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.
Link to The Dutch Letter at http://www.central.edu/alumni/newsletter/index.html.
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 http://blogs.central.edu/maytag/.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.)
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 at 1-800-447-0287
SOCIAL MEDIA — Don’t miss out on Tidbit Tuesday, Trivia Wednesday, Throwback Thursday or Fun Foto Friday. Like our page at https://www.facebook.com/CentralCollegeAlums. You can also follow us on Twitter @Central_Alums. We’ll see you online!
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 email@example.com. 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 www.central.edu 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 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.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! — Are you willing to share your Central story with a prospective student or two? Please contact Mary Benedict at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or online at https://www.central.edu/alumni/community/.
EVENT PHOTOS — See pictures from all our alumni events.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information or get the rest of the scoop at Soccer Seating Project and Baseball Seating Project. Thank you for your continued support!
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.
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 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 — 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 www.BusinessHorizonsIowa.org.
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, 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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Name: Dan Applegate '08
Current town: Chicago, Ill., near Wrigley Field
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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