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Centenary College's Residence Life Programs Named Best in Southwest Region; Students and Programs Capture Awards

SHREVEPORT, LA — Residence Hall programs and students at Centenary College of Louisiana captured top honors at two separate conferences during the March 5-7 weekend.

Centenary, through the work of the Residence Hall Association, was named "School of the Year" and earned top honors in five of eight categories at the South West Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (SWACURH) No Frills Conference held at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. SWACURH includes campuses in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Mexico. School of the Year is the highest honor the organization bestows.

Other regionally winning bids included National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Building Block Chapter of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, NRHH Member of the Year and National Communications Coordinator (NCC) of the year. Each of these awards will now be considered at the national level.

The five students recognized at the campus level and nominated regionally were Davon Ferrara of Hammond, La., as Student of the Year; Mary Knott of Shreveport, La., for First Year Experience; Jennifer Hamblin of Raceland, La., for the NRHH Member of the Year; Megan Vaughn of Greenwood, La., for NCC of the Year; and Amy Sullivan of Jonesboro, La., for the Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award is granted to recognize excellence over an entire college career and is the highest award SWACURH bestows upon an individual student.

On the same weekend at a separate conference in Dry Creek, La., Centenary’s RAs were recognized at the statewide Equipping Resident Assistants conference. Diya Surie of Shreveport, La., and India, received the Rising Star Award as the most outstanding first-year female RA in the state. "Absolutely Aware" was chosen as best educational program, recognizing the staff’s efforts during National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, and the RA training program, which included working to improve the playground at Providence House, was named the Staff Development Activity of the year.

Over 70 percent of the students attending Centenary live on campus in the residence halls. For further information, contact Mark Miller, assistant dean of student life and director of residence life, at mmiller@centenary.edu .

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