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Dan L. Donald Jr., from left, chairman and chief executive officer for Jeff Davis Bank and Trust Company, Richard Reid, executive vice president of the McNeese State University Foundation, and Dr. Philip C. Williams, McNeese president,

Meagan Green, a visual arts junior from Sulphur, helped hang a local art exhibit at the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center in Lake Charles titled "As Far as the Eye Can See" by one of her McNeese art professors - Lisa Reinauer. Conducting research, tagging wildlife and hanging art exhibits-these types of internships allow McNeese State University students to connect their classroom knowledge with on-the-job applications. Whether the internships are offered only in the summer or are ongoing, paid or unpaid or for academic credit or just for the experience, internships put students a step ahead in today's job market upon graduation. According to Mary Kaye Eason, instructor and coordinator of support services for the College of Business, internships are a win-win for students

The Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at McNeese State University has been named one of the Top 50 MFA programs in the United States, according to a ranking released in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers magazine.

ConocoPhillips has donated $5,000 for the process plant technology program in the college of engineering and engineering technology at McNeese State University through the McNeese Foundation. Willie A. Tempton Jr., left, general manager for the ConocoPhillips Lake Charles

Fun, food and some facts are dished up to students returning to the McNeese State University campus for the fall semester during Howdy Rowdy Week set for Aug. 17-19. Student organizations, local businesses and community service agencies welcome the students back to classes at this annual event, according to Dr. Chris Thomas, associate dean and director of student union and student activities. Events are held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Student Union Annex (New Ranch). Scheduled activities are as follows:

Important information for new and returning students. Find out about new student ID cards, office relocations, residence hall check-in, orientation, fee payments, late fall registration, fee deferral plans and personal touch accounts.

The Sonny Watkins Athletic Scholarship was recently established with the McNeese State University Foundation with donations totaling $15,664.30 from friends and businesses in honor of Watkins, former athletics director, basketball coach and student-athlete in basketball at McNeese. Looking over the criteria for the new scholarship are, from left, Watkins and Melissa Ellis Northcutt, director for university advancement operations and special events.

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese State University is partnering with the Louisiana Business and Technology Center at Louisiana State University to bring a mobile classroom to Lake Arthur for free business training sessions for business owners Aug. 23-24 at the Community Center on 701 Eighth St.             The free business education sessions offered are:   Tuesday, Aug. 23 "Starting and Financing Your Business," 9-10:30 a.m. "Marketing 101," 10:45 a.m.-noon "Working with Your Bank to Get a Loan," 1-1:50 p.m. "Preparing Your Business for a Disaster," 2-3:15 p.m.   Wednesday, Aug.

The Calcasieu-Cameron Association for Persons with Orthopedic Disabilities has established a $240,000 endowed scholarship - the Calcasieu-Cameron Students with Orthopedic Disabilities - with the McNeese State University Foundation. McNeese President Dr. Philip Williams, seated center, accepts the donation from the association's president Pansy Skipper, seated left, and secretary Sondra Hodge, seated right. Richard H. Reid, standing left, Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Vice President of the McNeese Foundation, and Bob Davidson, standing right, President of the McNeese Foundation Board of Directors, look on. McNeese Photo

The McNeese student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management was recognized as one of the top 10 Outstanding Student Chapters in the nation for 2010-2011 at the recent national SHRM conference in Las Vegas, Nev. Chuck Salvetti, center, SHRM's student and young professional programs manager, congratulates McNeese SHRM students and faculty adviser, from left: Sarah Upchurch, senior vice president, Angelica Gonzalez, past president, Mary Kaye Eason, faculty adviser, and Samantha Woodstock, vice president of communications. The McNeese State University student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management has been named one of the top 10 Outstanding Student Chapters in the nation for 2010-2011.