e-Newsletter for over 25,500 Alumni & Friends
December 2013

From the ULM family to yours, Happy Holidays!

From the accomplishments of students and faculty, with the support of staff, to victories in the athletic arenas, to the generosity of alumni and friends, ULM has much to be thankful for this holiday season.

Please enjoy our holiday video, which showcases our students and faculty in the School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Happy Holidays from ULM!

Non-traditional students take center stage at ULM Commencement

One would not have needed to look far to find hopeful and determined graduates at the University of Louisiana at Monroe's fall Commencement Ceremony, held Dec. 7. Fant-Ewing Coliseum was filled with young men and women, ready to embark on the next chapter of their lives.

However, there were a few graduates that had already written and re-written many of their life's chapters, and their stories were met with appreciation and respect.

ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno

Bruno

Lawanna Gilbert-Bell

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Dr. Brent Vidrine

Vidrine

ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno acknowledged three of these non-traditional graduates, each taking their own path to the finish line.

Jeffrey Alderman from West Monroe received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He began as a 49 year-old beginning freshman and celebrated his 53rd birthday in September.

Alderman finished his degree over the summer, and of the 179 summer graduates receiving degrees at this commencement, Alderman was the top graduate of that class.

Lawanna Gilbert-Bell moved to Monroe 15 years ago with her husband. She has worked in ULM's Office of Sponsored Programs and Research for the past five years.

In August 2009, Lawanna began to pursue a Bachelors of Business degree via ULM's online educational program, eULM. Lawanna finished her degree on time while working full-time and raising two children.

Brent Vidrine, a native of Eunice, and the current superintendent of Monroe City Schools, received a Doctor of Education degree.

Vidrine was a member of the Northeast Louisiana University Baseball Team from 1983-1985, graduating with a B.S. in Education in 1986. Vidrine returned to ULM in 2010 to earn his Ed.D.

Henry "Cisco" Richard was a member of the famous Northeast Louisiana University 1987 national championship football team.

Although he was not in attendance, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in general business. Richard lives in South Lyon, Mich., and returned to school to complete his degree after an 11 year absence.

Honorary Doctorates: During the ceremony, honorary doctorates were awarded to long-time ULM supporters, George Luffey and John McCarter.

Dr. Eric Pani

Pani

George Luffey

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McCarter

Dr. Eric Pani, Vice President for Academic Affairs, read citations honoring each recipient.

He said of Luffey, "you are an educator, mentor, community leader, and entrepreneur. Countless Louisiana lives have been enriched because of your efforts. Time and again, you have answered the call to service, pouring yourself into this institution, our local community, and the state at large."

Luffey served as a member of the Board of Regents for 18 years and also served ULM as a member of its faculty, and coach for its football and baseball teams.

Luffey led the ULM baseball team to its first championship in 1964 during his tenure as head coach; was president of ULM's Booster Club; was voted into the ULM Hall of Fame; and received the George T. Walker Lifetime Achievement Award.

John H. McCarter was also awarded with an honorary doctorate. Pani spoke kindly of McCarter's contributions to the university and the community.

Pani said, "For the last 55 years, you have influenced the economy of our area as an independent petroleum geologist and consultant, as well as innovator of several 'firsts' in oil and gas exploration and production in northeast Louisiana."

McCarter, a Louisiana State University graduate and decorated World War II veteran, is a renowned geologist who taught at both Louisiana Tech University and ULM.

McCarter was the founder and head of ULM's geology department and holds Emeritus status with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

arrowDiscover more about ULM's Non-Traditional Graduates . . .

ULM pharmacy students rack up awards

Graduate students within the University of Louisiana at Monroe's College of Pharmacy, recently won several awards for their research and presentations. The students hail from the Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences pursuing advanced degrees in pharmacy.

