ULM remembers Kitty DeGree
Kitty DeGree's dedication to the University of Louisiana at Monroe ensured the remarkable progress of several university programs and facilities.
An honored donor and philanthropist, DeGree, who died Oct. 23, will be missed, said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno.
"The university community is deeply saddened by the passing of Kitty DeGree. Kitty was a humanitarian of remarkable character and profound generosity,” he said. “Over her lifetime, Kitty was the largest individual donor to ULM. Her generosity benefited both faculty and students through substantial gifts that have established scholarships, endowed professorships, and an endowed chair. Her vision and generosity will forever benefit future ULM generations."
Kitty’s capital gifts include: the Kitty DeGree Computer Center, which is the key student resource area of the Clarke M. Williams Student Success Center; the Kitty DeGree Pharmacy Student Resource Center/Library; and the Kitty DeGree Speech and Hearing Center.
ULM's new occupational therapy program unique to Louisiana
ULM occupational therapy assistant students at work in a lab environment.
The University of Louisiana at Monroe announces a new program—the only one of its kind in Louisiana—that will expand career opportunities for occupational therapy assistants.
The Louisiana Board of Regents recently approved the proposal for the Occupational Therapy Assistant to Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Bridge Program.
Classes will begin in fall of 2013.
Students will have intensive weekend classes at ULM and participate in online instructional activities—all of which will be ideal for the working professional.
New ULM web site focuses on recruitment and consistency
The new University of Louisiana at Monroe web site emphasizes the university’s mission—recruitment and retention of students—while also ensuring a consistent, easy to navigate, and visually attractive look.
The new design is clean and modern, featuring a prominent photo feature, a special section dedicated to recruitment events, and links to application and information request forms.
ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno said, “We are constantly exploring new ways for students to discover ULM. A major facet of that exploration means creating technology that appeals to those potential students. This new web site ensures our future and current students can easily navigate our web site and enjoy the same great experience online as they do on our campus.”
ULM's new web site is the most recent in a series of technology initiatives aimed at recruitment. In June 2011, ULM unveiled the mobile app, which has since been updated to include new features, such as classroom finders. In September 2012, ULM released a new virtual tour, allowing students and parents to experience the physical beauty of ULM’s campus.
ULM named one of nation’s most military friendly schools
ULM is one of the most accommodating institutions for active military members who are pursuing higher education.
The University of Louisiana at Monroe is one of the most accommodating institutions for active military members who are pursuing higher education, according to G.I. Jobs’ 2013 list of military friendly schools.
Military friendly schools are the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that deliver the “best experience for military students.”
ULM is highlighted as a Service members Opportunity Colleges Consortium member (SOC); a university that offers an ROTC program; an institution with the availability of academic credit for military service; and a university with full-time veteran counselors or advisors on staff.
Of the 14 Louisiana institutions listed, ULM is the only institution that offers five degree choices, including certificates, associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.
For more Good News about ULM, visit the ULM News Center!
Travel the World with your Fellow Alums!
See the world and travel with your fellow alums! The ULM Alumni Association has partnered with other Louisiana Alumni Associations to offer you the best in world travel packages.
Some travel packages are cruises, others are excursions, but all of them offer a memorable travel experience you won't forget!
To find out more about available travel packages, just click a destination below or visit ulm.edu/alumni/travel
ULM Alumni Association expands Social Media tools
Social media is a great way to stay in contact with fellow alums and the university. ULM and the ULM Alumni Association currently uses various social media outlets such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, and RSS feeds to help you stay connected!
The ULM ALumni Association has assembled a listing of various alumni chapters with a Social Media presence.
Visit ULM's Social Media page - www.ulm.edu/socialmedia - for a complete list of the many types of Social Media you can use.
ULM Member Health Plans, brought to you by Affinity Program Partners and administered by JLBG Health bring you choice and flexibility when designing your personal health plan while providing potential savings of thousands of dollars annually.
ALL ULM Member Health Plans NOW include:
- Coverage for as little as 30 days or permanent coverage to age 65
- ALL Dependents covered until age 26
- 10% Healthy Member Discount
- No pre-existing condition limitations for covered enrollees under age 19
- Dental, Vision, Disability, Critical Illness and Accident all available
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To review the plan details, receive an instant online rate visit www.ULMAHealthPlans.com or call
"Discover ULM" Magazine now available
The latest edition of the "Discover ULM" magazine is now available.
