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SPRING 2018 • VOLUME 17, NO. 2



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Dr. Nick and Mrs. Linda Bruno at the ULM President’s home, Bon Aire.


t is an exciting time for the University of Louisiana Monroe, with many accomplishments we are quite proud of. One is the student population reached a 10-year high of 9,290 in the fall.

Online learning with eULM continues to meet the needs of people who cannot participate in a traditional classroom by providing more than 30 online courses. This year, the ULM online MBA program has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 programs. The face of the ULM campus is improving , with new facilities and renovations. This month the new student event center, Bayou Pointe, the former natatorium, will open on Warhawk Way. This building will be available to our students and the public for events and gatherings. The $5 million in renovations to Brown Stadium and Track will be completed this year, in addition to the Laird Weems Center for ULM Foundation and Alumni Affairs.

In October, ULM’s Doppler weather radar system officially went online. Data collected from this system — especially during hazardous storms — will be shared with the National Weather Service to help


improve forecasting and early warnings. Also in October, the Warhawks Water Ski Team swept nationals and brought home the championship trophy for the 28th year. To help serve the community, ULM continues to provide health services to the residents of northeast Louisiana. From July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, the following services were provided locally by ULM: Dental Hygiene served 2,068 clients, Marriage and Family Therapy/ Counseling Clinic served 1,423 clients; and Speech-Language pathology served 1,491 for a total value of $1,350,415. Other medical and health services were provided by the Autism Center at ULM, gerontology, health studies, occupational therapy and toxicology. In the 2016-17 fiscal year, 308 clients were provided services valued at more than $1.3 million through the Center for Business & Economic Research, and the NELA Business and Community Development Center. During the same time period, the university had 165 events welcoming 84,161 visitors. In athletics, there were 93 games which brought out 126,405 fans. The generosity of ULM’s alumni and friends is enormous. In mid-December an

anonymous donor bequeathed $1 million for scholarships in education. ULM’s School of Construction Management was recently awarded $97,000 from the Louisiana Licensing Board for Construction Management. An alumnus of the School of Pharmacy created a Pharm. D. scholarship with a $60,000 donation. Thanks to these and other fundraising efforts, the ULM Foundation’s SOAR (Success, Opportunities, Achieve, Renovation) campaign now stands at approximately $46,378,063, which is more than 83% of the goal. These accomplishments and many others could not have happened without the tremendous support of you, the ULM alumni and friends. For this, we thank you. As the seasons change and we move from winter to spring, we hope you will take the time to visit the ULM campus during springtime in Louisiana — after all, the Best is on the Bayou.


Nick J. Bruno, Ph.D. ULM President




ON THE COVER University of Louisiana Monroe alumni and head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles Doug Pederson holds up the Super Bowl LII trophy after the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots. In a story in this issue, Pederson talks about his experience on the football field a quarterback for ULM and his life coaching in the NFL.






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remember Bayou Pointe … it’s where memories are made.

• Weddings

• Class reunions

• Meetings

• Engagement parties

• Mardi Gras parties

• Family reunions

• Corporate functions

• Graduation celebrations

• Alumni events

• Performances • 318.342.1900 •



More than a place to go — it’s the place to be — Bayou Pointe

Every occasion held at Bayou Pointe is a special occasion. From small socials to over-the-moon receptions, Bayou Pointe offers

the amenities to meet all your needs. Overlooking Bayou DeSiard, the newest building on the University of Louisiana Monroe campus features historic art deco styling and modern state-of-the art event facilities. When planning your next gathering,






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WHITE OUT! A surprise snowfall blanketed the University of Louisiana Monroe campus - and most of northeast Louisiana - on January 16, 2018. It was supposed to be the first day of the spring semester, but classes were canceled. No one seemed to mind a one-day winter wonderland in the south. photo by Emerald McIntyre





he ULM Alumni Association reaches, connects and celebrates alumni and friends to build lifelong relationships, and commit to the university’s missions of academic freedom, scholarship, diversity, excellence, integrity and service.


In 2017, the Association made great strides in realizing goals as part of a newly developed strategic plan. We welcomed 67 new Lifetime members, hosted over 60 events, launched a new alumni network website and so much more. These accomplishments are made possible by our active members and our volunteers. We are proud of our new alumni network website,, which has countless features that support our mission. With capabilities like search alumni by class, year of graduation, company and more – it is easier than ever to foster a connection. Purchasing a membership or making a contribution to a scholarship can now be done with a few clicks. You can also share memories and photos for all to reminisce. We encourage you to continue to advocate for ULM in your community, send prospective students our way and speak of your time here with pride. Each alumni is special to us, and we love showcasing all of your talents and accomplishments through our Alumni Spotlights – from entrepreneurs, to those serving our country, to CEOs and COOs, to pilots, superintendents and much more, we are proud of it all. We truly embrace that the Best is on the Bayou – Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow.







he Pederson name gained national clout as the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles surged toward their Super Bowl destiny.

“I’d say this about Doug,” longtime friend Greg Andrews said. “No matter where he’s been as a player or coach, he always has time for family and friends here. He’s never more than a text

Throughout his journey as a player and coach, Pederson remained a proud representative of ULM and northeastern Louisiana. “It’s the family, the friends and spending so much time here,” said Pederson, who earned his degree in management from ULM in 1990. “Even when I spent 14 years in the NFL, Monroe was always our home. We always came back here in the offseason and still have a home here”

Doug and his brother Craig Pederson were both football players at the former Northeast Louisiana University and have remained avid supporters ever since. Doug is an L Club Hall of Famer, a lifetime member of the Alumni Association and is sometimes spotted wearing his ULM garb during Eagles press conferences. “Doug has always been a great ambassador for ULM financially but also represents the Warhawk Nation up north,” said longtime friend Greg Andrews. “Countless press conferences in Philadelphia wearing the ULM logo on a hat or jacket. That speaks volumes about the kind of guy he is. He’s one of Monroe’s most precious gems.”



Doug Pederson steered the franchise to its first championship in just his second season as head coach, guiding the Eagles to a thrilling Super Bowl LII win over the favored New England Patriots. Although he played quarterback in the NFL and served time as an assistant coach in the professional ranks, his recent success elevates Pederson to a different level of fame in the sporting world.

or phone call away. I do a high school football radio show and I asked him to talk about his days at Calvary and he did. He made time for a local radio show because of a friendship, not because ESPN or Fox wanted it. No cameras around, just two friends talking.”

The Pedersons aren’t just a pleasant memory photo by Emerald McIntyre


Doug, Josh and Jeanie Pederson on the Warhawks field. Josh plays tight end for the Warhawks.

on the ULM campus either. Doug’s son Josh Pederson is a tight end on the football team and Craig’s daughter Victoria is on the softball team. “It keeps the name here and keeps the name in town,” Victoria Pederson said. “That’s a big deal. The Pederson name has been known around here because of Doug. He went here and did big things. My dad went here and did big things. We’re keeping the Pederson name at ULM.”

Doug Pederson returns to Monroe when his

“Just having an opportunity to come back and be around a lot of the same people who supported me when I played ball here, to come back and they’re out here supporting ULM with my son on the team, it just adds to the fun,” Doug Pederson said. For both current student-athletes, the chance to extend the family legacy was a natural fit and an opportunity earned on their own merit. “Everybody always asks me where I’m

from and I say, ‘Monroe, Louisiana,’” said Josh Pederson, who moved around with his family as his father’s NFL coaching career bloomed and eventually signed with ULM out of Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kansas. “That’s where I grew up and that’s where my roots are. It’s awesome to be back here. I have family here and grandparents here. I have a fan base right here in Monroe. Just to have that in my corner has been a blessing.” Victoria Pederson made the crosstown move to ULM from Ouachita Parish High School. “I was for sure going to go here,” Victoria said. “I had one other thing for cheer, so it was that or softball. It was the choice of staying close to ▶

Josh Pederson said, “Me and Vic, we see each other around campus and we always bring it up, like that’s crazy how we all ended up in the same spot.”

schedule allows, and was able to see Josh play in person once in 2017 at Malone Stadium. On his visit, he donned a ULM shirt and blended right into The Grove scene with old pals before watching the game.



ULM’S ‘PEDERSON PRIDE’ home or going out of state.” ULM football coach Matt Viator met the Pedersons through the recruiting process and was immediately impressed with the family. “They are first class, Viator said. “Last year recruiting Josh and getting to know Doug and Jeannie, they are great people and positive about ULM. Josh has come in here and done fantastic. He’s a great young man and going to be a really good player too. But he’s a tremendous young man who smiles every day and enjoys it.” Said Andrews: “His support system is the key to success. His wife Jeannie (Ouachita Parish High School class of 1987) is the cog in the wheel. Two truly blessed people.” ULM softball coach Corey Lyon knew he’d found a special player when he started recruiting Victoria Pederson.

“It just takes one look at Victoria and you can tell she’s an incredible athlete,” Lyon said. “I went out and watched her in a fall game at Ouachita and one look, you could tell. The great part about here is she comes from parents and

a family that really understand what athletics is all about – the importance of being a studentathlete and what all it takes. That first and foremost is one of the most impressive things about her. But then you can add to that the fact that she’s got one of the strongest arms on the team and she’s one of the fastest kids on the team. She can hit and she’s got untapped power potential. She’s just a special athlete.” Josh laughs when asked to compare his football talents to those of his father, who spent much of his career as Brett Favre’s backup quarterback with the Green Bay Packers. “My uncle actually played tight end here so we have more in common since my dad played QB,” Josh Pederson said. “He talks about when they were here together and when they played and all the stuff they had going on. “Being a tight end, I’m not really following in his footsteps. It’s kind of in the same path, but not exactly in the same footsteps. I like that and I like playing a different position.” Josh Pederson’s earliest memories of

Victoria Pederson, Doug Pederson’s neice, plays outfield for the ULM Warhawk Softball team.

Doug Pederson throws as Quarterback in a game against Louisiana Tech.

“Oh absolutely,” Josh Pederson said. “The 2016 class they brought in, I think we all had that mindset. We’re ready to turn this program around. Along with the coaches, they brought in the right guys to do it. We’re on the right track.”

the time. When it happened in a game, it was like a surprise to everybody but not a surprise to me. It was huge. “I honestly didn’t expect that. They were like, ‘Oooh, that’s ESPN!’ I was like, ‘Sure.’ We had news people here and got it on tape. He posted it online.”

Before Doug Pederson was mentoring players like Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and Nick Foles, he was coaching his own three sons Drew, Josh and Joel.

“It’s exciting to have Victoria on the ULM softball team and she’s doing well there,” Doug Pederson added. “We try to keep it in the family as much as we can.”

“He taught us everything growing up,” Josh Pederson said. “He was my tee-ball coach and helped us out in football. But his main thing was he let us do what we wanted. He never forced anything on us. He raised us to be the athletes we are today.”

Even as he savors a successful run professionally with the Eagles, Doug Pederson is enjoying his ULM connection in new ways too through his son and niece.

“That was really cool,” Victoria Pederson said. “That’s one of those things we do in practice all

“It’s full circle for us,” Doug Pederson said. “For me as an alumnus of the university and someone who played here, it’s coming full circle. We were in Kansas City at the time when ULM came up and recruited our son. He came down and fell in love with the program and the coaching staff. He hit it off really well for Coach Viator. For me it’s been a great place and it’s great to see my son back on the same field that I played on.”


While it’s commonplace to see Doug Pederson on national sports programs now, it’s worth noting that Victoria had her ESPN moment last season too. One of her amazing diving catches in the outfield made the national highlights.


of the program’s reawakening provides daily incentive to work hard.


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ULM’s Malone Stadium predate his own college experience. Before entering the NFL’s coaching ranks, Doug Pederson was head coach at Calvary Baptist in Shreveport. “When my dad coached for Calvary and we’d come over and play in the jamboree,” Pederson said. “I’d sit way up there by the skybox and watch Calvary play here. I was young.” The offensive-minded NFL head coach was impressed with the potent ULM attack he followed throughout the season.

Doug Pederson was a member of the 1987 team that won a national championship and set numerous passing records during his ULM career. For Josh Pederson, a chance to be part

Doug Pederson wearing No. 14 for the former NLU Indians in the late ‘80s through 1990.

“Anytime you rack up those kinds of numbers offensively, you’ve got the output you want,” Doug Pederson said. “It’s a lot like our offense some times. We focus on tight ends sometimes with Zach Ertz, who is playing well right now. Then we’ve got the skill guys on the perimeter. It’s very comparable. I know Josh is having a good time out there.”



