Campus Life

Welcome Week

Schedule subject to change

Saturday, August 24, 2019

8 a.m. – noon Check in to your residence hall at Scholte, Graham, Gaass

Students assigned to townhouses or McKee Hall will check in Maytag Student Center.

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Visit the Business Office (2nd floor), Financial Aid/ Work Study (2nd floor), in Central Hall as needed.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Spirit Shoppe open
Maytag Student Center, first floorGrab some great Central gear or any last-minute class supplies.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. IT Services Help Desk Open
Central Hall, lower levelNeed a computer or other technical assistance? Call 641-628-7010, email itshelpdesk@central.edu or visit their office. For after-hours assistance, leave a message with your name, residence hall
and room number and you will be contacted on Monday.
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Campus Post Office Open
Maytag Student Center, 1st floorPick up your campus post office box number and combination and practice opening your new mailbox!
10 a.m. 5 p.m. Visit the Pella Historical Village & Vermeer Mill
Located at the corner of E 1st St and Franklin StAfter you’re all moved in, take a stroll through downtown Pella and check out the historical village. Show your Central College student ID for a buy one, get one free
ticket discount today only. Vermeer Mill Tours available at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Brunch open
Central MarketStudent meal plan begins, family members and guests are welcome for a per-person charge.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Legacy Luncheon
Boat, Moore, Weller Rooms, Maytag Student Center, 1st floorNew students whose parents or grandparents attended Central are invited to join other legacy students and their families for lunch, which will be
served promptly at 11:30 followed by a group photo for Civitas, the alumni magazine. Hosted by the Alumni Office.
Noon – 3 p.m. Flu Shot Clinic
Near Maytag Student Center and Central MarketThe Hy-Vee Healthy You Mobile units were created to provide a safe and secure place for tests, immunizations, and screenings.
Stop by with your health insurance card to get your annual flu shot
1 – 2 p.m. Parent Information Session
Van Emmerik Studio, Maytag Student Center, 2nd floorParents and family members of new students are invited to meet and hear from current Central parents, President Mark Putnam and Tammy Putnam, and Vice President for Enrollment and Student Development Carol Williamson about transitional and
academic resources available to students.
2 – 4 p.m. Root Beer Floats by the Pond
Fred’s Patio, outside the Maytag Student CenterAfter moving in, families are invited to gather around the pond for a cool treat and the opportunity to mingle with SOS leaders and your Class Dean before the first student-only session begins.

Parents and family members say their goodbyes as students head to Douwstra Auditorium in Central Hall. Welcome Week is in full swing at 4 p.m. and students will become quite busy for the remainder of the weekend!

4 p.m. Turning Over the Class
Douwstra Auditorium, Central HallYour time at Central begins with an official welcome from President Mark Putnam and Student Body President Ann Williamson.
This is a mandatory session for all new students and their SOS leaders.
4:45 p.m. SOS Group Meeting #1
Various Locations, departing from Douwstra AuditoriumNew students, join your SOS group at the conclusion of Turning Over the Class for your first opportunity to get to know other new students in your small groups.
This is a mandatory session for all new students and their SOS leaders.
5:45 p.m. President’s Picnic

President Putnam and his wife Tammy invite all new students to their home for a casual dinner on the lawn. Students will travel in SOS groups to and from campus. Please wear comfortable shoes for walking! In case of inclement weather, the
picnic will be moved to the H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse.
This is a mandatory session for all new students and their SOS leaders.

6:30 p.m. PLAYFAIR

PLAYFAIR promises an engaging, fun opportunity for new students to build numerous connections with one another. This activity will begin immediately following the President’s Picnic on the lawn of the President’s home. In case of inclement weather, the picnic will be moved to the H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse.
This is a mandatory session for all new students and their SOS leaders.

