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.
Link to The Dutch Letter at http://www.central.edu/alumni/newsletter/index.html.
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.
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.
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 http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/personalizedplates/home.html.
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 http://gtd.org/post/pdfbrochure/150603.pdf, or contact Kathy Cashen Thompson with any questions at 1-800-447-0287.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 email@example.com 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”.
FINE ARTS EVENTS —View a complete list of fine arts events at Central College throughout the year.
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,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
Study Abroad Alumni Tour - Paris
Name: Abby Lukensmeyer ’12
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.We want to profile YOU in the Dutch Letter! Please volunteer today at email@example.com
Journey Scholarship student: Ashton Mayer '15
Kathy Cashen Thompson
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