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February 2014

ULM Athletics partners with JPS Aviation/JPS Equipment Rental

The ULM department of athletics has secured a gift from JPS Aviation/JPS Equipment Rental for new FieldTurf at Malone Stadium.

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from left: ULM President Dr. Nick Bruno, ULM Head Football Coach Todd Berry, JPS President Jason Bullock, ULM Athletic Director Brian Wickstrom.

"JPS Aviation/JPS Equipment Rental is a key part of the Monroe Community and because of this partnership, a huge step of the Warhawk Facilities Vision can be made," said Brian Wickstrom, Director of Athletics at ULM.

"This will provide a lot of momentum as we continue to fund different phases of the Warhawk Facilities Vision."

The donation of $450,000 from JPS Aviation/JPS Equipment Rental will cover the cost of the new FieldTurf and for the donation, the name of the field will now be JPS Field at Malone Stadium.

The length of the naming rights will be a minimum of eight years.

The donation also shows a strong commitment from JPS Aviation/JPS Equipment Rental to ULM.

"The JPS companies are excited about this partnership with ULM," said Jason Bullock, President of JPS Aviation. "We are big proponents of serving the local community as we are locally owned and operated and it has always been important for us to give back. ULM AD Brian Wickstrom presented this opportunity to us and it looked to be a good deal for us. It is important for the football team to have a quality surface to play on and this new surface helps get our name out there, so it is truly a win-win."

The new FieldTurf will go wall-to-wall and will total 78,000 square feet. It is the same playing surface the Warhawks played on at Wake Forest in 2013 and other notable FBS schools that have the FieldTurf Revolution are: Louisville, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Texas, Texas Tech and Wisconsin.

"I am honored and appreciative to be associated with a group of people like these who are showing dedication to the university and want to see it grow into the program that we all want it to be," said Kevin Woods, President of the ULM Athletic Foundation.

There are also 23 NFL football teams that have the FieldTurf Revolution.

ULM Water Ski named Team of the Year

Martin Bartalsky (BBA '11) and Will Oliver (B.S. '13)

The University of Louisiana at Monroe's National Champion Water Ski Team was named National Collegiate Water Ski Association (NCWSA) Team of the Year for 2013 during the annual USA Water Ski awards banquet, held in Haines City, Fla.

The reception was held as part of the kickoff event for USA Water Ski's 75th anniversary celebration.

"The members of the ULM Water Ski Team are deeply honored to have been named NCWSA's Collegiate Water Ski Team of the Year," said Treina Landrum, coach of the ULM Water Ski Team.

"Fall 2013 was especially memorable for us and we are looking forward to another strong season of skiing. We remain thankful for the support of ULM students, the ULM administration and all the ULM family in our community. Go Warhawks!"

Martin Bartalsky (BBA '11) and Will Oliver (B.S. '13) (shown above) were in Florida to accept the award.

Former ULM skiers were also honored during the ceremonies. Regina Jaquess, (Pharm.D. '09) was named USA Water Ski's overall female athlete of the year for the second consecutive year, and seventh time total. Jaquess is also a World Champion gold medalist.

Alum Alex Lauretano (BBA '12) and former ULM student Adam Pickos joined Jaquess as honored members of the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team, which won the overall team gold medal at the 33rd Water Ski World Championships.

About the team:
The ULM Water Ski Team won its 25th National Championship in October, 2013, adding to its title as the most decorated collegiate team in the nation. 

The ULM Water Ski Team competes in the National Collegiate Water Ski Association South Central Region. Members of the 2013 ULM Water Ski Team are:

Women's Team: Jenny Benjamin of London, England; Eleanor Benjamin of London, England; Emilia Hoikkanen of Finland; Carli Guyer of Pierson, Florida; Maddison McCammon of Clermont, Florida; and Janice Stevens of Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada.

Men's Team: Jake Bridges of Ireland; Siarhei Bushyn of Minsk, Belarus; James Earl of Solihul, England; Claudio Koestenberger of Sattendorf, Austria; Martin Kolman of Prague, Czech Republic; Will Oliver of Hull, England; Nikita Papkul of Novopolotsk, Belarus; Tyler Scott of Covington, Louisiana; and Michael Stevenson of Gilbert, Arizona.

