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March 2014

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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!

ULM's Bruno travels to South Korea to receive honorary doctorate

Bruno (right) visits with Hanbat President Lee (left)

Bruno (right) visits with Hanbat President Lee (left)

University of Louisiana at Monroe President Dr. Nick J. Bruno recently traveled to South Korea to visit three universities-all of which in recent years have sent numerous exchange students to ULM.

During the visit, Bruno received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Hanbat National University (HNU) in Daejon, South Korea while collaborating with each university's president on ideas for strengthening ULM's international student population and opening doors for more exchange programs.

Bruno is the only non-Korean bestowed this honor from Hanbat International University. 

"It was very rewarding to have the opportunity to visit with our Korean partners and to observe firsthand the institution's facilities and to meet with their faculty to explore how our partnerships can expand opportunities for our respective students," said Bruno.

"During our visit, we realized that research opportunities between our respective faculties should also be pursued.  It has been my goal to expand the international exposure for ULM students both through studying at these international universities and having their students study here at ULM."

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Bruno and Hanbat President Dr. Won Mook Lee also signed an agreement expanding the opportunities for both universities' students.

The agreement expands on an existing exchange program between the two universities that began in 2011, and also helps to promote degrees in business, computer science and engineering, and English.

ULM currently houses students from HNU as part of the exchange agreement.

Bruno was accompanied by ULM representatives Dr. Eric Pani, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Michael Camille, associate dean of the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences; and Dr. Kioh Kim, assistant professor and Coordinator of International Exchange Programs.

The ULM cohort also visited Chungnam National University and Geumgang University, signing existing agreements at each university.

"The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Geumgang University (GGU) solidified an agreement to engage in exchange programs of students, faculty, and staff, and to establish a 2+2 program," said Kim.

"In addition, a faculty and student exchange program was discussed with Chungnam National University (CNU). Based on the MOUs and the discussed future plans, dozens of students from these Korean universities are expected to come to ULM to study for short and long term periods starting fall of 2014."

Kim continued, "Due to ULM and Bruno's perseverance in maintaining exchange programs, dozens of Korean students have studied at ULM for the past three years, and the relationship between the universities has never been stronger."

Warhawks take home second straight academic award

The ULM men's basketball team was honored March 13 prior to its first round Sun Belt Tournament game as the top academic team in the conference for the second consecutive season.

The Warhawks once again posted the conference’s best cumulative grade-point average to earn the award.

Seniors Marcelis Hansberry, R.J. McCray and Amos Olatayo were named to the Academic Honor Roll while sophomores Kyle Koszuta and Colten Ponder were named to the Commissioner's list.

The back-to-back awards come just four seasons after the Warhawks were sanctioned by the NCAA for low Academic Progress Rate scores.

ULM head coach Keith Richard has completely re-built the men’s basketball team program academically.

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

Director's Corner: a message from ULM Alumni Director Devin Girod

Devin Girod


Dear Fellow Alumni & Friends,

We're getting close to some of our major spring events!

It's my hope that all of you will consider visiting ULM, or the event in your area, to catch up with classmates and hear about the great things happening on campus.

In April, we will have Super Warhawk Weekend on April 11-13. This weekend provides a great opportunity to catch multiple ULM athletic events, preview our 2014 football team in the Spring Football Game and enjoy some local crawfish at ULM Alumni Association's annual La' Louisianne' Crawfish Boil. The crawfish boil will take place at 12:30 prior to the spring game in the south end zone's new tailgating area.

Also, our 9th Annual Wine over Water is right around the corner! I encourage all that haven't attended to attend. This year's date is Thursday, April 24. Wine over Water offers an exclusive opportunity to be part of our largest annual fundraising event while experiencing a unique night on the ULM bridge full wine, food, and fun.

Some additional April events are the annual Dallas/Fort Worth Crawfish Boil, Jackson (Miss.) Alumni Dinner, the Greater Atlanta Crawfish Boil.

