REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies recently inducted five Shasta County graduates into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society during a special virtual ceremony.
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 during the Zoom ceremony, which was also attended by university President Norman Hall, School of Adult Studies faculty and staff members, and families of honorees:
April Brown (Redding): April has held roles in pastoral leadership, children’s and youth ministry. She has taught classes, led small groups, volunteered at conferences, and co-led mission trips. This fall, April plans to start Simpson University’s Master’s in Counseling Psychology program. Her goal is to become a certified Marriage and Family Therapist and clinical counselor, working in faith-based counseling and opening her own counseling center.
Laura Price (Redding): After volunteering in her daughter’s classroom, Laura immediately knew teaching was her passion. Her educational goals are to participate in Simpson University’s School of Education credentialing and graduate program. Her career goals as an educator are to help establish a system of education that addresses all areas of growth in children.
Christopher Fulton (Anderson): Christopher serves as a paramedic and volunteer firefighter. He uses his woodworking skills to collaborate with Girl Scouts, teaching them how to build birdhouses. His goal is to obtain a master’s degree and become a physician’s assistant to better serve his community.
Megan Ide-Sandefur (Anderson): Megan has volunteered at Project Homeless Connect, Enterprise Junior Eagles Cheerleading, Shasta Lake Youth Soccer League, Teen Advocacy Group, and Anderson Cubs Cheerleading Program. This year, Megan has done over 100 hours of training for work in order to learn more about the community. Her degree from Simpson University will help her move to a role as social worker with her own caseload. Megan plans to earn a master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her career goals are to open a community center for teens.
Sharyn Toso (Redding): In addition to being a single mom and a fulltime employee, Sharyn has obtained two associate’s degrees with honors, helped at her son’s school, and volunteered for the Shasta Lake Firefighters Association. She has led significant projects, major fundraising events, and fire safety and education events. She was awarded Administrator of the Year from Shasta Lake Fire District and the Firefighters Association. Her career aspirations include advancing in the fire industry and working for a nonprofit. She is also exploring the possibility of opening her own business.
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. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/as.
Top, Alpha Sigma Lambda inductees clockwise from left: Laura Price, Christopher Fulton, Megan Ide-Sandefur, Sharyn Toso, and April Brown. Middle: Honorees and their families are joined by School of Adult Studies faculty and staff and Simpson University President Norman Hall.
Simpson University, a Christian 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. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is listed in U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West and recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction. The university is launching new programs in digital media, computer information systems, and engineering, and recently added 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. Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu.