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COLUMNS The Magazine for Louisiana College Alumni & Friends Winter 2011

• Homecoming 2011 • Faculty Staff / Alumni Updates • Vision 20-20 • Louisiana College: Tanzania • LC Day of Care

Editorial Staff: Allison Bruchhaus Director of College Communications

John Willie Editor/Asst. Director of College Communications

Contributing Writer: Allison Bruchhaus, Al Quartemont, Dr. Kimberly Sharp, Will Tubbs, Dr. Chuck Quarles, Michael Johnson Esq., Eric Johnson Layout/Graphic Design: Todd Fingleton, Kinetix Technologies Photos provided by: John Willie, Will Tubbs, Al Quartemont, Pat Douget, Carter Curry, Darrin Dickerson Correspondence: Columns – Louisiana College P.O. Box 584 Pineville, LA 71359 -0584 E-mail Columns at: Columns is the official publication for alumni and friends of Louisiana College. If you would like to be added to the mailing list or would like to update your information, please send email to:

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Winter 2011 Features


06. Homecoming Updates 14. Vision 20-20 16. Theological 18. Educational 20. Allopathic 22. Cultural 24. History 28. Athletic Update 32. LC Day of Care

04. The President’s Pen 10. Meet The New Faculty 12. Faculty News 13. Dr. Tim Johnson Letter 26. Alumni Spotlight 34. Alumni Updates

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President’s Pen - Change the World for Christ I grew up in a Christian home and my family were charter members of the First Baptist Church of Basile, in South Louisiana. My French speaking grandparents were led to the Lord by a traveling preacher who either walked or rode a horse from Eunice to Basile. My grandfather, Hebrard Polystron Aguillard, heard the Gospel through the window of a house as the French preacher, Bro. Vidrine, preached to anyone who would listen. Accustomed to going to Latin Mass, my grandfather heard the Gospel for the first time in his native language and accepted Christ right there on the porch of the house. When he was later baptized in Bayou Nezpique, friends had to hold guns to ward off enemies of the Gospel who came with guns to stop the baptism. They saw the conversion and baptism as a cult practice. When I came under the conviction of the Holy Spirit as a young boy, my fear was that if I accepted Him, I might be called to deep, dark Africa as a missionary and that thought frightened me to death. In time, as a nine year old boy, I gave my life to Christ in that same church and I have never been the same. Well, God wasn’t finished with me yet. In the summer of 2011, I found myself in deep, dark Africa with others from LC, teaching and sharing Christ. I returned again last week to receive a gift for the College of several hundred acres of land to start a mission/educational project there. “Jesus never fails” is not just a worn out cliché’. It is truth. He never gave up on His plans for me to work for Him in Africa, even though I ran from it years ago. He constantly reminds me that He is never finished with us. As I lay in an emergency room experiencing a major heart attack last April, I wasn’t sure what He had in store for me next. But I had the absolute security that wherever I would be, would be with Him. That’s the security that my grandfather and I share, and the security that I want to lead Louisiana College to share with the world. At LC, we strategize every day about “Changing the World for Christ.” Who doesn’t deserve to hear the Gospel? Who is too poor, too far away, too black, or too different to hear the Gospel and receive salvation from My Christ? We have been lulled to complacency in our comfortable salvation, one that doesn’t have to face a gun to test our faith, and we don’t approach each moment of the day with great grief and call to action for the lost. If you believe in what we are doing, consider giving to the greatest mission machine in our great state, Louisiana College. We are sending student and faculty missionaries all over the world and we need your help to train up these warriors for Christ. Whether it be for a new dormitory, matching the gifts for the Caskey School of Divinity, the Pressler School of Law, new roofs, classrooms, library, or our athletic facilities, where better can you invest in eternity than your College, a College that is working every day, “Changing the World for Christ”. In Christ, Joe Aguillard


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Dr. Aguillard, Tanzania, Africa

Dr. Aguillard with President Kikwete of Tanzania, Africa

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Louisiana College Homecoming 2011

LC Shines Louisiana College’s Homecoming 2011 got off to a “shining” start with the Homecoming Chapel Service where Distinguished Alumni were honored by faculty, staff, students and guests. The Alumni Golf Tournament followed that afternoon at Links On The Bayou where the weather was perfect, the sun was “shining” and the fellowship was outstanding. Events on Friday, October 21, included the reunion luncheon for the Class of 1961, the men’s and women’s soccer games and the annual student versus administration tricycle race where the President’s team took first place and brought home the trophy. Saturday’s events began with the nurses’ reunion, Homecoming Registration Coffee hosted by the wives of our administrative council, the football and RA reunions and the alumni art exhibit. The highlight of the morning was the Homecoming Celebration Banquet honoring Distinguished Alumni and Hall of Fame Inductees. Alumni and their families were treated to the annual homecoming parade and alumni/student tailgate party prior to the “shining” victory at the football game where the Louisiana College Wildcats overcame the Sul Ross Lobos 56-21 Homecoming events came to a close on Sunday morning with the church service at First Baptist Church Pineville where visiting and member alumni were honored by the team of four LC alumni ministers.


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2011 KZLC Homecoming float

The Louisianians at the Homecoming Chapel

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WAA 2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

Justin Charles, Class of 2005

Sandi Clark, Class of 2006

Wildcat Athletic Association inducts four into Sports Hall of Fame Hanson, Hickman, Charles and Clark make up Class of 2011 By Al Quartemont Not only was there diversity in sports played – football, baseball and softball – but also in the years in which the four athletes competed. From 1947 to 2006, Louisiana College sports was well-represented as part of the festivities of the 2011 Homecoming Celebration Banquet held Oct. 22 in LC’s Granberry Conference Center. Louis Hanson (Class of 1947), Jesse Hickman (Class of 1962), Justin Charles (Class of 2005) and Sandi Clark (Class of 2006) all made marks on LC sports in their own, personal ways. Justin Charles, a native of Houston, came to Louisiana College in 2000 as part of the first recruiting class after the rebirth of football. He was named American Southwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003. He was twice named to the All-Louisiana Team and was named an NCCAA All-American in 2001 and 2002. In his career, he recorded 227 total tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, 9 interceptions and three interceptions returned for a touchdown. He also produced 1,416 kick return yards and five kick return touchdowns, the career record for all colleges and universities in the state of Louisiana. In Sandi Clark, LC had its most dominant pitcher on the softball diamond. Following a highly-successful career at Oak Hill High School in Hineston, La., Clark was a four-year starter at LC where she struck out 556 batters and compiled a 67-17 record as a starter. Her strikeouts and wins totals stood as conference records until 2011. She also finished with a career ERA of 1.09 with 35 shutouts.