Inside you'll find in-depth stories on the 1987 National Championship football "Team of Destiny"; Beyond the Classroom: ULM's Partnerships and Collaborations, and the 2012 President's Report.
There's much more about ULM, your fellow alums and maybe even you in this interactive online edition!
Read The Hawkeye online!
Be 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?
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.
Keep up with all the "scoop" on ULM Athletics
Visit this Warhawk Fan Web site to keep up with all the "scoop" on ULM Athletics.
Warhawk 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 email@example.com.
ULM's Career Connections offer employment services
The Office of Career Connections & Experiential Education at ULM (formerly Career Services) has an online job posting service serving ULM students and alumni.
The Web site, ulm.edu/careerconnections allows employers to post part-time and full-time positions as well as internship opportunities.
Anyone may browse the jobs, however, an active Campus Wide Identification number (CWID) will be needed to apply online. Alumni that graduated more than five (5) years ago should call Career Connections at 318-342-5338 to apply for positions.
Log onto ulm.edu/careerconnections and click on "Students: Browse & Apply for Jobs & Internships".
Employers will also find on the Career Connections Web site the link "Employers Submit Job or Internship" in order to post any job openings or internship opportunities at their organization. The Web site currently has over 800 positions available.
Visit ulm.edu/careerconnections for tips about resume preparation and interviewing skills. Please call 318-342-5338 for an appointment.
Help Fund ULM Scholarships with a Warhawk Plate!
When you purchase a Warhawk license plate, part of the proceeds help fund scholarships for future Warhawks.
And if you have an older NLU plate, you can even retain that plate number with your new ULM Warhawks plate!
For more information and to order your new Warhawk license plate, visit ulm.edu/alumni/licenseplate.
For more information about your Alumni Association, visit ulm.edu/alumni!
All About You! spotlights the many accomplishments of our great alumni. Send your accomplishments and successes to firstname.lastname@example.org, and please include a photo!
TaWanna L. Davis (M.A. ’08) published her first book of poetry—"SHED." Davis also holds a B.A. in Psychology from the California State University Dominguez Hills.
Her career focus has been that of serving and advocating on behalf of seniors and persons with disabilities. What many people do not know is that Davis has been writing short stories and poetry since childhood. She has now chosen to share her thoughts, personal experiences, and those of others in hopes that her writings will touch someone in a profound way.
“The Journey to love should be an easy one. Yet, somehow our own selfish actions get in the way, making it difficult.” Davis drives this point home in her new release. She takes the reader on a journey to love by way of lust, the stain that it leaves behind, the inability to move on, and the determination needed to leave the past behind.
Copies may also be purchased at local Barnes and Noble stores or by phone at 1.800.THE.BOOK.
Dr. Willie Hey (BS ’83), a former ULM basketball player, has written a novel titled "Death of Campus Life" which is set on the fictional campus of Jefferson State University in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Northeast corner Alabama.
The picturesque campus prides itself on being friendly, easy going and inviting. No one invited a killer into their midst and his killing spree rocks the university and community to its core.
This debut work of fiction features Professor Van Celso and his unique perspectives and challenging experiences as a college faculty member. Professor Celso is accused of killing coeds. With the help of his best friend Jesse Hawk, Van is willing to go to extremes to clear his name. His professional reputation is on the line as well as his life. Van must weave his way through the politics of higher education, betrayal and lies while trying to avoid becoming the next victim of a relentless killer who views him as a loose end. Death of Campus Life is available online from Wasteland Press in Shelbyville, KY.
Death of Campus Life is Dr. Hey's fourth book.
He has also written an autobiographical book entitled, The Hawks Last Flight: Our Quest for a Championship, and two poetry books entitled, Reflective Rhymes: Volumes I (Lonely Limericks of Longing and Lost Loves) & II (A Menagerie of Doggerel Verse), and Reflective Rhymes: Volumes III (Pensive Ponderings) & IV (Lagniappe Assonance).
Dr. Jeff Hood (BA '91, MA '94) has been selected to Leadership Arkansas Class VII.
Leadership Arkansas is a program designed to take a statewide view of the economic and political challenges that face our great state. Leadership Arkansas offers leadership opportunities that expand the impact of community leaders across the state.
Jeff serves as the Associate Director – Undergraduate Programs in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.
After graduating from ULM with a BA in journalism and an MA in communications, he was employed by ULM from 1994 to 2002.
He obtained his Ed.D. from the University of Arkansas in 2007.
He has been a member of the ULM Alumni Association since 2002. While in school, he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, PRSSA and a student worker in the Sports Information Office.
