Simpson University Bass Fishing Team Named Western Conference School of the Year

REDDING, Calif.—Wrapping up its first full season, Simpson University’s bass fishing team has been named FLW’s Western Conference School of the Year.

The team, which was ranked No. 1 among California college fishing teams after its inaugural season in 2019, is currently the nation’s top West Coast college team, listed at No. 59 in the nation (as of Nov. 19) in the School of the Year standings from Bass Pro Shops.

While some West Coast teams were not able to compete this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, Simpson’s bass team was allowed to continue, Coach Alex Thiemann said.

“The university realized how safe our sport is – always distanced, and it takes place outdoors,” he said. “We were happy to be able to participate in events.”

The team is looking forward to fishing more events and competing against larger fields of anglers, Thiemann said.

“Starting in fall 2021, we are planning to compete in more East Coast events,” he said. “This will allow us to earn more points in national School of the Year rankings.”

Team members will compete in January in the Wild West Tournament and Major League Fishing (MLF) Tournament, both on Lake Shasta. Two teams have qualified to compete in early March in the MLF (formerly FLW) College Championship in Grand Lake, Okla.

The team hosted its first annual fundraising tournament on Lake Shasta on Dec. 12, under the direction of Rick Stone of Phil’s Propellers Team Tournaments. Fifty-four boats participated, and the event raised $3,500.

“It could not have been better,” Thiemann said. In addition, sponsors donated $5,000 worth of prizes for a drawing.

To learn more about the SU bass fishing team, contact the coach 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 traditional undergraduate programs, 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. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard. Simpson has launched 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. 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 Prepares to Celebrate Class of 2020 in Virtual Ceremony

REDDING, Calif.—A special ceremony celebrating the 260 graduates of Simpson University’s Class of 2020 is scheduled to air “live” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, on the university’s YouTube page.

The online ceremony—honoring spring, summer and fall graduates—will follow the structure of an in-person commencement with introductions, speakers, special music, and presentation of the graduates. It will feature keynote speaker Dr. James Postma and include special music by members of the Simpson University Gospel Choir and Music Department.

“While we would love nothing more than to celebrate our graduates in person, we are excited about this opportunity for students and their families to watch the ceremony together during Christmas break and hope it will provide some meaningful connection,” said Dr. Dale Simmons, university provost. “In this challenging year, Simpson University faculty have been honored to walk alongside these remarkable women and men whose resilience and adaptability will serve them well in their life journey.”

Graduates were invited to submit photos to be shown on screen as their names are read during the ceremony. Class of 2020 members were also honored during a Grad Finale event, where they scheduled a time to stop by the student union, pick up a “swag bag” and get a photo taken with Dr. Norman Hall, university president.

Simpson University graduates Vicki Ebey of Eureka and Sharyn Toso of Redding earned psychology degrees through the degree-completion program. They are among the 260 graduates who will be honored in a special online ceremony airing Saturday morning.

The commencement address, titled “Lessons in a Bottle,” will be delivered by Dr. Postma, a professor emeritus from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University, Chico. He is a member and former chair of the Academic Senate of the California State University, and chair of the Simpson University Board of Trustees.

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 traditional undergraduate programs, 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. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard.

This academic year, the university launched 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.

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

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Simpson University Upward Bound Student Earns Prestigious Scholarship

“The Upward Bound program gave me confidence that I could be accepted into one of the top engineering programs in the nation.”

-Bradley Ramsey, Simpson University Upward Bound participant

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University Upward Bound program participant Bradley Ramsey, a senior at Anderson Union High School, has been awarded a highly competitive scholarship to one of the nation’s top-ranked universities.

Bradley was selected out of a national applicant pool of more than 18,500 students for a QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship. The National College Match is a college admission and scholarship process through which high-achieving, low-income students can be admitted early with full four-year scholarships to QuestBridge college partners.

After a rigorous application process, students rank up to their top 12 colleges before learning if they are selected as finalists. This year about 6,000 students were selected as finalists and began submitting supplemental material to their respective college choices. Student finalists were then “matched” based on their top choices and the colleges’ priority list of applicants. Bradley was one of 1,464 students to be awarded a Match Scholarship. He intends to enroll at Rice University for fall 2021 to major in mechanical engineering and minor in aerospace. Rice is ranked the 16th best college in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

“I chose Rice University because of its prestigious history and deep connection to the U.S. space program and NASA,” Bradley said. “The Upward Bound program gave me confidence that I could be accepted into one of the top engineering programs in the nation.”

Bradley has distinguished himself at Anderson High School, seeking out leadership opportunities and participating in the Science Bowl and Robotics Club. Last year, he was selected to serve on the Shasta County Board of Education for the 2019-20 school year, including attending a legislative conference at the state Capitol.

In 2017, Simpson University was awarded a $5.7 million, five-year grant to administer the Upward Bound program at Anderson, West Valley, Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta high schools. The federally funded educational program is designed to give first-generation and/or economically challenged students better opportunities to attend college by providing services such as counseling, academic tutoring, college experiences, and other academic and pre-college support.

During the summer, more than 100 Upward Bound students participate in a program that includes a weeklong residential experience at Simpson University, four weeks at high school sites, and a weeklong road trip to visit colleges. The pandemic challenges of 2020 prompted the creation of a robust virtual summer program that included the study and building of drones, as well as the opportunity for 40 Upward Bound students to take a Simpson University Intro to Business course remotely, taught by Dr. Dan Sloan.

Learn more about the Simpson University Upward Bound program at https://simpsonunews.com/grants/.

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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 to Hold Virtual Commencement to Honor 2020 Grads

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University will celebrate 260 graduates of the Class of 2020 with a special virtual ceremony that will air “live” at 10 a.m. Dec. 19.

The ceremony, which will feature keynote speaker Dr. James Postma and include special music by members of the Simpson University Gospel Choir and Music Department, will honor the achievements of spring, summer and fall graduates in all programs.

Graduates were invited to submit photos to be shown on screen as their names are read during the ceremony. Class of 2020 members were also honored during a Grad Finale event, where they scheduled a time to stop by the student union, pick up a “swag bag” and get a photo taken with Dr. Norman Hall, university president.

The commencement address, titled “Lessons in a Bottle,” will be delivered by Dr. Postma, a professor emeritus from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University, Chico. He is a member and former chair of the Academic Senate of the California State University, and chair of the Simpson University Board of Trustees.

“While we would love nothing more than to celebrate our graduates in person, we are excited about this opportunity for students and their families to watch the ceremony together during Christmas break and hope it will provide some meaningful connection,” said Dr. Dale Simmons, university provost. “In this challenging year, Simpson University faculty have been honored to walk alongside these remarkable women and men whose resilience and adaptability will serve them well in their life journey.”

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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

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