SU in the News
- 11.18.15 - Pre-Christmas Concerts Showcase Redding and Weaverville Musical Talent
A pre-Christmas concert featuring the Simpson University Chorale, Trinity Repertory Singers, Weaverville Community Chorus, and Shasta Symphony was highlighted in this Trinity Journal article. The choirs and orchestra will perform in Weaverville and Redding.
From the article: “Dr. Myers welcomed the singers from Weaverville into his choir at Simpson, and he really believes that the positive benefits of community music can bring people together, even people from very different communities, to create beautiful, inspiring music for the enjoyment of all,” said Randall Walker, director of the Weaverville Community Chorus. “So he wanted to come back to Weaverville again to give back to our community.”
- 11.18.15 - Simpson University Offers Credential Program in Siskiyou County
From the article: “Our program is face to face,” said Dr. Glee Brooks, dean of the School of Education. “I know there are online programs for the independent learner out there, but teaching is about personable relationships. It’s nice to learn from a master professor who you can model from.”
- 11.02.15 - Simpson University Hosts Woodland Regional Center Grand Opening
Simpson University’s grand opening ceremony for its new regional center in Woodland, Calif., was featured in this Daily Democrat article. Classes at the regional center will officially start in January 2016.
From the article: “This (grand opening) isn’t the end point. It’s really the starting point for us,” said John Burlison, dean of Adult Studies and Online Programs. “It’s been a long time coming. … We plan to make this a very long relationship here with the city.”
- 10.25.15 - Simpson University School of Nursing Students Stay Local After Graduation
Simpson University nursing students Shishanna Del Rio and Natalie William and School of Nursing Dean Kristie Stephens were quoted in this Record Searchlight article about why Redding is a great place to be employed in the nursing profession. Stephens also discussed the growing need for nurses and the types of jobs registered nurses can pursue.
From the article: “Shasta County is designated as a registered nurse shortage area,” Stephens said. “Nursing is a fabulous field, and there’s tons of diversity.”
- 10.16.15 - New Simpson President Shares Vision for the University
The inauguration of Dr. Robin Dummer as Simpson University’s 14th president was highlighted in this Record Searchlight article and video clip. Dr. Dummer spoke about the need to meet the educational needs of the Redding community – to be “of” Redding, not simply “in” Redding.
From the article: “I believe it is time — really, past time — to better serve the educational needs of our community,” he said. “We need to do more to serve the needs of the region. We will do more to serve the region.”
- 10.16.15 - Simpson University Professor Discusses Survival of Salmon Despite Hot Temperatures
Simpson University chemistry professor Larry Siemens served as an expert source in this Record Searchlight article about salmon surviving in the hot Redding weather. Siemens discussed how the level of lake water plays a key role in the salmon’s survival.
From the article: “The temperature outside is not as important as the amount of water in the lake,” he said.
- 10.14.15 - Simpson University Launches New Athletics Web Site
Simpson University’s new Athletics web site was featured in this Record Searchlight front-page story. The new site, which was a collaboration between the university’s athletics and marketing departments and outside web service provider Sidearm Sports, officially launched on Oct. 14.
From the article: “It becomes a recruiting tool for coaches, hopefully a fundraising tool for our department and an avenue for sponsorship and interest in the program,” said Tom Galbraith, Simpson University’s director of athletics. “It has the look and feel of other institutions we compete against.”
- 10.9.15 - Simpson University President About to Be Inaugurated
KRCR-TV anchor Mike Mangas sat down with Dr. Robin Dummer the week before his inauguration as 14th president to talk about his history with Simpson University and plans for the college.
- 09.25.15 - Simpson University Opens Regional Center in Woodland
Simpson University’s Woodland Regional Center, which will host a grand opening celebration in late October, was highlighted in this Daily Democrat article. The university’s School of Adult Studies will offer three degree programs at the regional center with classes starting in January 2016. Two seminary degrees may be offered as early as fall 2016. Eric Aiston will serve as the regional center’s director.
From the article: “We’re excited about being in Woodland because it gives us an opportunity to work collaboratively with community colleges, especially Woodland Community College, to help students finish their bachelor degrees right in their local area,” said Dr. John Burlison, dean of the Adult Studies and Online Programs.
