This timeline features highlights in the history of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Kirsten Guillory created the timeline for the McNeese Archives.
Created by McNeeseArchives on Apr 16, 2014
Last updated: 06/18/14 at 04:19 PM
The original Burton Hall sustained significant wind-driven rain and roof damage during Hurricane Rita in September of 2005 and never reopened. In 2008, McNeese decided that it would not be cost-effective to repair the building and plans were made to utilize a $7.2 million combination of disaster recovery and insurance funds to demolish the damaged building and reconstruct on the same site. The demolition took place in the summer of 2012 and construction of the new Burton Hall took a little more than a year to complete.
The park is situated between Smith Hall and the Burton Business Center and features a bronze statue of John McNeese by Janie Stine.
Campus closed due to mandatory parish evacuations for Hurricane Rita which caused major destruction – almost $30 million - to campus facilities. The campus was closed for one month but McNeese maintained a continuous Web presence, reopened, completed its fall academic term and graduated a class of 752 students just days before Christmas.
Includes an indoor/outdoor pool, racquetball courts, steam room & sauna, basketball courts, and indoor track.
Schools become Colleges: ▪ College of Liberal Arts (Fine Arts, Humanities) - Richey Novak, Dean ▪ College of Education - Louis Rzepka, Dean ▪ College of the Sciences - Dr. B.E. Hankins, Dean ▪ Graduate School - Dr. Judith Morgan, Dean ▪ College of Business - Dr. Eldon Bailey, Dean ▪ Department of Nursing (soon to be the College of Nursing) - Dr. Anita Fields, Dean
A fountain dedicated to the memory of Seaman A. Knapp was placed in front of Gayle Hall.
The shows would now be held in the new Burton Coliseum.
The games were played in the Lake Charles Civic Center for 14 years, then in Burton Coliseum.
Funding provided for the conversion of Chennault Air Base buildings for use as Engineering classrooms and laboratories. Federal funds received for grants to students from low-income families.
Campus streets named after Southwest Louisiana parishes. Administration became Kaufman Hall and is named after Leopold Kaufman. The Science building was named Frasch Hall after Herman Frasch. The Student Center became known as "The Ranch" and Holbrook Ranch after W.A. Holbrook. Alpha Dormitory was renamed Sallier Hall after Caroline LeBleu Sallier. Bel Hall, formerly Beta Dormitory, was named in honor of Della Goos Bel. Blue dormitory was renamed Watkins Hall after J.B. Watkins. Fred B. Zigler had the honor of having Red dormitory named Zigler Hall.
The new auditorium in the Fine Arts Building was dedicated to him.
McNeese dedicated the new two-story library named in honor of Lether Frazar. Dr. Samuel Marino was the Director.
Ward led the basketball team to four GSC championships and one national title in nine years.
Master’s degree in Education approved by the State Board of Education.
The McNeese State University Lether E. Frazar Memorial Library is titled in his memory.
Contract awarded to start construction on a new library (formerly located in Kaufman Hall).
Julie Christ became the first female student body president.
A second women's dormitory, Beta Hall (Bel Hall) was constructed.
The first men's dormitory, the Blue Dorm (Watkins Hall), was built.
The Science Building (Frasch Hall) opened.
Blue Key Honorary Fraternity established.
New athletic wing and basketball court in the Arena dedicated by Lieutenant Governor Lether Frazar.
The Arena sheltered more than 1000 refugees of Hurricane Audrey.