The Dutch Letter, a Central College alumni newsletter

Friday, August 1, 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 — Have you registered for Homecoming? The McLeland brothers have! You can register NOW at Homecoming or patiently wait for the Homecoming brochure to arrive in August. Come HOME the weekend of Oct. 3 – 5 ... because, Home is Where the C is! While we are celebrating the class years ending in a 4 and a 9, we invite all alumni to gather with the reunion classes at the Pella Country Club. What a great opportunity for you to reconnect with several classmates from your years at Central College!

HAVE YOU SEEN US LATELY? — The massive renovation of the Maytag Student Center is almost complete—check it out along with us at

ANNUAL A CAPPELLA REUNION — A Cappella Choir alumni and their guests are invited to attend our annual A Cappella Reunion Sunday, Aug. 10. Get the details, see who is attending, and if your name is not on the list, be sure to RSVP at

State Fair

CHECK US OUT — Once again, Central College will host a booth in the Varied Industries building at the Iowa State Fair August 7 – 17. Stop by our booth for your official Central College tattoo and one of our giveaways while supplies last. Prospective students who complete an inquiry card will receive a bonus gift from us.

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


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: 1-800-447-0287

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

WE APPRECIATE YOU! — We invite you to our Hillside Soccer Stadium to watch the ladies alumni soccer match beginning at noon on Saturday, August 23. Be sure to stay for the 1:30 p.m. dedication of the stadium followed by the men’s alumni soccer match beginning at 2 p.m. We couldn’t have done it without the generosity of our donors!   

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, career services:

SOCIAL MEDIA — Don’t miss out on Tidbit Tuesday, Trivia Wednesday, Throw Back Thursday or Fun Foto Friday. Like our page at and you can also follow us on Twitter @Central_Alums. We’ll see you online!

Legacy Baby

Thanks to David ’14 and Joy Poot Ayala ’10 of Ontario, Canada, for sharing this picture of Samuel sporting his Central College onesie.

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.

ARE YOU WORKING in a STEM CAREER FIELD? Science, Technology, Engineering or
Mathematics — Would you like to return to campus to share your expertise with students who are interested in these fields? The Career Center is planning a Meet the Pros event, Meet the Pros in STEM Careers, and we would love to have you be part of it! The tentative date and time is a Thursday from 10:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in October. If interested, please email Pat Joachim Kitzman at We value your expertise and thank those who have already contacted us!

CENTRAL COLLEGE NEWS — Keep checking the homepage of our website at for updated news about Central students, alumni, faculty and staff.  This month read about how life has been one big adventure for Don Koolmees ’78 since he first arrived in Pella from the suburbs of Los Angeles. As the owner of Whitewater Connection, a rafting company based in Coloma, Calif., the adventures and connections with Central College continue. Also learn about saxophonist James Skretta ’09 who won the national Young Artist Performance Competition in the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) woodwind division for 2013-2014 and what that will mean to him as his career in music progresses.

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

Forest City Forest City
Central RED Society Peace Tree Brewery Central Cover to Cover Book Club - Josh Dolezal
Central Connections Lunch - Cedar Rapids Bob Maurer Retirement Party

EVENT PHOTOS — See pictures from all our alumni events.

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 percent 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.

Pond Photo

—Thanks to the classes of 2014 and 1974 the pond will look beautiful and smell fresh because of the newly installed eco-friendly filtration system that works to filter and circulate the water. Along with the filtration system, plants are being introduced into the eco-system to help filter the water. During the month-long process, no stone or brick was left unturned as muck was cleared from the pond. The pond is now the jewel of the campus—check it out at Homecoming!

BUSINESS HORIZONS — High school students from across Iowa once again made Central College their home in July as participants in Business Horizons, where they actively engaged in five components of business including finance, product development and marketing. Did you know students who apply to Central College after participating in Business Horizons and are subsequently admitted are guaranteed scholarship assistance, renewable for all four years?

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!

Wales Reunion

THE WELSH CREW REUNION — Greg '86 and wife Carla Callaghan Vines '87 hosted a reunion in July of those who attended the Wales program during the Fall semester of 1983. They are pictured first row (left to right): Meg Debner Street ’85, Shellie Page Kemna ’85, Carolyn Shover Benda ’86, Lori Brand Olson ’85, Nancy Cisar Wright ’84 and Stacie Runyan Gibler ’85. Second row: Marti Haan Hearn ’86, Kelly Crone Hearn '85 and Sue Bjork Rush ’83. Back row: Greg Vines ’86, Brad Schulze ’84, and Tim Lazenby ’86.

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, Amy Woods '05, who responded to the challenge:“What does HOBY stand for?” The answer was: “Hugh O’Brian Youth” Try this month’s challenge:

“What are the two big improvements we’ve made to our campus this summer?” 

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Upcoming Alumni Events

A Cappella Choir Alumni Reunion
August 10 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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Central Connections - Iowa City
August 12 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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Central Connections - Kansas City
August 15 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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Legacy Lunch
August 23 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Benedictine Tailgate
September 6 from 4:30 - 6 p.m.
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Central RED Society
September 10 from 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Homecoming Weekend
October 3 - 5
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Study Abroad Alumni Tour - Paris
June 6 - June 14
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Alumni Profile

Andrea Kapusinski Cooper ’07

Sarah Vander Linden Zagami ’04

Current town: Antananarivo, Madagascar

Education: English and religion with a Christian ministries emphasis. Received an M.A. in educational ministries from Wheaton College Graduate School.

