Simpson University Serves as Carr Fire Evacuation and Rest Center

UPDATE (Aug. 2, 2018) — As mandatory evacuations continue to be lifted, the American Red Cross has consolidated its shelter at Simpson University into its shelter at Shasta College.

REDDING, Calif.—As thousands of firefighters battle the most destructive wildfire in Shasta County history, Simpson University is serving as an evacuation and rest center for displaced residents and first responders.

The Carr Fire, which started July 23 near Whiskeytown Lake west of Redding, has burned more than 100,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,100 structures. More than 39,000 people have been forced from their homes.

Simpson University, located in northeast Redding, has not been in imminent danger. On July 27, the university’s James M. Grant Student Life Center opened as an evacuation center for the American Red Cross, with about 160 beds. It is one of several evacuation centers in the North State.

CHP Outside DormsThe university has also offered residence hall lodging to firefighters, law enforcement, traveling nurses, and California National Guard members from throughout California and other regions. More than 700 emergency responders have stayed overnight on campus, said Paul Davis, director of campus operations.

More than 100 businesses have donated food, beverages, and goods at the Simpson location, as have numerous community residents. About 40 volunteers have been helping sort through donations each day, said Ashley Cobbler (below center), a Simpson University staff member organizing the drop-offs, which will be redistributed in the community.

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Simpson President Norm Hall, who started in his new role June 1 after moving from Illinois, has posted regular video updates on the university’s Facebook page, thanking the community, firefighters and law enforcement, as well as updating students, alumni and others. The university will welcome new and returning undergraduates in late August and early September.

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Simpson University President Norm Hall, front, meets community volunteers who stopped by to help serve evacuees on campus.

“At Simpson University campus, we’re continuing to serve, love people and to pray,” he said. A “prayer tent” was set up outside the Grant Center for those wishing to have someone pray with or for them.

On July 30, Dr. Hall spoke with KCNR radio host Carl Bott about the university’s efforts.

“As you know, Simpson has an over 100-year-old tradition of reaching out to those in need,” he said, referencing the school’s “Gateway to World Service” motto. “As soon as the fire began, Paul Davis, who is in charge of campus operations, began to make calls to the Red Cross and fire agencies and police to say, hey, we’re here to serve. Almost immediately we began to serve as more or less a hotel for CHP, Cal Fire, and the sheriff’s department, and then out-of-town fire engines.”

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President Hall with Redding Police Chief Roger Moore, a Simpson University alumnus who also lost his home in the Carr Fire.

Student workers on campus for the summer have been changing sheets and cleaning bathrooms in the residence halls, he said, “doing everything we can to be supporters of the women and men who are on the front lines.”

Dr. Hall has also encouraged university staff, faculty and students in regular email updates.

“Friends, this unprecedented crisis has allowed us to live out our mission in new wineskins,” he shared in a campus email. “Thank you for your continued prayers, calls, gifts and physical service.”

Some Simpson employees have lost their homes. In addition to offering displaced employees housing on campus, the university has also set up a fund to help employees in need. Donations to that fund can be made at https://connect.simpsonu.edu/we-care-fund.

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Caleb Unloading Donations

Simpson University men’s soccer coach Caleb Ikwuagwu helps unload Carr Fire donations.

How to help:
-Stop by Simpson University to help sort through donations outside the Grant Center.
-Apply to become a volunteer with the Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer – step1.
For fire news:
redding.com
krcrtv.com
CalFire updates

The Redding Chamber of Commerce shared the following ways to contribute financially to all fire victims:
Shasta County Carr Fire Recovery Campaign – Fundraiser created by local organizations in partnership
Community Disaster Relief Fund – Shasta Regional Community Foundation
Carr Fire Fund – Tri Counties Bank
Carr Fire Fund – Northern Valley Catholic Social Service

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu. 

 

 

 

 

 

Shasta County Teachers of the Year to Speak at Educators Summit at Simpson University

REDDING, Calif.—Shasta County Teachers of the Year Matthew Fowler and Holly Jones will be featured speakers at Simpson University during the fourth annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit on Friday, July 27.

