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- 01.23.2016 - Simpson Honors Graduates at Commencement Ceremonies
Simpson University’s winter commencement ceremonies were highlighted in this Action News Now video clip. The clip features Jennifer Wagner, who was one of nearly 200 students in Simpson’s School of Adult Studies, traditional undergraduate program, master’s programs, and RN-to-BSN Track program who received their diplomas.
From the video: “I waited to go back to school after raising children,” said Wagner. “I kind of did it backwards than some people, but it’s absolutely amazing. It’s surreal. It hasn’t hit completely, but I’m extremely proud of myself.”
- 01.20.2016 - Redding Basketball Player Signs Simpson Letter of Intent
The signing of Redding basketball player Alex Cooper by the Simpson University women’s basketball team was highlighted in an article by the Record Searchlight. Cooper, a senior attending Enterprise High School, is averaging 7.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season.
From the article: "I'm very blessed to have the opportunity to play basketball," Cooper said. "I never knew I could play in college and that I'd get to play with friends that I haven't played with in a few years and even my big sister (Ravien Lawson) which hasn't happened."
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12.14.2015 - Shelter Dogs Visit Students During Finals Week
A unique partnership between Simpson University and Haven Humane Society was highlighted in this KRCR-TV video clip and this Record Searchlight photo caption. Shelter dogs from Haven Humane visited Simpson students during finals week. The purpose of the project was to socialize the dogs and help students release some stress.
From the KRCR-TV video clip: “I’ve been cramming for my chem final for the last three hours, so to come out here and see their carefree energy is pretty helpful,” said freshman Deanna Sloger. “It’s really fun.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
10.14.2015 - 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.”
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.
09.25.2015 - 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.
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.
09.17.2015 - 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.
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.”
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.
08.24.2015 - 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.”
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.
07.31.2015 - 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.
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.
06.22.2015 - 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.)
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.”
05.28.2015 - 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.
05.23.2015 - 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.
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.
05.16.2015 - 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.”
05.15.2015 - 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.
05.11.2015 - 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.
5.05.2015 - 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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
03.27.2015 - 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.”
03.25.2015 - 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.
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.”
03.20.2015 - 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.”
03.10.2015 - 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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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."
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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12.19.2014 - Simpson alums help feed local homeless population
KRCR-TV Channel 7 did this story on Simpson University alumnus Cameron Mapes and Brennan Rhodes and their initiative to feed the homeless of Shasta County through Skylight Ministries. Mapes and Rhodes plan to expand their ministry and held a coat and blanket drive on Simpson University’s campus on Dec. 19-20. To learn more about Skylight Ministries, visit skylightministries.org.
The signing of Redding basketball stand-out Kelsie Jurin by the Simpson University women’s basketball team was highlighted in an article in the Record Searchlight. Jurin, who is a senior attending University Prep, has a career average of 19.2 points and 6.0 steals per game. (Photo by T.J. Holmes/Record Searchlight)
From the article: “I love her heart, she’s a tough kid and great player,” said Simpson University’s head women’s basketball coach Derrick Pringle Jr. “I expect her to play right away and be an impact player. I love defense and her ability to guard and get after it on the defensive end is what we like in our program.”
11.09.2014 - Shasta County voters deliver mixed results
The Redding Record Searchlight interviewed Cherry McCabe, assistant professor of political science, for perspective on the November 2014 election in Shasta County. Dr. McCabe is quoted throughout the article, commenting on the congressional and city council races, as well as on Measures A and B.
From the article: "Often in midterm elections, the success of the campaigns drives the voters," said Cherry McCabe, who teaches political science at Simpson University. "The three progressive members (of the Redding City Council) are still fairly consistent with most of the ideology" of this area. "It is a good problem to have, a pool of candidates that care about the city."
10.26.2014 - Redding Vice Mayor talks about Simpson University
Redding Vice Mayor Francie Sullivan, who was re-elected to the City Council on Nov. 4, mentions Simpson University in an with Brad Pomerance of Charter California Edition, which airs on Channel 101 and The California Channel. Her comments start at the 8-minute mark.
10.15.2014 - Science and Nursing Center Dedicated
The Shasta Lake Bulletin, a weekly newspaper, ran this article and photo about Simpson University's Science and Nursing Center dedication. The article was based on a university press release about the Oct. 3 event.
10.3.2014 - Simpson University Dedicates New Building
Action News Now covered Simpson University's Oct. 3 dedication of the new Science and Nursing Center in this story. U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa attended the celebration to congratulate the university.
KRCR-TV Channel 7 did this story on the day Simpson University dedicated its new Science and Nursing Center, highlighting the start of the university's 25th year in Redding.
The Redding Record Searchlight featured an article about simulation training that area nurses are able to do at Simpson University's new Science and Nursing Center. About 130 nurses from Mercy Medical Center utilized the labs on Oct. 1 -- "for the first time, registered nurses are able to complete their required annual training on simulation dolls rather than through computer-based tests, thanks to the new facility at Simpson University," writes reporter Katie Gillespie.
From the article: Karen Jones, Mercy's director of education, said access to Simpson's new space, dedicated on Friday, will mean better training for Mercy's nurses and better treatment for patients. '"There's really nothing like having hands-on and being as close as possible to the real situation," Jones said.
09.16.2014 - Simpson softball signs local stand-out
The signing of Red Bluff softball stand-out Bailey Akins by the Simpson University softball team was highlighted in an article in the Record Searchlight. Akins, who is a senior attending Red Bluff High School, finished the 2013 season with 11 home runs, 40 RBI, 45 runs, 44 hits, 12 stolen bases and a .379 batting average.
From the article: “The first thing you see when watching the softball team is that they are one big family and I loved that about them,” Akins said. “They’re very welcoming and I can’t wait to be a part of the family.”
Action News Now visited campus during the first day of classes to talk to Kristie Stephens, dean of the School of Nursing, and nursing student Emily Agudo, about how the new Science and Nursing Center will help prepare future nurses for work in hospitals.
From the article: "The simulation labs are exactly like a hospital room that we are practicing in...so when they want to throw different scenarios at us...we have a place to do it and it prepares us a lot better." (Emily Agudo, senior nursing student)
The completion of Simpson University’s Science and Nursing Center was covered in an article by Record Searchlight reporter Katie Gillespie. The new facility will offer nursing students hands-on experience as well as allow the university to increase its nursing program enrollment numbers, which will help meet the need for qualified nurses entering the work force.
From the article: “We really need some competent, well-trained nurses to replace those of us who are leaving the profession,” said Leslie Woodson, chief nursing officer at Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding, Calif.
