Art Therapy Brings Healing

Sam Scheckel ’13 hopes to be an art therapist in a memory care facility. A Central graduate from Bettendorf, Iowa, Scheckel has been passionate about art since her professional journey began.


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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.


Tyler & little boy in Huilloc

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.


While studying environmental literature, Central senior Emily Saville helped Jasper County Conservation Board naturalists lead activities for area kids to explore nature.

Service Learning in the Great Outdoors

Emily Saville ’15 learned to love nature as a child, and she has not forgotten this love as a young adult. In fact, Saville has been helping children discover the wonders of their environment as a Jasper County Conservation Board intern.


Central College senior Jessica Riebkes holds an endangered Indiana bat caught during her internship with Stantec, an environmental consulting firm.

Beyond Imagination

Jessica Riebkes never imagined she would spend summer nights catching bats in the woods. But when the Central College biology student landed an internship with an environmental consulting firm, this became one of her most memorable college experiences.


with Jim

Music for Life

Jean De Smidt ’70 has traveled the country playing and writing music since graduating from Central.


dance team

Finding their Rhythm

The Central College Dance Team took home awards from the NCA & NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship in Daytona Beach.