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July 2011

ULM alum Hope Anderson captures Miss Louisiana crown

In another history making moment for the University of Louisiana at Monroe, ULM graduate and Miss Spirit of Ruston Hope Anderson was crowned Miss Louisiana 2011 by Miss Louisiana 2010 Kelsi Crain, a ULM Junior, at the Monroe Civic Center on Saturday, June 25.

"It's actually just setting in that I won," said Anderson, as her crown was being readjusted in the dressing following her win.

"I'm incredibly honored and humbled, and I am looking forward to serving the state as Miss Louisiana."

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Online Occupational Therapy Program to meet state’s workforce needs

Denny Ryman


ULM's College of Health Sciences is planning a new online program for students interested in occupational therapy.

Occupational therapy assistants can complete the proposed master’s degree program, which is comprised of 69 credit hours, in just over two academic years.

“The addition of the proposed program complements the longstanding strength of ULM as a center of excellence in the nursing and allied health arena,” said Dean of the College of Health Sciences Dr. Denny Ryman.

Ryman said it has been encouraging to have the full support of ULM President Nick Bruno, and Provost Stephen Richters, in addition to the many letters of support from area medical institutions, including LSU Health Science Center at Shreveport.

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Remembering Dr. George T. Walker: University Builder

George T. Walker


As president of the University of Louisiana at Monroe (formerly Northeast Louisiana State College and Northeast Louisiana University) from 1958 to 1976, President Emeritus Dr. George T. Walker left a lasting legacy, one whose tenure was marked by great accomplishments.

Walker died June 19 at the age of 98.

A founding pillar of the university, Walker accomplished much, inspired many and directly enriched higher education for generations.

His achievements improved campus life for every ULM faculty, staff and student. Those achievements were marked with both class and a great sense of humor – a testament to his trademark solid character and the sterling reputation that followed him.

Memorials may be made to the ULM Foundation referencing the Mary Ellen and George Thomas Walker Scholarship Endowment online or by contacting the ULM Foundation at foundation@ulm.edu or 318-342-3636.

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ULM receives top rating in Board of Regents review

Nick J. Bruno


ULM has received the highest rating possible by the Louisiana Board of Regents during their institution-by-institution review of the requirements set forth in the GRAD Act, earning a 102 out of 100 in the student success category and a perfect score in the other three performance goals.

The act targets four areas of continuous improvement — student success, articulation and transfer, workforce and economic development, and institutional efficiency and accountability — in order for schools to retain tuition authority and autonomy eligibility.

"What these excellent scores point to, especially in the student success category, is that we've gone above and beyond in providing resources and programs that are assisting our students in meeting their goals," said ULM President Nick J. Bruno.

"Resources such as our Clarke M. Williams Student Success Center and the Emerging Scholars Program are key factors in our exceptional ranking in the student success category."

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

Your Alumni Association is on the road again!

Your ULM Alumni Association will be on the road over the next few weeks to host several alumni events. Please join us!

Houston – July 16
Winnsboro, LA – July 19
Lake Charles/Sulphur – July 21
New Orleans (Mandeville) – July 22
Baton Rouge – July 23
Farmerville – August 2
Delhi – August 9
Oak Grove – August 11

Join us when we’re in your area in support of ULM!  For complete details go to:

ULM Alumni Association elects 2011 Board of Directors

The ULM Alumni Association has a new Board of Directors after an election was held between late June through early July.

The Board of Directors helps ensure your Alumni Association continues to further ULM's misson to maximize the number of our alumni who are meaningfully engaged with ULM; to add value to ULM's efforts in fundraising, student recruitment and political support; and to develop additional capacity to add value in these and other areas of university endeavors.

Visit the ULM Alumni Association Board of Trustees' Web page for complete information about the 2011 ULM Alumni Assocation Board of Directors.

ULM Alumni Association "Dues" now "Gifts"ULM ALumni Association logo

The ULM Alumni Association has switched from an anniversary "dues" campaign to an anniversary "gift" campaign. Now, any businesses that has a matching gift program can match your "gift" to your Alumni Association.

You can now double your gift to your Alumni Association each year!

Make sure to visit with your employer to see if your company has a matching gift program and if so, ask for the necessary form.

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 and Warhawk Network 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 the Office of Career Connections Web site for tips about resume preparation and interviewing skills. Please call 318-342-5338 for an appointment.

