Simpson University Inducts 11 Students Into Honor Societies

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University recognized the academic and leadership achievements of 11 students on Nov. 15 with induction into two honor societies.

Eight students were inducted into Alpha Chi, a national college honor society. Admission into Alpha Chi is by invitation-only to the top 10 percent of undergraduate juniors and seniors who demonstrate superior scholarship and character.

The following fall 2019 inductees were presented by Dr. Tim Orr, assistant professor of history:

Eliana Christenson, Jennifer Douglas, Sandy Lule, Chloe Lynch, Lydia McGaffee, Mariah Moss, Lauren Risling, and Joel Schmidt.

In addition, three students were inducted into Alpha-Omicron-Xi, the Simpson University chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national honor society in history. Phi Alpha Theta has more than 350,000 members and 820 chapters. Simpson University’s History Department received approval for a chapter in 2013. To become a member, undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in history, achieve at least a 3.1 grade-point average in history and an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

Dr. John Ayabe, associate professor of history, presented the fall 2019 new members: Paul Bigelow, Mallory Knight, and Maddison Whitmer.

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From left, Drs. John Ayabe and Tim Orr, with student inductees of Alpha Chi and Phi Alpha Theta: Sandy Lule, Mariah Moss, Maddison Whitmer, Paul Bigelow, Mallory Knight, and Eliana Christenson; Dr. Dale Simmons (provost), and Dr. Norman Hall (president). 

For more information about all Simpson University programs, visit simpsonu.edu. Learn more about the history program at simpsonu.edu/history.

Top photo: Members of Alpha-Omicron-Xi, Simpson’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, from left: John Sturges (senior and Chapter President), Mallory Knight (junior and new inductee), Joshua Ladner (senior), Paul Bigelow (senior and new inductee), Michelle Brady (’19 graduate), Maddison Whitmer (senior and new inductee), Dr. John Ayabe (faculty advisor Phi Alpha Theta).

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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 Inducts Adult Studies Students into Honor Society

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies inducted five summer and fall graduates into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society on Nov. 18.

Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national honor society for continuing education students who are in the top 20 percent of their class and who demonstrate superior scholarship and leadership abilities.

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The following students were inducted:

Shawn Ruta (Redding) enjoys volunteering with the Shasta County Addicted Offender Program, sharing his story of recovery and hope for others, and coaching a variety of sports. His goal is to obtain a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and open a ranch-style facility with his family to help adolescents in need.

Kristin Benson (Redding) works as a special education instructional aide and has spent over a decade volunteering in classrooms, school functions, and extracurricular activities. She plans to earn a teaching credential through Simpson University’s School of Education.

Alexis Casiday (Redding) served in the U.S. Navy. She volunteers with the Child-Watch program and Veterans Home and is a representative at the Crime Victims Assistance Center for the Northern California Anti-Trafficking Coalition. She hopes to use her passion to help others in a missionary capacity.

Laura Martin (Redding) serves as a youth pastor, helping mentoring young girls. She was recently promoted to human resource recruiter at her current job. Her future aspirations include being a CEO of her own company and a public speaker.

Catherine Myers (Red Bluff) has served in the community, gone on mission trips, coached soccer, and co-led children’s ministry programs at her church. Her goal is to earn her teaching credential through Simpson University’s School of Education and become a fourth-grade physical education teacher.

Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies degree-completion program offers bachelor’s degrees in organizational leadership (online or on campus), business management, psychology (online or on campus), and liberal studies. The programs are designed for working adults and allow students to complete their degree in 12 to 16 months.

Learn more at simpsonu.edu/aspire.

Top Photo: Alpha Sigma Lambda inductees from Simpson University, from left: Catherine Myers, Kristin Benson, Shawn Ruta, Laura Martin, and Alexis Casiday.

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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 Welcomes First Upward Bound Graduate on Campus

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University freshman Angelina Yang wants to go big.

This 18-year-old dreamer is the first person in her family to go to a university. She’s the oldest of six children born to a Hmong father and American mother. Born in Fresno, she has lived in Crescent City and graduated from high school in Anderson.

And she wants to become a clinical or criminal psychologist.

Two years ago, Angelina heard about a new program being offered at Anderson Union High School called Upward Bound. This federally funded educational program is designed to give first-generation and/or economically disadvantaged students better opportunities to attend college.

“I heard details and believed it was a really great opportunity for me, so I signed up,” she said. “The advisors were super helpful. I wanted help with finding the right college and getting support.”

In 2017, Simpson University was awarded a $5.7 million, five-year grant to administer the Upward Bound program at four area high schools: Anderson, West Valley, Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta. Angelina was one of 47 Upward Bound students from the four schools who have graduated in 2018 and 2019. Of those, 42, or almost 90 percent, have gone on to post-secondary education.

Angelina is the first North State Upward Bound student to choose Simpson University after graduation. She considered going to a community college, but “I wanted to go big,” she said, “so I chose Simpson.”

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Angelina Yang, fourth from right, and other Anderson High School students on an Upward Bound field trip.

Angelina was introduced to Simpson through an Upward Bound field trip. Upward Bound advisors arrange for students to visit colleges, museums, and other educational facilities throughout California, as well as helping them with résumés and other life skills to help them succeed after high school. (Though the advisors are employed by Simpson University through federal grant funds, they are prohibited from promoting just one college. Their role is to help students find the best educational fit for them.)

For the past two years, Simpson University has hosted an on-campus summer program for more than 100 Upward Bound students, during which they live in residence halls and eat in the dining center to give them an experience of college life. Angelina said she took classes at Shasta College for her summer program.

The welcome and help she received from admissions counselors and others at Simpson University convinced her this was where she wanted to be. With their help, she applied for and received financial aid and scholarships.

