National Acclaim Granted to Simpson University’s Professional Programming

REDDING, Calif. — Already honored as a College of Distinction for its personal approach to education, Simpson University has received program-specific recognition in Education, Nursing, and Career Development.

Colleges of Distinction has spent nearly two decades advocating for institutions that prioritize the overall undergraduate experience with a hands-on, thorough liberal arts education. Its unique selection process evaluates each school holistically, going beyond typical rankings lists to acknowledge the everyday opportunities for students to engage actively with their peers, professors, and respective areas of study.

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Recent Simpson University School of Education graduates with Dr. Craig Cook, dean. Top photo: Simpson University School of Nursing students.

As a trusted, one-of-a-kind resource, Colleges of Distinction is now awarding further accolades to help prospective students find the best-fit school for them.

“Simpson University continues to impress with its exceptional commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Its extensive liberal arts curriculum informs and enriches everything students do both in and out of the classroom. And with such an involved engagement of experiential high-Impact practices, Simpson University continues to go the extra mile in professional education.”

Simpson University’s Field of Study badges are true marks of honor in the world of higher education, representing programs that invest in student engagement in fields that demand innovative, critical thinking. Colleges of Distinction has granted these awards after a comprehensive vetting process, individually selecting schools based on such qualities as accreditation, breadth of program, and a track record for success.

18-19-education.pngEducation: Simpson University’s future educators are bolstered by an enriching liberal arts perspective, allowing them to be empathetic, creative, and efficient mentors for their students. Simpson University School of Education programs include master of arts degrees in teaching and education, as well as teaching credential programs.

18-19-nursingNursing: The accredited nursing program at Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing has enabled its students to take calculated action, even in high-pressure situations. Their well-rounded perspective allows them to think on their feet and care deeply for their patients. The School of Nursing includes a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, as well as a 12-month RN-BSN Track.

cod_badge_career dev_18-19Career Development: Few questions are going to be on students’ minds more often than some version of “What am I going to do after graduation?” Schools awarded the Career Development badge have shown that they are well equipped to help their students graduate with confidence. Simpson University’s Career Services Office provides unparalleled support throughout every stage of career exploration, development, and application.

To view Simpson University’s profile or to find more information about the innovative learning experiences it offers, visit CollegesofDistinction.com/simpson-university.

About Colleges of Distinction:
Colleges of Distinction has recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education for over 15 years. The member schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. For more information, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and more than 2,500 from its School of Education. It has a highly ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

 

 

 

 

Simpson University Offers Scholarships to Carr & Camp Fire Families

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REDDING, Calif.—When Dr. Norm Hall arrived in Redding in June to become Simpson University’s 15th president, he was already in love with the beauty of Northern California.

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A longtime Midwesterner, he was not prepared for the fiery devastation that struck his new hometown during his first 60 days. It compelled him to action. As the Carr Fire swept through west Redding, Simpson University opened its residence halls to first responders and its gymnasium as a Red Cross evacuation center, housing more than 160 cots. It also served as a donation center.

Six months later, and with the added trauma of November’s Camp Fire in nearby Butte County, Simpson University continues to seek practical ways to help its neighbors. A new Carr & Camp Fire Scholarship is being offered to college-bound students impacted by either historic blaze.

The Carr & Camp Fire Scholarship will be an award of up to $60,000 over four years (up to $15,000 per year). A student can receive an additional amount up to $12,000 ($3,000 per year) with the Simpson University Matching Award when a family member, business or church sponsor commits to providing funds toward the student’s education at Simpson.

“If a student qualifies for Cal and/or Pell grant funding and is eligible for the Carr & Camp Fire Scholarship, he or she could attend Simpson University for about $4,000 a year,” Dr. Hall said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for young women and men to obtain a high-quality education at a faith-based institution known for its service, personalized attention and impressive access to jobs after graduation.”

The scholarship is a natural and tangible way for the university to help families impacted by the fires, he noted.

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President Norm Hall, kneeling, with community volunteers who came to campus to help as Simpson University served as a rest, evacuation and donation center during the Carr Fire.

