BBC Top 100 Honoree Speaks at Simpson University ASPIRE Alumni Luncheon

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University welcomed about 75 adult graduates of its ASPIRE program to a special luncheon March 22 that featured alumna Jenny Davidson, one of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Top 100 Most Influential and Inspiring Women of 2018.

Davidson, who graduated in 2010 with a degree in organizational leadership, shared the gripping story of her journey from an abusive childhood, through deep grief at the loss of a son, to her current role as CEO of Stand Up Placer, an internationally recognized agency that works with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

In 2015, Stand Up Placer offered 37,000 services to the community. That number grew to 111,000 in just three years. In 2015, they helped 10 victims of sex trafficking; in 2018, they helped 229 victims.

“The thing that touches me most is knowing how we help kids,” Davidson said, noting that Stand Up Placer helped 100 children in 2015 and 450 children in 2018.

“We want to encourage people who have gone through trauma, that yes, you’ve had this nightmare, this storm, but you can get through it,” she said. “I’m happy to be able to share my story to show people you can go through a hurricane but still come out the other side alive and thriving and changing the world.”

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Davidson was presented with an award for Outstanding Service to Vulnerable Populations. Redding Police Chief Roger Moore, a ’95 ASPIRE alumnus, was also honored for his professional contribution in community leadership.

Simpson President Norman Hall welcomed the alumni, inviting them to stop him in town to tell him their stories. “Adult learners who have stepped out of the momentum of life to finish their degree are some of the most heroic people I have ever met,” he said. “You are doing some of the most inspiring stuff in our city.”

Simpson University’s ASPIRE program has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults. It offers convenient evening, weekend and online classes for those wishing to complete a bachelor’s degree in as few as 12 months. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/aspire.

Photos by Holly Kiker / Top: Jenny Davidson, left, CEO of Stand Up Placer, receives an award for Outstanding Service to Vulnerable Populations from Simpson University ASPIRE professor Beckie Luff.

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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 nearly 3,000 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, 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.

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

 

Simpson University Students Honored at Research Symposium

REDDING, Calif.—More than 350 attendees filled lecture halls to listen to 25 presentations and posters during Simpson University’s 9th annual Student Research Symposium on March 13.

The symposium is an annual event open to the public. It began in 2011 as a faculty initiative to give students an opportunity to share their research outside the classroom. Divided into morning and afternoon sessions, the symposium is modeled after professional academic conferences.

In addition to sharing their research with peers, faculty, and other visitors, the 34 student presenters were also competing for prizes. The Stanley Clark Research Awards were given to five outstanding presenters at a banquet following the symposium.

The award for Best Undergraduate Presentation went to Paul Bigelow, a history major from Redding, on the topic, “Of the End Times: Comparing Shi’i, Sunni, and Christian Eschatology.”

The award for Best Undergraduate Poster went to Taylor Baldwin, a psychology major from San Luis Obispo, on the topic of “The Effects of Small-Group Participation on Men’s Perceived Social Support, Attachment to Others, and Attachment to God-Figures.”

The award for Best Undergraduate Paper went to Lydia McGaffee, a psychology major from Lilongwe, Malawi, for her work entitled, “What is the evidence for PTSD as a Disorder of Memory? How Might a Cognitive Vaccine be Developed?”

The award for Best Graduate Poster went to Amy Chambers, a master of arts in counseling psychology student, on the topic, “Utilizing Somatic Experiencing for the Treatment of Trauma.”

The award for Best Graduate Paper went to Molly Finn, a master of arts in counseling psychology student from Chico, for her work entitled, “Barriers to Mental Health Services in the Latino Population.”

Award recipients receive a plaque and scholarship funds.

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The day’s events began with a free breakfast on the “plaza” and egg-drop competition and concluded with an Outdoor Leadership trail-food cook-off outside the Bean Scene.

The symposium opened with a plenary address by Ryan Collins, CEO of Bethel School of Technology, who wove the theme of “Momentum” into a discussion about his journey into the tech field and the opportunities present for Christians to have an impact. He encouraged students to look for ways to create and sustain momentum.

“Whatever you do, you need to do in excellence,” he said. “Our lives have to speak. We have to be excellent in what we do and who we are.”

Symposium committee member and nursing professor Misty Smith also shared opening remarks about the importance and rigor of scholarship.