8:45 p.m. Floor Meetings with RAs
Your residence hall areaMeet your floor mates and learn about Central’s residential expectations.
This is a mandatory session for all new students.
9:30 p.m. Bonfire Around the Pond
Peace Mall bonfire pitGather around the pond for s’mores and music with your new classmates and friends!
Sponsored by Residence Life

 

Sunday, August 25, 2019

8:30 – 9 a.m. New Student Continental Breakfast
Fred’s Patio, Maytag Student CenterNew students – stop by the Fred’s patio for a quick breakfast to fuel your second day of Welcome Week.
9 – 10:15 a.m. Vignettes: Scenes from Campus Life & SOS Meeting #2
Douwstra Auditorium, Central Hall   
The SOS leaders present common themes you will likely encounter during your time at Central as well as introduce you to many policies and expectations Central has in place for students.
This is a mandatory session for allnew students and their SOS leaders.
10:15 – 11 a.m. Our Sustainable Campus
Douwstra Auditorium, Central HallIn a fun and fact-filled Q&A with current students, faculty, and staff, learn what Central is doing to be a leader in sustainability education and how you can get involved. This is a mandatory session for all new students and their SOS leaders.
11 – 11:45 a.m. ALICE Training
Douwstra Auditorium, Central HallThere are more ways than one to be prepared for a violent event. ALICE Training prepares us for a violent intruder event, introducing individuals to a new set of skills that will greatly increase
odds of survival during a violent intruder situation.
This is a mandatory session for all new students and their SOS leaders.
11:45 a.m. – noon Introduction to Wellness at Central
Douwstra Auditorium, Central HallAt Central we know that the choices you make about your health and well-being impact your success in college.  This sessions will introduce students to the seven-dimension, holistic model of wellness, which is integrated into students’ activities both inside and outside the classroom.
This is a mandatory session for all new students and their SOS Leaders.
Noon – 12:45 p.m. Brunch with your SOS group
Central Market
1 – 2:30 p.m. Dining Services student employee meeting
Van Emmerik Studio, Maytag Student Center, 2nd floorYour orientation to your on-campus job with Central Market, Fred’s, Café or Catering. This meeting is mandatory for all Dining Services student employees.
1 – 4 p.m. Explore Pella & Campus

Enjoy your afternoon by becoming acquainted with your new home! Check out the list of suggested activities listed below for a fun-filled afternoon.

1 – 5 p.m. Choir auditions
Cox-Snow Music BuildingCheck your Central email for your audition date, time and location. If you do not have a pre-assigned audition time but are interested in joining a music ensemble, email Debbie Abel at abeld@central.edu.
4 – 5 p.m. Prepare for Dinner On Us
Make your way to the location your group will be departing for the Dinner On Us.  Check with your SOS Leader for your specific group’s departure time and location.
5 p.m. Dinner On Us
Various LocationsCentral faculty, staff, alumni, and community members welcome small groups of new students for dinner in their homes as a fantastic way to connect with many members of the Central and Pella community. Transportation provided. Check with your SOS leader for your specific group’s departure time and location.
This is a mandatory session for all new students and their SOS leaders.
7 – 10 p.m. Maytag Madness
Maytag Student CenterEnjoy free snacks, play twisted putt putt golf, have a caricature drawn of you and your new friends, or make and take craft and novelty items back to your room. This is an open-house style event, so feel free to come and go as you please.
Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
9 p.m. The Calm
The ChapelJoin Chaplain Joe Brummel and the Campus Ministries team for a spiritually uplifting opener to the academic year. Attendance is optional. All are welcome!

 

Monday, August 26, 2019

7 – 10 a.m. Breakfast open
Central Market
8 – 8:50 a.m. Pre-Health Programs Overview
Van Emmerik Studio, Maytag Student CenterMeet Katelin Valster, lecturer of exercise science and the pre-health advisor, and learn more about the opportunities and requirements of the preparatory health programs on campus for chiropractic medicine, dentistry, general medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, physical therapy, podiatric medicine and veterinary medicine.
Attendance is required for all new students interested in a pre-health program.
9 – 10:10 a.m. Academic Exploration Sessions
Learn more about the academic department(s) in which you might participate. You’ll find out about experiential opportunities available to you, complementary fields of study and opportunities post-graduation. Information is the same
for each session, so you have the opportunity to attend multiple sessions to meet your interest needs. Attend the sessions that are of interest to YOU. All new students are asked to attend.
Session 1: 9 – 9:30 a.m.
Session 2: 9:40 – 10:10 a.m.

