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250 Monroe students to attend educational retreat at ULM

Published October 4, 2018

Chase, in partnership with the University of Louisiana Monroe, will host more than 250 junior-high girls from Monroe City Schools for an educational, half-day retreat on campus, inspiring them to dream big.

The students will get a campus tour and hear a motivational address from Miss Louisiana, Holli Conway. There will be a panel discussion of hometown girls currently enrolled at ULM and at Louisiana Delta Community College, followed by lunch and a step show from the ULM Greeks.

“We are thrilled to host these vibrant young women for a mini-retreat at ULM,” said Chief Communications Officer Lisa Miller. “We appreciate all of the sponsors supporting this important day in their lives.”

The event is being supported by Louisiana Delta Community College and the Monroe Chamber of Commerce. The theme of the event will be “See Past Your Now,” with emphasis on empowering young women. 

 “This is a great opportunity to bring these young women to campus and say to them, ‘You belong here. If you can dream it and work hard for it, great things will happen for you,’ ” said Tania Hilburn, Site Leader for Chase in Monroe. 

Every girl enrolled in the 8th grade at all Monroe City Schools is invited to attend. This will be the second year for Our Girls Rock. Last year more than 200 junior high girls attended a private viewing of the movie “Hidden Figures” at Pecanland Mall.

This year’s panelists will include eight students from ULM and Delta Community College who will share their personal stories to motivate girls in the next, critically important phase of their education.

More than 40 Chase volunteers and members of the ULM Hawkline will greet each student as she arrives on campus. The girls will experience the Chase “blue carpet” welcome where volunteers will cheer, hold motivational signs, and high-five the girls. The goal is to give each student a sense of belonging, acceptance and significance.

Chase has 1,000 employees in Monroe, making it one of the largest employers in Ouachita Parish. Monroe City Schools serves 8,500 children at 19 schools, including three middle schools — Carroll Junior High School, Lee Junior High School and Martin Luther King Jr. Junior High School.

For more information about Our Girls Rock, contact:

From Chase, Morgan Buxton at 318-432-6568
From ULM, Jamie Hilburn at 318-342-5277 or Ahmaad Solmone at 318-342-7950

When: Friday, October 5, 2018

  • Students arrive Warhawk Circle for a walk on the blue carpet — 8:30 a.m.
  • Campus Tour — 9:30 a.m.
  • ULM/Delta Student Panel — 10:25 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Keynote Address — 11:10 a.m.
  • Lunch — 11:40 a.m.
  • Where: University of Louisiana Monroe