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Simpson Success Stories

A student turns an international internship into a full-time job. A graduate uses math and medicine to save lives. An assistant professor receives funding to research Iowa streams. These are stories of how we thrive thanks to Simpson.

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Simpson College student Anna Wanek

Anna Wanek

Women’s tennis star wins conference title after two-year hiatus

Photo of Simpson College graduate Gwen Dickmann Hefner.

Gwen Dickmann Hefner ’07

Influencer Gwen Dickmann Hefner ’07 builds social media following as The Makerista

Simpson College professor CoryAnne Harrigan poses with a carton of food from the Iowa Food Cooperative.

CoryAnne Harrigan

English professor champions Iowa Food Cooperative, connecting local food producers with consumers

In my heart, I was always going to come back to our operation.

Eric Christensen ’94
Simpson College graduate Eric Christensen ’94 on his family ranch in Colorado.
Photo of Simpson College alumnus and fashion entrepreneur Renauld Shelton (right) posing with his brother, Maurice Thomas III.

Renauld Shelton ’10

Entrepreneur Renauld Shelton ’10 took his passion for fashion and created a clothing label

Simpson College graduate Brittany Peters at the 2021 spring commencement ceremony

Brittany Peters ’21

From Indianola, online and everything in-between, Brittany Peters ’21 completed a winding journey to graduation

Simpson College alumnus Amy Rowe ’12 poses in her garage

Education alumnus turns garage into library for kindergarteners

Amy Rowe ’12 offers personal collection of more than 2,000 books to her kindergarten class

Lyra Halsten

Lyra Halsten ’21

Andrea Biklen Memorial Scholarship assists continuing and graduate student in reaching goal

Everyone made me feel like they truly wanted to help me and cared about my education.

Megan Cline ’20
Simpson College graduate Megan Cline
Simpson College graduate Connor Robson

Connor Robson ’20

Three Exploreships helped Connor Robson ’20 land a job at a Big Four accounting firm

Simpson College graduate Gable Johnson

Gable Johnson ’20

Exploreships with nearby college athletic programs and professional sports teams helped Gable Johnson ’20 get accepted to graduate school at the Un

Simpson College graduate Erin Magoffie

Erin Magoffie ’20

Highly-involved and civically-minded, Erin Magoffie ’20 will attend the University of Virginia School of Law

Simpson College graduate Matt Turnley ’20

Matt Turnley ’20

Three unique Exploreships helped Matt Turnely ’20 sharpen his passion for wildlife conservation and continue his education at BYU

Simpson College graduate Morgan King ’20

Morgan King ’20

Theatre arts major Morgan King ’20 serves as the Drama Director for Des Moines Public Schools, combining her love of theatre and education

Simpson College graduate Eric Mathis

Eric Mathis ’20

Vocal performance major Eric Mathis ’20 endured setbacks early in his college career to become a leading performer, ultimately getting accepted int

Simpson College graduate Brendan Owings

Brendan Owings ’20

Balancing extracurricular activites with coursework helped prepare the former student-athlete for the dental program at the University of Missouri-

Simpson College graduate Baillee Furst

Baillee Furst ’20

The marketing communications and event planning manager for the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce had a different career in mind before discoveri

Simpson College graduate Katrina Hartman

Katrina Hartman ’20

A variety of Exploreships reaffirmed Katrina Hartman's decision to become a physician

Simpson College graduate Emma Fleddermann with a tortoise at Blank Park Zoo.

Emma Fleddermann ’20

An internship at Blank Park Zoo helped Emma Fleddermann ’20 chart her course for the future

Simpson College graduate Sam Adeniyi

Sam Adeniyi ’20

Sam Adeniyi ’20 discovered the real world of cybersecurity at Simpson College

Simpson College graduate Truman Schmitt poses at Transamerica

Truman Schmitt ’20

Truman Schmitt ’20 turned his internship into a full-time job as an actuary at Transamerica

Simpson College graduate Molly Fisher

Molly Fisher ’20

Molly Fisher ’20 discovered her passion for coral reef conservation on a May Term trip to the Cayman Islands

Portrait of Simpson College graduate Stacey Olson

Stacey Olson ’20

Stacey Olson ’20 discovered her passion for the theatre following a guest lecture from a professional costume designer during her sophomore year at

Simpson College graduate Nick Janssen ’20 poses with his parents on campus.

Nick Janssen '20

Nick Janssen ’20 used two internships while at Simpson College to launch his auditing career at a Big Four accounting firm

Cole Hippen receives his Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree.

Cole Hippen completes educational journey

Stephen Henrich ’13

Congratulations to Stephen Henrich ’13: Finalist for Rhodes Scholarship

Stephen Henrich, Rhodes Scholar Finalist

Stephen Henrich, Rhodes Scholar Finalist and ’13 Alum

Dr. Allison Boardman

Dr. Allison Boardman

Tiffany Thomas-Killam

Simpson alumna accepts Golden Apple award

Gable Ripken

Internship with the Ripken Experience Benefits the Double Major

Sadie Timms

Moving Quickly, Sadie Engelken

On the Road to Affect Change

Reagan Sesker

Simpson College receives grant from the LCS Foundation to create the LCS Health Services Leadership Fund

MacKenzie Bills

MacKenzie Bills

Kyle Liske

Kyle Liske '09

Meghan Chaffee

Meghan Chaffee ‘09

Sarah Hayes

Sarah Hayes '17

"I intended to teach high school math but decided my individual math journey wasn't yet complete."

Jonathan Heitritter

Jonathan Heitritter '18

Two Internships in Four Months

Danny Reetz

Danny Reetz '18

From the Marines to a Simpson Degree: Danny Reetz Finds His Success

briana stoever

Briana Stoever '18

Advice to Future Students: ‘Try everything.’

Braeden Ingersoll

Braeden Ingersoll

Simpson Was a ‘First-Name’ Campus

Audrey Lovan

Audrey LoVan '18

The Perfect Balance of STEM, Arts, and Athletics

Adam Stewart

Adam Stewart '18

“I wanted a classroom size where I could have direct and immediate dialogue with professors.”


Tracy Robson '08

Catholic Worker House

SARA warrick swansen

Sara Warrick Swansen '92

Youth Emergency Services and Shelter

Lessing Flynn

Joel Clifton '89, Chris Hanson '99, Emily Beckmann '09

Lessing Flynn Advertising

Eric Lickiss

Erik Lickiss '09

From The Football Field To Singing In Germany


Clint Meyer

The Bug Man


Travis Mickle '95

Pharmaceutical Research For ADHD

Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson '10

English and Spanish Major Working In Insurance


Katelyn McKone '14

Success Through Teaching Music