Annual Centenary College Founders’ Day Convocation centers on College’s racial history

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College’s annual Founders’ Day observance will be Thursday, March 4, at 11:10 a.m. The Founders’ Day convocation celebrates the College’s nearly 200 year history as well as recent achievements by faculty and staff. College archivist Chris Brown and Dr. Jama Grove, assistant professor of history at Centenary, will deliver a presentation entitled “Institutional Memory and Accountability” during the event.

The convocation will be presented virtually and a link will be posted on the College’s Facebook page at The convocation may also be viewed at, the program is available here.  Students can earn 100 Passport Points for watching the virtual convocation.

“In the wake of the 2020 uprisings, ‘Institutional Memory and Accountability’ explores the unrecognized and often deliberately elided founding contributions that people of color made throughout Centenary College’s history,” said Grove. Brown will share examples of these contributions using material from the Centenary Archives.

During the convocation, Centenary president Dr. Christopher L. Holoman will announce service pins for faculty and staff along with three special annual awards, the Charleton Lyons Summer Research Award, the President’s Excellence Award, and the Outstanding Teacher Award.

Faculty and staff receiving service pins include:

Mrs. Lynette Viskozki – 35 Years

Mrs. Patty Roberts – 35 Years

Dr. David Otto Cowles – 30 Years

Mr. David Williams – 25 Years

Dr. Michelle Wolkomir – 20 Years

Mr. Chris Brown – 15 Years

Dr. Joshua Lawrence – 15 Years

Mr. Chris Sampite – 10 Years

Mr. Terry Antwine – 10 Years



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