Simpson University Holds Bass Fishing Luncheon with Pro Angler Jimmy Reese

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University celebrated its new bass fishing team with an introductory BBQ event on campus Oct. 19 that featured pro angler Jimmy Reese and drew community members and high school anglers.

More than 50 people attended the outdoor event, which included boats on display from Harrison’s Marine & RV and others, food from Logan’s Roadhouse, fishing demonstrations from team members, giveaway drawings, and more.

 

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Rick Healy of Q97 radio emceed the event, which included welcomes from President Norman Hall and team coach Alex Thiemann, and remarks from Reese, whose son, Sheldon, is a member of Simpson’s inaugural team.

Three of the six bass fishing team members also spoke at the luncheon: Sheldon Reese from Ukiah, Taj White from Phoenix, Ariz., and Luke Blanchard from Vancouver, Wash.

“We knew that the North State had some of the most beautiful lakes in the nation,” Dr. Hall said. “We said, look folks, in the Midwest they’re tearing it up with bass fishing teams. There’s no reason we shouldn’t start one.”

Thiemann, who competed in the FLW College Fishing Series and created a fishing club at Leland High School in San Jose, was tasked with launching Simpson University’s bass fishing team in May and said he is excited by the team’s growth in just a few months.

 

“We’ve got these young men and women who are here to serve the Lord, serve their team and their community, as well as service their own development academically,” Thiemann said. “I’m contacted almost daily from people who are finding out about our program. I no longer have to tell people about us; they want to know who we are and are reaching out to us, which is awesome to see.”

Jimmy Reese shared the story of how he went from starting a float tube fishing club in Sonoma County to becoming a professional angler competing on the FLW Tour. His journey included a decision to stay on the West Coast for seven years while he and his wife raised their children. Reese is also a professional marketer, helping build company brands as he tours.

“Time on the water – you can’t replace it. The more time you have on the water is how you learn,” he said. “That’s what I did.”

Sheldon Reese shared of his meeting coach Thiemann at the High School Fishing National Championship at Pickwick Lake in Alabama in June.

“We talked about the school, and I decided to myself, I want to go here. I want this to be the next chapter of my life,” he said. “I came home, set up a meeting and toured the school. It’s a great place and a great community.”

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Simpson University Bass Fishing Team members Sheldon Reese, left, Taj White, and Luke Blanchard share at a luncheon event about how they came to the university.

White also qualified for the national championship in Alabama. He got a phone call on the way home saying he was eligible for a Simpson University scholarship.

“I’m proud to be on the bass fishing team and couldn’t be happier,” he said. “It’s been a long road so far, but this is my passion. It’s a lot more than fishing to me.”

Blanchard said he grew up fishing but is new to the tournament aspect of the sport. He was at a Bible school in England when he realized the state university he wanted to attend wasn’t the right fit for him. “I wanted a smaller community with Christian people around me,” he said. When he returned home, he talked to his parents and contacted Simpson University.

Jimmy Reese thanked those in attendance and said Simpson University has been a blessing to his family.

“Simpson University is giving support for some dreamers,” he said. “The future of our sport is very bright, and it’s because of people who are creating opportunities for the kids here.”

Learn more about the Simpson University bass fishing team at simpsonredhawks.com/bassfishing. Follow on Facebook at @SimpsonBassTeam and on Instagram @simpsonbass.

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Photos by Chyna Xiong / Top, pro angler Jimmy Reese, left, with Simpson University Bass Fishing Team members Taj White and Sheldon Reese at an Oct. 19 BBQ event on campus.

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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 has launched 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 Pro Angler Jimmy Reese for Bass Fishing Luncheon

REDDING, Calif.–Simpson University will host pro angler Jimmy Reese on campus Oct. 19 for a BBQ event showcasing the university’s new bass fishing team. All are welcome to attend and meet Reese, as well as coach Alex Thielmann and the team, which recently competed in its first college tournament.

The 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. event will be outside the dining center, with parking in the gym lot off Shasta View Drive. Logan’s Roadhouse will provide complementary BBQ. Attendees have a chance to win an overnight stay and a day fishing with Jimmy Reese on Clearlake.

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Learn more about the Simpson University bass fishing team at simpsonredhawks.com/bassfishing. Follow on Facebook at @SimpsonBassTeam and on Instagram @simpsonbass.

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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 has launched 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 Tent America 2019 Worship Event

REDDING, Calif.–Simpson University will be a host site Oct. 17-19 for Tent America 2019, a national event on college campuses organized by Awaken the Dawn. All are welcome to join this event, which features 50 consecutive hours of worship, starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 17. Churches from throughout the area will be participating.

Awaken the Dawn began in 2017 when almost 50,000 people and 1,600 worship teams from all 50 states gathered for three days of worship and prayer in the nation’s capital. Last year, tents of worship were on 101 university campuses. This is the first time Simpson University has participated as a host site.

