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A Newsletter for Faculty, Staff and Friends of Centenary College of Louisiana
Volume 3, Number 3
March 20, 2006


THE PREMIERE ISSUE OF CENTENARY MAGAZINE IS NOW IN CIRCULATION and available online at http://www.centenary.edu/magazine. Share feedback and make suggestions for future issues by filling out the readership survey.

CENTENARY VOLUNTEERS TRADE PARADES AND PARTIES FOR DIRTY WORK IN SOUTH LOUISIANA over Mardi Gras Break, March 1–5. A group of 23 students, faculty, staff and alumni worked for three days in the New Orleans area. First United Methodist Church in Slidell, La. organized work projects for the group, which primarily required stripping the interiors of several houses in the Gentilly neighborhood. Director of Alumni Relations David Henington, who went on the trip, said that it was "a fantastic and rewarding experience being with enthusiastic and dedicated young adults...and their enormous energy." See photos from Fall Break and Mardi Gras Break.

CENTENARY PROFESSOR GOES TO TURKEY ON ROTARY CLUB EXCHANGE. Assistant Professor of English and New Media Dr. Jeanne Hamming will travel to Izmir, Turkey, April 6 as a member of the Rotary Club's Group Study Exchange team. Her month-long voyage companions include faculty members from Northwestern State University and Bossier Parish Community College as well as an architect from Alexandria, La. According to the Rotary Club, the Group Study Exchange program is "a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for [young professionals] in the early stages of their careers...designed to develop professional and leadership skills among young adults to better prepare them to address the needs of their communities in an increasingly global workplace."

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE RECOGNIZES CENTENARY CELEBRITY. Centenary's 2004-05 Corrington Award medalist and Attaway Fellow William Logan has won the National Book Critics Circle's prize for criticism. Also, Jack Gilbert, who read here in Spring 2004, won the Circle's prize for poetry. Founded in 1974, the Circle has about 500 members.

ARTICULATE CENTENARY STUDENTS/ALUMNI PEN AWARD-WINNING PAPERS. Overdyke Awards for Best Undergraduate Paper were given to Charlie Starnes ’03 for his paper “Slum Clearance and Self Interest in Shreveport Under the James Gardner Administration–1954 to 1958” and Sara Thompson ’05 for her paper “Optimism was not Enough: Shreveport’s Reaction to the Onset of the Great Depression.” Both student entries were prepared under the supervision of Dr. Sam Shepherd Jr., professor of history at Centenary and were recently published in the North Louisiana History Journal, Fall 2005, Vol. 36 No. 4.

Also, Centenary senior Diya Surie '06 has been awarded the 2006 Odum Award from the Southern Sociological Society for her paper on "Ideological Foundations of Healthcare Inequality: A Cross-Cultural Study." Centenary biology major Josh Broussard '06 received the Rollin H. Baker Award at the 24th annual meeting of the Texas Society of Mammalogists. This award is given for the best undergraduate research presentation. READ MORE>> http://www.centenary.edu/news/2006/February/diya-award.html and http://www.centenary.edu/news/2006/February/biology-award.html.

CENTENARY HAPPENINGS, highlighting upcoming events

DR. NORMAN FRANCIS, PRESIDENT OF XAVIER UNIVERSITY, will speak at commencement this year. Ceremonies are set for Saturday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Gold Dome.

MARITAL BLISS? THE FORUM KICKED OFF A TWO-PART SERIES ON "MARRIAGE IN THE 21ST CENTURY," which sparked enthusiastic debate and discussion among students, faculty, staff and community members. Another round of discussion will conclude the series on Tuesday, March 2,1 at 7 p.m. in Kilpatrick Auditorium when members of a student-citizen panel will present their points of view. After the panel, the audience will be able to ask questions and discuss such issues as "Where is marriage going?" and "What should marriage be like in the 21st century?" READ MORE >>http://www.centenary.edu/news/2006/March/Forum-2006.htm.

