Centenary Weekly

May 14, 2010

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Walsh Named New Head Coach of Gents Basketball

Adam Walsh
Adam Walsh

Centenary Director of Athletics Dr. Tom Tallach announced Tuesday that Adam Walsh has been named the new head coach of the Gents basketball program. Walsh will take over after serving as an assistant for the last three years and will be the 21st head coach in the history of the program.

Along with his coaching duties, Walsh was named Assistant Athletic Director. His role consists of compliance, game day management and the SAAC supervisor.

Gents Baseball

Despite putting up 10 hits against Big 12 Texas A&M, the Centenary baseball team wasn't able to make up for a few shaky defensive plays, falling 15-3 on Wednesday evening in non-conference action.

Cliff Shepard
Cliff Shepard

Michael Tompkins
Michael Tompkins

The Gents tied the game in the third, but a seven-run fourth by the Aggies sparked a mid-game lead as Centenary wasn't able to regain an advantage, falling to 22-19 on the season.

Seniors Cliff Shepard and Michael Tompkins each had stellar nights at the plate, garnering three hits apiece, while junior Alex Todd added two knocks, drove in a run and scored a run. Junior Scott Pasket was 1x4 with a run scored, while freshman Ryan Bell was 1x3 and senior Jeff Ericson picked up two RBI on a walk and a sacrifice fly.

Montgomery and Centenary Part Ways after Eight Successful Seasons

Mark Montgomery
Mark Montgomery

Centenary head softball coach Mark Montgomery announced his resignation as the leader of the Ladies softball program on Thursday. Montgomery will maintain his role until June 15 assisting associate head coach Mark Lambert in the transition process, as Lambert will take over the program at that time.

"My time at Centenary was wonderful. I felt we accomplished so much. I hate to see it end, but I understand the college's decision to reclassify, however, it was not where I saw myself continuing to coach," said Montgomery.

Greg Gary Departs Centenary after Two Seasons

Greg Gary
Greg Gary

Greg Gary has announced his resignation as the head basketball coach at Centenary after two seasons, effective immediately.

"Being the head coach of the Gents was a wonderful opportunity and an outstanding experience. My family and I have really enjoyed our time at Centenary and in Shreveport. We appreciate what the people have done for us," said Gary.

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Jessica Jackley: "Write your own story, believe in your potential"

Find your passion, believe in your potential and those around you, and live your dream was the message given by Jessica Jackley during her address to Centenary’s graduating class of 2010 during the annual commencement exercise held May 8.

"As you go out into the world, the only limiting factor is how much you believe in your own potential," said Jackley. "Hold strong to that belief because it is that belief that changes the world."

Jessica Jackley
Jessica Jackley

Co-founder of Kiva.org, the world’s first online micro-lending platform, Jackley spoke to the nearly 200 graduates about her personal experiences, and how stories and listening to people have guided her through life.

"I believe the best thing we can do is help one another and stories help us reach out to each other," Jackley said.

Jackley discussed her journey after graduation from Bucknell University and her first job at Stanford University at the graduate school of business. Listening to stories, she found and followed her passion for helping others. She quit her job three weeks after listening to Noble Peace Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus speak about empowering people to help themselves out of poverty.

"He told me of how to interact with the poor and it sounded like he was solving a problem. He explained how listening to their stories could lead to some really exciting change. And I thought, ‘how can I do something in this world that is measurable and help solve the problem of poverty.’"

Jackley moved to Africa and spent three month hearing the stories from goat herders, seamstresses, farmers and people with small restaurants. "I felt I was listening again for a reason, that the stories were cliff hangers that needed the next chapter to be written. I wanted to contribute to that next chapter."

Thus Kiva.org was launched in 2005. "It has been an amazing and wild five years of my life."

She brought her address to the back to the graduates full circle, telling them they have the power to change things in the world. Find your passion, listen to your heart, believe in yourself and what you can accomplish, she told them.

"If there is one thing as you are sitting here ready to go out in the world, remember you are writing your own story, you have a voice that is unique, and that your story matters."

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Centenary Confers Degrees to Class of 2010

Friends, family, faculty, staff and members of the community gathered here at the College to honor the latest graduating class May 8 when Centenary College awarded bachelor’s and master degrees to nearly 200 students during the annual commencement exercise at the Gold Dome.

Candidates for degree include 182 students earning bachelor's degrees and 20 receiving master's degrees in education or business. Nine students will graduate summa cum laude, having earned grade point averages of 3.9 or higher. Thirty-one students have earned the magna cum laude designation, with 3.7 to 3.89 GPAs, and 23 achieved cum laude status, having 3.5 to 3.69 GPAs.

