e-Newsletter for over 25,000 Alumni & Friends
June 2014

Director's Corner: a message from ULM Alumni Director Robin Stockton Underwood

Robin Stockton Underwood

Underwood

Dear University of Louisiana at Monroe Alumni,

It is with great excitement that I write to you!

I am the new Director of Alumni Affairs and could not be happier.  My family has strong ties to our University and I am proud to say I am a Legacy Alumni – both of my parents have degrees for ULM.

My father, Coach Roger Stockton, is a Hall of Fame Member for his contributions as both an athlete and Women’s basketball coach.  My mother, Dr. Cathy Stockton, earned the first doctorate of Education issued in our University’s history.  Growing up I never had any doubt that I would attend ULM and I enrolled with joy in the fall 1997. As a 2000 graduate of ULM, and one of your fellow alumni, I understand the history of our “hidden gem on the Bayou.”

My husband, Geoffrey Underwood, and I are proud parents of three future Warhawks: Grace, 13; Emma, 11; and Roger, 7.

As the Director of Alumni Affairs, I am excited about the opportunity to engage and connect with my fellow alumni as we work toward continuing the legacy of our great alma mater, University of Louisiana at Monroe for the current and future Warhawks. Our graduates have gone on to distinguish themselves in business, construction, healthcare, education, and many other fields and are taking leadership roles in their respective areas of expertise.

In the position as Director of Alumni Affairs, I plan to continue strengthening the bond between the University and the alumni; create programs that match the interests and needs of alumni; increase giving and participation, and assist in developing a culture that teaches younger alumni to give back. In addition, I look forward to working with our future alumni, preparing them to lead their respective classes during their matriculation at ULM and after graduation.

On behalf of the Alumni Association at ULM, I want to say “welcome home.”

I want you to know that it is an honor to be working for you, my fellow alumni. The staff of the Office of Alumni Affairs and the board members of the Alumni Association are dedicated to the goals and mission of ULM. We continue to engage, educate, and reconnect alumni to ULM.

As an association, we are working to enhance and advance the reputation of our institution for you and the future graduates who will join the ranks of over 65,000 ULM alumni. Our programs, events, and services are designed to encourage you to stay connected to your alma mater.

We continue to evaluate and update our events and programs for all of our alumni. To find a list of our upcoming events and what alumni services you are eligible for, please continue to navigate around the alumni web site. Also, please update your contact information through the Alumni Directory.

Our alma mater needs our continued support and through our giving we can continue the legacy created among these hallowed grounds. I am strongly committed to the mission and vision of the university and look forward to your involvement, participation and continued support through giving, campus involvement and recruitment. If I may be of assistance, please contact me at 318-342-5244 or runderwood@ulm.edu

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.

And make plans to attend the ULM Alumni Association's Bayou Bash on Saturday, July 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Anna Gray Noe Alumni Center. Fun, food, and music awaits you in a family-friendly atmosphere! You can also prepay and register by visiting our Bayou Bash Registration page! More infomation below or visit ulm.edu/alumni/bayoubash

Sincerely,

Robin Underwood Signature

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!

ULM graduate's legacy remembered with scholarship

Matt Hattaway

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An endowment totaling $25,000 will serve as a reminder of the legacy of a lost family member of the Hattaway family. Scholarships created from the endowment will be given annually to deserving students in the School of Construction Management at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, in honor of 2010 graduate Matt Hattaway.

Matt—a native of Stonewall—was known as a young man who set countless goals for himself while striving to learn as much as he could. He was the first in the Hattaway family to attend college, and was always willing to lend a hand. 

A tragic accident cut Matt’s life short, but his family is proud to be able to honor him as a hero.

"He lost his life on earth helping others,” said Matt’s aunt, Jeanie Nichols. "He was vacationing at Gulf Shores, Ala., in June 2013 with his fiancée Jessica and some of her family."

"The girls had gone shopping and left Matt with the two younger boys, one of whom was Jessica’s younger brother. They had gone for a swim in the ocean when all of a sudden the weather took a turn for the worse."

Matt and his fiancee Jessica Matt and his fiancee Jessica.