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Kappa Delta taught Amy to “strive for excellence.” The philanthropic and leadership aspects encouraged her to be part of a “bigger mission.” The sorority is also where Amy met many of her lifelong friends, who supported each other while “navigating the social, and academic struggles of college.” She found mentors along the way that stand out long after Amy has left their classrooms. In undergrad, Dr. H. P. Jones was the engaging history teacher who also taught her mother. Dr. Bette Kaufman showed her what caring for students meant after an internship position didn’t quite fit. In graduate school while also working at ULM, Dr. Lesli Pace forced Amy to “see outside her bubble.” Dr. Catherine Wilson served as Amy’s advisor while she was getting her Master’s. Her bosses Lisa Miller and Susan Duggins encouraged and supported Amy while she juggled school, career, and motherhood.


Paper Market, like most businesses, wouldn’t be possible without support. Amy has core group of employees who are the backbone of the store. They’re the first faces customers see when they come in the door. Her twin sister Ashley, also a ULM graduate, is a Marketing and Public Relations consultant, advising her sister on marketing and social media strategies. Amy’s husband Brian handles the financial side of the business while her brother Joey serves as her inventory manager, handling the day to day orders. Paper Market wouldn’t be a success without all of them. While Amy has had a lot of encouragement from people along the way, her parents’ faith in her and constant support are the main reasons she is not afraid of failure. Michelle and Pete Dougherty taught her to believe in herself. She is always encouraged to do what she wants to do by the people who matter most, and she isn’t afraid to change course. She thrives on operating a local business that gives back to her community. Amy considers it a privilege to have been raised in Monroe, to have gone to school here, and now built a life here for her family.

The ULM Alumni Association reaches, connects and celebrates alumni and friends to build lifelong relationships, and commit to the university’s missions of academic freedom, scholarship, diversity, excellence, integrity and service. We represent alumni who honor the traditions of our university and who share a sense of achievement and pride. We create a network of professionals, establish scholarships and advocate for our university through community engagement. Members of the Alumni Association, like Amy Robinson, support countless initiatives, and annual memberships are just $35. To learn more or to become a member, please visit our new alumni network at

Working as an event planner in Recruitment and Admissions at ULM and then as the freshman orientation (PREP) coordinator, Amy learned to handle events and marketing. Lisa Miller was the boss who showed her how to be a leader and to not doubt her capabilities. It was with this assurance that she made the big career shift in 2011. Her son Grant was about to be one, and Amy realized she wanted to be her own boss. She saw untapped potential

“I love this university. It is a big part of my life story. It is one of the largest drivers of our local economy, and as a business owner and resident of Monroe, I am dependent on the success of ULM and will do whatever I can to support it.”

Customers frequently tell Amy, “Your store makes me happy.” Every person who comes through those doors is celebrating something. She hires part time workers, many of them ULM students, and she can groom them until they graduate. It’s a way she gives back to the institution that helped groom her. She is also free to serve on committees for ULM like The Pursuit and the L-Club Board. Amy insists, “I love this university. It is a big part of my life story. It is one of the largest drivers of our local economy, and as a business owner and resident of Monroe, I am dependent on the success of ULM and will do whatever I can to support it.”



As a cheerleader, Amy developed selfdiscipline and learned the importance of professionalism being a representative of the university. The cheerleading team was made up of people from across the country, and forming friendships with those individuals are among Amy’s most treasured memories. This opportunity allowed Amy to learn about diverse backgrounds. She considers that exposure a privilege and encourages students to get involved in organizations outside of class. Amy recognizes ULM as a “diverse little melting pot right in our own backyard.”

in her then favorite store, so she bought The Paper Market and made it her own. While she admits the flexibility of being a business owner is all worth it, it doesn’t mean at times it isn’t scary. She can’t just run to Lisa in a crisis and ask what to do. Amy now must make those decisions.


my Robinson embraces change. She recognized quickly after her son was born that her professional priorities had changed. She is not afraid of transition, much like the university that helped mold her. Majoring in Mass Communication, Amy attended NLU turned ULM from 19982003, a time of change for the institution. Everything from the name to the mascot was evolving, and Amy witnessed that transition and the effect on the students firsthand. Amy graduated from Ouachita High School, and decided to attend college in her hometown, fully immersing herself in the experience. From being captain of the coed cheerleading squad, to a member of the Kappa Delta Council, to SGA, to a maid on the Homecoming Court, Amy learned to adapt to the changes taking place around her.







beyond the local level, the name change was essential to the company’s national growth. Offering biofeedback started in Monroe to help youth with ADHD, anxiety and depression. It’s a nonmedical approach to helping youth manage the symptoms associated with those conditions as well as sleep disorders and migraines.

Curtis’ mother eventually retired from ULM, so it was never a consideration for him to go anywhere else. He was actively involved in campus ministry as a student, Curtis worked with Warhawks for Christ where he learned leadership and public speaking.

Curtis has learned in the last 15 years that there is a whole community of impoverished people in northeast Louisiana. Children have lived through horrific experiences – some hard to imagine. Curtis admits he was “very sheltered from that reality growing up.”

Never one to seek the limelight, the ministry work forced Curtis out of his comfort zone. He had to deal with his insecurities and push himself. This willingness to change and mold to his environment would serve Curtis well throughout his career.

Curtis decided he would. Alongside his studies he was active in intramural sports and started running triathlons on campus. One anatomy professor Dr. Luke Thomas, was a big golfer, and Curtis had an internship at a local country club. On the course, the two got to know one another and Thomas became a mentor to the young student. Curtis was recruited to work at Pepperdine in California and afterward he was anxious to get back to Monroe. He decided to take a job with a nonprofit, CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates – where he ran public relations and volunteer recruitment. The volunteers work with children in the foster care system. As CASA grew, it started to provide more therapeutic/behavioral health services. Curtis felt he needed more training and got his Ph.D. at ULM in Marriage and Family Therapy. Since graduating in 2012, he has been running local nonprofit agencies geared toward youth and families who have behavioral and/or mental health issues.

“ULM MFT program was instrumental in shaping my clinical philosophy. I learned how to do good work with families.” – CURTIS EBERTS

His life has been centered around “the marginalized, the abused, the troubled folks that don’t really know where to turn” he said. The company is noted nationally for not only its outstanding work, but also the work culture. He invests in his employees, building a workplace and a culture that supports that work, setting realistic expectations while still making sure “employees feel supported, cared for, encouraged.” The office is like a sanctuary where employees can rejuvenate after fieldwork in some harsh conditions. The ULM MFT program was instrumental in shaping Curtis’ clinical philosophy. He “learned how to do good work with families.” It was very impressionable for Curtis, and now many of his coworkers are also enrolled in the same program at ULM. He trusts the school to provide good employees with the training and certification to excel. ULM has again served as a partner with one of its own to continue to support the community.

The ULM Alumni Association reaches, connects and celebrates alumni and friends to build lifelong relationships, and commit to the university’s missions of academic freedom, scholarship, diversity, excellence, integrity and service. We represent alumni who honor the traditions of our university and who share a sense of achievement and pride. We create a network of professionals, establish scholarships and advocate for our university through community engagement. Members of the Alumni Association, like Amy Robinson, support countless initiatives, and annual memberships are just $35. To learn more or to become a member, please visit our new alumni network at

Curtis started Wraparound Services of Northeast Louisiana six years ago, and now has offices across the state and in Tennessee. It is a nationally recognized agency and because of all of its growth just launched a name change. Now Ascent Health will provide the same services as Wraparound but with the addition of a new treatment program, biofeedback. Since the services have extended

He visited homes where foster children grew up and was amazed at what many of them had survived. Being faced with a harsh reality like that, Curtis admits you have to “completely cut yourself off from it or dive in head first, and it kind of becomes your life.”


College taught him discipline. He first had to ask himself, “how do I learn?” and then make adjustments. The first class he ever took was the summer after high school graduation. It was full of seniors needing to pass. Curtis remembers the professor walking in and all the students grumbling, insisting he was too hard and they would never pass.


urtis Eberts found his place in giving back to those less fortunate. Born and reared in Monroe, Curtis attended Ouachita Christian School before enrolling at the University of Louisiana Monroe where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.





he Ingrams have made the University of Louisiana Monroe a generational staple for their family’s education. Dr. Christopher Ingram first began at ULM in 1984 with a definitive goal, to become a doctor and to do so quickly. What he found at ULM were professors who fostered not only his education, but also his transition to medical school. He found a small campus that provided all the tools to become a successful doctor. He found a comfortable environment to excel in, with people willing to listen. He learned he could be challenged and succeed if he only tried. He found classes that adequately prepared him for medical school. And eventually he found a place for his daughters to pursue their own dreams in the medical field. The campus close to his hometown of Natchitoches, Louisiana, provided a home in which to grow his potential. Now he can watch alongside his wife Cathy as his three daughters Caitlin, Gabrielle and Ellen also thrive on the same campus, pursuing their own goals, forging their own paths.




Dr. Ingram majored in general studies, an interesting choice for someone so determined to become a doctor. He says it allowed him “the discretion to take what I wanted.” For three years, he pursued a full schedule, including 12 hours every summer. He remained focused on his studies, and only involved himself in Greek life as a, “nice respite from the grind.” The faculty left a permanent impression on Dr. Ingram, particularly Dr. Martha Upshaw, the director of Continuing Education at the time. Dr. Ingram admits, “those were hard times in school,” and her door, “was always open.” She was supportive, encouraging, answered his questions, and provided advice. Those are the years when students need someone to talk to, and Dr. Upshaw was instrumental in his success. Dr. Ingram always knew the faculty, “wanted him to succeed,” and that knowledge is imperative to a student’s confidence. The environment is specifically tailored to preparing one for professional school with the “overlap of prepharm, pre-med, and pre-dent.” The material that needed to be covered in class was, and he learned, retained and did well on his national exams.

Today Dr. Ingram diagnoses and treats patients at the Ingram Cardiology Clinic located inside the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. After ULM, he attended medical school at LSU New Orleans, followed by a fellowship at Tulane. While in New Orleans, he met his wife Cathy, who would

Making careers in medicine and starting them all at the University of Louisiana Monroe are, from left, Dr. Christopher Ingram and daughters Ellen, Gabrielle and Caitlin, and his wife, Cathy. At ULM, Ellen is majoring in biology on her way to becoming a doctor and Gabrielle is studying for a career as a dentist. Caitlin attended ULM and is now in her second year at Baylor Houston Medical School.


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Sisters Ellen and Gabrielle Ingram are both at ULM and planning on pursuing careers as doctors, following in the footsteps of their father, ULM Alumni Dr. Christopher Ingram (‘84).



later be his rock as they worked together raising their three daughters. His mentors (his parents) helped Dr. Ingram transition back home to Natchitoches. He chose cardiology after looking up to cardiologists in school, referring to them as, “the marines of medicine, the cowboys in the hospital.” Angioplasty had just been developed. Dr. Ingram believes it essential to give back to one’s community, and it’s a lesson he’s imparted upon his daughters, one Caitlin Ingram has taken to heart.

“ULM has given us great opportunity for us all to pursue our dreams,” – ELLEN INGRAM

Caitlin was a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-med society, and the American Chemical Society. She made more friends ▶

Caitlin takes after her father with her focus on her studies. Her sister Gabrielle said Caitlin has the ability to, “absorb all the information.” She attended ULM from 20122016 and majored in biology with the goal of also becoming a physician. Having attended a smaller high school in Natchitoches, the ULM campus felt comfortable, and the professors were more involved. Caitlin admits she spent the first couple of years with her teachers. She felt her knowledge of science was somewhat limited, insisting, “I knew electrons existed — only thing I knew.” Dr. Fred Watson spent hours helping Caitlin with chemistry, and she calls Dr. Krishnamurthy, “the best biology teacher you could ask for.” Dr. Beal’s tutelage aided in organic chemistry, and Dr. Talbert and Dr. Allison Wiedemeier helped Caitlin get into medical school with mock interviews and resume suggestions. Like her father, she knew the faculty wanted her to succeed.


photo by Emerald McIntyre


her junior year, and has kept in touch with three who have also gone on to their own professional medical programs. She credits her dad’s example and her aunts Dr. Michelle Mayeux, Dr. Mary Long, and Dr. Cherry Horton with showing her the impact a physician can have on a small town. Drs. Mayeux and Horton are also proud ULM alumnae. Caitlin insists she loved her time at ULM, and one day, “wants her own kids to go there.” She is now in her second year at Baylor Houston, one of the top 20 medical schools in the country, and the source of the, “first successful patch-graft angioplasty” that originally attracted her father to cardiology. Caitlin plans to return to Natchitoches to practice, and believes, “people need to come back to their small town and give back.”


Gabrielle Ingram is admittedly the middle child, artistic and fancy-free. She’s heavily involved on campus, at first not mentioning to her parents some of her extracurricular activities for fear of appearing unfocused. She is a member of Kappa Delta sorority, the wakeboarding team, and 31 Ambassadors. She serves as president of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-professional society, American Chemical Society, and Beta Beta Beta. She placed in the Miss ULM pageant, served on the Mardi Gras Court, and was crowned ULM Homecoming Queen this past fall. And though her father, Caitlin and Ellen chose medical school, Gabrielle will attend dental school at LSU New Orleans in the fall.

