Section 3: Student Life

The Centenary College catalogue articulates the institution's purpose in the following manner: "Academic and co-curricular programs...support students in their development and encourage them to become leaders in the work place, the community, the nation, and the world at large." This confirms the long-held notion at Centenary that the responsibility of the College is not only to educate students but also to develop them as citizens and contributors to the world of work. The institution recognizes, as well, that in the lives of students it is desirable to achieve a healthy balance between study and recreation, hard work and leisure, and the mind and the body.

Primary Goals

Goal 1. Improve/Expand Facilities to Meet Wellness, Recreation, and Social Needs Of Students.

Recent decades have recorded a quantum increase in health consciousness, particularly among young, educated Americans. During the same period, higher education has experienced a growing competitiveness, most notably in the private sector, which has led institutions to increase their focus on quality of life. Several studies at Centenary College have concluded that the campus community perceives development of a wellness facility as its highest priority. In addition, students agree that the college is in need of facilities where organizations can consolidate and individuals and groups can gather to better address their recreational and social needs. In response to these urgent needs, we will:

Objective A. Obtain funds for and begin construction of the wellness center by 9/99.

Resources: 1999 Bond Issue
Responsibility: Dean of Student Life, V.P. for College Relations, V.P. for Finance and Administration
Status: Haynes Fitness Center and Natatorium scheduled for completion 15 October 2000. Hired Director of Recreational Sports, Fitness Center and Natatorium in July of 2000.

Objective B. Obtain funds to renovate and enlarge Moore Student Center by 8/2002.

Resources: $8,200,000 + $2,000,000 for endowment
Responsibility: V.P. for Development, Dean of Students
Status: Campaign goal; discussions undertaken with possible donors. Discussions with architects on plans for renovation summer, 1998. Plans to be completed during 2000-2001.

Objective C. Renovate Hardin Field and Hardin Tennis Courts.

Resources: Completed
Responsibility: V. P. for Finance and Administration, V.P. for College Relations, Dean of Students
Status: Hardin Field sprinkler system completed summer, 1997. Renewal of Hardin tennis courts completed summer, 1998. Lighting for Hardin Field (Jones-Rice Intramural Field) completed summer, 2000 through the efforts of Barrie Richardson's class project and donations from the Jones and Rice families.

Objective D. Provide additional seating for spectators at soccer, softball, and baseball fields.

Resources: $150,000
Responsibility: Director of Athletics, V.P. for College Relations
Status: First section of seating at soccer field completed spring, 1998. $218,000 for new baseball stadium, pressbox, backstop, net covering over stadium, and repair to dugouts. Completion is September 2000. The old bleachers at the baseball stadium will be upgraded (wood replaced and painted) and moved to the softball field.

Objective E. Improve lighting at the baseball field and install lights at the soccer and softball facilities.

Resources: $120,000
Responsibility: Director of Athletics, V.P. for College Relations
Status: Baseball field improvements completed spring, 1997. Softball field lights installed fall, 1998. An additional panel of lights will be installed for each light pole on the baseball field at a cost of $7,000.

Objective F. Provide a restroom and concessions facility for the softball-baseball-soccer area and a restroom facility for the tennis courts.

Resources: $30,000
Responsibility: Director of Athletics, V.P. for College Relations
Status: Seeking funds A rest room and concession complex will be installed for the softball-baseball-soccer complex. Completion date is fall 2000. Cost is $60,000.

Objective G. Construct new entrance areas for the athletic complex.

Resources: $20,000
Responsibility: Director of Athletics, V.P. for College Relations
Status: Seeking funds. New fence and entrance completed, 1997. Parking lot on the west side of the Gold Dome is scheduled to be paved in 2001.

Objective H. Replace lower-level seating in the Gold Dome.

Resources: $225,000
Responsibility: Director of Athletics, V.P. for College Relations
Status: Proposal under development; seeking funds

Objective I. Replace sound system in the Gold Dome.

Resources: $10-60,000
Responsibility: Director of Athletics, V.P. for College Relations
Status: New sound system installed fall, 1999.

Objective J. Renovate spaces to provide offices for an athletic academic center, soccer coach, and Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Development.

Resources: $20,000
Responsibility: Director of Athletics
Status: Seeking funds. First phase complete: Academic center and offices for soccer coach in place. Phase two complete: Academic center expanded and reallocated to provide offices for volleyball, women's basketball, and sports information. Phase three: Relocate Compliance Office and Sports Information Office to space vacated by Heath and Exercise Science faculty (Fall 2000).

Objective K. Renovate the remainder of the upper level of the physical plant shop building adjacent to the baseball field to house baseball and soccer locker, equipment, and training rooms, SID, space for a soccer office, and a laundry facility.

Resources: $25,000
Responsibility: Director of Athletics
Status: Renovation completed, spring 2000.

Goal 2. Upgrade Student Living Quarters.