08.12.2014 - Simpson University Guest Talks About Next Generation
KRCR Channel 7 News did this video story on the university's sold-out 13th annual Business Leadership Luncheon on Aug. 12. The speaker was Dr. Tim Elmore, who spoke about Generation 'iY,' known for members' relationship to technology.
07.01.2014 - Science and Nursing Center Nears Completion
From the article/broadcast: "It obviously means that the nursing program [and] the science program is healthy. And [the programs] are ready to advance and prepare for the future in ways that we simply have not been able to do in the past." - Dr. Betty Dean, chair, Simpson University Board of Trustees
Simpson University’s women’s softball and men’s wrestling and basketball teams were highlighted in Thomas Lawrence’s blog series “The Magnificent Seven.” In the series, Lawrence ranked his top seven 2013-14 collegiate sports teams in the Redding area, which included Simpson and Shasta College. The women’s softball team earned the No. 1 spot on the list for its outstanding conference and playoff play. The men’s wrestling team came in at No. 2 for its continued success at the national level in the program’s two-year history. The men’s basketball team placed sixth for its second place conference finish under first-year head coach Jim Holcomb.
Area pastor Darrell Farley and his wife, Gina, visited campus to share with Tozer Seminary students about their journey through the death of their son, Matt, 10, to cancer, in 2011. KRCR-TV Channel 7 filmed the chapel service in the Simpson prayer chapel and interviewed seminary student and campus pastor Travis Osborne as part of the story.
06.05.2014 - Simpson University students return from Thailand
KRCR-TV Channel 7 interviewed WorldSERVE team members Vanessa Yang and Rachel Hinrichsen about their experiences in Thailand after martial law was declared in late May. Yang and Hinrichsen were part of an eight-member team serving with a missions organization there, reaching out to university students. Edward Schneider, head of Auxiliary Services, was also interviewed about how the campus stayed in touch with the students and parents to monitor the situation.
Simpson University softball player Cherie DeJesus’ contribution to the Red Hawks’ second-ever appearance in the NAIA World Series was highlighted in an article by the Manteca Bulletin. During the NAIA qualifying tournament, DeJesus, a senior liberal studies major, drove in 11 runs and went 7-for-15 from the plate. She had three homeruns, two of which were grand slams.
The Simpson University women’s softball team’s dramatic doubleheader sweep of No. 1 Concordia-Irvine in a NAIA championship tournament was covered in a Record Searchlight article. The Red Hawks won 9-7 and 7-2 to advance to the NAIA World Series. In game one, Cherie DeJesus led the offensive attack with her second grand slam of the tournament. Paris Hallums was the winning pitcher, pitching a complete game for her 12th win of the season. In game two, Kaylana Mah led Simpson offensively with a two-run homer and an RBI single. Carlye Avey picked up the win.
“Everybody kept telling me, ‘You’re going to peak at the right time,’” DeJesus said. “I just kept working hard and focusing, and after my first at-bat I was just dialed in on everything.”
05.02.2014 - Simpson softball dominates conference awards
Simpson University’s women’s softball team placed six players on the California Pacific Conference’s (Cal Pac) all-conference team and claimed three of the conference’s top four honors. Ryan Norton, a junior business major from Ceres, Calif., was named Player of the Year. Paris Hallums, a freshman from Rescue, Calif., was named Pitcher of the Year. Simpson softball coach Wayne Stower was named Coach of the Year. Norton and Hallums were joined on the all-Cal Pac team by teammates Kara Wall, Courtney Thomas, Chelsea Dunn, and Kaylana Mah.
Greg Cadaret, Simpson University’s new head baseball coach, was profiled in a Record Searchlight article by Thomas Lawrence. Cadaret is no stranger to the Red Hawks’ baseball program, having served as an assistant coach from 2006-2008. He was a professional baseball player, pitching in the major leagues from 1987-1998. He has coached at many levels, including American Legion baseball, Foothill High School, and the Redding Colt 45s.
From the article: “It’s our job as coaches, as mentors, as teachers, to help them understand the game, and understand themselves,” said Cadaret.
04.26.2014 - Simpson students receive diplomas at spring ceremony
KRCR News Channel 7 aired a story about Simpson University’s spring commencement ceremony. The video clip included footage of students receiving their diplomas and a brief interview with Grace Slowik, who earned her bachelor of arts in psychology.
Simpson University’s spring commencement was previewed in an article by Record Searchlight reporter Katie Gillespie. The article featured an interview with Kelly Warner, a history major from Redding and one of 200 students graduating at the ceremony. Warner plans to return to Simpson in the fall to continue her education in order to become a high school social science teacher.
From the article: “I was born in Redding,” Warner said. “I’ve lived here my whole life. It was great to be able to attend a great school that was really in my own back yard.”
04.24.2014 - Simpson University honors second class of nurses
Action News Now (channels 12 and 24) aired a story about Simpson University's second annual nursing pinning ceremony (might need to search for "pinning ceremony"). The video clip included an interview with class member Patty Brown, 52, of Redding, who returned to get her nursing degree 35 years after a plane crash that killed her parents and other family members.
Simpson University women’s softball player Kara Wall, a sophomore biology major from Rancho Cordova, Calif., was named California Pacific (Cal Pac) Player of the Week for the second time this season. Wall had impressive games in the Red Hawk’s doubleheader against Menlo College on April 16. In the first game, she went 2-for-3 from the plate with three RBIs and a homerun. In the second game, she again went 2-for-3 and had four RBIs and two homeruns. Wall’s three homeruns helped her break Simpson’s single-season homerun record.
Simpson University men’s basketball player Dalton Thacker, a sophomore communication major from Longview, Wash., was named the Record Searchlight’s Male College Athlete of the Winter. Thacker showed resilience and adaptability on and off the court by overcoming an injury which sidelined him during the 2011-2012 season and dealing with the transition of head coaches part-way through his college career. Thacker ran the Red Hawks’ offense and averaged 13 points and four rebounds per game. Simpson athletes Anthony Williams, Brady Beamon, and Austin Lobsinger were also considered for this honor.
From the article: “He’s not afraid to push things, he’s not afraid to have the ball in his hands,” said Jim Holcolmb, Simpson University’s head men’s basketball coach. “Those are things you look for as a coach.”
Simpson University women’s basketball player Nichole Jones, a senior communication major from Puyallup, Wash., was named the Record Searchlight’s Female Athlete of the Winter in an article by Thomas Lawrence. Jones received the honor based on her tenacious defensive skills, her strong leadership, and the constant improvement of her offensive abilities during her four years at Simpson. During the 2013-2014 season, Jones led the Red Hawks with 80 steals and scored an average of 14 points per game. Jones' teammate Esther Wofford was also nominated for this honor.