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Jesse Hickman, Class of 1962

Louis Hanson, Class of 1947

The difference in athletic eras could be seen in the career of Louis Hanson. A freshman out of Bath, N. Y. in 1939, Hanson finished his run as a member of the LC football, baseball and basketball teams in 1947. His service to his country in the Air Force from 1942-45 during World War II extended his time in Pineville. He returned to Basile in 1948 and remained a teacher and coach at Basile high school until 1961. During his time at Basile, Hanson started programs in football, baseball and wrestling. His football teams captured Six-Man state titles in 1950 and 1953. From 1954-60, with Basile fielding an 11-man team, Coach Hanson’s squads amassed a combined record of 62-18 and won five district titles. His overall record at Basile was 111-36.“I found my wife here, and I found the Lord here,” Hanson said of his time at LC. “And my life has never been the same.” Finally, in Hickman, LC found a true baseball player. Raised in nearby LeCompte, La., Hickman came to LC on a baseball scholarship in 1957. Hickman made history after his junior year when he was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies and became the first LC player to be drafted into Major League Baseball. Perhaps, Clark summed it up the best. “I loved being a student-athlete here,” she said. “It was four of the greatest years of my life. I will always be a Lady Wildcat at heart.

“I found my wife here, and I found the Lord here” Louis Hanson

Distinguished Alumni 2011 Recipients

Alton “Red” Franklin, Accepting the award for friend, Wister Allen, Class of 1959

Bill Britt, Class of 1980

Alumni honored at Homecoming Chapel Students touched by story of Wilks By Al Quartemont As Louisiana College celebrated its Homecoming Week, the Oct. 19 chapel service provided a reminder that the week is about more than just football and fun. The LC community came together to recognize four distinguished alumni: Jackie Holsomback Wilks (Class of 1972), William “Rut” Whittington (1968), Bill Britt (1980) and Wistar Allen (1959). Each has made his or her own impact on the world since graduating from LC.

Dr. Thomas Wilks, Accepting the award for his deceased wife, Jackie Holsomback Wilks, Class of 1972

William “Rut” Whittington, Class of 1968

“She never, ever gave up,” he said. “If she were here today she would encourage each and every one of you to never give up on your dreams. She would also encourage you to live life to its fullest.” When Dr. Wilks finished his tribute, he was met with a standing ovation. Though Mrs. Wilks was not able to come to this homecoming, the spirit of the Distinguished Alumni Award could not have been more real than it was at that moment.

Allen, for example, became a well-respected businessman in North Carolina. Whittington spent the majority of his life in service to his country and the State of Louisiana through military and police positions. Britt has become one of the best-known international evangelists in the Southern Baptist Convention. But the story that clearly resonated with LC’s students was that of Jackie Holsomback Wilks. After earning her degree in elementary education at LC, Wilks eventually taught at the elementary, high school and college levels - most of which came in the area of Shawnee, Okla. Her husband, Dr. Thomas Wilks, described his wife as a woman who had “a zeal for life like no other.” Unfortunately, Mrs. Wilks was not there for the ceremony. Following a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer, Wilks passed away last April at the age of 61. “A close friend of Jackie once described her as a force of nature,” Dr. Wilks said. “She had two speeds - fast and faster. “Jackie was a dreamer. She loved the Lord. And she found time to tell people all about Jesus.” Dr. Wilks shared how his wife, after the age of 40, endeavored to learn Spanish in order to share the Gospel with more people. She eventually became a translator of the language. And though her bout with cancer cut short his wife’s life, Dr. Wilks said even in her final months, though her physical body became weaker, her love of the Lord never wavered.

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Meet The New Staff 2011 New Staff

• Louisiana College offers more than over 80 majors, minors, and pre professional programs of study • Student enrollment is at an all time high; there are over 1800 students studying at LC • The student to teacher ratio remains 17:1


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Ada Moore, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Caskey School of Divinity

Allison Bruchhaus, Director of College Communications

Cindy Vanlangendonck, Clinical Placement Coordinator, Tech Support Worker

Dr. Bayne Pounds, Asst. Dean Academic Support Director of PASS program

John Willie, Asst. Director of College Communications

Justin McCain, International Student Director

Melissa Broullette, Accountant for Business Office

Lori Scott, Registration Assistant

Mindy Boggs, Executive Assistant for Student Development

Nicole Richmond, Admin. Assistant Caskey School of Divinity

Robin McQuillin, Accountant for Business Office

Meet The New Administration And Faculty 2011 New Administration & Faculty

Barbra Cockerham, Asst. Professor of Music

Bro. Humphrey Hardy, Asst. Professor of Christian Studies

Bro. Philip Caples,

Dr. Sarah Payne, Asst. Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Steve Cowan, Asst. Professor of Christian Studies

Dr. Yuhui Lu, Asst. Professor of Chemistry

Instructor of Preaching and Pastoral Ministry, Caskey School of Divinity

Dr. Anna Nguyen, Asst. Professor of Education, Director of ESL

Dr. Jerry Pounds,

Gabriel Millier,

Gabrielle Walker, Asst. Professor of History

Chair, Division of Fine Arts and Media, Coordinator for Dept. of Music

Dean Academic Support Director of PASS program, Professor of Psychology

Dr. Ryan Lister, Asst. Professor of Christian Studies

Linda Green, Asst. Professor of Nursing

Note: All new faculty and staff are not listed above.

Samantha Miller, Asst. Professor of Music

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Louisiana College Faculty/Staff News

Eric Johnson

K.B. Thomas

Dr. Steve Cowan

Campus News: Louisiana College distributes nearly 4 million annually in financial aid and private scholarships In December, construction will begin on the new 45 bed, state-of-theart, apartments complimenting the current existing College Drive


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Dr. Michael Shepherd

Eric Johnson is Louisiana College’s new Dean of Students. Eric has recently completed his graduate studies receiving a Masters of Divinity in Christian Education with a focus in Collegiate Ministry. In the last year K.B. Thomas has helped co-found a non-profit organization called 127 World Wide whose main purpose is to serve as an orphan advocate for Uganda and Kenya. 127WW is based out of the passage James 1:27 where Christians are charged to care after orphans and widows. Through 127WW K.B. has had the privilege of traveling to Uganda three times this year and helped raise support to open Acres of Hope Children’s Home. 127WW broke ground on the orphanage in August and will house over 65 orphans by this Christmas. Dr. Steve Cowan’s article “Compatibilism and the Sinlessness of the Redeemed in Heaven” was published in the October 2011 issue of the journal Faith and Philosophy. Also, Dr. Cowan is currently editing (with Terry Wilder), In Defense of the Bible, an anthology defending the inspiration and authority of Scripture to be published by BroadmanHolman. Dr. Quarles is a contributor to the book. Dr. Michael Shepherd’s article “The Compound Subject in Biblical Hebrew” will appear in the 2011 issue (volume 52) of the journal Hebrew Studies. Dr. Brad Duffy, Associate Registrar, recently received his Th.D from Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, Georgia.

