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Central College’s music department will kick off its performances for the academic year with five shows before the end of September. The first four are part of Central’s Homecoming festivities.

The Pella Community Common Reading Experience will welcome Kent Stock to Central College. Stock is the former baseball coach at Norway High School, which won a state championship in 1991 and inspired the motion picture “The Final Season.”

PELLA — Cosmopolitanism is something leading philosophers Kwame Anthony Appiah and Martha C. Nussbaum are talking about. Anna Christensen, lecturer in philosophy at Central College, now will talk about it, too.

Central College hosts Ora Uzel for a residency Sept. 11-13 as part of the college’s Learning for Justice Series. Uzel, a 2003 Central graduate, will present piano music, lead several sessions with students and speak about her experiences as a transgender woman. Her improvisational piano perf…

Iowa Campus Compact has named Central College President Mark Putnam to its board of directors. Putnam will serve a three-year term, helping the nine-member board set direction and vision for the statewide association.

Central College’s Nicole Kaplan will be installed Sept. 13 as Kenneth J. Weller Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts. Her public lecture and reception are in the Central College Chapel at 4 p.m. Kaplan’s presentation is titled “Forever Relevant: The Enduring Value of the Humanities in…

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Central College freshmen began moving into their dorms bright and early this morning beginning at 8 a.m. The dreary, rainy weather did not deter any of the students or move-in crew from quickly and efficiently moving students into their dorms.

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Four alumni award winners — and one honorary alumna — will be honored Oct. 1 during Central’s homecoming. The award winners include Glenn and Shirley Borgman, Thomas Gaard, Steve De Cook and Berta Van Ekeren.

Central College board of trustees has announced five new members: Jason Andringa, Roger Brown, Mike Main, Jana Rieker and Markay Winston. Their terms begin July 1. Former members Vernon Den Herder, Robert Vermeer and Stan Poortinga retired from Central’s board of trustees.

Following a $3.125 million gift to Central College two years ago, the Fred Maytag Family Foundation has awarded Central an additional $550,000 for further renovations to the Maytag Student Center. The grant also includes annual support for student scholarships through the Journey Scholarship Fund.

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