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February 2015

Dear Central College families,

It looks like the groundhog was right — we’re having six more weeks of winter. The weather is not stopping us from gearing up for spring, though — and planning ahead for next year. See President Putnam’s message below about the price for a Central college education, as well as some exciting gifts the College has received. Second-year students are about to declare majors, and seniors are well into spring internships and applying to graduate programs. Students are getting ready for the annual Charity Ball, which will benefit Blank Children’s Hospital this year. Read on for information about 2015-2016 housing sign up, leadership opportunities and great reasons to study abroad in the fall. You can keep up with events at Central on the parent website at http://www.central.edu/parents/.

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

Looking forward to spring,
The Office of Student Development

From President Mark Putnam
For the third year in a row, I’m pleased to share with you that Central College has announced its smallest price increase in more than 40 years. Total price for tuition, room and board next year will be just 2.9 percent higher, compared to 3.5 a year ago and 3.95 the previous year.

Central College takes its commitment to students, families and affordability very seriously. Our board of trustees understands Central’s partnership with families and the great benefit of investing in students.

Tuition for 2015-16 will be $33,345, with $4,892 for room and $5,088 for 20 meals per week. Room and board are identical to this year’s prices.

In addition to limiting tuition, Central offers strong financial aid awards to ensure the college is affordable. More than 99 percent of students receive financial aid, including scholarships supported by alumni and donors. Financial aid packages awarded each spring may include scholarships, gift assistance, work study and student loans.

At Central, 92 percent of graduates finish in four years or fewer, and 93 percent are employed in a field of their choice, enrolled in graduate/professional school or completing a year of service within a year of graduation. For Central students, this means no extra years of tuition or lost wages from a delayed graduation.

College faculty and administrators are committed to making Central valuable as well as affordable. Students, alumni and professionals know that Central delivers on its experience with academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service.

Additionally, Central supporters made significant contributions for students this year. The Fred Maytag Family Foundation gave $3.125 million to renovate the Maytag Student Center, creating new dining and gathering spaces for students, as well as an entire lower level dedicated to fitness and wellness. Another gift established the Thomas J. and Charlene P. Gaard Endowed Residency in the Liberal Arts, which allows Central to host notable scholars for multi-day residencies. The Arthur J. Bosch Endowment for Student Research enables students to conduct research with Central faculty, and support from the Vermeer Charitable Foundation and the Wesselink family boosted efforts for international initiatives.

We are so glad your sons and daughters are here and we appreciate our partnership. Thank you.

Mark Putnam

*If you would like to share this message, a press release is available on our website.

Financial Aid Update

2015-2016 FAFSA
It is 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, visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.


Major Declaration Day Celebration
It has become a tradition at Central for the Registrar’s Office to host Major Declaration Day each spring for second-year students to declare a major before registering for fall classes. This year’s Major Declaration Day Celebration will be March 3, 11:30 a.m. in Maytag Student Center.  Faculty members from all departments will be available to sign major declaration forms. You can help by reminding your student to attend this event if he or she has not yet declared a major. 

Major Declaration Day traditional celebratory cake
Major Declaration Day traditional celebratory cake

Central College seniors receive diplomas at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse. Baccalaureate is at 10 a.m. in Douwstra Auditorium. 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 

Top reasons to study abroad in the fall — plus upcoming deadlines
Study Abroad is one of the ways that Central follows through on its commitment to prepare students to become engaged citizens of the world.  Though study abroad programs are available during the fall, spring and summer terms, there are many reasons to choose a fall abroad!  Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Students will get their first choice. Fall programs tend to fill less quickly than spring.
  • Participate in fabulous cultural events. The festive Fall season includes the Day of the Dead in Mexico, the arrival of Sinterklaas in the Netherlands and many more important events.
  • More time to prepare: Students can take advantage of the summer to look for special deals like cheaper flights, brush up on language skills and learn more about their country.
  • Career planning: Students are back in the spring to apply for internships or summer jobs, and they have international experience to boost their resumes!

