Simpson University Nursing Students Help During Coronavirus Crisis

REDDING, Calif.—When Shasta County’s Public Health Department reached out to Simpson University’s School of Nursing for aid in responding to local coronavirus concerns, nursing students stepped up to help field calls and provide the public with information as needed.

About 10 to 12 students from the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing are working in small groups at the center, training and assisting as needed, said Rebecca Swartzman, assistant professor of nursing.

The students have been trained to answer calls from medical providers in addition to answering health-related questions from community members.

“There is no better way for future healthcare professionals to increase their knowledge than by working in real time with a public health department that is actively handling a developing situation,” said Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency spokesperson Tim Mapes. “The agency is grateful to be working with the university’s nursing students and appreciates their eagerness to learn while assisting the county.”

As of March 27, the county had three confirmed coronavirus patients, one of whom passed away. The Public Health Department holds regular briefings to update the public and recently launched a new website, shastaready.org, designed to be a one-stop location for local information.

School of Nursing Dean Misty Smith also acknowledged the “unique opportunity” being afforded nursing students by the partnership with Public Health.

“The nursing students at the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing at Simpson University earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree that would provide the opportunity for them to be employed by governmental health agencies such as the public health department,” she said. “This opportunity meets community need and promotes student achievement of our program learning outcomes.”

The School of Nursing, which offers a four-year BSN program, as well as an RN-BSN program, is ranked among the top 10 BSN programs in California. The school has graduated more than 200 four-year BSN students since it opened in 2011. More than 175 students have graduated from the RN-BSN program.

In addition to the efforts of current nursing students, Simpson University nursing alumni are working in healthcare facilities throughout the North State and western U.S.

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Simpson University’s spring 2020 graduating cohort of nursing students

A recent “Inside Higher Education” article about healthcare students helping with the coronavirus outbreak emphasized the need for nursing schools to effectively train students in prevention protocols and infection containment.

Simpson’s School of Nursing teaches its students the importance of disease prevention and health promotion, with topics such as effective handwashing, during their semester of nursing courses. These foundational practices are enforced throughout their course of study, Smith said.

Learn more about the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing at simpsonu.edu/nursing.

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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 DistinctionSimpson has 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 Student Research Symposium Celebrates 10 Years of Scholarship

 By Hayley Wylie

REDDING, Calif. – The 10th annual Simpson University Student Research Symposium was held on Wednesday, March 11.

The symposium featured over 60 student participants, 40 different presentations, and one “live” painting done on-site throughout the day by Southern California artist Hyatt Moore.

Moore gave the symposium’s plenary address, titled ‘A Wonder,’ based on the symposium’s theme. He spoke on wonder in Einstein, wonder in the macro/micro, wonder in biblical literature, wonder in human beings, and wonder — how we get it and how we kill it.

During his message, Moore mentioned that the live painting he would be doing throughout the day – a portrait of Jesus from his painting titled “The Last Supper” — would include Simpson students’ fingerprints. “A fingerprint is an indicator that everyone is unique,” Moore shared.

He ended his message by encouraging listeners: “Let’s pay attention to the wonder around us.”

After his address, many students dispersed to the first session of the symposium — student presentations.

Amy Bernhard, a junior, read one of her short stories at the “Creating Wonder in the Literary Arts” section.

“It was such an amazing experience,” she said afterward. “I loved the interaction and discussion that the room held regarding our lives as stories.”

Connor Rowe, also a presenter and a senior at Simpson, gave a presentation on women during the French Revolution during the “Wonder of Gender in Historical Perspective” section.

“It’s a great opportunity to prove what I can do,” Rowe said when asked why he decided to present at the symposium this year.

Presenters weren’t the only ones enjoying themselves. Freshman Makayla Williams looked forward to going to different panels throughout the day.

“I think it’ll be interesting to see all the different perspectives of research that’s been done,” she said.

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Those attending the sessions included Redding City Council member Kristen Schreder, who attended a group presentation called “The Dignity Project” that took a comprehensive look at the problem of homelessness in Shasta County and offered a holistic approach to addressing the issue. Schreder commented during the Q&A session that followed each set of presentations.

“The students here asked the best questions I have been confronted with on this issue,” she said. “They were so thoughtful, and the report is incredibly thoughtful and has some really great ideas.”

She suggested the students reach out to any number of local nonprofits that could implement portions of their plan. “I really applaud your effort,” she said.