“Once a project is completed, it must be shared to grow that body of knowledge,” she said. “The symposium offers students an opportunity to learn about work being developed by their peers … Scholarship is alive and well at Simpson University. Today, we pause to learn, grow and be inspired.”

In addition to Smith, symposium committee members include Drs. John Ayabe, Brian Hooker, Reg Watson, and Jennifer Costillo; and Dean of Students Mark Endraske.

The symposium awards are named after former Simpson University Provost Stanley Clark, an enthusiastic supporter of the research symposium. Following his 2012 retirement, Dr. Clark and his wife, Susan, established The Clark Endowment for Student Research to support student scholarly activity.

Learn more about the symposium and read descriptions of all the presentations at simpsonu.edu/researchsymposium.

Photos by Holly Kiker and Chyna Xiong / Top photo: Dr. Patrick Blewett, left, and President Norman Hall (right) stand with Stanley Clark Award winners Paul Bigelow (second from left), Taylor Baldwin, and Amy Chambers. Not pictured: Lydia McGaffee and Molly Finn.

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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 nearly 3,000 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, 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.

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

Simpson University, Shasta College Present Spring Concert Weekend

REDDING, Calif. – Redding’s two major educational institutions, Shasta College and Simpson University, will present a spring weekend, April 12-14, featuring great music of the world. Three concerts, two on the Shasta campus and one at the Simpson site, will highlight composers and favorite compositions from four continents and eight nations.

“Folk music is so ingrained in us as a community. This concert will showcase some of the best symphonic works based on melodies from the folk tradition,” said Jeff Specht, D.M.A., Music Director of the Shasta Symphony Orchestra.

“Spend part of this concert weekend on our campuses and you will rediscover the love language of our world – great music,” said Simpson’s Director of Choral Activities Kieun Steve Kim, D.M.A.

Simpson University’s spring concert – “If Music Be the Food of Love” – draws its title from the pen of Shakespeare and the scores of Henry Purcell, the most important English composer of his time. The program takes place Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the university’s James M. Grant Center. In addition to pieces by English composers Purcell and Britten, Simpson’s student chorale and community choir will present music from Germany, Ireland, Korea, the Philippines and South Africa. This taste of global music will include the whimsical Korean “Baby Shark,” downloaded 2.4 billion times on YouTube.

Shasta College spring concert 19Shasta College’s Spring Concert – “Symphonic Folks” – showcases Russian composer Alexander Borodin; Ralph Vaughan Williams of England; and the world-renowned Czech composer Antonin Dvorák. The Shasta Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Specht and the Shasta College Community Chorale, led by Elizabeth Waterbury, D.M.A., will present the concert twice – Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 14, at 3:00 p.m. in the Shasta College Theatre. Selections will include Polovtsian Dances, Serenade to Music, and the New World Symphony.

Musicians from both campuses will perform at each concert.

Shasta College tickets can be purchased at the door or at shastacollege.edu/tickets. Simpson tickets are available through eventbrite.com or at the door.

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About Shasta College: Shasta College is part of the California Community College system, which is the largest system of higher education in the world, with 115 colleges organized into 73 districts. Shasta College offers a wide range of programs and services, including counseling, tutoring, financial aid, performing arts and athletic events, student activities, veterans’ services, cultural events, lecture series, workshops, and art exhibits. 

 About Simpson University: 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 nearly 3,000 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.

The Shasta Symphony Orchestra: is a joint venture between Shasta College and Simpson University.  The SSO has three main objectives: to serve the educational needs of the students of Shasta College and Simpson University; to provide a place where students and skilled community musicians can continue to develop their talents; and to present quality, artistically enriching concerts to the general public.

Simpson University for Seniors Accepting Students for April Classes

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

The non-credit, no-homework classes, which begin April 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. – Christian Apologetics—Exercising Faith in a Doubting World. Apologetics is the branch of theology and philosophy that focuses on giving a reasoned defense for our Christian faith.  This class is an introductory but serious course focused on the major issues and approaches to Christian apologetics.  Topics include the nature and scope of apologetics, apologetics in the New Testament, evidentialist approaches, philosophical approaches, reformed apologetics, the challenge of scientific materialism, apologetics in a post-modern context, the problem of evil, and apologetics in everyday life. Presenter: Brian Larsen

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Writing Engaging Memoirs. Life experiences make each individual unique, meaningful and noteworthy.  Utilizing effective techniques, this class emphasizes these experiences by making the writing of memoirs fun, thoughtful and engaging. Presenter: Gera Unmack

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 Caitlin Griffin at (530) 226-4978.

