Simpson University Confirms Fall On-Campus Instruction

REDDING, Calif.–With the long-anticipated release of state guidelines for higher education, Simpson University confirms its plans to reopen for fall in-person instruction and residential campus life. The university has been working closely with county health officials as it moves toward a Sept. 7 start. 

Classes will be offered in a HyFlex model, incorporating face-to-face instruction determined by physical distancing guidelines, as well as live streaming and recording of each class.

“We know that our students thrive in our uniquely community-based, personalized and experiential learning environment, and we are committed to providing this with measures in place to mitigate risks and promote safety,” President Norman Hall said. “We are thankful for our partnership with Shasta County Public Health and the advocacy of city and elected officials as we work together to ensure a safe return for students. Simpson University considers itself to be Redding’s hometown university, and we want to be conscientious neighbors as we offer programs and services that benefit the North State.” 

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The university first announced on May 5 its intention to move toward on-campus reopening, after an abrupt shift to remote learning in mid-March as pandemic concerns spread nationwide. Since that time, a COVID-19 taskforce comprising administrators, faculty, staff, and a retired physician/board member has met regularly to map out guidelines for safely returning to campus.

Simpson University has hired Capsid Consulting, an agency made up of doctors and researchers specializing in epidemiology and infectious disease management who advise several California hospitals and universities, to assist with daily guidance of operations.

Among other precautions, the university is implementing the following safety measures:

  • Required COVID-19 testing of students and employees
  • Required face coverings, physical distancing, and hand-washing 
  • Modified chapel programming and club activities
  • Fall athletics conference competition moved to spring
  • Outside and take-out dining service
  • Classroom sanitizing
  • Temperature screening stations
  • Office-specific plans to limit foot traffic and minimize personal contact
  • Plexiglass shields and signage
  • Staggered move-in times for residential students
  • Two-week “heightened safety protocol” period at the start of the semester
  • Travel restrictions
  • Limited-size gatherings

At this time, Simpson University is one of only a handful of Christian colleges and universities in the state planning to reopen for on-campus instruction. 

“One of the advantages of our beautiful rural area is that we have not seen the spikes in cases that have put other counties on the state monitoring list,” Dr. Hall said. “Simpson University is fully invested in helping that trend continue in Shasta County.”

Despite the pandemic, the university is seeing an enrollment increase thus far over this time last year. This would mark the third consecutive year of increased enrollment at the university, which will mark its centennial in 2021. The university serves about 800 students total, including undergraduate, degree-completion, teaching credential and graduate students.

A student and professor from the university’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, ranked No. 7 among California nursing schools, are featured on a national Christian radio podcast talking about assistance they gave to Shasta County Public Health during the early days of the pandemic. Two nursing school alumna traveled to New York this spring at the height of the crisis there to help in hospitals overwhelmed with patients.

Simpson University continues to update its COVID-19 website as it finalizes details on its reopening and response plans.

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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 ASPIRE 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 media, computer 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. 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 Announces Intention to Reopen Campus in Fall ’20

REDDING, Calif.–Simpson University President Norman Hall shared the following announcement May 5 with students, faculty and staff:

Dear SU community:

It gives me great joy to announce that Simpson University is planning to resume all on-campus instruction when it opens for the fall semester on Sept. 7, with measures in place to deliver our century-old academic quality, fortified by our Christ-centered community, while mitigating risks and promoting safety. This includes our traditional undergraduate, degree-completion, seminary, and graduate programs. 

We know that our students thrive in our uniquely community-based, personalized and experiential learning environment, and we are pleased to be ramping up to bring our students back for what we believe will be an amazing fall 2020.

In mid-March our extraordinary faculty quickly moved our whole curriculum delivery to an online and remote format. Simultaneously, I appointed a COVID-19 taskforce made up of faculty, staff, medical personnel and communication specialists to help guide our response and reduce our campus footprint in concert with state and regional guidelines.

The health and safety of our students and employees is our top priority as we navigate this new landscape for safely reopening our campus. For this reason, last week I appointed an expanded “reopening” committee to meet daily, study, and provide a multi-phased framework for reopening this fall. You can be confident that we will continue to work with state and regional government to ensure we meet or exceed all distancing, cleaning and safety protocols related to residential housing, dining, classroom instruction and methodology, athletics, chapel gatherings, campus safety, and more.

If you are a student, faculty or staff member, I want you to know that the Cabinet, reopening committee and I are working hard to reopen with your safety and needs in mind. You can be sure that we will put all necessary precautions in place to ensure our students can join us on campus under conditions safe for learning, living, and participating in co-curricular activities. At the same time, we will remain flexible as needed, with alternative strategies outlined well in advance.

The university offers free telemedicine health and wellness service to students and employees through our partnership with HealthiestYou and maintains close relationships with local public health officials and area healthcare facilities. Faculty and staff at Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, ranked No. 7 among California nursing schools, are also a guiding resource.