Hisham Qosa, who is seeking a Ph.D. in Pharmacy, was awarded the 2013 Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation Young Investigator Scholarship for his presentation titled "Enhanced brain amyloid-β clearance by oleocanthal, rifampicin and caffeine as a possible protective mechanism against Alzheimer's disease," at the 14th International Conference on Alzheimer's Drug Discovery meeting held in Jersey City, NJ.

Qosa also received the first place award for his graduate student poster presentation within the neuroscience section for his presentation titled "Characterization of amyloid-β cerebral clearance across mouse and human blood-brain barrier models."

The poster was presented at the Southeastern Regional IDeA meeting held in Little Rock, Ark. The region includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky and Puerto Rico. Qosa is advised by Dr. Amal Kaddoumi, associate professor of pharmaceutics.

arrowDiscover more about ULM's Pharmacy Students . . .

ULM's bond rating affirmed

The University of Louisiana at Monroe had its A2 bond rating affirmed by Moody's Investors Service Wednesday. According to Moody's, A-rated bonds are judged to be upper-medium grade and are subject to low credit risk.

UDr. Bill Graves

Graves

"This is good news," said ULM Chief Business Officer, Dr. Bill Graves. "We have worked hard for this affirmation as we face the battle of continuous cuts in state funding."

A report published by Moody's calls the university "stable," giving major credit to efforts by the administration to adjust to a reduction in state funding.

Moody's highlighted many of ULM's strengths, including, ULM's stabilization of enrollment in 2013; the university's reduced exposure to interest rate volatility and remarketing risk by refinancing variable rate debt to fixed 10 year terms; and the university's efforts to launch  a $54 million capital campaign to raise money for scholarships, faculty development, and facilities.

arrowDiscover more about ULM's Bond Rating . . .

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

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

Devin Girod

Girod

Dear Fellow Alumni & Friends,

I hope each of you had a great Thanksgiving holiday. I know everyone is looking forward to the upcoming Christmas along with all of us here at ULM.

On December 7, ULM awarded 647 degrees as part of ULM’s summer and fall classes of 2013. Many of those students are joining the “Good News” mailing this edition. Congratulations to each Fall 2013 graduate and best of luck as you transition into the next stage.

The ULM Alumni Association hosted the final 2013 tailgate in Lafayette on November 30th, our final event of the year. The tailgating atmosphere and turnout was great with an endless supply of Cajun food to enjoy in good company.  I attribute the event’s success to Acadiana chapter members helping secure a cooking trailer, sponsorships, and our tailgating area.   

Although the tailgate was a success, the game trumped all. I commend our football team and coaches for their performance against ULL. I heard multiple alumni and fans say it was one of the most exciting games they had seen live. After a season of ups and downs, it was nice to see this team and group of seniors celebrate a big road win over their in-state rival.

Thanks to everyone that helped in supporting ULM for a second bowl bid. The outpouring of support made two bowl committees comment on how supportive and vocal our fan base was in their efforts. Again, thanks to all of our Warhawk Nation advocates.

The majority of our events are still to come, but here are a few you can go ahead and put on your calendar:

Sunday, December 22: ULM vs. LA Tech Basketball Doubleheader (Wreck Tech shirts available at the Alumni Center)

Saturday, March 15: ULM vs. ULL Baseball Game; The Alumni Association will have the right field patio rented.

Thursday, April 24: 9th Annual Wine Over Water

Spring Golf Tournaments:

Friday, May 2nd: 6th Annual Warhawk Classic Scholarship Golf Scramble (Bossier City: Stonbridge Golf Club)

Friday, May 16th: 3rd Annual Scholarship Golf Scramble (Plaquemine: The Island Golf Course)

I look forward to all of our Spring 2014 events and hope strong attendance at alumni events continues.

Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

Devin

Devin Girod

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

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.


Get your Warhawk Credit Card today!

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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!

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.


Fall 2013 ULM Magazine

Fall 2013 ULM Magazine now available

The Fall 2013 edition of ULM Magazine is now available. Active alums, retirees and other supporters should check their mailbox for their copy.

