It was an exciting year at Central College. What were you most interested in? Take a look back with us — our most popular stories of 2015, based on your interaction on Facebook and Twitter.

The Year’s Biggest News

It was an exciting year at Central College. What were you most interested in? Take a look back with us — our most popular stories of 2015.


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!


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 plans Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program and service activities

Central College will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a special program Jan. 19 and service projects throughout the week.


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CD release concert for “Samba Little Samba”

Gabriel Espinosa, associate professor of music at Central College and acclaimed jazz musician, will perform a concert to celebrate the release of his new CD, “Samba Little Samba.”



Jazz musician Gabriel Espinosa selected to Hall of Fame

Gabriel Espinosa, associate professor of music at Central College, has been unanimously selected by the Greater Des Moines Community Jazz Center to receive the Iowa Jazz Hall of Fame award for his years of leadership in jazz music.


Central College receives grant to train high school teachers

Central College has been awarded a share of a $600,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Education for the next three years. The grant will fund a collaborative project between Central College and Drake University to train high school math teachers from low-income areas.


New honor society chapter opened at Central College

Central College recently established its first mathematics honor society, Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME), with 12 students and two faculty as charter members.


Central College joins Alliance for Resilient Campuses

Central College has joined with 35 colleges and universities across America to respond to the challenges of climate change and work to ensure greater community resilience. Central College President Mark Putnam recently signed the Alliance for Resilient Campuses (ARC) statement of purpose, an initiative of nonprofit Second Nature.


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.