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

Visions of Cancer

Nyla Heerema ’63 has spent years looking through cell walls at the complexities of leukemia. Her research has led to more refined treatments for cancer patients.

Jan 18, 2012

In a Photographer’s Shoes

Senior Taylor Schuelke is spending a semester in D.C. interning with a production company and focusing on her photographic artwork.

Dec 7, 2011

Central Grad on the Hill

Erinn Lauterbach ’09 works with Rep. Bruce Braley in Washington, D.C.

Nov 25, 2011

Vince and Denise with their sons V.J. and Devin, both Central students

The Prognosis is Good

After a campus visit with their son, two Des Moines doctors realized how a Central liberal arts education develops stand-out medical professionals.

Oct 12, 2011 | 3 Comments

Impure Science

Dr. Harriet Washington visited Central to talk about medical ethics and African Americans in connection this year’s common summer reading.

Sep 30, 2011

The Trail Less Traveled

Olivia Schouten didn’t have a boring summer. The sophomore spent a month in the Alaskan backcountry learning survival and leadership skills.

Sep 19, 2011 | 1 Comment

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