The D/FW Crawfish Boil will take place on Sunday, April 6 at the ULM vs. UTA baseball game; social time begins at 12 noon.

The Jackson dinner is April 17 at Sombra Mexican Restaurant beginning at 6:00 pm.

The Greater Atlanta Crawfish Boil on April 26 is located at Boudreaux's in Duluth, Georgia beginning at 11:00am.

For more details on any of the previous events, please visit ulm.edu/alumni/events

I thank all of you for the ongoing support allowing us to host these events and provide scholarship opportunities for our current students. I hope each of you will continue to help our Alma Mater thrive and grow!

Best to you and yours!
Devin Girod Signature                                                                                                    

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!

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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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

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

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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!!

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

ULM's Women in Leadership Conference highlights successful alums

In celebration of Women's History Month, the College of Business and Social Sciences hosted its inaugural Women in Leadership Conference on March 12.

Five ULM graduates gave presentations throughout the day.

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Maxine (Laird) Moreau (BBA '83) is the Executive Vice President of Network Services for CenturyLink.  CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. 

Before Moreau took on the role of Executive Vice President of Network Services, she led the overall integration efforts of CenturyLink, Embarq, Qwest and Savvis. 

In her current position, Moreau is responsible for planning, engineering and construction of the company's local, national and international networks; Network Reliability Operations Center; and Network Engineering Operations.

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Kristin (Welch) Wall (BA '83) is the President and CEO of the Louisiana Workers' Compensation Corporation (LWCC).

LWCC is a private, nonprofit mutual insurance company that is the largest workers' compensation carrier in the state with just under $200 million in annual premium.  They have reserves of over $600 million, surplus exceeding $850 million, and total assets of approximately $1.5 billion.

The company maintains an "A" (Excellent) rating from A.M. Best Company.


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Kathryn (Medus) Sullivan (BBA '78) is the CEO for UnitedHealthcare's central region. Sullivan is responsible for operations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. 

She oversees a business that generates $9 billion in annual revenue and serves nearly 4.6 million members in 15 states.

During her tenure, enrollment in UnitedHealthcare's central region has increased by more than 170,000 members, while employee satisfaction has increased by 12 percentage points, according to an internal survey.

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Teri (Grayson) Fontenot (MBA '88) serves as the President and CEO of Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge. Woman's Hospital is a 350 bed Level III regional referral hospital for obstetrics, newborn, and women's cancer care.  Woman's Hospital is the largest birthing and neonatal intensive care facility in Louisiana, and provides the highest level of critical care for women and infants.

It was named as a Top 100 Best Place to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine all six years that the award has been given.  Woman's Hospital is the only remaining independent, community-owned women and children's hospital in the United States.

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Angela McCray (BBA '04, MBA '05) serves as a Law Clerk at Simpson Thacher & Barlett LLP in New York. McCray is also the founder of Project ReMADE - Reentry:  Making A Difference through Entrepreneurship.

The goal of Project ReMADE is to foster the successful reentry of formerly incarcerated people using the skills of entrepreneurship and one-on-one mentoring. The program provides clients with traditional in-class training on general business concepts, as well as a mentor group comprised of one law student, one business student and an executive mentor living in the Bay Area.

ULM students honored by national organization

University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Education alumni Anthony Trombatore of Monroe and Kendra Slover of Vidalia, were recently recognized by the National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC). The NAAC is a professional organization which advocates for standards-driven nontraditional educator preparation.

The organization awarded Slover with one of three NAAC conference scholarships. Additionally, Trombatore received an honorable mention award. Slover and Trombatore were nominated based on recommendations from their ULM supervisor mentors, Dr. Valerie Fields and Polly Dupuy of ULM curriculum and instruction.

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Tiffany Jackson, professional development coordinator for the TEACH project-ULM's Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program-said the awards are indicative of the academic work being completed by M.A.T students.

