The President's Report, 1997-98
Choir Sings at White House. The Choir sang on December 5, 1997 at a reception hosted by President and Mrs. Bill Clinton.
National Publications Recognize Centenary:
Chemistry Club Among Nation's Top 8%. The Centenary Chemistry Club received a citation from the American Chemical Society that placed it in the top 8 percent of ACS recognized chemistry clubs in the nation.
Largest Contribution Ever: $10 Million. $2 Million Gift Made.The largest contribution ever to Centenary College -- $10 million -- was announced Oct. 16, 1997. The sum is to be doubled when it is matched by future gifts to Centenary's comprehensive campaign. The College also announced a $2 million anonymous gift in December 1997.
Three New Endowed Chairs. Three families who are longtime supporters of Centenary made gifts that will result in Eminent Scholars Chairs at the College. When matched with Louisiana Board of Regents funds, they will form the College's first "super chair," the $2 million R. Z. Biedenharn Chair in Communication, and two $1 million chairs, the Bill and Sarah James Chair in Psychology and the Albert Sklar Chair in Geophysics.
Eminent Scholars Chair in Neurobiology. The Louisiana Board of Regents completed its $400,000 funding to match the $600,000 gift from Edwin Frost Whited to establish the Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Eminent Scholars Chair in Neurobiology.
Magale Endowed Professorship. The Regents also completed the $100,000 Joanna G. Magale Endowed Professorship.
TOPS Scholarships Arrive. Centenary became the first private college in Louisiana to combine the State of Louisiana's innovative "TOPS" grants with sufficient funds to offer full-tuition to top freshmen entering in 1998-99. Louisiana's Tuition Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS), effective for 1998 college freshmen, offers scholarships to students who meet certain requirements and attend any college or university in the state. Freshmen enrollment for fall 1998 increased by 30 percent over the previous year.
Financial Support. Over $26.3 million were raised in 1996-97, including over $3.0 million in annual giving. As of May 31, 1998, over $18.0 million were raised in 1997-98, including $2.4 million in annual giving.
Endowment Investment Policy. The investment policy was revised to establish a spending policy, asset allocation and selection of new investment managers.
National Prepaid Tuition Plan. Centenary joined a select group of private colleges and universities seeking to launch a national prepaid tuition program that will help reduce families' future college costs while bolstering enrollments. The Tuition Plan, Inc. (TPI), now being refined, will allow the prepayment of up to 100 percent of a child's future college tuition and room-and-board costs via purchasing contracts that lock-in costs at today's prices or even lower.
New Rotary Hall Suites. Centenary dedicated its newest residence hall during festivities October 16, 1997 on the terrace of Rotary Hall Suites. The $2.4 million renovation project was part of an overall $7 million bond project that is funding a number of campus projects.
And Other Improvements. The College has also added heating and air conditioning improvements, new residence hall furniture, a bus, various lighting projects, and a library networking system. A state-of-the-art biology lab and other new equipment for the sciences were added. New windows and carpeting were placed in the Meadows Museum of Art. Major changes were made to the Magale Library, which now features new classrooms, carpet and an Internet Computer Café. New computer equipment and an extended network were placed on line. Haynes Gymnasium received a new aerobics and fitness center and a weight room.
SACS Accreditation and Certification. Centenary was reaccredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, following an 18-month Self Study. In addition, the NCAA team, which visited Centenary in connection with the accreditation visit of SACS, issued its report and certified Centenary's athletic programs without conditions.
First-year Advising. A new first-year advising program was developed and a common first-year course prepared for the fall of 1998.
Student Leadership Institute. A new Centenary Leadership Institute was piloted and passed by the faculty. This institute was developed from Centenary's work with the American Council on Education/Kellogg Foundation's national program focused on transformational change.
9th Annual Leadership Conference. The conference continued to seek out and nurture those in leadership roles in Shreveport-Bossier.
11th Annual Book Bazaar. The Friends of Centenary announced an all-time record profit of over $28,000 from the 11th annual Book Bazaar.
Danish Visitors. For the second year, the Office of Intercultural Affairs coordinated and hosted a 10-day visit by members of the Danish Association of Teachers of English in a program that highlighted Southern literature and culture.
Curtis Garden Added. The Wayne Curtis Memorial Garden, Centenary's newest garden, was dedicated Oct. 4, 1997. The garden honors the late Mr. Curtis (BA '69, MBA '87), a Shreveport business and civic leader and former president of the Centenary Alumni Association.
