The 2013-2012 Dice Salary Survey shows technology salaries in the U.S. enjoy their biggest bump in a decade!
NACE recently released a report showing Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information Systems take 3 of the top 10 paid majors of 2012!
Professor Jane Murphy is the new Simpson College Department of Communications and Media Studies full-time professor. She was previously a part-time professor teaching courses at three different schools, Drake University, Simpson College and Central College. She says, “it’s nice to be with a school in one place and not travel as often.”
Murphy will be teaching primarily in the public relations (or integrated marketing communications) track. Currently she is teaching introduction to communications, introduction to public relations, and the senior seminar in integrated marketing communications. “I am excited about the integrated marketing communications or public relations track,” says Professor Murphy, ” I’m ready to build it up into an even stronger program.”
Murphy will also continue to serve as the advisor for Public Relations Student Society of America.
Want to know more? Contact one of our faculty members.
This past weekend, six Simpson College students traveled to Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana for the first debate tournament of the year. The tournament was very successful for the whole team as they won sweepstakes, or the most points from winning different rounds.
First year IMC major Jacy Gomez was very successful in her first college tournament. She won the top speaker award as well as made it to finals with her partner Julius Foster. Gomez says, ” I enjoy the competition, but also like to learn and research various topics. Debate has taught me how to write a paper and prepare a presentation.”
First year MacKenzie Bills, a political science, international relations and French major was also a part of the team that participated this past weekend. She is the second speaker on her team. “When you are the second speaker, you must be able to think on your feet and be prepared to combat criticisms coming from your opponents,” Bills says, ” it can be intense and you have to be quick.”
Want to know more? Contact Spencer Waugh, the Simpson College debate coach.
As the Director of News Content, she is responsible for finding news and creating stories that have an effect on Simpson students and the Indianola community. Once she finds the stories, she assigns them out to her writers to create articles for the newspaper. She is available for any guidance her writers may need along the way. When the writers finish their articles, she then edits the content and assists the layout editor with page design. One of the goals of this year’s staff is to create a 24 hour news source available to students. They are getting closer to this goal with a focus on online content.
Communication courses at Simpson College have helped Sylvia to succeed in this leadership role. With her editing and design course, she has developed strong AP style skills and further her ability to edit the works of others. In history of media technology, the style of writing in this course helped her to write, edit, and understand the importance of strong writing skills. Finally, her first Simpsonian course allowed her to step up into leadership roles because she was able to familiarize herself with the process. “The professors at Simpson have helped push me the extra step,” says Koss.
Want more information? Contact one of our faculty members!
Photo credit to Heather Smith
“Experience needed,” some of the most common words on the job application. Junior Ryan Rohlf from Odebolt, Iowa, majoring in integrated marketing communications and marketing, is gaining the experience needed when taking on the job search. Rohlf is currently interning with Simpson College‘s Office of Marketing and Public Relations as well as Your Clear Next Step, a small business located in Indianola, Iowa.
“Networking,” another term commonly used when partaking in the job search. By networking, students are able to meet professionals who want to help them find success and get the opportunity to work with a mentor to learn the ropes of their field. When looking for internships for this semester, Rohlf attended the Fall Futures Fair and was able to connect with Your Clear Next Step to become their Style Guide Implementation Analyst Intern. Rohlf was very interested in Simpson College‘s marketing and his love for Simpson College drove him to dig deeper into looking at opportunities with the Office of Marketing and Public Relations. He choose this office specifically because he has enjoyed his time at Simpson and wanted to share his ideas of how to spread the news about Simpson College so that others students will be able to have a similar experience. In the summer of 2012, he worked for CVIL as the AmeriCorp VISTA summer intern. During his free time, he contacted Jill Johnson to learn more about marketing and public relations. He talked to her about his own design work and his familiarity of platforms such as PowerPoint and Prezi. He was able to get some freelance work by creating a Prezi for the Admissions office for Iowa Private College Week and a PowerPoint for Humanities Visit Day. This opportunities gave him an in to the Office of Marketing and Public Relations. He took his portfolio up to Jill Johnson and showcased his abilities in design and writing. Through this networking process, he was able to get his internship with the Office of Marketing and Public Relations.
