February 23, 2010
Convos for February
“Go for the Gold” Convo, Monday, March 1st, 7:30 p.m., Weisiger Theatre. This convo features four of Centre’s award winners talking about the process of applying for and/or winning prestigious national awards. Edmund Sauer ’01 (Truman, Rhodes, Fulbright), Alex Brown ’07 (Rotary), Bethany Pratt '10 (Udall), and Morgan Smith ’10 (Critical Languages, Marshall, Rhodes) will talk about competing for awards at the national level. This convo is sponsored by the Honors & Prizes Committee as a way of encouraging Centre underclassmen to go for the gold (or at least silver or bronze). There will be a Q&A session at the end of the convocation.
Norton Center for the Arts
March 5, 6, and 7, Church Basement Ladies
Tuesday, March 9, Pilobolus, 8 p.m.
Be sure to check out the Norton Center for the Arts complete schedule. Click here.
Monday nights are Centre Nights at the Danville Bowlarama! From 5 p.m. to close. $2 games, $1 shoes, $5 burger plate (includes regular-sized fries and a soft drink). Must show Student ID. Groups are no problem-just call ahead (859) 236-6452.
Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 4 to 5 p.m in Olin 124. The Physics Film Series presents The Great Robot Race. The Defense Department is offering two million dollars to the builders of the first robotic vehicle to cover a 210-mile stretch of desert in California and Nevada. This film goes behind the scenes as top engineering teams struggle to solve the daunting problems of making a vehicle drive itself. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served at 4 p.m. and the film will begin at about 4:10. Click here for the current schedule of films and colloquia.
Friday, Feb. 26. “IT’S ALIVE!” Come out to see and hear the musical monster that Dr. Brian Storz created in his basement laboratory. The seven-piece rock band officially known as “Dump Truck on the Run” will be unleashed upon Danville at The 4th Street Deli & Tap beginning at 8:30 p.m. The music is an eclectic mix of rock songs from the 1950s to the present and the band consists of Mike Barton, Jessica Chisley, Brian Cusato, Nathan Link, John Rusnak, Brian Storz, and Jennifer Asmuth’s husband, Sam Day.
Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. The sounds of anthems, sacred hymns, and spiritual songs will fill the sanctuary as The Presbyterian Church of Danville hosts The Presbyterian College Choir and Ringers. The Presbyterian College Choir is the premier touring ensemble at Presbyterian College and is on a spring tour that will take the choir from South Carolina to Illinois. The Presbyterian Ringers is one of the finest collegiate bell choirs in the Southeast United States. They will present a great concert this Friday that is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, Feb. 28. Bowl For Kids Sake. There is still time to register your team for Bowl For Kids Sake and to have the chance to win personalized bowling shirts! Since 2004, Centre has raised almost $40,000 in support of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bluegrass – and you still have a chance to make this year the best yet! We are looking for teams of four to five individuals who will each raise at least $75 and bowl from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you are interested in registering your team, please e-mail email@example.com.
Monday, March 1 and Tuesday, March 2. Important information for seniors. The representatives from Herff Jones will be on campus to take your orders for Commencement announcements and to measure you for your cap and gown. They will be located in the Campus Center, Room 202, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. You will also be able to order a class ring at that time.
Monday, March 1. A representative from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will be in the Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you're considering seminary or divinity school, please come by to see what this Presbyterian seminary has to offer.
Monday, March 1. Bio Seminar at 4:10 p.m. in Young 202. Dr. Randy Hunt (pictured, formerly at Centre but now at Indiana University Southeast) will present a seminar entitled, “Influence of host shifts on mating signal divergence and speciation in a group of plant-feeding insects." This presentation will focus on Dr. Hunt’s vibrational communication research in leafhoppers. Refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, March 2. Read Across America Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Interested in promoting youth literacy? Have an hour to have fun with kids? Volunteers are needed to read children's books in local elementary schools. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, March 2. Anyone interested in a January 2011 trip to Greece should come to a 20-25 minute meeting in Crounse 316 at 7 p.m. If you cannot make this meeting, call 5259 or e-mail email@example.com. Any rising senior who has not gone abroad AND cannot make this meeting AND is interested in going to Greece next January must contact Professor Morrison. The time has been changed from a previous posting.
Tuesday, March 2. Mathematics Seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Olin 123. How to recover a manifold from a point cloud? Marian Anton will be speaking. This is a second talk in a series for a study group in topological data analysis. We show how to construct a "Lego" version of a manifold by starting from a finite set of data points. The technique is based on the idea of Cech complex associated with a covering by balls, and we will discuss an efficient version of it called "the Delaunay triangulation of a Voronoi diagram." The talk is accessible to the first-year undergraduate students. If you want to join the TDA study group, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now through Saturday, March 27. Recyclemania! RecycleMania is a friendly competition among college and university recycling programs nationwide that provides the campus community with a fun, proactive activity in waste reduction. During a 10-week period, campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. This will also require extra help with recycling. If anyone is interested in volunteering, please contact Cheryl Coulter at 238-5923 or e-mail email@example.com. The winner of the Per Capita Classic will have the statue to display for one year, in addition to receiving an award to keep permanently. Click here to learn more about Recyclemania. Click here for more.
