Centenary Weekly

December 11, 2009

sports notes

Women's Soccer

Katie Valdez and Allison Rucinksi
Katie Valdez and Allison Rucinksi

The Louisiana Sports Writers Association announced its 2009 All-Louisiana Collegiate Women's Soccer Teams, selected by the state's Sports Information Directors and sophomore Katie Valdez and freshman Allison Rucinksi were among Louisiana's elite to be recognized for Centenary.

Valdez was named to the LSWA First Team after leading the Ladies to an 11-6 mark on the season. The Houston, Texas native, led the Ladies in all offensive categories, notching career-bests in goals (10), assists (9) and points (29) to earn First Team All-Summit League.

Rucinksi was recognized for her strong freshman season on the honorable mention team for the state of Louisiana. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native scored four of her five season goals in the first four games of the season. She tallied one assist. Rucinksi led Centenary in game winning goals with three and was tied for second on the team with goals (5) and third in points (11) as a true freshman.

Men's Basketball

David Perez
David Perez
Maxx Nakwaasah
Maxx Nakwaasah

The Centenary men's basketball team battled Big 12 Oklahoma on Wednesday, falling 86-62 in Norman, Okla. The Gents were led by sophomore David Perez with 20 points, while classmate Maxx Nakwaasah chipped in with 14.

Centenary will take on in-state rival, Louisiana Tech, on Saturday, Dec. 12 in the Gold Dome at 7 p.m.

Women's Basketball

Bethany Joseph
Bethany Joseph

The Centenary women's basketball team couldn't overcome two tough losses this past week, dropping its second Summit League game to Southern Utah, 67-53 and a non-conference battle against Nicholls State, 56-46. Senior Bethany Joseph led the Ladies in both games with 17 points.

Centenary will be back in action on Dec. 19 when it travels to McNeese State for a 2 p.m. contest.

Court-side With Gents Basketball

The Centenary men's basketball team shared guests of honor status with Santa himself at the Sutton Children's Hospital Kids Council meeting earlier this week. The Gents were on hand to celebrate the Holidays with the Kids Council members and also paid a visit to over 20 children, who unfortunately must spend at least part of their holidays in the hospital.

group shot

Gents Head Coach, Greg Gary, felt honored to have been asked to appear and hopes to make it an annual event.

"We are so lucky to have our good health and this is the perfect time of the year for our players to get in the community and share their happiness and team spirit with others who may need a little lift during the holiday season."

What's Next?


The Gents take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Tip off for the game is 7 p.m. at the Gold Dome. Tailgate party in the Gold Dome parking lot beginning at 5 p.m.


The Gents versus Summit League foe IPFW Mastodons. Tip off for the game is 7 p.m. at the Gold Dome.


Basketball Double Header against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies! The Ladies return to the Gold Dome after a six-game road trip. Tip off for the Ladies takes place at 5 p.m. followed by the Gents' basketball game at 7:30 p.m.

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the big picture

College Names New Vice President of Enrollment Services

Dave Voskuil
Dave Voskuil

Please join us in welcoming Dave Voskuil who has been appointed as the vice president of enrollment services. His first official day with be Tuesday, Feb 1, 2010.

"Dave joins us with more than three decades of higher education leadership experience, including 20 years of serving as the vice president for enrollment management at four different United Methodist institutions," said David Rowe, President of Centenary College. "Our enrollment team has made remarkable progress over the past years, and we are confident that with his record of achievement and success he will be able to build on that momentum."

Voskuil started his career in higher education more than 30 years ago as an admission recruiter at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis., after graduating from the school with his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has since held positions as admission counselor, director/dean of admissions and student services, associate vice president of admission and financial aid, and vice president for enrollment management.

In his new cabinet-level position at Centenary, Voskuil will provide leadership and develop strategies on all matters related to student enrollment and retention through research and assessment, and collaboration with various campus entities. He will also supervise the areas of admissions and financial aid.

"I am excited to be joining the administrative team at Centenary," said Voskuil. "I can tell there is a great deal of passion and excitement about the future of the College and I look forward to contributing to its many success."

He and his wife, Helle, have a daughter, Abby; and two sons, Alan and Bryan.

Open letter to the Centenary Campus


To Whom It May Concern:

On Thursday, Dec. 10, my freshman daughter had her first flat tire on the campus of Centenary College. I was some 350 miles away, and immediately began to worry how she would handle the task of changing her first flat; would she be able to loosen the lug nuts?  Would she jack the car up properly, safely? 

I am thankful that one of your campus security personnel came to her rescue that morning and proceeded to change the tire, even discovering the large nail that had caused the flat.  Soon, she was on her way, able to have the flat tire repaired soon thereafter.

She did not get the gentleman’s name, but I wish to thank him for going beyond the call of duty for my daughter and putting my mind at great ease.  It makes me feel good to know there are people working there who will help beyond their job description.  My sincere appreciation goes out to this man, as well as those who hired him.

Thank you.

Andrew F. Thomas

ONE WEEK LEFT to help "Fill the Office" for Operation Santa Claus

Operation Santa Claus

Gap Broadcasting, the Shreveport Fire and Police Departments and the Bossier Parish Sheriffs Office are sponsoring "Operation Santa Claus" and collecting toys for disadvantaged children in our area. The children, who might not otherwise receive a gift on Christmas morning, are nominated by members of the Fire and Police Departments. Right now they are in the process of collecting NEW, unwrapped toys for them to deliver right before Christmas.

