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October 2013

ULM Homecoming activities to begin Oct. 19

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University of Louisiana at Monroe Homecoming Week 2013—Oct. 19-26—means fun, memories, friends, football, and more!

Students, alumni, and all members of the ULM family are invited to enjoy a host of activities leading up to the culminating Homecoming football game against Georgia State University at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, in Malone Stadium.

Visit ulm.edu/homecoming for a complete event schedule.

Ice Cream Duo Ben & Jerry to speak at ULM Oct. 24

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Ice cream icons Ben and Jerry will speak at ULM Oct. 24.

Since 1978, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield have combined unique ice cream flavors such as the potato chips and fudge creation called "Late Night Snack," inspired by Jimmy Fallon and his Late Night talk show. 

This flavor, along with many others, helped catapult the entrepreneurs—more popularly known as Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream—to the forefront of people’s minds and freezers.

On Thursday, Oct. 24, the duo will tell their story at the University of Louisiana at Monroe as part of ULM's Lyceum Series.

Their presentation, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m., in Brown Auditorium.

Tickets are available for purchase at ulmtickets.com. Student tickets cost $2 with a ULM ID. Tickets for the general public are $25, and patron party tickets are $50.

On the day of their arrival, Cohen and Greenfield will conduct a master class for business majors, followed by the Patron Party, at 5 p.m., in the ULM Library Conference Center.

ULM secures state’s first carbon flux monitoring tower for pivotal research

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The University of Louisiana at Monroe unveiled its newest tool for ecological research—The ULM Carbon Flux Tower—capable of continuously monitoring carbon dioxide concentrations in a large area.

This 120-foot structure is the first of its kind in Louisiana and is located at the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area in Monroe.

“This carbon flux tower will not only put ULM on a national and global map, but the state of Louisiana as well,” said Dr. Joydeep Bhattacharjee, associate professor of Biology at ULM. “The School of Sciences is proud to have one of these research facilities.

Such facilities are usually monitored by Ph.D. granting departments at top-tier institutions such as Duke University, University of California Berkeley, University of California Davis, and Harvard University, to name a few. The fact that ULM has joined research in the ranks of these universities, attests to the potential housed at the university.”

According to Bhattacharjee, “Due to almost continuous forest cover and no major interruptions by artificial structures, the ‘fetch’ of the ULM tower is excellent, about 2.5 miles across,” he said.

Dr. Joydeep Bhattacharjee


“The tower is situated close to the center of the management area and is amid large bottomland hardwood trees. The location of the tower is excellent since it has a large undisturbed ‘fetch,’ which is an area of forest over which the measurements made by instruments on the tower are applicable.

The tower has been outfitted with state-of-the-art sensors positioned both on the tower and on the ground to allow for continuous monitoring of several variables such as solar radiation, photosynthetically active radiations, air temperature, rainfall, rain intensity, wind speed and direction, and soil moisture heat flux.

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

Dear Fellow Alums & Friends:

Devin Girod


I would like to remind everyone that Homecoming weekend is approaching on Oct. 25-26. We have a fun weekend planned for different alumni groups and hope each of you will join us and enjoy the festivities.

If you are able to make it by on Thursday, Oct 24, the following are some activities to enjoy:

  • Quarterback Luncheon- 12 Noon ; Location: Anna Gray Noe Alumni Center ; Cost: $10
  • Ben & Jerry: Lyceum Series- 5:00 to 9:00 PM ; Location: Brown Auditorium ; Tickets: $25 for general admission ; $50 for patron tickets available at www.ulmtickets.com

Friday Oct. 25

  • Alumni Tennis Tournament- 8:00 AM ; Location: Heard Stadium
  • Alumni Golf Scramble- 11:30 AM ; Location: Calvert Crossing Golf Course
  • School of Construction Alumni Event- 6:30 to 10:00 PM ; Location: Student Union Building, Ballroom A
  • College of Pharmacy 10-Years Reunion (Classes of ’03, ’93, ’83, ’73, ’63)- 6:30 PM ; Location: Bienville Building
  • PREP Reunion- 7:00 PM ; Location: Student Union Building, Ballroom B


