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The Greater Lake Charles Rotary Club recently donated $12,500 from the proceeds of its annual auction to McNeese State University for the Greater Lake Charles Rotary Scholarship Fund, which was established with the McNeese Foundation in 1992. Left to right: McNeese President Dr. Philip C. Williams, Boyace Harlan, past president of the Greater Lake Charles Rotary and Marianne White, Rotary scholarship chair. McNeese Photo

High school agriculture teachers Cary Cooley, left, of South Beauregard High School, and Jason Cutler, of Franklin Technology Center/Joplin High School in Missouri, compare effects of ethanol and kerosene as alternative fuel choices during the national Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Institute hosted by McNeese State University's Harold and Pearl Dripps Agricultural Sciences Department. Twelve high school teachers from seven states are attending the institute.

An exhibition titled "Artists Interpretations: Heads" is currently on display through Aug. 19 in the Abercrombie Gallery of the Shearman Fine Arts Center at McNeese State University. Over 50 artists were invited to submit artworks dealing with the human head, according to Gerry Wubben, professor of art at McNeese. McNeese visual arts alumna Erika Shea Coleman Stroud Image: "Grandpa Coleman" Charcoal, pastel, prismacolor, pencil "There are drawings, prints, sculptures, paintings and photography depicting the human head in this exhibit," Wubben explained.

Registration for the fall semester at McNeese State University is currently underway through 11:59 p.m. July 15. The fall class schedule is available on the Schedule website and all students should see an adviser, if required, to get their alternate PINS prior to registration. July 8 is the deadline to apply for admission to McNeese State University for regular fall registration. Classes begin Aug. 17 and students can go to the McNeese website and click on Banner Self-Service to begin the registration process. For more information about fall registration, contact the McNeese Registrar's Office at (337) 475-5356 or 1-800-622-3352, ext. 5356.

Students participate in events and activities that will highlight campus involvement, school spirit, Cowboy traditions and success in college.
Danielle Morrissey, a Moss Bluff mass communication senior and currently president of the Student Union Board, attended that first summer Cowboy Camp in 2008 to learn how to become involved on campus. She was part of the camp's first Entrance Plaza Ceremony at the horse and rider statue on the corner of Ryan Street and Sale Road, and this spring she will be part of the camp's first Exit Plaza Ceremony for graduating students. Do you want to get a jump-start on your new life at college? Would you like to know where the hot spots on campus are located?

The Nowel A. Daste Award is funded by the Art Associates of Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana's premier arts support organization.
Jacob Dugas, a Lake Charles senior majoring in art with a concentration in graphic design and printmaking, is the spring recipient of the Nowell A. Daste Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts awarded bi-annually by the McNeese Department of Visual Arts. The $500 award is given by the department's faculty to a student who has demonstrated superior ability within that student's concentration area. The Nowel A. Daste Award is funded by the Art Associates of Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana's premier arts support organization. 'Together We Await the Storm' - Boardwalk in color 'True Progression Is …' - The man dancing in front of the shoreline

McNeese State University's Winn Ratliff, of Leesville, captured the National Men's All Around trophy and Jason Thomas, of Benton, Ark., captured the National Individual Championship in Steer Wrestling at Saturday night's finals of the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.   Sam Houston State University won the national rodeo team championship over McNeese by 55 points.   Ratliff also placed fourth in bareback riding and fifth in bull riding.   McNeese rodeo coach Justin Browning said he was proud of his team and its accomplishments this year.

The McNeese State University Harold and Pearl Dripps Department of Agricultural Sciences will offer a livestock skills camp for students ages 10-17 this summer.   The livestock camp will be offered from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 28-29 at the McNeese farm. Cost is $40.   The camp is designed to enhance the knowledge of livestock animals in all areas. Health, nutrition, animal handling, genetics and physiology of cattle, sheep and swine will be covered.   Registration deadline is noon June 27. For more information, call Tom Shields, McNeese assistant professor of agriculture, at (337) 475-5690.

The McNeese State University Harold and Pearl Dripps Department of Agricultural Sciences will hold a beef cattle field day from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at the McNeese Fuller Teaching and Research Farm in Kinder.   The field day will focus on such topics as the heifer development program, reproductive management, harvesting corn and soybeans for cattle feed, and current veterinary issues presented by McNeese agricultural sciences faculty members. Participants will also tour the 700-acre Fuller Farm Feed.   Pharmaceutical, seed and fertilizer representatives will also be on hand. Lunch will be provided.   The event is free, but preregistration is requested.

Several McNeese State University cowboys are currently among the leaders at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., that runs through Saturday, June 18. Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark., is sitting in first place in the steer wrestling competition. Winn Ratliff, Leesville, is in second place in bareback riding and tied for second place in bull riding. He is also in second place for the Men's All-Around title. The McNeese men's team is currently sitting in second place behind Sam Houston State. Cowgirls Kyla Foster, Sweetlake, Chelsea Carroll, Opelousas, and Kayla Wagnon, Kirbyville, Texas, are all currently in the top 25 of the goat tying competition, while Kodi Bailey, Stephenville, Texas, is in the top 20 of breakaway roping.