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Centenary e-Extra!

A Newsletter for Faculty, Staff and Friends of Centenary College of Louisiana
Volume 3, Number 4
June 6, 2006


OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFERS NEW ONLINE TOOLS with its launch of www.centenary.edu/pr. Users can now submit project request forms, learn about publication guidelines and soon have access to download versions of the Centenary logo.

WOMEN'S ENDOWMENT QUORUM ALLOCATES MORE THAN $71,000 FOR CAMPUS PROJECTS, including funds for pew Bibles in Brown Chapel,  memorial benches in Cline Hall Courtyard, electronic teaching aids for the Health and Exercise Science Department, recycling endeavors, and painting, landscaping and furnishing projects in several campus facilities.

ALUMNI SUPPORT ON THE RISE AS FISCAL YEAR DRAWS TO CLOSE. Centenary's total alumni giving is up 3% from last month. Raising the percentage of alumni who give helps Centenary receive valuable grants from foundations and companies. The Class of 2006 is close to reaching its goal of 100% giving. So far, 78% of the class has given—a historic percentage for any class! Read more about Centenary alumni news: www.centenary.edu/alumni/connections/may06.

GET FIT THIS SUMMER through free aerobic classes offered by the Centenary Fitness Center for all faculty, staff and students (see schedule below). For its summer hours, the Fitness Center is open 6–8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12–8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12–6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The pool is open 6–8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 4–6 p.m. Monday–Saturday.

  • Monday
    12–1 p.m., pilates with Sheri
    5–6 p.m., yoga with Barry
  • Tuesday
    12–1 p.m., yoga with Francine
    5–6 p.m., body sculpt with Afton
  • Wednesday
    12–1 p.m., pilates with Sheri
    5–6 p.m., spinning with David
  • Thursday
    12–1 p.m., yoga with Francine
    5–6 p.m., yoga with Barry


  • Sci-Port Discovery Center encourages Centenary faculty, staff and students to enter the Aaron & Peggy Selber Red River Research Writing Competition, which awards a $1000 prize to the individual with the best researched and written paper that integrates cultural, historical, geographic and literary aspects of science unique to North Louisiana’s Red River Region. Entrants must be 18 years old or older. Deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 31. Questions? Call Sci-Port at 318.424.3466.
  • The Southern Conference on African American Studies has announced a call for papers about "African American Lives: Before and After Katrina." Proposal deadline is Sunday, Oct. 15. Selected papers will be presented at the SCAASI's annual convention in Baton Rouge Feb. 15–17, 2007. For more information, contact Sue Callaway, Centenary's director of intercultural affairs, at 318-869-5702, or visit www.scaasi.org.

CENTENARY HAPPENINGS, highlighting upcoming events

SUMMER CAMPS AT CENTENARY, which begin in early June, range from youth sports camps to academic intensive courses. For more information, contact Conferences and Facilities Coordinator Francine Campbell at 318-869-5015 or review the summer events schedule online.

ENJOY MUSIC AL FRESCO by frequenting one or more of Centenary's Summer Band Concerts, set for June 13, 14, 20 & 27. All concerts take place in the Hargrove Band Shell at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Read more at: www.centenary.edu/news/2006/June/summerband-2.html or see The (Shreveport) Times article and color photo at Summer Band Concerts at Centenary .

STRICTLY PERSONAL, news about the Centenary family and extended family

GREETINGS AND WELCOME to Centenary's newest staff members:

  • Steve Curtis, women’s basketball coach
  • Todd Russ, assistant men's basketball coach
  • Susan San Angelo, data specialist, Admissions Office
  • Josh Trahan, accountant, Business Office

FAREWELL to Rosie Daniel, assistant Web developer, who will be pursuing graduate studies at NYU this fall. She will depart campus in mid June.


  • Alexander Murov, son of Associate Professor of Spanish Maureen Murov and husband Rick, was born May 2.
  • Addison Pratt, daughter of Assistant Athletics Director/Sports Information Director David and Financial Aid Assistant Keeley Pratt, was born May 22.


  • Dr. Charles T. Beaird, professor emeritus of philosophy and member of the Board of Trustees
  • Lauretta Bradshaw, grandmother of Dean of Student Life Lori Bradshaw
  • Mrs. James L. Cathey Jr., mother of Kathe Newsome, database administrator
  • Anita Mary Steinau, benefactor of the Mary Morel and Jacques Napier Steinau Memorial Scholarship


  • Scott Griffin, lecturer in art


MONEY MATTERS to Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Education Center Harold Christensen, who will present at the Economic Summit 2006, a Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas conference for high school faculty June 1–2.

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS AND CHAIR ROTATIONS were announced at April's faculty meeting. Having served as Centenary Chair of Liberal Arts for six years, Professor of English Steve Shelburne will be stepping down, and Assistant Professor of Sociology Michelle Wolkomir will fill that vacancy. Associate Professor of Religious Studies Susan Brayford, back from her yearlong sabbatical, will serve as associate dean for the next three years.

KUDOS ARE IN ORDER for recipients of Board of Regents grants. Out of 12 grant requests, Centenary faculty received eight grants for various projects. They are:

  • Cynthia Brame
    “Proteomics in the Undergraduate Curriculum”
  • Cynthia Brame and Scott Chirhart
    “Enhancement of Biomolecular Tools at Centenary College”
  • Beth Leuck, Ed Leuck and Scott Chirhart
    “Focus on Biology: Using Digital Microscopes to Enhance Knowledge, Critical Thinking, and Teamwork in Biology Courses”
  • Ernest Blakeney, Ron Martin, Tom Ticich and Joshua Lawrence
    “Enhanced Separation Capabilities in Biochemistry and Chemistry at Centenary College"
  • Harold Christensen and Elizabeth Rankin
    “Enhancing Undergraduate Education Through Economic Reporting to Secondary Teachers”
  • Jeanne Hamming and Jeff Hendricks
    “Enhancing Humanities Computing at Centenary College of Louisiana”
  • Victoria LeFevers, Daniel Henderson and Shelley Armstrong
    “Enhancement of Pre-Professional Allied Health and Exercise Science Programs Through the Establishment of a Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory and the Introduction of Guided-Inquiry Learning”
  • Matt Weeks, David Stafford and Bobbi Carothers
    “Enhancing Behavioral Science Research Instruction”

RESEARCH PUBLISHED IN LEADING GEOLOGY JOURNAL has earned recognition for Chair of the Geology Department Scott Vetter. He co-authored the article "Layered mafic sill complex beneath the eastern Snake River Plain: Evidence from cyclic geochemical variations in basalts," which appeared in the May 2006 issue of Geology.

ATTENDEES AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY'S WIKIMANIA CONFERENCE will hear from Web Developer Michael Futreal as he shares his original wiki programming language Aug. 4–6.


* THE OFFICE OF ALUMNI RELATIONS INVITES ALL FACULTY AND STAFF to attend any alumni-related event. Check out the Alumni Events Calendar at http://www.centenary.edu/alumni/events.

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