ULM enrollment increases in all major areas
Continuing the upward trend of the last three years, overall enrollment is up at the University of Louisiana at Monroe by over 100 students from fall 2012.
Likewise, the fall 2013 freshman class boasts record numbers in enrollment, ACT scores, Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) recipients, and grade point average (GPA).
“We understand with the current economic climate and current state of higher education in Louisiana that increasing enrollment is pivotal to our success,” said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno.
“These increases prove that ULM’s brand and quality of academic programs are being ‘discovered’ by both undergraduate and graduate students.
"ULM is being sought by students with high academic achievement and interest in attaining a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an outstanding university with a caring and dedicated faculty and staff.”
Fall 2012 saw an overall enrollment of 8,545 students.
Fall 2013 enrollment comes in at 8,645 students, an increase of 100 students. A large part of that number comes from ULM’s record-breaking first-time freshman class of 1,338 students.
ULM online MBA program named 27th in the nation
The University of Louisiana at Monroe recently ranked number 27 in a list of universities with the 30 best online MBA programs in the nation.
Affordable Colleges Online (ACO) awarded a weighted score of 70.2 to the ULM program, utilizing research from the National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the Carnegie Classification, and U.S. News and World Report, as well as accreditation information from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Dr. Ron Berry, dean of the College of Business said, "To be ranked as one of the top 30 online MBA programs, along with some of the country's top flagship state universities, is a testament to the quality of our faculty and their efforts in developing and delivering our online MBA courses."
ULM Child Development Center earns fifth consecutive “5-Star” rating
The University of Louisiana at Monroe Child Development Center—a community and university resource for parents, children, and ULM students—has received the highest rating in the state for Child Development and Early Learning Centers from the Louisiana Quality Start School Readiness Rating System.
“I am so proud of each of our staff members and the hard work that they put in each and every day to maintain and exceed these high standards as we care and educate our Jr. Warhawks who will be big Warhawks one day,” said Emily Williamson, director of the ULM CDC.
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Director's Corner: a message from ULM Alumni Director Devin Girod
Dear Fellow Alums & Friends:
I am enjoying the opportunity to assist ULM in my new position and excited about the great things happening at our university. Energy surrounds campus due to a large, energized freshman class, new challenges for upperclassmen, and the Warhawks football team is off to 2-2 start.
During our first home game, the Grove and Heritage Park filled with students, alums, and friends as the community came out to support the football program.
This is my seventh week as the Director of Alumni Affairs. Associate Director, Jessica Gilbert, is in her fifth week. We are proud of events hosted and the press received for the ULM Alumni Association so far.
Here are some highlights:
8/24/13: Hosted our first alumni dinner with the Caddo/Bossier Chapter. President Bruno, Athletic Director Brian Wickstrom, and Tim Brando attended. In addition, the Caddo/Bossier Chapter announced their third endowed scholarship!
8/30/13: Jessica and I appeared on KTVE promoting the association's "Alumni Supporting Alumni" watch parties alongside coverage from the local papers. The watch parties are hosted at restaurants owned by ULM alums.
8/31/13: Hosted our first "Alumni Supporting Alumni" watch party at DJ Fortenberry's ('08) Pickle Barrel. The event was well-attended with only standing room remaining by kick-off. Alumni, students, and community supporters attended.
9/7/13: Enjoyed our first home tailgate meeting fellow alums. Also, Warhawk Heritage Park—the new alumni tailgating area—opened full of alumni and friends.
9/11/13: Further press regarding the ULM vs. Wake Forest watch party at the Fieldhouse, our second "Alumni Supporting Alumni" watch party.
9/14/13: Hosted the second watch party. The event saw a great turnout and the Fieldhouse was a cheering, "high-fiving" atmosphere when our Warhawks completed the win!
9/21/13: Hosted our first away tailgate at Baylor.
9/28/13: We will host the ULM Annual Shrimp Boil in the Grove from 3:00-5:00, prior to the Warhawks' game vs Tulane. Shrimp Boil tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 if purchasing at the door. Please come out and support your alumni association.
Thanks for everyone's continuing support of ULM. Please contact our office at 318-342-5420 or 866-WARHAWK (927-4295) if we can assist with anything.
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
ULM Alumni Association expands Social Media tools
Social media is a great way to stay in contact with fellow alums and the university. ULM and the ULM Alumni Association currently uses various social media outlets such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, and RSS feeds to help you stay connected!