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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 nearly 3,000 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, Bethel School of Technology Partner to Address Growing Tech Talent Shortage

REDDING, Calif.—In an effort to bridge the skills gap for in-demand tech jobs, Simpson University has formed a strategic partnership with Bethel School of Technology, a faith-based coding boot camp that teaches full-stack web development and data science. The partnership will allow students to learn immediately applicable skills online or in-person to enter the workforce as junior software developers and complete their degrees at Simpson while working.

“The Bethel Tech team understands the evolving educational landscape as well as the intellectual and technical skills needed for modern youth and second-career adults,” said Dr. Hall, president of Simpson University. “We hope our new alliance will spark other colleges and universities to look for unique solutions via cooperation with industry, ministry, and entrepreneurs. The success we are already seeing signals a new day in higher education.”

The U.S. has more than 500,000 open computing jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the U.S. Department of Labor projects the number will rise to 1 million by 2020. According to Course Report, the average starting salary for a software developer is $70,000, and U.S News and World Report ranked “software developer” as the top job in 2019.

“We believe the future of education should align with the future of work, and companies in all industries are in need of quality tech talent,” Bethel Tech’s CEO Ryan Collins said. “Additionally, companies are looking for technologists with high character, and our partnership with Simpson is a perfect blend of teaching both skill and character.”

Bethel Tech’s program transfers as 15 credits towards an associate or bachelor’s degree at Simpson, and students may be eligible to utilize Title IV funding as part of the partnership. Simpson has designated classroom space on its campus for a 12-week in-person program, estimated to start within the next year. The 33-week online Simpson-Bethel Tech program started in January 2019.

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About Simpson University

Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university moved to Redding from San Francisco 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 nearly 3,000 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, men’s volleyball, and women’s wrestling, as well as a bass fishing team. It is working on new programs in digital media/computer information systems, RN-BSN online, and 3:2 engineering. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and is offering new scholarships to traditional undergraduate students.

About Bethel School of Technology 

Based in Redding, CA, Bethel School of Technology, founded by Kris Vallotton, is a Christian faith-based software development boot camp that equips individuals to have high impact in the marketplace with the necessary skills and character to enter the job market for high-growth, in-demand IT careers. Bethel Tech launched as an online program in January 2018, and maintains a 95 percent month-over-month retention rate and an 83 percent job placement rate within 120 days of graduation.

For more information about Simpson University, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.

For more information about Bethel Tech, contact Siri Bergquist at siri.bergquist@bethel.com or visit www.betheltech.net

 

 

Simpson University, Bethel Tech to Host Panel on Higher Education, Technology

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University and Bethel School of Technology are hosting a free symposium titled “Aligning the Future of Work and Education” at 7 p.m. March 13, featuring experts in higher education, technology and the connection between the two.

Guests are invited to hear from Michael Clifford, a venture catalyst in the world of higher education; Dr. Norman Hall, president of Simpson University; Ryan Collins, CEO of Bethel School of Technology; Johanna Wilson, COO of Bethel School of Technology; and Chad McCulley, CEO of 511 Enterprises. This event will be moderated by Redding Mayor Julie Winter.

The panel will discuss topics that include aligning higher education with the purpose of work; where technology is headed in the workforce; and how higher education can adapt and provide solutions to fit an ever-increasing need. A case study of Simpson University’s partnership with Bethel School of Technology will be examined as an example of how higher education is adapting to the ever-changing needs of the workforce.

The panel will be held in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 204, on Simpson’s campus, 2211 College View Drive in Redding.

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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 nearly 3,000 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.

About Bethel School of Technology

Based in Redding, CA, Bethel School of Technology, founded by Kris Vallotton, is a Christian faith-based software development boot camp that equips individuals to have high impact in the marketplace with the necessary skills and character to enter the job market for high-growth, in-demand IT careers. Bethel Tech launched as an online program in January 2018, and maintains a 95 percent month-over-month retention rate and an 83 percent job placement rate within 120 days of graduation.


For more information about Bethel Tech, contact Siri Bergquist at siri.bergquist@bethel.com or visit www.betheltech.net 

Simpson University to Host Lions Club All-Star Basketball Games March 31

Media contact: Jim Reimer, rowdyreimer@gmail.com, or 530-605-5661

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University will host the Redding Breakfast Lions Club’s 24th annual boys and girls high school All-Star basketball games on Sunday, March 31. The university is located at 2211 College View Drive.