About me: I grew up in Lynnville, Iowa, and graduated from Lynnville-Sully High School. I chose Central because it gave me the opportunity to stay close to home while also expanding my horizons. I wanted to study theology while engaging with people of different backgrounds and beliefs. Central is a community where that is possible.

Hobbies: Traveling, reading, baking, language learning, trying new foods and spending time with my family.

Fun facts: I have three kids (a three year old boy, Orion, and almost six-month old twin girls, Evangelina and Emmanuella). I’ve spent most of my married life living overseas. I hated rice growing up but now I eat it at least once a day. I live on a tropical island but am an 8-hour drive from the ocean and still have winter nights where it drops to 40 degrees (no heating!).

Employment: My husband and I have served with Africa Inland Mission International in Madagascar since 2008, living in the capital city of Antananarivo. We enjoy surveying new areas for outreach, caring for and visiting the 40 members of our organization working throughout the country and training national leaders.

Memorable Central College moments: Being one of the first to live in the “Pods” senior year, studying abroad in Leiden, the Netherlands, working in the Admission Office, various short-term mission trips and starting The Calm with Campus Ministries on Sunday nights, Dutch dancing during Tulip Time, Lemming Races and dressing as the Big Red mascot for football games.

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Student Spotlight


Journey Scholarship student: Greta Page '15

High school:
Holland High School

Hometown: Holland, Mich.

Major: Business Management         


Residence hall: DeVelder

Why I Chose Central: When I came to visit there was a box of Dutch letters from the school waiting for me at my hotel. I hadn’t even stepped on campus yet and I already felt welcome. When I went to the admissions office the next day they already knew who I was and where I was from.  Students all over campus were wearing Central gear, more than at any other college I visited. The students I met were all so friendly and made a self-conscious high school student feel okay that her dad was following her around all day. My visit at Central stood out from the rest, Central was the smallest school I was visiting and at all of the other schools I felt like I was just a number. I chose Central because (to me) when choosing a school you need to feel like you belong, you need to feel welcome and that you are more than just a number. 

Abroad plans or experience: I studied abroad in Merida, Mexico, the spring semester of my sophomore year. Learning Spanish had always been difficult for me, so I thought what better way to learn Spanish than by living in Mexico for a few months. And, thank goodness I went, because it ended up being four of the best months of my life. My experiences abroad forced me to get out of my comfort zone and through that, I was able to learn so much about myself and grow immensely as a person.

What are your future goals? Right now the biggest goal of mine is to travel the world, to visit all of the places I have always wanted to see.

Favorite professor/class: Principles of Marketing with Professor Campbell. For me, this was the class that helped me know I had chosen the right major. I knew this was something I could do for the rest of my life and never get bored.

Another favorite professor of mine is Professor Mills. I took Applied Statistics with him my junior year and had not had a math class since my senior year of high school. Even on the first day, it was apparent he cared about his students; he truly wanted us to succeed in the course. It was also obvious that he was doing what he loved – teaching and math – and that made class much more enjoyable as a student.

Interesting facts: I have been thrown into the pond every year on my birthday. Not many people can say that. I guess it’s the downfall to having a September birthday. My junior year the Lemming race was the day after my birthday, so I went in again (dressed as a crayon).

Hobbies/interests: I really enjoy reading when I have the chance. I also like refurbishing old furniture—sanding, priming and painting it—making something entirely new.

Fun fact: Gravity tends to affect me more. The falls and wipe-outs you see on TV and in movies that you think never happen in real life, probably have happened to me. For example, my freshman year, I was on crutches and during orientation I missed part of a step going up the stairs and fell in front of a room full of people. It makes for a funny story now, but at the time I could not have been more embarrassed.

What activities do you participate in at Central: Intramural sports—basketball, volleyball and softball.

Favorite food in Central Market: Fresh cookie Tuesday—who doesn’t love a warm chocolate chip cookie? A crazy person, that’s who!

Best Central memory: Any time I am doing something goofy with my friends has become a great memory. Such as going to the BKE Bash every year, the Lemming Race, climbing on the roof of Maytag or other shenanigans we come up with. What I have come to realize is that it is not what I am doing, but who I am with that makes a memory become a great one.

Why I love my major: There are so many different things I can do with it after I graduate. The possibilities are endless and I really like that about the business management major. I also really enjoy my classes; the combination of note taking and hands-on work.

Why I love Central:  One of the reasons I love Central is because of all the great people I have met during my time here, also because of the students who came before me and shaped the school into what it is today. I love the small class sizes and the fact my professors know my name and I can go to them if I need help. I love the Central community and all that it has to offer.

Internships: I am an intern in the Alumni and Development office.

Off-campus activities: I work at Sports Page Sporting Goods.

Career plans: To become a CEO of a multi-billion dollar company. I’m kidding. “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” --T. D. Jakes. My career plan right now is just that, to follow my passion because ultimately I want to find a job that I love and that helps give me a purpose. I do not just want a job that is simply a paycheck to pay the bills; I want a job that I look forward to going to everyday.

Message to donors: Thank you for making it possible for me to attend Central College and to have all of the experiences I would not have otherwise had. Mostly, thank you for helping mold and shape Central into the place it is today, a college that cares about the students. Not only in the classroom or on the field but financially as well.

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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