Centenary Weekly

April 23, 2010

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the big picture

Showing FLEXIBILITY key to success, College offers new biology degree

For years, Centenary College has traditionally offered a Bachelor of Science degree in biology for students planning on a career in the medical field, biomedical research, and other health professions. It is a very rigorous degree program that has a strong grounding not only in biology, but also the sciences that underpin and contribute to it, such as chemistry, physics and mathematics.

Now starting in the fall 2010 semester, Centenary College will also offer another degree in biology... the Bachelor of Arts.

"As a department, we are very excited to be offering the BA in biology," said Dr. Cynthia Brame, associate professor of biology and Chair of the biology department. "This degree is going to be perfect for the student who wants to go into a career that doesn't require such an extensive background in physics and chemistry. That could include health care professions such as physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapy and those interested in environmental issues. We are excited to be able to be responsive to the needs of many of our students."

College offers new biology degree

Although the degree offering is new this fall, the faculty in the biology department has been discussing the program for more than a year. The best part of this new program according to biology professor Dr. Beth Leuck is that it allows greater flexibility for students interested in the biological sciences and the changing job market in health care.

"This is a positive adaption to the burgeoning interest in health sciences around the country," she said. "With the potential changes to how health care is delivered, there will be a need for more people in this career field. We see this as a program that is adapting to the reality of the job market without compromising anything we feel strongly about in the liberal arts and our own standards of preparing students."

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Co-founder of Kiva.org Jessica Jackley to Speak at Commencement

Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva.org, the world's first peer-to-peer online microlending website, will speak at Centenary College of Louisiana's 2010 commencement ceremonies, Saturday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m.

Jessica Jackley
Jessica Jackley

As a co-founder of Kiva.org, the world's first peer-to-peer microlending website, Jessica Jackley has helped entrepreneurs from across the world make their dreams come true. Kiva's mission is "to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty" by allowing users to lend money to small business owners in the developing world.

Named one of the top ideas of 2006 by The New York Times Magazine, Kiva.org has been called "revolutionary" by the BBC, and featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Oprah and on The Today Show, among many others. Since its founding, in 2005, Kiva.org has loaned more than $100 million from lenders to entrepreneurs across 182 countries.

Jackley, a finalist for TIME's 100 Most Influential People in 2009 and an honoree for USA Networks' Character Approved Award in 2010, first saw the power and dignity of microfinance while working in East Africa with a microenterprise non-profit. She holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a BA in Philosophy and Political Science. Jackley currently teaches Global Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business at USC, speaks widely on microfinance and social entrepreneurship, and serves as director of the board for several organizations, both for-profit and non-profit.

History Majors Take Top Awards in Research Competition

Two Centenary College history majors have received awards from the North Louisiana Historical Association for their research papers.

David Williams
David Williams

Janeane Gorcyca
Janeane Gorcyca

Senior David Williams was awarded first place in the W. Darrell Overdyke undergraduate competition for his paper on the career of Shreveport lawyer and legal scholar Colonel John H. Tucker Jr. Senior Janeane Gorcyca was awarded second place for her work that traced Sister Margaret McCaffrey’s activities to assist Shreveport’s impoverished citizens.

Williams, a native of Lafayette, plans on taking a year off after graduation and eventually attend law school, and has been offered a teaching assistantship in Lille, France. Gorcyca, a resident of Shreveport, plans on attending law school in the fall.

As part of his award, Williams’ research paper will be published in the North Louisiana History journal.

Congratulations David and Janeane!

Associate Dean of Admissions Receives New Title

Mickey Quinlan
Mickey Quinlan

Mickey Quinlan, Associate Dean of Admissions, now has a new title…Director of Admissions. "This title change more accurately reflects Mickey’s role within the Enrollment Services division and further focuses his role in the development of our Admission plan and the directing of our admission/recruitment team," said Dave Voskuil, Vice President for Enrollment Services in an e-mail to the Centenary community.

Quinlan has worked in the college admission profession for more than eight years, including two at Centenary College.

Congratulations Mickey!

College Recognizes "Best of the Best" at Honors Convocation

Centenary College recognized outstanding students during its annual Honors Convocation Thursday, April 22, in Brown Memorial Chapel. Honorees included recipients of academic department awards as well as those named to honor societies and those receiving campus awards.

