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Students participate in events and activities that will highlight campus involvement, school spirit, Cowboy traditions and success in college.
Danielle Morrissey, a Moss Bluff mass communication senior and currently president of the Student Union Board, attended that first summer Cowboy Camp in 2008 to learn how to become involved on campus. She was part of the camp's first Entrance Plaza Ceremony at the horse and rider statue on the corner of Ryan Street and Sale Road, and this spring she will be part of the camp's first Exit Plaza Ceremony for graduating students. Do you want to get a jump-start on your new life at college? Would you like to know where the hot spots on campus are located?

The Nowel A. Daste Award is funded by the Art Associates of Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana's premier arts support organization.
Jacob Dugas, a Lake Charles senior majoring in art with a concentration in graphic design and printmaking, is the spring recipient of the Nowell A. Daste Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts awarded bi-annually by the McNeese Department of Visual Arts. The $500 award is given by the department's faculty to a student who has demonstrated superior ability within that student's concentration area. The Nowel A. Daste Award is funded by the Art Associates of Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana's premier arts support organization. 'Together We Await the Storm' - Boardwalk in color 'True Progression Is …' - The man dancing in front of the shoreline

McNeese State University's Winn Ratliff, of Leesville, captured the National Men's All Around trophy and Jason Thomas, of Benton, Ark., captured the National Individual Championship in Steer Wrestling at Saturday night's finals of the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.   Sam Houston State University won the national rodeo team championship over McNeese by 55 points.   Ratliff also placed fourth in bareback riding and fifth in bull riding.   McNeese rodeo coach Justin Browning said he was proud of his team and its accomplishments this year.

Several McNeese State University cowboys are currently among the leaders at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., that runs through Saturday, June 18. Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark., is sitting in first place in the steer wrestling competition. Winn Ratliff, Leesville, is in second place in bareback riding and tied for second place in bull riding. He is also in second place for the Men's All-Around title. The McNeese men's team is currently sitting in second place behind Sam Houston State. Cowgirls Kyla Foster, Sweetlake, Chelsea Carroll, Opelousas, and Kayla Wagnon, Kirbyville, Texas, are all currently in the top 25 of the goat tying competition, while Kodi Bailey, Stephenville, Texas, is in the top 20 of breakaway roping.

McNeese State University's Summer Children's Choir Camp will be held June 27-July 1 in conjunction with the Kodály Summer Institute at McNeese State University. The camp is open to students age 8-13 who possess unchanged treble voices and are recommended by a music teacher or choir director. Classes will meet from 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. The camp will conclude with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre. Guest clinician is Susan Tevis, artistic director and conductor of the five choirs of the Children's Choir of Chico in California who holds bachelor's and master's degrees in piano pedagogy and music education from California State University, Chico.

After two days of competition at the 63rd College National Finals Rodeo underway in Casper, Wyo., through Saturday, June 18, the McNeese men's team is sitting at No.

McNeese State University Theatre Bayou Players will present "An Evening of Shel Silverstein" at 7:30 p.m. June 23-25, with a 2 p.m. matinee June 26 in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre. Silverstein was a multi-faced artist - a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter - with popular successes in all of those areas. He died in 1999. He drew his first cartoons for the adult readers of Pacific Stars and Stripes when he was a G.I. in Japan and Korea in the 1950s and would also go on to draw cartoons for magazines such as Look, Sports Illustrated and Playboy.

Registration is now underway for the McNeese Cowgirl Kicker Kutie Summer Dance Camp to be held July 25-29 for girls age 5-12 at McNeese State University. The dance camp will be offered from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Burton Coliseum. Participants will learn about jazz, hip-hop, tumbling, pom, modeling and etiquette. The camp cost is $160. For more information visit the Kickers website, or call Paige Harkins-Caldwell, Cowgirl Kicker adviser, at 475-5604.

McNeese State University students can register for the Midpoint Assessment of Academic Progress examinations during fall registration currently underway through July 15. The MAAP exams will be given Oct. 5-8 in Parra Ballroom of the Student Union Annex. A complete listing of the fall MAAP testing schedule can be found online at the Office of Scholarships and Testing website. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools requires that its member institutions measure knowledge/skills gained by its students to ensure that the university is effectively educating its students.

Spots are still available for the Teaching and Learning Conference 2011 for PK-12 educators July 21-22 sponsored by the McNeese State University Burton College of Education. This year's theme is "Literacy, Numeracy and Technology." Participants will learn and share ideas about the influence of reading, writing and technology in PK‐12 literacy. Breakout sessions and keynote addresses will present strategies and content for PK‐12 educators to improve student literacy in their classrooms. Registration fee is $75 a person if received by July 8 and $100 a person if received after July 8. McNeese student fee is $25. Registration must be completed in advance of the conference as there is no on-site registration available.

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