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August 18, 2008

ULM Sociology Club receives Sam’s Club Foundation Local Charitable Grant

The ULM Sociology Club recently received a $700 Sam’s Club Foundation Local Charitable Grant for its valuable contributions to society.

Emily Austin, current Sociology Club president and a senior sociology major from Winnsboro, was thrilled to receive the funds. “All I could say was ‘wow’ when I saw the check.”

Dr. Neil R. White, a ULM assistant professor of sociology and the club’s advisor, credited Austin for securing the donation.

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More about the ULM Sociology Club:

The Sociology Club, which began around 1982, has been active in a campaign of recycling cell phones and printer cartridges and informing the university and community about the benefits of recycling. Recycling cell phones began in an effort to help with Hurricane Katrina relief. Currently, the club donates the phones to an organization that provides free cell phones to soldiers, along with free phone minutes to call their loved ones.

They are active participants in the university’s Adopt-a-Spot Program, which allows university organizations guardianship of a spot on campus with the agreement that they will have two or more cleanup days a semester.

White said the Sociology Club takes it a step further. “Even on days when we don’t have a cleanup planned, we try to pick up any trash on our spot as we feel a sense of pride and ownership.”

For more information about the ULM Sociology Club, contact White at or at (318) 342-1448.

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