Friday, April 23 will be the next blood drive. Thanks to all blood donors for their generosity! The Kentucky Blood Center collected 51 pints of usable blood from donors on campus Feb. 15th! This achieved 117% of our established goal!
Applications for summer employment at Centre have been sent to all students via e-mail. You may also obtain a copy from the Human Resources Department in Boles Hall. Office hours are Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office is closed for lunch from 12 to 1 p.m. There are a limited number of positions available. Please submit your application for summer work by Feb. 24.
Special housing accommodations. Students who were granted special housing accommodation this past year are reminded that forms are due for 2010-11 to Parsons Student Health no later than March 5. Forms need to be updated every year, and your having received the accommodation last year does not guarantee it this coming year. You can download the form here. Questions? Please call 5480 or
Please note that several room selection dates have been changed to accommodate other activities happening in April. These dates will replace the dates in your Centre Handbook.
Interested in being an RA? It’s not too late to apply! The deadline is in ONE WEEK – March 1. The Residence Life Office is now accepting applications from students looking to join the Residence Life Staff. All application materials can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Scott Hall or Jacob Raderer in the Student Life Office.
TWO PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FINANCIAL AWARDS FOR CENTRE STUDENTS.
Juniors and Faculty. John C. Young Honors Program. Juniors: It’s not too early to begin working on your application for our John C. Young Honors Program. Applications are open to rising seniors (students who will be seniors in the 2010-11 academic year). Student applicants will need a faculty sponsor. Additional details may be found here. The application deadline is March 31. This year’s John C. Young symposium will be held Sunday, April 18.
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Volunteers needed for children with special needs. Centre student volunteers are needed to work with children with special needs in the CAKE (Clinic Adapted for Kids’ Exercise) program offered by the McDowell Wellness Center. Volunteers will be trained to work one-on-one with a child with a disability to develop gross motor skills and to enhance physical activity and aquatic skills. Activities take place in the gymnasium and pool at the McDowell Wellness Center in Danville. Volunteers are needed Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. March 5 - April 23. Interested students should contact Patrick Noltemeyer.
Recycle to benefit the Humane Society. Please send ALL used printer and toner cartridges to Jan Wertz. All benefits go to help the Humane Society.
The Centre Bookstore will be closed for inventory Saturday, Feb. 27.
Send Danville's finest to prom! Bring gently used dresses, shoes, and jewelry to the ADPi House between 7 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday nights from now until the end of February. Monetary donations are also welcome. For further information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
2010 Study Abroad Photo Contest! Want to win some cash for those awesome photos you have from studying abroad? Please e-mail email@example.com with a maximum of 3 photos you would like to submit to our annual study abroad photo contest. An anonymous selection committee will choose a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place winner for cash prizes of $100, $50, $30, and $20 respectively. In addition, the top 20 photos will be displayed in the Norton Center and in the Library. Submissions are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 5.
Important Information from Career Services
Juniors and Seniors! It’s time once again for “Spotlight Career Fair," when Centre joins Kentucky’s other private colleges and universities to host a career fair where employers recruit students for post-graduation jobs and summer internships nationwide. Various Kentucky graduate schools will also be represented. This year’s fair is Thursday, March 4, from 2 to 5 p.m. To register, please phone 5283. You must come by Career Services for an “info session” and brief resume critique. Dates/time of sessions: Feb. 23, 25 and March 2 at 11:30 a.m.
Centre Welcomes New Staff
Kristi Jenkins joined the staff of ITS as technology support specialist on Monday, Feb. 1. Kristi is a 2009 graduate of Asbury College with a B.A. in Business Management & Ethics. She comes to Centre with seven years' work experience in information technology, the most recent five with the University of Kentucky. Kristi is particularly fond of her two dogs, Maya and Chloe, and her cat, Ollie, all three of whom help her maintain her sanity. She also loves running, working out, and working jigsaw puzzles. One of her most rewarding activities is working with recovering alcoholics and addicts and spending time with them as they begin a new life.
Jillian Embrey graduated from Centre in 2006 with a B.A. in history and religion and received her M. Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta in 2009. Prior to returning to Centre as associate director of alumni affairs this month, she served in area churches and worked with several non-profit organizations in Atlanta, focusing on issues of poverty and homelessness. Jillian is married to Dan Graber, assistant coach of cross country and track and field at Centre. They currently live in Lexington with their dog, Wordsworth, and cat, Gatsby. Jillian enjoys being an active volunteer with several area service organizations, cooking, traveling, and trying to survive as an avid Duke basketball fan in Kentucky.
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