Black History Month

On January 21, 2022, Eddie McAllister became the first recipient of Simpson University’s MLK Humanitarian Award. Mr. McAllister’s Christian faith commitment, as well as his long-lasting commitment towards promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout Shasta County strongly reflects the attributes noted in the MLK Humanitarian Award. Mr. McAllister faithfully attends and serves as an elder for the Second Baptist Church located in Redding. He is also actively involved with the Veteran’s Affairs Department serving Redding area veterans. Additionally, in 2019, Mr. McAllister was honored by Redding officials, as he was the recipient of the Redding Citizen of the Year Award. Mr. McAllister continues to reflect peace, healing and reconciliation for individuals, groups, and communities as seen in his ongoing volunteer work with the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Salvation Army, Youth Violence Prevention Council, Shasta County Citizens Advocating Respect community organizations, Shasta County Chemical People Inc. which is a non-profit community-based group which promotes and supports the development of a safe, strong community free from racism, violence, alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse.

Simpson University Degree-Completion Program Receives Top Ranking

REDDING, Calif.— Simpson University has been awarded top ranking status for Best Colleges In California by Intelligent.com, including Best for Adult Degree Completion.

Simpson University was listed among thousands of public institutions in the nation, and the comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 2,277 accredited colleges and universities. Each university is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. 

Out of 190 colleges reviewed in California, Simpson University was listed at No. 37 and “Best for Adult Degree Completion.”

The reviewing team said it selected Simpson University for this recognition for several reasons: “Your flexibility and accessibility for students to attend class and complete programs while also maintaining a healthy busy personal life grabbed our attention. You go out of your way to accommodate adults who have a desire to complete their desired education through your online platforms and Degree Completion Program.”

The 2021 rankings are calculated through a unique scoring system which includes student engagement, potential return on investment and leading third party evaluations. Intelligent.com analyzed 190 schools, on a scale of 0 to 100, with only 49 making it to the final list. The methodology also uses an algorithm which collects and analyzes multiple rankings into one score to easily compare each university. To access the complete ranking, please visit: https://www.intelligent.com/best-colleges-in-california/ 

Simpson University’s Adult Degree Completion Program has a graduation rate higher than 90 percent and offers on-campus and online options for working adults to finish their bachelor’s degree. The university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults through the program during the past three decades, many of whom serve in top leadership positions in local government, law enforcement, business, nonprofits, and more.

In addition, many degree-completion alumni have continued their education through Simpson University’s master’s-degree programs in Education and Counseling Psychology. The School of Education has graduated more than 3,000 North State adults, many of whom serve as teachers and administrators in the region.

Graduates of Simpson University’s Adult Degree Completion Program repeatedly praise the care and support they received from program staff and faculty, the convenience of the format, and the benefits of moving through the program with a cohort. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/aspire.

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About Simpson University

Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 and celebrates 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

Black Bear Diner Founder to Speak at Simpson University Business Luncheon

REDDING, Calif.— Bruce Dean, executive chair and co-founder of Black Bear Diner, will share the story of his business success at the annual Simpson University Business Leadership Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Bruce, a longtime Redding resident, is a restaurant industry veteran with more than 50 years of experience, overseeing all facets of Black Bear Diner’s business, franchise and menu development. Bruce created the recipes for some of Black Bear’s most popular and best-selling menu items and was the visionary behind “bear-sized” portions, the diner’s commitment to deliver “unrivaled comfort food value and portions to its guests,” according to the diner’s website.

Bruce earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Davis, and is past chair of the Board of Directors for the California Restaurant Association.

This will be the 19th year for Simpson University’s Business Leadership Luncheon, which draws hundreds of community leaders from throughout the Redding area. In January 2020, the university hosted SR-71 Blackbird pilot Brian Shul for the luncheon in the James M. Grant Student Life Center.

Tickets for individuals and corporate tables will be available on the Simpson University website starting in June, or they can be purchased at the door.

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 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 for Seniors Offers April Classes

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University for Seniors is offering two in-person courses in April.  

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, classroom occupancy is limited. Early registration is encouraged.

Simpson University for Seniors, in its 11th year, is designed for adults of any age who love learning. The hourlong classes meet three days a week and are taught by university professors or professionals in their field of expertise. There is no required homework for these non-credit courses.

