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February 18, 2011

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Softball Opens 2011 Season at UNT’s Sleep Inn Classic

The Centenary softball team will kick off the 2011 season when it travels to Denton, Texas to take part in the Sleep Inn Classic hosted by North Texas. The Ladies will open the tournament on Friday against Tennessee Tech at 10 am, followed by Northwestern State at 5 pm and Nebraska at 10 am on Saturday. Centenary will close out the weekend with a 3 pm contest against host North Texas on Sunday afternoon.

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Mark Lambert

LAMBERT TO LEAD
Mark Lambert begins his first season as the head coach of the Ladies softball program. Prior to his new role, Lambert served as an associate head coach under Mark Montgomery in 2010. His duties included assisting with on-field coaching, managing the Ladies' strength and conditioning program as well as serving as the recruiting coordinator. Lambert comes to Centenary directly from Captain Shreve High School in Shreveport, where he served as the head coach for six years. Lambert strengthened the program and guided his team to the playoffs in four of his six seasons as the head coach.

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Laruen Highsmith

SENIOR DUO
Centenary rosters two seniors on this year's squad. RHP Lauren Highsmith and outfielder Bonnie Matak. Highsmith, a Houston, Texas native, returns as a fifth year senior after redshirting her freshman season due to an injury. The righty recorded a 1-4 record last season and a 7.20 ERA. In 45.2 IP, she struck out 33. Matak started all 44 games in the outfield, primarily in left and finished 2010 hitting .244. She had 10 RBI and 31 H in 127 AB. In 58 PO, Matak didn't commit an error for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

Swimming at Summit League Championships

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The Centenary swimming teams are in the middle of The Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships this weekend. The Ladies and Gents are in Indianapolis until Saturday, in hopes of showcasing a strong finish to the final year in Summit League competition.

The men are looking to finish as strong as last year with at least a second-place finish without a diving team. Gents’ head coach Butch Jordan was named “Men’s Coach of the Year” a year ago. The women took fourth a year ago and look to improve on that mark.

Upcoming Home Events:

19 Sat

Gents Baseball vs La College
1 pm (DH)

Ladies Basketball vs. Oral Roberts
2pm Gold Dome

24 Thu

Gents Basketball vs Western Illinois
7 pm

26 Feb

Ladies Basketball vs IUPUI
2 pm (Senior Recognition Game)

Gents Basketball vs IUPUI
4:30 pm

28 Feb

Ladies Basketball vs Western Illinois
7 pm

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Gents Baseball opens season Saturday at 1 pm

The Centenary baseball team will open the 2011 season Saturday against Louisiana College, beginning at 1pm The Gents will play a double-header at Shehee Stadium. Game 1 is set for 7 innings, followed by a 9-inning Game 2.

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The Gents (0-0) will meet future ASC opponent, Louisiana College on the diamond for the 68th time in the school's history. Centenary holds a 44-23 mark over the Wildcats all-time.

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Mike Diaz

This season, Mike Diaz enters his first year as a head coach for the Centenary baseball team. The former assistant begins his seventh year with the Gents, but the first as the leader of the squad. While at Centenary, Diaz has helped guide the Gents to a 171-155 record, garnering multiple 30-win seasons. He has also helped coach Centenary to six straight conference tournament appearances, while finishing runner up twice. As the recruiting coordinator, Diaz was fortunate to bring in and work with four All-Americans, 25 All-Conference players, including the 2010 Summit League Pitcher of the Year in Boone Whiting, and several All-Louisiana Sports Writers Association selections. Also under his direction, eight players have signed professional contracts, two of which came last season.

Justin Kraft and Derek Dalzell are the only two seniors on Centenary's roster this season. Both have played a huge role in the Gents' success over the last three years. Kraft, a right-hander pitcher is from Yakima, Wash. and Dalzell, a two-way guy is a three-year letter-winner from Bay City, Mich.

Centenary's other returners include junior catcher Jeff Schaffert, junior RHP Seth Lugo and sophomores Cole Thompson and Matt Creamer. Along with Kraft and Dalzell, all six made a contribution on the field a year ago.