We are thankful and exceedingly fortunate to live in one of the lowest COVID-19-incident regions in California. We are also fortunate to be surrounded by gifted faculty and staff, who have pivoted creatively and with determination during this unprecedented time. I am grateful for their hard work and adaptability and look forward to starting the 2020-21 school year with their energy, prayers and enthusiasm.

Simpson University has outpaced a nationwide trend, growing our undergraduate program two years in a row while launching programs in kinesiology, engineering, digital media, and computer information systems. We also launched new sports including track and field, women’s wrestling, men’s volleyball, swimming and diving, and bass fishing.

The COVID-19 event certainly took us by surprise but did not take the wind out of our sails, as our data tells us to expect growth again this year. Yes, it has been challenging. And yes, we are better and more refined to opening this fall with increased know-how, academic flexibility and renewed missional commitment to be the gateway to world service.

Students, keep an eye open for updates and start making plans to be in Redding, California, this fall. We can’t wait to see you. Go, Red Hawks!


About Simpson University
Simpson University will celebrate its centennial in 2021. Founded in Seattle in 1921, the university relocated in 1989 from San Francisco to Redding, where it has seen expansive growth in all programs and campus facilities. The university offers more than 20 undergraduate majors, as well as an adult degree-completion program, teaching credential program, and master’s degrees in education, business, counseling psychology, and through A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. Simpson is home to 18 athletic teams — including new teams in swimming and diving, track and field, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball — and a 1-year-old bass fishing team ranked No. 1 in California.

Known locally as “Redding’s hometown university,” Simpson University welcomes students from 19 states and 14 countries. The university’s longstanding motto is “Gateway to World Service,” lived out each year through student-led mission trips and service projects. Simpson University alumni serve around the world in ministry and marketplace settings.

Simpson University operates a Veterans Success Center ranked No. 11 among Christian universities and partners with the Army National Guard in a program where students can earn their education while serving in the Guard.

The university’s attention to individualized learning and its caring faculty and staff enable it to serve many first-generation and economically disadvantaged college students. Simpson University is tied for the No. 5 Top Performer on Social Mobility by U.S. News & World Report among western regional universities and is one of most affordable private universities on the West Coast.

As it looks ahead, the university is launching new programs in digital media, computer information systems, and engineering, designed to help meet marketplace needs in Northern California. Simpson University offers aggressive scholarships and is working to better serve community-college transfer students through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements.

Interested in “visiting” campus? Take a virtual tour at simpsonu.edu/visit. Set up an online meeting with an admissions counselor and be eligible for a $1,000 Campus Visit Scholarship. 

Learn more at simpsonu.edu. Follow Simpson University on social media; follow SU news at simpsonunews.com; and follow SU athletics at simpsonredhawks.com.

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Follow Simpson University COVID-19 updates at simpsonu.edu/coronavirus.

Simpson University Announces Move to Online Classes

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

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

All athletic events have been suspended until further notice.

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

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

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

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of DistinctionSimpson has new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

 

 

Simpson University Welcomes New Executive Leaders

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University is pleased to announce the appointments of a new provost and chief financial officer, who join President Norman Hall’s leadership team.

Dr. Dale Simmons, who served most recently as interim provost/senior vice president at Fresno Pacific University, started June 3 as the administrator in charge of the university’s academic programs, including traditional undergraduate, adult studies, and graduate studies.

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Dr. Dale Simmons

Dr. Simmons has served in administrative roles at Fresno Pacific University (provost and senior vice president), Aurora University near Chicago (vice president of academic affairs), Judson University in Elgin, Ill. (provost and vice president of academic affairs), and at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. (associate dean of curriculum and academic development).

Dr. Simmons holds Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees in modern history and literature from Drew University. He earned an M.A. in theological and historical studies and a bachelor’s degree in biblical literature from Oral Roberts University.

His doctoral emphasis was on late 19th/early 20th century religion and culture, with a focus on the Holiness/Higher Christian Life movement, of which A.B. Simpson—founder of The Christian & Missionary Alliance for whom Simpson University was named—was an intimate part.

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Tim Dietz

Simpson University also welcomes Tim Dietz as its new chief financial officer. Dietz studied accounting at Greenville University in Illinois, then received his MBA at Emporia State University in Kansas. He has worked for State Farm Insurance and served in multiple leadership roles for more than 15 years, receiving multiple insurance and accounting licenses. He worked as CFO of Greenville University prior to coming to Simpson University and received two of the past three awards for best practices at the annual Central Association of College and University Business Officers Conference.

In other leadership news, Dr. Patrick Blewett, who has served as interim provost and dean of A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary, has been named executive dean of Tozer Seminary and Special Projects.

Other members of the president’s leadership team include R. Walter Quirk, chief operating officer; Mark Endraske, dean of students; Ken White, dean of advancement; and Dr. Dan Pinkston, faculty president.

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.