Campus Life

Welcome Week

Schedule subject to change

Saturday, August 18

8 a.m. – noon Check in to your residence hall at Scholte, Graham, Gaass or Pietenpol
Students assigned to townhouses or McKee Hall should check in at Maytag Student Center.
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Visit the Business (second floor), Financial Aid (second floor), or Student Employment (lower level) offices in Central Hall as needed.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Spirit Shoppe open
Maytag Student Center, first floor
Grab some great Central gear or any last-minute class supplies.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. IT Services Help Desk open
Central Hall, lower level
Need a computer or other technical assistance? Call 641-628-7010, email itshelpdesk@central.edu or visit the Help Desk in Central Hall.
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. – 3 p.m. Campus Post Office open
Maytag Student Center, first floor
Pick 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 first St. and Franklin St.
After 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 Market
Student 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 in Maytag Student Center, first floor
New 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 a.m. followed by a group photo for Civitas, the alumni magazine. Hosted by the Alumni Office.
Noon – 3 p.m. Flu Shot Clinic
Baptist Church Parking Lot, across from Maytag Student Center and Central Market
The 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.
1 – 2 p.m. Parent Information Session
van Emmerik Theatre, Maytag Student Center, second floor
Parents 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 Student Development Carol Williamson about transitional and academic resources available to students.
2 – 4 p.m. Root Beer Floats by the Pond
Maytag patio
After 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 Hall
Your time at Central begins with an official welcome from President Mark Putnam and Student Body President Mack Fuller. This is a mandatory session for all new students and SOS leaders.
4:45 p.m. SOS Group Meeting #1
Various locations, departing from Douwstra Auditorium
New 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 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 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 SOS leaders.
8:45 p.m. Floor Meetings with RAs
Your residence hall area
Meet 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 pit
Gather around the pond for s’mores and music with your new classmates and friends! Sponsored by Residence Life.

 

Sunday, August 19

8:30 – 9 a.m. New Student Continental Breakfast
Maytag patio
New students – stop by the Maytag 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 all new students and SOS leaders.
10:15 – 11 a.m. Our Sustainable Campus
Douwstra Auditorium, Central Hall
In 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 SOS leaders.
11 – 11:45 a.m. ALICE Training
Douwstra Auditorium, Central Hall
There 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 SOS leaders.
11:45 a.m. – noon Introduction to Wellness at Central
Douwstra Auditorium, Central Hall
At 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 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 Theatre, Maytag Student Center, second floor
Your 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 and Campus
Enjoy your afternoon by becoming acquainted with your new home! Check out the list of suggested activities below for a fun-filled afternoon.
1 – 5 p.m. Choir auditions
Cox-Snow Music Center
Check 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 Locations
Central faculty, staff and alumni host small groups of new students for dinner in their homes as a fantastic way to connect with many members of the Central 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 SOS leaders.
7 – 10 p.m. Maytag Madness
Maytag Student Center
Enjoy 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: Worship and Praise Service
The Chapel
Join 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 20

7 – 10 a.m. Breakfast open
Central Market
8 – 8:50 a.m. Pre-Health Programs Overview
van Emmerik Theatre, Maytag Student Center, second floor
Meet Katelin Gannon, 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
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
Physics/Engineering Vermeer 164  X  X
Political Science/Pre-Law Roe 238  X
Psychology Roe 245  X  X
Sociology/Anthropology Weller 201  X  X
Theatre Kruidenier 112  X

 

10:20 – 11:15 a.m. Faculty Panel: “What Will Class Be Like?”
Douwstra Auditorium, Central Hall
A panel of faculty members, hosted by Class Dean Mark Mills, 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 are asked to attend.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch open
Central Market
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Transfer Luncheon
Rooms 106-108, Central Market
An 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.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Out of State Network Luncheon
Rooms 104-105, Central Market
Connect with other out of state students (both new and returners) at this casual lunch. Hosted by the Admission Office.
12:30 – 2 p.m. SOS Meeting #3
Various locations around campus, check with your SOS leader
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. This is a mandatory session for all new students and SOS leaders.
2:30 – 3 p.m. Instrumental Music Ensembles info session
Cox-Snow Recital Hall
Calling 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 – 4 p.m. A Cappella and Community Choir Auditions
Cox-Snow Music Building
Check 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
2:30 – 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
3 – 6:30 p.m. Symphonic Wind Ensemble Auditions
Cox-Snow Music Building
Check 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 Hall
This meeting is mandatory for all Phonathon student employees
3 – 7 p.m. Jazz Band & Vocal Combos Auditions
Cox-Snow Music Building
Check 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 Market
Spend 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. Dance by the Pond
Maytag patio
Join 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 22