From the article: “My first impression of her was that she was an amazing athlete,” said Derrick Pringle Jr, Simpson University’s head women’s basketball coach. “She’s a high-character player and person, a hard worker and just really gifted. I knew she would be a great player for Simpson.”
The efforts of Simpson University students and other community members to improve the Volonte Park neighborhood in Anderson, Calif., were highlighted in an Anderson Valley Post article by George Winship. Over the past three years, Simpson and local high school students have taught art classes at Manter House, the neighborhood’s community center. Law enforcement officers and Volonte Park residents are also making an effort to improve this neighborhood.
Simpson University softball players Paris Hallums and Kara Wall received Player of the Week honors from the California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac). Hallums, a freshman from Rescue, Calif., was named Pitcher of the Week for successful outings against San Diego Christian and La Sierra University. These wins bring her record to 9-1. Wall, a sophomore biology major from Rancho Cordova, Calif., was named Player of Week for hitting three home runs against various opponents. Wall is ranked fifth in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in home runs.
03.24.2014 - Wall’s home runs lift Red Hawks offensively
Simpson University sophomore Kara Wall, a biology major from Rancho Cordova, Calif., was named Athlete of the Week in a Record Searchlight sports blog for her dominating home-run-hitting presence on Simpson University’s women’s softball team. Last week, Wall hit three home runs to bring her season total to 10. She is ranked fifth in home runs in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and leads the Red Hawks in home runs. Wall’s teammate Paris Hallums, a freshman from Rescue, Calif., received honorable mention for her solid pitching against La Sierra University.
On March 19, about 400 students visited Simpson University’s campus to participate in College OPTIONS’ eighth annual Shasta County Junior Day. The event, which featured a financial aid seminar, a campus tours, and a panel made up of current college students, was covered in an article by Record Searchlight reporter Katie Gillespie. The purpose of Junior Day is to acquaint high school students to college campuses and students.
From the article: “I think a lot of students in high school tend to discount the idea of going to college as even an option. I think it really provides an opportunity for them to realize that this is an option for them,” said Simpson senior communication major Emily Kumpe, who works in Simpson University’s admissions office.
03.03.2014 - Corella helps Red Hawks to overtime playoff win
Simpson University men’s basketball player Ian Corella, a junior business major from Mira Loma, Calif., received Athlete of the Week honors in a Record Searchlight sports column for the second time this year. Corella’s 24-point performance helped the Red Hawks to an 81-80 semi-final playoff win against California Pacific Conference rival William Jessup University on March 1. Teammates Dalton Thacker and Anthony Williams earned honorable mention honors for their contributions on the playoff win.
Simpson University basketball players Anthony Williams, Dalton Thacker, Jonnie Washburn, and Nichole Jones were highlighted in a Record Searchlight sports column for earning California Pacific Conference all-conference honors. Williams, a junior psychology major from Redding, and Jones, a senior communication major from Puyallup, Wash., both received first team all-conference honors. Thacker, a sophomore communication major from Longview, Wash., and Washburn, a youth ministry major from Puyallup, were named to the conference’s second team.
02.25.2014 - Avey earns two wins in home tournament
Simpson University softball pitcher Carlye Avey, a sophomore business major from Riverbank, Calif., was selected as Player of the Week in a Record Searchlight sports column. Avey earned two wins during the Simpson Classic softball tournament on Feb. 21-22. She had five strikeouts and allowed only two earned runs in the Red Hawks’ 6-2 win over Corban University on Feb. 21, and she had four strikeouts and two earned runs in Simpson’s 11-3 win over Concordia University-Portland on Feb. 22.
Simpson University men’s basketball player Dalton Thacker, a sophomore communication major from Longview, Wash., was selected as Athlete of the Week in a Record Searchlight sports column by Thomas Lawrence. Thacker’s impressive three-point play in the final seconds of the game brought Simpson close to a win over conference opponent No. 17 Cal Maritime Academy on Feb. 13. He finished the game with 25 points, and he added 15 points in the Red Hawks’ win over Pacific Union College on Feb. 15.
02.10.2014 - Cox earns Player of The Week honor
This past week, Madison Cox carried Simpson University' women's basketball team into overtime in the Homecoming game against rival William Jessup University. Knocking down two clutch free throws to tie the game at 69 with .03 seconds left to play in regulation, Cox finished the night with 18 points and 15 rebounds, earning her third double-double of the season, while leading her team to the victory in overtime. Cox was selected as the Cal Pac conference player of the week.
KRCR-TV Channel 7 in Redding aired this story about Dr. Ravi Zacharias, internationally acclaimed author and speaker, who visited Redding Feb. 6 to speak at a Youth for Christ, Shasta, 25th anniversary event. Prior to that, he met with more than 60 North State pastors and ministry leaders at Simpson University for an informal reception hosted by Tozer Seminary and the President's Office.
Simpson University men’s basketball player Ian Corella, a junior business major from Mira Loma, Calif., was selected as Athlete of the Week in a Record Searchlight sports column. Corella helped the Red Hawks win conference games against UC Merced on Jan. 30, and Menlo College on Feb. 1. He had the game-winning shot in Simpson’s 79-78 victory over Menlo. Simpson men’s basketball players Anthony Williams and Shaquille Jones, women’s basketball player Nichole Jones, and men’s wrestler Anthony Vega all received honorable mention honors.
Simpson University’s men’s basketball team’s dominance in conference play was highlighted in a Record Searchlight sports column by Thomas Lawrence. The article focused on the Red Hawk’s 78-60 victory over Menlo College on Jan. 9 and how a difficult pre-season schedule helped prepare Simpson for California Pacific Conference play. The article included quotes from Coach Jim Holcomb, sophomore Dalton Thacker, and junior Shaquille Jones (pictured left), as well as video clips of the game.
01.09.2014 - Lobsinger headlines list of Redding winter athletes
Simpson University wrestler Austin Lobsinger, a sophomore business major from Happy Valley, was selected as the No. 1 Winter Athlete to Watch by Record Searchlight writer Thomas Lawrence. Lobsinger is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American and is a nationally ranked heavyweight wrestler. Eight other Simpson athletes made it onto the 15-athlete list, including men’s basketball players Anthony Williams (No. 2), Dalton Thacker (No. 3), Shaquille Jones (No. 11), and Jonnie Washburn (No. 12). Nichole Jones (No. 6) and Tiffany Aaserude (No. 7) represented the women’s basketball team. Wrestlers A.J. Valles (No. 9) and Brady Beamon (No. 13) also made the list.
