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April 30, 2003

President's Speaker Series to Spotlight First ULM President C.C. Colvert

The University of Louisiana at Monroe's President's Speaker Series sponsored by CITGO presents "I think you can and I believe you will," A Celebration of the Life of Dr. C.C. Colvert. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. this evening at Brown Auditorium. A reception will follow at the other end of Brown Hall in Brown Gymnasium. ULM has invited all alumni from the classes of 1933-1946 along with several others including the three living past presidents of ULM. Everyone in the ULM and Monroe community is also invited. Refreshments will be served.

Friends of the Library at ULM recently announced the arrival of the book "I think you can, and I believe you will" Selected Writings of C.C. Colvert 1932-1943. The book was edited by Associate Professor of Biology Dr. John A. Knesel and Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership and Counseling Dr. Holly B. Casey. ULM Friends of the Library published the book.

Clyde Cornelius Colvert known as C.C. Colvert was the first president ULM (then, Ouachita Parish Junior College) and remained for 13 years. "I think you can, and I believe you will" Selected Writings of C.C. Colvert 1932-1943 is a book filled with short columns that Colvert wrote for the school paper, the Pow Wow. The book is on sale now at BellTower Books on the fourth floor of the ULM Library. You can also buy it in the ULM Library Director's Office. The book is $11 with proceeds going to Friends of the Library. The recently published Colvert book will be available for sale at this event.

The President's Speaker Series program will consist of introductory remarks by ULM President James Cofer and Knesel. ULM Professor Holly Casey will follow with a view of Colvert in his own words (reading from the book) and the campus that he saw (a slide show outlining "his" campus). Dr. Thomas Hatfield, noted WWII historian and close friend of C.C. Colvert, will then talk about the life of C.C. Colvert. A Book signing and reception in Brown Gym will follow.

Hatfield wrote his dissertation on the early years of ULM under the direction of Colvert. He also knows the early history of ULM intimately. During his friendship with Colvert they became so close that Hatfield delivered Colvert's eulogy at his funeral in 1991. Hatfield, Dean of Continuing and Extended Education at the University of Texas at Austin, will talk about the effects Colvert had on his life and the impact Colvert made to this part of Louisiana through this University.

The President's Speaker Series sponsored by CITGO began this spring. ULM President James Cofer created this outlet to bring distinguished speakers, lecturers, artists, and other talented people to ULM. A University is the perfect setting for accomplished professionals to share stories about their success and their vast knowledge of a particular subject matter. The President's Speaker Series is made possible by a gift from CITGO. ULM and surrounding communities can look forward to expanded educational opportunities through these free, public talks.

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