The ULM ALumni Association has assembled a listing of various alumni chapters with a Social Media presence.
Visit ULM's Social Media page - ulm.edu/socialmedia - for a complete list of the many types of Social Media you can use.
Have you ordered your ULM class ring yet?
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.
ULM's Career Connections offer employment services
The Office of Career Connections & Experiential Education at ULM (formerly Career Services) has an online job posting service serving ULM students and alumni.
The Web site, ulm.edu/careerconnections allows employers to post part-time and full-time positions as well as internship opportunities.
Anyone may browse the jobs, however, an active Campus Wide Identification number (CWID) will be needed to apply online. Alumni that graduated more than five (5) years ago should call Career Connections at 318-342-5338 to apply for positions.
Log onto ulm.edu/careerconnections and click on "Students: Browse & Apply for Jobs & Internships."
Employers will also find on the Career Connections Web site the link "Employers Submit Job or Internship" in order to post any job openings or internship opportunities at their organization. The Web site currently has over 800 positions available.
Visit ulm.edu/careerconnections for tips about resume preparation and interviewing skills. Please call 318-342-5338 for an appointment.
Help Fund ULM Scholarships with a Warhawk Plate!
When you purchase a Warhawk license plate, part of the proceeds help fund scholarships for future Warhawks.
And if you have an older NLU plate, you can even retain that plate number with your new ULM Warhawks plate!
For more information and to order your new Warhawk license plate, visit ulm.edu/alumni/licenseplate.
For more information about your Alumni Association, visit ulm.edu/alumni!
All About You! spotlights the many accomplishments of our great alumni. Send your accomplishments and successes to firstname.lastname@example.org, and please include a photo!
Jenae’ Clay (B.S., '13), received $1,000 in research funding from Tulane University’s Oscar Lee Putnam Cultural and Intellectual Enrichment Grant. Since then, Clay has been working in ULM’s plant ecology lab with Dr. Joydeep Bhattacharjee, associate professor of biology.
Clay’s interest in the interdisciplinary fields of meteorology and biology led her to work with the plant ecology lab during her senior year at ULM.
The results of her research were presented at the Louisiana Collegiate Honors Council Conference in New Orleans and at ULM’s Annual Academic Summit, facing positive reception from both collegiate platforms.
While her experiment for her honors thesis yielded support for the nurse plant hypotheses, it was conducted in a controlled environment. Clay wanted to further test the role of trees as “nurse plants” in a natural forest.
Since the beginning of the summer, Clay has collected vegetation and atmospheric data from under and outside of 30 tree canopies with the intent of determining relationships between the biotic and abiotic variables.
“It is an enriching opportunity to work with the plant ecology lab as I am carrying out my research,” said Clay. “This experience has emboldened my aspirations to pursue a master’s degree in biometeorology in the fall of 2014 and conduct more research in the future.”
Clay received a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences from ULM, graduating with Honors in the university. She grew up in Lafayette.
Greg Meece (B.B.A. '84) an attorney with Texas-based Thompson & Knight LLP, has been selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers® 2013 by Thomson Reuters, which will be published in the October issue of Texas Monthly.
The list reflects only the top five percent of lawyers in Texas.
Meece focuses his practice on general civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on cases involving commercial, oil and gas, lender liability, environmental, product liability (including drug and medical device), and construction issues, as well as class actions and arbitrations.
Upcoming Campus Events
October 5: NELA Celtic Fest, Kiroli Park, $0.50
October 8: FACS – James Boldin and Mel Mobley, RH, 7:30 p.m., $10 General Admission, Free for ULM students and Faculty, ticket required
October 15: Choral Concert, First United Methodist Church, 7:30 p.m., Free
October 19: ULM Student Life to host “Zombie 5k”, The race begins at 5:30 p.m., at Selman Field located on Kansas Lane near Pecanland Mall. Participants should expect a uniquely zombie-themed experience. More info at ulm.edu/run
Through October 24: Dara Engler, Paintings and Other Props Exhibition, Bry Gallery, Free
ULM President appoints new LSBDC state director
University of Louisiana at Monroe President Dr. Nick J. Bruno, recently appointed Rande Kessler as the Louisiana Small Business Development Center State Director.
