Director's Corner: a message from ULM Alumni Director Robin Stockton Underwood
Dear University of Louisiana at Monroe Alumni,
I hope this newsletter finds you well! We have had a great month at the Alumni Association and can't wait to share with you the good news in this newsletter. Since I last wrote to you, the Alumni Association staff has been busy. Here's a few highlights of what we have been working on:
- Redesigning the Alumni web site: visit ulm.edu/alumni and check it out!
It looks great thanks to the hard work of our internal partners!
- Chapter event in the Greater New Orleans Area (Dinner)
- Chapter event/crwafish boil in Washington, D.C.
- PREP sessions for incoming Freshman
- Partnered with Athletics to assist with the Outback Classic Dinner, Silent Auction and Golf Tournament
- Growing our Social Media Footprint and Membership numbers
Upcoming Events include:
- Bayou Bash in Ouachita Parish Saturday, July 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fant-Ewing Coliseum. Fun, food, and music awaits you in a family-friendly atmosphere! You can register by visiting our Bayou Bash Registration page! More information below or visit ulm.edu/alumni/bayoubash
- Lincoln/Union Parish Warhawk Scramble Golf Tournament, Dinner, and Silent Auction, Tuesday, July 29
- Shreveport/Bossier Annual Family Dinner and Silent Auction, Saturday, Aug. 2
- Richland/West Carroll/East Carroll Dinner, Tuesday, Aug. 5
- Houston Family Night at Dave and Buster's, Saturday, Aug. 9
- Chicago Chapter Events, Friday and Saturday Aug. 22/23
- Home Tailgating events, Saturday, Aug. 28
- "Friends Don't Let Friends Wear Purple and Gold" Away Tailgate & Fan Bus to the LSU vs Warhawks game Saturday, Sept. 13.
- School of Construction Management Sporting Clay Fundraiser, Saturday, Sept. 20
- Several Upcoming Reunions — the first is Saturday, Sept. 6 with the 1965-72 Football teams. Players can contact Robin Underwood at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Don't forget to connect with us on social media, attend chapter events or athletic events in your area. If has it been a while since you made sure we know how to reach you, please take a moment now to update your contact information through the Alumni Directory.
If I may be of assistance, please contact me at 318-342-5244 or email@example.com. Anytime throughout the year, you are invited to stop in and see us at the Anna Gray Noe Alumni Center, your home when you are on campus.
Robin Stockton Underwood, BBA ‘00
Director of Alumni Affairs
University of Louisiana at Monroe
PS - Remember to support your ULM Alumni Association with a financial gift! And you can easily double or even triple your gift with a Maching Gift from your employer. Find out more at our Matching Gift website!
Alumni Association membership dues increase
The ULM Alumni Association Board of Directors has approved an increase in several ULM Alumni Association membership dues effective July 1, 2014. Individual Alumni memberships will be $35.00 and Couples Alumni memberships will be $50.00. Both memberships are annual memberships. Legacy Society (Lifetime) memberships remain unchanged at $500.00 per individual.
The increases are needed to help the Alumni Association improve and add more services to alums. The increase also brings ULM’s Alumni dues more in line with other Alumni Associations in Louisiana and the South.
Some membership reminder notices with the old membership dues structure were mailed in June and the ULM Alumni Association will honor the membership dues structure on those notices.
For more information, please contact Robin Stockton Underwood, Director of Alumni Affairs at 318-342-5244 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ULM launches new online photo store
ULM alumni, students, faculty/staff and supporters will be able to shop online for ULM photos on the brand new ULM Official Online Photo Store.
The store will be operated on the PhotoShelter platform, worldwide leader in photography portfolio websites, photo sales, marketing and archiving tools for photographers. With PhotoShelter, ULM receives a customized website to showcase events throughout the year from football games to graduation.
The website is a collaboration between the ULM Office of Public Information and the Warhawk Athletics Department. "We are very excited to announce the launching of our new official online photo store," said President Nick Bruno.