The following courses are scheduled to start April 7, meeting Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays:

10:20-11:20 a.m.Catching Lightning in a Bottle: Christian Faith and Practice in American History This course will examine the role Christianity and the revival tradition has played in shaping a society and culture at key periods in American’s history. Presenter: Dr. John Ayabe 

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Aviation in the United States A survey of the development of aviation decade by decade to educate and inform how it all works. Segments discussed will be agricultural, commercial, medical, military, private, and the National Airspace System that is managed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Presenter: William Hill, Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor 

The cost per course is $95 per person, or $145 for couples registering for the same course. Register online with a credit card at  https://connect.simpsonu.edu/2021-simpson-for-seniors.

For more information, email Glenn Schaefer at gschaefer@simpsonu.edu.

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 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 Senior to Speak at International Women’s Day Event

REDDING, Calif.–Simpson University senior Isabel Harris will be a guest speaker at a virtual International Women’s Day celebration organized by eight groups in her hometown of Colorado Springs, Colo.

The March 6 event is themed “Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights for an Equal Future,” and Harris will be one of three featured speakers. The event is open to everyone.

Isabel Harris

“This is a huge honor to be selected for, and I am so excited to be able to share a speech on what it means to be a young woman in leadership,” she said. “I am passionate about empowering women around the globe to better themselves and take control of their own journeys.”

As a senior in high school in 2018, Harris won a Young Woman in Public Affairs scholarship from the Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area in Colorado Springs. Zonta is one of the organizations putting on the March 6 event.

“We voted unanimously to give Isabel the scholarship in 2018,” club chair Lynette Jones said. “We were so very impressed with the incredible work that she had completed both locally and internationally to help women and girls at such a young age.”

A profile that ran in May 2018 in The Colorado Springs Gazette talks about outreach and service opportunities Harris volunteered for in high school, including serving two months in Texas after Hurricane Ike and volunteering with Make-A-Wish Foundation and a local food drive. She has also served on mission trips to India and Mozambique to help impoverished women and children.

After receiving the Zonta Club scholarship, Harris entered Simpson University, where she decided to double-major in political science and cross-cultural studies and continued her commitment to outreach and service. She has participated in anti-human trafficking marches in Redding and Chico and worked with Redding homeless community development and outreach. This past year she did grant research and writing for ONETrack International, a nonprofit that seeks to address the global orphan crisis.

When the committee for the International Women’s Day event decided to have three speakers representing viewpoints and the work of women from different generations – past, present and future – Jones immediately thought of Harris.

“Isabel impressed the entire planning committee,” Jones said. “We are thrilled that she accepted our invitation to speak and can’t wait to find out what she shares about her generation of women, how they define Generation Equality, and what great efforts they are making to help us attain this goal.”

Harris said she chose Simpson University because she wanted to attend a smaller Christian college on the West Coast. She earned a presidential scholarship and has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average during her time at the university, where she has earned recognition for her academic excellence and leadership. She received the 2018-19 Rotary Honor to Youth Award for making “the highest contribution to service and their community during the student’s tenure at the university thus far.”

During last year’s Student Research Symposium, Harris’s team won Best Undergraduate Presentation – and accolades from Redding City Council member Kristen Schreder – for “The Dignity Project,” which offered a comprehensive look at the problem of homelessness in Shasta County.

This past fall, Harris was interviewed by local TV news station KRCR for a story about the importance of voting. She was quoted as saying, “I think it’s super empowering for young people to have their voice matter and have a say at what is going on. I also believe that it adds a sense of responsibility and accountability. We, as young people, have a say in what happens.”

The theme of “Using Your Voice & Why It Matters” was also the focus of an online Courageous Conversations forum on campus last fall in which Harris participated, along with Dr. John Ayabe, history professor, and Sarah Jobson, Associate Dean of Campus Life.

Harris was recently featured in the Feb. 8 issue of The Slate, Simpson’s student newspaper. In addition to her studies, she represents Commuter Relations as part of student government, serves as a student admissions counselor, and helps lead the Outdoor Adventure Club. She loves the outdoors and enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and backpacking whenever she can.