He and his wife Sarah have one son, Colt, and make their home in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Michael Echols (BBA ’99, MBA '01) was named the James M. Shipp Jr. Memorial Young Business Leader of the Year Nov. 1.
Echols was presented the award during the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Council Leadership Ouachita graduation at Bayou DeSiard Country Club.
The Shipp Award is presented annually to someone in Ouachita Parish who has displayed outstanding leadership and service.
Echols is an executive with Vantage Health Plan and its subsidiaries.
Warhawks makes history with 42-16 victory over North Texas; bowl prospects brighten
With a solid 42-16 victory over North Texas, ULM secured its first winning season in the FBS era on Nov. 17.
It is the first seven-win season and the program's best record since 1993 (9-3).
Junior quarterback Kolton Browning returned from injury to throw for 324 yards on 25-for-34 passing with three touchdowns and one interception.
The Warhawks' receivers had an impressive night with Je'Ron Hamm leading the way with seven catches for a career-high 119 yards and two touchdowns.
Brent Leonard caught eight passes for 93 yards and a touchdown while Tavarese Maye caught seven balls for 71 yards. The Warhawks gained 518 total yards on the night to the Mean Green's 467.
The Warhawks greatly improved their chances for a post-season bowl bid. While the bowl picture is still sketchy, information about possible bowl bids and ticket information is available at the Warhawks' Bowl FAQ page at www.ulmwarhawks.com
The Warhawks conclude regular season play at FIU on Nov. 24 with kickoff scheduled for 5 p.m. CT.
Bailey named one of 50 nominees for Burlsworth Trophy
ULM senior running back Mitchell Bailey is one of 50 college football players nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy.
The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on.
A walk-on is defined as a player who began his first season of participation with a Division 1 (FBS) football program without financial aid of any kind from his university’s athletic department.
The 2012 nominees includes team captains, All-Conference selections, and national statistical leaders from every conference in the nation.
"We are extremely proud of this group of nominees for the 2012 Burlsworth Trophy,” said Marty Burlsworth, CEO and founder of the Burlsworth Foundation and brother of Brandon.
“All of these young men have worked very hard to get to where they are. The stories behind these players are incredible and they are all winners in my book."
Without one Division 1 scholarship offer, Brandon Burlsworth walked on to the Razorback team in 1994, worked his way to being a three-year starter and was eventually named an All-American in 1998.
Burlsworth was selected as the 63rd overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1999 NFL draft, but was tragically killed in a car accident 11 days later.
The Burlsworth Foundation was created in his memory and supports the physical and spiritual needs of children, in particular those children that have limited opportunities.
The Burlsworth Trophy's sponsor is the Springdale (Ark.) Rotary Club, and will host a banquet on Dec. 3 in Springdale, Ark. to honor the finalists and to announce the 2012 winner.
A list of the Burlsworth Trophy 2012 nominees can be found at www.burlsworthtrophy.com
ULM softball excels in the classroom
The ULM softball team was named a 2011-2012 “All-Academic Team” by the National Fastpitch Coaches Associaton (NFCA) by virtue of the team’s cumulative 3.312 grade point average.
The Warhawks team GPA ranked 41st nationally, just ahead of Stanford and narrowly behind St. Louis University.
Head Coach Rosemary Holloway-Hill’s squad had the top GPA of any school in Louisiana, and the second highest in the Sun Belt Conference.
“Our student athletes work extremely hard to juggle their studies and athletic skills, as it takes a lot of discipline and time management,” said Holloway-Hill.
“Our staff is conscious of both areas and we work to keep a balance on priorities. We are proud of their accomplishments and the way they represent the university.”
In addition to producing winning teams on the diamond, Holloway-Hill has always stressed that her student-athletes enjoy a balanced collegiate experience.
Community service and academics have been fundamental values within the Warhawk softball program since she took over the program in 1985.
Since then, ULM has had 15 players named NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes.
ULM athletic director Bobby Staub has placed special significance on academics as well in his tenure. “This is one area in which I am most proud of,” Staub said earlier this year.
“This past year, we had the single highest federal graduation rate of any school in the state. Our overall GPA as an athletic program is just shy of 3.0, and over half of our teams have above a 3.0 collectively. The coaches and counselors who work with our young men and women on a daily basis continue to raise the standard and excel in their performance.”
ULM student-athlete graduation rates continue to improve
Athletic programs at the University of Louisiana at Monroe continue to make academic improvements, according to a report released by the NCAA on Oct. 25.