"The store will provide alumni and supporters with an easy to navigate website where they will be able to choose from a large selection of ULM photos that will help enhance our exposure."
ULM decided on the PhotoShelter platform based on Warhawk fan and ULM alumni requests for the opportunity to purchase high quality photos of ULM and Warhawk Athletics. The online Photo store satisfies those requests, with plans to add photos of the campus since its founding in 1931.
Fans can access the photo store by clicking on the shop tab at ULMWarhawks.com, or through the university website.
"The online photo store is a great addition to the new offerings we have revealed this past year to our supporters." said Brian Wickstrom, Director of Athletics.
"The store will provide a wide range of photographs for our fans to choose from."
The website address for the store is ulm.edu/photos
One of the key components to the new website is that ULM will have full control over the photographs and the galleries. The official online store will grow as the year progresses, as the number of photographs will significantly increase with the number of ULM sponsored events.
If there are any comments or questions about the online photo store, please feel free contact Richard Duran, Director of Marketing at 318-342-5382 or email@example.com
The Spring 2014 edition of The ULM Magazine— "Legacies" — is now available in an interactive format.
A smaller, more focused version of the ULM Magazine, "Legacies" spotlights five decades of ULM alumni and several current ULM faculty who make a difference everyday.
To view "Legacies," just click on the magazine cover!
Warhawk Wines now available!
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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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
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.
Have you ordered your ULM class ring yet?
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.
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!
When 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!
The ULM Alumni Association draws its membership from over 65,000 graduates located worldwide.
We invite you to reminisce and remember your time on campus and to stay connected to your university, to each other, and to your ULM Alumni Association.
Have some fun with our "Memories in Monroe Challenge" encourages all ULM alumni and friends of the University of Louisiana at Monroe to "like" the ULM Alumni Association Facebook page and post one picture of tyour favorite memory (with a short caption) involving the campus of University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Then challenge at least 3 fellow alums and friends to do the same by tagging them! Just keep your pictures PG and family-friendly!
Prizes for participants in the "Memories in Monroe Challenge" will be drawn on August 11.
Janet (Case) Graham (BA '87, MA '90) remembers . . .
My years at NLU hold very fond memories.
Admittedly it was tough to go five hours away from home to attend school, however, I knew I wanted to swim for the NLU Indians. The swim team gave me instant friends, one of whom remains my closest friend today.
Janet (Case) Graham remembers her AOII days when she returned to ULM this summer.
Becoming an AOII, and Greek life, only added to the fun and great memories of my years at NLU. Seems like just yesterday, we enjoyed the fun of Spring Fling (even though one year was so cold we shivered through the concert), winning Greek Week, and the great friendships that I still hold dear.
I loved the beautiful bayou following through campus and the challenges of crossing the foot bridge on a windy, rainy day with an umbrella. Most of us can remember playing in the snow once or twice, and the beauty of the campus during spring. The campus always felt like a family. You always knew someone in class, the cafeteria, or just walking across campus.
Admittedly, I struggled with the name change from NLU Indians to ULM Warhawks. The new name and mascot is now totally embraced by me and my daughter, as she will starting ULM in a few short weeks. Alicia and I attended PREP and POP (parent orientation) in June.
Alicia Graham explores ULM during PREP.
The campus has changed a lot since I graduated, yet old memories came flooding back when I looked out the window to see the old Sandal Library. Almost the same view from Slater Hall in 1983.
As Alicia and I went through PREP and POP, we both became even more excited about ULM and all it has to offer to students and the community. The campus looks incredible and more changes are on the way. The majestic Warhawk in the middle of campus welcomes all that come to visit. And the bayou is as beautiful as ever.
Dr. Bruno, ULM's President, welcomed the parents and students. His dedication to ULM is very apparent as Dr. Bruno only wants the BEST for students. Everyone I met during our brief visit - whether student or staff - is a true ULM Warhawk that shows their pride and enthusiasm for ULM and all it has to offer.
