(December 13, 2013) McNeese State University's Order of Omega Greek Honor Society has recently inducted 15 students into the society. Founded in 1959 at the University of Miami, the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society recognizes students for their leadership and service to the Greeks and has over 500 chapters in the United States.
Initiates, their Greek societies and hometowns are: Andrew Armand, Pi Kappa Alpha, Lake Charles; Patrick Brown, Kappa Alpha Order, Lacassine; Christian Brucchaus, Pi Kappa Alpha, Lake Charles; Leighton Falcon, Phi Mu, Shreveport; Jonathan Fox, Pi Kappa Phi, Welsh; Sydney Kaspar, Chi Omega, Lake Charles; Sharron Madden, Alpha Delta Pi, Westlake; Kelli Mancil, Chi Omega, Sulphur; Colten Miller, Pi Kappa Alpha, Lake Charles; Chelsie Morein, Chi Omega, Lake Charles; Heather Morrissey, Phi Mu, Moss Bluff; Olivia Norsworthy, Alpha Delta Pi, Lake Charles; Mary Stanley (Honorary Alumni Inductee), Phi Mu, Lake Charles; Shalin Townsend, Zeta Phi Beta, Luling; and Hannah Veazey, Chi Omega, Lake Charles. The McNeese Department of Chemistry and Physics recently recognized chemistry students at its annual awards ceremony.
This year's recipients of the Chemistry Excellence Awards for undergraduates are: Andrea Hoeflicker, Sulphur, freshman; Amber Gill, Sulphur, Terry Lu, Jennings, and Mosab Shalby, Lake Charles, sophomores; Austin Harris, Sulphur, Mary Klumpp and Chelsie Morein, both of Lake Charles, and Hailey Veillion, Labadieville, juniors; and Tatiana Estrada Mendoza, Ecuador, Sarah Fontenot, Ville Platte, Logan Metz, Shreveport, and Anita Rahman, Lake Charles, seniors.
Morein was the recipient of the Eugene Cox Chemistry Scholarship.
The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award went to Taylor Hood, Lake Charles, while Faith Redwine-Hawkins, San Antonio, Texas, was named the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award.
Tara Cudd, DeRidder, was the recipient of a Louisiana Education Quality Science Fund - Board of Regents Teaching Fellowship, while Phoenix Sconzert-Hall, Lake Charles, was the recipient of the J. David Tauber Chemistry Scholarship. Sconzert-Hall was also the recipient of the Mark Delaney Summer Graduate Researcher award, along with Manish Singh, of Nepal.
A publication co-authored by several McNeese professors in the Burton College of Education was presented at the annual Mid-South Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in Pensacola, Fla. The presentation, titled "Paper Is the Past: A Case Study of One School's 1:1 Tablet PC Initiative," was written by Drs. Dustin M. Hebert, Jan Broussard, Brett Welch and Sharon VanMetre. MSERA is a nonprofit incorporated educational organization whose purposes are to encourage quality educational research and to promote the application of the results in the schools.