University of Louisiana at Monroe

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University of Louisiana at Monroe
University of Monroe Logo.png
Established 1931
Type Public
Endowment $23,157,741[1]
President Nick Bruno
Students 8,645[2]
Undergraduates 7,357
Postgraduates 1,288[3]
Location Monroe, Louisiana, USA 32°31′37″N 92°04′26″W / 32.527°N 92.074°W / 32.527; -92.074Coordinates: 32°31′37″N 92°04′26″W / 32.527°N 92.074°W / 32.527; -92.074
Campus Urban
Main Campus: 238 acres (0.96 km2)
Former names Ouachita Parish Junior College (1931–1934)
Northeast Center of Louisiana State University (1934–1949)
Northeast Junior College of Louisiana State University (1949–1950)
Northeast Louisiana State College (1950–1969)
Northeast Louisiana University (1969–1999)
Colors Maroon and Gold          
Nickname Warhawks
Mascot Ace the Warhawk
Affiliations Sun Belt
Website www.ulm.edu

The University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) is a coeducational public university in Monroe, Louisiana, United States and part of the University of Louisiana System.

History[edit]

ULM opened in 1931 as Ouachita Parish Junior College. Three years later it became the Northeast Center of Louisiana State University. In 1936 and 1937, its dean was Stephen A. Caldwell.[4]

Its name changed again in 1949, to Northeast Junior College of Louisiana State University. A year later, it became an autonomous four-year institution as Northeast Louisiana State College. In 1969, it granted doctoral degrees for the first time and was elevated to university status as Northeast Louisiana University (NLU).

Much growth occurred during the administration of president George T. Walker from 1958 to 1976. Under Walker, enrollment increased from 2,100 to 9,700. NLU became the largest university in North Louisiana in terms of enrollment and state appropriations. Among all of the universities under the Louisiana Higher Education Board of Trustees, Northeast had the greatest percent of faculty holding terminal degrees, more nationally accredited academic programs, and offered the highest faculty salaries.[5]

In 1999, NLU was renamed to its present name (ULM).

21st century[edit]

ULM sign
Bayou Desiard crosses the ULM campus.
Warhawks emblem across from the ULM Library
ULM Library and Conference Center

A 2002 "Reclaim Our Campus" effort targeted recovery from financial and auditing difficulties.[6]

In 2010, James Erwin Cofer Sr., left the ULM presidency after eight years to head Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. He was succeeded by Nick Bruno as the eighth president of ULM.

Academics[edit]

University rankings
National
Global
Regional
U.S. News & World Report[7] 96–124 (South)
Master's University class
Washington Monthly[8] 286
ULM Administration Building
ULM Pharmacy Building
Helen Spyker Theatre

ULM is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). All undergraduate programs eligible for accreditation by professional agencies are accredited.[citation needed] ULM is the only university in Louisiana to offer a master's in gerontology and the only public university in the state offering the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Atmospheric sciences[edit]

ULM has the only atmospheric sciences bachelor's program in Louisiana and Arkansas.[citation needed]

Business[edit]

The College of Business Administration (CBA) prepares students for productive careers and responsible citizenship. The college benefits students, businesses and the community through research and service.

The College of Business Administration at ULM seeks ever-increasing excellence in business education by offering a student-centered learning environment that produces high-quality graduates and by engaging in research and service that benefits students, business and the community.

Programs Include:

  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness
  • Aviation
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Risk Management & Insurance
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • B.A. in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Financial Services
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Online MBA

ULM offers AACSB accredited[9] undergraduate and graduate (MBA) degree programs.

English[edit]

The English department publishes Turnrow, a bi-annual journal of short fiction, poetry, visual art, and interviews.[10]

Marriage and family therapy[edit]

Master's in marriage and family therapy is accredited by both the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education and The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. A doctoral program in marriage and family therapy was approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents, June 1995.[11]

Pharmacy[edit]

Established in 1956, the College of Pharmacy[12] is accredited by the American Council on Pharmacy Education, including one of seven Toxicology programs in the U.S. In 2007, the College of Pharmacy moved from the main campus to the off-campus (Bienville) building. There are satellite campuses in Shreveport and Baton Rouge.[13]

The College of Pharmacy at ULM is Louisiana's only publicly supported comprehensive center for pharmaceutical education, research, and service. The College includes several modern specialized instructional and health service facilities and numerous affiliated off-campus teaching hospitals and pharmacies throughout the state.

The practice of pharmacy is a vital part of a complete health care system. Pharmacists are professionals, uniquely prepared and available, committed to public service and the achievement of this goal. Pharmacists are the principal resource to patients and other health professionals in assuring appropriate use of and optimal therapeutic outcomes for medications.

In 1999, Milburn E. Calhoun, a New Orleans physician, philanthropist, and Pelican Books publisher endowed the million-dollar Mary E. and Darrell L. Calhoun Chair in Pharmacology, named for his late parents.[14]

Theater arts[edit]

The Division of Theatre and Drama, established in 1953, was headed by George C. Brian (1919–2007), Ph.D., a Baton Rouge native who was an actor, director, filmmaker, singer, dancer, and patron of the arts. He revitalized the program and brought Broadway stars to perform with his students.[citation needed]

ULM is home to the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall, named for the opera singer and daughter of the Coca-Cola entrepreneur Joseph A. Biedenharn.[15]

Rankings[edit]

The University of Louisiana at Monroe was ranked by U.S. News & World Report in several categories for 2013:[16]

  • Regional (South) - 81st
  • Top Public Schools - 39th
  • Pharmacy School - 74th
  • Speech Pathology - 181st
  • Best Online Bachelor's Programs - 160th
  • Best Online Graduate Business Programs - 87th
  • Best Online Graduate Education Programs - 103rd

Athletics[edit]

Primary logo for the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.

