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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Alum Roger Scott Shows off his medals that he has won while running marathons

Roger Scott ’87

Scott played football at Simpson all four years, then joined the track team his senior year. Track coach Keith Ellingson encouraged him to try his first marathon. More…


Omar Padilla ’07

At Simpson, I grew into my own. I started organizing groups and began working on diversity issues. That really fulfilled what I wanted to do. More…

Alex McCarty Sitting on Campus

Alex McCarty ’12

“For what I want to go into, being so close to Des Moines was hands-down the best thing that could have happened for me, because I got two internships with two very respectable organizations.” More…

Megan Hoger talking about her experiences while studying abroad in Nicaragua

Megan Moyer Hoger ’00

“Studying Abroad gives you an appreciation of what you have and a better understanding of the way other people live.” More…

Ron Mathias at Oxford University in 2007

Ron Mathias ’62

Ronald Mathias ’62, made history at Simpson College, but he’s not exactly sure how it happened. More…

Jan Spreitzenbarth standing outside of the Capitol in Washington DC with Senator Tom Harkin

Jan Spreitzenbarth ’11

“I had everything in Indianola that I could have wished for: great professors and staff that took time for each student, lots of interesting things to get involved with and people to hang out with.” More…

Bob Shandley in Germany

Bob Shandly ’85

“We spoke German the whole time. My German skills just skyrocketed, and that was heavily influential for me.” More…

Sara Routh Playing Guitar

Sara Routh ’99

She discovered more than the culture of other countries. She discovered a passion to see the world. More…

Professor of Biology Pat Singer working in a lab

Pat Singer

“The trips that I think have been most transformative for the students are when we sit down and listen to the stories of people who live there. It’s listening to all those different voices.” More…