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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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…

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Mike Fisher ’06

When Mike Fisher ’06, applied for the job of teaching band at West Marshall High School in State Center, Iowa, the marching band consisted of 12 students. More…

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Kyle Blevins ’89

“I felt more confident in fine art, and it was a little more solitary. It allowed me to really focus my attention without distractions.” More…

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Rock and Roll

This is how you know you’re teaching a popular course: When the registrar’s office informs you that students signed up quicker than for the class called “Human Sexuality.” More…

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Steven Stolen ’79

Steven Stolen graduated from Simpson in 1979 with a music degree. He has sung with many of the country’s best orchestras. He still performs frequently, and has co-edited two song collections. More…