Message From Ginger Folmer

After 32 wonderful years, it is time for me to retire from my position as professor and coordinator of the Dance Program at Centenary College as of May 31, 2008. I feel very comfortable knowing that next year the program will be under the very capable supervision of one of our own graduates, Renee Smith Cheveallier, who is an extremely creative teacher and choreographer.

My association with Centenary began the summer of 1957 when I danced in the chorus of The King and I, the first production performed in the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse. Graduating from Centenary in 1964, I received a B.A. degree in theatre and speech, a minor in English and secondary certification. I choreographed many of the summer musicals between 1972 and 1975 and joined the faculty in August of 1975.

I will be forever grateful to Robert R. Buseick for initiating the dance program at Centenary and for recommending me for the position. Another debt of gratitude goes to my family for their constant support and encouragement, with special thanks to my Aunt Gloria, who was my first and most important dance teacher.

It has been a privilege to teach from so many intelligent, talented, and kind students over the years, and I treasure their friendship. I greatly appreciate all the opportunities that Centenary has given me to perform and choreograph, and I plan to continue my association as an alumna. Hopefully, I have given my students and this institution a small measure of what they have so graciously given me.

Centenary's Alma Mater includes the following words, "our hearts shall love thee ever." Mine certainly shall.

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