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June 2012

ULM nursing school program renamed to honor lifelong supporter

Kitty DeGree


Philanthropist Kitty DeGree devotes her life to supporting entities that significantly benefit the community, especially the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

In recognition of her unparalleled devotion, ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno requested to change ULM School of Nursing’s name to the Kitty DeGree School of Nursing.

Bruno’s request was approved at the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors meeting in Baton Rouge.

In his formal request to the board, Bruno wrote, “This honor will recognize a humanitarian of remarkable character and profound generosity. Over her lifetime, Mrs. DeGree has become the largest individual donor to ULM … Her generosity has benefited both faculty and students through substantial gifts that have established scholarships, endowed professorships and an endowed chair.”

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ULM and Pennington partner in research

Agreement Signing

ULM President Nick J. Bruno, Ph.D, and Pennington Biomedical Research Center Executive Director Steven B. Heymsfield, M.D., sign a memorandum of understanding.

ULM President Nick J. Bruno, Ph.D, and Pennington Biomedical Research Center Executive Director Steven B. Heymsfield, M.D., have signed a memorandum of understanding outlining plans for collaborative research on geriatrics, botanicals, and pharmacology.

ULM pharmacy and gerontology faculty will work with Pennington faculty to expand existing sponsored research at both sites. Faculty will focus on the triggers for chronic diseases such as dementia, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. 

The agreement was signed May 25 at ULM.

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ULM and LSU AgCenter sign new agreement

Agreement Signing

ULM and LSU AgCenter representatives, as well as Louisiana legislators after the signing of a collaborative research agreement.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe and the LSU AgCenter signed a memorandum of understanding that will establish cooperative research projects between the two institutions.

Both LSU AgCenter and ULM will contribute funds to jointly support research grants that include faculty from both campuses, said John Russin, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor and director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station.

Research teams will be invited to submit proposals that will be reviewed by both institutions, and each proposal will be required to include a faculty member from each institution, Russin said. The funding will come from the joint fund, with each organization managing the funds for the research in their own institution.

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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

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 - www.ulm.edu/socialmedia - for a complete list of the many types of Social Media you can use.

"Discover ULM" Magazine now available

Fall 2011 'Discover ULM' Magazine

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

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

There's much more about ULM, your fellow alums and maybe even you in 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 these Warhawk Fan Web sites to keep up with all the "scoop" on ULM Athletics.

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

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

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

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

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

ULM's Career Connections offer employment services

The Office of Career Connections & Experiential Education at ULM (formerly Career Services) has an online job posting service serving ULM students and alumni.

The Web site, ulm.edu/careerconnections allows employers to post part-time and full-time positions as well as internship opportunities.

Anyone may browse the jobs, however, an active Campus Wide Identification number (CWID) will be needed to apply online. Alumni that graduated more than five (5) years ago should call Career Connections at 318-342-5338 to apply for positions.

Log onto ulm.edu/careerconnections and click on "Students: Browse & Apply for Jobs & Internships".

Employers will also find on the Career Connections Web site the link "Employers Submit Job or Internship" in order to post any job openings or internship opportunities at their organization. The Web site currently has over 800 positions available.

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

Help Fund ULM Scholarships with a Warhawk Plate!

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

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

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

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

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

Ruby (Graves) ChevesCheves

Dr. Ruby (Graves) Cheves (B.S. '81), has been named the 2012 National Mother of the Year® by American Mothers, Inc at its annual convention in Washington, D.C. on May 5.

Born in Baton Rouge, Dr. Ruby Graves Cheves matriculated to medical school at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. After choosing Obstetrics and Gynecology, she trained at the Greenville Hospital Systems in South Carolina

Married to Georgia native Dr. Harry Cheves, they moved to Georgia to practice and raise their two children, Alex and Rebecca. The family later moved to Zambia, Africa to serve as medical missionaries. Together, they founded the Global Samaritans Children’s Home.

Today, Dr. Cheves practices in Athens, Georgia, where she serves as medical director for a busy midwifery practice. She is the assistant clerkship director for OB/GYN at the University of Georgia Medical School.

Connell Branan, President of American Mothers, expressed admiration for the 2012 honoree. “For nearly 80 years, we have recognized mothers who are courageous, bold, innovative, and creative. Balancing motherhood, career, and community is truly an art form. We’re honored to celebrate Ruby
. . . a vibrant woman painting bold strokes on her households, communities, and nation.”

