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Contact: Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120
Founders' Day Includes Groundbreaking for First Phase of New Arts Complex,
Remarks by Karen Swenson
SHREVEPORT, LA -- Groundbreaking
for the first part of a new arts complex and a lecture by journalist Karen
Swenson of New York, N.Y. are among Founders' Day activities set for Thursday,
March 29 at Centenary College.
Officials will ceremonially
break ground for an almost $6 million project that will expand the Hurley
School of Music Building to include a vocal practice wing and an instrumental
practice facility. In addition, this phase of a proposed
larger arts complex will include the complete renovation of Hurley Auditorium
and the addition of more than 100 under-ground parking spaces.
Kenneth Schwab and representatives of the faculty, student body, donors,
architect and builder will participate in a 10:15 a.m. ceremony on the
campus lawn between the Hurley Music Building and the Magale Library. If it rains, the ceremony will be held in the Hurley Auditorium.
Dr. Schwab will announce details about the project, which is the first
of four phases designed to bring a multipurpose arts complex to the northeast
corner of the campus.
Ms. Swenson will be
the keynote speaker at Centenary's annual Founders' Day Convocation, which
this year celebrates the 176th anniversary of the college's founding. The
program, which is open to the public, will begin at 11 a.m. in Brown Chapel.
Ms. Swenson, who is
the inaugural holder of a new professorship at Centenary, will discuss
"Living in a Global World." In keeping with Centenary tradition,
Centenary faculty, administrators and graduating seniors -- all in academic
regalia -- will march in a procession from Mickle Hall to Brown Chapel.
Ms. Swenson, who visited
the Centenary campus in Fall 1999 as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow,
is currently serving as Centenary's inaugural Rea J. Fox Professor in Creative
Arts and Letters. She is currently directing two Creative Writing
classes at the college.
A widely published
poet, Ms. Swenson most recently authored A Daughter's Latitude: New
and Selected Poems, published by Copper Canyon Press. Its content
ranges over three decades of poems published in four separate volumes,
including The Landlady in Bangkok, which was the winner of the 1993
National Poetry Series Open Competition. Her poems have appeared
in such national periodicals as The Nation, The New Yorker, Paris Review
A world traveler, Ms.
Swenson has made Southeast Asia her journalistic "beat." Her articles
on travel in Thailand, China and Tibet, which she visits annually, appear
frequently in The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
The Rea J. Fox Professorship
was established to bring to campus creative writers, visual artists, and
performing artists of national reputation for limited residencies.
It was created by Dr. Bobby J. and Bettie Fox Hollingsworth '49 as a tribute
to her father, a Shreveport businessman for more than 50 years.
In addition to the
convocation and groundbreaking, Centenary's Founders' Day activities will
include the announcement of recipients of the Outstanding Teacher Award
and the Alumni Research Grant, as well as service recognition of faculty
and staff members who have reached milestone anniversary dates. That
will take place at 9:45 a.m. on the lawn of Brown Chapel.
The convocation will
be followed by an all-campus picnic held in Centenary's Crumley Gardens.
The picnic is open to Centenary students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends
of the college who have made reservations.
During the convocation
and the Alumni and Family Weekend events that follow, Centenary will also
celebrate the completion of its Vision for the Future: The Campaign for
Centenary, a 5-and-a-half year effort that raised more than its $90 million
goal. The exact amount raised will be announced during a Friday evening
dinner, gala and dance in the college's new Fitness Center.
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