MONROE, La. — The University of Louisiana Monroe Alumni Association will present its annual awards, the Golden Arrow Award and the Rising Young Alumnus Award, during a Homecoming brunch held at ULM Oct. 15 during Homecoming Week.
The Golden Arrow Award is the highest honor bestowed upon an alumnus for outstanding personal achievement. The 2016 winner is Jamie Mayo, the Mayor of Monroe.
As mayor, Mayo’s policy focus is concentrated on economic development, public safety, partnerships in education, city beautification, housing, growth, and marketing Monroe as a whole. Additionally, Mayo’s administration has focused on sound fiscal management with eleven years of fiscal year budget surpluses and an A+ bond rating.
Mayo began his post-ULM career in the insurance industry and Chase Manhattan Mortage Corp. Before being elected mayor in 2001, he was elected as a Monroe City Councilman for District #5 in 1995 where he served the community for 8 more years.
Mayo received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1979. Mayo states, "I have the highest regard for the many experiences I had during my days at NLU/ULM. I met my wife Angela there. I played on the basketball team for four years, winning a conference championship my senior year. I earned a B.B.A. degree which has benefited me throughout my twenty plus year career in business, and my twenty plus years in public service as a city councilman and now Mayor of the City of Monroe. Angela and I have been actively involved as alumni because we want to help further the strong academic reputation of our school. We are MONROE PROUD of ULM!"
The Rising Young Alumni Award is presented to Joey Trappey. This award is given to an alumnus/alumna who exemplifies school spirit, appreciates the value of education, and makes time to engage with their alumni community. And no one will doubt the school spirit on display at Trappey’s restaurants. He is best known locally for his popular Monroe eateries, The Fieldhouse and Trapp’s.
Trappey received a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing in 2005 and returned to ULM for a Masters of Education in 2007. He was a member of the ULM football team from 2001-2005, serving as team captain from 2003-2005. He also was a member of the basketball team from 2005-2007.
After graduation, Trappey has stayed involved with ULM through the Alumni Association, and through many events on campus. In 2015, he addressed the freshman class during the annual convocation. Trappey states, “I am just trying to do my part in helping the ULM students, alumni, and community experience a better ULM. It’s important for all alumni to give back within their capabilities, and not just through athletics. ULM wouldn’t be possible if no one supported academics as well. As a marketing graduate, I can say that it’s important that all areas receive support because not all wins are made on the field.”
Mayo and Trappey will both be honored at the 2016 Alumni Homecoming Brunch to be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday in the ULM Conference Center (Library, 7th floor).
Tickets for the Homecoming brunch are $10 and can be purchased at ulm.edu/alumni. A printed receipt of payment will serve as a ticket at the door.
For more information, contact the ULM Alumni Center at 318-342-5420 or 1-866-WARHAWK.