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Dr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Watson have given $9,000 to the McNeese Foundation to establish the Carol and Tom Watson Rodeo Scholarship at McNeese State University.

Once a week, McNeese College of Education students enrolled in the EDUC 316 Reading Methods course dedicate their teaching efforts to raising the reading level of each Brentwood Elementary School second grader.
College of Education students enrolled in Dr. Yvette Garner's EDUC 316 Reading Methods course share their joy of reading and love of teaching by tutoring Brentwood Elementary second graders each week. 

Twenty-two McNeese State University students received the Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.00) designation in spring commencement ceremonies. Five students were recognized for earning a 4.0 grade point average throughout their college careers.

McNeese Department of Visual Arts
McNeese Art Professor Gerry Wubben instructs a drawing class. The McNeese Department of Visual Arts program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and provides students with state-of-the-art equipment and studios. McNeese offers the Bachelor of Arts in art education and the Bachelor of Arts in art with studio concentrations in graphic design, ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and photography.

McNeese College of Nursing
McNeese College of Nursing labs have patient simulation labs for obstetrics and pediatrics, adult care and intravenous therapy. Faculty lead students through real-life scenarios in the simulation lab that gives students the opportunity to practice and repeat procedures in order to improve their skills. The College of Nursing offers two undergraduate degrees, the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) and, as a member of the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing, the graduate degree, the Master of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN) and a family nurse practitioner concentration.

The McNeese Autism Program (MAP) provides comprehensive treatment services for children with autism spectrum disorders and is located on campus in the Kay Dore Counseling Center in Farrar Hall.  Services include intensive early interventions, problematic behavior clinics, social skills groups, language training, pediatric feeding problem interventions, and family training. The staff is comprised of Board Certified Behavior Analysts, who work closely with graduate students and interns.  MAP is the only collegiate program of its kind in the state of Louisiana.  

Karlee Broussard, a Lake Charles visual arts major at McNeese State University, is the winner of the McNeese 75th Anniversary Logo Design Contest.

Seven McNeese State University men's and women's rodeo team members have qualified for the 65th College National Finals Rodeo to be held June 9-15 in Casper, Wyo.

McNeese's 2013 Homecoming Week is October 13-19. This year's theme is Cowboy Strong.
"Cowboy Strong" is the theme of McNeese State University's 2013 Homecoming celebration Oct. 12-19 with a number of activities for students, alumni and the community.  Events this year include a blood drive competition, oozeball, the homecoming parade, pep rally and fireworks, a golf tournament, door decorating contest, tailgating and the announcement of the Homecoming King and Queen - all leading up to the big Homecoming game Saturday night in Cowboy Stadium against Sam Houston State University.      McNeese is partnering with LifeShare Blood Centers here in Lake Charles against Lamar University and LifeShare Blood Centers in Beaumont in a friendly blood drive competition that ends Nov. 20. The Cowboys travel to Beaumont for the final regular season game Nov.

Howdy Rowdy Welcome Week for Fall 2013 is August 25-30.
Howdy Rowdy Welcome Week for Fall 2013 is August 25-30. Howdy Rowdy Welcome Week in an opportunity for new and returning students to become connected to the University through a week-long schedule of activities to begin the fall semester.