Simpson University Serves Community, Staff in 16th Day of Service

REDDING, Calif.— With COVID precautions in place, approximately 80 Simpson University staff and faculty recently upheld a 16-year Day of Service tradition to the Redding community.

In years past, the Day of Service – held during the first few weeks of the school year — has consisted of student groups being matched with multiple nonprofits and organizations in Shasta County to help with tasks ranging from weeding to painting to cleanup. The 2019 Day of Service had one focus: Carr Fire recovery efforts at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.

And this year’s event on Sept. 26 included two group projects in Redding and a handful of smaller projects at the homes of university staff and faculty.

“We hope this can provide a great blessing to our community as we draw close to each other to offer the gift of service to individuals experiencing need,” said Jose Palos, Director of Spiritual Formation.

About 50 freshmen helped at The Park in downtown Redding, picking up trash, power-washing sidewalks, and spreading bark.

Another group of 37 students helped clean up trash and clear blackberry bushes at a location along the Sacramento River in Redding. A community member involved in the cleanup sent this thank-you:

“The students did such a great job and cleaned up so much trash!! Our goal is to continue cleaning up this property, creating a beautiful, safe and usable space for the Redding community to enjoy. We are tremendously grateful for all the work the students have done. We look forward to working with you all again.”

The Day of Service began in 2004 as an outflow of the “Gateway to World Service” motto the university has had for many years.

“Service has been a defining element of Simpson University for almost 100 years now,” President Norman Hall told the students who gathered at the cross at the center of campus for prayer and instructions at the start of the day.

He referenced Martin Luther King Jr. in reminding students that “true greatness is denied no man or woman. True greatness comes in serving others.”

He challenged those gathered with the words of Philippians 2:3-5: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”

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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 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

More Simpson University anglers qualify for nationals

Published Sept. 29, 2020 by FLW Communications

CLEARLAKE, Calif. – The Simpson University team of Luke Blanchard of Vancouver, Washington, and Nathan Phillips of Kelseyville, California, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Clear Lake event Sept. 26 with a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 13 ounces. The victory advanced the Simpson bass club to the 2021 College Fishing National Championship.

The victory came a month after teammates Sheldon Reese and Taj White placed first in a college fishing tournament in the California Delta, qualifying them to compete in the national championship.

The Red Hawks duo won by a 4-pound margin over the second-place team of Ryan Beaty and Taj White, also from Simpson University, who weighed in five bass totaling 12 pounds, 13 ounces. The tournament launched from Redbud Park in Clearlake, California.

The top eight teams Saturday at Clear Lake finished:

1st: Simpson University – Luke Blanchard, Vancouver, Wash., and Nathan Phillips, Kelseyville, Calif., five bass, 16-13 (Pictured, left to right)

2nd: Simpson University – Ryan Beaty, Martinez, Calif., and Taj White, Glendale, Ariz., five bass, 12-13

3rd: University of California-Merced – Kalib Caples, Sebastopol, Calif., and Herbie LeBlanc, Gilroy, Calif., five bass, 12-9

4th: New Mexico State University – Marquez Perez and Wyatt Sandoval, both of Las Cruces, N.M., five bass, 12-0

5th: New Mexico State University – Daylon Smith, Frazier Park, Calif., and Bradley Jones of Las Cruces, N.M., five bass, 8-13

6th: New Mexico State University – Logan Cooper and Clay Stearns, both of Las Cruces, N.M., five bass, 8-3

7th: Simpson University – Austin Rojas, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Sheldon Reese, Witter Springs, Calif., two bass, 7-3

8th: Sonoma State University – Brook Spencer, Salinas, Calif., and Dawson Stroud, Modesto, Calif., zero bass

Complete results for the entire field can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI event on Clear Lake was the third and final regular-season qualifying tournament for Western Conference anglers. The next event for College Fishing anglers will be this week, Oct. 2 – the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Ouachita River Open in Monroe, Louisiana.

Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI teams compete in regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top ten teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing Open advance to the following year’s Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, FLW and its partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe.

FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. Acquired by Major League Fishing in late 2019, FLW is expanding its programming in 2020 to the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel as well as on-demand at MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).

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About Simpson University Bass Fishing
The Simpson University Bass Fishing team completed its inaugural year of 2019-20 as the highest ranked college team in California and is listed in the top 100 teams in the nation. To learn more, contact coach Alex Thiemann at athiemann@simpsonu.edu. Follow the team on Instagram at SimpsonBass or Facebook at SimpsonBassTeam.

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University alumnus and Stockton native Brandon Leake took home the winner’s title and $1 million prize on season 15 of “America’s Got Talent.”

Leake, 27, made history as the show’s first spoken word poet, delivering moving pieces about his deceased sister, his estrangement with his father, and his mother’s fear of losing her son in the climate of recent deaths of Black men and women. His final piece was a prayer and poem for his baby daughter.

Show judge Howie Mandel advanced Leake from the audition round to the live shows with a “Golden Buzzer” award after Leake delivered a stirring poem about the loss of his sister.

“Brandon took us through the journey of humanity. And this is what’s missing right now: understanding, humanity and justice,” Mandel is quoted as saying in a USA Today news article. “This has been a hard time for all of us, but I thought that the win and the vote for him has given me and the world hope. I’m so thrilled America made this vote and listened to their hearts and their minds, especially on a day like today with what’s going on in the world. I hope that he is the light.”

Watch as Brandon Leake is announced the winner of “America’s Got Talent” season 15.

Leake graduated from Simpson University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. While at Simpson, he initially played basketball, then turned to writing. In 2012 he started Called to Move – CTM on campus with a small group of artists and began performing at open mic nights on campus.

When the group first performed, about 10 to 15 people showed up to watch. By the time Leake graduated, several hundred people were attending shows, and Called to Move was invited to do its own chapel service.

Simpson University student Brandon Leake in 2012 // Photo by SU Marketing

Leake is also one of the founders of “Hope is Alive! Open Mic” events, often hosted at Old City Hall in Redding and held to raise awareness about mental health struggles, substance use disorders, and suicide loss. The Shasta County Arts Council noted Leake’s role in a congratulatory Facebook post.  

After graduating, Leake has worked as an educator and speaker and led spoken word workshops. His debut album, titled “In My Thoughts,” lead to him traveling across the U.S. to perform at elementary and high schools, colleges, youth conferences, and poetry slams. He got married in 2017; and he and his wife had a baby girl in late February.