Alicia and I attended the Greater New Orleans Alumni Meeting a few days after PREP/POP. Imagine our surprise when we warmly greeted by Dr. Bruno and other members of the ULM Alumni staff, met other NLU graduates thus making new friends and connecting with old friends, and meeting current students. Not many college students can say they know their university's President, but mine certainly can.
Alicia is so excited about all ULM has to offer her in the coming years. As I parent, it's with great confidence that I send her 5 hours away to her new home - University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Stephen Bell (Ph.D. '08), a professor of sociology at the College of the Ozarks was recently named one of NerdScholar's top "40 under 40: Professors who Inspire."
According to their website, NerdScholar's inaugural "40 Under 40" celebrates professors who are cultivating passion in their students. Chosen based on nominations highlighting their love of teaching, the honored professors are inspiring the young adults of today to be the world leaders and humanitarians of tomorrow.
In Bell's profile written for the NerdScholar website, Eric Bolger, dean of the College of the Ozarks said, "Stephen Bell is a magnet for students at our college. Bell is a professor of sociology, but students from all majors flock to his classes to take part in his engaging and lively discussions."
"For the past eight years, Bell and his family have been a constant and welcome presence on the campus. Bell, who is also a licensed marriage and family therapist, says he hopes his classes will help start movements that 'change the direction of today's family and society for future generations.'"
Bell received his doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy and credits ULM's Dr. Lamar Woodham for helping him become a successful educator.
The College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian liberal-arts college, located at Point Lookout, near Branson and Hollister, Mo.
Joie Stanley works with a young swim team in Alexandria called Swim Cenla.
Joie Stanley (MA '85), who has a long, rich background in swimming, has started a new age-group swim team in Alexandria called Swim Cenla.
After she enjoyed a stellar collegiate swimming career at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, then called Northeast Louisiana University, a team performance award was named in her honor, the Leslie J. Stanley Award.
A full-time social worker in Alexandria, the 52-year-old Stanley started the new team, based at the Louisiana State University of Alexandria Fitness Center pool, in May after having been an assistant coach for the Louisiana College Aquatics Team since last October.
She started the team, she said, "to provide kids in this area — south Alexandria and the surrounding areas — an opportunity for age-group swimming." She will also be the swim coach for the new University Academy at the LSUA campus.
She said "roughly 27" youngsters are on the team and at the team's last meet three swimmers — Maddie Carson and Ben and Miranda Marchand — each placed high in their events and qualified for the state championships.
"I expect some of my swimmers will qualify for Sectionals and the Zone Championships," she said.
Carson, the All-Cenla Female Swimmer of the Year last year, and the brother-sister Marchand duo all competed in USA Swimming formerly for LCATS in Pineville.
"I needed a more competitive place to train," said Carson, a 15-and-over swimmer who competed in the Sectionals last March in Florida. "I like the coach and her values and the way she works us and the way she pushes me."
"I like it pretty good," said Miranda Marchand, 13, noting coach Stanley "definitely does work us a lot harder than we were used to. There's a lot more dry-land training than just running."
Ben Marchand, 14, said dry-land work includes push-ups, sit-ups, stretching, sprints and isometrics.
"I have noticed I have improved a lot since I switched over," he said, noting his swimming goal was "looking forward to going as far as I can go."
Carson, who had a top-20 finish in the 100-backstroke at Sectionals last March, said her goal is to win at Sectionals.
Stanley is going to try to help her swimmers achieve their goals.
Her coaching philosophy, she said, is "to give any kid the opportunity to compete to the level they want to reach," including those with high goals of winning state championships and getting college scholarships.
Stanley began age-group swimming at age 10 in New Orleans and became a national junior qualifier and got a college scholarship while swimming for coach Dick Bower, under whom she learned some things about coaching.
"He really taught me about the importance of being technically correct in the water and perfecting the technicalities in each of the strokes," Stanley said about Bower.
Her college coach, John Pennington, "taught me about being a tough swimmer and working very hard. He taught me how to get more out of kids than they think they can do, and then teaching them to have that belief in themselves."
