Simpson University Alumna Named to BBC’s 100 Women of 2018

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University alumna Jenny Davidson has been named one of the 100 most “inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2018” by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Davidson, 50, graduated from the School of Adult Studies’ ASPIRE program in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership. She is executive director and CEO of Stand Up Placer, a nonprofit organization with offices in Auburn and Roseville dedicated to helping survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

standup-logo1Among its programs and services, Stand Up Placer runs a shelter that accepts survivors and their pets, as well as a thrift store in Roseville whose proceeds and merchandise support clients in their programs.

28379579_1690376487694289_3447495460233674752_nThe BBC’s 100 Women list includes the first female Secretary General of the UN, president of the New York Stock Exchange, Australia’s first female Prime Minister, Chelsea Clinton, and scores of inspirational authors, entrepreneurs, and social activists.

Davidson is one of only eight women from the United States on the list. Under her leadership, Stand Up Placer expanded its mission to include survivors of sex trafficking. Stand Up Placer has expanded its safe house services to be gender-inclusive and pet-friendly.

Services to survivors have more than tripled in the past two years. In 2017, Stand Up Placer provided 98,975 services to Placer County. Governed by a board of directors, the organization has 45 paid staff members and more than 30 volunteers.

“I’m really humbled by this honor,” Davidson said. “I am very proud that the compassion I have cultivated has combined with the education I received at Shasta Community College, Simpson University, and Drexel University to allow me to serve survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.”

Her education through the ASPIRE program was instrumental in helping her get to where she is today, she said.

“My degree in Organizational Leadership from Simpson University did a fantastic job of preparing me to lead this organization,” Davidson said. “Learning about disruptive social entrepreneurship, individual and team strengths, as well as psychology of social leadership introduced me to a world of knowledge that is now changing the landscape of social services in California.”

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Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies ASPIRE program has graduated nearly 4,000 North State adults through its 12- to 16-month evening and weekend degree-completion program that includes online options. ASPIRE offers degrees in organizational leadership, business management, psychology, and liberal studies. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/aspire.

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 Christmas Concert to Feature ‘Messiah,’ International Vocal Artist

REDDING, Calif. – Simpson University’s 16th annual Christmas concert on Dec. 2 will feature one of the most widely sung choral works in Western music, Handel’s “Messiah.” Selections from the masterpiece will be presented during the 3 p.m. concert by the Simpson Chorale, the Shasta Symphony Orchestra, and the university’s community choir, as well as guest vocalists.

International classical and pop voice artist Kittinant Chinsamran of Thailand will be a featured soloist. The San Francisco Chronicle and SF Classical Voice described Chinsamran’s appearances with the San Francisco Symphony as the “emotional highlight of the performance,” and “the most consistently excellent performance of the soloists.”

The concert will also include Redding-based recording artist and vocal instructor Carrie Grosch and operatic performers Raphaella Medina and Dash Waterbury.

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The Christmas section of “Messiah” is a worldwide holiday favorite because of classic choruses such as “And the Glory of the Lord Shall Be Revealed” and “For Unto Us a Child is Born.” The concert will include the beloved “Hallelujah Chorus.” In addition, the soloists and choirs will present seasonal standards such as “O Holy Night.”

“Northern California deserves a heart-warming holiday season after the heartbreak of this fire season,” said Dr. Kieun Steve Kim, Simpson University’s director of choral activities. “Simpson invites your family to begin December with a concert of uplifting Christmas music.”

The concert, which typically sells out, takes place in the James M. Grant Student Life Center on campus at 2211 College View Drive in northeast Redding. Admission is $12, general; $10 seniors; and $5, students with school ID. Tickets can be obtained at Eventbrite or at the door one hour prior to the concert.

About Kittinant Chinsamran:

Kittinant Chinsamran comes to Simpson University in late November as the Music Department’s second Artist-in-Residence for 2018-19. In addition to performing in the Christmas Concert, he will conduct a master class and offer voice lessons. Chinsamran gained national recognition in 2013 when he went to the final round of “The Voice Thailand.” He voiced actor Bill Murray’s character Baloo in the Thai version of “The Jungle Book” and was chosen to voice “The Beast” in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Thai edition.

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Learn more about Simpson University’s Music Department 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 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 to Add Swimming and Diving, Men’s Volleyball

unnamedREDDING, Calif. – Simpson University Director of Athletics Tom Galbraith announced this week the addition of men’s and women’s varsity swimming and diving as the 15th and 16th varsity sports for the Red Hawks. Galbraith also announced the return of men’s volleyball as a varsity sport, making it the 17th offering for the Red Hawks.

Simpson will begin competition in the NAIA for swimming and diving and men’s volleyball in the 2019-20 academic year. The Red Hawks previously competed in men’s volleyball from 1994-2001.