Inside you'll find in-depth stories on ULM's Strategic and Facilities Master Plan, and a profile of new Athletic Director Brian Wickstrom.

Also included is The President's Report, a overview of the generous support of the university provided by alums, donors and friends, as well as President Nick J. Bruno's vision for ULM's future.

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

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!

Cassnadra (Barker) CarrCassandra (Barker) Carr (BA '93, MA '96) was recently promoted to Assistant Vice President of Career and College Readiness at ACT, Inc.  Cassandra is responsible for helping to translate ACT research into forms that are consumable for K-12 school stakeholders.

She joined ACT in Jan of 2011 as the Regional Manager of the Mountain Plains region managing company resources related to educational services in the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Montana and Nebraska.

Prior to ACT, she was a teacher, school and campus level administrator in Texas, North Carolina and Colorado in both traditional and online settings.

Cassandra lives in Denver, Colo. with husband Larry Carr (BA '09) and their 2 children; Logan 9, and Lance, 6.


Several former ULM basketball players were inducted into the Bismarck (N.D.) School Hall of Fame on October 4, 2013.

Dr. John L. Freeman (B.S. '59, M.Ed. '65) and Dr. William E. Gibson (B.S. '58) were in attendance. The late William “Bill” Bradley (B.A. '72) was represented by his wife Doris and other family members.

More info available at the Bismarck (N.D.) Daily Journal website


Cecil Johnson ('48) was recently honored as Louisiana's "First Tennis Legend" by the Louisiana Tennis Association.

Cecil (Poppa C) wrote to us saying "All the players who played on our teams that won 38 Louisiana State Championships and Southern many times and National are really the ones who made this possible but it sure made me feel good (I'll probably be stopping strangers on the street and in stores.)

"Hey, remember, I didn't start playing and being a captain and a coach 'til I was fifty years old which was many years ago. You are all special to me and often in my thoughts."


Mark C. AustinMark C. Austin (B.B.A. '99) was recently selected as one of the most interesting Houstonians for 2013 by The Houston (Tex.) Chronicle.

Mark is a rock star photographer, manager and promoter who helped spread the word about the inaugural Paste Untapped Houston festival, which features indie music and craft beer, in 2013.

A collection of his work was on display over the summer at The Record Ranch Gallery at Cactus. The Tontons, one of the bands he manages also recently released a music video for their song Veida

More about Mark at The Houston Chronicle website

Photo courtesy The Houston Chronicle

ULM's "weekend warriors" kick off new occupational therapy program

Weekend Warriors

Students and professors from ULM's newest occupational therapy program: Top (L to R): Dr. Patti Calk, Katelyn Chop, Andrea Dejean, Summer Thomas, and Dr. Carolyn Murphy. Seated (L to R): Brittany Keen and Danielle Russell.

In Caldwell Hall on the University of Louisiana at Monroe campus, occupational therapy students are giving the term "distance learning" a brand new meaning.

These students from across the south are enjoying the benefits of ULM's newest hybrid program.

Twenty-seven students in ULM's first ever cohort of the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) to Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Bridge Program are creating a new dynamic in the classroom.

The new program combines online leaning with intensive weekend classes on campus each month. The online component prepares for and supplements on-campus activities.

Students travel to campus one weekend each month for the purpose of hands-on learning and interactive coursework, and each student takes a minimum of 12 credit hours-the equivalent of a full-time class load. 

arrowDiscover more about ULM's Weekend Warriors . . .

ULM art majors accepted into national exhibition

Three students from the University of Louisiana at Monroe Department of Art recently had their works accepted into the Delta National Small Prints Exhibition (DNSPE) at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas.

Art Majors

ULM students from L to R: Howard, Bennett, and Gurgiolo

Sara Beth Howard of Lake Providence, Ben Bennett of Oak Grove, and Danielle Gurgiolo of Monroe were selected for the 2014 exhibition.

