Honors Convocation Program 2012

HONORS CONVOCATION
SMITH CHAPEL
April 19, 2012
12:30 P.M.
Processional                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jin Young-Park, Organist
Invocation                                                                                                                                                                                                   Fritz Wehrenberg, Chaplain
Presiding                                                                                                                                                                                                   Steve Griffin, Academic Dean
DIVISION OF EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SCIENCES                                                                                                                     Lora Friedrich, Presiding

Lora Friedrich
Everett Laning Award in Sociology                                                                                                                                                                                             Karin Hooper
Outstanding Senior in Criminal Justice                                                                                                                                                                               Lindsey Mahoney
Horizon Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Joanna Koetters
Nicolle Whalen
Dick Starr Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Alex McCarty
Outstanding Senior in Sport Science                                                                                                                                                                                              P.J. Shaeffer
Sal Meyers
Carl Halgren Certificate of Excellence in Psychology Jennifer Draiss
Andrea Niebuhr
Carole Richardson
Leadership in Education Sam Gaddis
Outstanding Senior in Elementary Education Amy Rowe
Donna J. Helble ‘71 Award Winner for Outstanding Junior in Elementary Education Megan Parks
Steve Rose
Outstanding Senior in Secondary Education Allison Meyer
Outstanding Graduate Student in Secondary Education Howard Berger
Kelly Ryan
DIVISION OF HUMANITIES Patricia Calkins, Presiding
Patricia Calkins
Outstanding Senior in Humanities Alberto Bejarano
John Pauley
Norman Thomas Outstanding Senior in Philosophy Alberto Bejarano
Nicolas Proctor
Joe Walt Senior History Award Allie Walker
Phi Alpha Theta Award Annie Olson
Josh Zieman
Mark Gammon
Roger Betsworth Outstanding Senior in Religion Hannah Landgraf
David Wolf
Clerk’s Award Kandi Erwin
Outstanding Senior in English Alberto Bejarano
Sharon Wilkinson
Outstanding Language Student at the Elementary Level Lauren Anderson (Spanish)
Outstanding Language Student at the Intermediate Level Jocelyn Hansen (German)
Outstanding Language Student at the Advanced Level Alberto Bejarano (French)
DIVISION OF NATURAL SCIENCES Pat Singer, Presiding
Pat Singer
L. Mildred Wilson Science Award Stephen Henrich
Doft Science Honor Awards:
Jayde Boyle, Laura Collins, Marc Dwenger, Michael Frank, Joel Gawarecki, Brittany Gochenour, Ted
Heying, Zachariah Huebener, Lukas Kirchner, Dianna Krejsa, Ryan Lane, Abby Lantzky, Susan Leslie,
Jordan Maher, Jean Mullen, Addison O’Connor, Haley Roecker, Lauren Schemmel, Heidi Scott, Sydnie
Tarter, Whitney Thompson, Jesse Van De Krol, Kylie Van Houten
David Olsgaard
Outstanding Senior in Chemistry Jacqueline Janecek
Outstanding Senior in Physics Jake Johnson
Jackie Brittingham
Margaret L. Watson Awards in Biology Nicole Mulder (Senior)
Haley Roecker (Junior)
Dr. Alan and Karen Orr Biology Research Scholars Stephen Henrich
Outstanding Senior in Environmental Science Erika Lyon
Joe K. Moody Research Scholarship Susan Leslie
Hiram Doty Research Award Phillip Seiwert
Anna Statz
Paul Craven
Outstanding Senior in Computer Science Blaise Mikels
Murphy Waggoner
Outstanding Seniors in Mathematics Jill Jessee