Saturday, Oct. 26

  • Homecoming Awards Brunch- 10:00 AM ; Location: University Conference Center (7th Floor ULM Library)
  • Tailgating- All Day ; Location: The Grove and Warhawk Heritage Park
  • Prep Reunion Tailgating- All Day ; Location: Warhawk Heritage Park
  • College of Pharmacy Super Tailgating Event- All Day ; Location: The Grove (Alumni Section)
  • Homecoming parade – 1:30 – will go through the grove * Pep Rally in the grove following the parade
  • College of Business/School of Construction- 3:00 PM ; Location: The Grove
  • TKE Alumni Reunion Tailgate- All Day ; Location: The Grove (Alumni Section)
  • Greek Alumni Tailgating- All Day ; Location: Student area of The Grove. Look for your Greek letters.
  • Homecoming Football Game (ULM vs. Georgia State University)- 6:00 PM ; Location: Malone Stadium

In addition to the previous information, the week and weekend is filled with activities that can be found at ulm.edu/homecoming 

Please let me know if you have any questions and we look forward to a great weekend celebrating ULM’s unique history with fellow alums.

Go Warhawks!

Devin Girod

Warhawk logoULM Alumni Association to host Football Watch Party

The ULM Alumni Association is excited to announce the date for its third “Alumni Supporting Alumni” hometown viewing party when the Warhawks play Troy on Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31.

Sports City Bar & Grill, located at 2105 North 7th St. in West Monroe, will be the venue for this event – the first in West Monroe. We hope everyone will join us after work for an alumni social hour from 5:30 until the 6:30 kick-off. Specials will include happy hour drink prices, $1 off appetizers, and 10% off entrees!

Alums and staff are enjoying the watch parties thus far, as the events provide a fun environment to enjoy the game if those who are unable to travel to away games.

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!

The 2013 Alumni Association Awards will be presented Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Alumni Awards Brunch. There is no cost to attend the brunch but an RSVP is appreciated. Please RSVP to Nancy Davis at ndavis@ulm.edu or 318-342-5421.

The following are this year's recipients. Click a link to view a profile. Profiles written by ULM alum Paul Letlow.

Glen and Jo Williams | Bob Anderson | Tim Rightsell | Chris Ringo | Baton Rouge Alumni Chapter

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Golden Arrow Award: Glen and Jo Williams

Like cooks stirring ingredients into a tasty batch of gumbo, Glen and Jo Ann Williams know how to blend their favorite elements into something special. 

Respected educators and longtime supporters of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, the Williams fund a scholarship for prospective teachers from Franklin Parish. Passionate about their former profession, ULM and their home base, the Williams established the scholarship about 10 years ago with the goal of luring quality teachers to the Winnsboro area.

“We’re both educators and it helped make our living,” Glen Williams said. “And so we give a scholarship to someone from Franklin Parish after they’ve been admitted into education school. We encourage them to come back to Franklin Parish to teach. We’ve had some go elsewhere, but most of ours come back here.”

“We’re proud of the standards that the school has set and that it has continued to be what it is,” Jo Ann Williams said.

“The university is responsible for my education out of high school. I had three degrees from ULM and every one of them has helped me in so many ways. There have always been good people there we’ve been able to respond to and they’ve responded to us. We really appreciate that very much.”

The Crowville, La., couple certainly knows and appreciates the virtues of home.

“We have a philosophy,” Glen Williams said recently while enjoying a steak dinner at Brown’s Landing in Winnsboro. “You’re going to find what you’re looking for. I always found people to enjoy and enjoy what’s going on. We just try to help other people the best we could.”

In recognition of their years of service to ULM, the Williams are the 2013 Golden Arrow Award recipients. The highest alumni award given, the Golden Arrow spotlights those who distinguish themselves through personal or professional achievement and served the ULM Alumni Association or their local chapter well over a period of years.

