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November 2013

ULM to award honorary doctorates to Kilpatrick, Luffey, and McCarter

Honorary Doctorates Tex Kilpatrick, John Luffey, and John McCarter

from Left: Tex Kilpatrick, George Luffey, and John H. McCarter

ULM to award honorary doctorates to Kilpatrick, Luffey, and McCarter

With the approval of University of Louisiana System (ULS) President Dr. Sandra Woodley, the University of Louisiana at Monroe will award honorary doctorates to three long-time supporters and advocates of ULM:Tex Kilpatrick, George Luffey, and John H. McCarter.

Each of the recipients will be given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at ULM's December Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Dec. 7, in ULM's Fant-Ewing Coliseum. 

"I proposed awarding these degrees because it has always been my goal to honor some of the most influential people in ULM's history," said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno.

"Tex, George, and John have been pivotal in the success of our institution in the past and even still, today. These will be the first honors conferred since 2001, and it will be my pleasure to bestow each of these men with their honorary doctorates in December."

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ULM Speech-Language Pathology graduates earn perfect scores

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Graduating students within the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) masters degree program earned yet another 100 percent passage rate on the fall 2013 Praxis exit exam.

The students are set to graduate in December, marking the seventh consecutive semester of perfect scores for the program.

According to Dr. Johanna Boult, head of the SLP program, “The Praxis is the professional-level exam, much like other professions’ ‘boards,’ that allows for entry into the profession.  This accomplishment is one element that allows graduates to obtain both national certification through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and state licensure.”

According to the ASHA, the national passage rate for first time test-takers is 86.4 percent.

arrowDiscover more about ULM's Speech-Language Pathlogy's perfect passing rate . . .

Louisiana National Guard Adjutant General helps ULM honor veterans

Students, faculty, and staff from the University of Louisiana at Monroe gathered in the ULM Conference Center to honor the veterans who are part of the ULM family.

Major General Glenn H. Curtis


Major General Glenn H. Curtis spoke to a crowded room, and thanked the veterans for their service. Curtis set the tone of the event, opening his speech with a simple phrase. He said, “It’s a great day to be an American.”

He then encouraged the attendants to take the time to “thank veterans for putting their lives on the line for this nation.”

Curtis then spoke about the history of the Louisiana National Guard, even referencing the time when Louisiana was still considered a territory.

One of the more sobering moments of the ceremony came when Curtis began to recognize veterans from each U.S. war or conflict. Starting with World War I, and ending at with current War on Terror, veterans throughout the room, stood up to be recognized for their service.

Curtis ended by thanking his fellow servicemen and women, and encouraging everyone to think about the good that is done by those who serve.

Each ULM veteran was honored with a special ribbon, presented by Major General Curtis. The ceremony was followed by a reception for those who were honored.

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ULM College of Business receives entrepreneurship award

The University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Business received the University Entrepreneurship Advocacy Award from the Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ASBE). 

This award is given to the university that is most supportive of entrepreneurship and is creating an environment for advancing free enterprise and small business.

Dr. Paul Dunn


Dr. Ron Berry


William Jackson, executive director of ASBE, presented the award to ULM Professor Emeritus Dr. Paul Dunn, who accepted the award for the College of Business. 

Dr. Ron Berry, dean of the College of Business, notes, “The College of Business has recognized the importance of entrepreneurship to our state and regional economy for many years. We sincerely appreciate the efforts of our faculty, like Dr. Paul Dunn, who have made significant contributions to the field of entrepreneurship and have earned this recognition for the college and university.”

arrowDiscover more about the College of Business entrepreneurship award . . .

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

Devin Girod


Dear Fellow Alumni & Friends,

First, I want to thank everyone that attended Homecoming weekend and, again, congratulate our alumni award winners. The weekend was full of celebrations, shared stories and college experiences, and a big Warhawk win against Georgia State!

On Nov. 9, the Alumni Association and 31 Ambassadors hosted its 29th Annual Chili Cook-Off. The theme was “Chilin’ On The Bayou.”

Twenty-five open division teams and five student teams filled The Grove to test the family chili concoction against one another. Although weather conditions were not ideal, everyone bundled up and pulled out their umbrellas to stick around and enjoy the friendly competition. I thank all participants for doing so.

