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March 11, 2011

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PREVIEW: Softball Opens League Play at IUPUI

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After a lengthy break, the Centenary softball team will return to action as it opens Summit League play on Friday and Saturday at IUPUI. The Ladies are set to begin with a single game on Friday, starting at 3pm CT, followed
by a double-header on Saturday at
11am CT.

The Ladies (0-10) haven't seen game action since Feb. 27 at the UTA Invitational. Centenary is still looking for its first win of the 2011 season.

The weekend series will be available via live stats at www.iupuijags.com.

Senior Bonnie Matak and junior Reggie Salvatore each had two hits on Sunday, but the Centenary softball team faced an offensively strong UT-Arlington squad, falling 8-1, in the UTA Classic tournament finale. The Ladies fell to 0-10 on the season with Sunday's loss.

PREVIEW: Gents at Grambling for Three-Game Set, Friday and Saturday

The Centenary baseball team will travel to Grambling for a three-game weekend series, beginning Friday evening at 6pm, followed by a double-header on Saturday at 1pm.

The Gents (2-4) are coming off a tough loss at No. 14 Texas A&M on Tuesday evening in College Station, Texas.

Centenary and Grambling met a year ago when the Gents swept the four-game series in Shreveport. The Tigers hold a 25-20 edge over Centenary all-time. However, the Gents are 7-1 over Grambling in the last five years. RHP Cole Thompson picked up his first collegiate win out of the pen in a 6-5 victory over the Tigers a year ago.

Junior Zachary Christ delivered a double off the left center wall at Texas A&M on Tuesday evening to put the Gents on board in the top of the seventh. The righty's double was his first hit of his Centenary career, which missed escaping the yard by a few feet. Christ finished the night 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.


Junior leader behind the dish, Jeff Schaffert extends his hitting streak to six games as he has recorded at least one knock in all six games this season. Schaff currently leads the team with a .389 average with seven hits in 18 at-bats. The righty has driven in two and has a .389 slugging percentage

PREVIEW: Gymnastics Tours Alaska for Final Two Meets

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The Centenary gymnastics team will gear up for its final two regular season meets when it tours Alaska this weekend. The Ladies are set to compete in two dual meets against the University of Alaska on Friday at 10pm CT and Sunday at 5pm CT in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Ladies are coming off their highest team score of the season and under second year head coach Gretchen Goerlitz, when they posted a 191.825 against SEMO last weekend.

Centenary has remained consistent over the last four meets, posting at least a 190.000+ score in each of them.
Centenary is 4-11 on the season and has captured all four wins in the last five competitions.

Leading the way for the Ladies is sophomore Jessica Lieblich with an All-Around total of 38.875. She is followed by senior Marisa Schneider's 38.600.

As event specialists, sophomore Meg Crowley paces the team on Vault with a 9.825. Schneider leads the team on Bars with a 9.663, on Beam with a 9.338 and on the Floor with a 9.605.

Centenary and Alaska met back in 2009 when the Ladies swept both dual meets to open the season in Anchorage.

Defense Shaky in Road Loss at No. 14 Texas A&M

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Facing the No. 14-ranked Texas A&M Aggies on the road, the Centenary baseball team was challenged defensively as it fell 21-3 on Tuesday evening in non-conference action.

The Gents (2-4) were never able to answer to the hot-hitting Aggies and fell victim to poor defense, as they committed a team-high seven errors on the game.

Centenary tallied five hits on the evening, led by an RBI-double off the bat of junior Zachary Christ (1x3, R, RBI). Juniors Kyle Morton (1x4), Jeff Schaffert (1x4) and Seth Lugo (1x3, R) and freshman RJ Talamantes (1x4) each added a hit.  

Sophomore starter Cole Thompson (0-2) (1.0, 2,1,1,1,0) unfortunately would suffer the loss, after tossing just 1.0 inning. The righty allowed one run on two hits.

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15 Mar

Softball vs Grambling
6 pm

18 Mar

Softball vs SDSU
4 pm (DH)

19 Mar

Softball vs SDSU

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BIG Event 4 is coming soon!

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Centenary College is gearing up again for the BIG Event!

On Saturday, March 26, Centenary College students, faculty, staff and alumni will canvass the Highland Historic District for the BIG Event 4 and help their neighbors with common household tasks while giving back to the community that has embraced the College for more than 100 years.

Event organizers have requested household jobs from residents that live near the College, such as scrapping and repainting shutters, raking, weeding, yard work, picking up trash, cleaning sidewalks, etc. Last year, more than 30 residents of the Highlands area watched as their homes or yards were transformed by Centenary volunteers.

