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January 2013

8-4 overall
6-2 in the Sun Belt Conference
First Bowl Bid

From the season opening win against No. 8 Arkansas to making the program’s first bowl appearance of the FBS era, the 2012 Warhawk football season featured numerous highlights.  Here is a look back:

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ULM's upset of Arkansas featured in ESPN's Images of the Year

Kolton Browning

On the night of Sept. 8, 2012, ULM stunned then-No. 8 Arkansas with a 34-31 win in overtime at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Ark.

Kolton Browning connected with Brent Leonard late in the fourth quarter to even the contest at 28-all.

Following an Arkansas field goal, the Warhawks were given their chance in overtime.

On 4th-and-1 at the 16 yard line, Browning rolled left and then raced back to the right and beat the Arkansas defense to the pylon lifting the Warhawks to their first win over a ranked foe since joining the FBS ranks in 1994.

Warhawks spread holiday cheer

Kolton Browning

Following a Christmas Day brunch, the Warhawk football team boarded the buses and departed the hotel for two local children's hospitals.

One bus took a group of players to Shriners Hospital for Children – Shreveport, while two buses took players to LSU Children's Hospital.

The squad visited with various patients and signed autographs during their visit.

Berry, Browning Earn Postseason Awards; Eight Players Tabbed All-Conference

After posting a FBS-era best eight wins during the regular season, ULM head football coach Todd Berry has been named the Sun Belt Conference's Coach of the Year, the league office in New Orleans announced.

Kolton Browning was selected as the SBC's Offensive Player of the Year, while Brent Leonard highlighted a group of eight Warhawks as he earned first team all-conference accolades.

Todd BerryBerry
Kolton BrowningBrowning

Browning's Offensive Player of the Year award adds to a long list of honors received this season. Over the course of the 2012 season Browning has been honored with accolades such as: Davey O'Brien QB of the Week, Louisiana Offensive Player of the Week, Maxwell Award Watch List, Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week and Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week.

Browning, who earned second team all-conference honors, finished the regular season 252 of 389 for 2,830 yards. He finished with 27 touchdown passes compared to seven interceptions. The junior also rushed 122 times for 441 yards and seven touchdowns. Heading into the bowl season, Browning ranks second in the conference in total offense (297.4 ypg), third in passing (257.3 ypg) and fifth in passing efficiency (145.2). Among all NCAA FBS quarterbacks, Browning ranks 21st in total offense and 32nd in passing efficiency.

Leonard earned first-team honors after posting 97 receptions and 1,042 receiving yards in 2012. His 97 receptions are a ULM school record and he ranks third in the Sun Belt single-season record books. Meanwhile, his 1,042 receiving yards are a career-high and he is just the sixth ULM receiver to record 1,000 or more receiving yards in one season.

Leonard finished the regular season with 10 touchdowns and he is just the fifth ULM player to accomplish that feat. Among national leaders, Leonard ranks sixth in receptions per game and 30th in receiving yards per game. The senior is just two receptions shy of setting a new school record in career receptions. Leonard has 202 career receptions and trails only Mack Vincent, who totaled 203 receptions from 2000-03.

Aside from Browning's second team selection, four other Warhawks earned second team all-conference accolades. Offensive linemen Josh Allen and Jonathon Gill earned offensive honors, while safety Isaiah Newsome and linebacker R.J. Young earned defensive honors.

Both Allen and Gill started all 12 games this season and were part of the offense that amassed 500 or more yards of offense five times this season (Arkansas, 550; Baylor, 560; Tulane, 553; Middle Tennessee, 500; North Texas, 518). They also created rushing lanes for the Warhawk backfield as ULM totaled 200 or more yards on the ground in back-to-back games (Baylor, 262; Tulane, 222).

Newsome led the Warhawks with four interceptions during the regular season, while tallying 55 tackles (34 solo, 21 asst) with 1.5 tackles for loss. His four interceptions are tied for third in the Sun Belt and rank 25th nationally. Newsome's biggest interception of the season came in the conference opener at Middle Tennessee. The junior's interception with 8:25 remaining sealed the game for the Warhawks as the offense was able to run out the clock in the 31-17 win.

