Contact:  Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120

Annual President's Convocation at Centenary College to Feature Major French Government Award to Professor Kress, Address by Provost Fleck

Provost Earl W. Fleck

Dr. Dana Kress

SHREVEPORT, LA -- A major award from France will go to a Centenary College French professor, and students will hear an address by the provost at an all-campus gathering at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22 in Centenary's Brown Chapel.

The occasion is the annual President's Convocation that launches each new academic year and offers special recognition to the incoming students and the 2001 graduating class at Centenary.

French Consul General Bernard Maizeret of New Orleans will be on hand to honor Dr. Dana Kress, associate professor of French, for his record of outstanding service in support of French in Louisiana.  Maizeret will induct Kress into membership in the Ordre des Palmes Academiques, a knighthood established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1808 and the highest academic distinction offered by the French government.  

Kress, Louisiana Professor of the Year in 1998-99, has been widely recognized for his contributions to the French language in Louisiana and his work with Le Tintamarre, the French-language newspaper that is produced by his students and distributed throughout the state and to several other states and countries.

"Your Future?" is the topic of remarks to be delivered by Dr. Earl W. Fleck, who joined the Centenary administration last year as provost and dean of the college.  Fleck previously taught for a year at Oregon State College and 25 years at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., a residential liberal arts college much like Centenary. 

The President's Convocation will also include an anthem by the Centenary Choir, organ music by Professor Ronald E. Dean, French translation by Centenary student Clint Bruce, invocation by Dr. Robert Ed Taylor, benediction by Trustees Chairman William G. Anderson, and welcoming remarks by Centenary President Kenneth L. Schwab.  Seniors and the faculty will march in academic regalia.  They will be led by Grand Marshal Earle Labor, George A. Wilson Professor of American Literature, and Faculty Marshal Rosemary Seidler, Professor of Chemistry.

The program is open to the public.  For further information, contact the Centenary Office of Public Relations at 318-869-5120.

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