“A couple months ago we began to pray and think about a major worship event on our campus,” President Norman Hall said. “This is about being a light on a hill.”

“This event is dedicated to nonstop worship with some gospel proclamation,” said José Palos, director of spiritual formation. “We’re honored that we were asked to host it here.”

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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 has launched 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.

 

‘Colliding Black Holes’ on Docket for Simpson University’s ‘Encounters in Science and Mathematics’ Night

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University invites the community to a discussion on “Quantum Teleportation, Einstein and Colliding Black Holes” and interactive lab demonstrations during its fourth “Encounters in Science and Mathematics” night on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

The event, organized by the university’s Science and Mathematics Department, will feature guest speaker Dr. Hyung S. Choi, a visiting professor of physics and engineering and director of the Quantum Information Lab at Greenville University in Illinois.

Refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 204, followed by Dr. Choi’s presentation at 7 and lab demonstrations and an open house in the Science and Nursing Center at 8 p.m.

Dr.Choi.jpgDr. Choi is a visiting scholar at Simpson University. In addition to his work at Greenville University, he has served as director of mathematics and physical sciences at the John Templeton Foundation, where he led more than 30 international research programs in physics and mathematics. He also was a visiting researcher at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University; visiting Fellow at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University; and a Witherspoon Fellow at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley.

Dr. Choi received a bachelor of science in physics from Kyung Hee University; completed graduate study in particle physics at Seoul National University; and received a Ph.D. in physics from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Admission is free, and all are welcome. Simpson University is at 2211 College View Drive in northeast Redding.

Learn more about the Science and Mathematics Department at simpsonu.edu/science.

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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 has launched 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 Outdoor Leadership Offers Experiential Learning

REDDING, Calif.—When he’s not in the classroom—or exploring the beautiful North State mountains and rivers close to campus—Simpson University professor Scott Barnett might be found overseas, helping train local leaders in outdoor leadership.

Dr. Barnett, who runs the Outdoor Leadership Department at Simpson, works with an organization called Global Outreach Group, whose mission is to train local leaders to use camp programs in their cultural context.

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Dr. Scott Barnett, Simpson University Outdoor Leadership professor, far right, spent time in China this spring running outdoor leadership training for campus.

In May, Dr. Barnett traveled to Beijing, Qingdao and Yangshuo in China to run outdoor leadership training for camps. During spring break 2018, he taught Chinese church leaders in Shanghai how to use experiential learning principles in their camp programming. He has done similar trainings in Russia, South Africa and Kenya.

“Outdoor programs are blossoming in China and many other countries around the world,” he said. “Since they have very few people experienced in the field, they are eager to have people come to train them.”

Dr. Barnett used his relationships in China to connect Simpson University Outdoor Leadership student Sean Tiner, who spent a few weeks of his summer helping run camps. Tiner’s experience is just one of the many hands-on opportunities for Outdoor Leadership students to learn outside the classroom.

Outdoor Leadership majors are required to participate in an Immersion Semester, where they practice facilitating growth through adventure as they spend approximately 40 days of the semester on wilderness excursions. The semester also includes an exercise in intentional Christian community as classmates live together in a cabin east of Redding.

 

“A unique Simpson University focus is not just training students for the outdoors, but also training them through the outdoors,” Dr. Barnett said. “We aren’t just preparing them for vocations in the outdoors, we use the outdoors as a classroom to help shape and mold them into better leaders and people who will make a difference for the kingdom of God, no matter what field they are called to work in.”

This semester six students are participating in Immersion. They have already gone backpacking in the Marble Mountain Wilderness west of Redding and done a whitewater rafting and kayaking trip on the Klamath River. Students who complete the Immersion Semester can earn a Certificate in Wilderness Leadership. This program is open to Simpson students regardless of major, as well as to students studying at other colleges.

“Simpson University is in a nearly ideal location to teach in and through the outdoors,” Dr. Barnett said. “National parks and wilderness areas are easy day trips away. We have lakes, waterfalls, myriads of hiking trails and access to some of the most beautiful natural areas in the country.”

 

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Beyond its location, he notes, Simpson University Outdoor Leadership stands out in its emphasis on community. “Simpson is a place where the relationships you build, the community that you develop, is a core component of your overall learning experience,” he said.

Experiential learning is a key element of the Outdoor Leadership program, which weaves theory and practice together. “This goes not only for hard skills like wilderness navigation and group facilitation, but also for soft skills like learning to serve others, be a good leader and follower, and seeking ways to care for God’s creation,” Dr. Barnett said. “It is very hard to learn to be a better leader and follower of Christ just by hearing about it in the classroom. We feel these things need to be learned by doing them.”

Simpson University is the only Christian college on the West Coast to offer an outdoor leadership program. In its 11th year, the program has graduated women and men who are working as leaders at adventure companies, universities, camps, recreation centers, and more.

Learn more about the Outdoor Leadership program.

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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.