“So many nonprofits, businesses, churches, individuals and community groups have helped and continue to help by lending their time, resources, creativity and expertise to rebuilding efforts,” Dr. Hall said. “Simpson University is the North State’s hometown university and is thankful to be able to offer financial aid for those wanting to earn a college degree.”

The Carr & Camp Fire Scholarship pays a majority of a student’s tuition, allowing a student to maximize federal and state aid to pay for remaining tuition and residential housing.

Learn more about the Carr & Camp Fire Scholarship and apply online at simpsonu.edu/carrcampfire.

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

Simpson University to Host Free Practice SAT and Math Competitions

REDDING, Calif.–Simpson University’s Science and Math Department will host two free events for North State students in February.

A Practice SAT for high school juniors and seniors will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 16, in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 203, on the campus at 2211 College View Drive.

Test results will be available by 3 p.m. the same day. Register free at simpsonu.edu/freepracticesat.

Simpson will also host a free American Mathematics Competition from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Owen Center room 204. The AMC is part of a series of competitions that lead all the way to the International Mathematical Olympiad.

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The AMC 10 test will be given to students in 10th grade or below. The AMC 12 will be given to students in 12th grade or below. Register free online at simpsonu.edu/amcexam.

Learn more about Simpson University’s science and math programs at simpsonu.edu/science and simpsonu.edu/math.

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and more than 2,500 from its School of Education. It has a highly ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

 

Simpson University Partners with Crown College to Teach ‘Virtual’ Class

REDDING, Calif.—In a new joint venture between colleges of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, Simpson University is sharing a sociology class in “real time” with Crown College in Minnesota.

Dr. Craig Cook, who serves as dean of Simpson University’s School of Education, taught at Crown College from 2004 to 2012 and has a degree in sociology. He is teaching the general education course in a face-to-face format at Simpson while interactively “livestreaming” it to a classroom at Crown.

“Combining resources in this way is economical, but it’s also exciting to collaborate,” Dr. Cook said. “One goal is to heighten the interaction between our two colleges and our students, who share a common denominational heritage.”

Simpson University and Crown College are two of the four U.S. colleges affiliated with The C&MA denomination. The others are Toccoa Falls College (Georgia) and Nyack College (New York).

In his Simpson classroom, Dr. Cook uses a 360-degree “Owl” camera that follows a speaker around the room. His students see a screen showing the classroom at Crown. The Crown students have two screens: one showing PowerPoint slides related to course content and one showing the Simpson classroom.

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Simpson University’s Dr. Craig Cook talks to Crown College Provost Scott Moats after the second joint class session. The “Owl” camera, front center, follows voice sounds.

The technology allows for live questions and answers. “I told the students this class is going to have a different rhythm,” Dr. Cook said. “It may feel awkward at first, but let’s hang with it. The goal is learning and getting the information to you in an effective way.”

Dr. Scott Moats, provost at Crown College, first broached the collaborative idea with C&MA colleges and hopes to eventually write a paper about this new learning partnership between institutions.

“This is our second semester at Crown of working with this technology, and we learn more each class and each semester,” Dr. Moats said. “The Crown/Simpson collaboration is one of, I hope, many steps where we can begin to think about ways to collaborate and strengthen our institutions. I am excited to work with Dr. Cook on this project and have the highest regard for his knowledge of sociology and his understanding of pedagogy. He is the perfect partner for an experiment of this nature.”

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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.

Red Bluff Resident Earns Simpson University Degree

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University offered Riley Graham a way to finish her college degree while working full time and maintaining an active life outside the office and classroom.

The Red Bluff resident was one of about 140 students who graduated Jan. 12, including 72 from the School of Adult Studies ASPIRE program. ASPIRE, which offers evening classes, allows busy adults to complete a bachelor’s degree in 12 to 16 months.

Graham majored in organizational leadership, choosing the online option, which was ideal for her work schedule.

“The ability for me to complete a degree in 12 or 16 months was something I could not pass up since I work full time and had to be able to support myself financially while I finished school,” she said. “If it weren’t for this program, it would have taken me twice as long to graduate.”

