As we look back on 2016, it is evident that ULM is showing a rapid rate of growth and achievement across the board. University enrollment is at an all-time high, retention and graduation rates have increased significantly, the international student body is soaring, and university programs and faculty are seeing more and more national recognition. Campus continues to be transformed through renovations and new building projects. Athletic programs have been strengthened in the last year with better facilities, new coaching staffs for football and soccer, the continued revitalization of men’s basketball, and high Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores across the board in all sports. In this Sixteen in 16’ issue, we take a look back on some of ULM’s most celebrated moments of the year—a year marking the institution’s 85th Anniversary.

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The University of Louisiana Monroe’s Fall 2016 Commencement Ceremony takes place in ULM’s Fant-Ewing Coliseum Saturday, December 10. Photo by Emerald McIntyre/ULM Photo Services

ULM became a Doctoral University: Moderate Research Activity (R3) in the Carnegie Classification, the leading method for recognizing and describing colleges and universities in the USA. We are one of only six doctoral universities in the state.

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For the first time, ULM ranks as a “National University” by the U.S. News & World Report. For the last two years, U.S. News ranked the university among the “Best Regional Universities,” so the new ranking is a significant upgrade in status.

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The University of Louisiana Monroe welcomes the community to the grand opening ceremony for its completely renovated Sandel Hall and Barnes & Noble bookstore on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at 10 A.M. Photo by Emerald McIntyre/ULM Photo Services

University Construction

Complete renovation of Starbucks

• ULM partners with Barnes & Noble to serve the campus and community as the official bookstore.

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The University of Louisiana Monroe celebrates the completion of the new Football Fieldhouse with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. Photo by Emerald McIntyre/ULM Photo Services

Athletic Construction

• ULM Athletic Department unveils the new Football Fieldhouse.

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The University of Louisiana at Monroe kicks off the new school year with the annual Convocation March and ceremony on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. The event gives freshmen a view of the Fant-Ewing Coliseum as a place they will attend for numerous events, but also, as a place where they will receive their diplomas in four years. Photos by Emerald Harris/ULM Photo Services

Fall 2016 enrollment tops 9,100—the highest since selective admissions was implemented ten years ago.

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Dr. Karen Briski, Professor of Pharmacology, secures a $1.7 million NIH grant to research diabetes—the largest grant awarded to a faculty member in the history of the institution.

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Guests celebrate ULM's School of Construction's 50th anniversary on Friday, April 8, 2016, in the Library Conference Center. Photo by Emerald McIntyre/ULM Photo Services

School of Construction Management Celebrates 50 Years—Five decades as the premiere institution of construction education in the state of Louisiana.

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The ULM Foundation presents their annual "Top Hawks" recipients with iPads and ice cream Thursday, Sept 1, 2016 on the second floor of the Student Union Building. These students were awarded iPads for earning a 30 or better ACT, and a 3.75 or higher GPA. The iPads are purchased each year through private donations from the ULM Foundation. Photo by Emerald McIntyre/ULM Photo Services

92 students score 30+ on ACT—tripled in six years.

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ULM Water Ski Team celebrates after narrowly winning the 27th national title title on October 15, 2016. Left to right: Back Row: Tom Poole, Sasha Danisheuskaya, Sara Vesterlund, Danylo Filchenko, Alex King, Janice Stevens, Taylor Horton, Joey McNamara (Coach). Front Row: Kate Svecova, Siani Oliver, Martin Kolman. Photo courtesy ULM Water Ski Team

The ULM Waterski Team wins their 27th national championship.

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An awards banquet is held for the members of the ULM Honors Program on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 in the ULM Conference Center on the seventh floor of the ULM Library. Photos by Emerald Harris/ULM Photo Services

ULM’s Honors Program reaches 200 students, the largest in program history. The program has grown from 24 to 200 in six years.

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ULM implements a new 36-hour, online-only Master in Public Administration (M.P.A.) program. In its first year, the program has enrolled over 60 students.

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eULM

• Recognized for offering top occupational therapy program in the nation.

• The Master’s in history program ranks no. 4 in the nation by CollegeValuesOnline.com.

• The Master’s in counseling program ranks no. 7 in the nation for affordability by CollegeChoice.net.

• The online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program was ranked no. 1 in the nation by CollegeStart.org.

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Atmospheric Science students release a weather balloon in order to collect upper air data. Photo by Emerald McIntyre/ULM Photo Services

Dr. Todd Murphy, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science, receives three grants totaling over a quarter of a million dollars for severe weather research.

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ULM announces $4.7 million in new endowments for faculty and student support. ULM’s two endowed chair proposals (in business and agriculture) were the only ones advanced by the UL System to the Board of Regents.

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ULM is tops in the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rate (APR) in the Sun Belt Conference in three sports and beats the national average in four sports.

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ULM opens a new Autism Center, whose mission is to serve as a comprehensive resource that will enhance the quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families.

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