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The McNeese State University Department of Performing Arts will present a guest artist recital featuring pianist Willis Delony at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre.

The McNeese State University Department of Visual Arts will host an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Abercrombie Gallery for a pair of exhibitions: “Navigating the Currents” and “Drawing Invitational.”

McNeese State University and PPG Industries have collaborated to offer Southwest Louisiana’s first easy-to-access environmental outdoor learning center through PPG’s newly redesigned Naturelab

Special wine pairings dinners, seminars and tastings will be offered as part of the festivities leading up to Rouge et Blanc, Lake Charles’ premier wine and food event, on Saturday, Oct. 20.

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.