(March 24, 2008)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Centenary Gives Back to Community During Big Event
March 29

The BIG Event

SHREVEPORT, La. — Students, staff and faculty members will trade notebooks and pencils for hammers, paint brushes, scrappers and assorted gardening tools Saturday, March 29 for Centenary's BIG Event beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Members of the College will take part in the community service project that will help our neighbors in the Historic Highland District with household tasks they told us they need help with, such as scrapping and repainting shutters, raking, weeding, yard work, picking up trash, cleaning sidewalks, etc. Organizers have already received more than 30 requests from our community neighbors.

Volunteers will meet at the Centenary Quad located directly in front of Mickle Hall at 9:30 a.m. for a short pep rally and breakfast supplied by Southern Maid Donuts. Teams will be assigned tasks followed by tool distribution at the Fitness Center. Volunteer teams will then canvass the neighborhoods and complete all the jobs. Each volunteer will also receive a T-shirt, bottle of water, and snack.

Following the completion of the jobs, Centenary will host a neighborhood-wide celebration beginning at 3 p.m. at Jones Rice Field with hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and soda. Volunteers can also enjoy music at the Hargrove Amphitheatre for the 5th Annual "Battle of the Bands" beginning at 1 p.m. which is free and open to the public.

The BIG Event is part of the Centenary's Centennial Celebration. This year, the College celebrates 100 years in the Shreveport and Bossier City area. As part of the celebration we are giving back to the community that has embraced and welcomed us. As a thank you to our community members, the community service project helps our neighbors in the Highland Historic District.

"I am very impressed with Centenary's response to helping the Highland community," said Holly Williams, President of the Student Government Association. "The College has been part of this community for 100 years now, and as part of the community we are excited to give back as true neighbors that lend a hand. I am excited to start making these relationships!"

Volunteers of all ages are still need. To be part of the BIG Event, e-mail email or sign up on line.

Come out and help us help others! We look forward to seeing everyone for the BIG Event!

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.