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					C  The Centenarian

            Fall 2008

Centenary Equine
Centenary Equine
Studies is the
Studies is the
program of choice
program of choice

for the Future
for the Future
First-year students
First-year students
thrive at Centenary
thrive at Centenary

Happy 50th
Happy 50th
Birthday WNTI
Birthday WNTI
            the Centenary College magazine
 BOARD OF TRUSTEES                   News from the Office of the President
 Arden Davis Melick ’60/’01 HA
          Chairman                   Dr. Kenneth L. Hoyt has announced
        Kenneth L. Hahn              that he will leave his post as President
         Vice Chairman               of Centenary College, effective
       David A. Lackland             December 31, 2008.
        2nd Vice Chair
                                     He leaves a legacy of excellence. Under
  Lucinda Thomas Embersits ’59
            Secretary                Dr. Hoyt’s leadership the College
          Alan J. Shaw               expanded its academic offerings and
            Treasurer                developed a long-term strategic plan.
   George E. Arwady ’06 HA           New facilities were built and existing
      Ellen Baars-Banks ’93          ones expanded and renovated to
                                     accommodate the needs of a growing
   Honorable Howard Burrell
                                     student body. Centenary implemented
          Stanley Caine
                                     a wireless laptop initiative and was
  Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar         named one of the Top 50 Wireless
      John H. Fritz ’03 HA           Campuses in the nation by Intel and
           Peter Gorry               Forbes Magazine.
         Michael Halpin              Dr. Hoyt led the successful Campaign
   Virginia George Hook ’44          for Centenary College which provided funding to expand and renovate the John M.
       David W. Johnson              Reeves Recreation Center and enhance academic programs. Enrollment doubled
       Dr. Hae-Jong Kim              to 3,100 students since his arrival at the College, making Centenary the fastest-
Honorable Leonard Lance ’01 HA       growing independent college in New Jersey.
  Honorable George D. Muller         “I have enjoyed my Centenary experience, especially our students, and working with
   Denis Hennessy O’Rourke           a dynamic Board of Trustees, faculty and staff,” remarked Dr. Hoyt. “I am proud of
          Diane Perrella
                                     the College’s reputation for student-centered learning and unparalleled service. I
                                     believe it is now time to help another college achieve its strategic objectives.”
           Jim Salerno
         M. Alden Siegel             Arden Davis Melick ’60, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, thanked Dr. Hoyt for
                                     his many contributions to the College. “Centenary has built a reputation as an
      Christopher Treanor
                                     innovative college for liberal arts and career studies, with an improved curriculum
 Linda Van Winkle Watkins ’62
                                     and a vibrant community of talented faculty and staff and energized students.
         Norman Worth                We appreciate Dr. Hoyt’s many contributions on the College’s behalf.”
     Harris F. Smith ’99 HA
                                     The Board of Trustees is in the process of organizing a national search for
  Earle T. Holsapple, Jr. ’99 HA
                                     Centenary’s next President, which may take up to a year. In the interim, Dr.
                                     Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, former Chief Academic Officer, has assumed the post
      Editorial Offices              of Acting Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for overseeing the operations
  Centenary College Magazine         of the College and coordinating the efforts of the Executive Staff.
      400 Jefferson Street
   Hackettstown, NJ 07840            The Centenary Board of Trustees and community thank Dr. Hoyt for his years of
                                     service and wish him the best for his future successes.

       On the Cover:
Rebecca Huestis ’03, a graduate of
   Centenary’s Equine Studies
           program.                      • Find old classmates                        It’s all happening online at
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                    C      Contents

                  View from the Dome
               News from Centenary College

                 Foundations for the Future
 A look at how Centenary’s Academic Foundations Courses
equip first-year students to succeed in college — and in life.

                        Camp Hope
    Centenary’s Katrina Relief Project is now focused on
                 rebuilding and renewal.

                     Taking the Reins
 For ambitious Equine Studies majors, Centenary’s nationally
      recognized department is the program of choice.

                     National Powerhouse
    Centenary SIFE was the only team selected as a finalist
  in four areas of competition in 2008, ranking them among
        the most successful teams in Centenary history.

                    Leaps and Bounds
WNTI looks forward to its 50th anniversary and a new home in
           the David and Carol Lackland Center.

                  Let the Games Begin
  The newly-renovated John M. Reeves Student Recreation
               Center is pulsing with activity.

                  Cyclones Round-Up
     NCAA Division III team highlights and Centenary’s
                  Coaches of the Year.

                        End Note
   Five Questions for Wallace P. Parker, Jr. and three new
       members of the Centenary Board of Trustees.

                                                                 The Centenarian 1
     Getting to Know                          “More people are discovering Centenary. High
                                               school students have an opportunity to get to
     More than 100 enroll in the
     College’s first Summer                    know Centenary before they begin the college
     Scholars program                          application process.”
     More than 100 high school                          — Doug Hooper, Program Coordinator for Summer Scholars
     students got a taste of the
     Centenary Experience in July               Scholars. “It was a natural         people who were as passionate
     when the College introduced                progression to offer the college    about particular subjects as they
     Summer Scholars, an educational            experience to a younger             were,” remarked Hooper.
     camp for young people entering             population,” he said.               “The campers had fun while
     grades 9–12.                               “Centenary Summer Scholars          discovering their talents and
     The program offered four one-              engages students with a true        interests.”
     week sessions in six academic              college learning experience. We
                                                                                    Participants also became
     disciplines: Creative Writing,             offer hands-on classes taught by
                                                                                    acquainted with Hackettstown.
     Radio and Broadcasting,                    top-notch instructors and
                                                                                    “Centenary is definitely an asset
     Television and Production,                 courses not found at other
                                                                                    to the town,” said Hackettstown
     Fashion Design, Computer                   colleges in our state.”
                                                                                    Mayor Michael B. Lavery.
     Science and Fine Arts with a               Although the majority of            “Exposing groups of students
     staff comprised of Centenary               participants were from the          to the College is good for
     faculty members as well as                 immediate vicinity, a number of     Hackettstown and northwest
     experienced outside instructors.           young people came from              New Jersey.”
     Doug Hooper, Centenary’s Web               locations as distant as Texas and
                                                                                    Organizers say Summer Scholars
     Site Content Manager and                   Canada. “What was nice about
                                                                                    is mutually beneficial for
     adjunct professor in Web design            this program was that students
                                                                                    Centenary and its participants.
     at the College, acted as program           had the opportunity to meet
                                                                                    Because of its extended
     coordinator for Summer                     instructors and other young         offerings, Hooper said, “more
                                                                                    people are discovering
                                                                                    Centenary. High school students
                                                                                    who attend our programs have
                                                                                    an opportunity to get to know
                                                                                    Centenary before they begin the
                                                                                    college application process.”

                                                                                    Cyclone Card Takes Off
                                                                                    Shopping and dining in
                                                                                    Hackettstown has never
                                                                                    been easier,
                                                                                    thanks to a
                                                                                    new debit card
                                                                                    now carried by
     More than 100 high school students participated in the newly launched Summer
     Scholars Program at Centenary College.

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all Centenary students and staff.
Launched earlier this year, the
Cyclone Card allows members of
the Centenary community to
pay for purchases at local
businesses with a quick swipe.
“We saw this as an opportunity
for Centenary to expand its
boundaries beyond our physical
campus,” explained Scott
Hughes, the College’s Chief
Technology Officer. “Now
student purchasing power goes
into Hackettstown.”
The Cyclone Card functions
                                      Local residents enjoyed the historical narrative “Tillie Walk” presented by
similar to a bank debit card, with    Centenary Stage Company.
participants using the card at area
businesses to make purchases.         effect, but it came right out of              Murder Case,” provided
                                      the gate strong. At Centenary,                historical commentary.
Hackettstown officials hope to
                                      we look at this as a stimulus to              The Tillie Walk was developed
enroll up to 70 percent of the
                                      new business in the area.”
town’s 430 businesses.                                                              alongside Jeanne Murray
                                                                                    Walker’s play “The Tillie
More than 450 schools
                                      Once Upon a Crime                             Project,” commissioned by the
nationwide use similar cards,
                                                                                    Centenary Stage Company in
although only about 100 have          The Centenary Stage Company
                                                                                    2001. Centenary Stage
enabled students to use it as a       presented its historical, narrated
                                                                                    Company General Manager and
debit card.                           45-minute “Tillie Walk” on June
                                                                                    Director of the Women
                                      14 to 50 curious locals as part of
Centenary students have used                                                        Playwrights Series Catherine
                                      the Hackettstown Victorian
the Cyclone Card for more than                                                      Rust explains that this year’s
                                      Days celebration. The walk
a year as a library card and                                                        tour helped draw people to the
                                      followed the last steps of Tillie
residence hall key and to pay for                                                   Hackettstown Business
                                      Smith, the young Centenary
laundry and on-campus dining.                                                       Improvement District. “We are
                                      College kitchen maid who was
The College piloted the debit                                                       trying to coordinate more events
                                      brutally murdered in 1886 —
card feature for two months at                                                      with the town to encourage
                                      and whose ghost reportedly still
a local pizza parlor before                                                         people to come here,” she said.
                                      visits the campus today. Lea
expanding to include other
                                      Antolini, a Centenary College                 Professor Antolini hopes to
Hackettstown businesses.
                                      theatre professor and actress, and            expand the walks and add
Hughes reports that businesses        Danielle Tampier ’08, a graduate              more performers this fall. “It
“have been blown away” by the         of the College’s theatre program,             is important to get people
program. “It had an immediate         led the walk along Main Street                interested in the theatre and the
impact, which is shocking,” he        in Victorian costumes. Denis                  history of the area,” she said.
explained. “We thought it was         Sullivan, author of “In Defense               “I am excited to be able to give
going to be like a snowball           of Her Honor: The Tillie Smith                back to the community.”

