Simpson University for Seniors

Simpson University for Seniors is a series of month-long courses offered to adults of all ages. Classes are offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:20 – 11:20 a.m. in the Owen Student Services Center on the Simpson University campus.

The cost per course is $95 per person or $145 per married couple. Participants can take classes in eight areas of study: history, science, literature, music and art, Bible, theology, and personal development. Space is limited, and students will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is highly encouraged.

Simpson for Seniors is an educational program at Simpson University, designed for the community's senior citizens. KRCR-TV Anchor Mike Mangas interviews the program director and several people who have taken the courses.

If you do not wish to register online, please download the 2014-2015 Registration Form (PDF). Please send the completed form and a check for the total amount to:

Simpson University for Seniors
2211 College View Dr., Redding CA, 96003

Fall 2014 Courses

September 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29

Understanding the Wonder of the Natural World: A look at the physics of blue skies, sunsets, rainbows, the heavens, sounds, the human body, and other things you have always marveled at. Presented by David Pierce.

The Faroe Islands: When a panel of experts chosen by the National Geographic Society was commissioned to rank the islands around the world, their first choice was a group of islands off the coast of Northern Europe that covers only 407 square miles—the Faroe Islands. They compared such things as environmental and ecological quality, social and cultural integrity and outlook for the future. Ms Nattestad is a Faroese national—and Simpson student—who will share first-hand what life is like “back home.” Topics include the islands’ geography, climate, culture, language and economics. Presented by Eydgerd Nattestad.

October 6, 8, 10, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29

The Life of St. Paul: Traveler and Roman Citizen: Born into Roman citizenry, educated to the highest levels of Hebrew scholarship, Saul became infamous as a fierce persecutor of Jesus' followers. After his sudden, dramatic conversion, his life became consumed with declaring Jesus of Nazareth as Messiah, traveling across the Mediterranean world, often under the most hazardous conditions, to become known as the Apostle St. Paul. Presented by Dr. Len Wallmark.

Outsmarting your Smart Phone: This course will help you to become more proficient with your smart phone. We will cover Android and iOS (iPhone) devices, platforms. Primarily a smart-phone course, some of the content will also apply to using the iPad and some Android based tablets. Features you will master include: Contacts, Address Book, and Calendar, E-mail, Voicemail, Text Messaging, Skype, and FaceTime, “The Cloud", Apps, Music, Photos and Video, Tracking Data/Usage, Security and Safety. Presented by Ryan Belong.

November 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24

Historic Gold Mines in Shasta County: Thar's gold in them thar hills! And lots of it! We'll discuss many of the rich-producing mines that once made gold mining the major industry of Shasta County. A few of these historic mines are still operating and producing gold. Presented by Dottie Smith.

Folk Music of the American Peoples: The two continents of the Americas along with the Caribbean Islands contain a rich history of folk musics created through the collision of African, indigenous and European cultures. This class will explore some of the most important musical traditions of these lands, such as salsa, samba, bluegrass, Sioux flute songs, blues, calypso, tango, and much more! Presented by Dr. Dwayne Corbin.

Spring 2015 Courses

January 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30

The History of Israel and Palestine: Both Fascinating and Perplexing: Have you been at a family gathering where two people have a long history of avoiding each other, but no one says why? That’s often how people feel about Israel and Palestine. What is going on? We’re going to look at the modern history of the region to parse out the events and ideas that brought about--and continue to influence--the conflict surrounding the people and the place. Presented by Dawn Bulchandani.

The Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis: Though known primarily for his famed children's books, Lewis was also a learned literary critic, staunch opponent of modernist thought, armchair theologian, natural philosopher, poet, and novelist. This course moves students and readers beyond Lewis's most popular cultural identity as children's author and toward a much fuller appreciation of his many interests as a Christian public intellectual and writer. Included in our reading will be his personal correspondence, his poetry, The Abolition of Man, The Space Trilogy, and his most personally satisfying novel, Till We Have Faces. Presented by Dr. Mardy Philippian.

February 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 18, 20, 23, 25

¡Espanol "para llevar!" Spanish to go!: Do you enjoy traveling to destinations where Spanish is the spoken language? This educational and entertaining class will provide students with the basics of Spanish, allowing each student to maximize his/her next experience of traveling to a Spanish-speaking country. Presented by Bryan Chamberlin.

The Customs and Culture of the Ancient Israelites: When we open our Bibles, we are confronted with a world different from the one in which we live. Their customs and daily activities often puzzle or surprise us. This course helps in the understanding of that ancient culture. Presented by Dr. Glenn Schaefer.

March 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 18, 20, 23, 25

Photographic composition: giving your photographic vision impact!: For centuries, artists and sculptors have used basic principles of human vision to bring pictures to life. This course will apply those basic composition techniques to photography. Learning to use these principles and techniques is simple and apply to black and white and color photography as well as video recordings. The use of cell phone cameras, iPad cameras and digital point-and-shoot cameras is encouraged. Those wishing to use DSLR or video cameras are also encouraged to participate. Presented by Steven Solinski.

