Getting to Know: Jim Palmieri, Professor of Economics

You want to know who your professors are?  We sat down and asked!

Who are you?

Jim Palmieri

What is your field of study and teaching?


Sub-areas of interest?

Policy Evaluation, Asset Development and Inequality, Health Policy, Behavioral Economics

What classes do you teach?

Principles of Economics, Econometrics, Advanced Microeconomics, Health Economics, Labor Economics, Eberhart Student Aid Fund, Environmental Economics, Economics of Poverty

May Term is really popular at Simpson.  Have you led any May Term courses?

In May 2013, I taught the course “Make an Impact: Social and Economic Development in Belize”  I’ve also led courses in China and Argentina.

Tell us about your family.

Elyse Demaray, my wife, and 2 cats – Sooty and Mocha

 What else should we know about you?

I want students to enjoy economics and to use what they learn in their lives.  Economics is so useful, and economics majors are in big demand.  I thoroughly enjoy working with students whether it’s in class, in my office or on a study abroad experience.  In May 2013 I led a group of 18 students to Punta Gorda, a small town in southern Belize.  While there, the students taught at 4 different schools and some of them did tutoring in small groups as well.  I am so proud of the group; they worked hard and made a big impact on the children they served.

I led the 2010 Semester in Argentina for Simpson, and enjoy the Argentinian tradition of drinking mate (pronounced “ma tay”) with a large group of people and talking for hours.  Active conversation keeps us all sharp!

When I’m not interacting with students, you’ll likely find me watching a movie in Des Moines or doing some yoga.  I LOVE to travel, and I’m always looking forward to my next experience abroad. 


Thanks Professor!  We’ll be featuring a professor profile each week this summer, including profiles of the three new faculty members joining the department in the fall.

Andy Hutchins: Principal Charity Classic

What has he been up to?
During the May Term, Andy Hutchins spent three weeks interning with the Principal Charity Classic.  This exciting golf-tournament, which serves as a stop on the Champions Tour, will be held in Des Moines, Iowa from May 28th to June 2nd, 2013 at the Wakonda Club.  In the past six years, the event has donated close to $4 million to children’s charities.  During his internship, Andy supervised the worked of volunteers, sent out packages, worked with sponsors, and assisted with course set-up.

What strengths did he utilize during his internship?
During his internship, Andy learned a lot about working with others, especially in a supervisory role.  He had to be clear when giving instructions and helpful when working with a team.  He was also complimented on his positive attitude and professionalism.

What did his supervisor have to say about his work?
Jessica Helgren, Volunteer Director/Tournament Manager, shared, “Andy was great!  He is a very hard worker and is always willing to help out.”

How did he find out about his internship?
Andy became interested in assisting with the Principal Charity Classic after attending previous events.  He thus visited their website for internship opportunities and was pleased to see that they offer many!

Why does he feel it is important for students to intern?
Andy believes, “Internships provide students a chance to understand the way material taught in classrooms is applied to real life. After working as an intern I will have a better ability to understand my assignments and develop the skills I need to be successful in the workplace.”

What advice does he have for future interns?
Andy recommended, “Be willing to do any task without complaining, work very hard, and ask lots of questions.”                  


Taylor Hamilton: Ames High School Athletic Department

What has she been up to?
Taylor Hamilton, a Sports Administration major, spent May Term interning with Judge Johnston, Ames High School’s Athletic Director.  As part of her three-week internship, Taylor helped compile the Business Membership and Family Membership forms and packets to be sent out in support of the Athletic Booster Club for the 2013-2014 school year.  She also designed and executed the production of 250 activity passes for the business boosters, redesigned the Varsity Letter and Participation Letter awards, and helped supervise soccer, tennis, track, and golf.

What strengths did she utilize in her internship?
During her internship, Taylor was creative and flexible.  She was also careful with her time.  Although she completed tasks with accuracy, she also worked efficiently to make the most of her three weeks.

How did she find out about her internship?
Ames, Iowa is where Taylor is currently living, so she emailed the Athletic Director a letter of inquiry to begin the process of setting up an internship.  Do you need to write a letter of inquiry?  If so, check out our guide for instructions and an example.  Our staff is also happy to help you edit the letters prior to sending them.

