A Newsletter for Faculty, Staff and Friends of Centenary
College of Louisiana
Volume 2, Number 2
November 1, 2004
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2004 NEWS &
- Choir to Perform at the White House for
the sixth time. Congratulations to Will Andress and
the Centenary College Choir for once again receiving this prestigious
invitation. Twenty-two members of the Choir will travel to Washington,
D.C., on Dec. 17 and will perform at the President's Reception from
5:30 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 18. They will be treated to a private tour afterwards.
See them before they head to Washington at the annual Rhapsody in
View concerts Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13 and 14 at the Shreveport
- Lights, Lights and More Lights at the Meadows. Meadows
Museum has planned a gala event in connection with the opening of its
Let There Be Light: The History of Lighting Implements from Ancient
Times to the 20th Century from the New Orleans Museum of Art. The
exhibit opens with a special membership gala Nov. 13 from 5:30 to 8
p.m. in the downstairs gallery of the Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary
College. A non-alcoholic champagne fountain and delicious cuisine will
be available under tent on the grounds. Read all about it at http://www.centenary.edu/news/2004/October/0019.html.
- College Houses Hurricane Ivan Evacuees. Haynes Gymnasium
in the Fitness Center became the temporary home for about 35 students,
staff and faculty from our sister institution, Dillard University in
New Orleans. See photos at http://www.centenary.edu/news/2004/September/0004.html
. Additional news articles also appeared in New Orleans media, in
Louisiana Now! and were distributed by the United Methodist news
service. See http://www.centenary.edu/news/2004/October/0008.html.
- Candidates for U.S. Senate Come to Campus. Monday
night Oct. 11 meant more than football, as the League of Women Voters
and KTBS-TV presented a live forum with the four major candidates for
the U.S. Senate. After the forum, three of the four candidates came
to Centenary for a reception with League members, supporters, faculty
and students in Kilpatrick Auditorium. See photos at http://www.centenary.edu/news/2004/October/0014.html
- PGA of America Donates $100,000 to Centenary on behalf
of alumnus Hal Sutton. Read details at http://www.centenary.edu/news/2004/September/0010.html.
- Centenary Traditions are Theme at President's Convocation.
See the comments by alumna Rayne Martin of
the Chicago Housing Authority on our website at http://www.centenary.edu/news/2004/August/0020.html
and photos at http://www.centenary.edu/news/2004/September/0001.html.
- Orientation Activities Encourage Bonding. See photos
- Book Bazaar Earns Largest Amount Ever. Congratulations
to the Centenary Muses and all the volunteers who made this year's Centenary
Book Bazaar the best ever. The event raised over $38,000 for projects
that benefit Centenary students.
- The Wright Mathematics Building opened at the beginning
of the semester. The campus community and friends of the college toured
the new facility during an Open House and reception held on Oct. 14,
following the meeting of the Board of Trustees. The building was made
possible by a bequest from Mrs. Irene Kuhn Wright,
Class of 1938, who credited Mathematics Professor Gerard Banks
with changing her life. Read the article by Centenary communication
student Natalie Schoppe detailing Mrs. Wright's touching
story at http://www.centenary.edu/news/2004/October/0012.html.
- Chemistry Club in Top 8% in Nation. The club has
earned national recognition for eight consecutive years. Read about
it at http://www.centenary.edu/news/2004/October/0003.html.
NEWS, NEWS AND MORE CENTENARY NEWS
of recent note
- In the News... Centenary events, faculty and students
have been featured in news coverage this fall. News articles covered
the Centenary Forerunners America's Issues of the Heart programs dealing
with same-sex marriage and with abortion, as well as Centenary students'
views on voting. Additionally, several other events have been featured
in other parts of the newspaper, including the Bubble Rap exhibit that
was displayed in Magale Library. ForumNews Weekly did great
stories advancing the Centenary Book Bazaar and Meadows Museum's "Let
There Be Light!" exhbit and gala. Louisiana Now! ran a
photo and article about the Dillard evacuees and Centenary. And the
Full Impact Network Sports web site spotlighted the Centenary Softball
Team and Coach Mark Montgomery on its main page Oct. 13. The Times
also reported on Bob Buseick's pending retirement at
the end of this year in an article Oct. 27.
- The Rev. Don Meeks is Named Director of the Center
for Theological Studies at Centenary. Read all about it at http://www.centenary.edu/news/2004/September/0002.html
- Students Present Walk-a-Thon and Lick-N-Stick to
raise funds for St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Yet another successful
student event, see the photos at http://www.centenary.edu/news/2004/October/0001.html.
Connie Brennan of the Office of Student Life reports
that $4,525.01 has been raised as of Oct. 26, with the effort still
going strong. Thanks to all who have supported this worthy "Up
'til Dawn" event.
- Shenandoah Shakespeare Express Performs. This amazing
troupe of young actors visits the Centenary campus for a week every
year. See scenes from one of the plays at
- Parents and Family Weekend, National Alumni Leadership Board
Meeting. These formed two more great events held on the weekend
of Oct. 2-3. See photos at http://www.centenary.edu/alumni/association/Oct2004.Alumni.htm
- Rain Doesn't Dampen Spirits at October "Experience Centenary"
Open House held Oct. 9. See photos at http://www.centenary.edu/news/2004/October/0015.html.