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Simpson University students and other members from the Redding area and four other northern California counties packed over 5,800 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Their effort to provide children in impoverished and war-torn countries with gifts and hygiene products was highlighted in a Record Searchlight article by Alayna Shulman.
From the article: “Just being able to touch kids around the world with something as simple as a pair of socks — that just brings joy to my heart,” said Simpson junior Alicia Espericueta.
Dr. Robin Dummer, Simpson's interim president, was the featured guest on the KCNR 1460 AM morning talk show with Carl and Linda Bott. Among other topics, he talked about progress on the Science and Nursing Center, scheduled for occupancy in fall 2014. Note: Dr. Dummer's interview starts about an hour and 15 minutes into the two-hour program.
Simpson University wrestler Austin Lobsinger, a sophomore business major from Happy Valley, was selected as Athlete of the Week in a Record Searchlight sports column. Lobsinger finished third in the NAIA National Tournament as a heavyweight and earned All-American honors. He is currently ranked No. 2 in the NAIA heavyweight division. Lobsinger has had several impressive wins this season, including being a tournament champion at the Southern Oregon Open and winning his match against NCAA Division II San Francisco State.
Simpson University's School of Graduate Professional Studies was named in an article in the Redding Record Searchlight as one of the area businesses and organizations participating in this year's Adopt-A-Family Christmas program run by Northern Valley Catholic Social Service. It is the fourth year the school's students and staff have participated in the program. Their involvement was also noted in this 2012 article.
11.22.2013 - Simpson professor enjoys teaching, composing
Dr. Dan Pinkston, associate professor of theory and composition and music department chair at Simpson University, was highlighted in an article by Record Searchlight reporter Laura Christman. In addition to teaching, Dr. Pinkston is a composer. His work has been performed throughout the Redding community by local churches and high schools, as well as by the North State Symphony and Shasta Symphony Orchestra. One of his symphonies will be performed in April by the Juneau (Alaska) Symphony Orchestra.
From the article: “I love teaching. I love Simpson. It’s not just about music, it’s about developing people. I really enjoy that,” Pinkston said. “I don’t have the ambition of being the world’s biggest composer at all.”
11.05.2013 - Simpson University basketball gears up for 2013-2014 season
Simpson University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams were highlighted in articles by Record Searchlight reporter Thomas Lawrence. The men’s basketball team is led by first-year head coach Jim Holcomb (pictured far left) and a group of new and returning players, including Redding native Anthony Williams and reigning Cal Pac Freshman of the Year Dalton Thacker. The women’s team looks to be a conference contender under the leadership of seventh-year coach Derrick Pringle Jr (pictured above right). With the added height in the line-up and the top-notch play from seniors Nichole Jones and Tiffany Aaserude, the Lady Red Hawks hope to bring their competitiveness up to the next level, Pringle said.
10.16.2013 - Simpson freshman featured by hometown paper
Simpson University women’s volleyball player Kelsey Reibsamen was featured in an article by Lahontan Valley News reporter Thomas Ranson. The freshman setter from Fallon, Nev., played volleyball for Churchill County High School and Silver State Volleyball Club. She is the Red Hawks’ backup setter this season.
From the article: “Her upbeat attitude is refreshing and her willingness to learn is unmatched,” said Thomas Kirst, Simpson’s head women’s volleyball coach. “She’s a spitﬁre on the court with the ability to adapt in any situation. She has the potential to be the best setter in our conference hands down. I look forward to each practice, scrimmage and game with Kelsey as she is a coach`s top pick. I look for great things with our team with Kelsey on the court.”
10.11.2013 - Simpson University noted for 'meatless Mondays'
Simpson University was mentioned in an article on the Meatless Monday website about the growing number of universities that are opting for a 'meatless Monday.'
From the article: "Simpson University, in Redding, CA, quickly discovered that the money saved from reduced meat purchases could be reallocated to more upmarket veggie meals. Sadie Roy (pictured left), Simpson’s Director of Dining Services, enjoys exploring those culinary possibilities with the students she serves. 'Some of our favorite dishes are the house-made black bean burgers with guacamole and polenta fries, root vegetable pot pie, eggplant parmesan, and penne pesto alfredo,' she said."
09.25.2013 - Simpson alumna overcomes tragedy to pursue dream
Simpson University alumna Ariassa Wilson’s journey to play professional basketball was highlighted in an article by Record Searchlight reporter Thomas Lawrence. Wilson’s road to a professional basketball career with Rio Claro in Brazil wasn’t easy. She suffered a blown-out knee, which limited her playing time. She also dealt with family tragedies, including her grandmother’s heart attack and the murder of her sister. Even though she is pursuing her dream, Wilson struggles with the language and cultural differences of living in a foreign country. Despite the hardships and difficulties, Wilson is getting to do what she has always wanted, to play professional basketball.
09.22.2013 - Simpson athletes shine during weekend competitions
Athletes on Simpson University’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams and women’s soccer team were highlighted in the Record Searchlight’s Area Roundup column. Simpson’s cross-country teams competed in the Whiskeytown Relays. Tony Moore and Thomas McAtee placed first in the two-person team competition. Rebekah Studebaker, Jackie Van Schooten, Maureen Finn and Summer Holloway placed first in the women’s four-runner race. Women’s soccer players and twin sisters Nicole and Natalie Goens scored all three goals in Simpson’s 3-0 win over Mills College.
Simpson University’s annual ‘Day of Service’ was highlighted in a story by KRCR Channel 7 News reporter Colin Steiner. Simpson students volunteered at Parsons Junior High School, the Martin Luther King Junior Center, the Salvation Army, and other locations around the Redding area.
From the article: “It’s a good way to get out and help our community,” says freshman Tucker Hoffman, who was laying fresh layers of bark at the Martin Luther King Junior Center. “Get our name out there and just serve the community around us because they do so much for us.”
09.02.2013 - Simpson University dedicates site for new building
The Redding Record Searchlight and KRCR Channel 7 News covered the Labor Day dedication of the site of the new Science and Nursing Center. The newspaper article quotes Interim President Robin Dummer, Board Chair Betty Dean, professor Larry Siemens and biology student Siby Sabu. (Read Simpson coverage of the event here.)
Laurie Beth Jones was the featured speaker at Simpson University’s 12th annual Business Leadership Luncheon, a sold-out event that was covered by reporters Mike Mangas of KRCR-TV Channel 7 and David Benda of the Record Searchlight. Jones spoke on “12 steps to Inspired Leadership,” drawn from her study of Scripture.
