Preview Day October 6, 2018

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Changing Lives Through Scholarships

Spencer Jackson, engineering senior, Dr. Daryl Burckel, McNeese president, Rainwater, Stacy Lyons, elementary education and visual arts senior, Chloe Pugliese, elementary education junior, and Dr. Mitchell Adrian, McNeese provost and vice president for academic affairs and enrollment management.

Many students are able to attend McNeese State University for one reason—scholarships. A recent $10,000 donation from a 1985 McNeese alumnus has changed the lives of four students by providing financial support to obtain a degree. Paul Rainwater, a native of DeQuincy, is a former local and state government official in Louisiana and an expert…

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McNeese Hosts Katie Williams for Fiction Reading

Katie Williams

Author Katie Williams will give a free fiction reading at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in the Business Conference Center at McNeese State University. This reading is sponsored by the McNeese Honors College and the Department of English and Foreign Languages. Williams is the author of  “The Space Between the Trees” (2010), “Absent” (2013) and…

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McNeese Hosts Johnnie Bankens and Michael Borowitz for Guest Recital


The McNeese State University W.A. and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts will present a recital featuring alumnus Johnnie Bankens, bass-baritone, and pianist Michael Borowitz at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in Tritico Theatre. This free program will include works by such composers as Schubert, Debussy, Barber and Poulenc. A native of Sulphur, Bankens has…

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McNeese Nursing Professor Elected to National Leadership Role

Dr. Tari Dilks

Dr. Tari Dilks, professor of nursing at McNeese State University, has been elected president-elect of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Board of Directors. Dilks will begin her term at the APNA 32nd Annual Conference Oct. 24-27 in Columbus, Ohio. Dilks is co-coordinator of McNeese’s Master of Science in Nursing programs and director of the psychiatric/mental…

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McNeese Alumni Association Receives Donation for Homecoming Events

James David Cain Jr., McNeese Alumni Association president, accepts the donation from Heather Hidalgo and Kevin Holland of CHRISTUS Ocshner Health

CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana has donated $5,000 to the McNeese State University Alumni Association to help co-sponsor 2018 Homecoming week activities Oct. 20-27. James David Cain Jr., center, McNeese Alumni Association president, accepts the donation from CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana representatives Heather Hidalgo, left, director of marketing and communications, and Kevin Holland, CEO.

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McNeese 2018 Fall Preview Day Set

Preview Day is Oct 6

McNeese State University’s annual Fall Preview Day for prospective students and their families will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. This event is sponsored by the Admissions and Recruiting Office. Fall Preview Day is an opportunity for prospective students and parents to tour campus, learn about admissions, colleges and offered majors and…

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McNeese to Introduce Joli Blon Beer

Joli Blon, the official McNeese beer will begin distribution on Sept. 17.

McNeese will soon introduce a popular tradition to restaurants and retailers throughout Louisiana with the launch of Joli Blon, the official McNeese beer. “We are excited to partner with one of the most established and highly successful Louisiana craft breweries, Bayou Teche, to create this unique beer and to work with our wholesale partner, Southwest…

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Meet the President


Dr. Daryl V. Burckel began his term as the seventh president of McNeese State University on July 1, 2017. He is a professor of accounting and holds the Arthur Hollins III Endowed Professorship in Accounting. Dr. Burckel earned both his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1980 and his Master of Business Administration in 1982 from…

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Dr. David A. Kestel Memorial Pre-Dental Scholarship Established at McNeese

Dr. Caroline Hennigan and Richard Reid of McNeese accept a check from Amy Kestel, Stephanie Kestle Karpovs and Donna Kestel

A $15,000 donation has been made to McNeese State University to establish the Dr. David A. Kestel Memorial Pre-Dental Scholarship through the McNeese Foundation. Donna Kestel – along with family and friends – has established the scholarship in memory of her husband, Dr. David Kestel. On hand for the presentation are from left: Dr. Caroline…

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McNeese Names News E-Learning Director

Dr. Wendi Prater

Dr. Wendi C. Prater has been named director of the Office of E-Learning at McNeese State University. Prater previously worked as an architect with Blockchain Technology in Austin, Texas. Prater received her Bachelor of Science degree in family and consumer science from McNeese, her Master of Science degree in human ecology and her Master of…

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