“Glen and Jo Ann are two of the first alums I met when attending my first alumni event in Farmerville,” said Devin Girod, director of alumni relations for ULM.

“Less than a week later, I saw them in Delhi. I now realize that this will be a recurring process because they do not miss anything, especially with football and basketball. However, it is not just athletics with Glen and Jo Ann. They are educators and reflect that passion for academics through their scholarship support. They are more than deserving of this honor.”

Their association to ULM dates back to the 1950s when both were students. Glen Williams, who majored in health and physical education, went on to coach and teach science at Crowville High School for 27 years. Jo Ann taught English before moving into the central office in Franklin Parish.

Additionally, the Williams have enjoyed successful business ventures, once owning a home health agency with 33 employees and now raising cattle.

“We were both raised on a farm and we have farmland that we lease out to farmers,” he said. “I raise registered Angus cattle. That’s why we like to eat beef every chance we get.”

Proud and active members of the First Baptist Church of Crowville, the Williams have always been heavily invested in their extended community. Glen Williams worked on a committee for soil conservation for 29 years and served a term in the state legislature from 1980-84.

Over the years, their sense of loyalty and community to ULM kept them deeply rooted with their alma mater. Glen served on the ULM Alumni Board for several years and they are diehard fans of all the athletic teams that wear Maroon and Gold. Glen Williams even did a stint as public address announcer at track meets for several years.

“It means a lot to have a university that close that we can truly recommend to students,” Jo Ann said. “We’ve done that forever.”

They fondly recall their college days and walking to class each morning. Nearly every day along the path, the young married couple encountered former school president George T. Walker.  They say Walker would actually wait on them.

“He’d want to know how we were doing in class,” Glen Williams said, “like a poppa would. He was such a fine gentleman. All his days, he’d recognize us.”

Today they continue to enjoy a personal relationship with current ULM president Nick Bruno, who swaps gardening tips with Jo Ann.

“They discuss things and he’s provided her a couple of ideas and things to grow plants in,” Glen said. “You know, you can make contact with anybody.”

The Williams say their connectivity to ULM has enriched their lives, just as they’ve helped others. Being able to enjoy their service as an ambassador couple has made the journey even sweeter.

“I tell people I’ve been there under every name we (ULM) have ever had,” Glen Williams said. “I’ve been through all of them, and we’ve got the best university right now that we’ve ever had. Hands down, it is the best. We’re getting hit with the money, but we’re still holding our head up and doing great things.”

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George T. Walker Lifetime Achievement Award: Bob Anderson

Generally speaking, Bob Anderson is no rule-breaker.

But there’s one rule Anderson had his problems with as a sports information director – “No cheering in the press box.” 

“I didn’t adhere to that one much,” Anderson said recently with a chuckle.

Media protocol dictates an impartial workplace, but Anderson never hid his loyalties during 33 years as ULM’s sports information director.

No sports reporter who ever shared the space with him escaped without hearing Anderson bang his fist on the counter or exclaim “Great Scott!” when the action stirred his emotions.

Known affectionately as “The Dean” by friends in the business, Anderson’s loyalty, length of service and depth of knowledge about ULM athletics are a priceless resource for the program. To this day, he’s the go-to-guy for information about the school’s proud sports history.

Hired by Dr. George T. Walker as ULM’s first sports information director in 1961, Anderson is now being honored with the award that bears the former university president’s name.

The George T. Walker Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes those who distinguish themselves through professional and personal achievement and honors those who significantly contribute to the university and the alumni association.

“He was a great president,” Anderson said. “He and Dr. Del Vines are the presidents I worked for.”

Anderson put his writing skills to work to earn the job with a letter to Walker several years before his actual hire. Then working as a sports writer at The Monroe (La.) Morning World, Anderson had a vision for a sports publicity position that didn’t even exist yet.   

“I wrote him a letter saying ‘You ought to get one,’” he recalled. “’And I’m available.’ That was four or five years before and it stayed in the file I guess.”