"Today is a special day that we set aside and honor those who have accomplished special things and achieved great heights as students at Centenary College," said President David Rowe. "Over the past year as you worked hard and tirelessly, you may have wondered if it was worth it. Today I hope you hear the answer was yes it did. Congratulations to each and every one of you as we as a community celebrate your accomplishments and achievements."

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Dr. M. Jack O’Dell (‘78) Receives 2010 Bentley Sloane Alumni Award Recipient

Centenary’s Christian Leadership Center Has announced Jack O’Dell (’78) as this year’s recipient of the Bentley Sloane Alumni Award.

Celebrating his 30 years of ministry, CLC is honoring his pastoral leadership in the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, at Centenary College as Chaplain and Director of Church Careers (1999-2002), and in Faith UMC, West Monroe and The Well, Tangipahoa Parish as their founding pastor.

Jack O’Dell
Jack O’Dell

He completed his Masters of Theology from Perkins School of Theology at SMU (’81) and his Doctor of Ministry from Candler School of Theology at Emory University (’91). Jack’s doctoral emphasis in Congregational Development: Hispanic Ministries in New Orleans served as the basis for renewal of Hispanic Ministries in New Orleans.

A graduate of Centenary and the School of Church Careers (now CLC), Jack has utilized his degrees in Christian Education and Sociology to initiate innovative approaches to discipleship and missions. His commitment to spiritual formation is encapsulated in his visionary leadership in the Louisiana UMC Happening, Chrysalis, and Cursillo retreat movements and Weekend of the Cross. Active in missions throughout the world, Jack led four Volunteer In Missions teams in Cambodia, the first Louisiana-UMC team of pastors into Cuba, spawning the Cuban Initiative in the Louisiana Conference, and UMCOR relief efforts during Hurricane Katrina recovery.

With the support of his wife, Mandy; children Rachel, Miranda, Meredith and Noah; and four grandchildren, Jack pastors his current congregation and new church start, The Well. The Christian Leadership Center honors Jack’s dedication and celebrates his lifelong vocation to serving God’s people.

Named after Dr. Bentley Sloane (’27), this award is presented yearly to an alumnus of the Christian Leadership Center (formerly Church Careers) for professional achievement in a church related vocation. The recipient will be honored at the CLC Service of Endorsement in Brown Memorial Chapel May 7 at 5p.m.

in brief


The Tempest takes the stage at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse

Shakespeare's The Tempest comes to life at the 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.

Leading Ladies and Cheer tryouts

The Leading Ladies and the Centenary Cheer squad will be holding tryouts starting at 5 p.m. in the Fitness Center Dance Studio and Aerobics Room.


"The Dharma in Dixie" religious studies seminar

The Religious Studies Department of Centenary College will sponsor an adult education seminar on Buddhism in the Shreveport-Bossier area, from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Kilpatrick Auditorium. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Peter Huff, T.L. James Eminent Scholars Chair of Religion, at 318-869-5049 or email.

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.


Sunday student film series continues with Hotel Rwanda

A screening of the film Hotel Rwanda will be shown starting at 6 p.m. in the Turner Art Center. The screening is last part of the Student Film Series.
Hotel Rwanda


Jazz Ensemble 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.

Camerata Concert

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


SENIOR WEEK activities

A week of fun and friends for the Senior Class of 2010

  • Monday, May 3: Late Night in the Café, 10 p.m.

  • Tuesday, May 4: Cap and Gown pickup in the Bookstore, 1-4 p.m.
    Buffalo Wild Wings on Youree Drive, 6 p.m.

  • Wednesday, May 5: Cap and Gown pickup in Bookstore, 1-4 p.m.
    Karaoke Night at the Symphony House, 6 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 6: Cap and Gown pickup in the Bookstore, 1-4 p.m.

    Crawfish Boil at the Symphony House, 6 p.m.

  • Friday, May 7: Commencement Review in Brown Chapel, 10 a.m.

    Senior Celebration Dinner at the Bossier Civic Center, 6 p.m.

  • Saturday, May 8: Commencement in the Gold Dome, 10:30 a.m.