Friday, August 1, 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.
Link to The Dutch Letter at http://www.central.edu/alumni/newsletter/index.html.
HOMECOMING 2014 — Have you registered for Homecoming? The McLeland brothers have! You can register NOW at Homecoming or patiently wait for the Homecoming brochure to arrive in August. Come HOME the weekend of Oct. 3 – 5 ... because, Home is Where the C is! While we are celebrating the class years ending in a 4 and a 9, we invite all alumni to gather with the reunion classes at the Pella Country Club. What a great opportunity for you to reconnect with several classmates from your years at Central College!
HAVE YOU SEEN US LATELY? — The massive renovation of the Maytag Student Center is almost complete—check it out along with us at http://blogs.central.edu/maytag/
CHECK US OUT — Once again, Central College will host a booth in the Varied Industries building at the Iowa State Fair August 7 – 17. Stop by our booth for your official Central College tattoo and one of our giveaways while supplies last. Prospective students who complete an inquiry card will receive a bonus gift from us.
PARIS IN JUNE — Help us celebrate 50 years of study abroad with a trip to Paris, France! 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 http://gtd.org/post/pdfbrochure/150603.pdf or contact Kathy Cashen Thompson with any questions: 1-800-447-0287
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: www.linkedin.com/edu. 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: www.linkedin.com. (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, career services: email@example.com
SOCIAL MEDIA — Don’t miss out on Tidbit Tuesday, Trivia Wednesday, Throw Back Thursday or Fun Foto Friday. Like our page at https://www.facebook.com/CentralCollegeAlums and you can also follow us on Twitter @Central_Alums. We’ll see you online!
Thanks to David ’14 and Joy Poot Ayala ’10 of Ontario, Canada, for sharing this picture of Samuel sporting his Central College onesie.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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CENTRAL COLLEGE NEWS — Keep checking the homepage of our website at www.central.edu for updated news about Central students, alumni, faculty and staff. This month read about how life has been one big adventure for Don Koolmees ’78 since he first arrived in Pella from the suburbs of Los Angeles. As the owner of Whitewater Connection, a rafting company based in Coloma, Calif., the adventures and connections with Central College continue. Also learn about saxophonist James Skretta ’09 who won the national Young Artist Performance Competition in the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) woodwind division for 2013-2014 and what that will mean to him as his career in music progresses.
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 email@example.com 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 www.twitter.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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!
NETWORK WITH CENTRAL COLLEGE —
UPDATE YOUR INFO — Help keep our information current. Update your phone number, email, address, employment, family information and more at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at https://www.central.edu/alumni/community/.
EVENT PHOTOS — See pictures from all our alumni events.
CLASS GIFT —Thanks to the classes of 2014 and 1974 the pond will look beautiful and smell fresh because of the newly installed eco-friendly filtration system that works to filter and circulate the water. Along with the filtration system, plants are being introduced into the eco-system to help filter the water. During the month-long process, no stone or brick was left unturned as muck was cleared from the pond. The pond is now the jewel of the campus—check it out at Homecoming!
BUSINESS HORIZONS — High school students from across Iowa once again made Central College their home in July as participants in Business Horizons, where they actively engaged in five components of business including finance, product development and marketing. Did you know students who apply to Central College after participating in Business Horizons and are subsequently admitted are guaranteed scholarship assistance, renewable for all four years?
THE WELSH CREW REUNION — Greg '86 and wife Carla Callaghan Vines '87 hosted a reunion in July of those who attended the Wales program during the Fall semester of 1983. They are pictured first row (left to right): Meg Debner Street ’85, Shellie Page Kemna ’85, Carolyn Shover Benda ’86, Lori Brand Olson ’85, Nancy Cisar Wright ’84 and Stacie Runyan Gibler ’85. Second row: Marti Haan Hearn ’86, Kelly Crone Hearn '85 and Sue Bjork Rush ’83. Back row: Greg Vines ’86, Brad Schulze ’84, and Tim Lazenby ’86.
FINE ARTS EVENTS —View a complete list of fine arts events at Central College throughout the year.
ATHLETICS EVENTS — Follow the Dutch online.
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, Amy Woods '05, who responded to the challenge:“What does HOBY stand for?” The answer was: “Hugh O’Brian Youth” Try this month’s challenge:
“What are the two big improvements we’ve made to our campus this summer?”
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Sarah Vander Linden Zagami ’04
Current town: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Education: English and religion with a Christian ministries emphasis. Received an M.A. in educational ministries from Wheaton College Graduate School.
About me: I grew up in Lynnville, Iowa, and graduated from Lynnville-Sully High School. I chose Central because it gave me the opportunity to stay close to home while also expanding my horizons. I wanted to study theology while engaging with people of different backgrounds and beliefs. Central is a community where that is possible.
Hobbies: Traveling, reading, baking, language learning, trying new foods and spending time with my family.
Fun facts: I have three kids (a three year old boy, Orion, and almost six-month old twin girls, Evangelina and Emmanuella). I’ve spent most of my married life living overseas. I hated rice growing up but now I eat it at least once a day. I live on a tropical island but am an 8-hour drive from the ocean and still have winter nights where it drops to 40 degrees (no heating!).
Employment: My husband and I have served with Africa Inland Mission International in Madagascar since 2008, living in the capital city of Antananarivo. We enjoy surveying new areas for outreach, caring for and visiting the 40 members of our organization working throughout the country and training national leaders.
Memorable Central College moments: Being one of the first to live in the “Pods” senior year, studying abroad in Leiden, the Netherlands, working in the Admission Office, various short-term mission trips and starting The Calm with Campus Ministries on Sunday nights, Dutch dancing during Tulip Time, Lemming Races and dressing as the Big Red mascot for football games.
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