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January 7, 2011

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PREVIEW: Gymnastics to Host TWU in Home Opener; Think Pink & Club Gym Night

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The Centenary gymnastics team will open the 2011 season at home this Saturday when it hosts Texas Woman's University at 7 pm in the Gold Dome.

The meet will serve as "Think Pink" night. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Donations will be encouraged and fans can enter a drawing to win a Strawn's pie at the conclusion of the meet.

Also, Centenary will honor any club gym members in the community. By showing you participate in gymnastics or cheer classes, a fan can enter for only 10 cents and can be entered in a drawing to win a Happy Belly's gift card and Centenary gymnastics apparel.

The Ladies are looking for their first win under second-year head coach Gretchen Goerlitz as they bring back 13 letterwinners from a year ago and welcome four newcomers to this year's squad.

Better Second Half Not Enough in Loss at SDSU; Gents Take on NDSU on Saturday

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Freshman Logan Lowery led Centenary with 12 points and sophomore Travis Sims recorded a career-best 10 points, but a strong second half wasn't enough in an 86-62 loss at South Dakota State on Thursday evening in Summit League play.

The Gents (0-16, 0-5 Summit) shot 52 percent from the floor in the second half, but a strong offensive effort from the Jackrabbits (11-4, 3-1 Summit) all game gave way to Centenary's fifth league loss.

Lowery poured in 12 points on two treys and a 5-of-8 performance from the floor. Sims, off the bench scored 10, surpassing his previous high of eight, which came at Western Illinois earlier this season. The forward hit 5-of-6 from the free throw line.

PREVIEW: Ladies to Take on NDSU, SDSU on Road

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The Centenary women's basketball team will return to Summit League play on Saturday at North Dakota State in a 5 pm CT contest, followed by a Monday evening game at South Dakota State at 7 pm.

Sophomore Jalena Sanders scored a career-best 16 points, but the inside dominance of McNeese was too much for the Centenary women's basketball team in a 88-52 non-conference loss on Monday evening in Lake Charles, La. The Ladies (0-11) were never able to build on its late first-half momentum, as McNeese (8-5) fired off 52 points in the paint.

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Ladies vs TWU
7pm Gold Dome

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Gents vs Southern Utah
7pm Gold Dome

17 sat


Basketball (DH) vs UMKC
2pm & 4:30pm Gold Dome

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Day of Service kicks off Dream Week 2011

The Diversity Committee at Centenary College will celebrate the legacy and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a week-long tribute of events taking place on the College campus January 17-21.

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The week kicks off when Centenary students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members will have the opportunity to take part in the school's 3rd Annual MLK Service Day. The service project will consist of participants working at Creswell and E.B.W. Stoner Hill Elementary schools, and the Querbes Community Center to spruce up the locations through painting, cleaning, and other minor improvements.

Registration is free with breakfast, lunch, and transportation provided. The day will begin at 7:15am with participants check in at Kilpatrick Auditorium. Volunteers will depart by 8:30am and will be transported to the work sites, and return to the Centenary campus at 11:45am

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The United Way is offering online registration for the service-day project.

For more information, contact Chris Lavan, Director of Community and Intercultural Engagement at 318.869.5542.

Dream Week Convocation features Victor Labat

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Victor Labat

Founder and president of Labat-Anderson Inc., Victor Labat, will be the featured Dream Week 2011 Convocation speaker Tuesday, Jan. 18. The event is scheduled to take place in the Whited Room of Bynum Commons beginning at 11am

A retired business executive, Labat has more than forty years of experience in both the private industry and the Federal Government. His experience included senior Federal management positions, and management and technical consulting to foundations, institutions of higher learning, and private industry, both within the United States and internationally.

Labat has actively supported the development of major Federal minority development programs. He has been a participant in and a supporter of the Small Business Administration's 8(a) program, and participant in the National Association for Equal Opportunity organization for the promotion and development of Majority Black Colleges and Universities.

