Lisa Schwalenberg Johnson ’07

Life, Love and the Pursuit of Something More

Central College’s tradition of service runs deep. Several Central alumnae share how they discovered their life’s missions and are devoting their lives to the pursuit of something more.

Jan 13, 2022 | 1 Comment

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Dedicated, innovative, perseverant women — you know them. And you work alongside them.

Jan 13, 2022

Members of the Class of 2016 pose at Central College Homecoming 2021

A Love Letter to Central College

Homecoming 2021 reunites and rekindles.

Jan 13, 2022

The 10th NCAA Division III Championship trophy won by a Central women’s team was hoisted in 2003 by softball captains Libby Hysell Carlton ’03, Mary Vande Hoef ’03, Kris Hughes Gardner ’03 and April Miller Hicks ’03 in Salem, Virigina.

An Era of Opportunities

Central College is recognized as a leader in women’s athletics.

Jan 13, 2022 | 1 Comment

Thomas Ross Smith

Life Loves On

The generosity of the Fred Maytag Family Foundation gives Central students the opportunity to learn and grow in STEM fields.

Jan 13, 2022

Taryn Pennington ’13

Representing the U.S. (And Central) In Tokyo

Taryn Pennington ’13, employed by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, explains health care services for top-tier athletes.

Jan 13, 2022

Mark Putnam, Central College President

Exceeding Expectations and Embracing Opportunities

Too often we are bound by the expectations of others. This is especially true for students completing high school and entering college.

Jan 11, 2022

Central alumni pose for a photo at Homecoming 2021

2021 Homecoming Class Reunions

Check out all the class reunion photos from Central Homecoming 2021!

Jan 12, 2022

Central College Commencement 2021

2021: Where Are They Now?

It’s been less than a year since they graduated, but members of Central’s Class of 2021 are already making their mark in the world.

Jan 13, 2022

Scene from Central College Service Day 2021

Around the Pond – Winter 2022

Read up on the latest updates from around Central.

Jan 11, 2022

The Rokke Family - Amanda, Leah (3.5), Kaylee (5), Jared and Zach (16 months)

Letters to the Editor – Winter 2022

Read the latest letters to the editor submissions.

Jan 11, 2022

The Van Gorp Family

Miss Amazing

Bella from Pella is breaking educational barriers for future students.

Oct 15, 2021

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Pioneers of Progress

Central College’s liberal arts education has been the catalyst of success since 1853, leading alums like these to break the mold.

Oct 15, 2021

Red and white tulips on Central's campus.

The State of the College

An Annual Report and Honor Roll of Giving for 2020-21.

Oct 15, 2021

Jim Fuller, associate head men’s and women’s track coach (right), Kurtis Brondyke ’11 (center) and Will Daniels ’19 enjoyed the thrill of hearing the words “Central College” announced at events more than once during Olympic Trials this summer.

Hurdling Olympic Dreams

Central grads Will Daniels ’19 and Kurtis Brondyke ’11 compete in decathlon trials.

Oct 15, 2021

Central College President Mark Putnam

Finding Another Gear

We’ve all used the phrase “I’m stuck” when we’re met with a problem we don’t know how to solve. This past year has taught me a lot about getting unstuck and finding another gear.

Oct 15, 2021

Jon Witt

Innovative Academics: Relevant Programs for Today’s World

During the past two years, we’ve dealt with many complex issues — not the least of which was navigating through a global pandemic.

Oct 15, 2021

Paul Poppen

Supporting Social Justice Work

Since he was a young boy, Paul Poppen ’69 knew he was going to attend Central College.

Oct 14, 2021

John Mark De Cook ’64 and wife Kay Kuyper De Cook ’63

In Memoriam: John Mark De Cook ’64

John Mark De Cook ’64, Trustee Emeritus at Central College, died Aug. 13, 2021, in Pella, Iowa. He was 80.

Oct 14, 2021

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Around the Pond – Fall 2021

Read up on the latest updates from around Central.

Oct 14, 2021

For a Lifetime

Central alumni share what it means to be Forever Dutch®.

Jul 15, 2021

Exterior of P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium

Making an Impression

New facilities showcase the best of what Central athletics have to offer.

Jul 15, 2021

Former Central presidents David Roe (left) and President Emeritus Ken Weller (center) join current President Mark Putnam at the 2013 NCAA Division III softball championships in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Weller’s Wisdom

President Emeritus Ken Weller accomplished much in his time at Central. Of those accomplishments, Weller authored the Division III Philosophy, which transformed Division III athletics into what they are today.

Jul 15, 2021 | 1 Comment

James Boatright '21 (center) celebrated his graduation from Central with family and friends. Pictured, left to right, Paige Skinner, Boatright's girlfriend; Lauri Auxier, Boatright's mother; and James and Pat Auxier, Boatright's grandparents. Also in attendance, Rick and Amanda Boatright, James Boatright's father and sister, and Jesse Evans, friend.

Hope For the Best

Hope. It’s all anyone has really wanted the past 15-ish months. And it’s all James Boatright ’21’s family has clung to the past five years.

Jul 15, 2021

Jeff McMartin’90,(left), along with his daughters, Emily and Caroline ’24, and wife Laurie Rieken McMartin ’90.

“I Love This College”

Even as he was coaching elsewhere, Central College wasn’t far from the mind of Jeff McMartin ’90.

Jul 15, 2021

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