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

The additions of swimming and diving, men’s volleyball, and previously announced track and field are part of new strategic initiatives initiated by President Norm Hall to grow the institution’s enrollment and apply emphasis on net-revenue-generating programs, both co-curricular and curricular.

Currently, 28 NAIA institutions compete in men’s swimming and diving, 35 compete in women’s swimming and diving, and 43 compete in men’s volleyball.

For information about all Simpson athletics, visit 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. 

Shasta County Board of Supervisors Recognizes Simpson University Veterans Success Center

REDDING, Calif.—The Shasta County Board of Supervisors presented its 2018 Veterans Awareness Week Proclamation on Nov. 13 to Simpson University Veterans Success Center Director Justin Spears in recognition of the center’s work in the community.

The proclamation states that the Veterans Success Center “honors veterans of all branches of the United States past, present and future, providing pathways of successful transition for the development of student veterans in mind, heart and transformative change through leadership, community and life-long learning.” The entire proclamation was read aloud and presented to Spears by Supervisor David Kehoe during the board’s weekly meeting in its chambers on Court Street.

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Celestina Traver, Shasta County’s Veterans Service Officer and a Simpson alum, shared with the board statistics and information about veterans in the North State and commended Spears and Simpson University for their work with student veterans. The veteran population in Shasta County in 2018 is 15,300.

“Thank you,” she said. “You have made a safe place for our veterans to go and learn and study and have a place of their own.”

Spears, who was accompanied by Army veteran Joel Schmidt, a business major and treasurer of the Student Veteran Organization, shared with the supervisors some of the work the center has done since it was launched in November 2016.

“We look at what is facing vets as they transition back into the workforce,” Spears said. “We take a holistic approach –- it’s not just academics.”

The Veterans Success Center has a veterans housing program, transitional assistance program, and helps with student orientation and graduation, among other things. Each month the center hosts a community gathering as well as workshops and seminars to help veterans be more successful in the civilian world. This fall the center is serving 50 student veterans.

“I want to equip them, to help them be our leaders, to tap into what we’ve done in our military experience and use that be world changers,” said Spears, who is a Navy veteran. “That’s my heart and passion there.”

The Veterans Success Center is designed as a central place for veterans and their dependents to access educational and career-planning resources. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology equipment, the center 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.

In September, the university held an unveiling ceremony for a new Veterans Memorial Garden on campus. The garden, which is open to the community, was the Class of 2018’s gift to the university. Traver and former California State Sen. Maurice Johannessen were the guest speakers at that ceremony.

Simpson University has been celebrating Veterans Awareness Week with a number of activities to which the public is invited. On Friday, a Veterans Day Celebration service from 10:20 to 11:20 a.m. will feature Simpson alumnus and Army Chaplain 1st Lt. Chris Peterson as guest speaker, along with appearances by the Semper Fi II Honor Detail and Jefferson Pipe Band. Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and National Guard will attend, as well as members of the Nor-Cal Veterans Historical Association and the Veterans K9 Connections.

The service will be followed by a complimentary lunch for veterans in the university dining center at 11:20.

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

Top photo by Holly Kiker / SU marketing. From left: Shasta County Supervisors Leonard Moty and Mary Rickert; Simpson University business major and Army veteran Joel Schmidt; Justin Spears, director of the Simpson University Veterans Success Center; Celestina Traver, Shasta County’s Veterans Service Officer; Supervisors Les Baugh, David Kehoe, and Steve Morgan.

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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 Honor Veterans

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s Veterans Success Center invites the North State community to join in special Veterans Awareness Week activities on campus.

A Military Appreciation Tailgate Party will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, prior to a women’s basketball game in the James M. Grant Student Life Center. The Red Hawks men’s basketball game at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, will feature Military Appreciation Night, with a special halftime salute and free game entry to all veterans.

A Veterans Day Celebration service from 10:20 to 11:20 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, will feature Simpson alumnus and Army Chaplain 1st Lt. Chris Peterson as guest speaker, along with the Semper Fi II Honor Detail and Jefferson Pipe Band. Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and National Guard will attend, as well as members of the Nor-Cal Veterans Historical Association and the Veterans K9 Connections.

The service will be followed by a complimentary lunch for veterans in the university dining center at 11:20.

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Simpson University’s Veterans Success Center celebrated its grand opening Nov. 17, 2016. Serving 50 student veterans this fall, the center is designed as a central place for veterans and their dependents to access educational and career-planning resources. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology equipment, the center 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.

In September, the university held an unveiling ceremony for a new Veterans Memorial Garden on campus. The garden, which is open to the public, was the Class of 2018’s gift to the university.

In addition, Simpson University will participate in the Shasta Lake Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 10. Justin Spears, director of the Veterans Success Center and a Navy veteran, will speak Nov. 9 at Veterans Day assemblies at Turtle Bay Elementary School with Simpson student and Marine Corps veteran Scotty Janson.

Learn more about the Veterans Success Center at simpsonu.edu/veterans. Learn more about Red Hawk 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.