Leake chronicled his “America’s Got Talent” journey on his Instagram account (@Brandon_Leake_CTM), where he offered these thoughts two days after his victory:

“Wow … what a journey, ya’ll. I must honestly tell ya’ll that I’m so humbled to be the winner of ya’ll choosing … this is OUR WIN! … Thank you to my wonderful and beautiful wife who played the role of a superwoman taking care of our child and a young puppy for a whole month in my absence. … And last but certainly not least, THANK YOU, GOD! I am but a mere man, redeemed by Christ and now given an opportunity to show the world what I got! This is an answered prayer beyond belief and I’m so grateful, so so grateful!”

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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 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 Alumnus Takes Home Top ‘America’s Got Talent’ Prize

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University has received its sixth federal grant in three years designed to help students stay in school, graduate and find meaningful employment.

The university was notified in August it will receive $1.3 million over five years in federal TRIO grant funding for the Student Support Services (SSS) program. In 2017, Simpson was awarded $10 million to administer multi-year Upward Bound and GEAR UP programs that directly benefit North State middle and high school students.

The TRIO SSS grant will provide resources for a cohort of 150 Simpson University students, including academic tutoring, guidance in selecting postsecondary academic courses; information about and assistance with scholarships and financial aid; counseling to improve financial and economic literacy; and help with applications for graduate and professional programs, among other services.

The goal of the SSS program is to increase the post-secondary persistence and graduation rates of students who are the first in their families to attend college or who might face economic hardship in attending college.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide a higher level of resources and services to a number of our students through this TRIO grant,” President Norman Hall said. “Simpson University strives to provide personalized instruction to help ensure students’ success after they graduate, and this grant will be a tremendous help in allowing us to do that with further excellence.”

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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 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 Receives $1.3M Grant to Help Students Graduate, Get Jobs

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University welcomed new and returning students to campus over Labor Day weekend, marking the start of an unprecedented school year inside and outside the classroom.

“It’s a new normal,” President Norm Hall told news reporters who covered the university’s reopening. “Everyone has been very patient, and our students are saying they are thrilled to be here.”

New Student Orientation on Sept. 4-6 included staggered arrival and move-in times for residential students, who were limited to two guests each, as well as outdoor dining and events to allow for physical distancing. Hand-sanitizing stations and plexiglass shields are found throughout campus. Red signs on lawns and walkways remind students to wear face coverings and maintain distance.

Indicative of the “new normal” for this fall, the first day of classes Sept. 7 also included free COVID-19 testing in the gymnasium. All students were required to provide negative test results within 30 days prior to arrival, and periodic testing of the campus population will be part of the protocol this semester.

“We’re going to constantly monitor the situation, and we need you to be doing that, too,” Dr. Dale Simmons, provost, told parents during a weekend session. “We want to be able to give your students face-to-face education as long as possible.”

The university is utilizing a HyFlex learning format, with in-person classes that are livestreamed and recorded to allow for adequate physical distancing in classrooms and uninterrupted learning in the event of quarantine or isolation.

“Our distinctive learning environment is high interaction with our faculty,” Dr. Hall said.

Despite the weekend’s triple-digit heat, smoky air from wildfires to the south, and strict safety protocols, students expressed excitement and gratitude to be back on campus.

“I’m so thankful that we’re on campus, that I get to build those relationships with both teachers and students and be able to have that college experience rather than being at home and just doing it from my bedroom, the way we ended senior year,” freshman Kaitlin Hergbert said. “I’m just thankful we get to be here and have that true experience freshman year.”

Senior Zack Caples said putting up with the inconveniences of wearing face coverings and abiding by other safety protocols is worth it to be on campus. “I’m really excited to be back,” he said. “It’s been a long summer.”

The weekend included outdoor activities such as kayaking and relaxing by the pond, a cornhole competition, picnic on the lawn, and a worship service led by pastors from local Christian & Missionary Alliance churches. On Friday evening, President Hall led a family covenant communion service near the cross at the center of campus, sharing the biblical story of Esther – “a powerful reminder that God can bring about new life, redemption and freedom even when it seems impossible,” he said.

On Saturday morning, Dr. Simmons encouraged students to actively participate in their learning, to ask for help when needed and to reach out to their professors. He urged them to be persons of integrity. “Exercising your mind in the service of God is a way of loving God,” he said. “Your studies can be an act of worship.”

In a richly symbolic service exercise Saturday, students gathered in small groups to plant trees around campus, marking them with brass plaques naming numerous individuals who have contributed in some way to the nearly 100-year-old history of Simpson University. The trees line the university’s Pathways of Remembrance, which commemorate the three locations in Simpson’s history: Seattle (1921-1955), San Francisco (1955-1989), and Redding (1989-present).

“These plaques represent people who came before us, who lived and served on campus,” Dr. Hall said. “As we lean into a new century, it seemed appropriate to connect them with you in a tangible way.”

He asked the students to stop and pray for each family represented by the plaques they installed next to the trees.

“When you come back for homecoming, you will inevitably return to the tree you planted,” he said. “You’ll remember when you became part of the legacy of Simpson University.”

On Sunday morning, new and returning students gathered for an outdoor church service led by staff and faculty that culminated in prayer for the year ahead.

“Remain in this posture of faith and hope as we head into the semester,” Jose Palos, director of Spiritual Formation,” told the Simpson community via email Sunday night. “We are off to a great start, but there is still much work to be done.”

He shared the exhortation found in I Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:16-18). 

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Related media coverage:

9.07.20 – Students back on campus at Simpson University for the first time in months
ActionNewsNow interviewed President Norm Hall and two students for a story and “live” shots on the first day of classes.

9.07.20 – Simpson University students began class on Monday
KRCR-TV returned to campus for the first day of classes, filming nursing students and interviewing the provost for this story.

9.04.20 – Students return to Simpson University
KRCR-TV visited campus as new students moved in to do a story featuring some of the new COVID-19 protocols in place.

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 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. 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 Reopens for In-Person Instruction

Published August 25, 2020 by FLW Communications

OAKLEY, Calif. – The Simpson University team of Sheldon Reese of Witter Springs, California, and Taj White of Glendale, Arizona, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at the California Delta event Aug. 21 with a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 3 ounces. The victory earned the Simpson bass club $2,000 and qualified them to compete in the 2021 College Fishing National Championship.

From far right, Simpson University Bass Fishing team members Sheldon Reese and Taj White won a recent tournament that qualifies them to compete in the 2021 College Fishing National Championship. Team members Nathan Phillips and Ryan Beaty came in fourth place. // Photo courtesy FLW Communications

The Red Hawks duo won by a 4-pound, 9-ounce margin over the second-place team of Daylon Smith from New Mexico State University, who weighed in five bass totaling 10 pounds, 10 ounces while fishing the two-man team event solo. The tournament launched from the Big Break Marina in Oakley, California.

