The Dutch Letter, a Central College alumni newsletter

Friday, February 6, 2015

Hello, Central College alumni, parents and friends! The Central College Dutch Letter, released the first Friday of every month, is intended to keep you in touch with what’s happening on campus and in our communities. Please pass this along to your Central friends.

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Dutch Market

HAPPY POSTING — To connect our Central Community with crafters, artists and service providers, we have created Dutch Market, presenting Central Creations on Facebook!  We provide the venue; YOU post your goods and services on the page! If you are an author with a book to promote, a crafter who makes your own wine or jewelry or handmade items, or you provide a service you want to advertise, this is the place for you! Or perhaps you’re looking to purchase gifts or in search of a realtor or beautician with Central ties — we intend to make Dutch Market your one stop shop! You will find the link to “like” and post on the Dutch Market page.

SAVE THE DATE — Homecoming 2015 will be October 9–11! Pictures from Homecoming 2014 are available at Homecoming 2014.

PRESERVING HISTORY — We are reaching out to veterans or civilians who were involved professionally with the Vietnam conflict. Professor Barloon’ s students will be conducting interviews, the recordings of which will ultimately become part of the Library of Congress’s Veterans’ History Project. Interviews will be approximately 30 minutes in length. Students are interested in interviewing enlisted military personnel or civilians (intelligence officers, diplomats, defense industry specialists, defense contractors, etc.). If the folks have ties to Central College (alumni, family of alumni, former employees, etc.) it would be great, but this is not a requirement. If this applies to you, we’d love to hear from you. Or if you know of anyone who might consider being interviewed for this project, please forward this note and ask them to email Cheri Doane at  We will provide additional information and answer questions.


LET US ENTERTAIN YOU — The A Cappella Choir will perform at Choral Evensong at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul located at 9th and High Streets in downtown Des Moines. A reception will follow this free event – join us!

HISTORY DAY — Central College will host the 10th annual district contest for History Day March 27. Judges range from Central College faculty and staff, alumni and Pella community members. Participants will research and assemble projects based on this year’s theme, “Leadership and Legacy in History.”  The top two entries in each category from the district contest move on to a state contest at the State Historical Building in Des Moines, and the top two entries from there move on to the National History Day contest at the University of Maryland/Washington, D.C., in June. If you are interested in being a judge, please contact Professor Lori Witt at

Brad Van Vark ’78

ALUMNI MAKING NEWS Brad Van Vark ’78, pictured here on the right loves to blow a whistle, and when he does, he’s not just whistling Dixie. In January, Brad became part of college football history when he refereed the national title college football game that gave Ohio State a decisive win over the Oregon Ducks.  Kathie Flood ’86 the founder of Cascade Game Foundry announced the rollout of the company’s first game, Infinite Scuba, which allows players to virtually travel and explore shipwrecks, reefs and other parts of the ocean. Cascade eventually wants to make virtual explorations of national parks and other sites. Jayce Carter ’13, a middle school STEM teacher, received the Dedicated, Outstanding and Respected Service (DORS) Award from the Boone School Board for her positive impact on students, staff and parents.

SCHOLAR DAYS AT CENTRAL — Students who have been admitted to Central College and have earned a high school cumulative 3.4 G.P.A. and a 23 ACT/1050-1080 SAT will participate in Scholar Days Feb. 7, 14 or 21 to earn an additional $1,000 to $3,000 Trustee Scholarship, a full-tuition Kuyper Fellowship or a $25,000 Pella Rolscreen Fellowship.

SUSTAINABILITY BLOG — Read the latest blog post about sustainability at Central College from our faculty and students at Central College at .

OUR TREASURED PAST — Are you tired of storing old ticket stubs, playbills, photographs, lapel pins, beanies and scrapbooks you’ve held onto since graduation? The Central College Archives will store and protect your treasures for years to come! We are dependent upon your donations to build an accurate record of Central’s history. Archives welcome donations from all eras but have a severe lack of items from the ’00s. Please help if you can by mailing your donation to Central College Alumni Relations, Campus Box 5200, 812 University, Pella, Iowa  50219. Digital photographs can also be archived – please identify the people in the pictures you want to share and email them to

The man behind the bowtie, Danny Beyers ’04, will be on campus Thursday, March 5

NETWORKING IN STYLE — The man behind the bowtie, Danny Beyers ’04, will be on campus Thursday, March 5, for a networking discussion. Join the discussion from 11 a.m. – noon in the Graham Annex.  Danny will be available in The Spirit Shoppe from 1 – 2 p.m. for a book signing; he will have copies of his book, The Ties That Bind, available for purchase.

