Centenary Weekly

December 4, 2009

sports notes

Summit League Play Begins

Following the Gents' game on Thursday against Southern Utah, the Ladies and Gents will take on UMKC on Saturday in a double-header, beginning at 5 p.m. for the Ladies and 7:30 p.m. for the Gents in the Gold Dome. The women's team will then take on Southern Utah on Monday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m..

Men's Basketball

David Perez
David Perez

With a 3-2 start and league play beginning, the Centenary men's basketball team looks to be on the right track to climbing The Summit this season. The Gents defeated the Warhawks of ULM, 94-84, over Thanksgiving Break as four players reached career-high scoring marks. Led by the nation's free throw shooter, sophomore David Perez with 27 points, followed by junior Roman Tubner with 23, senior Jerrald Bonham with 17 and freshman David Swartz with 12. Against Northwestern State, Centenary trailed the Demons most of the game, but rallied to score 56 points in the second half alone, before falling by three, 83-80. Perez led with 18 and sophomore Maxx Nakwaasah chipped in with a season-high 17 points.

Women's Basketball

Anne Farrell
Anne Farrell

Despite playing much better in their last outing, the Centenary women's basketball team is still searching for their first win of the season. The Ladies will enter Saturday's Summit League opener with an 0-7 mark with their most recent lost coming to in-state rival, Northwestern State, 65-49, at home. Junior Anne Farrell has played strong of late, notching a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds in the loss to NSU.

Former student-athletes finish short in 'Amazing Race'

Herb Lang and Nathaniel Lofton
Herb Lang and Nathaniel Lofton

Former Centenary standout basketball player Herb Lang and Nathaniel Lofton's strong friendship led them to audition for and to be selected as competitors on the 15th season of the CBS reality show 'The Amazing Race.' The pair was eliminated from the competition this week, just one week shy of competing for the $1 million prize.

Gents Baseball to Hold Holiday Camp

Centenary baseball

The Centenary baseball team will hold a holiday camp on Dec. 28-30 at Peyton Shehee Stadium on the campus of Centenary College. Ages 6-18 are encouraged to attend. The cost is $125 with a t-shirt included. Camp times will be from noon-3:30 pm each day. For more information, log onto www.GoCentenary.com and click the Centenary camps link for a brochure.

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Annual Candlelight Service Tonight in Brown Chapel

Christmas Candle Light service

Ring in the start of the Holiday season tonight with the annual Christmas Candlelight Service, a program of readings, prayer, music, song and candle lighting in Brown Memorial Chapel. The program is open to the entire community with the service beginning at 6 p.m.

Music will be provided by the Centenary Camerata and Chorale singers, the Centenary College Choir, and the Centenary Flute Ensemble.

The Reverend Dr. B. David Rowe, president of the College, will lead the Bidding Prayer and give the Benediction, with Dr. Peter Huff, leading the Advent Litany. The Rev. Betsy B. Eaves, Centenary chaplain and director of the Christian Leadership Center, will deliver the annual Christmas message.

After the service, the community is invited to attend a reception and visit with Santa in Magale Library. For further information, contact the Centenary Chaplain's Office at 318-869-5156.

Help "Fill the Office" for Operation Santa Claus

Operation Santa Claus

Gap Broadcasting, the Shreveport Fire and Police Departments and the Bossier Parish Sheriffs Office are sponsoring "Operation Santa Claus" and collecting toys for disadvantaged children in our area. The children, who might not otherwise receive a gift on Christmas morning, are nominated by members of the Fire and Police Departments. Right now they are in the process of collecting NEW, unwrapped toys for them to deliver right before Christmas.

We would like to try to "Fill the Office" for this cause and asking those who can to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for a boy or girl ages 6 months to 15 years old, to the Marketing & Communication office, located in Hamilton Hall, room 124. We will collect toys starting today until Thursday, Dec. 17. Then on Friday, Dec. 18 we will deliver them to Gap Broadcasting in Shreveport.

Our goal is to collect at least 100 presents for those who may be less fortunate than others. Drop off your gifts Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 318.869.5073 or visit the Operation Santa Claus website. Help put a smile on a child's face this Christmas.

Centenary in the news

Rick Rowe from KTBS Channel 3 in Shreveport visited Centenary College and highlighted the many success of the College in these segments that originally aired Dec. 3, 2009.

KTBS story on Centenary

Putting Students First: College announces Anderson-Crawford Million Dollar Match

Bill Anderson and Ed Crawford, two of Centenary College's long-time leaders, have joined forces to support student scholarships.

Board Chair Emeritus Anderson '70 and current Chair Crawford have donated $500,000 each to establish the Putting Students First: Anderson-Crawford Million Dollar Match. Until December 31, the Million Dollar Match will provide $2 to student scholarships for every $1 donated to the Centenary Fund, up to $500,000.