Anderson could have never imagined his career would span 33 years (the longest tenure of anyone in the athletics department) include employment as an assistant professor of journalism for the same length of time (“I didn’t have to do that but I really enjoyed it,” he said) and establish him as THE ULM sports authority.

A Mississippi native with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from LSU, Anderson has now spent more than 50 years as a sports writer, publicist -- and fan of ULM.   

“It was surprising,” he said. “I didn’t have a career goal in mind when I did it. I was just happy here.”

Anderson enjoyed a decorated career at ULM that earned him a number of awards for his media guides, previews and press releases. He entered ULM’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and his 2003 book “Indian Territory: The Story of ULM Athletics” is the definitive history of the program. 

“When you retire, you look for things to do and I’d always wanted to do that,” Anderson said of his book.

“It was a good story. When I came in the early years of the university, athletics were poor. We didn’t have much to brag about. When we won the national championship (in 1987), I said, ‘There’s a rags-to-riches story.’”

Anderson’s work is appreciated outside university circles too. Anderson earned the Mac Russo Award from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association for Progress and Ideals in 1992, the LSWA Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism in 1994, Mr. Louisiana Basketball from the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches in 1997 and was the first SID inducted in the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in 2002.

Later he worked for Congressman John Cooksey, including four years as press secretary.

As Anderson chronicled ULM sports over the years, a theme emerged of the underdog over-achiever. He believes that is what makes the success stories along the way so compelling.

Even today, Anderson finds himself swelling with pride when the Warhawks accomplish something special, as they did during the 2012 football season.

“The win over Arkansas,” he marveled, “We got so much national publicity.”

Successful sports information directors have a knack for getting publicity for their schools and Anderson’s longevity helped him develop strong relationships externally that furthered the cause.

“That’s a key thing and being at the same place a long time helps you,” Anderson said. “I knew the various All-America selectors; I had the contacts with them.”

ULM’s history-makers in athletics owe a debt to Anderson, who made sure their accomplishments were not overlooked then -- or forgotten as time went on. 

“There was John Pennel, when he cleared 17 feet as a pole-vaulter,” Anderson said. “Of course track back when I first started was the big sport. We had lots to talk about on that.

“Former basketball coaches Lenny Fant and Mike Vining were a lot alike and that was fun. We might not have had a good football team some years, but we had good basketball.”

Football, even during tough times, was the primary sport that Anderson oversaw.

“You had to devote a lot of time to football,” he said. “It was fun, even when you didn’t win much. But you usually had some good players to write about.”

Anderson believes the program turned the corner in the 1970s when it hired former Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow as head football coach and athletics director.

Crow helped pave the way for the successful 1980s that culminated with the school winning the 1987 Division I-AA national championship under Pat Collins.

“That was the big break,” Anderson said. “That was a defining event. We’d had some good teams before that, but (Crow) put us on the map nationally. We got a lot of national publicity. He was a name that helped recruiting. We jumped up and started getting more money from the booster club. That was his idea.”

Anderson retired in 1994 and the Malone Stadium press box was named in his honor. He doesn’t hang out there much though. No longer restricted from showing his true colors, Anderson remains a regular at athletic events along with his wife Nike.

“I watch it as a fan,” Anderson said. “I sit in the stands because I like to yell.”

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Rising Young Alumnus Award: Tim Rightsell

Tim Rightsell’s connection to ULM has grown even stronger since finishing his undergraduate studies in 1997.

“It’s funny,” Rightsell said. “I’m much more involved now than when I was in school.”

Selected as ULM’s Rising Young Alumnus for 2013, Rightsell is now driven to help build support for his university. Rightsell represents Ouachita Parish on the ULM Alumni Board, is a fixture at athletic events and sports his school colors every chance he gets.

“You see all these people who went to the school that don’t realize the hidden gem that we are,” he said. “You spend your money to go to school here, you should continue to support where you went.

