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After two days of competition at the 63rd College National Finals Rodeo underway in Casper, Wyo., through Saturday, June 18, the McNeese men's team is sitting at No.

McNeese State University Theatre Bayou Players will present "An Evening of Shel Silverstein" at 7:30 p.m. June 23-25, with a 2 p.m. matinee June 26 in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre. Silverstein was a multi-faced artist - a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter - with popular successes in all of those areas. He died in 1999. He drew his first cartoons for the adult readers of Pacific Stars and Stripes when he was a G.I. in Japan and Korea in the 1950s and would also go on to draw cartoons for magazines such as Look, Sports Illustrated and Playboy.

Registration is now underway for the McNeese Cowgirl Kicker Kutie Summer Dance Camp to be held July 25-29 for girls age 5-12 at McNeese State University. The dance camp will be offered from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Burton Coliseum. Participants will learn about jazz, hip-hop, tumbling, pom, modeling and etiquette. The camp cost is $160. For more information visit the Kickers website, or call Paige Harkins-Caldwell, Cowgirl Kicker adviser, at 475-5604.

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.

Rodeo has been a part of McNeese since 1947 when the first rodeo team was formed.
The McNeese men's rodeo team won three consecutive national championships from 1957 to 1959 and has also included 10 men's and women's national individual rodeo championships and two reserve championships from 1958-2008.

The McNeese forensic team amassed a total of 140 awards this year at tournaments in Florida, Texas, Virginia, Connecticut (Yale), California, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Hawaii, Oregon and Nebraska.
The team won the overall team excellence award and placed 12th in the nation out of 86 schools represented at the 47th Bi-Annual Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament and Convention and the director of McNeese forensics received the Golden Gavel Award. A McNeese Senior became the first student from McNeese to make the final round of the recent American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament, placing second in the nation in Impromptu Speaking and third in the nation in Extemporaneous Speaking.

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.

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