After high school, Graham attended Shasta College, where she played soccer for two years. She then transferred to Purchase College in New York, where she continued to play collegiate soccer and work toward a psychology degree.

“After my first season there, I had an injury that kept me from playing, so I moved home to finish my degree,” she said. She took more classes at Shasta and started a full-time job at a bank in Red Bluff. She took a full year off school, then started the ASPIRE program in 2017.

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“I have a pretty hectic life between work, school, coaching, playing recreational soccer, and making time for friends and family,” Graham said. “The ASPIRE program gave me the opportunity to better myself academically while not taking away from any other part of my life.”

Graham hopes to now get her teaching credential in special education. “The knowledge I have gained in the program will help me better myself as a person and in my future classroom, where I hope to change the lives of students for years to come,” she said.

Though it was challenging to juggle the demands of full-time work and studies, Graham said she learned that “you really can do anything if you put your mind to it. There is a way, though sometimes you have to work a little harder for it.”

She said she would recommend the ASPIRE program to anyone looking to get their degree while juggling other responsibilities.

“All the professors were awesome and so helpful,” she said. “I also had an amazing counselor who helped everything go smoothly. It was a great experience from start to finish.”

Learn more about Simpson University’s School of Adult and Graduate Professional Studies at simpsonu.edu/aspire.

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Established in 1921, Simpson is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. The university has been in Redding almost 30 years and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. Simpson was named as one of the 2018 Colleges of Distinction and is home to a 2-year-old Veterans Success Center. Academic programs include 25 undergraduate majors, the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Theological SeminarySchool of Education, and School of Adult and Graduate Professional Studies.

Nearly 4,000 North State residents have completed their bachelor’s degrees through Simpson’s ASPIRE program, which offers classes online and on campus during evenings and weekends. For more information about Simpson University, visit simpsonu.edu.

Simpson University Celebrates 140 Fall, Winter Graduates

REDDING, Calif.–Simpson University honored approximately 140 graduates during a Jan. 12 ceremony inside the James M. Grant Student Life Center.

It was the first Simpson commencement ceremony for new President Norm Hall, who began his role in June. “If you ever get to do that, it is truly a treat,” he told the crowd after conferring degrees and shaking hands with each graduate.

In his charge to the undergraduate and master’s students, he urged them, “Be the ‘big time’ where you are. Be … Christ … wherever you are, whatever you do — to raise families that respect and love one another and practice the principles taught by our Lord and Savior.”

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The Rev. Ray Van Gilst, superintendent of the Central Pacific District of The Christian and Missionary Alliance and a university board member, was the commencement speaker, on the topic of “You Are Indispensable,” based on I Corinthians 12:14-25.

Simpson University traditionally holds commencement twice a year—an indoor ceremony in January for summer and fall graduates, and an outdoor event in April for spring graduates.

Watch a video of the ceremony at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn_UEN7YIJg.

Photos by Peter Martinez

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Established in 1921, Simpson is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. The university has been in Redding almost 30 years and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. Simpson was named as one of the 2018 Colleges of Distinction and is home to a 2-year-old Veterans Success Center. Academic programs include 25 undergraduate majors, the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Theological SeminarySchool of Education, and School of Adult and Graduate Professional Studies.

Nearly 4,000 North State residents have completed their bachelor’s degrees through Simpson’s ASPIRE program, which offers classes online and on campus during evenings and weekends.

For more information about Simpson University, visit simpsonu.edu.

Simpson University for Seniors Accepting Students for February Classes

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

The non-credit, no-homework classes, which begin Feb. 4, 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 Acts of the Apostles. The history of the early Church, beginning with the ascension of the resurrected Christ. His disciples were empowered by the Holy Spirit to be His witnesses, beginning in “Jerusalem…and to the ends of the earth.”  They encountered problems and had differences of opinion on various subjects. The Gospel was proclaimed to both Jew and Gentile. PresenterDr. Glenn Schaefer

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. The presenter was born in Estonia when the country was under the control of the USSR.  He will share his story of what life was like as a Christian living in that environment. Topics also include the history, geography, climate, culture, language and economics of the country—then and now. Presenter: Richard Jurgens

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 Caity at (530) 226-4978.

