Enactus Wins Outstanding Organization 2012-2013

Enactus (formerly SIFE), a student organization focused on service, leadership and entrepreneurship, won the Outstanding Organization Award at a ceremony held on Tuesday, April 9th in Hubbell Hall in the Kent Campus Center.

Over the course of the 2012-2013 academic year, Enactus has engaged in numerous service activities including canned food drives, sponsoring the Mr. Simpson contest with proceeds to benefit Mary’s Meals and more.  The group has also been working with Burlap and Roses on The Square in developing a new brand and marketing plan thanks to grants from Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart.

In mid-April the group traveled to Chicago to participate in the Enactus regional Enactus Regional and Simpson Outstanding Organization Trophiescompetition.  The group made a presentation to a panel of business industry judges winning First Runner-Up in the region.

Professor Marilyn Mueller, the group’s advisor from the Department of Business Administration and Economics, is thrilled that the students have been recognized for their hard work this year and is excited to take them to the competition in Chicago.

Sigmund Assists Iowa Environmental Council with Advocacy Campaign

Ever wondered what it’s like to work for a non-profit? April Sigmund has been able to discover the experiences behind a non-profit organization this semester as the communications intern for the Iowa Environmental Council. The Iowa Environmental Council works to protect Iowa’s natural environment.

Sigmund is a senior, from Stanhope, Iowa, majoring in integrated marketing communications with a minor in graphic design. She is able to work from school creating blogs for their website about issues and programs with other organizations. “It is a great way to publicize work done by other affiliates,” Sigmund said.

Her major project this year is creating an advocacy campaign about the poor quality of Iowa’s lakes and rivers. She is working to engage more public supporters by encouraging them to write letters to the editor. This campaign has shown her how a typical non-profit would run. “I’ve learned that you have to be persistent and make them want to do it,” Sigmund said.

Sigmund has been able to use experiences from her courses at Simpson, “writing in my communications courses have given me the knowledge needed to write blogs and media type materials for the organization.”

Want more information on internships? Contact one of our professors!

Student Staff Members Announced

Simpson Student Media staff members are announced for 2013-2014.

Director of News Content: Steffi Lee. Steffi is an upcoming sophomore multimedia journalism and political science majors from Anaheim, Calif.





Director of Advertising: Renee Castenson. Renee is an integrated marketing communications major.





Social Media Director: Shayna Holle. Shayna is an upcoming junior majoring in integrated marketing communications from Norwalk, Iowa.





Director of Digital Media: Katie Buchholz. Katie, an upcoming senior from Osceola, Iowa, is an multimedia journalism major.





Maddie BoswellDirector of Photojournalism: Maddie Boswell. Maddie is an upcoming senior majoring in integrated marketing communications from Humboldt, Iowa.





Director of Sports Content: Aaron Young. Aaron is a multimedia journalism major from Urbandale, Iowa.





KSTM Program Director: Tim Williams. Tim is a theatre and multimedia journalism double major from Des Moines, Iowa.





Opinion/Arts/Feature Editor: Ben Rodgers. Ben is an upcoming junior from Ottumwa, Iowa majoring in multimedia journalism.





Simpson Student Media Copy Editor: Ashtyn Bragg. Ashtyn is an upcoming senior majoring in English and women’s studies from Bellevue, Iowa.





For more information, please contact one of our faculty members

PRSSA Hosts Eighth Annual Goodwill Fashion Show

Senior Victoria Jones

Senior Victoria Jones
Photo Credit to Sarina Rhinehart

On Thursday, March 21, 2013, PRSSA hosted its eighth annual Goodwill fashion show. Thirty-seven student volunteers modeled outfits that were hand selected from local Goodwills. To get into the fashion show, students were asked to donate at least one piece of clothing. PRSSA was able to collect over 300 pieces of clothing for Indianola Goodwill.

The judges narrowed the decision down to three finalists, sophomore Keegan Carson, a junior duo of Tyler Craig and Josh Pirtle, and senior Ted Heying. Carson, sporting a short-sleeved plain jumpsuit, was announced the winner from the judges. The judges included Jane Murphy, Communications Professor and PRSSA Advisor, JoAnna Freeland, Student Body President, and Heather Sinclair, Goodwill Manager.

“We are very happy with the turnout of the event,” President Natalie McCormick and Treasurer Alyssa Frank said. “We originally planned to have at least 100 students come and watch, and with over 200 attending, it was a success.”

Want to know more about PRSSA? Contact one of our faculty members.

Sophomore Brittany Rempe

Sophomore Brittany Rempe
Photo Credit to
Sarina Rhinehart

Sophomore Jordan Parra

Sophomore Jordan Parra
Photo Credit:
Sarina Rhinehart

IMC at Simpson, What’s It Like?