Dr. Brad Duffy

Louisiana College administration meeting with South Korean all girls school

Letter from Dr. Tim Johnson Exciting things are happening at your college. This is true from student life to great chapel services, increased international student population, exciting sports activities, dinner theater, fine arts opportunities, continued academic excellence and yes, many young men and women coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. If you have not visited your LC campus recently, please stop by and join in the excitement. Come experience the sights and sounds of the new LC. Exciting things are happening at your college because many individuals give of their time, talents and resources to make LC a success. From our own faculty and staff, to the Campers on Mission, we thank all of you who give financially as a part of the investment in the lives of young men and women. The Holy Scriptures say, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” It has been so encouraging this past year to see God move and work in the lives of people who truly have a heart for LC and what God is doing. Their heart is here because their treasure is here. From the smallest to the largest gift, all are extremely important. It takes many people to do much work and all kinds of resources to accomplish what God has called us to do. We have also learned that if we can get the heart of individuals

turned on to what God is doing then their treasure will be here too. We just simply want to say “Thank you”. Without you all, the Mission of LC could not be fulfilled. Exciting things are happening at your college because God is helping us fulfill the LC mission “ . . . to change the world for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Louisiana College is no longer a quiet little 4 year liberal arts college tucked away on a hill in Pineville. Louisiana College is literally reaching all around the world. We are still a liberal arts institution but now with graduate degrees. We are still a liberal arts institution but now with a focus to equip young men and women academically to be the best they can be while changing their world for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our desire is to have an LC student in every part of the world -- in every classroom, every courtroom, clinic, factory, ministry and every walk of life impacting their world. Yes, it is exciting to see what God is doing at your school. Thanks for your prayers, love and support. Louisiana College - being all she can be for the honor and glory of God.

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Vision 20-20

Since 1906, the foundation of Louisiana College has been solely in Pineville, Louisiana. The motto of the college reminds us of this simple truth,“Unchanging Foundations since 1906.” It is exactly that motto, “Unchanging Foundations”, that is the root of our current actions to share the strengths of this great institution given by the Lord Jesus to extend it’s foundation across the globe.

Louisiana College is striving to change the world in accord with the five facets of Vision 20-20:

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Louisiana College is an institution that provides a liberal arts education, however, our institution bases every discipline and art on the preeminence of the Lord Jesus, allegiance to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, dedication to academic excellence for the glory of God, and commitment to change the world for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. These are unchanging. They are the foundation that we build everything on, fasten everything too, and sift everything through. Louisiana College is continually on mission, whether abroad or at home, its written into our foundation. These four pillars are touchstones for excellence whether Louisiana College impacts lives of students in Tanzania, China, and our United States. Louisiana College strives to change lives that will in turn, change the world. Louisiana College is on mission to change the world for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and we believe there are several ways to achieve this goal. Vision 20-20, Dr. Aguillard’s vision for LC, defines our approach. The Great Commission Institute exists to carry out the Mission of Louisiana College by awakening and calling to action, the biblical and historical soul of Law, Government, Ministry, Culture, Media, Medicine, Academics, and the World through the mechanism of “teaching” in order to transform them into the image of Christ by the power of the Gospel. (Matt. 28:19,20)

Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania, Africa

At Louisiana College we are passionate about our mission and want to share with you some of the exciting things the Lord has graciously allowed us to be a part of. Our fervor is training young students to continually “Go and Teach...” in whatever field they are called in. Thank you for your support of the Louisiana College tradition.

Go and TEACH . . . Center For Faith, Scripture, and The Great Awakening Present and future generations of spiritual leaders are grounded in the historical/Biblical principles of the great Christian revivals that have made significant impact upon our culture and our country’s history. Caskey School of Divinity Center For Integration of Faith, College Life, and Learning. True education is teaching viewed through the lens of a Biblical Worldview. Center For Faith and Bio-Medicine All academic pursuits trace the thread of Man as being made in the image of God. All life is sacred. Center For Faith, Culture, and Christian Media All Christian Culture including Film and media are transformed through the lens of a Biblical Worldview Christian Film Institute Center for Faith and Justice Constitutional & International Constructionist Law is taught historically accurate as explicated from God’s Law Judge Paul Pressler School of Law

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A Great Opportunity for Impacting the Kingdom The Caskey School of Divinity Matching Fund

Although the Caskey Foundation gives generously to support the ministry of the School of Divinity, they desire to partner with other believers in this strategic kingdom endeavor. In order to encourage sacrificial giving from other believers who are concerned about the state of the church today, the foundation has offered to match, up to a total of one million dollars, contributions to the School of Divinity. Thus the impact of your gift will be doubled. Non-designated contributions to The Caskey School of Divinity are tax deductible.

BCM Columns News The Baptist Collegiate Ministries of Louisiana College is doing its part to carry out the mission of LC to change the world for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. This past July, the BCM headed up a cultural exchange trip to Haining, China that paired LC students with Chinese high school students for the better half of a month. While living with the Chinese in Haining and back here in Pineville, our students presented the love of Christ, the message of the gospel, and the hope of new life in Jesus. This resulted in nearly 30 Chinese students hearing about Jesus for the first time. Even more so, that message was adorned by a genuine love that was displayed during the exchange. All of the Chinese students returned home with Mandarin bibles, which they asked for personally. Please pray for the gospel to take root in their hearts. This spring, the BCM will be traveling to the Muslim country of Turkey where students will bring the light of the gospel to a country of seventy million lost souls. This wonderful region presents students with the opportunity to engage a relatively docile Muslim culture while exposing


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them to the spiritual needs that exist in the Middle East. Furthermore, students are shown how the Church is persevering outside of the U.S. and are able to discern whether or not the Lord is calling them to that harvest field. Please pray that the Lord would call many missionaries from the group that goes to Turkey this spring.

Divinity School Updates:

December 14, 2010 is now an important date in the history of Louisiana College. Driven by concerns about alarming rates of biblical illiteracy and doctrinal anemia among professing Christians, the Trustees of the college formally approved the creation of the Caskey School of Divinity. The mission of the school is to train coming generations of Christian leaders: 1. to correctly handle the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15) 2. to preach the word (2 Tim 4:2) 3. to emphasize the great truths of the Christian faith in their preaching and teaching (1 Tim 4:16), 4. to share the gospel passionately with the lost (2 Tim 4:5), and 5. to model outstanding Christian character (1 Tim 3). Dr. Chuck Quarles, founding Dean of the School, recently explained how this mission is expressed through the crest of the Caskey School:

The principal symbols of the seal are the cross, on which our Lord suffered and died to provide forgiveness of our sins, and an empty tomb, from which our Lord was raised in a victory over sin and death. The scroll on the top left of the shield represents the Old Testament. The codex at the top right of the shield represents the New Testament. These symbols express the biblical preacher’s commitment to proclaim “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) from the teachings of both the Prophets and Apostles. The cross is superimposed between these two symbols to remind the preacher that all Scripture is to be interpreted Christocentrically since all Scripture bears testimony to Jesus (Luke 24:27). The empty tomb at the bottom of the seal is designed to also depict an altar table. This reminds the preacher of the need to consecrate himself to God as a “living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” as a spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1). This sacrifice is an essential step toward seeking the godly character that is required of the man of God in Timothy 3.