Young was the squad's leader in tackles during the regular season with 90 (46 solo, 44 asst). He tallied with 10.5 tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries and one interception. At the conclusion of the regular season, Young was tied for ninth in the conference in both tackles and tackles for loss. He posted a career-best 14 tackles against Baylor and matched that total against North Texas. His lone interception of the season came at Tulane and he returned it for 55 yards. His first career score came in the regular season finale at FIU as he returned a fumble for 36 yards to put the Warhawks in fron 17-10 late in the third quarter.

Rounding out the 2012 Sun Belt honors for ULM were honorable mention selections DaCorris Ford and Je'Ron Hamm.

Ford finished the season with 47 total tackles (34 solo, 13 asst) and was tied for second on the team with 10.5 TFLs. He also recorded three sacks and three interceptions during his senior season. His biggest interception of the season came in the season opener against then-No. 8 Arkansas. Ford made a tremendous play along the sideline to halt Arkansas' final drive of regulation and send the contest into overtime.

Hamm finished his junior campaign with 58 receptions for 862 yards and six touchdowns. He finished the regular season ranked sixth in receiving yards per game (71.8) and eighth in receptions per game (4.8). His first career 100-yard receiving game came at Arkansas State as he tallied 102 yards on nine catches. A week later, against North Texas, he posted a new career-high with 119 yards on seven receptions and two scores.

Berry earns Coach of the Year honors; four players named All-Louisiana

Todd BerryBerry

The Louisiana Sports Writer's Association released its end of season awards and ULM head coach Todd Berry was named Coach of the Year while four Warhawks earned All-Louisiana honors.

Coach Berry guided the Warhawks to an FBS-era best eight wins this season including an win over then-No. 8 Arkansas (Sept. 8 - W, 34-31, OT).

In conference play, ULM finished in a three-way tie for second with a 6-2 mark.

Brent Leonard was named first team All-Louisiana after leading the league and the conference during the regular season with 97 receptions.

He currently has 1,042 receiving yards and he is the first ULM receiver to post 1,000 or more receiving yards in a season since 2002.

The senior is also just two receptions shy of setting a new career record; Leonard currently has 202 receptions and trails only Mack Vincent who totaled 203 receptions from 2000-03.

ULM had a pair of second team All-Louisiana selections in Kolton Browning and Isaiah Newsome.

Browning started 11 games for ULM this season and the junior finished 252-for-389 with 27 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.

He also rushed for 441 yards and seven scores. Browning also became the Warhawks all-time leader in touchdown passes this season as he surpassed Steven Jyles.

Newsome, meanwhile, started all 12 games and totaled 55 tackles this season. He also led the Warhawks in interceptions with four while tallying five breakups and one fumble recovery.

ULM offensive lineman Josh Allen earned honorable mention honors.

The Warhawk center started all 12 games and was part of the ULM offensive line that helped the offense tally 500 or more yards of total offense five times this season.

Season in Review: ULM football by the numbers…

1 • ULM made its first bowl appearance since moving up to the FBS ranks beginning with the 1994 campaign when it battled Ohio in the 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl.

2 • The attacking Warhawk defense scored a pair of defensive touchdowns in the 63-10 win at Tulane... It was the first time since the 1999 season that ULM scored multiple defensive TDs in one game... ULM recorded returned three interceptions for scores against Northwestern State on Sept. 25, 1999.

4 • Isaiah Newsome led the Warhawks with four interceptions in 2012... Meanwhile, DaCorris Ford finished second on the team with three.

5 • ULM posted a five-game win streak from Sept. 29 - Oct. 27... It was the program's longest win streak since a five-game win streak during the 1993 season (Oct. 16 - Nov. 13)

8 • ULM's eight wins are an FBS-era (1994-pres.) high and the most since the Warhawks posted nine wins in the final season at the FCS (1-AA) level (9-3; 1993).

10 • ULM earned a total of 10 postseason honors from the Sun Belt Conference following a strong 2012 campaign... Head coach Todd Berry was named the league's coach of the year, while Kolton Browning was tabbed the conference's offensive player of the year... In all, the squad had eight all-conference selections (1 first team selection, 5 second team picks and two honorable mention team members).

45 • There were 45 overtime games this season, an all-time high... ULM played in a season-high four overtime games and posted a 3-1 record in those games.

61 • The Warhawks set a new school record with 61 touchdowns this season... Of ULM's 61 TDs -- 33 passing TDs, 24 rushing TDs and four defensive scores (1 INT Return; 3 Fumble Returns)... The previous school record for TDs was 56 during the 1993 campaign.

