The Chimes

Dear Professor Simon: “More Than Just a Professor”

Josh Marsh

April 1, 2019

My first interaction with Professor Simon was when I was considering switching into the PR major. I can still see his face, which was so happy and joyful toward someone he had never met, but that is what defined him. He was a...

Dear Professor Simon: “A passionate but humble servant”

Aaron Zhang, Staff Photographer

March 14, 2019

I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I had to be in one of his class and being called by him as the "beloved." To me, he was always passionate and energetic. He used to encourage us in every class by saying, "I'm gonna...

Dear Professor Simon: “Dying young as late as possible”

Thecla Li, Visual Editor

March 14, 2019

Nearly two years ago, I was a girl from Singapore who had no idea if I was going to be able to succeed as an international student, much less a journalist. Somewhere deep in me, I had hope, a hidden, unknown hope, that I would succ...

Dear Professor Simon: “A good and faithful servant”

Angelique Calvillo

March 13, 2019

I wasn’t done. Sitting and talking, learning and growing, being mentored by such a good and faithful servant to the “Good Lord.” Simon was a man who lived out the message of the Gospel daily. He didn’t just talk about...

Dear Professor Simon: Walking Among The Trees

Cooper Dowd

March 13, 2019

After leaving my first class with Professor Simon, I somehow knew that despite the many fears of entering a new chapter of life, there was friendship, encouragement and hope to be found. For me and many of Professor Simon’s...

Dear Professor Simon: “A gift”

Michelle Gurrola

March 13, 2019

Dear Professor Simon, Boy. I came into your Foundations course with zero prior journalistic experience. I was a shy, angsty girl who thought she liked writing. You opened your class so quick to tell of how much you “loved,...

Dear Professor Simon: “A confidence restorer”

Lailah Walker

March 13, 2019

Dear Professor Simon, If I could say one last thing to you it would be "thank you." I remember walking into your classroom last semester not knowing what to expect. You greeted us with an enormous amount of love and energy....

Dear Professor Simon: “If I had known”

Austin Green, Managing Editor

March 12, 2019

It was the middle of my first semester of college, and I was scared. Scared that I was not making any real friends. Scared that journalism was not really for me. Scared at the realization of just how shallow my faith in Christ ...

Dear Professor Simon: “A powerful inspiration”

Adam Pigott, Staff Writer

March 11, 2019

My early life was not easy. Going into my preteen and teen years, I was bitter, angry and I questioned why God would allow terrible things to happen to me. Your response to my snapshot paper is how I knew that you would have such...

Dear Professor Simon: “Reaching for hearts”

Taylor Haidle

March 11, 2019

My time at Biola was brief. Two semesters was all I was able to internalize of the university before I transferred. I look back at my time and consider that year one of the best and worst personal times of my life. I will never...

Dear Simon: “My journal of a lost spirit who still exists in me”

Malachiel-Melchior La’ Viollette

March 11, 2019

I will miss Professor Bill Simon, who welcomed me into the Journalism Program. His encouragement and support helped me during my first semester at Biola Professor Simon’s class was enjoyable with knowledgeable lectures and mate...

Dear Professor Simon: “A profound legacy”

Bethany Harbison, Freelance Writer

March 11, 2019

It's hard to believe I only had a one-semester, one-credit class with Professor Simon, because the impact he had on me was at least as significant as if I had studied under him for all four years. As a professor, he was deeply...

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