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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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…


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…


Murphy Waggoner – Mathematics

It’s doubtful even Pythagoras himself could’ve imagined that one day his theorem, that’s been referred to as the most powerful equation used in construction, would be art that you could sleep under. More…


Rick Spellerberg – Mathematics

You might not think ostriches and higher education have much in common. But if that’s the case, you probably haven’t gotten to know Dr. Rick Spellerberg. More…


Nick Proctor – History

It’s Greenwich Village, New York City. The year is 1913. Gathered together is a collection of suffragists, labor activists and Greenwich Village bohemians. More…



Whether it’s continuing research projects or exploring the biology and natural history of various locations, Simpson Biology Professor Ryan Rehmeier has a passion for what he teaches, but biology is only one of them. More…


Allie Walker ’12

History and philosophy alum Allie Walker made the most of her time at Simpson as an undergraduate assistant for the Iowa History Center at Simpson College. More…

Kayla Hamilton works with Children in an after-school program called Whiz Kids

Kayla Hamilton ’11

Hamilton’s experiences at Simpson helped her realize that her calling was to help people and do something greater. More…