HSLA Speakers

Dr. Jeanne Hamming

Dr. Jeanne Hamming

Dr. Hamming is an Associate Professor of English and Department Chair. She holds a BA from Grand Valley State University, 1995; an MA from West Virginia University, 1997; and a Ph.D from West Virginia University, 2003. She teaches courses in Contemporary American literature, literature of the environment, gender studies, digital cultures and new media.

Her research interests lie at the intersections of gender, new media, and the environment in American literature, film, and culture. Her current co-authored project, Highways of the Mind, a work of digital scholarship, comes together at the nexus of these research interests. She has also spear-headed the creation and implementation of a sustainability living learning community on campus called the GreenHouse, which has been an exciting adventure!

Dr. Chris Ciocchetti

Dr. Chris Ciocchetti

Dr. Ciocchetti is an Associate Professor of Philosophy. He holds a B.Ph in Philosophy from Cornell College, 1995, and a Ph.D in Philosophy from University of Kentucky, 2000. He teaches courses in Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Contemporary Moral Problems, and Plato and Aristotle. His research interests include social and political philosophy, philosophy of punishment, moral philosophy, and history of philosophy.

As a professor at the College since 2001, he knows what it takes to make a good student and professor, and what he sees as his primary role is in the lives of so many students. "A successful student or professor has to be genuinely curious," he says. "Prejudice or an agenda can make us miss what’s going on right in front of us. We must want to know—and be willing to work to find out—if we’re to succeed. Since I teach ethics and philosophy, I see my job as helping students learn some techniques for grappling with ethical issues. I ask the difficult, unavoidable questions and help students start to formulate answers."

Chris Lavan

Chris Lavan

Chris Lavan is the Director of the Office of Global Engagement at Centenary. He joined the Centenary College staff in the Fall of 2008 as the Director of Service-Learning. Since then he has helped to grow and develop many of Centenary's experiential learning opportunities, including service-learning and community engagement, international education and study abroad as well as supporting diversity and multicultural programming. He is a graduate of Centenary College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in English and is also an alum of Louisiana State University where he graduated with a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. Prior to returning to Centenary, Chris worked as a graduate assistant and programming coordinator for the LSU Student Union and as a Research Associate for the LSU Community University Partnership.

As a member of the Shreveport community, Chris has made service to the community a priority in his personal life. Currently, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy and has previously served as a member of Board of Directors for the Robinson Film Center. In 2009, Chris was honored as one of Shreveport's "40 Under 40", an award recognizing 40 of the top young professionals under the age of 40 by the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.

Outside of his professional commitments, Chris enjoys spending time at his church, with his fraternity brothers, as well as with family and friends. He also enjoys swimming and playing golf.

Matt Bailey

Matt Bailey

Matt Bailey is the Senior Director of External Relations at Centenary. In his role, Bailey leads the College’s marketing, community relations and governmental relations outreach programs.

Bailey has gained experience in policy and outreach, strategic communications and governmental relations while working as the Economic Development Coordinator to Mayor Cedric B. Glover of Shreveport, and as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu.

A Louisiana-licensed attorney, Bailey earned a law degree at The George Washington University Law School where he presided over a national student political organization. He is a native of Jena, Louisiana, and graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches with a degree in Political Science. Bailey was honorably discharged from the Louisiana Army National Guard following six years of enlisted service and is a member of the American Legion as well as a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project.

Currently, in his spare time, he serves on the boards of the Northwestern State University Alumni Association, New Leaders Council - Louisiana, and Louisiana Progress. He and his wife Kristen have one son, Jack, and a cocker spaniel named Teddy.

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