The teams that now advance to the 2021 College Fishing National Championship are:

1st: Simpson University – Sheldon Reese, Witter Springs, Calif., and Taj White, Glendale, Ariz., five bass, 15-3, $2,000

2nd: New Mexico State University – Daylon Smith, Frazier Park, Calif., five bass, 10-10, $1,000

3rd: University of California-Merced – Kalib Caples, Sebastopol, Calif., and Herbie LeBlanc, Gilroy, Calif., five bass, 10-5, $500

4th: Simpson University – Ryan Beaty, Martinez, Calif., and Nathan Phillips, Kelseyville, Calif., five bass, 8-8, $500

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI event on the California Delta was hosted by the City of Oakley. It was the second of three regular-season qualifying tournaments for Western Conference anglers. The next event for College Fishing anglers will be on Sept. 4 – the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama.

Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI teams compete in regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top ten teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing Open advance to the following year’s Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, FLW and its partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe.

FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. Acquired by Major League Fishing in late 2019, FLW is expanding its programming in 2020 to the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel as well as on-demand at MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).

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About Simpson University Bass Fishing
The Simpson University Bass Fishing team completed its inaugural year of 2019-20 as the highest ranked college team in California and is listed in the top 100 teams in the nation. To learn more, contact coach Alex Thiemann at athiemann@simpsonu.edu. Follow the team on Instagram at SimpsonBass or Facebook at SimpsonBassTeam.

Simpson University Bass Fishing Team Wins Tournament

Simpson University Remembers Trustee, Nursing School Namesake

REDDING, Calif.–Dr. Betty M. Dean, a beloved member of Simpson University’s board of trustees for more than 12 years, passed away on Aug. 24, 2020, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

The university’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is named after Dr. Dean. During one of her final visits to the Redding campus in December 2019, Dr. Dean addressed nursing graduates at a pinning ceremony inside the James M. Grant Student Life Center, encouraging them to “guard your heart and let it guide you in the skills you have learned.”

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“What you share and how you share it will have an eternal impact,” she told the students. “The final impact is known only to God. Your caring heart is what will make the greatest difference.”

Dr. Dean’s caring heart guided her through a successful nursing career and into college administration. She eventually became president of Mission Community College in Santa Clara, and retired in 1998 as the superintendent-president of the Butte-Glenn Community College District. She also taught at the graduate level for Webster University and California State University, San Jose.

Due to her experience, Christian commitment, and dedication to higher education, Dr. Dean was invited to become a Simpson University board member after her retirement. After prayer and consideration, she decided she had something to contribute and accepted the position in October 2007.

Dr Betty M DeanShe served for nearly 13 years, including as vice chair from 2009-2011, board chair from 2011-2015, and again as vice chair from October 2019 to August 2020. She worked with three university presidents during her tenure on the board. Dr. Dean and her husband, Clyde Powers, also donated generously to support the university and its students.

“Betty was a truly remarkable woman of God; she is leaving a legacy of loving wisdom and tangible care and concern for God’s work in the world,” said Dr. Norman Hall, president of Simpson University. “Simpson has been the grateful recipient of her commitment to excellence in all things. We will miss her deeply.”

As a board member, Dr. Dean was responsible for helping shape policies that impacted the university in a broad way. She recognized that what impacts the university also impacts its students — and those students impact the world.

Dr. Dean’s prayer for all students was that they “will have had a very personal encounter with Jesus Christ as their Savior and that they will have developed a base that will aid them in their spiritual walk and growth for the rest of their lives,” she said during a 2008 interview for the university’s Transform newsletter.

Dr. Dean was also instrumental in helping Simpson launch its Science and Nursing Center, which opened in 2014. The Science and Nursing Center was renamed the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing during a March 2016 ceremony.

Video of the March 2016 naming ceremony for the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing. Dr. Dean speaks at around 17:40.

Dr.  Jo Anne Cripe, a fellow trustee who knew Dr. Dean for more than 25 years as friend and mentor, spoke at the naming ceremony about Dr. Dean’s thoughtful professionalism, strong character, and profound Christian faith—“I found the whole package in Betty Dean,” she said.

“She blends the traits of absolute integrity, loving empathy, sometimes even silly good humor, and she consistently puts the needs of others ahead of her own,” she said. “She is a faithful, in-for-the-duration friend.”

Dr. Cripe recalled meeting Dr. Dean for coffee in June 2015 and learning of her cancer diagnosis.

“I got to witness how that faith became her absolutely firm foundation through one of life’s fiercest storms,” Dr. Cripe shared with the audience. “Like the house built upon the rock, Betty’s faith simply never wavered. Every time I asked how she was, she’d start out by saying, ‘I’m blessed. I’m so very, very blessed.’ She expected God to give her strength and resilience and joy every step of the way, and sure enough, he did. And she received it and gave it right back to the world.”

Dr. Cripe encouraged Simpson University nursing students to embody Dr. Dean’s qualities and bring them to the world. The university’s longstanding motto is “Gateway to World Service” and its mission is to develop “each student in mind, faith and character for a lifetime of meaningful work and service in a constantly changing world.”

“We are confident that God will do great things over many generations as a result of the work of the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing,” Dr. Cripe said.

Those seeds are already bearing fruit. Since the School of Nursing began its bachelor of science in nursing program in 2011, it has graduated more than 225 students; more than 175 students have also completed the RN-BSN program. These graduates are making an impact in healthcare around the world.

In 2020, the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing was ranked No. 7 among California nursing schools in NursingSchoolHub.com’s annual ranking, which looks at first-time NCLEX passing rates, accreditation, program offerings, and more. In 2019, it was listed as one of the best nursing schools in the country by RNCareers.

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A special luncheon in December 2019 introduced friends of Betty Dean’s to the School of Nursing that bears her name. At the far left are Betty’s husband, Clyde Powers, and friend and fellow board member Dr. Jo Anne Cripe. 

Regina Erickson, who has served four Simpson University presidents as executive assistant and works closely with the board, described Dr. Dean’s strengths as endless. “She was a tremendously strong, considerate, smart, and thoughtful leader,” she said.

Dr. Dean is survived by her husband of 24 years, three stepdaughters and nine grandchildren.

