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Twenty-six business students have been initiated into the McNeese State University chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma Scholastic Business Honor Society. Phil D. Conway, managing director and head of Capital Advisory in the United States for the JPMorgan Private Bank, was the guest speaker for the initiation ceremony. Conway received his Bachelor of Science degree in business management from McNeese and was named the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus by the McNeese Alumni Association. Membership into Beta Gamma Sigma, which stands for honor, wisdom and earnestness respectively, is the highest national academic recognition that an undergraduate or graduate business student can receive.

McNeese students and a staff member received nine awards at the recent ADDY awards program sponsored by the Lake Charles Advertising Federation.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting will air a program on "The Role of Louisiana's Lt. Governor: Past, Present and Future," featuring former Louisiana Lieutenant Governors Bobby Freeman, Paul Hardy, Melinda Schwegmann, Kathleen Blanco and Jimmy Fitzmorris, at 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22, on LPB and at 9 p.m. Monday, May 23, on LPB 2. The program was held April 7 in Ralph Squires Auditorium at McNeese State University as part of the McLeod Lecture Series on Louisiana Politics in conjunction with the McNeese Banners Series. The lecture series honors the late Bill McLeod, a prominent retired district judge and former state legislator from Lake Charles.

Zachary Alcantara, a music education sophomore from Houston, Texas, at McNeese State University, has been accepted into the 2011 Rafael Méndez Brass Institute July 10-16 at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music. He received a full tuition scholarship and a stipend for housing. Honoring the legendary trumpet virtuoso, Rafael Méndez, the Rafael Méndez Brass Institute is the world's leading performance and career development seminar for brass musicians and educators. All participants perform in brass ensembles and master classes, coached by some of the foremost brass artists in the nation. Alcantara is a graduate of Langham Creek High School in Houston. At McNeese he is a member of The Pride of McNeese Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Honors Brass Quintet and Trumpet Ensemble.

McNeese accounting students recently completed 3,000 hours of community service in tax preparations as interns for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program through United Way of Southwest Louisiana. McNeese President Philip C. Williams, from left, met with some of those accounting students - Jonathan Nunez, Sulphur, and Jeremy Jones and Harlene McCoy, both from DeQuincy - and Dr. Mitchell Adrian, dean of the College of Business.

731 students received degrees at the University's spring commencement on May 21 including 552 from Louisiana and 45 students from Texas. Other states represented by the graduates include Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming. The countries of Bolivia, China, Columbia, Ecuador, Ireland, Germany, Guinea, Korea, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Mexico, Nepal, Palestine, Romania, Taiwan, Ukraine and Vietnam were also represented.

June 6 - 9:00am to June 30 - 9:00am
The McNeese State University Summer Reading Clinic will be offered from 9-11:30 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 6-30, for elementary students entering grades 1-6. The students will receive one-on-one tutoring for 60 minutes a day and participate in reading enriched activities with a master teacher. The fee is $175, which includes a deposit of $50 with the completed application. For more information or to request an application, call the McNeese Department of Teacher Education at (337) 475-5471.

The duo will be accompanied by an outstanding rhythm section consisting of Paul Tassin on piano, Jay Ecker on bass, and Mathew McMillen on drum set.
The McNeese State University Department of Performing Arts will present a jazz recital featuring McNeese faculty Bill Rose and Tim McMillen, both on trombone, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, in Ralph Squires Auditorium of the Shearman Fine Arts Center.