- 09.19.15 - Simpson University Students Participate in 11th annual Day of Service
Simpson University’s 11th annual Day of Service was highlighted in this Record Searchlight article and photo slideshow. Over 60 members of the Simpson community served at various sites in Redding, Anderson, and Red Bluff. One team helped clean the inside of Light House Church in Redding, while others served at the Good News Rescue Mission, Triple Creek Horse Ranch, and Shasta Thrive.
- 09.17.15 - Simpson’s Constitution Day Features Redding Mayor
Simpson University’s Constitution Day, which featured guest speaker Redding mayor Francie Sullivan, was highlighted in this Record Searchlight article. About 40 people participated in a question-and-answer session with the mayor and discussed topics such as homelessness, public safety, transportation, and tourism. Each year, Simpson University’s History Department sponsors an event in honor of the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.
From the article: “We’re really trying to encourage students to look for ways to get involved ... even beyond voting, to pay attention to the issues, to recognize the relevance of the political world in their day-to-day lives,” said Dr. Cherry McCabe, chair of the History Department at Simpson.
- 09.01.15 - Simpson University Hosts 14th annual Business Leadership Luncheon
Simpson University’s 14th annual Business Leadership Luncheon and the event’s guest speaker, Dr. Paul White, were featured in this KRCR-TV Channel 7 video clip. Dr. White talked about the importance of employee appreciation and recognizing employees as people with outside interests.
From the video: “It’s just a little something to say ‘hey, thanks for the work that you do and I appreciate that you’re part of the team,’” said Dr. White. “We help people communicate it (appreciation) in an authentic way rather than doing it because they’re supposed to.”
- 08.26.15 - Longtime Redding Resident Named New Director of Dining Services
Simpson University’s new director of dining services, Chef Cal DeMercurio, was featured in this KRCR-TV Channel 7 video clip. DeMercurio, who has been cooking since he was 9 years old, said he is looking forward to the creativity and teaching elements this job affords him.
From the video: “His experience as a restaurateur in Redding for many years, his culinary training that he has, his educational experience teaching culinary classes is going to bring a tremendous amount of experience to our campus and to our food service department,” said university spokesman Roger Janis.
- 08.24.15 - Simpson Hires New Director of Dining Services
Chef Cal DeMercurio, Simpson University’s new director of dining services, was featured in this Record Searchlight article. He is in charge of overseeing Simpson’s dining center and coffee shop. Chef DeMercurio has experience as an executive chef and in restaurant ownership and management.
From the article: “I am very excited. It’s just the fact I have been in Redding my whole life and I think the culture up here, it’s a really nice fit because I have been involved in so many different things,” DeMercurio said. “Of course, the actual culture at Simpson, working with a faith-based organization, is real important to me.”
- 08.10.15 - Simpson Education Professor Interviewed on HuffPost Live
Dr. Edward Mooney Jr., assistant professor of education, was one of four panelists interviewed by HuffPost Live on the topic of "How Your Job Can Interfere When Nature Calls." HuffPost cited a new survey in which teachers listed a "lack of opportunity to use the restroom" as a stressor in their jobs. Dr. Mooney shared from his own and other teachers' experiences and some of the reasons for the lack in breaks.
- 07.31.15 - Simpson Hosts California Teachers Summit
The California Teachers Summit, which was hosted by Simpson University’s School of Education, was covered by the Record Searchlight and KRCR-TV Channel 7. Over 300 educators from Northern California attended the event held at Sequoia Middle School, which featured speakers who discussed Common Core Standards. More than 13,000 educators participated in the event throughout the state.
- 07.24.15 - Simpson Softball, Basketball, Wrestling, And Cross Country Highlighted In Blog Series
Simpson University’s women’s softball and cross-country teams and men’s wrestling and basketball teams were highlighted in Record Searchlight reporter T.J. Holmes’ blog series “The Magnificent Seven.” In the series, Holmes ranked his top seven 2014-2015 collegiate sports teams in the Redding area, which included Simpson and Shasta College. The women’s softball team earned the No. 1 spot winning its fifth conference title in six years and first national title in program history. The men’s basketball team came in at No. 2 for advancing to the conference championships for the second straight year and to nationals. The men’s wrestling team placed fifth for its continued success at the national level in the program’s three-year history. The women’s cross-country team finished at No. 6 on the list for winning its second straight conference title and advancing to nationals.
