Contact:  Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120, or 
Dian Tooke, Director of Service Learning,  318-869-5542

Martin Luther King Day Activities
Centenary Athletes, Maroon Jackets Sponsor Day for LightHouse Students; Gwen Campbell, Ron Anderson to Speak Jan. 15

SHREVEPORT, LA -- Centenary College and its student athletes will host a free, public convocation featuring News Anchor Gwen Campbell and LightHouse Director Ron Anderson at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15 in Brown Chapel.  

The program is part of a day-long Martin Luther King Day observance that includes LightHouse students spending time with Centenary athletes and members of the Maroon Jackets honor organization.

Ms. Campbell will speak on "The Importance of the King Holiday" while Anderson's topic will be "Remembrance, Reflection and Response."  

A member of the KTBS-TV news team since 1980 with much of her time devoted to covering education, Ms. Campbell currently anchors the Six O'clock News.   She attended high school in England and is a graduate of the University of Arizona.

Anderson directs the LightHouse, a division of Volunteers of America, which provides a number of services to individuals and families throughout Shreveport, Bossier City and Minden.  The LightHouse provides pre-school classes, after-school programs, workplace training and job placement services, parenting and leadership training, and mentoring and Scouting programs.  Anderson, a 1981 Louisiana Tech graduate, is the recipient of numerous awards for public service.

Also participating in the convocation will be Centenary students Sherricka Fields, Tomieca Johnson, and Blane Sessions; the Heavenly Touch singers; the Rev. Mack McCarter of Shreveport Community Renewal; Dr. Kenneth L. Schwab, Centenary president; and the Rev. Jack O'Dell, Centenary chaplain.

Before and after the convocation, Centenary athletes will introduce the LightHouse students to the Centenary campus, classes, dining hall, and athletic activities. Younger students will also have activities with Department of Education hosts.  

The LightHouse students will arrive at the Gold Dome at 8:30 a.m. to meet their hosts and pair up with specific athletes or other students.

Between 9 and 10:50 a.m., the guests and their hosts will attend classes and tour the campus before having lunch at noon in the Centenary Dining Hall.

In the afternoon, the group will participate in athletic demonstrations, games and team-building exercises in the Gold Dome before boarding the bus for the LightHouse by 2:30 p.m.

For further information, contact Sessions or Dian Tooke, director of service learning at Centenary, at 869-5542.

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