Centenary Magazine Spring '06

FYI: College News

Centenary Alumni Tailgate at LSU’s Tiger Stadium

Centenary hasn’t had a football team in more than 60 years, but who says you need a football team to throw a tailgating party? Members of the Centenary Alumni Association didn’t let that detail bother them as they partied outside of LSU’s Tiger Stadium in October. The group celebrated their connection to Centenary and boasted that, in 1932, the Gents earned a 6-0 victory over the Tigers in a memorable football game.

President Schwab Joins Higher Education Leaders at Summit in D.C.

Centenary President Kenneth L. Schwab is among a select group of higher education leaders who were invited to attend the U.S. University Presidents Summit in Washington, D.C. President George W. Bush spoke and attendees discussed the future of international higher education.

Centenary has long been recognized for its requirement of an intercultural experience for all students and for its numerous study abroad options, ranging from a full academic year to short-term summer study.

Study abroad should be an integral part of education and an opportunity for all students. An intercultural experience is certainly an important part of the Centenary experience,” Schwab said.

Centenary Gets Mini-Makeovers All Over Campus

Over the summer and early fall of 2005, the Moore Student Union Building underwent a $1.5 million renovation. Results were revealed to an enthusiastic audience of Centenary students, faculty, staff and friends in September. New features include a coffee bar, stylish sofas and study chairs, wireless Internet and a spacious game and recreational area with new carpet and remodeled restrooms. The “Faces of Centenary” exhibit is permanently displayed on the SUB’s walls, with photographs of Centenary students, alumni, faculty and staff on view. With Centenary apparel and college textbooks for sale, the College Store has been expanded, and the campus Post Office has been relocated downstairs near the Student Life offices.

Centenary has been doing other sprucing up lately. The facades of many buildings have gotten a fresh coat of paint, as have some interior walls. A new campus map kiosk has been installed near the Anderson Choral Building’s circle drive to help guide campus visitors to the buildings they seek. Workers have been repaving several sidewalks, including one that winds through the Centenary Arboretum and others in the athletic complex area. A new entrance to Shehee Stadium is in the works as well.

Corrington Award Goes to Bobbie Ann Mason

In November, Bobbie Ann Mason received the 16th annual John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence. A native of rural Kentucky, Mason is the author of four novels, four collections of short stories—many of which first appeared in such national magazines as The New Yorker and The Atlantic—a literary memoir and more. While visiting Centenary, Mason spent time with students and faculty discussing literature and her writing career.

Queried Students Give Centenary High Ratings on National Survey

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Centenary students, participating for the first time this past year, gave favorable ratings to the College in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), whose results were released in November.

Statistics show that Centenary meets or exceeds most student-engagement benchmarks for first-year students and seniors when compared with selected peer institutions. Students ranked Centenary especially high in “Active and Collaborative Learning,” “Student-Faculty Interaction” and “Supportive Campus Environment.”

The “Active and Collaborative Learning” section of the survey queried students about asking questions in class, making class presentations, working with other students on projects during class and outside of class, tutoring other students, participating in a community-based project as part of a regular course and discussing ideas from readings or classes with others outside of class.

All Centenary students surveyed also showed higher benchmark mean comparison scores in the “Student-Faculty Interaction” area, which measured interaction with faculty members inside and outside of class and the resulting interactions as teachers become role models, mentors and guides for continuous, lifelong learning.

First-year and senior students had high marks for Centenary’s “Supportive Campus Environment,” which gauges how students perform better and are more satisfied at colleges that are committed to their success and that cultivate positive working and social relationships among different groups on campus.

“Paving the Way” Campaign Continues

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Alumni and friends are being encouraged to help fund the Leadership Fountain, a state-of-the-art fountain soon to be constructed in Centenary’s quadrangle. By purchasing engraved bricks and/or pavers, donors support both the construction of the fountain and the Campaign for Scholarships. Engraved bricks and pavers will be embedded within the walkways leading up to the fountain and will trim the fountain’s border.