What did her supervisor have to say about her work?
Judge Johnston shared, “This was a three-week internship and Taylor did outstanding overall.  Her organization and ability to be a self-starter was also a plus.  She is a worker and was very thorough and detailed on her projects.  I hope she can continue down this athletic path and continue to gain the experience she needs.”

Why does she feel it’s important for students to intern?
Taylor shared with enthusiasm, “NETWORKING! When students intern they create valuable contacts that they can use to get a job in that field further down the road.”

What advice does she have for future interns?
Taylor recommended, “Be confident in your abilities! Show them who you are, what you do, and make a GREAT impression. This person (your supervisor) could be the reason you get a job down the road, and that can be HUGE. Show them why you deserve their recommendation.”

Judge Johnston is open to hosting interns in the future.  If you are interested in working with him, please let me know!

Madison Boswell: Bank Iowa Corporation

 Photo by Alejandro Caballero

What has she been up to?
Madison Boswell, an Integrated Marketing Communications major, spent her May Term interning with Bank Iowa Corporation in West Des Moines, Iowa.  Bank Iowa’s mission is to operate progressive banks in viable Iowa Communities.  Madison worked as a teller at her hometown bank in Humboldt, Iowa for two summers before deciding to intern with the corporate headquarters.  Throughout her internship, Madison worked a lot on advertising.  She did much layout work for both print and digital advertising that was used in bank branches around the state.  She also created a radio ad for Memorial Day to honor and thank active-duty military members and veterans.  Finally, she completed market research on both website material and banking products.

What strengths did she utilize in her internship?
During her internship, Madison showed timeliness, continuous learning, and organization.  She knew she had much she wanted to accomplish over the three weeks, so it was important to make the most of each minute.

How did she find out about her internship?
As mentioned above, Madison’s internship grew out of a summer job.  Jobs can be great stepping stones toward careers and allow you to expand the amount of people in your network.  Even if your part-time job seems unrelated, chances are the overall company or organization for which you work might have opportunities for further learning.

Why does she feel it’s important for students to intern?
Madison shared, “Although there is lots of learning within the classroom, I feel my most valuable experiences have come from my school activities and my internships. Every internship I have had has led me to learn more about my career goals and I have grown professionally as well from each one. Each of my internships has provided me with new experience and each internship has offered different experiences. I feel that it is very important for students to acquire internships because they are vital learning experiences and are beyond great networking opportunities. Every internship offers practical experiences that just can’t be taught in the classroom. “

What advice does she have for future interns?
Madison recommended, “When starting an internship you should always go in with an open mind. Going in with certain expectations could ruin the experiences you have.  Also, always ask questions!  Asking questions ensures that you get the most out of the experience and learn a lot. Go above and beyond. Just because your supervisor hasn’t asked you specifically to help with a project or do a specific thing doesn’t mean you shouldn’t jump in and help out if you see something needs done. Going above and beyond what is expected shows great work ethic and motivation.”

Mandi Deutsch: Adorn

What has she been up to?
Mandi Deutsch, a Management and Marketing major, spent May Term interning with Adorn, a specialty gift and home accessory store in Indianola, Iowa.  During her three week internship, she completed everyday tasks like ringing up transactions and putting products out, but also created, marketed, and hosted a successful event.

What strengths did she utilize in her internship?
Mandi demonstrated customer service, event planning, and organizational skills.  While she feels confident with the work she did, she believes there is always room for improvement which comes from gaining experience in many settings.

How did she find out about her internship?
Mandi set up the internship on her own.  She shared, “I knew I needed an entrepreneurial internship and I loved her store, so I just went in and asked Erin (Adorn’s owner) if she would like an intern of the May Term.  I’m so glad I decided to just give it a shot and see if it was an option.”

What did her supervisor say about her work?
Adorn’s owner, Erin Freeberg, commented, “Mandi is professional, creative, and a very quick learner.  She understood the importance and role that excellent customer service pays to a small business.  She was responsible for planning and executing an event at Adorn that drew in customers and positively affected the bottom line.  Mandi used many of her skills to produce an awesome and very successful event!”