Athletes from throughout far Northern California will participate under the guidance of four volunteer coaches. Girls play at 4 p.m.; boys play at 6. Admission is a $7 donation, and children under 8 are free.

Half-time of each game will include a 3-point shootout among parents of team members. Proceeds from food sales will go to Special Olympics Northern California.

The Redding Breakfast Lions Club began the tournament in 1996 as a way to promote sports and activity for youth in the community.

This year, the boys and girls, who are divided into two teams each—North and South—will be coached by Jordan Freilich from Shasta High School, Mark Stephens from University Preparatory School, Keith Weber from Modoc High School, and Jeremiah Jones from Anderson High School.

“Both games promise an exciting afternoon of top-notch high-school basketball,” said Lions Club member Guy Piche, one of the volunteers who organizes the event. “Both the girls and boys teams are filled with talented stars from all over the North State.”

Area high school athletic directors and coaches nominate players for the All-Star teams. A Lions Club committee sorts through the nominations and works with the volunteer coaches to form the teams.

For more information, visit https://reddingbreakfastlionsclub.com/events-2/all-star-basketball/.

Team members and their high schools are as follows:

Girls North (Coach Keith Weber)
Morgan Michelon, Weed
Lily Hitchcock, Mount Shasta
Lauren Harper, Trinity
Crystal Perez, Butte Valley
Haily Valencia, Central Valley
Kristen Bickford, Modoc
Riley Wallen, Foothill
Nichole Yasumi, Modoc
Ellie Stewart, Lassen
Haylen White, Big Valley
Kloee Gray, Big Valley
Jenna Wallace, Foothill

Girls South (Coach Jeremiah Jones)
Gabby Rosalis, Anderson
Jadyn Matthews, Enterprise
Karina Archibald, Enterprise
Trinity Markham, Fall River
Sadasia Sengmany, Orland
Makenzie Hays, U-Prep
Carissa Twitchell, Red Bluff
Crysta Papesh, Anderson
Jenna Adkins, West Valley
Jessie Miller, Red Bluff
Ashlee Lewis, West Valley

Boys North (Coach Jordan Freilich)
Danny Formhals, Weed
Andres Munoz Nieves, Central Valley
Caden Cushman, Shasta
Shawn Scriber, Trinity
Kole Riccomini, Mt. Shasta
Kyle Jones, Dunsmuir
Xavia Martinez, Weed
Caden Turner, Shasta
Michael Rush, Modoc
Wyatt Black, Etna
Wyatt Larranaga, Modoc
Kody Bauman, Mt. Shasta
Josiah Hutt, Foothill
Tyler Robinson, Etna

Boys South (Coach Mark Stephens)
Kayden Jones, U-Prep
Matt Hernandez, Orland
Tyler Chan, West Valley
Adam Shoff, Enterprise
Lambert Salvatierra, West Valley
Cody Hooper, Anderson
Jordan Miller, U-Prep
Robie Davis, Anderson
Jeff Kask, Fall River
Jessie Lopez, Burney
Mark Stephens, U-Prep
Austin Larson, Redding Christian
Spencer Flynn, Mercy
Bryce Armstrong, Corning
Wyatt Hughes, Redding Christian
Khristian Clements, Enterprise

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The Redding Breakfast Lions Club, which has more than 45 members, supports numerous north state programs and organizations, including vision care, student speaking contests, swim and soccer clubs, YMCA, Flag Day programs, Sober Graduation, Turtle Bay programs, Special Needs Camp, Ronald McDonald Foundation for burn victims, youth literacy, youth violence prevention, diabetes camp, ministries feeding the homeless, Think Pink, Redding police K-9 unit, Christmas and Easter programs, and more.

Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson’s athletic department offers intercollegiate programs in men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, cross-country, and golf; women’s volleyball and softball; and men’s baseball and wrestling. New athletic programs starting in fall 2019 include track and field, swimming and diving, men’s volleyball, and women’s wrestling. For more information about Simpson University, visit simpsonu.edu.

 

Simpson University Invites Community to 9th Annual Student Research Symposium

REDDING, Calif.—The public is invited to sit in on thought-provoking presentations and participate in Q&A and poster sessions at Simpson University’s 9th Annual Student Research Symposium on Wednesday, March 13.

