Simpson University Inducts Adult Studies Students into Honor Society

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies inducted five summer and fall graduates into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society on Nov. 18.

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:

Shawn Ruta (Redding) enjoys volunteering with the Shasta County Addicted Offender Program, sharing his story of recovery and hope for others, and coaching a variety of sports. His goal is to obtain a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and open a ranch-style facility with his family to help adolescents in need.

Kristin Benson (Redding) works as a special education instructional aide and has spent over a decade volunteering in classrooms, school functions, and extracurricular activities. She plans to earn a teaching credential through Simpson University’s School of Education.

Alexis Casiday (Redding) served in the U.S. Navy. She volunteers with the Child-Watch program and Veterans Home and is a representative at the Crime Victims Assistance Center for the Northern California Anti-Trafficking Coalition. She hopes to use her passion to help others in a missionary capacity.

Laura Martin (Redding) serves as a youth pastor, helping mentoring young girls. She was recently promoted to human resource recruiter at her current job. Her future aspirations include being a CEO of her own company and a public speaker.

Catherine Myers (Red Bluff) has served in the community, gone on mission trips, coached soccer, and co-led children’s ministry programs at her church. Her goal is to earn her teaching credential through Simpson University’s School of Education and become a fourth-grade physical education teacher.

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/aspire.

Top Photo: Alpha Sigma Lambda inductees from Simpson University, from left: Catherine Myers, Kristin Benson, Shawn Ruta, Laura Martin, and Alexis Casiday.

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

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

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

 

Simpson University Alumna Named to BBC’s 100 Women of 2018

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University alumna Jenny Davidson has been named one of the 100 most “inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2018” by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Davidson, 50, graduated from the School of Adult Studies’ ASPIRE program in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership. She is executive director and CEO of Stand Up Placer, a nonprofit organization with offices in Auburn and Roseville dedicated to helping survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

standup-logo1Among its programs and services, Stand Up Placer runs a shelter that accepts survivors and their pets, as well as a thrift store in Roseville whose proceeds and merchandise support clients in their programs.

28379579_1690376487694289_3447495460233674752_nThe BBC’s 100 Women list includes the first female Secretary General of the UN, president of the New York Stock Exchange, Australia’s first female Prime Minister, Chelsea Clinton, and scores of inspirational authors, entrepreneurs, and social activists.

Davidson is one of only eight women from the United States on the list. Under her leadership, Stand Up Placer expanded its mission to include survivors of sex trafficking. Stand Up Placer has expanded its safe house services to be gender-inclusive and pet-friendly.

Services to survivors have more than tripled in the past two years. In 2017, Stand Up Placer provided 98,975 services to Placer County. Governed by a board of directors, the organization has 45 paid staff members and more than 30 volunteers.

“I’m really humbled by this honor,” Davidson said. “I am very proud that the compassion I have cultivated has combined with the education I received at Shasta Community College, Simpson University, and Drexel University to allow me to serve survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.”

Her education through the ASPIRE program was instrumental in helping her get to where she is today, she said.

“My degree in Organizational Leadership from Simpson University did a fantastic job of preparing me to lead this organization,” Davidson said. “Learning about disruptive social entrepreneurship, individual and team strengths, as well as psychology of social leadership introduced me to a world of knowledge that is now changing the landscape of social services in California.”

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Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies ASPIRE program has graduated nearly 4,000 North State adults through its 12- to 16-month evening and weekend degree-completion program that includes online options. ASPIRE offers degrees in organizational leadership, business management, psychology, and liberal studies. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/aspire.

Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university will celebrate its centennial in 2021. Simpson was named as one of the 2018 Colleges of Distinction. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.

 

Weed Resident Earns Online Degree through Simpson University

REDDING, Calif.—Working full time with three children who are active in sports, Tina Schoffstoll knew it would be a challenge to earn her college degree.

But when she learned she could complete her bachelor’s online in 16 months through Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies ASPIRE program, she said yes to the opportunity.

GRAD_TinaS“I only live 72 miles from Redding and have friends who attended,” she said. “They always had good things to say about Simpson.”

The 40-year-old Weed resident was one of 150 students who graduated from Simpson University on April 28. She earned a degree in organizational leadership, one of four majors offered through ASPIRE.

“While attending Simpson I felt like I was learning something useful and I was interested in the courses. I know attending Simpson will be beneficial in my current position,” said Schoffstoll, who works at College of the Siskiyous in the Human Resources Department.

A longtime Weed resident, Schoffstoll was working toward becoming a dental hygienist when she became pregnant. She put those plans on hold and began working in a dental office as an office manager. There she realized she had an interest in human resources.

The ASPIRE program offered convenient, manageable courses, as well as helpful staff and professors, she said. “Everyone that I dealt with was wonderful. The professors were approachable and seemed to really care about my success,” she said.

With her husband traveling about 70 percent of the time, and juggling her job and children’s schedules, it took discipline and focus to stay on task. But Schoffstoll found the courses immediately relevant to her career and her life.