ALUMNI WITH GLOBAL EXPERIENCE OR EXPERTISE! — Did you study abroad while at Central? Have you been involved in some sort of service or volunteer capacity with an international focus? We would love to have you return to campus April 17 during our 50th year celebration of study abroad as part of a panel of alumni with global experience! If interested, send an email to Pat Joachim Kitzman, Career/Professional Development at

ARE YOU LINKED IN? — If you have a LinkedIn profile, you can easily join Central's alumni group, as well as access more than 5,000 fellow alums on a new feature at You'll enter Central College as the "school" and be able to search for alumni by location, company, career field, major, etc. It's pretty cool! But you have to have a LinkedIn profile — start by creating one today: (LinkedIn is for professional networking.)

HOW HAS LINKEDIN WORKED FOR YOU?  Do you have a story about a successful outcome because of your participation in LinkedIn or other social media?  We would love to hear your stories and share them with students to help them realize the value of social media in job searching and networking. Thanks in advance for sharing — just reply to Pat Joachim Kitzman at

SOCIAL MEDIA — Don’t miss out! Join Central College Alumni on Facebook today at You can also follow us on Twitter @Central_Alums. We’ll see you online!

Five year old Teag Phillips was thrilled when he received his beach ball from Central College to mark his 5th birthday. Thanks to Mark ’00 and Jennifer Vogt Phillips ’01 for sharing.
Five year old Teag Phillips was thrilled when he received his beach ball from Central College to mark his 5th birthday.  Thanks to Mark ’00 and Jennifer Vogt Phillips ’01 for sharing.

SEND US A PICTURE — Take a picture of your future legacy student wearing Central gear or showing off their Legacy gift from the college today.  Send your photo to and we’ll be happy to post it here. Did you know your children benefit from your legacy with Central College beginning at birth with a Central College bib? Every five years during the month of their birth, your child will receive another gift from the college. Once they reach high school, they can expect to receive a little something each year until they graduate. Those who make the decision to enroll at Central College are treated to a special welcoming lunch along with their family during freshmen move-in day.

Keep checking the homepage of our website at for updated news about Central students, alumni, faculty and staff.

CENTRAL COLLEGE NEWS — Keep checking the homepage of our website at for updated news about Central students, alumni, faculty and staff.  This month, read about how two Central College senior students built a tiny house from what other people were throwing away. Amy Andrews and Ethan Van Kooten exceeded associate professor of biology Anya Butt’s expectations when they created a tiny house for $489. Or, read about Greg Ellingson ’13, who as a student played a key role in shaping campus policies; now he wants to do the same for local and state government.

WHAT’S UP? YOUR classmates want an update! Let them know what’s going on in YOUR life and we’ll post it in the newsnote section of Civitas. Tell us about YOUR achievements, fun facts, new children, grandchildren, new job, promotion, retirement, anniversary or a reunion with Central friends! Sharing news with us is just a click away at or online on Civitas.

CAREER CENTER ON TWITTER Follow the Career Center on Twitter! We’re sending out quick announcements about jobs and internships as soon as we receive them. Go to and choose to follow this username: @CentralCareers.

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY — We continue to look for names, years and pertinent details about these photos in order to better archive events.  If you know ANY details about the photograph, please email

Archived Photo

Archived Photo

Thanks to your help, we have identified many pictures that were previously hidden away in archives. The Dutch Letter has provided us the opportunity to share them with you. In some cases, it’s no longer possible to identify past students, but that will not stop us from giving you a look into the history of Central College. Check out the previously archived photos to see who has been identified.

TELL YOUR CENTRAL STORY - We want your help telling the Central College story. Do you have a great story about Central? Tell us about it!

Central Blend

CENTRAL BLEND — With every purchase of this delicious blend from Smokey Row in Pella and Des Moines, Smokey Row will donate $1 to our Journey Scholarship Fund. What a delicious way for you to support Central College!


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What's Happened

Central College in DC Central Connections Lunch with Tyler Wentworth '12
Heritage Lace Tour A Capella Des Moines Reception
Jason Vines Book Signing Senior Winter Celebration

EVENT PHOTOS — See pictures from all our alumni events.

Art Bosch

CHALLENGE MET! — We are pleased to share with you that the challenge issued in November to receive an additional $75,000 in new gifts and pledges for the Arthur J. Bosch Endowment for Student Research by December 31, 2014, was met and, in fact, surpassed! A special “thank you” goes to the following who served as the Bosch Endowment steering committee: Tom Boat ’61, Eric Glendening ’85, Nyla Heerema ’63 and Jeff Oliver ’79. Their strong leadership and support made it possible to reach the original $500,000 goal and ensure that our first Bosch Scholars could already experience meaningful research projects in the summer of 2014.

MLK DAY AT CENTRAL — Central College celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a panel discussion, “Social Change: A Bias Toward Peaceful Action,” in Douwstra Auditorium. In remembrance of Dr. King, students participated in service projects throughout the week, which included making fleece tie blankets for the Care Bags Foundation, founded by Annie Wignall Foskett ’10, turning old T-shirts into diapers for children in Haiti and turning old blue jeans into blankets for homeless people.