Academic Session Location Session 1 Session 2
Art Lubbers 126  X  X
Biology Vermeer 165  X  X
Chemistry Vermeer 263  X  X
Communication Studies Roe 338  X  X
Computer Science & Information Systems Vermeer 243  X  X
Economics/Accounting/Management Weller 101  X  X
Elementary & Secondary Education Roe 145  X  X
English Jordan 104  X  X
Environmental Science Vermeer 163  X  X
Exercise Science Hislop 102  X  X
 Exploring  Central Hall 308  X  X
History Jordan 301  X  X
Mathematics/Actuarial Science Vermeer 269  X  X
Modern Languages Weller 203  X  X
Music Cox-Snow 110  X  X
Philosophy & Religion Central Hall 313  X  X
Physics/Engineering Vermeer 164  X  X
Political Science/Pre-Law Roe 238  X  X
Psychology Roe 245  X  X
Sociology/Anthropology Weller 201  X  X
Theatre Kruidenier 112  X  X

 

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Jazz Band & Vocal Combos Auditions
Cox-Snow Music CenterCheck your Central email for your audition date, time and location. If you do not have a pre-assigned audition time but are interested in joining a music ensemble. Go to www.central.edu/fine-arts/ensembles
10:20 – 11:15 a.m. Faculty Panel: “What Will Class Be Like?”
Douwstra Auditorium, Central HallA panel of faculty members, hosted by Class Dean Oscar Reynaga, will clue you in on what they expect from students in the classroom, sharing tips and advice and answering your questions before the semester begins.
All new students should attend this session.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch open
Central Market
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Transfer Luncheon
Rooms 106-108, Central MarketAn opportunity for transfer students to enjoy an informal lunch to get to know their faculty advisers, hosted by Brian Peterson, Associate Dean of Curriculum and Faculty Development.
New transfer students should attend this luncheon.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Out of State Network Luncheon
Rooms 104-105, Central MarketConnect with other out of state students (both new and returners) at this casual lunch, hosted by the Admission Office.
Noon – 3:00 p.m Flu Shot Clinic
Near Maytag Student Center and Central MarketThe Hy-Vee Healthy You Mobile units were created to provide a safe and secure place for tests, immunizations, and screenings and they will be on campus today to provide flu shots to students.
12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m SOS Meeting #3

From navigating the myCentral student portal to navigating your way to various classrooms, your SOS leader will guide you through many stages of academic preparedness to get you ready for classes this week. Held in various locations around
campus. Check with your SOS leader for your group’s location.
This is a mandatory session for all new students and their SOS leaders.

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Instrumental Music Ensembles Info Session
Cox-Snow Recital HallCalling all musicians! If you are interested in joining Pep Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Chamber Ensembles, Orchestra or Percussion & Steel Pan Ensemble, plan to attend this informational session.
2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Explore Pella & Campus!
Enjoy your afternoon by becoming acquainted with your new home! Check out the list of suggested activities provided by your SOS leader for a fun-filled afternoon.
3 – 6:30 p.m. Symphonic Wind Ensemble Auditions
Cox-Snow Music BuildingCheck your Central email for your audition date, time and location. If you do not have a pre-assigned audition time but are interested in joining a music ensemble, email Debbie Abel at abeld@central.edu.
3 – 3:30 p.m. Phonathon New Student Employment Meeting
Room 317, Central HallThis meeting is mandatory for all Phonathon student employees.
4 – 7 p.m. Jazz Band & Vocal Combos Auditions
Cox-Snow Music BuildingCheck your Central email for your audition date, time and location. If you do not have a pre-assigned audition time but are interested in joining a music ensemble, email Debbie Abel at abeld@central.edu. 
5 – 8 p.m. Dinner with your floor & floor/house meetings
Central MarketSpend some time getting to know your RA and others living on your floor. Check with your RA for exact dinner and meeting times.
This is a mandatory session for all new students.
8 – 11 p.m. CAB Street Party
Broadway in front of MaytagJoin the Campus Activities Board (also known as CAB) for the annual Dance by the Pond luau – a great start to the academic year and a fun tradition for new students since the ‘80s!

