Central College (Iowa)
|Central University of Iowa|
|Type||Private liberal arts college|
|Affiliation||Reformed Church in America|
|89 full-time faculty members, 91% Ph.D.|
|Location||Pella, Iowa, USA
|Campus||small town, 130 acres (53 ha)|
|Colors||Red and White
|Athletics||NCAA Division III – IIAC|
|Sports||17 varsity teams|
Central College is a four-year private liberal arts college located in Pella, Iowa, and affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and NCAA Division III athletics. The College was founded in 1853 and has been fully accredited by the North Central Association since 1942. Central has a student body of approximately 1,400 undergraduates and 73 academic programs. The College is noted for its picturesque campus and strong study abroad programs.
The College officially opened on Oct. 8, 1854, with a class of 37. The campus consisted of one two-story building containing three classrooms. During the Civil War, all men in the faculty and student body joined the war effort. However, the college remained open with only two students who were medically barred from battle and one female faculty member. The institution grew both in size and mission during its first 60 years, eventually moving to a parcel of land donated by Pella's founding father, Dominie Pieter Scholte.
In 1916, Central was transferred from Baptist control to the Reformed Church in America. The relationship with the RCA strengthened the college as families within the denomination sent their sons and daughters to be educated for teaching and the ministry. As its academic reputation grew, Central attracted many more students from outside the denomination.
Central introduced international study abroad programs in 1965 and emphasizes cross-cultural study. The first overseas study center was established in Paris, France. Additional programs include: Vienna, Austria; Granada, Spain; Bangor, Wales; London, England; Mérida, Yucatán, and Accra, Ghana.
It is home to local radio station 89.1 KCUI-FM.
Central has a history of interesting architectural features. The first buildings of the new college in 1853 are Dutch Colonial and part of what was recently known as Strawtown Inn. The first dormitory, Cotton Hall, is noted for its ornate Victorian porch and stained glass windows. Building innovation continues with the addition of "green" buildings.
Central College’s 130-acre campus is a few blocks from Pella’s downtown square, two minutes from Iowa’s largest lake and 40 minutes from Des Moines. Central is a residential campus where students can live in dormitories, townhouses, and apartment style “green pods.”
The college’s emphasis on sustainability has led to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Vermeer Science Center was Iowa’s first LEED-rated building, and Howard McKee Hall received the first gold rating in the state. The newest building, Roe Center, received a platinum rating.
Major Buildings on Campus:
Maytag Student Center—During the summer of 2014, the student center underwent a $3.1 million renovation to Maytag Student Center made possible by the Fred Maytag Family foundation. The renovations include a new workout facility, a new Student Activity Center and additional Fred’s dining area.
The Roe Center—Named after Central’s 20th president, Dr. David H. Roe, was completed in the fall of 2009. The $17 million facility houses the education, psychology and communication departments, as well as Community-Based Learning. Central was awarded a platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for the design of the Roe Center. The facility features environmentally friendly building practices and an energy efficient building design, such as a green roof, natural ventilating system, radiant floor heating/cooling system and daylight harvesting systems.
Vermeer Science Center—Underwent a $20 million renovation in 2003, and was the first building in the state of Iowa and the first science building in the nation to be recognized as a green building by the U.S. Green Building Council. It was subsequently given a silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating. The mathematics, computer science, physics, biology and chemistry departments are located in this building. Vermeer features many study spaces and quiet tables located outside the professors’ offices are to encourage student/faculty interaction.
Weller Center for Business and International Studies—Built in 1999, it was Central’s first step in green building featuring natural light, solar panels and carpet out of recycled materials in every room. It contains the business, foreign language and international studies departments.
Central Market—Central's main dining facility. It is designed to resemble a European marketplace.
Geisler Library—Holds nearly a quarter of a million resources including books, magazines, newspapers, music, reference periodicals, microfilm, historical information and art.
Kuyper Athletic Complex—The Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium received new Fieldturf in the summer of 2013. The field is surrounded by a 400 meter BSS 1000 polyurethane track which also house dual runways for jumping events and a two-way pole vault pit. The H.S. Kuyper Fieldshouse houses a 200 meter track and five tennis courts. The surface is Mondotrack, which is the same surface used in the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing.
Central offers 73 academic programs and pre-professional advising, including the college’s newest major, engineering. The 14 pre-professional programs include medicine, law, nursing and pharmacy. Academic programs include: accounting, athletic training, biology, communication studies, computer science, education, music, natural science, physics and languages. 85 percent of faculty have a PhD or terminal degree. The average class size is 18 students and the student to faculty ratio is 12-1.
About 50 percent of Central students study abroad at some point. Central offers year-round programs around the world. Summer programs are also available in many locations.
Central has 19 sports programs and competes in the IIAC of the NCAA. Sports include: football, wrestling, volleyball, softball, baseball; men’s and women’s golf, track, soccer, basketball and tennis. Cheerleading, dance team and intramural sports are also offered.
Highlights of Central athletics programs include:
- The football team has not had a losing season since 1960.
- The softball team has 25 Division III tournament berths and 13 finals appearances. They were national champions in 2003.
- The volleyball team has three national titles—1998, 1999 and 2000.
- The track and field team combined has 35 individual championships. The men’s program has 15 individual championships, with seven in the multi-event category.
Central College's athletic teams include:
Central has over 100 clubs and activities for students to get involved with on campus. Students are also given the opportunity to create their own club and have it officially recognized by the college.
Clubs and Organizations Include:
- Intramural sports
- Fishing Club
- Campus Ministries
- Common Ground (LGBTQA)
- Health Professions Club
- Physics Club
- Mock Trial
- The Ray—student newspaper
- Greek Life
- Yoga Club
- Student Senate
- Campus Activities Board
- Students Concerned About the Environment (SCATE)
- Resident Advising
- Rugby Club
There are honorary organizations for theatre, chemistry, mathematics, art, music, history, political science, psychology, English and biology.
There are also 18 music ensembles available for participation on campus including a cappella choir, steel drum ensemble, pep band, jazz band, woodwind ensemble, community chorus and chamber singers.
- Bernadette Allen, former United States Ambassador to Niger
- Steve Bell, television reporter and anchor
- Brooke Bouma, WHOTV 13 Today in Iowa news anchor
- David DeJong, (1985) American economist, University of Pittsburgh
- Vern Den Herder, defensive end who was part of the Miami Dolphins' "No Name Defense" that won 2 consecutive Super Bowls, and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame
- Thomas Koos, CEO of Weber-Stephen Products LLC
- Harry Smith, (1973) television reporter
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...Roderic A. Camp, an American expert on Mexican politics who teaches at the Central University of Iowa.
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Complete an internship, study abroad, sing in the choir, play on a national championship athletic team...at Central you can do it all. Founded in 1853, Central College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. Central is located in Pella Iowa, a town of about 10,000, and only forty miles from Des Moines.
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Friendly competition is helping to raise energy-awareness on college campuses. Students living in the Eco-Dorm at Central College in Pella, Iowa, can monitor each other's energy use on the school's Web site. To make sure they stay greener than their dorm mates, some even go off campus to charge their cell phones.Gale Document Number: GALE|A195980732
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Harry Smith '73, co-anchor of CBS's The Early Show and former host of A & E Biography; Tom Koos '86, President and CEO of Jacuzzi Brands Corporation; Nicholas Turner '01, Marine Helicopter Squadron, HMX-1 Nighthawks, responsible for direct helicopter support for the White House, including the president, vice president, cabinet members and other VIPs.
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