Dear Central College Families,
Even though it has been cold and snowy, February has been an exciting month! Central College athletes are winning games, meets and awards. Senior students are well into spring internships and applying to graduate programs. Minnesota playwright, storyteller and author Kevin Kling is in residence this week, working with students in classes and performing at Writer’s Reading and the Kruidenier Theatre. Students are getting ready for the annual Charity Ball, which will benefit Many Hands for Haiti this year. Central musicians are providing concerts and festivals, and Admissions has hosted three very successful Scholar Days for prospective students. Stay tuned for information about 2014-2015 housing sign-up, leadership opportunities that will become available and study abroad deadlines. You can keep up with events at Central on the parent website: http://www.central.edu/parents/
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The Office of Student Development
From President Mark Putnam
Tuition information for 2014-15
Central College is sensitive to the economic challenges facing working families and the escalating costs of educating students nationwide. Central also is fully committed to affordability for students, without sacrificing quality.
I’m pleased to share with you that our campus and board leaders have renewed our commitment to ensuring that many students can benefit from Central’s unique educational experiences with our lowest price increase in more than 40 years—for the second year in a row.
Total price for tuition, room and board will be just 3.5 percent higher in 2014-15, down from 3.95 a year ago. Tuition for 2014-15 will be $32,124, with an additional $4,892 for room and $5,088 for a 20-meal board plan.
To help meet that expense, the college is committed to affordability and offers a strong financial aid program. More than 99 percent of students receive financial aid from Central College and via scholarships supported by generous alumni and donors. Aid packages distributed each spring may include scholarships, gift assistance, work study and student loans. About 93 percent of Central students who graduate do so within four years, further increasing the efficiency of the investments. And, 96 percent of Central students are either employed in a field of their choice, enrolled in graduate or professional school or completing a year of service within a year of graduation. Central’s low student loan default rate—3.6 percent—is well-below the national average of 10 percent.
As I mentioned, Central College is committed to making higher education affordable without compromising the strength of our academics or the experiences that benefit students, and this is the second year in a row that our board of trustees has invested in the future of Central College. As a campus community we have rallied together in the past few years to place every resource at our disposal to its highest and best use.
You know first-hand that a Central education yields more than a degree. Seventy-six percent of Central students complete an internship or pre-professional experience, further gaining an advantage for eventual careers. Nearly 50 percent of students participate in the college’s own study abroad programs, compared to 14 percent of college students nationally who study in a foreign country. Factoring in all opportunities abroad, including academic travel, service and mission trips, and faculty-led experiences, nearly 60 percent of students can claim a life-changing international experience while at Central College. Central students also participate in more than 80 campus organizations and activities.
We have a proven track record. The Central experience lands graduates in some of the most well-known and highly regarded graduate programs and corporations around the world. The list of top employers where Central graduates are making a difference includes places like Principal Financial, Pella Corporation, Vermeer Corporation, Kemin Industries, Hormel Foods, ING, Eli Lilly and Company, IBM, John Deere, Wells Fargo, Rockwell Collins, Cargill, Pioneer Hybrid and FDIC, as well as school districts, law firms and medical and dental practices across the country. Central graduates also go on to further studies in institutions known world-wide such as Duke, Oxford, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Institut Catholique – Paris, Ohio State, DePaul, Loyola, Texas A&M, George Washington, Western Theological Seminary, the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Additionally, please know we are actively fundraising for student scholarships with great success while holding costs down. We operate as effectively and efficiently as possible but we know it’s important to make key investments as well.
One such investment is a result of the generosity of the Fred Maytag Family Foundation, which recently donated more than $3.1 million to renovate the Maytag Student Center. Work is scheduled to begin after commencement in mid-May and will be completed during the summer months in time for the first day of classes in late August. The main floor will feature an open commons with a coffee shop, stage and stone fireplace. Meeting spaces also are being designed for major conferences and events with additional space for a retail store. The lower level will be dedicated to fitness and wellness while the upper level will house office space and the van Emmerik Theater.
A significant gift, which established the Thomas J. and Charlene P. Gaard Endowed Residency in the Liberal Arts, is another recent and key investment for students. The signature residency will support scholars in residence and allow Central to host notable people on campus to serve in multi-day residencies in which they will interact with students, the wider campus and Pella area communities.
Additionally, the establishment of the Arthur J. Bosch Endowment for Student Research this year will link students with faculty and alumni partners in collaborative, academic research.
We appreciate your partnership. Thank you for making Central College such a great place.
Financial Aid Update
It is time to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2014-15. 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 email@example.com or 641-628-5911 or see http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/, where free FAFSA filing is also available.
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 prior to registration for fall classes. This year’s Major Declaration Day celebration will be Tuesday, March 4, at 11:30 a.m. in Maytag Student Center Atrium. Faculty members from all departments will be on hand 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
Top reasons to study abroad in the fall and 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 make it 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 the international experience to boost their resumes!
