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The Rev. Paul Rasmussen, Class of 1990, to Speak at Centenary College's President's Convocation Aug. 23

The Rev. Paul Rasmussen

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College's President's Convocation, which annually kicks off the new academic year, will feature remarks by the Rev. Paul Rasmussen, a 1990 graduate and a former Centenary admissions counselor, annual fund director and assistant basketball coach. The event will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Brown Memorial Chapel.

The Rev. Mr. Rasmussen is now a minister at Highland Park Methodist Church's Cornerstone Worship in Dallas and a fourth-generation Methodist minister. He will speak on "The Centenary Experience."

Dr. Darrel Colson, provost and dean of the college, will talk about "Academic Integrity" and President Kenneth L. Schwab will welcome returning students as well as the new first-year students this year.

The annual convocation, held on the second day of fall semester classes, also gives special recognition to this year’s senior class, who will line the bannered walkway to Brown Chapel to applaud the incoming first-year students as they join the campus processional. Seniors will be honored at 10:15 a.m. during a reception on the patio between Magale Library and Mickle Hall.

President's Convocation will also include the anthem “God, who stretched the spangled heavens” by 2004 alumnus Taylor Davis, sung by the Centenary College Choir under the direction of Dr. Will K. Andress. Organ music will be by Dr. Hollice Watson, the invocation will be given by the Rev. Betsy B. Eaves and the benediction by William G. Anderson, chairman of the Centenary Board of Trustees.

Leading the processional will be Grand Marshal Earle Labor, George A. Wilson Chair of American Literature, and Faculty Marshal Jeff Trahan, Cornelius D. and Florence Gillard Keen Chair of Physics.

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