For information about the ULM Water Ski Team, contact Landrum at 318-342-5313 or landrum@ulm.edu or visit the team's web site at www.ulmwaterski.com

JPMorgan Chase donates $64,000 for ULM sponsored high school robotics program

Photo of students with Robotics

Students from the Carroll High School Robotics Team teach JPMorgan Chase Northeast Louisiana Market President Susan Hoffmann, and ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno how to navigate the robots programmed by the students.

On Jan. 24, officials from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the College of Arts, Education and Sciences DREAM office-alongside officials from JPMorgan Chase and Red Stick Robotics-announced an innovative new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiative poised to have North Louisiana high school students lining up for physical sciences and geometry courses.

"This grant provides opportunities for students in North Louisiana exposure to robotics and STEM education which will contribute to the development of our future workforce," said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno.

"This also provides evidence that grantors understand and appreciate that ULM's College of Arts, Education and Sciences is a leader in teacher development.  It is an exciting program for ULM and our region." 

The Chase High School Robotics Program-which has been made possible by a $64,000  grant from JP Morgan Chase- introduces area 9th and 10th grade high school students to the knowledge, concepts and skills that are necessary to understanding the intelligent information-based technology of the future. Robotics activities engage teams of students in hands-on strategic problem solving that integrate STEM with applied mathematics, physics, computer programming, and the engineering process.

Susan Hoffmann, JPMorgan Chase Northeast Louisiana Market President said, "As one of the largest private employers in North Louisiana, we know firsthand that the jobs of the future require solid skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  We're so proud to support ULM and Red Stick Robotics to help enhance students' learning of these critical skills."

As part of the curriculum, students will engage in one-week modules geared toward specific mathematics and science concepts. The modules may work together as a multi-week unit or serve as a one-week capstone experience for units related to individual concepts. Each Module includes a classroom kit with instructional materials, on-demand support, and robotics hardware for 25 students, to work in teams of two with their own "VEX" robot that can be programmed to demonstrate and test specific mathematical and physical science principles.

Dr. Lynn Clark, Director of DREAM, developed the program with faculty from the College of Arts, Education and Sciences and partner Red Stick Robotics. "The primary goal of the program is to increase the number of students who have the access, aptitude and interest to pursue STEM careers in Northeast Louisiana," said Clark.

"The Chase Foundation has provided critical startup funds that will literally put a robot in the hands of every student in participating schools."

Clark explained that by integrating the one-week Robotics modules into the regular Math and Science curriculum, every 9th and 10th grade student will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge, concepts, and skills that are necessary to understanding the intelligent information-based technology of the future.

Participating teachers will receive 15 hours of paid professional development prior to the fall 2014 classroom implementation date and on-demand support during implementation of the units. Select high schools in Monroe City Schools, Ouachita Parish Schools, and East Carroll Parish Schools will pilot the program in its first year.

For more information about the program contact dream@ulm.edu or visit ulm.edu/dream

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

Devin Girod


Dear Fellow Alumni & Friends,

We’re off to a great start this spring as you can see in this edition of Good News!

Our faculty, students, and athletes are constantly receiving honors and recognition for their work. The Alumni Association is helping to support this ongoing success making sure we continue to help our students and engage our alumni.

In the past two weeks, we’ve hosted/planned two events geared for engaging students and alumni. The Alumni Association paired with athletics in supporting the Sunbelt Conference Tailgate prior to the ULM vs. Arkansas State men’s game. Thanks to all of our alumni that battled our unpredictable weather and joined the student body for some Cajun food, music and some early king cake.

In addition, one of our alums, Mr. Buddy Embanata, helped provide the food and brought his cooking trailer to serve our alumni and students; a big thanks to him! This week, we planned to host our first alumni-sponsored recruiting event. The idea is to put our alumni, high-achieving students and recruitment staff in a comfortable environment where we can share the experience ULM has to offer.

However, due to Louisiana’s unpredictable weather, we were forced to cancel. Thanks to our alum Mrs. Vicki Gilliam for her intended support of the event and those alums that planned to attend. We hope to have similar events in the near future!   

We are working on the spring and summer’s alumni events. My hope is you and your family/friends will join us for the event(s) in your area! As events are planned, we will send email invites and reminders. Also, Wine Over Water planning is underway and is April 24! Thanks to all the vendors and sponsors who’ve already committed to supporting our premier scholarship event. 

Our NEXT Alumni Association event is March 15! The first-base patio is reserved for the ULM vs. ULL Saturday night baseball matchup which is “Alumni Night.” We will grill burgers, jambalaya, and boudin. Be sure to tell the ticket office you’re attending the alumni event on the patio for a discounted ticket! 

