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March 2015

Dear Central College families,

The Canada geese returned to the pond this week, just in time for the first day of spring. We hope you have enjoyed some time together with your Central student during break, wherever you may be. Over the next month, returning students will register for fall 2015 classes, sign up for housing next year (note the deposit due on March 27) and interview for leadership positions on campus.  Juniors and seniors are strongly encouraged to attend events about job searching, financial literacy and dining etiquette sponsored by Career and Professional Development. First- and second-year students will be exploring summer jobs and internships, and all students will be encouraged to participate with faculty and staff in a Service Day project on April 21. Meanwhile, graduation is only eight weeks away – read on for details and the schedule of events.

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Looking forward to spring,
The Office of Student Development

2015-2016 FAFSA
It’s time to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2015-2016. Iowa families who want to be considered for the Iowa Tuition Grant should have their FAFSA filed by June 30. Need help with the FAFSA? Contact Central’s financial aid office at finaid@central.edu or 641-628-5187. For additional information and to apply for your free FAFSA, please visit the federal website at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.


Registration for Fall Semester
Fall 2015 course registration will begin after spring break on March 25. Students need approval to register from their academic adviser and should schedule a face-to-face meeting with the adviser well in advance of their assigned registration time. Students without an outstanding financial obligation will be able to access the online registration system.

Classification* Registration Begins
Third and Fourth Year (59-89 credits) March 25
Second Year (28-58 credits) April 1
First Year (0-27 credits) April 8
*Note: Classification is based on the number of credits completed before the start of the spring semester.

Final Exams Schedule
Study day is Monday, May 11. No classes are held this day. Final exams begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 12. The last exams end at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14. Students are expected to take final exams during the assigned times. Students who have three finals on one day may request a change of schedule from faculty. Alternative test times for students who have three finals on one day may be arranged with the approval of the instructor. You can help by making sure your student’s travel plans do not interfere with his/her examination schedule. Students should not leave campus before their scheduled exams are complete. Students are expected to vacate their rooms within 24 hours of their last final or by 5 p.m. Friday, May 15, whichever is earliest.

Central College seniors receive diplomas at commencement Saturday, May 16, in H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse at 2 p.m. Baccalaureate will be held at 10 a.m. the same day in Douwstra Auditorium in Central Hall. Family members are encouraged to attend baccalaureate and commencement. Graduating seniors will receive more information regarding graduation at the Grad Finale event in late March in the Maytag Student Center. Seniors may order caps and gowns, class rings and graduation announcements at this event. Schedule of events will be as follows:

Friday, May 15
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Late Cap and Gown Pickup, Maytag Student Center
9:30 a.m.  Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal, P.H. Kuyper Gym
Saturday, May 16
9 a.m.–12 p.m.   Late Cap and Gown Pickup, Maytag Student Center
9:30 a.m. Senior Procession and Faculty Lineup, meet on south side of campus pond (rain site: Graham Conference Center)
10 a.m.  Baccalaureate: A Gathering of the Class of 2015, Douwstra Auditorium
Featured Speakers:
Class Dean Brian Peterson, Professor of Economics
President Mark Putnam                       
Enjoy this time dining with your family and friends at the Central Market or at one of Pella’s fine dining establishments.
12:30 p.m.  H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse doors open
1 p.m.    Senior Class Lineup, P.H. Kuyper Gym
1:30 p.m. Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert, H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse
2 p.m. Commencement Ceremony, H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse
Speaker:  Dr. Markay Winston
Post-Commencement Reception & Photo opportunities, P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium & Kuyper Lawn

No tickets will be distributed for baccalaureate and commencement. Overflow seating for baccalaureate will be in Graham Conference Center, Harry and Bernice Vermeer Banquet room. Seating in the Fieldhouse will be on a first come, first served basis, with seating available for all guests. Fieldhouse seating is in chairs and on bleachers.

Graduate School Preparation
Now is time for junior students interested in graduate or professional school to learn more about programs, application processes, admission tests, financing and deadlines for their intended field of study. 

