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McNeese People Briefs


Jordan Gribble, a senior mass communication major and writer for the Contraband, McNeese State University's student newspaper, placed second in the sports writing category for medium schools at the recent 2013 Society of Professional Journalism Conference Competition at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. The feature, "Rowdy the Cowboy," covered the significance of Rowdy as the Cowboy mascot and as the person inside the suit. The story also focused on the importance of the relationship between Rowdy and Cowboy fans. 

Several McNeese faculty and students in the history department attended the 55th annual meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association in Alexandria.

Outgoing president Janet Allured delivered a presidential address titled "Second-Wave Feminism's Southern Origins."
Dr. Thomas D. Watson, former chair of McNeese's department of history, received the Garnie W. McGinty Lifetime Meritorious Service A
ward given to those who have spent their careers making significant contributions to scholarship in Louisiana history, to the historical profession and to LHA. 

Dr. John Robert Keeling presented a paper titled "Property Speculation and the Courts in Antebellum New Orleans: Gormley v. Oakey and the Lower Garden District." 

Kacey Edgar, McNeese graduate student, presented her senior thesis at the Phi Alpha Theta conference that meets concurrently with LHA. 

Several McNeese State University faculty and students in the social sciences department attended the 2013 annual meeting of the Louisiana Political Science Association held at Northwestern State University in  Natchitoches. 

Dr. Thomas R. Laehn, LPSA president, conducted the organization's business meeting and made a presentation with Torrie Thibodeaux on  "Unbalanced Power: The Rise and Decline of Legislative Authority in the State of Louisiana" to the U.S. Politics panel.

Emily Dickerson also made a presentation on "The Rise of the Administrative Presidency: Executive Orders and Presidential Prerogative" to the U.S. Politics panel. 

Dr. Henry Sirgo served as chair and discussant on the Public Administration and Policy panel. 

Sirgo also participated in the 2013 meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association (SSSA) held in New Orleans. He served as chair of the State Politics and Policy session and as discussant of the Public Administration and Higher Education Administration and the Undergraduate Research: Ethnic Politics and International Relations sessions.

Dr. Philippe Girard, chair of the McNeese history department, recently made two presentations in Cambridge, Mass. - "African Diaspora in Exile: The Deportation of Toussaint Louverture's Family" at the annual meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and "The Memoirs of Toussaint Louverture" at Harvard University's Dubois Institute. 

Dr. Michael Thomas Smith has co-edited a book, "This Distracted and Anarchical People: New Answers for Old Questions About the Civil War Era North," published by Fordham University Press. The book contains Smith's essay, "Abraham Lincoln, Masculinity and Nineteenth Century American Political Culture."

Dr. Michael Crawford's article, "Noble Status and Royal Duplicity in the Crown of Castile, 1454-1504," which appeared in the European History Quarterly, was awarded the prize for best first article published on Iberian History for the years 2009, 2010, and 2011 by the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies.

Several McNeese department of mathematics, computer science and statistics faculty and students attended the 90th annual meeting of the Mathematical Association of America held at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. 
Elizabeth St. Cyr and Jacob Higgins reached the finals of the Integration Bee, a mathematics competition based on solving an integral.

Kathryn Dowden won the top prize for a graduate student for her presentation, "A Combinatorial Exploration of Sequences Through Tilings." 

Faculty presentations included: "Generalized Primary Ideals" by Dr. Christine Gorton; "The Math in Data Mining" by Dr. Vipin Menon; and "Geometric Function Theory and Precalculus" by Dr. Lenny Ornas. 

Gorton was also re-elected to a second three-year term as section newsletter editor.