(October 21, 2011)

Contact: Dena Pruett, Centenary External Relations, 318.869.5715

Phonathon in Progress

SHREVEPORT, LA — Four nights a week from 5:30 until 8:30, the basement of the Wright Math Building is bustling with activity as seven Centenary students make phone calls to alumni and friends of the College. The goal of the Phonathon is to secure gifts for the Centenary Fund for Student Scholarships.

Phonathon Logo

Fourteen students in all work the Phonathon center on different days of the week. The students come from all over the United States and have majors ranging from biophysics to business. Despite other jobs and activities (some students are athletes and choir members), they make time to work the Phonathon.

"95% of us receive financial aid," said Freshman caller Addie Barron. "Scholarships make it possible for more students to come here and have the same awesome experiences I am having. No one should miss out on Centenary just from lack of money."

The students have a goal of 16 pledges per night, and they work together to reach it. However, the positive connection of current student to alumni seems to be another aspect of the Phonathon that the students get excited about. The callers share current events of the College but also hear alumni stories in return.

"As an alumnus of the College, these students are the kind of kids that make me proud to be a part of Centenary," said David Williams, Associate Manager of Advancement Services and Coordinator of the Phonathon.

The Phonathon will be making calls to alumni for seven weeks in the Fall and in the Spring. Every gift counts and helps the College achieve the dollar goal and the alumni giving percentage goal. To support student scholarships, visit safe.centenary.edu/give now.

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 has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.

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