Martin Luther King Day of Service

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy of compassion and empowerment, we welcome you to be a part of our special campus observance for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, January 16. Each year, the third Monday in January is set aside nationally to recognize King’s birthday.

Teree L. Caldwell-Johnson, CEO of Oakridge Neighborhood and Oakridge Neighborhood Services, Des Moines’ oldest and largest low-income housing and human services non-profit agency, will be the featured speaker at the Simpson Forum event in Smith Chapel at 1:00 p.m.

Prior to assuming her position at Oakridge, Teree served as Polk County Manager from 1996-2003. Active in the community, Teree was elected to the Des Moines School Board in 2006 and re-elected to a second four year term in 2009. In 2011 Teree and was elected by her colleagues to serve as Chair President for the 2011-2012 school year. Teree currently serves on several non-profit boards including the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, I’ll Make Me A World in Iowa, and the University of Kansas Liberal Arts and Sciences Advisory Board. In addition, Teree is an active member of The Links, Incorporated, she serves as Director of Philanthropy. She is also a member of Jack and Jill of America and Alpha Kappa Sorority, Incorporated.

We will alter the normal class schedule from 50 minute periods to 40 minute periods, with a two hour block of time carved out of the middle of the day for lunch and the special Forum event. The altered class schedule will run as follows:

Normal Class Schedule Altered Class Schedule
8:00 – 8:50 a.m. 8:00 – 8:40 a.m.
9:00 – 9:50 a.m. 8:50 – 9:30 a.m.
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. 9:40 – 10:20 a.m.
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. 10:30 – 11:10 a.m.
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. 11:20 – 12:00 p.m.


A two hour time block will be created for lunch and a special Martin Luther King Day observance. This forum event will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Smith Chapel.

1:00 – 1:50 p.m. 2:00 – 2:40 p.m.
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. 2:50 – 3:30 p.m.
3:00 – 3:50 p.m. 3:40 – 4:20 p.m.
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. 4:30 – 5:10 p.m.

Evening classes will run on the normal evening class schedule.

Simpson is partnering with other institutions from our area for various service projects later in the day. Simpson students can volunteer with students from American Institute of Business, Grand View University, Des Moines Area Community College, Drake University and Children and Families Urban Ministries. The event will be held at Drake University in the Olmsted Center on Monday, January 16.

Check in for the event will be from 2:45 – 3:00 p.m. with an opening session beginning at 3:00 p.m.

If you have questions, please contact Service Coordinator/Asst. Chaplain, Stephanie Neve, (515) 961-1716 or Asst. Dean for Multicultural and International Affairs, Walter Lain, (515) 961-1233

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