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Sixteen McNeese State University students received the Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.00) designation in spring commencement ceremonies held Saturday, May 21, at Burton Coliseum. Eight students were recognized for earning a 4.0 grade point average throughout their college careers-Benjamin G. Bourgeois II, Sulphur; Erin E. Casteel, Sulphur; Elisabeth L. Conley, Lake Charles; Morgan Paige Daigle, Iowa; Lauren A. Hebert, Sulphur; Laci C. LeBlanc, Estherwood; Sami L. Richmond, Westlake; and Bianca A. Romero, Morse. The other honor students recognized were: SUMMA CUM LAUDE: Jennifer J. Barrilleaux, Lake Charles; Lacey J. Bellon, Elton; Lindsay Rose Ellis, Lake Charles; Valerie Alyce Guinn, Jennings; Allison M.

Students who have enrolled and registered online for McNeese State University's summer classes have until 3:45 p.m. June 2 to pay fees. Classes begin June 7 for both the regular and first mini-sessions, while the second mini-session begins June 28. Summer 2011 term bills are 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.

Several activities are offered for area youth of all ages during the summer months on the McNeese State University campus. The McNeese Leisure Learning office offers numerous classes this summer for children of all ages—classes in guitar, cooking, digital photography, video game design, creative writing, Spanish, golf, forensic science, math and so much more.

"Ninth Thunder: Cough in a Lecture" Artists book McNeese State University professor of art, Heather Ryan Kelley, has recently had work accepted into two national exhibitions - one in New York and the other in Los Angeles. Kelley's print, "Milagritos, will be included in the New York Society of Etchers Inc. First National Exhibition show housed in the National Arts Club in June.

Dr. Jeanne Daboval, provost and vice president of academic affairs at McNeese State University, will confer degrees on 731 students at the university's spring commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Burton Coliseum. Spring 2011 graduates are: Education Specialist EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP: Lysonia Regina Robertson, Albany; Marc Anthony Turner, Erath; Mari-Scott Vinson Conrad, Kelly Durio, Aaron David McDonald, Lake Charles; Latanya Lachelle Evans, Rayne; Kimberly Storey, Shreveport; Sarah June Portie, Houston, Texas. Master of Arts ENGLISH: Charley Grant Silvio, Baton Rouge; Michael G. Rather, Lake Charles; Justin B. Fuller, New Orleans; Brendan Matthew Egan, Quaker Hill, Conn.; Vanni T.

McNeese State University's chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has recently inducted 44 students into the society. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Student initiates are: Kevin M. Darling, Silsbee, Texas, Maria Christiana Dupre, Orange, Texas, 
Andrew Michael Fisher, Sulphur, Dorien Merci Fontenot, Ville Platte, Jacob Joseph France, Westlake, Derek E.

The Kappa Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing at McNeese State University recently held its induction and installation ceremony. The following were inducted: May 2011 graduates: Amie Elizabeth Baer, Broussard; Kathleen Marguerite Barnes, Lake Charles; Noor Abbas Deeb, Lake Charles; Shrijana Dhakal, Nepal; Carolina Y.

Three hurricane preparedness workshops for business owners will be offered in Lake Charles, Cameron and Jennings in June by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese State University. Presentations at these workshops will offer information about preparing for business interruption during a hurricane. Discussion will include assistance programs to protect the physical structures of a business, support services available during a storm and how a continuity plan can help protect businesses and get their doors open soon after the storm passes. Those interested can attend one of these workshop sessions: Monday, June 13-8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Chamber Southwest Louisiana building in downtown Lake Charles Monday, June 13-2-5 p.m. at the library at 501 Marshall St.

The Coach Les DeVall Football Scholarship has been established at McNeese State University by Mrs. June DeVall in her husband's memory with a $10,000 donation to the McNeese Athletic Foundation. DeVall, center, presents the donation to Pam McGough, left, athletic development coordinator, and football head coach Matt Viator. McNeese Photo

Grace Davison has donated $6,000 to McNeese State University through the McNeese Foundation to be divided between the McNeese colleges of business and engineering and engineering technology. At the presentation are, from left, Dr. Mitchell Adrian, business dean, Grace Davison representatives Jennifer Couste, plant controller, and David Rentrop, operations director, and Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, engineering and engineering technology dean. McNEESE PHOTO