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Centenary Sets Founders' Day, Alumni & Family Weekend for April 2-5

SHREVEPORT, LA -- Centenary College's annual Founders' Day and Alumni and Family Weekend celebrations have been scheduled for Thursday, April 2 through Sunday, April 5.

The weekend will begin with Founders' Day on April 2 to honor the college's 173rd anniversary. The Founders' Day convocation will be at 11 a.m. in Brown Chapel with Professor Mark Zeltser, an internationally known pianist and new member of the Centenary music faculty, performing.

The convocation will be followed by an all-campus picnic held in Centenary's Crumley Gardens. Sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Senior Class, the picnic is open to Centenary alumni, students, faculty and staff.

An Alumni Awards dinner will be held at 6 p.m. April 2. Dr. Bettina Hilman, Class of 1949, will receive the Alumni Association's highest honor when she is inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame. Two members of the Centenary Board of Trustees -- Judge Carl Stewart and Fletcher Thorne-Thomsen -- will be named "Honorary Alumni," and Trustee and Alumni Association President Katherine Turner Cheesman, Class of 1947, will receive the Alumni Loyalty Award. The dinner will also honor the recipients of the Outstanding Teaching Award and the Alumni Faculty Research Grant, who will be announced during the Founders' Day Convocation. On Friday, April 3 at 2 p.m., Centenary's National Alumni Council will meet in the Centenary Room. The meeting will be open to all alumni. That evening, the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Shreveport Hotel.

On Saturday, April 4, a reception will be held to honor faculty, former faculty and visiting alumni. It will be held in the Hamilton Hall lobby at 9:30 a.m. Other activities planned for Saturday include a Crawfish Boil and moonwalk for the Centenary community and a Quinq Club luncheon honoring the members of the class of 1948, in recognition of their 50th reunion, as well as all alumni who have already celebrated their 50th reunions. Both of these events are at 11:30 a.m. on campus.

Computer classes in Magale Library, a lecture in Mickle Hall, a Rotary Hall Suites Open House, a Sigma Alpha Iota music sorority reception in the Hurley School of Music Lobby, and an information session entitled "The Case of the Unidentified Alumni/ae" in the Centenary Room will also be held on Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday evening special 5th, 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, and 50th anniversary reunions will be held throughout Shreveport.

On Sunday, April 5 at 9:30 a.m., a reception is planned at the Broadmoor United Methodist Church Parlor. Palm Sunday Services will be held at 10:50 a.m. Additional events and attractions throughout the weekend include the All Stars American Sports Prints Exhibit in Meadows Museum, the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse production of Lost in Yonkers, Centenary baseball games on Friday and Saturday, and a softball game on Sunday.

Dress for the entire weekend is casual and families are encouraged to attend, said Alumni Relations Director David Henington.

Deadline for registration is March 27. For more information contact the Centenary Alumni Office at 318-869-5151.

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