Contact the BIG Event organizers at email with any questions, or go ahead and sign up today!

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Reel Business Week takes place at RFC March 11 – March 17

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The Frost School of Business of Centenary College of Louisiana will be sponsoring Reel Business Week at the Robinson Film Center, during the week of Friday, March 11 through Thursday, March 17.

The Reel Business Week series includes three recent films which examine the human and economic realities of the global financial crisis of the past few years.

"These films provide the perfect platform to drive discussion and debate in our classrooms and throughout Shreveport-Bossier regarding the economic crisis of 2008 and the role of Wall Street in modern society," said Dr. Chris Martin, Dean of the Frost School of Business. "The premise of Centenary’s 'Reel Business Week' is to use critically-acclaimed films to examine business, governmental and societal issues that frame decision-making and impact not only our students' but all business people's lives. We look forward to the thoughtful discussion these films will provoke in our community."

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Novelist Tim O'Brien to receive the Corrington Award Mar. 22

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Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien, a National Book Award-winner whose eight books of fiction and memoir address the trauma of the Vietnam War, will receive the John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence and read from his work Tuesday, March 22 beginning at 7pm in the Whited Room of Bynum Commons.

Born in 1946 in Austin, Minn., O'Brien received his draft notice in 1968 right after graduating with highest honors from Macalaster College. An infantryman, he spent seven months in combat. For his service he was awarded a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. While studying government in graduate school at Harvard and reporting on national affairs at the Washington Post, O'Brien wrote the stories collected in his first book, If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home (1973), a critically acclaimed non-fiction personal narrative.

Of the Vietnam War, which figures in all of his work, O'Brien has said, "It was traumatic, and I still carry the memories and the ghosts and the horrors along with me, and I suppose my subconscious has pushed my stories in that direction."

Named for the novelist and Centenary alumnus John William Corrington '56, the award recognizes a career of dedication to literary excellence and takes the form of a bronze medal designed by the Louisiana sculptor Clyde Connell. This year's presentation marks the 21st year of this annual event.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and author of short stories Eudora Welty became the first recipient in 1991. Other Corrington medalists include Ernest J. Gaines, James Dickey, Elizabeth Spencer, Richard Wilbur, Eavan Boland, Michael Longley, Alice McDermott, and Yusef Komunyakaa.

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Staff member attempts swim in memory of grandfather

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Chris Lavan

When he started swimming a year ago, it was to get back into shape after a sports injury left him sidelined. He had very little swimming ability and it took him that long just to feel comfortable in the water.

Today he is forty pounds lighter and finishing up a swim-A-thon to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, and to honor the legacy of his grandfather who passed away two years ago from liver cancer.

"This is my personal mission in remembrance of my grandfather and the mark he left on me," said Chris Lavan Director of Intercultural Engagement and Community. "His passing and his legacy of service to the community serve as my inspiration to help find a cure for this type of cancer."

Lavan will be swimming at the Centenary College pool Friday or Saturday with a goal of swimming 10,000 yards while raising $2,000 personally to support cancer research. He is also trying to get local businesses to match his funds and raise a total of $10,000.

"I am trying to raise awareness of not only the importance of cancer research, but also promote swimming as a form of exercise especially in the African-American community," said Lavan. "I think it is really important to pair the two together."

For the past five days, Lavan has attempted to swim at least 2,000 yards a day to complete his goal. When he is done, he will have covered a distance of 5.6 miles.

To find out more on his daily progress, please visit his blog or contact Lavan at email.

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Attaway Scholars bring documentary films, lectures to Centenary

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Elizabeth Coffman

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Ted Hardin

Centenary College will host public presentations by filmmakers, writers and professors Dr. Elizabeth Coffman and Ted Hardin, who will be visiting the campus as Attaway Scholars March 30 through April 1.

Hardin and Coffman are the co-founders of Long Distance Productions, a media company dedicated to bridging the distances between people, cultures, and traditions. In 2002 they produced One More Mile: a Dialogue on Nation-Building, a feature film that screened in festivals and universities around the world and was broadcast in Bosnia-Herzegovina. They are currently co-producing Veins in the Gulf, a documentary based in southern Louisiana on the disappearance of Cajun culture, poetry, and the wetlands.

During their three-day visit they will present these two documentary films at separate film screenings, and visit with students on campus in classes such as documentary film, environmental studies, sociology and political science.
Public presentations and screenings include:

Wednesday, March 30, 7pm,
Whited Room in Bynum Commons

Screening, One More Mile: a Dialogue on Nation-Building Free and open to the public

Thursday, March 31, 11am,
Whited Room in Bynum Commons

Convocation: The Making of Veins in the Gulf
7pm, Whited Room in Bynum Commons
Screening, Veins in the Gulf Free and open to the public

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15 Tue

Grad Fest

Centenary Bookstore, 11am - 5pm

Order your diploma frames, announcements, rings, and cap and gowns. Call 318.869.5278 for more information.