This season, Centenary welcomes 21 newcomers to the squad, including 16 freshmen. Hailing from California, Texas and Louisiana, the 16 young guns will have to play an integral role on this year's squad. Five transfers will see action this season in juniors Dan Lazarou, Zach Christ and Kyle Morton as well as sophomores Kyle Mauch and Kelby Langston. The five will immediately become role players in the outfield, infield and on the mound this season.

READ last season’s recap and opponent preview & rArr;

Ladies host ORU in "Think Pink" game on Saturday

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The Centenary women's basketball team is gearing up for its "Think Pink" game against Summit League travel partner, Oral Roberts. Tip-off is scheduled for 2pm Saturday in the Gold Dome, for the Ladies only game of the weekend.

Along with numerous other schools and companies, Centenary and the women's basketball team is teaming up with WBCA and supporting "Think Pink" week on Saturday. The WBCA Pink Zone initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The window set aside for this year's initiative is February 11-20. The WBCA's charity of choice is the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

All fans are admitted free of charge. Wear Pink and support YOUR Ladies!

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Basketball prepares for final home stretch in the Summit League

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The Centenary men’s and women’s basketball teams are set to host the final week of play for the 2010-11 season next week. The Gents host Western Illinois on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 pm in the Gold Dome.

Both the Ladies and Gents will meet IUPUI on Saturday, Feb. 26. Ladies tip-off at 2 pm, followed by the Gents at 4:30 pm.

The women will wrap up their season with Western Illinois on Monday, Feb. 28 at 7 pm. Come out and support YOUR Ladies and Gents as they wind down the season.

New Orleans Dance Theatre brings work to Centenary TONIGHT

The Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre will perform their latest work, The Divine Feminine, Friday, tonight at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse beginning at 7:30pm Ticket prices are $15 for general admission or $12 for students and seniors, and will be available at the door.

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The Divine Feminine was created from an inspirational reading of Portuguese playwright Armando Nacimento Rosa's "Mary of Magdala: A Gnostic Fable." Chard’s cast of amazing performers takes the audience on a ride through conflict and mayhem due to the seduction of a goddess, the wrath of a bitter queen, the marvel of a heroine plus other divine women and their boy-toys.

In conjunction with the performance, Gonzalez will also lead a dance theatre workshop at Centenary, Saturday, Feb. 19 from 10:30am until noon. The workshop is free and open to the public.

For more information on the performances or workshops, contact Sarah David, associate director, at 504.615.3093.

Guest pianist Constance Carroll to perform Feb. 25

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Constance Carroll

The Greater Shreveport Music Teachers Association will present pianist Constance Carroll in concert Friday, Feb. 25 at 7:30pm The concert will be held in the Anderson Auditorium of the Hurley School of Music at Centenary College and is free and open to the public.

During the concert, Carroll will perform selected works by Soler, Schubert, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and Scriabin.

Carroll has received acclaim for her performances as a recitalist, a chamber musician, and as an orchestral soloist. She has been featured artist at many state conventions of the Music Teachers Association throughout the country, as well as presenting lecture-recitals at national MTNA conventions in Houston and Kansas City.

For more information, contact the Hurley School of Music at 318.869.5235.

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Excavating Self takes center stage at MLP February 25/26

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Escaped Images, the dance ensemble of the Theatre and Dance department will present the original ballet Excavating Self, February 25 and 26 at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse beginning at 7pm

Tickets go on sale Saturday, Feb. 12 at the playhouse box office, and cost $15 for adults; $12 for military and seniors; $10 for students; and free for Centenary students, staff and faculty members.

This "modern ballet" tells the story of the women of the company and their struggle to find what they're looking for in the contemporary society they find themselves living in today. The narrative was written by artistic director Renee Cheveallier and members of the dance company.

Written and choreographed by the dance company, this ballet will be preformed to music composed by Centenary College senior, Costas Dafnis. It will mark the first time Escaped Images has taken on this type of performance.

For more information on Excavating Self, please call 318.869.5242.

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18 Fri

Career Services workshop

216 Jackson Hall, 11:15am

Career Services will hold a series of workshops on career-related topics. Additional workshops take place March 15, March 29, and Apr. 15. Contact Elizabeth Everett at 318.869.5042 for more information.

