ULM names three candidates for AD position
The committee charged with finding the next athletic director for the University of Louisiana at Monroe has narrowed the pool to three candidates, each with varied experience in collegiate athletics.
Josh Brooks, Brian Wickstrom, and Chris King had on-campus interviews the week of June 17.
Josh Brooks currently serves as the Associate Athletic Director for the University of Georgia, having worked in their athletics department since 2008. Prior to 2008, Brooks worked for the University of Louisiana at Monroe as Director of Operations and Director of Football Operations, beginning in 2004. He received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University in 1998, studied Secondary Education at the University of Louisiana at Monroe from 2002-2003, and is currently seeking his Master of Education in Sport Management from the University of Georgia.
Brian Wickstrom has worked as the Director of Athletics for the University of California, Riverside since July 2011. He has served in various roles in athletics departments across the country since 1998. In 1991, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration before receiving his Master of Business Administration/Management in 1992, both from Kansas State University. He earned a Master of Sports Administration from Ohio University in 1999 and a Doctor of Education/Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University in 2006.
Chris King has served as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Texas-Pan American since October 2009. He has also worked as the Associate Athletic Director for Administration at the University of Alabama, and the Assistant Athletic Director at University of Central Florida. In 1994, he received his Bachelor of Science in Business/Sport Administration from Robert Morris College, and in 1997, he obtained a Master of Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership/Supervision from Campbell University.
ULM partners with CenturyLink and CISCO to launch new academy
Leaders in the University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Business announce the CISCO Networking Academy for students and faculty in ULM’s Computer Information Systems program.
ULM has partnered with Fortune 500 Company CenturyLink and telecommunications equipment company CISCO to launch this initiative beginning fall 2013.
CISCO's Networking Academy is a national program that teaches students skills to build, design, and maintain networks, while improving career prospects.
"CISCO produces networking equipment used across most market segments from home use to national backbone infrastructure," said Dr. William Barnett, chair of the computer information systems program at ULM.
"Cisco networking equipment and certifications are an industry standard, much like IBM or Microsoft."
LSBDC at ULM consultant started the most businesses in Louisiana in 2012
Virendra Chhikara—(V.C.) of Haryana, India — a senior business consultant with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, won the “Startup Superstar Award” for starting the most businesses in Louisiana during the 2012 fiscal year (FY).
Chhikara helped his clients start 15 new businesses in Northeast Louisiana in FY 2012.
“It feels great to help these businesses as small businesses are backbone to our economy,” said Chhikara. “I believe in quality output and receiving these awards is the icing on the cake, they are definitely motivating. I am honored by this recognition.”
Chhikara also received his second consecutive “Million Dollar Club Award” for helping LSBDC clients achieve $1 million or more in capital during the LSBDC Awards Ceremony.
Each year, the LSBDC network honors its top consultants for positively impacting their communities. Categories recognized are for service, jobs created, new/increased sales, business starts, and capitalization.
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Good News turns 10!
Today we celebrate the ten-year anniversary of our on-line magazine known as Good News! The first online newsletter was sent to 75 volunteers on June 26, 2003.
On June 28, 2004, the newsletter was reaching over 1,400 alumni and friends of ULM. Today’s Good News e-mail is reaching over 24,350 alumni and friends of our university!
Don’t forget . . .
- If you change your e-mail address (or move), please let us know. Access the online update form at ulm.edu/alumni
- If Good News is being forwarded to you, send me your e-mail address and I’ll add you to the list. firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you receive a “your e-mail has bounced card” from us, please take the time to send us your new address (we realize that we will sometimes receive a bounce notice on a good address – please let us know that as well).
Thanks to all of you for your support and let's continue to work together to spread the Good News about ULM!
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.
"We are excited to see an Alumni component added to ULM's mobile app," said Tommy Walpole, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services at ULM.
"The alumni office has worked with our computing center on this and appreciate their efforts."
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 to open new tailgating area
The ULM Alumni Association will open Legacy Park for tailgating beginning with the 2013 football season.
Legacy Park is located on the land between the Alumni Center and Bon Aire - the president’s home. Tailgating will be limited to members of the ULM Alumni Association who are current on their dues and A.B.C. (Alumni By Choice) members.
The ULM Alumni Association Board of Directors will have all rules / guidelines / fees completed sometime in July.
