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McNeese People Briefs

Ashley Hebert
Ashley E. Hebert, a Ville Platte senior majoring in visual arts with a concentration in graphic design at McNeese State University, has been awarded the Nowell A. Daste Scholarship for the spring semester by the McNeese Department of Visual Arts.

The scholarship recipient is selected by the visual arts faculty from artwork portfolios submitted by students and is given bi-annually to the visual arts student who has demonstrated superior ability within that student's field. The Nowell Daste Scholarship is funded by Mr. and Mrs. William Cook.

SkeletonMcNeese students Ben Lawrence and Michel A. Villamil, both of Sulphur, have been awarded the Gladys Clooney Stevenson Scholarship in Fine Arts. Lawrence is a junior majoring in visual arts with a concentration in graphic design while Villamil is a senior majoring in visual arts with concentrations in drawing and painting. The Gladys Clooney Stevenson Scholarship is funded by Barbara Stevenson Levine.

Fourteen McNeese State University students were among the 91 students from Louisiana universities and colleges selected to the 2011 Collegiate Honor Choir. These students included: Carolyn Gilbert, Lake Charles, Emily Looney, Lake Charles, and Patricia Wiley, Lake Charles, first sopranos; Katie Evans, Westlake, Chelsea Mathews, Lake Charles, and Megan Voorhies, Pineville, second sopranos; Danielle Bercier, Lake Charles, Angela Courneya Kirkland, Lake Charles, Lauren O'Rear, Shreveport, and Kelly Rowland, Jennings, altos; Sean Bean, DeQuincy, Curry Burton, Lake Charles, and Logan Metz, Shreveport, tenors; and Travis Stegall, Sulphur, bass.

Dr. Anil K. Kandalam, McNeese assistant professor of physics, and Pratik Koirala, a McNeese physics senior, have recently co-authored a paper titled "Structural Evolution and Stabilities of Neutral and Anionic Clusters of Lead Sulfide: Joint Photoelectron and Computational Studies" published in the Journal of Chemical Physics.

Koirala also presented two posters at the International Symposium on Clusters and Nanostructures held in Richmond, Va.
Dr. William Dees, associate professor of biological science at McNeese, made two presentations at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Mosquito Control Association. He presented on laboratory studies of mosquitoes conducted with McNeese student Kaleigh Helo and the Calcasieu Parish Mosquito Control and on collaborative field investigations of attractants used to collect mosquitoes with the East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement District.

Several faculty and students from the McNeese Department of English and Foreign Languages attended the annual meeting of the 2011 National Women's Studies Association in Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Rita Costello, assistant professor of English and director of freshman writing, gave a paper titled "The Past Is the Present Is the Future: The Natural Affinity of Feminism and Science Fiction" chaired by McNeese Master of Fine Arts student Nancy M. Correro. Correro has had a poem, "Along the Gulf," accepted for publication in the spring issue of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Rougarou Literary Journal.

Wendy Whelan Stewart, McNeese assistant professor of American literature and women studies, presented a paper titled "From Margin to Center and Back Again: Eudora Welty and the Influence of Robert Penn Warren" at the 2011 annual meeting of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) in Atlanta, Ga., while at the same conference, Dr. Rachel Williams, assistant professor of French and comparative literature, presented a paper on "Thérèse Bentzon's American 'Other' in Quebec and New Orleans: Textual and Sexual Interplays in the Construction of Gender Identity at the Turn of the 20th Century."

Dr. Molly Martin, McNeese assistant professor of English, has had a paper, "Enclosed in the Castle: Gwenyver in Malory's 'Morte Darthur,'" accepted for a session on "Landscape and Culture in Medieval Britain" at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, in Kalamazoo, Mich., in May 2012. Martin also recently had an article titled "Malory's Launcelot and Gwenyver in the 21st Century Classroom" accepted by the Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching journal.

Hillary Joubert, McNeese creative writer and instructor of English, has had two new poems - "Contemplating the Jump" and "City of Rocks" - accepted in upcoming issues of New Mexico State University's journal, "Sin Fronteras: Writers Without Borders."

Dr. Baerbel Czennia, McNeese assistant professor of English, will make a presentation on "Floating Communities: Ships and Sociability" at the International Conference at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the English-Speaking World, in Brest, France, in March 2012. This year's topic is "Sociability in Great Britain and in France in the Enlightenment: Forms, Functions and Operational Modes."

Alex Taylor, assistant professor of English, resident fiction writer and editor of the McNeese Review, has had a story, "Spare Parts," accepted for publication in the Black Warrior Review.

Amy Fleury, McNeese associate professor of English and director of the creative writing program, has had her poetry collection, "Sympathetic Magic," named the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Editor's Selection and the collection will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in January 2013.