About American Mothers, Inc.

Since 1935, the American Mothers Committee (now American Mothers, Inc.) has bestowed a Mother of the Year® award upon a mom who embodies the highest qualities of motherhood. Sarah Delano Roosevelt, mother of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, presented Lucy Keen Johnson of Georgia as the first American Mother of the Year® in 1935 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

The organization celebrated its first Young Mother of the Year in 1968. Many outstanding individuals throughout America have served as officers, leaders, members, and supporters of this organization such as Sarah Delano Roosevelt, J.C. Penny, Mamie Eisenhower, Phyllis Marriott, Lindy Boggs, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1984 Arkansas Young Mother of the Year.

American Mothers, Inc. is a nonprofit organization for women and men who recognize the important role of motherhood through educational programs and community outreach. On an annual basis, American Mothers, Inc. selects the National Mother of the Year®, Young Mother of the Year, and Mothers of Achievement from candidates across the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

For more information about AMI, visit http://www.americanmothers.org or call 877-242-4264.

Lana Kelly


Lana (Robertson) Kelly (B.B.A. '01) was named Director of the West Carroll (La.) Parish Chamber of Commerce in April 2012.

“We are proud to welcome Lana as part of our team,” Chamber President H. Doug Ainsworth said. “With Lana’s extensive experience in community involvement, she makes a perfect fit for us at the chamber.”

Kelly is married to Neal Kelly of Forest with two children, Owen and Clara.

Angela (Hudson) Middlebrook (B.A. '98), has joined the West Texas Rehabilitation Center's Hearing and Balance Center, located in San Angelo, Tex.

Middlebrooks received her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America and is ASHA Certified.

Middlebrooks enjoys working with patients on balance assessment, hearing aid fittings and treating tinnitus.

"The mission of West Texas Rehab Center aligns with my personal philosophy of treatment and work ethics," she said.

The West Texas Rehabilitation Center is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1953 as a treatment center for children with cerebral palsy.

Jonathan 'JP' PerryPerry

Jonathan "JP" Perry (B.A. '95), a Louisiana State Senator from District 26 has been chosen as the 2012 Kappa Sigma Fraternity (Theta-Chi Chapter) Alumni of the Year.

"I am very humbled to receive this award. I attribute a great amount of the success that I have had in the business and political arena to Kappa Sigma Fraternity." Sen. Perry stated.

While attending ULM, Sen. Perry became a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

"The Theta-Chi chapter of Kappa Sigma is honored to recognize brother Jonathan Perry as the Alumni of the year award recipient. Brother Perry is an outstanding example of the values and core beliefs of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and we are extremely proud of the job he has done serving his constituents as a state Senator. AEKDB." said Ben Winkler, GM of the Theta-Chi chapter of Kappa Sigma, University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Senator Perry and his wife, the former Christine LeBeouf, reside in Kaplan with their four children.

Warhawks continue to make strides in APR

The National Collegiate Athletic Association released its annual Academic Progress Rate report and fourteen of the 16 ULM athletic programs achieved a higher single-year score in 2010-11 compared to 2009-10.

The two remaining programs (men's golf and women's tennis) still achieved positive marks after recording perfect scores the year before.

Overall, ULM's APR rates have increased steadily since 2006 as most teams exceeded the minimum requirements set by the NCAA.

The most recent multi-year numbers represent the best overall marks since APR was instituted.

An APR score is designed to measure the academic eligibility, retention and graduation of an institution's student-athletes and its teams.

The NCAA also approved a waiver submitted by ULM to reinstate eligibility for participation in postseason competition of men's basketball for the 2012-13 season and the full allotment of scholarships was also restored.

The squad will still continue to have limitations on practices and the number of contests for the upcoming year.

Bobby StaubStaub

“We continue to make positive strides in our academic performance,” said Bobby Staub, ULM’s Director of Athletics.

“Our results should be credited to our coaches, academic counselors, and most of all, our student-athletes. The members of the President's Athletic Task Force are also to be commended for their contributions in time and effort. This has truly been a team effort."

ULM, with a 66 percent graduation rate in 2011-12, recorded the highest single-year federal graduation rate in the state of Louisiana.

ULM had a record 121 student-athletes named to the Sun Belt Commissioner's List (3.5 or better grade point average) and Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll (3.0-3.49 GPA) last year.