President Rowe and Sunny Lagrone

Taking the opportunity to recognize special guests, College President David Rowe introduced the community that helped and supported the graduates during their academic career at Centenary. Dr. Rowe acknowledged the Board of Trustees of the College, faculty and staff, along with family members, friends and alumni.

"Centenary is indeed a community and a family tradition," he said. "And now it is up to each one of us to ensure that the family tradition continues as we encourage the next generation of graduates sitting here preparing to walk across the stage and receive their degrees."

With 10 simple words spoken by Dr. Dan Keck, Interim Provost and Dean of the College, the Gold Dome erupted with shouts of joy, applause and some tears; "Graduates you may now move your tassels to the left!"

READ a complete list of Graduates

What’s next?

What is next for graduating class of 2010? KTBS reporter Casey Ferrnad takes a look at what is in store for the Class of 2010.

KTBS reporter Casey Ferrnad

Video Retrospective of the 2010 Commencement

Take a look back at the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2010. We have posted video and photos from before, during, and after the ceremony. There are also photos from the Senior Party, Crawfish Boil and the Senior Toast. You can even view the commencement address by Jessica Jackley!

Take a look back at the graduation ceremony

Find all the Graduation 2010 materials on the Class of 2010 webpage.

Meadows Museum to Host Art Auction May 23

The Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum will present the Northwest Louisiana Artists’ Auction from 3 until 6 p.m. Sunday, May 23 at the Meadows Museum

All works included in the auction are now featured in the Meadows Museum exhibition, The Second Northwest Louisiana Artists’ Triennial Competition, which runs through May 30. Visitors are invited to view the works prior to the auction and visit with the artists the day of the auction.

More than 50 artists in 10 parishes from Northwest Louisiana are represented with slides and CDs that included works in a variety of media and sizes. The works range in size and media from small — 12 inches by 12 inches — cast metal sculpture to 4-feet by 3-feet paintings.

The types of media represented include cast iron, photographs, etchings, drawings, acrylic and oil paintings. The styles include impressionistic, photo-real and abstract. The reserve prices for the works range from $80 to $4,300.

The artists include: Bruce Allen, Bob Horne, Neil Johnson, Blair Thrall, Robert E. Trudeau, Jerry Wray, Kevin Kennedy, Joshua Chambers, Nicholas Bustamente and Sena McWilliams.

For more information, call the Museum Business Office at 318.869.5040.

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Art for Hope takes place at Artspace May 22 – June 1

Show to raise awareness and funds for Relay for Life

Art for Hope, a fundraiser benefiting the Caddo Parish Relay for Life, will take place from May 22 until June 1 at ArtSpace.

Local artists along with students from Centenary College will donate their artwork that will be available for sale during a silent auction during the 11-day show. A reception will kick off the event Tuesday, May 22 from 1 – 4 p.m. to start the bidding process.

Art For Hope

Artwork has been generously donated from artists including Jack Waterman, Marabella Dunn, Charles Madden, Bruce Allen, Neil Johnson and Kelly Wiggins.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Caddo Parish, the main volunteer-driven fundraising event of the ACS. Relay for Life not only raises money for cancer research and cancer patients, but also raises awareness, and celebrates the lives of survivors and remembers those who lost their lives to cancer.

ArtSpace is located at 710 Texas Street in downtown Shreveport. For more information, contact Charles Madden at email.

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GUTS Youth Summit

The Generation United to Succeed (GUTS) Youth Summit will take place at Kilpatrick Auditorium from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The FREE event aims to motivate and inspire students to make a difference in their community. The GUTS Summit is open and free to all students entering grades 9-12 in August 2010. To register, simply e-mail Generation United To Succeed with your name, high school, and grade level. For more information, contact Niha Jain at email.


Junior Recital

Ruben Reyes junior piano recital. Anderson Auditorium beginning at 3 p.m. FREE and open to the public.


The Little Mermaid

The Peter Pan Players present the Disney Classic, The Little Mermaid, at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse beginning at 7 p.m. Additional shows take place May 28 at 7 p.m.; May 29 and 30 at 2 p.m.; June 3 and 4 at 7 p.m.; June 5 and 6 at 2 p.m. For ticket information, call 318.868.9619 or visit http://www.peterpanplayers.org.


Springboard Session 1

Springboard is a required two day on-campus session during which new students meet with their advisor to set up class schedules, make financial arrangements, meet classmates, take placement exams, and generally get ready for their coming move to Centenary. For more information, visit the Springboard website.


Summer Band Concert

8-10 p.m. in the Hargrove Memorial Amphitheatre. FREE and open to the public.


Springboard Session 2


Summer Band Concert

8-10 p.m. in the Hargrove Memorial Amphitheatre. FREE and open to the public.


Springboard Session 3


Summer Band Concert

8-10 p.m. in the Hargrove Memorial Amphitheatre. Free and open to the public.

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