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  • Oct. 30, 31 - 2015 Homecoming - Details below!  Schedule
  • Nov. 6 - P.B. Wood Golf Tournament - Pickens Country Club - Read more>>

Graduation Receptions

Southern Wesleyan University's 2015 graduates and guests are invited to a Graduation Reception, hosted by the SWU Alumni Association, 6 p.m. at the Central campus and at each learning center:
  • Nov. 10 - Central (AGS & Traditional) - The Founders, lower level of University Dining Commons
  • Nov. 12 - Columbia - Rooms 306 & 307
  • Nov. 30 - Charleston - Third Floor, Room 8
  • Dec. 1 - North Augusta - Room 1
  • Dec. 3, Greenville - Park East Office Park, 150 Executive Center Drive, Greenville, SC
Please RSVP at least five days before your event at (864) 644-5385 or 1-800-282-8798, ext. 5385.
Get ready for great new events! Experience our wonderful new athletic facilities! To ensure that you don't miss a thing, Click here for a full schedule and make plans to be with us! For details about Homecoming, contact Ethan Cashwell, coordinator of alumni relations and special events, 
at (864) 644-5383 or 704-685-4441
 or email

Alumni Awards and Homecoming Kickoff

Southern Wesleyan University’s 2015 Homecoming festivities will begin with an unforgettable evening, featuring the Rick Webb Family (left) and SWU’s own University Singers (right), Oct. 30 in the auditorium of Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $10 per person. Tickets for the VIP Dinner (5:30 p.m. seating 5 p.m.) and concert are $25 per person. Purchase tickets online, or by calling Debbie Guhr at (864) 644-5384. Special thanks to our concert sponsor, Nationwide Insurance.

Alumni Awards

Also that evening, we will honor the lives and accomplishments of our outstanding alumni – Damon Qualls, Dr. Vicki Dill Luther, Dr. Ashley Joiner George, Dr. Keith Connor, and we will present a posthumous award honoring DePayne Middleton-Doctor to members of her family.

SWU Greenville moving!

SWU will soon move just a few miles down the road to its new location! The first classes will meet at the new learning center starting Nov. 2 in the Anderson Building at Park East office park, located just off Roper Mountain Rd., at 150 Executive Center Drive, just off Independence Blvd., not far from the I-85/I-385 interchange. 

Helping a sister institution in the wake of historic flooding

Top Left: Delton Mahaffey and Pat Hickey of Baptist Easley Hospital deliver cases of water bound for Allen University. Top Right: Mary Costello of SWU's Student Accounts office makes a donation. Above: Water is unloaded Oct. 8 at Allen University. More than 450 cases (11,000+ bottles!) of much needed water were delivered to Allen University in Columbia Oct. 8. Special thanks to Baptist Easley Hospital, Greenville Health Systerm/Palmetto Health, ALIVE Wesleyan Church, Bethany Wesleyan Church of Spartanburg and Walmart of Central, and, of course, the many individuals who donated cases of bottled water!
(special thanks to Mike LeFever, President/CEO of SCICU for providing the Columbia photo)
SWU reaching out to students impacted by flooding
Early October’s record flooding across South Carolina impacted many SWU students and their families in the Midlands and Lowcountry. Staff at Southern Wesleyan’s Columbia and Charleston learning centers are currently assessing the impact of flooding while identifying areas of greatest need among students enrolled in its adult evening program, as well as their families. For details on ways to help, go online to This web page outlines ways to give, including a way to give online. It also outlines volunteer opportunities with relief organizations providing assistance to flood victims. 

Jazz Ambassadors to present Big Band, Swing and more

The internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C. will continue its long tradition of presenting free public performances when they appear Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University in Central. Though the concert is free, tickets are required. Please contact Jackie Bryant in the Fine Arts office at (864) 644-5408 or email

COMMITTED - free concert -  
Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Southern Wesleyan University welcomes COMMITTED, an R&B/Pop singing group comprised of five young men who won Season 2 of the NBC hit musical competition “The Sing-Off.” Download flyerRead more>>

Tennis Complex Dedication

Join the SWU community and invited elected officials Oct. 28, 11 a.m. as we dedicate the Rev. Leroy Cox Tennis Complex, located adjacent to the university's welcome center in Central. Construction on this six-court, USTA-designed facility is currently underway.
For details, contact Dr. Lisa McWherter, vice president for advancement, at (864) 644-5013 or 1-855-644-5008, or email

Career Opportunities

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.
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!
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


