Simpson at the State Fair!

Simpson College made our booth début at the Iowa State Fair!

Our booth consisted of not only information and friendly, helpful employees, 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:

• Approximately 45,000 frisbees were handed out

• Over 200 prospect cards were filled out by sophomores, juniors, and
seniors as well as transfer students and EW&G prospects

3,821 photos were taken at the No Booths and uploaded to
Simpson’s Facebook page.

Simpson’s Facebook page received 289 new “Likes” in the past week.

4,675 people so far have liked, commented or shared photos from the Fair
that were posted on our Facebook page.


Student Spotlight – Rochelle Carrington

Senior Rochelle Carrington recently accepted an accounting position at Sticks and is excited to utilize tools learned from Simpson College in her career!

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.

What is your major and why did you select it?
I decided to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting because the skills will be useful all through life. It is a great degree that is highly accepted for most business careers.

How has your experience at Simpson impacted your life?
Simpson has shown how valuable knowledge is in life. It has changed my perspective through the curriculum. Simpson challenged me to relearn how to think. Simpson’s teachers have worked specifically with my own needs and the environment and atmosphere is pleasant and enjoyable.

What has stood out to you as a fundamental part of your Simpson Experience?
Simpson College was easily accessible with the evening and weekend course schedule. If not, I would have needed to go to school during the day to finish my degree. But, what has stood out to me the most? What has stood out to me the most, is how passionate and driven the teachers are for the students. The teachers make sure the students are receiving a very good education.

What do you plan to do once you graduate?
Once I graduate I will study with the Becker Review and test to become a CPA. After I become a CPA, I will gradually take clients through a company I have already started to develop. The overall education at Simpson has shown all the possibilities I have for not only my own future, but also my children’s futures. Not only will I become a CPA; I plan to receive my masters from Drake. I am a single mother of three wonderful children so working from home will benefit my whole household. Within time, I hope to become an accounting teacher.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
I vacation in Branson, Missouri each year. My favorite vacation spot is actually Lake Rathbun. There is a beautiful view of stars at night that is highly relaxing.


Faculty Spotlight – John Schley

How long have you been teaching at Simpson and what do you teach?
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.

Do you work outside of Simpson?
Yes. I’m currently a Data Modeler at Wellmark, working on a data warehouse project and have worked at Principal Financial Group and Nationwide Insurance, as well.

Where did you graduate?
I graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics and minor in Computer Science from Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota.

What makes teaching at Simpson unique?
Although many colleges have extended campuses in Des Moines or nearby suburbs, Simpson offers the most robust computer science curriculum. This attracts a good population of students working to complete courses and/or degrees in Information Technology. Also, Simpson stresses the life experiences of their instructors, building an expectation in the students that they will receive “real world” knowledge, in addition to mastering the concepts.

What do you enjoy most about working with adult students?
Many of the students in my classes are moving (or looking to move) into Information Technology positions at their work or wanting to expand their abilities in that area. This makes them very motivated to learn the material, which is great. But it also challenges me to deliver the material in a way that enables them to master and apply new techniques quickly. I appreciate how dedicated the students are to completing the workshops, even at the end of a long class (at end of a long day at work).

You’ve recently been awarded the Excellence in Adult Education Award-congratulations!  Would you please tell us a little about the experience?
It sure was a surprise to receive this award! I used the opportunity to speak at the Student Celebration to reflect on what I enjoyed about teaching. I also used it as a chance to discuss a topic near and dear to my heart, database normalization. I encouraged the graduates to “normalize” their lives, meaning to put their lives back in order after likely needing to concentrate their focus and distort their schedule to complete their degree. That is really my experience every May, once the grades are in, so it was an easy topic to describe. My family was able to attend and it was nice being able to share the experience with them and to thank them for their role in this award.

Please tell us about your background and how it influences the way you teach database?
I’ve always been an experiential learner, so I try to teach in that manner. We do a lot of workshops so the students can have a chance to apply the concepts we’ve discussed. I still lecture too much, I’m sure, but I’m trying.  I also like to use humor as a way to help people relax and improve the learning environment. To that end, I start most classes with a review of last week’s material using various game shows (“Jeopardy”, “Match Game”, “Hollywood Squares”, etc…).

