Simpson University to Induct First Honor Society Veterans

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University will honor seven student veterans on April 20 at a dinner and induction ceremony for a newly launched chapter of the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society.

SALUTE (Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, Excellence) was formed in 2009 by the Colorado State University Veterans Office and now has more than 200 chapters honoring academic excellence among student veterans.

The Simpson University chapter is one of the veterans initiative on campus since the Veterans Success Center opened in November.

The center, under the direction of Veterans Services Coordinator Justin Spears, is a one-stop shop for veterans, service members, and their dependents to access educational and career-planning resources, as well as provide a place for them to study and relax. In its first full semester, the center is serving 31 students who receive veterans benefits, 28 of them veterans.

The seven Simpson University student veterans include undergraduate and graduate students from various academic programs; undergraduate students must have completed 12 semester hours and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0; and graduate students must have completed 9 semester hours and have a minimum GPA of 3.5.

They will receive membership certificates and SALUTE challenge coins at the ceremony.

“We are honored to be recognizing these men and women, who have not only distinguished themselves in military service to their country, but have also demonstrated excellence in their academic endeavors at Simpson,” said Dr. Gayle Copeland, provost of Simpson University. “We are committed to serving student veterans in the North State, and this new honor society chapter is another way to recognize the discipline and excellence that our veterans bring to their studies.”

The inaugural inductees of the Simpson University Chapter of the SALUTE National Honor Society are as follows:

  • Matthew Dahl - Marine Corps veteran- undergraduate student
  • Jonathon Fairfield- Air Force veteran- undergraduate student
  • Joel Jensen - Army veteran- undergraduate student
  • Stephanie Rokes - Army National Guardsman - graduate student
  • Ryan Swan- Army veteran- graduate student
  • Holly Smedley - Army veteran - ASPIRE student
  • Justin Spears - Navy veteran - graduate student



Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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