"We continue to make strides in the overall academic performance of our student-athletes," said Bobby Staub, ULM Director of Athletics.
"It's truly a team effort on behalf of our student-athletes, coaches and academic counselors. We are certainly headed in the right direction."
ULM’s 2012 single-year Federal Graduation Rate was the second-highest single year total in the past eight years. The Federal Graduation Rate four-year average of 52 percent was the highest mark for ULM over the last eight years.
ULM's four-year average for the Federal Graduation Rates and the Graduation Success Rate has been trending upward over the last three years.
“Consistent improvement over a long period of time is the goal, and that is what is clearly demonstrated,” said Brett Bennett, ULM Faculty Athletics Representative.
The Graduation Success Rate (GSR) encompasses the academic outcomes of student-athletes who transfer from one institution to another, while the Federal Graduation Rate does not include transfer students in the calculationsDue to the inclusion of transfers, the GSR is considered a more accurate portrayal of graduation success for student-athletes at each institution.
Overall, ULM student-athletes achieved a 63 percent GSR; they continue to show a trend of improving academic and graduation success.
ULM baseball recruiting class highlighted by Baseball America
Coming off a 2012 Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, the ULM baseball team’s most recent recruiting class was highlighted by Baseball America.
ULM welcomed 15 newcomers to campus this fall and below is what Aaron Fitt of Baseball America had to say about the group:
"In the Sun Belt, Louisiana-Monroe brought in its best group of high school recruits in recent years and supplemented it with a large collection of solid junior-college transfers. SS Kodie Tidwell brings food inflied actions, a strong arm and a good feel for hitting from the left side. OF Dalton Herrington, a transfer from LSU-Eunice, is a standout defender with some arm strength in center field, and he flashes occasional pop at the plate. C Dalton Todd produces consistent sub-2.0 pop times and has an advanced feel for receiving and game-calling."
To read the full Baseball America release, please click here.
Download the ULM iPhone app and get all the latest in ULM Athletics in a simple, interactive interface on your Apple or Android smart device.
Among the info included is latest news, scores and schedules, and rosters for all your favorite ULM teams! In addition, live stats are available for selected sports.
Upgrade to the Premium ULM app for access to exclusive on-demand video from Warhawks All Access, including press conferences, player and coach interviews, and much more!
Visit ulmwarhawks.com to download your free app for any Apple or Android smart device.
Are you an active member of the ULM Athletic Foundation?
The ULM Athletic Foundation helps raise awareness and financial support for the Warhawk athletic programs, positively promote all athletic events, grow our fan and donor base, and enhance the lives of over 300 student-athletes.
There are five ways you can help ULM Athletics!
1. Become and active member of the ULM Athletic Foundation and “Give 110%” of your previous year’s giving.
2. Make a gift toward scholarship endowments or facility upgrades
3. Match your gift through ULM's matching gift program. Visit ulm.edu/giftmatch for more info.
5. Include ULM Athletics when preparing or revising your will or estate plan.
And don't forget several new exciting membership programs: the "Young Grads" program and the "Jr. Warhawk" program.
More information about the ULM Athletic Foundation can be found at www.gowarhawks.net.
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Upcoming Campus Events
Tuesday, Nov. 27: 10th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on the ULM campus, 5:00 pm in Scott Plaza, followed by a Choral Concert in Brown Auditorium.
Nov. 26-30: Annual Art Sale in Bry Gallery on the ULM campus. Bry Gallery is open 8 am to 6 pm.
Friday, Nov. 30: The University of Louisiana at Monroe’s 13th Annual Dance Fusion Concert is at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, in Brown Auditorium. The concert is free to ULM, faculty, and staff with a ULM ID. Community tickets are available for $5 at the door, and children get in free.
Saturday, Dec. 8: ULM's Fall 2012 Commencement, Fant-Ewing Coliseum, 10 am.
ULM's Museum of Natural History finds a new home
a message from ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno
ULM's Museum of Natural History is an important resource, and we value it greatly. ULM has supported the museum by providing more than 25,000 square feet of space, utilities, maintenance and security.
In addition, ULM's administration, faculty, staff, and many volunteers have contributed significantly to the museum's success.
In March 2012, university leaders worked with the museum to design renovations for the first two floors of Hanna Hall. This new location would have provided approximately 40,000 square feet of space, a significant increase compared to the museum's current allocation of 25,000 square feet in Sandel Hall.
