Nov. 2017
Alumni eNewsletter

Dear Alums,

As we welcomed family and friends into our homes this Thanksgiving, it was natural for us to feel a great appreciation for all that is special in our lives. Commonly, on this day we mention what we are thankful for and the blessings the Father has showered over us in the recent year, even thankfulness for making the journey to be together. My family has a thankfulness tree in our living room, where each person writes down something they are thankful for and hangs it on the tree.

This year, I am thankful that my cousin made it home safely from a deployment with the United States Air Force; she was away from family for the holidays last year. This year, I am thankful to be celebrating one year of serving in the Veterans Success Center at Simpson University. This year, I am thankful for the veterans that continue to serve and sacrifice for the freedom of this great nation. In this season, I’d like to acknowledge the U. S. service members who have served and those who are currently serving, who regularly sacrifice the traditional holiday celebrations for our freedom and protection – so that we may enjoy our many comforts and times with loved ones during the holidays. As we gather with friends and family, let’s take a moment to give thanks for the brave men and women who have answered the call to serve.

Justin Spears ('17)
U. S. Navy Veteran
Director of Veterans Success Center



We've Moved

The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations has moved into the Dunbar Suite. Please drop by Suite 305 in the Owen Student Services building and check out our new digs. We might even buy you a cup of coffee!


Presidential Search Process

The Presidential Search Committee met last week with the JobFitMatters consultants as part of the consultants' visit to campus. At our meeting, we met our newest member, Kao Syvirathphan ('99/'16), who is a Simpson University alumnus and currently a mental health clinician with Children's Services at Shasta County Mental Health.

The consultants gave us some of their first impressions of the campus visit and reflected on their extensive experience with similar searches. We went over the key components of the search, reiterating the need for utmost confidentiality, and discussed the search timeline. As you may know, the consultants distributed a survey to Simpson staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, community members, and donors. The results of that survey will be discussed with the consultants at our Presidential Search Committee meeting next week via a conference call and an executive summary of the findings will be prepared and distributed.

We covet your prayers and hope that these updates help to inform those prayers.

Dr. James M. Postma
Chair of the Presidential Search Committee


Emeriti Inductee Celebration

Please join us on Friday, December 15, in LaBAume-Rudat Hall, Room 204, for a special time to honor the following Emeriti Inductees. There will be a coffee social at 9:30 a.m. and the induction ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.

Please call or email Regina Erickson at 530-226-4718 or for additional information.


Ronald K. McGraw, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Education (2004-2016)

Larry Siemens, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2007-2017)

Carol R. Wertz, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education (1999-2017)


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Mary Rickert
('07) was elected to serve as Shasta County District 3 Supervisor in 2016. She is co-owner, with her husband Jim, of Western Agricultural Services, a farm management, appraisal and real estate brokerage firm. They are also the majority owners of Prather Ranch, a nationally recognized, vertically integrated beef cattle operation.

Mary has been an active volunteer in her community for many years, serving on the Shasta County Mental Health, Alcohol & Drug Advisory Board, the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, and the Farm Service Agency County Committee. In 2013 she was appointed to the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection and served as the Range/Livestock representative until 2016.

Jordan Davis 
('15) was recently selected as a recipient of the Samuelson Mission Fund. Jordan volunteered as a student at Footsteps Missions and is currently the Director. Footsteps is a non-profit organization which serves the forgotten, the orphaned and the unjustly-treated people of the world by meeting their real needs in the hopes of fostering people of character and children of God. ( Jordan's long-term goal is to take over a large portion of the English as a Second Language side of Footsteps and expand it to more locations. These English Learning Camps take place in the U.S. and other countries including Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and China. Jordan is using his Simpson degree in TESOL to write Christian-themed curriculum for these classes and camps. Also pictured above is Jordan's wife, Heidi Davis ('15).

Shannon Mintz
('02)was also selected as a recipient of the Samuelson Mission Fund. She is currently working at Bethesda House with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) Muizenberg, South Africa ( Their work is to introduce God’s Kingdom into communities that are ravaged by crime, HIV/AIDS, poverty, domestic violence, fatherlessness, addiction, and many other ailments and bring God’s transformational power into their lives. Shannon's mission statement is to "develop people to know their identity in Christ and to be empowered for all God has for them, released into living radically, loving others, and glorifying God."

Shannon's heart is to sow financially back into the lives of those who are being trained so that they can return to their communities and spread the Gospel of Jesus.






Tim Scarbrough ('92) and
Penni Elaine('04)
October 28, 2017


Abby (Bairrington '16) and Jonathan Filteau 
July 15, 2017


Erika (VanderVeen '16) and
Brad Esselman

August 5, 2017

Alumni Author

Mike Pickard ('72)

In "Rediscover the Bible--Or Discover It for the First Time," Pastor Michael Pickard offers a fresh narration of the Bible's story, and its continuing relevance, for the curious, the confused, and the committed reader. In this 366-day devotional commentary, the reader experiences a journey through the whole Bible.

Mike has pastored 4 churches, currently serving as senior pastor at the North Point Church in Poulsbo, WA.

Read more and order the book at or at

Alumni Musicians

Flagship Armada

Aaron Peterson (pictured on the left) received his BA in Discipleship & Education Ministries in 2007 and his Teaching Credential in 2013. He teaches at Lincoln Street School in Red Bluff.  

Jake Parodi
(pictured second from right) received his BA in English in 2007. Currently, he is the Interim Student Services Director at the San Jose campus of Western Seminary.

Hailing from Northern California, Flagship Armada is a Christian Indie/Rock band. Passionate about Jesus, people, and music, they aim to create unique, artistic, and entertaining music with meaningful, honest, and engaging lyrics for all to enjoy. You can find Flagship Armada performing at churches, county and street fairs, and music festivals throughout Northern California.

Their music may be found on Spotify, Amazon and on their Facebook page.

Watch and listen to Flagship Armada.


In Memoriam - Pamela Finney

Alumna Pamela Finney ('81) passed away on October 29, 2017, in Southern California as a result of a car accident. A friend to everyone who knew her, Pam was a pillar of the film community and an integral part of the Sacramento International Film Festival. In 2017 she was co-recipient of the Festival's "Outstanding Local Actress" award while at the same time supporting the event as a volunteer.

Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on December 2 at Cordova Neighborhood Church, 10660 Coloma Road, Rancho Cordova, 95670.


Christmas Concert

Festival of Christmas
Sunday, Dec. 3 @ 3 p.m.
James M. Grant Student Life Center
Admission: $10/General, $8/Seniors, $5/Students
Purchase Tickets Here

Click the link below for more information on upcoming student senior recitals and spring 2018 concerts.


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You don't want to miss this! Whether you're an alum who wants to see if you've still got what it takes to win on the court, or if you want to enjoy watching an entertaining game, make plans to be here!

Friday, December 8
Alumni Men vs Men's JV team at 7:00 pm in the James M Grant Gym.

Saturday, December 9
You are invited to watch and cheer on the women's and men's varsity teams against Oregon Institute of Technology. Following the games, join the athletic director Tom Galbraith, men's coach Todd Franklin and women's coach Derrick Pringle for dinner (location TBD).

Women's Registration

Men's Registration


The purpose of the conference is to encourage young women to find their true worth in understanding who God meant them to be. Come hear Jennifer Strickland, a former international model for Giorgio Armani, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan, speak to young women on embracing the true beauty that comes from within.

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