- 06.22.15 - Professor's Novel Highlighted on Local Radio Show
Dr. Edward Mooney Jr., assistant professor of education, was a featured guest on Carl and Linda Botts' talk show on KCNR 1460 AM, discussing his book, "The Pearls of the Stone Man," which was translated into Japanese and adapted for a movie in Japan that premiered June 20. (His portion of the show starts at about 00:28.)
- 06.03.15 - Simpson University Graduate Named Red Bluff Chief of Police
The hiring of Simpson University graduate Kyle Sanders as chief of police was covered in this Red Bluff Daily News article. Sanders graduated from Simpson with a degree in organizational leadership. He has been a member of the Red Bluff police department since 1996 and has served in various roles.
From the article: “You guys are getting a great chief,” Mayor Clay Parker said, lauding Sanders’ dealings with the public and his overall professionalism. “I just don’t think you can get anybody better.”
- 05.28.15 - Simpson University Opens Regional Center in Woodland
Simpson University’s new regional center location in Woodland, Calif., was mentioned in this story by the Daily Democrat. The Simpson University Woodland Regional Center will serve as city’s first accredited university to offer bachelor’s degrees. Students can choose from degrees in business management, psychology and organization leadership and multiple concentration options.
- 05.23.15 - School of Nursing Graduates Highlighted by Local Newspaper
Simpson University School of Nursing graduates Kat Becker (’14) and Heather Dainauskus (’15) were quoted in this Record Searchlight story about the growing demand for nurses in the North State. Dainauskus also shared about her three-year journey to earning her nursing degree in a separate story by Record Searchlight reporter David Benda.
- 05.18.15 - Simpson Softball Brings Home Third National Championship in School History
The Simpson University softball team’s 6-4 national championship victory over Oklahoma Christian University was highlighted in this KRCR Channel 7 video. Head coach Wayne Stower and players Kaylana Mah, Paris Hallums, and Aleisha Brown were interviewed for the clip. The 2015 women’s softball team joins the 1999 women’s volleyball team and the 2002 women’s basketball team as the only teams to win a national championship in Simpson’s history.
- 05.16.15 - Simpson to Start Loan Payment Assistance Program
From the article: “Hopefully, students, when they graduate, will have good jobs and be able to handle loan payments," said Dr. Thomas Shaw, vice president for enrollment management. "But those that do have lower-paying jobs, this program will be able to help and give them some assurance.”
- 05.15.15 - Red Hawks Defeat Oklahoma Christian to Win NCCAA World Series
The Simpson University softball team’s 6-4 come-from-behind-victory over Oklahoma Christian University to win the 2015 National Christian College Athletics Association (NCCAA) Softball World Series was highlighted in these stories by the Record Searchlight and the California Pacific Conference. Sophomore pitcher Paris Hallums was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament, having pitched four complete games, earning four wins, and striking out 20 during tournament play. Sophomore Kaylana Mah, freshman Anjelica Cisneros, and senior Aleisha Brown were named to the all-tournament team.
- 05.11.15 - Simpson University Softball Heads to Nationals
The Simpson University softball team’s participation in the 2015 NCCAA Softball World Series was highlighted in this Record Searchlight article. The Red Hawks earned the No. 2 seed after finishing the year with a 33-17 regular season record and winning their fourth straight California Pacific Conference title. The Red Hawks competed in the NCCAA World Series in 2010, 2011, and 2013.
- 5.05.15 - Dr. Robin Dummer Named Simpson's Next President
Action News Now did this story on a press conference announcing the appointment of Dr. Robin Dummer as Simpson University's 14th president.
- 4.27.15 - Simpson University Board of Trustees Names Next President
The naming of Dr. Robin Dummer as Simpson University’s 14th president by the school’s board of trustees is highlighted in this Record Searchlight article. Dr. Dummer served as the university’s interim president for the past two years.
From the article: “Dr. Dummer’s faithful service, understanding of the Simpson community, its culture and the institution’s vision will allow for rapid advancement in our programs and growth in areas of high interest,” said Dr. Betty Dean, chairwoman of the board.