 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

 

7 – 10 a.m. Breakfast open
Central Market
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Reminder: Complete your work study paperwork
Financial Aid Office, 2nd Level Central HallVisit Financial Aid if you still need to complete your work study paperwork. Don’t forget to bring your original identification documents. Check your Central email for more details.
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Academic Advising Appointments
Check your Central email or the myCentral homepage for your assigned 15 minute appointment time and location.
This is a mandatory session for all first-year and transfer students.
9 – 11 a.m. Jazz Band & ALMA Auditions
Cox-Snow Music BuildingCheck your Central email for your audition date, time and location. If you do not have a pre-assigned audition time but are interested in joining a music ensemble, email Debbie Abel at abeld@central.edu.
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Pella Business & Community Connections Fair
Central Market Side RoomsLocal businesses will be on campus showcasing what they have to offer Central students, including great student discounts. You can also engage with leaders of local nonprofits and area churches to learn about opportunities that suit your interests to get involved off campus! Enjoy this opportunity to browse through their tables and pick up lots of great freebies!
Attendance is strongly recommended for all new students.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch open
Central Market
Noon – 1 p.m. Honors Luncheon
Central Market, President’s Dining RoomHonors students, check your Central email for your invitation with more information, hosted by Kathy Korcheck, Associate Professor of Spanish.
Honors-eligible students are strongly encouraged to attend this event.
1 – 2 p.m. Common Reading Book Discussion

Various classrooms: Your discussion will take place with your Intersections (LAS 110) professor in the classroom where you will meet in the fall. Not sure where to find your classroom? Ask your SOS leader! Please bring your copy of “Make Your Home Among Strangers” and the Common Reading discussion guide you received in your orientation folder.
This is a mandatory session for all new students and their SOS leaders.

2 – 5 p.m. Explore Pella & Campus!
Enjoy your afternoon by becoming acquainted with your new home! Check out the list of suggested activities provided by your SOS leader for a fun-filled afternoon.
4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Jazz Band & Vocal Combos Auditions
Cox-Snow Music BuildingCheck your Central email for your audition date, time and location. If you do not have a pre-assigned audition time but are interested in joining a music ensemble, email Debbie Abel at abeld@central.edu.
5 – 7 p.m. Orchestra Auditions
Cox-Snow Music BuildingCheck your Central email for your audition date, time and location. If you do not have a pre-assigned audition time but are interested in joining a music ensemble, email Debbie Abel at abeld@central.edu.
5 – 8 p.m. Dinner open
Central Market
6 p.m. Athletic Department student employment meeting
P.H. Kuyper GymnasiumAll new students employed by the Athletics Department need to attend.
7 – 8 p.m. Area Meetings

7 p.m. – Graham Hall – Graham banquet Hall
7:30 p.m. – Scholte Hall – Douwstra
7:45 p.m. – Gaass/Hoffman Halls – Graham Banquet Halls
8:30 p.m. – TMK – Douwstra

 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Have a great first day of classes!

7 p.m. Residence Hall Activity – Hall Council Kick-Off Events
Learn what hall council is all about and meet the executive board members of your hall. Watch for signs with time and location in the residential areas.

 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

11 a.m. Opening Convocation
Douwstra Auditorium, Central HallBe sure to meet your Intersections classmates and professor in your predetermined location and sit in the assigned rows with your class section.
This is a mandatory session for all new students.
7 – 8:15 p.m. Mentors in Violence Prevention Event
Roe CenterThis is a mandatory session for all new students and their SOS leaders. Further information and support can be found online on the counseling and campus safety Central webpages or under the “shield” icon on the Central app (Dutch Connect).