Howard, an art education major, entered her print titled "Register Now."

Gurgiolo, a senior art major with a photography concentration, submitted a silkscreen titled "The Blue One."

Bennett, also an art major, entered "Speak Easy, Memory." Bennett's concentration is in sculpture.

 Howard remarked, "It's a particular joy to share this honor with two artists, Danielle Gurgiolo and Ben Bennett, who[m] I also call friends!" 

The exhibition is hosted by Arkansas State University's Bradbury Gallery. According to their web site, the DNSPE was founded in 1996 by Arkansas State University professor of art, Evan Lindquist.

Each year, a nationally known expert in the field of printmaking is invited to select works of art for the yearly show.  The juror also determines which prints will receive awards, including purchase prizes, which then become part of the ASU Permanent Collection of Art.

ULM art professor selected for juried competition

Photo of Dr. Joni Henry Noble

Noble

Dr. Joni Henry Noble, associate professor of art at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, was recently accepted in The Big Easel Juried Art Competition.

The competition will take place in May 2014 in Lafayette.

Ahead of the competition, Noble's work will be on exhibit at The Lounge Gallery in Lafayette in March and April, 2014.

Noble's black and white photographs taken in Berlin, Paris and London throughout 2013 were among the works accepted, as well as her "Rectilinear" series of acrylic on canvas paintings which Noble has executed over the past two years. 

Jeffery McCullough, Curator, stated, "Of the 27 new artists applying for a spot in the 2014 Big Easel, only five received across the board 'YAYs' from the seven jurors. So to get a YAY from all seven jurors means your work is outstanding."

In addition to this competition, Noble's work has also been accepted in two other juried shows sponsored by the St. Tammany Art Association.

Noble earned a BFA from Northeast Louisiana University (now ULM), an MFA in photography from Louisiana Tech University and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in art education from The University of Texas at Austin. She began teaching at ULM in 1997.

To view Noble's works, visit joninoble.com

ULM's Karlowitz named regional post-secondary teacher of the year

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Karlowitz

The Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE) awarded the regional post-secondary Technology Teacher of the Year for northeastern Louisiana to Paul Karlowitz, a University of Louisiana at Monroe associate professor of aviation and management.

Karlowitz admitted he was "elated" when he found out about the award.

"Professionally, it's always wonderful to be recognized for your efforts in teaching using technology," said Karlowitz.

"The use of computer technology is making it easier for me to relate and connect with my students.this award validates my belief that we need to embrace technology in our personal lives and use it to engage our students," he added.

LACUE is the most active organization of teachers in Louisiana. Karlowitz is in the running for post-secondary Technology Teacher of the Year for the entire state of Louisiana. 

Karlowitz has taught at ULM for 15 years.  He is responsible for setting up the new ULM unmanned aircraft program. He graduated from then Northeast Louisiana University, with a bachelor of science in physics and math. 

He then joined the Air Force and was a pilot of various aircrafts until his retirement in 1991. Karlowitz received his master of science in aviation at Central Missouri State University.

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

A message from ULM Athletic Director Brian Wickstrom

Dear Warhawk Alumni & Friends,

I have heard many stories about what the ULM vs. La Tech rivalry means to this community and university.

On December 22 we get a chance to showcase this as the Bulldogs come to Fant-Ewing Coliseum at 5 pm.  This is our opportunity to show north Louisiana the importance of this game and that we WANT to play them in all sports! 

CenturyLink has come on board and sponsored this game, which has dropped ticket prices to just $5 for any seat in the building.  Our athletics staff and I are pushing hard to make this the first sell-out in over 25 years, which will be possible with your support. There are just over 1,000 tickets remaining.

 

 

Our continued progress as a department cannot be done without each of you.  So if you are in town or know someone in town for the 22nd that would like to see this rivalry match-up first hand please pick up some tickets.

