Success Stories

The more you learn about Simpson College, the more you will appreciate, and this is a great place to start. Meet some of the students, alumni, faculty and staff who have terrific stories to tell about how Simpson has influenced them and how they have influenced Simpson.

We are proud of these people, but we also know that we could present hundreds more. It’s another reason why Simpson = Success.

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Sarah Morgan ’13

For Sarah Morgan, there is a seamless connection between studying at Simpson and engaging in community service. More…

Jim Hayes

Jim Hayes

For Hayes, director of Simpson’s Center for Vocation and Integrative Learning, it’s not so much about “doing” for others as it is “engaging” with others. More…


Carolyn Dallinger ’80

Often referred to as a “service guru,” Dallinger has consistently integrated service learning into her courses since she started teaching at Simpson seven years ago. More…


Sara Warrick Swansen ’92

“In my eyes, kids are so resilient that it just takes one person to make a difference. If I can be that one person in their life, to give them that hope message, it’s worth it.” More…


Nick Ackerman ’01

“Simpson College taught me many things, but ‘surround yourself with good people, and good things will happen’ is one that I will never forget.” More…


Bob Lane ’81

“Whether as a student in the late 1970s or most recently as a vice president for the college, my Simpson Experience continues to mold and shape my life, much like it has done for many Simpson alumni.” More…


Leslie Midget Held ’86

Simpson is a school where getting involved was as easy as raising my hand. At graduation, I assumed my Simpson Experience was complete. Little did I know, it was just beginning. More…


Walter Lain ’81

The Simpson Experience represents people of different identities and backgrounds who all have contributed to making Simpson what it is. More…

Deb Oswald Tierney '79

Deb Oswald Tierney ’79

The very best aspects of the Simpson Experience have endured throughout the generations, and there is comfort in knowing many of the time-honored traditions continue. More…


Nicole Cleveringa ’08

A spring break mission trip to Mississippi during her junior year at Simpson inspired Cleveringa to give back to the community. More…