She chose ULM for undergrad because the other colleges seemed so big, and her parents encouraged her to, “stay focused.” She felt ULM was the best environment to succeed and immerse herself in the college experience. She met supportive people with similar goals; she also relished in the diversity she was exposed to for the first time. It taught her to, “appreciate everyone for who they are.” She claims, “ULM gave me everything I could ever ask for,” and she knows her defined resume aided in her being accepted to more than one top dental program. Gabrielle chose dentistry because she loves working with her hands. She is an art minor at ULM with a concentration in ceramics. She appreciates how visual dentistry is, “the changes and angles are imperative to the aesthetics of it all.” She can combine her love for science and artistic ability and still help people. Her dad instilled in all the girls that they need to give back. Ellen Ingram is the youngest, only a sophomore at ULM, majoring in biology. Like Gabrielle, she has jumped right into campus life, currently involved in Kappa

17 Gabrielle Ingram, wearing a crown, was escorted by her father, Dr. Christopher Ingram, as the ULM 2017 Homecoming Queen. Her sister Ellen Ingram was a maid on the Homecoming Court and was escorted by their grandfather, Ralph Ingram. ULMMAGAZINE SPRING 2018

Delta sorority, American Chemical Society, St. Jude Up Til’ Dawn, Mortar Board, and the Catholic Campus Ministry. She also serves as secretary for the Student Government Association. She claims ULM is “all I could ever ask for in a college.” Her professors are instrumental in her experience. Dr. Richard Thurlkill was her “first hardcore science teacher, who set the foundation” for her other science classes. Dr. Allison Wiedemeier taught Ellen to apply concepts, not just memorize them. Ellen calls Dr. Joydeep Bhattacharjee’s, enthusiasm “astonishing,” claiming he is, “always ready to teach and for students to learn.” She knows she may not be getting that personal attention had she chosen to go elsewhere. Ellen knows ULM has given her father and her sisters a, “great opportunity for us all to pursue our dreams,” and she is confident in her decision to follow the path.


Ellen chose to be a doctor because it is the, “most honorable profession any man or woman could have.” She once volunteered in the emergency room and experienced that patient interaction, witnessed the ability to heal a person one-on-one. Ellen can combine her love of, “everything science,” with her, “love of people.” And having Gabrielle on campus has been a blessing. Gabrielle insists, “people knew who Ellen was before she got here.” Being the last to attend college, Ellen counts it as a “blessing to have two sisters guide me, two personal tutors a phone call away.” They understand what they’re all going through, and they support one another. The sisters hope their dad is proud of them. The girls know the personal joy of what he does, and each want to make a difference in the lives of others. Gabrielle knows her father, “cares about our futures, makes sure one day we’re going to be successful individuals.” Ellen looks up to him, and, “wants the same opportunity for our future kids that he has given us.” She claims it was nice having, “someone be able to take care of us physically, be more than just a dad.” Their mother Cathy, Chris says, “supported our daughters in their journey to higher education.” And the bond between the siblings is imperative. The girls would frequently eat breakfast together on campus, and Gabrielle counts it a, “privilege to be at ULM with both of them.”

Dr. Ingram, Caitlin, Gabrielle, and Ellen have ULM in common. It is a testament to Dr. Ingram’s commitment to healing that his daughters have been so inspired by his example, not only to choose some form of his profession, but to follow his path at ULM.

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“My education at ULM was excellent preparation for my professional life, as well as a lot of fun!”



SUSAN DENMON BANOWSKY grew up in northeast Louisiana in the town of Forest, and like most of her family is a proud graduate of the University of Louisiana Monroe. She attended ULM from 1982 to 1986, participating in Indian Scouts and working for the Dean of Student Affairs. “My education at ULM was excellent preparation for my professional life, as well as a lot of fun!” After receiving her degree in Radio/ T V Management in 1986, she worked as a television news producer for four years, first in Monroe, then in Mobile, Alabama and Shreveport, Louisiana.

Af ter nearly 20 years practicing law, Banowsky turne d to help ing her husband Bill with the businesses he created, including Violet Crown Cinemas, a movie theater company with locations in Austin, Texas; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Charlottesville, Virg inia , and Carolina Cinemas, a

cinema chain with theaters in Asheville, Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, which the Banowskys sold to Cinemark t wo years a g o. The couple is a lso invo lve d in f i l m pro du c ti on a n d commercial real estate development. They split their time between Austin and Santa Fe. In 2017, Banowsky ser ved as the keynote speaker for the ULM Women’s Symposium. She shared with the women in attendance, “You don’t have to know what you want to do with the rest of your life. You just need to know what you are going to do next.” B anowsky counts a s he r g reatest accomplished her role as a mom to daughter, Meredith Gusky, a 20-yearold junior at the University of Oregon.

In 1990, Banowsky enrolled in the University of Texas School of Law, where she was Chief Notes Editor for the Review of Litigation, a member of the Order of the Coif, and a Chancellor, graduating in 1993 with highest honors.

She began her legal career in Austin, Texas, at Baker & Botts, practicing civil litigation. In 2000, Banowsky was hired by then-Texas Attorney General John Cornyn to ser ve as the chairman of the Opinion Committee for the Office of the Attorney General. When Cornyn was elected to the United States Senate in 2002, Banowsky went back to private practice, first at a small litigation firm and then at Vinson & Elkins, where she built a practice focused on open government law.



“When I left ULM I didn’t know everything but I had a very strong foundation to build upon. If your foundation is not strong you will crumble and fall.”



“The diversity of my education worked in concert to make me a rounded individual.”

commission,”reminiscesMcHenry, “Iturneditdown because I could not fly and returned to the guard.”

courses to enhance my career. The more I learned the more I moved up,” explains McHenry.

GERALD MCHENRY is the former vice president of Quality for Thyssenkrupp USA, a professional with experienceinqualitycontrol.Howeverhisjourneydid not begin with an engineering degree, it began with a highschoolteacher,atalentgrantforvocalperformance and the Army National Guard

Reflecting on his time at school, McHenry, said “The diversity of my education worked in concert to makemearoundedindividual.ROTCandthemilitary taughtmeleadership,themusicalensemblesandgroups taught me teamwork. Computer Science taught me process flow and critical thinking, the mathematical componentofmyeducation,especiallystatistics,taught me how to use math and data for decision making.”

In 2006, he went back to school to receive his Master’sofSciencefromEasternMichiganUniversity in Quality Management.

McHenry started his ULM education in 1980 studying computer science. “I was introduced to computersinhighschoolbyoneofmyscienceteachers,” McHenry explains. McHenrywasincrediblyinvolvedwitheverything musicalandwasamemberoftheArmyROTCaswell as the Computer Science Club, March of Dimes, Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity, Interdenominational Ensemble, the Electones, and the Sound of Today.

McHenry graduated from the ROTC program as a sophomore and received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant at the age of twenty, ahead of the rest of his class. He was assigned to the infantry platoon in the Air National Guard. He could not meet the physical requirements for flight so, McHenry went to Ft. Benning, Ga., to train as an infantry officer. “My class was 98% West Point graduates, and I finishedinthetopofthatclassandwasofferedanarmy

AfterMcHenrygraduatedin1985withaBachelor’s in Computer Science, he followed his true passion, science. He spent the next thirty-one years working for various companies in quality control. “Irememberinmyfirstjobasaqualityprofessional,” recallsMcHenry, “Iutilizedmydegreecombinedwith statisticstodevelopasoftwarethatwouldcalculatethe additivesinachemicalmixture.Thissavedthecompany money and made the operation more efficient.” He also served as an infantry captain in the National Guard while working full-time, resigning his commission after ten years of service. A true renaissance man, McHenry never stopped learning.“Mygrandfatheroncetoldmethedayyoustop learningisthedayyoustartdyingmentally,”plainlystates McHenry. “I took a lot of those continuing education

Butfinally,McHenrywouldgettoattendtheschool he dreamed of, flight school. “I always wanted to fly. I joinedROTCinhopesIcouldfly,”recallsMcHenry.In a class, he met a classmate who was a pilot. “I told him I had wanted to learn to fly at one time and the man handedmehiscard.Cometofindout,heownedaflight school. I kept that card for a year and when I had some extra money I called and signed up. I have been flying ever since. I love the freedom and view from the air”. When asked about his well-rounded education, McHenry replied, “When I left ULM I didn’t know everything but I had a very strong foundation to build upon.Ifyourfoundationisnotstrongyouwillcrumble and fall. When you are presented with adversity and challenges you will not survive without a great foundation.IgotmyeducationalfoundationatULM.” Gerald McHenry currently lives in Memphis, Tenn. with his wife Mary McHenry and has two children, Ariel and Anissa who are both students at the University of Memphis.



“I chose to go to ULM, because of the wonderful treatment I received from the people of Monroe in 1959 at the 1959 Cotton States tournament.”



When CHIP LYMAN was in the fourth grade, a golf club was put into his hands, and he never let go. A young boy living in Baton Rouge, Chip played other sports too, but it was golf where he excelled. By the time he was in the 10th grade at Baton Rouge High School, he was encouraged to concentrate on only one sport. The result was when he was 13, he won the Baton Rouge Junior Championship. When he was 15, he won the club championship at the Baton Rouge Country Club. Theresultwasthecountryclubbarredanyoneunder 18 from future club championships. The next year a 19-year-old won, which led to only stockholders being allowed in tournaments.

That followed both the team and Chip finishing second in 1958, runner up to University High of Baton Rouge. In 1959, the team and Chip were

WinnieCole,theheadgolfprofessionalatBayou DeSiardCountryClub,assumedChipwasgoingto LSU,butwhenhefoundouthewasn’t,Coleoffered togetintouchwiththeUniversityofHoustoncoach to consider Chip for a scholarship. “After a couple of days I got a call from Houston and they could offer me a books and tuition out of state scholarship,” he said. Clayton Cole, a member of the 1959 ULM golf team,decidedtotransfertotheUniversityofHouston in 1970 as a walk-on. In the middle of September Clayton and Chip were partners in a tournament at a very upscale Houston country club. The pair was 7 or 8 under par for 31 holes and won the tournament, much to everyone’s surprise – and theirs.

Chip was not offered a place on the Houston team the next semester, and decided to go to one of his favorite places. “IchosetogotoULM,becauseofthewonderful treatment I received from the people of Monroe in 1959atthe1959CottonStatestournament,”hesaid, By January of 1963, Chip was married to Sharon Watson,daughterofBillWatsonfromWestMonroe, and living in Town and Country subdivision. Their home in that time cost $17,000. In January of 1964, a daughter, Jody, was born. Sharon was working at ULM in the ROTC department. Sharon’s salary and Chip’s scholarship allowed them to live a very wonderful lifestyle. Chip says his family has been blessed by God since their birth. More information regarding Chip’s life since age 22 (1964) is to come.

The junior golf grand slam was won by Chip, including winning the state JC championship at Jonesboro Hodge. On the day Chip graduated from Baton Rouge High School, his team won the state championship and Chip won the individual championship.

runneruptoNevilleHighSchool.Thefinallegofthe grandslamwasthe1960StateJuniorChampionship played at Bayou DeSiard Country Club. Chip also played in the future Masters in Dothan, Alabama, and at age 14 won the 13 and 14 age group. At age 16 he won the 15 and 16 age group; and at 17 was runnerupinthe17and18intheentiretournament.





More than a place to go — it’s the place to be — Bayou Pointe Every occasion held at Bayou Pointe is a special occasion. From small socials to over-the-moon receptions, Bayou Pointe offers the amenities to meet all your needs. Overlooking Bayou DeSiard, the newest building on the University of Louisiana Monroe campus features historic art deco styling and modern state-of-the art event facilities. When planning your next gathering, remember Bayou Pointe … it’s where memories are made.

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his year marked the grand opening of the new student event center, Bayou Pointe. Many alumni remember this building as the Oxford Natatorium that housed the Olympic size pool and was home to the swim teams for over 35 years. In 2012 the YMCA leased the facility, but in 2014 the natatorium had to officially shut its doors. Through the initiative of ULM students and the Student Government Association, the Natatorium was transformed into a Student Event Center. Seven million in requested funding from the Student Activity Enhancement Fund was approved to begin construction in 2015. Boasting beautiful views of Bayou DeSiard from almost every angle in the building, Bayou Pointe also has a spirit group practice area, small theater with reception, an outdoor entertainment deck, and multiple ballrooms that can be rented by the community for local events.


On March 16, Bayou Pointe officially opened its doors with a signature event, Flavors of the Bayou. The university partnered with Louisiana Seafood Association to give attendees a taste of seafood from around the state, while they listened to remarks from the Lieutenant Governor, Billy Nungesser.

