Friday, March 7, 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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LET US ENTERTAIN YOU
Sunday, March 9
CELEBRATE STUDY ABROAD — Celebrate the 50th anniversary of study abroad at Central College at the kick-off event on Wednesday, March 26, 4:30 – 6 p.m. in the Harry and Bernice Vermeer Banquet Hall in Graham Conference Center. Our study abroad resident directors will all be there and you can savor the many flavors of our international sites. We have much to celebrate from our rich history and much to affirm in our commitment to global education as we look forward to the next 50 years. Consider the impact when more than 15,000 students have studied abroad on Central’s programs since the first one began in 1965. The campus will mark this anniversary with programming throughout 2014-15 celebrating “A Year of Global Citizenship.” Look for more information to come with a schedule of special events slated for the next academic year.
WHO’S FRED? In appreciation for the generosity of the Maytag Foundation, Grand Central Station will be renamed "Fred's" after Maytag’s founder, Fred Maytag. Fred's will offer more space with an entire new look and menu. The Maytag renovation will begin the day after graduation and will be ready to welcome students and YOU by mid-August.
WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE — Bob Hicok, associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, will be the writer-in-residence for the week of March 10-14. While here, he will visit classes, hold a poetry workshop and read from his work at Writers Reading on March 13. Hicok is the author of several collections of poems, including “The Legend of Light,” which was the winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry in 1995 and named a 1997 ALA Booklist Notable Book of the Year. His book “Animal Soul” was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and his book “This Clumsy Living” received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress.
ANTHROPOLOGIST-IN-RESIDENCE —Dr. Cynthia Mahmood will be on campus March 10-13. Mahmood specializes in the anthropology of violence, war and peace, terrorism, guerilla warfare and language and culture. She will present a lecture on Religion and Conflict Resolution: Taking the Risk of the Face-to-Face. Mahmood is an associate professor of anthropology; fellow, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and fellow, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She will visit classes and meet with students and faculty while in residence. Her residency is made possible by the Frank Moore Endowment in Anthropology.
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE — Jennifer Moore, the Allison B. Allen visiting artist-in-residence, will exhibit her work in the Mills Gallery from March 26 - April 18. Moore will be in residence March 31 - April 4 and will hold a design workshop that is open to the community on April 1, 6:30 - 9 p.m. She is a weaver and will be working with both art classes and the math seminar on the use of Fibonacci sequence and fractals in design. Her work can be viewed on her website www.doubleweaver.com.
AUSTRALIAN DINNER WITH WINE— On March 28, learn about Australian wines while enjoying the “barbie.” Dinner is $40 per person and reservations are required by March 26. RSVP to Treva at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUMMER CAMP — We are offering a variety of camps again this summer for your high school and/or middle school student. Check out http://www.central.edu/camps/ for more information and updates as additional campus are added.
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 email@example.com.
NOMINATE SOMEONE! — Each year the Central College community celebrates graduates who have gone on to do great things after college by honoring them with a Central College Alumni Award.
A WISE INVESTMENT — Central RED Society has more than 100 members and continues to grow. If you live in Central Iowa and believe education is a life-long process, join us today. Central RED Society is an affordable investment in the growth of your knowledge. Learn more about Central RED and sign up for our spring semester classes at http://www.central.edu/red/.
SEND US A PICTURE — 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. If you have a picture of your legacy student(s) wearing Central gear or showing off a legacy gift from the college, please send them to 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!)
CENTRAL COLLEGE NEWS — Keep checking the homepage of our website at www.central.edu for updated news about Central students, alumni, faculty and staff. Mycaela Crouse '14 and Rachel Connelly '14 were ready for an adventure; they found one this summer in Thailand. Get to know football teammates Joel Lynde ’16 and Travis DeFrancisco ’16 who came all the way from sunny Arizona and discovered a home away from home at 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 newsnotes 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 email@example.com 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! —If you know a student who would be a perfect fit for Central, be sure to complete this online form. Tell us about it. Are you willing to recruit? Please contact Mary Benedict at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-447-0287 to recruit prospective students in the spring of 2014.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.
