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December 2014

Dear Central College families,

As the semester comes to a close, final grades will be submitted, and the campus settles into a quiet time. We are committed to providing students and staff an opportunity to enjoy the holidays with family and friends, both near and far.  Therefore, the College will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 24, through Friday, Jan. 2. Student safety staff will be on campus during this time, but other departments and offices will be closed until Monday, Jan. 5.

Students are welcomed back to campus on Sunday, Jan. 18, when residence areas reopen at noon, and classes begin Monday, Jan. 19.  This extended break is the perfect time to invite your daughter or son to share their fall semester experience with you. Encourage them to tell you their stories, concerns, ideas and hopes for next semester. Reciprocate with stories of your own, offer guidance, and support them as their academic and life endeavors evolve. They may want to explore other options during the coming semester, such as a study abroad experience, a different major or a new leadership position. These conversations can further the process, especially with you as an involved and supportive partner in their educational life.

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.

From the Central family to yours, happy holidays!

The Student Involvement Fair held in early September was a great opportunity to meet leaders of many clubs and organizations at Central.
Faculty and staff served a late night breakfast to many
students at this year's Breakfast of Champions.

President's Blog
You are invited to read and contribute to President Mark Putnam's latest blog posts as our campus continues to explore issues important to our academic community. Visit Mark: my words to read more and participate in the dialogue. To subscribe to the blog, scroll down the sidebar on the right-hand side.

System Upgrades
Our information technology services and finance teams have been working hard on a series of initiatives and investments that will benefit our entire academic community. We are excited for these changes and state-of-the-art upgrades with our network, servers, the chart of accounts and phone systems.

Much of the work will occur over the holiday break. Both our staff and the vendors with which we are working are committed to making these transitions go as smoothly as possible. Provisions have been made for increased training and assistance to support the success of these conversions.  Please note, however, that during these transition times some functions of the college such as telephones and internet access will be temporarily suspended. 

Financial Aid Update
It will soon be time to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2015-2016 The FAFSA may be filed any time after Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Iowa families who want to be considered for the Iowa Tuition Grant should have their FAFSA filed by Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Need help with the FAFSA? Contact Central’s financial aid office at finaid@central.edu or 641-628-5187.  For additional information on the FAFSA and to apply for your free FAFSA, please visit the federal website at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.


Fall Grades
Grades are due from faculty on Tuesday, Dec. 23, and students can access their final grades via WebAdvisor after noon on this day.  Academic grade review will occur by Jan. 6.

New Study Abroad Opportunities in Islam, Biblical Archeology, Humanities and Science
Students may take a course this summer in Islam or Biblical Archeology in Turkey, led by Dr. Terry Kleven, professor of religion at Central College.  Scholarships are available for students.  More details are here

Starting fall 2015, students with limited or no German language proficiency can study at the University of Vienna through Central.  To complement required German language study, students will select from a wide variety of offerings in the Humanities and Sciences, with courses delivered in English.  Or, students may choose to study German intensively while in Vienna.

Spring Semester and Summer Internships
It is time for sophomore, junior and senior students to plan for spring semester and summer internships. More information regarding internships is found at http://www.central.edu/career/internships/.  Students are encouraged to use resources there and on CareerLink@Central to find opportunities in the area and across the country.  Any student seeking to register for an internship should contact Jessica Klyn de Novelo, Associate Director, Community-Based Learning, no later than the first week of spring semester (klynj@central.edu).  

2015 Iowa Career Expo
Urge your junior or senior student to attend the 2015 Iowa Career Expo scheduled Thursday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. The expo is an annual event during which 80+ companies recruit full- or part-time employees and interns for work in central Iowa. Seniors looking for full-time employment, along with juniors searching for internships, should attend the event. The expo is sponsored by the Central Iowa Society for Human Resource Management

Interview through the Iowa College Recruiting Network (ICRN) 
Seniors may apply to interview for jobs at the ICRN event on Friday, Feb. 13.  This is for all potential candidates from Iowa private colleges and will be held at Simpson’s metro campus in West Des Moines.  Instructions to register and apply for jobs of interest are at Career and Professional Development, Hoffman East, and the deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Jan. 28.

Social Justice Internship Program in New York City
Students with third-year standing can apply for a four-week summer internship in New York City at a non-profit or community organization with a social justice mission.  The internship will be a component of a 4-credit course, “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Social Justice,” team-taught by Drs. Kim Koza and Michael Harris. The course will examine a variety of social justice issues using interdisciplinary approaches, including peace studies, literature and the arts, and will incorporate guest speakers, site visits, films, arts events and exhibits with relevant themes.  Students will stay in Columbia University’s summer intern housing.  The deadline to apply is March 1, 2015.  Interested students should contact Lyn Isaacson at IsaacsonL@central.edu.

