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McNeese People Briefs

McNeese People Briefs

(September 8, 2017)  
Raime Thibodeaux

Ramie Thibodeaux, director of Student Health and Development at McNeese State University, is serving a two-year term as secretary of the executive council of the American College Counseling Association, a division of the American Counseling Association.

The ACCA is a national organization with approximately 1,500 college counselors, educators and psychologists providing support, networking opportunities and resources to assist its membership in achieving a greater degree of success in higher education positions.

Thibodeaux is also chair for the ACCA bylaws committee, board liaison for the membership committee and was on the 2017 conference committee.

She is a member of the ACA, the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, where she is on the conference committee for its upcoming 2018 conference in New Orleans, and a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Kealy Stelly, a McNeese pre-veterinary senior from Opelousas, is one of eight Louisiana university students selected to attend the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture annual meeting Sept. 11-14 in New Orleans as part of NASDA’s Class of 2017 Next Generation program.
The purpose of the program is to educate college students about NASDA’s mission and have them participate in agricultural policy events at the annual meeting. This year’s participants will develop an understanding of the state departments of agriculture, learn about agricultural policy development and communication and explore current issues facing agriculture.

“This is an outstanding honor for Kealy and for McNeese to have a representative at this meeting,” said Dr. Chip LeMieux, director of the Harold and Pearl Dripps School of Agricultural Sciences. “This program offers an opportunity of networking, knowledge and experience to prepare today’s students to be the agricultural leaders of tomorrow.” 

The McNeese Ducks Unlimited chapter has recently won two awards at both national and state levels with Ducks Unlimited.

The McNeese DU chapter received the 2016 National Sweet 16 Award for universities, which was presented to the top-producing university chapters based on fundraising and overall chapter strength. To qualify for the Sweet 16 competition, DU chapters had to raise more than $28,000 during the calendar year. The McNeese DU chapter – which currently has 15 members – raised $33,264 last year, ranking 13th in the country. The McNeese chapter also ranked second in the state among university chapters.

Louisiana Ducks Unlimited presented the McNeese chapter with the 2016 Louisiana Elite Award in recognition of outstanding leadership and fundraising for DU’s conservation mission.

“We are extremely excited to receive these awards for our chapter and are proud to represent the university. It has been incredible to have so much support from our community and we look forward to continuing our efforts for wetland and waterfowl conservation,” said chapter founder and president Austin Mouton of Erath. For more information about the chapter, contact Mouton at 337-772-9765 or at

Tabula Rasa cover

Heather Ryan Kelley, a McNeese art professor, has had a print titled “Tabula Rasa” accepted as a part of three national juried exhibitions.
About her print, Kelley said, “The text on this plate was etched seven years ago with the idea that the image would be completed passively by interventions of time and chance. The plate stayed on a table in my house untouched and nearly unnoticed for seven years.” She printed the etching in conjunction with the McNeese Department of Visual Arts Printmaking Extravaganza in the spring.

The work received a second place award in the 41st Annual Juried Exhibit in the Durango Arts Center in Durango, Colo., and was also on display in the Printmaking: National Exhibition at the Mark Arts Center in Wichita, Kan. In September, the print will be exhibited in Brand 45: 45th Annual National Exhibition of Works on Paper at the Brand Library in Glendale, Calif.

Dr. Michael T. Snowden, McNeese chief diversity and Title IX officer, has successfully completed the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education Standards of Professional Practice Institute.

The lnstitute's curriculum is based upon the Standards of Professional Practice for Chief Diversity Officers. These research-based standards of professional competence inform the work of current and aspiring CDOs who seek to become effective institutional leaders in order to effect change on their college and university campuses through the CDO role as an organizational change agent for equity, diversity and inclusion.