- 4.25.15 - Simpson Graduates Over 200 Students During Spring Commencement Ceremony
Simpson University’s spring commencement ceremony was highlighted in this Record Searchlight article. Over 200 students received their degrees. The ceremony featured guest speaker Shirley V. Hoogstra, president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, and the university’s first Spanish double majors Elena Kurian and Amy Haley.
From the article: “I’m so excited to graduate with some life-long friends,” Kurian said. “It’s a long-awaited day.”
- 4.18.15 - Simpson Softball Clinches Fourth Straight Conference Title
The Simpson University softball team’s 11-2 defeat of Menlo College to clinch its fourth straight California Pacific Conference title was highlighted in this Record Searchlight article. Sophomore Paris Hallums earned the win, allowing two runs and striking out nine.
From the article: “A lot of it is the fact that they’re really good kids,” Simpson coach Wayne Stower said. “They come here and always have a winning attitude and it breeds from one year to the next. They’re carrying on the tradition.”
- 4.17.15 - Office of Advancement Highlighted on Local Radio Show
Gordon Flinn, vice president for advancement, and Roger Janis, advancement representative, were featured guests on this KCNR 1460 AM morning talk show with Carl and Linda Bott. (The Simpson portion of the show starts around 1:04.) Flinn discussed the different areas of advancement, the university’s student-led strike teams and upcoming commencement ceremony, and the traditional undergraduate and ASPIRE programs. Janis talked about the annual golf tournament, which is a fundraiser for the Athletic Department, the affordability of Simpson, and the Simpson University for Seniors program.
- 3.27.15 - Simpson University Hires New Director of Athletics
The hiring of Tom Galbraith as Simpson University’s director of athletics was highlighted in this Record Searchlight article. Galbraith brings more than 20 years’ experience to the position, having served as an assistant commissioner and athletic director, a head coach and a classroom instructor.
From the article: “It’s the right fit,” Galbraith said. “I like the environment. It was the right choice for me when I was 18 years old and it’s the right career choice for me now.”
- 3.25.15 - Red Hawks Earn Conference and Regional Honors
Seven members of Simpson men’s and women’s basketball teams were recognized for their conference and regional honors in this Record Searchlight article. They include Dalton Thacker, a senior communication major from Longview, Wash.; Anthony Williams, a senior psychology major from Redding; Ian Corella, a senior communication major from Mira Loma; Esther Wofford, a sophomore liberal studies major from Encinitas; Katie Lenik, a senior communication major from Mission Hills; and Fallon Greenhaw, a freshman biology major from Anderson. In addition, head men’s basketball coach Jim Holcomb was named coach of the year for both the Cal Pac and NCCAA West region.
- 3.25.15 - Red Hawks Win Three Out Of Four Games Against Golden Eagles
The Simpson University men’s baseball team’s four-game series against the La Sierra Golden Eagles was highlighted in this Record Searchlight story. The Red Hawks won three out of the four games, including sweeping the doubleheader on March 24.
From the article: “First we had to learn how to win and we finally figured out that the difference between winning and losing sometimes is one ground ball – making a play or hustling to beat it out,” head men’s baseball coach Greg Cadaret said. “Now we have to understand what it takes to win in (conference). I expect us to break through with some wins against stronger teams.”
- 3.20.15 - Student Development Highlighted on Local Radio Show
Dr. Mike Loomis, associate vice president for Student Development; Derrick Pringle, assistant athletic director and women's basketball coach; and Dannielle Stahly, coordinator for student missions, were guests on this KCNR 1460 AM morning talk show with Carl and Linda Bott. (The Simpson portion of the show starts around 1:01.) Dr. Loomis discussed the different of areas student development, including commuter and residence life. Pringle talked about athletic recruits, the women’s softball team, and the retention and graduation rates of Simpson student-athletes. Stahly shared about Simpson’s service teams, including the WorldSERVE student missions program and the Rent-A-Team and Strike Team programs.
From the show: “In any program we’re trying to help students be successful,” said Dr. Loomis. “That’s our overall goal. We want to see them graduate. We want to see them come in and be transformed.”
- 3.10.15 - Red Hawks Advance to NCCAA National Championship
The Simpson University’s men’s basketball team’s 81-72 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I West Regional Championship win against Bethesda University of Anaheim was highlighted in this Record Searchlight article. This was the Red Hawks’ first Division I championship in school history. Junior Marc Kirkland led the Red Hawks with 19 points, and senior Shaquille Jones had 18 points.
