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October 13, 2008

Boulware to receive Golden Arrow Award Oct. 18

Bruce Boulware’s generosity builds new learning facilities, sends students to internships in other countries, and supports faculty and staff at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. On Saturday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. in the University Conference Center, the ULM Alumni Association will recognize his outstanding efforts and grant him ULM’s most prestigious alumni honor— the Golden Arrow Award.

Bruce, a 1969 ULM graduate in accounting, is the Chief Operating Officer of O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, the nation’s 15th largest law firm. He and his wife Liz, also an avid supporter of ULM, reside in Napa, Calif. and New Orleans. They often visit ULM to, as he says, “give back with time and expertise, as well as financially.”

A few of their contributions include: the Bruce and Lizabeth Boulware Professorship in Management; College of Business Internship Support Fund; College of Business Capital Fund ; and the Berry Allen and Reita Meeks McKenzie Case Classroom. Bruce and Liz also participate in the annual College of Business Symposium, where they mentor ULM students.

Bruce’s involvement in the College of Business greatly impacts faculty and students, says Ron Berry, dean.

“In addition to his financial generosity, Bruce has become a strong advocate and partner for the College and the university. Through the giving of his time and leadership expertise, Bruce has strengthened the College and continues to play a critical role in our future.”

One of Bruce’s greatest passions at ULM is the internship program he and Liz help to thrive.

“When I graduated, a significant number of prospective employers actively recruited on campus, and opportunities were easier to come by than they are now,” Bruce says. “ULM’s internship program connects our students with opportunities, and it gives us a chance to showcase their talents. As the program expands, we hope to attract more and more potential employers to recruit on campus again, having been introduced to high-quality students through internships.”

Bruce’s efforts reach beyond the College of Business. He has hosted team-building workshops for the president, deans and faculty. Bruce and Liz supported the Clarke M. Williams Student Success Center; University Residence, now named Bon Aire; and ULM’s Annual Giving Fund, to name just a few.

Bruce reconnected with his alma matter about a year after President James Cofer arrived at ULM in 2002. “As I came to know Jim, the cabinet, the deans and several of the faculty, ULM became the place where I could become involved and, hopefully, add value. The past five years have been a very rewarding experience. I have worked with a number of dedicated people to continually strengthen the university and facilitate connection among its stakeholders.”

President Cofer greatly appreciates Bruce’s efforts.

“Bruce’s philanthropic endeavors at this institution ensure that our students are exposed to new opportunities in today’s business world; with his assistance, our students can succeed in a competitive workforce. Bruce’s footprint at ULM is significant, and we are truly grateful and proud to call him an alum, a friend, and a leader.”

To attend Saturday’s ULM Alumni Awards Brunch, contact the Alumni Center at (318) 342-5420.

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