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April 29, 2011

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Talamantes Named LSWA Hitter of the Week

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R.J. Talamantes of the Centenary baseball team was named this week's Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) Baseball Hitter of the Week, announced Monday afternoon.

Talamantes, a freshman from Colleyville, Texas, hit .500 (10-for-20) for the week after he notched three multi-hit games to help lead the Gents to a 3-1 series win over IPFW.

He tallied four hits in game one of an 18-8, seven-inning contest and three hits in each of the second (8-4 win) and fourth games (10-9 victory). He had the game-winning hit in the series finale on a two-out, bases loaded double.
The third basemen also finished the series with seven RBIs, including a career-high of four on Sunday, and was a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen bases.

Talamantes is second-best on the team this season with a .324 average. His 26 runs scored 34 hits and 21 stolen bases all lead the Gents through the first 28 games.
Talamantes is the first recognized LSWA Player of the Week this season for the Gents.

Softball Splits Twinbill with LSUA

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The Centenary softball team played its final home games of the 2011 season, finishing with a Thursday afternoon split against LSU-Alexandria, winning Game 1, 9-5 before falling in Game 2, 5-4 in nine innings.

The Ladies hold an overall record of 5-33 after the non-conference double-header.

Game 1: Centenary 9, LSUA 5

Senior Lauren Highsmith (7.0,4,5,3,7,5) picked up the win, allowing three earned runs on four hits and seven walks in 7.0 innings of work, while fanning five. The righty improved to 3-24 on the year.

Centenary was led offensively by sophomore Bailey Boggs (2x3, 2 R, 4 RBI) after driving in four runs on two extra base hits, including a three-run home run. Senior Bonnie Matak (2x4, 2 R, RBI), junior Reggie Salvatore (2x4, R, RBI), and junior Kalyn Harris (2x4) each had two base hits, while sophomore Kelsey Regan (1x3, RBI) and freshman Nicole Warren (1x4, R) added a hit.

Game 2: LSUA 5, Centenary 4 (9 innings)

Freshman Lynsi Unruh (9.0,8,5,4,2,4) suffered the upsetting loss, after allowing four earned runs on eight hits and two walks in 9.0 innings of work, while fanning four.
Warren (3x4, R, RBI) tallied three hits to lead Centenary at the plate. Matak (2x4, R, 2 RBI) drove in two on a home run, while sophomore Jenny King (2x4, R) also had two hits.

Centenary will wrap up the season at North Dakota State on May 6-7.

PREVIEW: Baseball at NDSU for Four-Game Set

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The Centenary baseball team is looking to build on its successful weekend at home against IPFW, when it travels to Fargo, ND to take on North Dakota State in a four game Summit League set beginning Friday.

The Gents are slated to play at 2 pm on Friday, a double-header on Saturday, beginning at 1 pm and a single game on Sunday at Noon. Game times may be altered due to weather conditions. Stay tuned for updates.

Centenary (6-22, 3-9 Summit) is coming off its best weekend of the year when it took 3-of-4 from league foe, IPFW at Shehee Stadium. The Gents escaped the weekend split with a come-from-behind win, 10-9 in the series finale on a walk-off double by LSWA's Hitter of the Week, freshman RJ Talamantes.

The freshmen class for the Gents is doing their part as four newcomers pace the squad in batting average, led by Mark Gillean's .390 clip. Talamantes is second-best with a .324 average, a team-best 26 runs scored, 34 hits and a league-best 21 stolen bases. He is followed by Marc Martinez' .318 average and Pete Rajkovich's .299 average.

Juniors Jeff Schaffert (.292) and Kyle Morton (.247) each lead the team with 15 RBI and the duo has combined for seven of Centenary's nine home runs.

