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March 2012

ULM & LDCC enter into new online nursing articulation agreement

Nick J. Bruno


Louisiana's nursing shortage may lessen thanks to a new agreement between the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Louisiana Delta Community College.

The two institutions began working together in 2008 when they entered into an articulation memorandum of understanding, or "2+2."

On March 12 ULM President Nick J. Bruno and LDCC Chancellor Luke Robins entered into an expansion of the original agreement—to include an online nursing degree articulation.

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Super Warhawk WeekendULM's Super Warhawk Weekend set for
March 23-25

The University of Louisiana at Monroe's annual Super Warhawk Weekend is upon us, with three days of fun, food, and events for students and the local community.

Sponsored by the ULM Alumni Association, Super Warhawk Weekend is a great way to get acquainted with the university and enjoy spring sporting events, music and food with family and friends. There's something for everyone!

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DEQ presents $564,496 grant to ULM

ULM President Nick J. Bruno (center left) accepts a $564,496 DEQ grant from Peggy Hatch, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmetnal Quality.

Peggy Hatch, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, and Senator Mike Walsworth, chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, presented a $564,496 DEQ grant to the University of Louisiana at Monroe Feb. 28 in Monroe.

Dr. Nick J. Bruno, president of ULM, and Dr. Kevin Baer, principal investigator and toxicology department chair, accepted the grant.

The grant is for two projects. The projects, focused on Bayou Lafourche and Turkey Creek in the Boeuf River Sub-Basin, entail ULM taking grab samples in-stream on a weekly basis for the duration of the two-year grant period.

ULM will provide DEQ with needed water quality data.

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ULM's Annual Wine over Water scheduled for April 12

Wine Over Water

The ULM Alumni Association is again hosting its award-winning Wine over Water event from 7 – 10 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, on the bridge overlooking beautiful Bayou DeSiard.

The event is an excellent way to support the University of Louisiana at Monroe, raise funding for local scholarships and enjoy a memorable evening.

Proceeds go to "The Spirit of The Warhawk Scholarship."

Musical entertainment will be provided by New Orleans-based MoJEAUX.

A "Friends of the University" Patron Party will begin at 5:30 pm in the ULM Conference Center, located on the 7th Floor of the ULM Library. Tickets are $125 per person.

Wine over Water event tickets are $50 each. Attire is dressy casual.

Tickets for the Patron Party and Wine over Water are available at the ULM Alumni Center.

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Warhawk flag flies over Afghanistan

ULM alums Aircraft Commanders Lt. Col. Scott Ditto (B.S. '91) and Captain Johnathan P. Coon (MBA '09) flew the Warhawk flag on a C-17A from the 172 AW, Jackson, MS ANGB. The flag was flown during a medical evacuation mission to Bagram AB, Afghanistan Feb. 15-20, 2012.


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

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

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

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

Visit www.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!

Irwin Thompson


Irwin Thompson (B.A. '84) spoke on Feb. 6 in ULM's Conference Center in celebration of Black History Month. Thompson, a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist, is the assistant director of photography for the Dallas (Tex.) Morning News.

Thompson joined the Dallas Morning News as a photojournalist in April of 1990.

Before moving to Dallas, he was a staff photographer for the New Orleans (La.)Times-Picayune and The (Monroe, La.) News-Star.

Thompson has received numerous awards, including recognitions from The Texas Associated Press, the Louisiana Associated Press, the Texas Headliners, the Press Club of Dallas Katie Award, and the National Press Photographers Association.

Thompson's photographs have been published in Time Magazine, People Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Sports Illustrated, US News & World Report, National Geographic, Life Magazine, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times.

In 2006, Thompson was among a team of eight Dallas Morning News photojournalists that won the coveted 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography for chronicling the gripping images of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Born in Lake Charles, Thompson grew up in nearby DeRidder.

cameraDiscover a Photo Gallery of Irwin Thompson's Presentation . . .

Don Hudson Hudson

Don Hudson (B.A. '83), executive director of the Decatur (Ala.) Daily spoke in ULM's Conference Center Feb. 9 as part of ULM's Black History celebration highlighting the successes of black alums.

Hudson, a Louisiana native, became executive director of the Alabama newspaper in 2010. Hudson has a bachelor's degree in radio/television management.

After graduating, Hudson worked as assistant sports information director of then Northeast Louisiana University before becoming a sports writer at The Daily Leader in Ruston.

After stops at several major newspapers, including The Journal Constitution in Atlanta and The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, Hudson began working at The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger in 2003, where he supervised day-to-day news operations.

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Heath Forbes

Heath Forbes (B.S. '99), and a former ULM football player, is making strides in Nashville.

Heath recently signed a deal with Luna Chica Records International, and has booked tour dates performing with former New Orleans Saint Kyle Turley and David Allan Coe.

A Monroe native with deep roots, Forbes’ music is a purely Southern combination of country and rock laced with distinct blues influence.

“I’m super excited to have this team who, like me, thinks outside of the box and encourages me to continue to be myself. It’s a refreshing partnership, and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Luna Chica,” says Forbes.

Photo courtesy Lavish Photo/Brandi Snyder and Luna Chica Records International.

Martha MaddenMadden

Many alums may remember Dr. Martha Madden as the Dean of Women at Northeast Louisiana University.

Last week, Dr. Madden joined Yasmin Anderson Smith, host of Marketing Matters, for an interview on Achieving Career Distinction.

Marketing Matters is a prime time talk show on Voice America’s World Talk Radio network, airing Wednesdays at 12 noon EST/9 a.m. PST. The show is about empowering professionals and entrepreneurs to harness the power of image, personal branding and civility in their marketing strategies in order to stand out and gain competitive advantage. 