If you would like your name to be put on the waiting list, contact the ULM Alumni Center at 318-342-5420 / 866-WARHAWK.
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
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!
All About You! spotlights the many accomplishments of our great alumni. Send your accomplishments and successes to email@example.com, and please include a photo!
Dr. LaVelle Hendricks (BA '83), has been appointed to serve on the National Policy Board for the National FORUM of Multicultural Issues Journal and editorial board for the Journal of Counseling and Addiction.
Hendricks is an assistant professor of Counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce.
According to Dr. William Allan Kritsonis, Editor-in-Chief of National Forums Journals, “Dr. Hendricks has established a national reputation as a scholar in higher education and counseling. He is able to successfully link theory to practice. Dr. Hendricks has also demonstrated his academic leadership in mentoring colleague and junior faculty members at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
" Dr. Hendricks was also instrumental in helping to establish our newest national journal titled the National FORUM Journal of Counseling and Addiction. We are honored to have Dr. Hendricks as a member of our National Policy Board.”
Founded in 1982, National Forums Journals represents a group of national refereed journals in education, applied research, higher education, international education, teacher education, multicultural issues, management, business, administration, along with many more. The journal has published over 5,200 professors in higher education.
Thomas Tugwell (BBA '09) received an award from Mississippi College School of Law during its annual Law Day ceremony.
Tugwell was the recipient of the John B. Farese Memorial Trial Advocate Award, given to a student selected by Professor Pat Bennett on the basis of trial practice tendencies.
Tugwell is the son of Carlean and Bret Tugwell.
ULM earns StormReady recertification
The University of Louisiana at Monroe has again received StormReady recertification from the National Weather Service.
The purpose of the program is to improve local safety programs to help community leaders and emergency managers during severe weather events like tornadoes and flash floods. In 2010, ULM became the state’s first StormReady university, and is now one of three university sites in the state.
“This is significant because it shows that we have plans in place to respond to severe weather events,” said Dr. Eric Pani, Vice President for Academic Affairs at ULM.
“When severe weather threatens, emergency responders turn to the plan and immediately know what steps to take—they don’t have to waste valuable time trying to figure out what to do.”
To be considered StormReady, a community or university must establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center, have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public, create a system that monitors weather conditions locally, promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars, and develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.
ULM’s Williamson helps shape Louisiana’s new early childhood education standards
The Louisiana Department of Education, the Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services, and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals collaborated with officials from various educational organizations and institutions—including the University of Louisiana at Monroe—to compose Louisiana’s new “Birth to Five Early Learning & Development Standards.”
Emily Williamson, Director of the ULM Child Development Center, was part of the committee which enacted the new standards.
“These standards will begin effecting education immediately, because they have been approved and signed into law,” said Williamson. “This new document is part of ACT 3 legislation, creating one unified early childhood system in our state.”
Previously, Louisiana’s early education standards were separated into three documents: “Louisiana’s Early Learning Guidelines: Birth to Three,” “Louisiana’s Early Learning Guidelines: Guide to Working with Threes,” and “Louisiana Standards for Programs Serving 4-Year-Old Children.”
ULM professor chosen as semi-finalist for American Prize in Conducting
The American Prize, a series of national competitions in the performing arts, recently chose ULM professor Dr. Jason Rinehart as a semi-finalist for the American Prize in Conducting in the University/College division. Rinehart joins 13 other conductors nationwide in receiving this honor.
“It is an honor to think about how many other college conductors there are,” said Rinehart, “and then to be chosen by a panel of judges based on my conducting abilities. This accomplishment not only means that I ‘must be doing something right,’ but it also boosts my reputation in the field of music, putting ULM on the map in one more way.”
To be considered for this award, applicants must first provide The American Prize with their background, experiences, and other criteria. Next, applicants submit a video of themselves conducting in order for the judges to evaluate their work.
“Everyone is awarded based on the videos they submit,” said Rinehart, “so you have to make sure they are top notch.”
After receiving all submissions, the judges meet to decide who will advance to the next round of competition. Finalists should be announced in the coming weeks, and the winners should be announced by the end of July.
ULM Fishing Team featured in Time Magazine
ULM Fishing Team members Brett Pruett (left), a business administration graduate student from Colfax and Paul Clark, a construction management major from Monroe, were featured in the June 10, 2013 edition of Time magazine.
