Simpson U in the News

Click the links below to see printed articles and TV video stories by local media outlets that feature Simpson University students, faculty, staff, events, and more.

03.15.21 – This Simpson nursing student’s leap of faith is helping jump start track & field program
Redding Record Searchlight reporter Ethan Hanson interviewed SU nursing student and long jumper Gina Nelson and track and field coach Anthony Williams for this feature on Nelson, who won first place in her first meet at SU.

03.04.21 – Redding’s Hometown University
Greater Redding Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Jake Mangas wrote this piece for his “Jake’s Takes” column about reasons to cheer for “Redding’s Hometown University” during its centennial year.

02.05.21 – Softball teams take to the diamond at Simpson University
KRCR-TV interviewed Simpson University Athletic Director Todd Seitz and softball coach Wayne Stower for this story about the start of softball season amidst pandemic restrictions.

02.04.21 – Despite COVID-19 restrictions, athletes thankful to practice at Simpson University
KRCR-TV interviewed Simpson University coaches Todd Franklin and Mike Haworth for this story about protocols in place for athletes as they start their season.

01.19.21 – Nursing students, graduates helping at Mercy Medical Center in Redding
KRCR-TV interviewed Simpson University 2020 nursing graduate Rachelle Edwards for this story about a partnership with Mercy in which six SU nursing students gain clinical experience while helping the hospital devote more resources to the COVID-19 pandemic.

10.23.20 – Young voter submits her ballot for first time in presidential election
KRCR-TV reporter Sade Browne interviewed SU senior Isabel Harris for this story about voting and its importance.

9.07.20 – Students back on campus at Simpson University for the first time in months
ActionNewsNow interviewed President Norm Hall and two students for a story and “live” shots on the first day of classes.

9.07.20 – Simpson University students began class on Monday
KRCR-TV returned to campus for the first day of classes, filming nursing students and interviewing the provost for this story.

9.04.20 – Students return to Simpson University
KRCR-TV visited campus as new students moved in to do a story featuring some of the new COVID-19 protocols in place.

8.14.20 – Simpson University will require students to get tested for COVID-19
ActionNewsNow interviewed President Norm Hall and Dean of Students Mark Endraske for this story about the university’s fall reopening plans.

8.14.20 – Shasta College, Simpson University students must sign COVID-19 waivers
The Redding Record Searchlight interviewed President Norm Hall and Dean of Students Mark Endraske for this story about reopening plans, including whether the university will have students sign a waiver.

8.12.20 – The Path Forward — Schools Reopening
KRCR-TV’s Mike Mangas interviewed President Norm Hall and Dean of Students Mark Endraske, along with county health officer Dr. Karen Ranstrom for a story about the university’s reopening plans.

7.29.20 – Helping, Hands On: Christian Nursing Students Assist Health Dept. With Virus Response
KLOVE Radio News interviewed Betty M. Dean School of Nursing professor Becky Swartzman and nursing student Liz Jones for this “Positive People” story and podcast about Simpson University nursing students who assisted Shasta County Public Health during early weeks of the pandemic. A shorter version of the story also played on-air.

5.28.20 – North State schools grapple with reopening decisions amid COVID-19
The Redding Record Searchlight interviewed President Norm Hall for this article about how North State schools and colleges are planning for the fall.

5.13.20 – Redding colleges have different plans for the fall semester
KRCR-TV’s Mike Mangas interviewed Dean of Students Mark Endraske about why Simpson University is making plans to reopen for in-person instruction in the fall.

5.6.20 – Simpson University to reopen for fall semester
ActionNewsNow posted this story about the university’s plans to be open for on-campus classes in fall ’20.

4.15.20 – Simpson University updates and adds new elements to virtual tour
KRCR-TV interviewed Dean of Admissions Tony Smarrella about how the university is accommodating virtual tours and professor introductions for prospective students during the shutdown.

4.15.20 – Northstate nursing graduate to work at heart of pandemic in NYC
KRCR-TV did this story about Simpson University nursing alumna Megan Watkins, who chose to go to New York City to help with coronavirus patients.