The free, daylong event features 25 presentations and posters by undergraduate and graduate students on topics from multiple disciplines.

Free registration will be from 8 to 10 a.m. outside the Bean Scene coffee shop on campus. Chartwells will provide breakfast vouchers for outdoor dining on Simpson Boulevard. Guests are welcome to purchase lunch in the campus dining hall.

From 9 to 10 a.m., the Science Department will sponsor an egg-drop contest at the Bean Scene patio.

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The opening plenary session will be at 10:20 a.m. inside the James M. Grant Student Life Center, featuring Michael K. Clifford, a venture catalyst in the world of higher education.

This year’s symposium theme is “Momentum.”

“We live in a world today that is experiencing rapid change and creating challenges for governments and social institutions,” said Dr. John Ayabe, chair of the symposium committee. “As a theme for this year’s symposium, momentum offers an opportunity for the university to consider the forces of change in our world from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and to engage students in conversations about opportunities and pitfalls of momentum.”

Throughout the day, participants will present their scholarship in 10- to 30-minute presentations in various classrooms. Seating at each session is limited and available on a first-come basis. A poster session with refreshments is scheduled from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Grant Center.

A schedule of sessions will be posted online at simpsonu.edu/researchsymposium.

This year’s presentations include titles such as “Of the End Times: Comparing Shi’i, Sunni and Christian Eschatology,” “The Cycle of Political Polarization in America,” “Sex, Guilt and the Church,” and “Is Home Birth Safe?”

The day will include a roundtable panel discussion of students and staff on “Momentum from Common Reading: Engaging Brené Brown’s ‘Braving the Wilderness’.” The Simpson community has been reading Brown’s book in the third year of On the Same Page, the university’s common reading program.

The symposium will conclude with an awards banquet for presenters in the Collord-Humphries room. The Stanley Clark Student Research Awards—named after former university provost Stanley Clark, a strong supporter of student research—will be presented to students for best research paper, best poster, and best research presentation in undergraduate and graduate categories.

Learn more about the symposium at simpsonu.edu/researchsymposium.

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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 nearly 3,000 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 Receives Institutional Accreditation Renewal

REDDING, Calif.— Simpson University has again received full institutional accreditation reaffirmation from its accrediting agency, as well as removal of a “probation” sanction issued in 2017.

The WASC Senior College and University Commission gave its decision on March 4, following an October campus visit from an accreditation team and a report from the university detailing steps taken to address concerns related to financial sustainability and strategic planning.

“This is very gratifying,” Board of Trustees member James Postma told Simpson employees during a meeting to announce the news on March 5. “It was a bit scary two years ago. To have come this far in this time is totally remarkable.”

The commission’s options included extending probation; moving the university to a “warning” status; or reaffirming accreditation.

The six-year reaffirmation comes with notice that the accreditation team will visit campus in two years to assure continued progress.

“This is no small feat,” President Norman Hall told employees. “In my 30 years in higher education, I have never seen an institution move directly from the probation sanction to accreditation without sanctions.”

In its March 4 notification letter, the commission commended the university for developing a comprehensive strategic plan; demonstrating serious engagement with issues of concern; creating a more efficient communication system for stakeholders; and installing a visionary and creative leader, among other things.

Dr. Hall credited the hard work of university leaders, faculty and staff in addressing the commission’s 2017 concerns.

 


Dr. Hall also noted that the WSCUC accreditation renewal comes as the university celebrates recent accreditation renewals for its School of Education and Veterans Success Center. The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, listed as the 17th best nursing program in California in 2018 by RegisteredNursing.org, holds national accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Simpson University recently announced the launch of new athletic programs in the fall, including track and field, swimming and diving, men’s volleyball, women’s wrestling, and a bass fishing team. Initiatives are also under way to add a digital media/computer information systems concentration, commercial music emphasis, and 3+2 engineering program in the fall.

Other programs in the works include social work and kinesiology, as well as exploring delivery of the university’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program in partnership with the Hong Kong Institute of Christian Counselors. The university is also partnering with Bethel School of Technology to offer degrees to students enrolled in the coding “boot camp.”

In January, Simpson announced a Carr & Camp Fire Scholarship for families impacted by either historic blaze. Each recipient who meets minimum qualifications will receive up to $60,000 over four years. The university is also starting similarly “aggressive” scholarships geared toward teachers, students in Northern California counties, Christian and Missionary Alliance students, and more, Dr. Hall said.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow Simpson news at simpsonunews.com. Follow Red Hawks athletics at simpsonredhawks.com.