Those wishing to make a memorial contribution might want to consider a gift to the Dean-Powers Scholarship Fund for Simpson University nursing students (online at simpsonu.edu/givenow or by check mailed to Simpson University’s Advancement Office, 2211 College View Drive, Redding, CA 96003).

Read online obituary in the Chico Enterprise-Record.

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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 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. 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 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 Welcomes New Director of Athletics

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University is pleased to announce the hire of Tom Seitz as director of athletics. His duties began Aug. 3.

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Tom Seitz

Seitz brings more than 25 years of experience as a collegiate player, coach, administrator and commissioner. He has served as the athletic director and/or coach for colleges and universities competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, II and III levels.

Prior to coming to Simpson University, Seitz was director of athletics at Palm Beach State College (Fla.). Before that, he was commissioner of the Crossroads League in Indianapolis, where he oversaw the operations for a league composed of 10 higher education institutions. He has also served as the athletic director at California State University San Marcos, Jacksonville State University (Ala.), and Jacksonville University (Fla.); and as associate athletic director at Rollins College.

In those roles, he helped build new facilities (baseball stadium; soccer/football/track stadium; field house; practice and training center; baseball/softball complex); developed strategic plans and procedures; more than doubled the number of student-athletes; increased revenue; and began new sports programs in basketball, volleyball and football.

“Tom Seitz was selected after a national search with a finalists’ pool of five candidates,” Chief Operating Officer Wally Quirk said. “He has the credentials and experience with the widest variety of skills ever presented to Simpson University for an athletic director.”

Seitz earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, where he played basketball and subsequently coached; and a master’s degree in business administration from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. He also coached basketball at Charleston Southern University.

As Simpson University’s Director of Athletics, Seitz will oversee staff members, coaches and intercollegiate sports teams (men’s and women’s soccer, cross-country, track and field, swimming and diving, basketball, wrestling, and volleyball; women’s softball and men’s baseball). Simpson University is part of the NAIA.

Seitz stated, “I would like to thank President Hall, Wally Quirk and the search committee for having confidence in me to lead the Simpson athletic program during this time of extreme growth.”

“I look forward to working with the administration, coaches and community to help take Simpson athletics to a new level of excellence,” he said. “I consider this a great opportunity to serve and can’t wait to dive in.”

Follow Simpson University athletics at simpsonredhawks.com.

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Simpson University, a Christian 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. 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. The university is also 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 Inducts Adult Studies Students into Honor Society

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

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.

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The following students were inducted during the Zoom ceremony, which was also attended by university President Norman Hall, School of Adult Studies faculty and staff members, and families of honorees:

April Brown (Redding): April has held roles in pastoral leadership, children’s and youth ministry. She has taught classes, led small groups, volunteered at conferences, and co-led mission trips. This fall, April plans to start Simpson University’s Master’s in Counseling Psychology program. Her goal is to become a certified Marriage and Family Therapist and clinical counselor, working in faith-based counseling and opening her own counseling center.

Laura Price (Redding): After volunteering in her daughter’s classroom, Laura immediately knew teaching was her passion. Her educational goals are to participate in Simpson University’s School of Education credentialing and graduate program. Her career goals as an educator are to help establish a system of education that addresses all areas of growth in children.

Christopher Fulton (Anderson): Christopher serves as a paramedic and volunteer firefighter. He uses his woodworking skills to collaborate with Girl Scouts, teaching them how to build birdhouses. His goal is to obtain a master’s degree and become a physician’s assistant to better serve his community.

Megan Ide-Sandefur (Anderson): Megan has volunteered at Project Homeless Connect, Enterprise Junior Eagles Cheerleading, Shasta Lake Youth Soccer League, Teen Advocacy Group, and Anderson Cubs Cheerleading Program. This year, Megan has done over 100 hours of training for work in order to learn more about the community. Her degree from Simpson University will help her move to a role as social worker with her own caseload. Megan plans to earn a master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her career goals are to open a community center for teens.

Sharyn Toso (Redding): In addition to being a single mom and a fulltime employee, Sharyn has obtained two associate’s degrees with honors, helped at her son’s school, and volunteered for the Shasta Lake Firefighters Association. She has led significant projects, major fundraising events, and fire safety and education events. She was awarded Administrator of the Year from Shasta Lake Fire District and the Firefighters Association. Her career aspirations include advancing in the fire industry and working for a nonprofit. She is also exploring the possibility of opening her own business.

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.

Top, Alpha Sigma Lambda inductees clockwise from left: Laura Price, Christopher Fulton, Megan Ide-Sandefur, Sharyn Toso, and April Brown. Middle: Honorees and their families are joined by School of Adult Studies faculty and staff and Simpson University President Norman Hall.

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Simpson University, a Christian 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. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is listed in U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West and recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction. 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. The university is also 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 Upward Bound Students Adapt to Virtual Summer Program

REDDING, Calif.— Simpson University’s Upward Bound leadership team has adapted to the challenges presented by the pandemic, offering a robust virtual summer program to more than 240 high school students at four North State high schools.

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 disadvantaged students better opportunities to attend college.

For the past two summers, more than 100 Upward Bound students participated in a program that included a weeklong residential experience at Simpson University, four weeks at high school sites, then a weeklong road trip to visit colleges.

As it became clear that COVID-19 restrictions would not allow for the same experience in 2020, staff members spent nearly two months putting together a program consisting of college classes, SAT Math Bootcamps, and foreign language, through an online learning format called Mango. Students also studied drone technology (building, programming and flying), culminating in outdoor events to fly the drones they assembled.

In a pilot program, Simpson University made Intro to Business, taught by Dr. Daniel Sloan, available remotely to more than 40 Upward Bound students from Simpson University and UC Davis.  Another new element this summer is student participation in the Upward Bound Work-Study program. The goal is to teach students what Work-Study is and how it relates to college financial aid. A secondary outcome for Work-Study is to compensate students who work as interns in their local community or for Upward Bound, or who learn a new career skill, like drone technology.

Although students are disappointed about not being able to travel this summer, they are finding the new format educational and informative. Mount Shasta High School Upward Bound student Siena Maniatis wrote this description of the summer program there:

Despite being physically apart, the summer program has continued to go on virtually, giving students a social opportunity as well as supplying a positive learning atmosphere completely free of charge for eligible students. 

Usually, the summer program is in person at the high school; it follows a weekly schedule with each student taking an online class through College of the Siskiyous as well as participating in learning activities at the school a few days a week. Everything is taking place online this year.