"This is a testament to our program's curriculum, structure and induction, support model, and the wonderful mentors that support our interns in the field," said Jackson.

Slover and Trombatore will be recognized at the annual NAAC conference held in Orlando, Fla., in March. The two will also be featured in the organization's national newsletter, and on its website.

Trombatore earned a Bachelor of General Studies from ULM in 2007, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from ULM in 2013.

Slover earned a Bachelor of General Studies from ULM in 2012, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching.

About TEACH:

TEACH is a grant-funded project designed to assist eligible participants in ULM's Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) program. TEACH is a federal Transition to Teaching project.

The mission of TEACH is to increase the supply of highly-qualified, fully-certified teachers in high needs or high-poverty school systems in Louisiana. Thus, the goal is also accomplished through an alternative certification program that is university-based and offered in partnership with area high-needs school system.

TEACH participants become fully-certified in Louisiana by completing a Master's of Arts in Teaching at ULM.

For more information on ULM TEACH, visit ulm.edu/teach

ULM toxicology professors selected as keynote speakers

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Dr. Kevin Baer, professor and department head of toxicology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, was selected as the keynote speaker for the 17th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium held in Shreveport in February.

The theme for this year's conference was "Watersheds: From My Back Yard to the Ocean." The theme expands on the concepts relating to watersheds, preserving water quality, and managing land to reduce impact on aquatic resources.

Baer highlighted field sampling conducted for the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) in the Bayou Lafourche tributaries, as well as educational outreach activities to reduce nonpoint source pollution to Bayou DeSiard. The audience consisted of formal and informal environmental educators throughout the state of Louisiana.

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Dr. Dinesh Babu, assistant professor of toxicology, was the keynote speaker at the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agriculture Products Center (FAPC) and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)-Oklahoma section annual research symposium. The event was held in February on the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater, Okla.

Babu recently joined ULM's Toxicology Department to develop an emphasis in food safety within toxicology's Bachelor of Science program. Babu teaches food safety and toxicology, methods of food microbiology and toxicology, and introduction to food science courses.

His ongoing research studies include understanding of the therapeutic and health benefits of natural products (polyphenols) and food ingredients on human health in fields of food toxicology, food microbiology, immunology, and molecular biology.

The symposium included oral and poster presentations of research conducted at the FAPC and OSU, as well as Babu's keynote address titled "Emerging Food Safety Issues" pertinent to the food and agricultural industries.

ULM's Hanser appointed to editorial position for international policing journal

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Dr. Robert Hanser, coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, was recently appointed as the Associate Managing Editor of "Police, Practice & Research: An International Journal" (PPR).

The journal is published through the Routledge, Taylor, & Francis Group.

PPR is a peer-reviewed journal that presents current and innovative police research, as well as operational and administrative practices from around the world. The journal includes research articles from practitioners, researchers, and those interested in policing developments, analysis of public order, and the state of safety as it affects the quality of life worldwide.

Hanser pinpoints two key themes that he enjoyed when working with the journal.

He said, "The first theme has to do with the integration of the practitioner and the researcher. Throughout my work in criminal justice, I have tended to blend both the agency related aspects and the research related aspects of our field."

Hanser added, "The other theme that I enjoy is, of course, the international scope of this journal. Throughout my career here at ULM, I have continued to teach and research criminal justice issues from a global perspective."

The Associate Managing Editor is a key position in the operation of the journal and has been described as the hub position around which journal operations commence. This editorial position serves as the center of all communications between the Managing Editor, Editor-in-Chief, Book Review Editor, potential authors, PPR Board of Editors, and manuscript reviewers.

PPR seeks to bridge the gap in knowledge that exists regarding who the police are, what they do, and how they maintain order, administer laws, and serve their communities.

In addition to his role on the editorial staff, Hanser was one of five members chosen to judge the PPR Best Paper Competition for 2013. The competition is conducted annually, and submissions are ranked and scored by various criteria. One paper from those published throughout the year is chosen by the judges as the best paper, culminating in an award and a cash prize.