Please tell us about your family and how you like to spend your free time.
My wife, Lora Kracht, and I just celebrated our 20 year anniversary. We have two sons, Caleb (17) and Ezra (15) and one daughter, Austa, who is 12. We live in the Drake neighborhood  and the boys attend Roosevelt High School. Soccer is the family industry. All three kids play and I’ve coached Ezra’s team since he was in the Under-8 division. The kids and I all referee soccer and spend Sunday evenings discussing close calls and obnoxious coaches and parents we’ve seen over the weekend.

What is your favorite vacation spot, favorite book, and/or favorite film?
My favorite film is Ladyhawke, a mid-80’s fantasy pic that featured Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Brodderick before they were famous, along with Rutger Hauer. It has great music, great scenery and a beautiful ending. OK, under the tough data scientist exterior, I’m a romantic at heart. J

People You Should Know – Todd Little

How long have you been working at Simpson?
I’ve been working at Simpson in the Hawley Academic Resource Center since June 1998.

What exactly does your job entail?
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 serve as an adjunct instructor within the department of Computer Science which allows me the opportunity to teach several courses each academic year.

Where are you from?
I grew up in a small town called Somers which is located west of Fort Dodge in Iowa. For the past 12 years, I’ve been living in Indianola with my family.

What makes working at Simpson unique?
Within my position, I have the opportunity to interact with many full- and part-time students as well as other administrators and faculty members. Each day can bring new opportunities to provide assistance and guidance to students. Every student brings their own unique experiences and situations which brings different encounters each day.

What do you enjoy most about working with adult students?
Students within the EW&G office provide a different perspective for me. The students are often working full-time, have families, and other responsibilities and commitments which may be different than the traditional, full-time students I work with on the main campus. Often, this requires these students to be more focused within their classes and I often experience students who can be more motivated to complete their studies due to personal and professional aspects.

Please tell us about your family and how you like to spend your free time.
I have been married for 17 years and have two children (ages 14 and 5) who are enrolled in the Indianola community school district. During my free time, I enjoy my leisure reading, watching my favorite TV shows, and of course, hanging out with the family.

What is your favorite vacation spot, favorite book, and/or favorite film?
My favorite vacation spot would probably be the trip to the island of Kauai (one of the Hawaii islands) with my wife a few years ago, but I’ve also enjoyed my family trips to the Wisconsin Dells and Black Hills over the past couple of summers. In regards to a favorite book and film, I have always been a fan of the Star Wars films and books, so they would be ranked fairly high on my list. However, I have also liked several stories by Stephen King and enjoy the movies, Thirteen Days, Catch Me if You Can, The Green Mile, Unforgiven, and The Shawshank Redemption.

Important Upcoming Dates – Term 1 2013

Fall ’2013, Term 1 Classes Start, Monday, August 26th from 5:30pm to 9:30pm

It’s the start of Fall and Term 1!  If you haven’t registered yet, it isn’t too late to do so now.  Check out our schedules and class options here.

MACJ Information Session, Thursday, September 12th from 6pm to 7pm, West Des Moines Campus

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. We hope to see you there.

LEP Information Session, Thursday, November 14th, West Des Moines Campus

The Life Experience Portfolio Program provides a way for students to translate their experiences to college credit through completion of a life experience portfolio. Credits awarded are not a value judgment of the student’s experience. These credits reflect an evaluation of the similarity of those learning experiences to learning that typically occurs through study in a liberal arts college. The Life Experience Portfolio Workshop will help adult students understand the steps to portfolio development. Additional information regarding this option is available at any Evening, Weekend & Graduate Programs office.

Commencement Ceremony, Saturday, December 14th, Cowles, Indianola Campus

We wish to congratulate all EW & G students who will be graduating this December.  Congratulations on your achievements!

Helpful Tips – Term 1 2013

How to Acquire a Student ID:

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.

A student ID not only gives you easy access to your personal ID number, but also access to Dunn library as well as its online database!

Remember, getting your student ID allows you access to discounts like these:

Burger King 10% off
McDonalds 10% off
Dairy Queen 10% off
Dominos Pizza 10% off
Kroger 5% off at select locations
Papa Johns
Pizza Hut 10-20% off
Qdoba $5 student burrito meals
Subway 10% off
Waffle House 10% off
Ann Taylor LOFT 15% off
Ann Taylor 20% off
Banana Republic 15% off
Charlotte Russe 10% off
Club Monaco 20% off regular priced items
J. Crew 15% off regular priced items
The Limited 15% off
Ralph Lauren Rugby 10% off
Urban Outfitters 10% off select dates
Top Shop: 10% off
General Motors: college discount on Chevy, Buick, and GMC cars
Sam’s Club: Collegiate Annual Membership for $40, as well as $15 gift card
Cell Phone companies
The Academic Superstore
Apple Store

Please make sure to ask companies in advance about their student discount offerings!