Centenary's pitching staff holds a team ERA of 7.24 as starters freshman Nic Parrott (1-1, 4.63), senior Derek Dalzell (1-4, 1 SV, 6.37), and junior Seth Lugo (2-5, 6.70) each started a game for the second straight Summit League weekend. Freshman Ryan Maldonado (1-0, 6.52) picked up his first win of his collegiate career in relief, while sophomore Kelby Langston (0-2, 3.75) holds the team's lowest ERA with 11 appearances, all out of the pen.

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Arboretum celebrates 25 years, renamed for professor

For more than two and a half decades, one Centenary College professor has lovingly tended one of the most beautiful outdoor botanical laboratories in the south. On April 28, in front of colleagues, members of the Board of Trustees, guests, students and staff members, the arboretum was officially renamed the Dr. Ed Leuck Academic Arboretum.

"This is what a vision looks like when it comes to maturity," said Dr. David Rowe, President of the College. "This is what life looks like when you plant the seeds and care for the saplings. This is what we should do today as an institution as we dream about 25 years from now."

The Centenary College Arboretum was established in 1984 with the backing of Mr. And Mrs. Harry Balcom and under the guidance of Dr. Leuck. The initial area was only the west-facing clay slope below the brick wall below Mickle and Hamilton Hall, chosen both for its prominent location and lack of any vegetation except for the trees themselves. The first plantings were made by Dr. Ed Leuck in the spring of 1985 utilizing the few plants commercially available. Since then, the arboretum has grown to include the area between the Hamilton Hall and the SUB, with plants added each year. The sources have largely included plants and seeds collected by Dr. Leuck.

Today, more than 300 species of plant life that offers year-round education programs along with hands-on science and outdoor exploration.

Centenary College featured in USA Today

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Pauline Turpin, of Lille, France, works on decorations for her dorm room at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. Everyone in a wing of the dorm speaks only French.

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Centenary College received national attention this week for our commitment to Living-Learning Communities. USA Today featured Centenary, along with Emory University, University of Wisconsin and the University of Virginia as college campuses that have added language immersion programs, where students are “living their language lessons.” This is an example of the national media taking notice of the great things happening on campus, how Centenary is taking learning into action and how Centenary is preparing students to engage 21st century global challenges!

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Students Perfect Gas Detection Technique; Research to be Published

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For the past three years, Centenary College students have been collaborating with a local Shreveport physician on oxygen-carrying properties of soybean oil emulsions, a fluid that someday might be able to be used as a resuscitation fluid in patients.

During the research process, they discovered a new technique for measuring gases, such as oxygen, in a variety of fluids and will have their findings published later this year in the Journal of Chromatography B.

It all started in 2008 when Dr. Cuthbert Simpkins, who at the time was the Chairman and Founder of Innovative Resuscitation Technologies based in Shreveport, was developing fluids that could be administered to patients that had lost massive amounts of blood. He contacted several labs around the country to see if anyone had the capability to do the research.

After a nation-wide search, he found the one place that could do it…Centenary College.
"I really didn’t have to look far," said Dr. Simpkins. "All I had to do was look in my backyard at the research that was being conducted at Centenary. The research the students were conducting was far superior to anything else out there."

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Soul of Money Institute president to deliver Commencement address

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Lynne Twist

Famed author, fundraiser and global activist Lynne Twist will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and deliver Centenary's 2011 commencement address on Saturday, May 7. The annual celebration will take place at 10:30am in the Gold Dome.

Twist has devoted her life to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilled human presence on earth. In her travels around the world for her work she has developed a keen understanding of the relationship between people and money and the psychology of scarcity and sufficiency. She shares compelling stories and insights from those experiences in her book, The Soul of Money. Twist also serves as principal consultant to the Nobel Women's Initiative, working with the seven living female recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize to promote peace with justice and equality across the world.

"We are eager to welcome Lynne to campus and excited about the opportunity to draw from her wisdom and experience," said Dr. B. David Rowe, Centenary’s President. "The message that she brings of the fulfillment that comes from leading a committed life is one that echoes the transformation we are striving toward at Centenary. I hope that everyone in attendance, especially each and every graduate, is touched by her passion for and dedication to creating a better world."

