Simpson University Honors Students During Awards Chapel

Awards Group Shot

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University honored numerous undergraduates during its final chapel service of the 2017-2018 academic year for achievements in academics, leadership and overall excellence. Faculty and staff were also recognized.

In addition to presenting yellow cords to students graduating with honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude), professors and staff presented the following awards to students:

Stanley Clark Research Awards: Jared Neusch, Best Graduate Student Paper; Kelsey Reibsamen, Best Undergraduate Student Paper; Christine Vivit, Best Undergraduate Presentation

Faculty Scholarship Award: Lydia McGaffee

Business Student of the Year: Kyle Martin

Outstanding English Major: Rachel Crew

Outstanding Music Student of the Year: Noah Wang

Outstanding Cross-Cultural Studies Major: Thidavanh Phaouthen

Zondervan Biblical Languages Award: Garrett Struwe

Outstanding Youth Ministry Major: Samuel Sexton

Psychology Student of the Year: Hannah Wallace

Excellence in Outdoor Leadership: Christopher Shughrue

Communication Student of the Year: Tre Keys

Most Improved Communication Student: Jaleen Dupree

Spanish Student of the Year: Marcella Baker

Most Improved Spanish Student of the Year: Andre Carrillo

History Student of the Year: Chloe Lynch

Biology Student of the Year: Rachel Last and Julianna Gilson

Student Life Awards: Stevielee Jansen and Andre Carrillo

Alumni Association Community Service Award: Michelle Brady

Scholar-Athletes of the Year: Rachel Esse and Craig Stieler

Red Hawk Awards: Josh Brakkee and Fallon Greenhaw

Team Scholar Award: Women’s Cross-Country

Rotary Club Award: Megan Simpson

President’s Cup Award: Rachel Crew

The following faculty and staff were also recognized:

Professor of the Year: Dr. Michael Lyons

Student Development Professional of the Year: Isis Martin

Frances P. Owen Distinguished Scholar: Dr. Dan Pinkston

ASBSU Staff Appreciation Award: Mark Endraske

Yearbook dedication: Dr. Robin Dummer and Dr. Len Wallmark

Photo by Sarah Barrows


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