ACS-CENTENARY GENDER STUDIES CONFERENCE WILL EXAMINE MYRIAD TOPICS from the political ideology of gender to its cultural construction and representation. Over 70 students and faculty members from institutions spanning the globe plan to present their research Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25. Keynote speaker and bestselling author Naomi Wolf will discuss beauty myths at a Friday night dinner at the East Ridge Country Club. The Cajun band Magnolia Sisters will entertain at the weekend's crawfish boil finale on Saturday afternoon. The Centenary community may attend any of the sessions free of charge. READ MORE>> http://www.centenary.edu/news/2006/March/gender-studies.html.

ZETA TAU ALPHA TEES OFF SECOND ANNUAL GOLF TOURNEY FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH March 25 at the Palmetto Country Club in Benton, La. ZTA encourages faculty and staff members to participate by either playing in the four-person scramble or sponsoring others to play. Lunch will begin at 11 a.m., and players will tee off at 1 p.m. All donations are tax deductible and sponsors will receive a sign with their name or company name autographed by professional golfer David Toms. For more information, contact ZTA member Tracy Guilbeau at tguilbea@centenary.edu or 337.277.7806.

DON'T MISS THE HEALTH SERVICES FAIR Thursday, March 23, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Moore Student Union Building. READ MORE>>http://www.centenary.edu/news/2006/March/heath-fair.html.

PREVIEW WEEKEND WILL BE HELD ON CAMPUS FRIDAY, APRIL 21–SATURDAY, APRIL 22 as admitted students try to make their final college decisions. Hosted by the Office of Admissions, Preview Weekend will offer students the chance to participate in games on Jones-Rice Field, attend breakout sessions and an organizational fair, and go on campus tours. They will also get to enjoy campus activities such as a late-night block party, the Better Than Ezra concert at the Gold Dome and Kollege Kapers at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse.

SPRING SPORTS ARE HOT AT CENTENARY so support the Gents and Ladies in their upcoming home games:

  • Gents Baseball vs. North Dakota State, March 24 at 6 p.m. and March 25 at noon and 3 p.m.
  • Gents Tennis vs. Southeastern Louisiana, March 29 at 2 p.m.
  • Ladies Softball vs. IUPUI, March 31 at 4 p.m. and April 1 at 11 a.m.
  • Gents Golf in Hal Sutton Intercollegiate, April 2 all-day
  • Ladies Tennis vs. Chicago State and Valparaiso, April 7 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

HONORS CONVOCATION AND RESEARCH FORUM ON THE HORIZON. This year's Honors Convocation will be held Thursday, April 20 at 5 p.m. in Brown Chapel. Students will present major research projects the following day, Friday, April 21, in Mickle Hall and Kilpatrick Auditorium.

LOUISIANA FILM FEST BRINGS YOUNG FILMMAKERS TO CAMPUS MARCH 31–APRIL 1. The festival will showcase films created by K–12 students through individual screenings. The students will also attend workshops, Q&A sessions and learn practical techniques from filmmaker Sasha Wolf. For more information, contact Michelle Glaros at 318.869.5264 or mglaros@centenary.edu.

BOY GETS GIRL, AN ALL-CENTENARY STUDENT SHOW, DEBUTS AT MARJORIE LYONS MARCH 30. This play, written by Rebecca Gilman, will be directed by Charity Schubert with lighting design by Courtney Gaston and scenic design by Brigitte Bechtel. It will be stage managed by Vanna Richardson. For more information call the box office at 318.869.5242. Performances: Thursday, March 30–Saturday, April 1 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, April 6–Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m.

HURLEY SCHOOL OF MUSIC OFFERS CONCERTS FEATURING CHORAL, INSTRUMENTAL AND SOLO PERFORMANCES. All concerts are free and open to the public and will be held in Anderson Auditorium of the Hurley Music Building unless otherwise indicated.

  • Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m.
    Sigma Alpha Iota Lagniappe Concert featuring the talent of Centenary faculty members
  • Sunday, March 26 at 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 4 at 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 6 at 8 p.m.
    Wind Ensemble
  • Monday, April 10 at 8 p.m.
    Hurley Orchestra
  • Friday, April 21 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m.
    Kollege Kapers, Marjorie Lyons Playhouse
  • Tuesday, April 25 at 8 p.m.
    Camerata, Cantare and Chorale

MEADOWS GALLERIES ARE BRIMMING WITH VARIOUS ARTWORK, with three exhibits currently on display. For more information, call the museum at 318.869.5169. Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays, noon–4 p.m.; Thursdays, noon–5 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays, 1–4 p.m. Closed on Mondays & holidays.

