Simpson University Dedicates New Veterans Memorial Garden

REDDING, Calif.— Simpson University’s new Veterans Memorial Garden was unveiled during a special ceremony Sept. 25 to formally dedicate the Class of 2018’s gift to campus and the North State community.

“Today I want to tell you a story about a historical point on our campus,” Justin Spears, director of Simpson’s Veterans Success Center, told the audience of about 75 people. “It’s a story about civilian students who led the effort to build a memorial wall to honor those who sacrificed it all so we would never forget.”

simpsonveteransmemorialSUHK032_JS2Last year’s undergraduate seniors chose to build a veterans memorial wall as their class gift, Spears said, making it the first such memorial on a college campus in Shasta County. Numerous businesses donated materials and funds to help students construct the wall and surrounding garden area.

“This veterans memorial represents all different kinds of students, with different backgrounds,” Kyle Martin, former senior class president, said in a written statement Spears read aloud. “It represents the poor, the wealthy, those strong in faith and those struggling to grow in it; those who have tightly knit families and those who don’t; those with military service members in their families and those without.”

The Beale Air Force Base Honor Guard and Jefferson Pipe Band opened the ceremony, followed by a welcome and invocation from Simpson University’s new president, Dr. Norm Hall.

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“When I came to campus in the interview phase I saw the recent completion of this monument,” Dr. Hall said. “It touched my heart and all the more brought me nearer to the desire to serve at Simpson University.”

He noted that two of his great uncles served in World War II. “I grew up in a family where we prayed for our veterans and our service men and women every day,” he said. “There are no words to express our thanks that are large enough.”

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Spears introduced guest speakers Celestina Traver, Shasta County’s Veterans Service Officer and a Simpson alumna; and former California State Sen. Maurice Johannessen.

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“We’re here today to honor our heroes, to honor their achievements, courage and dedication and to say thank you for their sacrifices,” Traver said. “This garden gives vets a place to come for tranquility and peace. As people walk by or stop and sit, they can reflect as to why we honor veterans and say a small prayer for them.

“I believe each college and university should have a place where veterans can reside and feel comfortable and safe,” she said, commending the university for its Veterans Success Center. “The Class of 2018 has embraced this concept of creativity and innovation as they challenged themselves with this project, making a commitment to the university, to our veterans, and to themselves.”

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The garden includes a 5-foot-by-7-foot brick wall depicting the shields of each branch of the military and the words of Isaiah 6:8 – “Then I heard the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I, send me!’” Climbing roses line the white vinyl fence facing the granite walkway through the garden. A white bench faces the wall.

“I hope the memorial will be a place where people go for a multitude of reasons—to say a prayer, to have a place to sit and feel connected to a loved one,” Martin said. “I hope to see this memorial become an everlasting part of Simpson.”

Click here to watch a video of the ceremony.

Click here to watch a KRCR-TV story about the ceremony.

Photos by Holly Kiker / Top: Simpson University President Norm Hall with Student Body President Jacqueline Vorster and Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Colton Hardisty, a Simpson Outdoor Leadership major. / Upper left: Justin Spears, director of the Simpson University Veterans Success Center. / Middle: Simpson University President Norm Hall delivers the welcome and invocation. / Bottom left: Shasta County Veterans Service Officer Celestina Traver was one of the guest speakers. / Bottom right: Former California State Sen. Maurice Johannessen addresses the crowd.

November 17 will mark the twoyear anniversary of the grand opening of Simpsons Veterans Success Center. Serving 50 student veterans this fall, the center is equipped with stateoftheart technology equipment and houses a VA workstudy site, the Student Veteran Organization, Simpsons chapter of the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society, academic resources, conference and study services, as well as a community space.

Learn more about Simpson University’s Veterans Success Center at simpsonu.edu/veterans.

A special thank-you to those who donated to make the Veterans Memorial Garden possible:
-Shasta County Veterans Affiliated Council
-John Ashmore Masonry
-Signarama
-Axner Excavating
-Wyntour Gardens
-Home Depot
-McEntire Landscaping
-Shameless O’Leery’s
-CoCo Mongolian Grill
-Associated Student Body of Simpson University

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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 Students Discuss 2018 WorldSERVE Trips

By Hayley Wylie, Slate reporter

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University WorldSERVE students hosted a Celebration Night recently to share the blessings and challenges of nine student-led mission trips in 2018.