The second "Experience Centenary" event will be held Nov.
- Market Research Continues, Survey is Under Way. The
College has contracted with a higher education consultant to conduct
market research in a number of areas during the fall semester in anticipation
of a new communications/marketing/positioning plan. Faculty, staff,
students, alumni and friends of the college participated in interviews
in early September. An on-line survey went out to students on Oct. 5.
These will be followed by telephone interviews with some students and,
later, with external audiences.
- Film Society Announces Season. The schedule is posted
- Music, music, music! Hurley Orchestra Performs and Opera
Workshop Gets to Work. The Hurley Orchestra, directed by Dr.
Todd Gabriel, performed on Oct. 11. Its program is
listed in the advance news release at http://www.centenary.edu/news/2004/October/0002.html
. At "press time," Centenary's annual Opera Workshop was in
the works. See the advance information about the event at
FYI: NEWS YOU CAN USE
- Official staff holidays remaining for 2004-05:
Thanksgiving* — Thursday & Friday, Nov. 25-26, 2004
Christmas & holidays — Friday, Dec. 24, 2004 - Thursday, Dec.
New Year's — Friday, Dec. 31, 2004 - Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005
Good Friday* — Friday, March 25, 2005
Memorial Day — Monday, May 30, 2005
* Holiday assigned in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
During the Christmas holidays, some offices will need to be staffed
to handle mail and year-end business.
- Alumni Activities Abound. Join in the fun as Centenary
alumni sponsor special events in the coming months — all the way
from Shreveport to Washington, D.C. and at points east and west. Holiday
events are planned in Shreveport, Dallas, Houston and D.C. Already a
number of activities have been held this year, thanks to the newly constituted
National Alumni Board and some new and/or revived alumni chapters. Read
about them on the alumni web page at http://www.centenary.edu/alumni/events/index.php.
- Worship service (Catholic): Fr. Joseph Ampatt
of St. John Berchman's Parish holds mass in Centenary's Brown Chapel
every Thursday at 11:10 a.m. A time for confession is provided before
the service, and communion is served at the conclusion of each service.
Open to the public. For more information, email email@example.com.
- Campus Crusade for Christ (every Thursday): Everyone
is invited to join in music, prayer and interactive Bible study in the
Rotary Hall basement conference room at 7 p.m. Open to the public. For
information about future meetings, email Darrius Hills
at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call Lue Hamrick at 869-5156.
INDIVIDUAL KUDOS, ACTIVITIES
- Dr. Katherine Fell is Named Vice President for Development.
Following a national search, the top candidate was right here at home.
Read all about it at http://www.centenary.edu/news/2004/October/0004.html.
- Congratuations to Dr. Scott Vetter, Woolf Professor
of Geology, who is the 2004 recipient of the Louisiana Science Teachers
Association's Craig Award. The award, which memorializes the late Dr.
William W. Craig of the University of New Orleans, recognizes university
faculty members who, like Dr. Craig, have reached out to K-12 educators
and made a difference in their careers. See details at http://www.centenary.edu/news/2004/November/0001.html
- Piano Recitals Times Two. New Piano Professor Leslie
Downs performed in September and Piano Professor Ross
Smith will perform in recital Nov. 19. See the advance articles
for details of their programs at http://www.centenary.edu/news/2004/September/0013.html
- Stone Rocks. Centenary e-Extra! has learned
some interesting news about the activities of Dr. Thomas Stone,
associate professor of music. First, he spent a day this past summer
at the Library of Congress examining the composer's ink score to Suite
in D by Arthur Bird. E. F. Kalmus will be publishing his new edition
of the work, based upon his findings. Second, he recently finished a
new composition for the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble. On Oct.
8 he conducted the UK Symphonic Band playing his "Shadows of Eternity,"
and the UK Wind Ensemble premiered "Motations," conducted
by Dr. John Lynch. Dr. Stone also taught master classes about conducting
and composition during his visit. And last, but not least, he his working
on CD liner notes for the University of North Texas. It is for a new
CD of the music of Paul Hindemith to be released in December on the
- Social Workers Honor Feldt. Congratulations to Tina
Feldt, director of counseling services, who was honored with
the Dorothy Schenthal Leadership Award from the Shreveport Region of
the National Association of Social Workers. NASW noted that during the
last 20 years, Ms. Feldt has been a leader in developing treatment programs
for children and adolescents and has served in social work leadership
positions in the mental health and social work education fields.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS, COMING EVENTS
- Nov. 9 — Poets William Logan and Debora Greger,
Corrington Award winners, read from their works; Kilpatrick Auditorium,
- Nov. 11 — Benefits Fair for Employees;
South Dining Hall; Sign up for sessions begining at 8:45 a.m., 10:30
a.m., or 1:30 p.m. or attend the open session at 3 p.m. Call Yvonne
Gullette in Human Resources at 869-5127 or email@example.com.
