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

Andrew Armand of Lake Charles is the Campus Life Student of the Month for January.

The McNeese State University Cowgirl Kickers will conduct a Kicker Kuties dance clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Burton Coliseum.

The McNeese State University Department of Performing Arts will present a faculty recital featuring Jan Scott on clarinet, with Lina Morita on piano and guest artist Lin He on violin, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Ralph Squires Recital Hall.

The theme of this spring’s McNeese State University Senior Adult Group Encounter program is “Louisiana Potpourri.”