"I always thank my God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way – with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge." 

– 1 Corinthians 1:4-5 NIV
"On behalf of the Alumni Association I want to wish everyone a blessed Thanksgiving Week.   Each of you are important to our SWU family and we pause during this week to share with you our grateful hearts." 

– Rev. Joy Bryant, executive director of alumni and constituent relations

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Homecoming 2016

Left: Sarah Sweatt was crowned the 2016 Homecoming Queen and Ben Hochhalter was crowned the 2016 Homecoming King during halftime of the men's soccer game at Homecoming. Right: Homecoming parade highlights included "One Sweet Ride" from Krispy Kreme and floats from SWU and community organizations. This year's parade also included a processional of alumni classes marking milestones. The Pickens County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs won an award for their float. Read more about Homecoming on and see more photos on Facebook.

Alumni Awards

The SWU Alumni Association recognized outstanding graduates Oct. 21 during the Alumni Awards Dinner. Pictured from left: Ross and Donna Collins, who accepted the 2016 Young Leader Award for their daughter, Tina Collins ('11); Dan Wood ('82) received the 2016 Professional Excellence Award from the School of Education; Larry McAlpine ('65) was named 2016 Outstanding Alumnus of the YearJames Bross Jr. ('84) received the 2016 Professional Excellence Award from the School of Business; and Dr. Mark Gorveatte ('84) received the 2016 Professional Excellence Award for the College of Arts and Sciences. At right is Rev. Joy Bryant, executive director of alumni and constituent relations for SWU.
Collins, right, works in China’s growing entertainment industry, coaching actors in English dialect and dialogue. Wood is executive director of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). McAlpine has served as an educator and has been actively involved in WASH, World Hope International’s initiative to provide clean water wells and sanitation. Bross is CEO of St. Luke’s Hospital in Columbus, N.C., affiliated with Carolinas Health Care System. Gorveatte is currently district superintendent for the Indiana Central District of The Wesleyan Church.

Celebrating December graduates

The SWU Alumni Association recognized December graduates with a reception Nov. 2 at the Columbia education center. President Todd Voss, Senior Director of Enrollment and Academic Services Dean Grile, Columbia Regional Director Barbara Specter, Chaplain Ken Dill, School of Business Dean Dr. Jeannie Trudel, Coordinator for Alumni Relations and Special Events Ethan Cashwell and others congratulated graduates.
December graduates were also recognized Nov. 15 with a reception at the Charleston education center. Those honoring the graduates included Ethan Cashwell, coordinator for alumni relations and special events; Rev. Ken Dill, associate vice president for spiritual life and university chaplain; Dean Grile, senior director of enrollment and academic services; Mark Reeves, vice president for finance and auxiliary services; Dr. Jeannie Trudel, dean of the School of Business; and Chad Peters, vice president for enrollment management.

Upcoming receptions are planned for Nov. 30 in Greenville, Dec. 5 in Central and Dec. 6 in North Augusta.

SWU to award degrees during December ceremonies

Southern Wesleyan University graduates, their family members and friends will gather at the university’s campus in Central Dec. 9 for two commencement ceremonies - a 10 a.m. ceremony for students enrolled in the traditional program and at 3 p.m. for students enrolled in the adult and graduate studies and online programs. 
The speaker will be Clark Camp ('97), right, a SWU alumnus and Charlotte area educator. Camp also played on the Men’s Basketball Team under the guidance of Coach Charles Wimphrie. He earned his BS in Business Administration and MS in Management degrees from SWU. Speaking at Baccalaureate services Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. will be Rev. Scott Uselman ('06), pastor of Smith Chapel Wesleyan Church in Liberty. 
In addition to his role in ministry, Uselman is also employed with Pickens County School District serving in a mission critical role as a special needs teacher’s assistant. Details can be found at

SWU reaches out to firefighters

As wildfires rage on in Northern Pickens County's mountains and other areas nearby, Table Rock Wesleyan Camp has been home for a number of the out-of-town crews battling the record blaze. SWU students, faculty and staff donated many supplies to these firefighters, including bandanas, hand warmers, bottled water, batteries, toiletries and other personal care items. Chap stick was a big hit with the firefighters! Pioneer Dining Services donated coffee, creamer, sugar, cups and silverware and GCA Cleaning Services, who contracts housekeeping for SWU, donated a case of toilet paper and a gallon of 3 in 1 body wash with dispensers. Special thanks also to Central Fire Dept. for delivering these needed supplies and to Donna Wood ('15) of SWU's Admissions Office for coordinating the donation efforts.

