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April 2015

Dear Central College families,

With commencement only one month away, campus is a busy place! Students are working hard on final projects and papers, searching for summer internships and jobs, and getting ready for final exams. Service Day is next week, when students, staff and faculty will participate in more than 60 projects with community partners in central Iowa. In the next few weeks, students will be celebrated for leadership, academic excellence and sportsmanship at various awards ceremonies and events across campus. The senior class is raising money to help renovate the patio outside the Maytag Student Center and are excited about the addition of an outdoor grill, new seating and shade covers. Comedian Dave Coulier will be on campus for Final Fling May 2 — tickets are $5 for students and $10 for the public. Planning for next year is also under way, with housing sign-up beginning next week and students ordering textbooks for fall semester classes. Central is an exciting place to be!

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Looking forward to spring,
The Office of Student Development

President Putnam announced the establishment of the B.S. in Engineering
Monday, March 30, at the iExplore STEM night.

NEW Bachelor of Science in Engineering Program
We are delighted to share with you the news of Central College’s new Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. This program is designed to provide students with a first-rate engineering degree, embedded in a highly regarded physics program that enables students to explore other areas of the curriculum, compete in Division III athletics, participate in music ensembles, study abroad and engage in internships and co-ops while completing a degree in eight semesters. We are grateful to our corporate partners in Pella — Vermeer Corporation, Pella Corporation and PPI — for their interest, support and enthusiasm. Associate Professor Viktor Martisovits and Associate Professor Alexey Pronin, working with our consultant and Associate Dean James Shriver, were instrumental in the development and realization of this new program. Faculty across the curriculum at Central College are eager to welcome engineering majors in all of our classes this fall.    

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, please visit the federal website.


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 also offers a limited number of summer classes on campus and online. Available courses are listed online. Your student can also find registration and fee information for summer courses online.

Ordering Textbooks
Students can save up to 60% off of list price — and receive free shipping — through Central’s online bookstore. New, used, e-book and rental options are available. Visit www.central.textbookx.com if you would like to help your student purchase books for the fall semester.

Final Exams Schedule
Study day is Monday, May 11. No classes are held this day. Final exams begin at 8 a.m. on 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, 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 15 — whichever is earliest. Graduates participating in commencement must vacate by 7 p.m. Saturday, May 16.

Baccalaureate and Commencement Update
Seniors will receive diplomas at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at a commencement ceremony in H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse. Baccalaureate will also be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in Douwstra Auditorium. 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 Central Market or one of Pella’s fine dining establishments. Doors to Kuyper Fieldhouse open at 12:30 p.m. 

Summer Internships
The summer months provide an ideal time for students to participate in job and internship experiences that build their skills and résumés. First-year through junior students can benefit from job, volunteer and internship experiences that help focus their career paths. It is never too early to start this process! The deadline to register for summer internships carrying academic credit is May 8. More information, including registration forms, reduced internship tuition cost guidelines and summer internship housing options in Des Moines, is listed online. Students may also email klynj@central.edu with questions. 
Career and Professional Development
Urge your new grads to complete the outcome survey sent via email from Career and Professional Development in early May. As a reminder, we are here for students and alumni — we’re happy to continue helping students in their job searches, graduate school planning, career changes, résumé reviews, etc.

Service Day
Central’s 10th annual Service Day is Tuesday, April 21. Classes are suspended on this day so the entire Central College Family (students, faculty and staff) can come together to spend a day serving the community in central Iowa. Students received information via email to sign up to participate in more than 60 projects.      

2015-2016 Common Reading
Central’s 2015-16 common reading is “Where Am I Eating? An Adventure through the Global Food Economy.” From coffee to chocolate to lobster, “Where Am I Eating?” chronicles author Kelsey Timmerman’s quest to understand farmers and fishermen around the world. His travels take him to Columbia, West Africa, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and China. 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.

Residence Life Update

Fall 2015 Move-in Day
Move-in day for sophomore through senior students is Monday, August 24. New first-year and transfer students will come to campus Saturday, August 22, to begin Welcome Week activities. Fall sport athletes will receive move-in information from coaches or residence life staff during summer.

Housing Sign-up for 2015-16
Housing sign-up for students returning to Central is April 20 and 22. If you have questions about housing for 2015-16, contact your student’s current Area Coordinator or residence life staff at residencelife@central.edu or 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 2015 will be contacted to submit a housing form indicating their preference for spring 2016 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 1 (after housing sign-up, allowing them to sign up near friends if they wish).
  • Students who miss housing sign-up completely will be assigned a housing location by the residence life office in June.

College Break Information
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.

Summer Housing
Central will offer two housing rates for students to live on campus this summer. Rooms with air conditioning and kitchen access are $75/week; otherwise, rooms are $45/week. The following utilities are included: lights, gas, water, Internet and cable. Students will need to contractually agree to the length of their stay (at least four weeks). 
If students desire to stay for the entire summer, they will be able to move from spring rooms into summer rooms shortly after graduation.
Applications and two weeks’ rent are due by May 1 to guarantee the type of housing requested.

Get Involved

Live and Let Shine was held on Saturday, March 10th. It was an awesome night of dancing, drinking Italian sodas, eating delicious food, and raising over $2,000 for Blank Children's Hospital!

Final Fling Events
As the academic year draws to a close and temperatures gradually rise, students have numerous opportunities to take advantage of spring weather and enjoy time with their friends and classmates before the end of the year. Final Fling, traditionally celebrated the last weekends before Tulip Time and semester’s end, features a weekend of fun tradition-based events for students. This year’s Final Fling will be May 1-2 and include events such as a spring fun run to celebrate spring holidays celebrated throughout the world, a lip sync contest, boat races on the pond, a dance and a special performance by comedian Dave Coulier. All events are open to students, and the Dave Coulier show is also open to the public (tickets are $5 for students and $10 for the public). Encourage your student to take part in some or all of these events across campus! More details on all events can be found in various forms of campus advertising and social media pages.

Central Athletics
Central’s spring athletics have taken off! Support Central 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!

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 grand stand, 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.pellahistorical.org/.

Health and Wellness

A Word from the Wellness Educators

  • TIP 1: Too Busy to Exercise?
    Instead of doing a workout in the wee hours of the morning, why not hit the gym or do a series of pushups/sit ups when you’re burned out from studying? You could do your body some serious good by relieving stress the old fashioned way, burning a few hundred calories.
  • TIP 2: Unplug and Reconnect
    This can be tricky, since most students use their computers for virtually all homework. Still, the Internet is the worst distraction there is, and limiting time on it is one of the best study tips for college students. Try to set boundaries for yourself — for example, no Facebook during class or study time.
A Word from the Counseling Center
We would like to note that April is SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month). In an effort to raise awareness on this important topic, we are partnering with Crisis Intervention Services on the following educational/awareness building opportunities for students:
  • Providing Crisis Intervention Services hotline stickers on cups in the café (all month)
  • Tying teal colored ribbons on trees (all month)
  • Displaying the Clothesline Project in the Maytag Student Center (week of April 20)
  • Screening the documentary Brave Miss World at 7 p.m. April 29 in van Emmerik Studio

Central College is committed to providing a learning and working environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct. Learn more about safety at Central.

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 April’s issue here.

  • Run for Your Life (Literally)
  • True Grit: How to Push Through and Move Forward

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:

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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