Centenary Weekly

April 16, 2010

sports notes



After a successful weekend in its Summit League opener at Southern Utah, the Centenary baseball team returns home to host North Dakota State in a four-game set beginning on tonight at 6 p.m. at Shehee Stadium.

The Gents will play a double-header on Saturday with the first game scheduled at 1 p.m. and a single game on Sunday at 11:35 a.m.

Centenary enters the weekend series with a 13-14 overall record and a 3-1 mark in league play.

Last Week:

The Centenary baseball team used an all-around solid effort from the pitching staff and offense to pick up two big wins, a 7-5 victory in Game 1 and a 3-2 win in eight innings in Game 2, over Summit League foe, Southern Utah on Saturday afternoon.

The Gents improved to 13-14 overall and 3-1 in league play after securing the series win. Centenary connected on 14 hits, including eight doubles on the day.

Game 3:

Jeff Ericson
Jeff Ericson

The Gents pounded out nine hits, including six doubles as senior Jeff Ericson led the way with a 3x5, one-run, two-RBI performance, while classmate Cliff Shepard was 2x4 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI and junior Keegan Acker finished 2x5 with two doubles and two runs scored.

Junior Scott Pasket (1x4), senior Tell Ross (1x4, R, RBI) and sophomore Jeff Schaffert (RBI) each contributed with a hit and an RBI.

Senior Dakota Robinson (3.0,5,3,2,0,2) earned the win after throwing 3.0 innings of relief, allowing two earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Final Game:

Junior starter David Benson (7.0,7,2,0,2,7) tossed an impressive 7.0 inning game, allowing no earned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts to earn the win and improve to 3-2 on the season.

Senior Michael Tompkins (1.0,1,0,0,0,0) came in to close out the final inning, giving up one hit to earn the save, his first this season.

Offensively, Ericson had another solid game, connecting on two more doubles in a 2x4, one-run, one-RBI effort. Acker (1x4), Todd (1x4, R), and Pasket (1x3) all had a hit, while Schaffert had an RBI.

Men's Golf

The Centenary men's golf team battled back and cut 12 strokes off its second round score to finish in eighth place with a team score of 924 at the Jim West Intercollegiate hosted by Texas State University.

The Gents opened with a 308 and 314 in their first two rounds and finished with a 302 in their final round.

Nick Faitz
Nick Faitz

Senior Nick Faitz (76-77-74) shot a three-round score of 227 to finish in a tie for 25th as Centenary's top finisher.


The USA Gymnastics released the qualifiers for the 2010 USAG Women's Collegiate National Championships as Centenary will be represented by five individuals in senior Whitney Daugherty on Floor, junior Marisa Schneider in the All-Around, junior Makensie Lant on Bars, and freshmen Amanda Holt on Vault and Jessica Lieblich on Beam.

The three-day event will be held April 15-17 at Kitty Magee Arena in Pioneer Hall on the campus of Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.


The Centenary softball team plated three runs in the second inning to take a lead, but eventually fell 4-3 in nine innings to Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference action.

The Ladies, (9-25) looking for their 10th win of the season fell short after an RBI-double in the ninth by the Ladyjacks sealed the win for the home team.

Caitlin Cavarra
Caitlin Cavarra

Junior Caitlin Cavarra went 4x5 with an RBI to lead Centenary at the plate, while freshman Kelsey Regan was 2x4 with a run scored. Freshman Rachel Conard (1x3, R), senior Beth Krysiak (1x3) and sophomore Katie Matthews (1x3) each had a hit to total nine for the Ladies.

Upcoming Home Events


Baseball vs North Dakota State –6 pm at Shehee Stadium


Double Header: Baseball vs North Dakota State – first games take place at Shehee Stadium at 1 p.m.


Baseball vs North Dakota State – Sunday 11:35 a.m. at Shehee Stadium

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the big picture

Centenary Announces New Athletics Conference

Standing in front of a packed house in Kilpatrick Auditorium, President David Rowe announced Monday that the College has accepted an invitation for membership into the American Southwest Conference, one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate athletic conferences in NCAA Division III sports.

"This is great day for Centenary College and the ASC," said Rowe. "We are thrilled to join this conference and look forward to the robust competition and increased campus spirit that this affiliation will bring to our school."

ASC press conference
Centenary College President David Rowe and ASC Commissioner Amy Carlton address members of the media during Monday’s press conference

Outlined in the invitation and acceptance, the start of membership in the ASC is contingent upon Centenary College’s placement into the NCAA Division III reclassification process. The College is currently in the process of completing the reclassification application for the Division III Membership Committee, and will submit the documents by the May 2010 deadline. That committee is scheduled to meet in mid-June.

"The American Southwest Conference is pleased to welcome Centenary College of Louisiana to our membership and to support the College’s transition to NCAA Division III affiliation," said Amy Carlton, Commissioner of the American Southwest Conference. "Centenary College brings to the ASC a strong academic profile and a commitment to athletics as part of the student’s overall collegiate experience – both cornerstones in Division III and the American Southwest Conference."

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YouTube video of press conference highlights

KTBS coverage of press conference

KSLA coverage of press conference

Math Students Take on Modeling Competition

Six students from Centenary College took time out from their recent Mardi Gras break and put their math skills to work when they competed in the 2010 Mathematical Contest in Modeling February 18—22, a competition that drew more than 2,254 teams from across the globe.

Presented by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications, or COMAP, the students were divided into two teams of three students each, and tackled a specific modeling problem that used mathematical tools to explore real-world problems.

