Erin Domine: Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

Written by Steffi Lee, Career Services Undergraduate Assistant

What was she up to?
Erin Domine spent her summer interning at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, working on course evaluations, updating DARE officer databases, touring prisons and learning about their dispatch and lab.

What strengths did she gain within the position?
Within her position, she had the opportunity to organize everything for a Drug Enforcement Administration training exercise.  She also trained new employees in her assigned unit.  The internship also helped her improve her resume and cover letter, allowing her to prepare for future job interviews in this field.

What did her supervisor have to say about her work?
Tina Jones, Lead Training Coordinator, shared, “Erin has a great sense to jump in where needed and lead a project with little direction.  She is not afraid to ask questions when assistance is needed and always completed tasks before deadlines.”

How did she find out about this internship?
Erin found the position on her own, but worked with Simpson to finish obtaining this internship. “My adviser helped me with my application and resume to best fit the agency,” Erin said. “She gave me feedback from an employer’s viewpoint on the necessary components.”

What advice does she have for current students?
Erin said, “Students should intern because of the experiences they will have and skills they will learn from a potential future employer. Internships are also a great way to network between all of the people you will meet within your field of study. Even if students thinks they know exactly what they want to do after graduation, internships can show other potential options in relation to the students’ current interests.”

Does Erin think this internship made her more marketable for future employers?
Erin said the internship would definitely help her for her future. “I also feel that all of the experiences I had over the summer have shown me more of both the sworn and civilian positions in law enforcement including future career options.”

Math Club T-Shirts

Math Club is selling t-shirts until December 8th! They are $12!

If you would like to order one, contact Math Club President Taylor Gehrls with the following:


Size (S   M   L   XL)

Mailbox Number

You must pay $12 BEFORE December 8th for your order!

You can give money to Taylor Gehrls or put it in her mailbox (Unit 3383) with your information.  You can also process your order through Deb Czarneski in Carver 331A.

Math Club Minutes

Math Club Meeting


Christmas Decorating in Carver:

  • Need volunteers for set up and tear down
  • Set up is on December 1st at 1pm
  • Tear down is December 10th at 3pm

Math Club T-Shirts:

  • T-shirts are $12
  • Order forms are due to Taylor Gehrls on December 8th

Math Modeling Contest:

  • Please sign up for a team!

Science – Off:

  • The science off will take place sometime in January, a survey will be sent out for the exact day
  • Figure out how to get everyone involved, not just carver clubs
  • Talk to SGA to get money for prizes and food

REU Talk:

  • The REU talk is on December 5th at 3:30 in Jordan lecture hall
  • If you want more information on summer research programs, then attend the REU talk

Senior Final Presentations

You are invited to attend the final presentations for our students completing senior capstone courses.  Every student with a mathematics or actuarial science major must complete a semester long undergraduate research project or participate in a mathematical internship.  Come see what our mathematics majors have been researching.

Tuesday, December 9, 8:00-10:00am in Carver 231

  • Sarah Jermeland – Insurance Product Development for Recent College Graduates
  • Kelly Bruett – Actuarial Internship Experience: Product Management at Sammons Financial Group (R)
  • Rachel Rice – Time Evolution of Perturbed Planetary Systems
  • Maria Gonzalez – Evaluation of Hotspot Techniques Relative to Burglary in Des Moines, IA
  • Lauren Tirado – Isolation

Thursday, December 11, 8:00-10:00am  in Carver 231

  • Andy Ardueser – Digraphs and Voting Strategies
  • Hannah Longstreet – 2013 Graduate Status Report
  • Matt Loney – Coloring Maps: A Strategy
  • Michael Nemer – Linear Regression and Sabermetrics
  • Emma Jones – Adapting an Epidemic Model to Account for Media and Vaccination Influences
  • Kyle Kusy – Manager Tenure Length & Power Law

Simpson Featured on the MCM/ICM Website

Over the last ten years, how many teams has Simpson College fielded in the international Mathematical and Interdisciplinary Contests in Modeling (MCM/ICM) presented by COMAP?  More than any other college or university in the United States!  No wonder Simpson College students are featured on the new 2015 MCM/ICM website – check out the slider with images on the top of the main page.

Simpson COMAP 1 Simpson COMAP 2

Registration for MCM/ICM Modeling Competition

The COMAP MCM/ICM modeling competitions will be Thursday, February 5 – Monday, February 9, 2015.  There is a sign-up sheet outside of Carver 340 for teams.  This 96-hour problem-solving contest is an opportunity to use and get experience in:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Scientific Reasoning
  • Written Communication
  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Information Literacy

You can also register for a zero-credit experiential learning course during Spring Term 3 to earn a general education designation for Critical Thinking or Information Literacy by participating in this contest.