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                                                                                      “We are the only four-year
                                                                                      college in this part of the state
                                                                                      and for the past nine years we
                                                                                      have had a good number of
                                                                                      police officers, including chiefs
                                                                                      of police, attend Centenary for
                                                                                      undergraduate and graduate
                                                                                      degrees,” Dr. Linskey explained.
                                                                                      “We certainly have faculty with
                                                                                      the expertise needed for this.”

     Members of local law enforcement agencies joined Congressman E. Scott Garrett    First Lillian Nicholson
     to celebrate Centenary’s receipt of a grant from the US Department of Justice.   Memorial Scholarships
     Centenary to Train First                    and first-responders are the front   Awarded
     Responders for Crises                       line of defense for any possible     Centenary students Christina
                                                 terrorist attack and this hands-     Black and Jessica Koppinger are
     The United States Department
                                                 on training will allow them to       the first recipients of the Lillian
     of Justice awarded Centenary
                                                 better help with incident            Nicholson Memorial
     College an $894,348 grant
                                                 response and crisis management       Scholarship, an award that
     to provide a law enforcement
                                                 issues.”                             recognizes two undergraduate
     crisis-training program for
                                                 Centenary’s highly regarded          English majors each year for
     first responders in northwest
                                                 Criminal Justice Program within      academic merit and promise of
     New Jersey.
                                                 the Department of Social             future growth as well as financial
     The federal grant will fund free                                                 need. Dr. Douglas Schwegel
                                                 Sciences makes the College a
     incident response and crisis                                                     established the scholarship in
                                                 logical source for the training.
     management training for                                                          memory of his lifelong friend
                                                 Faculty members, law
     personnel from approximately                                                     Professor Emeritus of English
                                                 enforcement and former law
     90 towns in Warren, Sussex and                                                   Harry Strickhausen, who taught
                                                 enforcement personnel include
     Hunterdon counties.                                                              at the College for 30 years.
                                                 some of New Jersey’s foremost
     US Congressman E. Scott                     authorities in the field.            The award, which is applied to
     Garrett, who serves New Jersey’s                                                 the cost of tuition at Centenary
                                                 The College will work with first
     5th Congressional District,                                                      College, is named for the late
                                                 responders including police,
     announced the federal grant at                                                   professor’s high school English
                                                 firefighters, EMTs and other
     the College in June. “Centenary                                                  teacher, Lillian Nicholson, who
                                                 emergency management
     is one of New Jersey’s most                                                      was his mentor and friend while
                                                 professionals to develop the
                  outstanding higher                                                  he attended Ball High School in
                                                 curriculum, which should be
                  education                                                           Galveston, TX. Professor
                                                 completed by the end of the
                  institutions,” said                                                 Strickhausen credited Nicholson
                                                 year. Courses will be offered on
                  Congressman                                                         for inspiring him to pursue the
                                                 the Centenary campus, but
                  Garrett. “Our local                                                 study of language and literature
                                                 Chairman of the Social Sciences
                  law enforcement                                                     and to become a teacher himself.
                                                 Department Dr. Joseph Linskey
                    US Congressman               noted, “if need be, we will take     Chairman of the English and
                    E. Scott Garrett
                                                 it to them.”                         Foreign Languages Department,

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Dr. John Holt says the                       when Eric Frenchman, an
scholarship is a meaningful way              Internet strategist for Senator
to honor the memory of a                     John McCain’s Presidential
beloved colleague who was a                  Campaign, visited as a guest          Five Angry Employees
published poet, Gates-Ferry                  lecturer in May.
                                                                                   Centenary CAPS student
Distinguished Lecturer and
                                             Credited with helping the             directs award-winning film
professor known for engaging
                                             McCain Campaign reach new             A Centenary College student directed an
students in long debates. “Harry
                                             levels in online donations,           award-winning independent film that
would be delighted,” he said.
                                             Frenchman spoke about the shift       brings to life the conflicts that occur in
“He set a high standard for all of                                                 corporate culture.
                                             in political campaigns towards
us. We looked for a touch of
                                             electronic marketing, specifically,   The 93-minute film “Conference Room
Harry in each the candidates’                                                      C” focuses on a business meeting that
profiles.”                                   the use of search engines such as
                                                                                   goes awry when a corporate project goes
                                             Google, MSN and Yahoo to              way over budget and five employees are
                                             drive voters to candidates’ Web       faced with a no-win edict from the Board
Guess Who’s Coming to                                                              of Directors. Difficult issues including
                                             sites. A former marketer for
Lecture                                                                            race, class and gender all boil to the
                                             AT&T, Frenchman is a leading
                                                                                   surface as the film examines the dark side
McCain Internet Strategist                   expert in the field of Internet       of corporate culture.
speaks to Web Design                         advertising. “There is no 99
                                                                                   Rob Buck, a Business student at
students                                     percent success rate in this          Centenary’s Center for Adult and
Now that voters spend more                   arena,” he explained to the class.    Professional Studies (CAPS), received
                                             “It is either win and you move        several awards for the film including Best
time online than in front of                                                       Feature at the Wildwood by the Sea Film
their television sets, Internet              on to the next primary, or lose
advertising is expected to play an           and the campaign is over.
                                                                                   Filmed at the College’s television studio,
even greater role in national                Thanks to a great deal of hard
                                                                                   “Conference Room C” has a strong
elections. Centenary Web                     work, things have gone well for       Centenary presence. In addition to Buck
Design students received a first             John McCain’s campaign.”              serving as director, the film involved
                                                                                   Centenary’s Broadcast Manager Jon Lewis,
hand glimpse into the process                                                      who aided in production, as well as the
                                                                                   talents of several students.
                                                                                   The CAPS student paired with writer
                                                                                   Wayne Thorpe to produce the film after
                                                                                   reading Thorpe’s compelling script, which
                                                                                   the writer once admitted has a “Lord of
                                                                                   the Flies” mentality. Buck was struck by
                                                                                   how much the script resembled his own
                                                                                   corporate work experiences. Despite the
                                                                                   drama, the script injects humor into the
                                                                                   situation as the characters socially devolve.
                                                                                   “We’ve moved from a blue collar to more
                                                                                   service-oriented economy,” said Buck, on
                                                                                   why audiences are connecting with the
                                                                                   film. “There’s someone in that conference
                                                                                   room that most people can identify with.”
                                                                                   The College community turned out last
Eric Frenchman (center), Internet strategist for Senator John McCain,              spring for a special screening of
visited Centenary College's Web Design II class on May 7.                          “Conference Room C” at the Darress
                                                                                   Theatre in Boonton, NJ.

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    for the Future
     With an emphasis on global issues and service learning,
     Centenary’s Academic Foundations Courses equip students with
     the building blocks of success: important skills that will help
     them thrive in college — and in life.
                                       Christine McLaughlin does not mince words when
                                       describing the effect Centenary’s Academic
                                       Foundations Course (AFC) has had on her college
                                       career. “Without a doubt, it was the most significant
                                       experience of my life,” said McLaughlin, an
                                       Education candidate from Long Valley, NJ, who is
                                       now a sophomore. “It completely changed my
                                       academic life.”
                                       McLaughlin is hardly alone. Since Centenary launched
                                       its first-year experience for incoming students six
                                       years ago, the program has helped hundreds of
                                       undergraduates build a foundation of academic and
                                       interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in college and
                                       in life. AFC continues to evolve with new layers and
                                       dimensions added each year. This is one of the reasons
                                       Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year, a
                                       nationally recognized model for setting standards of
                                       excellence and improving student retention, accepted
                                       Centenary College into its program in 2007.