Applications for summer programs are due March 1. Fall semester applications are due March 15. Learn more at www.central.edu/abroad.
Central College seniors receive diplomas at commencement Saturday, May 17, in H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse at 2 p.m. Baccalaureate is Saturday, May 17, in Douwstra Auditorium in Central Hall at 10 a.m. 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 at the Central College Bookstore. Seniors may order caps and gowns, class rings and graduation announcements at this event.
Professional Development Series
The Career Center’s professional development series is ideal for juniors and seniors from all majors but is open to first-year and sophomore students, too. Most workshops are held in van Emmerik Studio, Maytag Student Center, except Dining Etiquette, which is in the President’s Dining Room, Central Market. The workshops include:
- Dress for Success: Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m.
- Dining Etiquette: Thursday, Feb. 20, 5:45 p.m. or Wednesday, April 2, 5:45 p.m.
- Interviewing for Teaching Jobs: Monday Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m., Roe 145.
- Job Search Overview: Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.
- Resumes and Cover Letters: Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m.
- Interviewing Strategies: Wednesday, March 12, 6:30 p.m.
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. Monday April 14, 6:30–8 p.m., Vermeer Science Center 141.
Residence Life Update
Housing Deposit due March 28
Students returning to campus for 2014-2015 need to pay a $200 housing deposit on or before Friday, March 28, 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, 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 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.
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 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. Look for further information to follow.
Housing Sign-up for 2014-15
Housing sign-up for students returning to Central for 2014-2015 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 28. Details about each housing option are listed below:
Specialty Housing - Theme Communities, Green Pods, Sophomore House, Language Houses, CMCC House and Senior Houses
Students can apply as individuals or in 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 on Thursday, February 27, at 11 a.m. in van Emmerik Studio.
Applications for Theme Communities, Green Pods, Sophomore House, CMCC House, Language Houses and the Senior Houses are due by 4 p.m., Friday, March 14.
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 22-24. 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 2010, he/she will be in the group of ALL students starting fall of 2010 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:
Wednesday, March 12 7 p.m. van Emmerik Studio
Thursday, March 27 11 a.m. 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 28. 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 2014 will submit a housing preference form to indicate their preference for spring 2015 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 2 (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 17-21, and Easter break, April 18-21. 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.
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, which include: SOS, Resident Advisors, Campus Activities Board, Intercultural Educators, Peer Educators and Health Educators.
The skills our students develop when participating in one of these positions are often articulated as desired and essential by employers nationwide. After serving in one of the positions listed above, students will have strengthened their ability to communicate efficiently, adapt, work effectively in groups, think innovatively and enhance their orientation to detail.
A streamlined application process, called the Common Application, allows for students to apply to more than one leadership opportunity within the same application. The application can be downloaded from the Student Life page on myCentral. The Common Application is due on Friday, March 14, at 4 p.m. before students leave for spring break. Encourage your students to check out these opportunities! Below are brief descriptions of each position:
SOS leaders (orientation leaders) work with small groups of incoming students as they transition into Central. SOSs get to know new students individually, help acclimate them 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 in April and continues in the summer through early fall. SOS leaders are paid a modest stipend for their work with incoming students and their parents.
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.
Campus Activities Board
Students interested in planning large- and small-scale events for their peers should apply for the Campus Activities Board (CAB). CAB is Central’s vehicle for entertainment 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 (IEs) are students who are passionate about creating a campus environment in which all members have the opportunity to contribute to the best of their ability. They do this by leading programs, events 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 interact with nationally known guests, as well as be seen as interculturally competent role models around campus.
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.
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 Student Health Service. CPR certification is highly recommended.
Each spring CAB hosts the annual Charity Ball. Students are invited and transported to Hotel Fort Des Moines, downtown Des Moines, for an evening of glamor, music, food and dance. 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 Black Tie Affair. Tickets are $10 per person.
This year all ticket proceeds will benefit Many Hands for Haiti, a nonprofit organization in Pella that supports one rural and one urban area of Haiti, doing work in youth development, ethical feedings, economic development, clean water and health care. Please show your support to Many Hands for Haiti and to CAB for their hard work with this great event by encouraging your student to attend!
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. Read this month’s issue here.
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 and exams, or if they have already arranged friends to drive them. The link to sign up for the airport shuttles can be found on the Student Activities myCentral page. The shuttle schedule for spring 2014 is as follows:
No classes Monday-Friday, March 17-21; residential areas remain open for students to stay on campus.
|Friday, March 14
||Depart Pella at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
|Sunday, March 23
Depart DSM Airport at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
No classes Friday-Monday, April 18 - April 21; residential areas remain open for students to stay on campus.
|Thursday, April 17
||Depart Pella at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
|Monday, April 21
Depart DSM Airport at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
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.
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