Centenary Weekly

November 6, 2009

sports notes

Katie Valdez
Katie Valdez

Women's Soccer

The Ladies wrapped up their season on the road after going 2-1 in their final three games. With her strong play over the weekend, forward Katie Valdez was tabbed as Summit League's Offensive Player of the Week. The sophomore recorded three goals, six points, and a game-winning goal with wins over Southern Utah and UMKC.

Josh Grey
Josh Grey


The Ladies and Gents competed in the Hendrix Classic, taking first place on Day One. Freshman Josh Grey was the Gents' top performer, winning three individual events including his performance in the 1,000 free (9:43.92) that set both a school and pool record. He also finished first in the 200 fly (1:56.03) and the 500 free (4:49.23). For his effort, he was named Summit League Swimmer of the Week. The squads will take on Delta State on Saturday.

Cross Country

The cross country season came to an end as the Ladies and Gents took part in the Summit League Championship held in Cedar City, Utah on Oct. 31. Both teams finished in 10th place.


Nearing the end of their season, the Ladies will be on the road for the next two contests. They will be taking on Southern Utah on Saturday before traveling to La Tech on Tuesday.

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the big picture

Evaluation and Management of Dementia Focus of Lecture Nov 9

The Centenary College Neuroscience program and the Convocations Committee present a public lecture by Dr. Charles Cefalu on issues related to Evaluation and Management of Dementia, Monday, in the Whited Room of Bynum Commons beginning at 7 p.m.

Dr. Charles Cefalu
Dr. Charles Cefalu

Dr. Cefalu is Director, Center on Aging, Professor and Chief, Section of Geriatric Medicine, LSU Health Science Center - New Orleans. He is also holds joint appointments in the departments of Medicine and Neurology at LSUHSC School of Medicine in New Orleans and in the Department of Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. He is board-certified in Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.

The presentation is open to the public and appropriate for students, health-care professionals and care providers. For more information about the presentation, contact Dr. Greg Q. Butcher, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, at 318.869.5545.

Child's fantasy world comes to life in Step on a Crack beginning Nov. 6 at MLP

Children and adults alike will be transformed into a world of imaginary friends and the seriousness of family dynamics as seen through the eyes of a child during the Theatre Department's production of "Step on a Crack" by Susan Zeder, Friday, Saturday, and Nov.13 at 7 p.m., and Sunday and Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse.

Step on a Crack

The cast includes Lorna Dopson, Leah Tennyson, Andrew Jarboe, Sean Brazeel, Merwin McCrady, and Lauren Morrison.

Directed by Centenary student Shannon Stoddard, "Step on a Crack" revolves around Ellie Murphy, a young girl, who lives happily with her widowed father, Max. They go bowling and eat TV dinners. Ellie also loves to play with junk.

Life changes for Ellie when her dad remarries and suddenly she has to share him with her new stepmother. To cope and escape her problems, Ellie and her imaginary friends launch into a fantasy world. They pretend they are breaking out of prison, meeting Cinderella and Snow White, and enacting Ellie's own funeral where "everyone is really sorry for all the mean things they did" to her. Only by running away and discovering what it is really like to be alone does Ellie begin to come to terms with herself and her own need for connection with her very real parents.

As a student director, Stoddard has learned that the process is much harder than she thought, but praises her actors.

"Directing my actors is great. They take direction really well and go along with me even when sometimes I don't make sense. I love that they are always willing to play with me and remember what it was like to be a child."
She also praises her production team for their effort, but finds her biggest challenge in the technical side of the production.

"I've never before had to design a set, pick the colors or try to choose music to underscore my show. Everything's a learning experience and I hope that this isn't my last time to direct!"

Stoddard adds that the show is great for all audiences and she encourages parents to bring their children.
"I like that the show is very positive and upbeat and great for the whole family to come see."

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $7 for Students, military and senior citizens. Tickets are free for Centenary students, faculty, and staff.

The MLP Box office is open daily from noon until 4 p.m. For more information, please call 318.869.5242.

Van Thyn lecture series presents "Plausible Deniability" Nov. 12

Dr. Chad Fulwider
Dr. Chad Fulwider

"Plausible Deniability: What the German people should have known during the Third Reich" will be the subject of the first Van Thyn lecture, Thursday at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse beginning at 11 a.m., and later that evening in Kilpatrick Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. A question and answer period will follow the lecture.

Dr. Chad Fulwider, Assistant Professor of History at Centenary, will share his expertise regarding the Holocaust and discuss what the Germans knew, how they responded to the knowledge of the crimes being committed during the 1940's, and how history illustrates the responsibilities and obligations that accompany life in modern societies.

Dr. Fulwider joined Centenary's faculty as the newest member of the Political Science and History Department, and spent the last eight years studying and teaching at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He earned his Ph.D. in Modern European History from Emory in 2008.

The presentation is part of the Van Thyn lecture series in honor of Rose and Louis Van Thyn, Holocaust survivors who dedicated themselves to retelling their stories so that people will not forget or repeat those horrors. For her extraordinary community service, Mrs. Van Thyn was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Centenary's 2002 commencement exercises.

Power of a Wish auction takes place Saturday, Nov. 14

The Iota Gamma chapter of Chi Omega at Centenary College will hold their 8th Annual Auction, "The Power of a Wish," Saturday, Nov. 14 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Louisiana.

The event will be held in the Haynes Gymnasium of Centenary's Fitness Center from 4 until 6 p.m. and will include a live and silent auction, "Super Heroes," music and great food. The cost to attend the event is $5 and is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance from a Chi Omega on campus.