Math students
(front row, left to right) Nolan Baker, Kathryn Hardey, Marco Antonio Reyes (back row, left to right) Jacob Jennings, Dr. Mark Goadrich, and Robert Poole. Not pictured: Gerhardt Funk

The first team consisted of seniors Nolan Baker and Marco Reyes, and freshman Gerhardt Funk. The team investigated mathematical and computational ways to aid in the investigation of serial criminals. For their solution, the team received a Meritorious Winner distinction, placing them in the top 20 percent of all teams competing.

The second team consisted of sophomores Kathryn Hardey, Robert Poole and Jacob Jennings, who researched the mathematics behind the "sweet" spot in a baseball bat, and were successful in submitting a solution for their problem.

"I’m very proud of the students on both teams and their impressive work," said Dr. Mark Goadrich, Broyles Eminent Scholars Chair of Computational Mathematics and Assistant Professor of Computer Science. "To have one of our teams earn Meritorious is a great accomplishment for them! This is a contest where our students with their liberal-arts background can excel because of the necessary interdisciplinary combination of mathematical and computational skills, technical writing, creativity and teamwork."

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Neuroscience Student Earns Howard Hughes Med-Grad Fellowship

A Centenary College student has been awarded the UAB Howard Hughes Medical Institute Med-Grad Fellowship, a revolutionary Ph.D. program which combines translational research and drug discovery, and provides graduate students in training with career development opportunities.

Mark Moehle
Mark Moehle

Mark Moehle, neuroscience major from Baton Rouge, La., will study neuroscience at the University of Alabama-Birmingham beginning the fall semester.

"It is very gratifying to have been awarded this fellowship," said Moehle. "It helps me see that the incredible education and mentoring I received while at Centenary is nationally competitive with other, larger universities."

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Religious Studies Seminar Showcases Local Buddhism April 24

The Dharma in Dixie

The Religious Studies Department of Centenary College will sponsor an adult education seminar on Buddhism in the Shreveport-Bossier area, Saturday, April 24, from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Kilpatrick Auditorium, located in the Smith Building. The seminar is free and open to the public.

"The Dharma in Dixie" will showcase local expressions of the Buddhist religion and feature multi-media presentations, films, panel discussions, meditation exercise, and opportunities for interfaith dialogue.

For more information, contact Dr. Peter Huff, T.L. James Eminent Scholars Chair of Religion, at 318-869-5049 or email.

Poetry Readings Take Place Sunday, April 18 at Meadows Museum

Dorie LaRue
Dorie LaRue

David Havird
David Havird

In conjunction with the Second Northwest Louisiana Artists' Triennial Competition, two Northwest Louisiana poets will be reading from their work Sunday, April 18 at the Meadows Museum of Art.

Featured poets will be Dorie LaRue and Centenary Professor of English, David Havird.

The readings will take place in the museum galleries from 2 - 3pm, with book signings and refreshments from 3 - 4pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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in brief


A New Brain, a musical by William Finn and James Lapine

Dancing medical walkers? A tango around a hospital bed? An overbearing mother and a belligerent frog? Welcome to the celebrated musical, a New Brain, where anything can happen and often does. The musical takes place at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse at 8 p.m. Additional shows take place Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday April 18 at 2 p.m. Call the box office at 318.869.5252 for ticket information.


TKE Poker Tournament

The 6th annual Philanthropy Poker Tournament supporting the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Alzheimer’s Foundation takes place at the Fitness Center on the Centenary College campus. Doors open at 11 a.m. for lunch with play starting at noon. Advanced tickets can be purchased from TKE members for $10 or $12 the day of the tournament. For more information, contact David Williams, TKE Philanthropy Chair at email.


Sunday student film series continues with KZ

A screening of the film KZ will be shown starting at 6 p.m. in the Turner Art Center. The screening is part of the Student Film Series which will present 10 classic films and documentaries will be shown over a 13 week period through April 25.


Senior Recital

Centenary senior Dennis Peavy presents "American Synthesis…A collection of works by 20th Century composers." Anderson Auditorium beginning at 2 p.m. FREE and open to the public.


Cantare Concert

Anderson Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. FREE and open to the public.


Shreveport Opera Commercial Shoot

The Shreveport Opera will be shooting a commercial in Anderson Auditorium for its 62nd season. Audience members of diverse age, race, culture and dress are needed to help fill the auditorium, Extras should be in the auditorium by 9 a.m. Shooting is expected to take approximately 45 minutes. NO COMPENSATION. Call 318.869.5235 for more information.

Secular Student Association meeting

"Is religion a force of good in the world?" will be the topic. Meeting takes place in James Lobby beginning at 7 p.m. Contact Dallas Krentzel at email for more information.

Flute Ensemble Concert

Anderson Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. FREE and open to the public.


The Tempest takes the stage at MLP

Shakespeare's The Tempest comes to life at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse at 8 p.m. Shakespeare uses fantasy and magic to explore love and hatred. In the play, tempests take many forms: the storm scene focuses on the role of nature in society; sibling conflicts divide Antonio and Prospero, and Sebastian and Alonso; discord in Caliban represents untamed nature; and forbidden love stirs Miranda and Ferdinand. Shakespeare's The Tempest is a reminder of the very thin division between happiness and tragedy. Additional shows take place Friday, April 23 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m. FREE admission. Call the box office at 318.869.5252 for more information.

The Tempest

Percussion Ensemble Concert

Anderson Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. FREE and open to the public.


CAB presents Beach Bash

CAB is putting on a Beach Bash! Fun takes place from 2 – 5 p.m. at Jones Rice Field. Contact Jessica Hunter at email for more information.


Jazz Ensemble Concert

Anderson Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. FREE and open to the public.


Camerata Concert

Anderson Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. FREE and open to the public.

Gymnastics Fundraiser

The gymnastics team will present a showing of the Pixar film, "up," in the amphitheatre beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Concessions will be sold.