Simpson University Inducts Adult Studies Students into Honor Society

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies inducted five summer and fall graduates into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society on Nov. 18.

Alpha Sigma Lambda is 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.


The following students were inducted:

Shawn Ruta (Redding) enjoys volunteering with the Shasta County Addicted Offender Program, sharing his story of recovery and hope for others, and coaching a variety of sports. His goal is to obtain a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and open a ranch-style facility with his family to help adolescents in need.

Kristin Benson (Redding) works as a special education instructional aide and has spent over a decade volunteering in classrooms, school functions, and extracurricular activities. She plans to earn a teaching credential through Simpson University’s School of Education.

Alexis Casiday (Redding) served in the U.S. Navy. She volunteers with the Child-Watch program and Veterans Home and is a representative at the Crime Victims Assistance Center for the Northern California Anti-Trafficking Coalition. She hopes to use her passion to help others in a missionary capacity.

Laura Martin (Redding) serves as a youth pastor, helping mentoring young girls. She was recently promoted to human resource recruiter at her current job. Her future aspirations include being a CEO of her own company and a public speaker.

Catherine Myers (Red Bluff) has served in the community, gone on mission trips, coached soccer, and co-led children’s ministry programs at her church. Her goal is to earn her teaching credential through Simpson University’s School of Education and become a fourth-grade physical education teacher.

Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies degree-completion program offers bachelor’s degrees in organizational leadership (online or on campus), business management, psychology (online or on campus), and liberal studies. The programs are designed for working adults and allow students to complete their degree in 12 to 16 months.

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Top Photo: Alpha Sigma Lambda inductees from Simpson University, from left: Catherine Myers, Kristin Benson, Shawn Ruta, Laura Martin, and Alexis Casiday.


Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 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 more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, 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, and it is offering new scholarships.

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