Simpson University Joins Shasta County Veterans Affiliated Council
For Immediate Release
REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s veterans services director has been elected 1st vice president of the Shasta County Veterans Affiliated Council.
Justin Spears, a Navy veteran and director of Simpson University’s Veterans Success Center, was elected to the council’s board in December.
His appointment marks the first time the decades-old, county-sponsored, nonprofit veterans council has offered membership to a higher education institution, said Vint Stevenson, council president.
“The Simpson University Veterans Success Center has demonstrated great resolve and commitment to veterans and the process of transition from the ‘battlefield’ to an education and the next stage of their lives,” Stevenson said. “It is this admirable mission that our organization hopes to better understand as we evolve to be a stronger, more informed partner to those veterans who are being discharged and those now looking to take that next step.”
The SCVAC consists of delegate members representing veterans service organizations in Shasta County. It seeks to help those organizations best coordinate their efforts to serve veterans and their families.
The group holds quarterly meetings at the Shasta County Veterans Hall and hosts an annual fundraiser dinner. Simpson University President Robin Dummer was the guest speaker at last year’s event.
“SVAC’s partnership with Simpson furthers the Veterans Success Center’s mission of being an exemplary advocate of veteran success,” Spears said.
Simpson University opened its Veterans Success Center in November 2016. Serving more than 40 student veterans, the center is designed as a one-stop shop for veterans, service members, and their dependents to access educational and career-planning resources, as well as providing a space for them to study and relax.
Equipped with state-of-the-art technology equipment purchased through generous donations, the center houses a VA work-study site, the Student Veteran Organization, Simpson’s chapter of the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society, academic resources, conference and study services, and a community space.
During this 2017-18 academic year, the Veterans Success Center has received donations and a visit from the California State Veterans of Foreign Wars commander and team; participated in the 25th annual Shasta Lake Veterans Day Parade; held a Veterans Day chapel service and open house; and partnered with KIXE-TV to host a screening and discussion of the POV documentary “Almost Sunrise.” Simpson University’s Class of 2018 is working on a veterans memorial garden that will be unveiled on campus this spring.
Photo: Shasta County Veterans Affiliated Council President Vint Stevenson, left, and newly elected council 1st Vice President Justin Spears, director of Simpson University’s Veterans Success Center. Spears is accompanied by his service dog Tobiah.
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 simpsonu.edu.
Contact: SU Public Relations