May 21, 2024  
2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Academic and Campus Resources

To assist students with developing, progressing toward, and achieving their academic goals, the University provides many academic support services and campus resources for students.

Career and Student Development Center


The Career and Student Development (CSD) Center, located in Holbrook Student Union across from the campus bookstore, provides services for students and alumni related to career goals. Services are designed to assist with developing professional skills and to provide information about employment and internship opportunities. The CSD Center provides a variety of career-related services, including:

  • Career and Major Exploration
  • Career Guidance and Advisement
  • Professional Document Writing (e.g., resume, cover letter, etc.)
  • Interview Preparation and Techniques
  • Job Search Strategies

The CSD Center is committed to serving students and employers and assisting both to meet employment needs. Through the biannual offerings of the Career Fair and the School District Recruitment Fair, students are provided with direct career and networking opportunities with employers. The CSD Center also coordinates informational sessions, on-campus recruitment, and job, internship, and career announcements.

Additional information may be obtained online at or by calling (337) 475-5612.

Career Testing


Career testing, or career assessment, provides students with information intended to lead to greater self-understanding and to informed decisions about education and career goals. This information can be used to assist students in the process of selecting a major and/or career path.

The Counseling Center currently offers the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessments for a small fee. A free online assessment is also available to enrolled students. Students interested in career testing should complete the online request form available at or call (337) 475-5136. Once the self-assessment is completed, a student schedules a follow-up career counseling appointment to discuss results and understand how to effectivly use them in the process of choosing a major and/or career.

Computer Labs


Open-access computer labs, provided by the University and the Technology Advancement Student Committee (TASC), are available for student use. TASC, funded through a student self-assessed fee dedicated to the purchase, upkeep, and management of technology for student and academic support, also operates the TASC Help Desk which assists students with password and computer-related issues. The TASC Help Desk, located in the Holbrook Student Union, can be contacted at (337) 475-5995 or

The Academic Computing Center, located in Kirkman Hall rooms 117E and 117D, is an open-access computer lab provided by the University. The computing center contains resources necessary to use current operating systems, such as Linux clusters and servers, apple-based computing, and Microsoft products, and consists of numerous computers, printers, scanners, as well as the user’s choice of operating systems and software such as Open Office or Microsoft Office. Additional information, including hours of operation, can be obtained at

The Holbrook Ranch Computing Center, located in the Holbrook Student Union, is an open-access computer lab provided by TASC. The lab consists of approximately 65 computers, three flatbed scanners, and three laser printers. Additional information, including hours of operation, can be obtained at

The Library Computing Center, normally housed on the second floor of the library, is an open-access computer lab provided by TASC. Due to library renovations, the Library Computing Center has been temporarily relocated to the Azalea Room in the Student Union Annex. The lab’s hours of operation are the same as those of the Parra Ballroom library location. Additional information, including hours of operation, can be obtained at or

Counseling Center


The Counseling Center, located in Kaufman Hall Room 112E, provides comprehensive mental health counseling services to all enrolled students. Counseling helps students to effectively manage daily stressors, experience personal growth and development, and succeed in fulfilling their academic goals. The Center is staffed by Licensed Professional Counselors and also serves as an internship site for graduate-level counseling interns from the McNeese counseling psychology program.

Counseling services are funded through a student self-assessed fee. No additional payment is required at the time counseling services are rendered. The Center also offers marital/family/couples counseling if at least one person participating is an enrolled student. Select assessments for learning disabilities are available by appointment.

Confidentiality is strictly maintained in accordance with state counseling ethical guidelines and applicable law. Records are kept separate from other university/academic records.

All enrolled students are invited to use the Counseling Center at any time during their academic enrollment. Students are encouraged to make appointments by calling (337) 475-5136, but walk-ins are available in the event of an emergency and crisis situations. Additional information may be obtained online at

Disability Services


The Office of Disability Services, located in Drew Hall Room 200, provides academic support services and academic adjustments for emotionally, physically, and learning impaired students enrolled at the University. For students with disabilities that qualify for academic adjustments, services provided may include monitored testing, interpreters, and notetaking. The Office of Disability Services operates under the guidelines of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act As Amended. Students seeking academic adjustments or assistance with barrier removal should contact the Office of Disability Services, who will then review the request, obtain necessary documentation, and determine the appropriate academic adjustment. More information may be obtained online at or by calling (337) 475-5916.