Applications for summer programs are due March 1.  Fall semester applications are due on March 15. Learn more at www.central.edu/abroad

Summer Internships
Now is a great time to work on securing a summer internship placement. More information regarding internships is found at http://www.central.edu/go/internships/. Great resources to find current internship openings are available, and students are encouraged to seek opportunities beyond those already listed. A summer internship workshop will be held on Thursday, Feb. 12, to review tips for finding internships and steps to register for credit.  Students should contact Jessica Klyn de Novelo (klynj@central.edu ) with questions.  

New York Social Justice Internship
Students can earn four credits on a five-week program in New York City this summer, led by Professors Kim Koza and Michael Harris. The program, a collaboration between Central College and the Collegiate Churches of New York, combines an intensive internship at an organization with a social justice mission with an interdisciplinary course that provides a larger framework for that work. Guest speakers, site visits and cultural activities related to the theme are also incorporated. Interested students are encouraged to contact either of the faculty program leaders. Information and application materials can be found at www.central.edu/go/newyork/. The deadline to apply is March 2.

The Washington Center
Set in the nation’s capital, The Washington Center is an internship program that works to “set students on a course of achievement, leadership and engagement in their communities.”  The program has helped prepare leaders in virtually every career field, including law, education, social work, medicine, journalism, diplomacy, business and politics.  Students are placed in internships and also complete academic coursework during the semester.  More information can be found at www.tcu.edu.  Students interested in applying for next year should contact Lyn Isaacson (isaacsonl@central.edu) with questions. The deadline to apply is March 2.

Graduate School Series
Students are invited to learn about graduate school options, applications, taking the GRE and graduate funding opportunities at noon Feb. 26 in VSC 180. The series is geared towards juniors, but all students are welcome.

The Feb. 26 session will focus on graduate school funding opportunities, including tips and tricks when applying for these opportunities and financing graduate school.

Students interested in graduate school are also encouraged to contact Dr. Anya Butt for individual sessions on general graduate school help, as well as discussing questions with academic advisers.   

Professional Development Series
Career and Professional Development (CPD) offers a series of workshops ideal for juniors and seniors from all majors (separate workshops are conducted for elementary and secondary education majors as part of Student Teaching Seminar). The workshops include:

Job Search Overview: 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 25, VSC 180
Dining Etiquette: 5 p.m. on Feb. 26, President’s Dining Room, Central Market
Resumes and Cover Letters: 6:30 p.m. on March 4, VSC 180 

Another useful workshop is Financial Literacy 101, presented by two math professors.  They cover payroll, employee benefits, insurance, loans, mortgages, savings and investments — great money management topics, especially for seniors.  The workshop is 6:30-8 p.m. April 13 in Vermeer Science Center 241.

Students will want to hear how a local company, Vermeer Corporation, is using LinkedIn to recruit employees.  Joel Bennett, from human resources at Vermeer, will also view students’ LinkedIn profiles and provide feedback to improve them.  The event is 6:30-7:45 o.m. Feb. 12, Weller 103.  Hosted by Career and Professional Development and the EAM (Business) Club.

Residence Life Update

Housing Deposit due March 27
Students returning to campus for 2015-2016 need to pay a $200 housing deposit on or before Friday, March 27, in order to sign up for campus housing. The deposit is non-refundable but will be applied to housing charges for fall semester. If the deposit is not paid by the deadline, students 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 http://www.central.edu/parents/, 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 your 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.

Summer Housing
Central will be offering 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 the term of a summer school course.

If a student desires to stay for the entire summer, he or she will be able to move into a summer room shortly after graduation. Look for further information to follow.