4.09.20 – Simpson baseball relishes in dream season despite being cut short by coronavirus
The Redding Record Searchlight talked to coaches and players on the Simpson Red Hawks’ baseball team about what made their 2019-20 season so memorable.

4.04.20 – Nursing students struggle to finish clinical hours
The Redding Record Searchlight talked to a Simpson University nursing student and the dean about the challenge of completing clinical hours during the COVID-19 statewide shutdown.

3.30.20 – Simpson University nursing students help during coronavirus crisis
The Red Bluff Daily News ran this article about Simpson nursing students helping field questions at Shasta County Public Health.

3.3.20 – Simpson University Business Luncheon features SR-71 Blackbird pilot
KRCR-TV’s Mike Mangas did a story about Simpson University’s 18th Business Leadership Luncheon, interviewing guest speaker Brian Shul, a retired Air Force major and former SR-71 Blackbird pilot with a remarkable story of survival.

2.19.20 – Frequent flyer miles, long distance communication helped create Simpson’s international basketball team
The Record Searchlight did a feature on Simpson’s men’s basketball team highlighting the adventures and travel involved in recruiting the eight international players who are on the team.

2.11.20 – Simpson University Student Research Symposium to feature artist
KRCR-TV did a story on Hyatt Moore, an artist who will do a painting live on campus March 11 during the 10th annual Student Research Symposium. The community can stop by to add fingerprints and watch the process.

1.2.20 – Simpson University basketball team recruits players from across the globe
KRCR-TV’s Mike Mangas did this story on the Simpson men’s basketball team, which includes players from around the world.

12.16.19 – Forbes magazine names Redding 12th highest paying city for nurses
KRCR-TV talked to Misty Smith, interim dean of the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, about the number of Simpson University nursing graduates who get jobs in the Redding area in healthcare facilities after graduation.

11.13.19 – Simpson University’s pivotal role in Redding’s economy
KRCR-TV talked to President Norman Hall about a recent economic impact report by EConsult Solutions that shows the university’s annual economic impact to the city of Redding as more than $50 million.

07.30.19 – Simpson University’s new scoreboard and gym floor ready for new school year
KRCR-TV talked to President Norman Hall about the university’s new gym floor and partnership with Merchants Bank of Commerce for a video scoreboard.

06.27.19 – Red Bluff resident earns degree through ASPIRE program
The Red Bluff Daily News published this story about local resident Jessica Evans-Field, who graduated with highest honors in April with a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership through the School of Adult Studies ASPIRE program.

06.12.19 – Weaverville resident earns Simpson University degree
The Trinity Journal published this story about Weaverville resident Cassandra Telles, who graduated in April with a bachelor’s degree in psychology through the School of Adult Studies ASPIRE program.

06.01.19 – Weed resident takes advantage of Simpson’s ASPIRE program
The Mt. Shasta News published this story about local resident Eva Escatel-Pimentel, who graduated in April with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies through the School of Adult Studies ASPIRE program.

05.26.19 – Club bass fishing is coming to Simpson University
The Redding Record Searchlight wrote this article about Simpson’s new bass fishing club, launching in fall 2019. The article quotes Dean of Students Mark Endraske and inaugural bass fishing team coach Alex Theimann.

05.12.19 – KinderCollege Day at Simpson University
Simpson University’s Louis Burkwhat, director of the Academic Success Center, is featured at 2 minutes in on this video compiled by the Redding Record Searchlight to highlight College OPTIONS’ KinderCollege Day, held each year on campus.

05.03.19 – Shasta College will offer ‘safe spot’ for military veterans
The Record Searchlight interviewed the assistant director of Simpson’s Veterans Success Center, as well as a student-veteran, for this article that talked about a new center being built at the local community college. Simpson’s VSC opened in 2016.

04.13.19 – Simpson team honors Jeremy Stoke on First Responders Day by having son throw first pitch
The Redding Record Searchlight wrote this story about Simpson’s baseball doubleheader dedicated to first responders featuring memorial hats in honor of Redding firefighter Jeremy Stoke. Proceeds from the sales supported Simpson’s Carr & Camp Fire Scholarship fund.