Foreign Languages Lab


The Foreign Languages Lab, located in Kaufman Hall Room 308, offers extensive tutoring for students enrolled in foreign language courses. The lab consists of computers with language programs and recording capabilities, study tables for small groups, and a Promethean board and Smart TV for group viewing. More information may be obtained from the student’s foreign language instructor.

Lether E. Frazar Memorial Library


Note:  Lether E. Frazar Memorial Library has temporarily relocated to Parra Ballroom so that the Library building may be renovated. Once renovations are complete, the library will reopen in its permanent building.

The Library, built in 1961, is named for the first president of McNeese State University. The collections and services of the Library are designed to complement the educational and research programs of the University. A four-story addition to the original structure was completed in 1974, and additional renovations will be completed in 2016.

Core Collection, General Book Collection, and Journals  

During the renovations, the core collection is housed in Parra Ballroom; these are closed stack areas and are arranged by Library of Congress Subject Classification and Dewey Decimal Subject Classification. Items not in the core collection will be retreived by library personnel twice a day, on weekdays, as requested. People needing items must complete the Library Materials Request Form, which is available at the library service counter in Parra Ballroom or online at the following link: Library Materials Request Form.

The location of specific books may be determined by using the online public access catalog. Individuals borrowing books from the core or general collection must present an official University or Friends of the Library identification card to an authorized person at the library service counter. Electronic books (e-books) are accessible through the Library’s online catalog.

Upon completion of the renovations, the library will resume normal operations in the permanent location.

Reserve Materials and Circulation Services

Books and articles designated by faculty for reading by members of a class may be obtained from the library service counter in Parra Ballroom. The length of time that students may use reserve material is determined by the Instructor. Study guides for standardized tests are available for limited check-out periods. Individuals must present a University or Friends of the Library identification card to an authorized person at the service counter to access reserve materials.

Core collection and general collection items may be checked out and/or returned at the library service counter in Parra Ballroom.

Reference and Library Instruction Services

Personnel are available at the service counter in Parra Ballroom to provide assistance to library users. Information service may range from providing a simple direction to a more complex search for information using library databases and other materials. The library contains several computer workstations for students to use for information and research needs.

The library catalog and many information databases covering all of the disciplines at McNeese are accessible from the library’s home page. Library patrons needing assistance in using these resources are welcome to visit the service desk, which is staffed during library operating hours. Patrons may call, email, or send an instant message to pubic services librarians for assistance. The public services librarians are also available by appointment for personalized research assistance.

During renovations, public services librarians encourage faculty to use these short video tutorials in place of general library instruction classes. Public services librarians will accommodate requests for subject-specific and class-specific library instruction classes.

Interlibrary Loan Service

Through its Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Service, the Library borrows materials necessary for research if the material is not available on-site. Material borrowed through ILL is subject to the rules of the lending library. Requests can be submitted electronically. Services have been enhanced by an electronic delivery system for articles, a statewide union catalog, and a courier service.

Government Information Services

During renovations, the Government Information collection is accessible in Parra Ballroom. The Library is a selective federal depository for United States government information on various subjects. It is a complete depository for Louisiana documents and receives some publications of international, local, and regional governmental bodies. Federal, state, and international information is accessible in electronic formats. Holdings are listed in the Library’s online catalog and many items may be checked out. Most of the information is also accessible in electronic format.

Periodicals Collection

During renovations, current issues of popular periodicals are on display in the lobby of Parra Ballroom, while other unbound issues of current periodicals are accessible upon request. Older bound periodicals and those on microfilm or microfiche held in Frazar Memorial Library may be requested for retrieval using the Library Materials Request Form, which is available at the library service counter in Parra Ballroom or online at the following link: Library Materials Request Form. From the library’s website, full-text e-journals are accessible using the A-to-Z List. Databases for locating information in periodicals are available online through the library’s home page. Readers and printers for use with microforms are also available in the lobby of Parra Ballroom.

