Simpson University Inducts 11 Students Into Honor Societies

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University recognized the academic and leadership achievements of 11 students on Nov. 15 with induction into two honor societies.

Eight students were inducted into Alpha Chi, a national college honor society. Admission into Alpha Chi is by invitation-only to the top 10 percent of undergraduate juniors and seniors who demonstrate superior scholarship and character.

The following fall 2019 inductees were presented by Dr. Tim Orr, assistant professor of history:

Eliana Christenson, Jennifer Douglas, Sandy Lule, Chloe Lynch, Lydia McGaffee, Mariah Moss, Lauren Risling, and Joel Schmidt.

In addition, three students were inducted into Alpha-Omicron-Xi, the Simpson University chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national honor society in history. 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. John Ayabe, associate professor of history, presented the fall 2019 new members: Paul Bigelow, Mallory Knight, and Maddison Whitmer.

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From left, Drs. John Ayabe and Tim Orr, with student inductees of Alpha Chi and Phi Alpha Theta: Sandy Lule, Mariah Moss, Maddison Whitmer, Paul Bigelow, Mallory Knight, and Eliana Christenson; Dr. Dale Simmons (provost), and Dr. Norman Hall (president). 

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Top photo: Members of Alpha-Omicron-Xi, Simpson’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, from left: John Sturges (senior and Chapter President), Mallory Knight (junior and new inductee), Joshua Ladner (senior), Paul Bigelow (senior and new inductee), Michelle Brady (’19 graduate), Maddison Whitmer (senior and new inductee), Dr. John Ayabe (faculty advisor Phi Alpha Theta).


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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