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Charleston alumni pitch in at Lowcountry Food Bank
Assisting the Lowcountry Food Bank Jan. 7, were, from left: Nicole Smith ('16); Joel Crawford ('06), SWU academic coordinator – Charleston; Dan Finnegan ('14); Greg Joyner ('14), vice president; James McFadden ('12), president; and Mary Gadsden ('16). They participated in Lowcountry Food Bank's Service Day Jan. 7.
SWU's Fine Arts Series swings into spring with performances ranging from jazz to opera and everything in between! Pictured is Tom Key, who will bring his adaptation of C.S. Lewis to the Newton Hobson auditorium stage March 20 at 7:30 p.m. For a list of events, view the complete schedule here.
Chaplain Paul “Randy” Belcher (’02) was promoted to the Rank of Major, Oct. 3, 2016. He, his wife, Tiffany (’01) and son Jacob are currently stationed at Fort Lee, Va. where Belcher is serving as the 59th Ordnance Brigade Chaplain. He has served God and Country for over 10 years and has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
His current decorations include: two Bronze Stars, one Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons and the NATO Medal.
Will Henderson ('13) is joining the staff of ALIVE Wesleyan Church in Central as communications specialist, effective Feb. 1. Orginally from Brevard, N.C., Will has been serving as student pastor at Christ Wesleyan Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. and served as the communications designer for the NC West District Youth Board. He recently married Mary Kathryn Rash ('13), who works as a speech language pathologist.
Richland School District 2 selected Columbia MSM graduate Shawn C. Williams as chief human resources officer. She will oversee a staff of 20 and direct the district's overall HR practices. Williams previously served as chief human resources officer at Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five. Read more>>
Photos courtesy of the Greenville News
Upstate Parent highlighted four SWU graduates among Ten Educators Who Make a Difference in their January issue. Clockwise from top left: Misty Ambercrombie (’04), a BSBA graduate who teaches at Mauldin High School; April Christopher (’09), a MED graduate from Easley and currently a fourth-grade teacher at East End Elementary School in Easley; Pam Erwin (’11), a MED graduate from Taylors and Learning Difference Coordinator at Shannon Forest Christian School in Greenville; and Damon Qualls (’13), a MEDAS graduate and assistant principal at Berea Middle School. Upstate Parent is published by the Greenville News. Read more>>
Andre Winters ('16) has joined the staff of Providence Wesleyan Church, Summerville, S.C.
Rev. Stanley Banker passed away Dec. 24, 2016. He was a devoted man of God who had ministered to, taught and encouraged countless people over the years through his life. His wife Evelyn preceded him in death. Together they were married for over 73 years. Surviving are his children: son, J. Stanley Banker, daughters Linda Tittle and Judy McGraw.
Rev. Thomas Cowart, a former pastor in the S.C. District of The Wesleyan Church, went to be with the Lord Dec. 20, 2016. Cowart and his late wife of 64 years, the former Loney Mae Warren, also served for 13 years as missionaries with The Wesleyan Church in India. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army Air Corps, then with the Veterans Air Express. Cowart was also an educator.
Minnie Roberta Morgan Head of Seneca, S.C. passed away Dec. 20, 2016.
Peggy Loretta Grey Hedden, 78, of Central, passed into Heaven Jan. 14. The daughter of the late John Clark Grey Sr. and Dessie Cleo Moore, she was predeceased by her husband, Gene Nathaniel Hedden, and a son, Valdean F. Hedden. Born in Florida, Peggy moved to Central when she was 15 and enrolled in Central Wesleyan High School and then Daniel High School. Read her full obituary here.
Cynthia Story (’13), a North Augusta BSBM graduate, passed away Dec. 29. She had just started the MSM program when she began having major health issues. Her sister, Patrice “Sean” Glover, is also a SWU graduate (BSBA, MSML).
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!
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:
A matching gift has been received to create the lighting, sound and support infrastructure for the new amphitheater, and with it the opportunity for the facility to have a name. A dedication service will be slated for April for the Clyde Dupin Celebration Amphitheater.
Evangelist Dr. Clyde Dupin has a long history with SWU and to celebrate the completion of this facility with his name on it is a joy and honor for our campus. When complete, this project will support music, preaching, activities, movies, speaking engagements, outdoor classes, homecoming events and even community events. It will be an amazing addition to campus and our community.
Keeping up with construction of SWU's new residence hall can now be done in real-time with a live video feed. Special thanks to Ryan Garrett and the IT staff and also Brad Bowen, director of campus safety, for working with Absolute Technologies to get this camera installed. Click here for details and to view the live feed>>
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