The school currently offers five programs: a Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Pastoral Ministry, an Associate of Arts and Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, and a Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has notified the Caskey School that its new Masters programs are fully approved. The Pastoral Ministry programs are designed especially for the smaller church or bivocational pastor. Due to generous gifts from anonymous donors, most Southern Baptist applicants who wish to prepare for service as a pastor or missionary will receive a scholarship that fully covers tuition and some expenses. Fifty-seven students enrolled in the first semester of classes. The School is currently accepting applications for the Spring and Fall semesters of 2012. For more information, see

The ribbon at the bottom of our crest contains the mottos of the school. 2 Timothy 4:2 urges the pastor to “Preach the Word” and we regard this as the primary responsibility of the pastor. 2 Timothy 4:5 urges the pastor to “do the work of an evangelist.” Thus the pastor must not only proclaim the word within the walls of the church; he must bear the gospel to the lost in his community and to the ends of the earth. One of the distinctive features of the Caskey School of Divinity is the emphasis on both expository preaching and evangelistic faithfulness. Students in the CSD are required to share the gospel every week that they are enrolled in classes. During the first week of classes alone, students shared the gospel with dozens of people and four confessed faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord.

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The Louisiana College Education Division prepares student teacher candidates to be Dynamic Educators who exemplify: 1. Christian Service 2. Mastery of Subject Matter 3. The Attributes of the Practitioner Teacher

The foundation upon which this conceptual framework is built comes from Ecclesiastes 4:12 “A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” The Division of Education offers several routes through which candidates may receive research-based pedagogical strategies through the lense of a Christian Worldview. The Division’s faculty are former public school classroom teachers and principals. Louisiana College continues to offer it’s great tradition of an exemplary undergraduate teacher education program. The majority of Louisiana College student teachers walk directly from student teaching to a full-time teaching position. Administrators throughout the state seek out the Louisiana College Teacher Education graduates. The Division continues its reputation for training conscientious and highly skilled teachers through our undergraduate program. The longstanding reputation of the Louisiana College Teacher Education Department has led the Division to expand programming to better meet the needs of the state. The Education Division offers an alternative certification route in order to help school systems secure highly qualified educators. This program previously referred to as T.E.A.C.H. is now under the banner of our Master of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT). This program allows a person with a baccalaureate degree in traditional disciplines; the arts, humanities, and sciences the opportunity to achieve professional teacher certification with the opportunity of continuing their education with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. The MAT degree is the first graduate degree Louisiana College offered. The MAT program has enabled Louisiana College’s faculty to enter the public and parochial classroom in the role as mentor. Lasting friendships


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and professional networks have been forged through this opportunity. Faculty mentors are able to enter the public school classroom environment and make positive suggestions for change and offer support during the challenging journey of a first year teacher. Mentors work with building principals and personnel directors as professional colleagues seeking the best for the candidate and public school students. The MAT program has opened doors internationally. In August 2011 a group of Louisiana College faculty traveled to Tanzania with the mission of conducting teacher training for that great country. Although the Tanzanian school culture is quite different from our American school culture, the needs are just as great. Good teaching is good teaching whether it be in Africa or America. Our faculty walked away with a renewed mission: Continue to create dynamic educators exemplifying christian service and the mastery of subject matter through acknowledging the greatest teacher of all, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Students and teachers from China have visited our Louisiana College campus. The MAT program is working closely with a university in China offering instruction to their faculty. What once began as an endeavor to reach the state of Louisiana by providing a Christ centered alternate teacher certification program has now become an international effort to reach the world for Christ.

Tanzania News Eight members of Louisiana College’s faculty and staff traveled to Tanzania, Africa to host a workshop with Opportunity Education. Dr. Randall Esters, Dean of Education at Louisiana College commented, “The purpose of the workshop was to make the teachers there more effective in the classroom. In Tanzania the qualifications are fairly low so you have poorly educated people teaching the uneducated, it’s a viscous circle that can only end by having an effective classroom that truly teaches the children.”

Louisiana College’s, Vision 20-20 has a mission, to change the world for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, whether it is displaying the Gospel through a teaching seminar that trains hundreds of teachers, or pointing students on campus and our community to Christ, we will always have hearts that desire and strive to be on mission. For more information check out our website,, or follow us on twitter and facebook!

The workshops were held in Moshi and Mwanza and reached over 500 teachers around Africa. “In an educational system that is so far different from what we know, and to think that we have the opportunity to pour ourselves into this, to change the world and further complete our mission of Louisiana College is very moving and very humbling.” said Dr. Aguillard. The team from Louisiana College spent two weeks in Tanzania for the sole purpose of training teachers: How the brain learns, classroom management, and preparing a lesson were just a few things the team covered to make the teachers more successful in the classroom. Dr. Skiles commented, “After participating in our seminars the teachers expressed great interest in what we do to further educate them because they are really hungry. Hungry to better their country, to better their people, because they see education as a tool for the future.” Soon after leaving, Louisiana College was contacted by President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania. President Kikwete expressed interest in forming a permanent presence of Louisiana College in Tanzania. So much so that he donated several hundred prime acres of land to Louisiana College to create a Louisiana College: Tanzania Campus. The campus would also include a secondary school and Athletic program.

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School of Nursing and Allied Health By Dr. Kimberly Sharp

an extension of the clinical environment, to ensure that students are better able to interact in a meaningful and prepared manner with clients when they attend clinicals. Our agency partners have been a terrific resource and support as the nursing program has grown over the years, and we are so grateful for their partnership and for their encouragement of students.

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Loving Care Nurse-Led Clinic

The Nursing Skills Center has become the hub of nursing activity on campus. With 17 bed bays for 10 mid-fidelity mannequins, and four high-fidelity mannequins, the space is now utilized to capacity. Students engage in active learning in a safe learning environment with faculty who love to teach, so this is an exciting place to be. Due to class schedules, please call the nursing office at (318) 427-9229 to schedule a visit. We would love for you to come.

The clinic has afforded an opportunity for the nursing faculty and students to offer health care outreach for faculty, staff and the community. Health care for students has already been well provided for through the on-campus Health Services Center, but as an extension of that ministry outreach, the clinic was begun.

Simulation in health care education is a key part of ensuring that students become competent and confident practitioners. However, this is not a replacement for developing the art of bedside nursing skills at our clinical agencies. We feel so blessed in the clinical placements that have been entrusted to us at the many local community agencies. We have been able to achieve a wonderful balance between simulated learning, as

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Loving Care Nurse-Led Clinic’s opening ceremony was held on May 12. It has been a busy time of renovation throughout the summer months to carry out some ongoing retrofit activities. We are grateful for the support and vision of the LC administrative team in allowing time for this fledging undertaking to grow. Our nurse practitioners are now able to offer walk-in and appointment assistance from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Commissioning Of the more than fifty students who have begun Fundamentals and Physical Assessment coursework, 43 students were presented at the Commissioning Ceremony in the Granberry Conference Center on Sept. 26. The ceremony preceded the students’ first day in the clinical agencies. Reminiscent of nursing capping ceremonies, the commissioning ceremony dedicates students for the ministry of nursing.

