We talk a lot about success at Simpson College – success in choosing a career path, success in enjoying a fully engaged campus experience, success in joining together to serve others.
While we celebrate the successes and achievements of our students every day, one day stands out. This year, that day was April 24, when Simpson held the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium as well as the 2014 Honors Convocation.
Throughout the day, Simpson students exhibited their scholarly work at the Research Symposium. through the presentation of papers, performances, posters and/or panel discussions.
Then, at mid-day, the campus community gathered in Smith Chapel for the Honors Convocation, in which dozens of students and two faculty members were recognized.
Patricia Calkins, professor of German, received the 2014 Faculty Award for Campus Leadership.
“She leads by example, listens to concerns and ultimately has the best interests of our students, faculty and the college in mind,” Simpson President Jay Simmons said in presenting the award.
Maeve Callan, professor of religion, was awarded the 2014 Faculty Award for Distinguished Research.
During the past two years, she has published or presented several of her research projects. Her book, The Templars, the Witch, and the Wild Irish: Vengeance and Heresy in Medieval Ireland will be published later this year by Cornell University Press. She has contributed a chapter to a Brepols Press book that is also forthcoming: Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe. Last year, two of her published articles received attention both in Ireland and in the United States.
Students also were honored for their academic achievements:
Carl Halgren Certificate of Excellence in Psychology — Miranda Dean
Everett Laning Award in Sociology — Katherine Haganman
Outstanding Senior in Criminal Justice — Rachel Brown
Horizon Award — Ashley Buchanan
Dick Starr Award — Russ Fairfield
Outstanding Senior in Sports Science — Allison Barloon
Leadership in Education — Steffanie Elkin
Outstanding Senior in Elementary Education — Kaitlyn Lipovac
Dr. Donna J. Helble ’71 Award Winner for Outstanding
Junior in Elementary Education – Alyssa Ahrenholtz
Outstanding Senior in Secondary Education — Ryan Stumbo
Outstanding Graduate Student in Secondary Education — Michelle Baack
ETS Recognition of Excellence Awards for Praxis II Content Exams — Steffanie Elkin, Abigail Harris, Lauren King, Emily Dornbusch, Taylor Williams.
Outstanding Senior in Humanities — Kandi Erwin
Joe Walt Senior History Award — Annie Olson
Leopold Award in History — Jordan Rude
Roger Betsworth Outstanding Senior in Religion — Brett Stadtlander
Clerk’s Award — Maureen Snook
Outstanding Senior in English — Kandi Erwin
Outstanding Student in World Language and Culture Studies — Kandi Erwin
L. Mildred Wilson Science Award — Kelly Bruett
Doft Science Honor Awards — Andrea Avery, Erin Brown, Haley Danforth, Cheyanne Godwin, Jared Grove, Justin Hayes, Sarah Jermeland, Louis Joslyn, Kyle Kusy, Katherine Lazenby, Amy Loverin, Connor McDermott, Lauren Mulder, Anna Pierce, Sara Reed, Rachel Rice, Trey Scott, Connor Uhlman, Adam Brustkern
Outstanding Senior in Chemistry/Biochemistry/Forensics — Lauren Schemmel
Outstanding Seniors in Physics — Rob Heise, Mike Henry
Margaret L. Watson Awards in Biology — Brittany K. Gochenour (Senior) Lauren M. Mulder (Junior)
Dr. Alan and Karen Orr Biology Research Scholars — Ze-Hui Ng
Outstanding Senior in Environmental Science — Derek C. Entz
Joe K. Moody Research Scholarship — Lauren M. Mulder
Hiram Doty Research Award — John R. Greaves
Outstanding Senior in Computer Science — Linsey Williams
Outstanding Senior in Computer Information Systems — Joel Gawarecki
Outstanding Seniors in Mathematics — Casey Croson, Michael Frank
Outstanding Senior in Actuarial Science — Abby Lantzky
Outstanding Senior in Political Science — Kat Vampola
Outstanding Senior in Integrated Marketing Communication – Ryan Rohlf
Outstanding Senior in Multimedia Journalism — Rachel Peterson
Outstanding Senior in Marketing — Ryan C. Rohlf
Outstanding Senior in Management — Kimberly N. Rogers
R.J. Samson Enactus Award — Taylor M. Sharp
Outstanding Senior in Global Management — Emma K. Negrete
Lisle C. Wilson Outstanding Junior — Ethan C. Fredrick
Feyerharm Award for Outstanding Juniors — Kelly A. Bruett,
Sara J. Reed
Heckert Award-Outstanding Senior in Economics — Matthew J. Nichols
Financial Executives International Awards — Zachary D. Ripka, Hilary E. Zarr
Institute of Management Accountants Andrea L. Gerlach
Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants – Alissa A. Deutsch
Eberhart International Scholarship — Melaku W. Woldemariam
Alpha Psi Omega Junior Award — Stacie Kjellsen
Outstanding Senior in Theatre Arts — Ethan Newman
Outstanding Sophomore Portfolio — Christopher Nickel
Outstanding Senior in Art — Leif Jeppson
Frank Barrows Award — Antoinette Konow
Douglas J. Duncan Music Award — Brandon Douglas
Sven and Mildred Lekberg Music Award — Ben Lempka, Ella Ward
Music Performing Honors — Rebecca Claborn, Joe Farrand, Meghan Kasanders, Emma LeValley, Jenna Smith
Volunteers of the Year Award — Lance Kramer, Emily McGann
Jordan Science Achievement Award — Kylie Van Houten
ODK Emerging Leader Award — Tyler Stokesbary
E.G. Booth Award — Morgan Terpstra
Alpha Lambda Delta Society’s Maria Leonard Book Award — Steffanie Elkin
Women’s and Gender Studies Program Scholarship Award — Brett Stadtlander
Women’s and Gender Studies Program Activism Award — Kristina Kelehan, Eduardo Magalhaes
Writing in the Disciplines — Stacy Bergeson, Chelsea Hamerlinck
Barborka Award — Joe Farrand
President’s Award in Human Relations — Ulices Flores
Campus Leadership Award – Dr. Patricia Calkins, professor of German
Distinguished Research Award – Dr. Maeve Callan, professor of religion.