Redding Community Mourns Loss of Simpson University Alum, Homeless Advocate

REDDING, Calif.—The Redding community and Simpson University are mourning the loss of an alumnus known for his dedicated service to people experiencing homelessness. Bill Hartman, who graduated with a bachelor of arts in organizational leadership from the School of Adult Studies degree-completion program in 2018, served as guest services manager at the Good News Rescue Mission in Redding. He was admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 on Dec. 18 and passed away on Dec. 23. He was 57.

Simpson University Senior Uses Training to Help COVID Patients

Arianna Kampton, a senior from Napa, Calif., is using what she’s learned during her time as a student in Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing to help people during the COVID-19 crisis. Last summer, Arianna spent two months working as an emergency medical technician in Orange County at a makeshift hospital, spending 13-15 hours a day with COVID-19 patients. She also served on strike teams that went to nursing homes throughout California that had been impacted by coronavirus cases.

Simpson University Bass Fishing Team Named Western Conference School of the Year

Wrapping up its first full season, Simpson University’s bass fishing team has been named FLW’s Western Conference School of the Year. The team, which was ranked No. 1 among California college fishing teams after its inaugural season in 2019, is currently the nation’s top West Coast college team, listed at No. 59 in the nation (as of Nov. 19) in the School of the Year standings from Bass Pro Shops.

Simpson University Prepares to Celebrate Class of 2020 in Virtual Ceremony

A special ceremony celebrating the 260 graduates of Simpson University’s Class of 2020 is scheduled to air “live” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, on the university’s YouTube page. The online ceremony–honoring spring, summer and fall graduates–will follow the structure of an in-person commencement with introductions, speakers, special music, and presentation of the graduates.

More Simpson University anglers qualify for nationals

The Simpson University team of Luke Blanchard of Vancouver, Washington, and Nathan Phillips of Kelseyville, California, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Clear Lake event Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 13 ounces. The victory advanced the Simpson bass club to the 2021 College Fishing National Championship.

Simpson University Alumnus Takes Home Top ‘America’s Got Talent’ Prize

Simpson University alumnus and Stockton native Brandon Leake took home the winner’s title and $1 million prize on season 15 of “America’s Got Talent.” Leake, 27, made history as the show’s first spoken word poet, delivering moving pieces about his deceased sister, his estrangement with his father, and his mother’s fear of losing her son in the climate of recent deaths of Black men and women. His final piece was a prayer and poem for his baby daughter.

Simpson University Welcomes New Director of Athletics

Simpson University is pleased to announce the hire of Tom Seitz as director of athletics. Seitz brings more than 25 years of experience as a collegiate player, coach, administrator and commissioner. He has served as the athletic director and/or coach for colleges and universities competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, II and III levels.