"He realized that Jessica’s brother was in trouble and Matt was able to pull him to safety. Even though he was exhausted, he went back into the water to help others. Matt drowned that day, June 9, 2013."

After his death, the family sought a way to honor his legacy. Knowing that Matt would have wanted to invest in education, they decided the endowment would help ensure that Matt was never forgotten.

"Matt’s family and friends are committed to keeping his memory alive," Nichols remarked.

"We decided to create a scholarship fund that would enable another dedicated and diligent individual to achieve their goal."

"Matt had a smile that would warm the heart of anyone he met. [He] was a true inspiration to his family and friends and we feel this scholarship will honor him."

The minimum award for each scholarship given will be $1,000. The family believes that the scholarships will help students obtain a higher education in a field that Matt was passionate about.

Nichols said, "We want him to be remembered by those who knew him and those who will get to know him through this gift."

After Matt graduated from ULM, he continued to work for his aunt and uncle Steve and Jeanie Nichols at Specialty Trackhoe and Dozer Service in Shreveport.

"Matt worked with me from the time he was 14 until he died," Steve said.

"He decided to go to college in order to help him achieve his goal of learning all he could about the construction business, not just in the field, but also the management portion."

"When Matt passed away, he was already in a foreman position with our company and was excelling in every area. He received the first ‘Employee of the Year’ award in 2012."

Jeanie takes solace in knowing that Matt died doing the thing he did best—helping others.

"We all believe that if Matt had known the outcome of that day, he still would have done exactly what he did."

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

Alumni Association Membership Dues to increase July 1

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.

Scott Higginbotham, president of the ULM Alumni Association, says the increases are needed to help the Alumni Association improve and increase services to alums. The increase 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 were mailed this month 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 runderwood@ulm.edu

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.

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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 duran@ulm.edu

Spring 2014 ULM Magazine cover
Spring 2014 ULM magazine is now available

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!

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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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Warhawk Wines

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Get your Warhawk Credit Card today!

The new ULMAA
Visa® Platinum Rewards card.

Receive Visa Platinum benefits including online banking, auto rental, travel insurance, while earning redeemable rewards points by shopping at participating retailers.

Show your ULM Alumni Association support and pride by choosing one of our customized card designs!

Photo of iPhoneULM app now includes Alumni features

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?

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

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 obryant@ulm.edu, and please include a photo!


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Kemps-Polanco

Reshema Kemps-Polanco (BA '95) was recently named a "Rising Star" by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA). The association is a catalyst for the professional development and leadership for women in the healthcare industry.

"I was very fortunate to receive a very prestigious award," said Polanco.

"It was a proud moment for me and my family. It is just one example of how ULM alums impact their communities and their chosen business sectors."

According to their website, the HBA rising stars are professionals in various divisions of the healthcare industry, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, advertising, public relations, medical education, and market research, among other fields.

Nominated by HBA's corporate partners, the rising stars represent various career stages and disciplines, and have demonstrated noteworthy achievements and proven attention to furthering their careers.

To qualify as a "Rising Star," candidates must meet a set of requirements that show their involvement within the healthcare community as well the community at-large. Rising stars contribute significantly to their organization; exemplify leadership; exhibit dedication to the healthcare industry; and assist those in subordinate or peer positions.

Rising stars are honored as leaders in the healthcare industry along with other award recipients at the annual Women of the Year (WOTY) event that attracts over 2,000 industry women and men.

Kemps-Polanco is a Shreveport native and currently serves as the senior product director for CML Brand Marketing, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

She has been a leader at Novartis for more than 14 years and has demonstrated excellence in multiple roles. Her list of accomplishments includes marketing, sales, sales training, change management and talent development.


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Finlay

Brian Scott Finlay (BBA '89, MM '94) —a native of Jena— has been named the Director of Development for Central City Opera (CCO) in Denver, Colo.

CCO is the second oldest annual professional summer opera festival and is the fifth-oldest opera company in the country.

As Director of Development, Finlay reports directly to the General and Artistic Director and is responsible for fundraising efforts of the company.