Our judges had a great time visiting and tasting the “experts’” variety of flavors. In the spirit of Clint Eastwood, professor Josh Stockley said, “Some are good, some are bad, and some are just ugly.” All judges survived, although some-including Dr. Stockley-needed to stand up and take a deep breath from time to time. 

This year’s winners are:

People’s Choice:
Chili Cooking Ninjas

Showmanship Award:
George Wyatt

Student Division:
1st Place: Kappa Sigma; 2nd Place: Pi Kappa Alpha; 3rd Place: Chili Chili Bang Bang (Holly Tyler and team)

Open Division:
1st Place: Mr. Don Weems (and second 1st place finish in the last 3 years!); 2nd Place: Karen Embanata; 3rd place: Doug and Billy Nielsen

Photos of the Chili Cook-off are available online at ulm.edu/gallery/11-09-2013a

Along with the chili cook-off, ULM hosted Browse on the Bayou, Parent’s Day, and Senior Night. We had the largest ever attendance for Browse on the Bayou, and this is a testament to ULM’s great recruiting staff. Also, the senior football players honored are a major factor in the program’s improvements and success. They are great athletes, but great young men as well.

That said, please join us for their last game and the last game of the 2013 football season on Nov. 30 against UL-Lafayette. The Alumni Association will host a tailgate so join us for a good time with food and fellowship. Most of all come support this group as we take on our in-state rival.

The following is the invite containing all the information needed:

Hope to see everyone there and Go Warhawks!

Devin Girod

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

European Tapestry CruiseBalkan Marvels Cruise

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.

Fall 2013 ULM Magazine

Fall 2013 ULM Magazine now available

The Fall 2013 edition of ULM Magazine is now available. Active alums, retirees and other supporters should check their mailbox for their copy.

Inside you'll find in-depth stories on ULM's Strategic and Facilities Master Plan, and a profile of new Athletic Director Brian Wickstrom.

Also included is The President's Report, a overview of the generous support of the university provided by alums, donors and friends, as well as President Nick J. Bruno's vision for ULM's future.

There's much more about ULM, your fellow alums and maybe even you in this interactive online edition!

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

Photo of Robert Callendar

Bob Callender (AS '95, BS '98) has accepted the role of Analytical and Product Quality Statistical Techniques Work Process Implementation Leader for the Sadara Project.

In his new role, Bob will relocate with his family to al Khobar, Saudi Arabia to join the Sadara Product Quality and Analytical Team.

Bob joined Dow in 1998 with ANGUS at the Sterlington, Louisiana site, and worked in various manufacturing roles at ANGUS including Lab Technician, Analytical Technologist, Analytical Specialist, and Laboratory Information Technologist.

Bob joined the EOEG Business in 2006 as Quality Coordinator for the SCO Oxide, MGE, and Hydrocarbons plants and later added responsibilities as the North American Glycol Product Steward.  In 2009 Bob accepted the roles of EOEG Business Quality Leader and EOEG ODMS Leader later adding BQL responsibilities for Plastics Additives.

Summer internships lead to new careers for ULM students

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Pictured from left: John Owen, Lesley Engolia, and Ashley Boykin

Five seniors from the University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Business gained valuable experience as interns this past summer and left with much more than they bargained for—job offers.

Nick Vargo, a construction management major from Bossier City; Mikki Caldwell, a risk management and insurance major from Monroe; Lesley Engolia, an accounting major from New Orleans; Ashley Boykin, a risk management and insurance major from Shreveport; and John Owen, a finance major from Alto were all offered full-time positions after completing their internships.

“Internships provide a great opportunity for students to apply knowledge they are learning in the classroom and to extend that knowledge in a practical sense,” said Dr. Ron Berry, dean the College of Business.

“Internships also provide students an opportunity to learn about careers, positions and companies prior to graduation.”

arrowDiscover more about ULM's Summer Interns . . .

ULM's Melancon earns prestigious finance credential

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Melissa Melancon, assistant professor of finance, insurance and economics at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, recently received the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

“The CVA credential is another way that I can remain on the cutting edge of the finance discipline,” said Melancon.

“Further, it enhances my competencies and is proof that I have met rigorous standards to qualify for the designation.  The valuations that I have done will help me bring real world applications to my students.  The CVA expands my opportunities to work with the community.”