                                       Labor of Love
                                       “It has been a labor of love for all who have been
                                       involved,” said Director of Academic Transitions and
                                       Associate Professor of Business Cheryl Veronda. “The
                                       program makes sure students do not fall through the
                                       cracks. Centenary has always placed an emphasis on
                                       the first-year experience, but now the program is even
                                       more enhanced.”
                                       Launched as a series of “passion-based” courses taught
                                       by full-time faculty, Centenary enriched the program
                                       by integrating core content and learning outcomes
                                       into the curriculum, adding a second required AFC

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“Through AFC I learned how to be more confident and how to
 communicate with others. From the group work alone, I learned
 how to communicate for a lifetime.”
                                         — Christine McLaughlin ’11

course in the spring semester of freshman year, and        importance. AFC also requires a community service
introducing new students to their major, at the            component for all first-year students.
beginning of their college career. In true Centenary
                                                           Professor Veronda, who has taught an AFC course
fashion, many AFC courses now involve the greater
                                                           each year, welcomes the transformation of her
College community — faculty members,
                                                           students into confident scholars with a passion for
upperclassmen, librarians, student life personnel and
                                                           world issues. Her class for Business majors “Exploring
other administrators — who bolster the program with
                                                           Entrepreneurship” emphasizes critical thinking and
a wealth of experience and an added layer of support.
                                                           responsibility, two skills that are vital to success in the
The effort is paying off with increased retention of       business world and in life.
first-year students who enjoy a deeper relationship        Business majors read “Kabul Beauty School: An
with the College. “One of the first things incoming        American Woman Goes Behind the Veil” by Deborah
students receive is an immediate tie to Centenary,”        Rodriguez, which chronicles the journey of a
explained Professor Veronda. “Students are connected       Michigan hairdresser who travels to Afghanistan to
to a full-time faculty member and approximately 15         establish the country’s first beauty school. “The
classmates in their discipline, so there is even more of
                                                           students responded very positively,” she noted. “They
an immediate connection.”
                                                           really seem to crave that global perspective.” The
During her first semester at Centenary, McLaughlin         global focus was so powerful that several students are
studied Australian cultures in a course for mixed          now seeking information about studying abroad.
majors that she describes as an “eye opener.” A            Other AFC courses have focused on topics such as
semester later she joined other Education candidates       careers in the Equine Industry for Equine majors and
in a course that included a lock-in at Hackettstown        hats for Fashion majors, which incorporated fashion
Middle School that emphasized global citizenship and       design skills.
the effects of socioeconomic status, along with a
service learning project to understand how domestic
violence affects children.
“When you go to college you really do not know
what to expect,” said McLaughlin. “Through AFC I
learned how to be more confident and how to
communicate with others. From the group work
alone, I learned how to communicate for a lifetime.”

 A Global Perspective
An emphasis on global issues is key to the series,
closely aligning course content with Centenary’s
strategic objectives to promote international              AFC requires a community service component for all first-
citizenship and service learning.                          year students. Above, students at the Strengthen Our Sisters
                                                           shelter. L to R: Brian Dunphy, Alyssa Schatzman, Christine
Centenary added a global perspective to the program        McLaughlin and Felicia Ellersick.
last year, exposing students to issues of worldwide

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Foundations for the Future (continued)

“The instructor for that class has always loved hats
and the cultural statements they make,” Professor
Veronda explained. “But clearly the Fashion students
picked up knowledge and skills that will help them in
fashion design.”
Another key element of the program is called Global
Mondays, which features presentations by prominent
professionals such as former New York Giant Charles
Way and documentary filmmaker Jonathan Kalafer.            As part of their AFC
                                                           second semester course,
“Each speaker brought something different to the           Education candidates
                                                           worked closely with
table,” said Mary Fazekas, a Business Administration       Hackettstown area schools.
major from Moorestown, NJ. “Global Mondays were
a great way to get new perspectives.”

Empowering Students for a Lifetime
Suzanne McCarthy, a staff member at Centenary’s
Academic Success Center, team-taught a course for
undecided majors with Assistant Dean of Students
Kathleen Boody.
Titled “Major Discoveries,” the course helped
students to explore potential careers while discovering
their own strengths such as personal responsibility,
self-management and confidence. Participants                of students choosing majors, 19 of the 31 enrolled
interviewed professionals from all walks of life to         earned a 3.0 GPA or higher.
determine how their careers have unfolded through           “I felt at the end of the semester the first-year
the years and shadowed someone in the workforce for         students were empowered to want to continue the
a half day. First-year students also created electronic     exploration process of a future career in a
multimedia portfolios about themselves, emphasizing         knowledgeable way,” McCarthy said. “This course
values important to them, their skills and how their        makes them aware and equips them with the skills
abilities translate into the world of work. The             they need to be successful in college, the work world
outcomes were substantial. In addition to a number          and in relationships throughout life. They are really
                                                            foundational skills.”

                         “It was rigorous in terms of what the students had
                          to produce. We held the students to high standards
                          and they performed very well. They should feel
                          proud of themselves.”
                                                          — Professor Cheryl Veronda
                                                            Director of Academic Transitions
Connected to Centenary
                                                          More than 500 enroll in AFC
Through two semesters of AFC courses, first-year                                      Centenary welcomed 330
students build strong bonds with each other, as well as                               freshmen this fall, a 16
with the College. Emily Williams ’05, Assistant                                       percent increase over last year,
Director of Transitions and Certification Coordinator                                 and 175 transfer
in the Education Department, team-taught a second                                     students, that will bring the
semester course for Education candidates with Vice                                    total number of first-year
President for Student Engagement Reverend David L.                                    students enrolled in Academic
Jones. The students split into eight teams and worked                                 Foundations Courses (AFC)
with different area schools to answer a question: How                                 to more than 500. Vice
can students and communities work together to                                         President for Enrollment
increase student learning outcomes?                                                   Management and Strategic
                                                          Jenna McEwan is a first-
In addition to the lock-in at Hackettstown Middle         year leader who helps       Branding Diane Finnan
School that McLaughlin took part in, Centenary            new students transition to reports that incoming
                                                          college life.
students participated in after-school programming                                     students are very career-
and worked with youngsters with Asperger’s                oriented, especially in the areas of Education, Business,
Syndrome. Williams says applying content (the entire      Equine Studies, Criminal Justice and Fashion.
class read “Three Cups of Tea,” an account of one         While the College continues to draw a majority of
man’s quest to build schools in Pakistan and              graduating high school seniors from New Jersey,
Afghanistan) to service learning was a powerful and       members of this year’s class also represent international
engaging experience.                                      locales such as Korea, China and Northern Ireland
“It is important for Education candidates to receive      where the College has established a presence through
hands-on experiences,” she said. “It allows them to       articulation agreements. Many are drawn to the small
connect with a school age population and determine        college experience and applied liberal arts that
if a career in Education is really right for them.”       Centenary offers.
Those involved with the program say they witnessed        “I knew I wanted Centenary,” said Colleen Akroman, a
AFC students blossom as they built effective academic     first-year student who hopes to work in social services,
foundations and greater self awareness. “It was           particularly child advocacy. “I liked that I could get the
rigorous in terms of what the students had to             right amount of attention and direction here.”
produce,” said Professor Veronda, noting that the         “Centenary really helped me with my transition and to
second semester AFC course required 20 hours of           choose the right career path,” said Jenna McEwan, a
community service, research papers and presentations      sophomore Equine major who now serves as a peer
to a faculty panel. “Once the students had an             leader to help other first-years students adjust to college
opportunity to reflect on the experience, they felt       life. McEwan, who was raised in Europe until she
proud of what they accomplished. We held the              moved to California at the age of 13, says her AFC
students to high standards and they performed very        experience was significant. “The professors demonstrated a
well. They should feel proud of themselves.”              great deal of concern with our freshmen class,” she
McLaughlin, who did not speak much during class in        recalled. “They did not take our fears and shrug them
the beginning, said she now feels more confident and      off, but really helped us through that first year. I am
connected with the Centenary community. “I feel           glad to give back and help other new students make a
more prepared to be an Education candidate and            successful adjustment.”
know how to handle challenges when they arise,” she
explained. “We came in as strangers, and when we left
we were a family.”