After graduation this spring, Harris plans to attend law school to study international law. She has been offered admission to the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, University of Oregon School of Law, and Lewis and Clark Law School, but has not decided yet where to go. She would like to work in the justice field, specifically working among women in vulnerable populations.

Harris said she is looking forward to participating in the International Women’s Day forum, and she hopes members of the North State and Simpson University communities will consider registering to attend.

“I will be representing what the theme means from the ‘future perspective’ – how we as women of the future are supposed to go about navigating our own identities and the path toward equity and representation,” she said. “To be asked to speak at an event like this for International Women’s Day really does mean the world.”

Learn more and register for the International Women’s Day event at www.iwd-coloradosprings.org.

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 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

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Military Reservist Graduates from Simpson University Degree-Completion Program

Article by SU student Kaitlin Hergert

REDDING, Calif. — A reservist in the military and working full time, Jared Briggs was inspired by his pregnant wife to return to school. The couple already had a toddler at home, and taking classes when the baby would be due seemed like it would be especially challenging.

But the 34-year-old Redding resident, who hails from Sacramento, decided to return to college at Simpson University because of the positive experience his wife had. Valarie, Briggs’s wife, attended Simpson’s 18-month online adult degree-completion program and graduated in 2019 with a degree in psychology.

Briggs realized the university’s degree-completion program was a great opportunity. “The staff was very helpful and wanted to get me ready to succeed,” he said. He began the online program in 2019 and graduated in 2020 with a bachelor of arts in organizational leadership.

Simpson University’s Veterans Success Center made Briggs’s time at Simpson easier through providing computer and printing access as well as the opportunity to utilize quiet study rooms. The writing center was also very beneficial to Briggs by helping him with research project topics, more effective research strategies, and learning how to properly cite his research.

Briggs says that the Simpson professors were able to help him improve his writing using APA style format, as well as developing improved time management skills for studying and school work. He was also able to learn a lot from his classmates and all the ideas and experiences they brought into discussions.

“The most rewarding factor was participating in class meetings and learning from my classmates,” he said. “I also thought that praying before class was very rewarding.”

After graduating, Briggs hopes to use his degree to become an officer in the National Guard and earn promotions in his current position. He has even contemplated beginning a new career and exploring the many new opportunities now at his fingertips. He believes that he is now a “more versatile applicant for many competitive jobs.”

Briggs’s time at Simpson made his faith stronger because of time spent in prayer, as well as conversations both about faith and applying faith to the materials presented in class. He said he would recommend Simpson University’s adult degree-completion program to others. “I became a better person because of it,” he said.

Learn more about the adult degree-completion program at simpsonu.edu/degreecompletion.

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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 class, she loves playing softball and piano, singing, and hunting.

Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 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 for Seniors Makes Plans for Spring Classes

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University for Seniors is gearing up for spring classes on a variety of topics, including the ancient Mediterranean, Christian faith in American history, aviation history in the U.S., and the Protestant Reformation.

Two on-campus courses are scheduled each month in March and April, subject to Shasta County COVID-19 restrictions.

Simpson University for Seniors, in its 11th year, is designed for adults of any age who love learning. The hourlong classes meet three days a week and are taught by university professors or professionals in their field of expertise. There is no required homework for these non-credit courses.

If Shasta County’s case rate and/or positivity rate are still in the purple tier on Feb. 15, the March classes will be cancelled, due to restrictions on in-person learning. If either number is still in the purple tier on March 22, the April classes will be cancelled.

The following courses are scheduled to start March 1, meeting Monday, Wednesday and Friday:

10:20-11:20 a.m. – The Ancient Mediterranean: Myth and Empire This course explores the origins of western civilizations in the cradle of the Mediterranean. It looks at the earliest civilizations of Mesopotamia all the way up to the Roman Empire. It also explores some of the myths that shaped these Empires, like Gilgamesh, the Odyssey, and Romulus and Remus. Presenter: Dr. Timothy Orr 

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – “Here I Stand!”—The Protestant Reformation An overview of the spiritual reformation that swept Europe in the 16th century. Emphasis will be placed on the triggering conditions, the rapid development, and the worldwide impact of the powerful movement that was based on the teachings of men such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, Huldrich Zwingli, Thomas Cranmer and John Knox.  Presenter: Don Claspill 

To express interest in a course or receive more information and notification about class status, email gschaefer@simpsonu.edu.

