Simpson University for Seniors Accepting Students for Fall Classes

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Now in its third year, Simpson University for Seniors is accepting students for fall classes that start next month.

Simpson University for Seniors is a program designed for individuals over the age of 50 who are interested in studying a variety of topics in month-long courses. All classes are not-for-credit, open to the public, and meet three times a week for a total of 10 one-hour instructional sessions. The courses are taught by professors and professionals in their field of expertise, and there are no homework, tests or grades.

Fall classes begin on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Two courses are offered each month during September, October and November. All classes meet in a Simpson University classroom setting for an authentic university experience.

September’s courses:

  • “The Words We Live By: The Educated Citizen’s Guide to Constitutional Law” – taught by Simpson University history professor Dr. Cherry McCabe, this class examines the history, principles and interpretation of the nation’s basic law, the Constitution.
  • “The Customs and Culture of the Ancient Israelites” – taught by Simpson professor Dr. Glenn Schaefer, this course is designed to broaden understanding of the Israelite culture in the Bible.

October’s courses:

  • “Telling Your Own Story” – taught by former Shasta College professor Dr. Pete Petersen.
  • “Six Flags—The History of California from 1542 to 1945” – taught by Simpson professor Don Claspill.

November’s courses:

  • “The Trail of Tears for Shasta County Native Americans” – taught by county historian Dottie Smith.
  • “Reading Shakespeare: The Elizabethan Age, the Arts of Dramatic Language, and the Theatrical Tradition” – taught by Simpson English professor Dr. Mardy Philippian, Jr.

Dr. Glenn Schaefer, coordinator for the Simpson University for Seniors program, said, “It is gratifying to see mature students return to school for the joy of learning. Since none of the courses are required or have prerequisites, students can pick and choose what they wish to study—thus their excitement about the subject is infectious. Many have made new friends and become close to the teachers.”

Registration fees are $95 per individual, per course; or $145 per couple, per course.

For more information or to register, go online to, or call or email Glenn Schaefer at 226-4146 or


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson's academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson's recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master's degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


Contact: SU Public Relations
(530) 226-4737