Simpson University’s upcoming 12th annual Business Luncheon was highlighted in a Record Searchlight article by David Benda. This is the first time in the event’s history that it has sold out and will feature a woman as the keynote speaker. This year’s speaker is Laurie Beth Jones, who is an author and motivational speaker, coach and trainer. Four hundred and fifty guests will be attending the business luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 27, held at Simpson University’s Heritage Student Life Center. Brad Williams, Simpson’s executive vice president, spoke about the growing popularity of the event.
From the article: “Attendance generally has increased almost every year since we did it, so I think it’s probably just more awareness,” Williams said. “The community is pleased about what they have heard and taken away from the speakers we have brought.”
Simpson University baseball player Tyler Provost, a senior business major from Hollister, Calif., was highlighted in the Record Searchlight’s Area Roundup column for playing his first three game of professional baseball with the Hawaii Hilo Stars of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs on Aug. 16-18. The Red Hawk utility player and pitcher went 2-for-7 with a walk during the three-game series.
Simpson University is one of several Northern California colleges and offices of education to partner in The North State Promise, an initiative seeking to help north state students gain college admission and get help with tuition. The Record Searchlight covered the announcement of this partnership, which expands on the similar Shasta Promise initiative (see "In the News" from 04.11.2013 and 04.12.2013) by broadening the reach to include four additional counties.
05.17.2013 - RN job listings top help-wanted ads in Shasta County
Jan Dinkel (pictured), dean of Simpson's School of Nursing, was quoted in a Redding Record Searchlight article about Shasta County's unemployment rate and job listings. Jobs for registered nurses topped the list in help-wanted ads, and Dinkel was asked to comment on that. From the article: "Jan Dinkel, dean of Simpson University’s nursing school, said demand for nurses isn’t going away. 'I think the driving force is the fact the nursing workforce is aging and so there is a lot of people who are retiring as nurses,' Dinkel said, 'and I think there is a huge need in the acute care hospitals.'"
Perry Gee, dean of the School of Adult Studies and a doctoral candidate in nursing, was quoted extensively in a Redding Record Searchlight article that looked at the operating margins of some area hospitals. From the article: "Perry Gee, Simpson University Dean of Adult Studies, said that although he couldn’t speak to Trinity or any other hospital’s specific situation, rural hospitals’ margins face great financial pressure. 'They actually have a negative operating margin many times,' said Gee, who’s pursuing his doctorate of nursing at the University of California, Davis. 'They have very similar costs as a large hospital. Their overall cost for doing business is the same, but they have much smaller volumes (of patients).'"
05.13.2013 - Technology firms utilizing Redding workforce
Gary Schmidt (pictured), chair of Simpson's Business Department, was quoted in a Redding Record Searchlight article about the growth in the Redding area of back-office hubs for technology companies, and how Simpson students are among those being tapped for these positions. Chad McCulley, a former student of Schmidt's who works in the tech field, is also quoted. From the article: "For most graduates, these back-office jobs are not going to be a permanent career, Schmidt said. 'But it certainly gives them a first experience and great reference from which to' continue on with their career, he said."
05.09.2013 - Red Hawk softball player named Athlete of the Week
Hayley Rodriguez, a senior communication major from Torrance, was selected College Athlete of the Week in a Record Searchlight sports column. She led her team in a 3-2 come-from-behind win in extra innings over Cal Baptist University to advance to the NCCAA National Tournament on May 9-11. Rodriguez pitched nine innings, allowing two runs on nine hits and striking out four.
05.09.2013 - Simpson softball participates in national tournament
Simpson University’s softball team's road to the NCCAA National Tournament was highlighted in a Record Searchlight article. The Red Hawks earned the No. 3 seed in this year’s national tournament with consistent play and by defeating Cal Baptist University on Thursday, May 2. The article also mentions the accomplishments of Redding native Morgan Davis (pictured) and Coach Wayne Stower.
Simpson psychology professor Rebecca Carter (pictured) was quoted in this Record Searchlight article about the high rate of gun suicide deaths in Shasta County. She addressed the risk factor of having guns available, as well as other contributing factors to suicide and how to speak up.
From the article: Friends and family should also broach the subject of a person's mental health, although Carter acknowledged it would be an "awkward" conversation.
"By asking the question and putting it out there, you can relieve anxiety and worry from that person. They don't have to bring that up," she said. Even if they're rebuffed, they should stress their concern. "Just say, 'I wanted to make sure you're OK.' That gives the opportunity to say that you matter. I think we all need to hear that from time to time."
05.04.2013 - Simpson University hosts Kinder College Day
Simpson University hosted the annual Kinder College Day on campus May 4, with about 1,200 kindergartners from north state schools. The event, put on by College OPTIONS, gives the children some exposure to college and future careers, with numerous organizations hosting interactive booths for the students. Channel 7 News and the Record Searchlight covered the event.
05.03.2013 - Red Bluff students visit campus
The Red Bluff Daily News featured a photo and caption about a recent visit of eighth-graders from Sacred Heart Parish School in Red Bluff. Simpson regional advancement representative Tonya Moore is quoted, saying, "Getting students on a college campus increases their chances of furthering their education."
Simpson University’s softball team’s come-from-behind win over California Baptist University in extra innings in the NCCAA West Regional Qualifier was covered in an article by the Record Searchlight. Senior Morgan Davis (pictured far left) scored the winning run off junior Cheri DeJesus’ (pictured left) sacrifice fly. With the win, the Red Hawks advance to the NCCAA National Tournament in Bluefield, Va., on May 9-11. The article included photos, video, and stats from the game.
From the article: “Since the beginning of the school year, this is all I think about, this is all I work hard for all year long,” DeJesus said. “I’m really excited, and I know everybody else is too.”
04.28.2013 - Simpson University honors spring graduates
Simpson University graduate James Duval, 21, of Palo Cedro was quoted in this article by the Redding Record Searchlight that highlighted the university's spring commencement on April 27. The article also quotes Dr. Larry McKinney and includes a video clip of the speaker, the Rev. Dr. Roberta Hestenes, who worked with World Vision for many years.
From the article: "It's the culmination of hours of hard work," said Larry McKinney, the university's president.
04.28.2013 - President McKinney announces his retirement
The Record Searchlight featured this article following Dr. Larry McKinney's announcement of his retirement on April 27. The article mentions the university's growth during Dr. McKinney's tenure and that Dr. Robin Dummer will fill in as interim.
The Simpson University’s women’s softball team and its accomplishments were highlighted in a Record Searchlight column by Thomas Lawrence. Simpson is developing an up-and-coming softball program through out-of-town and local player recruitment. The column mentions seniors Hayley Rodriguez (pictured) and Morgan Davis, juniors Katie Bell and Cheri DeJesus, and freshmen Kara Wall, Emily Stokes, and Carlye Avey.
