Upcoming alumni events

Join us and other Central family members as we celebrate everything Dutch! Don't forget to bring your "Hoo-rah!"

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Central RED – “From Disaster to Hope and Healing”

Thursday, March 23 | 5:30 p.m.

Join Central RED on Thursday, March 23, for a special dinner presentation.

In June 2018, Volcano Fuego erupted in Guatemala which buried towns and killed many families. Mary Glendening ’87, along with two physicians, flew from Houston to Guatemala City within 24 hours after the eruption. This presentation will highlight activities after the volcano explosion, and the collaboration between Shriners Children’s Hospital, United States military and Guatemalan officials to endure the safe transport of pediatric patients to Galveston, Texas.

Mary Glendening has worked at Shriners Children’s Texas since 1999 in several nursing and leadership roles. Since 2014, Mary has been the hospital administrator of this specialized pediatric hospital.


5:30 p.m. Dinner
Dave and Ardie Sutphen Common Room, Graham Annex
6p.m. Presentation
“From Disaster to Hope and Healing” by Mary Glendening



$15 per person with cash bar.

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53-Mile Challenge

March 1 - April 11

Let’s Get Moving, Dutch!

Central College students, employees, alumni, family and friends are invited to participate in the 53-Mile Challenge from Wednesday, March 1, to Tuesday, April 11.

The 53-Mile Challenge encourages the Central community to practice a healthy lifestyle through movement. Participants can walk, run, bike or swim a total of 53 miles from Wednesday, March 1, until Hoo-Rah Day on Tuesday, April 11. Participants can show their Central spirit during the challenge by using #53MileChallenge on social media.

All who complete the challenge and return their sheet to the Advancement Office by Wednesday, April 12, will be entered into a drawing for prizes from the Spirit Shoppe. All 53 miles must be completed and logged to be eligible for prizes.

To register, visit Participants can print a mile log after registering.

Completed challenge sheets may be emailed to Mary Benedict, director of engagement, at Challenge sheets may also be mailed to or dropped off at the Advancement Office in Central Hall, located at 812 University St., Campus Box 5200, Pella, Iowa, 50219.

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The Lion King at the Civic Center

April 13 | 7:30 p.m.


Join us for a performance of “The Lion King” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at the Des Moines Civic Center!

Please purchase your tickets in advance. A standard ticket costs $70. For an additional $5, transportation from Central College to Des Moines is provided. $10 of your ticket will be donated to the Journey Scholarship Fund! Once purchased, tickets will be available at Will Call on the evening of the show.

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Scholarship Celebration Dinner

Thursday, April 20, 2023

5:30 p.m.

Twenty-third annual Scholarship Celebration Dinner

P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium, Central College

By invitation only.

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Legacy Visit Day

Friday, April 28

Remember the thrill and anticipation of selecting a college? It’s time to welcome the next generation to Central College. You are invited back to campus Friday, April 28, to explore Legacy Visit Day. This exclusive day is designed for high-school-aged children and relatives of Central alumni.

Join us to enjoy a spring day on campus, reconnect and reminisce as your family learns more about what a Central education could mean for them. Help continue your family’s Central legacy and register for Legacy Visit Day!

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Join Central College at 1:20 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Wrigley Field to cheer on the Cubs vs. Cardinals!

Your reservation includes:

• Alumni pregame gathering at Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern.

• A reserved ticket to the game (Section 204).

Wrigley gates open at 11:20 a.m. and first pitch is at 1:20 p.m.

We hope you can join us in Chicago!



10:30 a.m. Pregame Gathering
Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern located at 3647 W. Clark St. in Chicago
1:20 p.m. Cubs vs. Cardinals
Wrigley Field



Payment in advance is required. Reservations are $75 and $10 from every ticket will be donated to the Journey Scholarship Fund! Tickets will be emailed to you prior to game day.

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