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October 27, 2006

Student success center receives BOS approval; board praises ULM

The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, which met at ULM Thursday and Friday, gave ULM approval to begin renovating the Wigwam dining facility into the Clarke M. Williams Student Success Center, which is slated to open in August 2008.

The success center will have a 24-hour lab, group study and tutor rooms, academic compliance office for athletics, advising, and academic support services.

The success center, which will be centrally located on campus, will make an important difference in students’ lives, said Barbara Michaelides, director of retention at ULM. “We feel that we will be able to offer students the assistance they need to make progress toward graduation and make the most of their time at ULM.”

ULM students will benefit from an advising staff who will help them plan their course loads, assist them in career explorations, and provide academic support services, she said. “I am excited at the prospect of providing ULM's students with an academic ‘hub,’ which will be accessible to all students, and it will be the center for their first-year experiences.”

In other ULM-related news, several UL System board members, who enjoyed a campus tour and much hospitality, praised ULM administration, faculty, staff and students. The board has not at met at ULM since 2000, and many have not seen the great amount of changes on campus. Jimmy D. Long, Sr., board chair, expressed his gratitude to President James Cofer.

“I believe all the members of the board have learned a number of things about your campus. We appreciate the good job your administration is doing under your leadership. We’re all very impressed ... Every door we entered, a delightful group of students was meeting us there, answering questions and welcoming each of us to the campus. That is something we all appreciated. It is evident that there’s a great spirit of optimism today at ULM, and it’s no wonder given the tremendous, wonderful changes we’ve seen. Once again, thanks to the University of Louisiana at Monroe.”

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