(March 3, 2008)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Centenary's Frost School of Business Presents Speaker Series March 4 and 11

SHREVEPORT, La. — Centenary College and the Frost School of Business will present guest speakers Stephen Brown, Director of Energy Economics at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas March 4, and David Joy, Chief Market Strategist and Chairman of Capital Markets Committee RiverSource Investments, March 11.

Brown will speak at the MBA Breakfast series for invited guests March 4 at 8 a.m. in the Whited Room, followed by an Open Lecture at 11:10 a.m. in Jackson Hall, room 304. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Brown is the director of energy economics and microeconomic policy analysis at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Brown advises the Bank President on energy economics and directs research and analysis in energy economics and microeconomic policy at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Brown joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in 1981, after working as an energy economist for Brookhaven National Laboratory and teaching economics at several universities. In addition to his principal position at the Dallas Fed, Brown is an adjunct professor of economics at Tulane University.

Brown is widely recognized for his knowledge of world energy markets and the effects of energy price shocks on economic activity. He has been quoted in various regional publications, as well as in Business Week, The Economist, Financial Times, Newsweek, The New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal and Marilyn vos Savant's book, The Power of Logical Thinking. He also has appeared on various regional broadcasts in addition to CNN's Financial Report, ABC's Financial World, the McNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, Kudlow and Cramer, Squawk Box, Public Radio International's Market Place, NPR's Morning Edition, and the PBS series Man, Energy and the Environment. He has made numerous presentations to academic, civic and professional groups, including members of the British Parliament and the U.S. Congress.

Brown holds a B.S. in economics from California Polytechnic State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland.

The Frost School of Business will also present David Joy, Chief Market Strategist and Chairman, Capital Markets Committee RiverSource Investments, March 11 at 2 p.m. in Jackson Hall, room 216. A reception in the lobby will take place immediately following the presentation. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Joy serves as chairman of the RiverSource Investments Capital Markets Committee, which comprises the company's senior investment and economic leadership. As chair, Joy leads the development of the Capital Markets Outlook and is responsible for spearheading capital markets communications designed for use with retail and institutional clients. Joy is also a senior portfolio manager of the RiverSource® Portfolio Builder Series, which includes six strategic asset allocation funds.

Joy is a frequent guest on both CNBC and Bloomberg TV and has been widely quoted in various publications including The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Joy has 30 years of experience in the investment management industry. Prior to joining RiverSource Investments in 2003, he held senior investment positions at several industry leading firms including Pioneer Investments, Prudential Investments, Massachusetts Financial Services, and State Street Research.

He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross. He received his master's of business administration from Boston College's Carroll School of Management.

For more information, contact Chris Martin at 318.869.5149 or email.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South. In 2008 Centenary College celebrates 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.