Lake Charles American-Press from Lake Charles, Louisiana on July 23, 1964 · Page 9
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Lake Charles American-Press from Lake Charles, Louisiana · Page 9

Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Thursday, July 23, 1964
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AT MCNffSf STATE COLLCGF THURSOAYJULY 23,1964, Lake Charles American Press Extensive Enrollment Hike Expected in Fall Enrollment at McNeese State College is expected to reach a figure 20 times greater than its size when the college opened its doors 25 years ago. 'Mrs. Inez S. Moses, college registrar, says that enrollments at McNeese have risen steadily since 154 students attended the first classes in 1939, but she sees in current population and high school senior class enrollment figures, indications of a sharp increase in college attendance this fall. At McNeese the average increase over a period of several years has been about 10 per cent per year, but the first phase of the 1964 college enrollment explosion which hit McNeese at the beginning of the summer- session sent the enrollment for first-time college students reeling to 40.8 per cent above the 1963 summer figures. Mrs. Moses foresees further attendance increases in subsequent years but feels that some levelling off will be noted after 1964's record setting jump. Since most college campuses! —and McNeese is no exception i —are -already crowded, the in-! flux of new students is certain ' to cause a number of problems. Applications for reservations in a new men's dormitory under | construction at McNeese arc being received at a rapid rate, according to Roy Price, McNeese counselor to men, who says the new structure, which will accommodate 138 men, is expected to be filled when it opens for the fall semester on Sept. 14. Other housing for men students include a modern, air- conditioned dormitory and a renovated barracks-type building, providing quarters for approximately 300. The college has two dormitories for women and two apartment complexes, con- twining 48 and 20 units, respectively, for married students. Burgeoning attendance is also expected to put a strain on ousting facilities of classrooms, the cafeteria, student center and other campus buildings. Need for additional facilities may be relieved, somewhat, by acquisition of vacated Chennault Air Force Base property and buildings, and a long-range plan for additional student housing recently approved by the Louisiana State Board of Education. Scheduled for completion this fall is an athletic plant, including a 12,000 seat stadium and field house containing coaches' offices and dressing rooms. The only college in the Gulf States Conference which has never had a stadium of its own, McNeese has played home football games in a local high school stadium. For the present, then Me Neese is managing to hold itsj own, but problems might lie; just over the horizon. \ However, problems have been met and defeated many times in the past, as many long-time faculty members will attest. Of the 15 original faculty State Trial In Rights March Cases Upheld NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a district judge's decision to give state courts first opportunity to try Alabama "freedom marcher" cases. In a two-line order, the appellate court affirmed the deci-1 sion of U.S. Dlst. Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. Montgomery in a case involving John Robert Zellner, 25, of Mobile. Zellner, four other whites and five Negroes were arrested on breach of peace charges when! they crossed the Georgia linej into Alabama last year. The j group was retracing the route taken by a white Baltimore postman who was ambushed near Attalla, Ala., April 23,1963. The postman, William L. Moore, 35, was walking to Mississippi from Chattanooga, Tenn., on a one-man civil rights j crusade. His killer is still ati large. The marchers were convicted in state court and fined $200 apiece. They have appealed. Earlier, however, Zellner had j sought an injunction from Johnson to prevent the state from prosecuting him. Johnson refused, saying, in effect, that state courts should have first look at the case. Zellner carried the case to the appeals court, resulting in the decision. The Pacific Islands Trust Territories are administered from Saipan by a high comniis- sionfct responsible to the United Stiffs Interior Department. members seven will begin their 25th year at McNeese this fall. They are Dr. Wayne N. Cusic, once athletic coach, later dean of men, and now president of the college. Others, are Miss Kathleen Allums, professor of music; Miss D o 1 i v e Benoil, professor of French; Miss Miriam Callender, associate professor of health and physical education; W. J. Oakley, professor of chemistry; Miss Ada Sabatier, professor of history, and Dr. C. A. Girard, dean of the division of graduate studies. Established as Lake Charles Junior College and operated as a division of Louisiana State University, the name was changed in 1940 to John McNeese Junior College in honor of & pioneer educator in Southwest Louisiana. Advanced to four-year status and separated from LSU in 1950, the college was again renamed and its administration transferred to the Louisiana State Board of Education. Four years later, McNeese gained significant recognition through admis- sion to the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, highest accrediting agency In the South. Accompanying its steady increase in enrollment has been the growth of McNeese in both its academic curriculum and physical acquisitions. Originally located on an 86-acre tract, the main plant now comprises 161 acres and, in addilon, the college maintains a 280-acre farm, a forestry camp and a dairy. The college began with a phys- ical plant of three buildings; the administration building, auditorium and arena. All three are still in use and through extensive additions, the plant is now valued in excess of $7 million. Not least among these assets is the ultra-modern Frazar Memorial Library with its full complement of library services and the recently-opened fine arts center which houses classes in art, speech and music and the 200-seat Ralph Squires theater. McNeese has also achieved rapid growth in its division of graduate studies. Authorized originally in 1961 to offer curricula leading to the master degree only In education, expansion in 1963 now enables McNeese to confer the master oi arts in history and master o! science in biology, chemistry and mathematics. Registration day for students and freshman orientation is scheduled for Sept. 9-12. Class- work begins on Monday, Sept 14, with the first semester ex I tending through Jan. 23, 1965. BAD THE AMEMCAN PRESS CLASSIFIED ADS A DESIRE TO SERVE ON YOUR SCHOOL BOARD VOTE NO. 25 DR. 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