Interview Intellect

216 Jackson Hall, 11:15am

Take your job search and resume writing skills one step further and learn how to conquer the interview process! Get tips and strategies for how to prepare and answer tough interview questions!

Volunteer Fair

Kilpatrick Auditorium, 11am

Sponsored by the Office of Community. The Volunteer Fair will showcase volunteer opportunities from community partners. Students will be able to learn about potential options for service learning. Contact LaToya Hemphill at email for more information.

17 Thu

Passion Narratives

108 Smith Building, 11:30am

Passion Narratives: A Lenten Series Exploring the Gospel Accounts of the Death of Jesus. Join Dr. Susan Brayford, Professor of Religious Studies, for a five-week Lenten study meeting on Thursdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm from March 17 through April 14. 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.

22 Mar

Corrington Award for Literary Excellence

Whited Room, Bynum Commons, 6:45pm

Sponsored by the English Department. Novelist Tim O’Brien will receive the 21st Annual John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence and read from his work. Free and open to the public.

24 Mar

SGA Organization Seminar

Kilpatrick Auditorium, 11:15am

Sponsored by the SGA. Organization 101 led by Chris Lavan, Director of Intercultural Engagement and Community. Contact Kayla Klaus at email for more information.

Wellness Expo

Fitness Center, 11am

Sponsored by Health Services. For more information, contact Melinda Koch at 318.869.5466.

Percussion Ensemble Concert

Anderson Auditorium, 7:30pm

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

25 Mar

Cello Recital

Anderson Auditorium, 7:30pm

John Henry Crawford, cellist, is the guest artist. Free and open to the public. Call 318.869.5235 for more information.

26 Mar

BIG Event 4

Highland neighborhood, 7:30am in the Fitness Center.

Sponsored by The BIG Event executive committee. Start off with breakfast and registration. After The BIG Event, a carnival is planned on campus featuring entertainment, food, and fun. Register by March 18. E-mail email. Registration available online.

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.

30 Mar

Documentary: One More Mile: a Dialogue on Nation-Building

Whited Room, Bynum Commons, 7pm

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Convocations Committee. Attaway Scholars Dr. Elizabeth Coffman and Ted Hardin will screen their documentary film, One More Mile. The film investigates the delicate and controversial role of the international community in a post-war society.

31 Mar

SGA Organization Seminar

Kilpatrick Auditorium, 11:15am

Sponsored by the SGA. Planning and Publicity led by Ashlie Daigle, Director of Student Involvement. Contact Kayla Klaus at email for more information.

Documentary: Veins in the Gulf

Whited Room, Bynum Commons, 7pm

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Convocations Committee. Attaway Scholars Dr. Elizabeth Coffman and Ted Hardin will screen their documentary film Veins in the Gulf, a documentary that traces the history of rapidly disappearing bayous, the environmental crisis of southern Louisiana, and the international impact of Cajun culture, which is quickly losing ground.


Invisible Illness

Kilpatrick Auditorium, 6:30pm

Sponsored by the Chaplain's Office. Invisible Illness is a seminar that aims to educate what an invisible illness is by trying to get the community to look beyond the surface.


SGA Organization Seminar

Kilpatrick Auditorium, 11:15am

Sponsored by the SGA. Money, Money, Money led by Duke Griffey, lecturer in business. Contact Kayla Klaus at email for more information.

16 Apr

Beach Bash

Jones Rice Field, 3pm

Sponsored by the Centenary Activities Board. Contact Tianna Murphy at email for more information.

19 Apr

Dream Big! Act Big! motivational speaker

Kilpatrick Auditorium, 11am

Can you imagine running 100 marathons in 100 days? Come listen to motivational speaker Croix Sather when he stops by the College on his Dream Big, Act Big run across America!

Rules in Un-ruled Lands

Whited Room of Bynum Commons, 11am

Sponsored by the Convocations Committee. The issue of Rules in Un-Ruled Lands: The Origins of Property Rights in Palestinian Refugee Camps will be addressed. Dr. Nadya S. Hajj, assistant professor of political science at Wellesley College will be the featured speaker.

A New Egypt?

Kilpatrick Auditorium, 7pm

Sponsored by the Convocations Committee. A New Egypt? Origins and Consequences of the 2011 Revolution will be addressed. Dr. Nadya S. Hajj, assistant professor of political science at Wellesley College will be the featured speaker.

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