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Former Sequim, Wash., Police Chief Robert Spinks has been selected as the new McNeese State University police chief, succeeding Cinnamon Salvador who resigned in July to take a position with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Department. Spinks has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience including positions at the municipal level and in higher education. He holds master degrees in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati and organizational management from the University of Phoenix.

The McNeese Department of Visual Arts will host the Debi and Bill Mixon Visiting Artist Lecture Series Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 26-27, which will feature Jeff Brown, a ceramic artist and assistant professor of art at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.                    He will present a ceramics workshop from 8 a.m.-noon on Wednesday in Room 119 of the Shearman Fine Arts Annex and then give a lecture at 3 p.m. in the Room 113 of Shearman Fine Arts Annex detailing his artistic work and influences. His workshop will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday in Room 119.

The McNeese State University Theatre Bayou Players will open with Stephen Aldy Guirgis’ play “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26-29.

Christus St. Patrick Hospital has donated $5,000 to the McNeese State University Alumni Association to help sponsor the 2012 Homecoming Week activities.

The Annual Faculty Exhibition sponsored by the McNeese State University Department of Visual Arts will be on display Sept. 6–Oct. 4 in the Grand Gallery of the Shearman Fine Arts Annex.

Dr. Musa Essayyad has been named dean of the college of business at McNeese State University, according to Dr. Jeanne Daboval, McNeese provost and vice president for academic and student affairs.

The McNeese Department of Visual Arts will host a Civility Exhibition Sept. 6–Oct. 4 in the Abercrombie Gallery of the Shearman Fine Arts Center at McNeese State University.

City Savings Bank presented a $15,000 donation to McNeese State University for the City Savings Bank and Trust Scholarship established through the McNeese Foundation.

More than 50 children sat spellbound as McNeese President Philip Williams and Dean of Enrollment Management Stephanie Tarver read such books as

The Greater Lake Charles Rotary Club recently donated $15,000 from the proceeds of its annual auction to McNeese State University for the Greater Lake Charles Rotary Scholarship Fund, which was established with the McNeese Foundation in 1992.