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The McNeese Visual Arts Department will sponsor a gumbo fundraiser on March 9 to raise funds to help send ceramics students to the 46th Annual National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts Conference.

The college will host open houses for the community and for high school juniors and seniors as part of National Engineers Week 2012 activities Feb. 27-28.

The McNeese Department of Visual Arts has received a $1,000 donation from Associated Louisiana Artists Inc. Each year, the organization sponsors a fundraiser - Affaire D'Art - in support of the department, with the proceeds used to help fund student scholarships. Larry Schuh, left, associate professor of art, accepts the donation from Anne Dentler of Associated Louisiana Artists. ALA operates Gallery by the Lake & the Creative Arts Center at 106 W. Pryce St.

Chris Lowe, an instructor of English at McNeese State University, will give a free reading from his recently released book titled “Those Like Us ” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24

The McNeese State University Cowboy Marching Band is one of five university marching bands selected for video performance at the 2012 College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference.

Dr. Wendy Whelan, McNeese assistant professor of American literature and women studies, has received her doctorate in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

McNeese State University faculty Dr. Kiran Boggavarapu, assistant professor of chemistry, and Dr. Anil K. Kandalam, assistant professor of physics, have once again collaborated with research colleagues from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland to discover something new

Circus Incognitus
The membership campaign for the 20th season of the Banners Cultural Series at McNeese State University is in full swing. Twenty events will take place between Feb. 26 and May 12, and will range from a Bollywood style of belly dancing to singing the blues.

A trio that is part of Chaac Percusiones Mexico will play prehistoric percussion music from Mexico in a free concert at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at the Central Library

McNeese is holding a t-shirt design contest for an upcoming t-shirt exchange in March.