Physical Therapy Assistant The PTA program has had another very successful year. Fourteen students completed their studies in August 2011 and are currently undertaking professional licensure examinations. Also, in August a new cohort of 23 students started in the program, and they have been working hard to meet theory and clinical expectations. This Fall, the students have taken part in several events including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Alexandria. Mrs. Karen Sanchez is now the new secretary for Allied Health Division.

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Chorale & Voices

In 2nd Chronicles, we read a powerful story of how singers were used to lead God’s army to battle. While Judah was surrounded by the enemy, godly ruler King Jehoshaphat called the nation of Judah together to pray and fast for God’s help. After hearing from God and talking with the people, King Jehoshaphat appointed a choir for God dressed in holy robes. The singers marched ahead of the troops singing “Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.” The end of the story is that God defeated the enemy and God’s people rested in His faithfulness. Just like in the days of old, Louisiana College is sending a “choir for God” ahead of the army. Two ensembles that are on the frontlines are Chorale and the Voices of Louisiana College. Both groups are under the direction of LC alum, Dr. Fred Guilbert.

The LC Chorale will be traveling to South Korea during Easter break. Partnerships have been developing between South Korea and LC over the last few months and Chorale will be the first student organization to represent our college. You might ask - why are college students so willing to give up their spring break for missions? Andy Jordan, a junior Worship Leadership major answered saying, “I enjoy seeing the effect music has on people with few similarities. Music can draw people together and Chorale has a unique opportunity to represent Christ through the text of our pieces.” Andy traveled to China this summer on a cultural exchange trip with other Louisiana College students. He also traveled with Chorale to Taiwan in 2009 and is excited about furthering the gospel in countries like South Korea. Chorale singers will be ministering through song in schools and churches throughout their stay. Students will visit nursing homes and hospitals, sing for patients and share the testimony of God’s love through prayer and acts of service. The Voices of LC has been enjoying a busy traveling season since August. The group started in 2007 as an ensemble that sang at mostly schoolrelated functions. Today, Voices of LC ministers almost every other weekend. They were featured at the SBC in 2008 and have since been welcomed in Baptist churches all over Louisiana. They have recently been commissioned by the Louisiana Baptist Convention to record a project calling churches back to revival and a renewal of their great Southern Baptist heritage. “Voices” will premier this project at the LBC Evangelism Conference in January. If you would like to make a financial contribution towards the LC Chorale’s mission trip to South Korea, or would like to schedule the Voices of LC at your church, you can get more information by calling the LC music department at (318) 487-7336. Please continue to pray for our troops that are forerunners in the mission of LC to change the world for Christ.


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TLC Dinner Theatre Theatre Louisiana College has taken on a new face! The traditional black box theatre has been converted to accommodate dinner guests. TLC’s new dinner theatre can seat 120 guests for dining, while still allowing over 80 general admission balcony seats. Each meal is catered buffet style and is served in an elegant setting. TLC is now performing four shows a season and is offering season tickets for dinner guests. Season ticket holders will get to enjoy all four of the productions at the comfort of their dinner table.

We call it “Convergence” LC’s Journalism and Media Communications form new department.

By Al Quartemont, Instructor of Journalism The name is cutting edge. Convergence Media. But what is it exactly? I get asked that question a lot. I explain it this way. For the first time this year, fans of the LC Wildcats football team had the opportunity to watch the Cats via live video streaming over the Internet – on their cell phones! An “app” for the website will let you watch LC football games live or through archive on your cellphone or mobile device. That, my friend, is Convergence Media. I tell my students that “convergence” is the blending of “old media” like television, radio and newspaper with “new media” like the Internet and the Smartphone. And this year, convergence officially arrived at LC when we made the decision to combine the Department of Journalism with Media Communications to form the new Convergence Media Department.

The 2011-2012 season is in full swing and includes the remaining shows: The Complete Works of Williams Shakespeare (Abridged) • February 2nd-4th & 9th-11th at 6:00 P.M. Dinner is served • February 5 & 12 at 2:30 P.M. No meal Written by Adam Long, Daniel Swinger, and Jess Winfield | Directed by Tabitha Huffman Titanic • March 22nd-24th & 29th-31st at 6:00 P.M. Dinner is served • March 25 & April 1 at 2:30 P.M. No meal Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston | Book by Peter Stone | Directed by Tabitha Huffman | Musical Direction by Dr. Samantha Miller For those who would like to experience TLC’s new dinner theatre or become a season ticket holder contact the Louisiana College Theatre Department at 318-487-7227 and reserve your seat!

We invite you to visit to see life at LC in a whole new way. Up-to-date articles, many of which are published the same day as events take place. More photos – lots of them and in color, too. There are videos including archives of our weekly chapel services and links to Wildcats Media on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Once again, that is convergence. We’re also very excited about a fantastic donation that was made to LC earlier this year. Our local NBC affiliate, KALB in Alexandria, decided it was time for a new news set. Their old one had to go. Fortunately, they gave it to us, and now our students have a real news set from which to anchor our “Wildcat Weekly.” On a personal note, that was the news desk I spent ten years behind before coming to LC, so I joke about it with my students that I might start teaching classes from the news desk!

TLC’s production of “Sylvia”

You may contact Al Quartemont at or (318) 487-7597.

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Law School enjoys growing momentum & support By Michael Johnson, Esq.

The Louisiana College Judge Paul Pressler School of Law is enjoying a very busy and productive fall season. Led by our Founding Dean, Mike Johnson, the administration and staff have been working diligently through their many important objectives. They are recruiting and have begun hiring the distinguished inaugural faculty, developing the School of Law’s distinctive curricula and related policies, preparing for the accreditation processes and extensive building renovations of the law school’s 155,000 sq. ft. facility in downtown Shreveport, and raising the necessary funding to make our bold vision a reality. Recent events hosted by the School of Law have been a great success, and have assisted the school in raising awareness and enthusiastic new support for its efforts. Banquet events, speaking engagements, and public forums on both the local and national level throughout the year have allowed strategic opportunities to share our plans and ideals to an ever-expanding audience.

“We are enjoying the momentum that continues to build for our new institution,” said Dean Johnson. “People are excited about what we’re creating, as so many recognize the important contributions this can make to the future of our legal system. There is wide-spread recognition that the nation desperately needs a more principled approach to legal education, and our law school will help fill that critical void. ” At a recent fundraiser luncheon for the law school in Houston, Texas, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, delivered an eloquent keynote speech concerning the School of Law’s foundational premises. “Our Constitution… and our laws are rooted and grounded not merely in our whims, but in the eternal principles that some things are always right and some things are always wrong,” Huckabee said. “For us to embrace that ideal is not something we should take lightly—it is something we should cherish and ensure we pass to the next generations.” Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal also shared his enthusiasm about what the School of Law means for the entire state of Louisiana and beyond. “[The Pressler School of Law] is going to help to make certain we train the next generation of leaders according to sound academic and ethical principles,” said Jindal. “We need young men and women who are ready to help lead, not just for the sake of Louisiana, but for our country as well.”

