Friday, November 1, 2013
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.
Link to The Dutch Letter at http://www.central.edu/alumni/newsletter/index.html.
LET US ENTERTAIN YOU — Catch them if you can.
CENTRAL CUISINE! — Do your taste buds still perk up when you think about CUIF’s? Then we’re sure you’ll be tempted to return to campus this fall for one or more of the specialty meals prepared by three of our talented chefs in the Central Market… Enjoy!
OUR TREASURED PAST — Are you tired of storing old ticket stubs, play bills, photographs, lapel pins, beanies and scrapbooks you’ve held on to 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 welcomes donations from all eras but has 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 be archived – please identify the people in the pictures you want to share and email them to email@example.com.
NAC IS BACK — On Nov. 15 and 16 the National Advisory Council will meet. This group of alumni and friends will have the opportunity to offer input and advice to Central administration on a variety of topics. We welcome them back to campus!
CHANCE OF A LIFETIME! — Elizabeth “Betty” Huibregtse Davis ’43 met her future husband Donald Frederick Davis ’42 at Central College; she was the cheerleader and he played football. Don supported his new wife after graduation coaching football while Betty and their children became avid fans of the teams he coached and the teams of their children and grandchildren. Betty’s life has been centered around the sport since she was a young girl. Now with our help, Betty has a chance of a life time – to be in the stands once again at this year’s Super bowl! Read her story and cast your vote for Betty! Go Dutch!
BEHIND THE SCENES — Alissa Olson ’10 oversees 200 employees at the new state-of-the-art Pinnacle Bank Arena. She was gearing up for a large Saturday evening banquet and a Bon Jovi concert the following night when she took time to give members of Central College directing class a behind the scenes tour . Alissa, who has worked steadily in various positions in the entertainment field, puts her Central College theatre training to use every moment of the workday.
SEND US A PICTURE — 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 freshman move-in-day. If you have a picture of your legacy student(s) wearing central gear or showing off their Legacy gift from the college, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CENTRAL COLLEGE NEWS — Keep checking the revitalized homepage of our website at www.central.edu for updated news about Central students, alumni, faculty and staff. Recent stories include: Wendy Weber, professor of mathematics at Central College, led a program in conjunction with Mary Ann Huey, assistant professor of mathematics at Drake University, during the summer to help teachers incorporate statistics and probability material into their classes. Blaze Smith ’15 discovered his future career while watching a football game—and it wasn’t the football players who Smith was idealizing, but the athletic trainers treating the team.
SHOW YOUR CENTRAL SPIRIT, ONE BRICK AT A TIME — The Central College Dance Team is selling Central “C” Bricks to off- set costs for their trip to the National Dance Competition in Daytona Beach, Fla., April 2014. For your contribution of $10, you can display your Central spirit on your front porch, flower bed and office. To make arrangements for pickup and payment of your brick, please contact the Central College Dance Coach, Lexi Hanna at email@example.com or call 641-628-5661. Bricks will be available for purchase during Central’s home football games. These hefty bricks cannot be mailed.
CENTRAL IN THE CITY — We encourage you to invite a handful of your Central College neighbors over for drinks and simple snacks, then sit back and let the fun begin! You’ll be amazed when you discover those who shared your Central experience living nearby. The alumni office will send invitations, track your RSVP’s and provide Central College giveaways to share with your guests. Interested? Email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
NEWSNOTES — We want to know what’s going on in your life! Share your best news in the Newsnotes section 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 www.twitter.com and choose to follow this username: @CentralCareers.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! —If you know a student who would be a perfect fit for Central, be sure to complete this online form. Tell us about it. Are you willing to recruit? Please contact Mary Benedict at email@example.com or call 800-447-0287 to recruit prospective students in the spring of 2014.DO YOU KNOW WHO THIS IS? — 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 photographs below, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to our helpful readers, we have been able to fill in many blanks. Check out the previously archived photos to see who has been identified. Unfortunately, we are still trying to fill in some missing names. Please contact the alumni office with any information you might have.
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!
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UPDATE YOUR INFO — Help keep our information current. Update your phone number, email, address, employment, family information and more at email@example.com or online at https://www.central.edu/alumni/community/.
COVER TO COVER — The Cover to Cover Book Club met at Central College and at the Fletcher home in Norwalk, Iowa, via Facetime. Robin Martin Librarian Emerita of Geisler Library led a great discussion on the book The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. Stay tuned, Cover to Cover will meet again in 2014.
VISIT DAY — Central College hosted 42 prospective students along with their parents for an Exercise Science Visit Day. Activities included an introduction to Exercise Science, a campus tour, two hands-on activity sessions, parent and student panel discussion along with a welcome from Admission, lunch and the Central soccer game.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES — Central hosted the Board of Trustees on campus Oct. 25 and 26 for their fall meetings. Many faculty, staff and students enjoyed the opportunity to interact with board members over the course of those two days. Thanks to our board members for all they do!
PRAIRIE TOUR — On Sunday, Oct. 20 an open house was held at the Prairies for Agriculture research site for employees of Central College. Dr. Russ Benedict, Professor of Biology and the director of the PFA project, led tours for 14 people, consisting of faculty members and their families. The mission of the Prairies for Agriculture Project is to benefit nature and people by incorporating diverse prairies into the agricultural landscape. Tallgrass prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems on earth, but recent research has hinted that it might provide a variety of benefits if planted on un-farmable sites in the agricultural landscape. This long-term research project, involving many Central College students, will examine these benefits and act as a demonstration site for farmers, government leaders, and members of the public.