He added, “It’s that whole ‘Dance with the girl that brought you.’ ”

The Rising Young Alumni award recognizes a ULM graduate under 40 who is dedicated to helping advance the university’s efforts in the community and on campus.

“Tim’s just a great guy and bleeds maroon and gold,” director of alumni relations Devin Girod said. “He volunteers, gives, and represents ULM on social media and the community. I recently saw Tim with his kids at Brookshire’s. Tim and his kids were covered in ULM apparel showing his passion will be passed along. We need that because the culture carries with the next generation.”

That’s Rightsell in a nutshell.

“Any chance I get, I have ULM gear on,” Rightsell said. “You will never see me in an LSU shirt. I wear my ULM stuff where ever I go. I have the stickers on the car, the license plate, the hats, t-shirts, whatever. That’s my school and that’s who I want to represent. That’s who I want people to associate me with.”

This year Rightsell joined in a team competition to push football season tickets and was the top individual seller. The winning effort earned him a trip with the team to ULM’s season-opener at Oklahoma. 

“I didn’t even know it was a contest,” he said. “I was just doing my part to help.”

Rightsell, 38, earned his BBA in management in 1997 and quickly began his ascension at JPMorgan Chase. Recently promoted to a vice president position, he’s been with the company for 16 years. Rightsell represents his alma mater on the job too.

“At work, we’ve done a lot of incentives and purchased tickets to give away,” he said. “I’ve kind of been known as ‘the ULM guy.’ Anytime we’ve ever done anything associated with ULM, I’m the one who gets volunteered for it.”

Rightsell isn’t hard to locate during ULM baseball season, where he is a regular in the raucous “Left Field Lounge” area behind third base. Rightsell, along with his brother Chris and other buddies are a big part of the festive atmosphere at Warhawk Field.

“We make it a friend and family event,” said Rightsell, a 1993 Neville High School graduate. “All the baseball games, all the football games, it’s the same core group of people. We use that as a common thread with all of us.”

Sports are often called the front porch of a university and supporting the baseball program was a big part of what brought Rightsell back into the fold.

“One weekend Chris and I decided to go to a ULM baseball game and got hooked,” he said. “That kind of started my ULM pride and made me realize it was something I wanted to hang my hat on and support.”

A doting father of two, Alex and Emory, Rightsell is also involved with the Monroe Jaycees where he has served as Membership Vice President and two terms as Treasurer. Rightsell is also is a past Ambassador for the Monroe Chamber of Commerce.

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ULM Service Award: Chris Ringo

Chris Ringo is known around ULM’s campus as a guy you can count on.

The assistant director for the physical plant takes pride in that reputation, earned over 22 years of employment at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

“I’ve always had this service attitude,” Ringo said.

“I’m here to serve. If I don’t know how to get it done, I probably know somebody who does. I guess people feel comfortable calling me when they don’t know who to call. I never back down from trying to help somebody get done what they need to get done.”

Fittingly, Ringo is recognized this year with the ULM Service Award by the ULM Alumni Association.

“Chris and the other guys at the physical plant are greatly appreciated,” director of alumni relations Devin Girod said.

“Before everyone arrives to an event and long after they have left, these are the guys setting up and taking down. We are thankful to have assets like Chris here at ULM.”

Candidates for the Service Award must be a full-time staff member with three consecutive years of service at ULM. Criteria includes contributing to the betterment of ULM and the community through extraordinary service, as well as service to profit, public or non-profit organizations that help the community served by ULM.

That’s Ringo, who is always stepping forward. Not only is he a former president of the staff senate, he helped establish the body. 

“I was one of the inaugural members in setting it up and forming it,” Ringo said.

“I was the president for one year.  The reason the staff senate was formed was to give a voice to the unclassified staff on campus. We became a liaison between the staff in general and the administration. It opened up a line of communication for the staff to communicate about things going on.”

Ringo’s service extends beyond ULM’s campus borders. He is involved in the United Way of Northeast Louisiana and does volunteer work for the Ronald McDonald House. 

