Simpson University Launches 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence Series with World-Renowned Musicians

REDDING, Calif.— Simpson University’s Music Department will bring to Redding two world-renowned musicians for its 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence Series. Many of the guest appearances are free and open to the public.

Headshot (1)The first featured artist is Jamon Maple, a voice faculty member at New York University. Maple performs internationally in opera, musical theatre and K-pop recordings and is a highly regarded tenor and music director.

Maple will be featured in the university’s fall choral concert, “A New Beginning,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the Grant Center. This evening of classical and pop music features the Simpson Chorale and Trinity Repertory Singers, under the direction of Dr. Steve Kim.  Admission to the concert is $12 general; $10 seniors; and $5 for students (with school ID). Tickets can be obtained at Eventbrite or at the door the evening of the concert.

Jamon Maple (2)Maple will also offer a free masterclass open to the public from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the James M. Grant Student Life Center, classroom 1, at Simpson University, 2211 College View Drive.

In addition, the public is invited to the following events in the Grant Center classroom:

• Nov. 7-9: Maple will offer private 45-minute voice lessons for $50. Sign up at this link.

• Nov. 8: FREE open rehearsal with Maple and the Simpson Chorale, 4:20 to 5:50 p.m.

• Nov. 9: FREE open seminar on K-Pop music with Maple and Dr. Kim, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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The second guest artist this fall is Kittinant Chinsamran, a vocal performer from Thailand, well-known throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S.

In 2013, Chinsamran gained national recognition when he went to the final round of “The Voice Thailand.” He has appeared in musical theater and on TV, and his voice has been heard on many Thai TV commercials, TV series and movie soundtracks. He was selected to revoice actor Bill Murray as “Baloo” for the Thai version of Walt Disney’s “The Jungle Book” in 2016 and was chosen to voice “The Beast” in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Thai edition.

Kittinant1Chinsamran will offer a master voice class in late November and will sing “Messiah” with the Simpson Chorale, Trinity Repertory Singers and the Shasta Symphony Orchestra during the university’s annual community Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 2. Admission to the Christmas concert is $12, general; $10, seniors; and $5, students with ID. Tickets can be obtained at Eventbrite or at the door one hour prior to the concert.

Simpson University’s Artist-in-Residence Series brings to the North State international talent seldom experienced in smaller towns.

Simpson’s Music Department offers concerts and performances throughout the year in a variety of musical and instrumental styles. Learn more at facebook.com/SimpsonUniversityMusic, via email at music@simpsonu.edu, or by calling Simpson’s Music Department at 530.226.4507.

To learn about Simpson’s bachelor’s degree program in music, visit simpsonu.edu/music.

Photos courtesy Jamon Maple and Kittinant Chinsamran

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university will celebrate its centennial in 2021. 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 Invites Community to ‘Encounter’ Science and Mathematics

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University invites the community to “Encounters in Science and Mathematics III,” a series of TED-style talks and interactive lab demonstrations on Thursday, Oct. 25. Admission is free.

Hosted by the Department of Science and Mathematics, the evening starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Humphries-Collord Room in the dining center on campus, 2211 College View Drive in northeast Redding. Refreshments are served at 6.

From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., laboratories on the first floor of the Science and Nursing Center will be open for demonstrations.

Featured speakers and topics include:

  • “Iron Mountain Mine, the Toxic Ooze in your Back Yard” – Dr. Brian Hooker, associate professor of biology
  • “Exploring the Marine Life on the Humboldt Coast” – Hillary Kraft, senior biology major at Simpson University
  • “Spuds in Space” – Dr. Trenton Smith, associate professor of biology
  • “What does it mean to be an Orphan Gene” – Dr. David Rice, assistant professor of biology

The Department of Science and Mathematics hosted its first Encounters event in October 2017 and another in February. Learn more about Simpson University’s science and math programs at simpsonu.edu/science and simpsonu.edu/math.

Video: Dr. Berkeley Shorthill gives a hydrogen gas demonstration during a lab demonstration at the “Encounters in Science and Mathematics” event at Simpson University on Feb. 8.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university will celebrate its centennial in 2021. 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 Celebrates Inauguration of 15th President

REDDING, Calif.—The 15th president of Simpson University, Dr. Norman D. Hall, was inaugurated Oct. 12 in a ceremony marked by excitement, encouragement, prayer, and exhortation.

“God’s work at Simpson has persisted for almost 100 years,” Dr. Hall told the hundreds gathered inside the James M. Grant Student Life Center for the 2 p.m. ceremony. “It is my great privilege to serve you.”