Major sports[edit]

Teams participate in NCAA Division I (Division I FBS for football). ULM joined the Sun Belt Conference for all sports on July 1, 2006 after playing in the Southland Conference in all sports except football (swimming and diving team was in Sun Belt Conference, but was dropped in 2005).

ULM moved from Division I-AA (now Division I FCS) to Division I-A (now FBS) in 1994 and played as a I-A independent 1994-2000. It became a football-only Sun Belt Conference member in 2001 and joined as a member in all sports in 2006. ULM shared the 2005 Sun Belt Conference football championship with Arkansas State University and the University of Louisiana–Lafayette (ASU received the conference's New Orleans Bowl bid due to tiebreaking procedures). In 2012 they signed All-Dallas-Area and Texas Class 6-5A All-District star offensive guard Jimmy Chung. Also, in 2012, ULM had their first winning season going, 8-5, and a bid to the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in Shreveport vs. the Ohio Bobcats, but lost 45-14.[17]

ULM basketball coaches have included Arnold R. Kilpatrick, Lenny Fant, and Mike Vining. Fant was the first ULM coach to win three hundred games.

Since being in the Sun Belt, the Warhawks have won conference titles in men's basketball (2006-07 West Co-Champion) and baseball (2008 regular season and 2012 conference tournament).

The ULM football team posted its first six-win season since moving to Division I-A in 2007 going 6-6, which included a 21-14 victory at Alabama. On September 8, 2012, ULM beat number 8 Arkansas 34-31 in overtime to become the first Sun Belt Conference team to beat a top ten SEC team. This was also their first win ever against a ranked opponent.

The football and baseball stadiums and ULM Activities Center were designed by architect Hugh G. Parker of Bastrop.

Other activities[edit]

ULM is home to several award-winning groups including the Sound of Today marching band and the competition cheerleading squad.

The ULM water skiing team[18] is the most successful in the history of the collegiate sport, having won twenty-two National Collegiate Water Skiing Association championships since 1979.[19] In that year, Bayou Desiard was the host site of the national competition.

In 2011, ULM announced the closure of its large Lake C. Oxford Natatorium, which remains in need of repairs totaling at least $1.8 million. Built in 1976 and renovated in 1996, the natatorium needed a new roof, chiller system, new ceilings, lighting, and chemical, pump, and valve replacements. The Student Government Association supported the closure based on low student usage of the facility.[20]After ULM dropped support for "The Nat" as it is often called, the YMCA took over the facility and operated it for nearly two years to accommodate local swimmers. Bowing to economic pressures and the lack of public financial support, "The Nat" will close permanently on April 30, 2014. ULM President Nick Bruno said no plans have been finalized for the development of the land with the closure and presumed razing of the natatorium.[21]

Greek life[edit]

ULM Art Building, 1930s
ULM School of Nursing
Intramurals Building
Straus Education Building
Caldwell Hall, 1930s, now houses the dental hygiene and occupational therapy departments.
Bayou Desiard is located behind the Bayou Village Apartments on the ULM campus.

The following is current as of July 15, 2008.[22]

Fraternities National Pan-Hellenic Council Pan-Hellenic Council

Notable alumni[edit]

Some of University of Louisiana at Monroe notable alumni include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/louisiana-monroe-2020
  2. ^ http://www.knoe.com/story/23485144/ulm-enrollment-increases-in-all-major-areas
  3. ^ https://www.cappex.com/colleges/University-of-Louisiana-Monroe
  4. ^ "Caldwell, Stephen Adol;phus". Louisiana Historical Association: A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography. Retrieved March 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ "George T. Walker". Monroe News Star. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Louisiana Legislative Auditor Report" (PDF). January 10, 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  7. ^ "Regional Universities Rankings". America's Best Colleges 2012. U.S. News & World Report. September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Washington Monthly Master's University Rankings". The Washington Monthly. 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Welcome to the College of Business Administration". University of Louisiana at Monroe. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  10. ^ Turnrow from the University of Louisiana at Monroe
  11. ^ [1],
  12. ^ "College of Pharmacy at ULM". University of Louisiana at Monroe. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  13. ^ "three-year requisite". University of Louisiana at Monroe. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  14. ^ Milburn E. Calhoun obituary, Monroe News Star, January 11, 2012
  15. ^ "Scott Rogers, "Family imprint seen in Monroe a century after arrival", April 21, 2013". Monroe News-Star. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  16. ^ Rankings
  17. ^ "Jimmy Chung -ULM Warhawks Athletics". ulmwarhawks.com. 2012-09-09. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  18. ^ "ULM water ski team". ULM water ski team. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  19. ^ "Lousiana-Monroe wins 22nd National Collegiate Waterski Title". Ncwsa.com. 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2009-10-26. [dead link]
  20. ^ "ULM natatorium to close, July 11, 2011". KNOE-TV. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Our View: A sad day, but not unexpected, March 31, 2014". Monroe News-Star. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  22. ^ Student Life - Greek from the University of Louisiana at Monroe
  23. ^ http://tribe.ulm.edu/%7edeltasig/
  24. ^ "Pi Kappa Alpha Eta Omicron Homepage". Hopike.com. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  25. ^ "Theta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - A Bravenet.com Hosted Site". Sweetthetazeta.bravehost.com. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  26. ^ "kappa alpha psi nupes fraternity at". Ulmnupes.com. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  27. ^ ITC Labs & Classrooms. "Beta Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc". Geocities.com. Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  28. ^ http://www.aopiulm.org/
  29. ^ http://www.kappadelta-deltazeta.com/
  30. ^ "Phi Mu Fraternity- Alpha Rho Chapter". Tribe.ULM.edu. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 

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