Nearly 60 students participated in trips to the following locations: Albania, El Salvador, Guinea, Laos, India, Taiwan, Thailand, Chicago (Ill.), and Middletown (Calif.). Students served in a variety of ways, including teaching English, working in youth centers, partnering with ministry coffee shops, building homes, and more.

On Sept. 20, they gathered in LaBaume-Rudat Hall to listen and share. The night began with a few worship songs, followed by nine student testimonies.

Josue Gonzalez and Sherry Madison went on week-long spring break trips to Middletown, Calif., where team members helped with fire relief, and Chicago for children’s ministry at a local day camp. Both spoke about struggles they faced throughout the week but ultimately agreed it was a great experience.

“The trip made me so full and energized ready to serve wherever,” Madison said.

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Another highlight of the night was hearing team Albania’s Matea Langston testimony. Langston shared some of the challenges she faced while raising money for the trip and on the long plane ride to the foreign country.

“It was so hard for me to trust in God,” Langston said.

During the trip, which heavily dealt with relational ministry, Langston found her own relationship with Christ growing as she learned to trust him more.

Langston said she stopped worrying about God’s plans and fully put her trust in Him: “God is good and He’ll carry you through it.”

Many other speakers agreed with her, including Megan Watkins.

Watkins, who traveled on a team to India that partnered with a medical ministry, explained she learned a valuable lesson when she went to a different country.

“It took me going to India to see God can provide,” Watkins said.

Others, like Kevin Alcosiba from team Taiwan and Shane Geer from team Thailand, said their lives were changed by their trips. Both teams worked with Envision, a ministry of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, building relationships and helping in practical ways.

“God took Thailand and radically changed me,” Geer said after revealing he made a lot of life changes after returning to the States.

Alcosiba explained that before his trip he was in a dark place. “My team basically saved my life,” he said.

Emily Gonzalez, a WorldSERVE intern, ended the night by encouraging students to apply for teams that will train throughout the year and travel during spring and summer 2019. Teams will be returning to some of the 2018 locations as well as new ones. More information can be found at simpsonu.edu/worldserve.

About the author: Hayley Wylie is an English major in her third year at Simpson University. She is from Vacaville, Calif., and a member of The Slate, the university’s student newspaper.

Photos by Chyna Xiong

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With a long history of preparing students for missionary service, Simpson University relaunched a student-led missions program nearly 25 years ago. The program continues today as WorldSERVE, which describes itself as taking students on a yearlong discipleship journey that includes a short-term service trip.

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 Serves Community in 14th ‘Day of Service’

REDDING, Calif.— About 115 Simpson University students, staff, and faculty partnered to help community organizations during the university’s 14th annual Day of Service on Sept. 22.

The Day of Service is a start-of-the-year tradition at Simpson, where fall classes for traditional undergraduate students begin the day after Labor Day.

Participants met on campus at 8:30 a.m. for a welcome and instructions, then carpooled to multiple locations in Shasta County: Triple Creek Horse Ranch, Volonte Park, CareNet Pregnancy Center, Exodus Farms, Good News Rescue Mission, Heritage Roasting Co., Northern Valley Catholic Social Service, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center, and Turtle Bay Nursery.

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Participants helped with a variety of tasks, including event setup, trash pickup, deep cleaning, organizing, yard work, general chores, gardening, stocking clothes, and painting.

President Norm Hall, participating in his first Day of Service, encouraged those gathered at the cross on campus before they divided into teams.

“Today we get to get our hands dirty; we get to serve,” he said. “We get to do the stuff of Jesus. We get to be the hands and feet of Christ. So let’s go out and have fun and give all the glory to the Lord, and let’s be transformed by it.”

Dr. Hall visited multiple site locations throughout the morning with Dannielle Stahly, assistant director of spiritual formation and organizer of the Day of Service.

“The Day of Service is a great opportunity to get Simpson into the community,” Stahly said. “We are part of an incredibly strong and caring community. It is a joy to partner with and serve organizations that are serving our neighbors year-round.”

