Centenary Gives Back!
Centenary Gives Back! is a webpage created and maintained by Centenary’s Office of Community and is dedicated to recognizing Centenary students, staff, faculty, and alumni who choose to give back to help serve their local communities through volunteer service.
Here you will find blurbs, stories, and pictures about members of the Centenary Community both near and far making a positive difference in the communities in which they live. Remember, volunteering isn’t always about building houses and picking up trash (although those are good things too), you can include any positive activity you do to improve the community from serving on a local community board, tutoring local children, or contributing your skills and talents to your local church or synagogue.
If you or anyone you know who is connected to the Centenary Community has volunteered from June 2009 until now we want to recognize their contribution(s). Please email your volunteer stories to email.
When submitting information please include the following:
- Who? - Names of the volunteer(s)
- What? - Event or group you volunteer with
- When? - Dates and Times you volunteer
- Where? - Location of where you volunteer
- Why? - Give us a quote about why you choose to volunteer.
- Pictures! - If you have pictures of your volunteer experiences please send those in as well.
Thanks and Happy Volunteering!
Click here to read about how Centenary Students gave back during the 2008-2009 school year.
Who will be the 1st student recognized this year?
The Leading Ladies and Centenary Cheer engaged in a special service project this year. Dean David Womack was a very important person to The Leading Ladies and Centenary Cheer, so to commemorate him and all that he has done for them, they decided to make the "David's Dancers" t-shirts. Upon notice of their popularity, they decided to make these shirts available to the entire campus. They collaborated with the CLC to use their "wear love" logo for the front of the shirt and polled the Centenary community for more names for Dean Womack on the back. The profits made by selling the shirts will be given to the Womack family.
"If it were not for Dean Womack, The Leading Ladies and Centenary Cheer would not exist this year. We started out with 2 team members a year ago, and now we have 10 total and a cheer coach. He really has made a significant impact on the teams, not only through his actions, but through his attitude as well. As the dance captain, I try hard now to embody those traits about Dean Womack that the Centenary Community knew him best for. He was always happy, cared about you personally, and always knew there was a way to make things happen." -Chelsea Liles
The 2009-2010 Centenary Women's Basketball Team volunteered at the First Baptist Church Fall Carnival by assisting with children's activities. They had this to say about their experience:
"FBC had every game any kid would love to play. It’s a great atmosphere to be a part of. It was a great event for WBB players to participate in and give back to a community that does so much for Centenary College."
The 2009-2010 Centenary Ladies Gymnastics Team started their season with a priority on service. They helped out at the MLK Health Center by tearing out old carpets, an experience they said formed awesome team relationships, and they felt good about all their hard work.
They also helped out with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure by serving as Cure Leaders, cheering on the runners at the finish line, and dancing with other volunteers/runners to boost morale. They characterized the event as a phenomenal team bonding experience, and are working on spreading the word about the Ladies Think Pink meet on February 12, 2010.
In October, they volunteered their time at the First Baptist Church School Carnival. They helped out with the bake sale, arts and crafts, the cake walk, decorating cookies, and food and beverages, and they had fun interacting with the kids!
Who will be the 1st greek organization to step up?
Christian Leadership Center
Students and Staff members in Centenary's Christiam Leadership Center have continued to give back to the community both near and far in 2009-2010.
Caney Mission participants included 32 students, staff, faculty and members of the Mormon church who spent the day at Caney Conference Center in Minden, cleaning, sweeping, painting, and organizing to help the camp get ready for the summer.
Those from the Centenary community participating included: Nick Mauldin, Andrea Edgley, Laura Martinez, Anna Connell, Macy Stockton, Ryan Wehle (friend of Anna's), Mary Guerrant, Marcus Reyes, Jennifer Pearson (Staff), Ross Smith (Faculty), Benny Vaughan and Laura Vaughan (Staff). Faculty member Ross Smith had 20 church members who also participated!
