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From band camp to cooking lessons, from robotics to all kinds of sports, summer camps at McNeese State University offer something for everyone - from children to teens - in June and July. The campus more than doubles in population during the summer months - over 6,000 McNeese college students and summer campers share campus facilities. Programs range from a few hours in class to several days on campus and campers can stay in residence halls or commute, gaining a real taste of college life.

Students who have enrolled and registered online for McNeese State University's fall semester have until 4 p.m. Aug. 12 to pay fees. Fall classes begin Aug. 17. Fall 2011 term bills will be available online after July 18 to students through the MyMcNeese Portal or their Banner Self-Service account. Fee bills will not be mailed. To access the fee bills, use the "View My Bill" link under the Student and/or Registration tabs on the Banner Self-Service page, or go to the "View My Bill" link under the Quick Links section on the MyMcNeese Portal homepage.

CITGO Petroleum Corp. has presented a $35,000 donation to the McNeese State University Foundation for the endowed CITGO Petroleum Corporation Professorship in Engineering. From left are: Eduardo Assef, vice president and general manager for the CITGO Lake Charles manufacturing complex, McNeese President Dr. Philip Williams, Dana Keel, CITGO interim government and public affairs manager, Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, dean of the McNeese College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, and Tomeu Vadell, CITGO general manager engineering and technical services. McNeese Photo

The 12TH annual McNeese State University Harp Camp will be offered July 25-29 in the Shearman Fine Arts Center at McNeese. The camp, sponsored by the McNeese Department of Performing Arts, is open to interested persons of all ages and all levels of experience, according to Barbara Belew, camp director. Cost is $45 and July 13 is the deadline for registration. For more information, call the McNeese performing arts department at 475-5028 or Belew at 475-5036.

The Greater Lake Charles Rotary Club recently donated $12,500 from the proceeds of its annual auction to McNeese State University for the Greater Lake Charles Rotary Scholarship Fund, which was established with the McNeese Foundation in 1992. Left to right: McNeese President Dr. Philip C. Williams, Boyace Harlan, past president of the Greater Lake Charles Rotary and Marianne White, Rotary scholarship chair. McNeese Photo

High school agriculture teachers Cary Cooley, left, of South Beauregard High School, and Jason Cutler, of Franklin Technology Center/Joplin High School in Missouri, compare effects of ethanol and kerosene as alternative fuel choices during the national Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Institute hosted by McNeese State University's Harold and Pearl Dripps Agricultural Sciences Department. Twelve high school teachers from seven states are attending the institute.

An exhibition titled "Artists Interpretations: Heads" is currently on display through Aug. 19 in the Abercrombie Gallery of the Shearman Fine Arts Center at McNeese State University. Over 50 artists were invited to submit artworks dealing with the human head, according to Gerry Wubben, professor of art at McNeese. McNeese visual arts alumna Erika Shea Coleman Stroud Image: "Grandpa Coleman" Charcoal, pastel, prismacolor, pencil "There are drawings, prints, sculptures, paintings and photography depicting the human head in this exhibit," Wubben explained.

Registration for the fall semester at McNeese State University is currently underway through 11:59 p.m. July 15. The fall class schedule is available on the Schedule website and all students should see an adviser, if required, to get their alternate PINS prior to registration. July 8 is the deadline to apply for admission to McNeese State University for regular fall registration. Classes begin Aug. 17 and students can go to the McNeese website and click on Banner Self-Service to begin the registration process. For more information about fall registration, contact the McNeese Registrar's Office at (337) 475-5356 or 1-800-622-3352, ext. 5356.

Students participate in events and activities that will highlight campus involvement, school spirit, Cowboy traditions and success in college.
Danielle Morrissey, a Moss Bluff mass communication senior and currently president of the Student Union Board, attended that first summer Cowboy Camp in 2008 to learn how to become involved on campus. She was part of the camp's first Entrance Plaza Ceremony at the horse and rider statue on the corner of Ryan Street and Sale Road, and this spring she will be part of the camp's first Exit Plaza Ceremony for graduating students. Do you want to get a jump-start on your new life at college? Would you like to know where the hot spots on campus are located?

The Nowel A. Daste Award is funded by the Art Associates of Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana's premier arts support organization.
Jacob Dugas, a Lake Charles senior majoring in art with a concentration in graphic design and printmaking, is the spring recipient of the Nowell A. Daste Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts awarded bi-annually by the McNeese Department of Visual Arts. The $500 award is given by the department's faculty to a student who has demonstrated superior ability within that student's concentration area. The Nowel A. Daste Award is funded by the Art Associates of Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana's premier arts support organization. 'Together We Await the Storm' - Boardwalk in color 'True Progression Is …' - The man dancing in front of the shoreline