In concert with the rest of American society, higher education has experienced significant social changes as it has moved away from the concept of a relatively structured institutional social organization, functioning in loco parentis, toward one where the campus community has become a microcosm of an increasingly less-structured, informal American society. To provide for much-needed repair, replacement, and modernization of facilities so that the College can project a more contemporary image to prospective students, Centenary will:

Objective A. Renovate and re-equip Rotary Hall with new furnishings by 8/97.

Resources: $2,670,500.
Responsibility: V.P. for College Relations, V. P. for Finance and Administration
Status: Completed, summer, 1997.

Objective B. Provide new furnishings for student residence halls by 8/97.

Resources: $468,000
Responsibility: V.P. for College Relations, V.P. for Finance and Administration
Status: Completed, summer, 1998.

Objective C. Provide computer network access from every room in student residence halls by 8/99.

Resources: $370,000
Responsibility: V.P. for College Relations, Provost
Status: Completed January, 2000.

Objective D. Dedicate a portion of student fees to support quality of residence life efforts and as a reserve for upkeep and improvement of residence halls by 8/98.

Resources: To be determined
Responsibility: V. P. for Finance and Administration
Status: Operating budget for each hall is charged $2,500. These funds are accumulated in the plan fund to accomplish this purpose. Move Residence Life to status of Auxillary Service 2000/2001.

Objective E. Provide new telecommunications system for campus halls by 12/99.

Resources: 1999 Bond Issue
Responsibility: V. P. for Finance and Administration
Status: Completed January, 2000.

Goal 3. Assure a Safe Campus Environment.

Visitors to Centenary College are struck by the exceptionally beautiful setting of the campus, which is significantly enhanced by its openness. While the institution has made it a priority to maintain safe campus conditions and has succeeded in achieving them, the lessons of other institutions suggest that increased vigilance will ensure that students, faculty, and staff can continue with the work of teaching and learning in the comfort of a historically secure environment. To achieve this goal, the College will:

Objective A. Develop a campus watch network by 8/99.

Resources: To be determined
Responsibility: Dean of Student Life, Director of Public Safety
Status: Pending

Objective B. Develop a restricted access system for all campus facilities by 8/98.

Resources: Estimate $250,000 for card access system
Responsibility: V. P. for Finance and Administration
Status: Determine feasibility. Proposal made in 1997-98 to restrict access to Magale Library to main entrance, closing other doors on the north and south of the building; implemented, spring 1998. A proposal has been received from one vendor for a card-access system. Other proposals will be secured to determine exact funding requirements in 2000-2001.

Objective C. Increase campus cooperation with community Weed and Seed Program.

Resources: Operating budget
Responsibility: V.P. for Administration and Finance, Dean of Student Life
Status: Ongoing. President has initiated and Public Safety Department maintains a dialogue with S.P.D. As a result, Centenary campus now included in community police patrols.

Objective D. Enhance the safety features of the campus and campus perimeter.

Resources: To be determined
Responsibility: V.P. for Administration and Finance
Status: Ongoing priority. Lighting has been upgraded; barrier erected to prevent campus drive-through; Woodlawn Avenue temporarily closed to non-College traffic. Public Safety staff has been increased. Lighting upgrade for parking areas needed. Permanent closure of part of Woodlawn effected spring, 1998 together with selected connecting streets. Lot at corner of Oak St. and Kings Highway cleared as site of a Centenary College entrance marker, fall 1998.

Other Goals

Goal 4. Develop a Model First-Year Program.

Extensive research into and experience with the freshman year by Dr. John Gardner of the University of South Carolina has confirmed that an integrated program creatively addressing all aspects of the first year of college, from academics to laundry facilities, is essential to a feeling of student well-being and, thus, a high rate of retention. In pursuit of this goal, Centenary will:

Objective A. Continue to develop and enhance the freshman orientation program to better develop early student bonding with the institution.

Resources: As needed
Responsibility: Dean of Student Life; Enrollment Management Committee
Status: Director of Admissions, Dean of Student Life, and Enrollment Management Committee have reviewed program and initiated changes for 1998-99. Summer advising program begun summer, 1998.

Goal 5. Develop a Wide Variety of Activities to Enrich Student Life.

Centenary recognizes that the best college experience combines a high quality academic program with opportunities for students to mature as individuals, citizens, contributors to the work place, and leaders. In support of this multi-faceted mission, the College will:

Objective A. Increase and better coordinate co-curricular events on campus by assuring integrated planning.

Resources: As needed
Responsibility: Dean of Student Life
Status: Policy adopted to integrate Convocations Committee with others entities planning events; additional funds budgeted. Speakers being selected in 2000-2001 to coordinate with the theme of the First-Year Experience.

Objective B. Assure a minimum of two lectures/semester for students presented by incumbents in endowed chairs/endowed professorships, beginning spring, 1997.