Blaise Mikels
Kraig Thomas
DIVISION OF POLICY STUDIES Jim Palmieri, Presiding
John Epperson
Outstanding Senior in Political Science Tracy Sibbel
Brian Steffen
Outstanding Senior in Integrated Marketing Communication Autumn Girres
Outstanding Senior in Multimedia Journalism Katie Anthony
Mark Juffernbruch
Outstanding Senior in Marketing Zachary Feser
Outstanding Senior in Management Autumn Girres
R.J. Samson Student in Free Enterprise Award Zachary Feser
Outstanding Senior in International Management Kelsey Tulon
Lisle C. Wilson Outstanding Junior Mikayla Struebing
Feyerharm Award for Outstanding Junior Mark Cronin
Heckert Award-Outstanding Senior in Economics Kraig Thomas
Financial Executives International Awards Nicole Olson
Alex Schelling
Institute of Management Accountants Trisha Schroder
Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants Nicole Olson
Eberhart International Scholarship Ling Ng
DIVISION OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS John Benoit, Presiding
Tom Woldt
Alpha Psi Omega Junior Award Caleb Carver
Outstanding Senior in Theatre Arts Lindsey Oetken
Justin Nostrala
Outstanding Sophomore Portfolio Tabitha Scannell
Outstanding Senior in Art Conny Bell
John Benoit
Frank Barrows Award Vanessa Leonard
Jessica Mallow
Allison Meyer
MacKenzie Phillips
Sven and Mildred Lekberg Music Award Sam Carroll
Thaddeus Ennen
Music Performing Honors Shelby Hendryx
Rebecca Kremer
GENERAL RECOGNITION
Fritz Wehrenberg, Chaplain
Volunteers of the Year Award Jorie Landers
Erin Guzman
Zack Feser
Rick Spellerberg
Jordan Science Achievement Award Kraig Thomas
Jim Thorius
ODK Emerging Leader Award Jessalyn Holdcraft
Robert Nutgrass
E.G. Booth Award Veronica Roshek
Rebecca Livingstone, ALD Advisor
Alpha Lambda Delta Maria Leonard Book Award Emily Van Roekel
Eduardo Magalhaes
Epsilon Sigma Recognition
Maeve Callan
Women’s and Gender Studies Program Scholarship Award Hannah Landgraf
Adrienne Loutsch
Women’s and Gender Studies Program Activism Award Tierney Israel
John Byrd, President
Barborka Award Braden Everding
Campus Leadership Award Professor Rick Spellerberg
Distinguished Research Award Professor Janet Everhart
President’s Award in Human Relations Dana Lain
THE RED AND GOLD
Come we will sing together Though in the years before us,
Once more the ringing song, Life’s skies grow dull and gray,
A strain that the coming classes The friends of our youth are scattered,
Unceasingly shall prolong. We journey our lonely way;
The praise of our Alma Mater Sweet memories oft will linger
Dear Simpson will e’er be told Of those dear days of old,
We’ll cherish thy recollections When beneath the whisp’ring maples,
And swear by the Red and Gold. We flaunted the Red and Gold.
RECESSIONAL Jin Young-Park, Organist
MARSHALS Robert Nutgrass, Ryan Rehmeier
HONORARY AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
AND OTHER RECOGNITION AND AWARDS
ALPHA LAMBDA DELTA (Freshman Honor Society):
Brandon Abernathy, Lauren Anderson, Shannon Barondeau, Erica Barz, Alisha Chico, Nathan Connealy, Haley
Danforth, Michaela Davis, Caitlin Dicus, Trina Elam, Kyle Frisch, Alison Graves, Jessalyn Holdcraft, Shayna Holle,
Sarah Jermeland, Jordan Kenkel, Megan Lein, Kaitlyn Mathiesen, Kelsey McLaughlin, Samantha Moenning, Lauren
Mulder, Cody Parmley, Brittany Rempe, Jessica Routier, Nathan Schneider, Jessica Schultes, Taylor Sharp, Courtney
Sherwood, Nicole Sluiter, Sabrina Speak, Michelle Stolz, Jessica Taylor, Lauren Tirado, Eleanor Weaver, Audrey
Winterhof, Kelsey Wittorf, Rachel Wollschlager, Austin Woods, Mariah Young
ALPHA PSI OMEGA (Theatre Honor Society)
Sadie Ackerman, Katie Buchholz, Shelby Burgus, Caleb Carver (Treasurer), Douglas Cole, Clay Daggett, Jacob
Ervin, Sammi Harold, Elizabeth Hewitt, Natalie Hining, Kennedy Horton, Caroline Krammen, Erin Larson, Ethan
Newman, Lindsey Oetken (Vice President), Heather Powers (Secretary), Paul Privitera, Cassandra Ring (President), Ali
