The Dutch Letter, a Central College alumni newsletter

Friday, April 3, 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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Engineering at Central

ENGINEERING AT CENTRAL — We are delighted to share with you the news of Central College’s new Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. This program is designed to provide students with a first-rate engineering degree, embedded in a highly regarded physics program that enables students to explore other areas of the curriculum, participate in Division III athletics, music ensembles, study abroad — plus engage in internships and co-ops and complete a degree in eight semesters. We are grateful to our corporate partners in Pella — Vermeer Corporation, Pella Corporation and PPI — for their interest, support and enthusiasm. Associate professors Viktor Martisovits and Alexey Pronin, working with our consultant and associate dean James Shriver, were instrumental in the development and realization of this new program. The faculty across the curriculum at Central College are eager to welcome new students as engineering majors in all of their classes this fall. For additional information, go to

Representatives from MidWestOne Bank present the check to Central College (left to right): Paul Jones ’79, Kathy Cashen Thompson ’87, Director of Alumni Relations,
Representatives from MidWestOne Bank present the check to Central College (left to right): Paul Jones ’79, Kathy Cashen Thompson ’87, Director of Alumni Relations,
Val Van Kooten, grant writer, and Deb Dizenberger.

LETS GET DIGITIZED — Within the year, look for your memories to go online! The Alumni and Development Office has received two grants to digitize The Ray from 1876 to 2010 and The Pelican from 1907 to 2010. As you can imagine, the original publications are brittle, yellowed and in poor condition.

We thank MidWestOne Bank Foundation and the State Historical Society of Iowa for the grant support making this project possible. We’re still about $3000 short of our goal. It’s an exciting way to protect and share our history at Central College! If you have interest in supporting this project, please contact Kathy Thompson at

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

LET US ENTERTAIN YOU — The 10th Annual Rock-a-Pella will take place in Douwstra Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. April 10. The hour-long performance includes the A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers and a variety of short, entertaining acts. Audience members vote for their favorite act by placing money in boxes in the Douwstra Lobby on their way out. No admission charge, but tour donations are welcome!

NEW MASCOT FOR CENTRAL COLLEGE — The old Big Red Dragon mascot has been stored away in mothballs for years with no replacement in sight — until this year, when students took it upon themselves to come up with a design and money to bring a mascot back to Central. Their efforts have paid off and April 23 will mark the big unveiling. The new mascot is so deep under wraps that we can’t offer a sneak peek, but we advise you to stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages and the May issue of The Dutch Letter.

ORGANIC GARDEN – Thank you to the Ames Construction Company for donating their time and equipment to clear the land and expand our organic garden. Future plans involve building a small structure for storage of gardening equipment with space for a “salsa kitchen.”

CHEER ON THE DUTCH — Spring is in the air, and that means the season of Track and Field, Baseball, Softball and Tennis has begun! Check the schedule at to see if our talented athletes will be competing in an area near you. Go Dutch!

FUN IN THE SUN —  The students will be gone for summer break before we know it, but the campus won’t be empty for long with Business Horizons, Bible Conference, HOBY, Robotics camp, music camps, sports camps and leadership camp taking advantage of our beautiful campus.

50 YEARS AND COUNTING — On  April 17 we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Study Abroad with an international gathering at Maytag Atrium, starting at 5:30 p.m. with remarks at 5:45. Current program directors and some past directors will be joining us to celebrate the past and future of Central Study Abroad. At 7 p.m., we will continue the celebration with program reunion gatherings in the Dave and Artie Sutphen room in the Graham Annex.  See the full schedule and register for sessions here.

ALUMNI/PROFESSORS MAKING NEWS — Assistant professor of psychology Ashley Scolaro is featured among NerdWallet’s 40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire for sharing her passion for the brain and cutting-edge research with students. Michael Uthe ’11 bought Spirits liquor store in Grimes right after graduating from Central with a business management degree. Read more about this young entrepreneur in the Des Moines Register.

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.

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

Spring Time

AROUND CAMPUS — The arrival of the geese on the pond is a sure sign that spring has arrived at Central College. 

MEET THE COACHES – Central Club will be hosting a gathering at Monarch’s 7 p.m. April 9. ​Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, coffee and lemonade as well as a cash bar. ​A great opportunity to meet and chat with the coaches of Central College. Bring your friends. Hope to see you there​!​

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 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 be archived — please identify the people in the pictures you want to share and email them to

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/experiences 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!

SEND US A PICTURE — Take a picture of your future legacy students 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 freshman move-in day.

