Central’s 1981 English faculty included Jonathan Pierce, Mildred Steele, Maxine Huffman, Mary Stark and Jim Graham.

The Relational Giants of Central College

Relationships are a key part of what makes the Central experience unique.

Feb 13, 2017 | 2 Comments

Streams of Blessing

Central’s values endure through the years, including a commitment to opportunity for all students.

Nov 15, 2016

A scene from the groundbreaking ceremony for the P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium renovation.

The Test of Time

On Central’s campus, tradition lives hand-in-hand with innovation.

Aug 15, 2016

Central College students

Shared Success

Everyone associated with Central wants to be engaged with a community that fosters a strong sense of belonging.

May 18, 2016

A Once in a Generation Opportunity

A new initiative embraces the legacy of Central’s athletics tradition.

Feb 22, 2016

The Highly Engaged Learner

How should we define “academic excellence?”

Nov 16, 2015

STEM in the Context of the Liberal Arts

STEM literacy is one goal of a liberal arts education.

Aug 18, 2015

Asking Better Questions

Great questions yield answers that in turn help us ask even better questions.

May 18, 2015

The Growth of the Region

Throughout the Greater Des Moines Partnership region, Central has more than 6,600 alumni.

Feb 24, 2015

The Legacy of Faculty

“What do we do really well?” When I asked faculty members, they said Central professors take students to the next level in their desired areas of knowledge and skill.

Nov 18, 2014

Standing on the Shoulders of Global Giants

A few months ago our campus community assembled in the Harry and Bernice Vermeer Banquet Hall of the Graham Conference Center to kick off a year of celebration, recognition and reflection for the
50th anniversary of our study abroad programs.

Sep 12, 2014

Unleashing our Creativity

One of the most widely watched TED Talks is focused on the subject of education. For those not familiar, TED, which stands for Technology, Education and Design, produces brief online video lectures and presentations on a wide range of topics that explore emerging trends, describe interpretive frameworks and challenge conventional wisdom.

May 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

Academic Excellence in Action

Central College students aren’t just learning in the classroom—they are branching out with internships, service learning and undergraduate research to make the most of their Central education.

Feb 12, 2014

The Power of Commitment

Through generations of commitment to the college, Central’s legacy lives on through faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and trustees of the college.

Nov 22, 2013

The Power of Experience

President Mark Putnam encourages students and alumni to engage and learn by experience.

Aug 30, 2013

Called to Serve

President Mark Putnam notes that the faith traditions at Central lead to student service.

May 17, 2013

The Courage to Change

Central has an amazing history of developing people who build the courage necessary to say, “Let’s do something hard.”

Feb 22, 2013

The Art of Relational Learning

At Central, students receive an education rich in relationships—with each other and with faculty.

Nov 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

An Army of Activists

For most grads, commencement is not the end of service, but the beginning.

Sep 1, 2012 | 1 Comment

Integrated Learning

Faculty time with students is messy and inefficient. But for transformative education, it’s incredibly effective.

May 8, 2012 | 1 Comment

Let’s Go!

International travel can be intimidating at first, but once you have crossed our nation’s borders, your life will be different. I know this not only from my personal experience, but also from students and alumni who eagerly tell stories of their experiences exploring the world.

Feb 17, 2012 | 1 Comment

What in the world are we doing?

A bit of sarcasm? Not at all. I offer this question with great sincerity at an important time in Central College’s history.

Nov 25, 2011

What Shall We Talk About?

When is the last time you had a meaningful conversation? The tyranny of the urgent too often diminishes the opportunity for deeper discussion about some of the better things.

Aug 8, 2011

President Putnam explored the interconnectedness of world health

The Interdependence of Global Health

As an educator, I am increasingly conscious that the knowledge, skills, experiences and values we encourage through the educational process are an important contribution to promoting global health.

Jul 28, 2011

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