Centenary Magazine Spring '06

Recollect and Reconnect: Homecoming 2006

Founders' Day Convocation

Grand Marshal Dr. Earle Labor gives a thumbs-up as he leads seniors during the traditional Founders' Day Convocation procession from Mickle Hall to Brown Chapel.

Hal Sutton, Alumni Hall of Fame

At the Alumni Awards Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 2, Centenary inducted professional golfer Hal Sutton ’81 into the Centenary College Alumni Hall of Fame. The award is the highest honor given to an alum, recognizing distinguished achievements in the alum’s profession and marking his or her service to the College and others.

Sutton has won numerous PGA tournaments, including the PGA Championship and the Player of the Year Award in 1983. He has played on four Ryder Cup teams, serving as captain in 2004.

At Centenary, he played golf from 1976-80, during which he won 14 tournaments, was an All-American, led the Gents to the NCAA Tournament and finished ninth nationally. He won the 1980 U.S. amateur championship and was named the NCAA College Player of the Year and Golf Magazine’s College Player of the Year.

Sutton invests in community service initiatives and established the Hal Sutton Foundation in 2001 to meet the health care needs of children in the Ark-La-Tex region.

Dr. Brad McPherson, Honorary Alumnus Award

Brad McPherson, professor emeritus of biology and inaugural holder of the Mary Warters Endowed Chair, received the Honorary Alumnus Award. He retired in May 2003 after joining the Centenary faculty in the fall of 1971. He continues to team teach a May Module in Nicaragua. Numerous students have traveled with him and studied in Costa Rica, where he has done research for 40 years.

Students and colleagues recognized him as Outstanding Teacher in 1983. He served as sponsor to the Biology Club and member of Alpha Epsilon Delta medical fraternity. He received the first Summer Research Grant given by the Alumni Association and earned the grant again three years later. Both times, he involved students in the research these grants supported. In 2004, his former students recognized him with the Brad McPherson Study Lounge in Mickle Hall.

Dr. Rosemary Seidler, Honorary Alumna Award

Dr. Rosemary Seidler, professor emerita of chemistry, received the Honorary Alumna Award. She retired in May 2005 after serving as a Centenary faculty member for 39 years.

A recipient of Centenary’s Outstanding Teacher Award, Seidler was also one of 12 recipients nationwide of a 1993 Outstanding Advising Award from the National Academic Advising Association. She also served on every major College committee and advised the Honor Court, Omicron Delta Kappa and the Student Government Association.

Gene and Charlotte Bryson, Alumni Loyalty Award

Gene ‘63 and Charlotte Stodghill ‘63 Bryson are recipients of the 2006 Alumni Loyalty Award for their contributions to and long-standing relationship with Centenary. The Brysons have been active with various alumni programs since graduation. Gene Bryson has served on the Board of Trustees since 2000 and has retired as the chief judge of the 1st Judicial District Court, State of Louisiana. He currently serves as the judicial administrator and special judge with the 1st Judicial District Court.
Charlotte Bryson, a retired educator, is a member of the Centenary Women’s Endowment Quorum and the Centenary Muses, organizations that support student and College projects.

They have both served terms as president of the Alumni Board and are supporters of the C Club and the Centenary College Choir. They have hosted a number of class reunions and Centenary College Choir reunions and are active members of First United Methodist Church in Shreveport.