"I think she's a fantastic coach," said Samantha Carson, Maddie's mother. "She's handling little kids up to elite swimmers."
Stanley, who has a loud, animated coaching style, said when she screams, "I'm screaming for them. I'm constantly coaching. I'm never one who sits down, always standing and very engaged in what they're doing."
Stanley said she moved from Baton Rouge to Alexandria, where she had done an internship as a social worker, because she "wanted to get back to a smaller town" and had "lots of friends here."
Maddie Carson said Stanley has team members swimming as much as 6,000 or 7,000 yards each practice, compared to the 2,000 per practice they averaged with LCATS.
"I really like coach Joie," Carson said. "I think she can take us however far we want to go. She introduces us to things (in swimming) we've never heard about. She also makes a point to talk to us about what might concern us. I'm excited and looking forward to improving."
Sunil Kumar (MBA '73) was recently awarded with the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Chemical Industry Medal.
Kumar, the Managing Principal of Wembly Enterprises and retired Chief Executive Officer of International Specialty Products (ISP), received the medal at a dinner in his honor at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.
The SCI Chemical Industry Medal honors an individual whose leadership, commitment and contributions have been responsible for substantial progress and performance of the chemical industry. In addition to being an active guiding force in the management of their company during periods of growth or development of new businesses, recipients are known for service rendered to the industry as a whole.
"Through his leadership, Sunil built ISP into an international leader in specialty chemicals," said Andreas Kramvis, chair of SCI America. "He has established himself as a leading voice in the specialty chemicals industry and, while serving as chairperson of SCI America, established an innovative program to encourage students to pursue careers in industrial chemistry."
Until his retirement in 2011, Sunil Kumar was CEO, President, and Board Member of ISP, a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals (2011 sales were $2.1 billion). Over his tenure, he made a number of accretive acquisitions and built exports to the point of representing 50 percent of sales and income. ISP maintained an admirable annual profit growth rate of 11 percent over 10 years and maintained the highest margins in their industry. Kumar became a leading spokesperson for the specialty chemicals segment and was frequently quoted in trade publications.
Prior to ISP, Kumar was President and CEO of GAF Materials Corporation ($3 billion in sales), the world's largest manufacturer of roofing products for residential and commercial buildings. Before that, he was Executive Vice President of Bridgestone/Firestone, and was responsible for Bridgestone/Firestones North American tires and auto services business which is now about $6 billion in annual sales. He had earlier started a business that became Firestone Building Products Company which is now a $1 billion manufacturer of roofing and insulation products.
Kumar continues to work in the chemical industry through ownership of two specialty businesses—Universal Plastics Inc. and Nylon Corporation of America. Additionally, he is Senior Advisor to Reliance Industries Limited.
Kumar was a Board Member of the American Chemistry Council from 1999-2011 and President of the Socit de Chimie Industrielle from 2008-2010. He served as Chairman of the Society of Chemical Industry in 2009-2010. During his time as Chairman of SCI, he was instrumental in starting their SCI Scholars Program, an initiative to encourage college students to pursue careers in industrial chemistry and chemical engineering.
Kumar was selected to be the 2005 Specialty Chemicals CEO of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, a distinguished international industry and market research firm. In 2006, he was given the Distinguished Alumnus Award by his alma mater, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
A native of New Delhi, India, Kumar also holds a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from IIT.
Regions Bank donates $100K to ULM for WISE Plan qualification
The Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE) Plan was created by state education and legislative officials to increase investments in higher education in Louisiana. The structure of the plan allows schools like the University of Louisiana at Monroe to earn extra funds on a competitive, performance-based scale.
According to the WISE Plan website, "The WISE Plan is specifically targeted to advance Louisiana to national competitiveness. This plan seeks to strategically align new investments in higher education with the workforce needs of the exciting and emerging growth sectors in our economy."
The plan requires that each university applying for funds receive a 20 percent match from an industry partner to help build private investments within higher education.
On June 8, George Campbell—Regions Bank area President for the Ark-La-Tex—provided help with ULM's industry match with a $100,000 check.
