(October 27, 2011)

Contact: Dena Pruett, Centenary External Relations, 318.869.5715

Alumni to be Honored at Awards Dinner

SHREVEPORT, LA — As part of the 2011 Homecoming and Parents & Family Weekend, the National Alumni Association will recognize alumni who have gone that extra step to serve and become leaders at Centenary College and in the Community. The honorees will receive their awards during the Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, November 3, at 6:00 p.m. in the Fitness Center Gym.

Award Recipients

Harbin Boddie '46 played in the band and participated in the “Kollege Kapers” while at Centenary. Boddie was drafted into the army on October 13, 1941 during World War II. He had a long career within the Louisiana school system serving at various times as a teacher, counselor, principal, and Attendance Supervisor. Boddie will receive the Alumni Loyalty Award.

Kimberly Bolin '99 will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. While at Centenary played volleyball and is ranked overall as second in kills, fourth in digs, third in kill attempts, and eighth in blocks. Bolin won the U.S. Open Championship in beach volleyball women’s doubles in southern California in 2007. Her team placed at Nationals for indoor co-ed teams in Phoenix in 2010.

Beth Bonner DeVille '99 formed the Centenary Baton Rouge Alumni Chapter and spoke at Founder’s Day Convocation in 2005. DeVille helped start Pernx Therapeutics and is currently the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. She worked on the major expansion that led the privately held company to become publicly traded in March 2010. DeVille will receive the Young Alumni Leadership Award.

Glenn Evans '69 is known as the "pioneer" of Centenary soccer. He spent 14 seasons as the Gents head coach with 161 wins, 101 losses, and three ties. His current active record with the Ladies includes 70 wins, 39 losses, and three ties. He has been named TAAC coach of the year four times in his career. He will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Herbert Lang '98, known as "Flight Time," will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. He is a member of Centenary’s 1,000 point club and 500 rebound club. He has grown into an icon member of the Harlem Globetrotters, and has represented them as well as Centenary in the reality shows "Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader?" and "The Amazing Race."

Reverend William E. "Wishy" Nolan '54 had a long career in the Louisiana United Methodist clergy. He helped establish the newly organized Alumni Association in 2004 and has been an alumni board member ever since. Nolan has been a continual and generous financial contributor to Centenary College of Louisiana, and attends practically every Gents basketball game. He recently published a collection of poems and photographs. Nolan is being inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame.

For more information on the Alumni Awards Dinner, visit our Homecoming page.

Centenary’s National Alumni Association is proud to honor a select group of distinguished alumni each year during Homecoming. If you would like to nominate someone to receive an Alumni Award, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at email or call 800.259.6447.

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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