Jeff McMartin ’90, head football coach for the Central Dutch

TOOTING OUR HORN Mike Young ’14, an assistant football coach for the Central Dutch, was recently selected to be among 30 coaches attending the prestigious NCAA sponsored Future Coaches of America Conference. Jeff McMartin ’90, head football coach for the Central Dutch, became the 11th Division III coach in AFCA history to serve on the board of trustees of the American Football Coaches Association. Read all about it at

RECRUITING MENTORS —Big Brothers Big Sisters of Newton was on campus January 23 to recruit mentors for its electronic pen pal program.


ON THE ROAD AGAIN — In January the Central College Wind Ensemble and The Jazz Band traveled to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where they gave a free concert open to the public as a part of cultural promotion efforts undertaken by the Municipal Government of Solidarity through the Culture of the Municipality.

Campus Events

FINE ARTS EVENTS — View a complete list of fine arts events at Central College throughout the year.

ATHLETICS EVENTS Follow the Dutch online.


Presidential Updates

Mark Putnam

PRESIDENT’S WEBSITE — Check out the website for President Mark Putnam! It’s the go-to place for media, Central family members and visitors to learn more about President Putnam, Central College and topics important to the landscape of higher education.

SOCIAL MEDIA — President Mark Putnam is on Facebook and Twitter. Connect with him now to see what’s happening with Central’s president.

Alumni Trivia

WIN A T-SHIRT — Answer online for the chance to win a T-shirt. The winner’s name is drawn from all correct entries received on the date the newsletter was released. Congratulations to last month’s winner, Alan Neve ’80, who responded to the challenge: “Who will be leading the sixteen-day educational trip to Turkey?” The answer was: “Dr. Terence Kleven”

“What did Central College students use to make diapers for the children of Haiti?” 

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Upcoming Alumni Events

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March 5, from 11 a.m. - noon

Central RED Society: Ornithology 101
March 5 from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Alumni Profile

Katherine Mills Kent ’10

Name: Katherine Mills Kent ’10

Current town: London, England

Education: BA from Central College in international political science and Master’s of Law in international human rights law from Brunel Law School in London

About me: I grew up on a farm in central Iowa and now live in London, England. I’m newly married. I have a passion for advocating for women’s and children’s human rights. Although I love living in a big, exciting city, I miss my pets and family!

Hobbies/Activities: Watching sports live, reading and learning about history, politics, culture and traveling

Fun facts: During my junior year at Central, I studied abroad in London and met my husband the very first week. We were married in July 2014, and his family and friends came to my little town of Redfield, Iowa, for the wedding. They are still gushing about how much they loved Iowa and the people they met.

Employment: I haven’t exactly secured a role in my desired field of human rights, but I still have the vision in mind. I’m currently working for a very large recruitment agency as a consultant, placing highly skilled people in local authorities. I have been working with human rights lawyers on research projects regarding the Taliban’s code of conduct vs. Islamic law’s rules of war vs. international law’s rules of war. I will also be doing volunteer work with survivors of female genital mutilation.

Memorable Central College moments: The memorable moments I have are the amazing friends who are still a part of my life, the passionate teachers and the study abroad experience that opened up many doors for me.

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Student Spotlight

Elyse Lubbers ’18

Journey Scholarship student: Elyse Lubbers ’18

High school: Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial

Hometown: Lake Crystal, Minnesota

Where do you live: Scholte

Why I chose Central: Central has an amazing education program, and it has been a family tradition for many years.

Abroad plans or experience:  I’m undecided.

What are your future goals? I plan to major in education and hope to be accepted into the CTA program.  I plan to graduate with a degree in elementary education.

Favorite class:  So far my favorite class has been Children with Exceptionalities with Jen Diers. She teaches with enthusiasm, and I have enjoyed this class so much!

Favorite professor: Dr. Diers has been my favorite professor because she teaches lessons in exciting and creative ways, and I learn a lot from being in her class.

Hobbies/interests: Being a nanny, hanging out with friends, singing, playing volleyball and softball

What activities do you participate in at Central?: I am a member of the community choir and plan to get involved in many more activities over the next three years.

Favorite food in Central Market: Pasta bar!

Best Central memory: Hanging out with the fourth floor gang and becoming so close to all of them.

Why I love my major: I love working with kids.

Why I love Central: The friendly atmosphere, the caring staff, the beautiful campus and the amazing education I am getting here.

Message to donors: I would like to thank all Journey Scholarship donors for their gracious donations to this fund. You really help students succeed in getting a great education.

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Kathy Cashen Thompson

Kathy Cashen Thompson
Director of Alumni Relations

Mary Benedict

Mary Benedict
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

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Lynne Petty
Administrative Assistant to the Director of Alumni Relations

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