Summer Internships
The summer months are an ideal time for students to complete internship experiences that build skills and strengthen résumés. First-year through junior students can benefit from both volunteer and internship experiences that focus their career paths. Now is the time to apply! New positions are posted daily on Central’s online database, Careerlink@Central. More information, including registration forms, reduced internship tuition cost guidelines and summer internship housing options in Des Moines, is listed at: http://www.central.edu/career/internships/. Contact Jessica Klyn de Novelo with questions at klynj@central.edu

Service Day
Central’s 10th annual Service Day is April 21. Classes are suspended on this day so faculty, staff and students may take time to give back through service projects in central Iowa. Students will receive information via email regarding how to sign up to participate in one of nearly 50 different projects.

Upcoming Events from Career and Professional Development

  • Job Search Overview: Perfect for seniors, juniors are welcome. Wed. March 25, 6:30 p.m., VSC 180
  • Dining Etiquette: Wed. April 1, 5:45 p.m., President’s Dining Room, Central Market
  • Careers in Correctional Services: Hear from alumni over lunch. Thurs. April 9, 11:30 a.m., President’s Dining Room
  • Financial Literacy 101: Handling money matters after college. Mon. April 13, 6:30 p.m., VSC 241
  • Meet the Pros — a panel of alumni who studied abroad and incorporated international education in their lives after Central: Fri. Apr. 17, 3 p.m., Maytag Student Center

Residence Life Update

Housing Deposit due March 27
Students returning to campus for 2015-16 need to pay a $200 housing deposit by Friday, March 27, to sign up for campus housing. The deposit is non-refundable but will be applied to housing charges for the fall semester. If the deposit is not paid by the deadline, a student will not be able to sign up for housing. The deposit may be paid in person at the Central Service Center, second floor Central Hall or online. To pay online, go to the parent website, click on myBill in the quick links box on the left side of the page and click on the payment option of your choice (i.e. electronic check or credit card). Paying online requires the student’s Central College identification number. Spring semester study abroad and intern students who are not on campus at this time do NOT have to pay the deposit. Also, students who will not be living on campus during the fall semester do not have to pay a housing deposit for the 15-16 year.

Summer Housing

Students who are currently enrolled are eligible to live on campus over the summer. There are two options:

  • Housing WITH kitchen facilities and air conditioning (townhouse) - $75/week
  • Housing WITHOUT kitchen facilities and air conditioning (Hoffman) - $45/week

Summer housing locations are all double-occupancy rooms; all students should plan on having a roommate.
To live in summer housing, you must pay TWO weeks of rent by May 1 to guarantee a space for the summer. This will be applied to your summer housing bill. If you choose to cancel, this will not be refunded.
If you do not deposit by May 1, you are not guaranteed the type of housing requested, but we will honor requests on a first-come, first-serve basis as space allows.
Students must live on campus for at least FOUR weeks and can stay up to the entire summer. The length of stay will be committed to on the contract. Students staying for the entire summer will be able to move from their spring rooms into summer housing — then into their fall housing assignment — without leaving campus. Summer housing contracts can be found on my.central.edu under campus life and residence life. Paperwork needs to be turned in at the Student Development Office (2nd floor Maytag), and the deposit must be paid at the Central Service Desk (2nd floor Central Hall).

Housing Sign-up for 2015-16
Housing sign-up for students returning to Central for 2015-2016 began in February with a Specialty Housing informational meeting. The process ends in late April with room lottery. All students living on campus next school year must pay a $200 housing deposit by Friday, March 27. Details about each housing option are listed below:

Greek Housing for Fraternity and Sorority Members
Active fraternity and sorority members may have the opportunity to live in townhouses on Greek Row. Sign-up will occur during designated fraternity and sorority meetings in February and March.

Housing Selection Process
The majority of Central students choose to go through regular housing sign-up to live in a residence hall, townhouse or McKee Hall. Students form groups of 2, 4, 8, 12 or 16 people. Housing sign-up will occur April 20 and 22. Groups or individuals with the lowest average housing selection number will go first to choose a housing location. To calculate the housing selection number for each student, they will be classified into groups based on academic year of admittance. Within those groups, each student will be given a random selection number. For example, if a student started at Central in the fall of 2012, he/she will be in the group of ALL students starting fall of 2012 and will be randomly assigned a number within that group. Students who are interested in regular housing sign-up should attend the last informational meeting: 

  • Thursday, April 9, 11 a.m., van Emmerik Studio, 2nd floor Maytag Student Center

Other Important Notes: 

