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January 2012

ULM collaborates with YMCA to open natatorium

Lake C. Oxford Natatorium


Leadership at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the YMCA have entered into an agreement that will benefit the Lake C. Oxford Natatorium and the community in which it serves.

Effective Jan. 17, the YMCA and its aquatic staff will assume operational control over the natatorium for an initial term of up to 18 months, pending approval of the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors.

The YMCA will be responsible for establishing community membership rates, hours of operation, programming schedules and special events. ULM will retain ownership of the natatorium and assist with preventive maintenance, insurance and utility costs.

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Hope Anderson


Miss Louisiana honored at Miss America

Miss Louisiana 2011 Hope Anderson, a ULM mass communications graduate and Monroe native, was honored as one of three national Miracle Maker Award Winners at the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, Nev.

Each year Miss America and the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals awards the contestant who raises the most money for CMN.

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Monroe mayor shares life advice with ULM graduates

Jamie Mayo


A former graduate himself, Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo (’79) found yet another way to give back to his alma mater when he delivered the keynote address to graduates during ULM's 2011 Fall Commencement, held at 10 a.m., Dec.17, in Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

A total of 480 degrees were awarded to fall 2011 graduates. A total of 201 degrees were also awarded to summer 2011 graduates participating in the ceremony.

Mayo began by praising ULM President Nick J. Bruno, Ph.D., and his administration. “The City of Monroe is proud to have multiple partnerships in education with ULM. And, we look forward to many years of continuing our strong relationship.”

The mayor recalled his four years at ULM as filled with “hard work, fun, athletic activities, and newfound independence. I want to share pieces of advice. First, never stop learning. Second, you must have focus and balance in your life. And third, it’s not how you start…it’s how you finish that matters!”

arrowDiscover more about Jamie Mayo's advice to ULM graduates . . .

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Have you submitted your info to ULM's 2012 Directory project?

2012 ULM Alumni Today Directory

The ULM Alumni Association has again partnered with Harris Connect for our next ULM Directory, “ULM Alumni Today,” scheduled to be published in mid-April 2012.

The last day to submit info for the "ULM Alumni Today" is January 30, 2012.

For complete information, please visit our "ULM Alumni Today" Web page at www.ulm.edu/alumni/directory.html.

Liberty Mutual provides "5 Tips to Prevent Home Heating Fires"

When it's time to turn up the heat in your home this winter to battle the icy cold, follow these simple tips to prevent the chance of fire:

  1. Hire a professional to inspect and clean your furnace. Maintaining your furnace and ensuring that it's operating properly and efficiently will save you money and keep you free from worry.
  2. Open your windows when you first turn on your furnace. Choose a warm day to let your furnace burn off the dust and dirt that have collected on its heating element. A residual odor is not harmful, but if the furnace rumbles or produces black smoke, call 911 and evacuate the premises.
  3. Clean your chimney. Before you cozy up to the fireplace, open the flue and check for obstructions that can cause a build-up of harmful carbon monoxide. Hire a chimney sweep to inspect for creosote, a substance that gradually builds up as wood burns and can ignite in the chimney flue.
  4. Use electric heaters sparingly. Don't let a space heater run for hours on end. Turn it off at night or when you vacate a room. Move bedding, clothing and other flammable items at least three feet away from the heater. And never leave children and pets unattended near a space heater.
  5. Handle propane-powered equipment carefully. Follow the manufacturer's instructions, store cylinders outside, and call 911 if you smell a strong odor of gas.

Liberty MutualFor more information on home fire safety, go to BeFireSmart.com.

Liberty Mutual is a responsible company that delivers expert advice and caring service. For more information, please call 800-524-9400 or visit www.libertymutual.com/enews-ulmaa.

"Discover ULM" Magazine now available

Fall 2011 'Discover ULM' Magazine

The Fall 2011 edition of the newly renamed "Discover ULM" magazine is now available.