Kessler succeeds Mary Lynn Wilkerson who will serve in a transitioning capacity until she retires Sept. 30.
Kessler previously served as center director of the LSBDC at LSU Shreveport and has worked for the organization for more than a year.
Confident in Kessler’s appointment, Bruno said, “Rande Kessler will surely guide the Louisiana Small Business Development Center to future success. His experience as center director at LSU Shreveport as well as his business experiences prepared him for the rigors of this new position, providing him with all the knowledge required to maneuver through the various roles and levels of management necessary to maintain this network. He is the right person for the job.”
Kessler brings more than 30 years of experience in engineering and operations management to the LSBDC.
ULM criminal justice faculty host roundtable in Hungary
Dr. Attapol Kuanliang, associate professor of criminal justice, and Dr. Robert Hanser, coordinator of the Department of Criminal Justice and associate director of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, recently presented on issues related to corrections in Budapest, Hungary at the 23rd Annual Conference for the International Police Executive Symposium (IPES).
Hanser said of his experience, “I enjoyed the opportunity to work with practitioners in a variety of contexts related to the criminal justice field. There were 39 different nations represented at this conference and I made contacts in at least 12 different nations. These types of contacts become friends over time and some of them were colleagues from my past years of travel and study.”
Hanser, Director of the Institute of Law Enforcement, presented on issues related to corrections in the United States, and more specifically, Louisiana. Kuanliang exposed issues of corrections in Thailand as compared to those in the United States.
ULM professor appointed to Fulbright Specialist Roster
The Council for International Exchange of Scholars recently notified University of Louisiana at Monroe Associate Professor of political science Dr. John Sutherlin, that he has been approved for the Fulbright Specialist Roster.
As a roster candidate, Sutherlin will be considered for project requests by overseas academic institutions that require expertise in his field.
“This was the culmination of many years of work, training, and research,” said Sutherlin. “It is an indication that the political science program at ULM is heading in the right direction. This was not just for me, but for our department.”
He describes the Fulbright Specialist Program as one that “links like-minded professors from 140 countries to conduct research on short- and long-term projects. I see this as an opportunity to expand my research interests and abilities, and therefore expand the potential of my students.”
Sutherlin will offer his expertise in the areas of environmental policy, energy, alternative energy, waste management, natural resource management, sustainable development, and anything water policy related.
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ULM Hall of Fame inductions set for September 28
The ULM L-Club's deep and diverse Hall of Fame adds an accomplished trio to its ranks during induction ceremonies on Sept. 28.
The 2013 ULM Athletic Hall of fame class includes Larry Carr (basketball), Bobby Craighead (football), and Randall Walker (track).
"We have another great class for induction this year," L-Club president Ronnie Dowling said.
"Randall Walker, who was on the same team as the Styron twins, went undefeated his senior year. Bobby Craighead was the most versatile player to come through in football. He played a different position all four years, which most likely prevented him from erasing some existing records. Larry Carr finished with more than 1,000 points and placed third in the national slam dunk contest."
Induction festivities take place at 10 a.m. in the ULM Conference Center, located on the seventh floor of the ULM library and swell total membership in the Hall to more than 200.
Craighead was a rugged and versatile performer from 1980-83 whose name is all over the record book. As a running back, he rushed for 982 yards and with seven ground touchdowns in 1983.
He once had three catches of 50 or more yards in a single game and ranks third in school history with 222 receiving yards in a 1981 outing against Southeastern Louisiana. Dangerous on special teams too, he returned a McNeese kickoff 93 yards for a score in 1983 and led the Southland Conference in kick returns that season.
Craighead was all-conference at tight end in 1982 and at running back in 1983.
Carr helped carry on ULM basketball's tradition of high-flying stars during his tenure from 1993-95. He finished his career with 1,030 points and ranks in the top 10 in five different categories. An outside shooter, he once nailed nine 3-pointers in one game.
Carr earned All-Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year and first-team All-SLC honors and finished third in the NCAA Slam Dunk Competition at the Final Four.
Part of ULM's golden age of track and field, Walker earned three conference championships in the 440-yard dash (1961, 1962 and 1963) and was undefeated for three consecutive seasons in his signature event. He also claimed conference championships in the high hurdles (1961 and 1963) and the mile relay (1961, 1962 and 1963).