According to Hanser, PPR is a refereed journal with a longstanding history and widespread reputation within the international community of policing and crime fighting. It is an upper tier journal, consisting of research that is held to very close scrutiny. The review and revision process required of authors who are accepted is very rigorous; getting published in this journal is regarded as a noteworthy achievement among academicians.

The journal works in affiliation with the International Police Executive Symposium (IPES), an international non-profit organization that brings police researchers and practitioners together to facilitate cross-cultural, international and interdisciplinary exchanges for the enrichment of the policing profession. IPES encourages discussions and writing on challenging topics of contemporary importance through an array of initiatives including conferences and publications.

This is not Hanser's first editorial experience with a peer-reviewed research journal. For more than five years, Hanser has served as the Editor-in-Chief of "Crime, Punishment, and the Law: An International Journal."

"This journal is through Serials Publications, a publishing house that is well known and regarded throughout much of Asia," Hanser said. "Located in Dehli, India, this journal showcases research from around the world that deals with multinational crime-fighting."

Hanser received a Master of Arts in Counseling from Sam Houston State University along with a Master of Science in Psychology from ULM.

Hanser also received a Doctorate of Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. Hanser joined the ULM faculty in 2003.

ULM volunteer program donates blankets to Community Soup Kitchen

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Teresa Gadberry, RSVP outreach coordinator; Dr. Karen Kopera-Frye, head of ULM gerontology; and Dr. Pamela Saulsberry, head of ULM social work, present the hand-crafted blankets donated to the Community Soup Kitchen patrons. 

For the past two years, members of the University of Louisiana at Monroe's Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)-part of ULM's Department of Gerontology-donate lap blankets for elders in wheelchairs to the Community Soup Kitchen, in Monroe.

Nine, multi-colored, hand-crocheted lap blankets were distributed to elders and physically challenged individuals who receive meals from the Community Soup Kitchen.

Dr. Karen Kopera-Frye, director of ULM gerontology, says the volunteers look forward to donating to the facility every year.

"This act of kindness epitomizes the treasures we have in our RSVP volunteers," said Frye. "They work endless hours without pay, for all types of community charitable endeavors. We are proud that they are part of our Gerontology Department."

Rita Massey, director of ULM's RSVP program for over 24 years, said, "Our volunteers work endless hours to help make our community a safer and better place to live. I am also thankful for the opportunity to work and learn from them."

ULM is the sponsoring agent for RSVP, which is run by the ULM department of Gerontology and funded by a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The RSVP program connects those 55 and older with volunteer opportunities in Ouachita, Union, Lincoln and Bienville parishes.

For more information about RSVP, visit www.ulm.edu/gerontology/rsvp.html

ULM chapter of Sigma Tau Delta wins award for community project

The University of Louisiana at Monroe's Beta Zeta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta-the international English Honor Society-recently won the 2013 Project Grant Award, recognizing their work in sponsoring a writing contest for local high schools.

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left to right: (front row): Alycia Hodges, Kenneth West of OPHS, Lauren Turner of SHS; Destinee Harrell of WOHS; Valerie Upshaw, and Justina Salassi. (back row): Rebekah Barnes, Dr. Jana Giles, and Adam Breitenbach.

For the past two years, the ULM chapter has organized the Common Reader Ouachita Parish Writing Contest, which invites high school students from local parish, city, and private schools, to write an essay, story, or poem of five pages or less in response to excerpts from the annual Sigma Tau Delta common reader selection.

Beta Zeta chapter members run the contest by sending out excerpts to all high schools in the area, raising money for prizes, judging each entry, and hosting the awards ceremony.

This year, the chapter won the Sigma Tau Delta 2013 Project Grant Award, which encourages local chapters to be innovative in developing projects that further the goals of the Society. Beta Zeta's writing contest was awarded because of its focus on Sigma Tau Delta's mission of fostering literature, language, and writing. As the winner of the award, the chapter will receive over $450 for the project, plus a $350 travel reimbursement if a representative shares the project at the next convention.

