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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 graduate Truman Schmitt poses at Transamerica

Checking In with Truman Schmitt ’20

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

Simpson College graduate Molly Fisher

Checking In with 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

Checking In with 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

I really clicked with the great accounting professors at Simpson. They all had auditing experience, so they were very instrumental in the selection

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

Checking in with Stephen Henrich, Rhodes Scholar Finalist and ’13 Alum

Dr. Allison Boardman

Dr. Allison Boardman

Simpson alumna accepts Golden Apple award
Tiffany Thomas-Killam
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

Natalie Nielsen

Natalie Nielsen '11

Band Instructor In Iowa

Omar Pedilla

Omar Padilla '07

March To End The Isms


Mike Miller '11

Head Of Finance In Liberia For Mary's Meals


John Michael Moore '05

Career As A Lyric Baritone


Katy Siddall '06

Internship In Washington D.C.


Megan Ginsberg '12

Community Relations Assistant For The Minnesota Timberwolves


Mike Pearson '10

Upholding His Dad's Legacy

Chad Buchanan

Chad Buchanan '95

General Manager, Indiana Pacers

shane rowse

Shane Rowse '88

American Heartland Theatre


Charise Cartsensen Flynn '04

Des Moines Business Record "Forty Under 40"

Darrin Seamster

Darrin Seamster '11

Internships In Physical Education and Coaching

Katheryn Pearson Thorson '10

Continuing College To Law School

Joanna Freeland

JoAnna Freeland '13

Student Body President, Double Major, Prepared For Law School

Stephen Henrich

Stephen Henrich '13

Triple Major With 4 Years Of Undergraduate Research

Madison Densmore '15

Double Major and Division III Athlete

Emily Magers

Emily Magers '15

Research Project and Multiple Leadership Positions

Shanice Whitney

Shanice Whitney '14

First Generation College Student


Luke Kirchner '14

Full Tuition Engineering Scholarship

Caleb Carver

Caleb Carver '13

Professional Theatre Artist

Sarah Hale '13

EMC Insurance Actuary