The Student Involvement Fair held in early September was a great opportunity to meet leaders of many clubs and organizations at Central.
Faculty and staff brought their pets to campus for students to enjoy
pet therapy before a busy finals week.

Residence Life Update

College Break Information
Residence areas are closed from 5 p.m. Dec. 19 to noon Jan. 18.  Students who are new to the college or returning from study abroad are allowed to move in Jan. 18. Winter sport athletes will be notified regarding break housing and meals. 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. May 14. Residence areas close to all students except graduating seniors at 5 p.m. May 15. 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. 

The Dutch Brigade led the student section while cheering on the football team at the first home game of the year, which was also the first night game in many years.
Students took a break from studying to relax and inhale low levels of scented
oxygen at CAB's de-stressing event, 'Twas the Night Before Finals.

Get Involved

Save the Date! Homecoming 2015 will be October 9-11.

‘Twas the Night Before Finals
The past week has been a busy one as students wrapped up the fall semester and completed a week of finals. ‘Twas the Night Before Finals, a favorite December tradition on our campus, was also held this week. This annual event gives students a break from studying and writing papers to get in the holiday spirit and relax. Chair massages, live music, an oxygen bar, coloring pages, a photo booth, pet therapy, hot chocolate and a make-your-own trail mix station are some highlights.  Many student groups are to be thanked for this year’s event, including CAB, Student Senate, Townhouses & McKee Hall Council, Greek Council and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH).

Health and Wellness

Tips for Avoiding the Flu
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 to 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.

Tips for a Successful Winter Break
It has only been 16 weeks since new students moved to campus in August, but most students are now used to the freedom of living on their own. Sometimes it is hard for students and families to adjust to the student being back at home for an extended period of time. Here are some topics of conversation to broach with your student at the beginning of winter break to ensure an enjoyable, peaceful month:

  • Curfew ― Do you expect your student to be home at a certain time or call if they are out late? If so, lay those expectations out before the start of winter break. Students have been on their own for four months. There is no curfew at Central. It is normal for them to come and go as they please without worrying about what families may think.
  • Schedules ― Talk with your student about your expectations for their attendance at pre-planned holiday events. Work with them to build a schedule that allows quality time with the family and with their friends, along with time to unwind and relax. Consider pre-planning, especially if your student will be using your car while he or she is home.
  • Chores ― Do you expect your student to help around the house while he or she is home? If so, tell your student your expectations. This will become even more important when your student is home during summer break for a longer period of time.

Students are often very excited to come home for winter break, especially after the stress of finals, but they can be apprehensive as well because they want to please you while still maintaining the adult freedoms they are enjoying at college. You can help alleviate their stress by stating your expectations early and engaging your student in conversation about his or her needs.

A Word from the Maytag Fitness Center
This month, even amongst family gatherings and feasts, the Wellness Educators would like to remind you and your student to give your body some much-deserved attention! Here are some fitness tips to inspire you:

Tip #1 – Build Better Abs
Don't work your abdominal muscles every day. "Physiologically, your abs are like any other muscle in your body," says David Pearson, Ph.D., C.S.C.S., an exercise scientist at Ball State University. Train them only 2 or 3 days a week.

Tip #2 – Exercise in order
Use dumbbells, barbells, and machines—in that order. "The smaller, stabilizer muscles you use with dumbbells fatigue before your larger muscle groups," says Charles Staley, a strength coach in Las Vegas.  So progress to machines, which require less help from your smaller muscles, as you grow tired.

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 inform family members of the many issues college students face so they are better equipped to offer perspective and help guide students to healthy ways of coping with various situations. November’s parent issue of Student Health 101 is found at  http://readsh101.com/go2central-pp.html, covering topics including:

  • Get Up, Get Going: Quick Breakfasts to Fuel Your Day
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Budgeting
  • Living on the Bright Side: Discover the Power of Positive Thinking

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 coincides 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 for friends to drive. The shuttle schedule for 2014-15 is as follows:

Holiday/Semester Break

Thursday, Dec. 18 – Depart Pella 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 19 – Depart Pella 8 a.m. or 11 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 – Depart DSM Airport 1 p.m. or 6 p.m.

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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