Simpson University Inducts Degree-Completion Graduates into Honor Society

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies recently inducted two North State graduates into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society during a special virtual ceremony.

Founded in 1946, 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 while also handling their life’s responsibilities.

The following students were inducted during the Zoom ceremony, which was also attended by university President Norman Hall and Provost Dale Simmons, as well as staff and instructors from the Degree-Completion Program:

Emkay Sikora

Emkay Sikora (Dunsmuir): Emkay is the tutoring services coordinator at College of the Siskiyous in Weed and the mother of two sons. She has always been active in her children’s activities and volunteered her extensive theater background to assist with school performances. In addition to being the president of the Psychology Club and the special events coordinator for the Multicultural Club at the College of the Siskiyous, Emkay has also led study groups and volunteered as a notetaker for the college’s Disabled Students Services Program. In May 2019, she was the student speaker at the college’s commencement ceremony. Emkay said she loves working with students and believes in the power of education to help women and men overcome social problems that include poverty and powerlessness. Her career goal is to become an academic advisor at a community college. Emkay also has a home business where she creates wool craftwork and teaches classes in wool needle felting.

Diana Rivera

Diana Rivera (Redding): Diana served in the U.S. Army in multiple leadership roles, including as a human resources specialist, first-line supervisor, and training and operations officer for approximately 10,000 soldiers. She volunteered at a local orphanage once a week in Honduras by helping organize field days, booths, food, and outdoor activities. Diana has also volunteered in schools, churches, youth groups, and daycare. Before the pandemic, she volunteered at her children’s schools once a week, helping with events and conducting reader’s theater groups. After her daughter was diagnosed with autism, and seeing how patient, understanding, and encouraging her daughter’s teachers were, Diana said she was inspired to do the same. She plans to attend graduate school to become a teacher, obtaining concurrent Multiple Subject & Education Specialist Credentials, Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Credential, and a Master’s in Education. She also plans to receive the CLAD Certification.

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/as.

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding 31 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 20 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally as one of U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West. The university is launching new programs in digital mediacomputer information systems, and engineering, and recently added athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team ranked No. 1 in California and No. 52 in the nation. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard. Simpson University contributes an estimated $50 million annually to Redding’s economy. It offers aggressive scholarships and is 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

Anglers Invited to Participate in 1st Simpson University Fundraising Bass Tournament

REDDING, Calif.—Ranked nationally as the top West Coast college team, Simpson University Simpson University’s bass fishing team is excited to announce a first annual fundraising tournament on its home waters of Lake Shasta on Dec. 12, in conjunction with Phil’s Propellers of Shasta Lake.

The team, which was ranked No. 1 among California college fishing teams and No. 98 in the nation after its inaugural season in 2019-2020, has been able to continue competing during the pandemic, with four team members qualifying for the 2021 College Fishing National Championship at tournaments in Clear Lake and the California Delta.

“Launching this annual event will pull double-duty as a fundraising event for the team, as well as giving back to our local community — providing a fun, family-friendly, and competitive experience,” said university bass fishing coach Alex Thiemann. “As we look to build on the early successes of our bass fishing program, we are hoping to add items such as a team boat, on-campus boat storage, and more.”

Organized and run by Phil’s Propellers Team Tournaments, the tournament has an entry fee of $50 per person, with cash prizes and a raffle for items donated by merchants and industry sponsors in support of the university’s bass fishing team. Each boat will constitute a team, and each team has a five-fish limit, 13-inch minimum. The Simpson University bass fishing team, which is not competing in the tournament, will receive 25 percent of the entry fee, with 75 percent paying back to winners. Team members will be at the event to help with check-in, weigh-in, and more.

Check-in will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 at Phil’s Propeller, 3037 Twin View Blvd., in Shasta Lake. Weigh-in will begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Bridge Bay Resort Marina on the docks. An awards ceremony will immediately follow.

The School of the Year rankings from Bass Pro Shops (Nov. 3) lists Simpson University at No. 52 nationally, the highest listed West Coast college team (some Western teams are not able to compete this season due to COVID-19 restrictions). 

In August, Simpson bass fishing team members Sheldon Reese and Taj White placed first in a college fishing tournament in the California Delta; team members Luke Blanchard and Nathan Phillips placed first in a September tournament at Clear Lake. The wins qualified them to compete in the upcoming national championship.

During last year’s season, team members Ryan Beaty and Phillips placed No. 14 in the Yeti FLW College Fishing National Championship, out of 160 teams.

For more information about the Simpson University Fundraising Bass Tournament and to sign up, click here. Interested anglers can also visit Phil’s Propellers to register.

