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The SWU Alumni Association is happy to present the first newsletter for 2016! Got a story to tell? Won an award? Wedding bells? New baby? We'd like to hear about what's happening in your life these days. Click here to get started!

Save the date!

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

Greece trip

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. Time's running out, so contact Myers at (864) 644-5215 or email for details. You can also download this flyer.

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:

Admissions Counselor - Central, SC
Director of Library Services-Central, SC
Physical Plant Administrative Assistant - Central, SC
Student Services Coordinator - Greenville, SC
Full-Time Economics Faculty- Central, SC
Full-time Marketing Faculty - Columbia, SC 

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 in 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

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.
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


SWU's Baseball Team, coaches and baseball alumni traveled over Christmas Break to Puerto Rico where they ministered, shared baseball tips with Puerto Rican youngsters, worked on a fence and backstop at a local baseball field and handed out FCA New Testaments. Read more>>

Upcoming games

  • Jan. 16
    Men’s and Women’s Track and Field at Art & Linda Mallet Open, Chapel Hill, N.C. 
    Men’s Basketball vs. North Greenville, 4 p.m. 
  • Jan. 23
    Men’s and Women’s Track and Field at IWU Invitational
    Marion, Ind. 
    Women’s Basketball vs. Mount Olive, 2 p.m.
    Men’s Basketball vs. Mount Olive, 4 p.m.
  • Jan. 29
    Men’s and Women’s Tennis at Newberry College
    Men’s and Women’s Track and Field at Bob Pollock meet, Clemson, S.C. 
  • Jan. 30
    Men’s Tennis at Mars Hill College
  • Feb. 3
    Women's Basketball vs. Converse
    , 5:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 4
    Softball at Anderson (SC), 4 p.m. & 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 5
    Men's and Women's Track and Field at Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational
    Baseball vs. Toccoa Falls College, 4 p.m.
  • Feb. 6
    Baseball vs. Toccoa Falls College
    , 12 p.m. & 3 p.m.
    Women's Tennis vs. Anderson (SC), 1 p.m.
    Men's Tennis vs. Anderson (SC), 1 p.m.
    Women's Basketball vs. Emmanuel (GA), 2 p.m.
    Softball at Francis Marion, 2 p.m.
  • Feb. 9
    Baseball vs. Truett-McConnell, 4 p.m.
    Women's Basketball at Erskine, 5:30 p.m.
    Men's Basketball at Erskine, 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 10
    Baseball at Anderson (SC), 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 12
    Baseball at Francis Marion, 2 p.m.
    Women's Tennis vs. Lenoir Rhyne, 2 p.m.
    Men's Tennis vs. Lenoir Rhyne, 2 p.m.
  • Feb. 13
    Baseball at Francis Marion, 12 p.m. & 3 p.m.
    Softball at Coker, 1 p.m.
    Women's Tennis vs. Queens (NC), 1 p.m.
    Men's Tennis vs. Queens (NC), 1 p.m.
Details: (864) 644-5303
Home games are in bold
For more SWU athletics, click here.

Alumni News

New year at NYC for graduate

December graduate Anna Bross got a trip to New York City as a graduation gift from her parents, Jim ('84) and Angie Bross ('85), who traveled with her. A long wait at Times Square paid off for Anna, pictured here with Ryan Seacrest, host of New Year's Rockin' Eve. She also got on camera briefly during the celebration as ABC televised it live.


Mary Adams was hired Dec. 1 as the new site assistant at SWU’s Columbia Learning Center. Mary is a three-time graduate of SWU’s AGS program, having received her associate and bachelor’s degrees in business, and most recently her MBA. Adams has a strong background in medical claims and customer service within the health insurance industry. She will be serving SWU’s students and faculty within its evening program in Columbia.

GSA Business named Ray A. Lattimore (’82) to the list of The Most Influential Leaders in the Upstate. Lattimore is president/CEO of Marketplace Staffing Services, Inc.

Jonathan Martin (’13) and Kristen Smith (’12) were married Nov. 21 at Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center on the Central campus. Jonathan is employed by Michelin and Kristen is employed by SWU.
Victoria Rodriguez was born Jan. 9, 4:06 a.m. to Deysi (’09) and Frankie Rodriguez. Deysi is a music graduate and Frankie is senior pastor at El Camino Wesleyan Church in Greenville.
Ryan ('11) and Melissa Bolt Seibert ('10) welcomed their new son to the world,Oliver David Seibert, born Jan. 2. Both mama and baby are doing great.
Courtney Williams (’15) completed the nursing program at MUSC. She is pictured at her pinning ceremony. Courtney is a SWU biology graduate who was also in the honors program.

In Memoriam

The SWU community is mourning the loss of Elizabeth "Liz" Crawford, who passed away Jan. 8 following a brief illness. From 1989 to 2014 Liz worked in Rickman Library on SWU’s Central campus, where she mentored hundreds of students. She was also named Staff Member of the Year for 1992-1993. Liz was a devoted Christian and a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. 
Surviving are her husband, Ray Crawford; a son, Chris Crawford (Sherrell) of Anderson; three daughters, Cassie Abernathy (Brad) of Cleveland, Ga., Cindy Holmes (Mike) of Peachtree City, Ga., and Katherine Sudduth (Todd) of Pickens; a brother, Wilton "Punk" Morgan of Lavonia, Ga.; and 12 grandchildren.
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. Note that the 211 number applies only to S.C. residents.
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.


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