Additionally, 108 student-athletes were honored at the Maroon & Gold Society banquet in May, which recognizes student-athletes achieving a cumulative grade point average above 3.0.

Under the direction of first-year head coach Stacy Snider, the women's golf team has earned an average cumulative GPA of 3.736.

The average cumulative GPA for all student-athletes is approximately a 3.071, with over half of ULM's programs earning a team cumulative GPA over a 3.0.

Outback Steakhouse ULM Golf Classic and Auction Set for July 13-14

The annual ULM Outback Classic Golf Tournament and Auction is will be held July 13-14 on ULM's campus and at the Southern Pines Golf Club. The two-day event features a golf tournament, a dinner, a live auction and a silent auction to benefit the ULM men's and women's golf programs.

The dinner and auctions will be held in Fant-Ewing Coliseum on Friday beginning at 6 p.m., while the golf tournament will take place on Saturday, July 14, at Southern Pines (Pine Hills Course) with tee times set for 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

For those who don't wish to play golf, tickets for the dinner and auction are only $50 per person with the food provided by Outback Steakhouse. Pairings for the golf tournament will also be announced during the evening.

Some of the items up for auction will be trips to Cancun, Mexico and Aruba as well as various golf packages and luxury dinners.

The golf tournament will be a four-person scramble and teams can register for only $840 with prizes going to the top three teams in each flight. There will also be contests for closest to the pin and longest drive during the event. The field will be limited to the first 50 paid teams.

Refreshments on Friday and Saturday will be provided courtesy of Marsala Beverage and the Ouachita Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

To register for the tournament or to purchase tickets for the dinner and auction call 318-342-5531.

For complete information, visit ulmwarhawks.com or download an informational PDF here.

Warhawks Athletics announce Summer Camps

This summer several Warhawk sports will host summer camps for area youths. Camps still available include football, basketball, and soccer.

For complete information, visit ulm.edu/summercamps.

Warhawk baseball receives recognition from state government

Coming off of a Sun Belt Conference championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, both the Louisiana State Senate and House of Representatives honored ULM head coach Jeff Schexnaider.

The first honor was a senate resolution, from Louisiana Senators Neil Riser and Mike Walsworth, to commemorate the team’s successful season.

ULM head coach Jeff Schexnaider

ULM head baseball coach Jeff Schexnaider (center in white shirt) with Louisiana legislators and ULM officals.

The second, a resolution from the House of Representatives, was awarded by Frank Hoffmann and Bubba Chaney.

“These are great honors from the state government,” said Schexnaider.  “While I am the one accepting it, it was a team effort, my coaching staff as well as our players worked extremely hard this year.  Their hard work paid off as we won the Sun Belt and played in the NCAA tournament.”

Former ULM athletic trainer inducted into the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame

Robert Williamson


Robert Williamson was inducted into the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame on June 8 for serving over 30 years as an athletic trainer at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. 

The 2012 induction ceremony took place at the Hilton Garden Inn in West Monroe. Hollis Conway, Olympic Medal Winner, delivered the keynote address.

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 the executive director for ULM’s L-Club and also an instructor of Kinesiology at ULM. 

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 ULM's Child Development Center. 

Anthony “Greyhound” Jones returns to ULM for graduation

Anthony 'Greyhound' Jones

ULM great Anthony “Greyhound” Jones returned to Fant-Ewing Coliseum in May, but this time it wasn’t for basketball.

Jones, who starred for the Warhawk basketball team from 1987-91, earned his bachelor’s degree in general studies during ULM’s spring commencement.

“This is where I always wanted to come back and get my degree,” Jones said.

“When I left school I needed 19 hours to graduate. After I started playing ball overseas, my 19 hours turned into 25. Eventually I needed 36 hours and I knew I needed to buckle down and get it done.”

Jones is ULM’s fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,817 career points. He earned Southland Conference Player of the Year honors and Southland Conference Tournament MVP during the 1990-91 season, guiding the Warhawks to their second of four straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

The native of Lake Providence, La., ranks second in school history in career steals (202), sixth in career field goals (644), third in career 3-pointers (195) and third in career free-throw percentage (.831).

Also known for his extraordinary athleticism, Jones finished third in ABC-TV’s “Dunk of the Year” contest during his freshman season.

Following his collegiate playing career, Jones went on the play professionally overseas for seven seasons.

He currently serves as strength coach for a girl’s high school basketball team in Dallas.

