Animating Life

Jan Case ’76 works as a medical animator at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, bringing the doctor’s procedures to life before patients’ eyes.

Feb 20, 2013

Hear For Yourself

Walter Cannon, professor of English, co-edited a book exploring the relationship between hearing and Shakespeare.

Feb 8, 2013 | 3 Comments

Continental Crossroads

A specialist in Eurasia, Sarah Frese ’09 coordinated the Black Sea Energy and Economic Forum before going on to study Russia and Eastern Europe at Georgetown University.

Nov 27, 2012

The Glass Businessman

After taking both art and business classes at Central, Lee Wassink ’92 started his own glassblowing studio in Oregon. He returned during Homecoming to demonstrate the process to alumni and students.

Nov 13, 2012 | 2 Comments

Earthward Bound

Sara Crippen ’11 spent the first year after graduation on an arduous but thrilling journey to explore her spiritual and physical connection to the human race and the beauty of the earth.

Sep 7, 2012

Marketing 101 in a Bowling Alley

Brandon Thomsen ’05 shares marketing tips he’s learned as a manager with Lucky Strike, an upscale lounge company.

Aug 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

Iowans in a Mayan Land

Jim Schulze, professor emeritus of psychology, and Lisa Rock ’87 explore modern Mayan and Mexican life while arranging homestays for Central College students.

May 11, 2012 | 3 Comments

Party Fit for a President

Jenae Jenison ‘11 didn’t waste any time getting involved in big things. Just weeks after graduating, she played a significant part in planning the Iowa visit of the Chinese heir apparent, Vice President Xi Jinping.

May 8, 2012

Mr. Vice President, Welcome to our Farm

Natalie Hansen Kimberley ’00 and her family received international attention when they played host to Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping at their family farm in February.

May 8, 2012

Instruments of Friendship

A partnership between the Central College music department and the Yucatan Youth Music Program culminated in a presentation and concert in Merida this January.

Mar 2, 2012 | 1 Comment

Outside the Classroom: Brian Roberts

Brian Roberts, associate professor of art, is attracted to the imagery of Iowa. During his sabbatical, he worked on a series of ceramic sculptures that reference the states’ familiar architecture.

Feb 16, 2012

Wandering Around the World

Not all those who wander are lost. Brian Cretin ’99 is spending at least nine months traveling. His only plan: see the earth’s best places.

Feb 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

The Definition of Whirlwind

Ann Wilkinson, instructor of theatre, made a name for herself in Los Angeles before finding her way to Pella.

Nov 28, 2011

Ryan Rumery

The Sound and Music

A sound designer and composer, Ryan Rumery has made a name for himself working in theatre productions in New York City and beyond.

Oct 19, 2011 | 3 Comments

"Freedom" Hanbound leather book 11 x 16 x 6"--Paper, leather, metal, found objects, wood--$575

Lost and Found

Gena Ollendieck ’91 creates artwork out of discarded objects and vintage photos. Her pieces evoke a mixture of deep nostalgia and bright optimism that fascinates the contemporary art world.

Aug 31, 2011 | 2 Comments

Moments from a Meaningful Life

Former president Dr. Ken Weller talks about his service in the Navy, his time at Central and his work shaping college education and athletics.

Aug 16, 2011 | 5 Comments

Pipe Dreams

Fascinated with the instrument since childhood, associate professor Mark Babcock ended up chairing a major organ convention.

Aug 8, 2011 | 5 Comments

Dick Redman

Jazzin’ Up the Schools

After 35 years spent inspiring a love of music in his students, Dick Redman ‘76 retires as band director at Pella Schools.

Aug 8, 2011

SWE in Merida

Our Musicians in Mexico

Two Central ensembles performed in the Yucatan over winter break, to the delight of the Central students and local audiences.

Aug 8, 2011

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