Last year, the Beta Zeta chapter received the Sigma Tau Delta Regents Common Reader Award of $100 for the organizing the writing contest.

Beta Zeta chapter faculty sponsor, Dr. Jana Giles said, "I am extremely proud of our student members for their achievements this year and in years past. Our executive officers have worked tirelessly and under a great deal of pressure from their other obligations as graduate students and teaching assistants or full-time workers, and in some cases even as parents, to make the Common Reader Ouachita Parish Writing Contest a success for the second year running. They have raised the bar further this year in winning the Project Grant Award, and sending members to the annual convention for the third year in a row, thus demonstrating the excellence our ULM students are fully capable of reaching."

The Project Grant Award will be announced at the annual convention in Savannah, Ga., later this month. Three of the chapter's members will be present to receive the award: President Alycia Hodges, Vice President Valerie Upshaw, and Treasurer Adam Breitenbach.

Each member has also been accepted to present their original work at the convention. Hodges will present a collection of original poetry titled "Politic: The Construction of Me," which not only charts her evolution as a person, but her growth from artistic voicelessness to a place of articulation and self-identity.

Breitenbach will present an original academic paper titled "The Monkey Wrench Gang and Radical Environmentalism," which explores the roots of the radical environmentalist movement as inspired by Edward Abbey's 1975 novel "The Monkey Wrench Gang."

Upshaw will present "Beowulf's Saintly Veneration," a paper which explores the reconciliation of a pagan Germanic past with the newer Christian ideals that were prevalent in Anglo-Saxon England.

This is the third year in a row in which students from the Beta Zeta chapter have been accepted to present at the convention. In total, ULM has sent nine students to the convention in the past three years.

ULM Hawkeye wins national journalism award

The Hawkeye—the student newspaper at the University of Louisiana at Monroe—recently brought home awards from two journalism competitions, including a top-10 finish nationally.

Hawkeye logoAt the Associated Collegiate Press' annual convention in San Diego, Calif. the Hawkeye won 10th place in the "Best of Show" category for four-year weekly newspapers. The convention hosted 143 schools.

"Most college students wouldn't give up weekends to create a paper each and every week," said Jamie Arrington, the editor and chief of the Hawkeye.

"We do it because it is what we enjoy doing. Earning these awards and being able to bring them back to share with our university is icing on the cake. We are proud of the many accomplishments we've achieved."

Four ULM students also won awards for writing and design in the 2013 Southeastern Journalism Convention's (SEJC) "Best of the South" competition held in late February.

Garrett Boyte, of Oak Grove, won fifth place for "Best Opinion-Editorial" writer. Jaclyn Jones, of New Orleans, won sixth place for "Best News Writer."

Michelle McDaniel, of Winnsboro, won 10th place for "Best Newspaper Page Layout and Design," and Adam Hunsucker of Bristol, Tenn., won ninth place for "Best Sports Writer."

The awards, chosen from 440 entries from 35 universities, were announced at the SEJC's annual convention, hosted by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Overall, 169 students from 34 universities were ranked in the 30 "Best of the South" categories. The SEJC consists of 51 member universities in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

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

Mona Martin announces retirement from ULM

After 19 seasons at the helm of the Warhawk women's basketball program, ULM head coach Mona Martin announced her retirement on March 17.

Photo of Mona MartinMartin's 19 seasons as a head coach at ULM are the most in program history and she finishes her coaching career at ULM with 263 wins, including 168 conference wins (113 Southland; 55 Sun Belt).

"I have very much enjoyed my time with the University of Louisiana at Monroe," said Martin. "I have made a lot of friends here and I have enjoyed working for a great group of individuals. It has been my pleasure to coach many fine and upstanding student-athletes and I have also had the fortune to have many fantastic assistant coaches work for me. I will always look back on my time at ULM with pride and esteem."