I look forward to all of our spring/summer events and meeting those of you I haven’t!

Best to you and yours!
Devin Girod Signature                                                                                                    

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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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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.

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!

Sunil KumarReggie Roberts (BA '86) was a recent speaker during ULM's Black History Month.

Reggie is in his 22nd season in the National Football League and his 10th as the team's Vice President of Football Communications.

He serves as the day-to-day spokesman for the Falcons on all football and non-football matters, and is responsible for coordinating all media and football communications coverage for the team.

Additionally, Roberts is the club's liaison between local, national and international print and electronic media, and the main club contact with the television and radio networks that broadcast Falcons games.

Roberts, who joined the Falcons in September of 2004,comes to Atlanta with a long history in the NFL at both the league and club levels. The veteran football communications specialist, who is also a former award-winning sports journalist, spent seven seasons at league headquarters in New York City where he was Director of Information for the National Football Conference from 1990 to 1996.

Following the 1997 season, Roberts and his communications staff received the coveted Rozelle Award from the Pro Football Writers of America. The award is presented annually by the PFWA to the NFL's top public relations/football communications staff.

It marked the first time in franchise history the Buccaneers football communications staff had ever received the award. The Buccaneers were also a finalist for the award in both 1999 and in 2000 and the Falcons have been finalists for the award in each of the past five seasons (2008-12).

Roberts was president of Double R Communications, Inc., a national sports public relations and communications company from 2002–2004.

His clients included a dozen NFL players as well as the NFL, The Champions Fund, Family First, Kaos Sports, the University of South Florida Athletic Department, and Hill and Knowlton, USA.

During seven seasons with the NFL office, Roberts was the Public Relations Director and primary league office contact for the 15 NFC teams. Additionally, he coordinated media operations at seven NFC Championship Games, seven Super Bowls (XXVXXXI), and three Tokyo American Bowl Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Roberts has also been selected as a member of the NFL's Football Communications staff for 14 Super Bowls (XXV-to-XXXVI, XL, XLI). Roberts was a recipient of the 2012 Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation Salute to Excellence Award. The award is presented to persons who display outstanding performance through the year either on the field or in front offices in the National Football League.

In 2006, Roberts completed the prestigious NFL Managers Training Program located at Stanford University's Executive Education Graduate School of Business in Palo Alto, California.

Before joining the NFL in 1990, Roberts spent four-and-half years as a sports reporter with the Austin American-Statesman newspaper in Austin, Texas where he won two Associated Press Sports Editor awards. Roberts' degree from ULM is in journalism.

Roberts is native of Alexandria, Louisiana. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Snellville, Georgia with their two sons, Reid Alexander and Chase Matthew.

Photo and bio courtesy the Atlanta Falcons

ULM's Williamson selected for national testing committee

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Emily Williamson, director of the University of Louisiana at Monroe Child Development Center, was recently appointed to serve on the Praxis Education of Young Children assessment study committee, being conducted by Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS is the organization that creates the SAT, GRE, Praxis, TOFEL and other exams.

Williamson was nominated by Louisiana's educator licensing agency.

"I am very honored to serve on this ETS national study and represent the state of Louisiana," she said.

Williamson will travel to Princeton, N.J. to participate in this study, which will recommend a passing score for the PRAXIS test.

According to Williamson, the purpose of the Multistate Standard-Setting Studies (MSSS) is to keep the test content fresh, relevant, and current with changing requirements for prospective teachers.

The Praxis SeriesT tests are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations.

ULM's Sutherlin begins Delta Leadership Institute training

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Dr. John W. Sutherlin, associate professor of political science and co-director the social science research lab (SSRL) at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, recently attended the Delta Leadership Institute's

(DLI) inaugural four-day executive education training at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass.

The program, designed and led by Harvard faculty, focused on cutting edge leadership principles in the U.S. DLI is a three-entity collaboration with support from the entire eight-state region: The University of Mississippi's McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, Arkansas State University's Delta Center for Economic Development and the University of Louisiana at Monroe's Social Science Research Lab.

"This was arguably the most intense training I have experienced since graduate school," said Sutherlin.

"It felt a bit odd to be a student again, but the effort was worth it because of the skills and contacts I made.  I think the SSRL will be able to continue working with communities throughout the Delta and assist in a broader manner.  This means more opportunities for faculty to do research and students to have internships." 