“These courses have taught me how to communicate better with people in both my professional and personal life,” she said. “I have more confidence in my abilities as a leader as well.”

Schoffstoll plans to continue working in human resources. “This degree will help me advance in this area,” she said. “The tools I have learned will help me be successful.”

Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies ASPIRE program offers degrees in organizational leadership, psychology, business management, and liberal studies, for those interested in becoming teachers. Coursework can be completed in 12 to 16 months. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/aspire or call Leslie at (530) 226-4198.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.

Red Bluff Woman Juggles Jobs While Earning Simpson University Degree

REDDING, Calif.—After months of balancing two jobs while attending school, Judith Jimenez successfully graduated from Simpson University’s School of Adult and Graduate Professional Studies with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Jimenez, a 26-year-old Red Bluff resident, was one of about 150 students to graduate from Simpson University in Redding on April 28.

GRAD_JimenezBefore starting middle school, Jimenez wanted to become a teacher. She kept this dream alive while attending Red Bluff High School and eventually decided to enlist in classes at Shasta College. During her time at Shasta, Jimenez earned her associate’s degree in humanities with a certification for early childhood education.

“The first time I have ever heard of Simpson University and ASPIRE was when I was a Shasta College student and I saw the table that said ‘Simpson University’ out on the quad area,” she said.

Hesitant at first, Jimenez decided to pursue her bachelor’s and fill out an application for ASPIRE in the spring of 2015.

Although she successfully finished the ASPIRE program, it did not come without its challenges.

“I was working at Subway and Burger King,” she said. “I worked part time in both jobs, but it felt like I was working full time.”

Jimenez enjoyed Simpson’s ASPIRE program because it offered classes in the evening. “It gave me the chance to work during the mornings and get things done before I needed to head to class,” she said.

Jimenez said she would recommend the ASPIRE program to others. “Students can complete their degree in 12 to 16 months instead of two years in another school,” she said.

Having her degree will change her life, she said. “It will open the doors to new opportunities and new job environments.”

Jimenez visited her family in Mexico after graduation to celebrate, and said she hopes to work in either foster care or social services.

Learn more about Simpson University’s ASPIRE program at simpsonu.edu/aspire.

Photos by Sarah Barrows

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.

Redding Foster Mother, Businesswoman Earns Simpson University Degree

“I accomplished more than I ever thought I could.”

REDDING, Calif.—Kristi Hokema, a foster mother to just over 200 children, recently added college graduate to her accomplishments, motivated by words she’d often used to inspire her own family.

GRAD_HokemaHokema, 52, of Redding, was one of 150 students who graduated from Simpson University on April 28. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology through Simpson University’s School of Adult and Graduate Professional Studies.

Hokema initially began her college education in the fall of 1984 at Bob Jones University as an education major. After three semesters, Hokema moved back to California and married her husband, Frank, and continued taking classes at Shasta College.

Time passed, and as the couple began to have kids, Hokema decided to stop her education. At age 50, while helping run the family’s business—Hokema’s Sewing and Vacuum—and now taking in foster children, an event stirred her mind to think of the education field once again.

“As I sat through my children’s college graduations, I realized the importance of getting an education that I had instilled into each of them was now looking at me,” she said. “What seemed like a crazy idea became a reality when I started looking into Simpson University’s ASPIRE program.”

With a simple click and a quick prayer, Hokema applied to finish a degree in psychology.

“I chose to pursue a degree in psychology, thinking this was going to be the best way for me to become a better foster parent,” she said.

Hokema is a foster parent with Shasta County Health and Human Services. She has taken in more than over 200 children during the past 13 years.

“When I was a little girl, I always played orphanage with my dolls,” she said. “I knew God was calling me to take in foster children just like He calls missionaries into other countries.”

Because of Hokema’s dedication to continue being a foster parent, she not only worked a full-time job during her time in ASPIRE, but fostered three newborns as well. This came with its challenges, but Hokema pushed through.

“It was tough, but I did it,” she said, noting that during her ASPIRE studies, her family also celebrated a daughter’s wedding and mourned a father-in-law’s death. “I love my classmates that have become like family to me. I loved my instructors that cheered me on and advised me. I accomplished more than I ever thought I could.”

Hokema said she recommends the ASPIRE program to others “with busy lives and unfulfilled goals. If I can do it, so can they,” she said.

Inspired by her progress, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in education and teaching credential through Simpson University’s School of Education.

Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies ASPIRE program offers degrees in business management, organizational leadership, psychology, and liberal studies. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/aspire.

Photos by Sarah Barrows / Top: Kristi Hokema, third from right, prepares to enter the James M. Grant Student Life Center with fellow ASPIRE graduates during Simpson University’s commencement April 28, 2018.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.

Sen. Ted Gaines to Speak at Simpson University Spring Commencement

UPDATED 4-25-18

REDDING, Calif.— Simpson University will honor more than 150 graduates during two indoor spring commencement ceremonies Saturday, April 28, inside the James M. Grant Student Life Center at 2211 College View Drive.