Melancon completed the certification process to earn this prestigious credential, which—according to the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA)—is only granted to qualified individuals with considerable professional experience in the field of business valuation.

arrowDiscover more about Dr. Melissa Melancon . . .

ULM's Wiedemeier continues award-winning year

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Dr. Allison Wiedemeier (center) receives Outstanding Educator award from Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo (left) and Progressive Bank Chairman, David Hampton (right).

For Dr. Allison Wiedemeier— an assistant professor of biology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe—excellence through education has become a standard, and after winning her second teaching award this year, Wiedemeier is poised to become a leader in progressive classroom techniques.

Wiedemeier’s most recent accomplishment came at the annual Accent on Excellence ceremony, where she was named as an Outstanding Educator in Ouachita Parish.

“I am honored to be recognized as one of many top educators in the region,” she said.

“ULM has many outstanding teachers and I am humbled to have been chosen by my peers to represent ULM this year.”

In early August, Wiedemeier was nominated for—and won—ULM’s Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Wiedemeier was commended for the “energy and organization” she brought to her classroom, and for the use of “a diverse set of techniques ranging from traditional lecturing to small group discussions and innovative activities meant to promote learning.”

arrowDiscover more about Dr. Allison Wiedemeier . . .

ULM College of Arts and Sciences announces new professorships

Six professors at the University of Louisiana at Monroe have been selected to hold Endowed Professorships in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Mary Adams, Dr. Jana Giles, and Dr. Rebecca Stephenson from the department of English; Dr. Joshua Stockley from political science, Dr. Christine Strunk from mathematics, and Dr. Christopher Mapp from communication, will all receive support for their research and service projects. 

Dr. Ruth Smith, director of the School of Humanities said, “The projects supported by these professorships reflect the depth of scholarship and quality of teaching that take place on the ULM campus.”

arrowDiscover more about these Endowed Professors . . .

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

ULM Water Ski wins 25th National Championship

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ULM's National Champion Water Ski team performs on Bayou DeSiard earlier this year.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe Water Ski team won its 25th National Championship this past weekend at Imperial Lakes in El Centro, Calif. The team has won three years in a row and 25 titles in the 35 years of the competition’s existence.

According to usawaterski.org, the Warhawks racked up 12,885 points, ahead of the second place team, in-state rival, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette who scored 12, 610 points and the University of Alabama who came in third with 10,330 points.

Treina Landrum, the team’s coach said, “This year's National Championship Tournament was a true competitive struggle all the way to through the last event,” she said.

Photo of Treina Landrum


“We saw great skiing from ULM skiers as well as from the other competitors.  Our ULM Water Ski Team fought hard for the victory they are enjoying. It is especially memorable that they are the team that returned home with the 25th National Championship Title.  It is a once in a life time accomplishment that binds them with all of the previous ULM Skiers who brought us to this point.”

Landrum continued, “I would like to thank all the previous ULM Skiers for their contributions and recognize the efforts of Dean Tom Murphy and Bill Bagley for their leadership and devotion to ULM Water Skiing. We would also like to thank the ULM Students, ULM Administration, and our community supporters for their help and encouragement. Go Warhawks!”

arrowDiscover more about ULM's Championship Water Ski Team . . .

Warhawks earn 300th win at Fant-Ewing in 92-52 victory

ULM used a balanced attack, with four players reaching double figures, to pick up the program’s 300th win inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum in a 92-52 victory over Louisiana College Nov. 11.

The Warhawks move to 1-1 on the season with the win, while the Wildcats fall to 0-1.

Both Ashleigh Simmons and Sharnice Brooks had 16 points for ULM to lead the team in scoring. The 16 points were a career-high for Brooks, who went 7-of-10 from the field. They were joined in double figures by Jasmine Shaw (12) and Alayshia Hunter (11).

Brooks also led the Warhawks with nine rebounds, falling just one board shy of her first career double-double. Alexar Tugler added eight boards and Simmons added another seven.

The primary difference in the game came inside the paint, where ULM’s major height advantage led to a 62-6 point differential. ULM also held a 22-9 advantage in second-chance points.

The Aspire Group maintains presence in the Sun Belt Conference with ULM

The Aspire Group and the University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawks (ULM) have formed a partnership to launch an on-site Fan Relationship Management Center (FRMC) that will implement all ticket marketing, ticket sales, ticket service and game day ticket operations for Football, Men's and Women's Basketball, Baseball and all other olympic sports at ULM.

