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April 2014

Dear Central College Families,

With all of the showers we’ve had this month, we are looking forward to beautiful flowers for Tulip Time! Recently, Central students, staff and faculty participated in the 8th annual Service Day by working together on more than 50 projects with community partners in central Iowa. Awards ceremonies are being planned to celebrate and honor students for their leadership, academic excellence and sportsmanship. The senior class is raising money for their gift to the college—a sustainable filtration system to keep the pond clean—one that will be appreciated by generations of Lemming Race runners for years to come. The excitement on campus is building! It’s a special time to be a part of the Central family. You can keep up with events at Central on the parent website.

Do you need to update your email address or change your subscription for this newsletter? If so, you may do so anytime at http://www.central.edu/newsletters/. As always, the parent website (http://www.central.edu/parents/) can be a great resource for you in addition to parentconnections@central.edu for questions you may have regarding your student’s life at Central.

Go Dutch!
The Office of Student Development

CAB members with musical artist Jackie Tohn
CAB members with musical artist Jackie Tohn

President's Blog

You are invited to read and contribute to President Mark Putnam’s blog as our campus continues to explore issues important to our academic community. To subscribe to Mark: my words, scroll down the sidebar on the right-hand side to locate the feature.

Financial Aid Update

It is time to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2014-2015. Iowa families who want to be considered for the Iowa Tuition Grant should have their FAFSA filed by July 1, 2014. Need help with the FAFSA? Contact Central’s financial aid office at finaid@central.edu or 641-628-5187 or see http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/, where free FAFSA filing is also available.


Registration for Fall and Summer
All students returning to Central for fall semester should now be registered for classes. Students who are not yet registered may seek registration help from the Registrar’s Office, second floor Central Hall. Central College offers a limited number of summer classes on campus and online. Available course offerings are listed at http://www.central.edu/academics/courseLookup/. Your student can find registration and fee information for summer courses at: http://departments.central.edu/registrar/registration/summer-2014/.

Ordering Textbooks
Central College has partnered with a new online textbook vendor; students can save up to 60% off of list price and free shipping is offered with most orders. New, used, e-book and rental options are available. Visit central.textbookx.com if you would like to assist your student with ordering or purchasing books for the fall semester.

Final Exams Schedule
Study day is Monday, May 12. No classes are held this day. Final exams begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13. The last exams end at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15. Students are expected to take final exams during the assigned times, although 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 and granted with the approval of the professor. You can help by making sure your student’s travel plans do not interfere with his/her examination schedule since 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 16, whichever is earliest.

Baccalaureate and Commencement Update
Seniors will receive diplomas at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 17, at the commencement ceremony in H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse. Baccalaureate will also be held Saturday, May 17, in Douwstra Auditorium in Central Hall at 10 a.m. Family members are strongly encouraged to attend baccalaureate and commencement. Families and guests do not need tickets for Baccalaureate or Commencement. After Baccalaureate, you may enjoy dining with your family and friends at the Central Market or at one of Pella’s fine dining establishments. Doors to Kuyper Fieldhouse open at 12:30 p.m.

Graduation Saturday Lunch Options Available – Reservations Required
Central College Dining Services will offer two dining options on Saturday, May 17, in conjunction with Central’s graduation events. Families can save time by enjoying lunch on campus between baccalaureate and commencement.

For those looking for a grab-and-go option—we’re having a picnic in the park—box lunches will be available for $10. The box lunch will include: croissant sandwich with choice of ham and provolone, turkey and colby jack or roast beef and Swiss; fresh fruit cup; pasta salad cup; homemade dessert bars and bottled beverages. Lunches can be picked up between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Central Market.

For those looking for a nice sit-down meal, prepared by Central’s award-winning catering team (voted best caterer in the Red Rock Area), the Central Market will be open from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. featuring: carved roast beef, chicken marsala, garlic redskin mashed potatoes, orzo w/shiitake mushrooms, balsamic grilled vegetables, glazed baby carrots and cranberries, mixed baby greens w/raspberry vinaigrette, chilled relishes, assortment of rolls and apple bread and beverages. There will also be a dessert table featuring home-style cakes and buffet-style cheesecakes. Cost is $12 per person (all inclusive, no tax or tip required).