94 • R.J. Young led the Warhawk defense with 94 tackles in 2012... He has also recorded 11 tackles for loss.

98.3 • Justin Manton connected on 57 of his 58 PATs this season for a success rate of 98.3 percent... His 57 makes and 58 attempts are both league highs.

209 • Brent Leonard finished his career with 209 career receptions... His seven grabs in the Independence Bowl pushed him past Mack Vincent's mark of 203 receptions from 2000 to 2003.

41,853 • The total attendance for the 2012 Independence Bowl was 41,853... It was the highest total since the 2009 game when 49,653 fans watched Georgia defeat Texas A&M... It also marked the 16th time in the last 18 Independence Bowls that the attendance surpassed the 40,000 fan mark.

380,762 • A total of 380,762 people passed through the gates and watched ULM play this season... For the Warhawks' 13 games, the squad played in front of an average crowd size of 29,289.

The Warhawk Eight

For the first time since joining the FBS ranks in 1994, ULM posted eight wins in a season. After starting the season 1-2, ULM won five straight contests to reach bowl eligibility with a 6-2 mark at the end of October.

Following two losses in early November, the Warhawks won their final two games to secure its first winning season with an 8-4 regular season record.

It is ULM's first winning season since a 9-3 mark in 1993 (the final season of FCS [1-AA] play).

Independence Day

ULM made its first bowl appearance since moving up to the FBS level when it battled Ohio in the 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl.

The Bobcats claimed victory in the first ever meeting between the two schools on Dec. 28 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.

Berry given new four-year contract

After guiding the Warhawks to a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) era best eight wins and the program's first bowl berth since joining the FBS, head coach Todd Berry has been given a new four year contract that was approved by the University of Louisiana system's Board of Supervisors.

Todd BerryBerry

"I am excited about the opportunity to continue my coaching career at ULM," said Berry. "I am appreciative of the university's efforts to make our program better and we are doing our part as we continue to strive to be strong both on and off the field."

Berry guided the Warhawks to an 8-5 overall record and a second place finish in the Sun Belt at 6-2. The third-year coach was named the Sun Belt Coach of the Year as well as the Louisiana Coach of the Year.

The Warhawks kicked off the season with an overtime win against No. 8 Arkansas in Little Rock. The victory tabbed "The Shock in Little Rock" garnered national attention for ULM as the football program was featured on ESPN.com, the Tim Brando Show, the Scott Van Pelt Show, USA Today and Sports Illustrated.

Bobby StaubStaub

"Coach Berry has done an outstanding job building a program the right way both on the field of play and in the classroom," said Bobby Staub, ULM's Director of Athletics.

"We're excited about the opportunity for sustained success and his commitment to that end. This new agreement is structured in such a way that it rewards success and longevity which will be made possible through private revenue streams. This is indeed an exciting day for the Warhawk family."

ULM followed with close losses at Auburn and against Baylor. After the loss to the Bears, the Warhawks rattled off five straight wins to improve to 6-2 overall and reach bowl eligibility with the 38-24 win over South Alabama.

The Warhawks posted a 2-2 mark in November to complete the regular season at 8-4. On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Warhawks learned they would get one more chance to play in 2012 as they had been selected to play in the 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl on Dec. 28. ULM made its first bowl appearance against Ohio at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.

ULM online MBA named one of U.S. News & World Report's 2013 "Best Online Education Programs"

U.S. News & World Report's 2013 Best Online Education Programs includes the online MBA offered by the University of Louisiana at Monroe's College of Business.

ULM's program, which was established in 2010, was ranked in the top 30 percent—61st nationally—out of 213 eligible programs and was the only online MBA program ranked in Louisiana.

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In the program overview provided by U.S. News & World Report, ULM is noted as having 100 percent of its incoming online MBA students already employed upon enrollment.

The report also notes that the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accredits the online MBA program.

"We are excited about our first appearance in the U.S. News & World Report national rankings for online graduate business programs and view it as a positive step in the evolution of our online MBA program," said Ron Berry, dean of the College of Business at ULM.

arrowDiscover more about ULM's online MBA ranking. . .

Prestigious AACSB reaffirms ULM business and accounting accreditation

AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—awarded the University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Business continued accreditation in business and accounting.

AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs.

