All alumni, families and friends are invited to return to campus to enjoy the festivities planned for Homecoming 2014. Activities are planned for guests of all ages.

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2014 Schedule

Please stop by the Welcome Center when you arrive on campus to check in and pick up your registration packets, meal and event tickets, special Central gift and find out who’s coming back!

The Welcome Center is in the Dave and Ardie Sutphen Commons located in the Graham Annex. The Annex is located on University St – across the drive from the Graham Conference Center and Central Hall. Parking is available in the large lot on University St.

Friday, Oct 3 9 a.m.– 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4 8:30 a.m.– noon

 Friday, Oct. 3

7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Café at Geisler Library open. Visit Central’s own coffee shop and enjoy a variety of beverages and pastries. The café is located on the ground floor of the Geisler Library.
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mills Gallery open.
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The NEW Central Spirit Shoppe is located on the 1st floor of the Maytag Student Center.
9:30 a.m. Annual Schipper Memorial Golf Tournament. For questions contact Travis Thompson ’96 or Chad Klein ’92Download link to register
10 a.m. Heritage Day Reception. Lower Chapel Courtyard.
11 a.m. Heritage Day Worship, Chapel.
12 p.m. Heritage Day Luncheon. Harry and Bernice Vermeer Banquet Hall, Graham Conference Center. This luncheon celebrates members of the Heritage Roll of Honor and Cornerstone Society and recognizes our special Homecoming guests – members of the class of 1964 celebrating their golden reunion. By invitation only. Suggested attire: professional
2 - 5 p.m. Maytag Student Center Open House – Significant renovations are planned for the Maytag Student Center during the summer of 2014 – courtesy of a $3.1 million gift from the Fred Maytag Family Foundation.  Stop by to tour the building and check out the updates.
6 p.m. Lemming Race, Peace Mall. A Central tradition since 1977. Come watch the fun (but stay back so you don’t take a swim!)
6 - 7:30 p.m. Street Festival: Alumni & Family Barbecue, Pep Rally, Coronation, street party – Graham Hall Lawn by Broadway Street. Enjoy casual family dining while meeting and greeting friends and classmates. AND  celebrate students, athletics, and homecoming. This event is designed to promote community and celebrate Central. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children 5-12, free children 0-4 and Central students with ID.
6:30 p.m. Athletics Hall of Honor banquet, Harry and Bernice Vermeer Banquet Hall, Graham Conference Center. Open to all alumni, friends and fans. Cost is $20. Reservations are required. Call 800-447-0287.
7:30 p.m. Central Theatre Production: “A Game’s Afoot: or Holmes for the Holidays,” at the Pella Opera House. Tickets available at the Central information booth call 877-462-3687
7:30 - 9 p.m. Alumni Social Time – Stop by the newly renovated Maytag Student Center after the street party to visit with classmates and friends.  Enjoy light snacks and a cash bar. 
8 p.m. Celebrate Homecoming 2014 with the Red & Blue Combos. Under the direction of Gabriel Espinosa. All seats $ 5.00. Free with Central College ID.
Tickets go on sale September 2, 2014.  All ticket proceeds go to support the ensemble's tour to Mexico January 2015.

Saturday, Oct. 4

8 - 10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast, Maytag Patio Enjoy pancakes and sausage cooked and served by members of Central’s Parents’ Council. Cost: $5 Adults; $3 Children 5-12; free Children 0-4 and Central students with ID.
8 a.m. - Noon Mills Gallery open.
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central Spirit Shoppe open.
9 a.m.– 10:30 a.m. Central College Abroad 50th Anniversary Celebration. Come home to celebrate, share and gather with others who studied and past directors who led programs. Mini-reunions will take place at locations across campus.
10 - Noon Carnival. Inflatable fun for everyone. Weller Center lawn by the tailgate.
10 a.m.

Athletics Hall of Honor induction ceremony, Schipper Fitness Center lobby. Help celebrate the induction of the Central Athletics Hall of Honor’s newest members.

This years recipients are:

  • Megan Clayberg - volleyball coach
  • Rick Sanger - football, track and field
  • Jeff Schneekloth - tennis
10:30 a.m.

Alumni Award Presentation & Lunch – Maytag Student Center Boat, Moore, Weller Rooms, Alumni and friends are invited to attend the 2014 Alumni Award presentation followed by special luncheon that will honor our 2014 Alumni Award recipients. This luncheon is an alternative to the tailgate lunch. Cost: $12 adults; $6 for children 5 – 12. Reservations are required.

This years recipients are:

  • Jeff Link’89 - Alumni Award
  • Markay Winston ’87 - Alumni Award
  • Kirk Kolenbrander ’83 - Alumni Award
  • Marlyn Rietfeld Ebbers - Honorary Alumni Award
11 a.m. Tailgate Under the Big Tent Corner of Independence and W. 3rd. $6.50
1 p.m. Football — Central vs. Wartburg Schipper Stadium. $7 reserved/$6 general admission
post-game - 6:30 p.m. Party on the Plaza. Join us for Happy Hour on the Plaza! All are welcome to this festive party to renew friendships and celebrate Central. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Central’s excellent catering staff and more while visiting with classmates and friends. Happy Hour will take place on Central's Bornt Entry Plaza off University Street, in Graham Conference Center and the conference center annex. Suggested attire: casual/business casual (you are free to wear what you’ve worn to the game!) Beer and wine (cash bar) will be available at this event. Cost: $7 adults; $3 children 5-12 and Central students with ID; free children 0-4.
Class pictures will be taken during this event. All those who are present for their class picture will receive a coupon for a free drink from the bar.
  • Class of 2014: 4:30 pm
  • Class of 2009: 4:38 pm
  • Class of 2004: 4:46 pm
  • Class of 1999: 4:54 pm
  • Class of 1994: 5:02 pm
  • Class of 1989: 5:10 pm
  • Class of 1984: 5:18 pm
  • Class of 1979: 5:26 pm
  • Class of 1974: 5:34 pm
  • Class of 1969: 5:42 pm
  • Class of 1964: 5:50 pm
  • Class of 1959: 5:58 pm
  • Class of 1958+: 6:06 pm
7 p.m. Reunion Gathering Pella Golf and Country Club. All are welcome to celebrate Central, reunions and connetions. Food and beverages available for purchase.

Sunday, Oct. 5

9 a.m. A Cappella Choir assisting in worship. A Cappella Choir alumni are invited to sing with the A Cappella Choir during 9:45 a.m. worship at Second Reformed Church, 612 Broadway. Rehearsal begins 9 a.m. at the church.
11 a.m. Sunday Brunch Central Market. $7.50
Noon Eighth Annual Flying Pans Alumni Steel Band Concert. Douwstra Auditorium. All past Pan members are invited and encouraged to participate in our 8th annual Homecoming alumni concert. Alums, family and friends are invited and encouraged to attend! If you’re interested in playing, please contact Stan Dahl – or 641-628-7481 for more information. Free.
1 p.m. A Cappella Choir. Free. The Chapel
1:35 p.m. Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Free. Douwstra Auditorium