The Dutch Letter, a Central College alumni newsletter

Friday, October 3, 2014

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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HOMECOMING 2014 —  This weekend we welcome back a great group of alumni, some who have not been back to campus since graduation. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of our study abroad program, the food will have an international theme.  Be sure to stop by registration for a free gift and refreshments.

WHODUNIT? — “The Game’s Afoot,” a new comedy and mystery from playwright Ken Ludwig will run Oct. 1-4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pella Opera House, presented by Central College’s department of theatre. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and students.  Guests may purchase tickets at the information booth in Central’s Maytag Student Center or by calling 641-628-9000. They will also be available at the door on the evenings of the performance.


RECITAL — You are invited to the recital series by Davis Folkerts ’60, Second Fridays at Second Reformed Church in Pella on Oct. 10 at 12:05 p.m. The recital is free and open to the public and includes music by J. S. Bach and by three living composers: Joe Utterback, Charles Callahan and Craig Phillips.

LET’S CELEBRATE — Mark Babcock ’91, the M. Joan Kuyper Farver Endowed Chair in Music and associate professor of music and director of choirs, was selected to direct an honor choir in Oberwesel and Wiesbaden, Germany, in March 2015. The honors music festival is hosted by the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) in Europe – a unique school district that serves students of our military members from all over Europe.
                Mark Johnson, the Ruth & Marvin Denekas Endowed Chair in Science and Humanities and professor of mathematics, and Linda Laine, associate professor of communication studies, are spearheading Central College’s efforts in the reaccreditation process by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Central’s full report is due next fall with a site visit to follow.
                Katelin Gannon, lecturer of exercise science, participated in the Iowa Campus Compact Engaged Scholar Faculty Fellows Program. She also will present at the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Conference at the end of the month.
                The State Board of Education granted the approval of the teacher preparation program offered by Central College. This action followed a three-day on-site review and evaluation of how the program meets Iowa’s Standards for Practitioner Preparation. The approval continues until the next full accreditation visit during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Central Plates

GET YOURS TODAY! — The State of Iowa recently announced the creation of an online site for personalized license plates. Order your Central Dutch license plate today at

Did you study abroad? Or were you an international student at Central? Are you currently working in some capacity with an international focus?  We would love to have you return to campus in April 2015 during our 50th year celebration of study abroad to be part of a panel of alumni with global expertise!  If you want to participate, please email Pat Joachim Kitzman at for additional information.

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

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.)


PARIS IN JUNE — Help us celebrate 50 years of study abroad with a trip to Paris! Everyone is welcome to experience nine wonderful days in France. We’ll visit Normandy, sample local cuisine and wander through Monet’s garden. In Paris, we’ll visit familiar and new places and meet with our first director, Madame Drappier. Don’t let this trip of a lifetime pass you by — only 20 spaces available! Get all the details at, or contact Kathy Cashen Thompson with any questions at 1-800-447-0287.

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 on Tidbit Tuesday, Trivia Wednesday, Throw Back Thursday or Fun Foto Friday. Like our page at You can also follow us on Twitter @Central_Alums. We’ll see you online!

Legacy Baby

Hadley Grace, daughter of Wes and Laura Petty Wickham ’04, enrolled in our Legacy Program in April; two months later, she made her first visit to campus and posed for this picture.

SEND US A PICTURE — 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 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.


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 the Central network helps students get to the right place at the right time with the right assets to build their careers, here and abroad. Or, read about Brett Rozeboom ’16 and his medical internship in Cameroon, where he participated in many different types of medical service. “Before I came to Central, I had a fairly close-minded, ethnocentric attitude about other cultures,” Rozeboom said. “But Central has prepared me well by providing me with opportunities to engage in an environment of diverse interest, people and curriculum.”

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.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! — Are you willing to share your Central story with a prospective student or two? Please contact Mary Benedict at or call 800-447-0287. Your story could be the reason a student says ‘yes’ to Central.

Archived Photo — 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

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.

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What's Happened

Cafe Baratta's Monarch's
Maytag Cedar Falls
Oktoberfest Book Club

EVENT PHOTOS — See pictures from all our alumni events.


La Virgen de las Angustias  — Thanks to an event hosted by our Central College Abroad office, we helped celebrate La Virgen de las Angustias and the arrival of autumn, recreating the custom witnessed by our study abroad students and alumni  in Granada, Spain.  On Sept. 15, students, faculty and staff brought flowers and were treated to samplings of food from Granada. 

TAKE A SEAT — Naming opportunities are still available on seats at the baseball field and soccer complex. Please contact Dave Sutphen at for information or get the rest of the scoop at Soccer Seating Project and Baseball Seating Project. Thank you for your continued support!