A Monroe and Ouachita Parish High School product, Ringo attended ULM before earning a two-year technical degree in computer electronics. Ringo was originally hired as an electronics technician doing maintenance and repair of computer systems. He eventually became the manager of that department.

In his current position over the past few years, Ringo has been part of an energy-saving initiative on campus.

 “We’ve embarked on some upgrades to our lighting for energy efficiency and we’ve done some things on our air conditioning and heating controls,” he said.

“I was not the project leader, but I was intimately involved. One of the things I do on a daily basis is monitoring our utility usage. I could see things during this project that were positive.”

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Alumni Chapter of the Year: Baton Rouge Chapter

Louisiana’s state capitol has a growing pocket of University of Louisiana at Monroe supporters and it’s no fluke.

The Baton Rouge Chapter of the ULM Alumni Association has worked hard to help reconnect graduates with their university.

“I drove down to meet with the Baton Rouge chapter a few weeks after I was hired. They have a great core group working towards an endowed scholarship through their annual golf tournament,” ULM director of alumni relations Devin Girod said.

“The participation has increased each year and I expect the trend to continue. We are thankful for chapters like Baton Rouge who are helping our students and supporting the alumni association so we can return the support through the events held in their region.”

The ULM Alumni Association is honoring its Baton Rouge branch as the Chapter of the Year, thanks to an active membership in the region, involvement of the president in annual meetings and well-attended events.

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“We probably have 40 or 50 active members that I keep in touch with over the course of the year who want to be involved in some of the other functions,” said Lisa Lester Bergeron, president of the Greater Baton Rouge Alumni Chapter.

“We always have a good turnout at the functions that we do.”

The Baton Rouge Chapter plays host to a Monday night function each May, as well as a Johnny’s Pizza party every July.

“We have a good turnout for both of those,” Bergeron said. “The one on Monday night, we usually have 125 to 150 people coming. There are usually 30 to 40 people who come to the Johnny’s Pizza party too.”

Additionally, the chapter hosts a golf tournament, with proceeds used to endow a scholarship for students from the Greater Baton Rouge area to attend ULM.

“I believe we’ve really taken off with our money that we’ve raised over the past two years, faster than some of them have done,” Bergeron said.

Bergeron, a Program Manager for the Office of Community Development in Baton Rouge, was active during her college years. While a student at ULM, Bergeron was a member of the Pompom Girls, Social Chairman of the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, and a Little Sister to the Pike Fraternity.

“I think people forget that we’re successful individuals because of the base of people we met and networked with at ULM,” said Bergeron, an Oak Grove native.

“For me it came full circle. I ended up working for a guy and his wife who graduated from (ULM) and I knew them in college.”

Upcoming Campus Events

Through October 24: Dara Engler, Paintings and Other Props Exhibition, Bry Gallery, Free

Tuesday, Oct. 29: The University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) will present a performance of the epic poem “Beowulf.” Benjamin Bagby, singing-actor and medievalist scholar, will perform the literary masterpiece while playing the medieval lyre. The performance is set for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall and is free and open to the public.

As part of Bagby’s visit, the ULM College of Arts and Sciences will host a symposium led by Dr. Rebecca Stephenson, associate professor of English, with Bagby as the special guest. The symposium will be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, in Strauss Hall Room 148 and is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 318-342-1759.

Kiersten Robertson crowned Miss ULM 2014

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The Miss ULM 2014 top five (from L to R): Fourth runner-up Sarah Mouk; second runner-up Lauren Ford; Miss ULM 2014 Kiersten Robertson; first runner-up Jo' Hilliard; and third runner-up Ellie Jackson.

Kiersten Robertson, a freshman pre-dental hygiene major from Leesville, was crowned Miss University of Louisiana at Monroe at the 61st Annual Miss ULM Pageant held Oct. 1, in front of a packed house at Brown Auditorium.

Robertson’s platform is “Confidence Coalition” and her talent is jazz dance. She also received the lifestyle and fitness preliminary award.

