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McNeese State University students can register for the Midpoint Assessment of Academic Progress examinations during fall registration currently underway through July 15. The MAAP exams will be given Oct. 5-8 in Parra Ballroom of the Student Union Annex. A complete listing of the fall MAAP testing schedule can be found online at the Office of Scholarships and Testing website. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools requires that its member institutions measure knowledge/skills gained by its students to ensure that the university is effectively educating its students.

Spots are still available for the Teaching and Learning Conference 2011 for PK-12 educators July 21-22 sponsored by the McNeese State University Burton College of Education. This year's theme is "Literacy, Numeracy and Technology." Participants will learn and share ideas about the influence of reading, writing and technology in PK‐12 literacy. Breakout sessions and keynote addresses will present strategies and content for PK‐12 educators to improve student literacy in their classrooms. Registration fee is $75 a person if received by July 8 and $100 a person if received after July 8. McNeese student fee is $25. Registration must be completed in advance of the conference as there is no on-site registration available.

The President’s Honor List for the spring 2011 semester at McNeese State University has been announced. To be on the President’s Honor List, a student must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average or better while carrying at least 15 semester hours. A graduating senior carrying less than 15 hours is also considered provided that student was on the President's Honor List the previous semester. The President’s Honor List is as follows: Lake Charles: Dustan J. Abshire, Laura A. Adams, Jessica Lynn Daigle Aguillard, Zachary Thomas Alcantara, James H. Anderson, Shelbi Nicole Anderson, Megan F. Ange, Ashley R. Angelette, Beau Andrew Armentor, Michael Eric Authement, Anthony A. Baccigalopi, Connie Christine Barker, Jennifer J. Barrilleaux, Skylar S. Basile, Candice L. Basone, Taylor B.

The McNeese State University Honor Roll for the 2011 spring semester has been announced. The honor roll lists undergraduate students earning at least a 3.0 or B average while carrying 12 or more semester hours. Honor Roll is as follows: Lake Charles: Amelia Dawn Abshire, Darlena Gayle Abshire, Troy L. Abshire, Alicia Marie Adams, David K. Adeniran, Justin Ray Aguillard, Debora M. Taylor Alexander, Armondo Antoine Allen, Danielle Monique Allen, Amilya Yentel Allison, Mitchell L. Amy, Donavon D. Anderson, Sean M. Andrepont, Mary Elizabeth Ange, Brian Keith Antoine, Chance M. Arceneaux, Christine Renee Ardoin, Lannie Monee Wilson Ardoin, Andrew Armand, Jennifer L. Arceneaux Armentor, John Taylor Armistead, Joelle Lorene Arrington, Erica  M. Austin, Jessica Suzanne Austin, Lacey B.

McNeese State University faculty Dr. Anil K. Kandalam, left, assistant professor of physics, and Dr. Kiran Boggavarapu, assistant professor of chemistry, discuss the displayed model of the new class of magnetic superhalogens that they and some of their research colleagues have recently discovered.  McNeese Photo/Anne Cobb Two McNeese State University colleagues in chemistry and physics have collaborated with researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Johns Hopkins University to discover "magnetic superhalogens," a new class of superhalogens. Dr. Kiran Boggavarapu, assistant professor of chemistry, and Dr. Anil K.

At the recent unveiling ceremony are: back from left to right, Robert Chandler, IAB chairman, Global Industries, Ben Garber, IAB treasurer, W.R. Grace, Wejee Lechtenberg, IAB vice chairman, Lechtenberg Consulting, and Mike Nodier, Polaris Engineering; and front from left to right, Karl Heimbach, Firestone Polymers, Patricia Heinen, Sasol North America, Dr. O. Carroll Karkalits, Brenda Donnelly, Shell Global Industries, Joe Brewster, ConocoPhillips, and Alex Boti, ReCon Engineering Management. The McNeese State University College of Engineering and Engineering Technology Industrial Advisory Board has named the Faculty Excellence Award that it sponsors each year for a McNeese professor in honor of Dr. O.

Richard H. Reid, vice president for development and public affairs at McNeese State University and executive vice president of the McNeese Foundation, has been re-appointed to the President's Advisory Board of Directors for the Louisiana Asset Management Pool. LAMP operates under the Louisiana law as a cooperative endeavor to assist local state governmental entities in investment and is administered by a state non-profit corporation, LAMP Inc. Pratik Koirala, a physics senior at McNeese, has won several awards for his nanostructure research on superhalogens and hyperhalogens that he has worked on since his freshman year with McNeese faculty member Dr. Anil Kandalam, assistant professor of physics.

Late registration begins Friday, June 3, for all three summer sessions at McNeese State University. Students must be admitted to the university prior to registration and should see an adviser to get their alternate PIN, if required, prior to registration. Students registering late can go online to Banner Self-Service. Late summer registration ends for both the regular session and the first mini-session June 8, while late registration for the second mini-session ends June 29. Summer fee bills are now available online to students through the MyMcNeese Portal or their Banner Self-Service account. Students can view and print their registration, fee deferrals and McNeese Bookstore PTA accounts.

McNeese State University employees raised $16,906 to support United Way of Southwest Louisiana's 2010 campaign. On hand for the donation are, from left, Wilbert Kelly, grounds superintendent, Kim Russo, associate of auxiliary accounting, Dr. John Griffith, professor of chemical engineering, Amy Veuleman, instructor of communications studies and current McNeese United Way committee chair, and Beverly Smith, United Way of Southwest Louisiana. McNeese Photo

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese State University is partnering with the Louisiana Business and Technology Center at LSU to bring a mobile classroom to Lake Arthur for business training sessions for business owners June 15-16 at the Community Center on 701 Eighth St. The free business education sessions offered are: Wednesday, June 15 "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. Thursday, June 16 "Creating a Facebook Page for Your Company," 9-10:15 a.m. "Customer Service," 10:30-11:30 a.m. "Growing Your Business Online," 12:30-1:45 p.

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