From the article: “I think we knew coming off of last year that this was our goal,” Simpson senior captain Dalton Thacker said. “The whole season, we had it in the back of our heads that we were going to achieve it.”
- 2.15.15 - Red Hawks Defeat Menlo for Homecoming and Senior Night Win
The Simpson University men’s basketball team’s convincing 78-59 victory over Menlo College on Feb. 14 was highlighted in this Record Searchlight article. Not only was this game a crucial conference match-up, it was also Homecoming and senior night for the Red Hawks. Senior Shaquille Jones led the Red Hawks with 22 points, and senior Ian Corella chipped in 16.
From the article: “Our goal since day 1 was to win the Cal Pac and the conference tournament so we had to win this one to get there,” Simpson senior Dalton Thacker said. “This was just a game to get us to where we need to be.”
- 2.14.15 - Simpson University Celebrates Homecoming and 25 Years in Redding
Action News Now reporter Charlene Cheng visited campus during homecoming weekend to talk to students who helped organize a 5K color splash run for the community. The video clip also highlighted other events that happened during homecoming week and Simpson’s 25th anniversary of being located in Redding.
From the video: “This is one of the most exciting times at Simpson,” said Shawn Colacchia, Simpson’s student campus activities board media coordinator. “Every day is themed around different themes. There’s the big homecoming game, huge tailgate party, all sorts of stuff.”
- 2.13.15 - Student Research Symposium and New Programs Highlighted on Local Radio Show
Dr. Gayle Copeland, provost, Dr. John Ayabe, chair of Humanities and Fine Arts and associate professor of history, and student-athlete Melanie Shank were the featured guests on this KCNR 1460 AM morning talk show with Carl and Linda Bott. (The Simpson portion of the show starts around 1:03.) Dr. Copeland, who oversees all academic programs and student development at Simpson, talked about new programs coming to the university over the next two years. Dr. Ayabe and Shank talked about Simpson’s 5th Annual Student Research Symposium.
From the show: “The symposium is an opportunity for our undergraduate and graduate students to present the research that they are doing in their classes, and it covers across the disciplines,” said Dr. Ayabe. “We open it up to anyone who wants to present either a paper or a poster that they have done. It’s a wonderful opportunity to have a day to celebrate the outstanding work our students are doing in their classes.”
- 1.16.15 - ASPIRE and Online Programs Featured on Local Talk Show
Dr. John Burlison, dean of adult studies and online programs, and Marybel Torres, '14 ASPIRE graduate and current School of Education student, were the featured guests on KCNR 1460 AM morning talk show with Carl and Linda Botts. (The Simpson portion of the show starts at around 1:03.) Burlison talked about the new format of the ASPIRE program and the affordable and personal aspects of both programs. Torres talked about her positive experience in the ASPIRE program and how it has impacted her life.
From the show: “It changed my life because I didn’t see a bachelor’s degree in my future,” she said. “The ASPIRE program is designed for working adults, working parents to achieve their bachelor’s degree.”
- 1.10.15 - Simpson Students Participate in Winter Commencement Ceremonies
KRCR-TV Channel 7 did this story on Simpson University’s 2014 winter commencement ceremonies. Graduates from Simpson’s School of Adult Studies ASPIRE degree-completion program participated in a morning ceremony, and students from Simpson’s master’s and traditional undergraduate programs participated in an afternoon ceremony. One hundred forty-seven students received degrees.
From the video: "It is such an accomplishment, especially as an adult at middle age," said Tami Raney, a Simpson University ASPIRE graduate. "We seem to have lots of challenges. We have lives and families."
- 1.8.15 - Simpson’s MAOL Program Celebrates First Graduating Class
Simpson University’s first graduating class of master of arts in organizational leadership students was highlighted in an article by the Record Searchlight. The story featured Kimberly Giles, the coordinator for Shasta College’s nursing skills lab, and Hilary Bingham, who worked part-time at Simpson while completing her degree. Giles and Bingham, along with nine other MAOL students, received their degrees at a graduation ceremony on Jan. 10. The M.A. in organizational leadership program is a mainly online program and offers emphasis in non-profit management.
From the article: “It makes me feel great about myself now that I’ve completed it,” Giles said.
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