Ryan Schmidt ’12 and Melanie Louis ’12 recently fought wildfire in Washington and Kansas.

Fighting Fires

Ryan Schmidt ’12 and Melanie Louis ’12 recently fought wildfire in Washington and Kansas.


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!



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.


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.


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.


Central College dedicates Helen Jean Hislop Center to honor her years of service

A dedication ceremony will be held for the Helen Jean Hislop Center, commemorating Hislop’s years of service in the field of physical therapy.


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 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.


Central College announces Arthur J. Bosch undergraduate summer student research fellows

Five Central College students will undertake summer research projects as the inaugural class of Bosch Undergraduate Summer Research Fellows.


Left to right: Junior Jordan Strumpfer, associate professor of biology Anya Butt, grant proposal writer Valerie Van Kooten, foundation board member and 1964 Central College alumna Ardith Sutphen, associate professor of music Mark Babcock and junior Rachel Frana

Central College awarded grants from Pella Community Foundation

Central College received a combined $3,700 in grants from the Pella Community Foundation to increase sustainability efforts as well as create a summer community choir.