McNeese State University College of Engineering and Computer
Science has received a donation of $185,000 from Westlake Chemical to establish
a study center for its students.
Chemical has had a long standing commitment to McNeese State University and the
donation to the study center for the College of Engineering and Computer
Science continues to cultivate that relationship. We believe the study center
will be a tremendous asset for the students and the university for years to
come,” said Wayne Ahrens, vice president of Region One for Westlake Chemical.
"The student study center is a place designed
to support the academic success of our engineering and computer science
majors,” said Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, dean of the college. "We are very appreciative
of this generous donation and the continued partnership McNeese has with Westlake
Since its construction in 1983, Drew
Hall has housed the college, which today serves about 1,100 students in both
its undergraduate and graduate programs.
"After talking with our
students, we saw a need to establish a study center within Drew Hall,” explained
Kiritsis. "Having this dedicated center will not only provide our engineering
and computer science students with a place where they can do homework,
socialize, prepare and rehearse presentations, and have meetings, lectures and
other events but it will also include the technology they need that is conducive
study center will be constructed in the east and west courtyards adjacent to
Drew Hall, according to Kiritsis. He expects the college to break ground for
the center’s construction mid-summer of this year.
will include carpeted floors, comfortable furniture, an electronic messaging
center, wall-mounted whiteboards, computers, printers and audiovisual equipment
available for student use.
believe that this facility will not only be beneficial to our existing students,
but will also help the college recruit future students to our programs,” he