Friday, May 3, 2013
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/FAMILY WEEKEND 2013 — Start making plans for Homecoming/Family Weekend, September 27-29. All alumni, families and friends are invited to return to campus to enjoy the festivities. Activities are planned for all ages. See the list of activities and register. It’s never too early!! See you in September.
ATTENTION: If you are part of the reunion classes of 1958, 1963 (our 50-year honor class), 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013, watch for information from your class reunion committee with all the details about your special time during homecoming.
SOCIAL MEDIA — The alumni office has branched out into the world of social media! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @Central_Alums. We’ll see you online!
CENTRAL COLLEGE NEWS — Keep checking the revitalized homepage for updated news about Central students, alumni, faculty and staff. Recent stories include: a spring break trip to Guatemala, the Oxfam Hunger Banquet and a STEM fest for middle school students.
ITS ALL ABOUT PSYCHOLOGY — Twenty-five of Central’s finest psychology students will present at the Midwestern Psychological Association’s annual conference May 2-4 in Chicago, Ill. Their presentations range from collaborative research conducted as part of Psychology 348, Experimental Psychology, or independent research conducted as part of Psychology 480, Advanced Research in Psychology. While many of the students are presenting in the Psi Chi Honor Society undergraduate portion of the conference, Shelby De Meulenaere and Andrea Kroeger have presentations in the professional portion of the conference.
YUCATAN REUNION — If you were among the 33 students who traveled to Yucatan during the Fall of 1968, plan to join Diane Staubus ’71, Walter Hazzard ’69, Allen Grooters ’70 and Walt Galloway ’70 for a mini-reunion the weekend of July 18-21, 2014 in Minneapolis! Contact Diane Staubus ’71 at email@example.com for more information.
A CAPPELLA CHOIR PRE-TOUR CONCERT — Do not miss your chance to hear the A Cappella Choir before their upcoming tour of Brazil with performances at prestigious venues in Iguacu Falls and Cathedrals in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
GREEK GATHERING — If you are a BKE, Sigma or Phi Delt from 1970-1980, plan a return trip to campus during Homecoming and Family Weekend Sept. 27- 29 for a reunion with your Greek brothers and Sigma sisters! You can join them now on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CUIGREEKS/.
CENTRAL IN THE CITY — Reconnect with your Central roots without leaving home! Have a handful of your Central neighbors in for drinks and munchies and let the fun begin! The alumni office will send invitations, track your RSVPs and provide you with Central College giveaways to share with your guests. Interested? Email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
SUMMER CAMPS — Summer will be a busy time on campus with several departments offering summer camp opportunities for your high school and/or middle school student. These camps are in addition to our already popular athletic camps. Camp offerings include:
June 2-7: Show Choir Camp
Additional details and registration information can be found at https://www.central.edu/event-planners/camps/. The college will also host several other camps during the summer. Information about these camps and links to their websites can also be found at the above website. Questions? Call Susan Canfield, director of conferences and events, at 641-628-7642.
START-UP SEMESTER — Entrepreneurship students are launching businesses in the first-ever "Startup Semester," where they develop real business models with real products, real customers and real transactions. Follow the action at the Entrepreneurship website.
NEWSNOTES — We want to know what’s going on in your life! Share your best news in the Newsnotes section 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
REFER A STUDENT TO THE ADMISSION OFFICE— If you know a student who would be a perfect fit for Central, be sure to complete this online form. Tell us about it.DO YOU KNOW WHO THIS IS? — 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 below, please email email@example.com.
Thanks to our helpful readers, we have been able to fill in many blanks. Check out the previously archived photos to see who has been identified. Unfortunately, we are still trying to fill in some missing names. Please contact the alumni office with any information you might have.
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MOVING ON — Dave Sutphen ’61 retired as vice president for advancement Friday, April 12, and transitioned into his new position with the college as advisor to the president, where he is devoting his talents toward managing key relationships to the college in consultation with the president and fundraising for athletics facilities. Dave can be reached at 641-628-5192 or email@example.com.
SERVICE DAY —Central College students, staff and faculty made a difference for many organizations and individual lives by participating in various half day/full day projects around Iowa on Service Day Tuesday, April 23.