Simpson Speaker Series Event October 29th

Upcoming Simpson Speaker Series Event October 29th, 2013

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, 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 this 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

Getting to Know: Alyssa Frank ’13

Just three months after receiving her diploma, Simpson graduate Alyssa Frank is making an impact in the construction world.  She began her job as Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Des Moines based Neumann Brothers in May and has taken great strides in developing their marketing and communications strategies.  We had a chance to sit down with Alyssa in the Neumann Brothers headquarters in downtown Des Moines to learn more about her work and her continuing Simpson Success Story.

If you’ve seen recent ads in the Des Moines Register and the Iowa Magazine, it was Alyssa’s hand in the making.  If you have seen Neumann Brothers videos on YouTube, that was Alyssa’s work.  Their recently launched Facebook page is a treasure trove of photos and video of older projects for those interested in the history of the capitol city.

Alyssa’s work encompasses this social media marketing and traditional print media advertising as well as business-to-business marketing in the development of RFP materials.  She is also working in the area of corporate community outreach and engagement.Enactus Simpson Logo

Alyssa credits her professional success to her work with the student organization,  Enactus (formerly SIFE), where she led the marketing team, and to two courses in particular: Advertising and Newswriting/Reporting.  These two courses taught her technical skills needed to succeed in the business.

We hope we’ll see Alyssa back on campus in January when the official opening of the new Cowles/Carse recreation center (construction by Neumann Brothers) will be held!

Getting to Know: Professor Oleksandr Lugovskyy

We’re very happy to have three new business professionals joining the department as full-time faculty members this fall.  Oleksandr Lugovskyy’s field of study is Economics and he will be teaching a variety of econ courses this fall.
I was born in Ukraine and I first came to the US in 1997 where I settled in my adopted home state of Minnesota.

I earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Lakeland College (Wis.), an M.Sc. in
Applied Economics from St. Cloud State University (Minn.), and an M.A. and Ph.D.
in Economics from the University of Kansas. My research interests include Econo-
metrics, International Trade, and Experimental Economics. My teaching interests
are International Trade and Finance, Macro- and Microeconomics and Econometrics/Forecasting. In my (limited) spare time I enjoy fishing, hunting, and collecting Americana.


Thanks Professor Lugovskyy!  We’re looking forward to seeing you in the classroom in a month!

Getting to Know: Kyle Frisch ’14

Kyle Frisch is a rising Simpson senior studying Business Management and Sports Administration.  He has played for the Simpson Storm football team as well. This summer Kyle is up in the northern woods of Minnesota interning at Tuscarora Lodge and Canoe Outfitters.  He’ll tell you more about it!

Kyle, what does a normal day for you look like this summer?

Being an outfitter consists of driving or towing people to and from entry points into the boundary waters. When I say towing I am referring to driving people in motorboats to the American-Canadian border so they can paddle into the Quetico, which is the same thing as the boundary waters but on the Canadian side instead of American side. Another aspect of being an outfitter is packing all the gear guests need for their trip into the boundary waters. Also, after they return from their trip we have to clean all the gear they used.

How did you hear about the internship?

I heard about this opportunity at Tuscarora through the internet. I was just searching for a summer job on a boundary waters forum, and the job at Tuscarora was one of the most appealing jobs I found.

Outside of working at Tuscarora, what are you doing this summer?

I work six days a week so this doesn’t leave a lot of time for doing stuff away from work, but when I do get my one day off a week I go on overnight canoe trips. I really enjoy fishing so I try to get out Boundary Watersfishing as much as I can. Usually two to three employees get the same day off a week so we will go together on overnight canoe trips together. We also have a lot of bonfires with employees from other outfitters. All the outfitters on the Gunflint Trail have to work together a lot so we all know each other very well. Another thing we do is play frisbee and go swimming on Sunday nights in Grand Marais which is right on Lake Superior. Grand Marais is the nearest town and it’s an hour away so it’s always fun to go into town.

What advice do you have for students looking for summer internships?

 My advice would be to really do your research when looking for an internship. It is really important to know what you are getting into when looking for an internship, and the more research you do for different internships the more likely you are to find an internship that fits you.