(February 25, 2008)
Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073
Centenary Awards Highest Alumni Honor to Austin G. Robertson; Honors Dr. Kenneth Schwab, Tom and Jane Ellis, and Lara Moffat During Annual Alumni Dinner
SHREVEPORT, La.— Austin G. Robertson Jr., MBA Class of 1989, was inducted into the Centenary College Hall of Fame February 21 during the Centenary College Annual Alumni Awards Dinner. The award is the highest honor given by the Alumni Association and recognizes Centenary graduates who have distinguished themselves in both their profession and in service to others as well as the college.
In addition, the Alumni Association also presented its Honorary Alumna designation to Dr. Kenneth L. Schwab; the Alumni Loyalty Award to Tom and Jane Ellis, both members of the Class of 1951; and the Young Alumni Leadership Award to Lara Moffat, Class of 1995.
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All five honorees were recognized at the Centenary Alumni Awards Dinner during Homecoming Weekend festivities. The honorees were recognized for:
Alumni Hall of Fame: Austin G. Robertson Jr., MBA Class of 1989
Austin G. Robertson, Jr. has served on the Centenary College Board of Trustees since 1997 and is currently an Officer of the Board, serving as Treasurer. He and his wife Sandra are avid supporters of the Centenary College Choir and have traveled abroad with the choir on numerous occasions. They are also loyal C-Club supporters and attend most Centenary home games.
Austin, a CPA, is founder of Robertson, Bailes & McClelland, LLP and is currently of counsel to the firm Cole, Evans & Peterson. He has received numerous awards, including the 2004 National Public Service Award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
According to the citation in his honor, "For more than 40 years, Austin has demonstrated exemplary service and commitment to his community...He has shown that great ideas can offer limitless potential." Austin established a pooled-income fund for Centenary which has approved the College’s ability to attract and retain supporters.
Honorary Alumnus: Dr. Kenneth L. Schwab
Kenneth L. Schwab was appointed 28th president of Centenary College in 1991. Under his leadership, Centenary College has moved forward into the 21st Century with tremendous success. He is known for his leadership and successes throughout the State. He continues to serve on boards and councils including the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, the Consortium for Education, Research, and Technology of North Louisiana, the Associated Colleges of the South Board of Directors, and the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.
Campus improvements have also marked President Schwab's tenure at Centenary. Under his leadership The Vision for the Future comprehensive campaign raised more than $102 million, which exceeded the $90 million goal and enabled renovation to residence halls and the fitness center, construction of an arts complex, and additions to the College endowment. As Centenary begins its second century in Shreveport, he is leading the institution into its next comprehensive campaign which will transform the College once again.
Alumni Loyalty Award: Tom and Jane Ellis, Class of 1951
Tom and Jane Ellis graduated from Centenary in the same year and have remained loyal to their alma mater ever since. They are avid and consistent supporters of the College, always ready to welcome faculty and staff while visiting the Houston area.
Tom and Jane met while in the Centenary College Choir and were named the Centenary Lady and Gentleman in their senior year. They say that Dr. A.C. "Cheesy" Voran played Cupid, often sending them on errands together and then sealed the deal by traveling to Beaumont, TX to sing in their wedding. Needless to say, they have a great fondness for the Choir and the College. Tom and Jane have followed the Choir for over half a century and still attend Choir performances as often.
Tom is a retired geologist and Jane a retired teacher. They spend their time traveling Europe, going on big game hunts, and enjoying time with their family—their own family and their Centenary family, that is.
Young Alumni Leadership Award: Lara Moffat, Class of 1995
Lara Moffat became active with the Dallas-Ft. Worth Young Alumni Group after graduation and then served as the first official DFW Alumni Chapter president from 2004-2006.
She set the standard for alumni chapter activities and involvement in the early days of the chapter program, providing important leadership during the creation of the first formal chapter structure. That model has been used successfully to develop other chapters around the country. She has been a spokesperson for alumni giving as well, encouraging fellow alumni to support the College at whatever level is comfortable for them. Through her efforts, Lara has helped Centenary increase the overall percentage of alumni giving.
After taking a break to travel Europe she has returned to Dallas to complete her thesis and to receive her Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. She is a Garden Designer with Lambert Landscape Company in Dallas and has recently branched into marketing and recruiting for Lambert’s which gives her the time she needs to concentrate on finishing her degree.
About Centenary College of Louisiana
Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South. In 2008 Centenary College celebrates 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.