(August 21, 2013)

Centenary welcomes back students

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary students returned to classes today, marking the official start of the 2013 fall semester. Returning students are using the opportunity to meet the incoming class, who arrived on campus late last week for orientation.

"Our orientation had so many wonderful opportunities for our students to get acquainted with each other and our campus," said Ashlie Daigle, Director of Student Involvement. "They have already become family and started calling Centenary 'home.'"

As is tradition, faculty, staff, and current student leaders welcomed the new Centenary family members by helping them move their personal belongings into the residence halls. Friday through Tuesday, students participated in pep rallies, dances, taste fests, and a magic show. Informational sessions covered technology, safety, and academic success. On Monday, the students participated in the inaugural World House Service Day, giving back to the Shreveport area through projects with three community partners.

"Centenary has provided me with amazing opportunities, and I want to help other students have the same experience," said Greg Ewing, Student Government Association President and one of the orientation leaders. "The new students are a very promising group, and their energy is contagious."

President Rowe will give first-year students their official welcome to the College on Thursday morning at President's Convocation. At the annual event, the first-year class makes a traditional walk into Brown Chapel to the sounds of applause and cheers from that year's graduating class. It is the same walk they will take as graduating seniors in the spring of their final year.