Rosemary Link, Associate VP for Academic Affairs

A Note from Rosemary Link, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Congratulations to all our Continuing & Graduate students who are graduating this spring 2013.  This is a proud moment in time for graduates, their extended families, their employers and their surrounding community.  I always think that I am fortunate to have had so many encouragers in my life, and we see it as a key characteristic of adult learners who return to school – they have family members and colleagues who are saying “you can do it.”  Thank you graduates for taking up the torch and for encouraging others.

More and more employers require the BA degree, only 6% of people worldwide have this accolade and only 25% of Iowans.  This is an achievement to take pride in, and it confirms that you have demonstrated qualities of leadership, courage and engagement with others.

For those of you returning, or for interested family members who would like to try a course, please note the following:


  • As a result of expanded interest, we are adding sections of the “Transitions” course in the fall, still at no charge. This one credit course is an orientation to college and a way to network with students of all ages returning to complete their degrees:  information available at 515 309 3099.
  • Those of you expecting to graduate in the fall, it is not too early to plan: please contact your advisor and hold the date: Saturday, December 14th, 2013.
  • Tuition rates from August 24th 2013 will be: Undergraduate credit $350 (plus $5 technology fee) and Graduate credit $462 (plus $5 technology fee).
  • Try our fully online summer courses:  you still have time to register for over 30 courses that are fully online this summer.  You can take them from anywhere in the world: for more information call 515 309 3099.


The new academic year 2013-14 is going to be an exciting one.  As you may know, we are bidding farewell to President Byrd, who has been a true encourager of adult learners, and we are welcoming our President Elect, Dr Jay Simmons, who will join us in July.  We have invited him to speak with students at our fall Speaker Series on Leadership in West Des Moines – we will confirm the date soon.  Also, Indianola is to have its first YMCA, opening late fall.  Simpson Students will have access and shuttles available.  Some of you reading this have tried our shuttle on Saturday mornings, leaving at 7:15am from Indianola to West Des Moines.  Although we have not had an overwhelming response, those who have tried it are enthusiastic, so we are continuing.  In the 1980s we designed our first public relations slogan, and I am thinking of renewing it:  “You come to class, we pay the gas” – try the shuttle!

With every good wish,