Simpson, Alexa Smith (Publicist), Meghan Vosberg (Historian), Chris Williams, Josh Zieman
BETA BETA BETA (National Honor Biology Society)
Taylor Acton, Katherine Bird, James Chounramany, Takiesha Crook, Shelby Dirks, Marc Dwenger, Sam Elsner,
Naomi Ferguson, Jennifer Gaffney, Brittany Gochenour, John Greaves, Zach Haworth, Michael-Robert Herring, Ted
Heying, Terry Hodge, Jacqueline Janecek, Christie Lynch, Jennifer McElree, Emily McGann, Nicole Mulder, Derek
Mullins, Haley Roecker, Christopher Sampson, Jamie Schumacher, Phillip Seiwert, Natalie Smith, Anna Statz, Katie
Sullivan, Sydnie Tarter, Jesse Van De Krol, Emily Van Roekel, Jordan Vorrie, Taylor Williams, Carrie Wubben
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC CAMERATA (Opera Honorary)
Aimee Allen, Michaella Calzaretta, Sam Carroll, Chad DeMaris, Eva DePue, Thaddeus Ennen, Shelby Hendryx, John
Humphrey, Dan Jacobsen, Meghan Kasanders, Ben Klaus, Rebecca Kremer, Vanessa Leonard, Jessica Mallow, Mark
Meier, Mackenzie Phillips, Shannon Stevenson, Alicia Suschena, Deaven Swainey,
COMMUNITY ADVISORS (Student Housing Advisors)
DJ Bennett, Bryan Bruening, Alex Carlson, Patrick Poore-Christensen, Brett Crable, Lex Cochrane, Michael Comer,
Clay Daggett, Hannah Daiker, Sean Eikenberry, Kirk Ford, Tyler Fuller, Keely Goshia, Kelley Gray, John Greaves,
Derek Haugland, Jessica Hawkins, Stephen Henrich, Abby Lantzky, Nhu Le, Paige McConkey, Blaise Mikels, Kayce
Olbrich, Becky Pietig, Joey Reed, Zach Ripka, Anna Ronnebaum, Jazmin Rubel, Anna Schmidt, Michael Schwery,
Shawna Sells, Cameron Scott, Sydnie Tarter, Kraig Thomas, Abby VanEvera, Jordan Vorrie, Venice Washington
EPSILON SIGMA
Molly Burkemper, Michaella Calzaretta, Laura Collins, Marc Dwenger, Katharine Groehn, Ted Heying, Jill Jessee,
Lauren King, Ryan Lane, Vanessa Leonard, Natalie McCormick, Allison Meyer, Blaise Mikels, Nicole Mulder, Jean
Mullen, Haley Roecker, Anna Ronnebaum, Michael Schwery, Phillip Seiwert, P.J. Shaeffer, Anna Statz, Mikayla
Struebing, Sara Thoma, Kraig Thomas, Emily Tripp, Kelsey Tulon, Jesse Van De Krol, Emily Van Roekel, Katelyn
Venteicher
MU PHI EPSILON (Honorary Music Fraternity)
President: Aimee Allen; Vice President: Alyssa Ahrenholtz; Secretary: Deaven Swainey; Treasurer: Sharaeah Bullock;
Chorister: Sharaeah Bullock; Fundraisers: Jessica Soko, Jocelyn Hansen; Chaplain: Rebecca Claborn; Activities
Director: Antoinette Konow; Warden: Katelyn McKone
OMICRON DELTA KAPPA (ODK)
Katie Anthony, Rachel Beadle, Maddie Boswell, Jayde Boyle, Michaella Calzaretta, Alexandra Carlson, Caleb Carver,
Laura Collins, Carissa Coopman, Steffanie Elkin, Russ Fairfield, Emily Fichter, Samantha Gaddis, Kelly Gerdts,
Jordan Glawe, Brittany Gochenour, Jenna Gray, Stephen Henrich, D.J. Henry, Annaleah Herrman, Ted Heying,
Jacqueline Janecek, Jill Jessee, Brooke Johnson, Luke Kirchner, Ashley Klocke, Hannah Landgraf, Ryan Lane, Abby
Lantzky, Vanessa Leonard, Susan Leslie, Jordan Maher, Lyndsey Mahoney, Jacqueline Mathenge, Madeline
McAreavy, Natalie McCormick, Blaise Mikels, Sarah Morgan, Audrey Morris, Nicole Mulder, Jean Mullen, Brian
Newton, Addi O’Conner, Katy Philby, Rebecca Pietig, Heather Powers, Derrick Rogers, Kim Rogers, Paul Salais,
Michael Schwery, Jarrod Schott, Phillip Seiwert, Michael Smith, Tyler Smith, Annie Spencer, Anna Statz, Matthew
Stone, Sara Thoma, Kraig Thomas, Emily Tripp, Kat Vampola, Jesse VanDeKrol, Jordan Vorrie, Allie Walker, Tyson
Wirtz, Josh Zieman
OUTSTANDING PERFORMER AS A FRESHMAN IN BIOLOGY COURSE
David Alfstad
PHI ALPHA THETA (National History Honor Society)
Erin Broich, Rawley Butler, Kristina Kelehan, Chrissy Meggers, Annie Olson, Emily Stover, Ryan Stumbo, Allie
Walker, Josh Zieman
PI SIGMA ALPHA (POLITICAL SCIENCE HONOR SOCIETY)
Andres Calvopina, Molly Cusic, MaKenna Dopheide, JoAnna Freeland, Elsen Hoxhalli, Sarah Morgan, Tracy Sibbel,
Tyler Smith, Kat Vampola, Josh Zieman
PHI MU ALPHA SINFONIA OFFICERS (Men’s Music Fraternity)
