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McNeese participates in Academic Summit

McNeese participates in Academic Summit






Faculty, staff and students from McNeesStudents and mentorse State University  participated in the second annual University of Louisiana System Academic Summit April 12-13 on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

The two-day event  included an entire day focused on service-learning, a performance art showcase, a visual art exhibition and reception, and a second day focused on undergraduate research.

Twenty-nine students from departments across the McNeese campus competed for recognition and cash awards at the 8th Annual Undergraduate Scholar and Research Symposium sponsored by the McNeese Alumni Association.





The top five oral presentations and the top five poster presentations were selected to advance to the Academic Summit.
Oral presenters, and their faculty mentors, are as follows:

  • "Investigation of Discharge Source Characteristics of Calcasieu Ship Channel Confined Disposal Facilities" by Jonathan Bolton, Lake Charles, and Dr. Ning Zhang, Department of Engineering
  • "Road-Tire Noise and Sound Absorption Properties of CFB Road Surface Material" by Ervin Cutright, Labadieville, and Dr. Zhuang Li, Department of Engineering
  • "The Architecture of William Faulkner's 'Absalom, Absalom!': A Study on the Decay of the Sutpen Household and the Novel's Narrative Structure" by Maria-Josee Mendez, Lake Charles, and Dr. Wendy Whelan-Stewart, Department of English and Foreign Languages
  •  "Salmonella Infection Rates in Green Anoles of Southwest Louisiana" by Robert Patten, Sulphur, and Drs. Kathy Jo Jackson and Jay Comeaux, Department of Biology and Health Sciences.
  • "Antioxidant Activity of Coastal Plain St. Johns Wort (Hypericum brachyphyllum)" by Tung Minh Pham, Vungtau, Vietnam, and Anita Rahman, Lake Charles, and Dr. Omar Christian, Department of Chemistry and Physics.

Poster presenters, and their faculty mentors, include:

  • "Heart Regeneration in Carrasius auratus: Histology and Response to Epinephrine" by Omar Abudiab, Lake Charles, and Dr. Connie Kersten, Department of Biology and Health Sciences
  • "Cortisol Levels During Roping Acclimation in Rodeo Calves" by Kyndal Comeaux, Lake Charles, and Dr. Edward Ferguson, Harold & Pearl Dripps Department of Agricultural Sciences
  •  "Prenylated Benzophenones from Hypericum hypericoides" by Sydney Horne, Lake Charles, and Shreedu Pradhan, Kathmandu, Nepal, and Dr. Omar Christian, Department of Chemistry and Physics
  •  "Background Matching in Cryptic Snakes Species:  Do They Know They Are Hiding?" by Lindsay Kravchuk, Lake Charles, and Dr. Charles Matt Watson, Department of Biology and Health Sciences
  •  "Unbalanced Power: The Rise and Decline of Legislative Authority in the State of Louisiana" by Torrie Thibodeaux, Jennings, and Dr. Thomas Laehn, Department of Social Sciences

Two McNeese faculty and staff members made service-learning presentations at the Academic Summit. Their projects represented research with community impact components.

Dr. Keith Credo, assistant professor of management in the College of Business, presented "Students Take the Lead: Service-Learning in McNeese's College of Business." Student teams in Credo's MGMT 300 course, Principles of Management, designed and implemented a fundraising project for a charity of their choice using the four principles of management - planning, leading, organizing and controlling. Each group made a presentation about the results, as well as how they used concepts learned in the course.

Janet Woolman, executive director of research and government relations and director of the Louisiana Environmental Research Center (LERC), presented "Developing a Community Driven ADA Accessible Environmental Research Website." Her project involved collaborations with local businesses, community members, faculty and Lyle Hardee, a Jennings graduate student in mathematical sciences with a concentration in computer science, to create an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible website for LERC at McNeese.

Five McNeese visual arts students  had artwork included in the Summit's juried student art exhibit. Student artwork from the nine universities was submitted to and reviewed by an independent juror.

The students and their artwork are: Joe Columbia, Lake Charles, "Twilight," soda fired stoneware; Jon Meaux, Lake Charles, "Sleeping at Last," oil on glass; Alan Myers, Lake Charles, "Helvetica," digital image; Joe Racca, Sulphur, "Alley Cat," digital photograph; and Caitlin Richard, Lake Charles, "Denny," color pencil and pastel.