(May 13, 2014) McNeese State University civil engineering students won first place in the overall surveying competition at the recent 2014 Deep South Regional American Society of Civil Engineers Student Conference at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. Members of the winning survey team were Kenneth Unkel, Evan Geerts and Ronald Stine.
The ASCE student chapter also placed first in level loop surveying, which tests surveying skills associated with establishing elevations, second in the mystery event category, in which a bag of materials and a set of directions are provided for the given task at hand, and sixth in the concrete canoe competition with The Time Machine. Overall, McNeese placed sixth among the 14 universities from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee competing in these events.
Five McNeese students earning an online sociology degree with a family and child studies concentration have been recognized for exceptional scholarship, leadership and community service by the National Council on Family Relations' Honors Student Recognition program. They are: Kerry K. Brumback, Westlake; Marlene M. Holcomb, DeRidder; Olivia B. Lemaire, Kaplan; Jillian F. McBride, Westlake; and Tobi R. Parrot, Mamou. These students are the first NCFR honor students at McNeese.
Adam Oler, a McNeese graduate student in mechanical engineering, placed second in the national graduate poster presentation competition held during the 2014 State of the Coast Conference in New Orleans sponsored by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. His poster title was "The Impact of Different Sediment Sources on the Sedimentation in Calcasieu Ship Channel." Amit Sharma, a civil engineering major, also presented his poster titled "Monitoring Coastal Erosion at Near-Shore Structures in Southwest Louisiana."
Mike Killam, a McNeese marketing senior, placed third at the 11th Annual Bayou Sales Challenge at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. The Bayou Sales Challenge gave students the chance to compete against each other and demonstrate their selling skills via sales role-plays. Students competed on an individual level and on a team level, representing their university. Customer profiles and scenarios were provided, and when students entered the challenge, judges observed the sales meetings live on hidden cameras and voted on which students advanced to the semifinal and final rounds.
McNeese students Bianca Augustine, Tiffany Augustine and Emily DeWitt and Drs. Muhammad M. Haque, assistant professor of sociology, Rathnam Indurthy, professor of political science, and Henry B. Sirgo, professor of political science, participated in the 2014 meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association in San Antonio, Texas.
B. Augustine, T. Augustine and Haque made a presentation titled "U.S. Congress' Failure to Pass Stricter Gun Control Laws: A Sociopolitical Paradigm" to the Undergraduate Research I panel.
Haque and DeWitt made a presentation titled "Teaching Globalization Using a Composite Information Delivery and Assessment Module" to the Sociology of Education panel.
Indurthy made a presentation titled "The Evolution of U.S.-India Relations from Friction to Strategic Partnership, 1993-Present" to the Friction to Strategic Planning in Asian Foreign Policy panel and participated in the U.S. Foreign Policy Roundtable.
Sirgo participated in the Resolutions Committee meeting and served as chair and discussant on the Congress, Constituencies and Responsiveness panel.
McNeese students Cody Dardeau and Racheal Minchew and Drs. Thomas R. Laehn, assistant professor of political science, and Henry B. Sirgo participated in the 2014 annual conference of the Louisiana Political Science Association, which was held at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Dardeau presented his paper titled "The Development of Congressional Redistricting Practices and Proposed Alternatives" while Minchew presented her paper titled "The Problem of Tribal Sovereignty: A Case Study of Adoptive Family v. Baby Girl and the ICWA" to the National Government panel, on which Sirgo served as chair and discussant.
Laehn presented his paper, "The Subversiveness of Desire: Descartes, Hobbes and the Suppression of the Erotic in Modern Thought," to the Political Theory panel.
Laehn was also elected LPSA treasurer.
Indurthy has also had an article, "The Assad Regime Is Not Likely to End Soon," accepted for publication in the Indian Journal of Politics