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More than 50 children sat spellbound as McNeese President Philip Williams and Dean of Enrollment Management Stephanie Tarver read such books as

The Greater Lake Charles Rotary Club recently donated $15,000 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.

Sowela Technical Community College faculty and staff will be able to advance their own education through reduced tuition at McNeese State University.

The McNeese State University Alumni Association has donated $25,000 for its McNeese Alumni Scholarship Fund endowed through the McNeese Foundation. Richard Reid, left, vice president of university advancement and executive vice president for the foundation, accepts the donation from Cheryl Fuselier, alumni past president.

Lake Charles businessman Robert Noland has given $724,500 to McNeese State University to establish six endowed rodeo scholarships through the McNeese Foundation.

Lake Charles Coca-Cola Bottling Co. has donated $10,000 to McNeese State University for endowed scholarships for students.

Dr. Stella Nesanovich, retired professor of English in the English and Foreign Languages Department at McNeese State University, was recently honored by the university with Professor Emeritus status.

McNeese State University has received a $131,572 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue the work of the Koasati Language Project – a collaboration between McNeese and the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana to ensure that the tribe’s language, Koasati, does not become extinct.

Several activities are offered for area youth of all ages during the 2012 summer months on the McNeese State University campus.

The second largest graduating class in McNeese State University history – 771 students – received degrees at the university’s spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Burton Coliseum.