About Civitas

Mission Statement

Civitas magazine is published quarterly by the communications office for alumni, parents and friends of Central College. Its mission is to generate discussion and reflection, highlight the diversity of student, faculty and alumni experiences and inform readers about the engaging and possibly world-changing research and thought happening at Central. Civitas — which means “common purpose” — aims to strengthen connections to the college and within the Central College community.


The Website

The digital version of Civitas offers web-exclusive content, videos, photo slideshows and interactive features like reader comments, online sharing and electronic Newsnotes submissions. By featuring more of Central’s stories than is possible in print, the digital version of Civitas is able to cover a wider range of issues and cultivate a deeper — and more social — intellectual experience.




Brittany Carlson Prokupek ’16, carlsonb@central.edu


Assistant Editor & Senior Design Director

Melody VanderLeest, vanderleestm@central.edu


Assistant Editors

Jeanette Budding, buddingj@central.edu

Erin Kamp, kampe@central.edu



Dustin Dawson, dawsond@central.edu

CJ Bonifer, boniferc@central.edu


Newsnotes Editors

Mary Benedict
Zoe Runyon ’22



Sports Editor

Larry Happel ’81, happell@central.edu


Director of Communications and Marketing

Steffanie Bonnstetter, bonnstetters@central.edu


Vice President for Advancement

Sunny Gonzales Eighmy ’99, eighmys@central.edu


Central College is not responsible for and does not verify the accuracy of content posted as comments or Newsnotes by public users.