Nick J. Bruno


Today, there are approximately 650 business schools in 45 countries and territories that maintain AACSB accreditation.

Only 178 institutions maintain an additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs.

ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno said, “The College of Business is critical to the economic development of this region. This reaffirms that our graduates are ‘job ready’ to contribute to our region’s need for these majors.”

arrowDiscover more about AACSB reaffirmation. . .

ULM Medicare counseling helps local seniors save over $91,000

During the 2013 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Annual Enrollment Period, students and faculty from the University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy helped 71 local seniors save $91,930.27 in Medicare prescription costs.

Michelle Zagar


This year’s savings nearly tripled those from last year, in which 47 beneficiaries saved a total of $32,294.

Dr. Michelle Zagar, ULM clinical associate professor and a certified geriatric pharmacist, has been assisting Medicare beneficiaries with plan selection and enrollment at the Ouachita Council on Aging since the Medicare Part D program began in 2006.

This is the second year she has provided her expertise with the assistance of her students.

arrowDiscover more about ULM's Medicare Counseling saving seniors over $91,000 . . .

ULM receives $2.5 million for LSBDC; marks 30th annual grant

The University of Louisiana at Monroe has received two contracts totaling $2,518,564 for the operation of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. This marks the 30th consecutive year the LSBDC has received funds from the U.S. Small Business Administration and Louisiana Economic Development.

ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno applauded the efforts of the LSBDC at ULM. “This grant allows the LSBDC to continue the services they have provided for the last 30 years and reaffirms the value of the LSBDC to the businesses of the region and across the state.”

The LSBDC at ULM is a nationally accredited program that provides business consulting to new and existing entrepreneurs for 11 parishes in northeast Louisiana and statewide.

Mary Wilkerson


The contract ensures the continuation of services provided by the LSBDC state office. Services include managing and supporting affiliate SBDCs across the state, as well as assisting small businesses with strategic planning, business-to-business sales, loan packaging, business plan development, and international trade.

State Director of the LSBDC Mary Wilkerson said, “We appreciate the funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Louisiana Economic Development. The grant will help us continue to provide critical services for the Louisiana small business community.”

arrowDiscover more about ULM's $2.5 million grant for LSBDC . . .

Living Well Foundation continues support for ULM Mobile Dental Hygiene Unit

The University of Louisiana at Monroe Mobile Dental Hygiene Unit began providing accessible dental hygiene care to northeast Louisiana in 2010. Recognizing the dental hygiene unit's value, the Living Well Foundation recently donated $11,700 for operational expenses and supplies. This marks the foundation's second grant; in 2011, the foundation donated $10,000.

The dental hygiene unit's current project, "Mission Possible, Expanding Dental Health in our Local Communities," seeks to expand the area of dental services to other northeast Louisiana parishes.

"Our project aligns with the Living Well Foundation's mission of providing healthcare to traditionally underserved groups," said Kimberly Whorton, ULM assistant professor of dental hygiene. "This grant will help to assure the continued existence of accessible, affordable dental care."

Since its inception in 2010, the dental hygiene unit has provided services to approximately 550 patients in Ouachita, Morehouse, Richland, and East Carroll parishes. The unit is currently placed in Richland Parish, serving Rayville junior and senior high school students.

arrowDiscover more about ULM's Mobile Dental Hygiene Unit . . .

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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

Alaskan CruiseAlaskan Cruise

Flags over Ouachita program expands to business and residents

Flags over Ouachita

The Flags over Ouachita program's goal is to promote ULM Pride throughout Ouachita Parish.

The Greater Ouachita Lions Club will provide and maintain a 3' x 5' high quality ULM Flag, 8 ft. wooden pole with gold finial, brass hardware, and ground mount.

The ULM flag kit is suitable for residential or business display and are free standing (not requiring attachment to your structure).

The Fee is $50.00 annually, which not only includes the flag kit, but also the yearly maintenance.

To order your flag kit or for additional information, contact the Lions Club Hotline at 318-343-3086 or cmcconkey@comcast.net

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.

ULM Member Health Plans, brought to you by Affinity Program Partners and administered by JLBG Health bring you choice and flexibility when designing your personal health plan while providing potential savings of thousands of dollars annually.