First runner-up was Jo’ Hilliard of Baton Rouge, who was also named preliminary interview winner.

Second runner-up was Lauren Ford of Monroe. Ford also received the People’s Choice Award and the preliminary talent and evening gown awards. Third runner-up was Ellie Jackson of Monroe, and fourth runner-up was Sarah Mouk of West Monroe.

The Miss ULM Pageant—which was honored with an award from the Miss Louisiana Organization for providing more scholarship money than any other pageant in Louisiana—is a preliminary to the Miss Louisiana Pageant, sponsored by ULM’s Campus Activities Board.

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ULM joins Delta Regional Authority

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The University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Social Science Research Lab (SSRL) joins the University of Mississippi and Arkansas State University to develop the Delta Regional Authority Leadership Academy.

The academy will conduct training of 50 participants through seven workshops held throughout the Delta.

“It was a real honor to be selected among so many qualified universities to participate in the most important leadership training that takes place for the Delta,” stated Dr. John W. Sutherlin, ULM professor of political science and sociology.

“Being part of a team with Ole Miss and Arkansas State says a lot about ULM and the talent we have on campus.”

The Delta Regional Authority works to improve the lives of the 10 million people who reside in the 252 Delta counties and parishes over eight states.

Participants in the Leadership Academy will be drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and come with recommendations from the governors of their states.

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ULM begins exchange program with South Korean university

ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno and GGU President Dr. Byung-Jo Chung present the MOU.

ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno and GGU President Dr. Byung-Jo Chung present the MOU.

Officials with the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Geumgang University (GGU) in South Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Sept. 26, joining the two institutions in an agreement of academic cooperation.

“ULM is always looking for ways to expand our reach and to make connections with other universities across the globe,” said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno.

“It is a great achievement for us to continue to create partnerships with international universities and increase our international student enrollment, as it broadens our cultural impact here on campus, and provides our students with a more global academic and social experience.” 

As stated in the MOU, the two universities share common interests in developing bilateral relationships and believe cooperation between institutes of higher learning contributes to cultural enrichment, scientific progress, and the consolidation of friendship.

The five-year agreement also allows the two universities to exchange academic information and materials, and collaborate on instructional and cultural programs including publications, and information networks.

ULM currently has active exchange agreements with Ehime University in Japan, Hanbat National University in South Korea, and Chungnam National University in South Korea. 

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ULM reduces workforce, additional cuts on horizon

As you probably know, ULM announced plans to reduce its workforce. Five position eliminations have already gone into effect and the university plans another announcement by the end of the month which could eliminate up to 30 more positions.

Dr. Nick J. Bruno


University President Dr. Nick J. Bruno originally informed faculty and staff of a plan to trim $1.5 million in staff positions in his State of the University address Aug. 15, 2013.

“This is something that no one desires,” Bruno said.

“We are proud of our faculty and staff and their dedication to the students through all of these challenges.”

Over the last three years, ULM has cut spending and some administrative staff positions to meet challenges forced by reduced state funding.

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Athletics releases new online store, launches auction site

ULM fans are now able to shop online for ULM merchandise on a brand new ULM Athletics Official Online Store - shop.ulmwarhawks.com

The store will be operated by Fanatics Inc., a leading online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise, and will provide ULM fans the opportunity to browse through a huge selection of ULM apparel.

Brian Wickstrom


“We are very excited to announce the launching of our new official online store,” said Brian Wickstrom, Director of Athletics.

The store will provide our fans with an easy to navigate website where they will be able to choose from a large selection of ULM merchandise that will help enhance our brand.

When first arriving at ULM fans asked for more options to purchase merchandise and with this new store we will be able to meet the request.”

Fans can now visit ULMWarhawks.com to access either the online store or the auction site. ULM Athletics will look to add new components to the shop tab as the year progresses.

“The online store will be a great addition to our athletic offerings and we are excited about its debut” said Robin Barton, Director of Marketing.

