Simpson University Inducts 40-Plus Students Into Honor Societies

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University is recognizing the academic and leadership achievements of more than 40 undergraduate students this spring with induction into honor societies for nursing, history, adult studies, and veterans.

On March 19, the School of Adult Studies honored six students with induction into Alpha Sigma Lambda, a national honor society for continuing education students in the top 20 percent of their graduating class.

On March 20, the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing welcomed 15 new inductees into its Honor Society of Nursing. The class of 2018 honorees include students from the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program who comprise the top third of their graduating class.

An April 5 ceremony on campus honored six students who were inducted into the university’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national honor society for history; and five new inductees for Alpha Chi, a national college honor society that includes all academic disciplines.

In addition, nine student veterans were scheduled to be inducted April 23 into the university’s chapter of SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society.

Nursing professor Rebecca Swartzman told Honor Society of Nursing inductees, “You are being honored because you’re turning into the gatekeepers of the nursing profession. It is a high calling. You will raise the bar.”

President Robin Dummer and Interim Provost Patrick Blewett addressed the students at the welcome and conclusion of the April 5 ceremony, commending their academics and character. Dr. Blewett told them, “Scholarship looks different for each of us … Don’t be afraid to explore things outside your discipline.”

The SALUTE (Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, Excellence) chapter is an initiative of Simpson University’s Veterans Success Center, which opened in November 2016. To qualify, undergraduate students must have completed 12 semester hours and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0; graduate students must have completed 9 semester hours and have a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Phi Alpha Theta has more than 350,000 members and 820 chapters. Simpson University’s History Department received approval for a chapter in 2013. To become a member, undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in history, achieve at least a 3.1 grade-point average in history and an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. Dr. Tim Orr, assistant professor of history, presented the 2018 new members.

Alpha Chi National College Honor Society admission is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of undergraduate juniors and seniors who demonstrate both superior scholarship and character. The 2018 inductees were presented by Dr. John Ayabe, associate professor of history.

The following students were inducted:

Alpha Sigma Lambda
From left, Alva Ward, Hilary Jones, Barbara Perry, Heather Snook, Libby McNeilly, and Kristi Hokema.


Honor Society of Nursing
From left, Megan Watkins, Nicole Faulknor, Sabrina Mantei, Kathrynne Raglin, Amber Whitehead, Aubrey Cronk, Jennifer Leaf, Christopher Smith, Shannon McKenna, Alliece Maxwell, and Misha Thompson. Not pictured: Jacklyn Miller, Janette Comas, Robbin Borden, and Kate Bode-Guzman.


Phi Alpha Theta
Starting second from left, Thomas Scriven, Joshua Ladner, Austin Avery, John Sturges, Julianna Buckholtz, and Michelle Brady.


Alpha Chi
Dr. John Ayabe congratulates Katherine Hollingsworth, left, and Michelle Brady. Not pictured: Mackenzie Alldrin, Amanda Bush, and Kelsie Jurin.


New inductees include Nicola Calderon, Troy Boudro, Timothy Janson, Abram Verdugo, Christina Houser, Kari Piazza, Voletta Molofsky, Ethel Mckay-Quinn, and Steven Splechter.

For more information about all Simpson University programs, visit Learn more about the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing at Information about veterans services at Simpson can be found at Read more about the history program at


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, 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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