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McNeese Receives Piano Donation

Dr. Lina Morita, Layton Bergstedt, Julianne Marler, and Bill Sherman gather around a piano.

Bill and Sue Shearman have donated a Baldwin Baby Grand piano to the McNeese State University W.A. and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts through the McNeese Foundation. On hand for the presentation are, seated, Dr. Lina Morita, associate professor of music/piano, and standing from left, Layton Bergstedt, vocal and piano performance junior, Julianne Marler, piano…

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2017 McNeese Distinguished Alumni Recipients

horse and rider statue in front of McNeese plaza.

The McNeese State University Alumni Association will present its 2017 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year awards during halftime ceremonies at the Cowboys vs. the Southeastern Lions football game Saturday, Nov. 4. The three McNeese alumni who have been named recipients are: Butch Alsandor, an award-winning sportscaster who has covered sports in Houston, Texas, for more…

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McNeese SAGE Lecture Set

The Louisiana Urban Gardener green book cover.

Dr. Kathryn Fontenot, assistant professor and vegetable extension specialist with the Louisiana State University Agriculture Center’s School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, will present a lecture titled “Late Winter and Early Spring Vegetable Garden Must Do’s” at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in the McNeese State University SEED Center as part of the 2017…

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McNeese Arts Briefs

Gear and Socket by Kevin Baskin

Kenneth Baskin, associate professor of art at McNeese, has had one of his ceramic pieces – Gear and Sprocket – featured in the October issue of Ceramics Monthly. This piece was selected to publicize his solo exhibit currently on display at McGuireWoods Gallery in the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va. A native of Detroit,…

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McNeese People in the News


Susan Thibodeaux, business consultant for the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese State University, is the recipient of the 2017 LSBDC State Star Award. She was recognized by America’s Small Business Development Centers at its recent national conference in Nashville, Tenn. This award highlights an individual who is an exemplary performer, makes a significant…

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McNeese Receives Donation from Webb Family

Angela Queenan and Richard Reid of McNeese accept a check from Anita and Jeff Webb.

Anita and Jeff Webb have donated $5,000 to the McNeese State University Foundation for the Webb Family Scholarship that is awarded to students majoring in business/finance. On hand for the presentation are, from left, Angela Queenan, McNeese foundation board member, Anita and Jeff Webb, and Richard H. Reid, vice president for university advancement and executive…

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McNeese Graduates to Geaux Blue at Commencement

Students standing with new blue and black graduation robes.

The McNeese State University graduating class of fall 2017 will be the first to “Geaux Blue” at commencement on Dec. 9 in Burton Coliseum – students receiving bachelor’s degrees will be sporting newly designed blue robes and caps with blue and gold tassels. The new look – which also includes the black robes worn by…

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McNeese Receives Donation from Market Basket

Steve Cormier, Russell Saleme, Skylar Thompson, and Keith Dauterive of Market Basket present a check to Kassidy Conrad the McNeese scholarship recipient.

The Market Basket Charitable Foundation presented a $10,000 donation to McNeese State University through the McNeese Foundation for the Market Basket Academic Scholarship. On hand for the presentation are, from left to right: Steve Cormier, Market Basket senior vice president of retail operations, Russell Saleme, Market Basket director of merchandising, McNeese scholarship recipient Kassidy Conrad,…

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McNeese SAGE Lecture Set

A woman and a young boy at home during the depression era.

Dr. Maria Hebert-Leiter, an English lecturer at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., will present a lecture titled “Images of Depression-Era Louisiana” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the McNeese SEED Center as part of the 2017 Fall Sage Series at McNeese State University. In the 1930s, the U.S. government sent photographers across the country…

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McNeese sets priority deadline for scholarship applications for fall 2018

Statue of horse and rider in front of McNeese plaza.

Nov. 15 is the priority deadline for 2018-2019 academic scholarship applications at McNeese State University. “High school seniors should begin the application procedures now for academic scholarships to McNeese,” said Ralynn Castete, director of scholarships at McNeese. “Feb. 15 is the final deadline and the awarding of scholarships is currently underway and will continue until…

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