Phonathon surpasses goal!

Were you called during Phone-A-Thon last month? Thanks to you, we were able to surpass our $15,000 goal by $3,000! All that money goes to support student scholarships and areas of greatest need on campus, and we couldn't be more proud of our alumni and our amazing student callers! 

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Alumni Awards

The SWU Alumni Association is now accepting Nominations for:
  • PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD—College of Arts and Science
Nominations are open through June 30

Click here for details about the awards and a nomination form.

Save the date!

June 19Preview Day, 9 a.m. Details
Oct. 30 & 31 - Homecoming
Start checking your mailboxes for the new SWU Magazine! Here are some highlights of the Spring-Summer issue:
  • Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center achieves goal
  • Baseball player hits one of life's major curve balls
  • Partnering for lasting economic solutions in Haiti
  • Plus updates on academics, athletics, and your classmates!

Career Opportunities

Teaching opportunity

Greenville Tech Public Charter High School (GTCHS) is currently receiving applications and interviewing for the following jobs, which are posted on CERRA: Mathematics, Technology and U.S. History. Their web site is Time is short, so apply today if interested. 

Part-time opportunity in Winston-Salem area

A lab courier position is open for Lab 33, a dental lab in the Winston-Salem, N.C., area for any alumni and friends who may be looking for extra income and/or a side job. Time commitment ranges from 5-20 hours per week. The ideal candidate must have a valid driver’s license and a spotless driving record, be willing to work with prior days’ notice, be professional in conduct and appearance and have excellent communication skills. Some college or a bachelor’s degree is required. The candidate must be willing to be paid by the job and to utilize their own vehicle, as well as be willing to sign to hold the employer harmless. To apply for find out more, contact Mr. Means at (336) 608-7126 or contact the SWU Alumni Office at (864) 644-5385.

New Career Center Director named

Ellen Pate will start July 1 as director of career services. Pate completed her BS in psychology and MA in school and community counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University. Pate has an extensive professional background in student career development—first at IWU, and since 2005 at the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa.
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. 
This new design replaces the former yellow oval with blue SWU lettering design, which is being discontinued on South Carolina license plates. South Carolina specialty tags are more standardized this year, so the only aspect of the tag we were able to design was our actual logo. All other design elements were assigned by the State. 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

Special offer promises added value for SWU Alumni

After more than a year of negotiations with Nationwide, we are proud to announce an official affinity program has been approved for our alumni. Over the course of the next year, SWU alumni will receive special offers crafted specifically for them. All Alumni can be confident that no private information was released in the partnership. Alumni will receive communications through e-mail and/or home address. We are excited SWU alumni can now receive great discounts, and special offers. SWU Alumni will continue to seek out opportunities that will provide added value to being an alumnus of Southern Wesleyan. For details, contact Dr. Lisa McWherter, vice president for advancement, at (864) 644-5013 or 1-855-644-5008, or email

University Singers in Europe

University Singers are currently touring military installations in Germany and Italy. Read about the many ways these musical ambassadors are already having an impact overseas by clicking here for their blog.

Kingdom Vision Behind Transfer of Former ALIVE Property to SWU

The former First Wesleyan Church (Now ALIVE Wesleyan Church) property was transferred to SWU April 21.  Read more on the remarkable story of this transition! 

Statehouse visit

SWU students got an inside look at what happens within state government during a visit to Columbia April 15, which is State House Day, organized by S.C. Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU).  
Pictured from left are Rep. Davey Hiott ('83) (Pickens) with students Bradley Coker, Ayria Irby, Byron Smith and Mikkaela Bailey; Justin Carter, SWU’s AVP for student life, and Rep. Gary Clary (Pickens). 

Lead Like Jesus 

Lead Like Jesus will hold an Encounter/Training Session at Southern Wesleyan University’s North Augusta learning center, 802 East Martintown Rd., Suite 101, May 29 and 30. Read more>>

Spring Commencement

Left: Jonathan Stegenga of Pickens takes a selfie with Devri Burdick of Charlotte following commencement ceremonies May 8 at Central. Stegenga received a BS in intercultural studies and Burdick received a BS in Special Education. Right: Graduates of the adult evening and online programs march toward Newton Hobson auditorium during the May 9 commencement at the Central campus. Read more>>

Honors Convocation

SWU recognized the achievements of outstanding students during honors convocation April 29 in Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center on the campus in Central. Read more>>

Summer camps at SWU

June & July | Summer Athletic Camps and Clinics
SWU offers a variety of boys' and girls' summer camp experiences for various age groups. Sports include basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and volleyball. Read more>>
June 23-27 | Summer Jazz Camp
The 15th annual SWU Summer Jazz Experience is a friendly yet fulfilling and fast-paced three days spent with incredible clinicians in a great setting. Read more>>


