Aleshia Cox, a Vinton senior visual arts major at McNeese State University, has had artwork accepted in a juried photography exhibition titled "THE DARK SIDE: A Juried Exhibit of Night Photography" at the 1650 Studio & Gallery in Los Angeles, Calif. Cox's entry is an archival pigment print titled "Isolated." This image stems from a larger body of work that began with a fascination light and the perseverance of the human spirit. Her chosen landscapes are part of a personal narrative that is shown to the viewer under a veil of artificial light.
Kimberly Heather Gilmore, Sugartown radiologic sciences major at McNeese State University, was awarded the 2011 Joe Schwartz Memorial Scholarship by the Louisiana Society of Radiologic Technology. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded in the memory of Schwartz, a past president of LSRT.
Several McNeese speech and debate team members placed at recent tournaments: At the Bayou City Swing Speech and Debate Tournament at Kingwood, Texas, senior Zachary Locke placed fourth in poetry interpretation in the first half and first in the second
half, qualifying him for the American Forensics Association national tournament in April. Sophomore Beth Fremaux was a semifinalist in impromptu speaking in the first half of the swing. Also, junior Kevin Darling placed fourth in program of oral interpretation in the second half.
At the Al Johnson Memorial Speech and Debate Swing Tournament at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, senior Joseph LeJuine placed fifth in poetry interpretation in the first half and sixth in the second half, third in communication analysis in the first half and fourth in the second, and sixth in program of oral interpretation in the second half of the swing. Sophomore Alex Reinauer placed third in after dinner speaking in the first half and fifth in the second half, and with his partner, junior Terence Delaine, placed fourth in both halves of the tournament in duo interpretation. Freshman Morgan Authement also placed sixth in impromptu speaking in the second half of the tournament. All four students qualified for the National Forensics Association spring tournament.
Four members of the McNeese student chapter of Society for Human Resource Management attended the Acadiana SHRM annual professional conference in Lafayette. Lauren LeBlanc, Lake Charles, Cathy Martin, Lake Charles, and Natalie Watkins, Lake Arthur, worked as volunteers distributing, collecting and compiling results of feedback surveys, while Sarah Upchurch, DeRidder, served as a blogger for two sessions of the conference.
Several McNeese faculty members and students from the Department of English and Foreign Languages attended the 2011 South Central Modern Language Association meeting in Hot Springs, Ark. Wendy Whelan, assistant professor of English, chaired the American Literature II session, while Dr. Molly Martin, assistant professor of English, chaired two English I sessions: Old and Middle English Language and Literature. Master of Fine Arts student Scott Thomason presented a paper on " 'The Fowlyste Freykes Ever Fourmed': The Secular Function of Giants in 'Le Morte Darthur.' " Dr. Dafydd Wood, English instructor, chaired a session on Regional Fiction Writers.
Dr. Rita Costello, McNeese assistant professor of English and director of freshman writing, recently gave a reading as part of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change event in Lafayette. The event was part of a global initiative abbreviated as "600 Events - 450 Cities - 95 Countries," a demonstration and celebration of poetry to promote social, environmental and political change.
McNeese visiting lecturer and MFA alumna Lou Amyx has been awarded the 2011 Vivienne Haigh-Wood Prize by Melusine Magazine. The winning poem, "Roses," is a response to an 8"x10" woodcut with watercolor overlay by Lake Charles artist Blake Soto. The prize is named for Haigh-Wood, the first wife of poet T.S. Eliot.