|Dexter, Joyner named January Volunteers of the Month
RELEASED: Jan. 24, 2002
DANVILLE, KY-Relationships built through the Centre College football team helped raise money for the victims of the World Trade Center tragedy.
Stephen Dexter, a sophomore from Danville, played for the Colonels 9-1 team this past season. Kasey Joyner, a sophomore from Bowling Green, was a manager for the team.
Dexter is philanthropy chair for Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Joyner is philanthropy chair for Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. They brought their organizations together to work on a service project, and for their efforts they have been named Centre's January Volunteers of the Month.
On Jan. 12 Phi Delta Theta and Kappa Alpha Theta hosted a benefit concert at Sutcliffe Ballroom on Centre's campus. The Danville band Obsessions donated its services to the effort, and the proceeds benefited the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Dexter and Joyner were able to land the Obsessions because one of the band members is Centre assistant football coach David Robertson, who is in charge of the defensive line.
"We heard he could play a 'mean' guitar," Joyner said.
More than 150 people were in attendance that evening, including students, faculty, staff and alumni.
"The alumni turnout was wonderful," Joyner said. "It was an opportunity to get to know more alumni and have a fun time dancing and enjoying the wonderful band."
"Sometimes it's hard to come up with fun ideas for service," Dexter said. "That's what we were striving for and I think we did it. We worked hard to complete the job, but we had a good time, too."
Dexter is a defensive back for the Colonels. He attended Danville High School and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Dexter of Danville.
Joyner attended Bowling Green High School and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eldridge Joyner of Bowling Green.
The college launched the volunteer award program to show appreciation to the many students who provide service to the local community. Each year, around 60 percent of all Centre students become community volunteers. The college encourages volunteer service by planning a community service day each year for all first-year students. Trina McFarland serves as Centre's director of volunteer service.
Kentucky's highest ranked national institution, Centre is listed by U.S. News and World Report among the country's top 50 national liberal arts colleges. Centre leads all colleges and universities in the percentage of alumni who give annual financial support.
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