Prior to his move to CCO, Finlay was Director of Development at the College of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

According to their website, the Central City Opera House is the oldest surviving opera house in Colorado. The Central City Opera House was built in 1878 by Welsh and Cornish miners. This National Historic Landmark is known as a centerpiece of the historic gold mining town of Central City, Colo.

The company continues to make history with three productions each year including one opera favorite, one lesser-known piece, and one American work.


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Vaidya

Dr. Vishal S. Vaidya (Ph.D. '03) was honored by the Society of Toxicology (SOT) with the 2014 SOT Leading Edge in Basic Science Award.

Vaidya is an assistant professor of medicine and environmental health at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health.

Vaidya leads the Systems Toxicology Program within the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Sciences, and directs the Laboratory of Kidney Toxicology and Regeneration at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

His laboratory uses cellular systems, mouse models, as well as human biospecimens, and applies methodologies at the interface of bioinformatics, cell & molecular biology, systems toxicology, and translational science in understanding kidney disease.

According to the SOT, the award was given in honor of discoveries that illuminate the heart of toxicology.

With this award, SOT—a professional association of more than 7,700 toxicologists—annually honors a scientist whose recent research has made influential contributions to understanding the fundamental mechanisms of the science of toxicology.

Dr. Frank D. Sistare nominated Vaidya for the award. In an interview with SOT, Sistare said, "Dr. Vaidya's work over the past five years will change the way textbooks are written and science is conducted with respect to deploying biomarkers for monitoring kidney damage."

"His research has set a high standard for future safety biomarker qualification efforts, while demonstrating the tremendous value that such efforts can bring to drug development."

The SOT Leading Edge in Basic Science Award recognized Vaidya for his work with a protein known as kidney injury molecule-1 (Kim-1) as a biomarker for kidney injury, including developing new tools for biomarker detection.

Due, in part, to the research of Vaidya and his colleagues, Kim-1 is now an accepted biomarker by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), European Medical Agency, and Japanese Agency for ascertaining renal injury during drug discovery tests. His work also led to the development of a bedside test for monitoring Kim-1 levels in preclinical and clinical settings.

ULM health professions students exceeding national standards

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Rad Tech students utilize state of the art technology.

Pharmacy and health professions programs in the College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe are consistently ranked as some of the premier programs in the state and around the country.

For the 2013 calendar year, students in these programs tested significantly above national rates on licensure exams.

"The performance of our students in the various health sciences degree programs and on state and national board exams is a testimony to not only the quality of students that these programs attract, but the consistent and outstanding work that our faculty perform to provide these students with the opportunity to be successful," said Dr. Benny Blaylock, dean of the College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

ULM speech-language pathology students passed the PRAXIS exam at 100 percent for 2013. Students become licensed by the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The national average passage rate for this exam is 80 percent.

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Blaylock

In pharmacy, students exceed the national average on the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination. ULM students logged a 98 percent passage rate, with the national rate coming in at 92.8 percent.

ULM occupational therapy students scored a 100 percent passage rate on the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy exam. The national passage rate for that exam is 84 percent.

Mental health programs at ULM are also experiencing a surge in talented students. The marriage and family therapy program saw a 100 percent passage rate for students in its Master of Arts program and students in its Doctor of Philosophy program.

Counseling students also performed well on licensure exams. Eighty-eight percent of students who took the Professional Counselor Examination passed, coming in above the national average of 78 percent.

One hundred percent of those who took the Praxis Examination in School Guidance Counseling passed, which is significantly higher than the national average of 77 percent.

ULM's medical laboratory sciences students surpassed the national average of 86 percent by scoring a 100 percent passage rate on the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification exam.

ULM's dental hygiene, nursing, and radiologic technology (rad tech) programs all logged 100 percent passage rates for 2013. National averages for these programs were not published.

"In the classroom, the research laboratory, and in the practice sites, our faculty and students are among the best anywhere," said Blaylock. "They continue to be a major reason for students to choose ULM for excellent preparation for a health sciences career."

For more information about ULM's pharmacy and health professions, visit ulm.edu/chps

ULM online MBA named one of the nation's most affordable

The University of Louisiana at Monroe's online MBA was ranked at number 25 in the nation as part of OnlineU.org's list of the 2014 Most Affordable Colleges for an Online MBA Degree.