Housing Sign-up for 2015-16
Housing sign-up for students returning to Central for 2015-2016 begins this month with housing informational meetings. 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:

Specialty Housing - Theme Communities, Green Pods, Sophomore House, Language Houses, CMCC House and Senior House
Students can apply as individuals or groups to live in one of the specialty housing options. Students who want to learn more about these housing options should attend the information session at 11 a.m. Feb. 26 in van Emmerik Studio.

Applications for Theme Communities, Green Pods, Sophomore House, CMCC house, Language Houses and the Senior House are due at 4 p.m. Friday, March 13. 

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 20-22. Groups or individuals with the lowest averaged housing selection number will go first to choose a housing location. To calculate the housing selection number for each student, he/she will be classified into a group based on the academic year of admittance into Central College.  Within that group, 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 participating in regular housing sign-up should attend one of two informational meetings: 11 a.m. March 3 or April 9 in van Emmerik Studio.

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 spring break, March 16-22, and 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 Friday, May 15. Students who stay late to participate in graduation events (e.g. choir, band) or spring sports will receive information from residence life regarding their checkout date and time.

Get Involved

Student Development Leadership Opportunities
Students who are interested in developing their leadership capabilities, becoming more involved in campus life at Central and connecting with their peers and staff/faculty at a different level should consider applying for a student development leadership position: SOS, Resident Advisors, Campus Activities Board, Intercultural Educators, Peer Educators and Wellness Educators.

The skills our students develop when participating in one of these positions are desired and by employers nationwide. After serving in one of the positions, students will have strengthened their ability to communicate efficiently, adapt, work effectively in groups, think innovatively and pay attention to detail.

A streamlined application process, the Common Application, allows for students to apply to more than one leadership opportunity with the same application. The application can be downloaded from the Student Life page on myCentral. The Common Application is due at 4 p.m. March 15, before students leave for spring break. Encourage your students to check out these opportunities! Below are brief descriptions of each position:

Resident Advisors
Resident advisors (RAs) are undergraduate members of the residence life staff. RAs have frequent and direct communication with resident students. Therefore, they have an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the development and education of individuals. It is expected that RAs are sincerely interested in and supportive of the welfare of students at Central College. RAs develop and implement educational and social programs for students. They also create and maintain an environment conducive to self-discipline and study. RA compensation includes half room cost, a modest stipend and a parking permit close to their building.

SOS Orientation Leaders
SOS orientation leaders work with small groups of incoming students as they transition into Central. SOS leaders get to know new students individually, help them acclimate to Central, lead small group activities and carry out large events for summer orientation and Welcome Week. This close-knit group helps new students find a home at Central! Their work begins with summer orientation and continues through the fall semester. SOS leaders are paid a modest stipend for their work with incoming students and their parents.

Campus Activities Board
Students interested in planning events for their peers should apply for the Campus Activities Board (CAB). CAB is Central’s primary entertainment and programming organization and is an outstanding leadership opportunity for students. Students who are part of CAB will gain rich experiences in event planning, marketing design, agent collaboration and teamwork. CAB members are paid a modest stipend for their work.

Intercultural Educators
Intercultural Educators are students who are passionate about creating a campus environment in which every member has the opportunity to contribute to the best of their ability. They do this by leading programs, events, blogging and training sessions that educate about diverse people, perspectives, beliefs and lived experiences. These student leaders generally exhibit a higher comfort level when interacting with people and cultural situations that are different than the majority of students encounter. They receive a monthly stipend and have several opportunities to be seen as interculturally competent role models around campus.

Peer Educators
The Central College Peer Educators are a group of students supervised by Counseling Services and committed to promoting healthy and productive lifestyles while respecting peer decisions without judgment. Their purpose is to identify student needs/concerns, coordinate programming ideas, and then present programming events to address identified needs and concerns. Peer Educators act as role models to support the Central College community in matters concerning alcohol, drugs, relationships, sexuality, conflict resolution and other college lifestyle concerns. The Central College Peer Education Program arose from the need for greater student-to-student interaction and support in an educational capacity. 

