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Jon C. Wall Jr., a biological science senior from Sulphur, and Taylor Beth-Elaine Beard, a government senior from Grand Lake, have been selected Mr. McNeese and Miss McNeese of the 2013 Spring Court.

The McNeese Department of Visual Arts will host the Spring Senior Exhibition April 25-May 16 in the Abercrombie Gallery of the Shearman Fine Arts Center at McNeese State University.

McNeese State University alumnus Adam Johnson has won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction with his novel, “The Orphan Master’s Son,” set in North Korea.

Axiall Corp. has donated $10,000 for this year's Banners Series.

Dr. Ioannis Miaoulis, president and director of the Boston Museum of Science, recently spoke at McNeese State University.

Dr. Thomas R. Laehn, assistant professor of government at McNeese State University, has just released his first book titled, "Pliny's Defense of Empire," which was simultaneously printed in both the United States and Great Britain by English publisher Routledge. "My book is on the political philosophy of a Roman imperial official named Pliny the Elder," said Laehn. "Pliny was the procurator, or chief financial officer, of several Roman provinces, a personal adviser to the Emperor Vespasian and the author of the world's first encyclopedia, "The Natural History." He died in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D.

Axiall Corp. has donated $5,000 to McNeese State University through the Foundation to be divided between the colleges of business and engineering and engineering technology.

The McNeese State University Theatre Bayou Players will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 7:30 p.m. April 17-20, with a 2 p.m. matinee April 21 in the Shearman Fine Art Performing Arts Theatre.

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

A Relay for Life event to raise awareness and funds for cancer will be held April 13 on the McNeese State University Campus.

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