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Homecoming is Next Weekend!

Homecoming is almost here, so make plans to attend and experience an unforgettable event as we "Fill the Hill" Oct. 21 and 22!  A full schedule of events can be found at

Alumni Awards

Please join us on Oct. 21 as we will honor these five outstanding SWU alumni:
  • Ms. Tina Collins,
  • Mr. Jim Bross Jr.
  • Mr. Dan Wood
  • Dr. Mark Gorveatte
  • Mr. Larry McAlpine
Call (864) 644-5383 today and reserve your dinner tickets ($15 per ticket) by 4 p.m. Monday. Following the Awards Banquet, dinner guests will have reserved seating for the Homecoming Concert, featuring Committed. Dinner seating begins at 4:30 p.m. with dinner served at 5 p.m. in The Founders, located on the lower level of the SWU Dining Commons, which is located beside historic Childs Hall.  VIP reserved parking will be provided for you.
Homecoming FREE concert - sponsored by Nationwide.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Newton-Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center auditorium on Wesleyan Drive. Committed is the R&B/Pop singing group who won Season 2 of the NBC musical competition “The Sing-Off." The concert begins at 7 p.m.
Spread the word about Committed! Click here for a printable flyer!
SWU’s 5th Annual Run2Fall 5K offers a challenging course for all ages. Walkers and runners are welcome to participate in this year’s glow themed event! We're excited to announce that this run will use chip timing for the first time ever, and our course will be marked by USATF standards. Exercise has never been this fun! Prizes will be awarded for Men's, Women's and Children's divisions!  Read more>>

P.B. Wood Tournament tees off Oct. 3 at Smithfields Country Club

Left: First-Place winners of the P.B. Wood Golf Tournament are, from left, Rev. Pete Wood ('81), Rev. Tom Harding ('91), Joey Maxon and Dan Wood ('82). Right: Christine and P.B. Wood wait for the opening tee-off. Proceeds from the Oct. 3 tournament support student scholarships in the area of greatest university need. This year marked the first P.B. Wood Golf Tournament was played at Smithfields Country Club in Easley. According to Tony Payne, associate vice president for development, the tournament raised approximately $30,000. Special thanks to golfers who came out and the many sponsors who made this event a success!

Fine Arts Series announced

SWU's Fine Arts Division is planning a diverse variety of events this academic year. Admission is free for most events. Download a complete schedule here. For more details, call (864) 644-5408.

SWU business programs in Candidacy for ACBSP Accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) announced that Southern Wesleyan University is a candidate for ACBSP accreditation of business degree programs offered through the School of Business.

“We are excited about embarking on this journey as ACBSP accreditation would be a recognition of our demonstrated and ongoing commitment to quality business education for our students,” said Dr. Jeannie Trudel, dean of Southern Wesleyan’s School of Business. “This is another positive step aligning our great programs with nationally and internationally established standards.”
South Carolina Supreme Court Justice John W. Kittredge shared his views about issues facing the criminal justice system to SWU students, faculty, staff and invited guests Oct. 10. Kittredge, who serves in South Carolina’s highest court, gave an overview of the system of law enforcement, corrections and the judiciary.
Seated at right, facing Kittredge, are (from left) Retired circuit judge and Pickens District 3 Rep. Gary E. Clary, SWU Criminal Justice Professor James McDonald and SWU President Dr. Todd Voss.

Career Opportunities

If you are a graduate seeking a career change, SWU's Career Services office offers exciting new resources to help you. Read more>>
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. See also openings for adjunct teaching assignments across South Carolina.


Women's Golf Finishes 2nd in NCCAA South

Women's Golf shot 343 and 342 in the NCCAA South Region held at Highland Walk Golf Course in Royston, Ga. Claire Page shot a 79/79, allowing her to tie for medalist honors and qualify for the Nationals as an individual. Read more>>
Oct. 17, 18 - 
Women's Golf at Lee Ann Noble Memorial
Oct. 18 - 
Women's Volleyball vs. Columbus State, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 - 
Women's Soccer @King (Tenn.), 1 p.m.
Men's Soccer @ King (Tenn.), 3 p.m.
Oct. 21 - 
Men's and Women's Cross Country at Conference Carolinas Championships
Women's Volleyball vs. Emmanuel (Ga.), 7 p.m.
Oct. 22 - 
Men's Tennis @Point University, 10 a.m.
Women's Soccer vs. North Greenville, 1 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs. North Greenville, 3:30 p.m.
Women's Volleyball vs. Erskine, 6 p.m.
Oct. 24-26 - 
Men's and Women's Golf at NCCAA National Championships
Oct. 25 - 
Women's Soccer @Converse, 7 p.m.
Oct. 26 - 
Men's Soccer vs. Anderson (S.C.), 7 p.m.
Oct. 28 -
Women's Volleyball @Emmanuel (Ga.), 7 p.m.
Oct. 29
Women's Soccer vs. Mt. Olive, 1 p.m.
Women's Volleyball @Erskine, 2 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs. Mt. Olive, 3 p.m.
Click here for a complete schedule!  

For more SWU athletics, click here.

Alumni News

SWU alumnus Greg Edmonds (’97) is traveling to Haiti as part of Wesleyan relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Matthew. Haiti’s death toll passed the thousand mark. Hardest hit were the southern and southwest parts of Haiti. Also, Cholera is sweeping the island nation, being spread due to a lack of clean drinking water and killing many more Haitians.
Edmonds has a heart for the Haitian people, having traveled to Haiti with SWU students and alumni in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake. Edmonds asks for prayers for safety and God’s provision as he and his team plan for short, middle and long-term relief. Long term needs Edmonds mentions are for teams of volunteers to assist in repairing and rebuilding churches that were destroyed. Click on this link for more details and a link to give to the emergency relief fund.


Avery Olivia Constance was born Sept. 20 to Jason (’05) and Lindsey Constance, at 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 19 inches long.

Patrick (’03) and Katie Lord Dagenhart welcomed Campbell Tate into the world Sept. 26, weighing in at 7 lbs. 6 oz. and 19.5 inches long. Big sister Marlee is in love with her brand new baby brother as well, Patrick reports.
Tim Johnson ('12), a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University, was named the School District of Pickens County’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. Johnson is a business education and agriculture teacher at Liberty High School. Although he earned an MBA from SWU, Johnson was inspired by his parents, both educators, to become a teacher.
Wade Metcalf (’15) has been promoted to billing lead by Tech-24, where he will be over a team of employees in his department. According to Metcalf, Tech-24 is transitioning through a time of rapid growth. He says his SWU degree “has been the key to opening many doors,” giving him a strong career foundation.
Every child deserves a little Christmas and this year SWU is helping to make this happen by participating in the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign through the Marine Corps League in Oconee County.
Donations can be dropped off at the SWU Alumni Center, located in Terry Annex on SWU's Central campus. Donations will be accepted through the morning of Friday, Dec. 9. All toys will be picked up by or delivered to the Marine Corps League that afternoon.
In addition, if any of you know of a local family in need of Christmas for their children, there are applications for Toys for Tots assistance available. These are due by Nov. 28. For details contact Donna Pittman in the Office of Academic Records at ext. 5536 or by email at

Added Values for SWU Alumni

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!


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