In past years, the summer program has hosted a trip for college tours which also includes fun activities. Last year’s participants took a charter bus through Oregon and Washington to tour colleges in the area and participate in fun activities included ziplining and visiting the Space Needle.

This year, students are still required to take an online course of their choice through either College of the Siskiyous or Simpson University; all other activities are done online as well. Students have weekly one-on-one meetings with advisor Jeanine Masciola through Zoom, to make sure they are successful at meeting their responsibilities. Activities vary on a weekly basis, with all learning activities taking place on Zoom or other online platforms.

During Weeks 1 and 2 students met with college representatives on Zoom to take virtual tours of campuses all around California. Week 3 provided students with the opportunity for SAT Math Bootcamp, a class that focused on preparing students for college entrance exams. Weeks 4 and 5 provide an opportunity to learn about Drone Technology/Robotics with Mount Shasta High School teacher Greg Eastman. Week 6, the final week of the program, will offer a paleoanthropology class with Mount Shasta High teacher Barbara Paulson. The summer program has been granted permission to meet in person a few days during weeks 4, 5, and 6 — taking all necessary precautions. 

Although it is disappointing for both students and staff alike that they are limited to online learning, the Mount Shasta High School Upward Bound summer program has made immense efforts to adapt itself to meet the needs of its students amidst these difficult times. The program has done everything possible to make the contents of its duration enjoyable as well as knowledgeable. 

Students at all the high schools are adapting well to the new format, staff members say. Here are some of their comments:

  • “We are still thriving and managing to have a successful summer program, while staying safe.” – Mount Shasta High School sophomore
  • “I would like to be able to go on trips, but I did like the SAT math boot camp.” – Anderson Union High School sophomore
  • “I haven’t done the summer program in the past, but I really like the check-ins.” – Dunsmuir High School junior
  • “I liked how immersive (the Virtual College Tours) were and they told a lot of details. I liked UC Santa Cruz because the tour guide was very good at answering questions.” – West Valley High School rising senior
  • “I am definitely going to apply to UCSB in the fall, and I am happy to say that Upward Bound made that happen.” – Mount Shasta High School rising senior

With COVID precautions in place, students met in July to fly the drones they built and programmed for four weeks. Teachers Kurt Champe from Dunsmuir High School and Greg Eastman from Mount Shasta High gave instruction via Zoom classes. Simpson University communication professor Molly Rupert and President Norman Hall’s daughter, Naomi, visited the Upward Bound students at West Valley High School to observe their drones in action.

Since the start of the Upward Bound program administered by Simpson University, 534 North State high school students have participated. Among 2019 graduates, 37 Upward Bound seniors earned a combined $430,708 in tuition aid for college, an average of $11,640 per student. Students were introduced to these grant and scholarship opportunities through workshops conducted by Upward Bound advisors. More than 90 percent of those seniors attended a community college or four-year university in the fall of 2019. For the class of 2020, one site thus far has graduated 17 Upward Bound seniors, who have earned more than $265,000 in tuition aid.

Photos courtesy Jeanine Masciola and Molly Rupert

Top: Upward Bound high school students take a virtual tour of Simpson University during their summer program.
Middle: Students from the Mount Shasta High School Upward Bound program assemble and fly drones.
Bottom: Students from the West Valley High School Upward Bound program meet to fly their drones.

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Simpson University, a Christian 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. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is listed in U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West and recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction. 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. The university is also 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. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

 

 

Simpson University Hosts Virtual Diversity Forum

REDDING, Calif.—In response to recent national events and discussions, Simpson University’s Diversity Committee hosted a virtual forum July 10 to “learn from, lament with, and listen to our African-American sisters and brothers.”

About 40 participants logged onto the two-hour Zoom forum, in which panelists were invited to respond to three questions:

  • What do you think of or feel when you hear the word “justice”?
  • How have the events of the last few weeks impacted you in your community on a personal level?
  • Do we, at Simpson University, make you feel safe, seen and celebrated; and if not, how can we get better at that?

Panelists included Black students, staff, alumni, and community activists, leaders and pastors. Diversity Committee members include administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The committee is led this year by Irene Lopez, Dean of Education and Diversity.

“The recent acts of violence, oppression and devastating loss of lives among the Black community continues to challenge our core values and reminds us that racism and injustice is still rampant in our nation,” Lopez said. “As a university, we are committed to formally renounce all forms of injustice and racism and become the voice of transformational change throughout our community.”

Panelists shared candidly about some of their experiences as people of color living in Shasta County and challenges they have encountered as students and employees at Simpson University, as well as offering encouragement and insight into how the university community can be more intentional in its efforts to listen to and learn from their minority sisters and brothers.

Diversity Committee member and panel moderator Curley Wilson Jr., assistant director of Student Financial Services, wrapped up the forum with admonition to “take this pain and suffering, sit at the table and come up with resolutions and steps—not just to better this university,” he said. “If we’re going to be the four-year university for the city of Redding, then we need to be a beacon of light in all the world.”

The forum closed with prayer, led by Director of Spiritual Formation José Palos and Career Services Counselor Marcy Palos.

Learn more about Simpson University’s Diversity Committee at http://simpsonu.edu/Pages/About/Resources/Student/Diversity-Committee.htm

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Simpson University, a Christian 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. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is listed in U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West and recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction. 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. The university is also 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. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

Church Quilters Sew Masks for Simpson University Students

REDDING, Calif.—A quilting and sewing group from Pathway church in Redding has made 200 face masks for Simpson University students as they prepare to return to campus in the fall.

The group, overseen by former professional quilter Becky Cable, makes quilts for North State pregnancy care centers, as well as baby clothes for a Christian & Missionary Alliance hospital in Mali, West Africa. Last year the group sent more than 475 handmade “mama packs”—which include a receiving blanket, bib, beanie, booties, and shirt—to the hospital.

Following the devastating Carr and Camp fires in Shasta and Butte counties in 2018, the group made hundreds of lap quilts for survivors.

Perry-ThomasAnd this spring, when retired physician and fellow church member Dr. Tom Perry (pictured) asked if they would sew face masks for Simpson University, they did not hesitate. Dr. Perry, who is a university board member, donated funds to help with materials. The supplies for all the group’s projects come from donations.

“Of course, absolutely – anything to help Simpson be able to reopen,” Becky said. “I know how much of a life-changer Simpson has been for so many people.”

