Upcoming Alumni Events

Let's Go Dutch For Lunch - Des Moines

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 11:30 AM - 1 PM

Let's Go Dutch for Lunch

Goldfinch Restaurant
316 Court Ave Des Moines

Please join us in welcoming Kevin Stittsworth '95, Director of Alumni Relations and Michelle Wilkie, Major Gifts Officer/Grant Writer to the Advancement team!

Your cost $13 – payment in advance preferred.

Central RED Society - Tulip Time

Thursday, March 16, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

**This is a Central RED event for members of the Society. If interested in becoming a member, check out our website at

Join us in a fun evening learning about many of the Dutch costumes seen at Tulip Time. The costume of the men, women, and children often tell of the owner’s province, wealth, religion, occupation, marital status, and more. You’ll learn why the color red is used in many costumes, the uniqueness of an “orijizer” and a “kraplap” and many other interesting tidbits. Some of the models will be our Central RED members.

Milly Vande Kieft is a retired instructor of children’s literature at Central College. Being 100 percent Dutch from Sioux County in northwest Iowa, she has always been interested in the Dutch culture. Despite her Dutch heritage, Milly first became interested in the dress of the Dutch when she needed a Dutch costume for marching with her students in the Tulip Time parade. This sparked her interest in finding out about Dutch costumes, customs, foods, and lifestyle. Milly was on the original committee that created patterns of Dutch costumes for Pella residents. She now serves on the Convention and Visitors Bureau board, is a Pella tour guide, and is part of the Dutch Demos at Tulip Time. She is very active in her church leading children’s activities and musicals and finds great therapy at her space-age, electronic sewing machine.

Study Abroad Directors Dinner

Friday, March 24, 2017 6 PM - 8 PM

Reunite With Your Director

Graham Annex, Dave and Ardie Sutphen Common Room

Buffet dinner, $10 with cash bar

Hoping to see you there:

Mark Simmons, London, England Veronica Garcia Montero, Granada, Spain Valerie Grimsely, Merida, Mexico Ruth Verweijen, Vienna, Austria Tecwyn Vaughan Jones, Wales

Event for Central College Alumni & Staff Only


Central RED Society - What's the Deal With Bees

Monday, March 27, 2017 Noon - 1:30 P.M.

**This is a Central RED event for members of the Society. If interested in becoming a member, check out our website at

We’ve all heard that honeybees are in trouble. Colony collapse disorder has made the news….a situation where bees disappear for no reason. And yet in Iowa, new beekeepers are springing up every day as this age-old process is being revived.  Andy will address what are the biggest challenges to the bee population, and their effect on agriculture if they die out.

Andy Joseph is the State Apiarist for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and will address the problems in the bee community and the hope for the future that he sees. Joseph graduated from the University of Kentucky with an M.S. in Entomology. 

50 years of Central College In Vienna

Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Schottenstift, Vienna

5:30-7:30 p.m.

8 p.m.

A Cappella Choir from Central College in Pella, Iowa.

For more information and to RSVP your interest, please contact Ruth Verweijen at or Michaela Maschek at