Wade Adams (Secretary), Jake Claussen (Fraternal Education Officer), Thaddeus Ennen (President), Gavin Gallegos
(Treasurer), Brandon Louis (Vice-President, Music Director), Mick Wise (Warden)
SIGMA TAU DELTA (International English Honor Society)
Brianna Elliot, Emily Fichter, Catherine Kain, Jessie Leonard, Seth Powers, Veronica Roshek, Styles Stadtlander
Non-Simpson College Awards:
Newman Civic Fellows Award for 2012 Dustin Peters
This award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for
challenges facing communities throughout the country.
DESCRIPTION OF AWARDS/HONORARY ORGANIZATIONS
(These are in alphabetical order. Some years they may not be presented.)
Alpha Lambda Delta Maria Leonard Book Award
Alpha Lambda Delta, organized in 1983, is a freshman scholastic honor society. The Alpha Lambda Delta Maria
Leonard Book Award is given to the graduating member of ALD who has the highest grade point average.
Alpha Psi Omega Outstanding Junior
This award is sponsored by the local chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honorary fraternity. Voted on by
the non-junior student members of APO, the award is based on such criteria as leadership and commitment to Alpha Psi
Omega, commitment to the ideals and mission of the organization as well as Theatre Simpson and Simpson College,
and consistent participation in Theatre Simpson productions and activities. The recipient has his/her name placed
permanently on a plaque in the Blank Performing Arts Center and receives a gift from the Alpha Psi Omega chapter.
Alpha Sigma Lambda
Alpha Sigma Lambda is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and recognizes high scholastic achievement in an
adult student’s career. Membership eligibility requirements are that students must have completed a minimum of
twenty-four college semester hours at Simpson of which twelve semester hours must be outside the student’s declared
or intended major, and twelve hours must be in the liberal arts. A 3.2 cumulative grade point average is the minimum
G.P.A. accepted. Members are elected from the highest ten percent of those students who meet the minimum
standards.
Barborka Award
The Barborka Award was a gift from Dr. Clifford Barborka and includes the recipient’s name inscribed on the
prestigious Barborka Cup trophy. This award, of the highest honor for Simpson College senior athletes, is annually
awarded to the senior athlete who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in scholarship and character, and has
excelled in his/her chosen sport during his/her career or senior season.
Frank Barrows Award
The Barrows Award is given to the music major(s) who have completed Music 101, 201, 202, 203 and at least one
seminar in music history and literature with the highest grade point average. The award is named for Frank Barrows
who was the head of the Music Conservatory during the early 20th century and also lent his name to the former
Barrow’s Conservatory of Music building on the Simpson Campus.
Roger Betsworth Outstanding Senior in Religion
Dr. Roger Betsworth was professor of religion from 1973-1998 and this award is named in his honor. Two criteria are
used to award this: excellence as an undergraduate in the discipline, as measured by grade point average and class
performance; and a strong commitment and dedication to the discipline, as measured by performance both in class and
outside of class.
E. G. Booth Award
The E. G. Booth Award is named after E.G. Booth who served at Simpson College for over 30 years as mentor,
educator, coach, education department chair and athletic director. This award is given to a senior in education who is
outstanding in athletics and has also shown excellence in teaching and scholarship.
Certificate in Elementary Language
This certificate recognizes the outstanding student at the elementary level in language, who best displays a commitment
to lifelong language learning and cultural awareness.