Warhawk NetworkIn addition, you can visit the Warhawk Network for career and job listing services.

You may remember the Warhawk Network as a social media Web site for ULM alumni before the proliferation of Facebook. Now, the Warhawk Network offers career services for ULM alumni.

Support the ULM Alumni Association while you shop!

ULM MastercardSupport ULM initiatives with every purchase you make using your ULM Alumni Association Platinum Plus® MasterCard®credit card with WorldPoints® rewards – at no additional cost to you!

Choose the rewards that are right for you. Redemption options include unlimited cash rewards, airline travel with no blackout dates, brand name merchandise, gift cards – even once-in-a-lifetime experiences!

Apply securely online today and receive top quality benefits and service.

For information about rates, fees, other costs and benefits associated with the use of this credit card, see Terms and Conditions.

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!

Neale awarded 2011 Davis Award from Stanford Graduate School of Business

Margaret Neale


Margaret Neale (BS '72 - Pharmacy) is the 2011 recipient of the Robert T. Davis Award, presented by the Stanford Graduate School of Business deans to recognize a colleague for a lifetime of service and achievement.

Neale is the 13th recipient and the first woman to receive the Davis Award, which is given for lifetime achievement to a current faculty member.

The award was endowed by family and friends of the late Robert T. Davis, the Kresge Professor of Marketing, who was a member of the business school faculty for 37 years.

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Morgan nominated by President Obama for U.S. District Court Judge

Susie Morgan


Susie Morgan (BA '74 - Speech Therapy, MA '76 - Speech) has been nominated by President Barack Obama for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

She a commercial litigation partner at the New Orleans law firm of Phelps Dunbar LLP, where she has worked since 2005 and has been a partner since 2009.

She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Henry A. Politz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1980 to 1981.

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Cox joins board at Mer Rouge State Bank

J. Steven Cox (BA '80 - General Studies) has been elected to serve on the board of directors of Mer Rouge State Bank.

A native of Oak Grove, Cox is a graduate of Sam Crow Academy, attended Louisiana Tech University and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Northeast Louisiana University.

A graduate of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Services in Dallas, Texas, Cox is owner and chief executive officer of Cox Funeral Homes in Bastrop, Delhi, Lake Providence and Oak Grove, the Cox Flower Shop and Carroll Nursing Home in Oak Grove.

He is also president of Kidder-Cox Funeral Association.

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2011 Football Season TicketsUpcoming Athletic Events

Summer Athletic Camps
Men's Basketball: August 1-4
More Summer Camps at www.ulm.edu/summercamps

Athletic Foundation Kick-off August 30
More Info: Megan Jefcoat at jefcoat@ulm.edu

2011 Warhawk football season tickets now on sale

2011 Football Season Tickets
The Warhawks open the season Sept. 10 vs Grambling, which promises to be another packed house at Malone.

Don't miss a game with the new HD Video Scoreboard and Homecoming 2011 is Oct. 29 against Western Kentucky.

To purchase your season tickets, call (318) 342-3ULM or visit ulmwarhawks.com.

Record 121 ULM student-athletes receive Sun Belt Conference Academic Honors

2011 Football Season TicketsA record 121 ULM student-athletes were honored by the Sun Belt Conference when the league announced its annual Commissioner's List and Academic Honor Roll.

ULM had a record 54 student-athletes land on the Commissioner's List, which honors all student-athletes recording a 3.5 grade point average or better during the 2010-11 academic year - the previous best was 53 student-athletes for the 2009-10 academic year.

The Warhawks also had 67 student-athletes named to the Academic Honor Roll, which is awarded to those maintaining a 3.0-3.49 GPA.

The 121 ULM student-athletes honored by the Sun Belt are the most in school history.  The four highest marks have all come in the last four years - 107 (2007-08), 106 (2008-09) and 112 (2009-10).

Both the volleyball and tennis teams had 100 percent of their rosters recognized by the Sun Belt. The volleyball team placed nine of their 12 members on the Commissioner's List while the tennis team saw four of their seven student-athletes named to the top academic list.

Sixteen soccer players out of a roster of 22 student-athletes were recognized by the Sun Belt with 11 earning Commissioner's List recognition. Twenty-two Warhawk football players were honored, while the baseball and women's track & field teams each had a total of 13 players recognized. 

