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October 2011

ULM Homecoming Festivities set for the week of Oct. 24 - 30

ULM Homecoming Video

Click the video link above and check out ULM's Homecoming Video produced by ULM students!

The University of Louisiana at Monroe will celebrate Homecoming the week of Oct. 24 - 30, culminating with the Homecoming football game vs. Western Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 29 in Malone Stadium. Kick-off is set for 2:30 p.m.

Returning this year is the Homecoming parade, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:45 p.m.

Other Homecoming events throughout the week include a Water Ski exhibition on Bayou DeSiard, featuring ULM's National Championship Water Ski team; the College of Business Symposium; the Business Brain Bowl; the University Mile; and ULM's 80th birthday party.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the ULM Alumni Association will hold its annual Alumni Association Brunch and Awards ceremony, followed by tailgating in the Grove prior to the football game.

arrowDiscover more about the ULM's Homecoming Week. . .

ULM Water Ski Team wins 23rd national title

ULM's Zack Worden, who set the new collegiate jump record, competes during the 33rd Collegiate Water Ski National Championships Oct. 13-15 at Tri-Lakes in Zachary.

ULM's Zack Worden, who set the new collegiate jump record, competes during the 33rd Collegiate Water Ski National Championships Oct. 13-15 at Tri-Lakes in Zachary.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe Water Ski Team has done it again, securing their 23rd national championship title at the 33rd Collegiate Water Ski National Championships Oct. 13-15 at Tri-Lakes in Zachary.

Individual medals for slalom, tricks and jumping were awarded based on athletes' placements within their division. Overall titles were awarded in each division to athletes competing in all three events.

ULM's Tyler Scott of Covington won an individual national title for men's slalom (1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off) in Division I.

ULM's Zack Worden of Deltona, Fla., won the national title for men's jumping (194 feet) and overall (1,640.0 points).

Worden's individual jumping distance is a pending National Collegiate Water Ski Association national record.

arrowDiscover more about the ULM's Water Ski Team's 23rd National Championship. . .

ULM RADT graduates earn 100 percent first-time pass rate on national exam

Brett Bennett


The University of Louisiana at Monroe Department of Radiologic Technology announced a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the national exam by its recent graduates, acording to Radiologic Technology Program Director Brett Bennett.

Students who complete a radiologic technology program take a national exam administered by the American Registry of Registered Technologists. In the past five years, the ULM graduates have performed at an average of 97 percent first-time pass rate with a 100 percent overall pass rate..

arrowDiscover more about ULM's RADT 100% graduation rate . . .

State and federal agencies fund half a million to ULM Toxicology

Kevin Baer


State and federal agencies have awarded over half a million dollars to the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Department of Toxicology to monitor water quality and measure biological diversity in the Bayou Lafourche and Turkey Creek tributaries, according to Toxicology Department Head Kevin Baer.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $564,496 to ULM because these watersheds are listed as priorities by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed's Initiative.

The goal is to aid agricultural producers in selected watersheds to implement conservation practices and systems that avoid, control and trap nutrient runoff, improve wildlife habitat, and maintain agricultural productivity.

arrowDiscover more about the $500,000 grant to ULM's Department of Toxicology. . .

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

Warhawk Football Special: Sat. Oct. 29 vs. Western Kentucky, 2:30 PM

Homecoming SPECIAL offer - Celebrate Homecoming 2011 with a special $11 RESERVED lower bench ticket offer to see the Warhawks vs. Western Kentucky.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic event and incredible ticket offer.  Purchase your tickets online and have some FUN cheering for a Warhawks win this Homecoming!!

More Info: ULMWarhawks.com

Tailgate with the Warhawks!

Tailgate With The Warhawks!

Tailgate with the Warhawks when they visit the Mean Green of North Texas in Denton, Tex. on Saturday, Oct. 22 and the Ragin' Cajuns of ULL in Lafayette on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Visit the Alumni Association’s calendar of events for complete information at www.ulm.edu/alumni/events.

Show your Warhawk Spirit - Carve a ULM pumpkin!

Tailgate With The Warhawks!
Show Your Warhawk Spirit!

The ULM Warhawk pumpkins are here! Carving your own ULM Warhawk pumpkins is a fun and easy way to show your Warhawk spirit with friends and family!

Easy-to-use templates are available for download to carve your ULM Warhawk pumpkin.

Visit ulm.edu/pumpkins for instructions and templates.

