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The United Commercial Travelers of America has given a $5,000 donation to the McNeese State University Foundation for the United Commercial Travelers of America Scholarship designated for special education majors. On hand for the presentation are, from left, Lynn Miller, UCTA finance committee member, Dr. Wayne Fetter, dean of the Burton College of Education, and Ricky Blackwell, UCTA finance committee member.

Dr. Lonnie Phelps, head of the management, marketing and business administration department at McNeese State University, presents Samantha Woodstock Duncan with the 2012 Distinguished Senior in the College of Business award. Twenty-one business students and faculty members have been initiated into the McNeese State University chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma Scholastic Business Honor Society. Mark Hebert, regional manager for U.S. Sen.

Tiffany Pruitt, a McNeese State University visual arts student from Vinton, won the Outstanding Merit in Photography award at the Juried Student Art Exhibition held in conjunction with the inaugural Academic Summit held recently on the McNeese campus.

Dr. Harold J. Aymond, retired professor and head of the Harold and Pearl Dripps Department of Agricultural Sciences at McNeese State University, was recently honored by the university with Professor Emeritus status.

Thirty-seven students received their official McNeese State University rings during the recent spring ring ceremony detailing the meaning and symbolism of the ring.

Michael Cooper’s personality is just a tad split. In one hour he becomes a fish, the north wind, the sun, a wild horse, a wide-eyed child and a very clumsy giant. He becomes all of those things through original handcrafted masks and stories, and he will perform his one-man show, Masked Marvels and Wondertales, for the McNeese Banners Cultural Series.

McNeese State University art professor Heather Ryan Kelley has work included in the 2nd National Exhibition of Intaglio Prints sponsored by the New York Society of Etchers Inc.

“Louisiana Purchase,” with songs and lyrics by the great American composer Irving Berlin and book by Morrie Ryskind, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 25-28, with a 2 p.m. matinee April 29 in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre.

The McNeese State University Banners Cultural Series is annually supported by donations from area corporate sponsors. Entergy donated $10,000 to support this year's series through the McNeese Foundation. On hand for the presentation are, from left, Banners Director Mary Richardson, Richard H. Reid, vice president for university advancement and executive vice president for the foundation, and Chip Arnould, regional customer service manager for Entergy.

Dr. Cheryl Northam, professor of health and human performance at McNeese State University, received the 2012 Honor Award presented by the Southern District of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at the annual district conference in Orlando, Fla. The Honor Award recognizes meritorious contributions to the fields of physical education, health education, recreation and/or dance or to the profession through such allied fields as science and education.   Northam has served the Southern District AAHPERD, which includes 13 states, in various capacities since 1972, including vice president for the Sport and Leisure Division, chair of the Taylor Dodson Young Professional Award Committee, a member of the W.

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