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In Their Own Words: Central Alums Reflect on Grad School

Recent graduates look back on what helped them succeed in grad school, and how their liberal arts background prepared them for the future.

 

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Erich Thalacker, biology and biochemistry major, is one of 23 student researchers on campus this summer. He’s doing chemistry research to discover possibilities for biorenewable plastics.

Summer Research Crew

Twenty-three students turned full-time researchers this summer. They investigated bats, bees, polymers, criminal sentencing and more — and received research grants to do it!

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Molly Ward dreamed to drive the Wienermobile for more than a decade. Now she’s finally on the road for Oscar Mayer.

Driving the Wienermobile

Molly Ward dreamed to drive the Wienermobile for more than a decade. Now she’ll spend this year on the road for Oscar Mayer.

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In Their Own Words: Central Alums Reflect on Grad School

Recent graduates look back on what helped them succeed in grad school, and how their liberal arts background prepared them for the future.

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Libby Elmitt, now a second grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Pella, jump started her career long before graduation through Central Teaching Academy.

Our Fabulous First Year

So, what is it like being a brand-new teacher? One year after graduation, four education majors from Central tell about their first years as teachers.

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uses drones to capture video and photos for clients throughout Iowa.

Invent Your Own Job

Jakob Steenhoek, entrepreneur and 2015 business management graduate, uses drones to capture video and photos for clients throughout Iowa.

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The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) has relied on handwritten records for decades, but Central graduate Blake Rozendaal ‘15 recently helped the organization update its system.

Modern Records

The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) has relied on handwritten records for decades. Computer science graduate Blake Rozendaal created a new system.

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Kenneth Quinn, president of World Food Prize Foundation, invited Central College students to the Hall of Laureates April 21, where Quinn recounted his experience during the last days of Saigon. Pictured (left to right): Rachael Tharp ‘15, Nathan Thiessen ‘15, Kyle Pepper ‘17, Kenneth Quinn, Max Arnett ‘16, Central College President Mark Putnam, Mark Barloon and Jordan Rouse ‘16.

Stories from Vietnam

When Kenneth Quinn landed in Vietnam, he was sure someone would try to kill him immediately. Quinn, a civilian officer in 1967, remembers, “I was so pleased when that didn’t happen.”

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Matthew Heater presents his psychology research, “The Effect of Positive and Negative Goal Framing on Rumination.”

Fresh Findings

After months exploring topics like sports analytics, Parkinson’s Disease, prairie grasses and consumer behavior, 182 Central students presented their research May 5-6.

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Natural Attraction by Catherine Haustein

Chemistry Professor Publishes Romance Novel

Central College professor of chemistry and English Catherine Haustein releases her first novel May 11 — a historical romantic comedy set in 1871.

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How Tyler Schipper ’09 Became a Professor

After graduating from Central, Tyler Schipper ’09 completed a Ph.D. in economics. He is now assistant professor of economics at University of St. Thomas.

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