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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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 Shandley ’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…

Lora Friedrich Started the First May Term Travel Course at Simpson

Lora Friedrich

“The impetus for my doing the first May Term was the idea of bringing the world back home and wanting young adults to have an understanding of the developing world in Southeast Asia,” More…

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…


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…