Delegates from universities worldwide, representatives from The Christian and Missionary Alliance, elected officials and community leaders joined Simpson University trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and others for a ceremony that included a prayer of dedication for President Hall and his wife, Alison.

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Simpson University trustees, Donice Van Gilst, and Christian and Missionary Alliance Vice President Jonathan Schaeffer (back center) pray for President Norm and Alison Hall.

“I believe that for such as time as this, Norm Hall as the 15th president of Simpson University will lead with excellence and will find a path to God’s preferred future,” said Dr. Jon Wallace, president of Azusa Pacific University, via video. “In the 25 years I’ve known Norm, he has always given more than what was asked for, always delivered more than what was expected; he has also always been in tune to the work of the Holy Spirit in his life and in his heart.”

Whether speakers had known President Hall for years or months, they shared a strong sense of God’s hand at work in his appointment to Simpson University.

Dr. Dan Pinkston, president of the faculty, gave a welcome and thank-you on behalf of Simpson professors. “From the very first day we were impressed and encouraged by your vision, your hard work, your intelligence, and the fact that you already love Simpson and feel like you’re part of us.”

Jennifer Fox, staff council president, offered Joshua 1:9’s encouragement to “Be strong and courageous.”

“In his few short months as president, Dr. Hall has been busy. His commitment, energy and passion have not slowed,” she said. “As he leads by this example, the Simpson community has renewed its commitment, energy and passion. We are excited and eager to work with Dr. Hall.”

The Rev. Dr. Rick McPeak, professor emeritus of philosophy and theology at Greenville University in Illinois, where Dr. Hall worked for two decades, gave the address.

“Even though there’s lots of joy, all beginnings are hard because they’re asking us to do something greater, deeper and more profound than what we’ve been doing before,” he said. “And this is a new beginning for all of you in many ways.”

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Dr. Steve Kim leads the audience in “How Great Thou Art.” Visible on the platform from left, Dr. En-Ling Chiao, Redding Mayor Kristen Schreder, Dr. Rick McPeak, associated student body president Jacqueline Vorster, Dr. Patrick Blewett, staff council president Jennifer Fox, trustee Ray Homan, Alliance Vice President Jonathan Schaeffer, President Norm Hall, Kate Wallace Nunneley, board chair Norm Reinhardt, trustees Jo Anne Cripe and Ray Van Gilst.

President Hall talked about the first few months of his “new beginning,” which included participating in the university’s role as a rest site, evacuation and donation center during the Carr Fire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes in late July.

“After 100 days, we have weathered some amazing storms, including a firenado,” he said. “Simpson lived out the call to be the hands and feet of Christ. It was amazing, humbling and clarifying.”

The response to the fire came in the midst of many preparations: for a new school year, an accreditation visit that took place the week of inauguration, an international recruitment initiative, a relaunch of women’s soccer, and much more.

“The real story is Simpson has gone through some challenges in recent years,” Dr. Hall said. “When I accepted the call it was clearly a call from God. I arrived here with a sober mind about the task, humbly thankful for the opportunity.”

After being here for a few days, meeting and praying with faculty, staff and students, he said, “my heart swelled with delight to be a part of this community.”

As the president and university leaders worked in those early weeks, a phrase kept running through his mind, Dr. Hall said. The phrase was “Simpson Rising.” It has become a descriptor for “what the Lord is doing here,” he noted.

He shared some notable “Simpson Rising” achievements: an increase this fall in new students, including 21 international students; three new international faculty; and a 153 percent increase in admissions inquiries over last year. The university will soon start advertising for a track and field coach.

In the past year, the university has been selected as a College of Distinction; the athletics department has been honored as an NAIA gold-level Champions of Character; the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing was ranked No. 14 in California nursing schools; the School of Education received a seven-year accreditation renewal; and the 2-year-old Veterans Success Center now serves 50 student veterans. More than 65 students participated in WorldSERVE mission trips. The university was awarded $10 million in federal grants to administer Upward Bound and GEAR UP programs in middle and high schools throughout far Northern California, impacting hundreds of young people.

“The Lord is making a new thing on our campus, and it is palpable and it is powerful,” Dr. Hall said.

During the ceremony, Simpson trustees Norm Reinhardt, Gary Friesen and James Postma introduced and offered charges to Dr Hall related to the Word of God, the Great Commission, servant leadership, academic excellence, and the university mission.