To learn more about the Simpson University bass fishing team, contact coach Thiemann at athiemann@simpsonu.edu. Follow the team on Instagram at SimpsonBass or Facebook at SimpsonBassTeam.

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding 31 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 20 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally as one of U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West. The university is launching new programs in digital mediacomputer information systems, and engineering, and recently added athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team ranked No. 1 in California and No. 52 in the nation. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard. Simpson University contributes an estimated $50 million annually to Redding’s economy. It offers aggressive scholarships and is 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

Simpson University’s ‘Global Impact Week’ Returns to World Service Roots

Article by SU student Kaitlin Hergert

REDDING, Calif.–Simpson University’s WorldSERVE missions program recently celebrated Global Impact Week on campus with special guests Dr. David Thompson and his wife, Rebecca, medical missionaries for more than 40 years.

The first traditions of Global Impact Week date back to 1921, when the university was founded as Simpson Bible Institute and named after A.B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). Originally, SU was strategically located in Seattle, because that was one of the fastest routes to China, which would help accomplish the goal of spreading the gospel around the world.

Simpson University’s motto, “Gateway to World Service,” is a great example of how the university has roots in world service all the way back to its origins, with goals having been to train students as missionaries and ministers to be sent out to the world. Current events that are more closely related to Global Impact Week were started in the ‘90s by Jim Bailey, who initiated spiritual formation and many of the related events on campus that have become annual traditions. 

This year’s theme came from Habakkuk 3:2.

This year’s Global Impact Week was themed around Habakkuk 3:2, which states, “Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” The 2020 theme “Do it Again” is a call to God telling him that we know of his great deeds and the ways in which he has worked in people’s lives, and asking him to do it again.

Key speaker of this year’s chapels, Dr. Thompson, brought to life the context that Habakkuk was written in, drawing similarities between the exile and Babylonian captivity with the challenges of a global pandemic and so much social unrest. Director of Spiritual Formation Jose Palos said, “At a point in history that has peaked in terms of trauma and overall pain and fear and anxiety and struggle, all the planning for Global Impact Week has made our hearts clear and aware that even through all this, we believe in a God that can move in the midst of all of it.” 

At A.B. Simpson Night, students heard from professor Thomas Middlebrook, Tozer Seminary Dean Patrick Blewett, and Simpson alumnus Greg Collord on the history of A.B. Simpson, the C&MA, and Simpson University.

Global Impact Week kicked off with A.B. Simpson Night, an outdoor evening gathering on the lawn by the cross. Students gathered to hear three speakers go over the history of A.B. Simpson, the C&MA, and Simpson University, highlighting many of the successes of God leading SU back to the roots of why the school was founded nearly 100 years ago. They preached that as God’s children we are to value and thirst for God to do it all again; that SU would “partner with God in faith to do it again.”

Immediately following this Monday night event began 24 hours of continuous prayer by students and staff. This led into Worship Night on Tuesday evening, where students gathered to worship and sing praises to God. Chapel on Wednesday was led by Dr. Thompson, who revealed how the suffering God brought him through strengthened his trust in God even amidst so much pain and heartache. Dr. Thompson also hosted a nursing workshop Thursday to give extra insight into the medical side of his missions work, and to connect with and encourage the nursing students in pursuing their calling.

In decades serving as a missionary doctor, Dr. David Thompson and his wife, Rebecca, grew a small dispensary in Gabon into a full-service hospital.

Roots, a weekly WorldSERVE event on campus this year, also took place on Thursday night, reinforcing the testimony of Mrs. Thompson “trusting God in the midst of losing so much.” Friday’s chapel was the conclusion of Dr. Thompson’s message, where he talked about the cost of not only discipleship and following Jesus, but of pursuing your calling, whether locally or globally. The week wrapped up Friday night with a C&MA-hosted webinar. Students heard about recent updates about what God has put in the hearts of those in the C&MA, and some A.B. Simpson hymns were redone and released in more contemporary styles.  

WorldSERVE is a Simpson University missions program designed to empower students to lead short-term missions trips locally, domestically, and overseas. Due to COVID, WorldSERVE is focusing on the more locally based service opportunities in Redding and Shasta County. Follow WorldSERVE on Instagram at suworldserve, and learn more at simpsonu.edu/missions.

About the author
Kaitlin Hergert is a freshman from Hillsboro, Ore., who is planning to major in nursing. Kaitlin works in the university’s Marketing Department. When she’s not in school, she loves playing softball and piano, singing, and hunting.

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding 31 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 20 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally as one of U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West. The university is launching new programs in digital mediacomputer information systems, and engineering, and recently added athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team ranked No. 1 in California and No. 26 in the nation. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard. Simpson University contributes an estimated $50 million annually to Redding’s economy. It offers aggressive scholarships and is 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