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A Four-Year Journey

Winner of one of the Journey Scholarships, Jordan Wachter shares the story of his first months at Central. His is a freshmen experience familiar to all those who have walked along the Peace Mall.

Feb 7, 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

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A Central Santa

You’d better watch out. The Central community has its very own Santa Claus keeping his eye on things. Let’s hope you’ve been nice.

Dec 22, 2011


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


A Tour of Techniques

Senior Heidi Sartorius explored alternative physical therapy methods in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Dec 5, 2011 | 1 Comment


The Definition of Whirlwind

Ann Wilkinson, instructor of theatre, made a name for herself in Los Angeles before finding her way to Pella.

Nov 28, 2011

Classes of 1955, 56, & 57

Alumni Class Reunions

View photos from the Central College class reunions during 2011 Homecoming/Family Weekend.

Nov 25, 2011

Charles Roberts--Four Stooges

Where are they now?

Charles Roberts was a member of the communications department at Central from 1970-1982. Find out what he’s been up to since.

Nov 25, 2011

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Central Grad on the Hill

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

Nov 25, 2011


House of Glass

The new equipment in Central’s glassblowing studio builds on a long tradition of collaboration in the arts.

Nov 25, 2011 | 6 Comments

Mark Putnam  works on his iPad, an example of the technology changing our lives.

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

Melissa Sharkey, director of residence life, teaches "Blank."

Intersections: An Acquired Taste

Every fall, freshmen take Central’s required first-year course. Despite their misgivings, students get the tools to fully appreciate a liberal arts education.

Nov 25, 2011

The new entryway plaza and signs provide a warm welcome to visitors.

Phyllis Bornt Plaza dedicated

The new entryway plaza, named after Phyllis Bornt ’51, was dedicated during Homecoming/Family Weekend 2011. The new plaza is part of a larger project that includes three signs on the corners of campus.

Nov 25, 2011

Mina always brought stacks of items with her to class, such as cookbooks, textiles and sketches.

At Home in Jordan Hall

Mina Baker-Roelofs taught home economics at Central for 39 years. Her history mirrors the history of the college.

Nov 25, 2011 | 4 Comments

Central Market

Central Market leaves trays behind

At Central Market, students can choose to place meals on new smaller trays or use the brightly colored Fiesta plates.

Nov 25, 2011

2011 legacy lunch

2011 Central College legacy

The annual legacy lunch honoring Central students and their alumni family members was held Aug. 20 with 83 people attending.

Nov 25, 2011

Margaret Tungseth

Tungseth named VPFA

Margaret Tungseth has 15 years of experience in higher education, serving most recently as the assistant treasurer and director of risk management at Concordia College.

Nov 25, 2011


Fifteen new faculty members

Central welcomed new faculty in accounting, business management, chemistry, exercise science, library science, music, mathematics, psychology, sociology and Spanish.

Nov 25, 2011

United States

Would you teach here?

Alumni take jobs in some of the country’s worst schools to help kids who deserve the best.

Nov 25, 2011 | 1 Comment

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Alumni Award Winners

Central College presented awards at the all-alumni dinner Oct. 1 as part of the Homecoming/Family Weekend festivities.

Nov 25, 2011

Abby Norman

Ambassador for Hope

While coaching in the U.S., South Africa, and London, a Central student learned how soccer can change the lives of rich and poor alike.

Nov 25, 2011

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Ask an Alum: How do I start a second career?

Mollie Ibbotson ’05 went from the Peace Corps to Wells Fargo. She gives tips on how you, too, can start a new career.

Nov 25, 2011 | 1 Comment

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Athletics Hall of Honor inductees

Three star athletes who went on to careers of distinction in collegiate teaching and coaching are the newest inductees in the Central College Athletics Hall of Honor.

Nov 25, 2011

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Central Fund becomes Journey Scholarship Fund

The new Journey Scholarship Fund allows alumni to contribute directly to student scholarships.

Nov 25, 2011


Year Two: The Planning Year

During President Mark Putnam’s second year, the community takes on seven initiatives for Central’s future.

Oct 28, 2011