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Becky Cable

Becky has firsthand knowledge of Simpson’s impact and longtime times to the C&MA, the university’s affiliated denomination. She attended Simpson when the college was located in San Francisco. Her sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and John Henderson, are graduates. John Henderson was an Alliance pastor for many years before he retired. Her sister and brother-in-law Cathy and Blaine Kazebee are Simpson alums, as well as her brother, Jim Voss, whose wife Nancy (Mason) also attended Simpson. Jim was an Alliance pastor before becoming a director of Gatehouse Ministries, an Alliance-affiliated nonprofit in Redding that serves students whose parents are missionaries. Becky’s son Chris Cable, and his wife, Cassie (Turner), graduated from the Redding campus, as did her daughter Karen Sicheneder, daughter-in-law Raina (Forbes) Cable, and a number of other relatives.

Dependent on state and county COVID-19 guidelines, Simpson University is working toward reopening in the fall for in-person instruction.

“Having a large supply of masks and other protective equipment is essential,” President Norman Hall said. “We are so thankful for the time and talents these women have given to support our efforts to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors.”

Becky first made masks for a friend’s daughter who serves as an emergency room nurse in Southern California. She then reached out to her church family to ask who needed or wanted one. She has made masks for a hospital in Red Bluff, where a friend’s son is a physician, and for group homes and a local food bank. When her son posted on Facebook that his mother made masks, she had strangers request them.

She has made nearly 1,000 masks so far. It takes her about 15 to 20 minutes to make one.

“It gives me a purpose during this time,” Becky said. “I live alone, with my cat, and it was devastating to be isolated like this. When I started making masks, people would come to my front porch to pick them up and talk to me through the screen door. It helped my mental state. I believe it was something God provided for me during this difficult time.”

The Pathway quilting and sewing group, comprising about eight members, has been meeting for several years. Becky started a similar group at an Alliance church in Fairfield prior to moving to Redding.

“The purpose of our group is to have women come together in a setting where they can share their lives,” she said. “It’s not just another Bible study. We get to know and love each other and bear each other’s burdens.”

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Pathway church quilting and sewing group participants in 2019. Five group members sewed masks for Simpson University from their homes during the pandemic shutdown. // Photo by Becky Cable

Becky has found her sewing ministry to be one that blesses her as well as the recipients. She’s given more than three dozen masks to postal workers, including leaving some in her mailbox for her carrier.

“He honked his horn and waved,” she said. “You don’t know what it will mean. You receive the greater blessing when you can bless others.”

The Pathway group sewed the Simpson masks at home, using kits that Becky assembled. Other mask-makers included Arlene Johnson, Lois Nichols, Judy Hatton, and Kathy Ulrich. They are now working on masks for five area schools that Pathway church connects with in their after-school programs.

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The Pathway church quilting and sewing group made red and gray masks for Simpson University.

 

“Our group is about encouraging others and lifting them up to come closer to God,” Becky said. “It’s that kind of thing I’m passionate about.”

She cites Colossians 3:23 and Hebrews 10:24 as two verses that have guided her: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord,” and “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

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Becky Cable leads a quilting and sewing group at Pathway church that provided 200 face masks for Simpson University.

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Simpson University, a Christian 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. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is listed in U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West and recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction. 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. The university is also 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. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

 

 

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 Start of Engineering, Technology, Digital Media

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University is pleased to announce the awarding of $1 million in grants toward the launch of new programs in engineering, digital media, and technology.

The Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation and The Fletcher Jones Foundation, both of which have supported Simpson University programs in the past, have agreed to provide up to $500,000 each over the next three years toward facilities, lab equipment, faculty and marketing of the new programs, which includes engineering, computer information systems (CIS), and digital media.

“We have identified a tremendous demand for these educational programs, and are responding to both a local and global need for a technically qualified and morally centered workforce,” Simpson University President Norman Hall said. “We are immensely grateful to the forward-thinking Hugh & Hazel Darling and Fletcher Jones foundations for their support and commitment to our higher education goals.”

The grant funds will help establish the first private university technology and engineering program in upstate California, as well as increase access to high-demand technology and engineering majors for students in the region, especially those who are first-generation or economically disadvantaged.

A 2017 study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the country’s largest job growth to be in the computer and engineering fields by 2024. Yet the North State lacks a skilled workforce in these fields, which has impeded the growth of local businesses and impacted the overall economy, notes Scott Putnam, founder and CEO of Apex Technology Management, Redding’s largest technology service provider.

“Our region is full of smart and creative people, and numerous technology-related businesses have been launched locally, but the lack of a developed workforce has caused many to leave the area or limit their growth,” he said. “I firmly believe that adding additional programs, particularly the development of an engineering program, at Simpson University would be a game-changer for our region.”

Last fall the university retained Dr. Hyung Choi, an internationally known quantum physicist who helped launch a technology and engineering program at Greenville University in Illinois, to help lay the groundwork for an engineering program. This spring, the university is consulting with Dr. Larry Wear in continued development of the program.

Dr. Wear has served at Chico State University as the chair of the electrical and computer engineering program. He is a graduate of the University of Washington, with degrees in electrical engineering, and Santa Clara University, where he earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering. He helped launch a computer engineering and systems program at the University of Washington at Tacoma, and has considerable corporate and consulting experience, including Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, Tandem Computers (including Compaq Computers), and Lockheed Missiles & Space Operations.

“For the first time we are offering the opportunity to come to Simpson University and learn engineering in a Christian environment,” said Dr. Brian Hooker, chair of the Sciences and Mathematics Department. “We are very excited about this program.”

shutterstock_514412104The program, which is undergoing accreditation review, will offer curriculum rich in electrical, computer, systems, mechanical, mechatronic, civil, and general engineering components.

“Simpson University’s engineering program will be undergirded with emphases in chemistry, mathematics, mechanics and physics,” Dr. Hooker said. “Students will have internships with regional businesses to get real-world, hands-on engineering experience while also being able to live on campus in a Christian community.”

photo-of-a-man-holding-video-camera-2608519Simpson University’s new digital media program, offered this fall as an emphasis in the communication major, will offer students the chance to gain skills in graphic design, photography, videography, animation, and more. Students also will have opportunities to participate in a wide variety of internship programs to further develop those skills in a real-world environment.

The new computer information systems program, administered by the Business Department, will provide professional competencies in managing information, computers, databases, systems analysis, and business principles related to computer information systems. Training in CIS can lead to careers as a database administrator, IT project manager, network administrator, information systems manager, and systems analyst, among others.

A technology and engineering working and advisory group, composed of regional industry leaders, has also been formed to provide guidance on curriculum design that will meet workforce demand, recruitment, and job placement.

