Kate van Wijck-Carrero ’99 and her students were interviewed on campus by WHO Channel 13 News.

The Dutch on Two Continents

Kate van Wijck-Carrero ’99, a math teacher in the Netherlands, brought a group of Dutch students to Pella for Tulip Time, homestays and job shadowing.

May 7, 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

Zach Russell

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

"There is a certain expectation in our office because we were all brought to the same level of what was expected at Central and that carries over to the office every day," says Melanie Hopkins '12.

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

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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

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If it Hadn’t Been for Central…

It’s like waking up from a terrible nightmare: What would your life be like if Central had never existed? Alumni, faculty, parents and friends reflect on that absence and end up with a realization—Central had more of an impact than they ever imagined.

Feb 23, 2013

Bill Julian featured

Where are they now?

Bill Julian was a political science professor in the ’70s and ’80s, as well as associate academic dean. His time at Central is fondly remembered—everything from debating marijuana’s legalization to sleeping through a final exam.

Feb 23, 2013 | 2 Comments

Justin Tiarks '06 tells his students that he will be at St. Paul City School until he is "old and gray."

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

Students meet Janice Jensen ’79, financial processing supervisor at Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Meet the Future

For the November Meet the Pros event, alumni who work for the government returned to campus to meet with future professionals in their field—Central students.

Feb 23, 2013

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Climb to the Clouds

Sheila Holzworth ’85 was sustained through difficult times as a blind competitive skiier by her family and her faith. She passed away March 29 due to complications from cancer.

Feb 23, 2013 | 4 Comments

Omer Ali

Long Way Home

Omer Ali ’12, a Sudanese refugee, struggled with coming to America and to Central before finding his stride as an entrepreneur.

Feb 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

To the Top

To the Top

Corey McMordie ’02, a cancer survivor, climbed to the summit of the 19,341-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa, in honor of his victory and his family members who have succumbed to the disease.

Feb 22, 2013

In this photo, things are starting to look current: the library has been built, the Pond adds its graceful shape to campus. Until you spot the football field where Vermeer Science Center should be. And those pesky railroad tracks are still there!


Central’s campus has transformed many times over its 160 year history.

Feb 22, 2013 | 2 Comments

The 1989 Lemming Race

Tradition is Central

Central traditions explained: The Lemming Race, Pietenpol Cup and the Frosh-Soph Pull.

Feb 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

Randall Fuast featured

Son of alumnus returns for horn recital

In October, Randall Faust, professor of music at Western Illinois University and a hornist of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet and LaMoine Brass Quintet, was in-residence at Central and a guest artist at the Sunday Concert Series.

Feb 22, 2013

Central already offers study abroad programs in eight locations, including Merida, Yucatan, where these students express their joy for the world.

Central explores study abroad partnerships in Brazil

Central will participate in a year-long series of training activities to learn how to implement and sustain partnerships with institutions in Brazil.

Feb 22, 2013

President Mark Putnam understands that true collaboration is hard but it’s always worth the effort.

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

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Zempel named to all-league volleyball squad

Central again qualified for the six-team Iowa Conference tournament—the Dutch have never failed to gain a berth.

Feb 21, 2013

First-year Megan Davis was one of the team's top two players.

Dutch women’s tennis team shows promise

With four freshmen and two sophomores in the team’s top seven, the Dutch posted an 8-4 dual mark and were fifth in the Iowa Conference standings.

Feb 21, 2013

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Central fifth in league women’s golf

Central senior Ashley Smith and sophomore Kelsey Van Tasell capped surprising seasons by earning all-Iowa Conference honors at the league women’s golf tournament.

Feb 21, 2013 | 2 Comments

Junior defensive lineman Danny Samson against the University of Dubuque Sept. 29, 2012.

Young football team rallies

Injuries and inexperience led to a 2-4 start, but the Central football team flashed potential in winning three of its final four games.

Feb 21, 2013

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Turnaround continues for record-tying women’s soccer squad

After combining for just three victories in 2009 and 2010, the Central women’s soccer team proved last year’s dramatic turnaround was no fluke.

Feb 21, 2013

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Surprising Central men’s soccer team reaches finals

A thrilling postseason run propelled Central to the finals of the Iowa Conference men’s soccer tournament.

Feb 21, 2013

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McDermott takes all-league women’s cross country honors

The lone senior in the Central women’s cross country lineup, Mel McDermott claimed all-Iowa Conference honors.

Feb 21, 2013

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Highest national finish, first men’s cross country conference title for Central

Qualifying for the first time since 1980, the men’s cross country team tied for 12th at the NCAA meet, the best finish in program history.

Feb 21, 2013

Paul Richardson

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

The leap

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

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Animating Life

Jan Case ’76 works as a medical animator at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, bringing the doctor’s procedures to life before patients’ eyes.

Feb 20, 2013


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