The Dutch Letter, a Central College alumni newsletter

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, Central College alumni, parents and friends! The Central College Dutch Letter, released once a month, it 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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LETS GET DIGITIZED Within the next year, look for your memories to go online! The Alumni and Development Office has received two grants to digitize The Ray from 1876 to 2010 and The Pelican from 1907 to 2010. As one can imagine, the originals of these publications are brittle, yellowed, and in poor condition.

We are grateful to alumni who have come forward to help. If you have an interest in supporting this project, which is still about $3,000 short of goal, please contact Kathy Thompson at today!

SAVE THE DATE — Homecoming 2015 will be October 9–11! Pictures from Homecoming 2014 are available at Homecoming 2014.

Dutch Market

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.

ALUMNI AND STUDENTS MAKING NEWS Kerri Salow Hays ‘07 recently returned from a life-changing trip to Eskisehir, Turkey. A Des Moines metro photographer, she received a press pass for World Wood Day, where Hays’ father was among carvers invited from over 70 different countries — only two from the United States. Trevor Sensor ’16, an English major from Sterling, Ill., has gone from Iowa open mics to U.K. radio. BBC Radio 1 recently played his song “Reaper Man,” introducing Sensor’s music across the country. Read more in the Des Moines Register’s Juice Magazine.

Art Work

MILLS GALLERY UPDATE — Thanks to a generous donation, the Mills Gallery is fully lit with LED lights, which will translate over time into a significant energy savings. The Mills Gallery now has its own website that will be updated on a regular basis. Read more about the goings on at the Mills Gallery at .

CHEER ON THE DUTCH — With spring season winding down, the Dutch are gearing up for tournament play.  To see if they are competing near you, go to Go Dutch!

FUN IN THE SUN —  The students will be gone for summer break before we know it, but the campus won’t be empty for long with Business Horizons, Bible Conference, HOBY, Robotics camp, music camps, sports camps and leadership camp taking advantage of our beautiful campus.

SUSTAINABILITY BLOG — Read the latest blog post about sustainability at Central College from our faculty and students at Central College at .

OUR TREASURED PAST — Are you tired of storing old ticket stubs, play bills, photographs, lapel pins, beanies and scrapbooks you’ve held on to 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 at

SOCIAL MEDIA — Don’t miss out! Join Central College Alumni on Facebook today at You can also follow us on Twitter @Central_Alums. We’ll see you online!

SEND US A PICTURE — Take a picture of your future legacy students wearing Central gear or showing off their Legacy gift from the college today.  Send your photo to 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 freshman move-in day.

Central College News

CENTRAL COLLEGE NEWS — Keep checking our homepage at for updated news about Central students, alumni, faculty and staff.  This month, read about Tyler Schipper ’09, who is already a professor. Also, learn about the rising popularity of e-sports on college campuses — including Central.  Students are joining together to compete, practice strategy, perfect maneuvers and hone their individual skills.

WHAT ARE YOU READING?  Consider joining us in reading “Where Am I Eating: An Adventure through the Global Food Economy” by Kelsey Timmerman — the 2015 common reading for Central College.

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.

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY — 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 photographs, 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!

Central Blend

CENTRAL BLEND — With every purchase of this delicious blend from Smokey Row in Pella and Des Moines, Smokey Row will donate $1 to our Journey Scholarship Fund. What a delicious way for you to support Central College!


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What's Happened

Central RED: Service Day Central RED: Iowa Houses and Their Styles
Central RED: Coal Mining in Iowa Central RED: The Mystery of Gasoline
Study Abroad Celebration Erick Sickler

EVENT PHOTOS — See pictures from all our alumni events.

SCHOLARSHIP DINNER — Our annual scholarship dinner was held April 23. The college hosted over 500 guests for this event, which included 300 scholarship recipients and donors. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from President Mark Putnam as well as keynote speaker Bret Doerring ’87. Entertainment was provided by the Central College Chamber Singers.

Alumni Panel

MEET THE PROS — As a part of the year-long celebration marking the 50-year anniversary of our study abroad program, alumni provided words of advice and told how they have kept international experiences in their lives after Central as the “Meet the Pros with Global Expertise” panel April 17 in Maytag Student Center. They are pictured (left to right): Anne Johnson Edmiston ’78 of Bartlett, Tenn., Matt Diehl ’87 of Pella, Anthony Braida ’89 of Des Moines, Lori Owens ’92 of Wellton, Ariz., Brian Cretin ’99 of Eldora and Ellen Johnsen ’01 of Ames.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Central College Board of Trustees held their annual spring meeting April 24 25.

