The Dutch Letter, a Central College alumni newsletter

Friday, September 5, 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 — No matter your mode of transportation…Come HOME the weekend of Oct. 3 – 5. While we are celebrating the class years ending in a 4 or a 9, we invite all alumni to gather with the reunion classes at the Pella Country Club Saturday evening at 7:00 PM. What a great opportunity for you to reconnect with classmates from your years at Central College!

THREE NAMED TO HALL OF HONOR — Two former athletes and a coach who combined to win 12 Iowa Conference team championships will be the newest additions to the Central College Athletics Hall of Honor. Rick Sanger ’96, Jeff Schneekloth ’86 and Megan Clayberg will be inducted into the Hall of Honor during Homecoming at the Athletics Hall of Honor Banquet on Friday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 PM. Reservations are required and cost $20/ages 15 and up, $10/ages 10-15 and $5/ages 5-10. RSVP at Homecoming or call the alumni office at 800-447-0287.

HONORS TO BE AWARDED — Three Central College alumni—and one honorary alumna—will receive awards on Oct. 4 during Central’s homecoming. The award recipients include Jeff Link ’89, Kirk Kolenbrander ’83, Markay Winston ’87 and Marlyn Rietfeld Ebbers, who will be honored for professional achievements and dedication to Central. The award presentation, followed by a luncheon, begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Maytag Student Center. Luncheon reservations are required and cost $12 per adult and $6 for children ages 5 -12. RSVP at Homecoming or call the alumni office at 800-447-0287.

HAVE YOU SEEN US LATELY? — The massive renovation of the Maytag Student Center is complete! Check us out at

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

NOW ENROLLING — Central Music Academy,  an extension of the Central College music department, is now enrolling students. Fall classes begin in September. Don’t miss this opportunity—sign up today! Central Music Academy offers private music lessons for all ages, all levels and most instruments, including violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, voice, trumpet, trombone, drums and guitar.


HALL OF FAME BOUND Gabriel Espinosa ’79, associate professor of music, was unanimously selected by the Greater Des Moines Community Jazz Center as a recipient of the Hall of Fame Award for his years of leadership in the area of jazz music. The Community Jazz Center will honor Espinosa at the induction ceremony on Oct. 19.

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

Math Calendar

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE NUMBERS — The Math Club created a Central College calendar and now sells them as a fundraiser. This 2014-2015 academic calendar, from August 2014 through July 2015, includes 12 beautiful images of campus.  To place your order, please contact the Math Club faculty advisor Russ Goodman at 641-628-7640 or

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, 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 at 1-800-447-0287

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:

SOCIAL MEDIA — Don’t miss out on Tidbit Tuesday, Trivia Wednesday, Throwback 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

Who knows? Maybe one day twelve-year-old Blake Veenstra will run cross country for the Dutch—but in the meantime, we’re pleased to see him sporting our colors!  Thank you, Darrell ’95 and Angela Vander Velden Veenstra ’97, 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 freshmen move-in day.

CENTRAL COLLEGE NEWS — Keep checking our homepage at for updated news about Central students, alumni, faculty and staff.  This month, read about the eight Central students who completed their spring semester thousands of miles from Pella with a field trip to Peru. Or, read about Emily Saville ’15, a Central College student from Cedar Rapids, who was offered an internship last fall through the service-learning option in her nature and environmental literature course. “The position really fit well with my class,” Saville said. “I would read nature writers and then I would see what they were writing about in real life at my internship.”

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

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!


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What's Happened

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EVENT PHOTOS — See pictures from all our alumni events.

Move In Day

THEY’RE BACK! — On a soggy Saturday, August 23, we welcomed over 420 members of the incoming class of 2018 to campus. They have been joined by our returning students and the campus is once again alive with activity.

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!

Legacy Lunch

THE LEGACY CONTINUES Kyle ’91 and Jil Bancroft Nelson ’94 and daughter Regan ’18 joined twenty-three other legacy families at our annual Legacy Luncheon Saturday, August 23.
OUTSTANDING IN HIS FIELD — The American Theatre and Drama Society presented former professor Robert Schanke with the 2014 Betty Jean Jones Award for Outstanding Teacher of American Theatre and Drama.  Bob is the dean at the College of Fellows of the American Theatre.

State Fair

STATE FAIR — Once again, Central College hosted a booth in the Varied Industries building at the Iowa State Fair August 7 – 17. At times our booth featured the friendly faces of Central College staff from admission and the alumni office as well as current students, coaches, cheerleaders and Stan Dahl on his steel drum. We welcomed hundreds of alumni, current and potential students who stopped by for their official Central College tattoo.  Lucky alums were treated to one of our many give-a-ways.  If you missed us, meet us at the Iowa State Fair next year!

A $50K THANK YOU — We've added up the numbers and the results are in. You helped us raise more than $150,000 in just 50 days! What does this mean?  Often, the Journey Scholarship is the deciding factor on whether or not a student can attend Central. In 2013-14 over 500 students received Journey Scholarships, with more than 99% of our students relying on financial aid to attend. In a very real sense, your gifts are changing lives and creating more Central alumni who will change the world. From all of us here at Central, we say a heartfelt thank you.

Choir Reunion

A CAPPELLA CHOIR REUNION — The annual A Cappella Choir Alumni Reunion was held Sunday, August 10 in Des Moines.  During the reunion current A Cappella students and alumni came together for a performance at the Westminster Presbyterian Church followed by a brunch at the home of Professor Mark Babcock ’91.