04.25.2013 - Simpson University honors first nursing students
The university's first pinning ceremony to honor 20 four-year nursing graduates garnered attention from local media. The Redding Record Searchlight wrote about the event. Television station KRCR News Channel 7 also covered the ceremony, featuring it as the first story on the evening news.
Austin Lobsinger (pictured), a freshman from Anderson, Calif., was selected by the Redding Record Searchlight for its first Male College Athlete of the Winter award. A heavyweight, Lobsinger placed fourth in the country at the NAIA Nationals. In his inaugural season with the Red Hawks, he won two-thirds of his matches.
Simpson men's basketball player Guy Varsek was one of the award finalists.
04.17.2013 - Red Hawk golfer named Athlete of the Week
Nick Maddalena, a junior accounting major from Yuba City, was selected College Athlete of the Week in a Record Searchlight sports column. Maddalena won the individual men's championship at the California Pacific Conference in Vallejo and was named the Cal Pac Conference Men's Golfer of the Year.
Honorable mention in the column went to Simpson softball player Ryan Norton.
04.12.2013 - Press conference kicks off Shasta Promise
Simpson President Larry McKinney was one of the speakers at a press conference at the Shasta County Office of Education to announce the Shasta Promise, an initiative designed to encourage local youth to pursue higher education. He is quoted in this article by the Redding Record Searchlight.
04.11.2013 - Simpson University partners in the Shasta Promise
Simpson University is one of four Northern California universities partnering in the Shasta Promise, an initiative of Reach Higher Shasta explained in this article in the Redding Record Searchlight. Reach Higher is a collaborative effort to promote higher education for Shasta County youth.
03.27.2013 - Simpson University Hosts Junior Day Event
The annual College OPTIONS' Junior Day event brought almost 500 Shasta County juniors from 19 high schools to campus on March 26. The Record Searchlight featured the event in a front-page article that mentioned student Mariya Krutikova and quoted President Larry McKinney. Mariya participated in a college student panel. Dr. McKinney welcomed the students. "Regardless of whether you are leaning in or leaning out, my wish is for you to think seriously about a college education," he was quoted as saying.
Family therapist Christina Newton, who teaches in Simpson University's Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program, was interviewed by the Redding Record Searchlight for an article on helping teenagers deal with the recent news of the killing of a local high school student.
03.04.2013 - Red Hawk Wrestler Named Athlete of the Week
Austin Lobsinger (pictured), a freshman from Anderson, Calif., was named College Athlete of the Week in a Record Searchlight sports column for his season performance, ending with fourth place at the NAIA Nationals in Iowa. This article link also includes video highlights from Austin's win over nationally ranked Bubba Owens of Southern Oregon University in a home meet.
02.25.2013 - Red Hawk Basketball Player Named Athlete of the Week
Guy Varsek (pictured), a junior history major from Camas, Wash., was named College Athlete of the Week in a Record Searchlight sports column for his performance in the Red Hawks' final game in the California-Pacific Conference Tournament against Menlo College. "For his heroic night in Simpson's near miracle comeback, Varsek is the winner of my College Athlete of the Week award for the second time this season," wrote reporter Thomas Lawrence.
Honorable mention went to several athletes, including Nichole Jones, a junior guard for the women's basketball team.
02.21.2013 - Professor Discusses Gun Laws for TV News Series
Cherry McCabe, assistant political science professor, was interviewed by KRCR Channel 7 reporter Kelli Saam for a series on gun laws that ran in five television markets nationwide. Dr. McCabe was selected as a source because she lectures about gun rights as part of constitutional law studies at Simpson.
From the broadcast: "In other countries, many of their gun control restrictions reflect an entirely different ideology. If you want to buy a gun as a citizen in Germany, France or Spain, you have to prove affirmatively why you need a gun." -- Dr. Cherry McCabe
02.21.2013 - Lady Red Hawks Gain Quarterfinal Win
The Record Searchlight wrote about the women's basketball team's decisive win over Pacific Union College in a Cal Pac quarterfinal match on Feb. 20. The article quotes coach Derrick Pringle Jr. and senior Ariassa Wilson, who was named College Athlete of the Week by the newspaper in December.
From the article: "There's no greater feeling to be out there on the court and playing for a championship." - Ariassa Wilson
02.20.2013 - Students Offering Work Services
Students Lana Kurian and Daniel Dixon were interviewed by KRCR Channel 7 for a broadcast story about WorldSERVE mission teams offering work services to the community to raise donations for their travels.
02.20.2013 - Red Hawk Wrestler Named Athlete of the Week
Anthony Vega (pictured), a junior from Olivehurst, Calif., was named College Athlete of the Week in a Record Searchlight sports column for his wrestling performance at the NAIA West Regionals in Montana. Teammates Austin Lobsinger and Brady Beamon were also noted. Honorable mention went to four local athletes, including SU men's basketball player Dalton Thacker, who was named Cal Pac Freshman of the Year.
Simpson University senior Dani Perez and coordinator for student missions Sarah Bourns (pictured) were quoted in this Redding Record Searchlight article about some of the challenges students have undergone recently in preparation for upcoming spring and summer mission trips around the world. Students participated in a 30-Day Challenge to 'fast' from things like sleep, shoes, cellphones and electricity in order to give them more understanding about life in other places. The challenge culminated in a 30-hour 'famine' that included a morning of service projects around the Redding community. Students are offering help with work projects to raise donations for their trips.
From the article: "It's definitely an eye-opening experience," said Dani Perez, 21, a senior majoring in psychology. "You never realize how much you use certain things until you are willing to give them up."
Radio, television and newspaper reporters attended a sold-out Feb. 10 fundraiser inside Simpson's gymnasium featuring guest speaker Jon Miller, well-known radio announcer for the San Francisco Giants (photo to the left is from a press conference). Record Searchlight reporter TJ Holmes posted Twitter updates throughout the evening and wrote this article. KRCR Channel 7 anchor Mike Mangas served as master of ceremonies for the event, which sought to raise money for the Redding Community Baseball Field.
February 2013 - Dining Center Director Profiled in North State Magazine
From the article (by Amber Galusha): "She’s sweet, she’s witty and she’s dedicated to making a difference in the lives of more than 500 hungry students who converge on her dining hall three times a day. Meet Sadie Roy, director of food services at Simpson University. A trained chef and certified nutrition and wellness consultant, Roy creates menus based on the Chartwells Eat, Learn, Live philosophy. Using a hip and holistic approach, Roy offers a dining experience that’s not only planet conscious, but nutritious and delicious."