Archives and Special Collections 

Archives and Special Collections maintains materials which reflect the history of McNeese, Lake Charles, and the Southwest Louisiana area. Materials include published resources, such as the McNeese Review, the Contraband, the Log, student theses, rare books, and local history books. The department also collects archival resources, including personal papers, business records, correspondence, photographic materials, audiovisual materials, works of art, and maps, and maintains an online digital library of images and other useful electronic resources.

On-Line Systems

The Library is a member of OCLC through its regional network, Lyrasis. OCLC is the largest on-line bibliographic utility in the world. It is capable of providing shared cataloging data and access to research collections nationally and internationally through Interlibrary Loan. As a charter member of the Louisiana Online University Information System (LOUIS), the library has an automated link to other academic libraries in the state. This alliance of academic, public, and school libraries provides patrons with access to on-line resources which include journal databases, the INTERNET, and holdings from other academic libraries in the state. Additional materials needed to support the University’s academic needs are purchased independently by the McNeese Library and are available in print or web-based formats. Patrons may access LOUIS at Off-campus access to licensed resources is provided for the McNeese academic community (and other authorized users) through remote authentication.

Library Computer Lab

During renovations, the library computer lab is located in the Azalea Room in the New Ranch. The lab is open the same hours as the Parra Ballroom library location. It is the only computer lab open between semesters.

A TASC computer lab (Holbrook Lab) exclusively for student use is located in the Old Ranch. Additional information, including hours of operation, can be obtained at

Literature Lab


The Literature Lab, located in Kaufman Hall Room 301, is a resource for students to discuss reading materials. Tutors help students learn how to annotate and create useful notes on readings; understand literary terms, techniques, and concepts; decipher poetic and/or archaic language; identify central themes and issues; and locate where problems of misinterpretation arise.

Mathlab Tutoring Center


The  Mathlab Tutoring Center, located in Kirkman Hall Room 201, provides tutoring for students enrolled in Math 113, College Algebra. The ACC Tutoring Center works on a first-come, first-served basis, so no appointments are necessary. To view tutoring times, visit

Student Health Services


Student Health Services is staffed by registered nurses and resident physicians who provide acute medical services for occasional, routine health problems in order to permit students to focus on achieving their academic, career, and personal goals. Student Health Services is located in the Watkins Infirmary building near the Contraband Bayou behind Kirkman Hall and Frazar Memorial Library. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Medical visits with physicians and nurses are funded through a student self-assessed fee.

Students in need of extended care of chronic or serious health problems are referred to local hospitals, medical offices, and ancillary health care service providers and should be prepared to present personal health insurance information and make appropriate payment arrangements for services received in these facilities.

In addition to acute medical care, Student Health Services provides wellness program and general health information to students and the campus community. Walk-in appointments with registered nurses are available anytime during regular office hours. Physician appointments should be scheduled in advance. Questions about health issues and available services or requests for consultations and appointments with healthcare providers should be directed to the staff by calling (337) 475-5748. Additional information may be obtained online at

Testing Services


The Office of Testing Services, located in Kaufman Hall Room 108, offers testing services for college entrance and placement examinations (ACT, COMPASS), graduate and professional school examinations (GRE, LSAT), licensing examinations (PRAXIS), national credit examinations (CLEP), and college correspondence course exams. Appointments are required for all exams and may be made online at or in person at the Testing Services office. Additional information, inluding exams offered, testing dates, and applicable fees, may be obtained at or by contacting Testing Services at (337) 562-4311.

Tutoring Center


The Tutoring Center, located in Kirkman Hall Room 129, provides tutoring for students enrolled in math, biology, chemistry, physics, and/or engineering courses. To view tutoring times and subjects being tutored, visit

Write to Excellence Center


The Write to Excellence Center (WTEC), located in Drew Hall Room 234, aids students in strengthening writing skills and in thinking critically about their own writing. Besides offering feedback on written work, tutors provide students with guidance and help on the development of all aspects of the writing process, including brainstorming, theses, content, and citations. Tutors also provide students with assistance in any discipline or form of professional development, including résumé development, reports in technical fields, and academic writing and/or publications. While tutors do not proof-read written work, they do assist students in the development of personal proof-reading skills. Hours of operation are posted at and at the WTE Center. Appointments can be made by calling (337) 562-4205 or by registering at Walk-ins are also welcome.