This can be done three ways:

  1. visit ulmwarhawks.com
  2. Call the ticket office at 318-342-3ULM (3856), or
  3. stop by Fant-Ewing Coliseum and visit our box office.

I hope to see you on the 22nd and GO Warhawks!

Brian Wickstrom
ULM Director of Athletics     

A full slate of events will take place prior to tip-off as well as throughout the game.

  • Free Pom-Poms for the first 500 fans
  • Photos with Ace (dressed as Santa) for kids beginning 1 hour before tip-of
  • Garage sale of old ULM basketball jerseys and merchandise throughout the game
  • Special from Concessions – $5 gets you a Coke product and any other item you choose
  • ULM Cheerleaders will showcase their routine for nationals for the first time
  • Students receive “Wreck Tech” t-shirts as well as other student promotions
  • “Wreck Tech” t-shirts will be launched at various points during the game
  • Special ULM Alumni Band will perform throughout the game.

ULM Athletic Foundation and Nelligan Sports Marketing announce partnership

The University of Louisiana at Monroe Athletic Foundation and Nelligan Sports Marketing (NSM) have announced a long-term agreement granting NSM the exclusive rights to manage the University's athletic sponsorship and marketing program.

Photo of Brian Wickstrom

Wickstrom

"We're very excited to be partnering with Nelligan Sports," said ULM Director of Athletics, Brian Wickstrom.

"As we look to build on our success and leverage new opportunities for our program, it is critical that we partner with a sports marketing company that embraces our goals and objectives. Nelligan Sports Marketing's unique understanding and unprecedented record of success in maximizing revenue and exposure for athletic programs similar to ULM makes them an ideal partner."

"We are extremely proud and excited to announce our new partnership with the University of Louisiana at Monroe," said Mark Donley, Senior Vice President for Nelligan Sports. "We have the greatest respect for Brian Wickstrom and the vision he has for future success and growth at ULM.

We're eager to work with the University to build a multifaceted sponsorship platform for ULM to deliver its message and extend the reach of the institution and its athletic program on a local, regional and national basis. We look forward to being a partner with the University for many years to come and to play a role in what promises to an exceptional future."

NSM provides sales and marketing expertise for sports properties worldwide.

NSM is dedicated to building long-term relationships with clients through exceptional management of the properties represented and by maximizing revenue growth through its corporate relationships. NSM's high-level sales executives have a proven track record of exceptional revenue growth and management of the sports properties represented.

In addition to ULM, NSM represents some of the elite college properties in the country, including Bradley University, Brown University, Bucknell University, University of California Santa Barbara, California State University-Northridge, Cal Poly, Cleveland State University, Colorado State University, California State University-Bakersfield, Duquesne University, Eastern College Athletic Conference, Eastern Kentucky University, Fairfield University, Florida Atlantic University, Georgia Southern University, University of the Incarnate Word, Indiana State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, University of Louisville, Long Beach State, Marquette University, University of Massachusetts, Middle Tennessee State University, Missouri State University, Monmouth University, University of Nebraska Omaha, Northern Kentucky University, the Patriot League, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Providence College, University of Rhode Island, Sacramento State, Seton Hall University, University of Texas at San Antonio, UT Arlington, Texas State University, University of California-Riverside, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and the Penn Relays.

For more information about Nelligan Sports Marketing, please visit www.nelligansports.com

Warhawk baseball inks seven during Fall Signing Period

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Schexnaider

ULM head baseball coach Jeff Schexnaider announced today the signing of seven student-athletes that will join the Warhawk Baseball Program next fall.

Set to join the Warhawks when school begins in August 2014 are: Brandon Baeckel, JJ Bissell, David Burkhalter, Chase Cater, Keegan Curtis, Will Daniels and Daniel Springer. Three of the seven signees hail from the state of Louisiana, two are from Colorado, one from Alabama and one from Mississippi.