Hall of Fame weekend festivities begin with the annual golf tournament at Chennault Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 27 at noon. That evening, the L-Club will host a reception for the new inductees and all current Hall of Fame members on the second floor of the Student Union Building.
After the induction on Saturday, the L-Club and returning Hall of Famers will tailgate that afternoon in the new south end zone area before watching the Warhawks take on Tulane.
"This is always a great event, attended by many former Hall of Fame members and former athletes," Dowling said.
Tickets to the Hall of Fame induction are available at the Alumni Center for $25 per person or you can reserve a table of eight for $160. Contact Nancy Davis at 1-866-WARHAWK (866-927-4295) or 318-342-5421 to purchase or hold tickets.
2013 L-Club Hall of Fame Inductees:
BOBBY CRAIGHEAD (1980- 83)
Name is peppered in the football record books for rushing, receiving and scoring. He is the only player in program history to record three catches of 50 or more yards in a single game. Also holds four slots in category of receptions of 60 or more yards and ranks third in history with 222 receiving yards against Southeastern Louisiana (1981). He was named all-conference in 1982 (tight end) and 1983 (running back), while earning All-Louisiana honors (running back) in his final season.
LARRY CARR (1993-95)
A member of the men's basketball team from 1993-1995. During his career he was named Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year, First Team Southland Conference, All-Louisiana Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-Louisiana. He also participated in the NCAA Slam Dunk Competition, finishing third overall. Carr finished career with 1,030 career points and ranks in the top 10 in five different categories. Following career, he played professionally in Slovakia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Hungary and Cypress. He returned to ULM to finish his degree and received his BA degree in 2009.
RANDALL WALKER (1960-63)
Walker earned a total of three conference championships in the 440-yard dash (1961, 1962 and 1963). He was undefeated for three consecutive seasons in the 440-yard dash. He also claimed conference championships in the high hurdles (1961 and 1963) and the mile relay (1961, 1962 and 1963). Posted five consecutive victories over LSU in the mile relay in 1963.
Warhawk athletics partners with Duck Commander/Buck Commander
Beginning with the home football game on September 7 against Grambling State, the Duck Commander merchandise trailer will make its way to the Grove for all five home games this season.
"We are excited to partner with the Duck Commander/Buck Commander brand," said Brian Wickstrom, director of athletics at ULM.
"As our Athletics department takes steps to raise the level of the programs, a partnership of this magnitude is a positive step in that direction. This is a natural fit as Willie Robertson is a supportive alum of our institution."
"Duck Commander is proud to partner up with the University of Louisiana Monroe and Warhawk football this fall by having our Duck Commander merchandise trailer in the Grove for all home games," said Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander and ULM alum.
"Warhawk football and Duck Commander both had great years last year and I see this as an opportunity to bring some real excitement to the city of Monroe. So come out and cheer on the Warhawks and check out the Duck Commander trailer this season at Malone Stadium. GO HAWKS GO!
The Duck Commander trailer will be positioned in the Grove beside the ULM Bookstore trailer allowing fans to purchase all of their ULM gear as well as a new duck call and other Duck Commander merchandise.
The two merchandise trailers accept both cash and credit cards and will be open during pre-game in the Grove until kickoff.
ULM athletics releases first installment of "Weekly Wickstrom Recap"
The ULM athletic department is excited to announce the production of the “Weekly Wickstrom Recap”.
At the beginning of each week, a new video will be released to give a behind the scenes look at the department.
The first-ever release shows pieces from the Quarterback Luncheon and follows the Warhawks along the trip to Wake Forest last weekend. This will be something fans can share through social media to grow the excitement and interest of Warhawk Athletics.
Athletic Director Brian Wickstrom announced his vision at last week’s Quarterback Luncheon.
“We have decided to start something new, filming video of some of our meetings and what we are doing during the day. We want people to see what we do on a daily basis, it allows for accountability to make sure we are doing our jobs. More importantly, it will give our supporters an insight of what is going on within the athletic department.”
Be sure to follow us on Facebook (Warhawks – www.facebook.com/Warhawks and Brian Wickstrom - www.facebook.com/ULMAD) and on Twitter (@ULMWarhawks) as weekly videos will be posted to those social media accounts.
Sonic to sell Warhawk -themed burgers
Sonic Drive-in is now selling ULM Warhawk-themed burgers. The burger is a Louisiana-style burger topped with a bun sporting the ULM logo in edible food coloring. The burgers are available at participating Sonic restaurants in the Monroe area.