Casino Night

SUB Main Lobby, 7pm

Sponsored by the Centenary Activities Board. Casino Night is a night for fun and prizes. Contact Caleb Gaston at email for more information.

Physics Club Regional Meeting, Talk #2

114 Mickle Hall, 8pm

Stephen Lokitz, Ph.D., Medical Physicist at Biomedical Research Foundation of NW Louisiana positron emission tomography. Topic: Medical imaging with Anti Matter.

19 Sat

Asleep with Open Eyes exhibit

Turner Art Gallery, 3-5pm An opening reception for professor James King’s Asleep with Open Eyes art exhibit. Exhibit will be on display until March 13.

Physics Club Regional Meeting, Talk #3

114 Mickle Hall, 1pm

Charles Kincade, J.D., will present “Legislation of Science and Creationism in the Louisiana Classroom”

Coffee House

SUB Main Lobby, 8pm

Sponsored by Zeta Tau Alpha. The Coffee House is a fundraiser supporting Breast Cancer Awareness. Cost is $3 per person. Live music and food. Contact Taylor Gilmour at email for more information.

20 Sun

GRE/GMAT Math Bootcamp

114 Mickle Hall, 2-5pm

FREE workshop presented by the Princeton Review. The GRE and GMAT exams test a variety of math concepts you may not have used since high school. Our FREE GRE & GMAT Math Bootcamps (a $199 value) will help you brush up on math basics quickly and effectively. To register, click here.

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Yoncopin Student Photo shoot

SUB Main Lobby, 2:30pm

Sponsored by the Yoncopin. Students can stop and have their photo taken for the annual Yearbook. Contact Nicole Popp at email for more information.

25 Fri

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.

Excavating Self

Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, 7pm

Escaped Images, the dance ensemble of the Theatre and Dance department will present the original ballet Excavating Self. Tickets are on sale at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse box office, and cost $15 for adults; $12 for military and seniors; $10 for students; and free for Centenary students, staff and faculty members.

Evening Masquerade

Bynum Commons, 7pm

Sponsored by Conclave. Evening masquerade consists of a speed dating session in which all will be masked. This a formal event with masks required. Contact Holly Moore at email 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.

Excavating Self

Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, 7pm

Escaped Images, the dance ensemble of the Theatre and Dance department will present the original ballet Excavating Self. Tickets are on sale at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse box office, and cost $15 for adults; $12 for military and seniors; $10 for students; and free for Centenary students, staff and faculty members.

28 Feb

As You Like It

Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, 7pm with preshow entertainment starting at 6:30pm

The American Shakespeare Center—On Tour, the touring arm of the American Shakespeare Center and the Blackfriars Playhouse, brings its Restless Ecstasy Tour to the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse. Standard ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, $10 for students with ID and children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse.

1 Mar

Macbeth

Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, 7pm with preshow entertainment starting at 6:30pm

The American Shakespeare Center—On Tour, the touring arm of the American Shakespeare Center and the Blackfriars Playhouse, brings its Restless Ecstasy Tour to the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse. Standard ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, $10 for students with ID and children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse.

2 Mar

Measure for Measure

Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, 7pm with preshow entertainment starting at 6:30pm

The American Shakespeare Center—On Tour, the touring arm of the American Shakespeare Center and the Blackfriars Playhouse, brings its Restless Ecstasy Tour to the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse. Standard ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, $10 for students with ID and children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse.

3 Mar

The Grand Design discussion group

James Hall Lobby, 7pm

Sponsored by the Philosophy Discussion Group, Secular Student Association, and Physics Club. Do we need God to explain the universe? "No," according to Stephen Hawking in his new book, The Grand Design. For more information, contact Dallas Krentzel at email.

As You Like It

Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, 7pm with preshow entertainment starting at 6:30pm

The American Shakespeare Center—On Tour, the touring arm of the American Shakespeare Center and the Blackfriars Playhouse, brings its Restless Ecstasy Tour to the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse. Standard ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, $10 for students with ID and children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse.

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