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transform Winter 2010

A quarterly look at how your investment impacts Simpson University and its students

IN THIS ISSUE 4 Student Focus 6 Meet the Faculty 8 Giving Focus 10 Trustee Profile

A busy time of Dear Friend, transform President: Dr. Larry J. McKinney Vice President for Advancement: Gordon Flinn Editor & Layout: Candace Brown Dyar Staff Writer: Elise Wilson ‘08 Photographers: Josh Markle, Ryan Belong The Transform is a quarterly newsletter designed to inform friends of Simpson University about how their gifts are making a difference.

For more information about giving to Simpson University, call 1-800-598-2239 or visit On the Cover: Rebekah Groen, a sophomore pre-nursing student. Read her profile on p. 4. Photo by Josh Markle.


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he hallways of Simpson University are no longer silent, which is often the case during the summer months. Instead, I hear the chatter of students and sense the enthusiasm that comes with the start of a new academic year. Simpson University is bustling with activity. If you visit our campus, you will observe students rushing from one class to the next, getting started on a research assignment in the library, filing into the Emeriti Dining Center for a meal, heading to the Heritage Student Life Center for chapel, rushing to the gymnasium or an athletic field for a team practice, rehearsing for a music group or drama production, or just simply relaxing in the coffee shop. And let’s not forget that classes at Simpson do not conclude at the end of the normal business day. Quite the opposite, they are just getting started. We have classes being offered four nights a week and on Saturdays, particularly in our continuing studies (ASPIRE) and graduate programs. Furthermore, we even have students taking classes at several different extension sites.

year on campus

Dr. Larry J. McKinney


There is a special energy on campus that comes with seeing students seriously pursing an education that prepares them for life and service. If it sounds like I am excited—you are right! More than 1,200 students have enrolled at Simpson University for this fall semester. They represent many different backgrounds and interests. Some are young undergraduates, while others are older adults who are taking classes at night and on weekends. Many are single; others have spouses and children who have joined them in this educational venture. Most are from the West Coast, while others are from throughout the U.S. and the world. Some are pursuing training for a church-related ministry, while others are looking to serve in a marketplace career. They are all involved or plan to be involved in some type of meaningful service. Yes, our students represent a wide range of backgrounds and interests, but they are attending Simpson University because they want to receive a quality education in a Christ-centered learning community. I thank the Lord for each one of our students, recognizing that it is a special privilege to develop students in mind, faith, and character to influence the world through leadership, scholarship, and service. I also thank you for the part that you play in making it possible for students to pursue a Christ-centered education. It is because of your generosity that we are able to provide a quality education at Simpson University to hundreds of students who otherwise may not be able to attend. Blessings! / 1-888-9-SIMPSON 3

STUDENT FOCUS Rebekah Groen, sophomore Pre-Nursing, from Ripon, Calif.


impson University sophomore Rebekah Groen has an unusual talent. She is fluent in English and Hungarian. Rebekah learned to speak Hungarian when she spent part of her childhood overseas. Her family served as missionaries in Hungary and Slovakia for six years. Rebekah is a pre-nursing student from Ripon, Calif. She likes prenursing because it’s a challenging and difficult program. Her classes include microbiology lab, lifespan development, and nutrition for nurses. “Having a tender heart for people who are sick sparked my desire to be a nurse,” she said. “I like the flexibility of nursing, too. I have always liked serving people.” Rebekah is excited about Simpson’s new nursing major, which starts in January 2011. She has received preliminary acceptance into the program. “Nursing is a great field, and nursing is an opportunity to minister to others,” she said. “It takes a special type of person to be a nurse. A nursing program will bring these people to Simpson.” Rebekah keeps herself busy when she is not in class and studying by running crosscountry. She is also an anatomy tutor and a teacher’s assistant for Pam Van der Werff, associate professor of biology. “Rebekah is one of my most conscientious students,” said professor Van der Werff. “She is also an excellent tutor, serving her peers and sharing her study techniques through Simpson’s Academic Success Center. I know that this will be a life pattern—Rebekah will also work hard caring for and teaching her future patients and their families.” Rebekah loves the community she has found at Simpson. She likes the small size of the school and how everyone is always friendly. “It’s a community of everyone pursuing the Lord,” she said. “It’s inspiring to be around people who are seeking the Lord.” Rebekah faced several challenges in coming to Simpson. She had a difficult time


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Simpson sophomore Rebekah Groen talks with Nursing Department Director Jan Dinkel inside Simpson’s new modular nursing lab.

adjusting to running crosscountry because she had run track in high school. She suffered from shin-splints and athletic-induced asthma most of her freshman season. The other challenge was the cost of an education at a Christian university in California. When the finances for attending Simpson came through, Rebekah knew the school was the perfect fit for her. “I was supposed to be here, and God provided,” she said. Rebekah is grateful for donors and their gifts. She receives academic and athletic scholarships from Simpson as well as state and federal aid. “I want to thank donors for listening to the Lord when He asked them to give,” she said. “It is definitely generous of them.” When she graduates in 2013, Rebekah plans to work as an RN. She hopes to go on short-term missions trips as a nurse and eventually work as a postpartum nurse to help mothers and babies bond. “I am excited to use nursing as a ministry,” she said. Thank you for donating to the Science and Nursing Building and the student scholarship fund, so students like Rebekah can pursue their dreams of working in the nursing field. — By Elise Wilson ‘08

Photo by Josh Markle / 1-888-9-SIMPSON 5

MEET THE FACULTY Jan Dinkel Director, Nursing Program


impson University’s Director of Nursing Jan Dinkel wasn’t planning on going into nursing as a profession. In fact, she started out as an economics major in college. Jan became interested in pursuing nursing as a career when a friend convinced her to take a nursing entrance exam, and she passed the test without studying for it. Jan now has over 44 years of experience working in the nursing field and 35 years experience working in nursing education. “Jan possesses both the experience and the wisdom to provide visionary leadership as we grow,” said Dr. Stanley Clark, Simpson University provost. “Her credentials are uniquely matched to our need for a strong start in nursing.” Jan brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion to Simpson’s new four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, which will launch in January 2011. The program gained approval from the state Board of Registered Nursing in March. It is designed to prepare entrylevel professional nurses to effectively serve people’s health needs. After completing the program, students will be prepared for eligibility for registered nursing licensure in California and will graduate with their public health credential. “There is a tremendous need for registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree,” Jan said. “Accessibility to higher education has been an issue for nurses in the north state. Simpson University will certainly be helping meet this need.” Jan said she is excited for the start of the BSN program. She wants to see the first class graduate and create a tradition for a program that’s exceptional. She also hopes the program eventually earns national accreditation. “I love the climate and environment of Simpson,” she said. “Simpson is so student-focused it’s wonderful. Simpson is a testimony to student success.” In addition to Jan, the Nursing Department includes program coordinator Lorrie Vaus and faculty members Dianne Livingston and Louann Bosenko. “We have wonderful faculty who are dedicated to nursing and faith-based curriculum,” Jan said. “They’ll make a great contribution.” Jan earned her nursing diploma from O’Connor School of Nursing in San Jose, Calif. She later received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Chico State University in Chico, Calif., and did additional 6 TRANSFORM

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graduate coursework at Stanford University Hospital. She has worked in hospitals, a physician’s office, schools, and as a nursing education consultant. She served as the dean of the nursing program at Shasta College in Redding for 30 years before retiring in 2005. Jan kept busy in retirement working as an independent nursing education consultant. She worked closely with Simpson to help set up its 16-month RNto-BSN step-up program, offered through the School of Continuing Studies (ASPIRE). The program launched in January 2007, and 60 students have graduated since then. Jan serves as the lead faculty coordinator and teaches the first and last courses for the program. “I love the students,” she said. “I like teaching so much that I make extra time for it.” Jan officially came out of retirement in July to be Simpson’s director of nursing. “I wasn’t planning to be the director of that program,” she said. “I felt like God was pushing me, so I applied for the program.” — By Elise Wilson ‘08 / Photo by Ryan Belong

If you are interested in contributing to Simpson’s nursing program, consider donating money for equipment and supplies, giving a gift toward the Science and Nursing Building (see p. 11 for more), or helping fund a scholarship for a nursing student. Many of you have already generously given, and we thank you. / 1-888-9-SIMPSON 7

GIVING FOCUS • Betty Dean & Clyde Powers • Student outreach

Finding joy in giving


etired community college president and Simpson University trustee Betty Dean hails from humble beginnings. Her father was a country parson whose congregations paid him in chickens, milk and produce. Her family often went without electricity because they couldn’t pay the bill. They had no indoor plumbing and subsisted in winter on canned tomatoes and potatoes. “Even with all that, my mother and father ingrained in me the importance of giving back to Jesus part of what I had,” Betty said. She can still recall the joy she felt when she finally saved up 10 pennies and could give one of them to the church offering as a tithe. “I believe that our giving journey needs to start out of our obedience,” she said. “We give because this is what God asked us to do.” Betty lived that out during the lean years that she put herself through nursing school, eventually earning her doctorate. She would cash each paycheck and first put aside 10 percent. This required sacrifice—when nursing colleagues would go to breakfast after a night shift, for example, she often didn’t go, or would go but not eat. Betty’s career took her from nursing into higher education. She served more than 13 years as president of two community colleges in California. And she found God blessing her with financial resources. She and her husband, Clyde Powers, take great joy in giving, far beyond the 10 percent they give regularly to their church. “As you obey in your giving you start to develop a heart for giving,” she said. “As you develop your heart for giving, God increases your capacity to give.” Recently, Betty and Clyde made a significant gift to Simpson. They set up a charitable remainder uni-trust with a rental property and then sold the property. The money was invested with earnings going to the couple; the remainder will go to Simpson upon their passing. They took a portion of proceeds from the sale and combined it with other monies to make a generous cash gift to the Science and Nursing Building. This future site will enhance the education and outreach of young women and men who want to serve in the medical field. “Nursing is where God gave me my beginning to develop my career,” Betty said. “What better way to impact the kingdom of God for all eternity than to support an entity committed to making a lifetime impact on young people, who will then impact countless others?” Simpson President Larry McKinney said he is very grateful for Betty and Clyde’s commitment to the Lord and the university. “They are wonderful examples of stewardship and generosity,” he said. 8 TRANSFORM

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Simpson students Amanda Pratt and Alex Mauren clear brush with President Larry McKinney during the Day of Service.

Students serve community M

ore than 160 Simpson students, staff and faculty participated Oct. 2 in the university’s sixth annual Day of Service. In past years, volunteers have partnered with Habitat for Humanity, the city of Redding Photo courtesy Nathan Polk and other organizations in this communitywide outreach. “The Day of Service is an opportunity for the Simpson community to serve the city which has housed us for over 20 years,” said Travis Osborne, director of Spiritual Formation. “Our motto is ‘Gateway to World Service,’ and for us, our world begins here in Redding. The Day of Service gets us off campus and into the community.” The Day of Service usually focuses on one service project. This year, however, participants could choose from three projects: community creek cleanup; cleaning and painting The Crossing, a youth and family center; and helping a blind widow with yard work and house cleaning. Senior Katie Tam, Simpson’s student outreach intern, helped at Betty Millar’s house and The Crossing. “My favorite part was the positive attitudes of the Simpson volunteers,” she said. “They stood behind the different causes and served with humble attitudes.” The students and the work they did greatly impacted those they helped. “All the students worked so hard without an idle moment or a single complaint, and the transformation was amazing to see at the end of the day,” said Kimber Dunn, founder of The Crossing and a Simpson student. “Our leadership team was humbled by the hearts of these amazing young people.” — By Elise Wilson ‘08 / Photo courtesy of Student Development / 1-888-9-SIMPSON 9

TRUSTEE PROFILE Cary Tamura Brea, California

Cary and Denise Tamura / Photo courtesy of Cary Tamura


rustee Cary Tamura is guided by a philosophy of relationship. “Reality is relational. Who we are is defined by the kind and quality of our relationships,” he says. “One of the miracles God wants to work in our lives is the healing of relationships.” This relational emphasis has threaded its way throughout Cary’s personal and professional lives. A third-generation Japanese born in Hawaii, he was raised as a Buddhist until third grade, when he started attending a Bible church. He became a Christian in ninth grade through his relationships with church leaders and staff at Inter-School Christian Fellowship. Cary attended the University of Hawaii for two years, then received a bachelor’s degree from Nyack College in New York. He earned an M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. After serving in the Army, he returned to Hawaii in 1971. Cary was privileged to have mentoring relationships with Paul Byer, a founder of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, and Frank Mayo, a ’49 Simpson alum, longtime board member and planned-giving specialist “responsible for raising literally billions of dollars,” Cary said. Frank hired Cary as a fundraiser in 1976. Cary has worked in the planned giving field for nearly 35 years, specializing in gifts of estates and assets. He has worked for The Salvation Army, University of Southern California, UniHealth America, and for 15 years has been a gift-planning consultant for many prominent organizations in Southern California. He has served on boards and in other leadership roles with several professional organizations. In 1995, he was honored as Fund Raiser of the Year by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, Greater L.A. Chapter. He has served on the board of the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society for more than 12 years and helped establish an evangelism class at


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pastor Chuck Swindoll’s former church in Fullerton, Calif. Cary’s most significant relationship is with his wife, Denise. “I am so fortunate to be married to a very special lady,” he said. The Tamuras have two children and three grandchildren, with another on the way. His relationship with Simpson began when friends from his home Christian and Missionary Alliance church attended the college. In the mid ‘70s he was asked to serve as treasurer of the Simpson College Extension in Hawaii. Later, Frank Mayo asked Cary to join the university’s Foundation Board of Directors. He served in that role from 1997-2008 and became a trustee in 2008. “I am also pleased that my wife and I were able to establish a small scholarship fund at Simpson,” Cary said. “It has been gratifying to help students with their education and follow their progress even after graduation.” Cary believes wholeheartedly in Simpson’s mission to equip men and women for worldwide service. “I pray that Simpson’s motto, ‘Gateway to World Service,’ would become true in the hearts and lives of our students, both during their time here and after they move on with the rest of their lives,” he said. He notes that a relationship with God is the most important one a person can have. “The other relationships involve family, friends, church, neighbors, and out to the world.” We are so grateful for Cary and our other board members. Those relationships are vital to the health and direction of Simpson University, its faculty, staff, administrators and students.

Gateway to the Future Campaign Update

If you know of someone who would be interested in participating in the Gateway to the Future Campaign, please contact Beth Spencer, director of Advancement Services, at or 530-226-4602.

Help us finish strong as we wrap up our Gateway to the Future Capital Campaign. With the launch of our new nursing program, the campaign is focusing on a Science and Nursing Building. We have overhauled space on campus (pictured above) to meet the immediate need for nursing classrooms and offices, thanks to a generous grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation. As of Sept. 30, $7.8 million has been received or pledged to the campaign ($2.2 million of that to the Science and Nursing Building). Other campaign projects include student scholarships, faculty and curriculum development, and a Fine Arts Center. Thank you for your investment in our future! / 1-888-9-SIMPSON 11

Nov. 21 SUN vs. Southern Oregon (Ashland, OR) 4 p.m. Nov. 24 WED vs. Oregon Tech* 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 TUE vs. Oregon Tech (Klamath Falls, OR) 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 FRI vs. Linfield College (McMinnville, OR) 8 p.m. Dec. 11 SAT vs. Western Oregon (Salem, OR) 3 p.m. Dec. 17 FRI vs. Hope International* 8 p.m. Dec. 18 SAT vs. The Master’s College* 8 p.m. Dec. 20 MON vs. Southwestern College* 2 p.m. Dec. 21 TUE vs. Northwest Christian (Eugene, OR) 3 p.m.

MEN’S BASKETBALL (*home games)

Nov. 20 SAT vs. Westminster College* 2 p.m. Nov. 21 SUN vs. Southern Oregon (Ashland, OR) 2 p.m. Nov. 24 WED vs. Oregon Tech* 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 TUE vs. Oregon Tech (Klamath Falls, OR) 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 FRI vs. Linfield College (McMinnville, OR) 6 p.m. Dec. 11 SAT vs. Western Oregon (Salem, OR) 1 p.m. Dec. 17 FRI vs. Hope International* 6 p.m. Dec. 18 SAT vs. The Master’s College* 6 p.m. Dec. 20 MON vs. Southwestern College* 12 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (*home games)

For complete schedules, scores and athletics news, and the chance to watch some games live online, visit



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MARCH 2011 14 Jazz/Wind/Percussion Ensembles & Handbell Concert (on campus)

FEBRUARY 2011 26 Shasta Symphony Orchestra (Shasta College Theatre, Redding)

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JANUARY 2011 28 Faculty Recital (on campus) 7:30 p.m. ($8 general, $6 seniors and non-Simpson students)

DECEMBER 5 Simpson Christmas Concert (on campus) 3 p.m. ($8 general, $6 seniors and non-Simpson students) 8 Afternoon Student Recitals (on campus) 3 p.m.

NOVEMBER 14 Dr. Dan Pinkston’s Symphony No. 1 (Cascade Theatre, Redding) 17 Student Evening Recitals (on campus)

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