Friday, December 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.
HAPPY POSTING — To connect our Central Community with crafters, artists and service providers, we have created Dutch Market, presenting Central Creations on Facebook! We provide the venue, YOU post your goods and services on the page! If you are an author with a book to promote, a crafter who makes your own wine or jewelry or handmade items, or you provide a service you want to advertise, this is the place for you! Or perhaps you’re looking to purchase gifts or in search of a realtor or beautician with Central ties — we intend to make Dutch Market your one stop shop! You will find the link to “like” and post on the Dutch Market page.
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 email@example.com.
MEET THE PROS WITH GLOBAL EXPERTISE! — Did you study abroad while at Central? Have you worked in some capacity with an international focus? We would love to have you return to campus on April 17, 2015, during our 50th year celebration of study abroad, to be part of a panel of alumni with global experience! If interested, email Pat Joachim Kitzman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you ready for some football? Cooper Paul Bollard, sporting the Central football shirt gifted to him by Coach McMartin, is ready! With a father who played for Coach McMartin and grandfather Jeff Bollard ’89, who is the assistant football coach, Cooper seems destined to play for the Dutch. Thank you Stephanie and Ben Bollard ’07 for sharing this picture of your legacy baby!
VISITING PROFESSOR — Dr. Ronald Phillips, a world-renowned scientist in his own right and expert on Norman Borlaug, visited Central College as part of the World Food Prize Lecture Laureate Series Oct. 15. He gave a presentation entitled “Norman Borlaug and World Hunger.” Phillips, a Regents Professor Emeritus, is recognized for his outstanding work in the area of applied plant genomics.
SEND US A PICTURE — Take a picture of your future legacy student wearing Central gear or showing off their Legacy gift from the college today. Send your photo to email@example.com and we’ll be happy to post it here. 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 home page at www.central.edu for updated news about Central students, alumni, faculty and staff. This month, read about how Rachel Frana ’15, environmental studies major, is using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map locations to help the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) identify several underserved areas for their food pantries. Or read about Chris Poesch ‘15, who landed his first internship in The Netherlands: “It was my first internship; I was in a new country, and the project was really tough to complete.” Chris, a Central senior and accounting major from Waverly, Iowa, worked in the finance department for insurance company Aegon in spring 2014. His assignment, after two weeks of intensive Dutch language study, was to simplify Aegon’s corporate cost sharing program. After learning the existing files thoroughly, Chris spent two months designing a new version that was easier to understand.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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/.
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EVENT PHOTOS — See pictures from all our alumni events.
GIFT OF A LIFETIME — The exercise science building across from the P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium was renamed the Helen Jean Hislop Center. Helen Jean Hislop (1929-2013), a national leader in physical therapy and a graduate of Central College in 1950, was awarded the Central Alumni Award in 1969 and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree in 1978. She served on the Central Board of Trustees from 1981 to 1998 and spoke at Central’s commencement in 1999. On Saturday, Nov. 1, relatives of Dr. Hislop presented President Mark Putnam with a $1.5 million dollar gift to the college on behalf of the Helen Jean Hislop Estate.
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, Jim Beaman ’87, who responded to the challenge“Name the site coming to Facebook in November where Central alumni, students and staff can promote their goods and services.” The answer was:“The Dutch Market.” Try this month’s challenge:
“What has the exercise science building been named?”
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Name: Tim ’97 and JJ Johnson TenClay ’98
Education: Tim earned a Doctor of Ministry in worship and spirituality from Northern Theological Seminary, a Master’s of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary and his Bachelor of Arts from Central College, where he majored in religion.
JJ earned a master’s degree in social work from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Central College, where she majored in general studies with a focus in sociology and communication.
About us:We both grew up in Iowa (Tim is from Alton and JJ is from Oskaloosa). After graduating from Central College, we were married in Pella and moved to Holland, Michigan, where Tim attended seminary. After seminary, we moved to Allegan, Michigan, where we served Dunningville Reformed Church. We have two daughters: Sophia (age 8) and Petra (age 4).
Our most recent exciting news is that JJ was appointed in January, 2014, as a missionary through the Reformed Church in America, to serve in Naples, Italy, as a social action worker. She will be partnering with the Waldensian Church in Italy, to serve migrants and refugees, most of whom are coming to Italy from Africa and the Middle East, fleeing famine, civil war and persecution. There are over 500,000 migrants currently living in Naples.
Most of the migrants are victims of human trafficking and make the trek across the Mediterranean Sea on small, rickety boats with hundreds of other migrants seeking life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Unfortunately, many do not survive the journey. Those who do often they arrive in Italy and are held in detainment centers until their asylum requests can be processed. Most are unable to find medical care, social services or employment.
Our ministry in Italy will have three main components:
1) To create an umbrella network in the Naples area that will provide essential social services to migrants.
If you or your church would like to support our ministry opportunity, please visit www.rca.org/tenclay
Hobbies/Activities: Tim has a plethora of hobbies – biking (including 3 RAGBRAIs), roasting coffee, baking bread, knitting and tatting are at the top of the list. JJ enjoys playing sports, reading and attending Broadway shows.
Employment: JJ worked at Bethany Christian Services in child welfare and at Holland Hospital as a medical social worker before moving to Pultneyville, New York, in 2010. Tim is the minister of Pultneyville Reformed Church, and JJ is the manager of social work for St. Ann’s Community, a skilled nursing facility in Rochester.
Memorable Central College moments:For Tim – running in the Lemming Race, performing with the A Cappella Choir, studying under excellent professors and having the opportunity to grow by having my beliefs challenged and eventually strengthened.
For JJ – participating in the Upward Bound program, both as a high school student and as a tutor-counselor. I have fond memories of participating in InterVarsity and experiencing the culture of friendliness on campus from other students, staff and visitors — being able to walk around campus and have people greet you with a friendly smile. Also, learning to write excellent papers, Central’s focus on helping students develop an international world view and being a Resident Advisor in Gaass Hall the first year it became co-ed.We want to profile YOU in the Dutch Letter! Please volunteer today at firstname.lastname@example.org
Journey Scholarship student: Rachel Cassens ‘16
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