Sutherlin joined the group as part of the Louisiana cohort for the Delta Regional Authority (DRA).  The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership that is congressionally mandated to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives in the 252 counties and parishes of the Delta. Through twelve cycles of federal investment, the DRA is helping to create and retain more than 41,000 jobs and has leveraged $2.7 billion in other public and private investment. 

According to the Delta Leadership Institute, since 2005, the Executive Academy has provided educational experiences for committed community members that enhance their leadership skills and abilities to create solutions to the region's challenges. Graduates of the academy become members of the Delta Leadership Network-taking their new knowledge and understanding of issues home to better serve their communities and develop new ways of thinking that foster regional collaborations and partnerships. 

"Developing cohesive leadership in our communities is vital to moving the Delta region forward," said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill. "As our Delta Leadership Network grows in both quantity and quality, we must continue to engage these skilled professionals in understanding how to exercise leadership."

ULM's Hanser is new head of Louisiana domestic violence governance body

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Dr. Robert Hanser, coordinator of the criminal justice program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, was recently chosen as the newest Board President for the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV).

"This is a very great honor to serve in this capacity," said Hanser. "I am grateful for the trust and the willingness of our constituent programs, as well as the members of the board, to allow me to aid in this important issue."

Hanser is the first male in LCADV's history to serve as both Vice President and President of the Board of Directors.

"This is really a sign of the times," he said. "Louisiana is progressing in its understanding of domestic violence, and in the process, male citizens are being asked to take an active part in the cause to end domestic violence."

According to their website, the LCADV is the federally designated statewide coalition of shelters, non-residential programs, and individuals working to end domestic violence in Louisiana. LCADV's programs serve people throughout the entire state, assisting individuals from all backgrounds. LCADV opposes violence as a means of control over others and supports equality in relationships.

Over the past two years, Hanser has served as vice president of the LCADV board. He said, "The issues have been complex, both in terms of assistance, management of resources, funding, and dynamics within the state."

Nevertheless, he has found this to be the most rewarding community work that he has experienced, to date.

"The ability to assist survivors of these crimes and to impact our entire state, for the better, is something of which I am quite humbled."

ULM professor inks book deal

Dr. Shalanda Stanley


Dr. Shalanda Stanley, assistant professor of curriculum, instruction, and leadership at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, recently sold her novel ,"Drowning is Inevitable" to Knopf Books for Young Readers-an imprint of Random House Kids.

The book is a contemporary young adult novel set in St. Francisville, known for its abundance of Live Oak trees and festivals.

The story is narrated by Olivia, who is near her eighteenth birthday and is about to outlive her mother, who took her own life by drowning the day she turned eighteen, when Olivia was only three days old.

Olivia is expected to follow in her mother's footsteps, resulting in the town putting her on suicide watch from a very early age.

Stanley's inspiration for the novel occurred when touring a graveyard in St. Francisville.

"There was a tombstone from the 1800s and the dates indicated that a girl died on her eighteenth birthday," she said. "I thought the odds of that being coincidental were pretty rare and that is how the story took shape."

Stanley wrote the novel while writing her dissertation, and believes that she would not have finished the book if she had not been working on the dissertation. She said, "I made a deal with myself. I would work on the dissertation for an hour and then reward myself by working on the book for an hour."

The book will debut in fall 2015 and will be available online, in bookstores nationwide, and in e-book format. "I am thrilled that the book sold and I cannot wait to share it with readers. This is a lifelong dream come true," said Stanley. 

About Dr. Shalanda Stanley: Stanley received her Bachelor's degree in English from Florida State University, focusing on creative writing. She was awarded with a Master's in Education from ULM in 2008, after teaching for ten years in Ouachita Parish. In December 2012, she received a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University.

ULM pharmacy professor receives donation from Louisiana Cancer Foundation

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Representatives from the Louisiana Cancer Foundation (LCF) presented Dr. Paul Sylvester, professor and director of basic pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, with a check for $20,000 towards Sylvester's cancer research.

A portion of the funds were donated by Ashley Garner, a representative of the "Striking out Cancer" baseball and softball fundraiser. 

James Adams, director of the LCF said he looks forward to partnering with Sylvester every year. 

"This is our eighth year to be able to give Dr. Sylvester a donation," he said. "It's always a great honor to donate to our local university." 

Sylvester has spent many years researching the relationship between nutrition and breast cancer growth and development, and the effects of tocotrienols-a rare form of Vitamin E that displays potent anticancer activity.