Central College News

CENTRAL COLLEGE NEWS — Keep checking the home page at for updated news about Central students, alumni, faculty and staff.  This month, read about Shannon Coulson ’15 who has taken advantage of all Central College has to offer. A biology and mathematics double major, Coulson studied abroad in Wales, traveled to Belize and Costa Rica and has been an SOS leader, softball player, sports information assistant and dance team member.

WHAT ARE YOU READING?  Consider joining us in reading “Where Am I Eating: An Adventure through the Global Food Economy” by Kelsey Timmerman — the 2015 common reading for Central College.

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 photographs, 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

Jann Freed Wade Steenhoek
Central RED Danny Beyer
Pippin Central Connections - East Villiage

EVENT PHOTOS — See pictures from all our alumni events.

Athletic Trainers

IT’S A SMALL WORLD — Two former classmates met again — this time as competitors at the Class 4A Boys’ State Championship game in Des Moines March 14. Pictured (left to right) Jason Viel '01, athletic trainer for Pleasant Valley High School, and Tim Block '01, athletic trainer for North Scott High School.

PIPPIN! — Over 70 alumni and friends of Central College joined us for the Broadway production of Pippin at the Civic Center in Des Moines.

Mission Trip

MISSION TRIP — Twenty students traveled to Texas during spring break to participate in a variety of projects ranging from new home construction to finishing projects begun during winter break. There was time for students to interact with families and their children, which was a huge hit. Central College built five homes for the needy between January and March.

HISTORY DAY — Over 400 sixth- through twelfth-grade students descended on campus May 27 to present their “Leadership & Legacy” history projects. This marked the 10th anniversary of History Days at Central College. Thanks to the many alumni and friends who volunteered to judge.

Mark Babcock

HONOR CHOIR — Associate professor of music and director of choir Mark Babcock ’91 was invited to conduct the Dodds Europe Honor Choir. The rehearsals were held at a youth hostel overlooking the Rhine River in Austria.

Harry Smith

HALL OF FAME — Congratulations to John Roslien, Central College’s athletic training education director and the architect of Central’s highly regarded athletic training program, who was inducted into the Mid-America Athletic Trainers Association (MAATA) Hall of Fame March 20. Pictured (left to right): Kylie Roslien, Sheri Timmer Roslien ’88, John Roslien and Aanna Roslien.

CENTRAL WEST — In March, we were joined by several snowbirds, Arizona natives and the Central girls’ softball team and their families for events in Phoenix and Tucson. Two great evenings of conversation and great food — thanks to all who attended!

John Roslien Family John Roslien Family

ATHLETIC TRAINING CONFERENCE — The Mid-American Athletic Training Association’s conference was held in Omaha, Neb., March 20-21. Senior Caitlin Stark ’15 (pictured) presented her poster, “The Effectiveness of Dry Needling for Relief of Myofascial Pain and Trigger Points,” at the conference, and clinical instructor of exercise science Dr. Chris Viesselman (pictured) presented “Learning to Lead: Experiences of First Time Program Directors in Undergraduate Athletic Training Programs.” A question and answer session followed. Assistant professor of exercise science Leslie Duinink ’90 was the moderator of “Femoroacetabular Impingement: Mechanism, Diagnosis and Treatment Options Using Postural Restoration” by Jason Masek in a learning lab, and associate professor of exercise science John Roslien was a moderator for “NATA Current Affairs” by Amy Callender.

Douwstra Spring Cleaning

SPRING CLEANING — It was all hands on deck during spring break for the men and women of our physical plant. Perhaps the most noticeable improvement made to our lovely campus while the students were not underfoot was the fresh coat of wax on the entryway and Douwstra and the auditorium floors. The project involved removing all of the chairs in Douwstra Auditorium and then putting the puzzle back together once the wax dried.  

NETWORKING IN STYLE Danny Beyer ’04 returned to Central College to meet with students and members of the Central community to discuss the importance of networking.  Danny is actively involved with networking in the Des Moines area and authored the book “The Ties that Bind: Networking with Style”.

Campus Events


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

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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, Tim Bleadorn ’84, who responded to the challenge: “Who did Michael Kacmarynski ’14 have an internship with?” The answer was: “Senator Charles Grassley”

“What is the new Bachelor of Science degree offered at Central?” 