27th Annual Chili Cook-off set for Nov. 12

Chili Cook-off

Don't miss the 27th Annual ULM Alumni Association Chili Cook-Off, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in The Grove, prior to the ULM vs. Middle Tennessee football game.

Interactive applications are available online (as a PDF) or at the ULM Alumni Center. Applications and fees will be accepted until Thursday, November 10, 2011 by 12 Noon.

For more information, email Tommy Walpole at walpole@ulm.edu or call 342-5420 or 1-866-WARHAWK (927-4295).

Read The Hawkeye online!

The HawkeyeBe sure to read the latest edition of the Hawkeye, the official student newspaper of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, at www.ulmhawkeyeonline.com.

There you'll find the latest breaking news, sports, photos, polls and in-depth features you can’t find anywhere else.

If a story grabs your attention, you can also leave a comment in our “talk back” section online. Then check the next week’s edition to see if your comment made it in print.

Of course, you can follow The Hawkeye on Facebook and Twitter, too. Thanks for your support, and keep reading the Hawkeye!

ULM Alumni Association "Dues" now "Gifts"ULM ALumni Association logo

The ULM Alumni Association has switched from an anniversary "dues" campaign to an anniversary "gift" campaign.

With the change to "gifts", many employers will match your gift if they participate in a Matching Gift program.

You can visit ULM's Matching Gift Web site, www.ulm.edu/giftmatch to see if your company has a matching gift program.

Have you ordered your ULM class ring yet?

ULM RingYour journey began when you took your first steps onto the ULM campus.

Each step along they way, from student involvement to enjoying athletic and cultural events on campus, to your pursuit of academic excellence, has been filled with enough memories to last a lifetime.

Your journey now brings you to this moment in your ULM life — your eligibility to purchase and wear the official ULM class ring.  ULM undergraduates with at least 90 hours towards graduation are eligible to wear the ULM class ring.

Wear it with pride as you begin the next great journey in your life.

Order your Official ULM Class Ring today!

3D view of the Official University Class Ring

Keep up with all the "scoop" on ULM Athletics

Visit these Warhawk Fan Web sites to keep up with all the "scoop" on ULM Athletics.

Warhawk logoWarhawk Report - The Warhawkreport.com is a part of the Rivals.com network that covers ULM Athletics and Recruiting. This alumni ran site is a way for fans to keep up with the latest news on the Warhawks and interact with other Warhawk fans on its message boards.

Subscriptions are $9.99 a month or $99.95 for an entire year which grants access to all sites on the Rivals Network so you can follow competing schools also.

For more information contact ULM alum Dusty Thibodeaux (BGS '06) at dusty@warhawkreport.com.

WarhawkNation - www.warhawknation.com or http://ulm.scout.com is operated by Matt Wilson. Matt writes stories and features covering all of ULM's sports and regularly publishes interviews with current and former ULM athletes, coaches, and student athletes who are considering offers from ULM.

WarhawkNation is a member of the scout.com Internet publishing network which syndicates more than 1,100 pieces of content daily to more than 2.1 million subscribers. For more information contact Matt Wilson at mattwilson3@comcast.net.

ULM's Career Connections and Warhawk Network offer employment services

The Office of Career Connections & Experiential Education at ULM (formerly Career Services) has an online job posting service serving ULM students and alumni.

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

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

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

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

Visit the Office of Career Connections Web site for tips about resume preparation and interviewing skills. Please call 318-342-5338 for an appointment.

Warhawk NetworkIn addition, you can visit the Warhawk Network for career and job listing services.

You may remember the Warhawk Network as a social media Web site for ULM alumni before the proliferation of Facebook. Now, the Warhawk Network offers career services for ULM alumni.

Support the ULM Alumni Association while you shop!

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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.

ULM Alumni Association announces 2012 Directory project

The ULM Alumni Association has again partnered with Harris Connect for our next ULM Directory, “ULM Alumni Today.” We will have more information on this project, including a FAQ soon.

For more information about your Alumni Association, visit ulm.edu/alumni!

All About You! spotlights the many accomplishments of our great alumni. Send your accomplishments and successes to walpole@ulm.edu, and please include a photo!

Jack Blitch


Jack Blitch, Sr., (B.S. '71) was recently named the "Top Volunteer" by Junior Achievement of Central Florida.

Blitch, a vice president and general manager of Walt Disney Imagineering-Florida, was the winner of the organization's highest award for volunteerism, the Gold Leadership Award.