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We are greatly encouraged by the strides that have been made in recent months and the high caliber of persons who have signed on to endorse and support our efforts. You can check out the latest developments with the law school by downloading its Fall Newsletter at Gov. Mike Huckabee shared an inspiring message with the enthusiastic crowd that attended the recent Vision Luncheon in Houston for the Pressler School of Law. The crowd heard messages from Governor Huckabee, Governor Jindal, Judge Pressler and Dean Johnson. Over the past several months, Dean Johnson has been invited to share the vision of the Louisiana College Judge Paul Pressler School of Law at key events around the country. Above: A rendering of the 155,000 sq. ft. former Joe D. Waggoner Federal Building in downtown Shreveport, selected as the home of the Pressler School of Law of Louisiana College. Right: Gov. Mike Huckabee, Pressler School of Law Professor & Director of Academic Affairs, Bruce Green, with wife, Debra, and Judge Paul Pressler at recent law school luncheon in Houston, Texas.

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Alumni Spotlight Frances C. Pegg Frances C. Pegg – “I’m in His Hands” – A Personal Testimony to God. Slight in statue but not in spirit, Mrs. Frances Pegg greets you with the joy one only finds in Christ Jesus. Meet Frances Pegg, Louisiana College alumna, mother, wife and living testimony to God’s healing power.

Mrs. Pegg does her best to bring glory to God through the testimony He has given her. Being influenced by Psalms 118:17, “I will not die, but live and tell what God has done,” Mrs. Pegg knows that sharing her journey is essential to bringing glory to the Lord.

In the fall of 2004, Mrs. Pegg began experiencing difficulty maintaining balance, falling, and difficulty completing everyday tasks. As caregiver to her husband who had Multiple Sclerosis, she knew these symptoms could not be ignored. A series of MRI scans indicated a tumor was between her brain stem and cerebellum. The road from Lecompte, Louisiana to Houston, Texas seemed impossible but God provided a way. Mrs. Pegg found comfort in “The Relinquishment Prayer” written by Catherine Marshall’s Adventures in Prayer. This simple prayer of relinquishing all to Christ was just the beginning of Mrs. Pegg’s adventures in prayer!

You may contact Frances Pegg at Kingsley Place, 351 Windermere, Alexandria, LA 71303

Surgery at M.D. Anderson was scheduled, and the tumor removed. The left side of her body was paralyzed, but it didn’t affect her smile or her faith. Every doctor and nurse was told, “its okay. I’m in God’s hands.” Mrs. Pegg soon learned that she had a rare form of lymphoma in her brain, which has altered her daily life such as the loss of her singing voice, vision problems, and spells of nausea and vomiting. Mrs. Pegg continues to smile and give testimony to God’s faithfulness. The physical and medical challenges faced by Mr. and Mrs. Pegg led their daughters to seek an assisted living setting closer to their homes in Alexandria. Kingsley Place in Alexandria was their choice but the living area size was not available. After a three-year wait, a room was available and not a moment too soon…Hurricane Gustav hit their home and if they had stayed, rescue efforts would have taken days. Mrs. Pegg lost her husband Thanksgiving of 2009, but she rejoices for the years they had together. She looks at the possible not the impossible. She gives thanks for what she can do not what she can’t do! She gives thanks while doing her laundry, for the ability to roll over in bed, and to dress herself. The spirit of gratitude and placing all in the Father’s Hands has contributed to gaining some mobility on her left side. At 75 years of age, Mrs. Pegg states, “Many of us don’t think about little things being so important, but everything I can do for myself…thank you God…it makes you want to cry, but I have no tears because chemo dried those up!”


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Michelle Stratton

Ben McLaughlin

Michelle Shamblin Stratton is a graduate of Louisiana College and the daughter of Dr. Michael Shamblin and Renee Shamblin, both LC faculty members. Michelle shared her story with us…

Ben McLaughlin is a former standout for the Louisiana College Wildcats and was recently honored during halftime of the LC football game against ETBU. McLaughlin, now a coach for LC, received the Mehlberger Award while playing for the Wildcats. This award recognizes outstanding athletic performance and is given to one NCAA Division III football player annually earning one of the highest honors bestowed across the nation.

…I was drawn to the fact that LC was a small school where you could really get to know your teachers and the other students. I didn’t want to get lost in a crowd of thousands at a state school. LC is also inexpensive compared to other private schools, and with the Top Twenty scholarship I received, I was essentially able to attend for free. It was also very important to me that LC was challenging academically - as a History major and an English minor, I had plenty of opportunities to read and write critically, a skill that served me well in law school and in practice as an attorney. Finally, but perhaps most importantly, I was excited about attending a school that pledged to integrate faith and learning. Some scoff at religiously-affiliated schools, assuming that only a secular education is a top quality education. But that’s false. Churches pioneered formal education, which makes sense when you consider that God is the author of all knowledge, and loving the Lord your God with all of your mind means diligently seeking to understand the world He created. As a clerk to Chief Judge Edith Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (a federal appellate court), and as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General (the office that represents the United States before the Supreme Court), I’ve had the opportunity to work on interesting cases that matter to people’s lives. I’ve also met great people, people who have seen things I’ve only read about and who have mentored and championed me. When I think about my career thus far, I’m most struck by how great it is to live in America. This country provides a person like me--from Tioga, Louisiana, born to parents without extraordinary wealth or political connections, educated mostly in public schools--with the opportunity to walk the halls of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Department of Justice, and the Supreme Court of the United States. As a school that emphasizes a Christ-centered, rigorous education, LC is light in the midst of a secular academic world that is so often characterized by the darkness of cynicism and elitism. I hope the school will continue to experience the support and dedication of the LC community.

“I like a challenge. I am very goal-oriented person so I like to see something and go and take care of it.” The strength of his positive attitude is familiar to LC Football where players are represented on a Unity Council, pray and train together, and gather in the Lord’s name on and off the field. McLaughlin knows there is something different about the LC program where God reigns. “It is a unique environment. We have a sign that says ‘God, family, school, football’ just in that order. I think where LC stands out is holding the team accountable. It’s easy to hang a sign, but it is a different story if the players, coaches, and everyone is held accountable. Not only do Coach Dunn and the rest of the staff say put God first, they LIVE it, and hold the players accountable to that.” Top Left: Michelle Shamblin Stratton and family with Justice Clarence Thomas Top Right: Ben McLaughlin, Former LC Quarterback and Mehlberger Award Winner

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Fall Sports

Athletic Update Fall Sports • Cross Country • Football • Soccer

Winter Sports • Basketball

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Cross Country MEN: Coach Jeremy Huffman’s Men’s Cross Country team lacks experience but, with a group of runners that featured just two men who ran in 2010, the Wildcats have shown some promise. The main group of Max Chou (Mandeville, La./Fountainbleau HS), Derek Moncada (Dry Prong, La./Homeschool), Todd Whatley (Pineville, La./Pineville HS), Joshua Jee (Mandeville, La./Homeschool), Michael Daigrepont (Pineville, La./Cenla Christian) and Joseph Buzzetta (Alexandria, La./ Alexandria Senior HS) have shown heart in five meets this season. WOMEN: Coach Jeremy Huffman’s women are a veteran group and, in 2011, it showed. The Lady Cats had their best season in recent memory thanks to the senior leadership of Rachael Quarles (Pineville, La./Homeschool), Hannah Lanier (Lake Charles, La./Homeschool) and Stephanie Baer (Monroe, La./Homeschool), a trio of Academic AllConference performers. Quarles proved the top individual performer for the Lady Cats with a series of top 25 finishes in meets featuring fields of mostly Division I athletes. The highlight of the year for the Lady Cats, though, was a second-place team finish in September’s meet at Centenary.

