Skip to main content

News, Events, and More

Three hurricane preparedness workshops for business owners will be offered in Lake Charles, Cameron and Jennings in June by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese State University. Presentations at these workshops will offer information about preparing for business interruption during a hurricane. Discussion will include assistance programs to protect the physical structures of a business, support services available during a storm and how a continuity plan can help protect businesses and get their doors open soon after the storm passes. Those interested can attend one of these workshop sessions: Monday, June 13-8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Chamber Southwest Louisiana building in downtown Lake Charles Monday, June 13-2-5 p.m. at the library at 501 Marshall St.

The Coach Les DeVall Football Scholarship has been established at McNeese State University by Mrs. June DeVall in her husband's memory with a $10,000 donation to the McNeese Athletic Foundation. DeVall, center, presents the donation to Pam McGough, left, athletic development coordinator, and football head coach Matt Viator. McNeese Photo

Grace Davison has donated $6,000 to McNeese State University through the McNeese Foundation to be divided between the McNeese colleges of business and engineering and engineering technology. At the presentation are, from left, Dr. Mitchell Adrian, business dean, Grace Davison representatives Jennifer Couste, plant controller, and David Rentrop, operations director, and Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, engineering and engineering technology dean. McNEESE PHOTO

McNeese State University’s Pi Zeta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, has recently inducted 12 students into the society and installed the 2011-2012 officers. Initiates are: Adrienne L. Minor, Beaumont, Texas; Ashley Nicole Menard, Bell City; Devon Richard, Cameron; Amelia D. Abshire, Lakyn Best, Collise J. Dupont, Kristen E. Faulk, Kaitlyn L. O’Donnell and Jodi Lynn Parish, Lake Charles; and Kelsie Neal, Amanda L. Broussard and Sean J. Corbello, Westlake. Officers are: Caitlin Dever, Lake Charles, president; Jazlyn Leger, Church Point, vice president; Lindsey Harmon, Lake Charles, secretary; Menard, treasurer; Lauren Smith, Kinder, historian; and Gabrielle Myers, Lake Charles, public relations officer. Dr.

Over 700 students will receive their diplomas at the McNeese State University spring commencement ceremony set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Burton Coliseum. Eight hundred degrees will be awarded to candidates: 50 associate degrees, 593 bachelor's degrees, 149 master's degrees and eight education specialist degrees. Dr. Jeanne Daboval, provost and vice president of academic affairs at McNeese, will serve as master of ceremonies, recognize retiring faculty and confer degrees on candidates. The McNeese Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Jay Jacobs, will perform the processional, national anthem and recessional. McNeese President Dr. Philip C.

Vernel McCullor, from left, and George Dewey lead the Golden Scholars at last year's spring commencement at McNeese State University. The Class of 1961 will be honored during the 2011 spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Burton Coliseum. The Class of 1961 will be honored during the annual celebration of the McNeese State University Alumni Association's Golden Scholar Society on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21. These graduates attended McNeese when enrollment was 2,946 and the new Frazar Memorial Library opened.

The McNeese State University Chemistry Department is currently taking applications for a graduate fellowship in environmental and chemical sciences for certified Louisiana high school teachers for 2011-2013 beginning this fall. The recipient will be awarded a $26,500 graduate level fellowship funded by the Board of Regents' Support Fund. The fellowship includes tuition, most fees and a stipend award for fall 2011, spring 2012, summer 2012 and summer 2013. The teacher will take classes, perform research and teach a freshman chemistry lab section while working on the Master of Science degree in environmental and chemical sciences. Dr. Joseph Sneddon, McNeese chemistry professor and coordinator of the fellowship program, said there is a need for better-prepared science teachers in Louisiana.

National Nurses Week is May 6-12 Dr. Tari Dilks, associate professor of nursing at McNeese State University, has been named the Louisiana recipient of the 2011 State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. The award, founded in 1991, recognizes a nurse practitioner from each state that demonstrates excellence in practice, research, nurse practitioner education or community affairs. The AANP will present the awards during its 26th National Conference June 22-26 in Las Vegas, Nev "Dr. Dilks is one of our distinguished McNeese nursing faculty who displays professionalism in all of her work-the classroom, graduate studies, her professional associations in nursing and the community," said Dr.

Twenty-six business students have been initiated into the McNeese State University chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma Scholastic Business Honor Society. Phil D. Conway, managing director and head of Capital Advisory in the United States for the JPMorgan Private Bank, was the guest speaker for the initiation ceremony. Conway received his Bachelor of Science degree in business management from McNeese and was named the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus by the McNeese Alumni Association. Membership into Beta Gamma Sigma, which stands for honor, wisdom and earnestness respectively, is the highest national academic recognition that an undergraduate or graduate business student can receive.

McNeese students and a staff member received nine awards at the recent ADDY awards program sponsored by the Lake Charles Advertising Federation.