The Dutch Letter, a Central College alumni newsletter

Friday, July 4, 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 — 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!

SUMMER CAMP — We are offering a variety of camps again this summer for high school and middle school students. Check out for more information and updates as additional camps are added.

MAYTAG — Watch the renovations happen along with us at

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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 or contact Kathy Cashen Thompson with any questions: 1-800-447-0287

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE NUMBERS — Central’s Math Club is selling official Central College 2014-2015 academic wall calendars for $10. The calendars, which feature 12 stunning images of Central’s campus, are a great way to display your Central pride while supporting current students. To place your order, please contact Math Club faculty advisor Russ Goodman at

OUR TREASURED PAST — Are you tired of storing old ticket stubs, play bills, 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 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, career services:

DUTCH FATHEAD —You may not be able to order a Central College Dutch Fathead for yourself or a loved one online, but we have a way around that! Contact Megan at or call Megan directly at 313-373-6108 and she’ll be happy to set you up.

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A FAMILY AFFAIR — Incoming freshman Bailea Pakkebier will continue a longstanding family tradition when she begins classes this fall, as seen from the photograph she submitted for our “I’m Joining the Class of 2018” photo contest. First row (left to right) Carol Jutting De Young ’59, Tina De Young ’86, Bailea Pakkebier ’18, Becca De Young ’13, Dawn De Young Pakkebier ’90 and Monica Pakkebier Bonestroo ’92. Second row: Robert De Young ’59, Tom De Young ’87, David Pakkebier ’92, Curtis Pakkebier ’95 and Andrew Bonestroo ’92.

SOCIAL MEDIA — Don’t miss out on Tidbit Tuesday, Trivia Wednesday, Throw Back Thursday or Fun Foto Friday. Like our page at and you can also follow us on Twitter @Central_Alums. We’ll see you online!

Legacy Baby

Maggie Fuerstenberg, sporting her Central College bib, is this month’s Legacy Child model, thanks to Kyle ’08 and Sasha Djordjevic Fuerstenberg ’08 for sharing!

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 freshman move-in day.

ARE YOU WORKING in a STEM CAREER FIELD? Science, Technology, Engineering or
Mathematics — Would you like to return to campus to share your expertise with students who are interested in these fields? The Career Center is planning a Meet the Pros event, Meet the Pros in STEM Careers, and we would love to have you be part of it! The tentative date and time is a Thursday from 10:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in October. If interested, please email Pat Joachim Kitzman at We value your expertise and thank those who have already contacted us!

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 the five Central College students who undertook summer research projects as the inaugural class of Bosch Undergraduate Summer Research Fellows and Jessica Riebkes ’14, who never imagined she would spend summer nights catching bats in the woods, but the experience helped land her an internship with an environmental consulting firm.

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

Forest City Central RED Society Peace Tree Brewery
Central Cover to Cover Book Club - Josh Dolezal Central Connections Lunch - Cedar Rapids
Bob Maurer Retirement Party Central Connections West Des Moines

EVENT PHOTOS — See pictures from all our alumni events.

CREATIVE WRITING — The English Department announced the winners of its Creative Writing Contest.  Jesse Hoefling ’14 took first place in the poetry division for “American Purgatory.” Second place went to Jasmine Fugate ’16 for “She Said I Hope You Get Cancer,” and Amanda Jacobs ’14 was awarded third place for “The Traveling Salesman’s Daughter.” In the fiction category, Amanda Jacobs ’14 was awarded first place for “Socks,” Randi Mattison ’15 took second place for “Bubba” and Hailey Benson ’17 took third place for “Bright Blue Eyes.”  In the essay division, Mycaela Crouse ’14 took first place for “Vandalia,” Dana Wolthuizen ’16 took second place for “God Bless the Combine” and Jasmine Fugate ’16 took third place for “Be as Skinny as You Want, Baby.” Thanks to Curtis Bauer ’92 for judging this year’s contest.

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GATHERING IN FOREST CITY — Thanks to Kristi Leonard ’97 for initiating and Jonathan ’98 and Allison Cooper Klaassen ’00 for hosting a group of alums in north central Iowa. They enjoyed an evening of good food and conversation.    

HISTORY DAY — In April Central College and its history department hosted District History Day, a regional contest for the eastern half of Area Education Agency 11 in Iowa. This year’s participants included 435 students and their teachers from 20 Iowa schools. Students entered exhibits, performances, websites, documentaries and research papers all related to the 2014 National History Day theme, “Rights and Responsibilities in History.” Central College staff and faculty served as judges for events, as did 11 retired faculty and alumni. In addition, 15 of our current history students judged events, while numerous other students served as room monitors and assisted with filing and sorting judges’ comments and special awards. Next year Central will celebrate its 10th anniversary of sponsoring History Day. The theme will be “Leadership and Legacy in History.”


SPREADING THE SOUND OF MUSIC — The A Cappella Choir returned at the end of May from a tour of the East Coast, where they performed a total of 10 concerts in front of large school, church and community audiences. Liza Calisesi ’10 arranged for a concert at the historic Lamington Presbyterian Church in Bedminster, N.J., and Harry Smith ’73 helped arrange a concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Thanks to the support of alumni, the tour raised the artistic vision of our students and reminded us that the universal language of music connects humanity.