Simpson University is one of the most affordable private universities on the West Coast, offering excellent academics, experiential learning, and world-class co-curricular opportunities in a Christ-infused community in beautiful Northern California. The university offers vigorous scholarships for students in a wide variety of areas.

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Simpson University, a Christian 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. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is listed in U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West and recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction. 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. The university is also 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. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simpson University Honors Students During Virtual Awards Chapel

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University honored students, faculty and staff for academic achievements and outstanding contributions to the community in an end-of-the-year awards chapel service.

With the campus closed due to the coronavirus shutdown, the Academic Office gathered videos from faculty and staff announcing the award winners and compiled them into an hourlong presentation that premiered on Facebook during chapel hour on April 29. Watchers offered congratulatory comments in “real time” to the honorees.

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 2.41.24 PMDr. Dale Simmons, provost, directed his opening remarks to students, referencing quotes from philosopher and essayist Henry David Thoreau and the movie, “Dead Poets Society.”

“Whether by vision or by virus, your life is going to go through a number of radical twists and turns, and therefore it behooves you to take this foundational educational experience very seriously,” he said. “I urge you to do this not just to enhance the quantity of your career options but also to enrich the quality of your life itself.”

He concluded: “Let us seize the day, or at least the next hour, to suck the marrow out of life by celebrating all of your wonderful achievements.”

During the ceremony, professors, staff and administrators presented the following awards to students:

Stanley Clark Research Awards: Colleen House, Best Graduate Paper and Best Graduate Poster; Haley Muri, Best Graduate Presentation; Connor Rowe, Best Undergraduate Paper; Baylee Wiechecki, Jessilyn Ellenson, Brooke Larson, and Alexis Thompson, Best Undergraduate Poster; Isabel Harris, Rebecca Carmona, Claire Cozby, Tayler Lennier, and Jonathan Liu, Best Undergraduate Presentation

Faculty Scholarship Award: Eva Palacios

Outstanding Music Student of the Year: Mackenzie Alldrin and Jordan Palmer

Outstanding Cross-Cultural Studies Major: Isabel Harris

Business Student of the Year: Jonathan Carter

Outstanding English Major: Jacelyn Wedman

Zondervan Biblical Languages Award: Shawna Lyter

Psychology Student of the Year: Patience Wallace

Communication Student of the Year: Jacelyn Wedman

Biology Student of the Year: Erika Thompson

Phi Alpha Theta Honors: Paul Bigelow, Josh Ladner, John Sturges, and Madison Whitmer

History & Political Science Department Outstanding Research Award: Mariah Moss

History & Political Science Department Outstanding Student Award: Paul Bigelow

Liberal Studies Outstanding Student Award: Sandy Lule

Liberal Studies Overcoming Challenges (Dolores Huerta) Courage Award: Bigane Perez

Nursing Honor Society inductees: Brooke Ele, Rebecca Cessna, Autumn McCuller, Abigail Melo, Annalise Buletti, Cierra Jewett, Anthony Garaventa, Jennifer Douglas, Chelsea Swetka, Amber Mulieri, Rachelle Edwards, Sarah Sullivan

Nursing Core Values Awards: Rizia Swedbergh and Abigail Melo (Community); Rebecca Cessna (Excellence); Samantha Plotkin (Accountability); Connie Hanson (Integrity); Anthony Garaventa (Service)

Red Hawk Awards: Marianne Soria (volleyball) and Collin Bovee (baseball)

Female and Male Athletes of the Year: Mia Olvera (softball) and Tom Higdon (swimming)

Student Life Award: Naomi Hollgarth

Rotary Honor to Youth Award: Isabel Harris

President’s Cup Award: Bryce Perez

The following faculty and staff were also recognized:

Professor of the Year: Dr. Tim Orr

Student Development Professional of the Year: Julie Engelsman

ASBSU Appreciation Award: Brooks Duggan

In addition, students graduating with honors and distinction in the traditional undergraduate and degree-completion programs were recognized.

TRADITIONAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

Graduating with honor (cum laude) – cumulative GPA 3.5 – 3.9:
Meangeldil Azuma Malsol
Blanca Casamort Vila
Katelynn Deville
Halle Piper
Cierra Jewett
Daniel Oberg

Graduating with high honor (magna cum laude) – cumulative GPA 3.6 – 3.85: Charisma Anderson
Annalise Buletti
Benjamin Burkwhat
Franchesca Carrera
Rebecca Cessna
Jennifer Eblen
Brooke Ele
Autumn McCuller
Abigail Melo
Alexis Thompson
Patience Wallace
Maddison Whitmer
Baylee Wiechecki

Graduating with highest honor (summa cum laude) – cumulative GPA 3.85 – 4.00:
Mackenzie Alldrin
Paul Bigelow
Adam Dinius
Crista Gibeson
Nathan Granger
Katherine Hollingsworth
Brijesh Joshi
Jordan Palmer
Jonathan Liu
Silas LaGroue
Sandy Lule
Shawna Lyter
Nicole Masciola
Mariah Moss
Jake Riley
William Schumacher
John Sturges
Erika Thompson
Jacelyn Wedman

SCHOOL OF ADULT STUDIES DEGREE-COMPLETION PROGRAM

Graduating with Distinction – cumulative GPA of 3.8 and above
Marisa Andrews
Linda Clares
Stacy Demoss
Gina Heckinger
Barbara Niles
Ashley Peluso
Jenn Scala
Erika Twitchell

Graduating with Highest Honor – top 20% and members of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society:
Carrie Arthur
Sasha Greenberg
Alyssa Kersten
Jamie King
Jamie Kostrab
Kaitlyn Maddox
Zeva Knuckles
Johanna Nordlund-Snider
Heather Sheltman

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Simpson University, a Christian 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. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is listed in U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West and recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction. 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. The university is also 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. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

Simpson University Hosts Virtual ‘Open House’ to Finish Semester

REDDING, Calif.—With spring commencement rescheduled to December, Simpson University professors and staff created a special way to honor the class of 2020 during what would have been their graduation week.

A virtual “open house” was set up for the evening before graduation, designed to connect students and their families with professors and classmates.

The open house, which included “rooms” for each academic department, as well as other offices, was held from 7 to 8 p.m. April 24, the time originally scheduled for baccalaureate. Seniors were invited to “drop in” starting at 7, with other students joining for the final half-hour.

“We are excited to take this opportunity to mark the end of this semester through connection, celebration, and reflection,” the invitation read. “Please know that we continue to be in prayer for you and your families as we all navigate the present time, and we are grateful for each of you.”

