REDDING, Calif.—When Simpson University freshman Philip Dinius steps on campus in the fall, he’ll be treading some familiar ground. All three of his older brothers have graduated from or are attending Simpson.
Philip, a 2018 graduate and valedictorian of Redding Christian School, was recently awarded Simpson University’s President’s Academic Scholarship for $12,000. Accepted at four colleges, he chose Simpson because “it’s a Christian university in my hometown, with a small-school feel.”
He’ll be in good company. Brother Adam Dinius just completed his second year as a Simpson biology major and his first year as a Red Hawk soccer player.
“Mike and I are very much looking forward to watching our two sons play together on Simpson’s men’s soccer team in the next few years,” mom Julie Dinius said. “We have great memories from watching older sons Jon and David play together a few years ago.”
Mike and Julie Dinius moved to Redding from Los Angeles in 1989, shortly after getting married.
“We knew no one when we moved here,” Julie said. “We vowed to give it five years before deciding whether to stay in the North State or not. It’s been a blessing for us here since day 1 – we’ve never looked back or had a desire to move elsewhere.”
Mike bought a small dental practice on Hartnell Avenue in 1989 “and we are now blessed with a large family dental practice of amazing patients,” Julie said.
And “family practice” is right. Oldest son Jon graduated from Simpson in 2015, also as a biology major and soccer player. He will graduate from dental school at the University of Louisville (Ky.) in May 2019 and plans to return home to practice with his father. Jon married fellow Simpson alum Janelle Gaddy.
Both Adam and Philip also plan to go to medical or dental school after graduation from Simpson.
Second son David graduated from Simpson in 2017 with a degree in business administration. He spent a year on the basketball team and two years playing soccer with Jon. He married his Redding Christian high school sweetheart, Sarah Rogers, and moved to Phoenix, where David began an MBA program. They have moved back to Redding, where David is in the Edward Jones training program, and Sarah will student teach this fall.
Simpson University has provided a top-notch educational option for their sons without having to leave the North State, Julie said.
“One of the blessings of living in Redding is that we have a strong Christian university in our own ‘backyard,’” she said.
Photo, top, from left: David and Sarah Dinius, Julie Dinius, Philip Dinius, Adam Dinius, Jon and Janelle (Gaddy) Dinius, and Mike Dinius.
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.