The University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Fishing Team has garnered national attention once again with a recent appearance in the Time Magazine article, “Big Fish on Campus,” which highlights the sport of competitive college angling.
Written by Sean Gregory, the article appears in Time’s June 10 issue. Gregory interviewed ULM Fishing Team members Paul Clark, a construction management major from Monroe, and Brett Pruett, a business administration graduate student from Colfax as part of his venture into the world of this up and coming college sport.
The feature was written during the April 2013 FLW National Championship in Rogers, Ark., where Preuett and Clark came from behind to win a prize package worth $30,000.
Gregory notes the recent boom in interest in the sport. “In 2008, some 90 college bass-fishing clubs were scattered across the country,” he wrote. “By the end of 2012, according to FLW, there were 610.”
Preuett and Clark are just two of the members of ULM’s 11-man team. The team has seen gradual and consistent success with high rankings in the Association of Collegiate Anglers School of the Year competition, and wins at the South Texas Bass Fishing Open, the FLW National Championship, and Arkansas Tech University Invitational.
ULM pharmacy professor named president-elect of LPA
University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Anthony Walker, assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, was recently appointed as President-Elect of the Louisiana Pharmacists Association (LPA).
Walker will begin his three-year tenure on July 13 as 2013-2014 President-Elect, 2014-2015 LPA President, and as Immediate Past-President in 2015-2016.
According to their Web site, LPA strives to better inform the public about pharmacy practices as well as utilizes programs that address issues pharmacists face in order to maintain the overall well-being of Louisiana pharmacists and the communities they serve.
Upon being elected by his professional peers, Walker noted, “Never in my childhood dreams could I have imagined myself… advancing to serve in this honorable capacity. I am truly humbled to be a part of this.”
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Warhawk Summer Camps offer fun and excitement for youths
Annual Outback Steakhouse Golf Classic and Auction Set for July 12-13
The annual ULM Outback Classic Golf Tournament and Auction is will be held July 12-13, 2013 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 Friday, July 12, beginning at 6 p.m., while the golf tournament will take place on Saturday, July 13, at Southern Pines (Calvert 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. Refreshments on Friday and Saturday will be provided courtesy of Marsala Beverage and the Ouachita Coca-Cola Bottling Company.
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.
For information on the Outback Golf Classic and Auction, please contact Erik Hsu at 318-342-5531 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Steele Names 15 Warhawks Preseason All-Sun Belt
ULM picked up a high of 15 preseason selections as Phil Steele released his 2013 Preseason All-Sun Belt Teams. Other teams boasting double-digit selections included Arkansas State, UL-Lafayette, Texas State and Western Kentucky.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Warhawks had seven players scattered among the three teams. First team selections included wide receiver Je'Ron Hamm and offensive lineman Joseph Treadwell. Hamm finished his junior campaign with 62 grabs for 915 yards and six touchdowns, while Treadwell started all 13 games as part of the Warhawks' front five in 2012.
Reigning Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year Kolton Browning highlights a group of second team selections. Joining Browning on Phil Steele's second team offense are running back Jyruss Edwards and offensive lineman Jon Fisher. Browning finished his junior season as the school's all-time leader in career touchdown passes and he is inching closer to the all-time records in passing yards (needs 904 yards to set new record) and total offense (needs 835 yards to set new record). Edwards finished 2012 with 446 rushing yards and six rushing scores in just eight games and he sits just 10 rushing scores shy of a new school record for career rushing TDs. He also recorded 12 receptions for 157 yards. Fisher, the final second team selection, started all 13 games up front.
Tavarese Maye and Josh Allen round out the offensive selections as the two ULM players were selected third team all-conference. Maye finished his junior year with 56 receptions, 512 yards and four scores — including an 81-yard TD reception against UL-Lafayette. Maye also rushed six times for 45 yards. Allen, like Treadwell and Fisher, started 13 games on the Warhawks' offensive line.
On the defensive side, ULM had eight players named preseason All-Conference -- three first team selections, three second team selections and two third team selections.
Earning first team accolades were Gerrand Johnson, Rob'Donovan Lewis and Isaiah Newsome. Johnson led the Warhawks a season ago with four sacks while totaling 51 tackles (27ua; 24a) on the season. Lewis, meanwhile, finished with 69 stops (47ua; 22a), eight pass breakups, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Newsome picked off a team high four passes while totaling 57 tackles (36ua; 21a) and five breakups.