Initial funds for the fountain have already been raised, but additional monies are still needed. Those who participate become an integral part of improving Centenary’s campus and funding individual educations, officials said. Contributions count as annual gifts to Centenary for the 2006-07 fiscal year. Go to www.centenary.edu/pave to order engraved bricks and/or pavers.

Maroon Jackets Celebrate 75 Years of Service

This year the Maroon Jackets celebrate their 75th anniversary as Centenary's official hosts and hostesses. Selected by the campus community, the Maroon Jackets help with annual convocations and programs.

Regents, Centenary Announce Six Endowed Professorships

The Louisiana Board of Regents and Centenary College announced six new $100,000 endowed professorships in October: the William Arceneaux Endowed Professorship in Foreign Language (in tribute to the late Sgt. Robin Fell); two Dr. Charles T. Beaird Endowed Professorships of Philosophy; the John Spencer and Elizabeth Doyle Hardy Endowed Professorship; and two A.C. “Cheesy” Voran Choir Director Endowed Professorships. Dr. E. Joseph Savoie, Louisiana commissioner of higher education, announced the professorships during a reception in the Anderson Choral Building atrium.

The ‘Man with the Sharper Image’ is Centenary’s Artist-in-Residence William Joyce

“The Man with the Sharper Image” is the description of Centenary’s Artist-in-Residence William Joyce by the Shreveport-Bossier Advertising Federation in its announcement of the 2005 Image Award.

Joyce, who received the award Jan. 31, 2006, at the Shreveport Petroleum Club, was recognized as the person who, during the previous year, “both regional, national or international attention and prestige to the cities.”

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With Joyce’s offices occupying the second floor of Centenary’s Sam Peters Building, Centenary has embraced the author-illustrator-playwright as a favored son of the Centenary community. Among his accomplishments: work as producer and production designer of the movie Robots, producer of the feature film Buddy, two Emmys (for the Rolie Polie Olie television series), 16 award-winning children’s books, conceptual characters for such films as Toy Story and A Bug’s Life, and covers for The New Yorker magazine.

Joyce was introduced at the Image Award Luncheon by Centenary alumna Cynthia Gleason ’81, who also pointed to the large number of Image Award recipients who have had Centenary connections over the years.

Author of Capitalism’s Achilles Heel to Kick Off Pate Scholarship

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One of the country’s foremost experts on money laundering and illegal flight capital, Raymond W. Baker, will be the featured speaker at a dinner for alumni, students, and friends of the Frost School of Business. The event is set for Monday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Kilpatrick Auditorium. It kicks off fundraising for an endowed scholarship in memory of Dr. Woodrow Pate, longtime professor of economics.

“When I visit with alumni who graduated between the years 1950 and 1979 they speak with fondness and gratitude of the lessons learned from Woody Pate,” said Dr. Chris Martin, dean of the Frost School of Business. “I trust that those who knew Dr. Pate and who were so influenced by this great teacher and scholar will view the endowed scholarship as a fitting tribute.”

Baker will speak on the corrosive effects of “dirty money” in the global free market system, the subject of his new book, Capitalism’s Achilles Heel (Willey, 2005). His work draws on over four decades of experiences in international business in some two dozen countries. He is a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy.

Tickets to the event are $25 per plate. For reservations, call 318.869.5141 or email the Office of Alumni Relations at email.

Centenary College Choir Sings at The White House for Seventh Time

White House guests once again were treated to seasonal favorites sung by the Centenary College Choir. The Choir is quite possibly the only collegiate choir ever to have been invited so many times to The White House for annual holiday receptions. Choir Director Dr. Will Andress traveled with a 21-member ensemble for this special event in December.

Sociology Student Writes ‘Best Undergraduate Paper’

Centenary senior Diya Surie’s paper, “Ideological Foundations of Healthcare Inequality: A Cross-Cultural Study,” has been awarded the 2006 Odum Award from the Southern Sociological Society for best undergraduate paper.

Surie, who is pursuing a dual degree in sociology and biochemistry, will receive the award on March 24 at an awards reception at the Southern Sociological Society Meeting in New Orleans where she will present her paper.

A Centenary graduate, who is now at Vanderbilt in a sociology Ph.D. program, Harmony Newman, also won this award in 2003.

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