- Nov. 12 — Centenary alumnus and composer James
Eakin III, Class of 1999, will present "Composing Professionally,
and Choral Composition Techniques," Hurley Room 209. 2 p.m. (This
is a wonderful opportunity to hear from one of today's up-and-coming
composers! Also, the Centenary Choir will be performing Eakin's "Twinkle"
at their Rhapsody in View concerts. "Twinkle" is
the third movement of his acclaimed Stargazing suite for chorus,
celesta and strings, which premiered at the 2003 MENC Southern regional
convention in Savannah, Ga.) For more information on James Eakin, visit
his web site: http://www.jameseakin.com/newsite/default.html.
- Nov. 13 — Meadows Gala and Exhibit Opening,
Main Gallery, 5:30-8 p.m. Reservations needed.
- Nov. 13-14 — Centenary Choir's Rhapsody
in View concerts, Shreveport Civic Center, 7:30 p.m. on the
13th and 2:30 p.m. on the 14th.
- Nov. 19 — Ross Smith Piano Recital, Anderson
Auditorium, 7 p.m.
- Dec. 10 — Candlelight Christmas Service, Brown
Memorial Chapel, 6 p.m.
- Feb. 18-20 — CENTENARYpalooza Homecoming
Festivities, including Founders' Day and Centenary's participation
in the Highland area Mardi Gras parade (which will be rerouted to come
by the campus!). See tentative details on the Alumni web page at http://www.centenary.edu/alumni/homecoming/2005/HC2005_Events.htm
STRICTLY PERSONAL, news
for and about Centenary faculty and staff
Stork Club — Drs. Matt and Kelly
Weeks, psychology and business professors, respectivley, are
the proud parents of a son, Avery Matthew Weeks, who
arrived on Friday, Sept. 3, at 11:30 p.m. weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces
and measuring 20 1/4 inches long.
Called to Serve — Rick Phillips of the IT Department,
a member of the Naval Reserves, has been called to duty for the second
time since the War on Terrorism began. This time he will serve for 19
days of duty aboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) in November as it
returns to the U.S. The last time he was activated, he spent four and
a half months on assignment in Naples, Italy, in support of the war.
Two Alumnae Win Cars — Oprah Winfrey's
season-opening show was an exciting one for two Centenary alumnae, who
were in the audience when everyone won a car. They are Centenary friends
and classmates Kristen Batchelor Walker, Class of 1996,
of Raleigh, N.C., and Kristen Klein Hands of Lexington,
Ky., who attended Centenary for two years before going on to nursing school.
Share Your Recipes — Will Andress's
corn muffin recipe was featured in The (Shreveport) Times on
Wednesday, Oct. 13. It's a likely candidate for the Centenary cookbook.
Know of good recipes with a Centenary connection? Ms. Lavail's
rolls? Gents chili? Just a favorite dish by a professor or an alum? Your
own star speciality? Peggy Cooper in the Public Relations
Office is compiling such culinary delights and will share them with the
Centenary family. Send any contributions, with ingredients properly double-checked
and the source clearly indicated, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spinning Classes — They're back in the Fitness
Center. Mike Thomas, Fitness Center manager, has announced
that classes are being held on Mondays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. Call the
front desk at Ext. 5060 to reserve your bike. Those bikes not reserved
are available on a first-come basis.
Former Staffer Joins UNM — Michael Carroll, who
once raised funds for Centenary athletics, has been named vice president
for institutional advancement and president of the Univerity of New Mexico
Foundation. He left his position at Rutgers, where he had been vice president
for development and alumni relations and president of the Rutgers University
Foundation for seven years. He begins work at UNM on Nov. 1.
W. Peyton Shehee, Jr., longtime Centenary supporter
and husband and father of Centenary trustees Virginia Shehee
and Andy Shehee.
Monica Fay Robertson, daughter of longtime Centenary
food service employee Mrs. Lavail Stewart.
From Chaplain Betsy Eaves on Oct.
25: "Our Centenary community has been affected by two tragic deaths
in the past week. Centenary employee, Monica Henderson,
mourns the death of her cousin Elliott Jefferson, and
student Chris Champion mourns the loss of his mother
in South Korea last week. Our thoughts and prayers are with these in our
Centenary family during these difficult times."
This newsletter was prepared by Lynn Stewart, director of public relations,
and Natalie Schoppe, student intern, Centenary Office of Public Relations.
FROM THE SUGGESTION BOX
Recycle your printer cartridges. In the interest of environmental
preservation, the IT Department has instituted a printer cartridge recycling
program. When you replace your laser printer toner cartridge or your ink
jet cartridge, simply drop it off at the front desk of the library. Faculty
and staff can submit a service request at http://www.centenary.edu/it/service.html
for an IT representative to come to their office to pick it up. Thank
you for your assistance in keeping toxic waste out of our landfill.
Please send campus news and Suggestion Box items for the quarterly
edition of Centenary e-Extra! to email@example.com
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