                                                                                                           The Centenarian 9
    Three years after Hurricane Katrina shattered the Gulf Coast,
    Centenary’s relief project shifts from clean-up to rebuilding and renewal.
    The ideal winter break trip does not involve riding on        Habitat for Humanity in the Ninth Ward, focusing
    a bus for 20 hours, sleeping on a floor or working in         specifically on the construction of new homes in the
    a contaminated area. Yet three years after Hurricane          Musicians’ Village. Other teams worked with the St.
    Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, Centenary                  Bernard Project in St. Bernard Parish, located
    students, faculty and staff are still lining up for the       southeast of New Orleans.
                                                                  All Centenarians lived at Camp Hope, a former
    Since 2005, hundreds of volunteers from Centenary             middle school-turned-housing facility for disaster
    have given up ten days of their winter vacations to gut       relief volunteers, staffed by workers from Habitat for
    and rebuild homes ravaged by Katrina. Assistant               Humanity and AmeriCorps. While the past two trips
    Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Norman Cetuk and            have focused on cleaning and gutting damaged
    Vice President for Student Engagement and Chaplain            houses, this year’s efforts shifted to rebuilding and
    Reverend David L. Jones, were inspired to organize the        renewal. “Everything was much more hopeful this
    first trip after a brief visit to New Orleans following the   time,” noted Reverend Jones.
    disaster. In January 2006, directed by the United             Still, the Centenarians’ days were long and grueling.
    Methodist Committee on Relief, 130 Centenarians               “People would get up at 2 or 3 AM to take a lukewarm
    partnered with volunteers from Drew University to
                                                                  shower,” said Dr. Cetuk. “We worked no less than ten
    provide much-needed assistance to Katrina survivors.
                                                                  hours a day, with many teams putting in 12 to 16
    This year, some of the College’s 90 volunteers spent          hours.” Volunteers hung sheetrock, painted houses and
    ten days working with the New Orleans Area                    assisted with all forms of installation and construction.
                                                                  “The staffs of both Habitat for Humanity and the St.
     After two years
      of confronting                                              Bernard Project were encouraging and instructive,” said
   utter devastation                                              Reverend Jones. “The first time I was at a housing site,
         on the Gulf
   Coast, Centenary
                                                                  I thought I would be useless, but they put all of us to
      volunteers are                                              work very successfully. Students who thought they
       now helping                                                would be unable to hang sheetrock learned to do it.”
            with the
     construction of                                              Constance Edouard ’08, who volunteered with the
        new homes.
                                                                  project in 2007 and 2008, describes each day as a
                                                                  different emotional and physical adventure. “I did not

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“It was the most fulfilling work I have ever done. It is rewarding
 to know that I have helped people move one step closer
 to coming home.”
                                                                                 — Constance Edouard ’08

 know the first thing about fixing houses or hearts,”
 she said. “It was the most fulfilling work I have ever
 done. It is rewarding to know that I have helped
 people move one step closer to coming home.”
 Volunteers also spent hours talking with homeowners
 and listening to their stories. “People want to talk about
 what they have been through,” said Dr. Cetuk. “We
 prepare our students for that and emphasize how
 important it is. The trip is about more than just hanging
 sheetrock. You might not be good at that, but if you are       Through rebuilding efforts and simply listening to residents
 great at talking to residents and letting them tell their      stories, Centenary volunteers helped plant seeds of change.
 stories, you are aiding in their recovery in another way.”     trips, everybody uses first names — even with the
 Residents were eager to express their gratitude.               presidents of Centenary and Drew,” remarked Dr.
 “We insulated and sheetrocked a house belonging to a           Cetuk. “We are all the same down there. The trips
 single mother of three children living in a FEMA               facilitate new friendships and bonds. When we return
 trailer,” Dr. Cetuk remembered. “One day she showed            to Centenary, it is great to see 100 students wearing
 up in her car with a camp stove and made chicken               their volunteer T-shirts with pride and talking with the
 gumbo for the entire group. That is so typical of the          faculty and staff members who accompanied them.”
 people we help. They do not have much money, and               Reverend Jones credits the success of the trips to the
 their homes have been completely destroyed, but                volunteers’ positive attitudes. “It amazes me how
 every night we exchange stories about them going out           easily everyone gets along,” he said. “Everyone copes
 to prepare food for eight to ten people.”                      with the living conditions really well.”
 “We never hear them complain,” added Reverend Jones.           Dr. Cetuk and Reverend Jones also take great pride in
 “Their spirits remain amazingly unquenchable.”                 the fact that so many Centenarians remain committed
 “The Centenary volunteers were a great group,” said Liz        to the service project. They estimate that 50 to 60
 McCartney, co-founder and director of the St. Bernard          percent of students return each year and in doing so,
 Project. “They really ‘got’ it. It’s one thing to go and fix   assume leadership roles during the trip. Approximately
 someone’s home; it’s another thing entirely to take time       50 students volunteered the past two years, and six
 to talk to the homeowners and support and understand           students have participated all three years.
 them. It makes all the difference. Centenary can come          Megan Anderson, a senior, is one of those six. “What
 back for a whole year if they like!”                           keeps me coming back is the homeowners,” she said.
                                  During their ten-day          “Seeing the smiles on their faces makes everything
                                  journey, Centenary’s          worthwhile.”
                                  volunteers bonded not         Michelle Hill, a junior, frequently receives e-mails from
                                  only with local               a grateful homeowner she befriended on this year’s trip,
                                  residents, but also with      “New Orleans was the experience of a lifetime,” she
                                  one another. “On these        said. “I only wish I had more time down there to help.”
                                  Centenarians’ days            Anderson and Hill don’t know the exact location of
                                  were grueling, but the
                                  attitudes were upbeat         the 2009 trip or what the work will be like — but
                                  and positive.                 they both know they will be there.

                                                                                                                The Centenarian 11
     Taking the Reins     For Centenary’s talented and
                             motivated Equine Studies majors,
                     the career possibilities are endless.

12 The Centenarian
                         ebecca Huestis ’03 is living      Huestis, a native of Saratoga, NY, grew up competing
                         proof of the opportunities        in local horse shows and dreamed of having her own
                         Centenary’s Equine Studies        farm. “I had thought about going to veterinary
                         program — one of only a           school,” she recalled. “Then my trainer, who
                         handful of its kind in the        graduated from Centenary, told me about the
                         nation — provides. After          program here, so my parents and I decided to visit.”
                         graduating with a Bachelor of     When they pulled up to the gates of the Centenary
                         Science in Equine Studies         College Equestrian Center, “it was exactly like the
                         with a concentration in           farm I had imagined having as a kid. I said ‘This is a
                         Riding Instruction and            sign. I have to go here!’”
Training, Huestis discovered that her Centenary
                                                           The equestrian spent an intense four years at
degree literally opened doors to opportunities in
                                                           Centenary developing her talents. “I was not an
international shows and a position with one of the
                                                           accomplished rider at all when I first got here,” she
nation’s premier horse farms. In fact, over the past ten
                                                           confessed, “but I worked really hard, and I always
years, graduates like Huestis are increasingly in high     rode when I got the chance. I would get up at 4 AM
demand, prepared for numerous professions in the           every morning and not leave campus until 11 PM.”
Equine field by a wealth of academic and practical
experience.                                                Associate Professor of Equine Studies and Veterinarian
                                                           Dr. Michael Fugaro remarked that this kind of
“There are a vast number of opportunities for
                                                           dedication is typical among Equine Studies majors.
students in the industry,” said Assistant Professor of
                                                           “We have to kick students out of the barn at night,”

                               “We have to kick students out of the barn at night.
                                They want to observe what we are doing and help us.
                                We are all highly committed to the sport and to the
                                horses here.”
                                                            – Dr. Michael Fugaro,
                                                              Associate Professor of Equine Studies

Equine Studies Sarah Marchese. “The possibilities are
                                                           he laughed. “They want to observe what we are doing
limitless for a student who has the dedication and
                                                           and help us. We are all highly committed to the sport
desire to be part of it.”                                  and to the horses here.”
Professor Kelly Munz, Equine Studies Department            Added Professor Marchese: “You have to be willing to
Chair, attributes the success of the program to its        get out of bed early if you want to succeed in this
careful balance of classroom education and hands-on
                                                           industry. And if you do have that passion, that desire,
experience. “Our faculty members bring the best of
                                                           Centenary is a great choice.”
both worlds — academic and professional — to the
program,” she remarked. “That combination is               Huestis’ enthusiasm, perseverance and long hours
important — you cannot have one without the other.         quickly paid off. She started as a novice — the lowest
Our department is very well-rounded.”                      level on the intercollegiate team — and by senior year

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    Taking the Reins (continued)

    she was one point shy of going to nationals at the      have to look for jobs for them,” added Professor
    most advanced level. She became team captain her        Munz. “Employers contact us constantly.”
    sophomore year, a position she would hold for the       Currently the department is looking to create even
    remainder of her college career.                        greater opportunities for its Equine students.
    After graduation, Huestis spent six months working at   Professor Munz and Dr. Fugaro are collaboratively
    Belmont House Stud in Ireland, where she helped to      developing an Equine Science concentration for
    break in and train young horses for competitive         students pursuing careers in veterinary medicine,
    riding. “I got a great deal of experience in Ireland,   pharmaceutical sales and biomedical technology. “As
    and I became more specialized as a show jumper,” she    the program developed, we attracted students with
    said. “Centenary helped me take the step from local     strong passions for riding and competing,” said Dr.
    horse showing to accomplished competitive riding. I     Fugaro. “Now we are finding that some of our
    have now ridden and shown internationally and all       students want other options like attending graduate
    over the East Coast.”                                   school or pursuing careers with a science focus.”