Business Horizons

BUSINESS HORIZONS — Nearly 100 entrepreneurs-in-the-making attended Business Horizons at Central College this summer. High school students from several states and as far away as China developed a product from scratch, wrote a business plan, crafted a marketing strategy, produced an infomercial and pitched their product to a panel of judges. They did all of this in five days, PLUS, wrapped in some fun team building activities. This was the third year Central has hosted the event and plans are already underway to host again in 2015.  More information can be found at

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, Laura Olson '93, who responded to the challenge:“What are the two big improvements we've made to our campus this summer” The answer was: “Maytag Student Center and the Pond” Try this month’s challenge:

“How many legacy families did we honor at our annual Legacy Luncheon?” 

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Alumni Profile

Dan Applegate '08

Name: Dan Applegate '08

Current town: Chicago, Ill., near Wrigley Field

Education: Biology

About me: I grew up in Rockford, Ill., which is a little over an hour outside of Chicago, and attended Rockford East High School. I received mail from Central and decided to make a trip to see the campus and visit family living in Des Moines. I had visited multiple state schools and felt intimidated by the other three thousand students visiting that day, so I began looking into smaller colleges. Central set up a personalized visit for me to see the campus and talk with multiple professors one on one. A few months later, I attended a summer weekend session for incoming students, and I was sold!

Hobbies/Activities: Bike riding across Iowa on RAGBRAI, brewing my best batch of beer, reading a monthly magazine: The Triathlete, swimming on a Masters team in Chicago and watching Cubs games.

Fun facts: On July 26, 2014, I married my best friend of almost 10 years. In September, I am competing in my first Ironman in Madison, Wis. My senior year at Central, I became interested in honey bees and put two hives in our family farm in Illinois. With the help of my father, it has grown to over 15 hives, so I consider myself an apiculturist.

Employment: I am a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience. I study the brain’s response when oxygen is limited and/or cut off, which is seen in stroke and heart attack victims. The model system I use is the naked mole rat (heterocephalus glaber), which evolved over time underground in low oxygen, high carbon monoxide environments. I want to enhance our understanding of how this unique organism survives in this extremely deprived environment and apply this knowledge to humans. In addition to my research, I teach an introductory biology course for freshmen and sophomores, an upper level genetics course and my favorite course—human physiology.

Memorable Central College moments: One of the benefits Central offers is the student-to- professor relationships. Since graduation, I have stayed in contact with a number of professors. One of the biggest pranks I played on a professor was in Vermeer Science Center. Before lecture started, I took the remote for the overhead projector. During class, I rotated the picture clockwise on the screen. The professor had no clue what was going on. He fidgeted with the buttons and I rotated the picture so it was upside down. The class was hysterical. The professor then proceeded to restart the computer. As the computer rebooted, I made the picture right side up. Lecture was almost over and once again, I rotated the picture and the professor said “Here it goes again.”  At the end of the hour, the professor came up to me and demanded the remote. To this day, I am still unsure how he knew it was me.

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Student Spotlight


Journey Scholarship student: Hillary Hotz ’15

High school: Saint Edmond

Hometown: Fort Dodge, Iowa

Majors: Economics and Communication Studies

Why I chose Central: No matter how many times I visited other schools, they did not compare to Central. None of them felt quite right or provided the environment I was looking for.

What are your future goals? To find a job I love, live in the Des Moines area and have a cute little dog.

Favorite professor/class: Public speaking with Shelly Bradfield, because I love public speaking and Professor Bradfield is wonderful. Richard McGrath and Brian Peterson are my other favorite professors because they both create classroom environments that are interesting and challenging, while focusing on real-life experiences and examples to fuel discussion and assignments.

Interesting facts: During my first (and only) visit to Central, it poured down rain the whole time. It was the summer after sixth grade when my sister, Meredith Hotz Pehler ’12 was visiting Central.  It was fitting that there was an absolute down pour during my freshman orientation as well!

Hobbies/interests: I like to read, take walks around Lake Red Rock and downtown Pella. Also, like any college student, I really enjoy my Netflix account.

Fun fact: My favorite color is gray.

What activities do you participate in at Central: Track and Field (4 years), writing for the Ray (1 year), student government (4 years), student body president 2014-2015, student body treasurer 2013-2014, student representative to the Board of Trustees 2013-2015.

Favorite food in Central Market: Tacos

Best Central memory: The daily ritual of going to lunch. It is always fun getting your friends together, walking to Central Market and checking your mail. It is always a highlight of my day.

Why I love my major: I feel they are preparing me for the real world. With economics and communications, my homework is a vast array of math and graphs mixed with writing and preparing presentations. All of these have helped me develop a well-rounded skill set for my future in the business world.

Why I love Central:  I have given so much to Central, but it has always given much more back to me. It is hard knowing that in less than a year, I will leave this place, but I know I will take the memories with me forever.

Internships: Central College communications intern and Upward Bound tutor/counselor

Career plans: I am still exploring, but something definitely in the business sector, possibly law. Message to donors: I cannot say thank you enough to those who make the Journey Scholarship possible. I have truly loved my time at Central; it has converted me into a lifelong Central supporter. I will always remember the generosity alumni showed to me during my time, and it will be an honor to donate to the Journey Scholarship Fund in the future.

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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