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ConocoPhillips has donated $5,000 for the process plant technology program in the college of engineering and engineering technology at McNeese State University through the McNeese Foundation. Willie A. Tempton Jr., left, general manager for the ConocoPhillips Lake Charles

McNeese Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members (from left) Jon Landry, Lafayette, Ross Conner, Grand Lake, Will Hetzel, Jennings, Deil LaLande, chapter president, Lake Charles, Collise Dupont, South Cameron, Ryan Rapp, Sulphur, Nicholas Dessauer, Lake Charles, chapter adviser Jimmy Grigus and Lance Horner, national Pi Kappa Alpha consultant, with the Raymond L. Orians Chapter Excellence Award at the recent international convention in Memphis, Tenn. The McNeese State University Lambda Upsilon chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity received the Raymond L. Orians Chapter Excellence Award - recognizing it as one of the top 40 chapters - at the recent Pi Kappa Alpha International Convention in Memphis, Tenn.

Fun, food and some facts are dished up to students returning to the McNeese State University campus for the fall semester during Howdy Rowdy Week set for Aug. 17-19. Student organizations, local businesses and community service agencies welcome the students back to classes at this annual event, according to Dr. Chris Thomas, associate dean and director of student union and student activities. Events are held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Student Union Annex (New Ranch). Scheduled activities are as follows:

Ross Theriot, left, McNeese executive director of Up 'til Dawn, received the Danny Thomas Leadership Award and a $500 scholarship, while Liz Sanders, multimedia specialist in the McNeese marketing department, received the Advisor of the Year Award at the St. Jude 2011 Collegiate Leadership Seminar. McNeese State University's Up 'til Dawn program received two national awards at the annual St. Jude 2011 Collegiate Leadership Seminar recently held at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Ross Theriot, of Creole, executive director of Up 'til Dawn, was one of two students awarded the 2011 Danny Thomas Leadership Award and a $500 scholarship in recognition of his contributions to the mission of St.

Auditions are set for the McNeese State University Theatre's 72nd season. Auditions for the fall season are set for Aug. 19-20, while auditions for spring productions are Jan. 13-14. McNeese Theatre's season opens with George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" Sept. 28-Oct. 2. "Pygmalion" remains Shaw's most popular and most famous play, mostly through its film adaptation as "My Fair Lady." It tells the story of Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, who makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can turn a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a refined society lady merely by teaching her how to speak with an upper class accent and training her in etiquette. Eliza teaches Henry that being a lady is more than just speaking like one.

A one-stop registration help desk will be available to students during late fall registration Aug. 15-18 at McNeese State University. Students who have met with their advisers and received their alternate PIN can drop by the Academic Computing Center in Kirkman Hall from 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, and from 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 16-18, to receive assistance with late registration.             At the help desk, representatives from financial aid and the registrar's office will be available to answer questions and help with pin/password resets.

The Sonny Watkins Athletic Scholarship was recently established with the McNeese State University Foundation with donations totaling $15,664.30 from friends and businesses in honor of Watkins, former athletics director, basketball coach and student-athlete in basketball at McNeese. Looking over the criteria for the new scholarship are, from left, Watkins and Melissa Ellis Northcutt, director for university advancement operations and special events.

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese State University is partnering with the Louisiana Business and Technology Center at Louisiana State University to bring a mobile classroom to Lake Arthur for free business training sessions for business owners Aug. 23-24 at the Community Center on 701 Eighth St.             The free business education sessions offered are:   Tuesday, Aug. 23 "Starting and Financing Your Business," 9-10:30 a.m. "Marketing 101," 10:45 a.m.-noon "Working with Your Bank to Get a Loan," 1-1:50 p.m. "Preparing Your Business for a Disaster," 2-3:15 p.m.   Wednesday, Aug.

As part of a three-week biochemistry summer internship program at McNeese State University, high school students traveled to local marshes to catch wild

The Calcasieu-Cameron Association for Persons with Orthopedic Disabilities has established a $240,000 endowed scholarship - the Calcasieu-Cameron Students with Orthopedic Disabilities - with the McNeese State University Foundation. McNeese President Dr. Philip Williams, seated center, accepts the donation from the association's president Pansy Skipper, seated left, and secretary Sondra Hodge, seated right. Richard H. Reid, standing left, Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Vice President of the McNeese Foundation, and Bob Davidson, standing right, President of the McNeese Foundation Board of Directors, look on. McNeese Photo