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 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 Alumna Leads STEM-Focused Femineers Chapter in North State

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University alumna Rochelle Barajas loves the moment when she sees young women in her classroom work through an engineering challenge, whether it’s programming a robot or adding lighting elements to clothing and accessories.

“The biggest joy I have as a Femineer teacher is watching that ‘ah-ha’ moment on the faces of young ladies,” she said. “It’s the joy of figuring something out, building something from scratch and making it work, and helping a fellow Femineer with a problem.”

Barajas, who graduated from Simpson University’s School of Education in 1999 with a Master of Arts in Education, has taught at Red Bluff High School – her alma mater – since 2000. She is department chair for the Industrial Arts Department and has taught electronics, computer repair, and is developing the school’s computer science program.

In 2018 she also trained and secured a grant to start a chapter of the Femineers at Red Bluff High School. Started by Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Engineering in 2013, the Femineer program is designed to encourage more girls to pursue education and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

More than 90 schools across the country (mostly in California) participate in the program, which provides K-12 students with creative, hands-on, project-based learning; female mentors in the engineering field; and opportunities to visit Cal Poly Pomona. The Red Bluff chapter is the northernmost program in California.

Barajas learned of the program when she attended computer science training at San Diego State University, where she saw a presentation on the Femineer program. It captured her interest; and two years later, at another STEM conference, she attended a session on the Femineers and began corresponding with the presenter.

She was invited to attend Femineer instructor training in summer 2018 and at the same time applied for a grant to start the program in Red Bluff. The grant paid for all the tools, programmable boards and other items needed to start a Femineer chapter.

Last year 24 girls participated in the Red Bluff program, completing a curriculum on Creative Robotics and starting one on Wearable Technology. Though the pandemic has slowed efforts to recruit and meet regularly this year, participants are still meeting when they can, Barajas said. The third Femineer course is Pi Robotics, for which Barajas received training in fall 2019.

The Red Bluff High School Femineers have worked with the Tehama County Department of Education to help with STEM camps during the summer and hosted small STEM workshops during the school year. In addition, the Femineers have presented to after-school programs in the North State and are working with Reeds Creek Elementary School and Berrendos Middle School, both in Red Bluff, on after-school activities to extend the Femineer program.

In March 2020, the Red Bluff Femineers presented at an AAUW Women in STEM conference for middle school girls held at Simpson University. They showed participants how to program a microcontroller to make lights come on in different sequences. While there, Barajas met university President Norman Hall and learned about Simpson’s new STEM programs in engineering and computer information systems.

Barajas said she selected Simpson University for her graduate studies for several reasons. Simpson’s School of Education offers a program that combines work on the master’s degree with work on the preliminary teaching credential (or preliminary administrative services credential), and she wanted to obtain both.

In addition, she liked the flexibility and convenient schedule. “They offered classes at night and weeklong classes during the summer,” she said. “This made it possible for me to go back to college and still work full time.”

After graduating from high school in 1988, Barajas earned an associate’s degree in electronic engineering from ITT Technical Institute in the Sacramento area and a bachelor’s in automated manufacturing and robotics from ITT in Portland, Ore. She then worked for Sun Electric, focusing on diagnostic equipment used in the automotive industry, before deciding to pursue teaching.

Barajas said her education at Simpson University was personalized and practical.

“Simpson University provided me with fantastic professors and a class setting that made me want to learn,” she said. “Each professor brought their own professional experiences to the classroom, and faculty walked me through the entire path of my education and made calls to open doors for job interviews for me. I was never a number or dollar sign to any of my professors.”

Faculty modeled compassion, respect, and showing love to others, she said. “I believe they wanted to teach as Jesus taught,” she said. “That philosophy was passed to me. There is power in knowing that your teaching is praying with you and for you.”

Barajas said she is excited to see her graduate-school alma mater expanding in STEM-related programs and hopes to develop a partnership between Simpson University and the Femineer program in Red Bluff.

“I come from a STEM education and career, so I try to encourage all my female students to pursue STEM careers,” she said, admitting there are still obstacles for women in a traditionally male-dominated field, and much hard work is required.

“I share my experiences with them and seek to be a role model,” she said. “It is hard work, but the reward is so worth it. The opportunities for women in the STEM industry are incredible.”

