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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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Kolbie Bass Photo

Explore the Class of ’24: Kolbie Bass

Tamera with children from her school

Going the Extra Four Miles

Tamera Steenhoek ’98, Principal at Four Mile Elementary, Southeast Polk School District

Elise Boulton Internships

Internships Open Doors: Changing Game Plans

Internships Open Doors
Kylie Banouvong
Elijah Keopuhiwa-Carvalho

Internships Open Doors

Kegan Trebilcock, Eldred Boria, and Dylan Holland

Research Rewards

The benefits of completing a long-term project during college are well documented—especially as they relate to critical thinking, communication, an


Extracurricular Engagement

Treye Teske

Extracurricular Engagement

Pushing to Peak Performance
Cal Busby
Faculty Impact

Faculty Impact

More than 9 out of 10 Simpson graduates say they had at least one faculty member who made learning exciting. Representing a wide breadth of discipl

Cyd Dyer

Live On Red and Gold

Big Six Cover Photo

The "Big Six" Advantage: Why Simpson is More Than Worth It

Cassie Nash

Just For Kicks & Dribbles

Cassie “Cash” Nash ’23 is her name, scoring and stealing are her game. No one can stop her, but she stops everyone. Nash’s dazzling dominance in tw

Colbee Cunningham

Keeping Up With "Globally Colbee"

Growing up in a rural Iowa community of 2000 people, Colbee Cunningham ’23 says she didn’t really have a lot of opportunities to explore the world.

Ishaya David

Keeping Dreams Alive

Fighting HIV/AIDS has been a heart-tugging calling for Ishaya David ’17 since he was a teenager in his native Nigeria. Today, the Quad Cities Unity

Vista Kalipa

Image Builder

Vista Kalipa ’04 is dedicated to delivering stories that sell. As owner of OnPoint Public Relations in his native South Africa, he helps organizati

Shristi Upreti

Moving Quickly

Mountaineer, marathoner and prolific problem solver Shristi Upreti ’05 is always up for a new challenge. The math graduate from Nepal uses her comp

Jan Spreitzenbarth

Driving Innovation

No matter where Germany’s Jan Spreitzenbarth ’11 travels, you will always find him at the intersection of global supply chain management and mind-b


Esports Success at Simpson and Beyond


Finished Business


Overcoming and Empowering

Shelton’s determination to break through barriers really began at birth. Born with one hand, she knew from the get-go that her life would be filled


Inspiring Change

Hip-hop artists don’t come any cooler, calmer and more collected than Weathers.


Dealing Well and Doing Good

Willis was “born into the automobile business” at his father’s Chevrolet dealership in Smyrna, Delaware, where he started washing cars as an eight-


Righting Wrongs

Workplace misconduct runs rampant. In fact, 75 percent of U.S. office workers say they have witnessed or experienced it. Civil rights attorney Paig

Jay Byers

Standing Tall Together

Greater Des Moines is in the fast lane, speeding by its competition.

Georgia Porter

Cracking the Code

Georgia Porter began programming her promising future by triple majoring in math, computer science and computer information systems at Simpson. Her


Hitting all the High Notes

Meghan Kasanders ’14 is quickly becoming a big name in opera music. Opera News calls her a “wonderfully promising, rich dramatic soprano...a master


Going Global for Juvenile Justice

Tuyishime “Flo” Florance ’22 has already been on an incredible journey. Born in Tanzania, she and her family fled to the U.S. in 2008 to escape the


Tyler Kamerman '00 Joins Iowa Nonprofit Many Hands


Hunger for Entrepreneurial Education


Making A Compelling Case


Backing Healthy Families

Simpson College alum Audrey Johnson from the class of 2005

America the Ballad: Keeping history alive through song

Audrey Johnson ’05 founds solo touring company that combines history and music

Simpson College alumni Ryan Skaar and Derek Lyons posing in front of their ExpresSeed paltform created by NanoBio Designs LLC.

Research sparks Simpson startup

Research collaboration between professor and student produces innovative genetic technology

Simpson College alum Brady Spangenberg from the class of 2004

Redefining the career path

Alumni Brady Spangenberg's unconventional journey combines humanities and agriculture

Simpson College alum Audrey Lovan from the class of 2018

Building a problem-solving mindset

Audrey Lovan ’18 applies lessons learned at Simpson in career at Google

Claudia Cole Meek, Simpson College class of 1977

Spreading love through art

Alum Claudia Cole Meek captures Simpson Sweetheart spirit through Valentine's Day cards

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

Simpson College graduate Eric Christensen ’94 on his family ranch in Colorado.

Eric Christensen ’94

Eric Christensen ’94 helped his family's 100-year old ranch stand out in a competitive market by telling its story

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

Simpson College graduate Megan Cline

Megan Cline ’20

A flexible evening and online program helped Megan Cline ’20 advance her career at Nationwide

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