“It’s kind of like being in a mini advertising agency promoting Simpson College,” Rohlf said, “it is a lot of fun.” Through his internship, he is able to apply concepts and connect courses to work. The Office of Marketing and Public Relations has allowed him to focus his internship on what he wants to learn. Right now, he is focusing on design, but will also partake in public relations work, branding, and possibly social media for the office and other campus groups. “The internship is based on what I want to learn which is uncommon,” Rohlf said, “the office asked me what I personally wanted to learn and based my duties upon that.”
His internship with Your Clear Next Step has allowed him to work with a company off campus. Your Clear Next Step is a business to business company that teaches project management courses to other companies. They have trainers who are booked and the trainers then go to the hired company for the course. The company currently uses word of mouth marketing to promote their company. On the first day of his internship, he was sent to an e-mail marketing workshop to work with their provider to create more effective e-mail marketing tactics. E-mail marketing will be one of Rohlf’s primary duties with this internship. Some of his other duties include creating a style guide for the company to rebrand and align the company’s PowerPoints and handouts, as well as creating various newsletters.
The Simpson College Communication and Media Studies department has given Rohlf many projects to fill his portfolio. He has been able to apply concepts from Beginning News Writing, Editing and Design, and Practicum as the Advertising Director for the Simpsonian to his efforts with both his internships, in particular design and writing concepts. Overall, the process of networking and application of course work lead to successful internships.
Want to know more? Contact one of our faculty members.
Marketing and public relations are two popular fields today for students to study. Many students from within the communication and media studies department are gaining the prior work experience needed for jobs right on campus. The Office of Marketing and Public Relations offers three different positions to students. The first position is the Simpson Web Guild. Students work as a team to create, implement, and manage web projects. Students are also able to work as a digital content developer. This position allows students to gain experience reporting and producing stories, as well as producing video, social media tactics, and digital marketing materials. The final position is a social media specialist. Students gain experience developing and monitoring social media campaigns
Jessalyn Holdcraft, a sophomore from Crete, Nebraska, works a photography intern She takes pictures at big events occurring on campus and rooms and buildings for the website.
Jessalyn has gained valuable experience through this job opportunity. She has been able to learn to work with others, including new bosses. She has been able to utilize her photography skills and gained the skills necessary for her career following Simpson.
Madison Boswell, a junior from Humboldt, Iowa, works as a part of the Simpson Web Guild team. The main project for this team is promoting the current opera, Cinderella. This project involves a website made specifically for opera with pictures and articles. The team plans to use the site to boost traffic for the opera by placing it on the Simpson events calendar. They are also using video teasers and social media to promote Cinderella as well. They hope to get a special feature video out featuring the actors and talking about the behind-the-scene work that goes into producing an opera.
Other aspects of the website that the Web Guild works on is updating the facilities page with photos and specific room photos. They are currently focusing on the Kent Campus Center providing photos with room descriptions.
Through the Simpson Web Guild experience, Maddie has had the opportunity to come up with her own strategies and bounce ideas off of other student members and faculty. It has given her real world experiences through writing for the website and taking photographs for the websites. She is learning the WordPress platform which will assist her as she works with future companies who use this for their websites. The ability to have her photos published has been a great asset to Maddie as she searches for future careers.
The Office of Marketing and Public Relations is a great way for students to gain experience while continuing their studies at Simpson College. They are able to apply concepts learned in course work back into the college itself.
Want to know more? Contact one of our professors.
New year, new opportunities and new location. The Simpson College Communications and Media Studies Department has moved to 112 E. Detroit Ave.
All faculty and staff have moved their offices over to this building and are open for office hours. Also found at the Gaumer Center will be the KSTM radio station. The radio station is open for operation this week.
Be sure to stop by and check out the new location of your professors.
Want to know more? Contact one of our faculty members.
