Continuing & Graduate Term 1 2013

The Continuing & Graduate Department Wishes You a Successful 2013-2014 Academic Year!

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Edited by Amy Day

An Introduction by Craig Peck

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In the March 2013 edition of this newsletter, my colleague, Liz Glodek, identified a trait common amongst our students – “the courage to pursue, persevere, and succeed”. Never is this courage to pursue more evident than at this time of year. As several hundred of our returning students begin preparations for another year of study, a new group of incoming students are preparing to resume their educational journeys here at Simpson College. Journeys once started but put on hold due to family obligations, work commitments, financial constraints, or in some cases, perhaps all of the above. Regardless of the reason, the decision to go back to college as an adult is one not made without trepidation More »

Simpson at the Fair!

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Simpson College made our booth début at the Iowa State Fair!
Our booth consisted of not only information but also a slew of goodies including frisbees, tattoos, and the crowd favorite: the No Booth. While it’s impossible to tell just how many fairgoers visited our booth, Simpson PR has given us these stats…More »

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Student Spotlight - Rochelle Carrington

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What prompted you to earn your degree?
I decided to pursue an Accounting degree because I enjoy analytical thinking and have dreams of opening my own accounting firm in the future. I am thankful I am receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree because it has broadened my overall knowledge…More »

Faculty Spotlight - John Schley

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I’ve been teaching at Simpson for ten years. I teach the Database series (CIS 255 & 355) in West Des Moines, along with a Capstone and Database Certificate course here and there. Outside of teaching, I’m currently a Data Modeler at Wellmark, working on a data warehouse project and …More »


People You Should Know - Todd Little

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I’ve been working at Simpson in the Hawley Academic Resource Center since June 1998. Besides overseeing the general operation of the Hawley Academic Resource Center, I work with students with disabilities and coordinate the requested accommodations which might be required in the classroom and assist in the activities associated with international students and specifically work with their travel documents and other non-immigrant regulations. In addition, I also work with students who are on academic probation, meet with students regarding academic progress, and provide guidance to students related to academic advising which complements the role of the faculty advisors. Beyond my duties associated with the Hawley Center, I also…More »


Simpson's New Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and the Writing Center

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The 2013-2014 academic year is a big year for writing at Simpson College. Beth Beggs joins Simpson as the Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and the Writing Center. This fall the Indianola campus will open the Simpson Writing Center on the first level of Dunn Library at the Indianola campus. In the Writing Center, students can discuss their writing with one of several expert writing consultants.

The Writing Center staff is also pleased to welcome Mr. Mitch Glodek, an experienced professional, who will provide writing consultations on Saturday mornings at the West Des Moines campus or through email. To set an appointment with Mr. Glodek,…More »


Important Upcoming Dates

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MACJ Information Session
Please join us for an overview of our Masters of Criminal Justice Program. General information will be provided, along with more detailed answers to any questions you may have. If you would like to read more about the program prior to this event, please visit our link to find more information on the program…More »

Helpful Tips

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Have you had your photo taken for your student ID? Simply come to the West Des Moines Campus during the first Thursday of every month OR feel free to contact Laura Pffaff at 515-961-1533 to schedule a time to have your photo taken at our Indianola Campus…More»


Simpson Speaker Series Event October 29, 2013

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Dr. Jay Simmons, Simpson’s 23rd president, will be our featured speaker on Tuesday, October 29 as part of our Simpson Speaker Series: Insights on Leadership. President Simmons holds a master’s degree in political science, as well as a doctorate in political science, both from the University of Alabama. Prior to coming to Simpson, President Simmons held positions at Birmingham-Southern College, Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, LaGrange College, and most recently as president at Iowa Wesleyan College.

We will also be announcing this year’s Thirty Over 30 Class during the October 29 Speaker Series event. Thirty Over 30 recognizes the accomplishments and achievements of Simpson’s most successful adult students and graduates. The entire Simpson community is invited and guests are welcome.

A networking reception begins at 5:30pm followed by the program at 6:00pm. …More »


Please remember: Simpson College's West Des Moines campus offers a co-mingling recycling option, complete with a list of recyclable and non-recyclable items, located in the student lounge! We encourage you to make use of this new tool.

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