Inside you'll find in-depth stories on ULM's 8th President Nick J. Bruno, you can rediscover ULM's traditions, and explore a tradition of excellence in ULM's faculty and staff, as well as read a tribute to ULM President Emeritus George T. Walker.

There's much more about ULM, your fellow alums and maybe even you in the Fall 2011 interactive online edition!

Read The Hawkeye online!

The HawkeyeBe sure to read the latest edition of the Hawkeye, the official student newspaper of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, at www.ulmhawkeyeonline.com.

There you'll find the latest breaking news, sports, photos, polls and in-depth features you can’t find anywhere else.

If a story grabs your attention, you can also leave a comment in our “talk back” section online. Then check the next week’s edition to see if your comment made it in print.

Of course, you can follow The Hawkeye on Facebook and Twitter, too. Thanks for your support, and keep reading the Hawkeye!

Have you ordered your ULM class ring yet?

ULM RingYour journey began when you took your first steps onto the ULM campus.

Each step along they way, from student involvement to enjoying athletic and cultural events on campus, to your pursuit of academic excellence, has been filled with enough memories to last a lifetime.

Your journey now brings you to this moment in your ULM life — your eligibility to purchase and wear the official ULM class ring.  ULM undergraduates with at least 90 hours towards graduation are eligible to wear the ULM class ring.

Wear it with pride as you begin the next great journey in your life.

Order your Official ULM Class Ring today!

3D view of the Official University Class Ring

Keep up with all the "scoop" on ULM Athletics

Visit these Warhawk Fan Web sites to keep up with all the "scoop" on ULM Athletics.

Warhawk logoWarhawk Report - The Warhawkreport.com is a part of the Rivals.com network that covers ULM Athletics and Recruiting. This alumni ran site is a way for fans to keep up with the latest news on the Warhawks and interact with other Warhawk fans on its message boards.

Subscriptions are $9.99 a month or $99.95 for an entire year which grants access to all sites on the Rivals Network so you can follow competing schools also.

For more information contact ULM alum Dusty Thibodeaux (BGS '06) at dusty@warhawkreport.com.

WarhawkNation - www.warhawknation.com or http://ulm.scout.com is operated by Matt Wilson. Matt writes stories and features covering all of ULM's sports and regularly publishes interviews with current and former ULM athletes, coaches, and student athletes who are considering offers from ULM.

WarhawkNation is a member of the scout.com Internet publishing network which syndicates more than 1,100 pieces of content daily to more than 2.1 million subscribers. For more information contact Matt Wilson at mattwilson3@comcast.net.

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, www.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 www.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 www.ulm.edu/careerconnections for tips about resume preparation and interviewing skills. Please call 318-342-5338 for an appointment.

ULM’s Spring Career Fair is set for February 15, 9 am - 2 pm, SUB Ballroom.

For more information, please contact Kyle O’Neal at 318-342-1144 or oneal@ulm.edu.

Help Fund ULM Scholarships with a Warhawk Plate!

ULM License PlateWhen you purchase a Warhawk license plate, part of the proceeds help fund scholarships for future Warhawks.

And if you have an older NLU plate, you can even retain that plate number with your new ULM Warhawks plate!

For more information and to order your new Warhawk license plate, visit ulm.edu/alumni/licenseplate.

For more information about your Alumni Association, visit ulm.edu/alumni!

All About You! spotlights the many accomplishments of our great alumni. Send your accomplishments and successes to walpole@ulm.edu, and please include a photo!

Sylvia (Poole) Norris


Sylvia (Poole) Norris (B.A. '78, M.Ed. '90) retired at the end of 2011 after serving the LaSalle Parish education system for over 33 years.

Norris, served as a Secondary Supervisor since 2006 in the the LaSalle Parish School System. She was first appointed as middle school supervisor in August of 2005.

Sylvia served as principal at Jena Junior High School from 1998 to 2004 and assistant principal at JJHS from 1997-1998.

