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Save the date!

  • Dec. 10, 3-6 pm - Open House - Greenville learning center
    Park East Office Park, 150 Executive Ctr. Dr. More>>
  • March 18 - Grandparents Day
    Contact the Advancement Office for details. email or call  (864) 644-5006

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 each of the following locations:
  • Nov. 30 - Charleston - Third Floor, Room 8
  • Dec. 1 - North Augusta - Room 1
  • Dec. 3 - Greenville - Park East Office Park, 150 Executive Center Dr.
Please RSVP at least five days before your event at (864) 644-5385 or 1-800-282-8798, ext. 5385.

Celebrating December graduates

The Alumni Association held receptions in Central Nov. 10 (left) and Columbia Nov. 12 (right) honoring December graduates. The Alumni Association is planning a reception in Charleston Nov. 30, N. Augusta Dec. 1 and Greenville Dec. 3.

2015 Alumni Awards honors outstanding graduates

LEFT: Pictured L-R: Dr. Vicki Luther ('92), Professional Excellence – Education; Dr. Ashley Joiner George ('07), Professional Excellence – Arts and Sciences; Damon Qualls ('13), Young Leader Award; and Dr. Keith Connor, Alumnus of the Year. RIGHT: DePayne Middleton-Doctor ('94) was recognized posthumously with a Professional Excellence Award from the School of Business. Doctor, a SWU graduate and an admissions counselor at SWU’s Charleston learning center, was among nine victims of the June 17 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. SWU President Todd Voss, left, and Alumni Association President Roger Lampkin, right, with Doctor’s parents, Rev. Leroy and Francis Middleton. Read more>>

Making new Homecoming memories

Left: SWU alumni Bob Cooley and Billie Faye Harvey wait for the start of the Homecoming Parade. Right: President Todd Voss and his wife Julie crowned Tiana Robbins as the 2015 Homecoming Queen and Kaleb Spaugh as the 2015 Homecoming King. This year's Homecoming moved to the vicinity of the Joe R. Gilbert Track and Soccer Complex with lots of food, fun, fellowship, great music and Warriors soccer! Read more>>

Veterans Day at SWU

Left: Marine Cpl. Chris Peck leads the Pledge of Allegiance during Veterans Day Chapel on the Central campus. Pictured at left are the University Singers, who performed patriotic and inspirational songs during the chapel service. 

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!
Have you begun your Christmas shopping yet? When purchasing through AmazonSmile, a portion of eligible purchases will come back to the SWU to benefit its programs. Find out how AmazonSmile lets you do this! Click here for details. 
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

Fine Arts events!

LESSONS AND CAROLS – Friday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m.
Always a campus and community favorite, SWU’s Departments of Music and Spiritual Life combine to present the celebration of Christ’s birth through scripture and song on Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. This event is part of Southern Wesleyan University’s annual Fine Arts Series at Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center on the university’s campus in Central. Admission is free. For details, call (864) 644-5408.

Greece trip

Dr. Ken Myers is planning to lead a study abroad trip to Greece in the spring. This is a fantastic opportunity to visit an exciting place full of history, culture and adventure. For details, contact Myers at (864) 644-5215 or email You can also download this flyer.


SWU dedicated the Rev. Leroy C. Cox Tennis Complex Oct. 28 on its campus in Central. Left: Pictured from left are Dr. Lisa McWherter, SWU’s vice president for advancement; Dr. Thomas Cox, Leroy’s son; and Dr. Todd Voss, SWU president. Right: Tim Newton expresses his appreciation for having one of the complex’s tennis courts named for him by his sister as McWherter, SWU Tennis Coach Darrell Jernigan and members of the Tennis Team look on. Another court was named for Dr. Joe Brockinton, vice president for student life and himself an avid tennis player. We praise God for all who have lifted this project in prayer and offered their generous support. Read more>>