In addition, faculty and staff were invited to post messages of encouragement to graduating seniors on the site. These included videos, letters, and audio recordings. Using a whiteboard to illustrate, science professor Trent Smith talked about “Chromosone ‘20,” specifically the “missue-bad gene,” which would be transcribed at a higher rate, he said, due to the “C-19 pandemic enhancer” and the “graduation enhancer.”

“The saving grace is when the C-19 pandemic enhancer is dissolved, there’s always the chance to undo this (graduation enhancer) if you come back and visit us,” he said.

President Norman Hall and Provost Dale Simmons also joined faculty and staff in offering messages of congratulations, hope, and prayers to the graduates.

“We recognize that your graduation is not what any of us expected and we hope that these opportunities will provide some meaningful ways of connection as you attempt to mark these important years of study and growth, complete this chapter, and begin writing the next,” wrote professors Jennifer Costillo and Michelle Stinson. “It has truly been a privilege to walk alongside of you during this part of your journey, and we look forward to seeing what is next.”

Spring commencement, originally scheduled for April 25, has been moved to Dec. 19, at which time the university will hold two ceremonies to honor graduates from spring, summer and fall 2020.

Update 4.29.20: Simpson University hosted a Facebook “live” video premiere for its traditional end-of-the-year awards chapel, recognizing students, faculty and staff for their academic achievements and outstanding contributions to the community.

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Simpson University, a Christian 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. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is listed in U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West and recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction. 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. The university is also 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. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

 

Simpson University Degree-Completion Students Place in Top 100 in Worldwide Business Contest

REDDING, Calif.—Two Simpson University School of Adult Studies students recently earned a Global Top 100 ranking in a worldwide business simulation contest.

Screen Shot 2020-04-17 at 1.31.23 PMRedding residents Sasha Greenberg and Zeva Knuckles, students in professor Paul Wood’s Strategy, Policy & Ethics seminar, earned the ratings when they competed against 190 colleges and universities worldwide and 3,129 teams in the Business Strategy Game.

The Business Strategy Game is described as “an online exercise where class members are divided into teams and assigned the task of running an athletic footwear company in head-to-head competition against companies managed by other class members.”

Companies “sell” athletic footwear in a global market arena, with all aspects paralleling the functions of a real-world athletic footwear company.

During the week of March 16-22, Greenberg and Knuckles were notified they had made it into the Top 100 worldwide in several categories:

Overall Game-to-Date Score: Their overall score of 107.5 tied for the 83rd best performance of the week

Earnings Per Share: At $16.26, their EPS was the 70th best EPS performance of the week

Stock Price: Their stock price of $382.78 was the 93rd best stock price performance of the week

“You should be quite proud of your students for such an excellent performance — a performance that reflects quite well on you and the caliber of instruction that students are receiving in your course,” the Business Strategy Game author team said in an email to professor Wood.

Greenberg and Knuckles said they experienced all aspects of opening and running a business through participating in the Business Strategy Game.

“We had the opportunity to manage all our images, marketing, sustainability, profitability, and made educated guesses on what other business were projected to do,” Greenberg said. “We made good decisions to buy our leftover products and stocks and learned how to continually refinance our loans.”

Knuckles said she gained valuable experience in assessing market conditions, determining how to respond to the actions of competitors, and making the hard decisions from plant production and distribution operations, to worker compensation and social responsibility.

“Knowing that we ranked in the Global Top 100 out of some 50,000 other students internationally was not anything we expected, but certainly worked hard for and we welcome with open arms,” she said.

Greenberg and Knuckles are both graduating this month with bachelor’s degrees in Business Management, one of four degrees offered by Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies degree-completion program (the others are liberal studies, organizational leadership and psychology).  

“This business strategy class and game was not only mentally stimulating and enjoyable, but it also drew upon many of the standard topics I have studied in the Simpson program such as business management, production operation management, psychology, leadership, and human resources,” Knuckles said.

Both women said they would highly recommend Simpson’s degree-completion program. “I was able to build my confidence working with like-minded fellow students and engaging in many projects with a lot of intellectual value,” Greenberg said. “I grew a lot as a professional and a person. The Christian values made the experience more enjoyable and filled the program with positivity.”

“All of the professors have so much real life knowledge and truly understand what we’re going through with juggling kids, family, careers, and school work,” Knuckles said. “Everyone at Simpson wants to see you succeed, and it is so rewarding when you do.”

While the degree-completion program typically offers on-campus and online program options, all courses moved to a remote delivery format in mid-March due to coronavirus concerns. Courses are taught by experienced working professionals. Students complete their classes in a cohort, lock-step sequence that enables them to finish a bachelor’s degree in 16 months or less.

“We have graduated more than 4,000 legacy-makers and are so proud of our students and alumni,” said Wendy Smith, director of the program. “We look forward to the future and how God will continue to use our students in mighty ways.”

Learn more at simpsonu.edu/aspire.

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Simpson University, a Christian 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. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is listed in U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West and recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction. 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. The university is also 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. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

Simpson University Bass Angler Places in Online Tournament During Coronavirus Shutdown

REDDING, Calif.—What does a collegiate bass fishing team do during a pandemic shutdown?

If you’re Simpson University bass fishing angler Ryan Beaty, you participate in the Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) “online” tournament.

The ACA introduced the tournament after being tagged in posts and receiving daily pictures from student anglers “adhering to social distancing warnings and continuing to fish at the same time.”

From April 2-8, collegiate anglers were invited to submit photos of measured fish with a keyword provided by the ACA. While typical tournaments have a five-fish limit, the ACA Online Tournament was a “big fish” contest, with only the angler’s longest fish counted, explained Alex Thiemann, coach of Simpson University’s team.

IMG_0528Beaty placed in the top 50 with an 18-inch bass caught in the Bay-Delta region. “I was out fishing for the day on our boat and probably caught 15 fish,” he said.

“It was really cool to be able to complete in a tournament given our current situation and go up against other schools across the country.”

Other members of Simpson University’s bass fishing team had a more difficult time participating due to lake closures; and, in the case of angler Luke Blanchard, a statewide fishing closure in Washington, Thiemann said.

In February, Beaty and teammate Nathan Phillips placed No. 14 in the Yeti FLW College Fishing National Championship, out of 160 teams.

At the end of its inaugural season, Simpson University’s bass fishing team is the highest ranked college team in California and is No. 98 in the nation.

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

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Simpson University, a Christian 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. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is listed in U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West and recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction. 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. The university is also 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. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.