FYI: College News
New Shehee Stadium Entrance is Something to Cheer About
Centenary dedicated its new entrance to the W. Peyton Shehee Jr. Baseball Stadium during ceremonies on March 25. Members of the late Mr. Shehee's family were honored at the event, and on the plaque are his wife, Dr. Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee ’43; son, Andrew Shehee ’77; and daughters, Margaret ’85, Nell and Shane Shehee.
President Kenneth L. Schwab calls the sizeable brick entrance “a wonderful addition to our athletic complex.”
50-Year Old Bynum Commons Gets New Look
Alumni, can you remember the 1970s when the steel trolleys served your lunch? Were you here in the early 1980s when all foods were casseroled and the KAs all stood for “The Rose?” Or the 1990s that ushered in the new millennium with swipeable card meal plans and the create-your-own-pizza bar?
That was then, this is now.
First built in 1956, and named in 1974 to honor Robert Jesse Bynum, Bynum Commons has already received two major renovations in its history. The structure is now undergoing a third transformation, peeling back layers of blue tile and flowered wallpaper to put on a more sophisticated, contemporary look.
The North Dining Hall was scheduled for completion in time for students’ return to campus this fall. The new façade features Centenary’s traditional Georgian look, but the inside introduces modern features.
The cafeteria is fully equipped with wireless Internet, several TVs, separate food islands to optimize traffic flow, booths and chairs for many different types of seating arrangements and a new outdoor seating area. The South Dining Hall will be renamed in memory of the late Centenary philanthropist Edwin Frost Whited ’43 with significant donations provided by the Frost Foundation. It boasts many updates, including a retractable projector and screen for presentations, a new sound system, a mantle and paneling. A new Alumni Hall of Fame Room will also be installed. Centenary and Sodexho Dining Services jointly planned the renovation project.
Making Strides on Campus Sidewalks
The drive leading along the side of the Hargrove Memorial Amphitheatre and down to the Moore Student Union Building, which had suffered damage from the excessive weight of delivery trucks, has been completely repaved and flanked with maroon faux-bricks so that its effect is more like a wide pedestrian walkway than a driveway. Deliveries to the SUB have been rerouted to the Jackson parking lot to prevent future damage to the drive.
Other sidewalks in the heart of campus have been repaved, as well as a few near Brown Chapel and elsewhere. The walks are smoother and wider to allow access for wheelchairs, Facilities Services’ golf carts and more foot traffic.
Visiting Attaway Fellows Tackle Issues of Genocide and Intolerance by Sharing Personal Encounters
An engaging pair of young Attaway Fellows visited campus in April, sharing sobering stories about their encounters with genocide and intolerance. Zlata Filipovic, author of the bestselling Bosnian wartime journal Zlata’s Diary, and poet/activist Melanie Challenger “aren’t your ordinary lecturers,” as one student commented in the Conglomerate.
Their weeklong stay included classroom visits and a convocation led by Challenger called “Memorializing Genocide through Music.” She discussed how music is often used in wartime as an emotionally provocative tool to incite war protests and, conversely, to build cohesive armies through the stimulation of nationalistic feelings.
“Music allows you to remember, contemplate and memorialize—however briefly—what has happened,” Challenger said, speaking of music written after peace had been restored to a war-torn country.
Challenger went on to describe her work with the Jewish Music Institute, an organization whose primary mission is to recover lost masterpieces produced by suppressed Jewish artists and musicians under the Nazi regime.
She took on an artistic endeavor of her own by writing a libretto based on the original Anne Frank diary. Set to music intended to be accessible to the general public, the opera debuted before an audience of Holocaust survivors and British royalty at London’s Westminster Hall for the 60th anniversary commemoration of the Holocaust.
Controversy Not a Dirty Word to The Forum as Debate Ensues Over “Marriage in the 21st Century”
Welcoming hearty debate on tough topics, The Forum chose “Marriage in the 21st Century” as the social issue to be discussed during the March 14 and 21 sessions.
“We choose a topic, and invite speakers to present opposing points of view, but in the end, the students have the last word,” said Dr. Chris Ciocchetti, assistant professor of philosophy, who helped found The Forum along with Centenary’s Philosophy Discussion Group and Convocations Subcommittee.
Dr. Joan Callahan of the University of Kentucky, who has published her extensive research on ethical and legal issues, started the discussion. She was followed a week later by a panel of students and citizens from The (Shreveport) Times’ Citizen Editorial Board. Both sessions were free and open to the public.
Past year’s topics have been “The Death Penalty” and “Race.”
Centenary Faculty Engage High Schoolers in Summer Exploration Courses
Designed to pique high school students’ interest in Centenary through experiential learning, this year’s third annual Summer Exploration program attracted a record number of participants.
During two sessions in June, Centenary faculty taught six enriched courses that engaged students in activities as diverse as dissecting specimens and performing scenes from Shakespearean plays. Courses offered were: Computer-Aided Design, taught by Don Hooper; Creating Computer Games, taught by Michael Futreal; CSI Centenary: Exploring the World of Biology, taught by Scott Chirhart; Shakespeare through Performance & Acting, taught by Heather Hooper; Beginning Filmmaking, taught by Michelle Glaros; and Psychology Through Movies, taught by Matthew Weeks.