From 1991 to 1997, she was guidance counselor at Jena High School, after serving JHS as a classroom teacher from 1978 to 1991.

A graduate of Jena High School and the University of Louisana at Monroe, Norris also received a certification in administration and supervision from ULM in 1997.

Professional organizations which Norris has been associated with include the Louisiana Principals Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals.

She also trained as District Assistance Team member; trained in the Louisiana Teacher Assessment Program, member of Educational Leadership Institute; member of Pupil Progression Committee, served as member of the Schoolbased Health Clinic; served on the consolidated planning team for the parish, member of Home Economics Advisory Committee for the parish; member of the LaSalle Parish Coalition for Families and Children; member of textbook adoption committee; and served as a member of the LaSalle Parish Adult Education Advisory Council and planning committee.

Ann (Crawford) Goade


Ann (Crawford) Goade, (B.S. '92 ) created Big Church Bingo©, a phone app to encourage children to listen to what is being said during a church service by listening for key words used in the game.

Keeping children occupied during a church service has always been a challenge for parents.  Ann questioned whether coloring sheets were the best way to teach her children to actually listen and participate in the service.  That’s when she created Big Church Bingo©

To play, a grid of words you might hear in a worship service will appear randomly each game.  As you hear a word, tap on it.  The icon will darken (tap again to bring it back, if mistaken).  Once you have five darkened icons in a row (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) you get a bingo.  You may continue listening for the words to gain a blackout or choose a new game and start again.

Big Church Bingo© keeps track of points.  Each bingo equals one point.  Parents may choose to implement a reward system for points.  For example, 1 point may earn a piece of gum or candy, 5 points may earn the privilege of choosing what’s for dinner and 10 points may earn a date night with mom or dad.  Families can be creative and have fun personalizing their reward system.

The word bank and icons can be customized.  Add additional words you might hear that are not listed.  Take pics and use for each word’s icon.  Searching for the right item to represent a word can be a fun, family activity.  Children will be so excited to see their own smiling face representing the word children.

Big Church Bingo© is currently available in the iTunes store for use on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  For more information, please visit www.bigchurchbingo.com.

Ann lives in Anna, Tex. with her husband, William, and their three children, Lawrence, Rachel and Gracie.

John W. Vineyard (B.A. '85) was named to a judgeship by California Governor Jerry Brown to fill one of three vacancies in Riverside (Calif.) County’s 76 judicial offices.

Vineyard, 50, of Riverside, was hired by Riverside County judges to serve as a commissioner in 2008. He was a sole practitioner for three years before that, and was at three law firms from 1989 through 2005.

Vineyard earned his law degree from UC Davis School of Law. Vineyard, a Democrat, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge W. Charles Morgan. In 2008 Vineyard ran for a Riverside County judicial seat that went to John D. Molloy.

Regina Jaquess (PharmD '09) set the waterskiing Overall World Record at the Pan American games in October 2011, but while training and competing, she also opened her own compounding pharmacy.

After earning her degree from ULM, Regina returned to Walton (Fla.) County to work as junior pharmacist at the Santa Rosa Pharmacy.

But she decided it was time South Walton had a compounding pharmacy. Her Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy opened in July 2011 at Santa Rosa Beach’s Gulf Place.

A compounding pharmacy creates tailor-made medicine based on an individual’s body chemistry and dosage needs, minimizing side effects. The pharmacist can also make medicine that has been discontinued, and Regina specializes in bio-identical hormones, which, apparently, the women of South Walton love.

For a complete story about Regina's success in the sport of waterskiing and in her compounding pharmacy venture, visit www.waltonsun.com/news/pharmacy-8181-world-record.html

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Football signing luncheon set for Feb. 1

ULM will host its annual football signing luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 11:30 am in the University Conference Center, located on the 7th floor of the ULM Library.

The cost is $25.00 per person and seating is limited.

For reservations contact Caitlin Herrock at 318-342-5360 or cherrock@ulm.edu by Monday, Jan. 30.