“This facility will do so much, not just for ULM but for this community. It will provide a beautiful facility where members of the community can gather, whether it’s for a wedding or reunion or for a conference, and comfortably seat 550 in here and provide our teams – our dance team, our cheer squads — a permanent place now where they can practice”





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heUniversityofLouisianaMonroe’sCollege of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences continues with great achievements when an alumnus makes a $60,000 contribution toward a superior graduate scholarship that will support Doctor of Pharmacy students. ThecontributionwasmadebyDr.Salvador“Sal” Scaccia who received his Pharm.D. from ULM in 2002, which was the first Doctor of Pharmacy graduating class at ULM.


Scaccia said the scholarship is very important to him as a way to give back to his alma mater for the gratitude and the successes he has made in his pharmacy career. “I want to be able to give other students the same orevenbetteropportunitiesforsuccess,”saidScaccia. “Giving back and doing our part to better the world isanimportantconceptthatweshouldfocusonand try to make happen every day.” The Louisiana State Board of Regents offers matching opportunities for specific university endowments, including superior graduate scholarships. Scaccia’s gift will be submitted in the form of a proposal to the Louisiana State BOR to receive a competitive match of $40,000 to create a $100,000 endowed superior graduate scholarship that will create funds in perpetuity. The scholarship will be named the TLC-Dr. Salvador Scaccia Endowed Superior Scholarship for Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Louisiana Monroe. Dr. Glenn Anderson, Dean of the College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences, expressed his gratitude to Scaccia adding that education takes commitment, including time, the energy to go through challenging courses and the finances that students’ families have to come up with to support their children through their college years. “These kinds of gifts that go through perpetuity where you’re able to help those students reduce that debt-load not only helps them, but helps the community that we serve and the communities our alumni serve,” said Anderson. Scaccia said his time at ULM prepared him for the real world, adding that he left ULM as a more experienced, educated and confident young man ready to conquer the world.

“ThefriendshipsandbondsthatImadeatULM arelifelong,”saidScaccia.“Educationwastop-notch. The educators were challenging, yet caring, and the family atmosphere in the College of Pharmacy was an experience that was unique and fulfilling.” ULMPresidentDr.NickJ.Brunosaidheishappy

Salvador “Sal” Scaccia, Pharm.D., (third from right) makes a $60,000 donation to the ULM Foundation to create the TLC-Dr. Salvador Scaccia Endowed Superior Scholarship for Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Louisiana Monroe. Also pictured are, from left, his nephew Luke O’Neal, who will begin pharmacy school in Fall 2018, his sister Crocetta O’Neal, Foundation Executive Director Susan Chappell, Foundation Development Officer Morgan Patrick, Dr. Scaccia, Dean Glenn Anderson of the College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences and President Nick J. Bruno.

to see Dr. Scaccia returning some of his success to the university where his career began.

“These kinds of gifts that go through perpetuity where you’re able to help those students reduce that debtload not only helps them, but helps the community that we serve and the communities our alumni serve,.” – DR. GLENN ANDERSON

“Hopefully, his gift will serve to our other alumni as a challenge for them to come forward and to also helptheiruniversityandtheirCollegeofPharmacyto excelinwaysthatwehavenotseenbefore,”saidBruno. ABOUT DR. SCACCIA: AftergraduationfromtheUniversityofLouisiana Monroe, Dr. Salvador Scaccia started as the head retail pharmacist in an independent community pharmacy before beginning his tenure in specialty pharmacy in 2005. In 2008, Scaccia opened Total Life Care Rx Pharmacy, today known as Kroger Specialty Pharmacy. Here, he serves as Senior Vice President and oversees more than 450 employees across Louisiana, Texas, and California. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, and he has also served as president of the Greater New Orleans Pharmacy Association for 10 years. In November 2010, Scaccia was honored by Gambit Magazine of New Orleans as one of the top 40 people under the age of 40 for his accomplishments and contributions that he has made to New Orleans in the area of business. He wasalsorecognizedbytheYoungLeadershipCouncil (YLC)ofNewOrleansinJuly2017asaRoleModel for his being an extraordinary example for the young professionals of New Orleans and the community at large in his respective profession.





2018 BASEBALL SCHEDULE vs. Eastern Illinois vs. Eastern Illinois vs. Eastern Illinois vs. Northwestern State vs. Northern Kentucky vs. Northern Kentucky (DH) vs. Northern Kentucky at Jackson State at Southern Illinois at Southern Illinois at Southern Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech at Stephen F. Austin at Stephen F. Austin at Stephen F. Austin at Northwestern State at South Alabama at South Alabama at South Alabama

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The University of Louisiana Monroe water ski team won the Division 1 national title at the 39th Connelly Skis Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 19-21, at Bennett’s Water Ski & Wakeboard School in Zachary, La. The Warhawks tallied 12,165 points in winning their second consecutive and 28th overall national team title since the inception of the tournament in 1979. LouisianaLafayette finished second with 11,930 points. Alabama, which tallied 11,880 points, placed third. Florida Southern College finished fourth with 11,240 points and Rollins College was fifth with 9,150 points. The 2017 National Championship ULM Water Ski Team: (Back) Alex King, Freddie Winter, Tom Poole, Ricky Downs, Siani Oliver, Tycho Hof, Martin Kolman, Joey McNamara, Hanna Straltsova, and Taylor Garcia. (Front) Janice Stevens, Kate Svecova, Danylo Filchenko, Emma Brunel, Lieke Rolvers, Sara Westerlund, and Sasha Danisheuskaya.




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That’s the kind of legacy I hope to leave as Miss ULM; one of service. By serving my school in every capacity I possibly can as well as our communities and even reaching beyond that, I hope to truly make an impact with this crown. I look forward to sharing my journey with you all as I represent our university this year. Forever your Miss ULM 2018, Hagen Campbell.

HAGEN CAMPBELL is a native of Winnsboro, La. She is a freshman radiologic technology major and plans to pursue a career as a prenatal ultrasound technician. Hagen is a member of the ULM Hawkline dance team, active in ULM’s Up ‘Til Dawn, and a student worker in the office of Student Life and Leadership.


Since my crowning, I have already had numerous appearances on our campus and in the local communities including performing at Holidays at ULM, riding in the Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras parade, and volunteering at the NELA Special Olympics. My calendar is booked solid for the rest of the school year with similar events as well as the ones I am planning myself to bring awareness to and raise funds for two causes dear to my heart – my personal platform St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the national platform

of the Miss America Organization Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This spring, I will host the inaugural Mr. ULM scholarship pageant to benefit CMNH. One lucky young man will be crowned our first ever Mr. ULM after competing in a series of on stage competitions including an on stage question and Warhawk Pride. I hope to see this pageant become an annual philanthropic event on ULM’s campus to help Miss ULMs raise funds to donate to CMNH, as is a requirement of the Miss America Organization. I also will continue working with St. Jude Hospital, something I began years ago, by partnering with ULM’s Up ‘Til Dawn student organization, hosting a raffle for some awesome items, and organizing an Easter basket drive to deliver to the children of St. Jude.



ovember 10, 2017 is a day that I will forever remember as a day that truly changed my life. It is the day that I was crowned Miss ULM 2018. This dream that I did not even realize I had at first has been the most rewarding and humbling experience for me over the last three months and I know that the rest of my year will be just as incredible. As a freshman Warhawk just beginning my journey at ULM, I know that being given the opportunity to represent my university in such a huge way is shaping my future in ways that I cannot even imagine. Because of this crown, I am becoming a young woman I can be proud of. It is my personal goal to seize each and every day that I have this title and use it to push myself to grow in every way possible.


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he Ouachita-Black River System Economic Impact Study, conducted by the University of Louisiana Monroe Center for Business and Economic Research and funded by $30,000 from the North Louisiana Economic Partnership, found that the Ouachita River generates a significant economic impact.

“The Ouachita River has historically been a major economic channel for commerce and economic development in Northeast Louisiana.” – SCOTT MARTINEZ

According to the economic impact study, unveiled Dec. 19, 2017 at a ULM-NLEP joint news conference, commercial use of the Ouachita River produces nearly $5.7 billion annually in economic activity with $5.5 billion coming from industrial enterprises, like paper, chemical and electricity. Conducting the study at ULM were Dr. Robert Eisenstadt and Dr. Paul Nelson. “The Ouachita River has historically been a major economic channel for commerce and economic development in northeast Louisiana,” said Scott Martinez, CEcD, NLEP president.“Manufactured products, agricultural commodities and raw materials are barged up and down the Ouachita River headed to national and international destinations.NLEP and local partners are doing everything we can to keep the Ouachita River navigable.” The study will be submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the goal of maintaining the water levels and hours of operation of the river system. The results of this nearly 12-month study could play a key role in keeping the Ouachita River navigable.

“We are very pleased that Dr. Robert Eisenstadt and Dr. Paul Nelson of the ULM Center for Business and Economic Research worked with the North Louisiana Economic Partnership on this project,” said ULM

President Nick J. Bruno. “We believe future decisions based on this study will improve not only our economy, but the natural resources we have in the Ouachita and Black River system.” “I applaud NLEP and Mr. Martinez for their support of this project,” added Bruno. “The rivers are vital components of our current and future economic base. This study will provide an indication as to the financial impact they have.” Barge traffic on the Ouachita and Black Rivers is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, Miss., by a system of four locks and dams that maintains the navigation channel at a depth that allows for barge traffic year-round. The locks and dams operate along 337 miles of waterway, keeping the navigation channel at a minimum depth of 9 feet and a width of 100 feet from the Red River north of Camden, Ark. Continued federal funding for the lock and dams is vital to keeping the Ouachita River navigable, and this economic impact study will be an important tool in efforts to maintain the level of funding for the Ouachita and Black Rivers waterway system. Reduction in the level of service at the locks over the past three years, the lack of dredging, and lower demand due to the economy have reduced the amount of tonnage on the river system. With tonnage dropping below 1 million tons annually, the Ouachita waterway is considered “low use.” Competition for limited federal funds could jeopardize the operations of the locks and dams along the Ouachita-Black Rivers, placing the waterway in “care-taker” status. “Navigation, while important, represents a



Roadmap for Growth

The Ouachita River provides an industrial water supply for major employers like Graphic Packaging International in West Monroe. Communities also discharge their waste water into the Ouachita River. Waste water permits and the amount of pollutants allowed to be discharged into the River are based on the volume of water and the rate of flow of the River. A high volume, swift-moving river can dilute higher amounts of waste water

discharge. Otherwise, communities will have to spend more on water treatment. “A minimum maintained water level in the Ouachita is absolutely vital for our region,” said Nelson, Associate Professor of Economics and co-author of the OuachitaBlack River Economic Impact Study. “Over 20,000 jobs in Louisiana and Arkansas are at risk should industrial users lose reliable access to the River.”


“The rivers are vital components of our current and future economic base. This study will provide an indication as to the financial impact they have.”

just one aspect of the value of the OuachitaBlack River,” said Eisenstadt. “The OuachitaBlack River’s considerable economic contributions to our area come from the industrial use of a reliably-maintained deepchannel river system. Reliability of water for industrial input, as well as a reliable flow rate for dispersal of discharge help to ensure cost advantages that help keep existing paper, chemical, and electrical utility companies competitive and operating in our region.”

The Ouachita River is also a source of drinking water for Monroe, Sterlington, Richwood and other communities. Information for this story was provided by the North Louisiana Economic Partnership, an Accredited Economic Development Organization, provides professional economic development services to the 14-parish region of North Louisiana, including lead generation and prospect management.


Dr. Bob Eisenstadt, left, listens as Dr. Paul Nelson, discusses the Ouachita-Black River System Economic Impact Study.




Our George T. Walker Heritage Society honors those generous donors who have included the university in their estate plans. All you need to do is share with us that your plan is in place through a Letter of Intent so we can record your preferred names.


IMMEDIATE TAX & INCOME BENEFITS You can also transfer cash, stock or real estate to a charitable trust which distributes annual payments to you for life. This trust will never pay capital gains tax on the sale of appreciated assets, will provide you with an immediate charitable income tax deduction and ensure a future gift to ULM.


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Designate the ULM Foundation to receive a portion or all of the remaining balance of your retirement plan after your death. ULM Foundation would receive all of it tax-free.

Designate The ULM Foundation to receive all or part of the proceeds of a life insurance policy. Ask your insurance company for a beneficiary designation form.

Instruct your attorney to add a charitable bequest for the ULM Foundation to your estate plan for a specific amount, a specific property, or for a percentage of the estate.

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ble bequest in your will or living trust, or a life insurance policy, you can be able to award scholarships to qualified students. This thoughtful act, r no financial impact on you, many result in the largest and most lasting ke to the university.

In-state undergraduate tuition and fees for 12 hours a semester is $4,500. An affordable investment of $75 a month will build to $4,500 within 5 years in the current investment market. A one-time set up of direct payment makes getting started easy. When people collectively contribute to the ULM General Scholarship Fund, more students are free to focus on their studies and not on student loan debt.