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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CENTRAL RED — Rev. Kevin Korver ’77 kicked off the spring semester of Central RED with “Me, Keep the Sabbath? Why?” Interested in joining Central RED? Check out our website at http://www.central.edu/red/
JOSH DOLEZAL — Prof. Josh Dolezal’s memoir, "Down from the Mountaintop: From Belief to Belonging" was recently published by the University of Iowa Press. For more information about the book go to http://www.uiowapress.org/books/2014-spring/down-mountaintop.htm
GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT — Students in the Exercise Science class participated in a global sustainability project at Roberts Creek County Park. Students worked with officers from the Marion County Park Board to build a structure on the ice. In the spring, this habitat will sink to the bottom and provide shelter for fish and cover for anglers to target.
EVERY LURE TELLS A STORY — Artist in residence Kevin Kling joined the Exercise Science class for a lure-building activity and storytelling session. Students were given the opportunity to share their creations with Kling and ask questions of the artist.PROFESSOR’S POETRY PUBLISHED — Dr. Walter Cannon’s poem, “If We Say Blue” was accepted by Nimrod International Journal (Tulsa University) for the Spring 2014 issue. His Chapbook, “The Possible World” (Finishing Line Press), was published in Dec. 2013.
READ WITH US — Our Cover to Cover Book Club chose Bill Bryson’s “One Summer: America 1927” for their going-into-spring read on Thursday, March 6. It was a wonderful evening thanks to history professor Dr. Lori Witt and English professor Dr. Walter Cannon who helped lead our discussion and the group of readers who joined us.
SCIENCE OF SPORT — John Roslien, Frank Neu and senior athletic training majors Samantha Quick ’14 and Reba Jongeling ’14 presented a “Science of Sport” program at the Science Center of Iowa on Valentine’s Day. They demonstrated a variety of hands-on techniques used by athletic trainers to evaluate and prevent athletic injuries. The program was coordinated by Central College alum Allison Miller Schwanebeck ’06 in her role as the director of exhibits at the Science Center.
EVENT PHOTOS — See pictures from all our alumni events at https://www.central.edu/alumni/photos/.
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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, Kristi Leonard ’97, who responded to the challenge: “Name the play actor Kevin Kling will star in when he comes to Central.” The answer was: “Breakin’ Hearts & Takin’ Names.” Try this month’s challenge:
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Gregory Christiano ’69
Current town: Hopatcong, N.J. (50 miles west of New York City)
Education: While at Central I majored in geography. I did post graduate work at New York University, Sussex County Community College, New York University School of Continuing Education, Brookside Business and Technical Institute and Printing Industries of Metropolitan New York (PIMNY).
About me: I am a born and bred city dweller, having grown up in the Bronx, New York City. I attended Salesian High School in New Rochelle, New York, a Roman Catholic College Prep. In my senior year, 1964, I looked into several colleges in-state and across the country. Central University of Iowa stood out among the prospects. Coming from a large city I was attracted to the small student body of 700. But more importantly, I was impressed with Central’s high accreditation and the fact that even though it was church affiliated, the college still received state funding. Not to mention that it was a liberal arts university. I knew I would receive a well-rounded education. In an orientation session conducted by the university in upstate New York in the summer of 1964, I met Professor James Graham, academic dean, along with other Central College representatives and other potential students. After this cordial get-together I was convinced. Even my mother was sold. I knew it would be a perfect match.
After graduation I moved back home. The results of the Selective Service Lottery held on Dec. 1, 1969, kept me out of the draft and the Vietnam War. I was free to pursue a civilian life, but it proved difficult to find a job in my field. It wasn’t until 1973 when I finally hooked up with Hagstrom Map Company in Manhattan, publisher of street and road maps, where my cartography skills could be put to use. I stayed eight years as head of the research department. An opening came along to enter the commercial printing trade, which offered me greater income and opportunity for advancement.
I was married in 1979. My wife Kathleen is an RN at an acute rehab hospital in Morris County, N.J., working the 12-hour night shift. Our twin girls, born 1981, were twelve weeks premature and hospitalized in intensive care for three months. They suffered from many learning and developmental disabilities. Jennifer, who is also deaf, is in a residential program. Theresa lives at home. Both are classified today as Disabled Adult Children and are under medical and behavioral care requiring constant treatment and medication for their handicaps. Our son Kevin, born in 1988, graduated from Rutgers in 2012 and is back at school studying computer science.
By 1987 I was able to comfortably support my family and carry a mortgage. After 15 years in the printing field I was ready for another career move—this time it was in sales. I was hired as a claims adjuster and salesman for a bottled water company located in Manhattan. The management awarded me prime territory in mid-town and the freedom to schedule my day as I chose. After being employed there for 10 years, the company downsized, which resulted in another switch for me to a start-up organization that sold emergency notification systems to government agencies, educational institutions and Fortune 500 corporations.