04.13.19 – Simpson University baseball honors Jeremy Stoke and first responders
KRCR-TV did this story about the Red Hawks’ doubleheader baseball game played on First Responders Day that honored Redding firefighter Jeremy Stoke and raised funds for the university’s Carr & Camp Fire Scholarship.

04.13.19 – Simpson University Red Hawks play baseball to honor first responders
ActionNewsNow interviewed Simpson baseball player Derick Kuhn and Sports Information Director Connor Sutton for a story about a doubleheader dedicated to first responders, specially honoring Redding firefighter Jeremy Stoke and supporting Simpson’s Carr & Camp Fire Scholarship program.

04.12.19 – Simpson University offers commercial music emphasis
KRCR-TV interviewed music professor Dan Pinkston for this story (below) about a new commercial music emphasis being offered in the fall. 

03.13.19 – Concussion Symposium to be held at Simpson University

KRCR-TV did this story about a concussion symposium scheduled for March 21 at Simpson. The interview featured athletic trainer Michael Neal and student volleyball player Danielle Zapata.

03.05.19 – Simpson University in Redding gets accreditation renewed after two-year probation
The Redding Record Searchlight published this story about Simpson University’s six-year accreditation renewal and removal of a probation sanction by its accrediting agency.

03.05.19 – Simpson University now off probation
KRCR-TV did this story following President Norman Hall’s press conference announcement that Simpson’s accrediting agency removed a 2-year-old probation sanction.

02.12.19 – Bethel, Simpson University combining forces to improve high tech education in Redding
KRCR-TV reporter Mike Mangas did this story about a new partnership between Bethel School of Technology and Simpson University, in which Bethel Tech students can earn an associate’s degree at Simpson.

02.06.19 – As the need for nurses grows in U.S., Simpson University hopes to help that need

KRCR-TV reporter Sade Browne interviewed a School of Nursing professor and student about how Simpson is helping meet the nationwide demand for nurses.

02.05.19 – Simpson University hoping to start bass fishing team in the fall
KRCR-TV did this story interviewing President Norm Hall about his plans to start a bass fishing team at Simpson.

02.04.19 – Simpson University, Good News Rescue Mission discuss plans to offer classes at GNRM
KRCR-TV did a story about discussions between Simpson University President Norm Hall and Good News Rescue Mission Executive Director Jonathan Anderson about potentially offering classes at the mission.

02.01.19 – Simpson University offers $60,000 in scholarships for wildfire victims
ActionNewsNow did this story about Simpson University’s new scholarship offer to transfers and college-bound seniors impacted by the Carr or Camp fires.

01.29.19 – Simpson University offering scholarships to qualifying people impacted by Carr, Camp Fires
KRCR-TV featured an interview with Simpson President Norm Hall where he announced a new scholarship designated for students impacted by the Carr and Camp fires.

01.24.19 – Red Bluff resident earns degree from Simpson University
The Red Bluff Daily News printed this story about ASPIRE graduate Riley Graham.

09.25.2018 – Special unveiling of Veterans Memorial Garden at Simpson University
KRCR-TV did a story on a special ceremony on campus to unveil a Veterans Memorial Garden designed and built by the graduating Class of 2018, with many donations from local businesses. Former state Sen. Maurice Johannessen and Shasta County Veterans Service Officer Celestina Traver were guest speakers.

08.22.2018 – Founder of Auntie Anne’s pretzels visits Redding for an annual luncheon
KRCR-TV did this story on the 17th annual Business Leadership Luncheon on campus, which featured guest speaker Anne Beiler, founder of the international Auntie Anne’s pretzels franchise.

06.13.2018 – Local high school students move on campus, experience college life
KRCR-TV reporter Sade Browne visited campus to talk to students and staff involved in the Upward Bound summer program, which kicked off with 150 North State high school students living at Simpson for a week.

05.11.2018 – Is Redding a college town? Yes, and affordable
Redding Record Searchlight business columnist David Benda wrote about Simpson University’s mention in a national study featured by CNBC about the top 10 most affordable cities for college students in the U.S. Redding was No. 10. He interviewed Director of Admissions Peter Martinez for the article and did a promotional video for the column on campus.