Few families who funded their children’s college education from the 1970s through the early 2000s could afford the full cost of today’s college education. Due to reductions in state funding and therefore necessary increases in tuition, cost of attendance today puts an enormous burden on families who are too well off to qualify for financial aid but not well off enough to pay tuition without serious strain.





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he estate gift from an anonymous donor is intended for scholarship endowments to benefit students pursuing a degree in education. Morgan Patrick, development officer at the ULM Foundation, announced the gift at a news conference.


“The donor is a ULM alumna and a retired schoolteacher from the Monroe area, and she is very kind and funny and she recognizes what ULM means to our community and our state,” Patrick said. “We are absolutely thrilled and grateful for this wonderful estate gift.”

“This gift will help students who may not be able to pursue a college degree to come to ULM and become teachers.” – DR. ERIC PANI

Patrick stressed the importance of such endowments to the university.

“Scholarships allow us to recruit and retain the best and the brightest students and remain our biggest need,” she said. Although the donor wishes to remain anonymous and was not present at the news

Holding the check for $1 million from an anonymous donor are, from left, President Dr. Nick J. Bruno, Dr. Eric Pani, Morgan Patrick, Dr. Kioh Kim, Dr. Leonard Clark and Dr. John Anderson.

conference, Patrick read a statement from her.

to read and write” Pani asked. The answer, he said, is teachers.

“Committing this gift to the university where I was educated and demonstrating an investment in an area where I grew up and live in today is a great way for me to give back,” the donor said in the statement.

“This gift will help students who may not be able to pursue a college degree to come to ULM and become teachers,” Pani said.

“My hope and wish is that my legacy will enrich the lives of future generations at ULM, and they, too, will be grateful for the education they receive from our wonderful university and will choose to pay it forward. The best truly is on the bayou,” the statement concluded. Dr. Eric Pani, vice president of Academic Affairs at ULM, said he was especially pleased the donor specifically targeted education. “It doesn’t matter whoever you are,” Pani said, whether a doctor, a lawyer or some other profession, a teacher played a significant role in everyone’s life. “How did you learn

ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno said the donation was “one of those occasions that happen in all of our lifetimes that have a profound impact.” “Not only is this a very substantial gift,” Bruno said,” but considering she was not contacted by the university, not asked by the university. It makes you wonder, are we giving enough.” Bruno said he hoped the donation would motivate others to consider giving to ULM. Patrick said the gift of $1 million has been counted toward ULM’s first national comprehensive campaign, known as SOAR. The goal of the five-year campaign is to raise $54 million in university endowment funds.

photos by Emerald McIntyre




Heather R. Pilcher and Cyndy Robertson search through thousands of images in Special Collections.





he old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” certainly applies to the newly released book of historic photos curated from the archives and Special Collections at the University of Louisiana Monroe. The book, entitled “University of Louisiana Monroe,” is by Assistant Professor Heather R . Pilcher, Coordinator of Collections, and now-retired former Special Collections librarian Cyndy Robertson. The co-authors had access to the thousands of photos housed in Special Collections. Pilcher said it took about five years to gather and scan the photos. Many more than the 213 in the book were considered for the project. “I looked at about 1,500 photos,” Pilcher said. She was looking for a variety of photos with historical significance, local interest and images of campus life. It was a challenge deciding which photos to use and which to leave behind. “Right up until the end, I would find a photo I wanted for the book,” Pilcher said. “Sometimes one just jumped out and I said, ‘This one is going in the book.’”

“University of Louisiana Monroe” is part of Arcadia Publishing’s The Campus History Series. Pilcher saw the book as a way to tell the story of ULM’s 87 years.

“My main goal for doing this work was to promote the history of our school. We have a rich and wonderful history that northeast Louisiana, as well as our alumni, can be proud to be a part of,” Pilcher said. During its history, the institution has thrived under several names, and naturally, peoples’ memories are tied to time and place. “All the alumni I have spoken with have shared such wonderful memories of their time here. They usually refer to the school by the name it was when they attended, whether it be NLSC, NLU, or ULM,” Pilcher said. Robertson said one of the most common questions visitors to Special Collections ask is about ULM’s name changes over the years.

“The book is arranged chronologically so that the reader can easily see the growth of the campus,” Robertson said. Robertson has a personal connection to the campus, it’s history and the book. “This project was especially meaningful to me as my father’s undergraduate degree was from Northeast Louisiana State College,” Robertson said. The book, published by Arcadia Publishing and The History Press, was released in mid-January and is available on campus at the ULM Bookstore for $21.99. Autographed copies are available from Pilcher in Special Collections on the fifth floor of the library. “University of Louisiana Monroe” is also available from local retailers, major bookstores and Amazon.

Pilcher has experience with historical pictorial books, having written one about her hometown of Atlanta, Texas.

Heather R. Pilcher and Cyndy Robertson sign the first copies of book that details ULM history over decades.








lthough new head coach Michael Federico represents the future of ULM baseball, he’s interested in connecting to its past too. The same day that ULM introduced Federico as its new coach, friends of the program welcomed him with a fish fry at Warhawk Field. A number of former baseball players gathered for the meet and greet and several even pledged to give money to the program before leaving campus that night.

“He truly wants what is best for his players on and off the field,” former ULM first baseman Ben Jones said. “He wants them to ultimately succeed at life. This is shown by the incredible staff that he has put together. I feel that he is going to place honor and integrity in the program, which are the grassroots for building a successful product on the field.” Added former ULM pitcher Michael Durham: “They are out there doing their part in the community and hustling – not

sitting back waiting for a free lunch. They have rolled up their sleeves and jumped in with both feet.” The former pitching coach at Southern Miss immediately attacked all aspects of the job when he landed at ULM last July. “I’ve heard the words that we’re behind but I don’t believe that,” Federico said upon his arrival. “People keep saying that, but I’m excited with how people have been open armed to me --from some of the former players to regular alumni as well and the administration and on campus.” Federico learned the importance of community involvement at prior stops like Southern Miss and Memphis. He wants former players like Jones and Durham to remain invested in the program. “He’ll recapture the history I think,” Memphis baseball coach Daron Schoenrock said. “They’ve had some good years in Monroe ▶

“I feel that he is going to place honor and integrity in the program, which are the grassroots for building a successful product on the field..” – BEN JONES




photos by Emerald McIntyre

Head Baseball Coach Michael Federico, top, sits in the stands at Warhawk Baseball Stadium. Above Federico walks in the soggy outfield after days of February rain. This is Federico’s first season with the Warhawks baseball team.


those guys in the locker room buying in,” Shields said. “Chemistry is a big deal and he understands that. He’ll make sure those guys have the chemistry they need to win. That’s what a lot of it is. You can have all the talent in the world, but if that locker room doesn’t click, it doesn’t matter.”

the last 15 years. Put the wins and losses aside, the kids that play under him will develop a pride in the university. He’s going to make them embrace the history. ULMMAGAZINE SPRING 2018

“Every place is a little different but I think it’s a great opportunity for Michael but it’s a home run hire for Monroe, in my opinion.”

Durham also noticed Federico’s positive approach with players.

Michael Shields, a former ULM equipment manager who later served as director of baseball operations with Southern Miss, wasn’t surprised to hear about Federico’s early efforts to engage ex-players. “He’s one that is going to get the community back involved and the alumni back involved,” Shields said. “That was one of his main things along with the other coaches at Southern Miss, to get alumni involved and former players. They are the backbone of the program and it means so much more to them because they have worked hard to put the effort in. He knows that and wants them back involved.” Federico said he sees similarities in the ULM program and the one he left at Southern Miss, where he enjoyed great success working for Coach Scott Berry.


“Coach Berry had a great way of keeping the community involved and keeping former players involved,” Federico said. “That helps you thrive. Money generates everything. It doesn’t matter if you’re a baseball coach or trying to sell cars. That was always helpful that we had community support. “We had a product on the field that people wanted to go out and watch. That’s my number one goal is to have guys who will run through that brick wall. We want fans to come out here and think, ‘Win or lose, they played hard and they’re fun to watch.’” Baseball, Shields noted, is a collegiate sport particularly dependent on grassroots support. “It relies on private donations,” he said. “There is so much on the want list that you can’t get from the university. To have those extra funds to add stuff you need just helps so much.” Schoenrock said current players will know where they stand with the ULM’s new baseball boss.

“He will be tough when he needs to be,” Schoenrock said. “There are moments when he’ll make his point and his players will know exactly what he expects from them. Every kid that goes through there, he’ll push them toward their degree and graduation will be a huge thing. He understands that these kids are going to be doing a lot of other things other than playing baseball the rest of their life. He gets that too.” Shields observed Federico working with student-athletes at Southern Miss. “He knows what it takes and he’ll have

“Fed treats the guys with respect and they feed off that,” Durham said. “He smiles a lot and brings a much needed feel-good attitude back to ULM, in and out of the locker room.” Roster construction never really stops and it was a high priority for Federico the moment he accepted the job at ULM.

“I feel like I have a road map. I know where I want to get to, but I might have to take some onelane roads. I might have to take some dirt roads. I might have to take the highway. But I’m going to get there.” – MICHAEL FEDERICO

“We’re trying to get the best baseball player that we can get, and of course get arms,” Federico said. “But the future side of it, I know what I want to do. We’ve got a lot of seniors coming back. It’s not just me turning it over. The roster is going to turn itself over. Juco is a way you can get immediate fixes, but at some point you have to build up with freshmen. You don’t want to have constant turnover. But the juco route is the easiest thing to get going. “They’re easier to evaluate. They’ve got 100 innings as a pitcher or 200 at-bats. With a freshman, it’s difficult in a league like this to come right in. “There’s an expectation. We need to win here. That’s the fastest way to do it.” Between Federico and his assistants, the staff has recruited players all over the country and can blend their varied regional networks to stockpile talent at ULM. “You’ve got something to sell here,” Federico said. “You can go into the Midwest and you have the South to sell, the Sun Belt, the facility to sell. We’ve got things to sell.” The recruiting base should start close to home. “There’s so much great high school baseball right in the area,” Federico said. “We’ve got to get the right kids.” Although he’s been a head coach before at the junior college level, Federico acknowledges the challenges of guiding his own program in a strong conference like the Sun Belt. He is also confident that he can succeed at ULM. “I’ve told this to a lot of people. I feel like I have a road map. I know where I want to get to,” Federico said. “But I might have to take some one-lane roads. I might have to take some dirt roads. I might have to take the highway. But I’m going to get there. I know I and my coaching staff will work to relate that to the players. Hopefully they’ll get on board. But if not, they’ll be left on the side of the road without the road map.”




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photo by Emerald McIntyre


he Downtown Arts Alliance has nominated University of Louisiana Monroe student Accie Sullivan for the 2018 Northeast Louisiana Arts Council Dorothy Bassett Emerging Artist Award. The Dororthy Bassett Emerging Artist Award was created to honor the next generation of artists in the northeast Louisiana area. The award recognizes emerging artists aged between 17 and 25 that show talent in innovation and individual expression. The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council awards the winner with a $1,000 cash prize, so the artist can afford further training in their craft. Sullivan is a senior art major with a concentration in painting. Much of Sullivan’s work displays strong inspiration from the imaginative worlds of video games. “I too can create fantastical universes for those of us who need respite from reality,” Sullivan stated.

Sullivan plans to apply for graduate school after May to continue to refine his skills as an artist and hopes to enroll in a program that offers significant networking opportunities for students looking to enter the extremely competitive realm of professional art. Sullivan wants to pursue a career as a

concept artist for the gaming and film industries, so he can continue building the worlds that have inspired him since childhood. Once he has achieved his career goals, Sullivan plans to teach art, so his students can learn to “build their own universes and translate their mind’s contents into language others can enjoy.” The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council will host the 33rd annual Arts Awards on March 1. Nominees for the awards were nominated by area arts organizations. A panel of artists and arts organization leadership from outside of Northeast Louisiana will judge the nominees. ULM art students and faculty collaborate on new bayou mural The ULM Art Department recently unveiled a new mural installation as part of the sculpture garden. ULM art instructor Vitus Shell coordinated the development and installation of the mural along with eight other ULM art students. The art students that enrolled in the advanced drawing class worked together with Shell for about a two-week period to come up with a concept for the mural. The brainstorming sessions included researching and drawing sketches for the

surrealistic bayou themed mural. The art students chose the bayou theme because they wanted to work on a collaborative project that reflected the campus and the community. “As artists, we wanted to push the boundaries and create something surreal and beautiful, but we also wanted everyone to enjoy and understand the scene we were trying to unfold”, said ULM art student Ashlyn Thompson. The entire process was collective between the art students and Shell. “ We shared lots of laughs and conversations,” ULM art student Roneshia Robichaux said. “The art program is like one big family, so it was an easygoing process to complete.” Shell gathered the supplies for the physical work, and heand the art students reported to Stubbs Hall during the fall semester and began painting. “It was exciting to see the blank white boards take on the colorful image,” Thompson stated, “The process was one that took longer than expected, but it’s an amazing feeling to walk past a work of art that you had a part in making and know that hundreds of other people get to experience it with you.”