Wellness Educators
This position is specifically for those interested in the health field. The student will be able to research health needs on campus and bring creativity to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles. It will also include greeting and directing students at the Maytag Wellness Center. CPR certification is a must.

Charity Ball
Each spring, CAB hosts the annual Charity Ball. On March 7, students are invited for an evening of glamour, music, food and dancing. Faculty and staff are also invited to attend, providing an opportunity for students to socialize with their instructors and supervisors outside of the classroom or work setting. This year, the theme of Charity Ball is Live and Let ShineTickets are $10 per person and can be purchased on campus or at the door the evening of the event.  

This year, all ticket proceeds will benefit the Blank Children’s Hospital, where many children and families within the Central College family have been cared for. Please show your support to the Blank Children’s Hospital and to CAB for their hard work with this great event by encouraging your student to attend!

Health and Wellness

A Note From the Counseling Center       
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Feb. 22-28:
The Goal of NEDAW is to put the spotlight on the seriousness of eating disorders and to improve public understanding of their causes, triggers and treatments. By increasing awareness and access to resources, we can encourage early detection and intervention, which can improve the likelihood of full recovery for millions. A key goal of NEDAW is to direct individuals to a free online screening for eating disorders at MyBodyScreening.org. Help is available, and recovery is possible! 

For on campus support, please direct your son or daughter to Michelle Kellar or George Clark in the counseling center (641-628-5656) for free consultative and personal counseling services. For more information on this important topic, we encourage you to check out the following links: 

Counseling Center staff:
Michelle Kellar

George Clark
Assistant Director

Megan Street
Administrative Assistant

Cat Rebelskey, Drew Jackson, Elin Phipps
Peer Educators

A Word from the Maytag Fitness Center
Is your New Year’s resolution to live a healthier, more balanced lifestyle? Good for you! To achieve overall good health, the Wellness Educators encourage you to make exercise a part of your regular routine. Here are some tips to get you started:

Tip #1 – Don’t Show Up to the Gym Hungry!
Ditching food before the gym may not help you ditch your belly. Doing cardio workouts on an empty stomach won't help you lose weight any faster than training on a full stomach, according to research published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports.

Tip #2 – Watch Out for “Low-Fat” and “Sugar-Free” Foods
When a packaged food is touted as “sugar free,” that often means the real sugar has been replaced with an artificial sweetener. This is one reason it is important to always read ingredient labels. Artificial sweeteners are literally invented in a lab by food scientists.

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 February’s issue here.

  • Don’t Panic: How to Get A Hold of Your Anxiety
  • How (and Why) to Get that Internship
  • Nutrition Decoded: Answers to Your Dietary Dilemmas

Flu Season Reminders
College students living on campus are at a heightened risk for catching the flu because of the large number of people living in close quarters. Central’s Wellness Educators encourage everyone to follow the three steps of prevention and tips for protecting yourself against the flu offered from the Centers for Disease Control.

  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • If you get the flu, treat it early. Antiviral drugs are available that can treat flu.
  • Prevention tips:
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • Wash hands frequently. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Get good rest (college students often struggle with this).
    • Eat well-balanced meals.
    • Clean and disinfect your residence hall room on a regular basis. Wipe down surfaces with disinfectant.
    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
    • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve if a tissue is not available.
    • If you have flu-like symptoms, stay home and rest.

Students displaying these symptoms should be encouraged to remain in their room or at home. Students should communicate directly with their faculty members prior to class to inform their professors that they are ill. Please remind your son/daughter to call Pella Regional Health Center-Central Clinic to make an appointment if the initial symptoms get worse or persist. Students who visit PRHC-Central Clinic in the early signs of illness tend to recover faster than students who wait until they are very ill. You can also help by providing your student with basic supplies to provide relief from the common cold or other illnesses common in the winter.

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:

Spring Break

Friday, March 13 – Depart Pella 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 22 – Depart DSM Airport 1 p.m. or 6 p.m.

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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