Choice and Consequence

Simpson Colloquium SC 101 – Choice and Consequence

Why do we make the choices we do, and what concepts or principles should we use to make choices? This class explores choices we make and consequences we suffer (or enjoy) as a result of our decisions. Starting with a theoretical base in Choice Theory, we will discuss choice and consequence in a range of media, including personal anecdotes from our own life stories, readings like the novel The Kite Runner, case studies, popular films such as Sophie’s Choice, and episodes of the popular TV series Breaking Bad. We will also work on a group project, designed and executed by students, to explore in depth the values and ethics we weigh in the process of choosing.

Meet Your Professor

Mark Bates, Ph.D.

 Professor of Spanish

For the last fifteen years, I have been teaching Spanish courses at Simpson College. I hold a BA in Spanish, French and Education from Ohio University (1979), an M.A. in Spanish from Miami University (Ohio) (1983), and a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Kansas (1987). Prior to Simpson College, I taught at Grinnell College (1987-1991), Xavier University (Ohio) (1991-1996), and the University of Iowa (1996-1997). My passion is language teaching, learning, and travel. I speak four different languages including native English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. I have a special love for Portugese and enjoy teaching it every other year. My Portuguese classes are unique in small colleges in Iowa.

I have traveled extensively, and studied in Mexico (1978), France (1982), Brazil (2004) assisted or directed more than ten study abroad programs to Mexico (1983, 1985, 1990, 1999) Brazil (1996), and Nicaragua (1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006). During my sabbatical in Nicaragua in 2011, I wrote a book – ”With Arms Wide Open: Stories of Nicaragua”, scheduled for publication in April, 2014

I am as much a learner as a teacher, I enjoy all levels of classes from beginners to advanced students. I have special instruction in applied linguistics, phonetics, romance languages, and Latin American Studies. I consider myself to be a generalist and a Latin Americanist. My plans are to retire someday to either Nicaragua or Brazil, and take up learning even another foreign language.

Meet Your SC Leader

Carina Gonzales

Hi! My name is Carina Gonzalez and I will be a sophomore during the fall of 2014. I am from Chicago, Illinois. Although I miss home so much, I love being here as a Simpson student!  My intended major is mathematics with a secondary education minor. I have always been into math since the fourth grade which made me look into Simpson College besides the fact that I have a sister.  Simpson’s math programs are amazing but, of course, there is more to college than math! I plan to be a part of the graduating class of 2017 in the spring.

I have played basketball, and soccer for eight years (since the fifth grade) and was a runner my junior year of high school. Besides sports, I was also involved with extracurricular activities such as Drill team, color guard, rifle team, National Honors Society, senior council, Mathletes, and dance team.  I had a busy schedule but my involvement with school clubs did not end there.

As a college student, I am a part of four organizations: Campus Activities Board, Multicultural Student Alliances, Latinos Unidos, and The March to End the Isms committee. I have been so used to being involved that I knew I had to continue doing so.

Besides all this, I held many leadership positions throughout high school within the Marine Corps JROTC program which helped me transition into my college career in terms of leadership. As a matter of fact, I am treasurer of two organizations and president of another organization listed above. Because of my experience with leadership, I believe that I will be an effective leader as a Simpson Colloquium leader which is my plan. I am looking forward to working with Professor Bates’ colloquium class and being a resource to help make the transition into college comfortable for everyone!

Meet Your Writing Fellow

Jordan Porth
Jordan Porth

Hello, my name is Jordan Porth and I am the Writing Fellow for the SC class taught by Professor Mark Bates. I will be a sophomore for the 2014-2015 year and I am from DeWitt, Iowa. I am excited to meet and work with you this upcoming fall.

A little about myself, I am a fan of the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Iowa Hawkeyes. I enjoy playing all kinds of sports, watching movies, and hanging out with my friends. In high school, I was involved in cross-country, soccer, and basketball. I also was involved in student council, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), and choir.

Since coming to Simpson, I have played intramurals and have worked at the Information Technology Help Desk. I am an Actuarial Science major and hope to work at a large insurance company one day. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me by email, Facebook, or Twitter.


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