Sun Belt Football Media Day registration now open

2011 Football Season Tickets The most accessible collegiate football media day event will be produced by the Sun Belt Conference again this year as registration is now open for the two day event on July 18 and 19.

The Sun Belt Conference will once again be using its unique, state-of-the-art videoconferencing format which eliminates travel costs for media members, coaches, administrators and student-athletes while still allowing personal interaction.

Over the course of two days head coaches and student-athletes will conduct interviews using streaming Internet technology. 

Members of the media can watch online and ask questions over the phone.  Those unable to watch the live video feed will still be able to listen in and ask their questions via phone.

Todd Berry


ULM head football coach Todd Berry will conduct his interview session on Monday, July 18 from 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Additionally, the Sun Belt Conference will provide supplementary onscreen graphics for those watching on their computer screens.

Members of the media can expect these enhancements to include notable statistical information, upcoming schedules and team facts.

Television schedule, preseason all-conference team and preseason coaches poll will be released via e-mail and available on www.sunbeltsports.org at 8 a.m. (CT) on Monday, July 18.

Registration is required to view and participate in the videoconference.  Please use the following links to register:

Registration for Monday, July 18

Registration for Tuesday, July 19

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. Let us know if your company has a matching gift program

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

Warhawk News

Click the applicable Warhawk sport below for scores, schedules, news and more.

Warhawk Football
Warhawk Baseball
Warhawk Soccer
Warhawk Track & Field
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For more Good News about Warhawk Athletics, visit ulmwarhawks.com!

37th annual VAPA Faculty Concert Series set for July 19 and 26
ULM's School of Visual and Performing Arts presents its 37th annual Faculty Concert Series on Tuesday July 19 and 26 at Grace Episcopal Church, 405 Glenmar St., in Monroe. The concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free.

For additional information, contact VAPA at 318-342-1414.

College of Business Administration hosts summer workshops through Aug. 4
The University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Business Administration will be holding a series of summer workshops on the ULM campus covering a wide variety of business topics.

For additional information and to register, visit www.ulm.edu/nlbcdc.

ULM Sculpture Garden
When on campus, please make sure to ULM's Sculpture Garden, with works by ULM students, faculty and alumni on display.

The Sculpture Garden is located behind the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall (Building #44 on the ULM Campus Map), or visit the online Sculpture Garden Photo Gallery.

Abundance of new students prompts addition of extra PREP sessions

Lisa Miller


The University of Louisiana at Monroe has added an extra PREP session (Preview Registration & Enrollment Program) for incoming Fall 2011 freshmen.

The session will be held Thursday, July 21, and is an orientation program designed to help new students make a smooth transition to college life at ULM.

“We wanted to accommodate students who were not able to attend the June sessions,” said Lisa Miller, associate provost for enrollment management. “It provides anxious students with the opportunity to address any needs or ask questions.”

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New teacher certification program to fast-track teachers to leadership positions

George RiceRice

Professional teachers have a new, alternative path toward Educational Leadership certification with an initiative spearheaded by the University of Louisiana at Monroe's Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling.

Alternate Path 3 is a program designed for those seeking to add Educational Leadership certification, and is an alternative to the traditional university Master's degree program.

ULM Endowed Professor of Education Administration, Dr. George Rice, is hoping the residency program will put teachers on the fast track. Rice believes the advantage of earning college credit will bring in teachers from across the state.

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ULM Child Development Center earns five-star rating

Emily Williamson


The University of Louisiana at Monroe Child Development Center has once again received a five-star rating from The Louisiana Quality Start, Child Care Rating System.  

The first center in the parish to receive a five star rating in 2009, the ULM Child Development Center continues to be the only five-star rated center in Ouachita Parish and one of only four in the state.

“I am so proud of our staff,” said Emily Williamson, director of the Child Development Center. “They work so hard to provide quality care and education as we prepare our “Junior Warhawks” for their educational career which will lead them to be big Warhawks one day!”

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ULM Alumni Events Calendar

Upcoming Campus Events
Summer Camps: Baseball - Football - Basketball - Soccer and more!
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Athletic Foundation Kick-Off, Aug. 30
Contact Megan Jefcoat for more info

Upcoming Alumni Events
Houston – July 16
Winnsboro, LA – July 19
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Warhawk Football Home Opener
Sat., Sept. 10 vs Grambling State
Tickets on sale now!

2011 Homecoming Week
Oct. 24 - 30
Football vs Western Kentucky Oct. 29

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