"I want to personally thank Regions Bank," said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno.
"This goes a long way in helping us get the first funds from the WISE Plan. I am grateful for the generosity and partnership that we have had with Regions over the years."
Campbell expressed that he hopes to be able to make more donations to the university in the future.
"Regions Bank is pleased to have been a long term partner and we are excited about the opportunity that WISE provides to ULM, the community, and the region that ULM serves," said Campbell.
"We are happy to make this investment and be part of ULM's success."
Overall, the WISE Plan provides $40 million to colleges and universities in Louisiana. Schools are asked to focus on increasing degree production within what the state labels as "4 and 5-Star" jobs.
WISE considers computer science, construction crafts, education, engineering, finance and accounting, healthcare, and industrial production, among others, as "4 and 5-Star" degree paths.
Funds will also be distributed based on faculty and staff performance including journal articles, honors and awards, research, and citations.
Through the partnership with Regions Bank, ULM will now be able to focus on increasing the number of graduates through online platforms like the university's online degree source eULM, and MyEdu, which was created by the University of Louisiana System.
The WISE Plan website cites multiple positive changes to the economic climate for higher education, including the idea that the plan will:
- maintain current level of state support for all public institutions of higher education;
- ensure tuition revenues are retained at each institution for reinvestment in academic and student support;
- establish a performance based investment fund to meet the state's goals in high need, high growth and high demand job areas;
- provide a base level adequacy of funding formula implementation and foundational support so all institutions can participate;
- support research innovation and creativity that advances the economic and societal well- being of all Louisianans; and
- spur private investment in the state's public universities and colleges.
Ultimately, Bruno believes this donation is the first step in creating a strong foundation for ULM's future revenue base.
For more information about the WISE Plan, visit the WISEPlan web site.
ULM breaks ground on Sandel Hall construction
University of Louisiana at Monroe President Dr. Nick J. Bruno, along with local community leaders, broke ground on one of the university's newest building renovations, Sandel Hall on July 1.
"I just want to express how happy I am for this university and this community," said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno.
University, state, and local officials break ground on the renovations to Sandel Hall.
"Sandel Hall is being designed by a Monroe-based architect and built by a Monroe-based contractor. This project is not only important to ULM, it is important to the region."
The building, now 51 years old, began as the university's second library location after outgrowing its first location in Bry Hall. Opening in 1963, the then two-story building served as the university library until the current library location opened in 1999.
The newest version of the building is designed by Bill land of Land3 Architects. Land's father designed the first version of Sandel Hall.
Land said, "My father was the original architect on Sandel Hall in 1961, and my grandfather was the original architect on the first building on campus in 1931, Brown Hall, so I have some big shoes to fill. It means a lot to me, personally."
In 1977 a third floor was added to the location, and since the library's departure from the building, the facility has housed the university's Natural History Museum, the ULM Herbarium, The ULM Testing Center, The ULM Bookstore, and The ULM Office of Recruitment and admissions.
Monroe Mayor, Jamie Mayo, a 1979 graduate, reminisced about his time at ULM. "What an amazing day it is today and I want to take this opportunity to congratulate President Bruno on this wonderful enhancement to our university," he said.
"We appreciate the fact that there will be jobs created for those who will help renovate this building…I want to congratulate the northeast Louisiana delegation for your support because this is something that is greatly needed and we certainly look forward to its completion."
Upon reopening, the building will house an innovative biology lab and classroom with state-of-the-art technology, and will also serve as a go-to stop for students entering the university.
"At times I thought this wasn't going to happen," said Senator Neil Riser. "To see this structure carry on and be a multi-use facility is very exciting."
Recruitment and Admissions, The Office of the Registrar, Financial Aid, Enrollment Services, The Office of Career Connections, and the Bookstore will all call the new Sandel Hall, home. KEDM Public Radio 90.3, as well as student-run KXUL will also find a place in Sandel Hall with new studio and office space.