According to OnlineU.org, this list displays the 25 most affordable schools offering online MBA degrees. The schools included on the list range in annual tuition from $3,912 up to $17,404. There are dozens of schools offering MBA programs online, but some of these distance education options have tuition costs as high as $42,000 per year.

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Pani

"I am pleased to see that the value of our MBA program continues to be recognized nationally," said Dr. Eric Pani, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

"When you couple our affordability with the increase in salary that an MBA brings, you have an impressive return on investment. Add in the high quality of our courses and the professional qualifications of our faculty and the result is striking."

The methodology of the list incorporates accreditation, flexibility, and graduate and undergraduate tuition.

OnlineU.org added further methodology stating, "MBA programs typically take two years to complete, but many of these schools offer flexible courseload options for working professionals who need to take classes part time and for those looking for an accelerated MBA as well."

"The schools represented on this list offer online MBA students the ability to focus their studies on everything from computer information systems, to marketing, to project management, to health services administration and more."

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Thornhill

Paula Thornhill, director of ULM's online program eULM, said "ULM is committed to providing adult learners the opportunity to earn their education beyond our campus by offering degree programs in an accelerated and online format."

"The University and College of Business and Social Sciences have demonstrated an understanding of the needs of adult learners by designing an accredited and affordable MBA program. The barriers that once prevented adult learners from earning a degree have been removed."

ULM was noted for its favorable accreditation and low net price—including exceptional scholarship and financial aid opportunities. OnlineU.org explained that the university's low net price was lower than 75 percent of all online schools.

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Berry

Dr. Ron Berry, dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences, said, "The continued national recognition of our MBA program as a high quality and high value program is a testament to the outstanding work of our faculty and staff."

The university's finance undergraduate degree was also highlighted as the number 10 most affordable in the nation.

According to OnlineU.org, the rankings were last updated this month and will continue to be updated on a quarterly basis as new online college tuition fee information becomes available.

ULM offers a variety of online degrees at the associate, bachelors, masters, and doctorate level.

ULM's business programs are accredited regionally, nationally, and worldwide, including accreditation by AACSB-International, the premier business accreditation agency in the world.

To view the full list of most affordable MBA degrees, visit http://www.onlineu.org/college-rankings/most-affordable/mba

For more information about the online MBA, visit ulm.edu/onlinedegrees, or call 318-342-3347.

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

Holloway-Hill announces retirement after 30 seasons at ULM

With more wins than any other coach in the history of ULM athletics, Rosemary Holloway-Hill announced her retirement on Friday after 30 years at the helm of the softball program.

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Holloway-Hill

"ULM has been my life. I am very, very blessed to have been given the opportunity to be here. I wish I could name all the people who believed in me or helped me along the way, but the list of role models would be endless. There have been so many people and friends who have been instrumental in my life ever since I was a graduate assistant here and I never looked back. It has been so much more than just softball to me.

"God sent me here and I came as a mentor to student-athletes and wanted to make a difference in people's lives. All of the wins and success at ULM are a credit to the high-level players and staff that have come here. I couldn't have accomplished anything without them. I've learned and grown here over the years just like the student-athletes and the amount that we've been able to accomplish means everything to me. The people here will forever be a part of my ULM family," said Holloway-Hill.

With numerous accolades to her resume including Louisiana Coach of the Year, Southland Coach of the Year and South Region Coach of the Year, Holloway-Hill has won conference championships and has guided the Warhawks to the NCAA Tournament. Her final tally comes to an astounding 749 victories as head softball coach, and 74 of her student-athletes were named to All-Conference teams.

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Wickstrom

"I want to thank Rosemary for her years of service and dedication to ULM student-athletes," said Director of Athletics Brian Wickstrom. "Rosemary has been a great ambassador for the athletics department."

In 1984, Holloway-Hill began her journey at ULM when she took the role as assistant coach. The following season, she was named the fifth head coach in program history.

In her first two years as head coach, Holloway-Hill led the Warhawks to back-to-back Southland Tournament Championships in 1985 and 1986. She immediately turned ULM into a serious Southland Conference contender. By the time it departed the league in 2006, Holloway-Hill had posted 238 victories, the most by any school in that league.

