On Thursday, August 25, The University of Louisiana Monroe hosted an inaugural event named ‘The Pursuit’ to mark the launch of a new athletic and academic year. Cocktails and dinner were provided by Waterfront Grill, Fieldhouse, Catfish Cabin, Marsala Beverage and Southern Glazer’s Distribution.
‘The Pursuit’ takes its name from the ‘P’ in the Curtiss P(ursuit)-40 Warhawk fighter plane, best remembered as the aircraft flown by the “Flying Tigers,” or American Volunteer Group (AVG), led by General Claire Lee Chennault. It was the P-40 Warhawk and the heroism of General Chennault that served as the inspiration behind the selection of ULM’s Warhawk mascot ten years ago. Coach Matt Viator shared his plans for the 2016 football season, and Coach Keith Richard gave an update on the highly anticipated basketball season. President Nick J. Bruno shared his vision for the upcoming year, exciting changes happening around campus, and some recent accomplishments. The evening also included a highlight of 40 outstanding Warhawks, including top student-athletes, alumni, faculty and staff.