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Trustee Ray Homan presents President Hall with a presidential medallion while Dr. James Postma describes the piece. Trustees Norm Reinhardt and Gary Friesen look on.

“Dr. Hall, may you lead like King Josiah,” said Dr. Friesen, referencing the young king of Judah who renewed his commitment to following God during a challenging time in his people’s history. “May you also follow him with all your heart and with all your soul, whether you have a day of unprecedented challenge or unparalleled joy… Simply put, it’s about him, not about you. It depends on God, not on you.”

Greetings were offered by Redding Mayor Kristen Schreder; Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer, board chair and vice president of The Christian and Missionary Alliance; and student body president Jacqueline Vorster, in addition to the faculty and staff presidents.

Dr. Wallace, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to illness, offered a special taped greeting. His daughter, Kate Wallace Nunneley, was present to introduce him.

Rev. Ray Van Gilst, Central Pacific District superintendent of The C&MA, led a prayer of dedication for the Halls after board member Ray Homan presented President Hall with a medallion.

Trustee Jo Anne Cripe delivered a charge to the greater Simpson community prior to Dr. Hall’s address. “The responsibility for Simpson University’s success cannot fall on Dr. Hall’s shoulders alone,” she said. “Each of us has a role to play… Together we commit to empowering Simpson to deepen its legacy as a Christ-centered learning community.”

The Simpson University Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Steve Kim, sang “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.” Other special music included an arrangement of “All Creatures of Our God and King” by Dr. Pinkston on guitar and student Mackenzie Alldrin on cello. Accompanied by the Simpson University Worship Lab band, Dr. Pinkston also played an original song titled “Look to the Hills.” The song, based on Psalm 121, has special relevance to an area where the view of surrounding hills was obscured by wildfire smoke for much of the summer.

Dr. Hall concluded his message by asking the Simpson community to “rise up.”

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President Hall and his wife, Alison, who is from Northern Ireland, leave during the recessional.

“Simpson University is not lying down. We’re lighting up the sky with highlights of great successes and new momentum born on the backs of great people serving a great big God,” he said. “This is not about a new president; it’s about a new beginning, a new creation, a new university and a great big God… Simpson University’s best days are ahead.”

A multilingual benediction was offered in Spanish by Angie Hurtado, academic advisor for adult studies, and in Chinese by psychology professor En-Ling Chiao.

An outdoor reception followed the ceremony.

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The Hall family, from left: Jacob, Jonathan, Norm, Naomi, and Alison.

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View a recording of the inauguration ceremony at simpsonu.edu/inauguration.

Photos by Holly Kiker / Simpson University marketing office

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university will celebrate its centennial in 2021. 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 Athletics Announces Addition of Track and Field Programs

REDDING, Calif. — Simpson University Director of Athletics Tom Galbraith announced Oct. 16 the addition of men’s and women’s varsity track and field as the 13th and 14th varsity sports for the Red Hawks. Simpson will begin competition in the NAIA for outdoor track and field in the 2019-20 academic year.

The Red Hawks already compete as a member of the California Pacific Conference in men’s and women’s cross country and will continue to field teams in those running sports in addition to the incoming track and field programs.

The school will begin an immediate search for a head coach to lead both new programs.

The addition of track and field is part of new strategic initiatives initiated by newly inaugurated President Norm Hall to grow the institution’s enrollment and apply emphasis on net-revenue-generating programs, both co-curricular and curricular.

Currently, 190 NAIA institutions compete in men’s outdoor track and field, and 195 compete in women’s outdoor track and field.

Learn more about Simpson Athletics at simpsonredhawks.com.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university will celebrate its centennial in 2021. 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 for Seniors Accepting Students for November Classes

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

The non-credit, no-homework classes, which begin Nov. 2, 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. – Combating Social Trends with Biblical Truth. This course will examine social trends that have contributed to an alarming increase of crime and violence in America over the past decade. It will review God’s description of the problem in 2 Timothy 3. We will discuss biblical solutions for living with difficult people in the context of today’s world. PresenterBeth Dummer

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Great Britain: Stonehenge to Bosworth Field. This course covers the history, geography and culture of the peoples of Great Britain during the Pre-Celtic, Celtic, Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Norman eras up to the pivotal Battle of Bosworth Field and the rise of modern Great Britain. It is an unprecedented story of a world-changing nation created through both isolation and vulnerability.  Presenter: Don Claspill

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 will celebrate its centennial in 2021. 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. 

 

C&MA President Stumbo Speaks to Simpson University Students

REDDING, Calif.—The president of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) spoke to Simpson University students and others Oct. 3, sharing his remarkable story of illness, faith and healing.

