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  • March 18 - Grandparents Day   
    Contact the Advancement Office for details. email or call  (864) 644-5006

The perfect Christmas gift: Travel!

Dr. Ken Myers is planning to lead a study abroad trip to Greece in the spring. Join SWU alumni and students exploring an exciting place full of history, culture and adventure. For details, contact Myers at (864) 644-5215 or email You can also download this flyer.

More than 300 graduates receive degrees in two ceremonies

December graduates received their degrees during commencement ceremonies Dec. 11 and 12 in Central. Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D., president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, gave the commencement address. Left: The City of Greenville Pipes and Drums march with traditional graduates in a processional toward Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center. Right: Prior to both ceremonies, Donna Pittman, admissions specialist and VA coordinator, presented each student veteran with a patriotic graduation tassel to honor his or her service to our country. Pictured are graduates of the adult evening program being honored for their military service.

Earlier on Friday, the university held its Baccalaureate, featuring a “ceremony of the servants” in which graduates of the traditional programs received towels – a symbol of Christian service. 
James S. Bross, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at SWU and an alumnus, delivered the Baccalaureate sermon. Read more>>

Celebrating December graduates

The Alumni Association held receptions in Charleston Nov. 30 (above left), North Augusta Dec. 1 (above right) and Greenville Dec. 3 (left) to honor December graduates. The Alumni Association honored Central and Columbia graduates early in November.
Brice Bickel ('06), left, Greenville regional director, and Jessica Blinkey ('10), admissions coordinator, enjoy conversation with Ray Lattimore ('82), right, during Open House for SWU's new Greenville learning center Dec. 10. Lattimore is president/founder of Marketplace Staffing in Greenville.

Career Opportunities

If you are a graduate seeking a career change, SWU's Career Services office offers exciting new resources to help you. Check out their website today!
CareerBeam is a comprehensive, 24/7, user-friendly, self-paced program that helps you determine what you want in your career and offers the steps to achieve it. You can clarify your career goals, develop a career profile through self assessments, develop a professional resume and cover letter, prepare for interviews, develop a network and research companies and industries. Check out this new, FREE online tool to help you in your career development. It is available for ALL Southern Wesleyan University students and alumni.

SWU employment opportunities

SWU is currently seeking full- and part-time employees. Here are some of the openings:
See all of SWU's listings for faculty and staff openings.

Own a piece of history

For decades, SWU students, faculty and staff worshiped at a historic stone church located at the heart of the Central campus. Its sanctuary is filled with memories of spiritual and life milestones for generations of men and women who lived, learned and worshiped on “college hill” over the years. Now there’s an opportunity to own a piece of that spiritual heritage. Part of the renovation of the former First Wesleyan Church into the Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center includes modifying the sanctuary to best serve the training of future leaders in ministry. 
This means that a limited quantity of pews had to be removed from the sanctuary, and they are now available for purchase through SWU's Advancement Office. Pews are available in 11-foot and 14-foot widths. They are 3 ft. high and 2 ft. wide. Pews are $275 (of which $50 will be a tax-deductible contribution.) Checks can be made out to the Promise Fund. For details, contact the Advancement Office at (864) 644-5006 or email
When finishing up your Christmas gift list, keep in mind that when you shop at AmazonSmile, a portion of eligible purchases will come back to the SWU to benefit its programs. You get the same fantastic deals through and help SWU at the same time! Find out how AmazonSmile lets you do this! Click here for details. 

NYC Mission opportunity

Denton Wesleyan Church of Denton, N.C., will be sending a group to New York City for a week-long summer mission in 2016. If you’re interested in participating or want more information, contact Denton Wesleyan Church at (336) 859-4565. 
According to Charlie Collins (’89), DWC’s lead pastor, 20 people from the Denton Wesleyan Church traveled to Brooklyn, N.Y., Dec. 3-6 for their annual fall mission.
DWC partners with the New Hope Family Outreach Center and has made several trips to the NYC area over the years. DWC team members served meals to those in need from the St. John's Bread and Life Soup Kitchen and delivered bag lunches and blankets to the homeless on the streets of Manhattan. They also gave away coats through the NHFWC Compassion Ministry. Each year, the team takes coats, blankets, hats, scarves, gloves, socks and other items to distribute.
"These items open up many opportunities to care and pray with people as they face some of life's most difficult times. We are thankful that ongoing relationships are being built that have been encouraging to all involved,” said Collins.
SWU students bring shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child into chapel Nov. 18. Students, faculty and staff met their goal of 525 shoeboxes that will help brighten up Christmas for youngsters around the world, doing their part to support Operation Christmas Child from Samaritan’s Purse.

Dr. Todd Voss, SWU President, shares this remarkable story of 'paying it forward'
"I spoke with a female track athlete picking up an Operation Christmas Child box to fill with toys. I thanked her for her spirit of generosity, but then heard the rest of her story. She was from a poor family in Jamaica. Due to her athletic ability, she was able to rise from that experience and eventually chose to be part of the SWU track and field family. I asked, ‘so, you are paying it forward?’  She said ‘yes,’ but more than that. You see, when she was a child in Jamaica, she was blessed by receiving an Operation Christmas Child Christmas Box…and now it was her turn to bless another child the way she was blessed. Wow. Full circle. To God be the Glory!"
GREAT NEWS for those of you wishing to further demonstrate your SWU affinity! If you already have a SWU license plate for your vehicle, this information is relevant for you and if you don’t already have a SWU license plate, now is a great time to do so if you have an interest. 
Remember, SWU receives a donation for each new plate issue or renewal, which supports The Promise Fund! For details, contact Dr. Lisa McWherter, vice president for advancement, at (864) 644-5013 or 1-855-644-5008, or email


NCCAA National Champions!