                                   “Our students have a great work ethic. I love watching
                                    them develop over their four years here. They seem
                                    so young when they arrive, and by the time they
                                    graduate, they have become professional adults.”

                                                              – Professor Kelly Munz,
                                                                Equine Studies Department Chair

    When she returned to the States, Huestis received a     Centenary also offers a therapeutic riding program,
    call from Courtney Phibbs-Boyd, owner of Court Lin      directed by Associate Professor of Equine Studies
    Frae Stables in West Palm Beach, FL. “She told me ‘I    Octavia Brown ED.M., a North American Riding for
    need someone to come down to Florida and work for       the Handicapped Association (NARHA) Master
    me, and I want to hire someone from Centenary,          Instructor. The program serves local children and
    because I really believe in that program.’” Huestis     adults with a variety of physical, mental, emotional
    spent the next four years traveling to horse shows      and neurological disabilities who benefit from riding
    across the country with Phibbs-Boyd and working on      and interacting with horses. Students on this track
    her farm, where “she essentially let me run her         complete two semesters of coursework and 25 hours
    business, because she trusted me, and she trusted       of supervised instruction. “We provide a high-quality
    Centenary.” The Equine Studies Department’s superb      in-college therapeutic riding and training program for
    reputation, she explains, generates a myriad of job     Centenary students and the surrounding community,”
    opportunities for its alumni: “People who need          said Dr. Brown. “Our riders and their parents love the
    equine professionals call me looking for recent         program.”
    Centenary graduates.”                                   Huestis herself recently returned to New Jersey to
    “Our students have a great work ethic, and I never      work as the Equine Facilities Manager at the Centenary

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College Equestrian Center. At the Center, her duties       Five reasons aspiring Equine majors are
include staff management, animal supervision and           choosing Centenary
clerical work. “I help find homes for horses that are
retiring from our program, and I also look for new
ones,” she explained. “When we receive new donor           1. Choice of Studies. Centenary offers both
horses, I sit on them to get an idea of their                 Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees in
temperament. I feel I can ride anything now.” She             Equine Studies, with concentrations in Riding
suspects that an M.B.A. or teaching degree might be in        Instruction and Training, Equine Business
her future, as she would like to explore equine business      Management, Communication for the Equine
management or riding instruction on a deeper level.           Industry and Equine Science.
But for now, she says, “it is really good to be back!”     2. Equestrian Facilities. The program’s 140
Regardless of the concentration or career path chosen,        students spend the majority of their time at the
all Equine Studies majors must be prepared for four           65-acre Centenary College Equestrian Center in
years of intense work. Professors Munz, Fugaro,               Long Valley. Students ride and care for more than
Brown and Marchese agree that their students rise to          100 competitive horses donated to the program
the occasion: they are passionate, inspired and devoted       by equine professionals. All Equine Studies majors
to the sport and the animal. “Our students have a             are required to take one riding course per
great work ethic,” observed Professor Munz. “I love           academic year, but most elect to participate every
watching them develop over their four years here.             semester. Additionally, students have the
They seem so young when they arrive, and by the time          opportunity to complete a semester at the
they graduate, they have become professional adults.”         University of West England.
                                                           3. Top Riding Teams. Centenary equestrians
                                                              ride competitively on the institution’s top-ranked
                                                              intercollegiate riding teams and the College
                                                              frequently hosts prestigious intercollegiate riding
                                                              competitions, including the American National
                                                              Riding Commission Championships and the
                                                              Intercollegiate Dressage Championships.
                                                           4. Internship Opportunities. Equine Studies
                                                              majors supplement their Centenary education
                                                              with outside internships. Students have worked
                                                              for organizations that include hunter/jumper and
                                                              dressage professionals, equine veterinary clinics,
                                                              the United States Equestrian Federation, the
                                                              Kentucky Equine Management Internship
     An innovative therapeutic                                Program and The Chronicle of the Horse.
     riding program directed by                            5. Superb Reputation. Graduates of the
     Dr. Octavia Brown serves                                 Equine Studies program are in high demand and
     children and adults with a                               enjoy a variety of careers that include barn
                                                              management, equine business management,
     variety of disabilities.
                                                              marketing, riding instruction, riding therapy and
                                                              equine-related journalism.

                                                                                                       The Centenarian 15
     National Powerhouse
     How Centenary SIFE became a major contender
     They are heroes on the Centenary campus, instantly         just one Walton fellow per year from a four-year
     recognizable in their distinctive blue shirts and khaki    college and another from a two-year college.
     pants. In their office, trophies for regional and          Founded in 1975, SIFE is an organization in 1,500
     national championships are stacked in boxes or             colleges nationwide and more than 46 countries. It
     jammed on top of filing cabinets. They have won so
                                                                provides college students with the leadership
     many, there is no room left to display them all.
                                                                experience of establishing a variety of community
     A team of intellectual athletes, Centenary College’s       outreach programs that teach others how market
     Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) has emerged over        economics and businesses operate. At Centenary,
     the past decade as a national power in creating and        more than 1,000 students have participated in SIFE
     presenting challenging business cases in competitions      projects and presentations in the past decade. The
     throughout the United States.                              team has consistently won regional championships
                                                                each year since 1992 and is now ranked among the
     In fact, at the recent SIFE national championships in
     Chicago, Centenary was the only team in the country        top 40 colleges nationwide.
     selected as a national finalist in four areas of           The pace for SIFE participants is intense, if not
     competition, ranking them among the most successful        downright grueling. Dr. McHugh estimates that over
     teams in Centenary history. “Centenary has been            the past year his team logged more than 5,000 hours
     involved with SIFE for a number of years, and we are       working on projects and preparing for competitions.
     very proud of their participation and the high quality
     of their program,” said Matt Burton, senior vice           Global Outreach
     president of marketing at SIFE. “They are really
     making a difference in the community.”                     In conjunction with Centenary’s goal to internationalize
                                                                its curriculum and student experience, SIFE is also
     “I am very proud of them,” said Dr. Steve E. McHugh,       finding ways to embrace global outreach. This summer
     Sr., associate professor of business and faculty advisor   and into the fall, Dr. McHugh will lead Centenary
     of Centenary SIFE. “We do not have a football team         students on whirlwind trips to Portugal, Singapore,
     at Centenary, so wearing the blue shirt is like wearing
     a varsity letter.”
     Dr. McHugh is an all-star in the
     SIFE world himself, selected this
     year as the Sam Walton
     Students in Free Enterprise
     Fellow of the Year. The
     national SIFE
     organization selects

     When they compete
     at national
     Centenary SIFE is
     all business. During
     a break between
     competitions, the
     team demonstrates
     its lighthearted side.

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                                                           Another bonus for students is exposure to real-world
                                                           business leaders through SIFE’s Business Advisory
                                                           Board. Noel Leuzarder of Lafayette, PA, a Centenary
                                                           junior and SIFE president, credits the Board — who
                                                           volunteer time, resources and support — for the
                                                           team’s success.

