Thea Lunning '23

For the Love of Sports

Central College students have a lot going on. Thea Lunning ’23 is no stranger to involvement opportunities on campus, and it’s her love for all she does that drives her.

Apr 14, 2023

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Love Through the Decades

Just like the Central College experience, each Central love story is unique. Small class sizes can lead to all sorts of strong relationships — even marriage!

Apr 14, 2023

Central College Sweethearts

A Dutch Letter is sweet, but a Central love story is even sweeter.

Apr 14, 2023

That’s Curious

An ambition for lifelong learning embraces curiosity, engages in community and explores widely. This is what opens doors for a lifetime.

Apr 14, 2023

Tammy Strawser, lecturer of education, meets with a student in her office.

Heart Work

Central College faculty share details about their courses that teach interpersonal strategies to better cultivate connections.

Apr 14, 2023

Central College welcomed 200 Iowa-based TRIO students to campus for a leadership conference.

Around the Pond – Spring 2023

Read up on the latest updates from around Central.

Apr 14, 2023

Lucas ’16 and Makaye Smith Hamilton ’15 redefining “home” with their children Theodore and Eloise.

Home: Defined

Parting Shot: Lucas ’16 and Makaye Smith Hamilton ’15 redefining “home” with their children.

Apr 14, 2023

Letter to the Editor – Spring 2023

Read the latest letters to the editor submissions.

Apr 14, 2023

Deepest Appreciation

Sally Anderson ’69 created two endowed scholarships at Central College honoring long-time employees of the college: Alice Lammers and Harriet Heusinkveld ’39.

Apr 14, 2023

Former Central College Presidents Arend D. “Don” Lubbers, Ken Weller and Irwin Lubbers share a moment outside Central Hall.

The Life and Stories of Arend D. Lubbers

Arend (Don) Lubbers, former Central College president, came to Pella as a three-year-old and went on to serve the college as the youngest collegiate president in the nation at that time.

Apr 4, 2023

Beatriz Mate-Kodjo ’11

Growing up the Central Way

Beatriz Mate-Kodjo ’11, civil rights attorney at BMK Law, advises others how to act as positive change agents in the workplace.

Jan 13, 2023

Jen Diers, director of the education program at Central College, and Kinsley Parrott ’21, founder and president of Packs for a Purpose, Inc., proudly present one of the nonprofit’s packs.

For the Kids

For Kinsley Parrott ’21, Central College sparked a dream to help vulnerable children — a spark that caught and is spreading like wildfire across the region.

Jan 13, 2023

Central College curriculum gives students access to nonprofit collaboration and connection, as Mattie Francis ’23 (pictured right) learned in a course with Kate Nesbit, assistant professor of English (pictured left).

On a Meaningful Course

Mattie Francis ’23 shares her experiences enacting change.

Jan 13, 2023

Several of Max “Dubit” Vander Pol’s friends and some former Central student employees at Dubit’s Steak House in the 1960s-70s dropped in to his Pella home in June. Seated, left to right: John Carle ’60, John Danks ’69, Steve Paris ’73, Tom Hall ’61, Herb Blom ’61, Max Vander Pol and Cliff Marlow ’75. Standing: John Goode ’79, Steve Bancroft ’70, Alex Glann ’69, Del Miller ’72, Al Dorenkamp ’75 and Al Paris ’77.

Dubit Did a Lot

Sometimes “doing a little bit” turns into a lifetime of doing a lot.

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Kat De Penning '11, third from left, poses on campus with students from Greek Bible College.

Go Unto All the World

These Central College alumni have made ministry their mission.

Jan 11, 2023

Eric Jones '87

Cruisin’ Through Homecoming 2022

Eric Jones ’87 gained a new appreciation for Central’s campus after a tour with alumni.

Jan 12, 2023

President Mark Putnam checked in with Central students working in Pella on Service Day 2022.

Called To Serve

Service has been a hallmark of Central College for generations. One of the most concrete expressions of this value is the new core curriculum recently adopted by our faculty called “Engaged Citizenship.”

Jan 13, 2023

Kyle Munson ’94

Extreme Deadline: An Unsustainable Future for Local News

Kyle Munson ’94 questions the future of local news.

Jan 12, 2023

Bob De Smidt ’61 was honored with the Alumni Stewardship, Service and Leadership Award in 2009.

A Blessing to Others

Robert “Bob” De Smidt ’61 feels blessed and now works to bless others by giving back.

Jan 12, 2023

Jen Diers, director of Central’s education program, front left, and the 2022 Geisler Penquite scholars from Central’s class of 2024, front row from left: Kate Hoogensen, Lindsey Davidson, Savannah Neil, Shanna Hudson and Sophia Egli. Back row, from left: Nolan Brand, Blake Recker, Kole Tupa, Taryn Hintz and Addison Six.

Around the Pond – Winter 2023

Read up on the latest updates from around Central.

Jan 12, 2023

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Letters to the Editor – Winter 2023

Read the latest letters to the editor submissions.

Jan 13, 2023

Scene from Central College Homecoming 2022

2022 Homecoming Class Reunions

Check out all the class reunion photos from Central Homecoming 2022!

Nov 11, 2022

Cheri Trout Doane ’98, former director of community-based learning, leaves a legacy of service through love at Central College.

A Force for Good

Cheri Trout Doane ’98 has helped Central College students make a difference by fostering citizen involvement.

Oct 14, 2022

Shawn Vande Kieft ’21 outside Pella Corporation where he works as a product engineer.

Dreams Have No Deadlines

After 15 years in the workforce, Shawn Vande Kieft ’21 learned it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

Oct 14, 2022

The Central "C" logo on a Superman-style shield and cape.

Changing Life for the Better (Super Powers From Super Alumni)

Making a difference in the world begins at Central College. Whether it’s perseverance, storytelling or remembering names, the strengths of three Central alumni have proven essential.

Oct 14, 2022

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