Parent Orientation

The Smart Choice

Welcome to Parent Orientation 2022!  We are excited that you’ll be visiting our campus and learning more about how you can best support your student during their journey to becoming a college graduate.

During parent orientation, you’ll discover on-campus support services available for your student, like accessibility services, tutoring, and health and counseling services. You’ll also learn about student financial matters, like financial aid and scholarships, tuition and fee bills, setting up installment plans and other payment options, and purchasing textbooks and supplies. You’ll have the opportunity to tour campus and find out more information about campus housing, meal plan options, recreational facilities and more.

Cowboy Camp/Freshman Orientation sessions are scheduled for the following dates: 

  • June 8-9
  • July 6-7
  • August 12-13

Parent Orientation will be held on the second day of each session. Once you’re registered for Parent Orientation, you will receive an email with additional information.

Registering for Parent Orientation

The program is optional for parents, but participation is encouraged. To register for parent orientation and to register your student for Cowboy Camp/Freshman Orientation, please visit: 

We welcome you to the McNeese family! If you have any questions regarding Parent Orientation contact the Office of Freshman Advising at 337-475-5175 or


4310 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana

SEED Center (Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial & Economic Development Center)

(West of Kaufman Hall, behind McDonald’s and Smoothie King, on west side of Ryan Street)


Thursday, June 9th / Thursday, July 7th / Saturday, August 13th

Parent Orientation Agenda

TimeActivityScheduled Presenter(s)
7:30 am to 8:00 amCheck-in & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am to 8:15 amWelcomeDr. Toby Osburn, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Dr. Daryl Burckel, President, Dr. Chris Thomas, Vice President for Student Affairs
8:15 amFinancial Aid, Scholarships, & Payment Installment PlansTaina Savoit, Director of Financial Aid, Ralynn Castete, Director of Scholarships, Lorraine Buller, Assistant Comptroller (Student Accounts)
9:00 amBreak / Door Prize
9:15 amCampus Safety, Security and Student Rights & ResponsibilitiesDr. Kedrick Nicholas, Dean of Student Services, Will Scheufens, Chief of University Police
10:00 amCampus Life & the Student ExperienceJacqueline Clark, Director of Student Organizations and Fraternity/Sorority Life (Facilitator), Jim Graham, Director of Campus Dining, Lacie Wentzel, Director of Recreation Complex and Wellness Programs, Jennifer Greene, Coordinator of Marketing and Fan Engagement, Dr. Brook Hanneman, Director of the Banners Series
10:45 amBreak/Door Prize
11:00 amAcademic and Student Support ServicesRachel Miseles, Director of Advising and Retention, Kari Felice, Technical Assistant, Corliss Badeaux, Write to Excellence Center, Tim Delaney, Director of Accessibility Services, Lonnie Beene, Library Director, James Grimes, Director of Counseling Center, Dr. Troy Hidalgo, Director of Student Health Services, Andrea Burton, Director of Career and Professional Development Services
12:00 pmLunch & Learn Student Panel Discussion: Successful Transitions for Parents and Students (lunch provided)Rachel Miseles (Facilitator) Student Representatives
1:00 pmDoor Prize and Wrap-UpDr. Toby Osburn
1:15 pmDismiss

Overnight Accommodations for Parents: Overnight accommodations are not provided for parents, but for your convenience, we have established hotel blocks at properties in close proximity to the campus. Click here to see the options

Overnight Accommodations for Students: Students can request overnight accommodations through their orientation registration form:

Things to Do While in Lake Charles

There’s always something fun to do, something exciting to see and something amazing to eat, here in Lake Charles. For a full calendar of events and suggestions on museums, exhibits, festivals, attractions and restaurants you can enjoy while you’re here, check out