REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University invites the North State to an Army National Guard informational event and giveaway on Thursday, Jan. 16, in conjunction with women’s and men’s basketball games.
The 5 to 8:30 p.m. event at the James M. Grant Student Life Center will kick off a partnership between the university and Army National Guard, launching a program whereby students can continue their college education while becoming part of the Guard.
Representatives from the Army National Guard will be at the event with information and T-shirts and water bottles to give away. A humvee and other equipment will be on display outside the Grant Center, and raffle prizes will be given.
Col. Robert Paoletti, a Shasta County resident and former Redding police chief who has served in the Guard for more than 30 years, will speak during halftime of the men’s basketball game.
“Being part of the Army National Guard continues to be one of the best professional experiences of my life,” Col. Paoletti said. “It has allowed me to serve my country while completing two graduate study programs, a fellowship, and develop leadership skills that have enhanced my civilian and military careers.”
Students who elect to join the Army National Guard will receive their basic training and have an opportunity to attend Officer Candidate School. All training will be on weekends and during summer break.
The Red Hawks play at 5:30 (women) and 7:30 (men) against UC Merced. Admission to the games is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and veterans. Children are free.
Simpson University is located at 2211 College View Drive in northeast Redding. The Grant Center can be easily accessed from Shasta View Drive.
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.