Adult Studies Students Earn Honors at Simpson University

REDDING, Calif.—Fourteen North State residents graduated with honors in January from Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies.

These students qualified for Alpha Sigma Lambda, a national honor society for continuing education students who are in the top 20 percent of their class and who demonstrate superior scholarship and leadership abilities.


Shasta County honorees include Redding residents Jenna Barnes, Benjamin Leftwich, Emily Booth, Ariel Card, Christina Houser, Vanessa Long, Tonya Lowe, Abbey Perry, Nichole Schumacher, and Rhonda Steed; Palo Cedro resident Simrann Birk; and Shasta resident Maggie Joyce.

Other North State honorees are Lisa DeFonte of Red Bluff, and Mount Shasta resident Christine Montgomery.

The ASPIRE degree-completion program offers bachelor’s degrees in organizational leadership (online or on campus), business management, psychology (online or on campus), and liberal studies.

For more information about Simpson University’s ASPIRE program, visit

Top photo:
Fall 2018 graduates and ASL honorees, from left: Vanessa Long, Simrann Birk, Rhonda Steed, Tonya Lowe, Benjamin Leftwich, and Lisa DeFonte.

Middle photo:
Summer 2018 graduates and ASL honorees, front row, from left: Ariel Card, Abbey Perry, Christina Houser, Emily Booth; second row: Christine Montgomery, Nichole Schumacher, and Maggie Joyce. 


Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and more than 2,500 from its School of Education. It has a highly ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements.

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