In the late 1960s he served as the Associate Director for the Educational Resource Center on School Desegregation at Tulane University. He was later requested to join a group of desegregation experts to assist the U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, and the Assistant Attorney General of Justice, Civil Rights of Division to design and implement a strategy to desegregate schools throughout the southern United States.

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American Violet, The Hallelujah Train, and Philosophy Discussion round out Dream Week events

Several events that will honor the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have been schedules to take place on campus and in Shreveport as part of Dream Week 2011. The events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

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Highlights include:

American Violet

A screening of American Violet will take place at the Robinson Film Center, Tuesday, Jan. 18 beginning at 7pm A short discussion will follow the movie. Based on true events during the 2000 election, American Violet tells the astonishing story of a 24 year-old African American single mother struggling to clear her name after being wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs in an impoverished town in Texas.

American Violet stars newcomer Nicole Beharie, Academy Award® nominee Alfre Woodard, Emmy Award® winner Charles S. Dutton, Tim Blake Nelson, Will Patton and Xzibit.

The Robinson Film Center is located at 617 Texas Street.

Discussion of Civil Disobedience

The Philosophy Discussion Group tackles the topic of Civil Disobedience in the 21st Century, Wednesday, Jan. 19 beginning at 7pm in James Hall. When is civil disobedience justified? What will civil disobedience look like in the 21st century? Be part of the discussion and discover when civil disobedience can serve justice. Visit the PGD website to find out more or RSVP to email to reserve a seat.

The Hallelujah Train

The Hallelujah Train takes off from the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, Thursday, Jan. 20 at 7pm Gospel singer Pastor Brady Blade Sr. and his sons, Brady Blade, Jr. and Brian Blade, headline The Hallelujah Train. The performance not only features the trio, but also musicians Chris Thomas, Mark Griffin, and Al Perkins, along with the choir from the Zion Baptist Church in Shreveport. The concert combines gospel with rock and roll, folk music, country, indie rock and jazz.

Pastor Blade has led Zion Baptist Church in Shreveport, La. for nearly 50 years. His son, renowned jazz drummer Brian Blade, is known for his work with the Wayne Shorter Quartet as well as Joni Mitchell, Daniel Lanois, and Emmylou Harris.

Tickets will go on sale January 10 at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse for $5. For more information, call the Box Office at 318.869.5242.

Dean's List released

Congratulations! A total of 253 students at Centenary College have been named to the Fall Semester 2010 Dean's List, according to Dr. Michael Hemphill, Provost and Dean of the College. The honor list names all students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in 12 or more semester hours taken for a letter grade during the fall semester.

Students on the Centenary Fall 2010 Dean's List are listed online by their home countries/states and cities.

Dr. Karen Soul Named Associate Provost

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Dr. Karen Soul

The College recently announced that education professor Dr. Karen Soul is taking on the role of Associate Provost of the College. Karen brings a strong background in program accreditation and educational assessment to the position. She will be serving as Centenary's institutional liaison to SACS.

According to Provost Mike Hemphill, "She does have the formidable task of following Dr. Hoaas in that role, but I have no doubt she will more than meet that challenge... We are fortunate to have her leadership in this critical area."

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Teacher Award

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Dr. Julia Thorn, associate professor of music and director of Camerata, received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award in 2009.

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, 2011.

A committee of student members will select the deserving recipient, with the award announced during Founder's Day activities on February 3, 2011.

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7 Fri

Visions and visionaries: Paintings by David Holcombe

Meadows Museum of Art, Hours vary, through Feb. 27.

The exhibit is comprised of portraits that reflect the myriad social interests of the artist. Many of the subjects are elaborate political cartoons that comment on diverse subjects. Tributes to great thinkers, writers, painters, and social activists from contemporary Louisiana are also featured. Call 318.869.5169 for more information.


Riverview Theatre, Shreveport, through January 16.

Ticket prices $15/20/25. Presented by the Academy of Children's Theatre. Call 318-272-6491 to order tickets and for show times.