  • Students who have a need (medical or otherwise) for air conditioning must choose a building that is air-conditioned. All residence halls/houses are air-conditioned except Gaass, Pietenpol and Hoffman.
  • Students must pay a $200 housing deposit by Friday, March 27. The deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to the housing charges for fall semester. If the deposit is not paid by the deadline, a student will not be able to sign up for housing. Spring semester study abroad and intern students who are not on campus at this time do NOT have to pay the deposit.
  • Residents who intentionally sign in another student they know is withdrawing or transferring need to be aware that residence life has a consolidation policy for the fall, which requires residents without roommates to be consolidated.
  • A specific number of double room buy-outs (with no more than three per residence building) will be available during housing sign up. These will only be available throughout the sign-up process until each space has been filled. A room buy-out costs an additional $400/semester.
  • Students studying abroad in fall 2015 will submit a housing preference form to indicate their preference for spring 2016 housing placement. They will NOT be signing into a room for the fall as part of this process. Spaces in rooms will not be “held” open an entire semester in anticipation of their return. The housing preference form will be due Friday, May 1 (after housing sign-up, so they know where their friends have signed up).
  • Students who miss housing sign-up completely will be assigned by residence life.

College Break Information
Residence areas will remain open for Easter break, April 3-6. Spring semester finals end at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14. Residence areas close to all students except graduating seniors at 5 p.m May 15. Students who stay late to participate in graduation events (e.g. choir, band) or for spring sports will receive information from residence life regarding their checkout date and time. Move-in day for sophomore through senior students is Monday, August 24.

Get Involved

Tulip Time in Pella
Save the date for Pella’s annual Tulip Time, May 7-9. Please join us for any part of the festivities! Central students participate in Tulip Time in many ways: Dutch dancing entertainment at the grandstand, making and serving delicious food, securing the craft fair, providing late-night clean-up help on downtown streets, babysitting for attendees and volunteers, assisting with parking direction and much more. A full schedule of events can be found at http://www.pellahistorical.org/.

Health and Wellness

A Word from the Wellness Educators

    Forget coffee: Taking a walk outside may trump that double-shot latte when it comes to revving you up for the rest of your workday, suggests new Australian research.
    The verdict: "There was no difference in weight loss between people who ate very few meals or very many — as long as the amount of calories they consumed stayed the same," say Brad Schoenfeld, Ph.D., C.S.C.S., and Alan Aragon, M.S.

Student Health 101
Student Health 101 is a monthly newsletter sent to all students covering common college topics and transitions. Parent Perspective, a newsletter by the creators of Student Health 101, is meant to help family members become better informed about many of the issues students face so they can help guide students to healthy ways of dealing with various situations. Read March’s issue here.

  • Grocery Store Hacks: How to Shop Like A Boss
  • Suicide Prevention: What to Do When A Friend Needs Help
  • Cherish Your Sleep: How to Take Back the Night

Airport and Greyhound Shuttle
The Office of Student Involvement offers a $5 shuttle to the Des Moines Int’l Airport and Des Moines Greyhound Bus station for college breaks. The shuttle does NOT run to the Amtrak station in Ottumwa. If you make travel plans for your student that coincide with the shuttle schedule listed below, please ask your student to reserve a shuttle spot for her/himself at least three days prior to the date s/he wishes to ride. Students should make reservations themselves as they know best when they are done with classes, exams, or if they have already arranged friends to drive them. The shuttle schedule for 2014-15 is as follows:

Easter Break

Thursday, April 2 – Depart Pella 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.
Monday, April 6 – Depart DSM Airport 6 p.m.

End of School Year

Thursday, May 14 - Depart Pella 3 p.m.
Friday, May 15 - Depart DSM Airport 8 a.m. or 11 a.m.

*The shuttle will also drop off/pick up students at the Des Moines Greyhound Bus Terminal or Des Moines Amtrak Station if requested at the time of reservation.


Popular campus websites

Academics http://www.central.edu/academics
Admission http://www.central.edu
Alumni http://www.central.edu/alumni
Athletics http://www.central.edu/athletics
Bookstore http://central.textbookx.com/
Career Center http://www.central.edu/career
Conference Services http://www.central.edu/event-planners
Dining Services http://departments.central.edu/diningservices
Facilities Management http://www.central.edu/facilities
Fine arts http://www.central.edu/fine-arts
Online giving http://www.central.edu/makeagift
Registrar http://departments.central.edu/registrar/
Study abroad http://www.central.edu/abroad

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