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Elizabeth Genovise
McNeese State University Master of Fine Arts graduate Elizabeth Genovise has been named a 2016 O. Henry Prize Story winner. This award is among the nation’s most prestigious honors for best short fiction.

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McNeese State University ranks third among public and private schools in Louisiana for both the best average starting salary for its graduates and for the best college education value, according to SmartAsset, a New York City financial technology company.

Telephone and network service has been restored at McNeese. Brief interruptions to power may occur during the day due to ongoing repairs to the electrical system.

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The American Press Foundation has given $15,000 to the McNeese State University Foundation to establish the Lake Charles American Press Scholarship in Visual Arts.

Keagan LeJeune
Dr. Keagan LeJeune, professor of English at McNeese State University, has been awarded the 2016 Brian McConnell Book Award by the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research.

Jenn Alandy Trahan
Two graduates of McNeese State University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program have received 2016 Wallace Stegner Fellowships for the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University this fall.

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Union Pacific donated $10,000 for the 2017 Banners season.

Children with recycled robot creations
For 60 years, the McNeese State University Summer Reading Clinic has offered Southwest Louisiana a program to help children in grades 1-5 become better readers through the department of education professions in the Burton College of Education.

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The Greater Lake Charles Rotary Club recently donated $15,000 to the McNeese State University Foundation for the Rotary Club of Greater Lake Charles Scholarship.

Xiao Han, graduate student
Xiao Han, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at McNeese has recently been named a winner of an American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fluid Engineering Division Graduate Scholar of the Year Award.