Photos by Holly Kiker, Chyna Xiong, and Daisy Rodriguez / SU Marketing

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university will celebrate its 30th year in Redding in 2019. Simpson was named as one of the 2018 Colleges of Distinction. 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 Unveil Veterans Memorial Garden

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University invites North State veterans and community members to a special unveiling ceremony for a new veterans memorial garden that was constructed by the graduating class of 2018.

The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, near the center of campus at 2211 College View Drive in northeast Redding.

Guest speakers include former California Secretary of Veterans Affairs Maurice Johannessen and Shasta County Veterans Service Officer Celestina Traver.

The Simpson University Memorial Garden is the Class of 2018’s gift to the university. Senior class president Kyle Martin, a Red Bluff resident, said the concept grew from a wall to a garden, complete with plaques, bricks, roses, and more.

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Photo by Sarah Barrows / Simpson University students who helped construct the Veterans Memorial Garden, from left: Rachel Last, Julianna Gilson, Ian Hoskins (Shasta College student), Kyle Martin, Jessica Dager, Alexis Rodrigues, Colton Hardisty, Caleb Fowler. Not pictured: Tyler Shanahan and Michaela Herring.

Generous donations from local businesses covered the cost of the memorial, as well as materials to construct it. The 5-foot-tall-by-7-foot-wide wall contains bricks depicting the shields of each branch of the military. Climbing roses line the white vinyl fence facing the granite walkway through the garden.

Martin said the senior class discussed several gift options but decided this one would be most meaningful.

“I feel like our school does a good job of showing love for all different types of groups. Just recently the Veterans Success Center got started,” he said, referring to the opening in 2016 of a one-stop shop on campus for student veterans. “I remember thinking how crazy that was that our school didn’t have anything to say thank-you to veterans. Because of them, we have the opportunity to go to a school we want to.”

The memorial garden not only provides a place for veterans to visit, it might also be a respite for students, Martin said. “Any student who is away from home and having a rough day with the thought of family members serving or who have passed away can go to that memorial garden to connect more deeply.”

November 17 will mark the two-year anniversary of the grand opening of Simpson’s Veterans Success Center. Serving 50 student veterans this fall, the center is equipped with state-of-the-art technology equipment and houses a VA work-study site, the Student Veteran Organization, Simpson’s chapter of the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society, academic resources, conference and study services, as well as a community space.

Learn more about Simpson University’s Veterans Success Center at simpsonu.edu/veterans.

A special thank-you to those who donated to make the Veterans Memorial Garden possible:
-Shasta County Veterans Affiliated Council
-John Ashmore Masonry
-Signarama
-Axner Excavating
-Wyntour Gardens
-Home Depot
-McEntire Landscaping
-Shameless O’Leery’s
-CoCo Mongolian Grill
-Associated Student Body of Simpson University

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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 Film and Panel Discussion for Constitution Day

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s History and Political Science Department hosted a free screening of the 2017 film “The Post,” followed by a panel discussion, in honor of Constitution Day.

The event, which was open to the public, was held Monday evening, Sept. 17, in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 204.

Attendees first watched “The Post,” a movie directed and produced by Steven Spielberg that stars Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, executive editor of The Washington Post.

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A Q&A discussion on constitutional and journalistic issues raised by the film followed, from 8 to 9 p.m. Panelists included Record Searchlight Editor Silas Lyons; constitutional law attorney Patrick Hensleigh of Carr, Kennedy, Peterson and Frost; and Jacelyn Wedman, editor of The Slate, Simpson University’s student newspaper.

Panelists answered questions from the audience of 30 to 40 related to journalistic ethics and how to be savvy news consumers, among other topics.

Each year, Simpson University’s History and Political Science Department sponsors an event in honor of Constitution Day. Educational institutions that receive federal funding are required to recognize the Constitution during the week of Sept. 17.

Learn more about Simpson University’s History & Political Science Department at simpsonu.edu/history.

Images courtesy Criterion Pictures

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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 Prepares for 14th ‘Day of Service’

REDDING, Calif.— Simpson University students, staff, faculty, and alumni will partner with community organizations in the university’s 14th annual Day of Service on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The Day of Service is a start-of-the-year tradition at Simpson, where classes for traditional undergraduate students begin the day after Labor Day.

An estimated 100 students, staff, faculty and alumni will help with painting, gardening, litter removal, deep cleaning, and other tasks at sites throughout Shasta County, including Anderson Parks and Recreation, Exodus Farms, Northern Valley Catholic Social Services, Triple Creek Horse Ranch, and Good News Rescue Mission.

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“It is a joy to activate our community for service in Shasta County and the tradition of going out at the beginning of the semester to serve is certainly a highlight,” said Dannielle Stahly, assistant director of spiritual formation. “We have the opportunity to be light in this beautiful area as we follow Jesus’ example of being a neighbor.”

The Day of Service gives Simpson students, staff and faculty a great opportunity to experience Redding and Shasta County, Stahly noted.

“I want our students to feel part of the community where they are living in this season,” she said. “We are part of an incredibly kind, caring, and strong community. It is a privilege to partner with and serve organizations that are serving year-round.”

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu.

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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 October Classes

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

The non-credit, no-homework classes, which begin Oct. 1, 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. – Birds of Northern California and Beyond. Designed for beginning bird watchers to help them learn to recognize 20 of the most common bird species, their unique anatomy, migration wonders and habitat use. Classroom only—no field trips. Presenter: Larry Siemens

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Introduction to the Parables of Jesus. Stories are a key method of imparting truth, and Jesus was a master storyteller. The Greek word for stories is our word parable. This course will examine what a parable is, why Jesus taught in parables, and the purpose and place of parables in the Gospels.  Presenter: Jim Voss

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 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. 

Simpson University Professor Invited to Music Center in Sweden

REDDING, Calif.—A Simpson University music professor has been selected for a residency at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden.

PinkstonDr. Dan Pinkston was chosen for the competitive composer-in-residence program and will stay at the center for a week in early October. During that time he will work on a commissioned concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra.

The center is a working place for professional composers from around the world. Established in 1999, the center has housed 850 composers-in-residence who have composed 1,200 pieces while there.

“Visby is located on the idyllic island of Gotland, south of Stockholm in the Baltic Sea,” Dr. Pinkston said. “I am excited to be in such a setting and will draw inspiration from both the natural beauty of Visby as well as the creative environment of the music center.”

Those selected for a residency receive a free space to live and working studio for dedicated composition.

Dr. Pinkston, who has taught at Simpson since 2001 and chairs the Music Department, also served as a composer-in-residence at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in the spring. He has won numerous awards for his compositions, which include two symphonies premiered in the North State.

Simpson University’s Music Department offers a bachelor’s degree in music with emphases in composition, music education, performance, worship ministries, and liberal arts. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/music.

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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 Welcomes Students for 2018-19 Year

REDDING, Calif.—New Simpson University President Norm Hall gave his first formal charge to students during an academic convocation ceremony Sept. 5 marking the official start of the school year.

“God has called us to a purpose – to rise up,” he said. “Let’s change the world together.”

Dr. Hall, who began his role as the university’s 15th president on June 1, greeted the audience of more than 500 undergraduates, as well as faculty and staff, with warm enthusiasm.

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“In the quiet places of my heart, God was calling me to Simpson even before I knew about this place,” he said. “If you are here, I’m convinced he was calling you, too.”

He noted that the number of students has increased this fall and that the student body, faculty and staff “are more diverse than ever,” with 21 new international students and three new international faculty.

Convocation is a traditional celebration of the start of an academic year. It capped off a weekend of orientation activities for new students and followed the opening day of classes on Sept. 4. In the second year of a new Simpson tradition, professors formed two lines and applauded new students as they walked through the lines to their seats.


The ceremony included the introduction of five new faculty members, some of whom joined the university in January; a welcome and invocation from Dr. Pat Blewett, interim provost; singing of the university hymn, composed by music professor Dan Pinkston; an address by Dr. Bill Griffin, campus pastor; and a benediction from Dean of Students Mark Endraske.

DrGriffin_smileReferencing Isaiah 43:18-20, Dr. Griffin spoke on “Look! I’m doing a new thing,” describing the sense of God’s presence and movement he has witnessed on campus this summer.

“Simpson University, God is doing a new thing here,” he said. “It’s beautiful, painful, scary, messy, exciting, and exactly what he wants.”