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Alumni Profile

Carl Vogelaar ’48

Name: Carl Vogelaar ’48

Current town: Santa Rosa, California

About me: I was one of five children and raised in Pella when the population was about 5,000. I met my future wife, Joan Ver Meer, while we were still in high school; she was one year behind me. After high school graduation, she spent one semester at Central College before going into nursing training. In 1948, after I graduated from Central and Joan graduated as a registered nurse, we were married at First Christian Reformed Church in Pella. God has blessed our marriage with three beautiful and talented children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. I turned 90 on March 16, but I’m still around!  In January, I was asked to preach in my former church, the Church of the Chimes in San Jose on Remembrance Sunday.

Military: World War II broke out when I was still in high school. My senior year, I went to Des Moines with a friend to take a series of mental and physical tests to become an Army Air Force Aviation Cadet. After passing all the tests, I did not pass the minimum weight requirement for my height of 6’ 3”. I had a week to gain 11 pounds, which I did with the help of a lot of bananas, malted milks and gulping water before stepping on the scale.  In July 1943, Uncle Sam called me to active duty. I left by train from Des Moines with about 25 others from Iowa. My 27 months training to become a B-17 combat pilot took me to Florida, Arizona, California and Nebraska. The Japanese surrendered just as I completed training. I was luckier than many, suffering only a few close calls during flight training and a badly sprained ankle. I was discharged in 1945 but remained in the Air Force Reserve until 1960.

Central College: Central has always been a large part of my life and thinking. Not many men were back from service in fall 1945, only a couple months after the war ended. With so few men, I was good enough to make the basketball squad that year. The next year, when many more men had returned, I didn’t make the team; however, I continued to play intramural basketball. At that point in my life, college was not a high priority, and I probably wouldn’t have finished without my dad’s encouragement. I did some dating while at Central and remember well waiting for my date in Graham Hall and standing outside together until the strike of 10 p.m. on school nights. I made many good friends there.

Dean Pietenpol was a man I highly respected and liked. I remember wearing those little green caps freshmen hated and still have mine. I always enjoyed the freshmen-sophomore rope pull across my future father-in-law’s pond, which was a big event back then. And I was active in building homecoming floats. I was the manager of the Central Ray, where my main job was getting ads from local merchants, which was a learning experience in itself.

I was able to finish college in three years, graduating in May 1948, only a year later than if I had gone directly to college from high school. Our love of Central College continues and we are proud to be on the Roll of Honor for those who have Central as a recipient in their Trust.

Carl has been a pastor in New York, Ohio, Arizona and California — and chaplain for seven world cruises. Read more of his story — poisonings at home, misadventures in Pella and Central College in the 40s — at ‎

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Student Spotlight

Rachel Cassens ’16

Journey Scholarship student:
Rachel Cassens ’16

High school: Stockton High School

Hometown: Stockton, Ill.

Abroad plans or experience: I have been accepted to the Wales program.

What are your future goals? My ultimate goal is to become a head athletic trainer for a professional sports team.

Favorite class: Lower assessment of the body, taught by Dr. Viesselman, has been my favorite class. The class was very intensive in knowledge of the lower body and challenged me to not just read the book and go through the motions, but to apply what I learned in the training room every day, helping out athletes.

Favorite professor: The professors in the Exercise Science and Athletic Training department. They are all very passionate about their work, the student athletes and the hands-on learning environment that our program supports. They come to work every day wanting us to achieve more and giving us tools we will use when we graduate.

Hobbies/interests: Fishing, golfing, watching the Bears

What activities do you participate in at Central? I am a varsity starter for the Central women’s golf team, a member of SAAC (Student Athlete Activity Council) and CAATS (Clubs Associated with Athletic Training Students).

Off campus activities:  Member at Third Reformed Church

Why I chose Central: The faculty, the athletic training program and the ability to continue to participate in golf were among the reasons I came to Central. The campus is gorgeous and Pella’s small town atmosphere felt like home to me. I love it here!

Why I love my major: I love my major because it is different every day. I enjoy working hands-on with athletes from their injured stage all the way to full function and returning them to play.

Favorite food in Central Market: Friday night chicken wraps

Career plans: I plan to graduate in 2016 with a degree in athletic training, pass my BOC and attend a graduate school to continue in athletic training knowledge. I want to travel across the country, becoming the best and most successful athletic trainer to graduate from Central College.

Message to donors: To the donors who are selflessly supporting my education at Central College, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It means so much knowing that I have that extra support and motivation to do well in my academics. It is a blessing and an honor to be a recipient of the Journey Scholarship, and I continue to be grateful for this opportunity every day. Thank you again!

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Kathy Cashen Thompson

Kathy Cashen Thompson
Director of Alumni Relations

Mary Benedict

Mary Benedict
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

Lynne Petty

Lynne Petty
Administrative Assistant to the Director of Alumni Relations

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