The Ninth Annual SWUPYS Awards Show was held April 30 in Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center as the athletics department celebrated the best in academic and athletic success over the past year. The event featured guests from all different areas of campus honoring the best in athletics. Read more>>
SWU in search of Director of Compliance
A national search is underway to find a candidate who will organize and administer the Athletics Department’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) compliance program. Read more>>
May 14-
Softball: Softball season ends with 7-5 setback against Cedarville  
May 13-
Baseball: Hyman, Buss, Lara earn NCCAA South Region Honors  
May 12-
Men's Basketball: Wimphrie inks eight more for 2015-16  

Alumni News


AGS alumni earn degrees

TJ Rumler ('11), Ann Simmons ('12) and John Faubert ('12), all SWU human services students in the AGS program, graduated recently from the University of South Carolina with their master’s degrees in social work. 
Rumler, Simmons and Faubert studied in the same Greenville cohort. Rumler and Faubert passed the state licensure exam by the National Association for Social Workers. Another AGS human services student, Pam Poole (’11), received her master’s degree in counseling from Capella University. Another classmate, Sgt. Lisa Williams (’12) of the Seneca Police Dept., received her master’s degree in criminal justice from Walden University. Johanna Harwood (’14), another student in one of the Greenville cohorts, received her master’s in human services from Liberty University.
Kelly Smoak Dixon (’09) has signed a contract to teach seventh-grade science at Laurens Middle School for next year. 
Left: During SWU’s honors convocation April 29, Emily Germain ('06), assistant professor of psychology, was recognized as Faculty Member of the Year and also received the Ken Dickens Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dickens, right, a 1953 graduate and a retired educator, established this award to recognize an outstanding faculty member each year. Right: President Todd Voss congratulates Thomas Parham ('13), who was named Staff Member of the Year. Parham is a computer support specialist. Germain and Parham were recognized during honors convocation April 29 at the university’s campus in Central.
Rev. Russell Drew Rodriguez ('56) and Earlene Ruth Smith Rodriguez ('56) of Talladega, Ala., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on July 6, 2014 at Bemiston United Methodist Church in Talladega with 70 family and friends attending.
Family and friends came from as far away as Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. The Rodriguez’s were married June 27, 1954 in Lenoir, N.C. at Lenoir First Wesleyan Church. Rev. Rodriguez pastored for 55 plus years and did home repairs and Mrs. Rodriguez was a homemaker. Their children are Rev. Ricardo Rodriguez ('79) (wife Joyce ('78)) of Roanoke, Va.; Roxanne R. Skiver ('80) (husband Timothy) of Madison, N.C.; Raylene R. Harrell (husband Johnnie) of Kannapolis, N.C. They have four grandchildren: Cary R. Horne (husband Rick); Brittany Rodriguez ('09) of Roanoke, Va.; and Eric and Elizabeth Skiver of Ohio. Rev. and Mrs. Rodriguez have three great-grandchildren: Noah Alexander Horne and Ava Noelle Horne of Roanoke, Va., and Preston Skiver of Ohio.  
Cody Thomas ('07), assistant director of marketing, earned his master of fine arts in web design and new media from the Academy of Art University.
Dr. Ashlee Tietje ('06) joins SWU’s Science Division this fall (full-time) as assistant professor of biology. Tietje successfully defended her doctoral dissertation and graduated from Clemson University with her Ph.D. in biological sciences. She received her BS in biology education from SWU and has been teaching here as an adjunct faculty since 2013. .
Congratulations to SWU employees who received their degrees May 9: Emily Bloxdorf, admissions counselor, receiving her MBA; Nikki Hanson, payroll and benefits coordinator, receiving her MBA; and Terri Sales, records specialist, receiving her AA in general studies. 
SWU's Alumni Association hosted receptions for spring graduates across the state in April. Pictured at left are graduates from the Columbia learning Center. Below: Clockwise from left are graduates from Greenville, Central, Charleston and North Augusta.  

Honoring SWU retirees

On May 12, SWU honored three of its long-time employees who are retiring, honoring their years of service. Each received a captain's chair. President Todd Voss is pictured with the retirees:

 (from left): Dr. Keith Connor, professor of physical education (1969-2015); Joan Crain, secretary for the Alumni Office (1996-2014); and Nancy Boone, accounts payable secretary (1981-1985, 1996-2015). President Todd Voss congratulated Connor, Crain and Boone, and each received a SWU captain’s chair. Also, a portrait of Dr. Connor was unveiled. 

In Memoriam

Rev. John James Miller (’37) a WMC alumnus, passed away May 11. He lived in Lake Junaluska, N.C.

SWU professor to lead Israel tour

Paul Jordan, professor of computer science, will be leading a 10-day Community Bible Church study tour of Israel, along with Jay Harlan and Daniel Jachens Oct. 2-11. Tour highlights include the Sea of Galilee, Mount of Olives, the Garden Tomb and the City of David. For details, contact Jordan at (864) 644-5034 or email More details, including an itinerary, can be found here. On the upper right corner, enter code CBC1015.   

Wesleyans to join with Billion Souls Network in 500-year recognition

On Oct 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the All Saints Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Southern Wesleyan University alumni have a fantastic opportunity in 2017 to travel to Germany and mark this momentous event. Details are coming. 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!


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