We are Ready for a New Academic Year! by Jim Thorius, Vice President and Dean of Students

It’s early August and the activity level at Simpson is in high gear getting ready for students to arrive on campus to begin the fall 2013 semester. Faculty are finalizing their plans for the classes they will teach, staff meetings are taking place all across campus making sure all is in order and last minute details finishing summer facility projects are wrapping up. We are looking forward to welcoming a great new group of students in to the Simpson community and of course look forward to all of our returning students making their way back to Simpson.

The start of a new year is always a good time to take stock. A time to look back at where we have been and what we have been doing, a time to assess where we are,  and an opportunity to reaffirm or redirect where we are headed. As your daughters and sons prepare to head out to Simpson, encourage them to take stock of their life and, as the year progresses, to take stock of their level of involvement/engagement on campus. The college experience is about taking advantage of all that Simpson has to offer. This is first and foremost a place with great academic opportunities, but it is also a place with great opportunities for social involvement; civic, community and spiritual involvement; involvement with athletics and the arts; the list is long and there are always plenty of opportunities on the calendar at Simpson.

Engagement in the life of the college provides students with personal enrichment intellectually, physically and spiritually. Encourage your student to stay in touch with what  is happening on campus, to attend forum events; attend music and theatre performances and attend athletic contests;  get involved in residence life, religious life, Greek life and Campus Activity Board events; and find opportunities to connect with the community through service and internships. College is all about trying new things. Urge your student to get out there and explore in order to reap the benefits and make the most of this coming academic year.

I look forward to visiting with you when you are on campus this fall, please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can answer questions or be of assistance. Have a great fall!

Jim Thorius
Vice President/Dean of Students

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