Centenary Weekly

November 20, 2009

sports notes

Men's basketball

David Perez
David Perez

The Centenary men's basketball team opened their season up at Big East Marquette. The Gents played their first game in front of a crowd of 14,093 fans in Milwaukee, falling 85-62. Sophomore David Perez was lights out from the field, recording a career-high 25 points. Freshman Matt Marseille chipped in with 11.

After returning home, the Gents traveled to Grambling for their second contest where they earned a 71-66 win. Perez again led with 25 points, while junior Roman Tubner contributed with 11.

Following the home opener against Texas College on Nov. 19, Centenary will host ULM on Friday, Nov. 27 at 7 pm in the Gold Dome.

Women's Basketball

Ashley Jackson
Ashley Jackson

The Ladies opened their tough preconference schedule with three instate schools. Centenary traveled first to Louisiana Tech, falling 88-41 led by Anne Farrell's double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds and Ashley Jackson's 14 points.

The Ladies followed up with a visit to #9 LSU, where they were handed a 92-19 loss by the Lady Tigers. Jackson paced Centenary with seven points.

Nov. 17 marked the home opener for the Centenary squad as it hosted Grambling. The Ladies battled in the first half, but fell 78-53.

The Ladies are back in action tonight when they take on Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. in the Gold Dome. They will also be back home Tuesday, Dec. 1, when they go up against Northwestern State.


Centenary's men's and women's swimming teams have been hard at work with a busy fall schedule. They most recently competed in the Henderson State Invite on Nov. 14. Next up is the Trinity Shootout held on Nov. 20-21.


The Ladies wrapped up their 2009 season with a 3-0 loss to Oral Roberts. The young team finished 4-26 and 0-18 in league play.

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the big picture

Winner of Coolest Room Contest Announced!

Congratulations to first year student Marcie Ratcliff for making her residence hall home the Coolest Room on Campus for 2009-10!

To get a feel for the Marcie's eclectic home stylings, take a look at her video entry for the contest:

Marcie Ratcliff\'s Coolest Room on Campus

Centenary students voted Marcie and her fabulous room to the winning spot over a slate of rooms across campus. Take a look at all this year's contestants on the ResLife Coolest Room page.

Centenary lands six on Shreveport's "40 Under 40" list

The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce has once again honored young professionals in the area by selecting the 2009 Class of "40 Under 40", with six Centenary Alumni joining this elite group.

Tom Tallach
Tom Tallach

Among the 40 young professionals being honored for 2009, six have graduated from the College. Two of the six are now employed at Centenary and include Dr. Tom Tallach ‘93, Director of Athletics, and Chris Lavan ‘06, Director of Community and Intercultural Engagement.

Chris Lavan
Chris Lavan

The "40 Under 40" Award recognizes successful young professionals from northwest Louisiana for their outstanding professional achievements, experience, innovation, leadership and community involvement. The selection committee looked for those under age 40 years of age who represented "Northwest Louisiana's outstanding entrepreneurs, executives, managers and professionals in public, private or nonprofit sectors."

Other Centenary alumni receiving the "40 Under 40" award are: Patrick Harrison, '06; Richard "Chip" Corbett '03; Sara Hebert '06; and Taylor Robertson '07.

Piano competition takes place at Hurley Dec 4-6

The 2009 Wideman Piano Competition takes place Friday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 6 in the Anderson Auditorium of the Hurley School of Music. The event is free and open to the public with contributions accepted at the door for the final round.

Khristenko Stanislav
Khristenko Stanislav

Sponsored by the Shreveport Symphony Guild and hosted by the Hurley School of Music, the competition includes contestants representing more than 20 schools from across the United States and from more than 19 countries. The competition will be judged by nationally and internationally known pianists and conductors.

Schools sending contestants to this year's competition include North Texas State, Hartt College of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Texas Christian, Manhattan School of Music, Samford University, Julliard, Rice university, LSU, Indiana, Brooklyn College, Youngstown State University, Cincinnati Conservatory, Miami of Ohio, Boston College, University of Missouri, University of Georgia, University of Arkansas, DePaul University, Sam Houston State, Rowan and others.

There are 45 contestants traveling from not only across the United States, but also globe, traveling from Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Macedonia, Russia, Turkmenistan, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

Preliminary rounds begin Friday at 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., and 2:30 to 6:15 p.m. Saturday's competition begins at 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and again from 2:30 until 6:15 p.m. Each day contestants will play for 15 minutes. During the final round, held on Sunday from 1:30 until 5:30 p.m., each finalist will perform a complete concerto.

For more information, call the Hurley School of Music at 318.869.5235.

Can food drive raises hunger awareness during annual event

On November 12, Centenary participated in the can-food drive, aiming to help shatter the existing Guinness World Record for the largest food drive by a non-charitable organization in a 24-hour period.