The Gold Leadership Award honors volunteer excellence and recognizes participation and leadership in supporting and expanding JA's impact on students, resources and/or operational excellence and sustainability.

"The local business community has been extremely supportive of JA's goal of inspiring local students to succeed in the new global economy," said Craig Polejes, president of Junior Achievement of Central Florida. "Jack Blitch is a remarkable example of that spirit of generosity. In a very real way, he helps Central Florida JA students develop financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work-readiness skills, contribute to the community and participate in the revitalization of the economy."

Jack received the award during the recent Junior Achievement USA "Day on the Hill" event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The event gave local JA leaders the opportunity to meet with congressional leaders and staff to discuss the organization's leadership in empowering young people for success in the global marketplace.

"I'm honored to accept this award on behalf of all the Junior Achievement volunteers worldwide," Jack said. "They share my passion for bringing free enterprise into the classrooms and helping our children become future leaders."

Involved with Junior Achievement of Central Florida since 2000, Jack served on the JA of Osceola board that year and has been a JA of Central Florida board member since 2003. Last year, he gave a presentation on innovation at the JA-USA National Leadership Conference in Boston.

Jack has been an integral part in helping found the JA Academy, a new magnet leadership program slated to debut at Orlando's Oak Ridge High School in fall 2012. He also has raised money and recruited new companies to participate in Bowl-A-Thon, JA's largest fundraiser.

Kevin Sanderson


Kevin Sanderson (B.B.A. '83), an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Jackson (Miss.) office, was recently presented an Honorary Medal by FBI Director Robert Mueller at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC.

FBI Honorary Medals recognize extraordinary acts of heroism, bravery and valor by FBI employees, under dangerous and perilous circumstances. The medals are among the highest honors bestowed by the FBI.

Sanderson received the FBI's Shield of Bravery, presented for brave and perilous circumstances. The medals are among the highest honors bestowed by the FBI. Sanderson received the FBI's Shield of Bravery, presented for brave and courageous acts occurring in the line of duty.

While performing classified duties in Afghanistan in June 2010, Sanderson, together with two other FBI special agents, protected fellow team members from enemy threats. They also preserved valuable intelligence information and directly contributed to the disruption of a substantial foreign fighter network.

Richard L. Cravatts


Dr. Richard L. Cravatts (B.A. '72, M.A. '73) has been named Director of the Communications Management Program at Simmons College.

Cravatts, a veteran marketing communications professional and an academic leader with extensive experience in organizational marketing and program development, has been named the new Director of Simmons College's innovative program in Communications Management, a master's degree program within Simmons' School of Management.

"We are incredibly fortunate to find someone with Richard's background, which is the perfect combination of deep experience and relationships in the private sector in the field of communications, marketing, and publishing, and an academic background in which he has both taught and designed teaching programs to train professionals in the communications industry," said Dean Marlino, Interim Dean of the School of Management.

"The Communications Management program is poised for significant growth in the coming years, and we're confident that Richard's wealth of experience gives him the vision and skills needed to lead our program forward, building on the incredible successes the program has experienced under the guidance of Joan Abrams, the retiring director."

Ronnie Johns


Ronnie Johns (B.S. '72) was recently elected as unopposed to the Louisiana State Senate for District 27 (Sulphur, La.) The seat is currently held by Louisiana Senator Willie Mount, who is term limited.

Ronnie previously served in the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 33 from 1996-2008 at which time he was term limited. Ronnie practiced retail pharmacy from 1972-1982.

In 1982, Ronnie became an agent with State Farm Insurance Co. and currently is in business in Sulphur, La.

Ronnie is married to Michelle Servat Johns of Rayne, La. and they have one daughter, Claire Broussard, and one grandson, Lawston Blake Broussard.

2011 Football Season TicketsUpcoming Athletic Events

Warhawk Football: Sat. Oct. 22 at North Texas, 4 PM
More Info: ULMWarhawks.com

Homecoming: Sat. Oct. 24 -30
Complete Homecoming Schedule

Warhawk Football: Sat. Oct. 29 vs. Western Kentucky, 2:30 PM
Homecoming SPECIAL offer - Celebrate Homecoming 2011 with a special $11 RESERVED lower bench ticket offer to see the Warhawks vs. Western Kentucky.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic event and incredible ticket offer.  Purchase your tickets online and have some FUN cheering for a Warhawks win this Homecoming!!

