Important Upcoming Dates

Commencement Ceremony, Saturday, December 15th, Smith Chapel, Indianola Campus

We wish to congratulate all EW&G students who took part in our Commencement ceremony Saturday, December 15th at Smith Chapel.  Congratulations on your achievements!

New Student Orientation, Thursday, January 3rd, West Des Moines Campus

This is an important event for new students. Become acquainted with your fellow classmates, receive your Simpson email account and access to SCHOLAR (Simpson’s online learning tool), and have your photo taken for your student ID. This is an information session where you can feel free to ask any last minute questions as you start your journey towards Success!

Start of Spring ’13 and Term 3 Classes, Saturday, January 5th, All Simpson Campuses

Register now for your Spring ’13 classes!

Simpson Leadership Series, Dr. Douglas Dorner, Tuesday, February 26th, West Des Moines Campus

The Simpson Leadership Series welcomes Dr. Douglas Dorner, Senior Vice President for Mercy Medical Education and Research, as its special guest speaker the evening of Tuesday, February 26th.

Simpson Leadership Series, Sunnie Richer, Tuesday, March 26th, West Des Moines Campus

The Tuesday, March 26th edition of the Simpson Leadership Series will feature Sunnie Richer, former CEO and current Chair of Doextra Corporation, as our special guest.

Helpful Tips

Helpful answers to questions such as:
How do I access my grades and class schedule online?
What exactly is the Writing Competency II Portfolio and what does it have to do with me?
Who do I call when experiencing SCHOLAR or StormFront issues?

Writing Competency II Portfolio

Completion of the Writing Competency II Portfolio is required for all graduating seniors who enrolled at Simpson in 2010-11 or earlier.  More information is located here, including specific requirements and due dates.  Questions on the portfolio can be directed to the Hawley Academic Advising and Resource Center at 515-961-1682.


Accessing Your Grades Online

All students can use StormFront to access their grades and course schedule. Your username is first name.last name. For detailed instructions on how to access your grades through StormFront, please click here.  For password resetting, feel free to contact your Ankeny campus at 515-965-9355 for Becky Armstrong, Indianola campus at 515-961-1614 for Ginger Hermon, or West Des Moines Campus at 515-309-3099 for Paula Palmer or Meghan Larkins.  Any other StormFront questions can be directed to Misty Turner at 515-961-1885.  SCHOLAR questions can be directed to Chuck Johnson at 515-961-1866.

Simpson Speaker Series November 2012

The November 27th installment of Simpson Speaker Series, featuring special guest Suku Radia, experienced a record number of attendees.

Suku Radia is CEO and President of Bankers Trust, a position which he assumed in March 2008. Bankers Trust is Iowa’s largest independent community bank with consolidated assets exceeding $3 billion. Prior to joining Bankers Trust, Suku served as Chief Financial Officer of Meredith Corporation for eight years. Meredith is a NYSE company and is the nation’s leading diversified media company.

Radia was Managing Partner of KPMG in Des Moines from 1993 to 2000. During his 25-year tenure at KPMG, Radia counseled senior management of several national and international entities on a number of financial issues. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree, with Distinction, from Iowa State University in 1974 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1975, when he joined KPMG. He has been active in a number of professional, economic development, educational, and charitable organizations.

Additionally, he has shown himself to be a leader in community involvement, with highlights including: Vice Chair and Executive Committee member – Board of United Way of Central Iowa, 2009 Campaign Chair of United Way of Central Iowa, Executive Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Executive Committee of Drake University, Vice Chair-Board of Directors of Mercy Medical Center, Member – Iowa State University Foundation Board of Governors, Member-Iowa State University Accounting Advisory Council, Judge-2010 Big 12 MBA Case Study Finals, Chair of Bravo (arts and cultural alliance for Central Iowa), Past President of the Rotary Clubs of Des Moines and West Des Moines, Past Chair of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Past Chair of the Greater Des Moines Committee, Past President of the Greater Des Moines Junior Soccer League, Executive Committee Member of the Des Moines Art Center, Past Chair of the Better Business Bureau of Iowa, Leadership Chair of the Oakridge Neighborhood Campaign, Past Board Member of Des Moines Golf & Country Club, and at least another dozen civic organizations.

Rosemary Link, Ph.D, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, introduced our guest speaker at November’s event.

A Note from Amy Day ’04, Corporate Relations Specialist

Thanks for taking the time to read our newsletter. We hope you enjoy it.

I want to encourage you to register for Term 3 if you haven’t already. As an EW&G alumna, I admit I often waited too long and signed up for what was left rather than my first choice. That is especially easy to do in the midst of the holiday season. (On the other hand, some of those unplanned courses turned out to be my favorites!)

Part of my role at Simpson is to recruit and advertise EW&G programs. Beginning in January, you will notice our new digital ads on the Des Moines Register and WHO-13 websites. Let me know what you think. I love to hear feedback from our students! You can reach me personally at 515-961-1883 or

Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy the break!


P.S. Register now before you forget!

Student Magazine Launched Thursday at Simpson College

This year is a landmark year for student media. Simpson College launched their first student magazine Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. ID Magazine is the title of this magazine to help connect students with the issues faced during college years. The staff hosted a launch party to raise awareness of the new magazine.

Students were handed free magazines and Jimmy John’s sandwiches at the launch party. They were able to meet Alejandro Caballero, the editor-in-chief, and Kelsey Hagelberg, director of promotions. While the pinatas were not allowed, many students enjoyed the opportunity to read the magazine and see their photograph from the photo shot located within the magazine.

Alejandro believes that the magazine was a great success. He said, “People look happy and that makes me happy to see them happy. I believe that this was overall a successful project.”

Kelsey helped to put on the launch party. She said, “it increases awareness for student media and ID magazine. This helps us to prepare for the second edition.”

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

Students Receiving MagazineMagazine Launch Party

Computer Science – One Year Appointment

The Department of Computer Science at Simpson College seeks applicants for an anticipated one-year appointment to teach coursework in Management of Information Systems, Database Systems, Advanced Database Systems and Web Development during the 2013-14 academic year.   For more information about the department go to: 

The successful candidate will have experience and be able to teach in the following areas: MS Access, Excel, MIS concepts, Java, PHP, Java Script, Web Security, HTML and CSS; hold a master’s degree in computer science, Ph.D. preferred, and hold a commitment to the undergraduate teaching-based philosophy of Simpson College. 

Interested candidates should submit letter of application, resume, and names of three professional references to: Dr. Paul Craven, Chair, Department of Computer Science, Simpson College, 701 North C Street, Indianola, IA 50125 or electronically to  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Simpson College is an independent, selective, church-related, comprehensive   college grounded in the liberal arts tradition dedicated to excellence in higher education; promoting integrative learning, engaged citizenship and service among its diverse student body. Simpson is located in Indianola, Iowa just south of the state capital of Des Moines.  

It is the policy and practice of Simpson College to provide equal educational and employment opportunities for all.  We specifically encourage applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. 

Posting Date: 12/6/12

Assistant/Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Simpson College, A private, nationally recognized college grounded in the liberal arts tradition and affiliated with the United Methodist Church invites nominates and applications for the position of assistant or associate professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice.  This is a tenure track position.  Teaching responsibilities include core courses in the undergraduate criminal justice major and the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program.  The successful applicant will also develop courses in their area of expertise.

Simpson College encourages innovative teaching and seeks colleagues who will help students of all ages develop critical intellectual skills, nurture values which foster personal worth and individuality for living lives of leadership within a creative, diverse and just community.  The main campus in located 12 miles south of Des Moines, IA.

The position begins August 20, 2013 and requires a PhD.  Applicants with professional experience in the Criminal Justice field will be given preference.  Candidates for the position should demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching and a willingness to engage students in scholarship.  Faculty members at Simpson College are expected to participate in faculty governance, student advising, new student recruitment and in other ways that support the mission of the college. 

Submit application letter, curriculum vita, evidence of effective teaching, transcripts, and three letters of reference to:

Dr. Lora Friedrich, Chair
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Simpson College
701 N C Street
Indianola, IA 50125

Or by e-mail to

Candidate review will begin on January 20, 2013 and will remain open until the position is filled.  It is the policy and practice of Simpson College to provide equal educational and employment opportunities foe all.  We specifically encourage applications from women, minorities, and persons living with disabilities.

Posting Date: 12/6/12

Sports News is Coming to Simpson in New Directions this Year

Opportunities, one of the great things Simpson College has to offer. Zach James, student media sports guru, has been given many opportunities on and off campus in sports broadcasting. Zach is a senior from Searsboro, Iowa majoring in multimedia journalism. He is the Student Director of Sports Content for the Simpsonian, as well as Sports and Programming Director for KSTM radio.

