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November 12, 2010

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PREVIEW: Gents Basketball Tips Off at Memphis


The Centenary men's basketball team will officially tip-off the 2010-11 season on the road at Memphis on Friday, beginning at 8 pm CT. Fans can follow live stats at gotigersgo.com.

Get the complete release and game notes.

Centenary All-Sport Pass Now Available for Purchase

The Centenary athletic department would like to encourage fans of Ladies and Gents athletics teams to purchase an All-Sport Pass, now available for $150.

The All-Sport Pass guarantees free admission into every sporting event for the remainder of the school year that currently charges admission, including men's and women's basketball, gymnastics, softball and baseball.

Each pass will come with an assigned chair back seat for men's and women's basketball home games. Along with the pass, C Club members or interested members with donations can take advantage of this offer. For more information regarding the All-Sport Pass, call athletic administrative assistant Theresa Rinaudo at 318.869.5067.

Basketball Guides Now Available Online

Centenary men's and women's basketball online guides are now available on GoCentenary.com for viewing and printing.

See them now:

"On the Bump" w/ Cole Thompson

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Hey everyone, thanks for taking the time to read my blog. My name is Cole Thompson and I am a 19-year-old sophomore from Plano, Texas. I play baseball for the Centenary Gents and I will be blogging all spring to let y'all have an inside look at the life of a college athlete. From practices and games to team gatherings, you will experience what myself and my 31 closest brothers go through day in and day out.

Read the full blog.

PREVIEW: Volleyball Set to Play Final Road Games

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The Centenary volleyball team will wrap up its 2010 season on the road this weekend as the Ladies travel to North Dakota State on Friday and South Dakota State on Saturday, both contests set to begin at 7 pm.

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17 Wed

Men's Basketball

Gents vs Arkansas-Monticello
Gold Dome, 7 pm

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Olympic Gold medalist "Makes A Splash" at Centenary

He sported his USA swim cap, his smile, and his passion for swimming at the "Make a Splash" effort on Wednesday, Nov. 10. Cullen Jones, that is, an Olympic gold medalist, a member of the memorable world record breaking relay team and an every-day guy who travels across the US spreading the word on the importance of learning how to swim.

Jones visited Centenary and the community of Shreveport to share the initiative, "Make a Splash" partnered by ConocoPhillips and USA Swimming. This six city event series focused on the statistics and factors impacting a child's ability to swim and educating families about solutions to the drowning epidemic, including the availability of free or low cost swimming lessons in hundreds of cities across the country.

"There is no good reason for children to be put at risk simply because they never learned to swim. Make a Splash is helping prevent needless deaths while also creating opportunities for these kids to embrace a healthy and rewarding sport." -Cullen Jones

candid poolside interview with Cullen Jones

Director of Alumni Relations and Other Alumni Named to "40 Under 40" List

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Speckman, Wilhite, and Binderim

Saige Wilhite, Director of Alumni Relations, has been named by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce has been named to the Shreveport's 2010 "40 Under 40" list. The 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."

"I am honored to be named one of the 2010 top '40 Under 40' young professionals in Shreveport-Bossier alongside so many other great young professionals in this area," said Wilhite. "Being born and raised in Shreveport, it is a privilege for me to work and give back to this community that raised me."

Other Centenary alumni making this year's class are Jay Binderim '05, Commercial Loan Officer with Ouachita Independent Bank; and Amanda Speckman '02, Marketing Director at Heard, McElroy & Vestal.

READ their stories in this month's edition of City Life magazine.

Chi Omegas Hold Make-A-Wish Auction Saturday

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In January 2009, seven-year old Aaron become ill and was later diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma, an uncommon type of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma that typically affects children. Doctor's found a tumor in Aaron's colon and immediately sent him to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. They were able to remove the tumor, followed by four months of chemotherapy.

Aaron is now home after spending more than 4 ½ months at the hospital. Today he is attending Turner Elementary School and receives a check-up once every three months.

His one wish while battling the disease was to go to Disney World in Orlando, Fla. With the help on the Chi Omegas, his wish will soon come true.

Chi Omega with Aaron

The Iota Gamma chapter of Chi Omega at Centenary College will hold their 9th Annual Auction, "Become a Genie, Grant Aaron's Wish," Saturday, Nov. 13 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Louisiana.

The event will be held in the Haynes Gymnasium of Centenary's Fitness Center from 4 until 6pm and will include a live and silent auction, music and food. The tickets are $5 in advance and can be purchased from any member of the sorority. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the event for $7.

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Camerata hosts Madrigal Dinner Nov. 19

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With costumes, fanfare, and music, the spirit and splendor of the Renaissance comes alive when the Centenary Camerata presents Welcome Yule: A Madrigal Dinner Friday, Nov. 19 beginning at 7pm at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

The event will send its audience into the past to the medieval world of court jesters and traditional music from the Renaissance era for a night filled with regal pageantry, entertainment, and traditional Christmas and secular songs of the period—all performed by the premier Chorale ensemble from the Hurley School of Music.