ALL ULM Member Health Plans NOW include:

  • Coverage for as little as 30 days or permanent coverage to age 65
  • ALL Dependents covered until age 26
  • 10% Healthy Member Discount
  • No pre-existing condition limitations for covered enrollees under age 19
  • Dental, Vision, Disability, Critical Illness and Accident all available
  • Extensive Nationwide PPO Provider Networks

To review the plan details, receive an instant online rate visit www.ULMAHealthPlans.com or call

Fall 2012 'Discover ULM' Magazine

"Discover ULM" Magazine now available

The latest edition of the "Discover ULM" magazine is now available.

Inside you'll find in-depth stories on the 1987 National Championship football "Team of Destiny"; Beyond the Classroom: ULM's Partnerships and Collaborations, and the 2012 President's Report.

There's much more about ULM, your fellow alums and maybe even you in this 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 this Warhawk Fan Web site 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

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.

Upcoming Campus Events

Thursday, Jan. 24: Stanislav Ioudenitch, Gold Medal Winner of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition in 2001, will present a solo piano concert at 7:30 p.m., in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The concert is free and open to the public.

Saturday, Jan. 26: ULM will host its second-annual "Faith & Family" event, sponsored by Ouachita Independent Bank and benefitting the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home. A post-game concert will feature national recording artist Rhett Walker Band and local talent Josh Thornhill.

Tickets to the event cost only $5 per person advance of the day of the event. At the door, reserved tickets are $12 for the basketball games, while general admission for adults is $10 and youth (ages 3-17) is $5.

The concert carries no additional admission charge after the games. Children under the age of three do not need a ticket. Tickets are available by calling 318-342-3ULM or visiting ulmwarhawks.com.

Wednesday, Feb 6: The ULM football team will hold its annual Signing Day luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the University Conference Center, located on the seventh floor of the ULM Library.

The event cost is $25 per person or $250 for a table of ten. Check should be made to the ULM Athletic Foundation. Seating is limited, and fans are encouraged to email RSVPs to Caitlin Herrock at cherrock@ulm.edu by 5:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1.

For more information about the 2013 Signing Day event please call 318-342-5360.

12 in 12: ULM’s Top 12 accomplishments of 2012

The University of Louisiana at Monroe, now in its 81st year, has achieved extraordinary progress in 2012.

1. U.S. News & World Report names ULM one of the “best regional universities” in the South

2. ULM’s online MBA ranked the nation’s #1 “best buy;” Geteducated.com awards College of Education four “best buys” for online degrees

3. 2012 freshmen class increases 10% since 2011 with the highest GPAs and ACT scores in ULM history; graduation rate increases 5% during the past two years

4. G.I. Jobs deems ULM a “military friendly school” — an elite distinction given to only 15% of universities

5. U.S. Patent & Trademark Office awards ULM pharmacy fourth patent for anti-cancer research

6. Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness funds an innovative $3 million Doppler radar system at ULM

7. LSU AgCenter, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and Louisiana DEQ partner with ULM to research natural products, Alzheimer’s, and the environment

8. School of Visual & Performing Arts performs “Chicago” to sold-out audiences at every performance

9. College of Health Sciences students earn a consistent 100% passage rate on national licensure exams

10. ULM develops a post baccalaureate in accounting and a toxicology concentration in food science and safety — both among the nation’s fastest growing fields

11. Joined by Fortune 500 companies, ULM launches the President’s Academy—a new career-oriented summer program for high-ability high school students in the southern United States

12. Water Ski team wins 24th National Championship; Baseball team wins Sun Belt Championship; Warhawks play in Independence Bowl with 8-4 record

ULM professor awarded over $420,000 to develop olive-based cancer inhibitor

Khalid El Sayed

 El Sayed

The National Institutes of Health awarded Dr. Khalid El Sayed, associate professor of pharmacy at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, $420,520 for his research project, “Design of novel c-Met inhibitors inspired by olive phenolics.”

ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno said, “I am very proud of Dr. El Sayed and what he has accomplished thus far. The continuation of these kinds of grants will further build his reputation as a researcher. This also signifies the importance of our College of Pharmacy and its relevance to the state, the region, and the university as a whole.”

The research project will use a natural compound found in extra virgin olive oil and other related natural compounds as possible dietary supplements to control breast cancer and to enhance the therapeutic effects of current anticancer drugs.

"Dr. El Sayed continues to have success in the area of cancer therapeutics discovery and development from natural products," said Dr. Benny Blaylock, Dean of the College of Pharmacy.