The day also included an egg-drop competition hosted by professor Michael Austin. Competitors created a contraption that would hold an egg in place – and keep it from breaking — as it was dropped from the third-floor Owen Center balcony.

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With Hyatt Moore’s completed painting on display behind her, Simpson University alumna Lydia McGaffee shares about her research experience at Simpson and while studying abroad at a banquet following the Student Research Symposium,

After a day of presentations, discussions, and posters, an art exhibit and banquet was hosted for student presenters, facility mentors and administration. During this, Moore revealed his final painting, and the winners of the Stanley Clark Student Research awards were announced.

The award for Best Undergraduate Presentation went to Isabel Harris, Rebecca Carmona, Claire Cozby, Tayler Lennier and Jonathan Liu on the topic, “The Dignity Project.”

The award for Best Undergraduate Poster went to Baylee Wiechecki, Jessilyn Ellenson, Brooke Larson and Alexis Thompson, on the topic, “A Historical Western Conceptualization of Sexuality in the 20th Century in View of a Christian Perspective.”

The award for Best Undergraduate Paper went to Connor Rowe on the topic, “The Other Sex in the French Revolution.”

The award for Best Graduate Presentation went to Haley Muri, on the topic “Struggles that LGBTQ Families Face and How the Satir Model May Support.”

The awards for Best Graduate Paper and Best Graduate Poster went to Colleen House, on the topic, “Finding Wonder After Childhood Cancer.”

The banquet featured guest speaker Lydia McGaffee, a 2019 psychology graduate and winner of Best Undergraduate Paper during last year’s symposium. McGaffee is a director at Camp Hope and applying to graduate school in clinical psychology. She shared about the importance of her time at Simpson, particularly her study abroad semester in Oxford, where she discovered her focus of study of interest.

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.

The symposium is an annual event that 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.

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

About the author: Hayley Wylie is an English major in her senior year at Simpson University. She is from Vacaville, Calif., and has served as editor-in-chief of The Slate, the university’s student newspaper.

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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 DistinctionSimpson has 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 Announces Move to Online Classes

REDDING, Calif.–Due to coronavirus concerns, Simpson University announced Friday that all classes will move to an online format through the remainder of the semester. The decision comes one week before spring break for Simpson. Student services will remain open for the rest of the semester.

In addition, the university has cancelled or postponed several large events on campus. Commencement, scheduled for April 25, is still being tentatively planned but under review.

All athletic events have been suspended until further notice.

University mission trips, which included spring and summer travel to Chicago, Mexicali, Mexico, Thailand, Taiwan, and India, have been suspended.

“Our priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff while seeking to maintain academic continuity and be responsible neighbors,” President Norm Hall said. “These are difficult decisions we, along with so many other schools and colleges, are making. We are thankful for the guidance of county public health officials and others working to keep the community safe and informed.”

The university is posting updates at simpsonu.edu/coronavirus.

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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 DistinctionSimpson has 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.

 

 

CANCELLED: Simpson University to Host Lions Club 25th All-Star Basketball Games

3/13/20 update: Due to coronavirus concerns, the All-Star games scheduled for March 29 are cancelled.

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

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University will host the Redding Breakfast Lions Club’s 25th annual boys and girls high school All-Star basketball games on Sunday, March 29. 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 Bill Elliott from Foothill High School, Todd Dwyer from Redding Christian School, Mark Stephens from University Preparatory School, and Scott Alexander from Redding Christian 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 Mark Stephens, U-Prep)
Ava Jackson, Shasta
Hailey Mena, Lassen
Melissa Mitchell, Foothill
Kaitlyn Hamilton, Trinity
Hayden Toney, Foothill
McKenzie Cassingham, Central Valley
Caitlyn Crosby, Lassen
Julia Crawford, Yreka
Meghan Weinrich, Willows
Allison Kandra, Tulelake
Hanna Parisio, Willows
Brooke Lafferty, Modoc
Julianna Flores, Shasta
Halliday Hubbard, Etna

Girls South (Coach Scott Alexander, Redding Christian)
Kylie Tiran, Burney
Tylia Lamar, Orland
Mianna Saechao, Enterprise
Sadie Alexander, Redding Christian
Jamie Kuchle, Mercy
Courtney Jones, Redding Christian
Faith Carmer, West Valley
Natalie Osborne, Fall River
Allisa Terras, Enterprise
Marissa Leighton, Fall River
Elizabeth Carlos, Mercy
Madison Steele, West Valley
Maci Clement, Red Bluff
Sammie Wunner, Redding Christian

