Centenary College Homecoming is November 1-10
SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary’s weeklong Homecoming celebration begins Friday, November 1, and continues through the following weekend, highlighting alumni achievements, cultural activities, academics, and athletics at the College.
“We are thrilled to continue the expansion of Homecoming to a weeklong celebration that began last year,” says Saige Solomon ’05, director of alumni and family relations at Centenary. “This offers the opportunity to celebrate all aspects of what makes Centenary and our community members so special.”
The 2019 edition of Homecoming includes several new special events. On Monday, November 4, Centenary’s Meadows Museum of Art opens an Alumni Art Show featuring submissions from students of recently retired art professor Bruce Allen. Attendees at the 6:30 p.m. opening can also enjoy Allen’s retrospective, 35 Year Waltz, and hear a mini-lecture from Allen and Dr. David Havird, a preview of their upcoming "Making Art in Paris" alumni trip scheduled for April 2020.
Alumni from the natural sciences and math are invited to join faculty and current students for a reunion in Mickle Hall, on Friday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m. This affinity gathering will bring together many generations of Centenary students to share their memories of studying in Mickle. Guests will enjoy fun interactive activities as well as a virtual scavenger hunt while reminiscing on their time at Centenary.
The 2019 Alumni Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m. and features a new location this year. The event will begin with a reception in the Hamilton Hall lobby and then move to an elegant open-air tent in the Quad bounded by some of the College’s most iconic academic buildings, Magale Library and Mickle Hall. The Alumni Awards Dinner honors alumni who have brought distinction to the College, and this year’s awards include:
Alumni Hall of Fame – Hon. Jeff Victory ‘67
Alumni Loyalty – Kimberley ’95 and Andrew ’92 Meeder
Young Alumni Leadership – Casey McBeath ‘10
Honorary Alumni – Shelby Smith
Athletic Hall of Fame – Jasmina Tonejc ‘91
Honorary Athletic Letter – Mary Sue Rix
Bentley Sloane Award – DeAndre Johnson ‘04
Individual tickets for the dinner are $30 and reserved tables seating eight are available for $300. For more information, contact Saige Solomon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Centenary College Choir’s annual “Rhapsody in View” program kicks off the Homecoming week with performances at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 3. Performances will be held at Shreveport’s First Baptist Church, 543 Ockley Drive. Tickets can be purchased from Centenary College Choir members and Downtown Lions Club members, and are also available at the College’s Hurley School of Music and all Porters Cleaners locations. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 318.869.5235.
A full schedule of student and community events, including the Winter Sports Kickoff, a Homecoming chapel service, window painting and Brinner in the Caf, an alumni panel, the traditional gumbo and cookie cook-off, and a bonfire with live music, is available at centenary.edu/homecoming. Athletic events during the Homecoming week include Senior Night for Ladies volleyball and Gents and Ladies soccer on Friday, November 1, the annual Alumni Baseball Game on Saturday, November 2, and Gents and Ladies conference soccer contests against Southwestern on Sunday, November 3.
Saturday, November 9 includes a full day of events, beginning with the annual Quinq Club Brunch for 50+ year graduates and continuing with the TKE Alumni vs. Active football game and the Alumni Swim Meet. Afternoon highlights include the Homecoming tailgate and Court announcement along with open houses at the College’s Greek chapters and in the Caruth Choir Room at the Hurley School of Music. The day also includes an afternoon Ladies basketball scrimmage and a Gents basketball alumni game.
The Homecoming weekend concludes on Sunday, November 10, with “Centenary Sunday” services at Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier City at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Centenary president Dr. Christopher L. Holoman will preach and the Centenary College Choir will sing at both services. The Ladies basketball team also faces off against Hendrix at the Gold Dome at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The classes of 1975 through 1980 will hold a cluster reunion during the first Homecoming weekend and the classes of 1984 through 1994 will gather during the second weekend. Members of the Class of 1969, celebrating the milestone 50th reunion, will meet up at a casual reception on the evening of Friday, November 8, a dinner on Saturday, November 9, and a dutch treat breakfast at Strawn’s Eat Shop on Sunday, November 10.