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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.

Davante Lewis, a Lake Charles sophomore at McNeese State University, is the newest speech and debate national champion on campus.   Lewis won two national championship speaker awards in Public Forum Debate and in Student Congress - students had to debate current national issues in this category - at the recent National Comprehensive Tournament hosted by Pi Kappa Delta in Kansas City, Kan. "It's remarkable to bring home one national title, but bringing home two is really outstanding. I am proud of Davante," said Andy Luster, McNeese assistant director of forensics. McNeese finished 19th out of 68 schools participating in the tournament.

McNeese State University has received the StormReady designation by the National Weather Service (NWS). McNeese is just the second university in Louisiana to receive the StormReady certification.