Building a House, One Scrap at a Time

Amy Andrews and Ethan Van Kooten had no money. How could they build a house?
With truckloads of reclaimed materials, the students created a tiny home for $489.


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Coming Home to a Foreign Culture

After returning from a semester in Granada, Spain, Kate Huisman ’16 didn’t expect to encounter a new culture just 20 minutes away from her hometown.


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What Are Smartphones Doing to Families?

Something was missing, three Central students noticed, when they read recent studies on technology and families. “We didn’t see anything about smartphones,” Raegan Zetterlund ’16 said.


Brett Rozeboom '16 of Sioux Center, Iowa, completed a medical internship in Cameroon with the Luke Society.

Health Care in Cameroon

Brett Rozeboom ’16 was as well prepared as he could be for his six-week medical internship in Cameroon. A biology major from Sioux Center, Iowa, Rozeboom spent nine months planning the trip with the Luke Society of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


Central College students can claim their Merit pages starting Sept. 15. The College will use Merit to publicize student achievements throughout the year.

Welcome to Merit (Who? What? Why?)

Central College will soon create a web page for every student on Merit, a media tool that publicizes student achievements. Whenever students receive recognition, Central staff will publish their stories on Merit.


Tecwyn Vaughan Jones bikes with students in Bangor, Wales, where he has led Central's study abroad program for 14 years.

Tecwyn Vaughan Jones’ Legacy in Wales

After serving Central College for 14 years as resident director in Wales, Tecwyn Vaughan Jones retired at the end of the summer 2014 program. As resident director of Central’s study abroad program in Bangor, Vaughan Jones guided the program through a variety of changes.


Ricky Boyle ’14, a math and physics major from Perry, Iowa, accepted a job offer two months before graduation.

Keep Your Eyes Open

Job-seeking Central students find opportunities everywhere. These three ’14 grads turned possibilities in Wisconsin, Honduras and Thailand into job offers.



Chemistry Gets Personal

April (Hazen-Bosveld) Hill ’04 helps make it possible for blind students to experience chemistry labs for themselves.


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A Field Trip to Peru

Eight Central students completed their spring semester with a field trip to Peru this summer.


Don Koolmees ’78 hired four recent Central grads to help run his whitewater rafting company in Coloma, California, this summer.

Gateway to Adventure

Don Koolmees ’78 hired four recent Central grads to help run his whitewater rafting company in Coloma, California, this summer.


James Skretta ’09 studied music education at Central and now plans to teach saxophone, music history and theory at the college level.

Q&A with Young Artist winner James Skretta

Saxophonist James Skretta ’09 shares about competition, self-criticism and the importance of music in this interview about his journey to musical success.