Centenary SIFE at this year’s regional championship.       “They give us information on how to reach audiences
                                                           effectively and help us to gain knowledge. The
Guatemala, Mexico and Alaska to assist entrepreneurs       awards we have received over the past year prove
in launching new businesses or organizations.              how effective they are,” said Leuzarder, a Business
Some of the projects will involve helping Guatemalan       Administration major with concentrations in
women market their beaded bracelets, working with          Marketing and Management. “SIFE has helped me
single Mexican mothers to sell homemade baby               to feel confident speaking in front of people.”
booties, assisting physically- and mentally-challenged
people in Alaska to market handcrafts and guiding          Sam Walton Fellow of the Year
youngsters in Singapore in establishing a SIFE-type
                                                           Leuzarder also had the opportunity to surprise Dr.
                                                           McHugh with his Walton fellowship at the SIFE
Throughout the year, the students will keep in touch       national conference in Chicago.
with the business owners to provide assistance in
                                                           “He is the type of person who shakes all of the presents
everything from production to finance and marketing.
                                                           on Christmas morning, so we had to go about
                                                           nominating him really carefully,” she recalled, explaining
Competing at the National Level                            that students and Centenary alumni collaborated on the
An elite group of SIFE participants presents the team’s    nomination. “It was my most exciting experience in
work at regional and national competitions, an arduous     being involved with the SIFE team. He invests so
pace that involves hundreds of hours fine-tuning           much of himself and it was extremely satisfying for us
presentations. Everything has to be perfect: the           to show our appreciation for him.”
speaker’s tone, cadence, word choice, pacing, gestures,    As Leuzarder began her presentation, a confused Dr.
facial expressions and use of technical aids.              McHugh did not quite realize what was happening.
While the time involved turns away some students, rich     “What? What?” he asked as Centenary students
rewards abound for those who stick with the program.       motioned for him to accept the award. “It’s you, come
Tim Viola ’08 of Clinton, NJ, participated in SIFE for     on go, it’s you!” the excited students urged.
the past three years. A Business Administration major                             “I am not an emotional guy, but
with a concentration in Marketing, Viola is putting                               boy I got choked up,” Dr.
the skills he honed through SIFE to work as he                                    McHugh said. “I knew if I spoke
interviews for a full-time position.                                              in a monotone, said ‘umm’ or had
“SIFE teaches you to come up with creative solutions                              long pauses, the team would laugh.
to problems and to be goal oriented,” said Viola, one                             So I told them, ‘I am 50 percent
of the team’s elite presenters. “It has already paid off   Centenary junior        proud of you and 50 percent
                                                           Noel Leuzarder
for me through better interviewing skills and people                               amazed by you.’ They are a very,
                                                           presented the Sam
skills. That is something I never would have had if I      Walton fellowship to    very special group of students.”
had not been in the program.”                              Dr. Steve McHugh.

                                                                                                          The Centenarian 17
     Leaps and Bounds
     WNTI looks forward to its 50th anniversary and a new home in
     the David and Carol Lackland Center
     Melanie Thiel, Development Director and Public               continues to grow and has quadrupled its private
     Affairs Producer at WNTI 91.9 FM/Public Radio                donor pool over the last two years,” Thiel noted.
     from Centenary College, could not be more excited
                                                                  WNTI follows the Adult Album Alternative “triple A”
     about the station’s 50th anniversary in 2008 and the
                                                                  format, which means it broadcasts a more diverse
     opening of its new home, the David and Carol
                                                                  spectrum of music than most commercial radio
     Lackland Center, in 2009. Thiel, who began her
                                                                  stations, which frequently focus on Top 40 hits.
     WNTI career as a community volunteer and has now
     been on the air for ten years, says the station has          Listeners like Scott A. Andersen, a certified financial
     grown by leaps and bounds.                                   planner from Liberty Township, appreciate the
                                                                  format. “WNTI is the reason I don’t subscribe to
     “We have really established ourselves as a public radio      satellite radio,” said Andersen. “It gives me the
     station. Other stations in the same industry around
                                                                  education and insight I seek as a radio listener. WNTI
     the country know and respect us,” she said. “I think
                                                                  is on in my office, my home office and my car. The
     what gives us our heart and soul is our passion for
                                                                  music is motivating.”
                                                                  “People who listen to stations like WNTI heard
     Thiel takes great pride in WNTI’s expansive, diverse
                                                                  Norah Jones before anyone else did,” Thiel explained.
     and loyal following. According to the radio audience
                                                                  “Up-and-coming musicians get their start on stations
     research company Arbitron, the station (which
                                                                  like ours. We invite them to appear as live in-studio
     currently broadcasts from the Edward W. Seay
     Administration Building) reaches more than 52,000
     listeners a week in Warren, Sussex, Morris and               Mixed in with these fresh tracks are songs by classic
     Hunterdon counties in New Jersey and Monroe and              rock artists. “We play The Doors, Jimi Hendrix,
     Northampton counties in Pennsylvania.                        10,000 Maniacs and Elvis Costello — that is what
                                                                  grabs the listeners’ attention,” added Thiel. “That is
     WNTI also streams 24/7 on the Web at
                                                                  the magic of public radio. We are not afraid to and receives e-mail from listeners in
                                                                  diversify and be a little more experimental.”
     London, Hawaii and Washington. “The station
                                                                  A distinguishing characteristic of WNTI is specialty

                                                          “Up-and-coming musicians get their
                                                           start on stations like ours...we are not
                                                           afraid to diversify and be a little more

                                                          — Melanie Thiel, WNTI
                                                            Development Director and Public Affairs Producer

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programming that includes British-import blues,             Through the Years with WNTI
bluegrass, reggae and a popular Bruce Springsteen-
inspired Boss Hour hosted by station Broadcast
                                                            Sept. 15, 1957 Call letters WNTI
Manager Jon Lewis that the Star-Ledger once called
                                                            are selected for the forthcoming FM
“manna from radio heaven.”
                                                            educational radio station at Centenary
“WNTI is a throwback to how radio used to be in             College for Women. The letters were
terms of musical diversity,” said Lewis. “We play
                                                            culled from the Communications
songs that don’t normally get the airplay that the ‘hits’
                                                            Club name at the time, “nesce te
do. We play the more obscure music, and that’s why
WNTI has such a strong following.”                          ipsum” or “know thyself.”

The WNTI staff eagerly anticipates the opening of
the Lackland Center next year. “I had the chance to         Dec. 8, 1958 WNTI signs on the air
meet Carol and David Lackland at the                        while “At the Hop” is at the top of the charts
groundbreaking, and I literally had tears in my eyes,”      and “My Fair Lady” is a smash hit on Broadway.
Thiel recalled. “I said, ‘You are giving us our new         Students from the College’s radio and television
home!’”                                                     program manage and produce all segments with a
In addition to the new recording studios and                focus on information, culture and education.
production equipment, classrooms and 500-seat state-
of-the-art theatre, Lewis and Thiel are excited about       Mar. 4, 1959 The non-commercial, educational
the opportunities the Lackland Center will bring to         radio station WNTI-FM is officially dedicated and
Centenary, WNTI and the Hackettstown area. “We
                                                            then-College President Dr. Edward W. Seay is
will be able to attract top-quality performers to
                                                            presented with a Federal license to operate the station.
Centenary. We can be an artist’s stop between New
York and Philadelphia, or vice-versa,” said Lewis.
Furthermore he predicted, “the program here is really       1973 The New York Times profiles WNTI the
going to grow. Because of the Lackland Center, more         “all-girl radio station” of Centenary College, the
high school students are going to see Centenary as a        only all-female station east of the Mississippi. Music
great place to study communication.”                        programming during this era is mostly rock ’n roll
Students who work at WNTI gain valuable                     with a daily news broadcast and weather.
experience in communication and broadcasting and
many go on to work in the New York television and           Late 1980s to 1990s As Centenary College
radio markets. “Our students learn to be radio
                                                            evolves from a single sex to coeducational institution,
professionals,” said Thiel. “We have everything we
                                                            WNTI expands from broadcasting a few hours per day
need here to help you go out and get a job after
graduation.”                                                during the school year to 24/7 programming. For its
                                                            40th anniversary the station celebrates with a CD
Mentoring and educating young people in her field of
                                                            release “A Celebration of WNTI” featuring musicians
expertise gives Thiel a great deal of satisfaction. “For
                                                            who made in-studio performances at the station.
me, the most rewarding part about being here is
working with the students and teaching them about
journalism and communication. It is so exciting to see      2009 WNTI will move into a state-of-the-art
students graduate and take the world by storm. My           broadcasting facility in the David and Carol Lackland
job is challenging and I have to juggle a number of         Center.
different tasks, but I absolutely love what I do.”
Added Lewis: “I love working here. The people who
volunteer here really make the station what it is.
Everyone really wants to be here.”

                                                                                                             The Centenarian 19
  Gifts at Work

     Let the Games Begin!