We would like to try to "Fill the Office" for this cause and asking those who can to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for a boy or girl ages 6 months to 15 years old, to the Marketing & Communication office, located in Hamilton Hall, room 124. We will collect toys until Thursday, Dec. 17. Then on Friday, Dec. 18 we will deliver them to Gap Broadcasting in Shreveport.

The toy drive is slowly building momentum with a goal of collecting at least 100 presents for those who may be less fortunate than others. Drop off your gifts Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 318.869.5073 or visit the Operation Santa Claus website. Help put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas.

Christmas Candlelight Service

Odd Job list available at Career Services

Career Services

The Office of Career Services has started compiling an "Odd Jobs" list as a service to the Shreveport-Bossier community. This is a list of students who have signed up to assist with one-time or short-term projects, such as yard work, painting, driving, helping with banquets, house-sitting, pet-sitting, etc. This is a great way for students to make some quick extra dollars.

If you or a friend in the community needs assistance with a particular one-time or short-term project, please contact Elizabeth Everett at 318.869.5042 or email.

Holiday Hours

Due to the Christmas break, the following hours of operation will be in effect:

The Centenary Post Office

  • Tuesday, Dec. 22: 8 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 23: 9 a.m. –noon

  • Thursday, Dec. 24—Sunday, Dec. 27: closed

  • Monday, Dec. 28—Wednesday, Dec. 30: 9 a.m.—noon

  • Thursday, Dec. 31—Sunday, Dec. 3: closed

  • Monday, Jan. 4: resume regular hours 8 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

    Cafe and Randles

  • Both the Cafe and Randles will close Friday, Dec. 18 at 1:30 p.m.

  • The Cafe will reopen Sunday, Jan. 10 for dinner from 5-7 p.m.

  • Randles will resume normal operating hours Monday, Jan. 11.

Fitness Center

  • Saturday, Dec 19—Sunday, Dec. 20: noon-6 p.m.

  • Monday, Dec. 21—Wednesday, Dec. 23: 6—8 a.m. and noon—6 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 24—Friday, Jan 1: closed

  • Saturday, Jan 2—Sunday, Jan. 3: noon—6 p.m.

  • Monday, Jan. 4—Friday, Jan. 8: 6—8 a.m. and noon—6 p.m.

  • Saturday, Jan 9: noon—6 p.m.

  • Sunday, Jan. 10: 2—8 p.m.

  • Monday, Jan. 11: resume normal hours

in brief


Centenary Opera Workshop

The Hurley School of Music presents the Centenary Opera Workshop, Scenes beginning at 2 p.m. Students will present scenes from Cosi fan tutte, Albert Herring, Sweeney Todd, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Little Night Music. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 318.869.5235.


Tailgate party at the Gold Dome

The Centenary Spirit Groups and Student Life sponsor "Tailgate at the Dome" beginning at 5 p.m. in the Gold Dome parking lot. Gents fans are invited to this pre-game party before the Gents take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at 7 p.m. For more information, call 318.869.5110.


Late Night Breakfast

Take a break from studying and let US serve you breakfast. This annual tradition takes place at the Café from 10-11 p.m. All you need to do is show up…volunteers will do the rest…from serving you breakfast and getting juice to taking your tray. Let us feed your body while you feed your mind!


Free Concert sponsored by the Suzuki Parents Association

A one-hour classical music event featuring two world renowned musicians will take place Wednesday, Dec. 16 in the Anderson Auditorium of the Hurley School of Music beginning at 7 p.m.

Paul Rosenthal
Paul Rosenthal

Doris Stevenson
Doris Stevenson

Violinist Paul Rosenthal from Anchorage, Alaska, and pianist, Doris Stevenson, artist-in-residence at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass, are scheduled to perform.

Sponsored by the Shreveport Suzuki Parents association, the concert is free and open to the public. For More information contact Dr. Samara Humbert at 318.869.5728.


Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

The Shreveport Little Theatre and the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse present A Christmas Carol. Directed by Heather Peak Hooper and adapted by John Mortimer, A Christmas Carol has become one of the most popular and enduring Christmas stories of all time.

Performances take place:

  • December 17, 18, 19 and 26 at 8 p.m.
  • December 20, 24, and 27 at 2 p.m.
  • December 25 at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and active military; and $10 for students. For more information, call the MLP at 318.869.5242 or the SLT at 318.424.4439.


Centenary Choir televised Christmas concert

The Annual televised Christmas Concert performed by the Centenary College Choir takes place Sunday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 24 at 10:35 p.m. on KTBS Channel 3, the ABC affiliate. The concert will also air Friday, Dec. 25 at 7 p.m. the KTBS 24-hour news channel.

Choir sings Jingle Bells


Open House

Do you know someone who is thinking about attending Centenary College and needs more information? Let them know about the Open House taking place Saturday, Jan. 16. A great way to find out if Centenary is right for them is to come to one of our Open House events. They will have the opportunity to hear current and former students talk about their experiences and breakthroughs, meet and talk to faculty, and, most importantly, experience the "feel" of our highly personal campus. For more information, call 318.869.5131.


Dream Week 2010

Centenary College will celebrate the legacy and views of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a week-long tribute of lectures, film and document screenings, theater performance and other events taking place on the campus January 18-22. For more information on the week’s events, visit www.centenary.edu/mlk.


BIG Event 3

Mark your calendars now for the BIG Event 3. As a campus wide, student-led event, students, faculty, staff, and alumni all come together to act as neighbors helping neighbors. The Big Event exists to beautify the surrounding neighborhoods of Centenary College, to show our gratitude for their support of our community and to allow us to give back and connect with the Shreveport community. Keep watching the Weekly for more information abut this annual event!

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