Central College Parent Connections
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July 2014

Dear Central College Families,
A class of 430 new students will join us on campus this fall, along with our many returning students. Last year’s class was 309, so it has been a good year for Central! It’s also been a busy summer.

  • The renovation of the Maytag Student Center began the day after commencement and is on schedule to be done by the time students return.
  • Thanks to the classes of 2014, 1984 and 1964 as well as additional donors, the pond is getting a new filtration system.
  • We hosted five new-student orientation sessions, the Reformed Church in America and Christian Reformed Church synod meetings, and many summer academic and athletic camps.

We have also been preparing for the many events that occur on campus during the school year. Mark your calendars for Homecoming Weekend October 3 – 5, 2014. We hope you can join us for the festivities!

Do you need to update your e-mail address or change your subscription for this newsletter? If so, you may do so anytime at http://www.central.edu/newsletters/. As always, the parents’ 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

SOS Orientation Leaders were thrilled to serve as helpful guides and smiling faces during the June and July orientation and registration programs.
SOS Orientation Leaders were thrilled to serve as helpful guides and smiling faces
during the June and July orientation and registration programs.

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 and Student Accounts Update

The financial aid department is excited to welcome students to the start of the 2014-15 school year! We hope students experience a smooth transition to life at Central. If you have any questions or concerns regarding financial aid, contact Wayne Dille, director, at 641-628-5336 or Donna Newendorp, associate director, at 641-628-5187.

Fall semester billing will be mailed to the student’s billing address by the end of July. Students will also receive the bill via their Central College email accounts once bills have been prepared. Accounts paid in one payment (i.e. not on the monthly payment plan) must be paid in full by August 16. Students interested in participating in the monthly payment plan should contact Beth Wood at 641-628-5185 or woodb@central.edu. To review the monthly payment plan or to complete the application, go to www.central.edu/mybill and select Monthly Payment Plan Application.


WebAdvisor is the place students go to check their schedule, grades, bill, financial aid, student employment time entry, progress toward graduation and more. WebAdvisor is listed under the ‘Quicklinks’ on the student home page at my.central (my.central.edu).

Academic Advising
All new students have a pre-scheduled advising appointment Tuesday, Aug. 26, before classes begin. This appointment will be with the student’s assigned faculty advisor, not necessarily the same person the student met with at summer orientation.

Schedule Changes (Drop versus Withdrawal)
Students have two opportunities to change their schedule: the drop/add period and withdrawal period. The drop/add period is the first week-and-a-half of classes during which students may add courses or drop courses without notation on their transcript. Students drop and add courses via WebAdvisor prior to the drop/add deadline of Friday, Sept. 5. NOTE: Partial-semester courses have a shorter drop/add period than full-semester courses. Consult the Registrar’s Office for these drop/add dates.

Withdrawal occurs if a student decides to drop a class after the drop period deadline. If a student withdraws from a course, the course is listed on the student’s transcript with a grade of “W.” This grade is not punitive and does not factor into a student’s GPA. Students need to be watchful when withdrawing from classes as dropping below 12 credits (full-time status) will affect athletic eligibility and may impact financial aid or student housing eligibility. Students may not withdraw from a course via WebAdvisor and must do so by visiting the Registrar’s Office located in Central Services, Central Hall 2nd floor. Students should consult with their faculty adviser prior to adding, dropping or withdrawing from a course.

Ordering Textbooks
Central College recently partnered with an online textbook vendor, allowing students to save up to 60% off list price. 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 books for the fall semester.

All new first-year students are enrolled in LAS-110, Intersections, and the textbook for this course is only available through Central’s online bookstore. Also, don’t forget to remind your student to order a copy of the 2014 common reading book, One Amazing Thing, by Chitra Divakaruni; reading this book will be their first college assignment!

Fall Internship Deadline
When asked what they have learned, recent interns state, "I'm capable" and "I reaffirmed this is the field I want to go into." Internships work! Sophomore through senior students considering a fall semester internship should work to secure their internship now. The deadline to register a fall semester internship for credit is Friday, Sept. 5, at 12 p.m. (the drop/add deadline). For more information regarding internship opportunities, possible locations to intern and current openings, see: http://www.central.edu/go/internships/.

New students and their families check in for a recent July orientation and registration program.
New students and their families check in for a recent July orientation and registration program.

Residence Life Update

Fall 2014 Move-In
Move-in day for new first-year and transfer students is Saturday, Aug. 23. Move-in days for returning students are Monday, Aug. 25, and Tuesday, Aug. 26. Please note this is not a weekend. Students and families should prepare accordingly. Fall athletes will be notified by their coaches over the summer regarding team move-in dates. Classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 27. We expect students to move-in on their designated day. However, we understand there are circumstances for which it is difficult to prepare. If this is the case, early arrival request forms can be found on the residence life webpage on my.central.edu by the end of July.

Guidelines for early arrival:

  • Rationale for the request must be based on need rather than convenience.
  • Requests to arrive more than one day in advance are unlikely to be approved.
  • Requests must be received at least seven days prior to the desired move-in date.
  • Submission of the request form does not guarantee permission to arrive early.
  • There is a $35-per-day fee if the request is approved.