During those working years I devoted much of my spare time to advance my writing career and it paid off. Besides the many articles and essays I’ve had published in magazines along with anthologies and journals, since 2005 I have published six books, all of which are available on Amazon. I retired in March 2010 and enjoy spending time with my family and, of course, writing. All in all it’s been quite a run, but I’ve always kept Central in my thoughts, remembering what a wonderful time I had there as an undergraduate during the 1960s.
Hobbies: Collecting antique and historic newspapers, some as far back as the 17th century. Antique maps, books and prints are also part of this collection. I’ve amassed quite a number of Silver Age comic books, some are pretty rare. Ephemera is another interest of mine along with collecting U.S. stamps, coins and currency. I am currently researching the origins and spread of baseball in the New York metropolitan area, working with the Society for American Baseball Research.
Fun facts: Living within commuting distance to my old hometown New York City affords me a great way to keep busy and have some fun. I try to get into the city whenever I can. Locally, going to movies and a walk in the park are very relaxing. I also love to spend time at the Jersey shore with my wife. We have a special place on Long Beach Island at Beach Haven and stay there a few days each summer.
Central moments: I cannot list them all, but a few stand out. Winter, 1965—it might have been a fraternity hazing stunt. One morning as I was heading to Graham Hall for breakfast, I stopped dead in my tracks to see a Volkswagen Beetle, completely stuffed with crumpled up newspapers, placed on top of the chapel steps (today, Douwstra Auditorium) totally obstructing the entrance.
Speaking of the Chapel—in 1967 or ’68 there was an incident where all the hymn books were taken and placed in the attic. The next day I was told that some members of the staff were seen lowering all of them down in buckets. I won’t tell you who was responsible for that prank, although some may have already guessed.
The many plays and musicals on campus, especially Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” directed by Maurice Birdsall, Central’s professor of dramatics and speech in 1965. Attending classes in ancient Jordan Hall with my favorite English professor Thomas Gray in 1966, learning the fine arts with Professor Mills and laughing at Dr. Bergman’s Audie Murphy jokes. There were so many first-class instructors and all of them made a deep impression on me as they did their best to train my mind.
To avoid having food pilfered from the refrigerator in the lobby, many of us stored perishables between the window panes in our rooms at Pietenpol Hall during the winter months to keep the food cold and save it from being eaten by hungry students overnight.
I remember the great times, but also the small things that make the story more complete and memorable. Like those cool, quiet days of winter snows settling over the campus, creating a picture-perfect postcard. Now I can share these moments with anecdotes of those days and of how I built bonds and relationships that are difficult to forget. I have a lot to tell—after all I spent five years at Central—a long time to get acquainted.
I’m available to answer questions about what life at Central was like in the 1960s or simply to reconnect and reminisce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Journey Scholarship Student: Tia Dupont ’14
High school: North High School
Hometown: Swea City, Iowa
Major: Health and Exercise Science
Residence hall: Peale
Favorite professor/class: Human Physiology, it is really interesting to learn about how and why the body functions the way that it does. Kaitlin Gannon is one of my favorite professors. I love how she teaches her classes and we always have a good time while we are in her class.
Message to donors: I’ve made all sorts of memories on campus and met some wonderful people. I came to Central to further my education, but I ended up changing my life forever. For all the things I have learned, people I have met and memories I have made, I truly want to thank those that made it possible.
Hobbies/interests: I love sports, playing and watching them. I enjoy all kinds of movies and watching with my friends.
Fun fact about yourself: I have an awesome twin brother—who allows me to use him for my interesting/fun fact every time I have needed one.
Off-campus activities: I enjoy going out to Lake Red Rock and spending time with my friends, and I also like to babysit when I have the time.
Favorite food in Central Market: Nutella pizza!
Best Central memory: Watching the Central men’s soccer team play in the conference final game for the first time in the program’s history.
Why I love Central: It is a wonderful place to be. I love that I can walk across campus and say hi to all the people that I pass and genuinely know them. There is such a wonderful community here and it has definitely made my four years at Central very special.
Career plans: Obtain my doctorate in physical therapy and eventually open my own PT clinic.
Kathy Cashen Thompson
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