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Van Thyn Professorship lecture series presents guest speaker Anil Nanda

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Centenary College and the Van Thyn Professorship Lecture series present guest speaker Dr. Anil Nanda, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at LSUHSC-Shreveport, Monday, May 2 at 7pm in the Whited Room of Bynum Commons.

"1947: When God of Genocidal Carnage Hit the Indian Subcontinent" will be the subject of Dr. Nanda's presentation. The lecture is free and open to the community with a reception following the lecture.

Dr. Nanda was appointed Chief of Neurosurgery at LSUHSC in Shreveport in 1990, and the first Neurosurgery Department Chairman with its establishment in 1995. A native of New York, Dr. Nanda earned his medical degree with honors from Madras University in 1982. He then served an internship in surgical oncology at the Sloan-Kettering Research Center in New York, and residencies in general surgery at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago and in neurosurgery at Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He then completed fellowship training in microneurosurgery and cranial base surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990.

The presentation is the third part of the Van Thyn professorship lecture series in honor of Rose and Louis Van Thyn, Holocaust survivors who dedicated themselves to retelling their stories so that people will not forget or repeat those horrors. For her extraordinary community service, Mrs. Van Thyn was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Centenary's 2002 commencement exercises. She passed away in 2010 at the age of 88, and literally talked to thousands of local schoolchildren during her life about the horrors of the Jewish genocide.

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Camerata and Chorale Concert

Anderson Auditorium, 7:30pm

Sponsored by the Hurley School of Music. Free and open to the public. Call 318.869.5073 for more information.

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans benefit concert

Hargrove Memorial Amphitheatre, 7pm

Sponsored by KSCL. Cost: $5 "Help a Hero" benefit concert featuring live music. Bands include The Laud Waters Band, Aevory and Ben's Sister. Contact Rafael Doolittle at 318.840.3449 or chillmac5@gmail.com.


It’s What You Make of It exhibition

Meadows Museum of Art galleries, 2-3pm.

Lecture and Talk with guest artist Bennett Sewell. Exhibit runs through July 31.


Van Thyn Professorship Lecture

Whited Room, Bynum Commons, 7pm

Sponsored by Centenary College and the Van Thyn Professorship Lecture series. Guest speaker Dr. Anil Nanda, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at LSUHSC-Shreveport. "1947: When the God of Genocidal Carnage Hit the Indian Subcontinent" will be the subject of Dr. Nanda's presentation. The lecture is free and open to the community.


Cap and Gown Pickup

Bookstore, Student Union Building, 1-4pm

Fill out the graduate placement survey and pick up your cap and gown and tickets for the Senior Celebration.

Senior Week – Buffalo Wild Wings

7441 Youree Drive, 6-9pm

Senior Week Celebration continues with free wings and cash bar.


Cap and Gown Pickup

Bookstore, Student Union Building, 1-4pm

Fill out the graduate placement survey and pick up your cap and gown and tickets for the Senior Celebration.

Movie Night at Robinson

Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas St., Shreveport, 7-9pm

Senior Week continues. Cash bar and light hor d’oeuvres.


Cap and Gown Pickup

Bookstore, Student Union Building, 1-4pm

Fill out the graduate placement survey and pick up your cap and gown and tickets for the Senior Celebration.

Crawfish Boil

Symphony House, 6-9pm

Senior Week continues with the traditional crawfish boil. It’s BYOB and picnic style. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Crawfish, and chicken and sausage gumbo will be served!


Senior Celebration Dinner

Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Rd., 6-8:30pm

Full buffet served by Savoie’s Catering and live music.



Gold Dome, 10:30am

Come celebrate with the Centenary community as we recognize the class of 2011. Lynne Twist, famed author, fundraiser and global activist will deliver Centenary's 2011 commencement address.

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