                                           From NCAA Division III athletics to intramural programs and College activities, the John M. Reeves

                                           On a weeknight             by a challenge grant by The Reeves Foundation and
                                           last April, more           support from friends and alumni of the College. Its
                                           than 220 people            centerpiece, The Folkner Family Gymnasium, features
                                           streamed into              two full-sized multi-purpose courts and seating for
                                           the John M.                1,200. The facility also includes a fitness/weight-room,
     Reeves Student Recreation Center for the big                     new locker rooms, new athletic offices, a reception area
     championship game. Excitement charged the air with               and other training areas.
     fans cheering wildly as the two teams took the court.
                                                                      The Center offers open gym service four days a week
     The contest generating all of this enthusiasm:
                                                                      with participants renting sports equipment and using
     Centenary’s intramural basketball championship.
                                                                      The Folkner Family Gymnasium and locker rooms.
     Since the John M. Reeves Student Recreation Center               “Students really appreciate it,” McKitish said. “As far
     reopened after extensive expansion and renovations               as I know, Centenary has never been able to offer a
     last year, students have arrived in droves to work out,          service like that.”
     participate in intramural and intercollegiate sports             The John M. Reeves Student Recreation Center serves
     and cheer on their favorite Centenary teams.                     a wide variety of audiences, including students, faculty,
     “There has definitely been greater participation,”               Cyclones fans and Centenary alumni athletes
     explained Kristen McKitish, who coordinates                      returning to campus for reunions. Drawing fans to
     intramural activities at the College. On weeknights,             games and matches from neighboring communities in
     between 90 and 200 students turn out to participate              northwestern New Jersey, the new facility is also
     in or watch an intramural game in a wide variety of              raising the profile of the College and Hackettstown.
     sports. Since the Center’s rebirth, intramural events            “We are very fortunate to have Centenary in the heart
     expanded to include basketball, flag football, soccer,           of Hackettstown,” said Mayor Michael B. Lavery.
     fitness and wellness programs, as well as the ever-              “Anything that attracts more students to Centenary is
     popular dodge ball, which McKitish describes as “so              a good thing for the town. Centenary is moving in the
     competitive it is kind of a legacy event at Centenary.”          right direction and we are happy to be a part of it.”
     “It is such a close-knit community, people stay and              Director of Athletics Billie Jo Blackwell ’97 reports that
     watch the games,” McKitish added. “They bring their              in addition to expanding services for non-athletes, the
     friends, their boyfriends and girlfriends. For                   state-of-the-art facility provides a more professional
     Centenary, it is a big social interaction.”                      setting that is attracting a much larger fan base,
                                                                      inspiring Centenary’s NCAA Division III teams to
     The new 30,000-square foot facility was made possible

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         Not just for student-athletes, the newly renovated John M. Reeves
         Student Recreation Center is pulsing with activity for Centenary
         students with a variety of interests.

Student Recreation Center is serving the needs of the entire Centenary community.

            higher levels of competition and more winning records.            well designed,” Blackwell added. “It has improved
                                                                              morale. The teams in general have a greater sense of
            “The new Center has given us the opportunity to
                                                                              pride for the facilities and the program.”
            have activities for the general campus on a regular
            basis,” she pointed out. “For the athletic teams, it has          For Centenary’s coaching staff, the John M. Reeves
            provided us the flexibility in scheduling and the                 Student Recreation Center is helping to develop more
            ability to have more useful practice spaces.”                     competitive programs. Head Volleyball Coach Dinu
                                                                              Dan said the Center allows his team to focus on
            With more than double the amount of practice space
                                                                              training and strategy, rather than use valuable time
            for teams, as well as modern technology including a
                                                                              trying to squeeze in practice sessions. It is also
            batting cage that can be raised and lowered from the
                                                                              drawing more student-athletes to Centenary.
            ceiling by turning a key, coaches are spending less
            time setting up equipment and more time working                   “Finally, we can show prospects that we do have a
            one-on-one with student-athletes.                                 facility and a gym with top-notch provisions,” Dan
            “We get more out of the space because it is large and             noted. “It is a great outcome for the College and

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                                                                                                                            The Centenarian 21
     Record-Breaking Year for Women’s Soccer                                               joined the College’s
                                                                                           coaching staff in July after
     2007 was an outstanding season for the Centenary
                                                                                           spending the last four
     Women’s Soccer team, who capped a record-breaking
                                                                                           seasons as Associate Head
     season (14–6–2) with a trip to their first ever Eastern
                                                                                           Coach at Misericordia
     College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Metro Region
                                                                                           University in Dallas, PA,
     Championship game. With a tough win over the
                                                                                           where he served in a
     Scarlet Raptors of Rutgers-Camden, the Lady
                                                                                           variety of roles including
     Cyclones’ season ended in the finals against top-
                                                               Head JV Coach, Academic Coordinator for the Men’s
     seeded Stevens Institute of Technology.
                                                               Basketball Team, top recruiter and major contributor
     The Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) named          to all strategic game-day and practice planning.
     six Centenary student-athletes to its All-Conference
                                                               During the 2007–2008 season, Centenary College’s
     teams. Senior forward — and leading scorer — Tanya
                                                               Men’s Basketball team was 4–20 overall, 2–14 in
     DiDonna was named to the first team; teammates
                                                               conference play. Coach Mastroianni is optimistic for
     Melanie Pupo, Bianca Santulli, Lauren Loe, Melissa
                                                               the new season. “The biggest challenge we are facing
     Hoffman and Lisa Stankiewicz all received PAC
                                                               is changing our culture and attitude,” he said. “Great
     second team honors.
                                                               teams were not always great — they had to learn
     After nine seasons coaching the Lady Cyclones, Head       how to win. We have to create a belief in ourselves
     Women’s Soccer Coach Kevin Davies attributes the          that we can win.”
     success of the 2007 team to a combination of factors,
                                                               As for meeting these challenges head on, Coach
     citing a roster of returning players who gained a great
                                                               Mastroianni said, “I am very excited about this
     deal of experience and a talented group of incoming
                                                               opportunity. I believe we have the players, the facility
     freshmen. Davies’ hope for 2008 is “to have another fun
                                                               and the support to turn things around and build a
     season and make it to the NCAA Tournament.”
                                                               program the College community can be proud of.”

                                                               Lofty Goals for Women’s Basketball
                                                               Hard work and determination continue to drive the
                                                               success of the Centenary Women’s Basketball
                                                               program. Playing in a challenging new conference this
                                                               season, the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC),
                                                               the Lady Cyclones finished with an impressive overall
                                                               record of 15–10. Looking back, Head Women’s
     New Coach, New Challenges for Men’s                       Basketball Coach Lorie Khalil commented, “We were
     Basketball Program                                        a new team coming into a very tradition-oriented
                                                               women’s basketball conference. It was much more
     Centenary College’s new Men’s Basketball Head Coach
                                                               competitive than our former conference.”
     has hit the ground running. Enrico Mastroianni

22 The Centenarian
Khalil attributed the winning season to veteran players
understanding what it takes to be successful and passing
that mentality on to the newcomers.
                                                             Coaches of the Year
The 2007-2008 season also included some personal
milestones. The PAC named Centenary’s Ayana Way              Say hello to the Cyclones Coaches of the Year:
Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after she scored       John Garriques and Kevin Davies, the Head
a career-high 39 points in her final regular season game     Coaches of Wrestling and Women’s Soccer
against Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA.                respectively. The duo received the honor at the
                                                             Centenary College Athletic Department annual
Coach Khalil has set some lofty goals for next season.       Sports Banquet in May.
“I have six returning players, no seniors and ten talented
freshmen coming in,” she noted. “We will be a young
team, but I expect us to be in the top four this season,                          Coach Garriques, who
host a home playoff game, and then continue to build                              completed his second year of
upon that.”                                                                       coaching at Centenary, is
                                                                                  widely credited with setting
                         Things are looking up                                    the Cyclones on the path to
                         for Women’s Lacrosse                                     becoming one of the top ten
                                                                                  wrestling programs in the
                         The Women’s Lacrosse team
                                                                                  country. The team achieved
                         finished its spring season in the
                                                             new heights this year, winning matches against very
                         first round of the Pennsylvania
                                                             competitive teams, reaching number 24 in the
                         Athletic Conference (PAC)
                                                             National Wrestling Coaches Association Rankings
                         playoffs with a 12–11 loss to
                                                             and seeing nine wrestlers recognized in nearly every
                         Notre Dame. Under the
                                                             weight class of the Metropolitan Conference.
                         leadership of Coach John
McCloskey, the team’s hard work was evident in their
overall record of 7–7, with a 5–5 record in PAC play.                             Coach Davies led the Lady
The Centenary women garnered some well-deserved                                   Cyclones to a record-breaking
recognition, with three Lady Cyclones making All-PAC                              season and its first ever trip to
Conference teams. Sophomore Kiti Ovaskainen was                                   the Eastern College Athletic
named a First Team All-PAC Conference Midfielder,                                 Conference Metro Region
Senior Nicole Becker was named to the PAC Honorable                               Championships. Six members
Mention Team and Senior Christina D’Allesandro was a                              were also named to PAC All-
recipient of the PAC Conference Sportsmanship Award.                              Conference Teams.
Ovaskainen led the entire country in total groundballs       Director of Athletics Billie Jo Blackwell ’97 says the
for the season, and was honored as the NCAA Division         two coaches were recognized for their winning
III Leader, as well as earning one of 16 spots on the        records and for epitomizing the NCAA Division III
IWLCA’s (Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches            ideal of focusing on student-athletes as individuals.
Association) Boardwalk All-Region Team.                      “John and Kevin are both enthusiastic and
The team’s offensive prowess may be the result of a          passionate not only about their sport, but for
“change in attitude from the past, a new level of            helping their players succeed and become better
commitment,” offered Coach McCloskey. “These                 citizens. They care about what happens to student-
student-athletes have bought in to what they have to do      athletes after they graduate from Centenary.”
to become better.” Though some of the Centenary
women graduated, McCloskey has confidence that this
young team, with the bulk of its best players returning,
will fare well in the upcoming season.

