Centenary Alumni & Family Weekend March 21-24 Offers Programs for the Whole Family

Contact: Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service
318/869-5120 or 869-5709
e-mail: lstewart@beta.centenary.edu

Starting with Founders' Day on Thursday, March 21 and ending with Sunday worship at First Methodist, Alumni and Family Weekend at Centenary College offers events for all interests.

Special guest will be author and writer Lis Harris, a frequent contributor to "The New Yorker," who will speak at a convocation at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Bynum Commons.

Ms. Harris of New York, N.Y., is a staff writer for The New Yorker Magazine and is the author of two books: "Rules of Engagement: Four Couples and American Marriage Today" and "Holy Days: The World of a Hasidic Family."

She will speak again at a public symposium on "Women and Work" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday in the South Dining Hall. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the admission of women to Centenary, this year's theme will include women's issues.

Also on the program will be Centenary alumna Dr. Jeanne Campbell Reesman 77, director of the Division of English, Classics and Philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio; Mrs. Virginia Shehee, member of the Centenary Board of Trustees; Dr. Kathy Fell of the English Department and Dr. Beth Leuck of the Biology Department.

Saturday's morning symposium will be followed by a lunch on the Sculpture Green, which is adjacent to the Hargrove Memorial Band Shell. The Centenary Choir will perform.

Afternoon festivities include the dedication of the new softball field and a 65th anniversary celebration of the Maroon Jackets.

On Saturday evening the classes of 1945 and 1946 will celebrate their 50th reunion, while the classes of 1971-73 will celebrate their 25th.

Sunday worship will be at First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m., preceded by a 10 a.m. reception in the office area of the church.

This year's event marks the third Alumni Weekend to be held in conjunction with the Founders' Day celebration. "This year we have added an intellectual component to the weekend as well," said David Henington, director of alumni relations. "In addition to the speaker, we are planning an annual symposium addressing a current issue of general interest."

Entertainment for the whole family will also be available at a performance by college entertainment sensation Mike Rayburn, who blends music, comedy and guitar work into his presentation. He will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, March 22 in the Hargrove Memorial Band Shell. A part of Spring Fling and Alumni and Family Weekend, the event is sponsored by the Alumni Office and the Student Activities Board.