During her tenure as head coach, a total of 19 players earned All-Conference honors, including Ashleigh Simmons who earned First Team All-Sun Belt honors this season.

"I want to thank Mona for all of her years of service," said Director of Athletics, Brian Wickstrom. "Mona built ULM women's basketball and the program is positioned to take the next steps toward competing for Sun Belt Conference Championships."

Martin was named the Southland Conference's Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2005 and led the Warhawks' transition into its new conference (Sun Belt) in the 2006-07 season. During her time in Monroe, Martin posted 14 seasons of double-digit wins and she went over the 20-win mark twice (20, 2000-01; 22, 2004-05).

Martin began her coaching career in the high school ranks at Natchitoches High School (Natchitoches, La.; 1976-87) before joining Northwestern State as an Associate Head Coach from 1987-89.

Martin followed her stint with the Demons with her second high school coaching position at West Monroe High School from 1989-95, before taking over at ULM.

Wickstrom named to NCAA D-I Women's Basketball Issues Committee

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) named ULM Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Brian Wickstrom to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Issues Committee this week, effective September 1, 2014.

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"Women's basketball has an opportunity to impact thousands of young people across the country especially with the increasing television exposure. I am excited to be part of a committee which will strive to maximize the student-athlete experience for the participants of women's basketball," said Wickstrom. "I'm looking forward to getting started in the fall to assist in the committee's mission."

The purpose of the Women's Basketball Issues Committee is to ensure proper oversight of the sport of women's basketball is maintained. The emphasis is on recruiting activities and enhancing the development and public perception of the sport.

The mission of the committee is to provide leadership to create and advance an intercollegiate environment that assures quality academic and competitive experiences for student-athletes and supports the game of basketball in a manner that promotes excellence, fairness, integrity and a commitment to education.

The committee is comprised of 16 voting members, including eight members appointed by and representing Division I-A; six members appointed by and representing Division I-AA and I-AAA and two women's basketball student-athletes.

This is Wickstrom's second NCAA appointment as he was named as a member of the NCAA Olympic Sports Liaison Committee last year and will serve in that role until 2017.

College Sports Madness names Coppola Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year

College Sports Madness released its Sun Belt Conference postseason awards and ULM's Nick Coppola was named Freshman of the Year, while senior Jayon James earned Third-Team recognition and Tylor Ongwae Fourth-Team.

Coppola started all 26 games for the Warhawks and played nine 40-minute games. He tied the school record of five consecutive 40-minute games set in 1999-2000. He ranks third in the league in minutes played (36.1 mpg), seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.407) and top-10 in assists (2.9 apg).

The Richmond, Va., product tallied nine double-figure scoring games including a career-high 16 against first-place Georgia State on Feb. 20. He's coming off a 15-point performance against UALR in the season finale on 6-for-12 shooting.

James earned CSM All-SBC Third-Team accolades after leading the Warhawks in both rebounds (6.0 rpg) and assists (4.4 apg) to go along with his 9.8 points per game. He led the team in assists in 18 games this season and ranks second in the league in that category.

The Paterson, N.J. native showed his versatility by recording eight games of at least 10 points, five rebounds and five assists. He registered a pair of double-doubles, 13 double-figure scoring games and a trio of double-digit rebounding performances on the season. He neared a triple-double at home against UALR with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists on Feb. 15.

Ongwae led the Warhawks in scoring with 16.1 points per game, and 17.7 in conference play to rank fourth in the league. He posted double-figures in 17 of 18 league games and in 23 of 26 games on the season.

The Eldoret, Kenya native has eight 20-plus scoring games on his resume and three double-doubles. Ongwae also leads the Warhawks in free throw percentage (.770) and steals (30) and is second in rebounding (5.8 rpg) and minutes (32.2 mpg). He has played at least 40 minutes in three contests.