Bag that is clear plastic, vinyl, or pvc and does not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”

Small clutch bag, approximately the size of a hand, with or without handle/strap. No larger than 4.5” x 6.5”



Beginning June 1, 2018, the University of Louisiana Monroe will implement the clear bag policy as directed by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) Best Practices Guide. The clear bag policy is an effort to protect and safeguard the public.



One gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziplock bag or similar)

Chairback is not to exceed 16” x 9” x 16”


A non-obstructive team logo on one side of a clear bag will be permissible. Licensed Warhawks clear bags may be available through the ULM Bookstore and several area retailers. Fans can wear or carry items such as binoculars, hand-held electronic devices and cameras (with lenses shorter than 4 inches) without carrying cases. Fans may carry in blankets and seat cushions that will be screened upon entry. Dipers bags for age appropriate children will also be allowed.











ALL ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO SEARCH The policy will be in effect at Malone Stadium, Fant-Ewing Coliseum, the baseball field, softball field, and Brown Stadium track/soccer, plus other campus venues.




As of December 31, 2017





The Kitty Degree Bell Tower Society honor roll is named for the university’s most generous contributor, Dr. Kitty DeGree. Bell Tower Society members have contributed at least $50,000 to the university and have extraordinary histories of support to ULM. Their names are permanently inscribed on ULM’s “Wall of Honor” located in the ULM Conference Center.


TOWER SOCIETY $1,000,000 AND ABOVE Kitty DeGree Ella S. Johnson Thomas H. & Mayme P. Scott Foundation Emy-Lou Biedenharn Foundation Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Stephen W. and Ernestine M. Brown CenturyLink Monroe/West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau Contractors Educational Trust Fund John and Billie Smith Lori and Chip Lyman Jonathan and Sheila Davies Chase St. Francis Medical Center Glenwood Regional Medical Center Linda and Eric Liew Lallage F. Wall Coca-Cola Enterprises Susan Denmon Banowsky and William S. Banowsky, Jr. The Darrell and Mary Calhoun Foundation Milburn and Nancy Calhoun Estates of Hanna and Helen Spyker BAYOU SOCIETY $500,000 - $999,999 Estate of Mildred Summers Maurer The Radio People Bennie and Nelson Abell Stephanie and Nelson Abell Pat and Catherine Mitchell Mary Goss Charities North Louisiana Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Regions Bank Sunil and Rekha Kumar Bruce and Lizabeth Boulware The Strauss and Mintz Families Capital One Bank

Insurance Commissioner Jim DonelonThe Department of Insurance Johnny’s Pizza House, Inc John E. Huntsman and Sharon D. Harrison James and Lynn Moore Elsie Webb Louisiana Wholesale Drug Company, Inc. Charles Freeman Stamper Bruce and Carol Hanks Willis-Knighton Health System City of Monroe OUACHITA SOCIETY $100,000 - $499,999 Don Beach JPS Equipment and JPS Aviation LA State Licensing Board for Contractors Bonnie and Frank Maxwell, III John F. and Lucy Shackelford The News-Star Bernard W. Biedenharn P & S Surgical Hospital Leon and Gayle Miletello Clarion Inn and Suites Lawrence J. Danna Kay and Hugh McDonald State Farm Insurance Companies Entergy Services, Inc. Joe and Linda Holyfield Chris and Andi Holyfield Origin Bank Guy and Loura Barr Lev and Anne Dawson IberiaBank Graphic Packaging Elee and Terri Trichel Dixie Shell Homes and Self Storage Johnny and Carleen Reeves Kilpatrick Funeral Homes Carole and Tex Kilpatrick Bancroft Bag, Inc.

IN MEMORIAM KITTY DEGREE devoted her life to bettering her community. This true philanthropist showed unparalleled dedication to ULM. DeGree died on Oct. 25, 2012, leaving a lasting legacy as part of the ULM family. DeGree’s commitment to ULM ensured the remarkable progress of several university programs and facilities. Kitty’s capital gifts include: the Kitty DeGree Computer Center, which is the key student resource area of the Clarke M. Williams Student Success Center; the Kitty DeGree Pharmacy Student Resource Center and Library; and the Kitty DeGree Speech and Hearing Center. DeGree also provided funding for the focal part of the University Library and Conference Center, including the entry tower. The Kitty DeGree Bell Tower is now an icon and was included in an official university logo in recent years. After an additional seven-figure gift to the university, the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors approved the naming of the Kitty DeGree School of Nursing in June 2012. On April 12, 2013, the university unveiled Kitty DeGree Hall, which houses the Kitty DeGree School of Nursing.

Marty and Catherine McKay HomesPlus Busch Media Group Linda and George Campbell Daniel and Trudy Wood Sara L. Simmonds Ed and Betty Davis Blake and Juanita Pitre Robert B. and Susan L. Toups Marilyn and Lou St. Amant Shirley Boyce Thomas & Farr Agency, Inc. FedEx Express Guide Corporation Sandy and Thomas C. Dansby, Jr. Jackie and Ellen Yeldell Wal-Mart Foundation Billy and Florinell Laird American Medical Response Yvonne and Kent Anderson Bobbie and Tommy Mathieu Estate of John H. Smith III Rig Site Rental, LP Anne and Elton Kennedy Cooper Buick, Pontiac, GMC, Inc Rusty and Lisa Haile Wimbledon Health Partners Louisiana Machinery, Inc. Central Oil & Supply Corp Stagg Cattle Company Estate of Ernest Duncan Holloway La Capitol Federal Credit Union Judy and Francis I. Huffman Louisiana Tom’s Vending James A. Thom, III Joe and Sandra Banks St. Francis Medical Center Auxiliary Thomas and Attie W. Day Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the ULM Alumni Association R. Britton Katz Dale and Jimmy N. Dimos Jeanne R. and John H. Pere Violet Little Liner Interstate Automotive Group TXI Texas Industries Richland State Bank E. Orum Young Eckerd Corporation Foundation Ray L. Crowell John and Susan Jackson AT&T Wireless Your Local Dodge Dealers Estate of Gertie M. Allen Green Estate of Louise Briley Leake GlaxoSmithKline Simmons Sporting Goods Jim and Louise Altick Cross Keys Bank Richard K. and Cheryle Dickenson Stephen M. Futrell Van and Ann Pardue Tom Scott, Jr. Scholarship Foundation



OEDC Land Corporation Freddy and Reba Nolan Newcomer, Morris and Young, Inc. Charles E. “Chuck” Finley Ken and Mary Parnell Renwick The Mark L Mitchell Family Salvador Scaccia Bertha Marie Masur Gorn Christopher Youth Center Steel Fabricators of Monroe, LLC CORNERSTONE SOCIETY $50,000 - $99,999 BancorpSouth Bank William F. Crowder Moore Oil Company, Inc. ESPN Sidney R. Wilhite American Petroleum Institute KAQY-TV Glen L. Davison Keith Ouchley Jim Taylor Chevrolet Bob and Donna Brooks Ken and Carol Holland Home Builders Association of Northeast Louisiana The Toggery / Her Toggery Deanie and Tom Baker Shirley Buchanan Downtown Monroe Lions Club TEXO Dan and Hope Robertson Biedenharn Foundation R. Stewart Ewing, Jr. Ouachita Parish Women’s Republican Club Outback Steakhouse Catherine and William R. “Billy” Boles The Community Foundation of North Louisiana Aeneas Williams Dealerships First National Bank Joey and Cyd Jacobs Lee Edwards Mazda John and Cyndy Perry Scott Truck David Doles Tom and Sue Nicholson McDonald’s Overton Brooks VA Medical Center Doug and Glenda Gates Otten Indian Aquatic Club The Links at Muny, LLC Michelle Egan Luv N’ Care Ed and Penny Hakim Joseph and Sharon Hakim OPUS Broadcasting Rhonda Wray and Mark J. Neal St. Francis North Hospital Ecoutez Press T. J. and Wanda W. Shuflin Peter and Nancy Illing Louisiana Real Estate Commission

John and Tasha Gardner Novartis St. Francis North Hospital Auxiliary Louisiana Cancer Foundation Kirby and Susan Arceneaux Shawn and Donna Kay Murphy AmSouth Bank Drew and Joe Farr Brian and Maxine Laird Moreau Betty C. Ley Catfish Cabin of Monroe The Hearn Family Gary and Jan Luffey TBA Studio Tim and Jolie Brandon Ouachita Parish Chapter of the ULM Alumni Association James Kurt and Irmgard Kahn Fisher Waterfront Grill Noe Corporation, L.L.C. Ronny and Judy Graham Van-Trow Toyota Fred and Lillian Marx Mike and Loretta Ashbrook Hertz Rent A Car Davis and Denise Hardy Faulk Collier Moving and Storage John and Karen Wells The Atrium Hotel and Conference Centre Scott Powerline & Utility Equipment Larry and Cecille Bradley The Sol Rosenberg Family John and Rosemary Luffey Jody and Bishop Johnston Ryan Auto Group Brookshire Grocery Company ADIDAS Stewart, Donna, Stewart, Jr. and Erich Cathey Katherine and Jerry Warner Jay and Teri Lewis Dansby’s Taylor Rental Center Thomas Dansby, Sr. Action Mobility Services, LLC Thomas and Mary Ellen Walker Loucille G Kinsey Nick J. and Linda C. Bruno Delta Ridge Implement, Inc. West Carroll Health System Randy and Cherry Morris JPMorgan/Chase Educational Trust Fund Paul Fink William and Kandy A. Little Lynn and Gail Lincecum Harry and Mary Lou Winters Aramark Raising Cane’s Waste Management Tim R. and Wanda Holcomb Randy and Rosemary Ewing Sparks Nissan Kia David and Sharon Turrentine


T.O. Bancroft, Jr. Michael H. Woods Louisiana Associated General Contractors Lance and Tammy Jarrell Stanfill Comcast Cable Ronnie Ward Toyota of Ruston Ronnie and Sharon Ward Duke and Leisha McHugh Walgreens Cayce and Vicky Hand Family Evans Oil Company, Inc. American Business Women’s Association KTVE-Channel 10 and KARD - Fox 14 Mary Jo and B.J. Robison George and Jane Luffey Tag Rome Clarke M. and Mary Kathryn Williams Frances Hammond Estate of Lewis Marvin McKneely The Martin Foundation Carolyn and Harold Bates Alltel Corporation Lincoln Builders, Inc. Evelyn and Jeff Johnson Southern Pines f/k/a Calvert Crossing and Pine Hills J.D. and Annie Greco KNOE TV Harold and Helen Turner Geneve A. Castles Buck and Libby Anderson Morris & Dickson Company, LLC Jack and Debbie Blitch Jim Doull Linda Noe Laine Foundation Louisiana Independent Pharmacies Association-LIPA Louisiana Lottery Corporation Progressive Bank Ouachita Independent Bank Monroe Athletic Club James and Dot Mock Vantage Health Plan Robert R. and Bobby Earle ULM Bookstore Hixson Autoplex Geo Surfaces Jim and Debbie Rivers Lamar Advertising Mid South Extrusion James Machine Works, Inc. Land 3 Architect John and Debbie Luffey Tommy and Mary Barham Lawrence I. and Glenda S. White Estate of James S.Taunton Charles H. and Kay McDonald AT&T Louisiana Pain Care Lawson and Sharon Swearingen Marsala Beverage, Inc. The Phillip R. Smith Family

(as of December 31, 2017)





The George T. Walker Heritage Society honors those generous donors who have included the university as a beneficiary in their wills or have made other planned estate gifts such as charitable gift annuities, life insurance policies, and charitable trusts. Dr. Walker, the university’s president from 1958-1976, is one of the individuals most responsible for the growth of this outstanding institution of higher learning. To learn more about the advantages of charitable estate planning, visit


Thomas O. Bancroft, Jr.* Guy and Loura Barr Florence J. Blackstock* Jack and Debbie Blitch Scherck Bogen* Larry and Cecille Bradley Stephen and Ernestine Brown Carl Cloessner Curtis Crenshaw Ray Crowell Lawrence Danna Attie and Thomas Day* Kitty DeGree* James Kurt* and Irmgard Cahn Fisher* Charlotte Diane Gilbert* Ronald and Judith Graham J.D. and Annie Greco Frances D. Hammond* Ressa and Joe Harris Terry Michael Hays Ernest Duncan Holloway* John E. Huntsman* and Sharon Harrison John James Daniel* and Sandra Johnston Britton Katz Donald Kennedy, Sr.* Carole and Tex Kilpatrick William “Billy” and Florinell Laird Paul and Carolyn Lasseigne Louise Briley Leake* Betty Caskey Ley Violet Liner Lori and Chip Lyman Marjorie Malone* Mildred Maurer* Claxton and Carolyn Mayo Charles “Charlie Mc” and Kay McDonald

* – In Memoriam

Hugh and Kay M. McDonald Lewis Marvin McKneely* James* and Dorothy Mock* Shawn and Donna Murphy Tag Rome Rodger Ross Linda and Paul Sabin Brenda Hensley Smith John H. Smith, III* John M. and Billie Smith Hanna Spyker* Charles Freeman Stamper Lawson and Sharon Swearingen James Taunton* Howard Trichel George Thomas* and Mary Ellen Walker* Jerry and Katherine Warner Elsie Webb* James E. Yeldell

IN MEMORIAM In retirement, Walker remained among ULM’s civic boosters and was a familiar face at Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks football games and other university events. Walker authored numerous academic and professional journal articles as well as several books on accounting and business education. Of his five copyrighted books, two were written during his retirement, The Building of a University (1991), which examines the early years of ULM, and the biographical Emy-Lou Biedenharn: Her Life and Legacy (1999). Emy-Lou Biedenharn was a world-renowned contralto from Monroe and the daughter of Joseph A. Biedenharn, the first bottler of Coca-Cola. In 1938, Walker married the former Mary Ellen Neal (1911–2002), his college sweetheart. They had a son, George T. Walker, Jr., of Monroe and a daughter, Ellen Claire Stephenson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Walker died of a lengthy illness at the age of ninety-eight. In addition to his children, Walker was survived by five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. In 1997, the Louisiana Board of Regents awarded Walker its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his ongoing dedication to higher education. He is also honored by the Mary Ellen and George Thomas Walker Scholarship Endowment through ULM.

