Bria Winfree

Public Affairs Assistant

Originally from Deville, Louisiana, Bria moved to Monroe to pursue degrees in History and Political Science with a minor in English at the University of Louisiana Monroe. She intends to graduate in the Spring of 2021 to begin her career as an educator.

Bria has become involved in various organizations on ULM’s campus, including ULM Hawkseekers, ULM Quiz Bowl and the Green Hope club, as well as the ULM Honors Program.

In her free time, Bria enjoys hiking, painting and reading, as well as volunteering through her various organizations.

Ways to Connect

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Many parents are aware of sex trafficking, but think it can never happen to their child. Pamela Samuels Young, attorney-turned-writer and advocate, wants to dispell that myth. "If your child has a cell phone, predators have direct access to them," Young says. 

Misconceptions 

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Drug culture has existed for generations, but is rapidly changing into something parents might not recognize. Jermaine Galloway, drug and alcohol trend expert, says parents might have a harder time connecting with their child because of these generational ideas, but it's not impossible. 

Generational Changes in Drug Culture

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Child advocacy is speaking out for the best interest of children. Jan Daniels, youth development coordinator of Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana, discusses how to be an advocate for children and why it is important. 

When To Be an Advocate for Children

Jan Daniels describes advocacy as speaking out for children in the face of obstacles like bullying and strained relationships with authority figures, such as coaches and teachers. Children can run into these problems at school, after-school programs and extracurricular 

clubs. 

Downtown Monroe
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Monroe city employees  will deliver 400 hygiene kits for the homeless in the area. Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo says, “Thanks to the personal donation of more than $1,400 from City of Monroe employees from within every department, we were able to partner with the United Way of Northeast Louisiana to purchase supplies for 400 personal hygiene kits for the Homeless and less fortunate within our community.”

City of Monroe employees will assemble the kits at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 31, in the Fort Miro Room of the Monroe Convention Center (401 Lea Joyner Expressway).

A Louisiana energy services firm is increasing its footprint at a local port, a move expected to create 150 new jobs over five years.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday that Bagwell Energy Services intends a $2.5 million expansion at its Port of Delcambre fabrication center in Iberia Parish.

A court-martial in Louisiana has sentenced a 22-year-old airman to 35 years in prison for killing his roommate in Guam last year.

The seven-officer panel sentenced Isaiah Edwards on Tuesday in the March 27 stabbing death of 20-year-old Bradley Hale, news agencies reported. Edwards will be dishonorably discharged from the Air Force. Both men were airmen and electronic warfare journeymen stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in north Louisiana.

ULM Office of Marketing and Communications Faculty, staff and retirees of the University of Louisiana Monroe who are U.S. veterans or on active duty will be honored at the Veterans Day Service at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12.

The service will be in the Conference Center on the seventh floor of the library. Guest speaker will be Karen Vaughn, the mother of U.S. Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn, who was a member of SEAL Team 6. On Aug. 6, 2011, Vaughn and 29 others were killed when their helicopter, Extortion 6, was shot down in Afghanistan by the Taliban.

At 5:30 this morning, a suspicious package was found in the Monroe Regional Airport. The airport was evacuated and flights delayed as the package was inspected and removed. 

Monroe Police spokesman Reggie Brown said police do not believe the device is a bomb. 

The airport is now back open and flights are running as scheduled. 

University of Louisiana Monroe is hosting Candide November 1 - 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Auditorium. The final show will be November 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for the general public and free for ULM students.

The 1956 opera Candide is famous for its overture and songs such as "Glitter and Be Gay" and "Make Our Garden Grow". The opera is based on Voltaire's 1758 novel of the same name, Candide tells the story of the young man who learns the truth about existence through a bizarre sequence of fantastic events that take him from Europe to the New World and back. 

Entertainer Mable John returns to the area for a celebration of her talent. The community of Bastrop will celebrate John's 88th birthday at a celebration at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Evans Business Plaza, 710 South Washington Street. Admission is free, and the community is invited to attend.

        At 6:30 p.m., the historic Rose Theatre in Bastrop will host a screening of the Academy and Grammy Award-winning 2013 film 20 Feet from Stardom. The documentary film features John and other performers who served as backup singers to famous artists.

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