05.11.2018 – KinderCollege Day gives kids a chance to think about future
The Redding Record Searchlight covered KinderCollege Day on campus in this feature. The annual event, organized by College OPTIONS, gives more than 1,000 Shasta County kindergartners a chance to learn about future career options.

05.08.2018 – Top 10 cheapest college towns
Redding and Simpson University were listed at No. 10 in this article about the 10 most affordable cities for students. From the article: “Although California is home to some of the most expensive places to live in the country, students at Simpson University are getting a deal. Undergrads in this Northern California city pay $8,724 for room and board per academic year — much less than students have to shell out at other private schools. With many national parks nearby, there’s also plenty to do outside the classroom that costs nothing at all.”

05.01.2018 – Future Simpson student featured as hometown ‘Best and Brightest’
Incoming Simpson University student Isabel Harris was featured in The Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper as part of a series of profiles of the ‘best and brightest’ of the class of 2018. From the article: “She will head to Simpson University in Redding, Calif., with a grade point average floating around 4.4. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and an AP Honor Scholar. While such achievements used to consume her, Isabel has discovered a different approach to success. ‘To me, a heart of servanthood and a passion for serving the most vulnerable in a community is at the core of leadership,’ she said. ‘Being involved in my local, national and global community has been my passion and a priority for me throughout my high school career.'”

05.01.2018 – New president says Simpson niche ‘unapologetic Christian’
The Redding Record Searchlight interviewed president-elect Norman Hall for this story and video about his decision to apply for Simpson’s top job and some of his vision for the university. From the article: “At a time when most educational entities are focused on transactional education, Simpson is blowing out the margins on transformational education, the stuff of deep change,” Hall said. “This is a world-changing place with excellent faculty in deep relationship with students. I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

04.28.2018 – Simpson sends off 150 graduates
The Redding Record Searchlight ran a photo gallery from Simpson University’s spring commencement, which featured keynote speaker Ted Gaines, a California state senator representing District 1.

04.27. 2018 – Nine female biology students set to graduate at Simpson University
KRCR-TV did a commencement preview story that focused on seniors Corinne Schali and Jessica Dager, both biology majors who were influenced by their fathers in their decision to study science. The two were among nine biology graduates from Simpson this spring and among 150 graduates total.

04.25.2018 – Pause for Paws brings dogs to campus during finals week
ActionNewsNow stopped by campus to do a story on Pause for Paws — a twice-yearly event where Haven Humane brings adoptable dogs for students to play with during finals week. The dogs help relieve stress and generate lots of smiles, organizers say.

04.16.2018 – One Simpson University golfer lived his dream till life intervened
This Redding Record Searchlight article tells the story of Simpson University student and golfer Michael Mahlberg, who returned to Redding to compete as a Red Hawk after transferring to CSU Bakersfield in 2016.

03.14.2018 – Simpson Biology Majors to Present at Research Symposium
Simpson University biology majors Rachel Last and Julianna Gilson, along with biology professor Brian Hooker, were interviewed for this KRCR-TV story about the 8th annual Student Research Symposium held on campus March 14.

02.15.2018 – Redding College Campuses Have Safety Protocols
Simpson’s director of campus operations, Paul Davis, was interviewed for this KRCR-TV story about protocols in place in the event of an active shooter on campus.

02.10.2018 – Simpson Music Professor Conducts Symphony Orchestra
Simpson music professor Dwayne Corbin was interviewed for this KRCR-TV story about an upcoming Shasta Symphony Orchestra concert featuring a 17-year-old local violinist. Dr. Corbin is the orchestra’s music director and conductor as well as an award-winning musician and composer.

01.20.2018 – Simpson University Graduates More than 125 Students
The Redding Record Searchlight posted this photo and story about Simpson University’s winter commencement in January 2018. Redding City Council member and Simpson alumnus Adam McElvain was the guest speaker.

01.16.2018 – Simpson University Offers Community Test Site
This ActionNewsNow story highlights the new Prometric testing center on Simpson’s campus. The center provides exam administration services for numerous businesses and is the only Prometric testing center in Northern California north of Chico.

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