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Dr. Daryl Bruckel speaks to attendees.

McNeese Dedicates New Kaufman Plaza for 80th Anniversary

September 11, 2019

McNeese State University commemorated its 80th anniversary with a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the new Kaufman Plaza facing Ryan Street on Tuesday.   McNeese officially opened its door for classes on Sept. 11, 1939, with 140 students and 13 faculty members in Kaufman Hall, formerly known as the “College Building.” One of the three…

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On hand for the presentation are from left: Gregory Thibodeaux, manager western division business development, Ben Bourgeois, sales manager-Lake Charles Operations, Dr. Daryl Burckel, McNeese president, David Franks, chief operating officer, and Stephen Toups, president, Turner Industries. McNeese Photo

Turner Industries Donates to McNeese First Choice Campaign

September 5, 2019

Turner Industries has committed $300,000 to the McNeese State University First Choice campaign to provide necessary resources to sustain growth in high demand academic areas that support the economic expansion and quality of life in Southwest Louisiana. Local industry partners and contractors are investing in McNeese and the future of this region through the First…

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On hand for the donation are from left: Brad Guillory, president of the McNeese Alumni Association board of directors, and Dr. Daryl Burckel, McNeese president. McNeese Photo

McNeese Alumni Association Makes Donation

September 5, 2019

The McNeese State University Alumni Association has donated $30,000 to its scholarship fund endowed through the McNeese Foundation. The Foundation will match the donation with $10,000. This brings the Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund to a total of $900,000. Last year, Alumni Association scholarships provided financial assistance to over 25 students.

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On hand for the presentation are from left: Jennifer Leger, gift planning and donor research specialist for the McNeese Foundation; Megan Hartman, Phillips 66 public relations director; and Richard G. Harbison, Phillips 66 plant manager. McNeese Photo

McNeese Receives Donation for STEM Academy from Phillips 66

September 5, 2019

Phillips 66 donated $20,000 to the McNeese State University Foundation for the STEM Academy, a summer program focused on science, technology, engineering and math for children entering grades 1-8. Over 750 elementary and middle school students attended the STEM Academy this summer.

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Dr. Chip LeMieux, second from left, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, accepts the donation from Agriculture Alumni Chapter executive officers, from left, Jennifer Compton, Jon Streete and Wayne McVicker. McNeese Photo

McNeese Receives Donation from McNeese Agriculture Alumni Chapter

August 28, 2019

The McNeese State University Agriculture Alumni Chapter has donated $15,000 to the McNeese Foundation to establish the Natalie Smith McNeese Agriculture Alumni Scholarship. This is the third endowed scholarship made by the chapter and was established for any major in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The money was raised through private donations and from proceeds…

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Hyun Brossett, Grace facility plant manager; Greg Hasenbein, Grace logistics and inventory manager; Dr. Tim Hall, dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Dr. Mitchell Adrian, McNeese provost and vice president for academic affairs and enrollment management.

W.R. Grace Foundation Donates to McNeese

August 23, 2019

The W.R. Grace Foundation has donated $7,000 to McNeese State University through the McNeese Foundation to be divided between the colleges of Business and Science, Engineering and Mathematics. On hand for the presentation are from left: Hyun Brossett, Grace facility plant manager; Greg Hasenbein, Grace logistics and inventory manager; Dr. Tim Hall, dean of the…

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Dr. Jay Sconyers

McNeese Names Director of Bands

August 7, 2019

Dr. Jay Sconyers has been named director of bands at McNeese State University, according to Dr. Lonny Benoit, head of the W.A. and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts. “Dr. Sconyers is a valuable member of our team and we look forward to working with him and seeing his ideas for the future of McNeese…

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Dr. Daryl Burckel, McNeese president; Dr. Juliana Hinton, professor of biological science; Dr. M. Alan Hinton; Bridget Hinton; Richard H. Reid, vice president for university advancement and executive vice president for the McNeese Foundation; and Dr. William Dees, professor and head of the biology department at McNeese.

McNeese Receives Donation from Hinton Family

August 5, 2019

Dr. and Mrs. Alan Hinton have given over $30,000 to the McNeese State University Foundation as an initial installment toward a $150,000 pledge to establish the Juliana Hinton Scholarship in honor of Alan’s mother Dr. Juliana Hinton. McNeese has requested approval to name the Frasch Hall Auditorium in Dr. Juliana Hinton’s honor. Dr. Juliana Hinton…

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Students work together to complete an activity at STEM Academy.

STEM Academy Prepares Students for Success

August 5, 2019

Over 750 elementary and middle school students spent the summer engineering bioplastics, building model rockets and experimenting with materials to produce common products like Play-Doh at McNeese State University’s STEM Academy.  This 11-week program, which wraps up Aug. 9, seeks to encourage critical thinking and problem solving in students through hands-on activities that help them…

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Portrait of students Takyra Gauthier, Audriana Obey, Jonae Vital and Alexander Roach

Summer Bridge Program Changes Lives

July 29, 2019

Six first-time freshmen spent seven weeks on campus this summer getting an early look at university life thanks to the Summer Bridge initiative sponsored by McNeese’s Upward Bound. Upward Bound is a federally funded program designed for eligible high school students in grades 9-12. The program exposes potential first generation students to various colleges and…

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