More athletics news

SWU Golf Day

The SWU Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams and Coach Joey Maxon would like to invite all Junior Golfers age 17 and under to a free golf clinic Oct. 24, 10 a.m. – Noon at the driving range of P.B. Wood Golf Practice Facility
Range balls, a complimentary sleeve of TaylorMade golf balls and lunch will be provided to participants. Clubs will also be available to borrow if needed. Enjoy a wonderful day of golf compliments of SWU, Foothills Area FCA and TaylorMade Golf. Contact Coach Maxon for details at or call (864) 644-5312.
A new state-of-the art digital scoreboard goes up at the soccer field located in the Joe R. Gilbert Track and Field Complex. President Todd Voss credits a combination of gifting and heavy discounting for covering the cost of the scoreboard by a company eager to get its name in the athletic scoreboard business. 
The board is 20 feet wide by 10 feet tall, and elevated at the southwest side of the track.

Upcoming games

  • Oct. 19-21 –
    Men’s and Women’s Golf at NCAA National Championship
  • Oct. 21 –
    Women’s Soccer @Toccoa Falls, 4 p.m.
    Men’s Soccer @Limestone, 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 23 –
    Men’s and Women’s Soccer @North Greenville, 5 p.m. / 7 p.m.
    Women’s Volleyball @Emanuel, 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 24 –
    Men’s and Women’s Cross Country at Sand Shark Invitational
    Women’s Volleyball @Erskine, 1 p.m.
  • Oct. 26-27 –
    Women's Golf at Converse Fall Invitational
  • Oct. 27 –
    Men’s and Women’s Soccer @Erskine, 5 p.m.  /  7:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 30 –
    Women’s Volleyball vs. Belmont Abbey, Tysinger Gymnasium, 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 31 –
    Men’s and Women’s Cross Country at Toccoa Falls Invitational
    Men’s and Women’s Soccer vs. Pfeiffer, Track and Soccer Complex, 1 p.m. / 3 p.m.
    Women’s Volleyball vs. Pfeiffer, Tysinger Gymnasium, 5 p.m.
  • Nov. 4 –
    Women's Volleyball vs. North Greenville, Tysinger Gymnasium, 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 5 –
    Men's Basketball @College of Charleston, 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 6 –
    Men’s and Women’s Soccer @Spring Hill, 10 a.m. / 2 p.m.
  • Nov. 7 –
    Men's Soccer vs. Talladega at Mobile, Ala., 2 p.m.
    Women's Soccer vs. Okla. Baptist at Mobile, Ala., 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 13 –
    Women's Basketball vs. Augusta University, Tysinger Gymnasium, 7:30 p.m.
    Men's Basketball @Carson-Newman, 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 14 –
    Men’s and Women's Cross Country at NCCAA National Championship
    Men's Basketball vs. Brevard at Jefferson City, Tenn., 5 p.m.
    Women's Basketball vs. Georgia College, Tysinger Gymnasium, 5 p.m.
For more SWU athletics, click here.

Alumni News


Steven L. Evans (’06) has joined the staff of the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce as marketing specialist. He earned his MSM from SWU’s AGS program.
Krystin Nicole Orcutt (’09) married Trenton Griffith Drafts Sept. 6 in Charleston. Krystin earned her M.Ed. at Southern Wesleyan University’s Charleston learning center. She is also a National Board certified teacher at Hanahan Elementary School, part of the Berkeley County School District.
Rev. Terry (’76) and Amy Penland celebrated the birth of a grandson, Vincent Walter Trapp, born to Lee and Hannah (Penland) Trapp Oct. 15, at 9 lbs. 7 oz. and 21 ½ in. Terry is pastor of Canton Wesleyan Church, Canton, N.C.
Lindsey Torgerson (’07), left, is pictured with two Team USA teammates at the ITU World Championship Duathlon in Adelaide, Australia, which just concluded. Torgerson finished fifth in the world. She is a member of the 2007 NCCAA Championship Women’s Basketball Team at SWU.

In Memoriam

Gordon Elwood Miller passed away Oct. 13 in Kernersville, N.C. He received an honorary doctorate degree at Southern Wesleyan University. Miller served as president of Southern Pilgrim College, music director of Christ Wesleyan Church in Greensboro, N.C. and served on the Board of Aldermen for the town of Kernersville. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Southern Wesleyan University, Attn: Gordon Miller Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1020, Central, SC 29630. Online condolences may be made at
Emily McDonald (Trostel) Rohletter (’07), a music education graduate, died unexpectedly Oct. 8. Rohletter was a 2007 graduate in Music Education. Surviving are husband John Michael Rohletter and three children.
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 will offer 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!


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