One of the majors offered within the Communications & Media Studies department is Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC). This track is based on the studies of public relations and the importance of packaging research into an audience-friendly media format. Within the IMC major, students will take three main courses to further their abilities to create a public relations campaign. These courses are Introduction to Integrated Marketing Communications, Writing for Integrated Marketing Communications, and Seminar in Integrated Marketing Communications. Each course features a project in which students must apply skills learned in class through research of a company or industry to create a successful public relations campaign or media kit.

Seniors within this major are working hard on their final project, a team competition for a local company, Neighbors Helping Neighbors. The team is set up like a public relations firm with five key players: account executive, research, writer, designer, and presenter. Each of the course members signed up for a position within the firm and the class was then divided into groups to complete the project. The project is creating a live public relations campaign that the team will then pitch to the client who will then select the winning team.

“Working for a company allows us to take the project to the next step because some of the work that we create may be used by Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” says Sarah Stout, the account executive for her group.”As a public relations firm simulation, we can portray our personal strengths and use others’ strengths to create the best campaign for the company.”

This course allows students to connect ideas and strategies taught in others courses to their campaign. The media kit project in Writing for Integrated Marketing Communications strengthened students writing and made them aware of how important the media is to a company. The design work taught in various communications and art courses helps the designers create professional logos for the company.

“The project allows us to gain experience in what it would be like to work within a real public relations firm,” says April Sigmund, the writer for her group. “It is great to be working on something that makes a difference by helping people.

Want to know more about IMC at Simpson? Contact one of our faculty members!

History Honor Society Welcomes New Members

Simpson’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, welcomed eight new members at the annual Alpha Beta Psi dinner and new member initiation.

As part of the initiation, students learned about the meaning behind Phi Alpha Theta’s symbols, and then took part in our own invented tradition of selecting random but historical titles.   Our new officers include a Marquess, an Archon, and the Master of the Jewels.

Pictured below (left to right) are Valerie Goodhue-Nolte, Matt Comer, Amanda Zimmer, Sam Schroeder, Rick Blake, and JoAnna Freeland. Krystal Daggett and Katie Purvis are also new members.

Congratulations to our new members!

Phi Alpha Theta welcomes its new members.

Jones Writes for Cityview

Photo by Daniel E. Hodges

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a writer for an independent weekly? Senior Victoria Jones, a multimedia journalism major with minors in English and women and gender studies, is currently a writing intern for Cityview in Des Moines, Iowa. Cityview magazine is famous for their Best of Des Moines annual contest, which is the “reader’s choice for all things dining, drinking, shopping, and more.”

As a writer, Jones is able to get right in the middle of the news writing process by researching and reporting various topics for Cityview. Some of the past projects that Jones has done include a Belly Up article, which is a spotlight on a bar in Des Moines, and several Faith articles about church related news such as events going on at different churches. She has assisted with the police reports and articles about where our tax money goes. Her major project with Cityview was the food section, or Eats, from the Best of Des Moines contest. Her current projects include articles for the April Fools edition.

Jones has been able to apply tactics and skills learned through course and media work to her current internship. “I wrote for the Simpsonian the first semester of my first three years and that helped prepare me for interviewing and writing,” Jones said, “The journalism classes also helped and it’s really neat to actually get to use what I learned in class in a real position.”

For more information on great internships, contact one of our faculty members!

Student Media Leaders Are Announced for 2013-14

Simpson Student Media is proud to announce the 2013-14 student leaders.

Julia WarfieldSimpsonian Editor-in Chief: Julia Warfield. Julia is an upcoming senior majoring in integrated marketing communications from Plymouth, MN.





Megan QuickID Magazine Editor: Megan Quick. Megan is an upcoming junior majoring in multimedia journalism from Pleasant Hill, Iowa.





Jared StansburyKSTM Station Manager: Jared Stansburg. Jared will be a sophomore this fall majoring in multimedia journalism. He is from Clarinda, Iowa.





Sarina Rhinehart

Marketing Director: Sarina Rhinehart. Sarina, from Brooklyn, Iowa, will be a senior majoring in integrated marketing communications.




Want to know more about Student Media? Contact one of our faculty members!

New Faculty Member

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New Course Looks at Photographs in American History

Prof. Daryl Sasser will be offering a new course in Fall 2013 that uses photographs as a window into the past. Check out the course description:

History 364 – Photohistory: A Cultural Examination of America’s Photographic Past
What can a photograph say about the past that a written text cannot? What are the limits of a visual text in terms of historical analysis? Does a picture tell the truth? Can it lie? In this course you will learn how to read a photograph and use it as a historical primary source. You will consider and discuss, among other things, photographic theory, war photography, and photography as social activism. You will analyze the photographic work of Alfred Stieglitz, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and others. You will apply theory and analytical techniques to gain new insights about historic American ideas and events including Manifest Destiny, The Great Depression, and Hurricane Katrina.
Cornerstone 4B. Historical Perspective. Four Credits.

To learn more, contact Prof. Sasser (515-961-1226).