Click the links to learn more about Simpson University’s programs in biology, computer information systems, engineering, kinesiology, and mathematics

Learn more about the Femineer program here.

Photos and slides courtesy Rochelle Barajas

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 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 Launches Spring Semester with Day of Learning

REDDING, Calif.—Welcoming students back to campus after winter break, Simpson University launched spring semester with a common day of learning in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Guest speakers joined morning classes via Zoom to discuss topics related to racism, hope, and how Dr. King’s dream and legacy can be applied today. An evening panel discussion was also held online.

“We are all aware that Dr. King’s legacy is carried forward through each of us, and as a Christian educational community we are called to reveal, release and restore unity and peace over our nation,” members of the Simpson University Diversity Committee shared via email. “So what does this look like for the citizens of Redding? What does this look like for Simpson students? What does that look like for each one of us?”

Speakers included Dr. Lea Tate, clinical psychologist for Veterans Affairs and associate administrator for Patient’s Hospital; Larry Olmstead, president and CEO of United Way of Northern California; and Michelle McIver, former Department of Homeland Security executive and founder of The Hope Mantle. University board member and alumnus Dave Richey spoke in an evening class, and other university staff members joined Olmstead and McIver for the evening panel.

Evening panelists responded to questions about what the day represents to them; how they think Dr. King would respond to current events; what progress they have seen in Redding or at Simpson University toward Dr. King’s dream; and what steps can be taken by individuals to get closer to that dream.

On Jan. 20, President Norman Hall addressed students during the first chapel of the semester, held via Zoom. He thanked the Diversity Committee for its work on the day of learning, which was themed “Releasing Hope.”

“You called us to examine ourselves and our thoughts and live into the dream of Martin Luther King,” he said. “Simpson University certainly stands for that dream.”

Simpson University welcomed students back to campus Jan. 16-17. As was done in the fall, all students were required to provide a recent negative COVID-19 test result in order to gain access to campus. All students will be tested again the first week and then on a monthly basis. Safety protocols, including mask wearing, physical distancing, hand-sanitizing stations and plexiglass shields, remain in place.

Dr. Hall and José Palos, director of spiritual formation, talked during chapel about hope and the good things taking place on campus.

“There is enormous momentum at Simpson University,” Dr. Hall said, noting that academic programs are running strong; and athletics, which were largely postponed during the fall, have begun competition in basketball, wrestling, and swimming, with rigorous testing requirements in place.

Other accomplishments include:

  • Recent Simpson University nursing graduates are helping at Mercy Medical Center in Redding this winter, enabling the hospital to better serve the community during the pandemic. The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing remains the seventh-highest ranked nursing school in California.
  • The bass fishing team, ranked No. 1 in California, was named the Western Conference School of the Year.
  • The board has approved a $15 million capital campaign for Simpson’s centennial this year, with funds to go toward a new academic building, student scholarships, and an events center that will also benefit the North State.

Dr. Hall’s message focused on the pursuit of hope and shalom in daily life.  He talked about “microprogressions” – finding ways to unexpectedly bless people and giving them freedom to “live into the best version of themselves.”

“We have that available to us every day, every moment, through Christ,” he said. “What could more authentically represent the hands and feet of Christ in motion?”

He challenged the university community to continued service, worship and scripture reading together. “I’m calling us to be a community of prayer,” he said.

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 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 Nursing Students Help at Local Hospital During Pandemic

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University nursing students are partnering with a local hospital to help provide additional patient care during the pandemic, while also gaining valuable clinical experience.

Five graduate students and one nursing student from the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing were selected for the short-term program at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. The program is designed to offer additional patient care training for nursing students, where they are able to experience a variety of clinical settings, including surgical, oncology, and telemetry. Students will not be providing direct care to COVID-positive patients but will enhance Mercy’s COVID-19 response to serve medical needs in the community.

All the Simpson University graduate students who applied to this program received scholarships from Mercy. Shasta College nursing students are also being offered the same opportunity via the Rural California Nursing Program.

“Students are excited for the opportunity to be considered for the scholarship and to help Mercy Medical Center and the community at large,” said Misty Smith, dean of Simpson University’s School of Nursing. “This experience will provide them with wonderful learning opportunities.”