President Hall raised the question of “who are we, and what are we doing here?” as a daily guide and reminder to live purposeful lives. He quoted from I Corinthians 9:24, urging students to “run in such a way as to get the prize.”

“Too many people live by default – they just let them world happen to them,” he said. “What if we lived by design?”

Quoting Ephesians 2:10, Dr. Hall talked to students about becoming all God intends for them.

“Let’s not wait for the world to happen to us,” he said. “We’re called to live purposeful lives … to work hard in our classrooms, labs, on the field of play … in conversation, in quiet times, in fellowship, and on mission trips.

“God is on the move, and he has called us to rise to the challenge.”

Photos and video by Nathan Bruce and Sarah Barrows / Top, President Norm Hall delivers a charge to Simpson University students during academic convocation. (The shoes, which have five toes, were a gift from campus pastor Bill Griffin.) 

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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 Film and Panel Discussion for Constitution Day

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s History and Political Science Department will host a free screening of the 2017 film “The Post,” followed by a panel discussion, in honor of Constitution Day.

The event, which is open to the public, will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 204, on the campus at 2211 College View Drive in northeast Redding.

From 5:45 to 7:30 p.m., the university will show “The Post,” a movie directed and produced by Steven Spielberg that stars Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, executive editor of The Washington Post.

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A Q&A discussion on constitutional issues raised by the film will follow, from 8 to 9 p.m. Panelists include Record Searchlight Editor Silas Lyons; constitutional law attorney Patrick Hensleigh of Carr, Kennedy, Peterson and Frost; and an editor of The Slate, Simpson University’s student newspaper.

Each year, Simpson University’s History and Political Science Department sponsors an event in honor of Constitution Day. Educational institutions that receive federal funding are required to recognize the Constitution during the week of Sept. 17.

“As an institution of higher education that receives federal financial aid under Title IV, Simpson University offers educational experiences about the U.S. Constitution annually on September 17th, which is the anniversary of its signing following the summer-long convention held in 1787,” said Dr. John Ayabe, chair of the History and Political Science Department.

Learn more about Simpson University’s History & Political Science Department at simpsonu.edu/history.

Images courtesy Criterion Pictures

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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 Graduate Earns National Internship

REDDING, Calif.—A recent Simpson University graduate and Redding native has been accepted into a prestigious internship program run by The Heritage Foundation.

Austin Avery, who graduated in spring 2018 with a degree in history, heads to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 7 for a three-month paid internship through The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program.

The Heritage Foundation is a research and education-based think tank that seeks to help influence public policy through research and analysis. The foundation consists of four institutes that deal with a variety of topics. Avery will be working as a policy analyst at The Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy through Dec. 10.

“My job itself will consist of conducting research on policy issues including terrorism, democracy and governance, refugees, and foreign aid and development,” he said.

Following his internship, Avery plans to stay in the D.C. area and start work toward a master’s degree in international relations at Liberty University.

“My main career goal is to work as a counterterrorism analyst with an emphasis on Africa and the Middle East,” he said.

Avery grew up in Redding and was homeschooled through high school. While attending Simpson, he also worked for several organizations in the Redding area. He served as a legislative analyst at Redding Electric Utility, where he assessed how proposed state legislation could impact Shasta County; and as a paid analyst for Shasta County, working to help alleviate the community stress suffered as a result of the Carr Fire.

He also volunteered for an anti-drug narcotics taskforce and has spent the past five years on the board of the nonprofit Youth Violence Prevention Council.

“As a board member I was able to help develop programs aimed at keeping kids out of juvenile hall and served in a mentorship capacity for troubled youth,” he said. “Simpson’s ethos of being a ‘gateway to world service’ helped me reach out in ways that helped me grow as a young Christian.”

Avery credits his Simpson professors with helping him develop the confidence to take on those roles, as well as providing him with a quality education.

“The faculty at Simpson University not only provided me with an education which helped me outperform other candidates during the interview for The Heritage Foundation, but also helped me mature in my faith,” he said. “I have confidence in the path the Lord is leading me in because of the encouragement I have received from Simpson faculty.”

Learn more about Simpson University’s History & Political Science Department at simpsonu.edu/history.

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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.