(as of December 31, 2017)



The following individuals and organizations deserve special recognition for their leadership support as University Associates. From January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017, these Associates invested $1,000 and above to following affiliate non-profit organizations: the ULM Foundation, the ULM Athletic Foundation, the ULM Alumni Association, and KEDM Public Radio. Our University Associates provide the majority of private support annually... we honor and thank you! Garvin Enterprises, Inc. Ghost Sports, Llc Glenwood Regional Medical Center GM Cable Contractors, Inc. Grand Council Chapter Masonic Foundation of LA Grant Chiropractic LLC Greg Manley, Jr. Insurance Agency, LLC Grotto Foods Group LLC Hand Construction, LLC Hart Charitable Trust Hertz Rent A Car Hollis & Co. Jewelers Holyfield Construction Holyfield Ventures, LLC Home Builders Association of NELA Homeland Federal Savings Bank HomesPlus Manufactured Housing, Inc. Hudson, Potts & Bernstein Kathryn Huff Insurance Agency, Inc. James Machine Works, Inc. Jay Russell Campaign JBJ Foundation, Inc. Jeff Leaumont State Farm Insurance Jim Taylor Chevrolet Joe Banks Drywall & Acoustics John Rea Realty Johnny’s Pizza House JPS Aviation, LLC JPS Equipment, LLC JT Jordan Llc Kappa Sigma Theta Chi Chapter Kim Dupree Insurance Agency Kimpa Hayes Boyd, CPA, LLC Kitty DeGree Foundation Knight Law Firm Kompass North America, Inc. LA Construction Group, LLC LA State Licensing Board for Contractors Land 3 Architect

Law Offices of Russell A. Woodard & Monique Babin Clement Lazenby & Associates, Inc. Learfield Communications, Inc Tommy Leoty, Jr. Insurance Agency, Inc. Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Lincecum Properties, LLC Lincoln Builders, Inc. Linda Noe Laine Foundation Little & Associates, LLC LKT Laboratories, Inc. Louisiana Board of Regents Louisiana Cancer Foundation Louisiana Department of Insurance Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Louisiana Health Care Group Louisiana Independent Pharmacies Association, Inc. Louisiana Pain Care Louisiana Plastic Converting Corporation Louisiana Restaurant Association Louisiana Surplus Line Association Louisiana Wholesale Drug Company, Inc. Macmillan Marcus Properties Marsala Beverage, Inc. Mary Goss Charities McCK Enterprises McKay Consulting Medical Pharmacy, Inc. Merrill Lynch Mid South Extrusion, Inc. MidSouth Contractors Supply, LLC Mildred Summers Maurer Testamentary Trust Mixon, Carroll & Frazier,PLLC Monroe/West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau Montgomery Poultry Co.


Charitable Adult Rides & Services, Inc. Charity Golf International, Llc. Charles R. Bennett, Jr., CPA Chris Robinson, D.D.S. Christopher Youth Center, Inc. (f/k/a Our House, Inc.) CLee LLC Committee to Elect Marcus R. Clark Community Pharmacy Contractors Educational Trust Fund Robert Cook Insurance Agency, Inc. Courson Nickel, LLC Cross Keys Bank Custom Carpets & Interiors CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Dalton A. Leblanc Insurance Agency, Inc. Danco Properties, LLC Delta Disposal Dixie Shell Homes and Self Storage Bart Dornier Insurance Agency, Inc. Doug Perry Wholesale Cars, Inc. Durotech, Inc E. W. Thomson Drug Company, Inc. Eddie Neitz, LLC Entergy Services, Inc. Enterprise Holdings Foundation EW Entertainment LLC Farm Bureau Insurance Farmers Grain Terminal, Inc. Fiesta Nutrition Center, Inc. First National Bank First United Methodist Church Florida Olive Systems, Inc. Janet Fortenberry Insurance Agency, Inc. Fountainhead Press Franklin Medical Center Franklin State Bank & Trust Co. Friendly Finance Corporation Garrett & Garrett CPA’s

BUSINESS ASSOCIATES 2 Sons Produce, LLC Action Mobility Services, LLC Affinity Health Group, LLC AIMS, Inc. Allen, Green & Williamson, CPAS, LLP Anderson Community Development Foundation Aramark Architecture + Argent Advisors Leasing Services, LLC Argent Financial Group, Inc. Arthur J Gallagher & Co. AT&T Louisiana Automated Imaging Systems, Inc. B & J Pitre Pharmacy, Inc. B MO Ventures, LLC Baggett, McCall, Burgess, Watson & Gaugman LLc BancorpSouth Bank Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC Bayou Benefit Counseling, L.L.C. Bayou Mosquito & Pest Management, LLC Beyond Reynosa Foundation Lance Bickham Contracting, LLC Biedenharn Foundation Black Falls Holdings, LLC Blue Heron Homes, Llc Border Olympics, Inc. Boydland Consulting, LLC Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts CardinalHealth Caridad Foundation Catfish Cabin of Monroe Causey’s Pharmacy, Inc Central Arkansas R C & D General Fund Central Management Company Centric Federal Credit Union CenturyLink



(as of December 31, 2017)




Morehouse Community Medical Centers, Inc. Mulhearn Funeral Homes-MPIC N.S.C.D.A. in the State of Louisiana Nabholz Charitable Foundation Newcomer, Morris and Young, Inc. Northeast LA Chapter of SHRM Northeast Louisiana Arts Council Northminster Church Northwestern Mutual Financial Opierx, Inc Origin Bank Ouachita Independent Bank Ouachita Parish Women’s Republican Club P & S Surgical Hospital Paramount Healthcare Consultants Peggy Sullivan Insurance Agency Pettiette, Armand, Dunkelman, Woodley, Byrd, & Cromwell Llp Pharma Concepts Northern Louisiana, LLC The Procter & Gamble Distributing Company Progressive Bank Quota International of Monroe Ram Rent-All Incorporated Regions Bank Richland State Bank Robertson Fruit & Produce, Inc. Ronnie Ward Toyota of Ruston Rountree Law Office Scott Financial Services, L.L.C. Thomas H. & Mayme P. Scott Foundation Scott Powerline & Utility Equipment Scott Truck ServiceMaster Action Cleaning Shawn Murphy Insurance Agency, Inc. Southern Farm and Timber Corporation Southern Scripts, LLC Sparks Nissan Kia St. Francis Medical Center St. Joseph Hospice - Monroe Steel Fabricators of Monroe Sterling Development and Contruction, Inc. Strauss Interests T & K Holdings, LLC Taco Bell Tag Rome Insurance Agency, Inc. TBA Studio Tempco Insulation The Community Foundation The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee The Dial Family Foundation

The Martin Foundation The Monroe Garden Club The News-Star The Woman’s Clinic Thomas & Farr Agency, Inc. Tom Scott, Jr. Foundation Towne Pharmacy, LLC Traxler Construction Co. Traxler Healthcare, Inc. U.S. Dunnage, LLC ULM School of Construction IAC Inc United Midwest Savings Bank United PF Rob, LLC d/b/a Planet Fitness Van-Trow Toyota Vantage Health Plan, Inc. Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau W. Elton Kennedy Foundation Walgreens West Monroe Civitans Club Blake Wheelis Insurance Agency, Inc. Wimbledon Health Partners Winchester General Agency, Inc. Woods Family Investment Company, LLC Young Lawyer Section of the Fourth Judicial Court INDIVIDUAL ASSOCIATES Pamela Accardo Jeff & Lori Adams Rhonda & Steven Albritton John & Sharon Albritton Jerry & Cathy Allen Jo Ann Alley The Estate of Louise Altick Gaston & Gloria Alvarez Kent & Yvonne Anderson Buck & Libby Anderson Roy & Mary Andrews Orkan Arat Kirby & Susan Arceneaux Eugenie Ardoin Carl & Donna Aron Paul Aron Toni & Daniel Bacon Susan & Bill Banowsky Ryan & Mandy Barker Guy & Loura Barr Harold Bates David & Jonie Baughman Michael & Lisa Baumgarten Philip & Angela Beasley Ronald & Christine Berry Kelvin Boone Irby & Alina Bourque

Jack & Monte Bradberry Lisa & Bill Bradley Edward Brayton Julie & Tracy Breithaupt Robert & Donna Brooks Jane & Kenneth Brown Nathan Brown Nick & Linda Bruno Lamar & Dorothy Buffington Dawn Burchfield John & Cindy Cameron George & Linda Campbell Robert Canterbury Stewart & Donna Cathey, Sr. Stewart Cathey, Jr. Justin & Tina Caudle Stewart Causey Susan & Ryan Chappell William & Cathy Cheek John & Susan Clausen Kenneth & Susan Clow Toni Coble David & Linda Cohn Henry & Ann Cole Mike & Terri Collins Don & Gwen Conlee Robert & Becky Cook Bob Cooper Andrew Copeland Glen & Deidre Corbin Adam Cossey Jeffrey & Nancy Counts Steven & Elaine Coyle Darrell & Liz Craft Robert Crain Camile Currier Caitlin Curtis Lawrence Danna Tom Dansby Jonathan & Sheila Davies Jeff & Paula Davis Ed & Betty Davis John & Allison Davis Gaye & James Dean Jeana Dear Marvin & Cheryl Dearman Shane & Deborah Desselle Gary & Chris DeWitt Richard & Cheryle Dickenson Judy Diffley Jimmy & Dale Dimos Bart & Kay Dornier David Dorsch

Jim Doull Alvin & Angela Dowden Ronnie Dowling Otis & Kim Drew Kim Duke Janet & Bob Durden Ellen Eade Robert & Bobbye Earle Anne & Todd Eberle Thomas & Virginia Eddleman Buddy & Karen Embanato Stewart & Hillary Ewing Stacie & David Farley Steven Farmer Doug & Kristy Farr Joe & Drew Farr Meryl & Peyton Farr Paul Farr Mark & Kimberly Felts Eric & Teri Folkens Stephen Futrell Rita Garcia John & Tasha Gardner Eric & Beth Geist Herschel & Lillian Gentry Simone & Michael Ginn William & Willette Gipson Kevin Goldman Mike & Rebecca Grantham Sol & Jana Graves Alberta & Toby Green Don & Angela Greenland Mark & Karen Greenlaw John Guice Chuck & Christy Gwin Rusty & Lisa Haile Bennie & Larry Hall David & Bridget Hampton Cayce & Vicky Hand Bruce & Carol Hanks Davis & Denise Hardy William Harrison Bob Harrison Curtis & Windy Harrison Michael Harvey Mike & Buff Harvey Margaret Hayes Larry Joe & Nancy Head Jana & James Hearn Rene Hebert Bernard & Gin Heflin Lavelle Hendricks Charles & Susan Herold

(as of December 31, 2017)


THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE ASSOCIATES Cindy & Scott Stone Harold & Barbara Sullivan Mark & Shana Sutton Lawson & Sharon Swearingen Joe & Melinda Tannehill Todd Tauzin Tami & Thomas Tharp Clinton & Rachel Thibodeaux Wendy & Earnest Thomas Jeff & Toni Thompson Lowery & Barbara Thompson David Tisdale Ashley & Gerald Tonore George & Karen Torregrossa J. Antonio Tramontana Elee & Terri Trichel Toby & Susan Trichel Harold & Helen Turner Randy & Melanie Turner Barbara Upham Karen & James Upright Ken & Michelle Upshaw John & Kathy VanVeckhoven Bernard Viator Ken & Doll Vines John & Carol Vineyard Mike & Sammie Vining Paul & Teresa Von Diezelski Mike Walsworth Ronnie & Sharon Ward Ruth Ward Jerry & Katherine Warner Dewey & Julie Weaver Ralph Webb Jane & Sam Weems John & Karen Wells Clyde & Pat White Brian & Celina Wickstrom Glen & Jo Anne Williams Wayne & Kathy Williamson Vern & Dori Wilson Kenny & Ann Wilson Chris & Dorobeth Windham Harry Winters Kristin Wolkart Kevin & Nita Woods Michael Woods Jackie & Ellen Yeldell Maria Yiu E. Orum Young


Kurt & Sandy Oestriecher Jeremy & Julie Ouchley Vera Owens Eric & Denise Pani Van & Ann Pardue Carol Parsons Shawn & Lisa Patrick Doug & Jeannie Pederson Kent Perry John & Cyndy Perry Freddie & Christine Philley Jan & Ran Phillips Larry & Pamela Pickett Mark & Cynthia Pickett Markey Pierre Bill & Kathy Pippin Kathy Porter Tim Post Ben & Margaret Price Stephen Price Joseph & Wanda Profit Tim & Leslie Quinn Tom & Patricia Rabb Darren & Nancy Rak Louis & Lori Ray Tammy & Thomas Rhodes Gary & Karen Richter Steve Richters Tim Rightsell Odell & LaFreada Riley August & Mary Rocconi Cindy & Dennis Rogers Richard Rogers James & Frances Rogers Dennis & Susan Rowland Kyle Russell Val & June Salomon Connie Mae & Gregory Sampognaro Larry & Sherry Saulters Mike & Nancy Savoy Charlie & Linda Schaeffer George & Stephanie Schaeffer Stewart & Rachel Shelby Nancy & Roy Showalter T. J. & Wanda Shuflin Kyle Smith Nat & Stephanie Smith Roxanne Smith John & Billie Smith Pat & Pam Spencer Lou & Marilyn St. Amant Tammy & Lance Stanfill David & Lenora Stewart

Stan & Katherine Maas Harvey Marcus Damon & Amy Marsala Robby & Carolyn Marx Ronald & Cindy Mason John Massey Jimmy & Michele Mayes Brenda McAdams & Steve Finch Rob McBay James & Lisa McClane Bill & Windy McCown Connie McCready Pat & Ruth McDonald Scott & Leazel McDonald Latner McDonald Charles McDonald Hugh & Kay McDonald Charlie Mc & Kay McDonald Joy McElroy Mike & Donna McGee Gerald & Mary McHenry Duke & Leisha McHugh Ann & Rudy McIntyre Quin Medaries Sharon & Robert Meyer Manny & Marge Michel Charlie Miller Bobby & Beth Miller Lyle & Lisa Miller Al Miller Dorothy Minor Mark & Janet Mitchell Pat & Catherine Mitchell Charles & Judy Mock James & Arabella Moore James & Lynn Moore David & Toni Moore Jeremy & Miranda Moore Ernie & Jane Moran Maxine & Brian Moreau Dustin Morris Jordan Morris Tim Morrison Wally & Terri Mulhearn Jay & Deanna Mulhern Shawn & Donna Murphy Joe & Sharon Murray Sue Nawas Mark & Rhonda Neal Tom & Sue Nicholson Freddy & Reba Nolan Julie O’Brien Teri O’Neal


Amanda & Doug Hinton Frank & Susan Hoffmann Ron & Sabrina Hogan L.J. & Janell Holland Kenny & Mica Holubec Joe & Linda Holyfield Leo & Jackie Honeycutt Blayne & Valerie Honeycutt Janet Hood-Hanchey & Keith Hanchey Christopher & Erin Horrell Erik Hsu John & Kathryn Hunter Mike Inzina John & Susan Jackson Charles & Gwenn Jackson Joey & Cyd Page Jacobs Robert James Evelyn & Jeffrey Johnson Bish & Jody Johnston Jan Bagwell & J.D. Johnston Roger Johnston John & Susan Jones Gary & Sissie Jones Billy Justice Kay Katz Carole & Tex Kilpatrick Mel & Martha Knotts Marilyn & Ron Koepke Albert & Barb Ku Durwood & Mary Kuhn Sunil & Rekha Kumar Cathy & Kevin LaGrange Jack & Tina Laird Billy & Florinell Laird John Lang Lesa & Denny Lawrence Bernard & Charlotte LeBas Dalton & Marie LeBlanc Helen Ledbetter Van & Pam Lee Tim Leger William Letson Jay & Teri Lewis Eric & Linda Liew Cindy Lindstrom Violet Liner Todd & Kandy Little Anne & Jim Lockhart Jasper & Deborah Lovoi Jane Luffey John & Debra Luffey Gary & Jan Luffey Lori & Chip Lyman


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ALUMNI CL A S S NOTE S photos by Emerald McIntyre

Vern Wilson lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Dolores. Vern was the 1993 recipient of the Golden Arrow Award.


Jack Parker lives in Baton Rouge and was a charter member of Kappa Alpha Gamma Nu. He is Dean Emeritus at LSU.


James and Eva Hallberg live in Picayune, MS and are active members of the Alumni Association.


Larry Seab is the Chief Financial Officer at Diversity One, Inc. and lives in West Monroe and is a Lifetime member of the Alumni Association.


Bonnie Beevers Cunningham is a retired english teacher and lives in Farmerville, LA.


Kendall Grant lives in West Monroe, LA and is an active alumni association member.


Philip “Pete” Aucoin lives in New Iberia, LA and is a Lifetime member of the Alumni Association.


Donald Wyble lives in Opelousas, LA and is a retired pharmacist.


Hugh Show lives in Crossville, TN.



John Zitzmann III is a Pharmacist at Cardinal Health Inc. in Monroe, LA. He and his wife Inez Anderson Zitzmann (‘78) are active members of the Alumni Association.

Shawn Dorn is the Procurement Specialist & Officer Manager for Central Crude, Inc. and lives in Houston, TX.

Ray Guillory is a Lifetime member of the Alumni Association and lives in Montgomery, AL.

Larry Joe Head is a Lifetime member of the Alumni Association and lives in West Monroe, LA with his wife Nancy.

T.J. & Wanda Shuflin live in Pineville, LA and are both Lifetime members of the Alumni Association.

Lena Christian Meadows and her husband Larry live in Sugar Land, TX.




Richard Witherington is a Pharmacist at Tom Thumb Food & Pharmacy in Rowlett, TX.


Elton & Nancy Smith Farrar (‘76) recently


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Dr. Isaac Lai lives in Hilliard, OH and is an active member of the Alumni Association. Robert & Emily Williamson live in Monroe, LA and both work for ULM. Jerry D. Kerby lives in Las Vegas, NV.


Kathy Sowell is married to fellow ULM graduate, Guinn Sowell. They live in Arlington, Texas where Kathy is employed with Arlington ISD.


Wally Mulhearn is married to Terri White Mulhearn (‘87) and live in Houston, TX. Their two daughters, Michelle and Carley attend ULM. The Mulhearn family is active supporters of the Sound of Today. Kyle Russell is a Lifetime member of the Alumni Association and live sin Nashua, New Hampshire. He is the Senior Director at John Hancock. Kyle was a member of Student Goven Joel Waller is an active member of the Alumni

Garr y Oubre is married to Dr. Layne Spitzenberger and lives in Katy, TX. Garry is a retired pharmacist. He was a member of Kappa Sigma, Phi Alpha Theta, Student Government Association and Circle K.




celebrated their 33rd Wedding Anniversary. They live in Monroe, LA and have two daughters, Jennifer & Julie.



Association and lives in Carrollton, TX. He is the Estimator/Project Manager at Lundy Services. Gene Ponti and his wife Suzanne (‘99) live in West Monroe, LA. He played football and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha.


Michael Gough is the owner of Gough & Son Construction, LLC. He lives in Alexandria, LA

1990 Brian Castle lives in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and is a Pastor at Indiana Street Missionary Baptist Church. Harvey “Duke” Marcus and his wife Amy Davis-Marcus (‘91) live in Ruston, LA. Both are Lifetime members of the Alumni Association


2012 Tonya Bratton Johnson is married to Tyler Johnson and they live in Gonzales, LA. They have one son, Oliver.


Ash Aulds is married to Sarah Book Aulds (‘15) and is a Senior Marketing Analyst at CenturyLink. Both are active members of the Alumni Association and live in Calhoun, LA.

Ron Gipson and his wife Kay (‘90) live in Blanchard, LA. Ron is the President of Ron Gipson Construction, Inc.

Kimberly Craig lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and is a Hospital Pharmacist at Mayo Clinic. Kimberly is also an active Alumni Association member and was a member of Kappa Epsilon and Phi Delta Chi.

Kevin Duhe lives in Prairieville, LA with his wife Bionne Duhe. Kevin was a member of the 1987 National Championship Football team.

Antonio Diaz de las Casas is an active Alumni Association member and lives in Adeje, Spain.

Jeremy Kent is an active Alumni Association member and lives in West Monroe, LA.

Jeremy Parker lives in West Monroe and is a Financial Advisor for Progressive Financial Advisors, LLC.

Allie McGee is the HIM Clerk PRN at Minden Medical Center in Minden, LA.


Matthew Madary lives in New Orleans, LA and works for International Coffee Corporation ICC.



David Muse lives in Benbrook, TX and works for Bell Helicopter. Tammy Tolliver is an active member of the Alumni Association and lives in Greenville, MS. Melvin (‘85) & Angela McNulty live in Mesquite, TX and are active Alumni Association members. Angela is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Texas at Dallas. Karen Hollis lives in Rayville, LA and is an active Alumni Association member.




Kathy Moore has retired from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and lives in West Monroe, LA.


Joel Casiday is the Culinary Arts Instructor at Livingston High School in Livingston, TX. He is married to Leslie Tamborello Casiday. Joel was a member of Alpha Lamda Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, BCM and Campus Activities Board.


Leigh-Ann Williams lives in New Orleans, LA and is the President at L. Williams Professional Services Co. LLC. She is an active Alumni Association member.


Megan Wilcox is a Registered Dental Hygienist at Covington Dental Care in Kentwood, LA. She is an active Alumni Association member. Kellie Thomas lives in Rocky Branch, LA and works at Specialty Management Services of Ouachita, LLC. Sherr y Brown is the Administrative Coordinator III at Natchitoches Parish Health Unit. She lives in Ringgold, LA. photo by ULM Special Collections & Archives


PRESIDENT ELECT: Sara Benecke Brice (BA ‘90) PAST PRESIDENT: Brenda B. Dudley (BBA ‘84, MBA ‘86)


After establishing the SOAR campaign in 2013, the University of Louisiana Monroe has seen a surge in support from the community to propel the university forward during continued budget challenges facing Louisiana higher education. ULM’s supporters, with help from the ULM Foundation, have shifted the University’s future by helping to advance its mission of preparing students to compete, succeed, and contribute in an ever-changing global society.

PRESIDENT: W. Adams Rodgers IV (BBA ‘98)


VICE-PRESIDENT: Julie Harlan O’Brien (BA ‘80) SECRETARY-TREASURER: Wally Mulhearn (BS ‘85) AT-LARGE:





Ashley Aulds (BS ’14, MBA ’15) Brian Allen (B.A ‘90)


SOAR with us, as we reach #newheights!

Joseph Beard (B.S. ‘09) Matt Bridges (BS ‘05) Todd Burgess (BGS ‘92) H. Wade Earnheart (BBA ‘72)

SOAR Campaign Total Goal


By December 2018 Total Committed Toward Campaign


Percentage of Goal Reached

(as of 12-31-17)


Renée Hebert (BA ’98, M.Ed. ’00) Dr. Jeff Hood (BA ‘91, MA ‘94) Jamie Hilburn (BA ’04) Gerald McHenry (BS ‘85) J. Eric Newton (MA ’11) Doug Nielsen (BA ‘08) Mary Ann Riddle (BA ‘74; BA ‘77) Eric Weatherly (BS ‘07) Paul Wilkening (BA ‘83, MA ‘85) Glen L. Williams (BA ‘60; BS ‘63)

Complete bios are available at



Lance Futch (BBA ‘95)

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The ULM Magazine is the official magazine of the University of Louisiana Monroe, and features in-depth stories about ULM, its alumni, studen...


The ULM Magazine is the official magazine of the University of Louisiana Monroe, and features in-depth stories about ULM, its alumni, studen...