*Please be advised that the content of this session (whether through discussion or videos) contains sensitive material. Assault (sexual and physical), as well as alcohol poisoning, are assumed/portrayed in the video. If you feel uncomfortable at any time, please feel free to excuse yourself from the classroom. There are also resources to assist you if needed:

Upcoming Events

Friday, August 30, 2019 Men’s Soccer
5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Central Soccer Complex
Friday, August 30 Late Night Central!
8:00 – 10:00 p.m., Maytag Student CenterCheck out this annual event with fun games, great prizes and good food!
Sponsored by Central Student Development
Saturday, August 31 Red Rock Rocks
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Lake Red RockJoin the Center for Community-Based Learning at this annual service project. Sign up at their table earlier in the week in Maytag or by emailing vista@central.edu. Transportation and lunch are provided;
meet at the doors of Maytag on Broadway Street to depart.
Sponsored by the Center for Community-Based Learning
 Saturday, August 31 Women’s Soccer vs Wisconsin Lutheran
3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Central Soccer Complex
 Saturday, August 31 CAB Blockbuster Movie with Stuff-A-Stuff & Pizza Pre-Party!
8:00 – 11:00 p.m., Kuyper Athletic ComplexCheck out this engaging event featuring a blockbuster movie and free stuff! Pizza
and Stuff-A-Stuff at 8. The movie will start when it’s dark.
Sponsored by Central Campus Activities Board
Sunday, September 1 Religious services website information

Explore the local church services that Pella has to offer here: http://www.pella.org/live-here/get-established/churches-in-pella/

Sunday, September 1 Men’s Soccer
1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Central Soccer Complex
Sunday, September 1 Glow-in-the-Dark Capture the Flag
9:00 p.m. MaytagJoin students from across campus in a game of night capture the flag. Meet in
Maytag at 9 to join a team and get your glow gear!
Sponsored by Campus Ministries, Intervarsity & FCAx
Monday, September 2 Big Gaass BBQ

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Roberts Creek
There will be a sign-up and students can just show up. We will have music, lawn games and snacks.
Sponsored by Residence Life

Monday, September 2 Paddle Boarding at Roberts Creek
11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Sponsored by Residence Life
Monday, September 2 Women’s Soccer vs Monmouth
5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Central Soccer Complex
Monday, September 2 The Calm
8:30 p.m. ChapelLooking for Christian community during the first weekend on campus? Join us at 8:30 in the Upper Chapel for “The Calm before the storm of a busy week.”
Sponsored by Campus Ministries
Tuesday, September 3 Student Support Services (SSS) Picnic
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the basketball and sand volleyball courts next to the A. N. Kuyper Athletics Complex (in case of rain or extreme heat, the picnic will be moved indoors).Come for the food, stay for the games and enjoy lots of fun getting to know fellow students in the SSS program!
Sponsored by Student Support Services
Wednesday, September 4 Student Involvement & Organization Fair
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Boat, Moore & Weller Rooms and Atrium Maytag Student CenterGet connected with leaders from many of Central’s great student orgs, grab a sno cone and learn how you can get involved right away!
Sponsored by Student Involvement
Wednesday, September 4 Wellness Center Open House
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Atrium and Wellness Center, Maytag Student CenterCheck out the Wellness Center in the lower level of Maytag.
Sponsored by Student Development
Thursday, September 5 Faculty Night in the Residence Halls
6:30-8pm Gaass, Scholte, Graham, outside area by Peale/DeVelderDifferent activities and different prizes at each location
Friday, September 6 Late Night Central

TBD

Saturday, September 7 Men’s Football Home OPener vs Northwestern St. Paul
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Central College Schipper Stadium
Saturday, September 7 Dan Lornitis
8:00 p.m. Douwstra Auditorium, Central HallThink hypnotists are a “seen-one-seen-them-all” proposition? Then you haven’t seen Dan in action. With his high-energy, larger-than-life personality and inimitable stage persona, Dan brings a whole new level of comedy and entertainment to the stage.
Sponsored by Student Involvement’s CAB
Tuesday, September 10 Can I Kiss You? Program
Douwstra Auditorium, Central HallAward-winning author, publisher and speaker Mike Domitrz returns to Central for a fun, impactful program on dating and intimacy. Featuring supporting remarks from President Putnam and the introduction of Peggy Fitch, Title IX Coordinator, with support from Student Body President Anne Williamson. All new students are required to attend with their SOS groups. This is a mandatory session for all new students and their SOS leaders.

Explore Pella & Campus!