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"Thrive" by Marielle Myers, Alumna Stoneware, acrylic, oil paint. Two McNeese State University exhibitions - the Annual Faculty Exhibition and Emerging Artists and Their Mentors - will have a closing reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in McNeese's Grand and Abercrombie Galleries respectively. Both exhibits are currently on display and the free reception coincides with the citywide Annual Gallery Promenade 2011.        The Annual Faculty Exhibition features 45 recent works by visual arts faculty members including Robbie Austin, Cynthia Howes-Baskin, Ken Baskin, Martin Bee, Meghan Fleming, Amanda Hext, Teresa Johnson, Heather Ryan Kelley, Lisa Reinauer, Lynn Reynolds, Larry Schuh, Lewis Temple and Gerry Wubben.

The McNeese State University Department of Performing Arts will present a free guest artist recital featuring the Post-Haste Reed Duo of Sean Fredenburg, saxophone, and Javier Rodriguez, bassoon, with Mitchell Giambalvo on piano,

Meagan Green, a visual arts junior from Sulphur, helped hang a local art exhibit at the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center in Lake Charles titled "As Far as the Eye Can See" by one of her McNeese art professors - Lisa Reinauer. Conducting research, tagging wildlife and hanging art exhibits-these types of internships allow McNeese State University students to connect their classroom knowledge with on-the-job applications. Whether the internships are offered only in the summer or are ongoing, paid or unpaid or for academic credit or just for the experience, internships put students a step ahead in today's job market upon graduation. According to Mary Kaye Eason, instructor and coordinator of support services for the College of Business, internships are a win-win for students

The Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at McNeese State University has been named one of the Top 50 MFA programs in the United States, according to a ranking released in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers magazine.

McNeese State University has partnered with Higher One, a financial services company focused solely on higher education, to offer faster delivery of refunds to students. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the all-new McNeese Choice Card and this new refund process. Who Gets A Refund? Students may receive refunds related to financial aid, scholarships, account over payments or other financial transactions with the University. How Are Refunds Delivered To Students? Students can select one of three options to receive their refund. Easy RefundSM deposit to the OneAccount, a no monthly fee checking account (refunds available the day McNeese releases them to Higher One).

ConocoPhillips has donated $5,000 for the process plant technology program in the college of engineering and engineering technology at McNeese State University through the McNeese Foundation. Willie A. Tempton Jr., left, general manager for the ConocoPhillips Lake Charles

McNeese Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members (from left) Jon Landry, Lafayette, Ross Conner, Grand Lake, Will Hetzel, Jennings, Deil LaLande, chapter president, Lake Charles, Collise Dupont, South Cameron, Ryan Rapp, Sulphur, Nicholas Dessauer, Lake Charles, chapter adviser Jimmy Grigus and Lance Horner, national Pi Kappa Alpha consultant, with the Raymond L. Orians Chapter Excellence Award at the recent international convention in Memphis, Tenn.   The McNeese State University Lambda Upsilon chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity received the Raymond L. Orians Chapter Excellence Award - recognizing it as one of the top 40 chapters - at the recent Pi Kappa Alpha International Convention in Memphis, Tenn.

Fun, food and some facts are dished up to students returning to the McNeese State University campus for the fall semester during Howdy Rowdy Week set for Aug. 17-19. Student organizations, local businesses and community service agencies welcome the students back to classes at this annual event, according to Dr. Chris Thomas, associate dean and director of student union and student activities. Events are held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Student Union Annex (New Ranch). Scheduled activities are as follows:

Important information for new and returning students. Find out about new student ID cards, office relocations, residence hall check-in, orientation, fee payments, late fall registration, fee deferral plans and personal touch accounts.

Ross Theriot, left, McNeese executive director of Up 'til Dawn, received the Danny Thomas Leadership Award and a $500 scholarship, while Liz Sanders, multimedia specialist in the McNeese marketing department, received the Advisor of the Year Award at the St. Jude 2011 Collegiate Leadership Seminar. McNeese State University's Up 'til Dawn program received two national awards at the annual St. Jude 2011 Collegiate Leadership Seminar recently held at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.   Ross Theriot, of Creole, executive director of Up 'til Dawn, was one of two students awarded the 2011 Danny Thomas Leadership Award and a $500 scholarship in recognition of his contributions to the mission of St.