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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2010 Simpson Graduate Paul Zaborac playing Saxophone

Paul Zaborac ’10

“All of the teachers that taught me helped shape me in some way, I think. The faculty were always willing to help and guide me in my development as a musician. They also provided good examples to follow through their own pursuit of excellence and the passion with which they taught.” More…

Mike Wilson English Storm Story

Mike Wilson ’10

I had not come to Simpson intending to be an English major, but after taking a class with Nancy St. Clair, I realized that I was born for English, and quickly began making up for lost time. More…

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Dr. Craig Saunders

The distance from a small dirt farm in Iowa to the wonders of outer space can only be measured in light years—both literally and figuratively. More…

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Thomas Cambridge ’57

When it comes to finding oil and natural gas in the Texas Panhandle, thorough research and motivation are crucial. And that’s something Thomas Cambridge ’57 knows a lot about. More…

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John Arthur ’77

John Arthur ’77 remembers a lot about Simpson College — such as selling organic food in Brenton Student Center as another meal option for students who were interested in healthier meals like he was. More…

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Dr. Jean McKinnie Sanders ’66

It was on one of her first nights at Simpson, in her dorm room in Mary Berry Hall, when Dr. Jean Sanders told her roommates that she was going to major in science and, someday, go on to medical school. Her comment was met with rolled eyes and a quick, “Sure you will.” More…

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The Bug Man

For most people insect repellent is a necessity during outdoor activities throughout the summer. But for Clint Meyer, repelling insects is the last thing he wants to do. More…

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Erik Lickiss ’09

Erik Lickiss had his life mapped out. He would attend a big university. He would play football. He would enjoy a long career as a physical therapist. Then everything changed. More…

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Beverly Thiele ’87

When she arrived at Simpson, Beverly Thiele was a country-western singer who normally performed at wedding dances and in the Blue Bird Tavern in Elma, Iowa, her home town of 600 people. More…