LITTLE HAWKEYE CONFERENCE — On April 10, the Central College mathematics and computer science department hosted the Little Hawkeye Conference Mathematics Contest for 9th - 12th grade students from Grinnell, Knoxville, Newton, Norwalk, Oskaloosa, Pella and Pella Christian. The 112 participating students took a one-hour exam and competed in a mathematics relay event, where they passed solutions to mathematic problems and worked mathematic puzzles. Norwalk walked away with first place overall, followed by Grinnell and Knoxville. All students were awarded a lanyard from Central admission counselors.
FRINGE FESTIVAL — The Central College theatre department presented its first Fringe Festival, April 24-27. Participants viewed artwork around campus and enjoyed performances of standup comics and musicians, as well as short plays, demonstrations of gory zombie makeup and faculty and community members in a wide range of nontraditional settings. As part of the Fringe Festival the Art Department hosted a 24-hour drawing marathon in Lubbers Center for Visual Arts April 27. The student-organized FRINGE Festival featured the talents of college and high school students, faculty and community members in a wide range of nontraditional settings.
FINAL FLING — The late April tradition of Final Fling at Central College was a great success due to the great weather and fun events, which brought students out of their rooms to enjoy the events coordinated by the Campus Activities Board (CAB). This year’s theme was Cirque de Central and featured a series of events including an evening concert on the Scholte patio, a barbecue lunch on the lawn, boat races on the pond, a lip sync competition and a Glow Dance held in the Kruidenier black box theatre. Hundreds of prizes were awarded throughout the weekend, including T-shirts and sunglasses to attendees and cash or gift card prizes to event winners.
NETWORKING IN DES MOINES — Seniors from Central attended a networking event at the Greater Des Moines Partnership on Wed. afternoon, April 24. Along with a tour of downtown Des Moines, noting a number of revitalized areas—shopping, restaurants, apartments, bike trails—the students visited with recruiters from seven of the top employers in the Des Moines area. Coordinators of the event were Pat Joachim Kitzman and Denise Barnard ’02, Career Center.
EVENT PHOTOS — See pictures from all our alumni events at https://www.central.edu/alumni/photos/.
FINE ARTS EVENTS — View a complete list of fine arts events at Central College throughout the year.
INTERCULTURAL LIFE EVENTS — For a complete list of intercultural life events at Central College, contact Brandyn Woodard, director of intercultural life, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATHLETICS EVENTS — Follow the Dutch online.
MARK: MY WORDS —ARE WE AN HONEST PEOPLE?
It all started with a missing book. The book was not to be removed from the library at any time. This was not the first time for the assignment for this particular course, but it was the first time the rare book had simply disappeared. Frustration grew as what was first assumed to be a simple mistake grew into assertions of dishonesty.
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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, Melanie Ollendieck Luu ’87, who responded to the challenge: "What country will the A Cappella Choir travel to this spring?” The answer was: Brazil
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Wine and Cheese Reception - Class of 2013
A Cappella Choir Alumni Reception
Central in the City - Pella
Central in the City - Chicago
Dale Vande Haar ’74
Current town: Des Moines, Iowa
Education: Music major; Not-for-profit business minor
Employment: Des Moines Public Schools: District Library Coordinator – 13 years, high school teacher/ librarian – 2 years, middle school teacher/librarian – 5 years; SE Polk Community School High School English instructor – 18 years
About Me: I am a third-generation Central College graduate from the class of 1974. The paternal side of my family, the Van Zees, were among the Dutch settlers who arrived in Pella with the Rev. Scholte. The Vande Haar ancestors came a little later in 1856. I graduated from Central with a double major of English and history and an Iowa teaching license. My years at Central were very happy, as they were filled with friends, lots of fun activities, interesting courses and professors, campus events and my Theta Kappa Alpha fraternity brothers.
