URGENT: Accreditation Committee needs Alumni Feedback
Every ten years accreditation committees review the quality of education that Southern Wesleyan has provided each student. This year there is a new category of tracking based on alumni careers. The Alumni Office has an urgent need for you to respond. We need to track and assess all SWU alumni in the areas of job placement, career satisfaction, graduate work, and preparedness following graduation. ALL SWU ALUMNI are ask to please take 2 minutes and update this information. All entries received will be entered into a drawing for a SWU Shirt. Click here to update now.

Southern Open Alumni Golf Tournament - May 22 – 24

Click here for details about this exciting opportunity for fun and fellowship with alumni and friends at Jekyll Island while supporting SWU’s students and programs. Trip includes playing a round in the Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament, and non-golfers can enjoy guided tours of Jekyll and St. Simon’s islands, plus a side trip to historic Savannah! Lodging will be at the Westin at Jekyll Island.

Save the date!

Jan. 23 - Warriors on the Road - Men's & Women's Basketball @Limestone College, Gaffney.
Feb. 16 - Preview Day, 9 a.m. Details
Feb. 28 - Warriors on the Road - Men's & Women's Basketball @Bob Jones Univ., Greenville
March 20 - Grandparents Day/Preview Day - SWU Central campus
May 22-24 - SWU Alumni Golf Tournament, Jekyll Island, Ga.
April 3&4 - Warriors on the Road - Baseball @Barton, Wilson, N.C.
April 6Preview Day, 9 a.m. Details
June 19Preview Day, 9 a.m. Details
Sept. 21 - Southern Honors Golf Tournament, The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards

Career Corner

There is a super career opportunity for someone with a flair for writing and an eye for design. If you're an experienced, deadline-focused and detail-oriented communicator, apply online at It's the Communications Specialist II position in Columbia, S.C.

Helping Haitians succeed

Joshua Paul ('85) of Build and Bridge, left, and SWU President Todd Voss, sign a Memorandum of Understanding for a collaboration that will help build sustainable communities in economically strapped areas of Haiti.   
A team composed of SWU faculty, an alumnus and members of Build and Bridge traveled to Haiti earlier this month and met with local government, educational and denominational officials to lay groundwork for future student projects. Left: SWU business professors Charlotte Houke (second from left) and Bill Raynor, along with Lydia Edmonds ('13) (second from right), are pictured with a group of Haitian women they met at Côtes-de-fer Wesleyan ChurchRight: Paul (right), Houke (center), and a local farmer (member of the Wesleyan Church) stand in front of an irrigation system at Côtes-de-Fer. A native of Haiti, Paul is an Upstate physician and a SWU graduate. Read more>>


Serving in Puerto Rico

Members of the Warriors Baseball Team arrive at a Puerto Rican ballpark (left). Ball practice was briefly interrupted by a visitor (right). A team of 20, including players, staff and alumni, traveled throughout Puerto Rico Jan. 6-11 for a week of ministry projects and baseball clinics. Activities included serving the homeless in the San Juan and Mayaguez areas, conducting community baseball clinics and participating in work projects, such as the rehabilitation of an overgrown, abandoned park. The team was based at the Wesleyan Academy in Guaynabo. Read their posts on Facebook. and follow @SWUBaseball on Twitter and Instagram. 

Kentucky Mission trip

The SWU Women’s Basketball Team traveled to Evarts, Ky., this past summer, where they ran a sports day camp and collected shoes for the Verda Child Development Center. They also spent time at the Harlan Health and Rehabilitation Center. Read more>>

Homerun Legacy

Work continues on the new clubhouse and dugout renovations at Dr. Keith Connor Baseball Field, the first phase in improvements to the facility. The university must raise $100,000 to complete the three phases of this exciting new project. Find out more about the Homerun Legacy and exciting renovations in store for Dr. Keith Connor Field!


Basketball tickets are $5 and are good for both games. SWU staff, faculty and students with ID are admitted for free. Tickets for baseball games are $5 for adults and $2 for students (elementary-college). All SWU staff, faculty and students with ID will be admitted for free. Volleyball and softball have no entry fees.

Schedules for upcoming games: 

Alumni News

Experiencing South Africa

David (’61) and Mozelle Funderburk recently spent two-and-a-half weeks in South Africa visiting the historical, scenic and social sites of Johannesburg and Cape Town and photographing the wildlife at Kapama Private Game Reserve near the Kruger National Park. They are pictured at Table Mountain. Click here for a gallery of their photos.

Alumna writes column for national newspaper

After spending seven months in Tanzania, Rupal Shah (’04) is writing a Sunday column for a national newspaper in Tanzania, The Citizen. To read the column, “Letters from my fatherland,” Click here. Additional columns can be found by typing “Rupal Shah” in the search box.
Amanda Jones Blanton ('13)and Brooke Davis Bridges (’12) completed their nursing program at Clemson University. 

Aimee Springer (’13) completed her nursing program at Anderson University.
In Memoriam
Evelyn Banker, wife of Rev. Stan Banker, passed away Dec. 18 following an illness.  Stan and Evelyn were married for 73 years. Stan was SWU’s concert choir director and taught music courses. He is in the SWU Fine Arts Hall of Fame. He was also the Music Pastor at First Wesleyan, Gastonia, N.C. Rev. Ken Dill, university chaplain, recalled how Stan and Evelyn “ministered very dearly” to his grandparents and parents at that church.

Laura E. Porter, a student enrolled in the adult evening program at Central, passed away Jan. 5.

Spring Fine Arts Series

The Division of Fine Arts is planning a fantastic array of performances this spring, offering something for every taste – from classical to jazz. In March, Maria and the Von Trapps will return to the stage in the beloved musical “The Sound of Music.” Also, the Gospel Extravaganza will return this April. View the complete schedule.  

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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