01.30.2013 - Simpson University Moves Forward with New Building
Simpson University's plans to construct a new Science & Nursing Building are discussed in this article by Record Searchlight reporter Laura Christman. President Larry McKinney is quoted, along with biology professor Trent Smith and School of Nursing Dean Jan Dinkel.
From the article: "We think this building is going to really help us blossom as a science department," said Trent Smith, associate professor of biology. "There will be several more labs. They'll be more specialized, and we're really looking forward to that."
Jan Dinkel: "The trend in nursing is that nurses need to have a bachelor's of science in nursing," she said. "This gives a program right here in Redding where people can access it."
01.30.2013 - Simpson University Builds its Wrestling Program
Men's wrestling was introduced in the fall as Simpson's newest intercollegiate sport, under the coaching direction of Don Williams. Record Searchlight reporter Thomas Lawrence interviewed Williams for this article that ran the day of the team's final home match. The article mentions all the team members, highlighting Austin Lobsinger, Matthew Tsarnas, Brady Beamon, and Anthony Vega.
From the article: "It's been a challenge, but coaching at this level has rejuvenated my career, really." -- Don Williams
01.13.2013 - Simpson University Honors 162 Graduates
Simpson graduates Pakou Vang (Tozer Seminary), Addie Corrigan (ASPIRE), and Graigory Lonergan (traditional undergraduate), were mentioned in this article by Record Searchlight newspaper reporter Joe Szydlowski about the university's January commencement on Jan. 12. The newspaper's coverage also includes a short video clip from the keynote address by former Provost Stanley Clark.
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The students and staff of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program were mentioned in a Redding Record Searchlight newspaper article about their involvement in the Adopt-A-Family program coordinated by Northern Valley Catholic Social Service. It's the third year that MACP students and staff have joined other local businesses and organizations in selecting low-income families in need of clothing, food and toys for Christmas. This year 28 students selected three large families.
From the article: "It helps to teach the students, as future therapists, how to reach out to the community," said Jill Kendrick, program coordinator.
Perry Gee, who serves as interim dean of the School of Adult Studies and directs the RN-BSN Track program, was featured in an article by the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Gee is earning his doctorate through the school. He and his wife, Julie Gee, who also teaches in the RN-BSN Track and was mentioned in the article, founded the Northern California Professional Nurse Network in 2011.
From the article: "Redding is a community with no graduate-degree programs in nursing and where there are few opportunities for continuing education for nurses. When he earns his degree, Gee will be one of the only doctorally prepared nurses in the county. Gee said it's essential that nurses elevate the profession from within, especially in the geographically isolated north state.
I recognized nurses in Redding don't have the same opportunities as nurses in other parts of the state. My goal is to open those doors to further their education,' Gee said."
12.04.2012 - Red Hawk basketball player named Athlete of the Week
Ariassa Wilson, a senior youth ministries major from Tacoma, Wash., was named College Athlete of the Week in a column by Record Searchlight sports reporter Thomas Lawrence. Lawrence notes Wilson's performance in a recent home victory against Cal State San Marcos: "Wilson not only scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but most importantly, made the game-winning shot for the second time this season."
In the same column, Lawrence gives honorable mention to Simpson wrestlers Austin Lobsinger, Brady Beamon and Efren Rodriguez, and to men's basketball player Guy Varsek.
"It was definitely a weight lifted off my shoulders. That was our goal from the very beginning, was winning. If we knew our team was going to have a chance of winning, both guys and girls, we knew we had to win." - Tony Moore, sophomore, quoted in the Redding Record Searchlight.
Simpson cross-country runners Tony Moore and Rebekah Studebaker were featured in a Record Searchlight newspaper article by Thomas Lawrence about how they began running and what the season has been like as they worked toward the goal of winning the Cal Pac Conference. Moore won the men's 5-mile race in 27 minutes, 17 seconds; Studebaker topped the 3.1-mile race in 19:45. Teammate Jaclyn Van Schooten is also mentioned in the article.
11.06.2012 - Red Hawk soccer player named Athlete of the Week
Jordan Daigre, a senior accounting major from Brentwood, was named College Athlete of the Week in a column by Record Searchlight sports reporter Thomas Lawrence. Lawrence writes that Daigre, "a forward for the Red Hawks' men's soccer team, booted in three goals in a 6-2 win on senior day over Pacific Union College. Not only was it the first hat trick for Simpson men's soccer since 2004, but it propelled the win that pushed the Red Hawks into the inaugural Cal Pac tourney."
10.31.2012 - Men's soccer celebrates record-breaking Senior Day
"It was almost unreal. Just because of the way I scored it, but also the reaction that my teammates had. It was just so welcoming, and just warming." - Kyle Ochoa, senior, quoted in the Redding Record Searchlight after his first-ever goal.
Simpson seniors and soccer players Kyle Ochoa and Jordan Daigre, as well as head coach Luke Manwaring, were quoted in a newspaper article by Thomas Lawrence about the team's memorable victory over Pacific Union College on Oct. 31. Daigre earned the program's first hat trick since 2004, and Ochoa made the first goal of his college career.
The Redding Record Searchlight editorial page editor chose to highlight Dr. Dan Pinkston's second original symphony, which debuted in late October at a Shasta Symphony Orchestra performance. The editorial praises the cultural contribution Dr. Pinkston has made to the local community.
Simpson music professors Dan Pinkston and Dwayne Corbin were interviewed by the Redding Record Searchlight for an article about a symphony orchestra concert that will feature the premiere of a new symphony by Dr. Pinkston. Dr. Corbin directs the symphony orchestra, a collaboration between Simpson University and Shasta College.
From the article: "Corbin said the orchestra is enthusiastic about performing the new music. 'It is very exciting to play music for a living composer standing in the room with you. That is very energizing. It challenges them in new ways,' he said."
10.12.2012 - Simpson University hosts Civil War Student Day
About 750 eighth-graders from throughout Shasta County visited campus on Oct. 11 for a living history demonstration by the Reenactors of the American Civil War. The event was put on by Simpson's History Department. Journalists from News Channel 7 and the Redding Record Searchlight provided coverage of the event.
10.10.2012 - Cross-country runners named Athletes of the Week
Simpson cross-country runners Tony Moore and Rebekah Studebaker, who earned individual first-place finishes at a recent Pacific Union invite, were named College Athletes of the Week in a column by Record Searchlight sports reporter Thomas Lawrence. Moore is a sophomore outdoor leadership major from Redding; Studebaker is a junior cross-cultural studies major from St. George, Utah. Follow Simpson cross-country and other sports here.
