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Louisiana Public Broadcasting will air a program on "The Role of Louisiana's Lt. Governor: Past, Present and Future," featuring former Louisiana Lieutenant Governors Bobby Freeman, Paul Hardy, Melinda Schwegmann, Kathleen Blanco and Jimmy Fitzmorris, at 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22, on LPB and at 9 p.m. Monday, May 23, on LPB 2. The program was held April 7 in Ralph Squires Auditorium at McNeese State University as part of the McLeod Lecture Series on Louisiana Politics in conjunction with the McNeese Banners Series. The lecture series honors the late Bill McLeod, a prominent retired district judge and former state legislator from Lake Charles.

Zachary Alcantara, a music education sophomore from Houston, Texas, at McNeese State University, has been accepted into the 2011 Rafael Méndez Brass Institute July 10-16 at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music. He received a full tuition scholarship and a stipend for housing. Honoring the legendary trumpet virtuoso, Rafael Méndez, the Rafael Méndez Brass Institute is the world's leading performance and career development seminar for brass musicians and educators. All participants perform in brass ensembles and master classes, coached by some of the foremost brass artists in the nation. Alcantara is a graduate of Langham Creek High School in Houston. At McNeese he is a member of The Pride of McNeese Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Honors Brass Quintet and Trumpet Ensemble.

McNeese accounting students recently completed 3,000 hours of community service in tax preparations as interns for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program through United Way of Southwest Louisiana. McNeese President Philip C. Williams, from left, met with some of those accounting students - Jonathan Nunez, Sulphur, and Jeremy Jones and Harlene McCoy, both from DeQuincy - and Dr. Mitchell Adrian, dean of the College of Business.

731 students received degrees at the University's spring commencement on May 21 including 552 from Louisiana and 45 students from Texas. Other states represented by the graduates include Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming. The countries of Bolivia, China, Columbia, Ecuador, Ireland, Germany, Guinea, Korea, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Mexico, Nepal, Palestine, Romania, Taiwan, Ukraine and Vietnam were also represented.

June 6 - 9:00am to June 30 - 9:00am
The McNeese State University Summer Reading Clinic will be offered from 9-11:30 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 6-30, for elementary students entering grades 1-6. The students will receive one-on-one tutoring for 60 minutes a day and participate in reading enriched activities with a master teacher. The fee is $175, which includes a deposit of $50 with the completed application. For more information or to request an application, call the McNeese Department of Teacher Education at (337) 475-5471.

The duo will be accompanied by an outstanding rhythm section consisting of Paul Tassin on piano, Jay Ecker on bass, and Mathew McMillen on drum set.
The McNeese State University Department of Performing Arts will present a jazz recital featuring McNeese faculty Bill Rose and Tim McMillen, both on trombone, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, in Ralph Squires Auditorium of the Shearman Fine Arts Center.

April 30 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
McNeese State University's Frazar Memorial Library will sponsor a preservation clinic for the community from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, as part of American Library Association Preservation Week, April 24-30. Each year, the ALA celebrates this week when thousands will turn to libraries across the United States for information and expertise on how to preserve collectables, photos, family records, books and other valuable materials. Experts from the McNeese Archives and Special Collections will be on hand to talk directly with individuals about how to manage and preserve their collections. The clinic will have handouts on preservation, suppliers and examples of simple repairs. Archives staff will perform minor repairs on items brought in if possible or refer questions to other experts.

The McNeese State University Department of Performing Arts will present a guest artist recital featuring pianist Dr. Ross Smith at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre.   The program will include "Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111" by Beethoven, "Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52" by Chopin, as well as pieces by Scriabin and Rachmaninoff.   Smith, an associate professor of piano in the Hurley School of Music at Centenary College in Shreveport, received his bachelor's degree in music from Brigham Young University and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.