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Investiture Ceremony

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Please join us for this ceremony as the University of Louisiana at Monroe formally confers the authority and symbols of its office of the president — a ceremony that is heralded as one of the oldest and most dignified traditions in academia.

Thanks to all who attended the investiture ceremony or viewed the LIVE Webcast.


Ceremony Video

Discover ULM Week

From its beginning in 1931, the University of Louisiana at Monroe has been a place for those seeking the truth and a better life. It has been the birthplace of innovative ideas and illuminating discoveries. The University embodies this spirit of intellectual innovation now and in the future.

September 26 -
October 1, 2011

We welcome you to the week-long celebration of ULM's excellence.


The University of Louisiana at Monroe community celebrates the formal investiture of President Dr. Nick J. Bruno on Sunday, October 2, 2011. This ceremony is counted among the oldest of traditions in academia. Originating in English universities and modeled after highly dignified knighthood ceremonies, investiture comes from the Latin phrase for "dress in robe." In academic circles, the term has come to mean one who will literally don the university's insignia and regalia.

Like other university investitures before it, the ceremony for Dr. Bruno will reflect the style of the university president whose investiture is being celebrated. That is why university investiture committee members agreed to adhere closely to the "Discover ULM" theme initiated during Dr. Bruno's first year as president.

"My overall goal is that the ULM Investiture celebrates the entire university's achievements as it enters its 80th year of academic excellence," said Bruno.

Nick J. Bruno Ph.D.
Photo of Dr. BrunoDr. Nick J. Bruno became the eighth president of the University of Louisiana at Monroe on November 8, 2010, after more than 30 years of work in Louisiana higher education.

A Louisiana native, President Bruno arrived at ULM from the University of Louisiana System, where he managed the business, financial and facility operations as the vice president for business affairs. Prior to his appointment at the UL System, he served as vice president for business affairs at ULM, helping revitalize the campus during a critical juncture in the university's history.

Southeastern Louisiana University also benefited from Dr. Bruno's leadership. While there, he served in several capacities, including assistant vice president for special initiatives, handling such areas as continuing education and international activities.

In addition to his higher education experience, President Bruno is regionally and nationally recognized for his consulting expertise in areas such as organizational efficiencies and alternatively financed facility construction.

President Bruno earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University. He earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Mississippi.

He and his wife, Linda, have a son, Steven, 32, and two daughters, Victoria, 18, and Christina, 16.


Monday, September 26    
Faculty Speaker:
Dr. Paul Sylvester, Pharmacy
Nursing Auditorium 11 a.m. - Noon
Faculty Speaker/Brown Bag Lunch:
Dr. Terry Jones, History
SUB Ballroom Noon - 1 p.m.
Art Event & Reception
Greg Johnson
Event: Bry Gallery
Reception: Lawn in front of Brown Hall
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Movie in Malone: "City Slickers" Malone Stadium 8 p.m.
Tuesday, September 27    
Greg Johnson Lecture Biedenharn Recital Hall 11 a.m.
Guest Speaker/Brown Bag Lunch:
Mr. Odell Riley, CenturyLink
SUB Ballroom Noon - 1 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Vicki Gilliam
- reception to follow
University Conference Center 7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 28    
Faculty Speaker:
Dr. Brad Keeney, MFT
Nursing Auditorium 11 a.m. - Noon
Student BBQ Bayou Park 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Natural History Museum
Open House & Tours w/Dr. Gary Stringer
Natural History Museum,
3rd Floor Sandel Hall
6 - 9 p.m.
Natural History Museum Reception Natural History Museum,
3rd Floor Sandel Hall
7 - 8 p.m.
Thursday, September 29    
Hallie Yarbrough
Music Lecture / Master Class
Biedenharn Recital Hall 11 a.m. - Noon
Guest Speaker:
Dr. Gary Jones, Vantage Health Care
Nursing Auditorium 11 a.m. - Noon
Guest Speaker/Brown Bag Lunch:
Ms. Ashley Hester, Director of Underwriting & Project Manager, Americas Insurance, New Orleans
SUB Ballroom Noon - 1 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Leo Honeycutt
- reception to follow
University Conference Center 7 p.m.
Friday, September 30    
Mobile Dental Hygiene Unit Warhawk Circle 7 - 11:30 a.m.
George T. Walker Hall Dedication Administration Building 10:30 a.m.
PRISM Concert Brown Auditorium 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 1    
Waterski Team Exhibition Bayou DeSiard (behind
ULM Alumni Center)
3:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 2    
Investiture Ceremony Brown Auditorium 2 p.m.
Investiture Reception University Conference Center following ceremony

Investiture Events (PDF version) | Event Locations (PDF map)