Holloway-Hill's most dominant team was the 1997 squad. Led by All-American pitcher Sarah Dawson, the team won was ranked 18th in the nation, won the SLC championship, registered a 47-12 record and reached the NCAA tournament before being defeated by eventual national runner-up UCLA. Holloway-Hill received national recognition following the season. The accolades she received included Southland Conference Coach of the Year, Louisiana Coach of the Year and South Region Coach of the Year.

The Warhawks had another historic run in 2008 when they reached the championship of the Sun Belt Conference tournament. ULM knocked off three different programs before facing 16th-ranked UL-Lafayette.

ULM had a very similar run this past season where it eliminated three schools in the 2014 SBC Championships. The Warhawks reached the semi-finals and were one of just three schools remaining in a league that tallied the fourth-best RPI in the country.

In addition to being the head softball head coach, Holloway-Hill also coached volleyball during the beginning of her ULM career from 1984-93. Her 159 career victories is the most of any coach in the program's history, and she was on the bench for all five of the team's winning seasons.

STATEMENT FROM HOLLOWAY-HILL

With mixed emotions, I announce my retirement from ULM as the head softball coach. I reflect back on what an amazing ride the past 31 years have been. I would first like to thank former President Dr. Dwight D. Vines, the late Benny Hollis, (athletic director) and Dr. Mary Jo Murray (former head softball/volleyball coach) for entrusting in me the development and success of the volleyball and softball programs. While at then, Northeast Louisiana University, I was also given the opportunity to gain a Masters degree in Education.

Thank you to Nick Bruno and wife Linda for their support and friendship, as well as Brian Wickstrom, who I believe is taking ULM towards a higher level.

To ALL the current and former student-athletes who chose NLU/ULM to continue their education and career: I THANK YOU for representing the university and program in such a manner to define EXACTLY what it means to be a Indian/Warhawk.

Very few people truly love what they do, and over the past 31 years, I have been able to wake up every morning and serve the university that I love.

In my retirement, God is directing my path to walk away with lasting memories to carry on into the next chapter of my life.

May God Bless!

Sincerely,

Coach Rosemary Holloway Hill

2014 ULM Warhawk Football Ticket Packages now on sale

To purchase tickets, call the ULM Ticket Office at 318-342-5417

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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

Annual Outback Steakhouse Golf Classic and Auction Set for July 11-12

The annual ULM Outback Classic Golf Tournament and Auction will be held July 11-12, 2014 on ULM's campus and at Frenchman's Bend 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.

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Lots of Warhawk items and memorabilia will be available at the ULM Outback Classic Golf Tournament and Auction.

The dinner and auctions will be held in Fant-Ewing Coliseum Friday, July 11, beginning at 6 p.m., while the golf tournament will take place on Saturday, July 12, at Frenchman's Bend Golf Club 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 Bernard Heflin at 318-342-3607 or bheflin@ulm.edu

ULM's Bennett appointed to NCAA cabinet

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Bennett

Brett Bennett, associate professor and director of the University of Louisiana at Monroe radiologic technology program, was recently selected to serve as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Academic Cabinet through March 2015.

"I consider it an honor to represent the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the Sun Belt Conference at the national level," said Bennett.

"The most important aspect of the student-athlete experience is education. I hope to help protect that for every student-athlete with my efforts on this cabinet."

Bennett serves in a similar capacity at ULM. He is the university's Faculty Athletic Representative, and is a member of the University Athletics Academic Advisory Committee. Bennett also served on the ULM Athletic Director search committee in 2013.

According to the NCAA website, the committee structure in Division I includes six cabinets that report to the councils and are responsible for academic affairs; amateurism; awards, benefits, expenses and financial aid; recruiting and athletics personnel issues; championships, and the administrative functions of Division I.

During his service on the Academic Cabinet, Bennett will join 20 other representatives from schools across the country in order to help guide Division I Athletics on all academic matters and responsibilities.

Bennett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in radiologic technology and a Master of Education degree in administration and supervision from ULM.

Bennett has taught at ULM for over 13 years.

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. 

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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 mire@ulm.edu

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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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