Men's golf adds another top-5 finish to the season

The ULM men's golf team had an impressive performance in the Border Olympics in Laredo, Texas, hosted by the University of Houston, finishing in fourth place in a strong 17-team field.

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"We weren't our best today but we played solid enough to finish up in fourth place. It was a team effort this week with everyone contributing," said head coach Walt Williams.

The Warhawks carded an 8-over 584 in the first two rounds of play followed by a 295 in the third round to take the fourth place spot. The only teams to finish in front of ULM were No. 8 Houston, No. 14 Oklahoma and No. 25 Baylor.

"We beat several teams ranked ahead of us, including both of the other Sun Belt schools," said Williams.

ULM led the Sun Belt teams, finishing the tournament 28 strokes in front of Texas State and 49 strokes in front of UT-Arlington.

Mason Seaborn shot a 76 in the third round to clinch an impressive sixth-place spot in individual competition, while both Calum Hill and Charlie Macneal kept the team going, each finishing the final round under par with a 71.

"We look forward to a couple of easy days and then head to Little Rock next week," said Williams.

The team will make the trek to Little Rock for the First Tee Tournament, set to begin March 24.

ULM Results
Mason Seaborn - 75-65-76--216 (T6)
Greg Smail - 72-76-77--225 (T45)
Velten Meyer - 76-73-80--229 (T64)
Calum Hill - 76-74-71--221 (T26)
Charlie Macneal - 73-80-71--224 (T37)

ULM breaks school Distance Medly Relay record, Makevic wins mile

The ULM track & field program saw another school record fall oFeb. 14 as the men's distance medley relay broke a 30-year old record at the USM Cupid Classic, ran at the Bigmingham CrossPlex.

Photo of ULM Track teamThe team of sophomores Andre Brown and Dusan Makevic and juniors Hillary Kirwa and Silah Chumba finished in an astounding 10:05.97. It broke ULM's previous record of 10:07.11 set in 1984.

Kirwa ran 1200m, Brown 400m, Van Puyvelde 800m and Makevic a mile.

"I am so proud of these four guys. I really couldn't be any more proud," said distance coach Karoly Varga. "I dedicate this record to my wife and my daughter who have sacrificed the most."

It was the third school record to fall in the last two weeks for ULM.

In individual events, Makevic continued his impressive indoor campaign winning the mile. The Sabac, Serbia native finished first out of 49 competitors with a 4:15.19 time. Freshman Vinnie Van Puyvelde also posted a solid time of 4:17.00, a personal-record, to finish sixth in the event.

Makevic's performance comes just one week after breaking the school record and winning the 3000m at the Vulcan Invite. His time of 8:18.54 broke the previous ULM record by more than a full second.

"Dusan and Vinnie ran a great mile. It was a tactical race and the last lap was a kick," said Varga.

In the women's 800m, school recorder hold Teona Glave nearly broke her own mark with a 2:15.87 time. It was seven-tenths of a second away from her school record set last weekend at the Vulcan Invite.

Sophomore Rebecca Dark set a personal-indoor record in the mile with a time of 5:24.50. She also competed in the 800m and crossed the finish line in 2:15.87.

The men's 3000m saw Kirwa improve upon his season best with a 8:37.98 time to finish in sixth. Kirwa had just 30 minutes before running the first leg of the record setting DMR team.

ULM launches Ace's Army Student Rewards Program

The ULM Athletic Department has launched the Ace's Army Student Rewards Program in order to encourage student attendance at all sporting events. 

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With this program students will be awarded a pre-determined number of points for each game attended when they swipe their ULM ID card. As students accumulate points they will be eligible for prizes at different level, starting at 5 points and advancing to 50.  

These prizes range from an Ace's Army Koozie to an Ace's Army Hoodie, Ice Chest, or Big Chair. Additionally, the student with the most points at the end of the year will win in-state tuition for a semester.

Complete program information, inlcuding rules/FAQs, and a full list of prizes and a schedule of the eligible sporting events, is available at ULMWarhawks.com

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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.

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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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