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Faculty, Alumnus and Student Receive Seed Coalition Awards


Several members of the Simpson community earned awards this spring from the Seed Coalition, formerly known as the Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact. Araceli Tapetillo '26 earned the Presidents' Student Leadership Award for her commitment to civic responsibility and community involvement. Tapetillo tutored elementary students and was involved in numerous volunteer activities as a Wesley Service Scholar.

Faculty members Aswati Subramanian and John Pauley earned the Presidents' Civic Engagement Leadership Award for their student support in advancing civic mission and increasing community engagement. Subramanian and Pauley worked alongside members of the City of Indianola, Warren County, and the state of Iowa to address water problems faced by the immediate and broader Simpson community. With guidance from Subramanian and Pauley, as well as members of the community, students conducted research, attended field trips and meetings, and presented their work to the City of Indianola's sustainability committee and the City Council of Indianola.

Elsewhere, Billy "B. Well" Weathers '13 received honorable mention for the Engaged Campus Award for Alumni Leadership for his contributions to the community. Weathers is the founder of the B. Well Foundation, which supports students in the Des Moines community through support for educational tools, supplies and targeted financial support for at-risk students.