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.

Keeping the Pianos in Tune

Small town Tennant Iowa gave Team Simpson riders an opportunity to catch up with Rob Espenscheid. Rob travels to Simpson College’s music department once a week to tune the pianos. Rob was marketing his new novel. Thanks for keeping us on the right note Rob!


In Tune

Simpson Success Story – Parents Who Couldn’t be Happier

I stopped at a gas station outside Shelby for a chance to escape the heat and find a cold drink. Proudly “flaunting” my red and gold Simpson College bike jersey, a nice couple asked “do you work at the college”? Steve and Lori Murga introduced themselves as proud parents of alumni Ben ’10 and Lucas ’13. Ben is currently employed as a web designer and Lucas a very recent grad, is employed in a biology research lab. Both enjoying successes in their respective fields with a Simpson education. “As parents, we couldn’t be happier with their Simpson education and where they are now” said Lori.

You never know when you will connect with members of the Simpson College community and hear how great our alumni are doing. So happy that I was wearing a Simpson College bike jersey.


Happy Parents



Making New Friends

Team Simpson riders Chad and Teresa Layland get acquainted with the locals in Underwood, IA. Think we can recruit him for the incoming class of 2017?



Summer Research at Michigan State University

I was given the opportunity to do research in biostatistics this summer at Michigan State University. My team worked on identifying protein-protein interactions (PPI) between membrane proteins of the plant, Arabidopsis thaliana. The biologists who conducted the experiment used a mating-based Split Ubiquitin System (mbSUS) to investigate interactions between proteins by utilizing yeast as a heterologous system. We developed a mixed model to improve the modeling of yeast growth, which provides a more accurate detection of the PPI since it can be observed through the fluorescence scores. The model was applied to detect interactions between thousands of Arabidopsis membrane proteins. This summer research has been a wonderful and worthwhile experience.

~Sarah Jermeland

Getting to Know: Aaron Young ’14

Aaron transferred to Simpson last year and has been working hard to make up for lost time!

I’m studying Integrated Marketing Communications with a creative emphasis. Some classes that I have enjoyed in particular are definitely the ones I took with Professor Brian Steffen. He makes every single thing that much more interesting and he goes the extra mile to see students excel. He personally has helped me hone my writing skills during our coaching sessions for my practicum class.

As far as for extracurricular activities, besides playing baseball for the Storm, I am a part of the Simpson Student Media. Last year, I served as a sports reporter for the school newspaper, The Simpsonian. Being a part of the paper really showed me that this could be something I could enjoy doing; meeting people, writing about their life and presenting it to the public. I never really grasped what potential I could have until I won those two, first-place awards at the 2013 Iowa College Media Association convention for Best Sports Story and Best Sports Feature Story. That really sealed the deal on me wanting to work within this field. I was fortunate enough to get elected as Director of Sports Content for Simpson Student Media, and I am definitely eager to get things rolling this year. I’ll have big shoes to fill with Zach James graduating, but it is definitely going to be a lot of fun. I’ve also helped out as a student assistant to Athletic Communications Director Bryan Geelan since I stepped on campus.

Aaron has a unique internship this summer with Midwest Cage Championship, the largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) company in Iowa.  MCC hosts events at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines and their featured fighters have gone on to greatness in the UFC.  We’ll let Aaron tell you more about his internship:

I currently am a Staff Writer/Media Relations Intern with Midwest Cage Championship, a cage-fighting promotion in Des Moines.  I got involved with MCC through a personal connection to the co-owner, John Halverson, and his wife.  They have followed bit-by-bit of my work with The Simpsonian and thought I could really contribute with the promotion. I went to one of the shows last January, and boy, seeing someone get their head pounded live rather than on television is something else! I was so amped up after watching the fights that I totally wanted to get involved and see where this goes. 

To get everything started, I had to do research on my own to get a much better knowledge with the sport. MMA was a sport that was definitely overlooked by me personally as I typically follow baseball, basketball and football. I spent hour-after-hour reading MMA articles, watching YouTube clips and learning the jargon. Once I got the feel for things, I was ready to go and went right to work.

My primary duties include covering all of the fighters on our card. We typically hold 12 fights at our events, so 24 fighters each event. I’ve reached out to each one of them for interviews, then with whatever is suiting, write preview stories, feature spotlights and event previews. I also interview our fighters on-camera live at our public weigh-ins and for post-fight interviews after their fights. Along with controlling most of the digital content produced, I’ve helped out with marketing efforts via social media and have shadowed what John and my other boss, MCC co-founder and match maker Ryan Hass, do day-in and day-out.

I’ve had this internship since March and have enjoyed every second of it. I’ve met a ton of great people throughout this internship and have gained valuable experience and good networking from it. I plan on staying with MCC once my internship credit is up. Simpson has definitely prepared me for work after college, so I am confident for what my senior year brings and what I end up doing after college.


Thanks Aaron!  We’ll be looking for your work in The Simpsonian in the fall and your continued hand in the promotion of MCC!