The Teachings of Jesus: This course will focus closely on Jesus’ teachings in the Sermon on the Mount and his parables to understand the way he taught and the radical message that changed the world. We will seek to discover why Jesus is considered the world’s greatest teacher. Presented by Dr. Jack Painter.

Summer 2015 Courses

NOTE: The six class sessions meet from 10:00-11:40 over a two-week period. Therefore, a person may register for both classes.

May 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13

Six Flags - The History of California from 1542 to 1945: The fascinating story of the development of the 31st state from the stone-age to the atomic age, from hunting and gathering to aerospace. Discover the unprecedented account of the rise of the Golden State from the first sighting by Juan Cabrillo in 1542 to V-J Day in 1945. Presented by Professor Don Claspill.

May 15, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29

Notorious Charismatic Leaders: In the past several centuries, political leaders have appeared who have had a profound effect on their country, their people and the world at large. This charm that inspires radical devotion in others is identified as “charismatic.” The course will identify the chief characteristics of a charismatic leader and then focus on the historical contexts that allowed men such as Napoleon, Stalin, Hitler and Kim Il Sung to succeed—and fail. Presented by Maria Chamberlin.


Q: When do the classes meet?

A: Classes offered from September to April meet ten times on a M-W-F format from 10:20-11:20 a.m. The May courses meet six times on a M-W-F format from 10:00-11:40 over a two-week period.

Q: Where are the classrooms?

A: Classes meet on campus in the Owen Center.

Q: Are there restrooms near the classroom?

A: They are on the same floors as the classrooms.

Q: Is the classroom "user friendly" for people in wheelchairs?

A: Yes.

Q: Do I have to climb stairs?

A: No. There is an elevator that one can take from the Owen Center lobby to the second and third floors. Some prefer to use the stairs—for the exercise!

Q: Is there a limit to the size of the class?

A: The classrooms used determine the size of the class. The largest room seats 45 people.

Q: What is the normal class size?

A: Most of the class sizes are in the 12-15 range.

Q: Is there any homework?

A: None is required, although a presenter may suggest readings or writing assignments.

Q: Are there textbooks that have to be purchased?

A: None is required, but the presenter may recommend that you bring something to the class.

Q: Can these courses be taken for college credit?

A: No. These courses are not-for-credit.

Q: Can the courses count for "Continuing Education Units"? [CEU]

A: Check with your employer to see if he/she will accept these courses for CEU “credits”.

Q: 1. Is it wise to register early?

A: Early registrations are strongly encouraged to determine the interest in the subject. If there are not sufficient registrants the week before the course is scheduled to begin, the course will be canceled.

Q: How can I register?

A: You can register online at It will open in “Academics.” In the left column, scroll down to “SU for Seniors.” That allows you to pay by credit card. If you prefer, you can complete a paper registration form and pay with a check.

Q: Can I come to campus to register?

A: ? You can register and pay by check in the Advancement Office, third floor of the Owen Center room 304.

Q: Where do I send in my registration form?

A: Simpson University for Seniors, 2211 College View Drive, Redding, CA 96003.

Q: To whom do I make out the check?

A: "Simpson University"

Q: Can I register for courses scheduled for spring 2015?

A: Registration for spring courses opens on October 1, 2014.

Q: What is the cost for the course?

A: Each course costs $95 per person. If a couple registers for the same course, the cost is $145 - a savings of $50.

Q: Can my spouse and I sign up for two different courses and pay still $145 (instead of $95 per course)?

A: No. To receive the discount, the couple must register for the same course.

Q: Is there an incentive for taking multiple courses?

A: There is! If one registers for three courses, the fourth one is free.

Q: Are there any scholarships?

A: No.

Q: Is there a discount if one registers for two or more courses at the same time? For veterans or SU alumni?

A: No.

Q: How can I pay?

A: If you register online, you can use a credit card. If you mail in the completed registration form, you can pay by check.

Q: Can I register and pay later?

A: No. One is registered only after one completes the registration form and pays the fee.

Q: What is your refund policy?

A: There are no refunds. (If the class is full when you seek to register for the class, your payment will be returned to you.)

Q: Where can I park?

A: The closest spaces are in the parking lot of the Heritage Center (gym). However, you may park in the lot to the west of the Owen Center.

Q: Are there spaces for handicap parking?

A: Directly facing the Owen Center lobby are three spaces.

Q: Can I park on the street parallel to the Owen Center?

A: Unfortunately, no parking on campus streets is allowed.

Q: Who are the instructors?

A: The presenters are current or semi-retired professors or experts in their fields.

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Q: How young can a person be to begin taking these courses?

A: Any adult can register for a course. There are no age limits.

Q: Can I record the class sessions?

A: Each presenter decides whether or not to allow lectures to be recorded.

Q: May I use the campus library if I am a SU for Seniors student?

A: Yes! You have the same privileges as other SU students for the year. In addition, you are free to use the bookstore, coffee shop and dining center.

Q: Whom can I contact for more information?

A: Dr. Glenn Schaefer, coordinator, at or 530-226-4146.