For the March Continuing & Graduate Newsletter – From Liz Glodek
At this time of year, we’re busy with many things. Those who are graduating this spring are focused on finishing their degree requirements while others are just starting out. We may be considering which classes we want to take over the summer and still others are planning that summer vacation! As a campus director and academic advisor, it is an honor to be a part of our students’ academic lives, to help them meet their goals, and work with them to help make the path is a little smoother. But it is really you who brings the drive and motivation that will be instrumental in achieving your goals. It is your persistence that is most meaningful.
Ten years ago, I was in my final semester of graduate school and worried about the black hole after graduation, just as many of you may be now. I had applied to two fellowship programs and been denied, and though I had been offered a teaching position, it required a two hour commute on public transportation, not something I wanted to really consider. In much the same way that you are now, I was in the thick of classes, and work, and my thesis, and volunteering, and job applications, and, and, and. While the details of what shapes each of our stories are different, there is also one defining similarity: adult students have moxie – you take on life’s challenges with “spirit and courage” (freedictionary.com).
A student in my poetry workshop recently reminded me of the powerful voice of Maya Angelou and when thinking about what I wanted to share in this newsletter, I knew I could turn to that voice for inspiration. Dr. Angelou said that courage is “the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
In your academic journey, courage is one of the many tools you have brought with you. No one’s journey is the same. We all have different paths, but one of the things that brings us together is the courage we have to pursue, to persevere, and to succeed.
I had thought about going back to school off and on for about 10 years. When I had gone the first time I had gone into accounting. It was easy and convenient for me. It has provided me with a good living and opportunities to be close to my children for after school activities. When the company I work for downsized and I was moved to another department, it gave me the perfect opportunity to apply to Simpson’s graduate program. I was still unsure and struggled with the idea. I have always tried to raise my boys with a good heart and a strong backbone. Telling them to grow up and make a difference. When discussing the possibility of returning to school with my eldest son he indirectly referenced the proposal of when I was going to make a difference. That was my pivotal moment. I realized I hadn’t been taking my own advice. My son actually had given me the last momentum I needed to apply.
What prompted you to earn your degree?
Change. Nothing can ever change without those who are passionate enough to make a difference. Everyone can look at a situation and not like it, complain about it and want to change it. It takes someone in action to change it.
What is your major and why did you select it?
Master in Business Education w/ Special Education Endorsement – I have a passion to help everyone see the best in themselves and what they can achieve. I have two younger brothers that are currently receiving special education benefits. They don’t always get the understanding they deserve and need advocacy for change. (see above question)
Can you tell us a little bit about your experience? Would you do it again? Would you recommend it to other EW&G students?
It is difficult to juggle work, family and school. You have to find what works for you. What works for me won’t necessarily work for the next person, but you work at your own pace. What you believe initially and practicality are two different things. Your pace can change. You might think you want one schedule and find out when you get started, in reality, something else works better. Don’t be scared to adjust. It is very rewarding. I have found out more about myself than I could have imagined I would. You are challenged by relating to material on a personal level; to your past, your present, your future, and relating it back to usefulness.
I would definitely do it again. I will always recommend education to anyone. If you are thinking about continuing on in your education or trying something new, do it! Don’t wait as long as I did.
How has your experience at Simpson impacted your life?
Enjoy the process, not just the final result. Try to remember to keep yourself open to any experience and change because you have no idea who or what will influence you at any given moment. You may become your own inspiration. You may recall something about yourself you have forgotten, or you may actually start to see something in yourself that someone else does. Enjoy the journey and those in it with you.
What has stood out to you as a fundamental part of your Simpson Experience?
Support. The support you receive from the teachers, staff and the others students in the cohort is amazing. Many times you may question yourself and what you have gotten yourself into. Your fellow students will be the first to tell you that you are not alone. Each step of the way, someone is directing or helping you. This was very important for someone who hasn’t been in a school setting in “awhile”.
What do you plan to do once you graduate?
To be honest, I have a number of ideas, but when the opportunity presents itself, I will know what the best “fit” is for me. I would love to find a position in an alternative school to focus on helping at-risk students reach full potential.
Teach in a smaller school district where I could help at risk students, but also be involved with business curriculum.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Currently, my favorite vacation spot is Florida. Due to my school schedule, I don’t get to visit my extended family as often as I would like.