Certificate in Intermediate Language
This certificate recognizes the outstanding student at the intermediate level in language who best displays a
commitment to lifelong language learning and cultural awareness.
Certificate in Advanced Language
This certificate recognizes the outstanding student at the advanced level in language, who best displays a commitment
to lifelong language learning and cultural awareness.
Clerk’s Award
This award is presented to an outstanding freshman or sophomore English major based on his or her accomplishments,
potential and who demonstrates the character of a scholar.
Community Advisors (Residence Life)
Residence Life student staff members live by floor in the traditional halls, or by building in the apartments or Greek
houses. They represent some of the best student leaders on our campus. To apply, they must have and maintain a 2.5
GPA. They are hired for their leadership ability, ability to resolve conflict, and their desire to care about and serve other
students.
Doft Science Honor Awards
Floyd S. Doft was a 1921 graduate of Simpson College who later earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Yale University in
organic chemistry. He taught chemistry at Yale and at Harvard and had a distinguished career in the field of nutrition.
In his honor, the Doft scholarships recognize those students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the
natural sciences.
Hiram Doty Research Award
This award, named in honor of former professor of Biology Dr. Hiram Doty goes to the graduating senior who has the
most distinguished record of undergraduate research in the area of biology or environmental sciences.
Douglas Duncan Award
This award is an endowed scholarship given to a freshman male singer or pianist who displays tremendous talent and
potential for success as a musician. It is named for the late Douglas Duncan, ’72, who was an extraordinary tenor, cofounder
and managing director of the Des Moines Metro Opera Company and a remarkable voice instructor on the
Simpson faculty.
Eberhart International Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time junior from a foreign country who possesses at least a 3.0 grade point
average in a minimum of two semesters at Simpson College. The recipient will receive an award certificate.
Epsilon Sigma
Epsilon Sigma is the honor society for graduates of Simpson College. It has a long-standing but relatively unfamiliar
tradition at Simpson because most student members are not inducted until the second semester of their senior year.
Students must have superior academic accomplishment within each graduating class, including the top 10 percent of
the senior class as well as a few juniors with high GPAs, further academic achievement by members of the 15th
reunion class, and members of the faculty after their 3rd year of full-time service at Simpson. (Members of Phi Beta
Kappa may be inducted during their 1st year).
Robert W. Feyerharm
This award is presented to the outstanding junior in the department of business administration and economics and is a
memorial scholarship honoring the late Robert W. Feyerharm. He served as vice-president of finance at Simpson
College from 1955-1969. This award is given to a junior based on grade point average.
Financial Executives International
This award is presented by a professional international organization of finance and accounting executives to two senior
accounting students who show great promise in the profession. Each student will receive an award certificate and a
cash stipend.
Carl Halgren Certificate of Excellence in Psychology
This certificate is awarded to a senior student who has fully achieved excellence in psychology, and who, in
consistently attaining a high level of performance in other areas, embodies the ideals of a broad liberal education.
Donna J. Helble ‘71 Award
Award for Outstanding Junior in Elementary Education.
Heckert Award for Outstanding Senior in Economics
The recipient of this award will receive a personal award plaque from the department.
Horizon Award
This award was created in 2005 to acknowledge a senior in criminal justice, sociology or social work who has
developed significant critical thinking skills and analytical observations.
Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
This award is given by a professional organization for management accountants in recognition of a top graduating
accounting student showing great interest and ability in management accounting. The recipient will receive an award
certificate from the department and will be recognized at the IMA annual awards banquet.
Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants
This award is given by a professional organization for certified public accountants in Iowa. It recognizes a top
graduating accounting student showing great promise and interest in public accounting. The recipient will receive an
award certificate.
Joe Walt Senior History Award
Professor Emeritus Joe Walt was a member of the history department for 39 years before retiring in 1994. He was the
Anna D. Hunt Senior Professor of History, and is an accomplished author. Among his works is a book about Simpson
College’s history, Beneath the Whispering Maples. This award goes to the student the history department faculty
believes has shown outstanding accomplishments in the history major, particularly the senior capstone historiography
course. Selection is based on academic excellence and the demonstration of intellectual growth and development.
Jordan Science Achievement Award
The Jordan Science Achievement Award is presented to a graduating senior who best combines achievement in the
humanities, fine arts, or social sciences with an outstanding record in a major in the division of natural sciences.