Lisa Miller, Assistant Vice President of Recruitment and Admissions, has been waiting for this moment since she began her tenure at ULM exactly 12 years ago. "Sandel Hall will allow us to provide outstanding enrollment services in a one-stop-shop environment," she said.
"The renovations to this building will enhance our services and increase accessibility through the use of the most effective human and technological advancements. While we are proud of the statistics that validate that we continue to attract the best and brightest to this beautiful university on the bayou, one can only imagine the impression and the impact this facility will have on their decision to join our Warhawk family."
Officials hope to have the building ready for use in spring 2016.
To view photos of the event, visit Sandel Hall Groundbreaking
ULM Fishing Team preps for college series national championship tournament
The University of Louisiana at Monroe's Fishing Team is preparing to send eight men to the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship Tournament from July 31- Aug. 2, at the Chatuge Reservoir in Young Harris, Georgia, to compete for cash and prizes.
A record 84 teams will participate in the opening rounds of the tournament. The top five team cumulative weights after the first two days of competition will move on to the finals on Aug. 2 to fight for the title.
ULM's Fishing Team
Ralph Swillie, staff adviser for the team said it is always a great opportunity to show what the university can offer.
"We are, in my opinion, the number one fishing school in the U.S.," he said. "Our guys are always at the top of every tournament."
In the first year of Cabela's School of the Year standings, ULM finished second, the next year, they took the number one spot.
In 2014, the team again finished second. No other school in the nation has achieved three straight top-two finishes in the sport's School of the Year championship.
ULM anglers will fish in teams of two. Brett Preuett of Colfax will partner with Jackson Blackett of Sterlington. Trapper Munn of Oak Grove will partner with Dustin Perkins of Elmer.
Nick LaDart of Monroe will partner with Brian Eaton of Monroe, and the freshman duo of Tyler Craig of Frierson and Joseph Grassi of Monroe, round out the eight-man group heading to Georgia.
For more information, visit bassmaster.com/college
ULM athletics announces End Zone Facility Project
ULM director of athletics Brian Wickstrom announced the beginning of Phase I of the Football End Zone Facility on July 11 during the annual Outback Classic Kickoff Dinner.
The new facility is the first athletic facility in ULM history to be funded completely by private donations and it is the first athletic facility enhancement since 1979. A total of 31 donors, comprised of individuals, families and companies, combined to pledge three million dollars for Phase I of the facility.
Phase I of the new facility is scheduled to total 11,675 square feet and it will be located in the north endzone and will attach to the current facility. The current equipment room will be flipped and will tie into the new locker room that will be housed inside the new facility.
"Obviously this new facility is something that we have dreamed about since we arrived here in 2010," said head football coach Todd Berry.
"This new addition will benefit our current student-athletes and it will also help us in regards to recruiting. This is something that has needed to be done for years and years and it is important as we continue to move the program forward. The athletic administration did this in an impressive amount of time in regards to how quickly they were able to fundraise for this facility.
"I am appreciative of the people that stepped up in a time when there are so many financial constraints on both the university and the state. All of the money going into the new facility is private donations and it won't have any impact on state funds from the university, which is a wonderful thing. Our athletic administration also reached out to philanthropists within the region who weren't ULM graduates and weren't affiliated with the university. It was significant for the athletic administration to reach out in a different direction to help get this done."
In addition to a new locker room, the new endzone facility will feature a Hall of Fame area as well as new coaches' offices that will have patios overlooking JPS Field at Malone Stadium. The facility will be constructed with footings and steel to add on a second floor for future expansion.
"I am excited for Coach Berry and the ULM football program," said Wickstrom.
"I think this project, coupled with the new FieldTurf, will be a big step towards maximizing the student-athlete experience. I want to thank the great ULM supporters and the Monroe community for supporting this project in such a short period of time."
The athletic department has signed a contract with Land 3 Architect and the company is in process of the final designs and drawings. Once the final designs and drawings are complete, the final cost will be determined for the new facility.
