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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
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
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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