"The information from this research will add important information for use in both treatment and prevention of breast and prostate cancer. The College of Pharmacy is very proud of the research being done by Dr. El Sayed and other members of the Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences."

arrowDiscover more about Dr. El Sayed's $420K award . . .

ULM College of Business proposes new program to address job market opportunities

Bill Barnett


Job opportunities in computer information systems are projected to grow about 26 percent by 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Northeast Louisiana will experience an even bigger increase—a projected 47 percent growth.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Business is launching a new program that will empower professionals to benefit from this expanding field.

On Dec. 3 in Baton Rouge, the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors approved ULM's proposal for a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Computer Information Systems.

Computer Information Systems Faculty Chair Dr. Bill Barnett said, “The CIS faculty and I look forward to working with students seeking an alternative entry into a career path in the technology field. We worked closely with our industry partners, including CenturyLink, to develop a program that will prepare graduates for a wide variety of high demand, professional-level IT positions.”

arrowDiscover more about ULM's new business programs . . .

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

Doug Pederson named Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator

Doug Pederson


Former ULM standout quarterback Doug Pederson was hired by newly appointed head coach Andy Reid as the Kansas City Chiefs' Offensive Coordinator.

He had previously spent four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles as a quarterbacks coach and offensive quality control coach. He also coached Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport for four years.

Pederson threw for 6,315 yards and 33 touchdowns in his career, ranking fifth and sixth respectively. He also ranks second with seven 300-yard performances.

In 1989, Pederson finished 46-of-71 passing for 619 yards and five touchdowns at Stephen F. Austin. All of those marks are program highs.

ULM won 29 games in his four years including the 1987 National Championship and the 1990 Southland Conference Championship.

In an official statement released by the Chiefs, Reid commented on Pederson's readiness for this position.

"Doug has been around the game a long time, and he has great vision," stated Reid.

"As a former player in this league, he sees the game from a different perspective, and that will be a great benefit for our players. He has a knack for developing talent, and he's a good communicator. Doug is ready for this position."

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Todd Berry to Serve as AFCA Officer in 2013

Todd BerryBerry

The American Football Coaches Association announced that ULM head football coach Todd Berry will serve AFCA's third vice president during the 2013 calendar year.

"I am very excited about having the opportunity to serve a profession I love," Berry said. "It is a great honor to serve as an AFCA officer this year. I will treat this opportunity with respect and I look forward to serving this year."

Berry was named the Sun Belt Coach of the Year after leading ULM to a tie for second place in the league standings at 6-2. He was also selected as the Louisiana Coach of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writer's Association.

Joining Berry on the cabinet of officers are Mack Brown (President, Texas), Mike Welch (First VP, Ithaca College) and Tommy Tubberville (Second VP, Cincinnati).

ULM Football Signing Day Luncheon set for February 6

The ULM football team will hold its annual Signing Day luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the University Conference Center, located on the seventh floor of the ULM Library.

The program will feature comments on all of the Warhawk signees from head coach Todd Berry and his assistants. Fans will also be treated to video highlights of the new Warhawks as well as opportunities to meet the ULM coaching staff.

The event cost is $25 per person or $250 for a table of ten and checks should be made payable to the ULM Athletic Foundation. Seating is limited, and fans are encouraged to email RSVPs to Caitlin Herrock at cherrock@ulm.edu. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. For more information about the 2013 Signing Day event please call 318-342-5360.

Fans will be able to get full coverage of Signing Day 2013at ulmwarhawks.com. Coverage includes up-to-the-minute updates on each signee as their National Letter of Intent rolls off the fax machine, complete biographical information on each player and video highlights of all the signees in Warhawks All*Access.

Former ULM athletic trainer honored at Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Robert Williamson


Robert Williamson was inducted into the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame on Dec. 7 for serving more than 30 years as an athletic trainer at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Williamson now has a plaque formally installed into the Hall of Fame display at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Williamson's career began in 1977 as a student trainer, and in 1983 he became the university's full-time assistant trainer until 2008.

He is currently an instructor of kinesiology at ULM and he serves on the L Club Board of Directors.

A native of Pineville, Williamson became a student at ULM, receiving his B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education in 1981 and then a master's degree in 1983. 

He is married to the former Emily Eaves of Monroe, who also graduated from ULM.  Emily serves as the director of the university's Child Development Center. 

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