Everett Laning Award in Sociology
Formerly the Outstanding Senior in Sociology award, this was renamed to honor Dr. Everett L. Laning, professor of
Sociology and Applied Social Science who taught at Simpson from 1964-1996.
Leadership in Education
An outstanding senior who exhibits the following characteristics: envisions a high quality education for all and
collaborates with others to achieve this goal; thinks deeply and asks the hard questions; advocates for students and puts
their development and learning before self; serves in roles of influence within and outside of the college classroom;
takes the initiative and is self-directed; and works to improve the lives of others and the broader global community.
Sven and Mildred Lekberg Music Award
This award is named for Sven and Mildred Lekberg. Dr. Lekberg was chair of the music department for 25 years
beginning in 1940. Together with his wife, Mildred, who taught voice on the Simpson faculty, they created the
foundation for Simpson’s superior music program. The two juniors who are chosen annually to receive this scholarship
award embody the characteristics which the Lekbergs engendered: dedication to their development as musicians and
artists, a passion for music, participation in a wide variety of endeavors in the music department, and positive
leadership as a musician and colleague among their peers.
The Joe K. Moody Research Scholar
This scholarship award provides $1000 per project for students to conduct research projects in the area of biology or
biochemistry. The scholarship is funded by the family of retired biology professor Dr. Joe Moody.
Music Performing Honors
Performing honors are determined by music faculty vote and are given to seniors who display exemplary mastery of
technique and artistry of interpretation of the material presented on their senior hour recital program.
The Dr. Alan and Karen Orr Biology Research Scholar
This scholarship award provides $1000 per project for students to conduct research projects in the area of biology. The
scholarship is funded by the generous support of Simpson Alumnus Dr. Alan Orr and his wife Karen of Cedar Falls.
Outstanding Graduate Student in Secondary Education
The recipient is selected by the Education Department faculty and is based on academic achievement, student teaching
performance, professional and ethical behavior, commitment to the profession of education, and the ability to motivate
and inspire their students.
Outstanding Senior in Art
The Outstanding Senior in Art Award is determined by the Art Department faculty. The criteria used for determination
consists of exceptional creative and technical ability in various art media, outstanding work created for the Senior Art
Exhibit, participation in special events sponsored by the department and general academic success.
Outstanding Senior in Chemistry or Biochemistry
This award is presented to a graduating senior with a major in chemistry, biochemistry, or forensic
science/biochemistry who has excelled in both classroom and laboratory work.
Outstanding Senior in Communication and Media Studies
The award annually goes to the senior who excels at scholarship and professionalism. Nominations for the award are
sought from students enrolled in communication studies courses. Departmental faculty selects the winner on the basis
of statements of support from students and nominees.
Outstanding Senior in Computer Science
This award is presented to the graduating senior(s) in computer science or computer information systems who has
excelled in upper-level coursework with special consideration given to research projects and internship participation.
Outstanding Senior in Criminal Justice
This award is presented to a senior criminal justice major based on grade point average, community service, honors
and/or activities.
Outstanding Seniors in Elementary and Secondary Education
Two awards are given annually: One goes to the outstanding senior in elementary education and one goes to the
outstanding senior in secondary education. The selection is made by the faculty in the education department based on
academic achievement, student teaching performance, professional and ethical behavior, commitment to the profession
of education, and the ability to motivate and inspire their students.
Outstanding Senior in English
This award is presented to a senior English major who excels in scholarship in the discipline.
Outstanding Senior in Environmental Science
This award goes to the senior environmental science major who is best known for his or her outstanding
accomplishments in biology both in the classroom and outside the classroom. Outside classroom activities may include
undergraduate research, lab assistantships or tutoring students.
Outstanding Senior in Humanities
The Senior Humanities Award goes to that student selected by members of the division who has demonstrated both
excellences in a major in English, World Languages, History, Philosophy, or Religion as well as breadth of knowledge
over several disciplines in the Humanities.
Outstanding Senior in International Management
The recipient will receive a personal award plaque from the department.
Outstanding Senior in Management
This award was established in 1948 to recognize the nation’s top business students. At Simpson College this award
goes to the top management senior based on grade point average, character and initiative. The Wall Street Journal
provides a student award package that includes a one-year subscription to The Journal and a sculpted paperweight
commemorating the award. The department presents a personal award plaque to the student and an additional plaque
listing each year’s recipient is displayed by the department of business administration and economics.
Outstanding Senior in Marketing
Each recipient will receive a personal award plaque from the department.