After leaving NLU, Martha's career has included stints as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ); Special Assistant to the US Department of Energy, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management; and, the Dean of Students at Semester At Sea.

Mike Vining elected to Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame

Mike ViningFormer ULM men’s basketball coach Mike Vining has been elected to the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Vining becomes the third ULM coach to be honored by the LABC, joining Lenny Fant (1984) and Benny Hollis (1988).

Vining is the winningest coach in school history with 401 career victories in 24 seasons at ULM (1981-2005).

The Warhawks won seven Southland Conference titles and made seven NCAA Tournament appearances under Vining’s tutelage. In addition, ULM had seven Southland Player of the Year honorees and 46 all-conference selections under Vining.

Vining will be inducted at the LABC’s 38th Annual Awards Banquet on May 5 in Baton Rouge.

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.

ULM announces 2012 Football Schedule
(home games in bold)

Sept. 8  at Arkansas (Little Rock) – Away tailgating
Sept. 15 at Auburn
Sept. 22 Baylor – Alumni Association Shrimp Boil
Sept. 29 at Tulane – Away tailgating
Oct. 6 at Middle Tennessee
Oct. 13 Florida Atlantic
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

NCAA approves waiver restoring ULM Basketball Postseason Eligibility

Bobby Staub


The National Collegiate Athletic Association has approved a waiver submitted by the University of Louisiana at Monroe to reinstate eligibility for participation in postseason competition of men’s basketball for the 2012-13 season, while the full allotment of scholarships has also been restored, the ULM athletic department announced.

"We are extremely proud of our student-athletes and their performance in the classroom," Director of Athletics Bobby Staub said.

“It's been a true team approach from President Nick Bruno and the President’s Athletics Task Force (PATF) down to our coaches, faculty, academic staff and, of course, our student-athletes. While we still have some strides to make, we are definitely headed in the right direction." 

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Hawk Talk continues at noon on Mondays as baseball coach Jeff Schexnaider joins Hawk Talk to discuss Warhawk baseball.

The hour-long show is hosted Nick White and comes live from ULM's Student Union Building (SUB), and is broadcast over ESPN 97.7 FM -Monroe.

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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For more Good News about Warhawk Athletics, visit ulmwarhawks.com!

HBO Star and ULM Alum Vicki Gilliam to speak March 22

Vicki Gilliam


University of Louisiana at Monroe alum Vicki Gilliam, (B.A. ’87, M.A. ’90) returns to ULM on the heels of her popular speech given during President Nick J. Bruno’s Investiture last fall.

As part of ULM’s celebration of Women’s History, Gilliam will regale students and the public on her career and numerous successes as a lawyer, advocate, and businesswoman.

“An Evening with Vicki Gilliam,” sponsored by the ULM Diversity Committee, begins at 7 p.m., on Thursday, March 22 in the ULM Conference Center, located on the 7th floor of the ULM Library.

VAPA presents "Chicago - A Musical Vaudeville" March 29-30-31

Wine Over WaterThe University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Visual and Performing Arts presents "Chicago - A Musical Vaudeville" March 29-30-31 at 7:30 pm in ULM's Brown Auditorium.

Tickets are $15.00 general admission, $5.00 faculty/staff and free to ULM students with ID. Group rates are available.

For tickets and more information, contact the VAPA ticket office at 318-342-1414.

ULM Concert Choir and Chamber Singers tour Louisiana

The ULM Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will be on tour in central and southeastern Louisiana performing in a variety of venues and in a number of styles, cumulating with a 7:30 pm concert in Monroe, Thursday, March 22, 2012 at First United Methodist Church.

In addition to recruiting for the university through choral performance, the entire voice faculty is accompanying the choir, as well as members of the piano faculty.

For a schedule of tour dates and locale, download the Tour PDF.

ULM Child Development Center raises $2,158 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Ace the Warhawk leads off ULM's Mardi Gras Trike-a-thon Parade, which raised $2,158 for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

ULM's Child Development Center is proud to announce another successful community service project in the form of its recent Mardi Gras Trike-a-thon Parade – the youngest Warhawks raised funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital totaling $2,158.

Emily Williamson, the center director, stated that this was the second year that the CDC hosted the event for St. Jude's.

“During the week leading up to the trike-a-thon, teachers taught lessons on bicycle safety as they prepared their students for the event.

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ULM Interfraternity Council recognized for outstanding accomplishments

The University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Interfraternity Council was honored at the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference Awards Banquet Feb. 25, with one of the most prestigious awards an IFC Council could achieve.

The organization received an Overall Fraternal Excellence Award for its excellence in all 11 categories of council management – an award ULM has earned for the past four years.

This recognition makes ULM the only university in Louisiana, for the fourth straight year, to receive recognition at the awards banquet.

ULM Greek Life was also one of several schools recognized by Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honor Society. ULM was recognized for spring and fall 2011 semester honor rolls and its outstanding scholarship within the ULM Greek Community.  

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ULM’s Chi Beta Gamma honored as Organization of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Louisiana

Chi Beta Gamma, the professional organization for radiological technologist majors at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, recently received the Organization of the Year Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Louisiana.

The ULM organization was honored with the award Feb. 16 at the Annual Wellspring Luncheon because of the hard work and generosity demonstrated by Chi Beta Gamma during a Christmas toy drive held at the end of 2011.

“We are so thankful to have such outstanding young people as those of Chi Beta Gamma who are committed to community service and especially our children,” Brandon said. “The Christmas gifts they donated made such a huge difference in the lives of our families!

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