Teams will choose between four problems, two mathematical and two interdisciplinary, and in 96 hours refine the problem, create a workable solution, analyze the solution and write a report.  For examples of past problems, click here to go to the COMAP website.

The contest is open to all Simpson students.  Students participate in teams of three.  The contest is held here on campus, and we offer teams a classroom to work in, computer equipment and software if needed, and technical support, as well as some nourishment. Simpson College fields more teams in this competition than any other school in the US.

New this year there is a $10,000 scholarship prize for the top two teams in the US.

For more information about the modeling contest at Simpson, click here.  E-mail Murphy Waggoner if you have any questions.

May Term with Multimedia Communication

While stoswald celludents at most colleges spend the middle of May taking final exams, Brian Steffen’s get a chance to stand in Lee Harvey Oswald’s jail cell.

That’s because, as part of Simpson’s May Term program, Steffen takes about 30 students each May to Dallas to see the sites of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and meet some of the figures who played a role in those three tragic days in American history.

It’s all part of the three-week special-topics term that Simpson students complete as part of their experience at the college. In addition to this coming May’s JFK course, Multimedia Communication Assistant Professor Mark Siebert will teach Writing for Magazines.

“Simpson’s May Term program puts the emphasis on experiential learning,” Steffen said, whose course for next May is already full. “Being within a day’s drive of Dallas, my course gives students the chance to live history and meet some of the players in that event.”

In May 2013, other Simpson students in Multimedia Communication traveled through a class entitled “Media in Chicago,” taught by Assistant Professor Jane Murphy.

Murphy led a group of eight students on a course to highlight the benefits of the metropolitan media outlets in the city. The trip ran from May 12-16 with the group travelling via Megabus to the city where they stayed on the Magnificent Mile right off Michigan Avenue.

Chicago May Term The public relations centered class visited media outlets the Chicago Tribune, WBBM Radio and a public relations firm, Weber Shandwick. The first stop was the Tribune.

“Barbara Brotman, reporter and columnist, who has been with the Tribune since 1978, gave us a tour,” Murphy said. “We then got to sit in on the Page One meeting. Top editors sat around the table and talked about stories their reporters were working on. In the end, they agreed on what would be on the front page and where. The next day, we got a copy of the paper, and sure enough, the stories they selected the day before were on the front page.”

WBBM Radio, the top news-radio station in Chicago, has consisted of only news since 1968. The Simpson class was given a tour of the facility and was able to listen along to the live broadcast from inside the station.

The last tour was at Weber Shandwick PR firm, on the 24th floor of the John Hancock Building. The view from the office alone was enough to excite the students – the conference rooms overlook Lake Michigan.

Weber Shandwick does work with national and global public relations accounts, including the “Got Milk” campaign among others.

“Weber Shandwick is an award-winning PR firm with a global presence,” Murphy said. “The Holmes Report named it the 2014 Large Agency of the Year for the Americas. They focus on getting their clients to participate in what is called the Era of Engagement, using digital, social and creative media. They have an internship program that sparked the students’ interests. In fact, a recent alumna from Drake finished her internship there and was hired on full-time to work with their health care accounts.”

The department will offer two courses this coming May Term, including Steffen’s JFK course which travels to Dallas for a three-day trip. Students get to stand in Dealey Plaza, the site of the attack on Kennedy; visit the Sixth Floor Museum, from which the fatal shots were fired; and the Texas Theater, where Oswald was arrested.Mark Siebert in Oswald's cell

Siebert will be teaching “Writing for Magazines” on campus. The course includes a visit to Meredith Corporation in Des Moines, the publisher of “Better Homes and Gardens” and many more publications.

Both Multimedia Communication courses for this coming May Term will offer a variety of learning opportunities, both including real world applications of the overall lessons. The array of learning opportunities offered by the department make it possible for anyone to enjoy May Term with Multimedia Communication.

Simpson College Hosts MUCH

Last weekend, Simpson College hosted a regional conference for undergraduate research in the humanities.  Since this Simpsonian article for more information.

Simpson takes 1st, 3rd, and 5th out of 22 teams in programming contest

2014 ACM Programming Contest

Students in the Programming Contest

There were 22 teams taking part in the contest, held at Grandview. Simpson brought five teams.

Jacob W, Scott and Chris finished first.
Connor, Jacob H and Nate finished third.
Ellie, Maddie and Park finished fifth.

Second edition of “Program Arcade Games” released

Dr. Paul Craven released the second edition of his book “Program Arcade Games With Python and Pygame.” The book takes a student from knowing nothing about being able to program, to creating simple video games. This book is the basis of his CMSC 150 “Introduction to Programming” course.

The text of the book is available for free electronically at The book is available from Amazon in paper format and in Kindle format. It is also available from Barnes and Noble.

The website currently gets over 2,000 visitors each weekday and is used as an introductory course for students world-wide.

Program Arcade Games Book Cover

Program Arcade Games