Room Condition Inventory/Report
Upon moving into his/her assigned room, each residential student will complete, sign and return to his/her resident advisor a room condition inventory within 24 hours of occupancy. This room inventory will be an accurate and complete record of the contents and condition of the assigned room/pod/house and will be the basis for damage charges if assessed. It is extremely important students are very detailed in completing this report because any damages found upon checkout that are not listed will be assessed. Failure to complete, sign and return the form(s) results in the student’s assumption of responsibility for any damage evident in the room, pod or house. 

Below are some items we ask students NOT to bring to campus:

  • Pets: Only fish that live under water and do not need to come up for air are allowed in 10-gallon or less tanks. Pets are not allowed inside the facility for visits for any period of time.
  • Loft kits (homemade or purchased).
  • Microwaves that draw more than 5.8 amps or exceed 700 watts.
  • Air conditioners (Individuals with a medical need should have signed up in a building with air conditioning).
  • Refrigerators over 4.8-cubic feet in size or drawing more than 1.5 amps.
  • Weight equipment: Only vinyl-coated dumbbells less than 20 pounds are allowed. No other weight sets or exercise benches are allowed.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Extension cords without a surge-protector function.
  • Candles (with or without a wick).
  • Incense.
  • Open-element appliances such as toasters, space heaters or electric skillets.
  • Halogen lamps.
  • Thumbtacks, nails or duct tape intended for hanging items on the wall/ceiling (3M removable strips work well as does poster putty).
  • Firearms.
  • Grills, lighter fluid, charcoal, kerosene and propane tanks.

Parking Permits for 2014-15
All students have been directed to the campus security/parking website to submit 2014-2015 parking permit requests. All vehicles, including motorcycles, must have valid parking permits prior to the start of classes in August. Students who have not already done so should submit their parking permit applications to the office of safety and security as soon as possible via the online application. Parking permits will be issued over the summer and placed in the student’s campus mailbox prior to move-in. The cost of the permit will be billed to student accounts.

College Break Information
Residential areas remain open for all college breaks except holiday/semester break. Students must vacate their rooms by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, until 12 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18. Special arrangements are made for winter athletics teams. Meal options will be limited during breaks. Residential areas are open Labor Day weekend, and students are strongly encouraged to stay on campus. There will be many activities hosted for students over Labor Day weekend. This is a pivotal time for new students in the transition to college and remaining on campus that first weekend will help with the adjustment to Central.   

The Maytag Student Center is currently undergoing a major summer renovation, which should be complete just before students move back to campus in August.
The Maytag Student Center is currently undergoing a major summer renovation,
which should be complete just before students move back to campus in August.

Get Involved

Welcome Week
Welcome Week activities for new students will occur Saturday, August 23 through Monday, September 1. Classes begin Wednesday, August 27. These activities are meant to help students become acquainted with new classmates, familiarize themselves with campus, prepare for academic coursework and understand the expectations we have of them within the Central community. Follow the link to view the Welcome Week schedule: https://www.central.edu/campus-life/student-activities/welcome-week/

New students can begin moving into their assigned housing on Saturday, August 23 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. If your student is assigned to Gaass, Graham, Hoffman, Pietenpol or Scholte Halls, check-in occurs at each individual hall. If your student is assigned to McKee Hall or a townhouse, check-in occurs on the second floor of the Maytag Student Center. Once students arrive at their room, they will be asked to immediately complete a room condition report; please be sure to take time and use extra detail as this will be the official record used for end-of-the-year room damages, if any.

You and your students are invited to an ice cream social by the pond at 2 p.m. prior to Turning Over the Class at 4 p.m., which is when students will begin the Welcome Week festivities and parents are free to leave.

Central License Plates
Show your Dutch pride with a Central College license plate! There are over 260 on Iowa roads. To see pictures, learn more and apply for plates visit the Iowa DOT or go directly to your county treasurer’s office. Fees are $25 for a numbered plate and $50 for a personalized plate with a $5 annual validation fee. This is a great gift idea for any Central student!

Common Reading Book
Central’s 2014-15 common reading is One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni. New first-year students are expected to have the book read in preparation for the first meeting of their Intersections seminar during Welcome Week on Tuesday, August 26. The Common Reading program at Central College began in fall, 2007 with The Kite Runner, and has become a staple of the first-year experience. The goal of the Common Reading program at Central is to model intellectual engagement and to develop a communal experience among our first-year students, orientation leaders, faculty, staff and the rest of the campus community. The theme of global citizenship guided the selection of the book for this year. One Amazing Thing is a novel that will expose students to cultural differences, varying perspectives, values, beliefs, experiences and ideas, and help them begin to make meaning through connections: connections to self, Central College and the world.

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 to help guide your student to healthy ways of dealing with various situations. This summer’s issue covers topics including

  • Budgeting
  • Nutrition
  • Roommates
  • Time management

Supporting Your Student
At Central College, we encourage you to point your student in the right direction so he/she is able to tackle academic, housing, roommate and other issues. Sometimes it is hard for family members to know when the student is just venting frustration versus desiring family intervention. The following website is very helpful for helping family members through common college transitions: www.collegetipsforparents.org. The site contains articles, videos and blogs on topics ranging from when to communicate and easing college costs to common housing missteps.

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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