Central College Platinum LEED Building

March 24, 2010

Totally awesome!!! Yea!! Here’s the news release:

PELLA — Central College was awarded a platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for its newly constructed education, psychology and communication studies building, which opened this past fall. The building received 55 out of 69 possible credits for incorporating environmentally friendly building design and construction practices. Read more by clicking on the news release!!

Here’s more words towards the bottom middle of the page under Private Colleges on the CampusGreenBuilder website. It is also mentioned on New College Sustainability Efforts on The Dernogalizer. The KNIA/KRLS radio station blog also has an article. Here are some photos I took last Fall when Grandpa Ron and I were there.

The Education, Psychology and Communication Studies building is really beautiful!

Frog Rainspout and Pool of Water

Close up of Frog

Inside Entry

Screen of Recycled Wood


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Central College

April 15, 2009

Central College in Pella, Iowa, was one of the best opportunities of my life! I certainly would be a different person had I not had the experiences and enduring relationships that were incubated there!

Central is a small private four-year liberal arts college located about an hour southeast of Des Moines. Central has a fantastic Study Abroad Program. I participated in the Austria (as a German major) and Mexico (because I could!) locations. Here’s the Abroad Blog from students over in the various programs now. They seem to be having as much fun with their daily new experiences as I did!

As a poor but bright kid from the Chicago western suburbs, I was delighted to be awarded enough financial aid to enable me to be the first member of my extended, blue collar family to earn a college degree. Since first grade I always wanted to be a teacher. The staff, individual attention and nurturing environment at Central helped me accomplish my personal goals.

I did teach for several years and loved every challenging minute of it! But circumstances changed. Although I ended up in the computer industry, I was often involved with training along with my other technical and/or managerial assignments. The Central College liberal arts background prepared me for the rest of my life.

Since graduating, I have always supported Central to help sustain a strong foundation for the students who followed me — just as was offered to me so long ago…

Central College in Pella, Iowa

April 15, 2009

Central College is a very special place for me. Check out my separate page tab on Central for my explanation! Check out the Virtual Tour of the campus. Click on the Campus and Pella tabs first.

Tulip Time is just around the corner – May 7, 8 and 9th!! There are all kinds of family activities to participate in and watch: parades, windmills, tulips, Dutch Letters (pastries)!

Congratulations to Pete Freischlag – recognized as 2012 Coach of the Year by the Illinois High School Tennis Coaches Association

February 3, 2013

Way to go, Pete!! Congrats to you, your teams and your very, very special family and family ties! So proud of your achievements! Never in my days of sitting in Jim Rees’ math classes in 1968-1971 or babysitting your wife, Deb, and her brothers when they were little, would I have expected to be so proud of her hubby, the tennis teams at Downers Grove South, DGHSS itself, and the impact you have made for all the world – i.e. sharing your son with Central College ! Fine accomplishment! I thoroughly enjoyed the Suburban Life article!

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More Tulips

April 20, 2010

Here are a few more tulip photos from Pella, Iowa, home of Central College. Every year on the first full weekend of May, Pella celebrates Tulip Time but the tulips are absolutely gorgeous right now!

By the Library

Orange Tulips Along Street

Pinkish Red Tulips Along Street

Yellow Tulips Along Street

Pink Tulips Along Street

White Tulips Along Street

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Wishing Good Friends the Best of Everything

April 18, 2010

This weekend my blog was quiet because Grandpa Ron and I flew to Des Moines, IA, to be part of the Central College (my undergraduate school) celebration in Pella, IA. David Roe, the President of Central College for the last ~ 12 years, his wife Betsy Roe, and daughters Caleigh and Caitlin were honored with a Texas-sized party in P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium last Saturday, April 17, from 5:30-8:30 p.m to celebrate their gifts to the community, David’s retirement and move to DALLAS. Both of them are very special and have made a difference in our world. I am sure they will also make their mark on Dallas! Lots of students, former students, faculty, former faculty, friends, family, and townspeople came to say good-bye to the Roes, listen to fun and funny stories from several speakers, sample the BBQ food of Central Dining Services and listen to the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Steel Pans and Jazz Combos of Central College. Lots of people dressed in western attire. Afterwards, the party continued up-town with a dance at the Pella Opera House. We had great fun!

Here are some photos (and one video) I took. A few were way across the gymnasium so they came out a little fuzzy. If other photos or articles get posted by others, I’ll link to them later.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble Conductor Smiles Through Crowd

Jan Freed

The Student MCs

David Wesselink, Chairman of the Board of Directors, announced that the newly constructed education, psychology and communication studies building, which opened this past fall, will henceforth be known as The Roe Center. Here is another youtube video of the dedication on May 14, 2010.

Table View 1

David and Betsy 1

David and Betsy 2

David and Betsy 3

Another Musical Interlude

Lots of Singing

Kim and Don

Table View 2

Table View 3

Decor 1

Decor 2

Best Wishes!

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Dallas Party

March 8, 2010

Looks like the planning for the Dallas Party is coming along nicely for David and Betsy Roe. Cool!

From the Central Alumni page:
Help us celebrate David and Betsy Roe’s retirement and move to DALLAS with a Texas-sized party in P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium, Saturday, April 17, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. A program will begin at 6:45 p.m. Student meal plans will be in effect. Come to bid farewell to the Roes, hear great stories from featured speakers, enjoy the legendary delicacies of Central Dining Services and free entertainment courtesy of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Steel Pans and Jazz Combos. Attire for the event is Texas themed. Registration is required. RSVP by picking up your free tickets at the Maytag Information Booth after March 22. Or, register now online, call 800-447-0287 or e-mail alumni@central.edu.