Outstanding Senior in Mathematics
Recipients of this award demonstrate the strongest academic performance in mathematics combined with a deep
involvement in extracurricular mathematical experiences and supporting coursework from other disciplines.
Outstanding Senior Physics Major
This award is presented to the senior physics major with the best overall performance in classroom and laboratory work
in physics.
Outstanding Senior in Political Science
Each year the members of the political science department choose an outstanding student, or students, with a major in
political science or international relations. In selecting the recipient members of the department look at performance in
political science courses as well as the overall quality and experience of the student.
Outstanding Senior in Sport Science
This award honors a senior in Exercise Science or Athletic Training. The student exhibits academic success in the
discipline, strong personal character and initiative, outstanding professional demeanor and a high potential for success.
Outstanding Senior in Theatre Arts
This is a cumulative award, presented in honor of a student’s body of work over their time in the Theatre Simpson
Company. The award is voted on by the faculty and staff of the theatre department, using criteria such as: academic
excellence, participation in all aspects of theatre production, demonstrated commitment to Theatre Simpson’s mission
and its scholarship program; and an overall commitment to the success of Theatre Simpson and the life of the Simpson
community. The recipient has his/her name placed permanently on a plaque in the Blank Performing Arts Center and
receives a gift from the theatre arts department.
Outstanding Sophomore Portfolio.
Awarded by the art department to an outstanding sophomore student, criteria includes: composition and layout of the
overall portfolio; presentation quality; and evidence of proficiency in several art media.
Phi Alpha Theta Award
This award is presented to an outstanding sophomore or junior history student based on his or her academic
achievement and contributions to the history program.
President’s Award in Human Relations
This award, initiated in 1982, is given to a student who has contributed the most to the improvement of human
relations, intercultural, or interracial understanding on the campus.
R. J. Samson Students in Free Enterprise
This award is given annually to the student deemed to be the most valuable to Simpson College’s Students in Free
Enterprise (SIFE) team. The recipient of this award receives a personal plaque and a certificate from the department. A
plaque listing each year’s recipient is on display at the department of Business Administration and Economics.
Sequel Literary Prize
First and second place prizes are awarded in poetry and prose categories. The work remains anonymous until after it is
judged by a select panel.
Sequel Art Award
The criteria for judging the artwork published in the Sequel magazine is simply the best work as judged by the three
full-time art faculty at Simpson College. The art is judged without the faculty members knowing who submitted the
artwork.
Sigma Tau Delta (Simpson Chapter Kappa Alpha)
Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies,
it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. The society confers distinction for high achievement in
English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional societies.
Dick Starr Award
Dick Starr was an iatrical part of the Physical Education Department for 30 years as a professor, department chair and
head coach for numerous sports. In his name, this award honors a senior in Sport Administration or Physical Education
Teacher Education who exhibits academic success in the discipline, outstanding performance in their student teaching
or internship experience and displays a high potential for success with outstanding professional demeanor.
Norman Thomas Outstanding Senior in Philosophy
Dr. Norman Thomas was professor of philosophy from 1969-1991 and this award is named in his honor. Two criteria
are used: excellence as an undergraduate in the discipline as measured by GPA in the discipline and class performance;
and a strong commitment and dedication to the discipline, as measured by performance both in class and outside of
class.
Volunteer of the Year
This award is presented by the chapel and includes a financial scholarship from Simpson Guild. The Guild, with
members from the Simpson campus and community of Indianola, provides financial support for scholarships,
equipment and capital improvements. This award is presented to the senior who best demonstrates an on-going
commitment to serving others in need. The Simpson community is invited to nominate deserving students for this
award.
Margaret L. Watson Awards in Biology
Margaret L. Watson, a long-time faculty member, established this award to honor students who have made a major
contribution to the department, as selected by the faculty. Formerly the Outstanding Senior Biology Award, the senior
Watson award is a cash award given to the graduating senior with a high overall grade point average and the highest
grade point average within the biology major. The junior Watson award is given to the junior from the department with
the highest overall accumulated GPA.
L. Mildred Wilson Science
This scholarship is presented to a current senior who has established an outstanding record in a major within the
Division of Natural Sciences.
Lisle C. Wilson Outstanding Junior
This scholarship is awarded to the outstanding junior in the department of business administration and economics in
terms of grade point average. This is a companion award to the science division’s L. Mildred Wilson award.

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