Reservations are required for the boxed lunches or the sit down meal by Wednesday, May 14. Please call or email Kathy Howey at 641-628-5201 or howeyk@central.edu

Summer Internships
The summer months provide an ideal time for students to participate in job and internship experiences that build their skills and résumé. First-year through junior students can benefit from job, volunteer and internship experiences that help them focus their career path. It is never too early to start this process! The deadline to register for summer internships carrying academic credit is May 9. 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/.

CAB representatives at NACA, a conference about campus activities programming
CAB representatives at NACA, a conference about campus activities programming

Career Center

Job Postings
Follow the Career Center on Twitter @CentralCareers to learn about internship and job opportunities for your student.

Residence Life Update

Fall 2014 Move-in Date
Move-in day for sophomore through senior students for fall 2014 is Monday, Aug. 25. New first-year and transfer students come to campus Saturday, Aug. 23, to begin Welcome Week activities. Fall sport athletes will receive move-in information from either their coach or residence life during the summer recess.

Housing Sign-up for 2014-15
Housing sign-up for students returning to Central for 2014-2015 will be April 22-24. If you or your student have questions about housing for 2014-15, contact the office of residence life at residencelife@central.edu, their current Area Coordinator, or call the Residence Life office at 641-628-5293.

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 studying abroad in fall 2014 will be contacted and will submit a housing preference form indicating their preference for spring 2015 housing placement. Students studying abroad in fall are NOT assigned a room as part of the current housing process. Spaces in rooms will not be “held” in anticipation of their return in the spring. The housing preference form is due Friday, May 2 (after housing sign-up, allowing them to sign-up where their friends will be housed if wished.)
  • Students who miss housing sign-up completely will be assigned a housing location by the residence life office in mid-June.

College Break Information
Spring semester finals end at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15. Residence areas close to all students except graduating seniors Friday, May 16, at 5 p.m. 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.

Summer Housing
Central will offer two housing rates for students to live on campus this summer. The following utilities are included: lights, gas, water, Internet and cable. Students will need to contractually agree to the length of their stay: the entire summer or for the term of a summer-school course.

If a student desires to stay for the entire summer, the student will be able to move from the spring room into the summer room shortly after graduation.

Ian and Madi serving popcorn over the lunch hour to promote the charity ball
Ian and Madi serving popcorn over the lunch hour to promote the charity ball

Get Involved

Central Athletics
Central’s spring athletics have taken off! Support Central’s athletes by attending or following our spring teams. For a complete schedule of Central’s spring sporting events, visit http://www.central.edu/athletics/. Go Dutch!

2014-2015 Common Reading Book
Central’s 2014-15 common reading is One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni. New first-year students will read the book as part of their Intersections seminar curriculum this fall. Faculty, staff, alumni, family and community members are also invited to read the book, sharing in a common experience with students.

Tulip Time in Pella
Save the date for Pella’s 78th Annual Tulip Time, May 1-3. You are invited to join us for any part of the festivities! Central students participate in Tulip Time in the following 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 and more information can be found at http://www.pellatuliptime.com/.

Health and Wellness

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. This month’s issue covers topics including:

  • Taking the Fear Out of Financial Aid
  • Get the Scoop Before your Job Interview
  • Stress Effects; Understanding Your Body’s Reaction to Tension

Airport and Greyhound Shuttle Schedule

The Office of Student Involvement offers a $5 shuttle to the Des Moines Int’l Airport and Greyhound station for college breaks. The shuttle does NOT run to Amtrak. 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 this reservation 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 spring 2014 is as follows:

End of Year
Finals end by 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15; residence areas officially close at 5 p.m. Friday, May 16, to all except graduating seniors.

Thursday, May 15  Depart Pella at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Friday, May 16  

Depart Pella at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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

View the complete 2013-14 academic calendar.

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://www.cbamatthews.com/central
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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