HOBY WAS HERE — Once again the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation, aka HOBY, made Central College its meeting ground for the 56th annual seminar held June 6 – 8, during which 200 sophomore students gathered to strengthen their leadership skills. They were encouraged to complete 100 hours of community service during the next 12 months to be eligible to return next year as HOBY junior volunteer leaders.

SPREADING THE WORD — John Roslien was selected to be one of six presenters at the College Athletic Trainers’ Society 2014 Annual Symposium in Indianapolis in June, where collegiate athletic trainers from around the world heard him speak on “Practical Perspective for the Short Term International Travel and the Athletic Trainer.” The symposium was hosted by the NCAA at the Hall of Champions.

FACELIFT — Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of the college who helped give a much- needed facelift to the baseball field with new dugouts and seats! In addition, their donations made new seats for the softball field and soccer complex possible. For those interested, naming opportunities are 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!

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, Marjorie De Wit Warner ’58, who responded to the challenge:“Who was named the Frank Moore Endowed Chair in Anthropology?” The answer was: “Cynthia Mahmood” Try this month’s challenge:

“What does HOBY stand for?” 

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Alumni Profile

Andrea Kapusinski Cooper ’07

Pictured (L-R): Andrea Kapusinski Cooper '07, Brandon Cooper, Greg Kapusinski '07 and Kristin Hildreth Kapusinski '07.

Andrea Kapusinski Cooper ’07

Current town: Kaiserslautern, Germany

Education: While at Central I majored in music education and have completed my master’s degree in middle level education through Walden University.

About me: I grew up in Fulton, Illinois, and attended Fulton High School. My visit to Central was definitely an act of God because I met with a Central admission counselor at my high school accidentally (I thought I was visiting with another college with Central in the name), but I ended up really liking what I heard and saw. I had heard about Central before because my mom is a graduate, so we decided to visit. My twin brother came along for the trip and we both loved our visit and knew when we got in the car to drive home that it was the place for both of us.

Hobbies: Right now my big hobby is traveling. My husband and I are taking full advantage of living in Europe for a few years and we are always planning new trips. We love trying new types of food, beer and wine from all over Europe on our travels. I also stay active in music and sing in a few vocal groups with some German friends.

Fun facts: I have visited 15 and lived in three different countries since I started college. Of these 15 countries my absolute favorite is Ireland. My husband and I try to travel there whenever we get the chance.

Employment: I currently teach high school music for the Department of Defense School System at Kaiserslautern High School. The Department of Defense Schools serve the dependents of military stationed all over the world. It has been a great opportunity to teach these special children and learn so much about the sacrifices that our military families make each and every day all over the world. I am more thankful than ever for our brave service men and women and their families.

Memorable Central College moments: Many of my most memorable moments involve the wonderful women that I lived with. We had so many fun nights living on campus and made so much random fun. I also have amazing memories of studying abroad in Merida, Mexico, and all the experiences I had in the music ensembles I was privileged to be a part of. I got to see many new areas of the U.S. as well as travel all over China with the fabulous A Cappella Choir.

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Student Spotlight

Naha Yaw Sapon-Amoah ’14

Journey Scholarship Student: Naha Yaw Sapon-Amoah ’14

High school: Des Moines Christian High School

Hometown: Huxley, Iowa, originally from Ghana, Africa

Major: Business

Residence hall: Vance Townhouse

Why I Chose Central: My parents fell in love with it and totally wanted me to come, which turned out to be the best decision because Central has had a very positive impact on my life and I am glad I chose to come here.

Abroad plans or experience: Technically, I am studying abroad. Being in the United States has made me very independent because I am away from home and the experiences have better prepared me for life.

What are your future goals? I want to work for a marketing company and also someday go back to Ghana and help kids in sports with the opportunity of coming to the states to play and get an education.

Favorite professor/class: Microeconomics and Quantitative Methods have been my favorite classes and Mark Mills my favorite professor. Professor Mills is my favorite because I do not like math, but he was able to teach it so well that I got an A in it and that was a miracle. He is also very understanding and is willing to work with you anytime.

Interesting facts: My name: Yaw is given to any Ghanaian boy born on a Thursday. Also, my dad is a chief so I am kind of like a prince—although not your typical U.K. prince.

Hobbies/interests: Listening to music, watching movies and playing video games.

Fun fact: I am left handed, but I do almost everything with my right hand except writing and shooting a basketball.

What activities do you participate in at Central: Residence Life, catering and Central College men’s basketball.

Favorite food in Central Market: Wings. I would say Mongolian, but the line is always too long for me to wait.

Best Central memory: Winning the Conference Tournament Championship in basketball.

Why I love my major: Because I can work in a lot of companies with a major like mine. When I go back home to Ghana, it will give me an edge over other applicants.

Why I love Central: There is a wonderful community here. The people in the city and on campus support you in everything and are so friendly. I have had great people serve as mentors to me, who helped me get to where I am now.

Career plans: I am working on getting an internship this summer, then after that find a job in marketing—preferably in social media marketing or marketing research.

Message to donors: I cannot express how much the support in my education means to me and my family. Coming from Ghana and studying here, it has not been easy to come up with tuition money, but my scholarship has helped take away some of this burden and I thank my donors for that.

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Kathy Cashen Thompson

Kathy Cashen Thompson
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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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