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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.

McNeese's 73rd season begins September 26-30 in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre

Sasol North America Inc. recently donated $15,000 through the McNeese Foundation.

The career fair will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 24 in Parra Ballroom and the Student Union Annex.

Christus St. Patrick Hospital has donated $5,000 to the McNeese State University Alumni Association to help sponsor the 2012 Homecoming Week activities.

McNeese State University's Department of Performing Arts will host a Piano Festival Sept. 7-9 that will feature piano recitals, master classes and lectures in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre.