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    Alumni e-Newsletter -- September 2013

     From the Director

    It is getting really exciting around here!

    The school year has begun and I am pleased to report that this year’s incoming class of undergraduate students, combined with returning students, was the second largest class in Simpson’s history. Not since 2002 have we had so many UG students on campus. We are humbled as we continue to have the privilege of equipping the next generation for world service. It is exciting. 

    We also have a few new additions to the SU community on campus. First off, Dr. Patrick Blewett has been appointed Dean of A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. Dr. Blewett comes with ample academic training (BA, MA, MDiv, DMin and PhD) and 35 + years of experience in higher education and in church ministry. He was recently the pastor of Westside Church in Omaha, Nebraska as well as several other places throughout the United States. We are blessed to have Dr. Blewett as a part of the family. 

    In the University Relations office, we are blessed to add a new Parent Relations Coordinator, Stacy Burgess (Crook ’96) to our team. Stacy comes to us from the local area's public education system and has a BA and Master's degree from Simpson University. Read more about Stacy below.

    Finally, the Science and Nursing building project was officially launched with a ground breaking ceremony on Labor Day. Community leaders, faculty, staff, alumni and students attended the historic moment. To see it as it happened, click here

    Lastly, we have some fun future events happening this Fall. Our annual Dinner for 8 event is right around the corner. We would love to have new and returning local alumni host current students for dinner this fall. Click here for more details.

    Thanks for taking time to catch up on what’s happening at Simpson. Come visit when you can.


    Matt Kluttz (1996)
    Director of University Relations

     Dinner for Eight Hosts Needed

    Year after year, local alumni enjoy being hosts to our undergraduate students at the annual Dinner for Eight event. In order to be ready for the student sign-ups, we hope that many of our local alumni will host students.

    You may host between 2-8 students in your home on any day between November 4-17. Your options for Dinner for Eight are open. You might have a barbecue, go on a group hike, make it a game or movie night. Whatever you plan, the students are sure to enjoy it!

    For additional details or to register to become a host, please click here. If you need more information, please contact Karla Dillon at 530.226.4774 or kdillon@simpsonu.edu.

     Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks SU Growth

    Simpson University students, staff, faculty and friends celebrated a campus milestone Sept. 2 with a dedication ceremony at the site of the new Science and Nursing Building.

    Though construction began in late July, the ceremony was planned for orientation weekend to include new and returning students. About 200 people attended the 20-minute ceremony, which included messages from science and nursing faculty and students, interim president Robin Dummer and board chair Betty Dean.

    Click here to read more and view video and photos. Follow the progress of this exciting venture via webcam at simpsonuwebcam.com

    For more information about the Science and Nursing building, please click here

     Tozer Seminary Welcomes New Dean 

    Dr. Patrick BlewettSimpson University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Patrick Blewett as dean of A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary.

    Dr. Blewett served most recently on the pastoral staff at Westside Church in Omaha, Neb. In addition to serving in pastoral positions throughout the U.S., Dr. Blewett has served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Columbia International University (South Carolina); academic vice president and dean of the faculty at Grace University; and dean of Grace College of the Bible in Omaha.

    Click here to read more.

     Transform Magazine 

    Transform MagazineThe fall/winter 2013 issue of the Transform newsletter is online at simpsonu.edu/transform. With construction underway on our Science and Nursing Building, learn more about Simpson’s Science Department through profiles of biology student Brent Aaronson and biology professorBrian Hooker. You’ll also meet Summer Holloway andMariya Krutikova, two students expressing their heart for service locally and globally. 

    The Transform is a twice-yearly newsletter that gives donors and friends of Simpson a closer look at how your gifts make an impact. Thank you for your support as we head into a new school year. 

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    While we can't control the updates Google has made to Gmail, we hope this information will help you adjust to the changes. We encourage you to learn more about the Gmail updates online.

     Staff Changes in University Relations Office

    Kalley HeiligenthalKalley Heiligenthal-Church Relations Coordinator
    As the Church Relations Coordinator, my primary role is assisting the University Relations team with events, communication and resources to further reinforce connections with church leaders and ministers. I have a desire to further partner with ministries because I strongly believe we go further when we go together, whether it’s a local church or a global missionary, CMA or a different denomination. 

    I was born and raised a pastor’s kid in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I earned my degrees in Biblical and Theological Studies and Spanish from Bethel University in St. Paul, as well as my Mrs. Degree to my husband, Andrew. It was a classic Christian college love story! After graduating I worked in a church as a youth pastor and worship leader until we decided to move to Redding in 2010. I am proud to report that after 3 years of living in California I still say all my words like a proper Minnesotan. In my spare time I enjoy anything involving music, time with friends, eating and not working out. I have been employed at Simpson University for almost a year and have enjoyed the community I have found here.

    Karla DillonKarla Dillon (2009)-Alumni Relations Coordinator
    As the Alumni Relations Coordinator, I have the honor of trying to keep you, our alumni, connected with Simpson University and with each other. This is done through providing information via the e-newsletter, Facebook, the Hawks' Nest alumni website and special mailings. This is also done through events I plan such as Homecoming Weekend (save the date--Feb. 7-8, 2014).

    I received my BA degree from Simpson University in Organizational Leadership through the ASPIRE program. My husband, Sean, and I have three children, with the youngest still at home in his freshman year of college. Our family has a heart for missions, having participated in trips to Belize, Mexico, Haiti, Russia and France, with India on the horizon. 

    Stacy Burgess (2001)-Parent Relations Coordinator
    I am so excited to be a part of Simpson University as the Parent Relations Coordinator! As a graduate of Simpson and a parent of three children, I feel as if the Lord created this role especially for me. I have such a special place in my heart for Simpson and I am thrilled to be a part of the incredible team here in Alumni and Parent Relations.

    Katie ChristieKatie Christy-Student/Alumni Liaison
    As the ASAP Coordinator, I am very excited for the opportunity to help bridge the gap between alumni and current students. I help develop and oversee activities and events for students such as Homecoming , Dinner for Eight, and the Senior Banquet, as well as offer support to the Alumni and Parent Relations office. I also represent our office in student senate. 

    I was born and raised in Sonora, California and have just recently started my junior year here at Simpson. I am working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. I am also president of the SU Business Club and a member of several clubs and have been a member of several mission teams. I also led a Simpson mission team to El Salvador. I enjoy spending time with my friends, spending time at the lake, and watching television with my roommate (mostly Giants games and Duck Dynasty). 

     World Changers

    Kevin (1991) and Bonnie (1994) Oberg and their four children serve in the African nations of Burkina Faso and Mali as Alliance missionaries. The Obergs ask for your prayers for protection as they preach the good news and claim imprisoned souls for Christ’s Kingdom in villages.

    To read their latest e-newsletter, click here.

    We love hearing how you are impacting the world. Please send your updates toalumni@simpsonu.edu.


    We encourage alumni to show their Simpson spirit by attending athletic events that may be near their homes. For more information about Simpson University Athletics and the complete and most up to date list of athletic schedules, please click here.

    Date   Location   Men's    Women's  
    9/18   Mills, Oakland, CA   N/A   3 pm  
    9/19 La Sierra, Riverside, CA 10 am N/A
    9/21 Mills @ SU N/A 1 pm  
    9/24   Northwest Christian, Eugene, OR   1 pm   N/A  
    9/28   UC Merced, Merced, CA   N/A   1 pm  
    10/5   Antelope Valley @ SU   N/A   1 pm  
    10/8   William Jessup@ SU   3 pm   1 pm   
    9/17 Walla Walla @ SU N/A 7:30 pm  
    9/18   La Sierra @ SU   N/A   7:30 pm  
    9/24   Northwest Christian, Eugene, OR   N/A   1 pm  
    10/4   Menlo @ SU   N/A   7 pm  
    10/5   Pacific Union @ SU   N/A   8 pm  
    CROSS COUNTRY        
    9/22   Whiskeytown Relays, Redding   TBA   TBA  
    10/4   Pacific Union Invitational, Angwin, CA   TBA   TBA  
    10/5   Willamette Invitational, Salem, OR   9 am   9 am  
    9/16-17   Cal Pac Kick Off, Redding, CA   TBA   TBA  
    9/29-30   Border War, Medford, OR   TBA   TBA  
    10/7-8   Warner PAC, Portland, OR   TBA   TBA  


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