Boys North (Coach Bill Elliott, Foothill)
Dojah Alido, Central Valley
Jivarqua Jordan Foster, Weed
Josiah Palumbo, Foothill
Yamir Moyan, Big Valley
James Lloyd, Modoc
Keelan Hahn, Happy Camp
Bekdoo Lewis, Foothill
Jackson May, Mount Shasta
Luke Lindsay, Foothill
Armal Dhinsa, Shasta
Grant Lane, Weed
J.T. Beasley, Shasta
Neal Growdon, Lassen
Simon Turner, Shasta
Ramon Strandberg, Dunsmuir

Boys South (Coach Todd Dwyer, Redding Christian)
Christian Teague, Anderson
Tyler Vickery, Redding Christian
Kobe Fuller, Enterprise
Marcus Francescut, West Valley
Logan Hanes, U-Prep
Brady Long, Corning
Justin Hinkston, Red Bluff
Jackson Black, Redding Christian
Tairin Daum, Burney
Ty Isaksen, Los Molinos
Tim Westlund, Fall River
Jermaine Mondaine, Enterprise
Will Caster, Hayfork
Trevor Jones, U-Prep
Jarom Oiler, Fall River

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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 this year include track and field, swimming and diving, men’s volleyball, women’s wrestling, and bass fishing. For more information about Simpson University, visit simpsonu.edu.

 

Simpson University Bass Fishing Team Earns Top 100 National Ranking

REDDING, Calif.—Wrapping up its inaugural season, Simpson University’s bass fishing team is the highest ranked college team in California and is listed in the top 100 in the nation.

The Bass Pro Shops School of the Year Standings presented by Abu Garcia rank 315 college teams who competed in one or more of the three national collegiate bass fishing tournaments held at the end of February.

Simpson University is listed at No. 98, ahead of Chico State (No. 99), CSU Sacramento (No. 157), UC Merced (No. 161), CSU East Bay (No. 164), CSU Fresno (No. 169), Cal Poly (No. 170), Sonoma State (No. 175), Sac State (No. 245), CSU Long Beach (No. 254), Humboldt State (No. 265), and USC (No. 311).

In January, Simpson teams placed first, fifth and eleventh at the Wild West Bass Trail College Series on their home waters of Lake Shasta. At the end of February, team members Nathan Phillips and Ryan Beaty placed No. 14 in the Yeti FLW College Fishing National Championship in Leesburg, Fla., out of 160 teams.

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Simpson University bass fishing team members Nathan Phillips, left, and Ryan Beaty earned a No. 14 finish in the FLW College Fishing National Championship in Florida in late February.

“We are very pleased to see such a high ranking in such a short amount of time,” coach Alex Thiemann said. “This meteoric rise is thanks to the strength of our student anglers, and their skill set as fishermen. We look forward to our next recruiting class, that will enable us to fish more tournaments with more teams.”

Bass fishing is a new club sport at Simpson University this school year, with six anglers participating under the guidance of Thiemann. The team has received generous support and sponsorship from local businesses, including Black Bear Diner, Harrison’s Marine & RV, and Phil’s Propeller.

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The Simpson University bass fishing team is recruiting for the 2020-21 school year. To learn more, contact coach Thiemann at athiemann@simpsonu.edu. Follow the team on Instagram at SimpsonBass or Facebook at SimpsonBassTeam.

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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 DistinctionSimpson has 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 10th Annual Student Research Symposium to Feature ‘Live’ Painting

REDDING, Calif.—Celebrating a decade of showcasing student academic excellence, Simpson University invites the community to participate in its 10th annual Student Research Symposium, which will feature a daylong “live” painting by artist Hyatt Moore.

The symposium on Wednesday, March 11, is modeled after professional academic symposiums and will feature more than 40 presentations and posters by more than 60 undergraduate and graduate students on topics from multiple disciplines. Visitors are welcome to sit in on thought-provoking presentations and participate in Q&As throughout the day.

Staging in the James M. Grant Student Life Center, Moore, a Southern California artist, will be creating a large painting as part of the event. Community members are encouraged to stop by throughout the day to observe the work in progress and are invited to participate by putting fingerprints on the canvas.