This program was already in place at Simpson University. Mercy reached out to partner with the school to offer a winter program option for their graduating students, since COVID-19 had disrupted training for the students earlier last spring.

“We are exceptionally proud of all the students who have shown determination and perseverance to practice nursing during this pandemic,” said Allison McHugh, Chief Nursing Executive Officer at Mercy Medical Center Redding. “Despite the challenges ahead, our future nurses are rising up – answering the call to meet the patient care needs of our community.”

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing operates two cohorts each year, capping each at 27 students. Students must meet rigorous entrance requirements to get accepted into the baccalaureate program, which is nationally accredited. Before graduating, students must complete more than 800 hands-on clinical hours in various healthcare facilities throughout the community. The university partners with more than a dozen North State facilities in this capacity, including Mercy.

The fall 2020 cohort of nursing students from the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing at Simpson University. The school operates two cohorts each year. // Simpson University file photo

This is not the first time Simpson nursing students have been able to help locally in connection with the pandemic. During the early days of the crisis, students volunteered at Shasta County Public Health to answer phone calls flooding the department from concerned residents. This effort was highlighted by national radio station K-LOVE.

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, which is ranked No. 7 among California nursing schools, recently received a 10-year renewal of its national accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. It is also accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Simpson University has graduated more than 200 four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students since the program launched in 2011. In addition, more than 175 students have graduated from the university’s RN-BSN program.

Learn more at simpsonu.edu/nursing.

Photos courtesy Mercy Medical Center Redding

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 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

Redding Community Mourns Loss of Simpson University Alum, Homeless Advocate

REDDING, Calif.—The Redding community and Simpson University are mourning the loss of an alumnus known for his dedicated service to people experiencing homelessness.

Bill Hartman, who graduated with a bachelor of arts in organizational leadership from the School of Adult Studies degree-completion program in 2018, served as guest services manager at the Good News Rescue Mission in Redding. He was admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 on Dec. 18 and passed away on Dec. 23. He was 57.

Friends and family started a Facebook page requesting prayer for Bill when he became ill, with hundreds of comments shared by those who knew and loved him.

“This man had a very humble ministry, helping others,” wrote Tim Crow. “What’s unique about this is that he taught many to help themselves. When the gospel is preached, often we think of a sermon behind a pulpit … some preach through the steps they take and the hearts they touch.”

Tim talked about receiving a hug from Bill the last time he had seen him. “Bill saw me at my worst as well as my best, and both times treated me with respect and Christian love,” he said. “For a child of God, this rock we live on is only but a part of our journey. Bill knew that and lived that daily.”

TV station KRCR shared stories about Bill on-air and online, saying he had “a massive impact on our local community and a huge impact on those who are unhoused.”

Family member Tammy Fuller shared with KRCR: “His words were important, but the example of how much he loved God and was fighting for their recovery. … It’s a huge loss.”

Bill’s own struggles with addiction and recovery helped motivate him to help others, family and friends said. In a video tribute posted on Facebook and shared during chapel at the mission, Bill talked about what the rescue mission meant to him.

“This is the vehicle that God used to save my life,” he said. “When I came in, I was literally walking in circles, talking out loud, hearing voices. … God led me here – I didn’t even know the place existed. Once I walked on the property I felt so much weight released from me.”

As Bill worked through the mission’s recovery program, he felt a pull to get involved. “It came upon me that I wanted to be part of the mission for the rest of my life, whether it was to be a volunteer or employee, or through my old age retire here,” he said. “Since that time I’ve come to know and love the guests. I feel God has me here because I’ve been through a lot of the stuff they have and can relate to them.”

Flanked by his sons Josh, left, and Zack, right, Bill Hartman of Redding graduated from Simpson University’s degree-completion program in 2018. // Photo from Facebook

Bill completed his college degree at Simpson University, where others remembered his authenticity, kindness, humor and practicality as he sought to learn additional skills to help in his work.

“He was genuinely open and excited in his approach to his education, gleaning any information he could that would help him be a better mentor and leader to those he served at the mission,” said Ericka Jones, an instructor in the degree-completion program. “He was incredibly passionate about being in recovery and willing to speak into others’ lives in a way that brought so much richness in class.”