At the end of each weeklong session, the students’ parents were invited to attend a “Meet the Professor” reception in the Sam Peters Building––another way for community members to connect with the College and its faculty and staff.
Participants come mostly from regional high schools, but a handful of them attend from out of state while visiting relatives for the summer. Several participants have returned summer after summer, and one former participant has enrolled at Centenary for the fall semester as a first-year student.
Dian Tooke, who has helped organize Summer Exploration each year, says the program is intended to get young people on campus to “see and experience Centenary before they start making their college decisions.”
Outdoors Summer Band Concert Series Offers Community a Feast for the Ears
For the 36th year, Summer Band concertgoers brought their seat cushions, lawn chairs and picnic baskets to Centenary’s Band Shell, enjoying four weeknight concerts this June.
Under the direction of Dr. Thomas Stone, associate professor of music, the band offered the audience a buffet suited to the most diverse of musical appetites. From Broadway numbers to the classics, concertgoers were even treated to a big band jazz concert with guest conductor Bill Causey Jr. and vocalist Karmyn Tyler, former Centenary student and Miss Louisiana 1995.
Other featured soloists included Shreveport native Mike Williams, lead trumpet player with the Count Basie Orchestra, and Centenary’s own Dr. Tom Ticich, associate professor of chemistry, who played the accordion.
Centenary’s Fighting Squirrel Productions Bring Better than Ezra to Gold Dome
A student-run organization, Fighting Squirrel Productions, provides Centenary and the surrounding community with one major entertainment production each year. This April, Fighting Squirrel Productions brought two Louisiana-based rock bands, Better Than Ezra and The Terms, to the Centenary Gold Dome where they performed for a crowd of nearly 2,000 people.
Research Forum Promotes Academic Exploration
The 15th year of Centenary’s Student Research Forum provided students a platform to present and discuss myriad topics. Students investigated everything from ethics in accounting and eradicating poverty to genetic immunotherapy for prostate cancer and the theodicy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Poster Session winners were Beth Thompson, who presented her research on the effects of high calcium concentration on larvae, and Kelly Waterhouse for her research on yeast casein kinase 2.
Tying for first place in the Natural Sciences Session were Brett Martin and Courtney Rome. Humanities Session winners Courtney Lacy and Kacie Lopez presented their respective religious studies research dealing with the debate on intelligent design and traditional gender roles within the American family.
Mary Noon took first place in the Social Sciences Session for her research on sexual harassment. Second place went to Lauren Frost for her research on wage differentials according to race and social status.
The Center for Family-Owned Business Brings Sibling and Cousin Team Expert to Campus
Family business consultant Drew Mendoza conducted a workshop on “Sibling and Cousin Teams” May 17 as a guest of the Frost School of Business, Center for Family-Owned Business.
Participants learned strategies for family businesses from Mendoza, author of Making Sibling Teams Work: The Next Generation and managing principal of the Family Business Consulting Group of Marietta, Ga. Some 30 families attended.
Membership in Centenary’s Center for Family-Owned Business can be arranged by calling Dr. Chris Martin at 318.869.5149 or emailing him at email.
Education Department Seeks National Accreditation
This fall, the Centenary Education Department will lead an effort to gain national accreditation for Centenary College from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Education Department began preparing in the year 2000 for this initial accreditation visit, working diligently to redesign its education programs and gathering and analyzing data for the several required reports for NCATE.
The accreditation visit will occur Nov. 11–15. The visiting NCATE Board of Examiners will consist of five national members and four state members plus a state representative, who will review documents from the Department of Education; interview Centenary students and faculty; and visit Centenary’s Professional Development Schools, which are Stoner Hill Elementary School, Youree Drive Middle School, and Byrd High School.
Centenary’s efforts to achieve NCATE accreditation are led by Assistant Professor and Chair of the Education Department Dr. Sue Hernandez, NCATE Coordinator and Assistant Professor Dr. Karen Soul, Assistant Professor Dr. Robert Prickett and Administrative Assistant Mrs. Ilka Vaitkus.
Stay Tuned! KSCL 91.3 FM Gets New Broadcasting Tower for Regional Transmission
Centenary’s campus radio station, KSCL 91.3 FM, has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission to broadcast as a professional public radio station across Northwest Louisiana, making it the farthest-reaching student-run station in the area.
Centenary purchased the 200-foot triangular radio tower, a neighbor to the Gold Dome, that was formerly owned by the Cumulus Group. This purchase will upgrade KSCL’s original 150 watts to a more powerful 3,500 watts.
Student station manager Lacey Anderson and faculty adviser Michael Laffey have been working on securing “educational and attractive” programming such as BBC news and Centenary sporting events. On air 24-hours a day, KSCL will broadcast public programming while maintaining its signature uniqueness in the diverse personalities of student DJs and their eclectic music selections.
Centenary Book Bazaar Celebrates Two Decades
As Centenary Magazine was going to press, the Centenary Book Bazaar was preparing for its 20th anniversary blowout sale with more books than ever—50,000 of them—offered to the public at bargain prices Sept. 8 and 9 in the Gold Dome. Thanks to the hard work all year long by the Centenary Muses and friends of the Book Bazaar, the annual sale draws over 30,000 people, many of whom come back year after year. That's quite a way from the first sale, held in 1986, when 5,000 books were offered from an empty store in Mall St. Vincent.