Making a historical connection

Sandra Ellison Morgan (’76), met SWU student, Anita Nwankwo, right, during Homecoming at SWU and discovered a neat connection to her own days as a student. Anita is the daughter of Innocent Nwankwo, a Nigerian student-athlete who transferred from Clemson University, with the help of Coach Keith Connor.
As a member of the Men’s Soccer Team, Nwankwo became the Warriors' all-time leading scorer and was inducted into SWU's Athletic Hall of Fame. A biology major, Anita plans to enter medical school after graduating from SWU.
Sandra was also reunited with her roommate, Debbie Sickles McKamey (’76) after nearly 40 years. She shared with us a photo of her and her roommate during Homecoming 2016 (left) and outside Rickman Library when it was a new building in 1976 (right). 

Midlands HR executive values her SWU education

An interest in psychology is one of the factors that drew Mandy Baltzegar, a SWU Columbia graduate, into human resources. As a human resources manager, she now finds herself troubleshooting a variety of issues relating to 600 employees at an Orangeburg plant operated by an international manufacturer. Read more>>

Fine Arts Series

SWU's Fine Arts Division is planning a diverse variety of events this academic year. A Service of Lessons and Carols, a holiday favorite, takes place Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for most events. Download a complete schedule here. For more details, call (864) 644-5408.

Career Opportunities

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:

See all of SWU's listings for faculty and staff openings. See also openings for adjunct teaching assignments across South Carolina.


Regional Champs!
The Warriors defeated Emmanuel College Saturday 4-3, clinching the title of NCCAA South Region Champions. Read more>>
Volleyball Gains At-Large Bid in NCCAA National Championship Tournament
The SWU Volleyball team has been chosen to receive an At-Large bid in the upcoming NCCAA 2016 DI Women's Volleyball National Championship. Read more>>
SWU Athletics focus on faith
Tricia Rife, Wesleyan Communications
Rev. Ken Dill, AVP for spiritual life and university chaplain, baptizes Ashley Roebuck, a freshman sprinter on the Track and Field team. For SWU Athletic Director Chris Williams, another type of win is substantially more important to him and his coaching staff. Read more>>
Nov. 18 - 
Men's Soccer vs. Columbia International - NCCAA Regionals, 2 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Coker - Newberry Classic, 5 p.m.
Nov. 19 - 
Men's Soccer vs. TBA - NCCAA Regionals
Women's Basketball vs. Anderson University (S.C.), 2 p.m.
Men's Basketball @Newberry College, 7 p.m.
Nov. 22 -
Women's Basketball @Pfeiffer, 5:30 p.m.
Men's Basketball @Pfeiffer, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 28 - 
Women's Soccer vs. TBA, NCCAA Championships, Kissimmee, Fla.
Men's Soccer vs. TBA
Men's Basketball @Anderson University (S.C.), 7 p.m.
Nov. 29 - 
Women's Basketball @Converse, 7 p.m.
Dec. 1 - 
Women's Soccer vs. TBA, NCAA Championships, Kansas City, Mo.
Men's Soccer vs. TBA
Women's Volleyball vs. TBA - NCCAA Championships, Kissimmee, Fla.
Women's Basketball vs. Bob Jones, 6 p.m.
Men's Basketball @N.C. Central, 7 p.m.
Dec. 3 -
Women's Basketball vs. Erskine, 2 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Erskine, 4 p.m.
Click here for a complete schedule!  

For more SWU athletics, click here.

Alumni News


Pate Thomas Furr was born Oct. 3 to Robert (’04) and Lisa Furr, at 8 lbs 5.5 ounces 20 3/4 inches. Pictured also is Pate’s big brother Jensen. Robert also worked on the IT staff at SWU. He currently directs IT at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens.
Blakely Savannah Martin was born Oct. 31 at 7:40 p.m. She weighed 6 lbs. 2 oz. and 18.5 inches long. Proud parents are Jonathan Martin ('13) and Kristen Martin ('12). Kristen is employed by Southern Wesleyan University as a financial aid associate.
Joshua Thatcher ('14) married Ashley Sutherland Oct. 29. Joshua is a business graduate and also was a member of the Men's Cross Country Team.
Every child deserves a little Christmas and this year SWU is helping to make this happen by participating in the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign through the Marine Corps League in Oconee County.
Donations can be dropped off at the SWU Alumni Center, located in Terry Annex on SWU's Central campus. Donations will be accepted through the morning of Friday, Dec. 9. All toys will be picked up by or delivered to the Marine Corps League that afternoon.
In addition, if any of you know of a local family in need of Christmas for their children, there are applications for Toys for Tots assistance available. These are due by Nov. 28. For details contact Donna Pittman in the Office of Academic Records at ext. 5536 or by email at

Added Values for SWU Alumni

Thanksgiving 411

Here's a fun infographic about Thanksgiving, courtesy of Nationwide Insurance. Feel free to post it to your social media accounts and print it.

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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