“The store will provide a wide range of gear and merchandise selections for our fans while supporting the athletic department.”

One of the key components to the new site is that the athletics department has a heavy influence.

The official online store will grow as the year progresses, with the number of offerings near doubling within the first year

 Moving forward as the store grows, more official Adidas merchandise and other departmental related options will become available.

If there are any comments or questions about the online store or the auction site, please feel free contact Richard Duran, Assistant Director of Marketing at 318-342-5415 or duran@ulm.edu

Clarion Inn and Suites and Cypress Inn to sponsor 2013 Warhawk Classic

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The ULM women’s basketball program has partnered with Clarion Inn and Suites and Cypress Inn as sponsors for the inaugural Warhawk Classic, a four-team tournament to be hosted at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on
Dec. 13-14.

The tournament will now be known as the 2013 Clarion Warhawk Classic Presented by Cypress Inn.

ULM will act as the host team and will welcome Grand Canyon, Alcorn State and East Carolina to Monroe for the two-day event.

East Carolina and Alcorn State will kick off the tournament on Friday, Dec. 13, at 5:00 p.m. and will be followed immediately by ULM and Grand Canyon at 7:00 p.m. Saturday’s matchups will pit the winners and losers of Friday’s games against one another; the consolation game will again be at 5:00 p.m. followed by the championship at 7:00 p.m.

The Warhawks will be facing Grand Canyon for the first time in school history.

Should they meet East Carolina in the championship, that too would be the first meeting between the schools.

ULM holds a 9-2 all-time record against Alcorn State and earned a 63-55 victory in the last meeting on Nov. 27, 2010.

Clarion will also lend its name to the all-tournament team, while Cypress Inn will sponsor the tournament MVP award.

Isaiah Newsome named the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week

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Isaiah Newsome returns an interception for a touchdown.

After returning two interceptions for touchdowns in ULM’s 21-14 win over Texas State, senior safety Isaiah Newsome (Petal, Miss.) has been named the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week.

Newsome returned his first interception 71 yards for a score with 6:09 to play in the first quarter to give ULM a 7-0 lead.

Later in the game, he returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown to put the Warhawks in front, 14-0, with 11:07 left in the third quarter.

Newsome, a member of the Jim Thorpe preseason watch list is just the second Warhawk ever to tally two interception returns for touchdowns in the same game. His 146 return yardage also broke the Sun Belt conference record.

Warhawks take home first place in Lady Red Wolf Classic

Photo of Warhawk's womens golf team

The ULM women’s golf team finished atop the leaderboards in both team and individual competition at the Lady Red Wolf Classic, hosted by Arkansas State.

The ULM women’s golf team finished atop the leaderboards in both team and individual competition at the Lady Red Wolf Classic, hosted by Arkansas State.

The tournament win is the second consecutive win for the Warhawks; the team finished first in team and individual competition in the Fred Marx Invitational, held in September at Bayou DeSiard Country Club.

“Obviously we are excited to get another win but to do it in consecutive tournaments really shows the drive this team has. The team really deserved this win with the 7-under they posted yesterday and Alison’s 64,” coach Stacy Snider said. “We will continue to work hard in preparation for our last two events of the fall.”

Alison Knowles stayed put in first place after shooting a 74 in the final round of play to finish with an 8-under 208.

Two more Warhawks finished in the top 10 with Knowles; Angela No carded an 8-over par 224 to finish in seventh place while Emily Stratton posted a 9-over par 225 to finish in a tie for eighth.

The team will begin preparations for the UAB Fall Beach Blast, scheduled to begin Oct. 28.

Athletic ticket office moves to Fant-Ewing Coliseum

The ULM athletic ticket office will has a new home inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The ticket booth at Malone Stadium will only be used on home football gamedays.

Fans can still purchase tickets online and via telephone, but for any individual wishing to purchase tickets in person on non-gamedays, they should visit the ticket booth at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

For information on single-game and ticket packages, please contact the ticket office at 318-342-3ULM.

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