More Info: ULMWarhawks.com

Warhawk Football: Sat. Nov. 5 at UL-Lafayette, 2:30 PM
More Info: ULMWarhawks.com

Warhawk Football: Sat. Nov. 12 vs Middle Tennessee, Time TBA
More Info: ULMWarhawks.com

2011 Warhawk basketball season tickets now on sale

Warhawk Basketball is just around the corner, and season tickets for men’s and women’s basketball are now on sale.

2011 Basketball Season TicketsBasketball Flex Pack - $75
Offering 10 good-any-game general admission tickets, this package is up your alley if you love to cheer for the Warhawks but can't attend every game. This package provides a savings of over 60% versus buying single-game tickets.

Frequent Flyer Pass - $99
Still the best value you'll find, the frequent flyer pass provides you with access to general admission seating at ALL home athletic events at ULM.
* ULM Faculty/Staff price - $90

Lower Level Reserved - $150
Feel like you're in the game by sitting in the lower level of Fant-Ewing Coliseum! Reserve your spot in the reserved seats located in the "100s" sections. Take advantage of this season package to SAVE MONEY versus buying single-game tickets!!
* ULM Faculty/Staff price - $120

Men's Games
Lower Level Reserved -- $12
Adult General Admission - $10

Women's Games
Lower Level Reserved -- $8
Adult General Admission - $6

Lower Level Reserved -- $12
Adult General Admission - $10

Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call the Warhawk Ticket office at 318-342-3ULM for group discounts.

To purchase your season tickets, call (318) 342-3ULM or visit ulmwarhawks.com.

ULM's Hawk Talk gets fresh feel on ESPN 97.7

ULM's weekly Hawk Talk radio show, featuring ULM head football coach Todd Berry, has a fresh feel in 2011 with a new time slot, radio station and location.

The show airs on ESPN 97.7 every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. and is broadcast live on location from the ULM Student Union Building.

Hawk Talk

Nick White, who handled the play-by-play duties for ULM basketball last season, is the host of Hawk Talk.

White joins Berry, players and assistant coaches each week to review the Warhawks previous game and look ahead to that week's opponent. Berry will take questions from the live audience and thephone lines will also be open for fans to call in their questions.

K-104 (104.1 FM) is once again home to Warhawk football on the radio serving as the flagship station for the Warhawk Radio Network. All broadcasts on the Warhawk Radio Network, including games and Hawk Talk, can be heard live online at ulmwarhawks.com.

Season tickets, single-game tickets and away game tickets are on sale and can be purchased by contacting the ULM ticket office at 318-342-3ULM, by visiting the ticket office in Malone Stadium or logging on to ulmwarhawks.com.

Don't miss ULM's Quarterback Club Luncheons

Following the overwhelming success of last year’s traveling luncheons, ULM head coach Todd Berry will once again takes his Quarterback Club Luncheon on the road on the weeks when the Warhawks play away from Malone Stadium.

ULM’s weekly Quarterback Club Luncheons start at noon. 

For more info, visit the ULM Quarterback Club Web page at www.ulmathletics.com.

QB Luncheon Date Upcoming Opponent QB Luncheon Locale
Thursday, Oct. 20   at North Texas Rayville (La.) Civic Center
Thursday, Oct. 27 Western Kentucky ULM Alumni Center
Thursday, Nov. 3  at UL-Lafayette West Monroe - Hilton Garden Inn
Thursday, Nov. 10 Middle Tennessee ULM Alumni Center
Thursday, Nov. 17  Florida International ULM Alumni Center
Thursday, Dec. 1 at Florida Atlantic ULM Alumni Center

Are you an active member of the ULM Athletic Foundation?

Join the 'Young Grad' program today!The ULM Athletic Foundation helps raise awareness and financial support for the Warhawk athletic programs, positively promote all athletic events, grow our fan and donor base, and enhance the lives of over 300 student-athletes.

There are five ways you can help ULM Athletics!

1. Become and active member of the ULM Athletic Foundation and “Give 110%” of your previous year’s giving.

2. Make a gift toward scholarship endowments or facility upgrades

3. Match your gift through ULM's matching gift program. Visit ulm.edu/giftmatch for more info.

4. Recruit friends and colleagues to buy season tickets and join the ULM Athletic Foundation

5. Include ULM Athletics when preparing or revising your will or estate plan.

And don't forget several new exciting membership programs: the "Young Grads" program and the "Jr. Warhawk" program.