For more information, visit www.ULMWarhawks.com.

Hawk Talk returned to the air last Monday at noon when men's basketball coach Keith Richard and women's basketball coach Mona Martin sat down for the first installment of their weekly talk show in 2012.

Every Monday for the rest of the season, Richard and Martin will discuss the ULM basketball teams and preview upcoming games. The hour-long show will be hosted by the voice of ULM basketball Nick White and will air live from the ESPN 97.7 FM studios in Monroe.

Are you an active member of the ULM Athletic Foundation?

Join the 'Young Grad' program today!The ULM Athletic Foundation helps raise awareness and financial support for the Warhawk athletic programs, positively promote all athletic events, grow our fan and donor base, and enhance the lives of over 300 student-athletes.

There are five ways you can help ULM Athletics!

1. Become and active member of the ULM Athletic Foundation and “Give 110%” of your previous year’s giving.

2. Make a gift toward scholarship endowments or facility upgrades

3. Match your gift through ULM's matching gift program. Visit ulm.edu/giftmatch for more info.

4. Recruit friends and colleagues to buy season tickets and join the ULM Athletic Foundation

5. Include ULM Athletics when preparing or revising your will or estate plan.

And don't forget several new exciting membership programs: the "Young Grads" program and the "Jr. Warhawk" program.

More information about the ULM Athletic Foundation can be found at www.gowarhawks.net

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ULM Water Ski Team dominates at World University Championships

Treina Landrum


The University of Louisiana at Monroe Water Ski Team decided to up the ante from their 23rd national championship and proceeded to dominate at the World University Championships held in Los Morros, Chile, Jan. 12-15.

ULM had the most competitors and the greatest number of medal winners of any university in the world, according to Treina Landrum, ULM Water Ski Team coach and director of Recreational Services.

"Overall, ULM skiers brought home 13 medals: four gold, five silver and four bronze," Landrum said. "These competitors are deeply committed to their sport and have brought great honor to ULM."

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Spring Career Fair Set

ULM's Division of Career Connections has set Wednesday, Feb. 15 as the date for its Spring Career Fair, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the SUB Ballroom.

For more information, contact Kyle O'Neal at 318-342-1144 or oneal@ulm.edu

ULM's Lyceum Series features author Nicholas Sparks Feb. 2

Nicholas SparksNicholas Sparks, prolific author of 17 novels, seven of which have been adapted as films, will be the speaker at the University of Louisiana at Monroe Lyceum Series Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.

The 7 p.m. lecture, titled “An Evening with Nicholas Sparks,” will be held in Brown Auditorium followed by a book signing.

A limited number of tickets remain and are now on sale at www.ulmtickets.com. Tickets prices are $10 for faculty and staff; $25 for general admission and $50 for Patron Party tickets.

Visit www.ulm.edu/lyceum for additional information on ULM's Lyceum Series.

"African-Americans in the Arts" concert scheduled for Feb. 3 at ULM

The University of Louisiana at Monroe Division of Music is pleased to present a concert titled "African-Americans in the Arts" the evening of Friday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Emy-Lou Beidenharn Recital Hall.

This event will include a welcome by ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno and will showcase performances by ULM's music and dance faculty.

Featured artists will include Division of Music faculty members Dr. Scot Humes, Associate Professor Louis Nabors and Associate Professor Deborah McClung-Guillory, and will also include choreography by Division of Dance faculty members Robin Stephens and Tina Mullone.

Also appearing as special guest artists will be bass Leon Turner and soprano Brenda Wimberly.

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Nicholas Sparks/Lyceum Series
Noted author Nicholas Sparks will speak at ULM's Lyceum Series on Thursday, Feb. 2. Ticket availability is limited.
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Warhawk Baseball is starting soon!
First home game is Tuesday, Feb. 21 vs. Tulane.
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Super Warhawk Weekend
Fri- Sun March 23-25
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Wine Over Water
Thursday, April 12, 2012
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