SERVICE DAY Hundreds of Central College students, faculty and staff participated in more than 60 community service projects in central Iowa for Service Day, April 21. Click here to see how the tradition continues  

Rock A Pella

ROCK-A-PELLA  The 10th annual Rock-a-Pella was held in Douwstra Auditorium April 10.  A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers and a variety of short, entertaining acts combined to make an entertaining evening. At the end of the event, audience members were invited to vote for their favorite acts, and a group of first-year students won first place.

Campus Events

FINE ARTS EVENTS — View a complete list of fine arts events at Central College throughout the year.

ATHLETICS EVENTS Follow the Dutch online.


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, Carol Stahl Struve ’71, who responded to the challenge: “What is the new Bachelor of Science degree offered at Central?” The answer was: “Engineering”

Did you complete the survey included in this issue of The Dutch Letter? If so, you’ll know the answer to this week’s trivia challenge: “What’s going to be getting a new look?”  Check out the Survey Says link for your clue

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Upcoming Alumni Events

Mock Trial Celebration
May 9 from 5:30 - 8 p.m.
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May 19 from 7 - 8 p.m.
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May 24 from 6 - 7 p.m.
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Central Connections - Des Moines
May 29 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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Tennis Invitational
August 29 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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Alumni Profile

Sarah Glendening '12

Name: Sarah Glendening ’12

Current town: Terre Haute, Indiana

Education: I graduated from Central College in 2012 with a major in sociology and minors in business management and not-for-profit management. In 2014, I received my master’s degree in social work from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.

About me: I grew up in Terre Haute and graduated from Terre Haute South High School in 2008. I swam competitively for nine years on the city swim team and in high school. I knew I would attend Central because of my strong family ties with the college. With the liberal arts education I knew I would receive, Central was right for me!

Fun facts: I am the fourth generation of my family to attend Central College, and it is the place where my parents met. I have traveled to 42 states, Canada, Mexico and the Netherlands. I collect elephants. My dad was born in Madison, Wis., while my grandpa was in graduate school; 26 years later, I was born in Madison while my dad was in graduate school.

Employment: During my last year in graduate school, I began a practicum placement at Union Hospital in the Accountable Care Organization Department. Seven weeks into my placement, I was hired as a full-time social worker. I was assigned to follow up with Medicare patients 24-48 hours after their ER visits. Instead, I developed a new position and now see patients in the ER. I ensure patients have their medications, medical equipment, home health care, home-delivered meals and other resources for success at home before discharge from the ER.

Hobbies/Activities: I volunteer with the Wabash Valley Community Foundation and attend Pulse Workouts. I’m a member of Chapel Bells at Memorial United Methodist Church and enjoy spending time with my family and boyfriend.

Memorable Central College moments: I loved dressing up as minions for the Lemming Race my senior year with Pod mates. I also remember late night study sessions with Cassie Elsloo Hagen ’12 in the Vermeer Science Center, drawing the various anatomies of flowers and insects and creating fun ways to remember test materials for Diversity.

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Student Spotlight

Rachel Cassens ’16

Journey Scholarship student:
Cory McCleary ’18

High school: Basehor-Linwood

Hometown: Linwood, Kansas

Favorite class: Physics with Viktor has been fun.Viktor is my favorite because of how much energy he brings to the classroom.

Central activities: Football, wrestling and Student Support Services (SSS)

Hobbies/interests: I enjoy listening to music and spending time with friends and family.

Fun fact about yourself: I love to invent things. My father owned his own machine shop, so as a kid I was able to build things such as an aluminum dirt race car similar to the ones that race in Knoxville. In high school I went through a class called project lead-the-way, where I created a working prototype for a tool that could help bus mechanics save time on changing the brakes. I am in the process of trying to figure out how to patent my idea and sell it to a manufacturer.

Why I chose Central: When I was in the process of trying to find the right college, my wrestling coach took two other students and me to visit three different schools, Simpson, William Penn and Central. Out of those three schools, I liked Central the best due to how welcoming and accepting everyone was. The icing on the cake was when I sat down and talked to coach Van Kley, one of the nicest and most caring people I know. That man is something special, and he is the main reason I decided to come to Central.

Favorite food in Central Market: It’s a toss-up between the chocolate chip pancakes and the chicken wraps on Fridays.

Message to donors: I would like to thank all of you for donating to this scholarship. Without it, I do not believe I would be able to afford to attend Central. I really appreciate your support, and I can’t say thank you enough!

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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