Resources: None required
Responsibility: Provost
Status: Mandated by Faculty Development and Personnel Committees; being implemented to the extent that it is consistent with the curricular objectives of the freshman First-Year Experience. During the 2000/2001 academic year, 5 endowed chairs will present convocations.

Objective C. Increase funds available for student activities.

Resources: To be determined.
Responsibility: V.P. for Administration and Finance, V.P. for College Relations
Status: Campus vending machine income dedicated to funding of student activities; additional funds have been allocated.

Objective D. Enhance planning for events by approving SGA funding in year prior to expenditures.

Resources: As budgeted
Responsibility: SGA
Status: 1997-98 budget completed according to this schedule.

Objective E. Add women's golf as a varsity sport.

Resources: $12,000/yr. salary plus $10,000 startup funds (first year only).
Responsibility: Director of Athletics
Status: Completed

Objective F. Add women's basketball as a varsity sport.

Resources: To be determined
Responsibility: Director of Athletics
Status: Completed.

Objective G. Add track and field as a varsity sport.

Resources: To be determined
Responsibility: Director of Athletics
Status: Goal deleted.

Objective H. Develop a $1 million endowment to support student travel to academic programs abroad by 2003.

Resources: $1 million to be raised
Responsibility: Provost, V.P. for College Relations
Status: Donors solicited, fund-raising events held in 1997-98 to create initial pool of funds. First awards made for summer, 1998 and 1998-99 academic year.

Objective I. Add women's swimming as a varsity sport.

Resources: To be determined
Responsibility: Director of Athletics
Status: On hold until conference status is determined.

Goal 6. Develop a Comprehensive Internship Program to Assist Students in Funding their Education and Gaining Practical Work Experience.

It is well known among both employers and those who study the transition from college to the work place that students who have gained practical job experience during their college years are significantly more employable than those who lack such experience, and further that they are likely to be more successful in their employment once hired. A group of Centenary business students polled the student body in 1995-96, asking to what extent they would be interested in a comprehensive internship program, and the response was strongly in favor.

Objective A. Coordinate campus efforts to develop a comprehensive internship program.

Resources: To be determined
Responsibility: Academic Policy Committee, Career Center
Status: Referred to the Academic Affairs Committee in 1995-96. ACE/Kellogg team developed a leadership program in 1997-98, endorsed by the Academic Policy Committee in the same year, which provides for internships. Will be implemented when funding is in place; commitment has been obtained from a donor. The Louisiana Board of Regents Professorship Fund provided matching funds for 5 Endowed Professorships in Leadership in 1998/2000.

Goal 7. Develop Programs to Support a Sense of Community.

It is well known that there is a direct correlation between an individual's integration into a supportive group and a sense of well-being. Consistent with this, research in higher education reveals a direct correlation between institutions with a strong sense of community and a high degree of faculty and staff well-being and student retention.

Objective A. Increase student awareness of and participation in campus activities.

Resources: To be determined; additional funding needed.
Responsibility: Dean of Student Life
Status: Activities director has been provided with additional funds with which to support activities; activities mix has been enhanced to increase attractiveness to students; holders of endowed chairs and professorships have been mandated by three faculty committees to present lectures on their research each semester. Student members have been added to the Student Life Committee of the Board.

Objective B. Continue CQI discussion of improved staff communication and needed revisions in customer service to increase student satisfaction.

Resources: Operating budget
Responsibility: President
Status: Regular staff meetings established 1997. Developed clearer channels of communication. Personnel consultant with whom to raise human resource issues designated, new staff handbook developed.

Objective C. Use American Council on Education/Kellogg Program on Institutional Change and Leadership to help develop community.

Resources: $5,000
Responsibility: Provost
Status: See A. above. The institution has been invited to continue in Phase II of the project, beginning in fall, 1998. Five endowed professorships requested from the Board of Trustees with which to support the program have been funded.

Objective D. Use Pew Roundtable format to facilitate discussion among faculty, students, staff, and Board of Trustees in support of community.

Resources: Operating budget
Responsibility: President
Status: First Pew Roundtable completed 1995-96. Follow-up completed 10/96. Team attended national meeting of Pew institutions (Knight Collaborative) in St. Louis, 11/96. Provost attended additional Knight Collaborative discussions spring, 1998.

Objective E. Create social and intellectual space for students in all academic buildings.

Resources: To be determined
Responsibility: V.P. for Administration and Finance
Status: Over the past decade, ongoing building renovation and remodeling has resulted in the creation of various social and intellectual spaces for students. For example, each floor of Mickle Hall has study and lounge space for students and Jackson Hall has modest student study and lounge space on the second and third floors. Smith building has two locations that provide social spaces for philosophy, religion and church careers students. During the summer of 2000, the College completed the renovation of the Haynes Fitness Center that has an academic space for the Health and Exercise Science department and an attractive social space.

Last revised 19 October 2000

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