In 1991. my first wife, Ann Mitchell (ISU ’74), who was well known by my Central friends, passed away. I raised our daughter Beth and son Mitchell by myself. After my son graduated from high school, I married Susan Koenig, a Des Moines Public Schools elementary art teacher, who also had a daughter, Carisima, and a son, Ian. The four adult children enjoy each other, and our two daughters live just 20 minutes from each other in Brooklyn, N.Y. Our family has grown with the addition of our son-in-law Jason in Brooklyn and Melinda, our daughter-in-law in Chicago, Ill. Susan and I are grandparents to two grandsons, Gabriel, age 11, who lives in Brooklyn, and Lukas, age 4, who lives in Chicago.
After teaching high school English for 18 years, I moved to Des Moines Public Schools and started a new career in the library field, which I continue to enjoy. For 13 years, I was a trustee of the Des Moines Public Library. Additionally, I was a trustee for the Central Iowa Library Service Area, prior to its merger into the State Library of Iowa. I also served two terms (one unexpected) as president of the Iowa Library Association and have served on the ILA Executive Board for two terms. In 2010, I was given an award for extraordinary service to the Association. Additionally, I have served as president of the Iowa Association of School Librarians in addition to two terms on their executive board. I was given the IASL Vision Award for my work moving the group into the Iowa Library Association. Susan and I attend St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where we were married 12 years ago. Over the years I have enjoyed gardening with shade plants, especially hostas. Recently my gardens were featured for the second time in an August Garden Gate publication.
Memorable Central College Moments: The years at Central were magical because we were young adults with few cares and responsibilities other than to try to do well in our studies. Coming back to the campus takes me back emotionally to a time of great friendships, happiness and a love of learning. There are some specific memories, and one is when the first freeze of the season occurs; in my mind’s eye I recall sitting in the old Union and looking out to Central’s pond with its very thin film of ice and the human chain of California students going down the bank with the person nearest the pond’s edge tapping his foot on the ice to see if it was safe for them to ice skate.
Another pond-related memory is how slick the old Japanese-style bridge was in the winter and how you had to hold on tightly to the handrails to keep from falling while you knew everyone in the Union was watching, waiting to see if you would slip and fall. When the first snowfall of the season happened before Christmas break, the Theta Kappa Alpha brothers would bundle up and go out to serenade the various houses and dorms with Christmas carols. We’d end up at President and Mrs. Weller’s large brick colonial house, which was later moved for the new dining hall, and Mrs. Weller would invite us in to have freshly baked cookies that she just seemed to have on hand, as if she knew we’d end up in their home.
Tulip Time was always exciting, and the fraternity brothers volunteered to man the barricades for the afternoon and evening parades. Another memory involves the flu epidemic that hit campus and prevented the pep band from playing at the Central men’s basketball game at the then-new Kuyper Field House. My fraternity was contracted with Coach Schipper to take tickets at the games, and we had a rather talented kazoo band in the house. That night we led the assembled crowd in a rousing rendition of the Central Fight Song with our kazoos.
While there are too many memories to write about here, one memory does return often. When I headed back to the frat house after closing down the library, if the wind was coming from the south, the air would be filled with the scent of freshly cut pine boards coming from the nearby Rolscreen plant. Today, whenever I smell freshly cut pine boards, I think of Central College and I am always very glad that is where I chose to attend school all those years ago.
Cole Ebel ’15
High School: South O’Brien High School
Home town: Sutherland, Iowa
Major: Business management
Residence hall: Scholte Hall
Abroad plans or experience: I plan to study abroad over one of my summer breaks. At the moment I am not sure where or when I want to go.
After graduation: I am not quite sure what my future has in store for me. I can picture myself working in a bank or office somewhere; most likely I will remain in Iowa.
What activities do you participate in here at Central? I am a proud member of the Central Dutch Track and Field team!
Favorite class: Introduction to International Politics. The class is always interesting and keeps me up to date on U.S. and foreign affairs, which is never a bad thing!
Favorite professor: So far, Andrew Green, who teaches my Intersections course and makes it fun for everyone! He’s also a pretty great guy with a great sense of humor, even though he graduated from Wartburg.
Message to donors: Thank you so much for allowing me to further my education. This scholarship really helps with the burden of college debt. Thanks to this scholarship, I can worry less about my college debt and pay more attention to my studies.
Kathy Cashen Thompson
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