The Dutch Letter
The Dutch Letter
 The Dutch Letter, a Central College alumni newsletter
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019
Happy New Year, Central College alumni, parents and friends! The Central College Dutch Letter keeps you in touch with what’s happening on campus and in our communities. Look for it the second Tuesday of each month. Please pass this along to your Central friends.
Alumni Profile
Meet Travis '99 and Sarah Fosdick Turnbull '00
Current town: Pella, Iowa
Travis - B.A. in management information systems
Sarah - B.A. in communication/theatre with a secondary education endorsement
Although we knew of each other while students at Central, we did not start dating until after we had graduated. We returned to Central to be married in the chapel. 
Life, in general, doesn't always go like we plan, but through circumstance, we find our purpose. After having a healthy firstborn child, our second child was born with a life-threatening condition called spinal muscular atrophy - the child form of Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Department News

A Visit From the Professor

Associate professor of exercise science John Roslien paid a visit to three of his former students. They are pictured (left to right): Dane Jensen '09, a police officer in Kansas City, Missouri; Cam Waugh '09, front tire changer for the #18 car/Kyle Busch with Joe Gibbs Racing; Matt Vermeer '09, member of the pit crew for Joe Gibbs Racing and John Roslien. John brought them Central gear and in return, he was given a "Hot Pass" and spent the entire day in the pit stall with Cam.

A Visit From a Former Coach

During a recent recruiting trip to Arizona, Class Dean and Assistant Football Coach Eric Jones '87 enjoyed a reunion with several former Central athletes. They are front row (left to right): Chuck Bredlow '80, Tom Stone '66 and Kent Horstmann '82. Second row: Curt Blythe '88, Jeff Wooten '91, Eric Jones '87, Robin Shaw Hagen '86, Stacy Phillis '87 and Mark Blom '87. Back row: Scott Froehle '85, Corbin Blythe '17, Greg Bice '81 and Craig Hagen '86. 

Mark: My Words

When asked what keeps him up at night, President Putnam had a typical response.

Sustainability at Central College

Learn about our new Garden Cottage and how it's being used by a multitude of professors and students.

On Exhibit

The work of ceramic artist Amy Uthus will be on exhibit at Mills Gallery Jan. 14 - Feb. 8. The gallery is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. You can preview her work at
Alumni News

An Event to Remember

This past Sunday, several members of our Central family from the Dallas, Texas, area enjoyed the performance of Rob Lindley '95 in the theatre production of "The Phantom of the Opera." Afterward, Rob treated his Central audience to a behind-the-scenes tour of the theatre. They are (left to right) Camille, Donovan, Gregg '89 and Christine Cashen; Rob Lindley '95; Kris Brandt Vaughn '90; her husband Trent '90 and their daughter Grace '20; and Hannah Kakos. 


The mutual respect and eventual friendship between this former teacher and her student began in a high school English classroom and led to the student's decision to follow her teacher's path to Central College. Therefore, it was only fitting that when Sara Orr Kiiru '94 of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and Angie Nielsen Sears '02 of Bellevue, Nebraska, planned their reunion, they chose to meet on Central's campus.  
Central Legacies
We are thrilled to count Audrey Grace Lee, born July 3, 2017, among our growing legacy family. Gracie is the daughter of Dave and Stephanie Putz Lee '02 who because of their daughter, now believe in miracles. Due to unknown circumstances, Gracie arrived four months early, weighing in at 1 pound 3 ounces and 12—inches long. Gracie beat the odds by not having a brain bleed or heart defect but remained in the NICU for five months. Her parents are confident she'll outgrow her struggle with swallowing and eating because after all, she is Dutch strong.
2018 Tax Reform

Here are the key things you need to know about tax changes.

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Every Picture Tells a Story
We continue to look for names, years and pertinent details about these photos in order to better
archive events. If you know ANY details about the photographs, please email
Click on archived pictures to enlarge. 
Alumni Trivia
Win a T-Shirt
Answer online for a chance to win a Central College T-shirt. The winner's name is drawn from all correct entries received on the date the newsletter was released.  
Congratulations to Amanda Scott Drey '10, who responded to the challenge: "What grade point average did Scholar All-America Miguel Pina '19 maintain during soccer season?" The answer was 3.41 GPA.

Try this Month's Challenge: What persistent thought keeps President Putnam up at night?

Answer Now!
Contact Us
Sunny Gonzales Eighmy '99 
Vice President for Advancement
Corey Falter
Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement
Mary Benedict
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

Lynne Petty
Administrative Assistant, Alumni Relations

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