Brandon Baeckel, an outfield/utility player, is currently playing at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. Baeckel spent the fall of 2012 at Seminole Community College in Sanford, Fla., before transferring to Northeastern JC where he posted a .337 batting average with six homers to go along with 43 runs and 34 RBI. Baeckel, a native of Loveland, Colo., prepped at Mountain View High School.

JJ Bissell, a native of Denver, Colo., led all Division I Junior College programs with 15 home runs in 2013, while ranking 25th-nationally with 56 RBI. The catcher/first baseman will complete his second season at Northeastern Junior College this upcoming spring. Bissell prepped at Fossill Ridge High School and originally began his collegiate career at Texas Tech.

David Burkhalter, a senior at Ruston High School, posted an 11-1 record with a 0.93 ERA a season ago as he helped Ruston post a 30-6 record. He also finished with 117 punchouts and just 14 walks, a ratio of 8.36-to-1. Burkhalter also participated in the Area Code Games in Los Angles as well as the East-West Showcase in Syracuse, N.Y.

Chase Cater, a native of Rayville, La., will join the Warhawks after a two-year stint at Hinds Community College in Jackson, Miss. Last season, Cater posted a 3-4 record in 27 innings of work (one start) with a 5.33 ERA. He also averaged 7.33 strikeouts per contest as a rookie.

Keegan Curtis, a native of Mobile, Ala., will join the Warhawks once he concludes his prep career at Davidson High School. Last season, Curtis posted a .410 batting average as he tallied 83 hits, including 32 for extra-bases (20 doubles, four triples and eight homers). He scored 65 runs and drove in 30 to go along with 15 stolen bases. He also posted a 5-2 record on the hill, finishing with a 2.10 ERA in 70 innings on the hill. Curtis struck out 82, while walking just 22 (3:73:1 ratio).

Will Daniels, a native of Monroe, will join ULM when his prep career at St. Frederick High School comes to a close. Last season, Daniels, who batted .357, tallied eight homers (second most in the state) and finished fifth in the state with a .773 slugging percentage. He is also expected to see time on the mound during his Warhawk career.

The final Warhawk signee is Houston, Miss., native Daniel Springer. The first baseman hit 11 homers as a freshman at Mississippi Delta Community College, the fifth-highest total in the country. He finished with a .343 batting average and more than half of his hits were for extra-bases (24-of-47). He scored 36 runs during his rookie season and finished in the top 20 in slugging percentage. Prior to arriving at Mississippi Delta CC, Springer prepped at Houston High School.

The Warhawks will open the 2014 season as they welcome NCAA Division I newcomer Grand Canyon to Warhawk Field for a three-game series beginning on February 14, 2014.

Simmons named Co-Louisiana Player of the Month

ULM senior forward Ashleigh Simmons has been named Co-Louisiana Player of the Month by the Louisiana Sports Writer's Association. 

For the month of November, Simmons averaged 18 points per contest and grabbed 8.2 rebounds. She shot 64.4% from the floor as she connected on 38-of-her 59 field goal attempts. 

She opened her senior season with an 11-point, five rebound performance at TCU on Nov. 9 in Fort Worth, Texas. In the home opener against Louisiana College, Simmons was one of four Warhawks to reach double figures in the 92-52 win over the Wildcats. 

Simmons continued her strong play as she scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds in ULM's 87-77 win over Southeastern Louisiana at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on Nov. 15. 

The Warhawk forward has recorded double-doubles in back-to-back games (at Central Arkansas; at Ole Miss). Against the Sugar Bears, Simmons scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. In the team's most recent game, at Ole Miss, Simmons scored a career-high 34 points to go along with 10 rebounds.

With her 34 points, she is the first Warhawk since the 1997-98 season to score 30 or more points in a single game.

ULM earns National and Conference Team Academic Awards

Success came on and off the field for the ULM soccer program as it earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award and the Sun Belt Conference Academic Achievement Award for the 2012-13 academic year.