The June 2012 fire in George T. Walker Hall significantly affected our plans for relocating the museum. This fire effectively closed Walker Hall for two years and required the university to relocate all departments from Walker Hall to Hanna, Strauss, Stubbs, Sugar, Brown, and the Library.
During the renovation of Walker Hall, the second floor of Hanna is being used for academic administration; the first floor of Hanna is slated to be used as the temporary home of the bookstore and faculty offices.
The urgency in finding a new location for the museum is even more critical as Sandel Hall will soon undergo a major, multi-million dollar renovation that will support improved student recruitment and retention.
During the past several weeks, the administration met several times with the Museum of Natural History Advisory Committee, along with other community and faculty supporters of the museum. A number of scenarios were discussed, including moving the entire museum off campus.
Dr. Tom Sasek, associate professor of biology and Director of the ULM Museum of Natural History, communicated that the museum advisory committee would prefer the public display and research collections to remain on campus; he indicated that a display space of at least 2,500 square feet would suffice.
Ensuing discussions between the museum advisory committee and the ULM administration resulted in an agreement to move the research collections to the first floor of Brown Stadium (formerly occupied by Graphic Services), where the collections will be housed in a temperature controlled environment and will continue to be available to research scientists
Dr. Sasek then proposed to create a public display area on the first floor of Hanna Hall. ULM's administration reviewed this proposal and decided to allocate approximately 3,400 square feet, all of which will be accessible to ULM students, local grade school students, and community members. The museum's move to Brown and Hanna will occur over the coming months.
I want to express my appreciation to our university and community leaders who, in the spirit of collegiality, have worked with us to create a resolution for the museum we all treasure. I know we all look forward to the museum's permanent home in Hanna Hall.
ULM anglers land big win
Blake Deron (left) and Jackson Blackett with their catch from Day 1 of the 2012 South Texas Bass Fishing Open.
Two students representing the University of Louisiana at Monroe Fishing Team at the 2012 South Texas Bass Fishing Open returned to Monroe with the first place trophy.
The tournament was held Nov. 10-11 on Falcon Lake in Zapata, Texas.
Sophomore biology major Jackson Blackett, son of Denny and Donna Blackett of Sterlington, and senior agribusiness major Blake Deron, son of David and Reba Deron of Monroe, placed first over the team from Sam Houston State University.
Day one's fish total weighed in at 14.26 pounds, and day two's fish total weighed in at 16.32 pounds, resulting in a two-day tournament weight of 30.58 pounds.
ULM President to serve on West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
University of Louisiana at Monroe President Dr. Nick J. Bruno recently volunteered to serve on the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
As a member, Bruno will be part of a partnership of business and professional people who work together to build a healthy economy and improve the quality of life in the community.
“This partnership means a lot for ULM,” said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno. “It’s an opportunity to get feedback from local business leaders about the hiring needs for the region. We’re producing their workforce, and my service on the board helps to ensure that ULM is helping to fulfill the employment needs for the future of the region.”
ULM Warhawk Wakeboard team wins big in Shreveport
Joel Barfield, a senior construction management major from West Monroe, competes in Shreveport.
The University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawk Wakeboard team won the USA Wakeboard South Central Regional and the Louisiana Collegiate Wake Tour Competition—both held in Shreveport Oct. 27-28.
Due to the size and difficulty of the regional, Warhawk Wake is expected to be either the number one or number two seed heading into the CBS Sports’ Alt Games National Championships in May of 2013.”
The Warhawk Wake team, a ULM recognized student organization, won the South Central Regional competition over past national champion, the University of Texas.
The Warhawk Wakeboard team, now four years old, also won the LCWT in a dominating performance, with the University of Texas coming in 500 points behind ULM.
Seniors can save money with medicare counseling from ULM pharmacy
Students and faculty from the University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy are once again assisting local seniors at the Ouachita Council on Aging during the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Annual Enrollment Period.
The counseling sessions ensure seniors understand that to get the best coverage at the best price possible, seniors should pick a plan that meets their unique needs.
Dr. Michelle Zagar, ULM clinical associate professor and a certified geriatric pharmacist, has been assisting Medicare beneficiaries with plan selection and enrollment at the Ouachita Council on Aging since the Medicare Part D program began in 2006.
While the enrollment period for counseling runs until Dec. 7, the team currently has appointments scheduled through the last week of November and cannot guarantee the availability of appointments as the deadline nears.
Thus, those interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should immediately contact the Ouachita Council on Aging Medication Management Clinic at 318-387-0535.