Bill Anderson and Ed Crawford

"I am extremely pleased that these two leaders, who clearly embody the mission of Centenary, have come together to support students at this important juncture in Centenary's history," said Centenary College President, David Rowe. "A gift of this magnitude demonstrates an understanding of the value of an education from Centenary. Both of these men have a strong belief in the mission of the College, and contributions such as these assure our ongoing success. I am deeply grateful for their generosity."

For more information on the Anderson-Crawford Million Dollar Match, contact Fred Landry, Senior Director of Annual Giving at 318.869.5136.

Professor and student reunited in Christmas Opera

Shreveport Opera will present its production of "Amahl and the Night Visitors," a story that revolves around the Christmas story, at Riverview Theatre on Saturday.

The Christmas production will also reunite student and teacher when Lori Lusted '08 and Dr. Gale Odom team up to play son and his mother in the title roles of the opera.

Gale Odom and Lori Lusted

The role of Amahl, a crippled 12 year old shepherd, is performed by Lusted, of Baton Rouge with Dr. Odom, Dean of Centenary College's Hurley School of Music, performing the role of Amahl's mother.

Though this is the first time Odom and Lusted have worked together in a professional capacity, they are no strangers to each other.

"Lori is one of my former students from Centenary College," Odom said. "So it's a ... joy to work with someone that I saw when she first came to college and now I'm seeing her take her first step as a young professional."

Lusted said, "It's been cool for me to work with her on a professional level."

The production, written by Gian-Carlo Menotti and directed by Dean Anthony, focuses on Amahl and his mother and the hardships they face.

"Amahl is crippled and his mother works very hard but they don't have any money," Anthony said. "Amahl is a big dreamer and he wishes he were not crippled and it's difficult for his mother because she can't provide for him in the way she wants."

Also performing in the opera is Dr. Horace English, professor of music, as one of the three wise men.

The concert takes place Saturday night beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverview Theatre, 600 Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway in Shreveport. Admission is $10 to $25. For more information, call 318.227.9503.

Nominations sought for Outstanding Teacher Award

Each year students and faculty members select a single professor who epitomizes the best of the best who is recognized with the Outstanding Teacher Award. Students, faculty, and staff can submit their nominations for the Outstanding Teacher Award online. Nominations must be received before Friday, Jan. 14, 2010.

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

in brief


Piano competition takes place at Hurley Dec. 4-6

The 2009 Wideman Piano Competition takes place today through Sunday in the Anderson Auditorium of the Hurley School of Music, located on the Centenary College campus. The event is free and open to the public with contributions accepted at the door for the final round.

Preliminary rounds begin today 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. The final round takes place Sunday from 1:30 until 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the Hurley School of Music at 318.869.5235.


Book Signing at Meadows Museum

Sammy Squirrel and the Sunflower Seeds

A book-signing event will take place at the Meadows Museum of Art Sunday from 2 until 3:30 p.m. for the book, Sammy Squirrel and the Sunflower Seeds, written by Tyler, Texas native, Marvin S. Mayer. For more information on this event or the events taking place at the Meadows Museum of Art, call 318.869.5040.


Hurley Orchestra performs Mozart and Haydn

The Hurley School of Music presents "Mozart and Haydn", Monday featuring special guest performer Sally Horak, flutist. Under the direction of Dr. Todd Gabriel, the concert begins with a pre-program talk at 7:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:45 p.m. The program takes place in the Anderson Auditorium and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 318.869.5235.


Learn how to become a better Babylon Player

The Natural Science Division and Convocation Committee presents How to Become a Better Babylon Player, Tuesday, Dec. 8 in Mickle Hall, room 114, from 11:10 a.m. until noon. The Convocation is presented by Dr. Mark Goadrich, Broyles Eminent Scholars Chair in Computational Mathematics, and Dr. Mark Schlatter, Associate Professor of Mathematics.

How to Become a Better Babylon Player

Keep watching the briefs for upcoming Convocations presented by the Natural Science Division.


Centenary Choir televised Christmas concert

The annually televised Christmas Concert performed by the Centenary College Choir takes place Sunday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 24 at 10:35 p.m. on KTBS Channel 3, the ABC affiliate. The concert will also air Friday, Dec. 25 at 7 p.m. the KTBS 24-hour news channel.

Centenary Choir rehearses Jingle Bells (2008)
watch the 2008-09 Choir
rehearsing "Jingle Bells"


Dream Week 2010

Centenary College will celebrate the legacy and views of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a week-long tribute of lectures, film and document screenings, theater performance and other events taking place on the campus January 18-22.

On January 18, members of the Centenary community are invited to participate in a Day of Service.

For more information on the week's events, or to sign up for the Day of Service, visit www.centenary.edu/mlk .

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