More information about the ULM Athletic Foundation can be found at www.gowarhawks.net

Warhawk News

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

Mikado: Southern Fried" set for Nov. 3 - 5

The Mikado, a popular musical play, is reset and rescripted to a new setting in the "ULM version." It takes place in a Japanese auto factory in Mississippi to recognize the Japanese culture mixed with the Southern.

Jessica Gilbert crowned Miss ULM 2012

Miss ULM Jessica Gilbert

Jessica Gilbert, a senior psychology major from West Monroe, was crowned the new Miss University of Louisiana at Monroe at the Miss ULM Pageant, Oct. 6 in Brown Auditorium.

Her platform is “Mental Health Awareness,” through which she hopes to raise the resources and medical attention needed for those less fortunate.

arrowDiscover more about Miss ULM Jessica Gilbert. . .

ULM celebrates unveiling of new exhibits provided by Laine

Linda Noe Laine and ULM President Nick J. Bruno (right) open the custom-made display case which houses the original, authenticated manuscript of 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic,' penned in Julia Ward Howe's own handwriting during dedication ceremonies Sept. 20 in the ULM Library's special collection area.

Linda Noe Laine and ULM President Nick J. Bruno (right) open the custom-made display case which houses the original, authenticated manuscript of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," penned in Julia Ward Howe's own handwriting during dedication ceremonies Sept. 20 in the ULM Library's special collection area.

An exquisite, custom-made display case accompanied by a state-of-the-art sound dome was unveiled to the public at the ULM Library's special collection area during a special ceremony held Sept. 20.

The special case and dome were installed recently to house an extraordinary gift given three years ago to the university by Linda Noe Laine of New York, a long-time ULM supporter.

In March 2008, Laine had donated an original, authenticated manuscript of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," penned in Julia Ward Howe's own handwriting.

Also donated with the manuscript was a rare, framed photograph of Howe. Now the manuscript has a new home and music to enjoy with it.

A special feature of the display is that it showcases the ULM Concert Choir and the ULM Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Deborah Chandler, as they perform the stirring rendition of the song that listeners hear as they enter the sound dome. A videotape of the singers accompanies the music.

arrowDiscover more about Linda Noe Laine's gift to ULM. . .

Geist named Outstanding Alumnus

Eric Geist


Dr. Eric Geist, an associate professor in the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Department of Dental Hygiene, will receive the top honor awarded by the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry - Outstanding Alumnus for 2011.

Geist, a graduate of the doctoral and oral surgery programs at the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans, is also currently a private practice oral surgeon in Monroe.

The Alumnus of the Year award is given to a graduate who has advanced the ideals of dentistry through distinguished teaching, service, patient care, and research. The award was established in 1998.

arrowDiscover more about how ULM 's Eric Giest. . .

ULM and CenturyLink join in “win-win” partnership

University of Louisiana at Monroe student interns Toya Daughtrey and Jade Parks spent weeks immersed in the operations of CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the nation, but neither felt she was just another number in the corporate supply chain.

“You really become part of the team,” said Daughtrey, 22, of Shreveport. “Our supervisors wanted us to experience something useful. We weren’t there just to get coffee.”

In fact, the interns engaged in a “super apprentice challenge” in which they were tasked with generating ideas on what they thought would make a great internship experience.

“At the end of the internship we met with the vice president,” said Daughtrey. “He asked our opinions. It seemed like he really cared and was committed to the idea that the internship impact us.”

Parks and her winning team also developed a video about a typical day in the life of an intern, which the company posted on their Facebook site.

“It’s not an experience you can get just anywhere,” said Parks. “A lot of people don’t realize CenturyLink has the largest corporate headquarters in Louisiana.”

arrowDiscover more about ULM's and CenturyLink's "win-win" partnership. . .

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2011 Homecoming Week
Oct. 24 - 30
Football vs Western Kentucky
Schedule of Homecoming Events

Warhawk Tailgating and Football
Saturday Oct. 22 at North Texas
New game time - 4 p.m.
Apogee Stadium, Denton, Tex.

Warhawk Football
Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m.
vs Western Kentucky

Warhawk Tailgating and Football
Saturday Nov. 5 at UL-Lafayette
Game time - 2:30 p.m.
Cajun Field, Lafayette, La.

27th Annual Chili Cook-off
Saturday Nov. 12
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Grove
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Warhawk Football
Saturday Nov. 12, Time TBA
vs Middle Tennessee
Malone Stadium

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