Centenary Faculty and Staff
Shelly Armstrong ('00 & '03), Assistant Professor and Chair of Centenary’s Health and Exercise Science Department, volunteers many hours at the First United Methodist church in various ways. She serves on the church’s council, the photography ministry team, the women's ministry team, and serves at the Love Feast (feed the homeless Christmas dinner).
Jeff Hendricks ('75), Professor of English and Film Studies and Director of the Centenary Film Society, served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Robinson Film Center of Louisiana from July 2007 until July 2008. The RFC is a non-profit
organization committed to enriching the life cultural life of Northwest Louisiana by showing the best in international, independent, and classic Hollywood films.
Jeff also helps the RFC with its commitment to working with K-12 students in filmmaking and media literacy classes and supporting regional, emerging filmmakers as part of our cultural economy. Jeff served as Chairman of the RFC Board non-stop since 2002 and spent about 10-15 hours helping the Robinson Film Center each week.
“The reason I believe so strongly in the work of the RFC is that it is an extension of what I do at Centenary. The RFC, however, allows me to share my knowledge about and passion for film as an important art form and cultural document not only with the Centenary community but also with the larger Shreveport-Bossier community.” –Jeff Hendricks
Lisa Nicoletti, Associate Professor of Art and Visual Culture and Chair of Art and Visual Culture Department, serves on the Exhibition Committee of Artspace, with the Shreveport Regional Arts Council's contemporary art gallery.
She helps to create exhibition concepts, find and select artists to improve arts programming in the region, and expose the public to art they wouldn't often get to see outside an urban center. Lisa has been serving in this capacity since 2005.
Centenary Faculty members Drs. Matt & Kelly Weeks and Drs. Robert Prickett & Meg Webber, along with Centenary Alumns Abby & Jimmy Hale, and alum Ian Webb and his wife Amanda Webb have taken on the challenge of organizing a community service group for their four year old children.
"The purpose is to begin teaching our children about giving back to their community. We plan to do a service project once every 2-3 months that the children can participate in." -Kelly Weeks
The first project was a lemonade stand with the proceeds going to benefit the new Robinson Animal Rescue on E.King's. This was done on October 30, 2008. The adults built a lemonade stand, the kids painted it, and the group sold lemonade and cookies for donations to the Rescue.
The children's names are Avery Weeks (child of Matt and Kelly Weeks), Madelyn Prickett (child of Robert Prickett and Meg Webber), Alice Hale (child of alums Abby and Jimmy Hale), and Adam Webb (child of alum Ian Webb and his wife Amanda Webb).
Dennis Taylor, Director of Career Services, and David Hennington ('82), Senior Director of Donor Relations for the college, serve as members of the Shreveport Area Lions Club.
David was drawn to this chapter of the Lions Club specifically because of their annual joint sponsorship and fundraiser "Rhapsody in View" with the Centenary College Choir. The Lions Club has had a long relationship with Centenary and is one of the oldest chapters in the Lions International organization. The Lions Club also owns and operates a camp for crippled children in Central Louisiana.
“I am also interested in their charity which is vision. We provide eye-glasses to the needy, perform eye-screenings for small children, and support research dealing with eyes and vision.” -David Hennington
Dennis also serves on one of the United Way's local impact councils.
"Deciding to become involved in service happened for a number of reasons. Motivated by a desire to help others and to try in some small way to bring social justice to my adopted community are just two reasons. Also, I hoped to use my skills in a productive way, apart from my career, to help others and to develop new skills. Volunteering is also a way to make new friends and gain experience in working in a non-profit environment. Whatever the reasons, I'm already finding that participating in service is changing me and I hope a small part of the world around me for the better." -Dennis Taylor
Click here to read about how Centenary Alumni gave back during the 2008-2009 school year.
Susanna Miller, Centenary 2003 Alum, gives back once a month at Camp Caglewood (www.caglewood.org) by assisting with camping trips and excursions for those who are developmentally disabled. She helps out at both the North Georgia Mountains and Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina.
"I love experiencing nature with individuals that don't often have the opportunity to spend weekends camping in the mountains. People with developmental disabilities should have the same opportunities that any of us do." -Susanna Miller ('03)