Simpson University is one of more than 30 hosts statewide for the free summit that gives educators an opportunity to network, share successful practices and re-energize for the school year. An estimated 10,000 teachers statewide will participate.

Free summit registration is available online at cateacherssummit.com.

The North State event will be in the James M. Grant Student Life Center on the campus at 2211 College View Drive in Redding from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration and breakfast begin at 7 a.m.

All pre-K-12 California teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators, and other educators are invited to attend and are eligible to receive continuing education credit through Simpson University.

32503765_2061480143882175_8729464876717572096_oSir Ken Robinson, an internationally acclaimed expert on creativity and innovation, will be the statewide keynote speaker, introducing the summit’s theme, “It’s Personal: Meeting the Needs of Every Student.” His remarks at CSU Fullerton will be simulcast to all sites.

The summit hosted by Simpson University will feature a panel by local elementary and high school teachers of the year Jones and Fowler, Edcamp discussions on teacher-selected topics, and opportunities to network and share ideas and resources.

Matthew FowlerMatthew Fowler teaches science at Foothill High School, and 2018-19 will be his 20th year. He advises the school’s Science Club and Science Bowl teams and has been active in developing field trips and a “Starry Night” event. He recently took a six-day trip to Iceland with honors students to observe geologic events and processes.

As stated by leadership at Foothill: “Matt exhibits a subtle charisma or charm brought about by his passion to teach and educate students in the disciplines of Earth Science, Chemistry, and Physics which captivates students from the time they enter his class until the dismissal bell. He has a contagious enthusiasm that the students cannot ignore which simply leads to a positive learning environment for all and a student eagerness to learn about the subject being taught.”

Holly JonesHolly Jones has been a teacher at Boulder Creek Elementary School for 16 years, overseeing kindergarten, first, second, fifth and sixth grades. She planned and organized the school’s first Family Literacy Night.

As stated by her administrator: “Holly pays particular attention to each and every one of her students’ individual social and emotional needs in order to achieve the desired environment for academic achievement to take place. She brings her students’ parents/guardians on board by creating the same safe, at-ease relationships with them, and she provides them with constant communication about the progress of their child.”

The statewide summit is organized by the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the California State University (CSU), and New Teacher Center.

For the past three years, teachers have described the summit as a powerful day of learning that made them proud of what they do and reminded them what an important difference they make in the lives of their students. The Better Together community convenes a series of online and offline events to help teachers stay connected throughout the year.

Learn more at cateacherssummit.com.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The School of Education has graduated more than 2,500 students, many of whom teach or serve as school administrators in Northern California. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.

Simpson University Earns National Recognition as College of Distinction

REDDING, Calif. — By demonstrating continued dedication to High-Impact Educational Practices, Simpson University has been named as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

2018_19_Year_Badge_CMYK.300ppiSimpson University has created a unique learning environment where students not only earn college credit and valuable life experience, but also participate in character-building first-year seminars, service learning programs, intensive writing courses, national and global service trips, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, capstone projects, study abroad programs, internships, and more.

“We are truly honored to name Simpson University as a College of Distinction for its continued commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction applauds Simpson University for pushing the envelope with its up-to-date curriculum, enriching the college experience with High-Impact Educational Practices, and fostering a commitment to provide its students with an education that stretches far beyond what’s typically required from an academic major.”

The selection process at Colleges of Distinction requires that institutions adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. This process also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience as well as its general education program, strategic plan, alumni success, satisfaction measures, and more.

“Colleges of Distinction is much more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. Our goal is to select schools that are 100 percent focused on the student experience, driven to produce well-rounded graduates who are prepared for a global society and economy,” said Schritter. “Becoming a College of Distinction, like Simpson University, is proof that the institutions we select are fully invested in their students’ success, beginning on day one and continuing through the rest of their lives.”

About Colleges of Distinction

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.