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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 Completes Nursing SIM Lab Expansion

REDDING, Calif.—In partnership with Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center Redding, Simpson University has expanded its nursing simulation labs to facilitate more training for students and nurses.

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing expansion includes three additional simulation beds and manikins, which can “breathe” with chest rise and fall, speak, and be programmed with vital signs, among other features. That brings the total of manikins in the university’s simulation lab to 13.

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“This additional simulation space helps prepare more students for real-life patient scenarios,” said Kristie Stephens, dean of the School of Nursing. “With the aid of these high-tech tools, our exceptional faculty, staff and students are helping build the vision and future of healthcare.”

Simpson University nursing students use the clinical skills labs throughout the school year. In addition, more than 650 nurses and respiratory therapists annually utilize the simulation manikins through the Education Department at Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center Redding.

“These manikins are vital to our ability to simulate real-life patient scenarios, such as in early intervention for sepsis, emergency response, and other patient crisis situations,” said Sandra Rock, manager of education at Dignity Health. “This training helps us to improve our patient outcomes. We are excited for this expansion and are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Simpson in supporting their simulation lab.”

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In 2011, Simpson launched a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program, expanding its nursing educational options, which also include a 12-month RN-BSN Track. In 2014, the university dedicated a new 30,000-square-foot Science and Nursing Center. The nursing center was named the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing in 2016 in honor of a longtime university board member, former nurse and former president of Butte College.

In 2018, the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing was listed as the 17th best nursing program in California by RegisteredNursing.org. Nursing programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students toward licensure and beyond. The School of Nursing was also listed at No. 14 in Niche’s 2017 Best Colleges for Nursing in California.

The School of Nursing has graduated more than 165 four-year bachelor of science in nursing students since 2011. In addition, nearly 170 students have graduated from Simpson’s RN-BSN Track, designed for registered nurses who want to obtain their bachelor’s degree.

In addition to its national CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) accreditation, the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is also accredited by the Western Senior College and University Commission and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

The university now offers fall and spring cohorts for students in the four-year nursing program.

Learn more at simpsonu.edu/nursing.

Top, Simpson University President Norm Hall, right, and Dr. Tom Perry, a medical doctor and university board member, stand inside the new addition to the simulation lab in the Science and Nursing Center. Dr. Perry takes Simpson nursing students on a medical missions trip to Mexico during spring break. / Center: The expanded lab includes three new manikins, bringing the total to 13. / Bottom: Simpson nursing students gain hands-on patient experience with the manikins.

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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.

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

REDDING, Calif.—Five Shasta County Teachers of the Year from 2017-18 and 2018-19 will be featured panelists during a special Better and Stronger Together event at Simpson University on Thursday, Jan. 17.

The free event, from 4 to 7 p.m. inside the James M. Grant Student Life Center, also includes dinner and the chance to win prizes such as an iPad and Echo Dot. All California educators—including administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, etc., from public, private charter, and homeschools—are welcome. Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/better-stronger-together-simpson-university-tickets-52691476625.

This year’s theme is personalized learning. Participants will hear via video from Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally acclaimed expert on creativity and innovation; then local panelists will talk about their experiences, as well as answer questions.

Panelists include 2017-18 Teachers of the Year Holly Jones (Boulder Creek Elementary), Jennifer Marty (Sequoia Middle), and Matt Fowler (Foothill High), and 2018-19 Teachers of the Year Brian Grigsby (Shasta High) and Paul Burbank (Millville Elementary).

 


This is the fourth year Simpson University has served as one of the host sites for a Better Together: California Teachers Summit. The university had to postpone the original event, which took place statewide on July 27, due to the Carr Fire.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer a dinner and panel discussion in the Better Together format for North State teachers, administrators, teacher candidates, instructional aides, school psychologists, librarians, and all educators,” said Dr. Craig Cook, dean of Simpson’s School of Education. “It isn’t often that you get five county Teachers of the Year together in the same room. We hope many will take advantage of this free network and resource-sharing event and bring a colleague or two or three.”

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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.