In 2011, Sylvester was part of a research team which earned a patent for their discovery of anti-cancer prototype compounds, which are found in the waxy substance on fresh tobacco leaves, and which show potential for controlling metastic breast and prostate cancers.

Sylvester received his B.S. from Western Michigan University, Ph.D. from Michigan State University, and completed his Postdoctoral Training at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.

He has taught at ULM for over 15 years.

About the LCF: 

The Louisiana Cancer Foundation was founded in 1999 by the Northeast Louisiana Cancer Institute for the purpose of increasing public awareness, early detection, treatment, and research for cancer in the state. 

The LCF is a 501C3 organization, which receives funding through personal donations, grants, and fund raising by the Cancer Foundation League.  

For more information about the LCF, visit www.lacancerfoundation.org 

LSBDC helps ULM alum fight cybercrime

Ieshea Jones, a Monroe native who graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems in 2003, turned a childhood fascination into a career, and later a business, with guidance from the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.

Ieshea Jones


"Cybercrime is at an all-time high," Jones said. "Every day, someone somewhere is being affected by malicious activity.  

Jones is the Lead IT Security Consultant and CEO of Direnzic Technology & Consulting, LLC, in Monroe-a business she started after growing up during the surge of hacking and cyber-crimes.  

"As a child, 'hacking' was a topic that was near and dear to my heart so I paid special attention to this issue as it continued to grow into the epidemic that it is," Jones said.  "After much soul searching, I knew it was time that I began doing my part to correct this problem that is making such monumental impact on everyday life." 

Jones began building her business with the help of local resource, the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC), located on the ULM campus.   

"The LSBDC was instrumental in helping me plan and make game changing decisions," she said.  "I met with LSBDC small business consultant 'VC' Viendra Chhikara, and he helped point me in the direction of some of the tools I needed to get started. I attended the 'How to Get Started' seminars that were conducted by Dr. Paul Dunn, then I worked with VC as I began building my business plan."

Direnzic's mission is to increase digital, forensic, and cyber security awareness by educating and applying cutting edge innovations to the ever growing threats faced due to increasing cyber-attacks. 

"With that mission in mind, I plan to grow my business where I'm able to assist our community by introducing additional jobs to our area as we help our [locals] become more cyber savvy," said Jones.

Jones said the LSBDC provided her with counseling, access to informative seminars, and also connected her with professionals who provided consulting on topics in which she was unfamiliar.

"The LSBDC is a great resource for individuals starting a business.  I believe their greatest strength is their extensive knowledge base and ability to accurately connect parties based on their needs."

For more information about Direnzic Technology, visit www.direnzic.com

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

ULM concludes Signing Day with 22 total commitments

ULM head football coach Todd Berry and his staff welcomed a group of new players as the Warhawks signed 22 players to a National Letter of Intent Feb. 5.

A total of 20 players signed to go along with two early signees (Tyrone Carter and Junior Williams) that joined the Warhawks at the beginning of the Spring semester.

For a complete list of all 22 signees, complete with bios, please visit ULMWarhawks.com

Warhawks break school records at Vulcan Invite

Reigning Warhawk of the Week winners Dusan Makevic and Teona Glave both broke school records to headline a huge day for the ULM track & field program that saw numerous personal-records fall at the Vulcan Invite on Feb. 8.

The event was held at the Birmingham CrossPlex, hosted by Samford University.

Photo of ULM Junior Teona Glave, ULM assistant coach Karoly Varga, and ULM sophomore Dusan Makevic.

ULM Junior Teona Glave, ULM assistant coach Karoly Varga, and ULM sophomore Dusan Makevic.

Makevic, a sophomore from Sabac, Serbia, broke the previous mark in the 3000m by more than a full second with an 8:18.54 time. He crushed the rest of the field and took first place out of 60 competitors. Makevic's score was almost six seconds faster than the second place time in the event. He broke the previous school record of 8:20.08 set by Daniel Mutai in 2012.

In the women's 800m, Glave improved upon her own school record with a time of 2:15.16. A junior from Manchester, Jamaica, Glave topped her previous personal-best of 2:15.22 set in 2012. She beat out 10 other Sun Belt Conference student-athletes in the race.

Junior Isaac Grieder finished the heptathlon in second-place after his strong start on day one , and was first-place among collegiate competitors. He began Saturday with a personal-record and third-place finish in the 60m hurdles at 8.67. Grieder then won the pole vault with a 4.83m leap, another personal-record. He finished the day with a career-high 5108 points in the heptathlon.