Why does Mandi feel it’s important for students to intern?
Mandi stated, “I feel that with an internship it will lead to many more opportunities. Just with my internship, I met lots of people in the community that came into the store. I was able to talk to a few about their jobs and positions and also Erin. There is just so much to learn from an internship and it is a lot of fun. I feel that with an internship there are so many opportunities to network with people, and that is the best way to get a job!”

Lost and Stolen Passports, Visas, and Arrival-Departure Records (Form I-94)

  • Police Report

  • Request Replacement of a Lost or Stolen Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-94)

  • Report your Passport Lost/Stolen to Your Embassy

  • Report your Visa Lost/Stolen to the U.S. Embassy Abroad

  • Applying for a Replacement United States Visa



Passports, Visas, and Arrival-Departure Records (Form I-94) are official travel documents that foreign citizens coming to the United States must have in their possession to show their country of citizenship and legal status in the U.S.  We encourage students to make a copy of their passport biographic page, their U.S. visa and their Form I-94 as soon as possible after their arrival in the U.S.

If you are a international student  temporarily in the United States, and you lose your U.S. visa, you can remain for the duration of your authorized stay, as shown on your Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-94). You will need a valid passport to depart the United States and to enter another country. Your I-94 is needed as you depart the U.S., to document that you are departing by the required date.   If your passport with your I-94 are lost or stolen, you must get them replaced immediately. There are a number of steps you need to take as follows:

Police Report

Go to the local police station and report your document(s) lost or stolen.  If available, you will need to provide copies of the original documents.  You will be issued a police report detailing the incident.  Don’t forget to make an extra copy of the report for your own records.

Request Replacement of a Lost/Stolen Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-94)

Replacement of a lost or stolen Form I-94 falls under the responsibility of Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  To file for a replacement I-94, see Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document  at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Website and see Arrival-Departure Record at the DHS, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Website.

Report your Passport Lost/Stolen to Your Embassy

Contact the local Embassy or consular section for the country of your citizenship, for information on the procedure to replace a lost or stolen passport.  Most countries have Internet web sites with contact information.

Report your Visa Lost/Stolen to the U.S. Embassy Abroad

Fax the Consular Section or Consul General at the Embassy abroad which issued your visa, to report it lost/stolen. Go to the Embassy Consular Section Website to locate the Fax number and contact information. Specifically state whether the visa was lost or stolen.  Be sure to include your full name, date of birth, and place of birth, address in the U.S., and an email address (if available).  If you have a copy of the passport or visa, fax this to the Embassy or consular section.  Otherwise, if known, report the category of visa and the passport number from the lost/stolen visa.   If you have already reported your visa lost/stolen to the U.S. Embassy abroad, and then you later find your misplaced visa, please note that the visas will be invalid for future travel to the U.S, and you must apply in person at the Embassy or Consulate abroad for a new visa.

Applying for a Replacement United States Visa

Lost/stolen U.S. visas cannot be replaced in the United States. For replacement of a visa, you must apply in person at an Embassy or Consulate abroad. When applying for the replacement of a visa, you will need to provide a written account documenting the loss of your passport and visa.  Include a copy of the police report.

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For further assistance, the students can immediately contact their respective embassy in United States by following these steps:

Go to

Click on the International Travel on the home page 

Click on your respective country on the map

Finally, you can find your contact information about your embassy which is in the US under the Entry/Exit Requirements

Emerge business incubator outcomes featured in Des Moines Register

The Des Moines Register has featured the business incubator collaboration project, Emerge, in an article on May 14th.

The article, “Business emerges from program,” highlights the work of Simpson alum, Zach Feser ’13 as he brings the company, ENpact out of the incubator.

For the full story, read the full article here.

Videography-A May Term Course with Professor Carponelli

Who is your audience?  What is the story you are trying to tell?  How can you improve the visuals?  Students in the May Term Videography course with Professor Lisa Carponelli are learning to answer these questions as they develop video for assignments and personal use.