The burger will also feature two Louisiana staples: spicy Tabasco mayo and Tony Chachere’s seasoning.
Browning named SBC Offensive Player of the Week
After setting single-game career-highs in both completions (43) and attempts (68) in ULM’s 21-19 win at Wake Forest, senior quarterback Kolton Browning has been named the Sun Belt Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week.
Midway through the second quarter, Browning connected with Je’Ron Hamm for his school-record 796th career completion. Browning took the top spot in the ULM record book as he passed Steven Jyles who tallied 795 career completions from 2002-05.
Browning ended Saturday’s game with 827 career completions after finishing 43-of-68 for 315 yards and three touchdowns. The Mabank, Texas native found Harley Scioneaux, Kenzee Jackson and Tavarese Maye for the three Warhawk scores. Browning also rushed 9 times for 19 yards in ULM’s first-ever win over an ACC program.
ULM will return to the gridiron Saturday as it travels to Waco, Texas for a 3 p.m. kickoff at Baylor. The contest between the Warhawks and the Bears will air on Fox Sports 1.
Pillon earns trio of weekly awards
The weekly awards continued to pile on for ULM soccer freshman Jenna Pillon as she earned Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week and College Sports Madness SBC Player of the Week, released Tuesday.
The announcements came after Pillon was named Warhawk Female of the Week to complete a trio of weekly accolades.
The Long Beach, Calif. native has drawn national attention at ULM as she ranks No. 4 in the country with seven goals scored, even after missing two games due to an injury precaution. She is also fifth in the nation with 15 points.
Pillon’s weekly awards were the result of a pair of multi-goal games over the weekend. She led the team to a 4-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday and a 3-1 victory against Northwestern State on Sunday.
The Warhawks are 3-2 on the season with Pillon in the lineup, with their only losses coming at SMU and No. 25 LSU.
The goals increased Pillon’s season tally to seven as she also registered a hat trick in a 9-0 drubbing over Grambling State on Aug. 25. She is already chasing the ULM record books as she nears the single-season goals record of 10 held by Chelsea Shriner in 2001 and Kortney Harris in 2004.
Pillon has accounted for 37 percent of the team’s goals this season and 25 percent of the team’s points. She was named Preseason Freshman of the Year by College Sports Madness.
The freshman became the first ULM soccer student-athlete to ever win a weekly award from the Sun Belt Conference office since joining the league in 2006. She is the second Warhawk to win College Sports Madness Player of the Week honors after teammate Nancy Kirk won on Aug. 27.
ULM wins third consecutive Warhawk Invitational
For the third consecutive year, both the ULM men and women cross country teams won the Warhawk Invitational ran at Selman Field.
The Warhawks defeated Grambling State and Jackson State to take the crown.
“It was really hot and we didn’t press too much. We trained really hard the last few weeks. The goal for us is to win the conference but we always want to win our home meet so I am pleased,” said head coach Karoly Varga. “I wanted them to run as a group and then in the last 200 meters they decided who could be the winner, and that’s what they did.”
In a photo finish, freshman Vinnie Van Puyvelde edged out junior Hillary Kirwa to win on the men’s side. Both student-athletes clocked in at 27:29, but Van Puyvelde won by a couple tenths of a second.
“It looked like the course was made for me,” said Van Puyvelde. “The course was really smooth and I had a nice kick in the end. I am really satisfied with this result. We are getting used to the hot weather after training in it.”
Junior Silah Chumba and freshman Dusan Makevic finished close behind as they recorded third and fourth times of 27:31 and 27:34, respectively. Freshmen Brent Turner and Jonathan Jeffcoat registered top-10 respective times of 28:04 and 30:21.
The ULM women also swept the podium as sophomore Pauline Muiruri ran the fastest time for the second consecutive meet this season at 21:29. She previously tallied a top-20 finish at the Hurricane Festival on Aug. 31.
“It went well but I didn’t know the course very well. I kept turning the wrong way which took a lot of energy away and I believe I could have done better than this,” said Muiruri.
Sophomore Rebecca Dark and junior Anakaren Lopez crossed the line in second and third at 22:33 and 22:46, respectively. Junior Teona Glave posted a top-five finish at 23:53.
Head cam footage of game ball arriving via skydivers for GSU vs ULM game Sept. 7
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