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President Mark Putnam has been published in three countries including China and Mexico and in major markets in the United States through The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, The Chicago Tribune, Change Magazine, The Des Moines Register, The Sport Digest, D3sports.com, The Cedar Rapids Gazette and more.

A Better Iowa

Mark Putnam is a featured writer for The Des Moines Register’s A Better Iowa. His essays from May 2012-present can be found by clicking into the link above.

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COMMENTARY: Advice for grads: Stay out of the ditch

Appeared in the Anamosa Journal-Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, May 22, 2013.

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Civitas: The Call to Serve

President Mark Putnam notes that the faith traditions at Central lead to student service. Civitas, May 17, 2013.

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COMMENTARY: Picking a college is like Chutes and Ladders

Published in the Anamosa Eureka-Journal, Feb. 22, 2013.

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Civitas: The Courage To Change

Central has an amazing history of developing people who build the courage necessary to say, “Let’s do something hard.” Civitas, Feb. 22, 2013.

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Living at the Edge of Risk

Published by Daily Gate City, serving Keokuk, Iowa, and the Tri-State area, Dec. 6, 2012. I set aside some time recently to watch the Ken Burns documentary series, “The Dust Bowl,” which aired on PBS. The promotional text describing the series reads…

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The Search for Authentic, Relevant Community: The Journey of Young Adults

President Mark Putnam thoughtfully reflects on deepening the relationship between the church and the emerging generation of young adults in Perspectives, a journal of Reformed Thought. What will it take? Read The Search for Authentic, Relevant Community: The Journey of Young Adults.

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The Art of Relational Learning

Relationships are Central. In Civitas, President Mark Putnam addresses Central College’s history of dedication in creating an environment for learning rich in relationship, active in engagement and increasingly without borders.

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An Army of Activists

In Civitas, President Mark Putnam shares stories of actively engaged citizens and the innovative culture of Central College graduates who value lives of service.

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Education for Democracy

Education For Democracy This publication was developed out of a series of essays focused on education reform, originally posted on Mark: my words and written by Central College President Mark Putnam in spring 2012. As federal, state and local governments contemplate policy and funding changes for education at all levels, this publication is intended to…

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