Football It hasn’t just been a good year for the Louisiana College Football team, it’s been historically good. After seven contests, the Wildcats are ranked No. 21 in the poll and No. 24 in the American Football Coaches Association’s poll and are poised, with a strong finish, for the school’s first NCAA Division III postseason appearance. Coach Dennis Dunn’s offense continues to rank among the best in the country and is the highest rated offense in the American Southwest Conference. Senior wide receiver Darnell Williams (Gulfport, Miss./ Winter Park HS) and junior linebacker Nate Janzen (Pottsboro, Texas/ Pottsboro HS) were preseason All-Americans and Williams, along with senior offensive linemen Hunter Crowder (Zachary, La./Zachary HS) and Ben Feibel (Shreveport, La./Northwood HS), has been selected to play in the prestigious D3 Senior Classic All-Star game. Williams has also established himself as a legitimate pro prospect. To date more than 15 NFL teams have sent scouts to Pineville for meetings. The last Wildcat to receive NFL consideration was lineman and Louisiana College Sports Hall of Famer Matt Miller, who went on to play for the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks as well as in NFL Europe in the mid-2000’s. Academically, the Wildcats set a new team record for Academic All-Conference performers for the third-straight year.

Basketball MEN: In his 30-plus years as a player and coach at Louisiana College, Coach Gene Rushing has preferred to avoid the spotlight. However, in the 2010-11 campaign Rushing became the star of the show as he registered his 300th career win. On the court, the Wildcats finished one game out of the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament but still had four players named to the All-Conference team. Junior post Korey Salmon (Deville, La./Buckeye HS) and junior wing Jarrod Jackson (Alabany, La./Albany HS) were named to the East second team, while senior post Chukwuma Ekeh (Alexandria, La./Holy Savior Menard) and junior point guard JeLani Mitchell (St. Martinville, La./St. Martinville HS) were honorable mention selections. As a team, the Wildcats received the ASC Sportsmanship Award. Ekeh, Edward Atkins (Lecompte, La./Rapides HS), Phillip George (Baton Rouge, La./Christian Life Academy) and BJ Porter (Epps, La./Epps HS) were named to the Academic All-Conference team.

Soccer MEN: The Wildcats entered 2011 with high hopes and renewed energy thanks to the arrival of Coach Prince Borde, the man tabbed to turn the fortunes of an LC squad that has struggled in recent years. The Louisiana College men started the year with a bang, a 2-0 win over Millsaps that ended a year-plus losing streak. By year’s end, the Wildcats had won two more games, competed in all matches and, with just four seniors, set themselves up for a bright future. WOMEN: The Louisiana College women’s team continued to grow under second-year coach Bruce Deaton. The Lady Cats defeated Schreiner 1-0 in Kerrville, Texas, and ended a winless streak that dated back to October 2009, then followed with a 4-2 win over LeTourneau, the most convincing win by the LC women since 2007. In that match freshman Sarah Smith (Texarkana, Ark./ Arkansas HS) had two goals and an assist, the best single-game showing for a Lady Cat since 2007. Overall, the Lady Cats finished with the second-most goals scored in a season in school history.

WOMEN: The Lady Cats faced some tough hurdles in the 20102011 season. With the memory of Coach Janice Joseph-Richard, who was lost to cancer early in the season, as their battle cry the Louisiana College women, with coach Jason Tinsley at the helm and just 11 players on the roster, ran to an overall record of 25-4 and their second straight American Southwest Conference East Division Title and a runner-up finish in the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament. The Lady Cats also earned their second straight berth in the NCAA Tournament and, for the first time in school history, won an NCAA Tournament game. Senior forward Tillisha Givens (Monroe, La./ Ouachita Parish HS) became the first LC women’s basketball player since the 90’s to be named to the All-America team. Janet Butler (Eros, La./West Ouachita HS), Natosha Gottlieb(Alexandria, La./Bolton HS), Katherine Taylor (Monroe, La./Homeschool) and Roslyn Wilmer (Marksville, La./Marksville HS) were named Academic All-Conference.

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Spring Sports

Athletic Update Spring Sports • Baseball • Softball • Golf • Tennis

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Baseball Mike Byrne’s Wildcats had another solid year. Louisiana College finished 26-17 overall and 11-7 in conference to earn their ninth postseason berth in the last 11 years. Junior second baseman Jordan Marks (Alexandria, La./Holy Savior Menard HS) was named to the All-America team, the only Wildcat besides Lucas Ledbetter in the mid-2000s to ever earn that distinction, and was the 2011 American Southwest Conference East Player of the Year and a member of the All-Louisiana Team, which is made up of players from all collegiate divisions. Byrnes and his staff – Matt Byrnes, James Halle and Andrew Shelton – were named ASC East Coaching Staff of the Year for the second straight season. Academically, the Wildcats were as solid as ever and had eight players named Academic All-Conference – Mike Doughty (Crowley, La./ Crowley HS), Steven Davis (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish HS), Justin Lacy (Bossier City, La./Plain Dealing Academy), Cody Laprarie (Bentley, La./Grant HS), Jordan Meisner (Baton Rouge, La./Tara HS), Justin Reed (Kinder, La./Kinder HS), Greg Uzee (Gretna, La./Archbishop Shaw HS) and Chris Waguespack (Destrehan, La./St. Charles Catholic).

Golf The Louisiana College Men’s Golf program is off to a promising start and had solid showings in each of its two fall tournaments. The Wildcats, coached by Billy Brooks and former golf standout John Willie, opened 2011-2012 action with an 11th-place showing at the Texas-Tyler Fall Invitational and followed with a fifth-place finish at the Lake Caroline Invitational. Junior team captain Caleb Stark (West Monroe, La./West Monroe HS) placed in the top 15 in both tournaments and has been the Wildcats’ top performer thus far. Academically, the Wildcats continue to be solid and, while still a player, Willie was named to the American Southwest Conference’s All-Academic Team in the Spring of 2011 and was also a finalist for the prestigious American Southwest Conference StudentAthlete Medal of Honor.