Qualifying for the finals in the 60m hurdles, senior Martin Solomon set a personal-record time of 8.25 to finish fourth. It was a step-up from his time in the preliminaries of 8.37.

Junior Hillary Kirwa picked up points for the Warhawks in the mile with an eighth-place time of 4:18.21. He also helped pace Makevic's record-breaking time in the 3000m. Sophomore Pauline Muiruri destroyed her personal-record on the women's side with a 10:50.44; a huge improvement of her 11:09.81 time at the KMS Invitational.

In the women's pole vault, freshman Brenda Czermak nearly set a school record after clearing the bar at 3.40m. The school record stands at 3.45m set in 2008. Junior Colleen Butler also registered a season-best in the event at 3.20m.

ULM garnered a top-10 finish from sophomore Nigel Cribbs in the 400m with a season-best time of 48.89. Sophomore Brittany Miller edged her personal-record in the women's event at 1:00.13, breaking her 1:00.67 mark set at the Texas A&M Invitational.

Senior Jennifer Drew highlighted the Warhawks in throws with a personal-record of 12.11m in the shot put. It bested her previous mark of 11.86m.

More personal-records were cracked in preliminary races as freshman Adriunna Brown shed more than a second off her previous best time in the 60m hurdles with a score of 9.67. On the men's side, freshman Brandon Banks broke his personal-score by one-tenths of a second at 8.62 in the 60m hurdles. Without the hurdles, both freshman Jeremy Harden and junior Brandon Wilson set personal-records in the 60m with times of 7.04 and 7.11, respectively.

In the final event of the day, the women's 4x400m team of Miller, Brown and freshmen Alexis Hewitt and Alexis Morton set a season-best time of 3:59.25.

It improved upon ULM's 4:01.21 score at the KMS Invitational. The men tallied a top-10 time of 3:18.13 from Cribbs, Harden, junior Jamel Sams and sophomore Andrew Tate.

Warhawks strengthen soccer program, add 10 for 2014 season

The ULM soccer program significantly strengthened its roster with the signing of 10 student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Roberto Mazza and his staff announced.

“We are very excited for this recruiting class and it’s a major increase to the talent-level of our program,” Mazza said. “We feel that all of these girls can come in and make an immediate impact to the program. Just as important, they are all very strong academically and we are getting high-character young ladies that come from great families.”

Mazza brings in a freshman class that includes six international players and nine from out-of-state.


Peyton Holloway, Forward, Biloxi, Miss.

Prep: Earned five letters in soccer, two in cheerleading and one in tennis at Biloxi HS… named three-time Offensive Player of the Year and started on varsity as both an eighth grader and a freshman… two-time All-District… led the team to the South State Championship twice (2009-10 & 2010-11)… scored 51 goals and dished out 25 assists in her first three seasons… scored eight goals in 10 games as a senior (1.25 goals per game)… scored the game-winning goal in south state against Oak Grove… played club for the Gulf Coast United Futbol Club U18 and won the state championship three years in a row in the Gulf States Premier League (GSPL).

Personal: Full name is Peyton Leigh Holloway… born Aug. 14, 1995… daughter of Kenny and Diane Holloway… has a sister, Kendall Holloway… mother played two years of basketball at Belhaven and two years at a junior college… enjoys reading… nickname is Pey… major is undecided.

Michaella Krebser, Midfielder, Tampa, Fla.

Prep: Four-year letterwinner at Manatee HS and also lettered in track and field… led the Hurricanes to the District 5A Championship as a senior… was named Offensive Player of the Year in 2011-12, AP plus program 2011-13 and White M for academic excellence… team captain as a senior… earned All-County Honorable Mention in 2012-13… scored 49 career goals, 49 assists and 147 points… tallied two goals and in assist in the District 5A championship game… played club at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla and recorded five goals and 16 assists… guided the team to the Disney Showcase Championship U19 in Jan., 2014… club team won first-place in the NPL League in 2013-14 and was ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida and in Region III… Ascenders also were first-place in the NPL League in 2012-13 and in the CDL League that season.

Personal: Full name is Michaella Ann Krebser… born Oct. 28, 1995… daughter of Ty and Donna Krebser… has a sister Maia, twin brother Mitchell and older brother Matthew… enjoys running and surfing… nickname is Mic… major is undeclared.