The Roe party continues with a dance at the Pella Opera House Saturday, April 17, from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per person and registration is required. RSVP by purchasing your tickets at the Maytag Information Booth after March 22. Or, register now online, call 800-447-0287 or e-mail alumni@central.edu.

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A Favorite Person Passes On

February 6, 2010

This week I’ve been sad since a very dear friend and mentor, Dr. Maxine Huffman, has passed away. She was (and her husband Don still is) a prime example of why and how special Central College is for many alumni. Every time Grandpa Ron and I visited the Central campus, we always made sure we arranged a visit or meal to catch up with the Huffmans. We appreciated and embraced their view on life and the world. She will be missed by many, many people all over the world.

Here is an after dinner photo from last Fall in Pella, IA, with favorite people Barbara Butler, Maxine and Don Huffman.

Here is a photo from the very first time I met the Huffmans and the Butlers on a RĂĽdesheim Rhine River Cruise (a one afternoon cruise version) in the Summer of 1972 at the start of the ’72-’73 Central College Vienna Study Program. Left to right: Jovan Stojsic, Frau Haydon, Don Butler, Don Huffman, Maxine Huffman, and Barbara Butler. Looks to me like they’re having a pleasant afternoon. Little did I know on that day how I’d end up with a double major in German – my intended major – and in English – where Maxine became my English Dept. Advisor – and that my work/study job would find me in the International Studies Office helping Barbara Butler! Our friendships continue on to this day!

I have more info on the page created from the CaringBridge site – I don’t know how long the CaringBridge pages will continue being there.

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Dr. Maxine Huffman Memorial

February 6, 2010

Here is the Last Entry from the Family Page of the CaringBridge website that was setup so friends and family could follow her progress after she fell:

Maxine Corrine Fish was the only daughter born to Dr. J William Fish and Nellie L Fish in Decatur Illinois. She and her brother, William, were later joined by brothers John and Lance.

Maxine finished her formal schooling in the public schools in Decatur before pursuing a BS in Biology at Millikin University in Decatur. It was at Pittsburg State University (Kansas State Teachers College) as a graduate instructor in Biology that she met Don. Don and Maxine were married on March 21, 1953.

Maxine graduated in 1953 with a Ph.D. in Botany from Kansas State University in Manhattan Kansas, and took a job teaching Biology at Central College in Pella Iowa. During Maxine’s initial teaching at Central, Don was pursuing a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at Iowa State University. Upon Don’s completion of his Ph.D. in 1955, Don and Maxine looked to find a job to teach biology together, but President VanderLugt talked Maxine into pursuing a second doctorate in English. Maxine and Don spent two years in New York City at Columbia University as Maxine completed doctoral work for an Ed.D. in English. She returned to Central to teach English for the remainder of her career, serving 43 teaching years at Central College until her retirement in 1996.

In 1971, they adopted a one year old daughter, Kimberley, who was born in South Korea. She was joined in 1975 by a brother, James, also adopted from South Korea.

Jim, Max, Don and Kim

Maxine and Don traveled extensively throughout the United States, Central America and Europe in the early years of their marriage. They were an integral part in starting the Central College Abroad programs in Merida Yucatan, Mexico and in Hangzhou, China.

In the years following their retirement, Maxine and Don became involved with writing and editing text books for use in universities in China. The most recent book, Inside US Culture and Life, is a compilation of blogs written by Maxine and Don, (with help from family and friends) and was published in China in November.

In 2008, Don and Maxine were both conferred Doctor of Humane Letters by Central College.

On Wednesday, February 3, Maxine passed away at the Comfort House of Pella. She had formerly been a patient at the Skilled Care Unit of the Pella Regional Health Center for four weeks.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. J William Fish and Nellie L Fish and her brother William.

Maxine is survived by her husband Don and daughter Kimberley, both of Pella, a son, James, of Pleasant Hill, and granddaughter, Cassandra and her mother Laura, of Bettendorf; a sister-in-law, Beverly, of Rochester, Indiana and her family; a brother, John, of Raleigh, North Carolina and his family and a brother, Lance, of Des Moines Iowa and his family as well as many Huffman brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

She also leaves countless friends and colleagues both in Pella and all over the world, former students, numerous Chinese “daughters”, as well as an honorary daughter, Dr. Yewoubdar Beyene, of San Francisco,California, and an honorary granddaughter, Kathy Li, of Pensacola, Florida.

Maxine enjoyed knitting, reading, crossword puzzles and finding an opportunity to teach at any given moment!

We welcome you to join us
at an informal Memorial Gathering
Sunday, February 28
from 2:00-5:00p.m. (open house)
at the Central College Graham Conference Center
(The old dining hall for Central grads of earlier years).

An after dinner photo from last Fall in Pella, IA, with favorite people Barbara Butler, Maxine and Don Huffman

Interesting Visit To Share

October 31, 2009

Last Friday and part of Saturday Grandpa Ron and I were on the campus of Central College in Pella, Iowa. I am on the National Advisory Committee, which meets once a year on campus to advise the college president. We also had a tour of the new Education and Psychology Building which is one of the highlights of sustainability initiatives on the campus. It is a very beautiful building – and very GREEN! Go environment! Central is hoping to attain a LEED Platinum rating for the newest green building on campus.


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