Simpson Athletics Repeats as Gold-Level Champions of Character Recipient

Original press release posted on simpsonredhawks.com.

REDDING, Calif. — For the second straight year, the Simpson University Athletics Department has earned the highest standard of the Five-Star Gold Medallion recognition as a Champions of Character institution for 2017-2018 academic year.

The NAIA released its list of 183 member institutions this week with Simpson University being named as one of the 74 Gold Medallion honorees. The California Pacific Conference was also recognized as a Five-Star conference member with all 12 members achieving either Gold or Silver medallions.

This is the third straight year the Red Hawks have received recognition in the NAIA’s signature program recognizing institutional efforts in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Simpson moved up from the Bronze level in 2015-2016 to Gold level in 2016-17 and maintained that standard in 2017-18.

“As a department, we set a goal to achieve a Gold Medallion two years ago. The fact that we have been able to replicate that standard indicates this is now the culture by which our department is measured in important life skills and service to others among other NAIA institutions,” said Tom Galbraith, director of athletics. “We are among the elite in that category now and that should make everyone associated with Red Hawk athletics very proud. From student-athletes, to coaches, to staff, to faculty, to administration, we truly are living out Simpson’s mission to use athletics opportunities to teach life lessons to our student-athletes both on and off the field of play.”

The NAIA’s Champions of Character program is over a decade old and continues to grow and impact people throughout the nation as the service-focused component of the national organization.

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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. 

Simpson University Hosts ‘Auntie Anne’s Pretzels’ Founder at Business Luncheon

REDDING, Calif.—Speaker and author Anne Beiler, founder of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, received a standing ovation after her motivational message at Simpson University’s 17th annual Business Leadership Luncheon on Aug. 22.

Beiler spoke to about 400 community, business and civic leaders on “The Power of Purpose,” sharing her story of growing up Amish to becoming an internationally successful businesswoman. She talked about how the assets she had—a great product, amazing people, and a bigger purpose—helped her overcome a lack of formal education, finances, and a business plan.

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After being introduced by new Simpson University President Norm Hall, Beiler talked about the recent Carr Fire, which devastated the Redding area in late July, destroying more than 1,075 homes.

“Tragedy changes us,” she said. “Through tragedy, we can learn so many things… I’m here to tell you that life can be good again and even better.”

Beiler began twisting pretzels in 1987 and grew a single farmer’s market stand into Auntie Anne’s Inc. Her professional success came after years of depression brought on by the death of her 19-month-old daughter. Beiler’s story and entrepreneurial insights have been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America, among other TV shows. She has been highlighted in numerous publications such as Fortune magazine and Inc. Magazine. In 2005, she sold Auntie Anne’s and authored the business memoir, Twist of Faith.

“When you find your purpose, it’s always a higher calling,” Beiler told the audience. “Finding your purpose is the hardest task you’ll ever face … we find our purpose through our life experiences.”

For Beiler and her husband, Jonas, their purpose in building Auntie Anne’s was “to be profitable so we could be charitable,” she said.

Beiler shared candidly about her struggles and encouraged listeners to focus on the unique qualities they already possess. “It’s amazing what you can do with what you have,” she said. “We waste a lot of energy focusing on what we don’t have.”

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As a business leader, she talked about leading by example, practicing integrity, investing in employees, and treating all business contacts with respect.

“You don’t have to be famous to be effective,” she said. “Just be faithful.”

Simpson University invites a motivational speaker each year for its Business Leadership Luncheon, which is sponsored by Redding Bank of Commerce. Past speakers include Pat Williams, senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, and Dr. Tim Elmore, president of Growing Leaders.

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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. 

Simpson University to Host College Fair Sept. 13

REDDING, Calif. – Simpson University will host College Quest, a college information night, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in the James M. Grant Student Life Center (gymnasium). This free community event is open to everyone and is designed for North State students and their families to explore higher education opportunities.

Representatives from colleges and universities from across the western U.S. (e.g., UC Berkeley, Sacramento State, Chico State, University of the Pacific, Oregon Tech, etc.) will be on site to showcase the unique features of their institutions. Regional community colleges will be part of the event as well.

Area high school and community representatives will be on hand to assist families in planning for college, including where to find scholarships to help with college costs. College OPTIONS staff will present financial aid workshops at 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm.

Power 94 will be broadcasting live from the event, and Dutch Bros will have its mobile truck on site.

“This is a great way for students and parents to get a taste of many different colleges and universities without having to leave Redding,” said Brad Williams, chair of the College Quest Planning Committee. “ These schools and their representatives are coming to us to help our families get their questions answered and gain knowledge about different career pathways, college entrance requirements, financial aid and more.”

The College Quest event has broad community involvement and support and is planned and sponsored by representatives from College OPTIONS, Dignity Health, National University, Reach Higher Shasta, Redding Bank of Commerce, Results Radio, ScholarShare 529, Shasta College, Redding Electric Utility,  Shasta Regional Community Foundation, Shasta Union High School District, Simpson University, Golden Valley Bank and The McConnell Foundation.

College OPTIONS provides free programs and services to strengthen the college-going culture in the north state, by increasing opportunities for students to pursue postsecondary education, and ensuring that all students and their families can make informed decisions about their education and their future. Visit www.collegeoptions.org for more information.

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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. 

 

Simpson University for Seniors Accepting Students for September Classes

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University for Seniors is offering two courses in September for adults of any age.

The non-credit, no-homework classes, which begin Sept. 7, are taught on Simpson’s campus by university professors and professionals in their field of expertise. Classes meet from 10:20 to 11:20 a.m. and 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The following courses are being offered:

10:20-11:20 a.m. – The Words We Live By: An Educated Citizens Guide to the U.S. Constitution. On Sept. 17, 1787, a small group of politicians concluded their summer’s work by signing a remarkable founding document, still in use today. This course examines the U.S. Constitution through historical, philosophical and practical lenses. In addition to evaluation of historical circumstances and original intent, we will consider watershed moments in American society and the evolution of constitutional principles which continue to guide almost all aspects of political life today. Presenter: Dr. Cherry McCabe

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – The History and Literature of the Intertestamental Period. Israelite history from 450 BC to the Fall of Jerusalem to the Romans AD 66-70 presents the backdrop for surveying material found in the extra-canonical literature of the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Septuagint, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Presenter: Dr. Glenn Schaefer

Two courses are offered each month through April. The cost is $95 per person, per course, or $145 for couples registering for the same course. Register online with a credit card at simpsonu.edu/seniorschool.

For more information, call Lisa Neal at (530) 226-4764.

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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.