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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.

Auditions are set for the McNeese State University Theatre's 72nd season. Auditions for the fall season are set for Aug. 19-20, while auditions for spring productions are Jan. 13-14. McNeese Theatre's season opens with George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" Sept. 28-Oct. 2. "Pygmalion" remains Shaw's most popular and most famous play, mostly through its film adaptation as "My Fair Lady." It tells the story of Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, who makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can turn a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a refined society lady merely by teaching her how to speak with an upper class accent and training her in etiquette. Eliza teaches Henry that being a lady is more than just speaking like one.

A one-stop registration help desk will be available to students during late fall registration Aug. 15-18 at McNeese State University. Students who have met with their advisers and received their alternate PIN can drop by the Academic Computing Center in Kirkman Hall from 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, and from 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 16-18, to receive assistance with late registration.             At the help desk, representatives from financial aid and the registrar's office will be available to answer questions and help with pin/password resets.

The Sonny Watkins Athletic Scholarship was recently established with the McNeese State University Foundation with donations totaling $15,664.30 from friends and businesses in honor of Watkins, former athletics director, basketball coach and student-athlete in basketball at McNeese. Looking over the criteria for the new scholarship are, from left, Watkins and Melissa Ellis Northcutt, director for university advancement operations and special events.

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese State University is partnering with the Louisiana Business and Technology Center at Louisiana State University to bring a mobile classroom to Lake Arthur for free business training sessions for business owners Aug. 23-24 at the Community Center on 701 Eighth St.             The free business education sessions offered are:   Tuesday, Aug. 23 "Starting and Financing Your Business," 9-10:30 a.m. "Marketing 101," 10:45 a.m.-noon "Working with Your Bank to Get a Loan," 1-1:50 p.m. "Preparing Your Business for a Disaster," 2-3:15 p.m.   Wednesday, Aug.

As part of a three-week biochemistry summer internship program at McNeese State University, high school students traveled to local marshes to catch wild

The Calcasieu-Cameron Association for Persons with Orthopedic Disabilities has established a $240,000 endowed scholarship - the Calcasieu-Cameron Students with Orthopedic Disabilities - with the McNeese State University Foundation. McNeese President Dr. Philip Williams, seated center, accepts the donation from the association's president Pansy Skipper, seated left, and secretary Sondra Hodge, seated right. Richard H. Reid, standing left, Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Vice President of the McNeese Foundation, and Bob Davidson, standing right, President of the McNeese Foundation Board of Directors, look on. McNeese Photo

The McNeese student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management was recognized as one of the top 10 Outstanding Student Chapters in the nation for 2010-2011 at the recent national SHRM conference in Las Vegas, Nev. Chuck Salvetti, center, SHRM's student and young professional programs manager, congratulates McNeese SHRM students and faculty adviser, from left: Sarah Upchurch, senior vice president, Angelica Gonzalez, past president, Mary Kaye Eason, faculty adviser, and Samantha Woodstock, vice president of communications. The McNeese State University student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management has been named one of the top 10 Outstanding Student Chapters in the nation for 2010-2011.

The McNeese College of Nursing will host a site review for initial accreditation of its baccalaureate of science in nursing degree program with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The public is invited to meet the visiting team and share comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled for Oct. 6, 2011, at 3 p.m. in Stokes Auditorium, located in Hardtner Hall on the McNeese campus. Written and signed comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to: Christina Walcott Administrative Assistant Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036 All written and signed third-party comments will be accepted by CCNE until Sept. 2, 2011.