(September 23, 2011)

Contact: Dena Pruett, Centenary Marketing & Communication, 318.869.5715

Centenary to Pilot Community Connection Program

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Advancement Division at Centenary College is piloting a new program called the Community Connection from September 27-29. The program's objective is to advance and strengthen Centenary's ties to the surrounding community. Representatives from the Advancement Division will be visiting local leaders and businesses to raise awareness of the College.

Amanda Hayes
Amanda Hayes

"The whole division has come together to create the first run of this program," said Amanda Hayes, Philanthropy Office and Community Connection Chair. "We are looking forward to meeting members of the community and telling the Centenary story. We also hope to be able to build bridges and work together to strengthen our community."

Centenary is deeply rooted in the history and culture of Shreveport-Bossier and more than 30% of the College's alumni have made their home in the area. Alumni along with faculty and staff have added their leadership and initiative to the cultural and economic growth of our community for over 100 years. The College also routinely patronizes area businesses and service providers to boost the local economy.

"The Centenary Community Connection program is a special way to bring attention to how much we truly appreciate our friends and neighbors," said Scott Rawles, Vice President for Advancement. "Centenary plays an important role in Shreveport-Bossier, and the community is likewise instrumental in the continued success of Centenary."

Throughout the year, Centenary hosts sporting events, plays, symphonies, and choir concerts for the public. Thousands of people recently came to browse the more than 80,000 items that were available for purchase at the 25th Annual Centenary Book Bazaar. In the upcoming 5th annual Big Event in Spring 2012, students, faculty, staff, and alumni will once again work as neighbors helping neighbors by completing service projects to assist area residents.

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 has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.