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ULM Celebrates Excellence in "Pursuit' Event

The University of Louisiana at Monroe 2017-18 academic and athletic year takes off with The Pursuit, Thursday Aug. 24 at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

The Pursuit is named for the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk pursuit fighter planes flown by Gen. Claire Lee Chennault and the Flying Tigers in World War II. ULM’s Warhawk mascot was inspired by Chennault and his group of pilots and planes.

“ULM’s The Pursuit is about the excitement of the new year,” said President Nick J. Bruno. “We have new goals and new plans. At The Pursuit we’ll be sharing those with our supporters and the community. I hope everyone will come visit, learn about what’s going on and have a good time.”

Dinner and drinks begin at 5:30 p.m., provided by Catfish Cabin, Fieldhouse Bar & Grill and Waterfront Grill, and Marsala Beverage.

The event is sponsored by Ouachita Independent Bank.

The program starts at 6:30 p.m. Speakers include Bruno, who will share his plans for the upcoming year, changes on campus and recent accomplishments; Director of Athletics Nick Floyd with an overview of the 2017-18 sports seasons; Coach Matt Viator on the upcoming football season; and Coach Mike Federico will talk about his vision for the baseball program.

Tickets are $50 per person or $600 for a reserved table of eight. With a limited supply, it is recommended to purchase your tickets early by visiting,, Facebook/The Pursuit, calling 342-3579 or emailing Proceeds benefit the ULM Athletic Foundation.

Jay calls himself a "media producer" in a world of diversification. Jay earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/Film Production from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and worked in video, feature film and television production for over 10 years before joining KEDM full time.
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