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The McNeese State University Harold and Pearl Dripps Department of Agricultural Sciences will offer a livestock skills camp for students ages 10-17 this summer.   The livestock camp will be offered from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 28-29 at the McNeese farm. Cost is $40.   The camp is designed to enhance the knowledge of livestock animals in all areas. Health, nutrition, animal handling, genetics and physiology of cattle, sheep and swine will be covered.   Registration deadline is noon June 27. For more information, call Tom Shields, McNeese assistant professor of agriculture, at (337) 475-5690.

The McNeese State University Harold and Pearl Dripps Department of Agricultural Sciences will hold a beef cattle field day from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at the McNeese Fuller Teaching and Research Farm in Kinder.   The field day will focus on such topics as the heifer development program, reproductive management, harvesting corn and soybeans for cattle feed, and current veterinary issues presented by McNeese agricultural sciences faculty members. Participants will also tour the 700-acre Fuller Farm Feed.   Pharmaceutical, seed and fertilizer representatives will also be on hand. Lunch will be provided.   The event is free, but preregistration is requested.

Several McNeese State University cowboys are currently among the leaders at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., that runs through Saturday, June 18. Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark., is sitting in first place in the steer wrestling competition. Winn Ratliff, Leesville, is in second place in bareback riding and tied for second place in bull riding. He is also in second place for the Men's All-Around title. The McNeese men's team is currently sitting in second place behind Sam Houston State. Cowgirls Kyla Foster, Sweetlake, Chelsea Carroll, Opelousas, and Kayla Wagnon, Kirbyville, Texas, are all currently in the top 25 of the goat tying competition, while Kodi Bailey, Stephenville, Texas, is in the top 20 of breakaway roping.

McNeese State University's Summer Children's Choir Camp will be held June 27-July 1 in conjunction with the Kodály Summer Institute at McNeese State University. The camp is open to students age 8-13 who possess unchanged treble voices and are recommended by a music teacher or choir director. Classes will meet from 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. The camp will conclude with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre. Guest clinician is Susan Tevis, artistic director and conductor of the five choirs of the Children's Choir of Chico in California who holds bachelor's and master's degrees in piano pedagogy and music education from California State University, Chico.

McNeese State University will offer a variety of electronic learning courses for academic credit during the 2011 fall semester. The fall class schedule is now available. Electronic learning courses are designed for well-disciplined students who are capable of handling independent study.   Regular registration is currently underway through July 15. Fall classes begin Aug. 17.   College by Cassette (CS) classes offer students a convenient option of course preparation and study. A complete series of the lessons may be downloaded directly from the Internet or DVD lessons may be used throughout the course.

After two days of competition at the 63rd College National Finals Rodeo underway in Casper, Wyo., through Saturday, June 18, the McNeese men's team is sitting at No.

McNeese State University Theatre Bayou Players will present "An Evening of Shel Silverstein" at 7:30 p.m. June 23-25, with a 2 p.m. matinee June 26 in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre. Silverstein was a multi-faced artist - a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter - with popular successes in all of those areas. He died in 1999. He drew his first cartoons for the adult readers of Pacific Stars and Stripes when he was a G.I. in Japan and Korea in the 1950s and would also go on to draw cartoons for magazines such as Look, Sports Illustrated and Playboy.

Registration is now underway for the McNeese Cowgirl Kicker Kutie Summer Dance Camp to be held July 25-29 for girls age 5-12 at McNeese State University. The dance camp will be offered from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Burton Coliseum. Participants will learn about jazz, hip-hop, tumbling, pom, modeling and etiquette. The camp cost is $160. For more information visit the Kickers website, or call Paige Harkins-Caldwell, Cowgirl Kicker adviser, at 475-5604.

McNeese State University students can register for the Midpoint Assessment of Academic Progress examinations during fall registration currently underway through July 15. The MAAP exams will be given Oct. 5-8 in Parra Ballroom of the Student Union Annex. A complete listing of the fall MAAP testing schedule can be found online at the Office of Scholarships and Testing website. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools requires that its member institutions measure knowledge/skills gained by its students to ensure that the university is effectively educating its students.

Spots are still available for the Teaching and Learning Conference 2011 for PK-12 educators July 21-22 sponsored by the McNeese State University Burton College of Education. This year's theme is "Literacy, Numeracy and Technology." Participants will learn and share ideas about the influence of reading, writing and technology in PK‐12 literacy. Breakout sessions and keynote addresses will present strategies and content for PK‐12 educators to improve student literacy in their classrooms. Registration fee is $75 a person if received by July 8 and $100 a person if received after July 8. McNeese student fee is $25. Registration must be completed in advance of the conference as there is no on-site registration available.

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