“Simpson has been a great experience,” she said, a few months into her first semester. “Everyone is so positive and gets you involved in everything. There is a great spirit here.”

Angelina has a brother and cousin in the Upward Bound program at Anderson High, and she plans to encourage her next youngest sister to participate as well. “Upward Bound majorly impacted my life,” she said. “I wouldn’t be here without them.”

Her family is excited and supportive about her being at Simpson University. “It really means a lot to them – their first child is going to college,” Angelina said. “Every time I see them they tell me how proud they are of me.”

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In 2017, Simpson University was awarded two federal grants totaling $10 million to help boost higher education success rates in Northern California. The seven-year GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant serves more than 800 middle and high school students in far Nor Cal. The five-year Upward Bound grant serves area high schools.

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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 Music Professor to Premiere Concerto in Portland

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University music professor Dan Pinkston will have an original composition premiered by the Tilikum Chamber Orchestra in Portland, Ore., on March 8.

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He also will travel to Dakar Academy in Senegal, West Africa, in April, to speak during their spiritual emphasis week, give guitar lessons and coach their musical groups and worship teams.

The March orchestral piece—a concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra—was commissioned by clarinetist Bruce Belton, a longtime supporter and performer of classical music in Northern California. Dr. Pinkston composed the piece during a weeklong residency at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden in October 2018.

Dr. Pinkston also is recognized as a 2019 semi-finalist for his excellence in composing orchestra music by The American Prize in Composition.

Dr. Pinkston, who grew up in West Africa and has taught at Simpson since 2001, chairs the Music Department. He has won numerous awards for his compositions, which include two symphonies premiered in the North State. He and his family live on campus as part of Simpson’s Faculty-in-Residence program.

Simpson University’s Music Department offers a bachelor’s degree in music with emphases in composition, music education, performance, worship ministries, liberal arts, and commercial music. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/music.

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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 Music, Biology Student Wins Vocalist Award

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University junior Hannah Schumacher will perform in a spring Shasta Symphony Orchestra concert after her selection as a winner in the orchestra’s Emerging Artist Solo & Aria Competition.

She will sing “Sì, mi chiamano Mimì” from “La Bohème” at a 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 concert in the Shasta College Theatre. Schumacher sang the selection for the Oct. 29 competition, which was open to young vocal and instrumental artists from throughout the North State.

“Performing in the Emerging Artist competition was a way for me to practice my skills and challenge myself, particularly in the realm of performance anxiety,” said Schumacher, who is from Elk Grove, Calif. “Being able to watch and compete with some of the highly talented local musicians was a wonderful and inspiring experience.”

Schumacher first attended Simpson University eight years ago. “I left after two years because I didn’t know what I was trying to accomplish,” she said. “After a few years of working, I finally found a reason to finish my education.”

She returned to the university, where she is double-majoring in biology and music with a concentration in applied voice. She hopes to teach high school biology after she graduates.

Schumacher’s voice teacher is Dr. Kristina Driskill, Simpson’s vocal faculty member.

“Simpson’s music program is unique because everyone associated with it is deeply passionate and committed to music and the success and enrichment of their students,” Schumacher said.

Dr. Steve Kim, director of choral activities at Simpson University, said audience members are in for a treat when Schumacher performs.

“Hannah has a full and rich tone and a wide range of tools to be expressive in her singing,” he said. “Her interpretation of the aria quickly captured the audience at the competition. She will be a bright star in the opera world.”


Schumacher will perform at the spring concert with fellow competition winners Emma White (voice) and Sophia Hackler (piano).

Learn more about Simpson University’s music program, which offers degrees in composition, music education, performance, worship ministries, music liberal arts, and commercial music, at simpsonu.edu/music. Follow the Music Department on Facebook at SimpsonUniversityMusic.

Photo courtesy Hannah Schumacher

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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 Activity Contributes $50M Annually to Redding Economy

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University generates an economic impact of more than $50 million annually in the city of Redding, according to Econsult Solutions, Inc.

In the six-county region of Shasta, Tehama, Trinity, Siskiyou, Lassen and Modoc counties, the private four-year university contributes more than $95 million to the economy through operations, capital investments, ancillary spending, and wage premiums.

Statewide, Simpson University is estimated to have an annual economic impact of $108 million, supporting 800 jobs.

“Simpson University actively cultivates an academic community that prepares its students for a lifetime of service in their professional and personal lives,” states Econsult Solutions’ report, released in October. “In pursuit of its mission, it is an important contributor to the vitality of the local, regional, and statewide economies.”

Econsult Solutions is a Philadelphia-based firm that provides consulting and analytical services for businesses, governments, and nonprofits in a wide range of industries. Simpson University obtained a grant through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities to help pay for the study.

The report details Simpson University’s local, regional, and statewide economic impact in the following areas:Screen Shot 2019-11-05 at 10.59.13 AM

In addition to Simpson University’s economic impact, the report also outlines its social and community impact. In 2018-19, university students, staff and faculty served an estimated 100,578 volunteer hours in the local area through music and athletic teams, nursing clinical rotations, tutoring services, mission trips, and support of Carr Fire first responders, who stayed on campus.

“Simpson’s core value of local and global service benefits both the students who are gaining leadership experience and the communities on the receiving end of such service,” the report states.

President Norman Hall said the report helps quantify the economic and social benefits of the university, which has been in the North State since 1989 and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2021.

“I am very proud to be part of Simpson University’s rich heritage as it nears its centennial,” he said. “We are privileged to live in a world-class region of outdoor adventure opportunities and consider ourselves a vital partner in Northern California communities in being able to offer excellent academic programs with a heart of service.”

See full report at Simpson University_Institutional-Brief_ESI-2019-FINAL(1).

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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.