coached the 2013 Phil Mickelson National Freshman of the Year.

Brian Wickstrom


“We are excited to have Walt Williams join our staff as the head coach of the men’s golf program,” said Wickstrom.

“He has been successful at all of his stops and we know that he will have a hand in increasing the success of our sports programs at ULM.”

Before taking over at WTC, he served as the head coach at Washington State for 13 years. His Cougar teams were represented in the NCAA West Regionals 12 times during his tenure there.

Coach Williams also mentored 24 All-Pac 10 (now Pac 12) performers as well as four All-Americans while at Washington State and his teams won over 20 Division I events while he was at the helm. Both the men's and women's team were ranked in the top 25 during his stay at WSU and he was selected the conference’s Coach of the Year in 2002.

Prior to moving to Washington State University, Williams was the head men's and women's coach at Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas.

The Bearkats also had numerous successes during Williams’ six-year stay at the Huntsville school, including a Southland Conference Championship, 15 tournament wins and 12 all-conference honorees. The Bearkats were represented four times in the NCAA Central Regional with Williams coaching and he was selected Southland Conference Coach of the Year in 1998.

After graduation from Snyder High, Coach Williams played collegiately at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas for legendary Coach Tommy Estes and was a member of two Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship teams. When his playing days ended Williams was a club professional at several Texas country clubs before entering the coaching ranks.

Williams is a graduate of Sam Houston State and has been married to his wife Carol for 29 years and is the proud father of nine children and three grandchildren.

Pillon named College Sports Madness SBC Freshman of the Year, Fehr Second-Team

College Sports Madness released its Sun Belt Conference Preseason All-Conference team on Saturday and ULM’s Jenna Pillon was named Freshman of the Year.

Sophomore Karlea Fehr, an All-Louisiana First-Team selection in 2012, etched a spot on the College Sports Madness SBC Second-Team.

Pillon, a 5’8 forward from Long Beach, Calif., was a four-year letterwinner at St. Joseph High School (Calif.). As the team captain, she guided the team to the 2012 Del Rey League Championship. She was also a two-time All-Del Rey League First-Team honoree.

TopDrawerSoccer.com ranked Pillon as a Top-25 prospect in the Southern California region. In addition to soccer, Pillon lettered in track & field and cross country.

Pillon, Fehr and the Warhawks have completed four two-a-days worth of practice and are eager for the season to begin.

“Practicing at the collegiate level is a lot harder but I love it every day. I feel that I’m getting stronger, I’m understanding the game more and getting to know my teammates better,” Pillon said. “I’m so excited [for our first game]. I think about it everyday. I can’t wait to see how we come out there.”

Fehr, a 5-7 midfielder/forward from Lakewood, Colo., led the team last season in goals (5), assists (5), points (15), game-winning goals (2), shots (54) and shots on goal (26). Her five assists is the second most in a single season in school history. Fehr appeared in all 19 matches as a freshman and started in 17.

“This year we have all been working really well together and hopefully we can win more awards and achievements as a team,” Fehr said. “Practice has been going really well and we hope that it shows on the field.”

Study shows ULM baseball getting most bang for its buck 

Let’s face it. The win and loss column is the biggest focus in any sport.

Close losses, injuries, rebuilding years — none of that usually gets equated when debating the success of a season.

However, when you look around the ULM facilities there is something to be said about what the athletic teams accomplish with the lowest athletic budget among FBS schools.

This is a known fact for several years now, however, Jeff Tubbs recently took it to another level.

The vice president for institutional effectiveness and distance learning at Gardner Webb University in North Carolina crunches numbers as part of his profession.

Tubbs received his degree in mathematics and analyzes spending in sports and the cost of the athletic program. It started as part of his job at Gardner Webb, but he expanded his study to every conference in America and the results of his study are online at costofcollegesports.com.

Tubbs’ study revealed that the ULM baseball program is the best among Sun Belt teams when it comes to the ratio of lowest spenders and highest performers.

“My research shows that ULM spends 40 percent of what Western Kentucky spends,” Tubbs said, pointing out that WKU is the highest spender among Sun Belt baseball teams. “ULM on a four-year average spent $471,000 a year for baseball and Western Kentucky spent $1.1 million.

“ULM is the highest and finished in seventh place over the course four years, but only spent $3,000 per victory per success point.”

Tubbs gives a team 10 points per conference victory in the regular season and 20 points per win in the conference tournament.

“ULM won seven tournament games (in the past four years), then 10.8 wins a year in the regular season,” Tubbs said.

“The point value shows the biggest bang for their buck. It costs Western Kentucky $600,000 per win, and it cost ULM $300,000.”

In the past four years, the Warhawks’ biggest accomplishment was winning the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Regional, in addition to breaking two attendance home records in back-to-back years.

“Their performance efficiency is good because they parlay that low, low budget into a competitive program,” Tubbs said. You’re doing good with what you’ve got. It’s a two-edge sword. It’s a mark of credibility and recognition.”

Men’s basketball receives NABC academic honor

The uprising academic success of the ULM men’s basketball program was further confirmed when the Warhawks earned Team Academic Excellence Awards from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

ULM was one of only 21 NCAA Division I men's basketball programs to be honored.

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"We are honored to receive this recognition for academic excellence from the NABC,” said head coach Keith Richard.

“This is another example of the commitment that our players, coaches and administration have made toward success in the classroom."

Sophomore Kyle Koszuta led the team with a 3.9 grade point average (GPA), while classmate Colton Ponder tallied a 3.5 mark.

Created by the NABC Committee on Academics, the Team Academic Excellence Award recognizes superior academic achievement by a team with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the 2012-13 season.

In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, an institution must count the grade point averages of all men's student-athletes competing during the 2012-13 season in NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA Division I and II.

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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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