WELCOME STRANGER — Central College hosted Intersections International Oct. 28-31. “Welcome Stranger” was the theme for the week’s activities which included dialogue between central Iowa military veterans and civilians. Kyle Dykstra ’06, Congressman Bruce Braley’s veterans outreach representative and Afghanistan veteran, was on campus Wednesday, Oct. 30 for the veteran-civilian dialogue.
LIBERAL ARTS MIND — Two members of the class of 1992, Curtis Bauer and Brad Dunlap returned to campus Oct. 24 where they presented their talk, “What to do with a Liberal Arts Mind,” about their conventionally unconventional careers since leaving Central. Curtis, a Political Science major who interned in the British Parliament, is now a poet, translator, editor and teacher of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Texas Tech. Brad, an English major and Philosophy minor who played baseball and also studied in London, has spent 13 years directing global marketing and international development projects, including seven years in Europe. He has just rejoined the company in Iowa City where he started his career 20 years ago.
TOURING NE IOWA — John Roslien and Hilary Beaird ’14 led a group made up of 13 language assistants and students from Wales on a three day adventure to Northeast Iowa. The group toured the lock and dam and aquarium in Guttenberg, paid a visit to Pikes Peak State Park and rode the Cassville Ferry across the Mississippi. For entertainment, they shopped at the Cabella’s store in Prairie du Chien, Wis., attended the Central football game in Dubuque and later conversed with owls in front of a large bon fire.
WORLD FOOD PRIZE LAUREATE ON CAMPUS — On Oct. 16 Central College hosted renowned geneticist and World Food Prize Laureate, Dr. Gurdev Khush, for a lecture entitled “World Food Security: Challenges and Opportunities.”
HEALTHIEST STATE WALK — Exercise Science students helped to facilitate the Iowa Healthiest State Walk on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Schipper Field. It was a beautiful autumn day for a brisk walk with the accompaniment of music from Central’s new scoreboard to entertain the 299 participants from the Pella community.
EVENT PHOTOS — See pictures from all our alumni events at https://www.central.edu/alumni/photos/.
FINE ARTS EVENTS — View a complete list of fine arts events at Central College throughout the year.
ATHLETICS EVENTS — Follow the Dutch online.
MARK: MY WORDS — A MEETING OF CITIZENS
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.
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, Mary Campero Berkley ’85, who responded to the challenge: “Which Central College professor was a guest on the Bob Leonard Radio Show?”The answer was: Paul Weihe. Try this month’s challenge:
"What can you do to help Betty Davis get to the Super bowl?"
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Eriko Sasaki Ishii ’06
Current town: Tokyo, Japan
Education: Seiai High School (Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan), Central College (BA)
About Me: I grew up in a small town called Owani, Aomori, Japan. It is located in the northern part of Japan and it is known for apple orchards. I attended Seiai high school, which was a Christian High School near my hometown. We had an English teacher who was a native English speaker who came to us through the RCA. His name was Brian Zylstra ’92, who is now working at Central. He organized a home-stay program in Pella when I was a sophomore in 1998. I came to Pella with about 10 students and stayed for a week. While I was in Pella, I really liked the atmosphere and people in town and it made me think to about studying at Central. Also, I learned that there were no Japanese students at Central, which was another reason that I chose Central. I wanted to be put in a place where I would be forced to speak English so that I could become fluent. It was not easy for me to study in an American college, but I wanted to challenge myself to accomplish my goal.
Today, I work for a Japanese automotive parts manufacturer, which produces mainly springs for automotive parts, for instance, springs for engines and transmissions. I have been a sales representative since 2007 for overseas customers, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, China and Korea. I get to go to the aforementioned countries to have meetings and negotiations. I got married in Sept. 2011. Being a wife and working as a sales person is not easy. Sometimes I feel I have taken on too much, but I also enjoy my busy life, which I can experience before I start to have a family.
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Journey Scholarship Student: Trevor Rau ’17
High School: Oelwein High School
Home town: Oelwein
Residence hall: Scholte Hall
Abroad plans or experience: I traveled to Europe in the summer of 2011 with my roommate Nelson Wiese for the Iowa Ambassadors of Music tour. That is how I met Nelson and one of the reasons I came to Central College.
Favorite Professor/Class: Drawing 1 has been my favorite class so far and Dr. Lutch is my favorite professor. He really lets me express myself creatively in my intersection class. It makes doing the assignments fun.
Message to Donors: I am so grateful for the scholarship I am receiving. Central College is very expensive and I’m very thankful that the Journey Fund Scholarship is helping me out.
Interesting Facts: I love drawing, playing guitar, drums, piano and singing.
Off-campus activities: I love hanging out with my girlfriend. I visit her when I get the chance. I also love spending time with my grandpa, grandma, aunt, uncle and cousins who only live 15 minutes away in Oskaloosa.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I can shake my eyes.
Why I Chose Central: It feels so right! Everyone here is so nice. It’s almost unbelievable how nice everyone is to each other. Central is a family and everyone looks after one another.
Favorite Food in Central Market: I love the sandwich bar.
Best Central Memory: Getting thrown in the pond on my birthday.
Why I Love My Major: I have not declared a major yet, but I have always loved drawing ever since I was little. I remember I used to draw sharks all the time. It’s just something that has made me who I am today and I couldn’t imagine anything better than being able to do what I love for the rest of my life.
Why I Love Central: I love Central because everyone here is a family. I never feel left out or alone.Career Plans: I am thinking about moving to California and looking for an animation job out there.
Kathy Cashen Thompson
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