For the Simpsonian, Zach assigns stories to sports writers each week featuring athletes and teams. He is working on the digital side this year providing frequent updates on games and keeping the content current with news about athletes when games are not in session.

At KSTM, he is Jesse’s right hand man. His goal is to keep the community informed by producing syndicated weather updates and appearing on The Morning Storm to provide sports updates. He also hosts his own show on Monday and Thursday evenings, which frequently features local and national guests. Zach also headed up the first ever football broadcast vs. Gustavus Adolphus on September 8, 2012. At these games, he provides play-by-play reports. He says “it is good to see what happens behind the glass and make sure that I sound good on air.”

Zach is currently looking for a job upon graduation, but has already given himself a good footprint in the Des Moines area. He is the production assistant for the Mouth of the Midwest and is a beat writer for the Iowa Energy on the Iowa Sports Spotlight. Zach already has a presence as a radio personality in the Des Moines area. He came to Simpson College for the opportunity to be the the Des Moines market and it has worked out great. “I am living the dream,” as he concludes the interview.

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

Communications Students Learn B2B Marketing and PR Tactics

Nathan Huss from Two Rivers Marketing spoke with Professor Jane Murphy‘s Writing for Public Relations class on Friday, November 30, 2012. Two Rivers Marketing is a business to business advertising agency located in Des Moines, Iowa. They specialize in original equipment manufacturing companies such as Vermeer and John Deere. With nationwide clients, there are global opportunities such as John Deere’s station in France. There are five departments at Two River Marketing: account service, creative (graphic designers), public relations, administration and digital marketing. In the digital sector of the agency, they specialize in websites and applications using creative and strategic tactics. The five main markets that Two Rivers Marketing specializes in are construction, industrial, agriculture, automotive and mining. They have very well known clients such as John Deere, Iowa Mold Tooling, Miller Electric and Principal Financial.

Public Relations was the main topic for this informational speaker. At Two Rivers Marketing, they specialize in trade (local and national) media relations, social media strategy and management and crisis planning and news management. Public relations writing is a key part of their duties as public relations personnel. They write press releases for launches or announcements, feature articles, “how-to” articles and case studies. To create testimonials, public relations professionals produce videos for personalization use. “Share a Voice,” a method used for evaluation, measurement and reporting is used for competitive and advertisement tracking. This also measures what percent of the market is owned.

Other special tasks include trade shows and installation of displays at events. During these events, public relations consultants create award winning exhibit designs and graphics. They have created event management that is ready to use at a moments notice. At these events, they make sure that are targeted public relations and media relations events. Trade shows and events they attend include bauma 2013 and The Rental Show.

Following Nathan’s presentation, he opened the floor up for questions. Some include:

What is the biggest difference between B2B and B2C marketing?

In a business to business market, the audience already knows the product. They must differentiate based on  performance and longevity. It also boils down to brand loyalty.

What is the hardest part to being a public relations professional?

The hardest part is getting information from clients in a timely manner.

Professor Murphy is having students construct a media kit for their final project. One student asked what are the three main things that should be accomplished with a media kit?

1) Get Attention

2) Get the media to attend the show or event

3) Have all material that the media would need there within the media kit.


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

Richard III on Trial

Simpson History faculty & majors served as the judges for a mock trial of King Richard III of England, long vilified as the wicked hunchback king who killed the little princes in the Tower.  The trial was the culmination of a semester-long exploration of Richard’s guilt or innocence in Prof. Rebecca Livingstone’s Simpson Colloquium class “A Royal Murder Mystery.” Students acted as prosecutors or defenders, presenting evidence and arguments gleaned from many hours of analyzing primary sources and reading historians’ take on the mystery of the missing princes. The students stood up to tough questioning from the history majors, and offered some compelling arguments for the judges to consider.  Did we find Richard guilty of usurpation and murder?  The verdict will be announced in a few days….

Students in SC 101-”A Royal Murder Mystery” put King Richard III on trial.

Simpson Colloquium classes are interdisciplinary first-year seminars taught by the Simpson faculty – the History faculty offer at least one SC class every fall.  We had a great time serving as judges – congratulations to all of Prof. Livingstone’s students!