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Month: December 2018

from left, state Rep. Mark Abraham (R-District 36), Sen. Dan W. "Blade" Morrish (R-District 25), Blaine E. Kelly, strategic account lead, government and education solutions, AT&T Services, McNeese President Dr. Daryl Burckel, Sarah Allen, regional director, external and legislative affairs, AT&T Services, Chance Henry, AT&T retail store manager for Sulphur, and Meghan Perrodin, AT&T assistant store manager in Lake Charles.

McNeese Foundation Receives AT&T Donation for STEM Scholarships

December 7, 2018

AT&T recently donated $10,000 to the McNeese State University Foundation for scholarships to students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math. The university continues to serve as an economic and workforce development partner for Southwest Louisiana employers who are seeking well-prepared employees in STEM-related jobs to meet the demands of the billions of dollars in…

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One of the new bee hives of The Harold and Pearl Dripps School of Agricultural Sciences to educate both students and the community about the benefits of bees.

McNeese Bee Program

December 5, 2018

McNeese State University is doing its part to help promote the benefits of bees as pollinators through a partnership with local beekeepers and the Harold and Pearl Dripps School of Agricultural Sciences with the introduction of a bee program at the McNeese farm. The goal is to not only educate McNeese students but also agriculture…

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Michael Casteel

McNeese Student Cracks Code in IBM Challenge

December 5, 2018

Michael Casteel, a double major in computer science and computer engineering at McNeese State University, placed among the top 10 scorers in IBM’s national online interactive code cracking challenge, The IBM Vault, held this fall. The challenge drew over 3,000 participants. The IBM Vault challenge required participants to use their problem-solving skills, perseverance and technical…

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Wayne Ahrens, Westlake Chemical vice president, Operations Region 1; Curtis Brescher, Westlake Chemical plant manager, North and South Plants; Dr. Mitchell Adrian, McNeese provost and vice president for academic affairs and enrollment management; McNeese President Dr. Daryl Burckel; Steve Jones, Westlake Chemical human resource manager, Region 1; Joe Andrepont, Westlake Chemical principal, community and governmental affairs; and Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, college dean.

McNeese Foundation Receives Westlake Chemical Donation for Student Study Center

December 5, 2018

Westlake Chemical presented a $20,000 donation to McNeese State University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science through the McNeese Foundation for the engineering student study center. On hand for the presentation are, from left: Wayne Ahrens, Westlake Chemical vice president, Operations Region 1; Curtis Brescher, Westlake Chemical plant manager, North and South Plants; Dr. Mitchell…

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Butch Ferdinandsen, center, president-elect for the McNeese Foundation Board of Directors, accepts the donation from SWLA Chapter of API board members, from left, A.J. Vincent, James Nugent, Pat Hay and Todd Hine.

McNeese Foundation Receives API Donation for Scholarships

December 4, 2018

The Southwest Louisiana Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute recently donated $75,000 to the McNeese State University Foundation to establish the American Petroleum Institute Endowed Scholarship for students. Butch Ferdinandsen, center, president-elect for the McNeese Foundation Board of Directors, accepts the donation from SWLA Chapter of API board members, from left, A.J. Vincent, James Nugent, Pat…

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Undergraduate students in blue gowns smile for the camera as they anticipate the start of graduation.

McNeese Fall 2018 Commencement Set

December 3, 2018

McNeese State University will hold its 151st commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Burton Coliseum. The fall class of 2018 includes 586 candidates from 35 parishes, 22 states and 14 countries, and 605 degrees will be awarded, including 42 associate degrees, 447 bachelor’s degrees, 115 master’s degrees and one education specialist degree.…

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McNeese People on Campus

December 3, 2018

Kedrick Nicholas, associate dean of students at McNeese State University, has been elected as the 2018-2019 president of the Louisiana Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators at its recent conference. He is the eighth McNeese student affairs staff member since 1978 to serve as president of LACUSPA, which is an organization dedicated to servicing…

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McNeese Arts Briefs

December 3, 2018

McNeese State University Master of Fine Arts poetry student Tyler Robert Sheldon recently had his poetry chapbook “Consolation Prize” published by Finishing Line Press, a short story, “The Clay,” published by The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, several book reviews printed in the Los Angeles Review and in Tinderbox Poetry Journal and an essay,…

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