Mentoring Inside and Outside the Classroom
Not only is Southwest Louisiana home to various oil
and gas industries but this region also offers an expanse of marsh and green
lands that truly make it a sportsman’s paradise. McNeese State University
chemistry graduate, Lance Chapman, is enjoying the best of both worlds.
Chapman works full time as a technical sales
representative in the Lake area for the world’s leading provider of water
treatment and process improvements, Nalco Water.
He credits his professional success to the
mentoring environment of McNeese.
mindfulness of the professors and the real-world experiences they brought to
the classroom made learning enjoyable and practical for my career goals,” he
Chapman remembers the energetic teaching styles and unconventional testing
methods of Dr. Mark Merchant, professor of chemistry, and to this day Chapman credits
Dr. Merchant as being an instrumental mentor that groomed him into the
industrial professional he is today.
“At McNeese, students and professors work
one-on-one, which is something that rarely happens at larger institutions,”
Chapman said. “The friends I made here as a student and the lasting
relationships with my professors have been invaluable to me in my professional
and personal life.”
Chapman is also the owner of Reclamation Game Calls,
a business he has operated out of his home for the last five years. “Making
game calls started out as a hobby,” he said. “I made a few game calls as gifts
for my family and friends and posted a few photos on my Facebook page. Almost
immediately orders started coming in.”
is named after his family’s farm – Lake Arthur Reclamation Company – where
three generations learned to hunt waterfowl. He receives 10-15 requests per
week for custom-made calls and produces over 250 calls per year.
hunting calls and collectable calls for display. No matter what the purpose is
the final product is a custom order come to life,” explains Chapman.
Just like his time
at McNeese, Chapman also had a mentor who helped him learn how to make duck
calls. “I met a duck caller in Shreveport and he showed me a few tricks and
explained the creation process to me,” said Chapman. “His guidance has been
crucial to my progression as a call maker.”
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