Nick Bruno

OBA: Showcasing Excellence In Education

Nov 3, 2015
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Education and community leaders comprise the Ouachita Business Alliance Education Leadership Team.  

Education chair Dr. Nick Bruno and co-chair Janet Durden lead in mapping out objectives to highlight excellence in area programs for new residents moving to the parish.  "There is a need for a broader level of information," says Durden.  The team has identified five items to promote through the alliance group.

ULM Athletics

The University of Louisiana at Monroe is saddened to learn about the death of one of its students, Daniel Fitzwater.

The details surrounding Fitzwater’s death are unknown at this time.

Fitzwater, a 20-year-old kinesiology major from Shreveport, La. played the position of quarterback on the ULM football team.

“The coaching staff and team are deeply saddened by the loss of a great person in Daniel. Our thoughts and prayers are with Daniel’s family,” said ULM head coach Todd Berry.


The University of Louisiana at Monroe is proud to announce an increase in enrollment, including an academically strong freshman class. With a total enrollment of 8,854 students, ULM has exceeded its goal of 8,800 students for fall 2015. This includes an increase of 337 students since last fall, and another scholastically talented freshman class of 1,401 students—an eight percent increase over the fall 2014 freshman class.

“It is gratifying to see so many incoming freshmen choosing ULM. 

  , such as our outstanding faculty, dedicated staff, and beautiful 

Bruno Highlights Retention, Renovations at ULM

Aug 20, 2015
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University of Louisiana at Monroe President Dr. Nick Bruno paused for a brief moment after delivering opening remarks in his State of The University to faculty and staff Thursday.


"The discussion over students - to recruit better prepared students and retain more students," he said.  He noted retention at ULM had been an up and down over the years.  


In 2012, changes were implemented to target retention efforts.   He says the result has been positive.—a resource for students looking to find unique degree programs and career options—ranked the University of Louisiana at Monroe as one of the “15 Best Drone Training Colleges in America.” ULM’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) concentration was ranked in the nation’s top-10.

The group considered each university’s reputation, ability to provide hands-on training in piloting and engineering, variation of course offerings, and accreditation. The rankings were also compiled using student reviews and perspectives.

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The University of Louisiana at Monroe’s annual spring Commencement Ceremony was held today in Fant-Ewing Coliseum in front of adoring family and friends, and ULM faculty, staff, and administration. Over 730 students earned degrees.

Dr. Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry served as the ceremony’s keynote speaker.

Strain’s ultimate message was for students to pursue their dreams, get involved, and appreciate those who helped them along the way.


  During a special meeting of the University of Louisiana at Monroe Foundation, the Ouachita Parish Women’s Republican Club announced that their endowed scholarship had grown to $60,000, allowing them to convert it into a First Generation Undergraduate Endowed Scholarship.

At the $60,000 level, the scholarship is now eligible to receive the Board of Regent’s $40,000 match, creating a $100,000 Endowed Scholarship through the Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund.

The scholarship will serve students who are the first of their immediate family to obtain a college degree.

ULM Breaks Ground On Doppler Radar

May 7, 2015
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Community leaders and emergency officials joined the University of Louisiana at Monroe in breaking ground on a new Doppler radar site Wednesday.    The 70-foot tower is set for construction along Highway 80 near Johnson Farms.  Atmospheric Sciences Department Head Dr. Anne Case-Hanks says the weather tracking system fills a void between current National Weather Service radar locations.   The radar system was acquired by a $3 million dollar grant through the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

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The University of Louisiana at Monroe and surrounding community opened the doors to its new International Student Center Tuesday.

The center was funded by a donation from ULM alum Eric Liew.  Liew, a CEO for a medical supply company, says the house provides many conveniences for students when they first arrive at the university.  "A large kitchen to prepare their favorite foods, TV viewing areas, bedrooms, laundry area, all convenient," says Liew.