12 Jan

Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White

Smith Building, room 108, 5:30pm

The Christian Leadership Center (CLC) will sponsor Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: An Adam Hamilton Bible study with the Rev. Mimi McDowell. Reverend McDowell will lead the discussion and Bible study Jan. 12, Jan. 19, Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and Feb. 16. Registration cost is $25. For more information, contact Jennifer Strange at 318.869.5156.

14 Jan

Haiti and Living and Learning Communities

Symphony House, 3:15pm

Dr. Dana Kress will discuss his experiences in Haiti, and his recent experiences with the Living and Learning community, Le Quartier Français. Call 318.869.5246 for more information.

International student ice-cream social

2910 Centenary, Large Conference Room, 2pm

Faculty, staff and students are invited to an ice-cream social to welcome the new exchange students from Denmark and France.

CAB Bingo Night

Mickle Hall, Room 114, 3pm

The Centenary Activities Board sponsors an afternoon of Bingo. Free to students.

20 Jan

Mudbug Hockey

CenturyTel Center, 6:35pm

Shreveport/Bossier Mudbugs take on the Dayton Gems. Tickets $17-$36. Call 318.747.2501 for more information.

22 Jan

Mudbug Hockey

CenturyTel Center, 7:05pm

Shreveport/Bossier Mudbugs take on the Laredo Bucks. Tickets $17-$36. Call 318.747.2501 for more information.

30 Jan

Baroque Artists of Shreveport Concert

Anderson Auditorium, 3pm

Free and open to the public. Call 318.869.5235 for more information.

3-6 Feb


Mark your Calendar! "Back to the Future: Celebrating our past, moving into our future." Check back for more information. See the full schedule.

8 Feb

Kid Rock

CenturyTel Center, 7pm

Grammy-nominated signer/rapper Kid Rock is scheduled to bring his Born Free Tour, featuring Jamey Johnson. Tickets go on sale starting at 10am Friday, Dec. 10. Ticket prices are $25 to $89 and will be available at the box office, www.ticketmaster.com or at (800) 745-3000.

10 Feb

Sigma Alpha Iota Lagniappe Recital

Anderson Auditorium, 7:30pm

It's that time again to sign up for the Sigma Alpha Iota's Lagniappe concert. Whether you sing, play guitar, accordion or any other musical instrument, this is your opportunity to show off your musical talents. Faculty and staff members interested in participating should contact Christine Cummings, Sigma Alpha Iota, Eta Lambda Chapter President, at email.

15 Feb

Guest speaker Dr. Jessica Piekielek

Whited Room, Bynum Commons, 6pm

"How environmentalist campaigns are affected by border and immigration politics" will be the topic. Dr. Piekielek is currently the ACS-Mellon Environmental Post-Doctoral Fellow in Environmental Anthropology at Milsaps College. Call 318.869.5082 for more information.

25 Feb

Guest piano recital

Anderson Auditorium, 7:30pm

Connie Carroll, guest piano recital. Free and open to the public. Call 318.869.5235 for more information.

26 Feb

Krewe of Centaur Parade

Corner of Lake Street and Clyde Fant Parkway, 4pm

Parade features floats, bands and 4 million beads, doubloons and cups tossed to visitors.

3 Mar

Camerata Concert

Anderson Auditorium, 7:30pm

Free and open to the public. Call 318.869.5235 for more information.

21 Mar

The Forum, Part I

Whited Room, Bynum Commons, 7pm

Part one on Centenary's annual Forum. Dr. Insoo Hyun, associate professor of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve, will discuss stem cell research and public policy. Free and open to the public. Call 318.869.5246 for more information.

28 Mar

The Forum, Part II

Whited Room, Bynum Commons, 7pm

Part two on Centenary's annual Forum. Student and community members will respond with their own views about the ethics of stem cell research and public policy. Free and open to the public. Call 318.869.5246 for more information.

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