Professor Carponelli works with students as they develop their ideas for The Simpson Experience video.

Professor Carponelli works with students as they develop their ideas for The Simpson Experience video.

This course is primarily designed for students with majors outside of the Communication and Media Studies department.  Students this term come from diverse majors such as Sports Management, Environmental Science, Marketing and Management.

Professor Carponelli wants these students to be able to go beyond the typical shaky one shot video that is the norm these days.  In the future, they will be making short promotional videos for their start-up businesses or non-profit employers or they might be making a home video of their kids, in either case, they will know some of the basics of how to make a good, compelling, story-telling video.

Students work together on the development of their story ideas for the video The Simpson Experience.

Students work together on the development of their story ideas.

The course includes a mix of theoretical knowledge and practical application.  Already this term, the students have done some filming at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines to practice sequence building as well as developing their understanding of the Ken Burns effect using still photography in video.  Upcoming assignments include a trip to the downtown Des Moines Farmer’s Market to make a video telling a story of the market and the development of a video for The Simpson Experience.

We’ll follow up with some of the students next week as they finish these projects to find out more about their work and what they have learned in the class.

Professor Lisa Carponelli-Lovell is Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies.  She came to Simpson in 2008 after working at WOI-TV in Des Moines as a reporter and anchor for a number of years.  She teaches a number of courses in the department in the area of writing and producing video as well as some public speaking courses.

May Term at Simpson is a three week term which follows the normal spring semester.  This shortened term allows professors to teach a topic of current interest in depth.  For more information about the Simpson College curriculum, check out the curriculum website here:

Too Big to Fail-A May Term with Professor Shane Cox

The name of the book is Too Big to Fail and students have been engrossed in it for two

One group working on their book analysis.

One group working on their written analysis.

weeks now.  Assistant Professor of Accounting, Shane Cox, took a step back from his normal traditional accounting course offerings to delve into the 2008 financial crisis with students this May Term.

In the the course, this group of mostly accounting and management majors has been reading the book by Andrew Ross Sorkin and discussing in class the history behind the financial crisis and what actions have been taken since that time.  In addition to their coursework on campus, the students will take a 3 day trip to Chicago to get a hands-on look at the impact of the financial crisis.  Touring the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, talking with executives at the Art Institute of Chicago and taking in a Cubs game are some trip highlights students are looking forward to.

Jordan Palmisano and Sam Kline are two freshmen enrolled in the course, both Accounting and Management double majors.

Professor Cox discusses the book with students

Professor Cox discusses the book with students

Jordan and Sam decided to take the course because of Professor Cox.  He had taught their Intro to Accounting course earlier this year and they knew this would be a fun May Term course.

May Term at Simpson is a three week term which follows the normal spring semester.  This shortened term allows professors to teach a topic of current interest in depth.  For more information about the Simpson College curriculum, check out the curriculum website here:

Internship in Emerge-Kim Rogers

For the three week May Term, rising Senior Kim Rogers is interning at Emerge, the business incubator collaboration at Simpson College.


Kim is working on developing the volleyball side of PlayTagger, a tool that allows high school athletes to post their game videos and tag their important plays for easy access and viewing by college and university coaches.  In the Spring term, another group of Student Kim Rogers on the volleyball courtstudents worked on developing the marketing strategy of the site and the rugby side.  Kim immediately jumped in beginning work on volleyball.  Some of her big projects so far have included updating the statistics labeling, uploading some of her own video to be used as an example (Kim is the captain of the Simpson volleyball team), and doing direct outreach to club volleyball teams and social media networking to improve the visibility of the site.

Kim’s internship will end in one week at the end of May Term, but she is excited to see the future of the site and hopes to stay involved.

Emerge is a partnership business incubator currently housed on the Simpson College campus.  The Indianola Development Association and Indianola Municipal Utility are partners in the project.  Through Emerge, start up entrepreneurs and students work together to grow businesses in the Indianola community.

If you are a student interested in participating in an internship or the fall semester course, or an entrepreneur looking to partner with students, please contact Chris Draper.