Meg Harders: Landscapes will be exhibited in the upstairs gallery through March 26. Harders, a painter from Los Angeles, explains her artistic method: “I search for views that stir powerful emotions in me—the type of memories that stop your heart.”

American Standard: Works by Contemporary North American Artists explores modern issues of standards and expectations in American life. A variety of media will be on display through April 23, including sculpture, painting, photography and printmaking.

Northwest Louisiana Artists’ Triennial Competition will run through May 28. This is a special exhibition featuring regional artists with competition juried by Los Angeles artist Meg Harders and North Carolina artist and gallery director Connie Bostic.

STRICTLY PERSONAL (news about the Centenary family and extended family)

GREETINGS AND WELCOME to Centenary's newest staff members:

  • Matthew Camp, police officer for the Department of Public Safety
  • Boyd Collins, carpenter
  • Eva Marie Harshman, assistant coach for women's softball
  • Mat Laysone, custodian
  • Kelly Phelan, secretary for Annual Giving and Church Relations
  • Lena Spinks-Johnson, receptionist and guest coordinator for Admissions
  • Karla Teutsch, secretary for Research and Development
  • Joey Tolis, assistant coach for men's basketball
  • Mabry Elizabeth, daughter of Assistant Professor of Education Karen Soul and husband Jon, was born Nov. 24.
  • Hannah Marie, daughter of Admissions Guest Coordinator Lena Spinks-Johnson, was born Feb. 24.


  • Jennifer DeBouse (formerly Semien) married her sweetheart Thomas over Christmas break.


  • Dorothy Liesmann, Registrar's Office
  • Bettye Tyeskey, Randle's Cafe
  • Arliss Tulloh, mother of June Collins, manager of the College Store

  • Willie Tichenor, brother of Taylor Tichenor, junior
  • Fleeta Walker Riggs, mother of Leonard Riggs, longtime Centenary supporter (A memorial service will be at Highland Park United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 25 at 10 a.m.)
  • John Willingham, former member of the Centenary faculty and one of the original collaborators on A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature
  • Marion Harrison, former secretary to former Dean of the College Dorothy Gwin
  • Harry Eugene Martin, father of Dr. Chris Martin, dean of the Frost School of Business
  • Carolyn Beaird, wife of Dr. Charles Beaird, professor emeritus of philosophy and member of the Board of Trustees
  • Dorothy Broussard, mother of Theresa Rinaudo, payroll data entry
  • Kendal Gomez, wife of Mario Gomez, groundskeeper


* CONSIDER ENCOURAGING GRADUATING SENIORS to make a small financial contribution to Centenary. For example, the Communication Department has established a Communication Scholarship Fund to which seniors majoring in communication will contribute just a few dollars each. Other departments should consider setting up similar funds representing their respective departments.

* THE OFFICE OF ALUMNI RELATIONS INVITES ALL FACULTY AND STAFF to attend any alumni-related event. Check out the Alumni Events Calendar at http://www.centenary.edu/alumni/events.

http://www.centenary.edu/hr/suggestions. Comments may be submitted anonymously or with contact information for addition to meeting agendas.

* DON'T BE LEFT OUT! ADD YOUR CENTENARY NEWS AND EVENTS by submitting an event at http://www.centenary.edu/calendar/. You'll fill out a simple form that will alert the Office of Public Relations to add your event to the calendar and/or write a news release to send out to media for coverage.

* "THE PEACE CORPS IS 'THE TOUGHEST JOB YOU'LL EVER LOVE'" says Centenary alumnus Travis Leger '02. He and wife Rebekah '02 have been blogging about their experiences in the Peace Corps for about a year now (http://legersabroad.blogspot.com). The Office of Public Relations is interested to know about other alumni and members of the Centenary family who may have served or are serving in the Peace Corps. We are compiling stories for a mini-feature in the next issue of Centenary Magazine. Contact Kelsey Johnson at kajohnson@centenary.edu with any inside scoops.

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