The ULM FRMC will consist of a Manager, Ticket Operations Coordinator and two Sales Consultants providing exceptional customer service to the Warhawk community while also supporting Warhawk athletics in their strive for excellence.

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"It is a mission of Warhawk Athletics to consistently support and make the Warhawks community proud. The addition of The Aspire Group allows Warhawks Athletics the opportunity to deliver on that mission and create a personal relationship with each Warhawks fan," stated Brian Wickstrom, Director of Athletics for University of Louisiana at Monroe.

"We are excited to begin this partnership with The Aspire Group and welcome them into the Warhawks family."

The Aspire Group has hired Jamel Jodah to manage the ULM FRMC. The University of Memphis graduate began his career with the Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) and most recently had been an Account Executive for the New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) for the past two years.

"The Aspire Group has a proven track record of success when tasked with overseeing an entire ticket operation and seamlessly integrating ourselves into the athletic department," stated Bill Fagan, SVP & GM of The Aspire Group

"Our main goals are to establish and provide exceptional customer service to the Warhawk fan base, while also maximizing organizational performance for ULM Athletics."

About The Aspire Group

The Aspire Group is a global sports and entertainment firm founded by Dr. Bernie Mullin that partners with its clients to maximize revenue, people and organizational performance.

Aspire provides ongoing strategic and implementation support in executing and maintaining highly innovative sales, marketing, management, and operational systems and programs.

This is best embodied in the Fan Relationship Management Center, the fastest growing arm of the company, operating in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

For more information visit www.theaspiregroupinc.com

ULM Men finish as top team in Louisiana at NCAA Regional Championships

The ULM men’s cross country team finished first among Louisiana schools to become the top team in the state and ended 16th overall at the NCAA South Central Region Championships Nov. 15 at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course, hosted by Baylor University.

Of the seven in-state programs to compete at NCAA Regional Championships, the Warhawks clocked in first in front of LSU, Tulane, Southeastern Louisiana, UL-Lafayette, La. Tech and New Orleans. ULM also beat out Sun Belt Conference foes Arkansas State and Texas State.

“We came here wanting to finish the season on a high-note and we accomplished that. We ran really well and I was pleased with our performance. We ran the way we should,” said ULM cross country coach Karoly Varga.

Junior Silah Chumba came in as ULM’s top finisher in the 10K race at 32:07.05 which placed 54th. Chumba sat in 86th at the halfway point before making his move in the second half. The Eldoret, Kenya native continues to get stronger as he improved upon his 2012 time of 32:24.3 and 2011 score of 33:13.7.

Fellow junior Hillary Kirwa followed with a 71st-place finish at 32:33.7 and led ULM at the halfway point in 78th.

Freshmen Vinnie Van Puvelde and Dusan Makevic recorded top-100 finishes of 33:04.3 and 33:17.9, respectively. Freshman Brent Turner rounded the Warhawks out at 34:47.0.

“The goal coming in was to gain experience for the future, especially because three of our five runners are freshmen. I told them coming in that there was no pressure today and I just wanted everyone to run their hardest. We should enjoy all the work that we’ve put in and we are pleased with the results,” said Varga.

The Warhawks will turn their attention to the 2014 track & field season. The indoor season begins on Jan. 17 at the Texas A&M-Texas Invitational in College Station, Texas.

ULM’s Macneal and Knowles named Sun Belt Golfers of the Month

Representing the men, Charlie Macneal received the honor after three consecutive top three finishes in their October tournaments, including a huge win in the Quail Valley Intercollegiate, where Macneal shot an incredible 15-under 201; the Warhawks went on to win the tournament by 21 strokes. Macneal, a senior from Scotland, had another win in individual competition in the Bill Ross Intercollegiate, after shooting a 9-under 207.

Alison Knowles received the honor for women’s Golfer of the Month for the second month in a row. Knowles finished in the top three in all three of the Warhawks’ final fall tournaments, including two first place finishes in the Lady Red Wolf Classic and the Steelwood Preview.

The sophomore from Mexborough, England also set a new ULM Low Round Record, for both men and women, when she posted a 64 in the second round of the Lady Red Wolf Classic.

Both men’s and women’s teams will be back in action in February to begin their spring season. 

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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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