"We want to connect with them (students) on a personal level and be there for support and encouragement. Also, I believe if you are going to 'talk to the talk' you should 'walk the walk.'" -- Connie Echols, campus nurse and Health Center coordinator
Campus nurse Connie Echols, along with Sadie Roy, director of dining services, and Beth Kurtz, Academic Success Center coordinator, were interviewed by the Redding Record Searchlight for a feature article on healthy food and lifestyle choices promoted on campus.
10.02.2012 - Red Hawk volleyball player named Athlete of the Week
Audrey Green, a freshman psychology major from Modesto who plays who plays volleyball for the Red Hawks, as named College Athlete of the Week in a column by Record Searchlight sports reporter Thomas Lawrence. Teammate Sarah Loogman was given an honorable mention in the same column. Follow Simpson volleyball and other sports here.
"Simpson student Kaylee Lommori, 20, said Johannessen brought up some good points about the Constitution. 'I really liked the respecting the Constitution and not forgetting what our forefathers fought for,' she said."
Lommori and fellow student Kristine Rhodes were quoted in a Record Searchlight newspaper article about a Constitution Week lecture held on campus Sept. 19. Former California state Sen. Maurice Johannessen was the guest speaker at the event, held in LaBaume-Rudat Hall and open to the public. Educational institutions that receive federal funding are required by law to recognize the Constitution annually in some fashion during the week of Sept. 17, the anniversary of the signing of the document in 1787.
09.05.2012 - Red Hawks soccer wins home opener
"Offensively, defensively -- we were awesome. We're hungry for goals." -- Luke Manwaring, men's head soccer coach
New Simpson men's soccer coach Luke Manwaring, a native of England, was interviewed by the Redding Record Searchlight after the team's 3-1 victory over Oregon Tech on Sept. 5 at the Redding Soccer Park. It was the team's first home game of the season. The article also includes a video of game highlights.
09.05.2012 - Red Hawk volleyball player earns honorable mention
Audrey Green, a freshman psychology major who plays volleyball for the Red Hawks, was given honorable mention in a "College Athlete of the Week" column by Record Searchlight sports reporter Thomas Lawrence. Green is from Modesto, Calif. Follow Simpson volleyball and other sports here.
"Seniors in our community are fortunate to have Simpson University for Seniors."
This Senior Living column in the Redding Record Searchlight talks about Simpson University for Seniors, a program designed for those over age 50 who are interested in learning about a variety of topics in a classroom setting, without homework or grades. The program, coordinated by Dr. Glenn Schaefer, is starting its third year this fall. Click here for more information about SU for Seniors.
07.16.2012 - Adjunct professor launches local court-dog program
"The benefit of having him here is just surpassing anything I have ever had happen."
Dr. Cindy Van Schooten, an adjunct faculty member who teaches in Simpson's School of Traditional Undergraduate Studies and School of Adult Studies (ASPIRE), talks with the Redding Record Searchlight about bringing her golden retriever, Miles, to family law court in Tehama County to act as a soothing influence, especially for children. Dr. Van Schooten is director of family court services for Tehama County Superior Court.
06.29.2012 - Cal Grant fate rests with voters
"Eight-five percent of them (for-profit colleges) are not going to meet the graduation rates or default rates. They're going to be scrambling."
Herb Tolbert, Simpson University's vice president for Enrollment Management, was interviewed by The Record Searchlight on the impact a potential $12 million cut in state education funding would mean for students at both private and public institutions.
06.22.2012 - Title IX celebrates 40 years
Ariassa Wilson, an all-conference women's basketball guard for Simpson University, was interviewed for a Record Searchlight sports column about the 40th anniversary of Title IX and its impact on women athletes. Wilson is a senior youth ministry major from Tacoma, Wash.
KRCR Channel 7 featured the SU for Seniors program in this video. The program, started by professor Glenn Schaefer (pictured), offers monthlong, not-for-credit courses three mornings a week in classrooms on Simpson's campus. The courses are on a variety of topics, and students are 50 years and older.
- 6.11.2012 - EDITORIAL: Simpson growth good for college and community
- 06.07.2012 - Nursing program will expand
- 06.05.2012 - Two Shasta County supervisor races remain undecided; could take 28 days
- 06.04.2012 - Simpson music professor directs community percussion workshop
- 05.04.2012 - SU softball team hopes to rebound from regional playoff loss
- 05.04.2012 - Former Lancers turned rivals earn Cal Pac honors
- 05.02.2012 - Surging Red Hawks honored by Cal Pac
- 05.02.2012 - Simpson ball field groundbreaking today in Redding
- 04.20.2012 - Simpson hosts nearly 1,000 Kindergarten Students
- 04.20.2012 - Two top Red Bluff cops receive promotions
- 03.29.2012 - Wilson Turns Tragedy Into Motivation
- 03.03.2012 - Experts say kids struggle to understand death
- 03.03.2012 - Taking hit after hit
- 02.19.2012 - Simpson basketball gears up for playoffs
- 01.17.2012 - Simpson University adds men's wrestling; Anderson's Williams will coach team
2011 SU in the News
- 11.30.2011 - Fantasy Fudge
- 11.23.2011 - 1,000 people jam Good News Rescue Mission for meal
- 09.29.2011 - Simpson holds candlelight vigil for David Yang
- 09.29.2011 - OCLC web-scale management services benefit Simpson library
- 09.22.2011 - Simpson's Caf offers inexpensive, tasty eats
- 06.08.2011 - Rotary recognizes 7 Gateway students
- 05.12.2011 - Local student becomes 12th in family to graduate from Christian college
- 05.12.2011 - Dana Thomas of Red Bluff earns degree despite obstacles
- 05.12.2011 - Student is 12th in Family to Graduate Simpson University
- 04.22.2011 - Simpson hires two new coaches
- 03.28.2011 - Simpson Nursing Director Recognized by AAUW
- 03.28.2011 - Simpson to Hold Annual Golf Tournament
- 01.18.2011 - Under 40, But Unseen: Young Leaders Get the Spotlight
- 01.18.2011 - Library Automation News at ALA Midwinter
- 01.13.2011 - Simpson University community chorus to start spring semester
- 01.13.2011 - Simpson University starts RN program
- 01.04.2011 - Chapter Member of the Year announced by Psychotherapist Association
2010 SU in the News
- 12.22.2010 - Homeless who died in 2010 recognized during service
- 11.26.2010 - Simpson announces iPad winners
- 11.26.2010 - Simpson University for Seniors now accepting students for the spring
- 11.03.2010 - Simpson Chorale & Trinity Repertory Singers fall concert
- 11.03.2010 - North State Symphony to showcase symphony of Simpson professor
- 2009 SU in the News