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This year's auction items include household products, gift baskets, art works, assorted jewelry, Christmas items, and much more. Patrons will be able to find an item for just about anyone, with low starting prices.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is the national charity of the Chi Omega Fraternity. "Iota Gamma is excited to be part of the Make-A-Wish family and looks forward to meeting our goal of raising $10,000 in hopes of being able to grant wishes," said Katie Barker, Chi Omega chapter Community Service Director. "By supporting our auction, people are supporting children of the local area, and truly providing POWER to make dreams come true."

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 185,000 wishes in the United States since its inception.

For more information about the Iota Gamma Silent Auction to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, please contact Centenary student and Chi Omega member Katie Baker at email.

Neuroscience majors visit Chicago to present research

Several Centenary College students had the opportunity recently to take part in a premier venue for neuroscientists to share research findings and experience cutting-edge research when they attended the Society for Neuroscience's 39th Annual meeting, Neuroscience 2009.

Held October 17-21st in Chicago, Ill., the event drew more than 30,500 neuroscientists from around the globe, and is the world's largest conference devoted specifically to neuroscience and neurological research.

Mark Moehle
Mark Moehle

Marco Rajo
Marco Rajo

Neuroscience majors John Cefalu, Mark Moehle and Marco Rajo presented their research at the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) poster session. The three student's presentations were among the 14,700 posters and 1,700 talks given during the four-day event. Research presented by the Centenary students was quite diverse. John Cefalu presented new findings related to macular degeneration in his poster Expression Studies of Hu-Cox-2-Luc promoters in ARPE-19 cells. Mark Moehle discussed his ongoing project, The Effects of Methamphetamine Self-administration and Withdrawal on Aggression in Male Rats. Marco Rajo's project, Protein Kinase M Zeta (PKM?) a Modulator of Light-Induced Phase Shifts, examined the molecular regulators of circadian timing in mice.

"Students who have the opportunity to present their data at a national meeting like the Society for Neuroscience conference, gain firsthand experience with the excitement of science," said Dr. Greg Butcher, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience. "This year our students were able to hear talks by a noble laureate, leading experts on memory, circadian timing, neurodegenerative disease, and two professional magicians, Apollo Robbins and Eric Mead. The latter two discussed how neuroscience research into attention and false memory is beginning to catch up to century old knowledge most professional magicians take for granted."

in brief

Up premiers Nov. 10

Pixar's UP will be shown in the SUB, Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. Come watch the movie on the big screen and make your own wilderness badge! While at the SUB, check out the new DVD rental kiosk. Rent current movies for $1 per day and $1.50 on weekends!

Pixar\'s UP

BIG Event3 awareness events take place Nov. 10-13

It is almost time for the BIG Event3! The annual student-led community event takes place Saturday, March 20, 2010. To build awareness for Centenary's day of service uniting the College with our surrounding neighbors, a series of informative events will take place. On Tuesday, Columbia Café will be donating 25 percent of their profits to the event. There will be an adapted (this means cheaper) menu for College students with the regular menu still available. Movie Night takes place on Wednesday in the SUB starting at 9 p.m. Then on Friday, Nov. 13, head to the Centenary Room to help make Red Cross kits during lunch hours. For more information, visit centenary.edu/bigevent.

Student Association to discuss "The Four Horsemen" Nov.10

The Secular Student Association will host a viewing of the movie, "The Four Horsemen" Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. the lobby of James Hall. The movie features a discussion between Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris, four authors known for their recently published books on atheism. A discussion will follow the screening. For more information, contact Dallas Krentzel at email.

Media Committee holds "Food, Fun and Fashion" event Nov. 13

The Centenary College Media Committee invites all students interested in learning more about the student media organizations to join them for "food, fun, and fashion" and a FREE movie at the Robinson Film Center, Friday, Nov. 13 beginning at 6 p.m. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the Centenary Film Society, the Conglomerate, the KSCL-FM radio station, Pandora, and the Yoncopin. The Robinson Film Center is located at 617 Texas St. in downtown Shreveport. Support for this event is being provided by the Centenary Activities Board, the Student Media Organizations, and the Robinson Film Center.

Film Society
Film Society

My Man Godfrey

The Centenary film society is featuring two different film series this year including "Classic American cinema from the Great Depression era," and a "French film series" which will be shown in French with English subtitles. This week's film is My Man Godfrey starring William Powell, Carole Lombard, Gail Patrick, and Eugene Pallette. The film will be shown Tuesday beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor screening room at the Robinson Film Center, and on Thursday in Jackson Hall, room 304 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please call 318.869.5254.

Percussion Ensemble Concert Nov. 8

The Hurley School of Music will present the Centenary Percussion Ensemble concert, Sunday beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Anderson Auditorium. The concert is FREE and open to the public. For more information call 318.869.5235.

APO Coffee House open for business Nov. 10

Looking for a laid back atmosphere, live music, and comedy all while sipping on coffee and tea? Then head over to the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse Monday when Alpha Psi Omega hosts the APO coffee house from 7:30 until 10 p.m. Cookies and specialty coffee will also be served at this event to raise funds for the theatre department's end-of-year banquet. Raffle tickets will also be on sale for a Starbucks gift card. For more information, contact Rachael Magill at email.

Centenary Open House

Do you know someone who would benefit from visiting and learning about the campus? A great way to find out if Centenary is right for them is to come to one of our Open House events. They will hear current and former students talk about their experiences and breakthroughs, meet and talk to faculty, and, most importantly, they will have the opportunity to experience the "feel" of our highly personal campus. The next Open House takes place Saturday, Nov. 14. If you know someone who is interested, make sure they visit www.centenary.edu/admissions/open.

Holiday Post Office Hours

The Centenary Post Office will be open the following hours during the Thanksgiving Holiday:

  • Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27: Closed

  • Monday, Nov. 30: 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.