Cameron Blakes, Joey Gautney and Ray Stovall were second team All-Sun Belt honorees by Phil Steele. Blakes tallied 18 stops (12ua; 6a) and one sack before suffering a season ending injury against Baylor (game three of season). Gautney started all 13 games for ULM and finished with 37 tackles (23ua; 14a), 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Stovall, who moved into starting role after Blakes' injury, finished the season with a team-high 13.5 tackles for loss as he totaled 63 tackles (43ua; 20a) and three sacks.
Rounding out the All-Conference selections for ULM are third team defensive selections Vincent Eddie and Austin Moss. Eddie appeared in all 13 games for the Warhawks and made 12 starts as he finished with 68 stops (52ua; 16a). Moss the third ULM linebacker to be honored appeared in nine games for ULM splitting time between defense and special teams.
Browning earns spot on 2013 CFPA Offensive Awards Watch List
Kolton Browning in action against Auburn in 2012.
ULM seniorquarterback Kolton Browning has been selected as one of 30 quarterbacks to the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Watch List.
"Congratulations to Kolton Browning on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Offensive Awards Watch List," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith.
"Under Head Coach Todd Berry, Browning will be one of the top quarterbacks to watch in 2013."
Browning enters his final season at the top of the charts with 60 career touchdown passes.
In the home finale against North Texas, the Mabank, Texas, native connected with Je'Ron Hamm for his school record 56th career touchdown pass. Browning added four more before the season came to close as he distanced himself from Steven Jyles, who tallied 55 career touchdown passes from 2002-05.
Browning is also on the cusp of breaking three other career records. He will look to chase down Steven Jyles as Browning trails only Jyles in career passing yards (904 yards needed for record), career passing attempts (249 needed for record) and career pass completions (45 completions needed for record).
The Warhawks open the 2013 campaign against the Oklahoma Sooners on August 31. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. in Norman, Okla., and the game will be aired on Fox Sports Network (Pay-Per-View).
Newsome earns spot on 2013 CFPA Defensive Awards Watch List
ULM senior safety Isaiah Newsome has been named to the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Defensive Back Trophy Watch List
"Congratulations to Isaiah Newsome on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Defensive Awards Watch List," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith.
"Newsome will be one of the top defensive players to watch in his senior season with the Warhawks."
Last season, Newsome was selected as a second team member by the Sun Belt Conference as well as the Louisiana Sports Writer's Association. Newsome led the Warhawks with four interceptions while amassing 57 total tackles (36 solo) and five pass breakups.
Newsome's biggest play of the year came in the conference opener at Middle Tennessee. The Petal, Miss., native intercepted Logan Kilgore in the endzone to end a Blue Raider drive with over eight minutes to play with ULM in front 31-17. Newsome's interception set up a clock bleeding drive as the Warhawks ran out the clock to preserve the 14-point victory in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Football season ticket renewal deadline extended
With 2013 football season tickets renewals continuing to flood the ULM athletic ticket office, the priority renewal date of June 17 has been extended until July 1, allowing additional time for those who have not yet confirmed their season packages.
"Renewals are tracking at a much faster rate than this time last year, and we want to continue that pace," said Adam Jonson, ULM's assistant athletic director for tickets and operations.
"Sales thus far have been a very encouraging sign of the excitement that surrounds the Warhawks' 2013 season."
Reserved seating in all sections of Malone Stadium and tailgating in all areas of The Grove will be protected and not released for sale to the public until after the July 1 renewal date.
Renewals can be made by visiting the ticket office in Malone Stadium, calling 318-342-3ULM or emailing email@example.com
Packages for season tickets begin at only $60 and include a ticket to all five ULM home games this fall.
Malone Stadium will play host to Grambling State (September 7) for ULM's home opener, Tulane (September 28), Western Kentucky (October 3) for a special Thursday-night ESPNU broadcast and "White Out" game, Georgia State (Oct. 26) for Homecoming and Arkansas State (November 9).
Season package discounts are available for ULM faculty & staff, and a family bundle, which includes four season tickets, is available at a special rate that provides a savings of nearly 40 percent.
Fans may visit ulmwarhawks.com and click the "tickets" tab at the top of the page for more information.
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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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