 

7 – 10 a.m. Breakfast open
Central Market
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Reminder: Complete your work study paperwork
Human Resources Office, Lower Level Central Hall
Visit Human Resources 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 Building
Check 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
Atrium, Boat, Moore & Weller Rooms, Maytag Student Center
Local 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, Room 106
Honors students, check your Central email for your invitation with more information, hosted by Shelley Bradfield, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Emerging Scholars Program.
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 – Jennine Capó Crucet” and the Common Reading discussion guide you received in your orientation folder. This is a mandatory session for all new students and 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 Building
Check 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 Gymnasium
All new students employed by the Athletic Department need to attend this meeting. Bring your class schedules.

 

Wednesday, August 22

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 23

11 a.m. Opening Convocation
Douwstra Auditorium, Central Hall
Be 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 p.m. “Can I Kiss You?” Program
Douwstra Auditorium, Central Hall
Award-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, Vice President of Student Development & Title IX Coordinator, with support from Student Body President Mack Fuller. All new students are required to attend with their SOS groups. This is a mandatory session for all new students and SOS leaders.

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Upcoming Events

Friday, August 24 Lizzy the Hypnotist
8 p.m. Douwstra Auditorium, Central Hall
Lizzy chose to continue the family tradition in entertainment and pursue a career as a stage hypnotist. She has used her knowledge and expertise to create a hypnosis show that is unique, funky, and fresh. She believes that the more we can smile and laugh together, the better our lives will be, because laughter is one of the best kinds of therapy. There is sure to be lots of laughter during her show!
Sponsored by Student Involvement’s CAB
Saturday, August 25 Red Rock Rocks
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Lake Red Rock
Join the Center for Community-Based Learning at this annual service project. Sign up at their table 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 25 Late Night Central
8 – 11 p.m., Maytag Student Center
Check out this engaging event featuring interactive game shows, great
entertainment, free food, and a chance to win cash prizes!
Sponsored by Student Development.
Sunday, August 26 The Calm
9 p.m. at the Chapel
Sponsored by Campus Ministries.
Tuesday, August 28 Student Support Services (SSS) Picnic
6 – 7:30 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, August 29 Student Involvement & Organization Fair
6 – 8 p.m. Boat, Moore & Weller Rooms and Atrium,
Maytag Student Center
Get 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, August 29 Wellness Center Open House
6 – 8 p.m. Atrium and Wellness Center, Maytag Student Center
Check out the Wellness Center in the lower level of Maytag.
Sponsored by Student Development
 Thursday, August 30 Faculty Night in the Residence Halls
6:30 – 8 p.m. Gaass, Graham, McKee and Scholte Halls
Participate for a chance to win great prizes!
Sponsored by Residence Life.
Friday, August 31 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Dutch Invitational
Time 6 p.m., Central College Cross Country Course
Sponsored by the Central Athletics Department
Friday, September 1 Women’s Soccer vs. Albion
3 p.m. Kuyper Athletics Complex soccer field
Sponsored by the Central Athletics Department.
Friday, September 1 Men’s Soccer vs. Iowa Wesleyan
5 p.m. Kuyper Athletics Complex soccer field
Sponsored by the Central Athletics Department.
Monday, September 3 Women’s Soccer vs. North Park
2 p.m. Kuyper Athletics Complex soccer field
Sponsored by the Central Athletics Department.
Wednesday, September 5 Men’s Soccer vs. Cornell
5 p.m. Kuyper Athletics Complex soccer field
Sponsored by the Central Athletics Department.
 September 12-14 Intersections Teach-In
Watch for more details about specific programs.
Sponsored by Academic Affairs.
September 13 Intersections Convocation
Jeanine Capo Crucet, author of Make Your Home Among Strangers, will be the speaker
Sponsored by Academic Affairs
Saturday, September 15 Football vs. Luther
1 p.m. Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium
Saturday, September 29 Football vs. Buena Vista
1 p.m. Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium
Saturday, October 13 Football vs. Simpson
1 p.m. Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium
Saturday, October 27 Football vs. Coe
1 p.m. Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium

 

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