Warhawk 2012 Football Schedule
(home games in bold)

Sept. 8  at Arkansas (Little Rock) – Away tailgating
Sept. 15 at Auburn
Sept. 21 (Fri @ 7pm) on ESPN Baylor
Sept. 29 @ 2:30 pm at Tulane – Away tailgating
Oct. 6 at Middle Tennessee
Oct. 13 Florida Atlantic - Hall of Fame Weekend/Alumni Association Shrimp Boil
Oct. 20 at Western Kentucky
Oct. 27 South Alabama - HOMECOMING
Nov. 3 UL-Lafayette
Nov. 8 at Arkansas State (Thursday) (ESPNU)
Nov. 17 North Texas – Chili Cook-off
Nov. 24 at FIU

iPhoneULM releases free phone apps for Warhawk fans

Download the ULM iPhone app and get all the latest in ULM Athletics in a simple, interactive interface on your Apple or Android smart device.

Among the info included is latest news, scores and schedules, and rosters for all your favorite ULM teams! In addition, live stats are available for selected sports.

Upgrade to the Premium ULM app for access to exclusive on-demand video from Warhawks All Access, including press conferences, player and coach interviews, and much more!

Visit ulmwarhawks.com to download your free app for any Apple or Android smart device.

Are you an active member of the ULM Athletic Foundation?

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

There are five ways you can help ULM Athletics!

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

2. Make a gift toward scholarship endowments or facility upgrades

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

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

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

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

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

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ULM's Bry Gallery to feature student art through Aug. 3

This summer, ULM's Bry Gallery continues to be a place where quality student art can be observed.

ULM Senior Thesis Shows began May 21 in the gallery with works by Braiden Butcher, and will be on display until June 29.

Starting July 2, the gallery will feature two more artists, Kelsey Hargrove and Srdjan Marjanovic. This exhibition will be on display until August 3.

For more information, contact Professor Cliff Tresner at tresner@ulm.edu.

For more information on ULM's Visual and Performing Arts events, visit ulm.edu/vapa.

ULM program meets growing employment opportunities in accounting

Nick J. Bruno


Accounting and auditing will be among the fastest-growing occupations by 2018, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. The University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Business is launching a new program that will empower professionals to benefit from these expanding fields.

The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors approved ULM's proposed Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting at their meeting in Baton Rouge. 

Accounting and auditor positions are expected to grow 16 percent by 2018 in northeast Louisiana. The average salary for accountants in the northeast region was $52,380 in 2010, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission

"This innovative new program is consistent with our strategy to address the workforce needs of our region," said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno.

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New ULM degree strives to improve workplace safety

The University of Louisiana at Monroe Department of Toxicology developed a new certification program focused on occupational health. The new program emphasizes occupational health and safety as opposed to mechanical or fire safety.

The desired result is safer work environments, said John Herrock, M.S., ULM toxicology instructor and industrial hygienist.

John Herrock


"This new program will provide a local and regional resource for health, safety, and toxicology education. This is especially important to small or family-owned businesses, which may not have the resources to send their employees to large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or New Orleans for the training."

The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors approved ULM’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Occupational Health, Safety, and Toxicology on June 18 in Baton Rouge.

The program will begin with general—but important—courses, and as the certificate program evolves, faculty will develop a set of courses designed to meet the needs of businesses in north Louisiana and southern Arkansas.

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ULM pharmacy professor named president of LSHP

Roxie Stewart


University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Roxie Stewart, assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, was recently elected and installed as President of the Louisiana Society of Health-System Pharmacists (LSHP). The LSHP is one of two statewide professional pharmacist organizations. 

The organization consists of approximately 900 members and strives to promote the value of the pharmacist as an essential member of the health-care team. The organization also represents pharmacy in the public arena and provides continuing education and other membership services to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

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ULM spring 2012 class sets record

Commencement Phots

ULM President Nick J. Bruno congratulates a ULM graduate as she receives her degree at ULM's Spring Commencement exercises.

In its largest graduating class ever, ULM President Nick J. Bruno, Ph.D., awarded 891 degrees during the University of Louisiana at Monroe's spring commencement exercises in Fant-Ewing Coliseum on the ULM campus.

Each spring commencement class size has increased since the spring 2009 commencement class of 639 graduates, and since spring 2005, each spring commencement class has exceeded 627 graduates.

In another first, ULM webcast its spring commencement.

A full recording of the event is now archived for viewing at www.ulm.edu/commencement..

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