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May/June 2017
Alumni eNewsletter


Simpson University President Announces Retirement in 2018

President Robin Dummer has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2017-18 academic year.

Dr. Dummer said he and his wife decided earlier this spring that he would retire at the end of May 2018 when his current presidential contract ends. “It was my desire to provide the Board of Trustees with sufficient time to conduct a presidential search,” he said. “The Board was gracious, encouraging and honoring in response.”

He said his priorities during the upcoming academic year will be on positioning the university for growth. “My focus this coming year will be on fundraising, strategic planning, increasing strategic partnerships, and diversifying the sources of revenue for the university.”

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It's Going to be a Sell-Out Event

In 2002, Simpson University held the first Business Leadership Luncheon by inviting local business leaders to campus for lunch and inspirational talks on various aspects of business leadership from national guest speakers.

The Business Leadership Luncheon, sponsored by Redding Bank of Commerce, celebrates its 16th year with the return of  Dr. Tim Elmore, founder, and president of Growing Leaders, a nonprofit organization created to develop emerging leaders.

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Dr. Leonard S. Wallmark

The Simpson community is saddened by the death of Dr. Leonard S. Wallmark, alumnus and long-time professor of Simpson. Dr. Wallmark, 85, went home to be with the Lord on May 15, 2017, in Redding, Calif.

He began his studies at Simpson Bible College in 1955 and graduated in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in theology, going on to earn a master of divinity and a doctorate in ministry from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1964, after serving as a pastor for several years, he began teaching New Testament courses part time at Simpson, receiving a full-time contract in 1966. He taught full time at Simpson until 2002, retiring at age 70. Although officially retired, he continued to teach as an adjunct. His more than forty years of service to Christ as a Simpson professor impacted the lives of thousands of students.

A memorial service will be held at Neighborhood Church in Redding on June 17 at 1 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, gifts be made to the Wallmark Family Scholarship Fund at Simpson University (530-226-4758). If you wish to make a gift or share thoughts, click the box below.

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Dr. Robert Hughes

It is with a deep sense of loss that we inform the Simpson community that Dr. Robert Hughes passed away May 17. Dr. Hughes was a valuable and faithful member of the ASPIRE Psychology program since 2006. Students consistently rated him as their favorite instructor. He received the Teacher of the Year award twice during his time with us. Students and staff alike enjoyed his passion for his chosen profession, his joy of teaching, his ability to make learning fun, and his obvious love for God and others. He will be greatly missed.

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Alumna Named Shasta County Superintendent of Schools

Long-time Shasta County educator and alumna Judy Flores (Schaefer/'94) will be sworn in as the 26th Shasta County Superintendent of Schools on July 1.

“I am thankful for this opportunity to serve,” Flores said, adding that she is passionate about the Shasta County Office of Education’s mission. “As leaders, we should be continuously learning and improving. The support we offer to schools and our community will ensure Shasta County students receive a quality education that prepares them for high school graduation and success in career and college.” During her 10 years at the Shasta County Office of Education, Flores has brought in more than $10 million in grants for teacher training in a variety of subject areas that have impacted more than 450 teachers.

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Simpson University to Host 3rd Annual Better Together: CA Teachers Summit

On July 28, the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit will bring teachers across the state together for a powerful day of learning led by teachers, for teachers. The Summit is a unique opportunity for teachers to come together to collaborate, re-energize ahead of the new school year and be a part of a teacher network that will last beyond the Summit. Building on momentum from the past two years, the Summit will feature TED-style EdTalks presented by local teachers, Edcamp discussions on teacher-selected topics, and opportunities for networking and sharing ideas and resources with fellow teachers. By bringing California teachers together, the Summit will empower teachers to support our students, protect our values as educators and set an example for the nation.

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Gateway to World Service

Please continue to pray for the students who are serving around the world this summer.

The teams are sharing pictures and reports during their travels through the WorldSERVE blog.

Pictured: Team El Salvador and friends


Albania: May 8-June 18
East Asia: May 8-June 18
El Salvador: May 8-28

Guinea: May 8-June 8
Haiti: May 13-27
India: May 24-June 17

Ivory Coast: May 8-June 18
Taiwan: May 8-28
Thailand: May 8-28


Notable Alumni

The work of our alumni is something to celebrate and recognize. Let us know if you have written a book or created a music CD/MP3 album. We want to let others know about your achievements. Click here to share.


A Very Creative Alumnus

In May, Mark ('89/'03) and Lisa (Cooper/'86) Wood were thrilled to open Farm Boy Furnishings at Rivertown Treasure Chest in downtown Antioch, CA. Mark handcrafts all the beautiful rustic farmhouse furniture for their store, in addition to being the Children's Pastor at Golden Hills Community Church in Brentwood.

Click here to check out their new Farm Boy Furnishings Facebook page.


Let Us Know!

We love to hear about your life! Let us know when you get married, have a baby, write a book, move or get a new job. Just click the button below!

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Look Who Dropped By


Joanna Barney ('15), Kelly Raper ('15), and Mariah Castro ('15) came by on their way to celebrate Joanna's birthday.

Dan Blackmer

Dan Blackmer ('68) of Seattle, dropped by on his way to visit family in the Sacramento area. 

Dawn (Keenan/'94) Morton and twin daughters, Ashlyn and Cristen, dropped by to visit with Dr. Glenn Schaefer.


Class Notes

Katie Christie
Matthew Brown ('04) 
was promoted to Branch Manager at MegaStar Financial Corp., April 2017

Katie Christie ('15) started a new job  as a Certified Law Clerk with
Nevada County District Attorney, April 2017 (pictured above)

Joshua Thompson ('00) was ordained at the Neighborhood Church, Redding by the C&MA, May 21, 2017


Geiger-Tillman Wedding
(Geiger//07) and Davin Tillman
May 17, 2017 (pictured above)

Sabrina (Charlson/'09)
  and Joshua Jurisich, May 27, 2017 (pictured below)

Charlson-Jurisich Wedding


In Memoriam

Roberta (Hilliard/'57) Hoover
September 9, 2016
(pictured above)

Edna Heckendorf ('47)
Nov. 6, 2016

Carmen (Aikens/'50) Nelson
Mar. 27, 2017

Dr. Leonard Wallmark ('59)
May 15, 201


Samuelson Mission Fund Applications due June 30

Applications are now being accepted for the Samuelson Mission Fund. This award was established for the purpose of assisting Simpson University graduates planning a career in missions with the retirement of their student loan debt.

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Pictured: The Samuelsons


Upcoming Events

  • Informational Open House for Teaching Credential and MA in Education - July 18
  • Athletics Golf Tournament - July 21 
  • Red Hawk Summer - July 21-22
  • Informational Open House for Adult Studies - July 26
  • Better Together: CA Teachers Summit 2017 - July 28
  • 16th Annual Business Leadership Luncheon - August 30
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Office of Alumni Relations | 1.530.226.4774
2211 College View Drive, Redding, CA 96003 | 1.888.9.SIMPSON

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