Free registration for the symposium will be from 8 to 10 a.m. outside the Bean Scene coffee shop on campus. Guests are welcome to purchase lunch in the campus dining hall. From 12 to 1:15 p.m., the Science Department will sponsor an egg-drop contest at the Bean Scene patio.

Moore will headline the opening plenary session at 10:20 a.m. inside the Grant Center, focusing on this year’s symposium theme of “Wonder.” Moore has been a full-time painter since 2004, with works displayed in galleries, organizations, homes and Christian colleges throughout the U.S. Prior to his becoming an artist, Moore served with Wycliffe Bible Translators, including five years as president. His varied background includes jobs as a draftsman for Shelby American (Cobra sports car), a technical illustrator for Lockheed Aircraft, art director for Surfer Magazine, and positions in printing and media direction in Guatemala and Papua New Guinea.

Artist Hyatt Moore talks about his painting of the Last Supper in this video. Moore will be on campus doing a “live” painting throughout the day on March 11.

The symposium’s theme of “Wonder” seeks to recognize the wonder that has sparked human curiosity, creativity, and exploration—fundamental qualities of student research. Indeed, the university exists as a place to satisfy that human capacity for wonder from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, said event organizers.

“The theme this year really embraces the whole idea for student research at a Christian liberal arts university,” said Dr. John Ayabe, chair of the symposium committee. “At Simpson, faculty work really hard to stimulate our students’ natural curiosity and sense of wonder, and for the past ten years, the symposium has become the platform for celebrating the results of that sense of wonder.”

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 3:45 to 5 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 “The Latinx Wondering Woman,” “The Worst Epidemic You Never Heard Of,” “The Wonders of Child Centered Play Therapy,” and “California’s Housing Crisis and What to do About it.”

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 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 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 Upward Bound Student Selected to County Board of Education

ANDERSON, Calif.—Bradley Ramsey, a junior at Anderson Union High School and a Simpson University Upward Bound program participant, has been selected to serve on the Shasta County Board of Education for the 2019-2020 school year.

Bradley is an exceptional student at Anderson High School and highly motivated to serve his local community. He also has a knack for solving problems and has taken part in board processes to find solutions to challenges that Shasta County schools are facing.

“It’s a unique experience, with many educational benefits, including experience in both local government and educational processes and having the ability to impact education in your local area,” he said.

Students selected to serve on the board were sent to attend the California Association of Student Councils (CASC) and Student Advisory Board on Legislation in Education (SABLE) Conference in Sacramento to represent District 1 in January 2020. The goal of the conference was to put student board member representatives together and allow them an experience of creating a proposal for the California State Senate. The idea is that the student proposals will eventually become a new bill to better the educational system in California.

Bradley’s group chose to focus on a bill that would improve school safety. And while they are still working on the project, their idea for a new bill involved creating a plan for when an active shooter pulls a fire alarm. “It was a long process with many challenges but overall very informative and educational,” Bradley said.

bradley_senateBradley and another member of his team were then selected to present their proposal to the Senate council. “It wasn’t much pressure, really,” he said. “Being able to talk to a senator was a great experience because it’s the chance to be able to talk to somebody that can actually do something with your ideas.”

Bradley seeks out opportunities for leadership. He is an active participant in the Science Bowl, the Robotics Club and the Boy Scouts of America, and he plans to enroll at Shasta College after graduation with the intent to transfer to a four-year university.

Article by Anthony Zippay, Upward Bound advisor

Photo: California State Assembly member Megan Dahle, left, with Bradley Ramsey, Student Board of Education representative for Region 1. Bradley is an Anderson High School student who participates in the Upward Bound program overseen by Simpson University.

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 About Shasta County Student Board Members:

Student Board Members, who are selected through an application and interview process, serve a one-year term on the Shasta County Board of Education. They provide important insight and input into the discussion of the Board and their ideas, thoughts, and concerns are listened to and reflected in decisions of the Board.

This unique opportunity for students to serve as Student Board Members provides them with an up-close view of the governance process. They gain a perspective of the educational systems, rules, regulations, and practices of the Shasta County Board of Education, Shasta County Office of Education, local school districts, and the California Department of Education.

Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and the Shasta County Board of Education is proud to serve together with our Student Board Members to directly influence the lives of children in Shasta County.

About Simpson University Upward Bound:

In 2017, Simpson University was awarded 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 grants serve area high schools providing student support services such as counseling, academic tutoring, college experiences and other academic and pre-college support services. 

About Simpson University:

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 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.