Jonathan Anderson, a Simpson University alumnus and executive director of the Good News Rescue Mission, said Bill’s loss hit the mission hard. “It’s devastating and words cannot express the sorrow and grief we feel,” he wrote on Facebook. “We are family here at the mission, and when we lose a member of our family, we feel it deep in our souls. … I’m grateful that one day, I’ll see Bill again in heaven.”

Bill leaves behind two sons and grandchildren. Plans for a memorial service are on hold due to the pandemic.

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 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 Senior Uses Training to Help COVID Patients

REDDING, Calif.–Arianna Kampton, a senior from Napa, Calif., is using what she’s learned during her time as a student in Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing to help people during the COVID-19 crisis.

Last summer, Arianna spent two months working as an emergency medical technician in Orange County at a makeshift hospital, spending 13-15 hours a day with COVID-19 patients. She also served on strike teams that went to nursing homes throughout California that had been impacted by coronavirus cases.

“The education I have been receiving through Simpson helped me become a leader who was able to recognize when a patient was declining and get them rapid help that often saved lives,” she said. “The amount of help I have been able to give to those who need it is at a level I never could’ve imagined a few years ago.”

Arianna, who is also a professional firefighter, was called away from her COVID-19 mission to help fight the LNU Lightning Complex fires, North Complex Fire, and Glass Fire, which raged through Northern California.

“My medical experience was utilized almost daily with both civilians and firefighters alike,” she said.

She spent her Christmas break serving on another COVID-19 mission.

Arianna’s hard work and dedication to helping others has not gone unnoticed. She is a two-time recipient of The George “Lory” Bennetts Nursing Scholarship through Simpson University.

“I am so incredibly thankful for this scholarship opportunity,” she said. “Knowing that I have someone out there investing in my future was a huge driving force to maintaining my grades and ultimately passing another semester in the nursing program.”

After graduating from the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing and obtaining her nursing license, Arianna’s career goals include working in the ER and becoming a flight nurse.

Learn more about Simpson University’s nursing program at simpsonu.edu/nursing. Learn about scholarship giving opportunities by emailing giving@simpsonu.edu.

-Article by Elise Wilson / Photos courtesy Arianna Kampton

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 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 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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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

Simpson University School of Nursing Receives 10-Year National Accreditation

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University has been granted a 10-year accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its baccalaureate degree program in nursing.

The decision by the CCNE Board of Commissioners followed a review process and on-site evaluation of the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing in February. The accreditation extends to Dec. 31, 2030.

“At its meeting, the Board determined that the program met all four accreditation standards,” states an Oct. 22 letter from the board chair. “The Board additionally determined that there are no compliance concerns with respect to the key elements.”

The CCNE Board of Commissioners first granted accreditation to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Simpson University in 2015. To earn the accreditation, the School of Nursing effectively demonstrated that its curriculum meets appropriately high standards and that support systems are in place to help nursing students achieve their goals.

“We are delighted to receive this continued affirmation of the quality education provided at the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing,” said Misty Smith, dean of the school. “The committed and hard-working faculty, thoughtfully crafted curriculum, support from community stakeholders, and dedicated students contributed to the success of our recent accreditation visit. We remain steadfast and faithful in our ability to provide exceptional training and learning for the nursing profession.”

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the CCNE is an autonomous agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. Its standards of program quality and effectiveness include reviews of mission and governance; institutional commitment and resources; curriculum and teaching-learning practices; and assessment and achievement.

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, ranked No. 7 among California nursing schools by Nursing School Hub in 2020, is also accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Simpson University has graduated more than 200 four-year BSN students since it launched the program in 2011. In addition, more than 175 students have graduated from the university’s RN-BSN program. Nursing alumni serve in healthcare facilities throughout the North State and Western U.S. The School of Nursing was featured recently on a national radio program for the work nursing students did with the Shasta County public health department during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are very excited and gratified to receive the Commission’s letter,” said Dr. Dale Simmons, provost of Simpson University. “Those of us who work daily with the outstanding faculty, staff and students in the School of Nursing know first-hand the excellence with which they pursue their work, but it is immensely satisfying and humbling to have the quality of that work certified through the imprimatur of professional accreditation.”

For more information about the School of Nursing, visit simpsonu.edu/nursing.

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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