Dr. John Stumbo recounted his journey, which began 10 years ago this month, to students during their twice-weekly “Gather” service in the James M. Grant Student Life Center. In 2013, Dr. Stumbo was elected 12th president of the U.S. C&MA. Simpson University is one of four U.S. colleges affiliated with the C&MA.

“This man loves the Lord,” Simpson President Norm Hall said during his introduction of Dr. Stumbo. “He’s got a tender heart, and he’s a really good listener. He has been on an epic journey with our Father.”

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Simpson University President Norm Hall, right, presents C&MA President John Stumbo with some Simpson apparel.

In 2008, Dr. Stumbo, an active sportsman and pastor, was suddenly weakened by a mysterious illness that robbed him of muscle strength and the ability to swallow. His wife Joanna became his caregiver during a two-year period of recovery. His ability to swallow was miraculously healed, and he returned to ministry.

Referencing Psalms 74 and 139, Dr. Stumbo emphasized that God is God of day and night, both darkness and light. “My God is the God of the best of times and the worst of times,” he said, describing the ordeal he and his wife endured, including 77 days in the hospital, no clear medical diagnosis, and not being able to eat or drink for 1.5 years.

“At first, I had the attitude I was going to beat this thing,” he said. “As the months wore on … it started to feel like sandpaper to my soul.” Going to church was difficult, he admitted.

“When you need people the most, you’re going to be tempted to be with them the least,” he said. “Staying in community is a difficult thing when everything within you is saying isolate.”

But he and Joanna learned the importance of staying connected. “Our faith was down to a little thread some days—hardly anything to hang on to,” he said. “But somebody around you is still believing for you; their faith is like a rope. And it’s legal to hang on to somebody else’s faith for a while.

“And guess what happens? When you stay in community, eventually your faith is going to be strong again, and they may need to hold on to your faith for a while,” he said.

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About a year into his struggle, Dr. Stumbo said he started to gain a bigger perspective of what God was doing in his life, citing the image of a potter restarting a clay pot while it spun on the wheel.

“God, if your hands are still on my life, if you’re doing a do-over, I’m in,” he finally said.

Psalm 23 talks about God setting a table for the psalmist in the presence of his enemies—enemies that could include illness or other hardships, Dr. Stumbo said.

“Pull up a chair and take a seat,” he said. “There are some life lessons that can only be experienced in the meantime. If God were quick to answer all our prayers, we would be really shallow people.”

On a trip from Salem to St. Louis with Joanna, Dr. Stumbo began to experience healing and was able to eat and drink again. “He healed me instantly and powerfully but not completely,” he said, noting he still has some muscle issues from the illness.

“Where is God in your story?” he asked Simpson students. “The answer is this: Always active, sometimes mysterious … Trust that God is always at work within you.”

Simpson senior Nathan Bruce, a communication major, said the message was powerful. “God can be silent, but that doesn’t mean he’s not present. He’s able to do all things when he wants to.”

Having the C&MA president visit campus was notable, Bruce said. “For him to come to Simpson was a cool experience,” he said.

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John Stumbo produces a monthly video blog which is available on the C&MA website and has written three books: God in You: A ConversationIn The Midst: Treasures from the Dark, and An Honest Look at a Mysterious Journey.

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 Inaugurate 15th President on Oct. 12

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University will inaugurate Dr. Norman Hall as its 15th president in a special ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, inside the James M. Grant Student Life Center on campus.

The event will be live-streamed at simpsonu.edu.

Delegates from other colleges and universities around the country will join university trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends for the inauguration, which will be followed by an outdoor reception.

The Rev. Dr. Rick McPeak, professor emeritus of philosophy and theology at Greenville University in Illinois, will deliver the main address, titled “Everything New is Old Again.”

Dr hall headshot web.jpgDr. Hall took over the top leadership role at Simpson University on June 1, succeeding President Robin Dummer. Prior to coming to Simpson, Dr. Hall served as the Vice President for International and Alumni Affairs & Major Gift Officer at Greenville University. He also was Vice President and Dean of Student Development at Greenville University.

Dr. Hall has also served at Azusa Pacific University, Ashland University (Ohio), University of California, Santa Barbara, and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

He received his doctorate in education administration from Pepperdine University, a master of science in education from Southern Illinois University, and bachelor’s degrees in biology and sociology from Greenville University.

Dr. Hall and his wife, Alison, who is from Northern Ireland, have three college-age children.

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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 a 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.