Can food drive raises hunger awareness during annual event

Terri Oliver, Catering Manager for Sodexho service here on campus, helped organize the drive on campus to help the less fortunate in our area. Donations were received from local businesses, churches and members of the Centenary community.

"We had one week to collect as many cans as we could," said Oliver. "This year we promoted the can drive with free catering service for an event providing that each group brought so many cans to the cafe. Sodexo donated 1,000 lbs of can goods to the Rescue Mission which is enough food to feed 100 people."

And if you are wondering who gets an event catered…it is the SGA for their donation of 150 cans. They will receive a desert reception for their efforts.

Nominations sought for Outstanding Teacher Award

Centenary College of Louisiana is fortunate enough to have so many talented and devoted teachers. Each year students and faculty members select a single professor who epitomizes the best of the best and is recognized with the Outstanding Teacher Award.

To submit nominations for the Outstanding Teacher Award, students, faculty, and staff should visit https://safe.centenary.edu/voting. Nominations must be received before Friday, Jan. 14, 2010. Faculty members who have served at the College for five years or more are eligible. In the nomination message, please provide reasons why your nominee should be considered as outstanding teacher. Items to consider in your evaluation are teaching ability, excellence in advising, College service, and campus leadership.

A committee of student members will select the deserving recipient, with the award announced during Founder's Day activities on January 28, 2010.

Centenary in the news

Dr. Amy Hammond, Assistant Professor in Psychology, recently spoke to NBC 6 News reporter about technology and the effects new forms of communication has on children.

Watch NBC 6 story featuring Dr. Hammond

You can also read the article.

in brief

Holiday Hours

Due to the Thanksgiving break, the following hours of operation will be in effect:

The Centenary Post Office

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

  • Monday, Nov. 30: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fitness Center

  • Monday, Nov. 23—Wednesday Nov. 25: 6-8 a.m. and noon-8 p.m.

  • Thursday, Nov. 26—Friday, Nov. 27: closed

  • Saturday, Nov. 28—Sunday, Nov. 29: regular hours


  • Will close on today at 1:30 p.m. and reopen Monday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 a.m.


  • Will also close on today at 1:30 p.m., and will reopen on Sunday, Nov. 29 for dinner.

The Weekly will also be on break next week.

Music professors perform in Holiday concert Nov. 22

Vocal soloists Gale Odom and Horace English, will perform with the Baroque Artists of Shreveport during the Holiday music concert of Handel's "Messiah" Sunday. The concert takes place at 3 p.m. in St. Mark's Cathedral. The concert is free and open to the public.

Psychology Club meeting Dec. 12

The Centenary Psychology Club will hold a meeting Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. in Centenary Square room 210. Members will elect officers and review the constitution. For more information, call Katherine Shamburger at 869.5471.

Book Signing Dec. 6 at Meadows Museum

Sammy Squirrel and the Sunflower Seeds

A book-signing event will take place at the Meadows Museum of Art Sunday, Dec. 6 from 2 until 3:30 p.m. for the book, Sammy Squirrel and the Sunflower Seeds. Written by Tyler, Texas native, Marvin S. Mayer, it is the story of Sammy the squirrel's adventures after being captured and relocated to the Squirrel Relocation Center, and his courageous attempt to return home while his father searches for him at the same time. For more information on this event or the events taking place at the Meadows Museum of Art, call 318.869.5040.

Candle Light Service Dec. 4

Christmas Candle Light service

The annual Christmas Candle Light service will take place Friday, Dec 4 at 6 p.m. in Brown Chapel. Join students, faculty staff and members of the community for the traditional service that ushers in the Christmas season. For more information, call 318.869.5156.

"What is a Civil Engineer" explained Dec. 1

The Centenary Physics Department and the 3-2 Engineering program will present an informative meeting, "What is a Civil Engineer" Tuesday, Dec. 1. The meeting takes place starting at 11 a.m. in Mickle Hall, room 114. W. Clay Walker, a civil engineer with Burk-Kleinpeter Inc., in Shreveport, will discuss the career and what his job entails. For more information, call Dr. Troy Messina at 869.5217.

High-Heel A-Thon takes place Dec. 4

On Friday, Dec. 4, Centenary College will put on its first Get Pumped for Babies! fundraiser. This event will take place at 2 p.m. on Jones Rice Field and will be the college's first ever High Heel A-Thon. This is being modeled after the fundraiser conducted by Regis and Kelly of ABC's Live! in Central Park New York.

March of Dimes

Contestants will don high heels of at least two inches and dash across Jones Rice Field! There will be two heats a women's and men's. The winner of each of these heats will face off in the championship race to win a handsome prize! The cost of entry is only $5 and with proceeds going to the March of Dimes.

For more information, contact Matthew Wallace or Sunny LaGrone at 869-5023.

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