SWU's Men's Soccer Team won its second NCCAA National Championship in three years with a 2-0 victory over Bethel College. "So proud of the boys and all the hard work they have put in this season," said Warriors Head Coach Camilo Rodriguez. "It was an awesome game against a very good and organized Bethel team. I am blessed to be a part of this family." Read more>>

Hughey, O'Connor, and Widener Named to NCCAA All-America Team

The American Volleyball Coaches Association has announced its NCCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball All-America Team. SWU had three athletes named to the All-America Team and also had one athlete named as an NCCAA Scholar Athlete. Read more>>

Upcoming games

  • Dec. 15 –
  • Men’s Basketball @Francis Marion, 7 p.m. 
  • Dec. 17 –
    Women's Basketball vs. Chaminade*
  • Dec. 18 –
    Women's Basketball vs. Truman*
*At Oahu Christmas Classic, Hawaii
Home games are in bold
For more SWU athletics, click here.

Alumni News


A celebration across the generations
Three generations of the Bross  and Davis families celebrate following commencement Dec. 11 at SWU. Anna Bross graduated Summa Cum Laude with an English degree. Left: Pictured from left, are Angie (’85) and Jim Bross Jr. (’84), parents; Anna; Sam Medders (’82), uncle; Dr. James Bross Sr. (’59), grandfather; Suzie Medders (’84), aunt; Barbara Bross (’76); grandmother; Rev. Tom Harding (’91), uncle; Dr. Lisa Harding (’88), aunt; Cecil Clarkson, uncle; and Joy Clarkson, aunt. Joy attended SWU and then transferred to IWU. Right: Anna with parents Jim Bross Jr., and Angie Bross, left; and grandparents Billy ('98) and JoAnn Davis ('58) (Angie's parents), right.
WYFF-TV presented Amy Byrd (’98) with a Golden Apple Award recently. Byrd, who is chorus teacher at Gettys Middle School in Easley, was featured on the Greenville station Dec. 10. She is married to Darian Byrd (’99), principal of Forest Acres Elementary School, also in Easley.
Bernice Carter ('52), our oldest alumna, turned 102 Oct. 1. Happy birthday, Bernice!
Morris Davis (’62) retired in November after 35 years of service to the Brevard, N.C., Fire Dept. as their chaplain. Davis previously worked on the mission field in Zambia, was musical director at Brevard Wesleyan Church for 15 years and served 22 years as their pastor. Read more>>
Sallie Evatt (’36) celebrated her 99th birthday Dec. 3. Happy birthday, Sallie!
Generation to Generation is an online conference featuring three hours of national speakers talking about some of the most current research and best practices of faith formation for your church. The best part? It’s FREE! Visit for details.

SWU alumni Tony Casey (’89), Heath Mullikin (’97) and Matthew Tietje (’05) are working with Church Multiplication and Discipleship (CMAD) of The Wesleyan Church to organize the conference. 
SWU’s Office of Alumni Relations is now offering alumni and friends a free gift that has eternal value. 
We are always looking for ways to serve students, faculty and alumni that will help as we encourage the integration of our faith with our learning and living. Starting Sept. 23, RightNow Media offers instant access to thousands of great videos for all members of the family that can be viewed directly from your phone, tablet or computer. More than 10,000 video Bible studies, leadership videos, dozens of full conference sessions (Passion Conference, Catalyst, D6), and resources on parenting, marriage, discipleship, and more, will soon be available at your fingertips. Groups can also view these videos through a TV or projector. Again, it’s our free gift to you, with no strings attached. Click on this link for details.
Southern Wesleyan University has begun an official affinity program through Nationwide. Over the course of the next year, SWU alumni will receive special offers crafted specifically for them. Read more>>

Class Ring Special

Order online with promo code swualumni and receive a $50 discount and Herff Jones will send a gift to SWU in your honor. Go to the Herff Jones website.
Alumni Walk bricks are $125. Proceeds support SWU's Promise Fund, which helps to increase fund scholarships and financial aid, invest in state-of-the-art classroom equipment, expand our campus ministries and enhance other student activities. Click here to order your brick!

United Way helps its local communities with free tax preparation

Through United Way and VITA, if your household income is $50,000 or less, you may be eligible for FREE income tax preparation assistance. To find out more, simply call 2-1-1 for an appointment.
You can help by volunteering with VITA as an income tax preparer or site coordinator for the upcoming tax season. Tax preparers typically prepare simple 1040 or 1040-Z tax returns and answer taxpayers’ questions. Site coordinators manage all aspects of the site operations, including tax preparation, ensuring high quality customer service for clients. For either volunteer position, training is provided. This is a great volunteer opportunity for college students, current employees, and retirees.

For details, contact Jeremy Price at the United Way of Pickens County, or 864-850-7094, ext. 133, or Craig Shoemaker of United Way of Greenville, or 864-382-3325.

Southern Wesleyan University offices will be closed for the Christmas holidays Dec. 23, 2015 through Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. University offices reopen on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.


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