Softball The Louisiana College Softball team narrowly missed out on the NCAA Division III World Series in 2011. Playing for interim coach Danielle Price, the Lady Cats went 30-12 and earned their seventh straight berth in the NCAA Tournament. Louisiana College was the last team eliminated from the NCAA Regional, which was won by host TexasTyler. After the season, veteran high school coach Mark Rosier was named the Lady Cats’ new head coach and, through fall practice sessions, the LC women have shown great promise as they prepare for 2012. Senior pitcher Rene Schwartzenburg (Marksville, La./Marksville HS) was named American Southwest Conference East Division Pitcher of the Year. Schwartzenburg, outfielder Brittany Menard (Baton Rouge, La./Parkview Baptist), designated hitter Emily Douglas (Gonzales, La./ St. Amant HS) and catcher Amber Thomas (Rosepine, La./Rosepine HS) were all named to the All-Louisiana Team, which is made up of competitors from all collegiate divisions in the state. Thomas was a finalist for the prestigious American Southwest Conference StudentAthlete Medal of Honor and ASC Community Service Award. Thomas, Schwartzenburg, Kelsey Brown (Rayne, La./Notre Dame-Crowley), Danielle Boudreaux (Lafayette, La./Acadiana HS), Devan Greene (Kaplan, La./Kaplan HS), Brianna Hall (Shreveport, La./Southwood HS), Jordan Waldroup (Calhoun, La./West Ouachita HS), Carli Wheeler (Baton Rouge, La./Parkview Baptist) and Kelly Williams (Monroe, La./St. Thomas More) were named ASC All-Academic.

Tennis MEN: The LC men welcomed a new coach, LC Hall of Famer Justin Charles, and a cast of new players in 2011. And though the Wildcats did not win as often as they would have liked, the men from Pineville showed marked improvement. Sophomore Nathan Boles (Pineville, La./ Homeschool) was named to the American Southwest Conference AllAcademic Team. WOMEN: Like the LC men, the Lady Cats also welcomed Charles and a collection of newcomers. Junior Taylor Henderson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe HS), formerly a member of the women’s basketball team, was a pleasant surprise and won a pair of matches in the spring. Henderson, Stephanie Baer (Monroe, La./Homeschool), Daniele Lucas (Laurel, Md./Meade Senior HS) and Pearl Woodward (Kinder, La./ Kinder HS), were named to the 2011 American Southwest Conference All-Academic Team.

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LC Day of Care Every freshman at Louisiana College is required to attend a week long orientation called Wildcat Welcome Week. In addition, they must complete a freshman orientation course entitled CC 100. In CC100, our freshmen learn valuable information that will help them successfully transition into college life. The CC100 sessions include information on the Student Handbook, library resources, registrar information, computer services, academic integrity/study skills, leadership training, Intro to the Christian Faith, and security. For the past three years, CC100 has culminated with the LC Day of Caring, which takes place on the Friday afternoon of Homecoming week. This year, on October 21, our freshman class participated in the 3rd annual LC Day of Caring. Approximately 275 freshmen spent four hours volunteering at non-profit organizations and ministries throughout Central Louisiana. Fifteen area non-profits benefited from this year’s DoC. The volunteer service ranged from boxing food at the Food bank of Central Louisiana to sorting donated clothing at the Hope House. The motivation for instituting the LC Day of Caring came directly from Louisiana College’s Mission Statement. The fourth pillar of the mission statement states that Louisiana College will change the world for Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Philippians chapter 2 teaches that Jesus came as a servant. In John chapter 13, Jesus washes the feet of His disciples and then teaches that his followers will have hearts of servants. In Matthew chapter 5, Jesus teaches that God will receive glory when His followers do good deeds. Therefore, through serving, our freshmen not only model Christ to those that they serve, but they bring God glory through sacrificing their time, energy, and effort.

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Alumni Updates Classes of the 40’s J. Clarice Wells Kearley (Class of 1948), and her husband Richard, celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on May 31, 2011. Asberry Holdcraft (Class of 1949), and Laverne McGee Holdcraft, Class of ’46, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on July 12, 2011.

Classes of the 70’s James L. Ulmer, (Class of 1973), lives in Mt. Juliet, TN where he owns the Unique Book Shop. Paul E. Johnson (Class of 1974), lives in Gautier, MS, where he was recently promoted to the position of Director at Huntington Ingalls Industries from Nothrop Grumman Corporation. Phyllis Jane Lee Rodgers (Class of 1974), who is married to Chaplain (Major) Lee Rodgers, moved from Fort Sill, OK to Fort Polk, LA in March. They have five adult children, nine beautiful grandchildren with No. 10 due in December and No. 11 due in January, 2012.

Classes of the 80’s Michael Bret Cockerham (Class of 1983), of Shreveport, LA, was recently appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy where he is also a Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Practice specializing in Oncology. Drew Robert Landry (Class of 1984), is Senior Pastor at Spotswood Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, VA.

In Memoriam • Coy Winn (1941) • Ethel Louise Wells Watkins (1945) • Margie Bolton Marshall (1948) • Nell Marie Wall (1950) • Virginia Davis Enete (1956) • Dr. Steve McKown (1970) • Carol R. Horie (1970)

Timothy Lars Singletary (Class of 1984), of Slidell, LA, along with his wife, Kelly, announce the birth of their grandson, Trindon Lars Ball. Kelly Rene Cobb, of Brevard, NC, is working as a charge nurse in the operating room, post anesthesia care unit and sterile processing department at Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard.

Classes of the 90’s Stuart T. Leonard (Class of 1993), of Petal, MS, has recently accepted a faculty position as an Assistant Professor in Pharmacology at William Carey University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg. Keith Nolan Rhodes (1993), is a Preschool Pastor at The Simple Church in Bossier City, LA. Ava Christianne Ford Knight (Class of 1995), has recently moved to Arcadia, Louisiana where she is a stay-at-home mom. Anja Wierutsch Abney (Class of 1999), works at Xavier University in Cincinnati, where she is an assistant in the International Student Program.


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Classes of the 2000’s Robin Aline Allen Michiels (Class of 2001), husband, Jeff, and big brother, Landon, welcomed a new addition to their family, Anna Kathryn. Robin received her Masters of Education Degree with a concentration in Special Ed and teaches in Rapides Parish. Jason Ross Schwartz and his wife, Mindy Severio Swartz, both from the (Class of 2004), are living in Nashville, TN where he is starting his pediatric residency at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Elizabeth B. Carr (Class of 2004), is working as an attorney with Smith, Bush, LLP, in Leesville, LA. Kris Lee (Class of 2009), is employed by U.S. Senator, David Vitter, as a Community Liaison in the Baton Rouge area.

Dear Louisiana College Alumni & Friends,

Luana Cunningham, Director of Alumni Relations

What an incredible weekend we had to celebrate Homecoming 2011. Excitement was palpable as we welcomed Distinguished Alumni, Hall of Fame inductees, the Class of 1961, young alumni, and so many others to our beautiful campus. The new scoreboard was appreciated by those attending the soccer and football games. We thank those of you who were with us for Homecoming 2011 and hope to see those of you next year who weren’t able to attend.

318-487-7301 or

Please take the opportunity to send in your alumni news and pictures – we love pictures – to me at or by mail at Alumni Office, Louisiana College, P.O. Box 588, Pineville, LA 71359. Your fellow classmates love reading about your jobs, babies, grandkids, churchwork, etc. Just send it on in. In Christ, Luana Cunningham, Director of Alumni Relations

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