                                                                                                        The Centenarian 23
     Five Questions for Wallace P. Parker, Jr.
     As the former President of KeySpan and a civic leader for numerous organizations such as the Brooklyn
     Bureau of Community Service and the New York Blood Center, Wallace P. Parker, Jr. has a wealth of
     experience to share with the Centenary community. He is a familiar face to many on campus, serving as a
     dynamic Gates-Ferry Lecturer in 2007–2008 and Chair of the annual Scholarship Gala in 2007 and 2008.

     The Centenarian: You’ve been involved with so many                 The Centenarian: One of your Gates-Ferry Lectures
     worthy organizations. How did you become involved                  had an intriguing title: “Hannibal Was Right.” What
     with Centenary?                                                    was that about?
     Parker: Arden Davis Melick ’60, Chairman of the                    Parker: “Hannibal Was Right” was about positive
     Board of Trustees, introduced me to Centenary when                 thinking, motivation and perseverance — that’s
     we worked together at KeySpan; she was our Vice                    primarily what I speak about. Hannibal, not the Stephen
     President of Public Affairs and I was President of the             King Hannibal, was a great African general who led his
     company. We became good friends and at one point she               army through the Italian Alps in 210 BC. There were no
     said, “You know, I think it would be great for you to              roads in those days, and he said, “We shall find a way or
     become involved with Centenary.” And that’s what got               we shall make a way.” I based the lecture on that idea —
     the ball rolling.                                                  finding creative solutions, weighing one’s options and
                                                                        then biting the bullet and making a decision. It’s all
     The Centenarian: You’ve spoken at Centenary in both
                                                                        about focusing on the positive.
     the classroom and as a Gates-Ferry Lecturer. What did
     you appreciate most about the experience?                          The Centenarian: As President of KeySpan, what
                                                                        would you say the biggest challenges were?
     Parker: My real joy came from working and interacting
     with the students. Education has always been a great               Parker: I had the obvious business challenges —
     love of mine. When I graduated from Lehigh                         meeting the company’s goals and turning a profit
     University, I flipped a three-sided coin and asked, “Am I          — but the toughest personal challenge was maintaining
     going to go to law school, go into business or become a            a work/family balance. In my job, it was very easy for
     teacher?” And I ended up going into business, but I                me to attend business commitments five nights a week,
     never lost my love of education or the law.                        and as a father of three children, that wasn’t something
                                                                        I wanted to do. I strove to balance my professional
                                                                        and personal lives. I wanted to be able to attend my
                                                                        children’s concerts and teacher conferences. And I
                                                                        coached all of them in sports. When I finally hung up
                                                                        my coaching spikes I realized that I’d coached 27 teams
                                                                        over the years. And I loved every minute of it.
                                                                        The Centenarian: In your leadership seminars you
                                                                        often tell people not to take themselves too seriously.
                                                                        How come?
                                                                        Parker: When people call me Mr. Parker, I say,
                                                                        “My father is Mr. Parker. My name is Wally.” Always
                                                                        remember that everybody puts on their pants or
                                                                        pantyhose one leg at a time. You need to be a regular
                                                                        person. I don’t care what your job is. I don’t care if
                                                                        you’re President Bush, the Pope or the CEO of your
     The Gates-Ferry Lecturer for 2007 and 2008, Wallace P.             company. Always remember that you want to be seen as
     Parker, Jr. also served as Chair of the annual Scholarship Gala.
                                                                        a regular person.

24 The Centenarian
Three Named to Centenary Board of Trustees
Centenary College appointed three outstanding leaders to the College’s Board of
Trustees. Alumnae Ellen Baars-Banks ’93 and Linda Van Winkle Watkins ’62, along
with M. Alden Siegel, joined the Board earlier this year.

                      Ellen Baars-Banks ’93 founded and      mission. Worldwide travelers, the Siegels live in New
                      serves as president of                 Vernon, NJ, on the historic property of Hartley Farms.
                      Transformation Tees, LLC. The                            They have three children and seven
                      recipient of a bachelor’s degree in                      grandchildren.
                      Business Administration from
                                                                                Centenary runs in the family of Linda
                      Centenary, she is a founding
Ellen Baars-Banks ’93                                                           Van Winkle Watkins ’62, the daughter
                      member and former chairperson of
                                                                                of former Centenary Trustee Arthur
the College’s President’s Circle, recipient of the Van
                                                                                D. Van Winkle and granddaughter of
Winkle Achievement Award and a member of                     Linda Van Winkle
                                                             Watkins ’62        former Trustee Charles A. Van Winkle
Centenary’s Capital Campaign Steering Committee.
                                                                                ’00. Other Centenary alumni in the
A resident of Independence Township, NJ, Baars-Banks          Van Winkle family include her sister, sister-in-law and
and her husband established the Harold and Ellen              niece.
Banks Legacy Scholarship to benefit Centenary students
                                                             Married to Thomas “Skip” W. Watkins, III, a
who require financial assistance to complete their
                                                             commander in the US Coast Guard, she raised the
undergraduate degrees. Born in the Netherlands, she is
                                                             couple’s three children and served on many boards in
also a published author, songwriter and the mother of a
                                                             the seven communities in which they lived during his
teenage daughter, Hannah.
                                                             22 years of service. After her children were grown,
                  M. Alden Siegel was employed in the        Watkins returned to a successful career in banking,
                  securities industry for more than 40       serving as assistant vice president and manager of the
                  years with several leading firms such as   Citizens Bank branch in Mystic, CT.
                  Kidder, Peabody & Co., Baird, Patrick
                                                             The Van Winkle family has continued its legacy of
                  & Co. and First Boston Corp., where
                                                             service and support to Centenary for more than a
                  he established that firm’s first
M. Alden Siegel                                              century. In 1950 the College named Van Winkle Hall
                  convertible securities sales department.
                                                             in honor of Watkins’ grandfather, a 1900 graduate of
Siegel and his wife, Dorothy “Doll” Spach Siegel ’59,        the Centenary Collegiate Institute. In addition, the
have a longstanding commitment to Centenary College.         family established the Van Winkle Musical Endowment
The pair met in high school and continued dating while       Fund to maintain the College’s collection of musical
Doll attended Centenary and Alden studied at Lafayette       instruments. Each year, the Van Winkle Achievement
College. Siegel later earned an MBA in finance from          Award is bestowed on a member of the Centenary
New York University.                                         community as a tribute to the family’s history and
                                                             dedication to Centenary. Today, the Van Winkle legacy
The Siegels have been willing and capable volunteers at
                                                             lives on through a generous gift from the family to
Centenary College. Alden and Doll serve as co-chairs for
                                                             name the Board of Trustees room on the second floor of
the Cornelius Walsh Society. Doll is currently Chairman
                                                             the David and Carol Lackland Center. The Watkinses
of the President’s Circle. They have graciously opened
                                                             live in Mystic and have recently completed renovations
their home to the Centenary community, and have
                                                             on an 1818 farmhouse in Lancaster, NH.
engaged neighbors and members of the College to
raise recognition and financial support for Centenary’s

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                                                                       THE FUTURE
                                                                         IS YOURS
                                                               Centenary College awarded 419 degrees
                                                                 at its 133rd Spring Commencement on
                                                                       May 17. Radio personality Joan F.
                                          Commencement speaker      Hamburg served as commencement
                                          and WOR Radio Host
                                          Joan F. Hamburg.         speaker. “You can be the next great-
                                                                         est generation,” the WOR radio
                                                                      host told graduates. “The future is
                                                                                  yours, embrace it with
                                Centenary Valedictorian
                                Christopher Draghi.

                           Centenary Dean of
                           Business and Education
                           Dr. Heather Dunham.

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