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The McNeese State University Wind Symphony will present a free fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre.

The McNeese State University Alumni Association will present its two most prestigious awards - the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award and the Distinguished Service Award

Heather Ryan Kelley, a professor of art at McNeese State University, has had work accepted in the exhibition, “Man, Machine, and Nature,”

McNeese State University’s Master of Fine Arts program has been ranked for the second year in a row as one of the top 50 MFA programs in the United States by Poets & Writers magazine.

Citgo Petroleum Corp. has presented a $35,000 donation to the McNeese State University Foundation for engineering professorships. Citgo has established eight endowed engineering professorships at McNeese. On hand for the presentation are from left: Tomeu Vadell, Citgo's general manager for engineering and technical services, Dana Keel, Citgo's government and public affairs manager, Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, dean of the McNeese college of engineering and engineering technology, Jennifer Pitre, planned giving and donor research specialist at McNeese, and McNeese President Dr. Philip Williams.

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.

Dr. Janet Allured, professor of history at McNeese State University, has received an ATLAS (Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents' Support Fund Research and Development program to write a monograph on the modern women's movement in Louisiana.

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.

McNeese State University is the highest ranked Louisiana regional public university in the South in two categories according to the 2013 Best Colleges edition of U.S. News & World Report.