TAAC Resignation / Southland Application. The College gave the necessary two years' notice for its withdrawal from the Trans American Athletic Conference (TAAC) and applied for membership in the Southland Conference.
Study Series. The spring Literary Study Series took an in-depth look at works by Elizabeth Spencer, who spoke at a spring luncheon.
Honorary Doctorates. Honored with the College's highest recognition, the honorary doctorate, during 1998 commencement exercises were: Bishop Dan E. Solomon of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church; Dr. Charles Black, a Shreveport physician and medical missionary; and Mr. Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition/Saturday on National Public Radio.
Globefest. The College held its first Globefest: A Celebration of International Food, Fun and Friendship. During a two-week period, a variety of events related to travel and the world's many cultures were held both on and off campus. The capstone event was an International Food and Culture Fest held at the Barnwell Center. Globefest also celebrated the College's new International Travel Scholarship Program, which helps provide a round-trip airline ticket for every Centenary junior or senior who wishes to study in an approved academic program in any country.
Hurley Library Honors Three. A reception and celebration were held in the Hurley Music Library in honor of three special friends: David Redwine, Robert Murray and the late Wayne Sanders. Each has contributed special music collections to the Music Library.
OUTSTANDING STUDENTS, FACULTY AND ALUMNI
SPEAKERS ON CAMPUS
Corrington Award for Excellence in Literature. Pulitzer Prize winning poet Anthony Hecht received the Corrington Award for Literary Excellence from Centenary.
Dr. Brian Levin and Thomas Halpern, experts on hate and extremist groups, kicked off the 1997-98 academic year at the President's Convocation. Their appearance was the first event in a year-long series of programs related to the year's theme of "Tolerance/Intolerance." All first-time students received a copy of their book, The Limits of Dissent: The Constitutional Status of Armed Civilian Militias.
Centenary Leadership Institute Speaker. Former governor and congressman Charles "Buddy" Roemer discussed "Ethics in Politics" at the first public lecture sponsored by Centenary's new Leadership Institute.
NPR's Scott Simon at Commencement. Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition/Saturday on National Public Radio spoke at commencement on May 9, 1998 in the Gold Dome.
A Wealth of Speakers, Lecturers:
ARTS, DANCE, MUSIC, THEATRE EVENTS
The Meadows Museum of Art held the exhibits "French Colonial Realism: Indochina in the Camera's Eye," "Please Touch," "The Hargrove Collection of Tribal Art," "Ultra Realistic Sculpture" by Marc Sijan, "Christmas Tree Ornaments from the Bush White House," "All Stars: American Sporting Prints from the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams," and "Inuit Art from the Collection of Jack and Jean Stein." Turner Art Center exhibited works by Don Thornton, the Hoover Watercolor Society, Margarete Monsour, Robert St. John, Deborah Howard and Mike Dean.
The Marjorie Lyons Playhouse presented Angels in America, Part I and Part II; God's Country; Lost in Yonkers; and Grand Hotel.
Internationally renowned pianist Mark Zeltser joined the Centenary faculty in January as professor of music and artist-in-residence. Professor Zeltser spoke and performed during the annual Founders' Day Convocation. He has performed with some of the world's greatest orchestras and has won several international piano competitions. During the summer, he was a guest artist with the Dallas Symphony, receiving critical acclaim and standing ovations.
The Centenary Opera Workshop, directed by Dr. Horace English, presented a fully staged and costumed version of Act II of Johann Strauss Jr.'s comic masterpiece Die Fledermaus.
Music and dance events included the Centenary Choir's Rhapsody in View and numerous other appearances, faculty and student recitals, the Wind and Jazz Ensemble concerts, Friends of Music series, Camerata Christmas Concert, annual Wideman piano competition, the annual Candlelight Christmas service and campus lighting ceremony.
The Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, a professional touring company, presented The Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure and Richard III during a week of performances.
The Centenary Film Society hosted a visit by award-winning Louisiana filmmaker Pat Mire and the North Louisiana premiere of his film Dirty Rice. The Society also hosted a visit by Louisiana filmmaker Beverly Lewis, who spoke on campus and introduced her documentary film American Utopia.
The Centenary Dance Program sponsored an appearance and workshop by Gracey Tune, internationally known tap dancer. Ms. Tune, the founding artistic director of Arts on Tap, took part in Centenary's "Master Dance Teachers Series," a program made possible by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts Decentralized Arts Funding Program.
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