Upcoming games

Men's Basketball team visits 'Mother Emanuel'
When the SWU Men's Basketball Team traveled to Charleston to face off with the College of Charleston, Coach Charles Wimphrie felt led to visit Emanuel AME Church, the site of horrific shootings June 17.Read more>>
  • Nov. 18 –
    Men’s Basketball vs. Francis Marion, Tysinger Gymnasium, 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 19 –
    Women’s Basketball @S.C. State, 5 p.m.
  • Nov. 20 –
    Men’s Basketball vs. North Georgia, Tysinger Gymnasium, 7 p.m.
    Women’s Basketball @Bob Jones, 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 24 –
    Women’s Basketball vs. Erskine, Tysinger Gymnasium, 5:30 p.m.
    Men’s Basketball vs. Erskine, Tysinger Gymnasium, 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 27 –
    Men’s Basketball vs. Michigan Tech, Owensboro Ky., 1 p.m.
  • Nov. 28 –
    Men’s Basketball vs. Northern Michigan, Owensboro Ky., 1 p.m.
  • Dec. 1 –
    Women’s Basketball @Mount Olive, 5:30 p.m.
    Men’s Basketball @Mount Olive, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 3 –
    Women’s Basketball vs. Bob Jones, Tysinger Gymnasium, 5:30 p.m.
    Men’s Basketball vs. Allen, Tysinger Gymnasium, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 5 –
    Women’s Basketball @Barton, 2 p.m.
    Men’s Basketball @Barton, 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 12 – Women’s Basketball vs, Limestone, Tysinger Gymnasium, 5:30 p.m.
    Men’s Basketball vs. Limestone, Tysinger Gymnasium, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 15 –
    Men’s Basketball @Francis Marion, 7 p.m.
For more SWU athletics, click here.

Alumni News

Dr. Paula Preusz Lemons ('94) was the first woman to finish SWU’s annual “Run2Fall” 5k run Oct. 30 with a time of 25:17. Paula and her husband, Dr. Derrick Lemons ('94) are faculty members at the University of Georgia.
Rev. Matt LeRoy was the guest speaker for the B.H. and Dorothy Phaup Holiness Emphasis series Nov. 16-18 at SWU’s Central campus. Matt is co-pastor of Love Chapel Hill, an eclectic church plant in downtown Chapel Hill, N.C. He's the co-author of two books, “The Way Forward” and “Awakening Grace.”


Kayla Fritts was born to Phillip and Mandi Bedell Fritts Nov. 4 at 6:30 a.m., at 7 lbs. 11 oz. and 20 inches. Phillip is a 2009 media communication graduate and Mandi is a 2011 human services graduate.
Effective Nov. 1, Thomas Parham ('13) was promoted to systems analyst within the IT department. Prior to this appointment, Parham has been employed at SWU as Computer Support Specialist since 2012 and, before that, at the City of Clemson for six years. He completed his BSBA through SWU’s AGS program. 

In Memoriam

Loss of alumnus' wife deeply felt by SWU community
SWU is mourning the loss Amanda Grace Blackburn, wife of alumnus Davey Blackburn ('08) flowing a violent home invasion Nov. 10 at their Indianapolis home.  Read more>>
SWU is establishing a scholarship in Amanda's memory, thanks to the efforts of Head Baseball Coach Mike Gillespie (Davey's coach) and SWU's Advancement Office. For details, call (864) 644-5006 or email
Nathan George (’07) died unexpectedly Nov. 18. Nathan and his wife Lauren have been living in London, England. Nathan is also the older brother of SWU graduate Thomas George. Both are graduates of the Division of Religion. 
Franklin David "Frank" Mitchell (’54) of Murrells Inlet passed away Oct. 27. Born in Six Mile to the Ernest Martin Mitchell and Laura Kelly Mitchell, he attended Clemson University and SWU and settled in the Greenville area. He worked as a food broker/owner of Consolidated Brokerage/Acosta, before retiring in Myrtle Beach. He was a dedicated servant of the Wesleyan faith and a member of Faith Wesleyan Church in Little River. He served in many leadership positions at First Wesleyan Church, Greenville.
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!

United Way helps its local communities with free tax preparation

Through United Way and VITA, if your household income is $50,000 or less, you may be eligible for FREE income tax preparation assistance. To find out more, simply call 2-1-1 for an appointment.
You can help by volunteering with VITA as an income tax preparer or site coordinator for the upcoming tax season. Tax preparers typically prepare simple 1040 or 1040-Z tax returns and answer taxpayers’ questions. Site coordinators manage all aspects of the site operations, including tax preparation, ensuring high quality customer service for clients. For either volunteer position, training is provided. This is a great volunteer opportunity for college students, current employees, and retirees.

For details, contact Jeremy Price at the United Way of Pickens County, or 864-850-7094, ext. 133, or Craig Shoemaker of United Way of Greenville, or 864-382-3325.


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