Throughout the event, audience members will feast on a delicious meal while listening to a variety of Christmas carols and secular music presented by the singers of Camerata as well as the Chorale from Centenary College. There will also be solo singers, instrumentalists and other entertainment to provide distractions in the tradition of Renaissance court life.

Open seating tickets are $45 per person or a reserved table for eight with a preferred view available for $500. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Hurley School of Music at 318.869.5235 or from any member of Chorale or Camerata. Valet parking and security will be provided.

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Centenary and Asbury team up to present Christmas in North Bossier

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The Centenary Camerata, the premier choral ensemble of Centenary College in conjunction with the Asbury United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, will present George Frideric Handel's Messiah Sunday, Dec. 5 beginning at 7pm at the Bossier City church.

Under the direction of Dr. Julia Thorn, professor of music at the College, the Chancel Choir and Camerata will combine to perform a 100-voice choir, and will join a full orchestra of local symphony players with four professional soloists for this performance.

Featured soloists will be soprano Melanie Russell of New York, alto Missy Wise of Shreveport, tenor Chris Hutchinson of Baton Rouge and bass Matthew J. Daniels of Baton Rouge.

The performance will take place at Asbury United Methodist Church located at 3200 Airline Dr., Bossier City. Asbury plans to make Christmas in North Bossier an annual tradition.

Admission for the performance is free, however a ticket is required for entry. Tickets are available at Good Eats Market and Café, and Chick-Fil-A (Airline Dr. locations). Call 318.746.5349 for more information.

Help "Fill the Office" for Operation Santa Claus

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It's times to start collecting donations for this year's Operation Santa Claus and help fill the office for this wonderful cause!

Town Square Media, 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. Soon the organization will be collecting NEW, unwrapped toys for them to deliver right before Christmas. Items always requested included watches for older boys and girls, MP3 players, headsets, minority dolls and Barbie's, footballs, batteries and of course, games, puzzles and remote-controlled cars.

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 Friday, Dec. 10. Then on Monday, Dec. 13 we will don our Santa caps and deliver them to Town Square Media in Shreveport.

Last year through the generosity of the Centenary community, we collected more than 200 toys! Drop off your gifts Monday through Friday between 8am and 4:30 pm. For more information on how you can help, call 318.869.5073. Help put a smile on a child's face this Christmas.

Did You Miss The Van Thyn Lecture?

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Earlier this week, Dr. Rodney Grunes, professor of political science at Centenary, spoke on "The Holocaust, Genocides and Democracy: Explanation and Prevention" as part of the Van Thyn lecture series.

During the lecture, Dr. Grunes shared his expertise on the Holocaust, and discussed, from a social science perspective, the lessons to be learned from this horrific event, the role of democracy and other factors in explaining later genocides, and what can be done to prevent such mass murders in the future.

Listen to his full talk with students and members of the community on our Centenary Talk coverage of his convocation.

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in brief

12 fri

Hollywood Squares

James Hall Lobby, 9pm

The RAs of James Hall will be the celebrities for this fast-paced game of Hollywood Squares. Prizes!


Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, 8pm

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for non-Centenary students and children under 12. Call the box office at 318.869.5242 for more information.

How to Train Your Dragon

Religious Life Center, 2910 Centenary, 8pm

Bring a friend and munch snacks while watching the movie.

13 sat

Highland Park Jazz and Blues Festival

Columbia Park, noon.

The best local and national musicians converge on the Highland Jazz and Blues Festival for Shreveport's own "party in the park". Bring a picnic basket or chair and enjoy the day.


Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, 8pm

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for non-Centenary students and children under 12. Call the box office at 318.869.5242 for more information.

14 sun

Turkey Bowling

Jones Rice Field, 3pm

Sponsored by the RHA and Cline Hall Council

15 mon

Seminar with Brian McLaren

Kilpatrick Auditorium, 9:30am - 4:30pm

The Christian Leadership Center (CLC) will host a one-day seminar featuring Brian McLaren. Registration cost for "Servant Leaders as Agents of Social Change: A Seminar with Brian McLaren" is $100; clergy and Centenary alumni, faculty, and staff will receive a $15 discount. For more information, contact Jennifer Strange at 318.869.5156.

18 thu

CNS professor auction

Kilpatrick Auditorium, 8pm Sponsored by the Centenary Neuroscience Society, this is a chance to bid on one of the department's faculty members! Contact Renee Do at rdo@my.centenary.edu for more information.

The Science of Shopping

Whited Room, Bynum Commons, 11:15am

The Centenary Neuroscience Society sponsors part three of the brown-bag lunch series.

Store Closure

The Bookstore will be closed in the morning for inventory and will reopen as soon as the process is complete.

Winds Ensemble Concert

Anderson Auditorium, 7:30pm

Concert is free and open to the public.

19 nov

Madrigal Dinner

Scottish Rite Cathedral, 725 Cotton St, Shreveport, 7 pm

The spirit and splendor of the Renaissance comes alive when the centenary Camerata presents Welcome Yule: A Renaissance Madrigal Dinner. Kick off the holiday season with a trip back in time. Feast, make merry and be entertained by the College Camerata and Chorale. Tickets are $45 or reserved table for eight for $500. Call 318.869.5235 for more information.

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