Dedicated — The massive renovation of the Maytag Student Center is complete and the dedication was held Thurs., Sept. 18.  After opening remarks, all in attendance enjoyed sliders topped with Maytag Blue Cheese and celebratory cake.


CENTRAL RED —Mary Kramer knows all about what it is like to receive a phone call from President George W. Bush inviting her to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean…as well as the lengthy, and sometimes frustrating, road to ambassadorship. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, she shared with our Central Red members several noteworthy moments from her ambassadorship and how she put together her book “More Than a Walk on the Beach”.

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,Kendra Karsten Buenger ’85, who responded to the challenge:How many legacy families did we honor at our annual Legacy Luncheon?” The answer was: “24” Try this month’s challenge:

“Name the play our students will perform at the Pella Opera House.” 

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1974 National Championship Reunion
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Alumni Profile

Abby Lukensmeyer ’12

Name: Abby Lukensmeyer ’12

Current town: Hampton, Iowa

Education: Majors in psychology and Spanish

About me: I grew up in Hampton, Iowa, and graduated from Hampton-Dumont High School before attending Central. I chose Central, not only to play on the women’s golf team, but also because of the unique personal relationships I knew I would be able to form with my professors during my college career. From the first moment I stepped on campus, I was amazed by how welcoming everyone was and the beauty of the campus. I knew it would be the right fit for me!

Hobbies/Activities: I love being in the outdoors, canoeing, camping, hiking and biking, especially in mountainous areas! I also love photography, writing and playing music on the guitar, piano and drums.

Fun facts: I recently got into triathlon training and love the challenge of it! I also hope to move out west and live in the mountains someday soon. And I love chopping wood and building fires, especially without matches or a lighter!

Employment: After working for almost two years as a wilderness trip leader and outdoor educator in Maine, I recently accepted a job with the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa as a Girl Services Manager. In this position, I essentially manage troop leaders and recruit new adults and girls to our organization.

Memorable Central College moments: Spending time at Lake Red Rock with friends, watching the bald eagles every spring by the river and biking on the Volksweg Trail; hanging out at Smokey Row; being a part of the women’s golf team family and competing in collegiate athletics.

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Student Spotlight


Journey Scholarship student: Ashton Mayer '15

High school:
Shenandoah High School

Hometown: Shenandoah, Iowa

Major: Art      Minor: Theatre

Where do you live: McKee Hall

Abroad plans or experience:  During the spring of 2014, I studied abroad in London, England, where I completed both classes and internships, while also traveling as much as possible.

What are your future goals? I would like to work in any hands-on, creative atmosphere. I am hoping to find employment in a children’s theatre to build and paint sets. I’m also interested in event management.

Favorite professor/class: The art class I took in London was my favorite so far. Professor Mat Kelly puts up with all of my frantic and crazy questions with ease and good humor. Also, he makes me believe I can do more than I ever imagined in a discipline I am so passionate about.

Interesting facts: I loved studying abroad in London—and now love sharing all of my stories with those who will listen.

Off-campus activities: Spending time with my family and friends, attending Iowa football games and interning at the Pella Opera House.

Hobbies/interests: Movies, quality time with friends and family, photography, crafting and shopping.

Fun fact: Making people laugh and smile is one of my all-time favorite things.

What activities do you participate in at Central: I participate in Theatre Central. I was in Student Orientation Services (SOS) and a member of the Art Club.  I work in the Admissions and Communications offices.

Favorite food in Central Market: Spinach and artichoke dip with pitas

Best Central memory: Being a part of the orientation staff this summer and passing along my passion for Central College with so many wonderful people who I will never forget.

Why I love my major: I love talking with my peers and professors on a regular basis about both work and life in general. We learn from each other, and we grow as artists and individuals. I also love getting feedback from my classmates; they make my work better and inspire me to push myself just a little further.

Why I love Central:  From the moment I stepped foot on campus, I knew Central was where I was supposed to be. I could tell people cared about me here, and there were too many wonderful opportunities to even begin to think about just one. I left my visit knowing I wouldn’t just be a face in the crowd or in the back of an auditorium. Even more importantly, I left feeling like a million bucks, and my feelings haven’t changed a bit.

Internships: Little Angel Theatre (London, UK) and Pella Opera House

Career plans: After graduation I look forward to working in some sort of creative space where my skills can be put to good use. I would like to work at a children’s theatre or design and decorate event spaces.

Message to donors: Thank you so much for believing in me, my schoolwork and the education I am receiving. When I think of all the people who have helped me get to where I am today, you are most definitely one of those people. Your support is a driving force that pushes me each and every day to achieve more, learn more and enjoy every moment of my Central College experience. Thank you again, and GO DUTCH!

Staff Spotlight

Study Abroad

Staff Spotlight

Career Center
Central College Abroad
Conference Services
Fine arts
Online giving

Staff Spotlight

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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