Photo by Sarah Barrows / Simpson University President Norman Hall and Jennifer Fox, the university’s accreditation liaison officer, discuss the university’s accreditation status with Simpson employees and students during a March 5 meeting.

Video by Nathan Bruce 

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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 nearly 3,000 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 School of Education Honors 43 Students, Hosts 100 Local Educators

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s School of Education, which recently received full accreditation renewal for seven years, honored 43 students in two January ceremonies and hosted more than 100 local educators for a teachers summit.

“As the School of Education, we’re committed to preparing you for your life and calling of doing good while serving students,” Dr. Craig Cook, dean of the school, told recent graduates. “Each of you fulfills that calling in your own unique way, shaping the lives of students.”

 

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The School of Education, which offers master’s degrees and teaching and administrative credential programs, has graduated nearly 3,000, many of whom teach or serve as administrators in Northern California.

Among the most recent graduates were 16 students who earned a Master of Arts in Education and seven who earned their Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. They were honored in a medallion ceremony following Simpson University’s commencement on Jan. 12.

A Jan. 15 credential ceremony honored another 22 students who completed the teaching credential program, highlighting Student Teachers of the Year for Single Subject and Multi-Subject, as well as a Dean’s Cup recipient.

Within the same week, the School of Education also hosted 100 North State educators for a rescheduled Better and Stronger Together Teachers Summit. The original event, scheduled to coincide with the statewide summit on July 27, was canceled due to the Carr Fire.

The summit featured five Shasta County Teachers of the Year– Holly Jones, Jennifer Marty, Matthew Fowler, Paul Burbank, and Brian Grigsby—in a panel discussion about what the theme of “It’s Personal” meant to each of them as a teacher.

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Simpson University has been a host site for the statewide Better Together summit for the past four years. The free summit provides a networking, learning and resource-sharing platform for local educators.

The following Simpson graduates were honored during the medallion ceremony:

  • Outstanding Teacher Single Subject: Trey Nichols
  • Outstanding Student Teachers Multiple Subject: Bethany Holthaus and Natessa Burrone
  • Dean’s Cup: John Fitzpatrick

“This program is so special,” Burrone told the audience after receiving her award. “It has truly prepared me to become an educator, and I’m so thankful for that.”

Burrone shared that her mother passed away six years ago from cancer.

“This was a life-changing event that shaped the person I am today,” she said. “In my second phase of student-teaching, I was faced with a situation where I knew I had to open up to a student about my life more than I ever thought I would.”

A young boy in her classroom had lost his father in a recent accident, and his mother was terminally ill. “He was acting out toward his teachers,” she said. “Everyone tried to help him, but he was mad at all adults.”

One day the boy locked himself in a closet at school. Burrone said she sat with him and shared the story of losing her mom to cancer. “We talked for hours,” she said. “I became the person that understood him and he felt comfortable with me. He started coming to school again every day and called to tell me about his day. That’s how I know that everything we’re going through as teachers will be worth it.”

Holthaus said her student teaching experience taught her that “the most important thing” is not teaching Common Core state standards.

“It’s establishing a deep personal connection with each student,” she said. “We as teachers have to pour ourselves into them everyday and have faith that we make a difference.”

Learn more about Simpson University’s School of Education at simpsonu.edu/education.

Photos by Chyna Xiong, Matea Langston and Peter Martinez / Simpson University

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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 nearly 3,000 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 to Co-Host North State Educator Career Fair

REDDING, Calif.—The Simpson University School of Education will co-host the North State Educator Career Fair on March 21 with the Shasta County Office of Education in the Collord-Humphries Room on Simpson’s campus, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Anyone interested in education jobs should attend and bring their portfolio and resume.

Representatives from schools that are hiring teachers will be there, including from Del Norte and Modoc counties, Fall River Joint Unified School District, Antelope School District, and  Cascade Union School District, among others. Also represented will be the ATE Induction Program from the Tehama County Office of Education, the Shasta County Office of Education, Simpson University Graduate Education programs, and National University.

The cost for a table is $25 for vendors, for whom light refreshments will be available. Vendor registration is available online at this link.

For additional questions, contact Cherlyn Chairez at (530) 226-4942.

North State Career Fair Flyer

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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 nearly 3,000 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.