Investing in Community

Adam Bartelt ’08 has an affinity for the Des Moines area—as a Grimes native and marketing project manager at Orchestrate Hospitality, a leading hospitality management […]

Aug 5, 2013

Setting the Bar

Junior athletic training major Katelyn Paul interned with the Auburn University gymnastics team and the Kennedy Space Center.

May 17, 2013

Dutch Strong

Desmond Breadon ’03 got through some hard times with the help of his Central family—eventually going on to coach high school football and open a fitness center.

May 17, 2013

From Athletes to Soldiers

Sarah Newman ’01 treats both athletes and soldiers as an athletic trainer. She works with the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Ski Team and the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Battalion.

May 17, 2013

Cut, Suture, Tie

Dr. Barbara Pettitt ’72 put on a suture workshop for Central students interested in medical school—providing hands-on practice sewing and tying for the future doctors.

May 4, 2013 | 1 Comment

In the Apple Trees

Inspired by a railroad magnate and his city’s history, first-year Zach Russell saved the 19th century Apple Trees building in his native Burlington.

Apr 26, 2013

Where Everybody Wins

Four Central alumni and three current students work at Everybody Wins! Iowa, a children’s literacy and mentoring organization.

Apr 11, 2013

The Meat of the Job

Abigail Sparks ’12 works as a tax accountant for Hormel Foods, a job she earned after interning there during her Central career.

Mar 27, 2013

Out of the Park

After discovering his love for design at Central, Tyler Cobb ’07 now works as a graphic designer for a single-A baseball team in Lexington, Ky.

Mar 27, 2013 | 1 Comment

Chartering a Radical Course

Justin Tiarks ’06 is a fifth grade teacher and chair of the board of the directors at a charter school for underprivileged students in St. Paul, Minn., making him his boss’s boss.

Feb 23, 2013

Writer in a Big Fur Hat

Paul Richardson ’84 is editor of Russian Life magazine and runs Russian Information Services. He has also published a novel about Russia and a collection about running.

Feb 20, 2013

Risky Business

Darius Joseph ’89 took a chance on Central—and then on his own company. Now he owns a successful IT consulting firm in Fort Myers, Fla.

Feb 20, 2013 | 2 Comments

How Often Does a Heart Beat?

Ellen Du Pre, professor of biology, is working with students to study the effects of triclosan on heart rate. She has dedicated her career to guiding students through the health sciences.

Feb 18, 2013

Arrival: My First Year at Central

Gregory Christiano ’69, a Bronx-born author of five books, writes about Central culture during the 1960s, one of the 20th century’s most influential decades.

Nov 27, 2012 | 3 Comments

Fingerprints of History

Junior Katie Zellmar interned at The Battle Flag Lab at the State Historical Society in Des Moines, restoring a WWI, 126th field artillery flag.

Nov 14, 2012

First Rio, Then Shenzhen

After studying abroad on two continents in college, David Vonnahme ’10 taught English in Brazil and has now moved on to China.

Oct 30, 2012

Birds’ Nests and Blackboards

Curtis Brobst ’09 teaches science with the Peace Corps in Kenya, 300 miles from the nearest paved road.

Sep 11, 2012 | 6 Comments

Researching for a Promise

After making a promise to a dying friend, former baseball star Adam Duerfeldt ’06 turned his sights toward cancer research. He recently received an American Cancer Society fellowship.

Sep 4, 2012 | 1 Comment

How to Save a Life

A Central professor and her education students bring an orphan from Africa for medical treatment. Their lives were forever changed.

Sep 1, 2012 | 1 Comment

Hi-Tech in the Heartland

Dallas Hakeman ’68 has faced many changes in agriculture over the years—fancier equipment, urban sprawl and rising land prices. His take: it’s neither good nor bad, just different.

May 8, 2012 | 1 Comment

Angi’s Gift

Esther Streed’s daughter Angi inspired her years of activism for children with developmental disabilities.

May 8, 2012 | 1 Comment

A History Lesson

Ben Justman ’07 got a lot more from his history major than a list of memorized dates. Just five years after graduating, he is the director of a museum with deep roots in American history.

Apr 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

$50 and a Dream

Professor of history Chia Ning grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution. She has faced many struggles in her life—not least of which was surviving in the U.S.—but she remains committed to the ideals of global education.

Feb 16, 2012 | 2 Comments

Outside the Classroom: Linda Laine

Linda Laine, associate professor of communication, spent her sabbatical developing a course in the field of health communication.

Feb 16, 2012

Lady Leader: 10 Ways to Play in Big Boy Business

Alida Droppert, assistant professor of education, reviews “Lady Leader” by Mary Stier, who came to campus in the fall to talk about women’s leadership.

Feb 16, 2012

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