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McNeese People Briefs

(May 19, 2015) Kenneth Baskin, associate professor of art at McNeese, has had two artworks selected for Re/VIEW: A CCS Alumni Exhibition at his alma mater, the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich. Baskin’s “Artifact Series: Bubbler #12” and “Crucible #65” were both featured in this exhibit.
           
Additionally, Baskin’s ceramic sculpture “Artifact Series: Gear and Sprocket” was selected for exhibition in the Art League of Lincoln’s America’s ClayFest International Exhibition in Lincoln, Calif.
           
Baskin was also awarded third placed at the 21st Texas National Juried Art Exhibition at Stephen F. Austin State University. This year’s competition had over 800 entries, but only 93 works were selected for the exhibition. Two of Baskin’s sculptures, “Crucible Series #15” and “Crucible Series #54,” were selected. 
              
Chris Lowe, McNeese State University English instructor, has had a nonfiction piece, “Sport,” featured in the newest issue of Rappahannock Review. His fiction chapbook, “A Guest of the Program,” is a semifinalist for the RopeWalk Press Editor’s Fiction Chapbook Award.
           
Jenn Alandy Trahan, a McNeese Master of Fine Arts graduate student, has been awarded the 2015 Robert Olen Butler Award for Fiction.
           
Dr. Kim Bowman, associate professor of modern languages at McNeese, has been selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual Advanced Placement Reading in Spanish Language. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world meet in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams.
           
McNeese associate professor of literature Baerbel Czennia’s article on “Rakes and Libertinism” was recently published in The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789.
           
Czennia has also been invited to speak at the international conference May 29-30 on “Unsocial Sociability and Socio-cultural Tensions in Enlightenment Britain” in Paris, France. Her presentation, “Beyond Eden: Gardening Women and the Fruits of Social Exile in 18th-Century Britian,” was made possible by a Juliet Hardtner Women in Arts and Humanities Endowed Professorship at McNeese.
           
John Griswold
, assistant professor of English at McNeese, and several MFA graduate students attended the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Minneapolis. Griswold spoke on a panel titled “King Kong vs. Godzilla: The Art of Revision in Fiction and Nonfiction.”
           
Molly Martin, associate professor of literature, presented a paper titled “Choose Your Knights Carefully: Arthur’s Court in Malory,” at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Mich.
           
McNeese graduate student Joel Ferdon’s poems, “The Assurance of Men or ARs Poetica in an Industrial Freezer,” “Here at the Movies” and “The Nature of Sweat,” will be published in the upcoming issue of Louisiana Literature. 
           
The McNeese student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers has received a letter of Honorable Mention for its outstanding activities as recorded in the 2014 chapter annual report by the ASCE Committee on Student Members. This recognition is received by only the top third of all ASCE student organizations.
           
Dr. Pankaj R. Chandra, professor of mechanical engineering and head of department of chemical, civil and mechanical engineering at McNeese, has published a poetry book titled “Never Told Anyone.” Chandra’s collection includes 150 poems written in his native language, Hindi. The poems reflect human emotions and feelings associated with love and separation.
           
McNeese nursing students and faculty members attended the Region 6 Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society for Nursing Annual Research and Evidence-Based Practice Conference in Shreveport. The McNeese Kappa Psi Chapter of STTI was a co-sponsor for this event and the Fanny Edith Winn Educational Trust Professorship in Nursing at McNeese funded the presentation expenses for students and faculty.
           
Those attending were: Jennifer Barrow, Richard Cooley, Angela Durio, Jennifer Foreman, Becky Riley and Dr. Ann Warner, faculty, and Courtney Hawkins, Allison Hillebrandt, Emily Hunt, Kei’Andrea Onezine, Kathryn Phillips, Hanna Reed, Ambery Richard, Courtney Robertson, Kali Strickland and Dorian Williams, students.
             
Students and faculty collaborated on two podium presentations at the conference: Barrow, Durio and Warner presented “The Relationship Between Undergraduate Nursing Student Employment Characteristics and Academic Performance,” while Foreman, Richard, Strickland and Williams presented “Base Camp Experience.”
           
Students collaborated on two poster presentations: Hillebrant, Robertson and Phillips presented “You’re Looking Hot Baby! Can I Take Your Temp?” and Hawkins and Onezine presented “Mission Nutrition.”
           
McNeese social science students and faculty recently participated in the 2015 Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association in Denver, Colo.
           
Dr. Muhammad M Haque
, assistant professor of sociology, and student Sandra R. Moss made a presentation titled “Classroom Structural Transformation, Emotional Well-being and Learning” to the Education Session. Haque and student Meagan D. Shreve made a presentation, “Structural Arrangement and Child Delivery Settings: The Case of Midwifery and Healthy Status,” to the Health and Healthcare Session.
           
Dr. Henry R. Sirgo, political science professor, made a presentation, “A Political Scientist Practicing Pre-law Advising in the First and Second Millennia,” to the Teaching Political Science: Using Critical Thinking in and Beyond the Classroom Session.