The Warhawks met the qualifications of the NSCAA and SBC Team Academic Awards and after tallying a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Senior Karlin Aloisio posted the highest mark for ULM and was named to the Commissioner’s List for having a GPA above 3.50. Sophomores Madison Chapman, Karlea Fehr and Kelley O’Dwyer earned Sun Belt Conference Honor Roll for having GPA’s between 3.0-3.49.

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Mazza

“I am very proud of the hard work these young ladies put in the class room. I also want to give credit to our athletic academic counselor, Michael Anderson, and the academic staff in the student success center,” said second-year head coach Roberto Mazza.

“All of these young ladies will be professional in another field other than soccer. It’s important that they are students first.”

The honors came for the 2012-13 calendar year, so the 21 freshmen on the 2013 roster were not counted towards the team’s score.

The awards came after ULM increased its win-total by two games from a year ago, earned seven weekly awards by four different student-athletes and had four players break into the ULM regular-season all-time record books.

Additionally, 13 different Warhawks scored a goal and 19 student-athletes notched at least a point this season.

Makevic earns All-LSWA Co-Freshman of the Year, Muiruri named Newcomer of the Year

Dusan Makevic and Pauline Muiruri were honored on the 2013 All-Louisiana Cross Country teams as Makevic earned Co-Freshman of the Year on the men's side and Muiruri was named Newcomer of the Year for the women, the LSWA announced.

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Makevic

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Muiruri

Makevic earned Co-Freshman of the Year honors after being named to the Sun Belt All-Conference Third-Team. He finished 13th at the SBC Championships with an 8K time of 26:16.7 time to pace the Warhawks.

The following meet, he scored for a ULM men's team that finished as the fastest in Louisiana at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships, placing ahead of LSU, Tulane, Southeastern Louisiana, UL-Lafayette, La. Tech and New Orleans.

The Sabac, Serbia native set a personal-record of 25:56.8 in the 8K at the Chile Pepper Festival on Oct. 5. Makevic finished fourth at the Warhawk Invitational with a 27:34 time in the 8K and recorded a top-15 finish at the Hurricane Festival to guide the team to a final score ahead of No. 5 Tulsa.

Muiruri, a sophomore who transferred from Grand Canyon University after earning All-American honors, earned Newcomer of the Year after crossing the line as ULM's top finisher in every meet this season.

The Washin-Gishu, Kenya product was the Warhawk Invitational champion after finishing with a 5K time of 21:29. She crushed her own time at the Crimson Classic when she set a personal-record of 18:58.38 at the same distance.

Muiruri also recorded a top-15 time at the UTA Invitational and top-20 in the season opener Hurricane Festival against stiff competition.

Makevic, Muiruri and the Warhawks will turn their attention to the 2014 track & field season. The indoor season begins on Jan. 17 at the Texas A&M-Texas Invitational in College Station, Texas.

MEN'S ALL-LOUISIANA CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
Paul Freese, Loyola
Kwame Jackson, Xavier
Dusan Makevic, ULM
Logan Pearce, UL-Lafayette
Phillip Primeaux, LSU
Paul Sakit, Louisiana Tech
Adam Yohanan, Tulane

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Paul Freese, Loyola

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Paul Sakit, Louisiana Tech

CO-FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Dusan Makevic, ULM
Logan Pearce, UL-Lafayette

COACH OF THE YEAR
Joseph Moses, Xavier

WOMEN'S ALL-LOUISIANA CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
Andria Aguilar, LSU
Tessni Carruthers, Nicholls
Catherine Fakler, Xavier
Pauline Muiruri,ULM
Katherine Smiley, Tulane
Amy Talbot, McNeese
Morgan Shuertz, LSU

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Catherine Fakler, Xavier

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Pauline Muiruri, ULM

CO-FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Claire Hodges, UL-Lafayette
Katharine Smile, Tulane

COACH OF THE YEAR
Andy Canegitta, Loyola

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