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Freshmen honored with iPads and ice cream

Published September 9, 2013

On Sept. 4, the University of Louisiana at Monroe Office of Recruitment and Admissions  hosted an ice cream social for 60 select freshmen students in honor of their outstanding test scores.

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Sixty ULM freshmen received iPads at a special ice  cream social in honor of
their outstanding test scores.

Incoming freshmen with an ACT score of 30 or higher gathered on  the seventh floor of the library to eat ice cream and receive ULM-themed  packages, each containing a special gift—an Apple iPad.

Speaking  to the assembled scholars, ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno said, “All of you  have accomplished some amazing things academically, and we congratulate you on  being the best of the best. And in turn, that comes with a responsibility.

"We  have a responsibility to provide you a good education, and a staff that is  responsive to your needs. But you also have a responsibility to us, to your  parents, to your families, and that is to make sure that you enjoy your university  experience, but that you maintain your grades.”

Students who received an iPad for their 30 or higher on the ACT included:

Jacob  Anderson of Coushatta; Ashley Archer of Franklington; Amanda Arcilla of Monroe;  Olivia Barfield of Dry Prong; Brook Barringer of Hammond; Taylar Boutte of New  Iberia; Karlee Buckridge of West Monroe; Abigail Bumgardner of Blanchard;  Caitlin Chavanne of Shreveport; Zachary Christian of Castor; Jacob Clayton of  Greenwood; Ellen Cook of Alexandria; Daniel Crawford of Monroe; Anirudha  Dasgupta of New Delhi, India; Christopher Dixon of Angola; Donald Dozier of Monroe; Quoc-Nam Duong of  Sterlington;

Brandon Eddlemon of Alexandria; Lauren Enyeart of Austin, Texas;  Miranda Erwin of Winnsboro; Caitlyn Fontenot of Pollock; Halie Fryday of  Shreveport; Grant Gallien of West Monroe; Cody Gibson of Greenwood; Joshua  Glatter of Morgan City; Joshua Glatter of Morgan City; Kyle Gresham of West  Monroe;

Kathleen Hendrix of Pineville; Jessica Holifield of West Monroe;  Cassidy Horton of Haughton; Cameron Irby of Oak Grove; Jonathan Jeffcoat of  Patterson; Jaxon Lucas of Center, Texas; Patrick Macklin of Morgan City; Jenna  Mailhes of Monroe; John Martin of Sulphur; Kolleen McWilliams of West Monroe;  Katleyn Minchew of West Monroe; Lindsay Moore of Marshall, Texas; Hannah Mosher  of West Monroe; Charlotte Meyer of Walker; Zinaida Osipova of Nizhny Novgorod;  Lauren Palmer of Murrieta, Calif.; Zachary Passon of Ruston; Whittney Plunkett  of Benton; Kelli Rachal of Alexandria; Lance Richard of Monroe; Spencer Roark  of Monroe; Shelby Russell of West Monroe;

Margaret Scalfano of Forest Hill;  Nathaniel Schultz of Gonzales; Bethany Sharplin of West Monroe; Gerald Sibley  of Walker; Ann-Marie Simon of Maurice; Kylen Smith of Shelbyville, Texas;  Caroline Townley of Alexandria; Olivia Travis of Ridgeland, Miss.; Tanner  Traweek of Monroe; Brent Turner of West Monroe; Matthew Vines of Pineville; and  Blake Weems of Monroe.

Photo of Dr. Nick Bruno

The  iPads were purchased with donations from the ULM Foundation.

Bruno told  students, “All of the iPads given to you today were paid for by the ULM  Foundation, by people who saw the value in your efforts and what you’ve  accomplished.”

Bruno  expects great things of this freshman class, insisting, “Make sure you live up  to your part of the bargain in the scholarship. The university has invested a  lot of money because we see you as being worth it—that you’ve earned it. So now  it’s your responsibility to excel and to bring recognition to you, to your  classmates, and to ULM.”

About  the ULM Foundation:
Established  in 1961, the ULM Foundation is a private non-profit organization dedicated to  the growth, development, and enhancement of the University of Louisiana at  Monroe.

The  Foundation manages various programs, including: scholarships, professorship and  chair funds, alumni, fund-raising and development operations, college and  departmental support, and other university-related programs.