Cassidy Kunicyn, Forward, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Prep: Lettered in soccer (2011-14), volleyball (2012-14), cross country (2010-13), track & field (2010-13) and field hockey (2010-11) at the University of Toronto Schools… was named Team Captain three years and Team MVP in soccer as a senior and a sophomore… Team MVP in cross country (2011), track & field (2011)… OFSAA participant in soccer, cross country and track& field… tallied the Highest Mark in Gym (2011)… medaled in the 800m and 1500m in track… top 25 percentile in the Pascal Math Competition, Gold Standard in the Fryer Math Competition, Honour Roll, accepted into Waterloo Math Camp (2011)… earned Most Improved Played in field hockey in 2011… led her high school to the city championships in soccer in 2012 and 2013… played club for the Glen Shields Futbol Club and guided it to Ontario Quebec Cup Champions (2011), League Champions (2011), Indoor Division Champions (2011-12), Indoor Playoff Champions (2011-12), Ontario Cup Finalists (2012), Second-Place in the League (2012) and Ontario Quebec Cup Finalists (2012)… saved a penalty shot as a goalkeeper in the semi-finals of the Ontario Cup in 2013.

Personal: Full name is Cassidy Diane Kunicyn… born Dec. 3, 1996… daughter of Diane Kunicyn… has a younger brother, Lucas… enjoys politics, law, running and puzzles… majoring in criminal justice.

Danielle LaFrance, Midfielder, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Prep: Three-sport athlete in soccer, volleyball and basketball at Robert Bateman HS and earned Junior Female Athlete of the Year in 2012… received Rookie of the Year in 2011 in volleyball (played 2011-2014)… Team Captain in Soccer in 2012… earned a Certificate of Recognition in 2011… Bronze Award winner for playing on a minimum of 6 teams 2012-2013… three-time Academic Honor Roll… played club for the Burlington Youth Soccer Club… played with Team Ontario in 2011 and also made team in 2012… represented Team Ontario at All-Star Nationals in 2011… won club nationals in 2012… led her club to Ontario Cup Champions (2008) and first place, CASL… two-time Disney Showcase, three-time OYSL West Division Champions… OYSL Fair Play Award winner in (2011) and First Place Crossroads … Ontario Cup Champions in 2012
and 2013.

Personal: Full name is Danielle Maria Jean LaFrance… born July 29, 1996… daughter of Steve and Tamara LaFrance… has a younger sister, Renee… nickname is Red… majoring in kinesiology.

Tanya Lariviere, Midfielder, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Prep: Played both soccer and basketball at Christ the King Catholic Secondary School… Ontario Scholar and four-year Honor Roll… played club for the Brams United Girls Soccer Club (2014) & Erin Mills Soccer Club (2006-2013)… five-year captain with Erin Mills… guided the club as a 2013 Ontario Provincial Cup Finalist, 2011 Ontario Indoor Provincial Champion, 2010 NEWSS New York Showcase Champion, 2011 Ontario Provincial Cup Finalist, 2010 Ontario Indoor Provincial Champion… scored the game-winning goal with a strike off a corner kick in the 2012 Disney Showcase to advance to the team to the division final.

Personal: Full name is Tanya Alexandra Lariviere… born Sept. 6, 1996… daughter of Tim and Ruzica Lariviere… has an older sister, Nathalee who played soccer at Jacksonville State and is presently a Graduate Assistant at the University of Charleston, West Virginia… her mother played basketball at Vanier College and father played Football at McGill University… nickname is “T”… majoring in communications with a minor in marketing.

Samantha Moreno, Goalkeeper, Long Beach, Calif.

Prep: Four-year letterwinner at Woodrow Wilson Classical HS… led the Bruins to the 2010-2011 Moore League Champions, 2011 Aliso President's Cup Champions, 2012-2013 Moore League Champions, 2013 CIF Southern Section Champions… was a 2011-2012 All CIF selection, 2011-2012 1st Team All Moore League, 2012-2013 1st Team All Moore League, 2012-2013 1st Team All CIF, 2012-2013 Press Telegram All Area/Dream Team, 2013 Long Beach Wilson Team MVP… recorded 19 shutouts in 2012-2013 season; allowed 12 goals in 2012-2013 season (lowest amount of goals allowed in all of CIF)… played club for Beach FC Ingrassia… guided her club to the Far West Regional League Championship (Spring 2013), Cal South National Cup Champions (2013), San Diego Surf College Cup Finalists (2013), 1st place USYSA National League (2013), 2012 Blues Cup Champions, 2012 Slammers Tournament Champions… club was ranked first in Cal South, first in the region and fifth in the nation… career highlight was winning the national cup.