"I commend Dr. Brian Wickstrom and his staff in connecting individuals to ULM in addressing a vision and need identified by Coach Berry when he arrived," said ULM president, Dr. Nick J. Bruno. "That vision will soon become a reality."
The athletic department will continue to fundraise for Phase I of the project as well as fundraise for Phase II which will feature weight room renovations, training room relocation/renovation and team room renovations.
There will also be opportunities for naming opportunities as part of the new endzone facility. The lockers in the new locker room will have naming rights as well as a brick campaign on the coaches' patio. Information about those two naming opportunities will follow at a later date.
The new endzone facility project will be the second recent upgrade to JPS Field at Malone Stadium.
Thanks to a $450,000 donation from JPS Aviation/JPS Equipment Rental, the Warhawk football team will be playing on brand new FieldTurf this season and it will be on full display on national television for the Aug. 28 showdown against Wake Forest on ESPNU. The season-opener against the Demon Deacons will also be a Camo-Out and single-game tickets are on sale now; click here for more information.
2014 ULM Warhawk Football Ticket Packages now on sale
To purchase tickets, call the ULM Ticket Office at 318-342-5417
LOWER CHAIRBACK - $175
We dare you to find a better chairback seat in a college stadium! Watch thrilling Sun Belt football in style in the newly renovated lower chairbacks. Call or email the ticket office to find out how to make your tax-deductible ULM Athletic Foundation donation to secure your spot and then buy your tickets and stretch out in these comfortable new seats!!
* ULM Faculty/Staff price - $140
* NOTE: Donation requirement per seat to ULM Athletic Foundation varies by seating section.
LOWER BENCH - $120
Save your money with this package versus buying single-game tickets and be a part of the action in the lower bench seats located in sections 101-107 on the West side of Malone Stadium.
* ULM Faculty/Staff price - $96
UPPER CHAIRBACK - $120
Reserve your spot in the chairbacks located in sections 202-206 on the West side of Malone Stadium. At only $120, this package SAVES MONEY versus buying single-game tickets!!
* ULM Faculty/Staff price - $96
FAMILY FUN BUNDLE - $300
Bring the whole family this season for a savings of 40% versus buying at the gate. With four season tickets per bundle, claim your spot in the reserved lower bench section 107 and have FUN with the family and the Warhawks this fall! Each additional ticket available for $75 per ticket.
FREQUENT FLYER PASS - $150
BEST VALUE!! You can see every second of action of ULM Athletics with this package. The frequent flyer pass is valid for general admission seating at all contests.
* ULM Faculty/Staff price - $125
HAWK'S NEST - $60
Includes a ticket to all five (5) 2013 Warhawk home games. Hawk's Nest tickets are valid for access to the East side of Malone Stadium and are general admission within Sections 212-219. Grab your tickets for a "Hawk's Nest" view in Malone Stadium!
Jr. WARHAWK CLUB - $30
Take advantage of this FUN and AFFORDABLE offer by enrolling your Junior Warhawk (ages 3-12) today! Club membership includes general admission to all Warhawk home athletic events, a Jr. Warhawk Club t-shirt, special invites to exclusive Jr. Warhawk Club events, name listing on club website, autographed picture of Ace and birthday e-card!
2014 Single-game Ticket Prices
Lower Bench (Sections 101-107) - $30
Upper Chairback (Sections 202-206) - $30
General Admission (upper WEST or EAST) - $18
GROUP PRICING AVAILABLE
ULM Athletics announces new and improved Kids Club
The ULM athletic department announced its new and improved kids club will now be called Ace's Kids Club. The Ace's Kids Club, formerly known as the Jr. Warhawk Club, is for children 12 years of age and younger.
Each member will receive a membership card, t-shirt and other great ULM gifts. The membership card will grant free access to every home ULM athletic event and there will also be invitations to exclusive Ace's Kids Club Events.
Memberships are valid from August 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015 and each membership costs $30. Online registration is now available at www.warhawktix.com
For more information on Ace's Kids Club, please contact Josh Mire at 318-342-3558 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Are you an active member of the ULM Athletic Foundation?
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.
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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