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Welcome Back, Dutch!

We can’t wait to welcome you back to campus Oct. 7-9 for Homecoming 2022!

Be sure to stop by the Welcome Center from 1-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the Dave ’61 and Ardie Pals Sutphen ’64 Common Room, Graham Annex, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 8, at the east side of the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex parking lot.

Pick up your special Central gift at the Welcome Center while meeting up with friends and classmates. If you registered in advance, pick up your registration packets. If not, register when you arrive for free tickets to our Friday dinner, Saturday tailgate, post-game party and Sunday brunch events. Most events are FREE to our alumni, parents and guests thanks to the generosity of our amazing donors!

Pella’s got it going on! When you’re not enjoying the weekend’s events, take a stroll through town, recently named one of the Best Small Towns in the Midwest by Travel and Leisure. You read that right!

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Homecoming 2022 Schedule

Friday, Oct. 7

7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Global Café at Geisler is open
Visit Central’s coffee shop on the ground floor of Geisler Library and enjoy a variety of beverages and snacks
8 a.m. The Dutch Masters Golf Tournament SOLD OUT
Pella Golf & Country Club

  • Check-in begins at 8 a.m.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mills Gallery is open
Alumni Exhibition of 30-year reunion artists
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shop in Pella
Boutiques, bakeries, meat markets and more
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Central Spirit Shoppe is open
First floor of Maytag Student Center
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central Spirit Day
Maytag Student Center
1–5 p.m. Homecoming Welcome Center is open
Dave ’61 and Ardie Pals Sutphen ’64 Common Room, Graham Annex
3 p.m. Campus Tours
Beginning at the Homecoming Welcome Center
4:30–6 p.m. Happy Hour
Join us for a drink on Fred’s Patio outside Maytag Student Center — the perfect location to watch the Lemming Race!
(Rain location: Boat/Moore rooms in Maytag Student Center)
5 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Wartburg
P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium
5–7 p.m. Dinner Around the Pond — FREE!
Make sure to pre-register for your Homecoming meals! (Rain location: Central Market)
6 p.m. Lemming Race
A Central tradition since 1977. Come watch the fun on Peace Mall — but stay back so you don’t take a swim!
6:30 p.m. Athletics Hall of Honor Banquet
Harry and Bernice Vermeer Banquet Hall, Graham Conference Center. Reservations are required. Contact Erika Olson at olsone@central.edu or call 641-628-5226.
7 p.m. All Alumni Gathering
The Hideaway at Smash Park, 1000 Fifield Road. Catch up with fellow alumni, drinks and snacks available for purchase.
Central College Department of Visual and Performing Arts Presents, “Lend Me A Tenor”
Kruidenier Theatre. Tickets are available at events.central.edu. Adults – $10. Students and Seniors – $8. FREE with Central ID.

Saturday, Oct. 8

9 a.m. to Noon Homecoming Welcome Center is open
East side of A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex parking lot
Mills Gallery is open
Alumni Exhibition of 30-year reunion artists
10 a.m. “Course Syllabus for Living a New Life Worth Remembering” with Jann Freed ’77
Room 104, Helen Jean Hislop Center. Jann will share from her forthcoming book what she has learned about legacy, based on interviews, research and life experience. All are welcome.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Athletic Training Tailgate
Helen Jean Hislop parking lot. 110 W 5th Street
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Central Spirit Shoppe is open
First floor of Maytag Student Center
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fun in “The Red Zone” — Family Activities and Games
East side of A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex parking lot
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tailgate in “The Red Zone” — FREE!
East side of A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex parking lot. Make sure to pre-register for your Homecoming meals! (Rain location: Central Market)
Noon Men’s Soccer vs. Wartburg
Soccer Field, Kuyper Athletics Complex
1 p.m. Football vs. Wartburg
Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium
2:30 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Coe
Soccer Field, Kuyper Athletics Complex
Post-Game to 6:30 p.m. Post-Game Party in “The Red Zone” FREE!
East side of A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex parking lot. Appetizers, class reunion photos and cash bar. Make sure to pre-register for your Homecoming meals!
5 p.m. Volleyball vs. Coe
P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium
Friends and Family of Athletic Training Social
The Loft, 929 Opportunity Lane. Heavy appetizers and beverages provided.
6–8 p.m. Class of 1972 50-Year Reunion Dinner
Boat/Moore/Weller rooms in Maytag Student Center
7 p.m. Central Parties
Join alumni and friends for evening celebrations at the Cellar Peanut Pub, Dutch 200 Bowl and Grill, Smash Park or The Funk Lounge
Central College Department of Visual and Performing Arts Presents, “Lend Me A Tenor”
Kruidenier Theatre. Tickets are available at events.central.edu. Adults – $10. Students and Seniors – $8. FREE with Central ID.

 

Sunday, Oct. 9

11 a.m. Sunday Brunch in Central Market — FREE!
Make sure to pre-register for your Homecoming meals!
1 p.m. Flying Pans Steel Band Performance
Hoekstra Family Stage, Douwstra Auditorium, Central Hall. Celebrate the 20-year anniversary of Flying Pans with their Led Pans reunion concert!
2 p.m. The Pella Crop Hunger Walk
Begins at the Tulip Toren on the town square. Learn more at central.edu/cropwalk22.

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Special Thanks to Our Featured Homecoming Sponsor

Smash Park logo

Newly opened in May 2022, Smash Park is a restaurant, bar, arcade and entertainment venue located two miles from Lake Red Rock and just five minutes from Central College. Smash Park features a large outdoor patio, four indoor pickleball courts, arcades and endless games a great place to play, drink and eat!

 

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