Personal: Full name is Samantha Nicole Moreno… born Feb. 14, 1996… daughter of Gregg and Debbie Moreno… has four sisters Lauren, Alexis, Emma and Rachel… Lauren plays volleyball at Long Beach City College… nickname is Sam… enjoys playing the guitar and cello… major is undeclared.

Amy Rowe, Defender/Midfielder, Aurora, Ontario, Canada

Prep: Played soccer, volleyball, rugby and cross country at Aurora HS… three-time Academic Honor Roll… played club for Glen Shields Futbol Club… led her club to the Ontario and Quebec Cup Finalists in 2012, Provincial East Champions in 2012 and Ontario Cup Semi-Finalists in 2013… guided her club to the San Marino Cup Championship in Italy.

Personal: Full name is Amy Morgan Rowe… born Sept. 16, 1996… daughter of Duncan and Melanie Rowe… has an older sister, Braelin… her great grandfather Arthur Rowe played for England and Tottenham for about eight years… born in Overland Park, Kan… majoring in biology.

Danielle Sabathe, Midfielder, Covington, La.

Prep: Four-year letterwinner at Fontainebleau HS and also earned two letters in tennis and one in track & field… earned a spot on the All-District Freshman Team 2010-2011, Second Team All-District 2011-2012 and 2012-2013… guided the Bulldogs to the District Championship in 2010-2011… scored the game-winning goal against state runner-up SSA in 2012-2013 season… scored 37 career goals… played club for the Mandeville Soccer Club (Lakers) and were state champions in 2009 and 2011… scored the game-winning goal to put the Lakers into the state finals, which they went on to win in 2011.

Personal: Full name is Danielle Angelique Sabathe… born July 17, 1996… daughter of Paul and Jo-Ann Sabathe… has an older brother, Tyler… her first cousin, Phillip Prieur played soccer at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for 2 years… enjoys camping… majoring in kinesiology.

Mackenzie Stacey, Defender, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Prep: Four-year honor roll at Our Lady of Mount Carmel… played club for the Burlington Bayhawks and was team captain and a starter for the U16 team… led club to the U14 National Allstar champion and U16 National Allstar second place… guided the Bayhawks to the U16, U17 Disney Showcase Champion, U16 CASL Showcase Champion, U16 PDA Champions, U16 Crossroads Showcase Champions… also were U16 Umbro Champions, 2012 OYSL, Ontario Cup and National Champions, 2013 OYSL and Ontario Cup Champions.

Personal: Full name is Mackenzie Paige Stacey… born March 16, 1996… daughter of Brian and Renee Stacey… has a sister, Robyn… nickname is Big Mac… majoring in biology with a minor in business.

Karen Tamayo, Forward, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Prep: Lettered in soccer, volleyball, basketball and cross country and track and field at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School… named SOSSA Top-10 in track & field in the 4x400m relay… qualified for the Provincial Championship (OFSAA) as a senior in volleyball… earned French Immersion Honours (9-12) and Academic Honour Role (9-12).

Personal: Full name is Karen Daniela Tamayo… daughter of Luis Tamayo and Sandra Sanchez… born in Bogota, Colombia… enjoys bowling, reading and swimming… majoring in political science.

Warhawks begin spring women's golf season with a win

The ULM women’s golf team kicked off their spring season with a win in both team and individual competition of the LeTriomphe College Invitational, hosted by McNeese State.

The results following the second round of the tournament became the final results after the third round of play was cancelled due to weather.

The Warhawks finished atop the leaderboard of an impressive 18-team field that featured fellow Sun Belt teams Arkansas State and South Alabama, while ULM’s Alison Knowles concluded the tournament with a win in individual competition, finishing ahead of 93 other competitors.

“It was great to start off the spring season the way we ended the fall, with a win. The girls played very steady considering the cold conditions yesterday, “ head coach Stacy Snider said, “Alison took home medalist for the fourth time, again finishing under par. She is obviously our rock but everyone contributed to this victory.”

The women’s team will be back in action on February 24 at the 2014 Lady Jaguar Invitational, hosted by South Alabama.

Final ULM Results

Alison Knowles -- 71-70--141 (1)
Emily Stratton -- 75-78--153 (T15)
Angela No-- 76-77--153 (T15)
Ines Fendt -- 76-76--152 (T11)
Celeste Lo -- 78-83--161 (T47)

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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