Due to a rainy forecast, the traditional 10 a.m. outdoor ceremony will be divided into two indoor ceremonies. At 10 a.m., students from the School of Traditional Undergraduate Studies (except for nursing) will be recognized. At 2 p.m., students from the School of Adult and Graduate Professional Studies, Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary, and the School of Education will graduate.

The keynote speaker will be California State Sen. Ted Gaines. Sen. Gaines was elected to his current role in 2011 and represents the 1st District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, and Siskiyou counties.

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Sen. Gaines graduated with a degree in business administration from Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. He and his family live in El Dorado Hills, where he runs Gaines Insurance in addition to his service in government and other community and professional involvement.

Both commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed at simpsonu.edu/graduation.

It will be the final Simpson graduation for university President Robin Dummer, who will retire in May.

Simpson traditionally holds graduation twice a year — in January for summer and fall grads, and in April for spring graduates.

Simpson University was founded in Seattle, Wash., in 1921, and moved to Redding in 1989. In addition to offering 24 four-year bachelor’s degrees in its traditional program, Simpson has also helped more than 3,500 North State residents complete their degrees through the School of Adult Studies (ASPIRE) program, which offers classes online and on campus. The School of Education, which offers master’s degrees and credentialing programs, has graduated more than 2,500 students, many of whom teach or serve as administrators in Northern California.

For more information about Simpson University, visit simpsonu.edu.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.

Simpson University Inducts 40-Plus Students Into Honor Societies

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University is recognizing the academic and leadership achievements of more than 40 undergraduate students this spring with induction into honor societies for nursing, history, adult studies, and veterans.

On March 19, the School of Adult Studies honored six students with induction into Alpha Sigma Lambda, a national honor society for continuing education students in the top 20 percent of their graduating class.

On March 20, the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing welcomed 15 new inductees into its Honor Society of Nursing. The class of 2018 honorees include students from the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program who comprise the top third of their graduating class.

An April 5 ceremony on campus honored six students who were inducted into the university’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national honor society for history; and five new inductees for Alpha Chi, a national college honor society that includes all academic disciplines.

In addition, nine student veterans were scheduled to be inducted April 23 into the university’s chapter of SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society.

Nursing professor Rebecca Swartzman told Honor Society of Nursing inductees, “You are being honored because you’re turning into the gatekeepers of the nursing profession. It is a high calling. You will raise the bar.”

President Robin Dummer and Interim Provost Patrick Blewett addressed the students at the welcome and conclusion of the April 5 ceremony, commending their academics and character. Dr. Blewett told them, “Scholarship looks different for each of us … Don’t be afraid to explore things outside your discipline.”

The SALUTE (Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, Excellence) chapter is an initiative of Simpson University’s Veterans Success Center, which opened in November 2016. To qualify, undergraduate students must have completed 12 semester hours and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0; graduate students must have completed 9 semester hours and have a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Phi Alpha Theta has more than 350,000 members and 820 chapters. Simpson University’s History Department received approval for a chapter in 2013. To become a member, undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in history, achieve at least a 3.1 grade-point average in history and an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. Dr. Tim Orr, assistant professor of history, presented the 2018 new members.

Alpha Chi National College Honor Society admission is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of undergraduate juniors and seniors who demonstrate both superior scholarship and character. The 2018 inductees were presented by Dr. John Ayabe, associate professor of history.

The following students were inducted:

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From left, Alva Ward, Hilary Jones, Barbara Perry, Heather Snook, Libby McNeilly, and Kristi Hokema.

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Honor Society of Nursing
From left, Megan Watkins, Nicole Faulknor, Sabrina Mantei, Kathrynne Raglin, Amber Whitehead, Aubrey Cronk, Jennifer Leaf, Christopher Smith, Shannon McKenna, Alliece Maxwell, and Misha Thompson. Not pictured: Jacklyn Miller, Janette Comas, Robbin Borden, and Kate Bode-Guzman.

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Phi Alpha Theta
Starting second from left, Thomas Scriven, Joshua Ladner, Austin Avery, John Sturges, Julianna Buckholtz, and Michelle Brady.

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Alpha Chi
Dr. John Ayabe congratulates Katherine Hollingsworth, left, and Michelle Brady. Not pictured: Mackenzie Alldrin, Amanda Bush, and Kelsie Jurin.

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SALUTE
New inductees include Nicola Calderon, Troy Boudro, Timothy Janson, Abram Verdugo, Christina Houser, Kari Piazza, Voletta Molofsky, Ethel Mckay-Quinn, and Steven Splechter.

For more information about all Simpson University programs, visit simpsonu.edu. Learn more about the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing at simpsonu.edu/nursing. Information about veterans services at Simpson can be found at simpsonu.edu/veterans. Read more about the history program at simpsonu.edu/history.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.