Simpson University Graduates Earn Field Recognition

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Two Simpson University graduates have received recent recognition for their work in the fields of business and psychology.

Daniel ClarkDaniel Clarke (pictured left), a 2011 business administration graduate, was lauded in New York Life Online for earning three financial designations with The American College. Clarke joined New York Life, the largest mutual life-insurance company in the U.S., in August of 2011 and is now the administrative manager of the New Mexico General Office.

Clarke earned the Charter Life Underwriter (CLU), Charter Financial Consultant (ChFC), and Fellow of Life Management Institute (FLMI) designations in a time period totaling less than 12 months, noted as “an extraordinary accomplishment” in New York Life Online.

Wally Quirk, assistant professor of business at Simpson, had Clarke as a student. “Daniel is very perceptive and has the ability to discern opportunities where many of his peers do not see the advantage,” he said. “He is a good example of the application of hard work and dedication. I am glad to have been part of his college experience.”

Grant ShieldsGrant Shields (pictured right), a 2012 Simpson alum and Ph.D. student at the University of California, Davis, has a paper titled “Psychosis as a Mechanism for Coping with Existential Distress” in the January 2014 issue of “Existential Analysis,” the journal of the Society for Existential Analysis.

A summary of his paper notes: “This paper attempts to explain occurrences of psychosis through a new understanding: as a coping mechanism… This paper concludes that it is possible to understand psychotic episodes as mechanisms for coping with existential distress.”

Shields graduated from Simpson University with a degree in cross-cultural studies and a minor in psychology. He is pursing graduate studies in psychology. In 2012 he had a paper related to autism research published in the undergraduate neuroscience journal, “Impulse.” In addition, a paper he wrote as an undergraduate student in professor Wayne Norman’s class is under review for possible publication.

“Grant is one of those students who come along every 10 years or so,” said Dr. Norman, professor of psychology. “While Grant was at Simpson, we had many great conversations about academic and spiritual matters. I value the friendship we developed and look forward to many years of interaction.”


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