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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
July 3 - Independence Day holiday - offices closed
July 25 - CWC/SWU Gathering, Collins Ole Town
Oct. 30 & 31 - Homecoming

CWC/SWU Gathering

Alumni are invited to Collins Ole Town in Central for The 2015 CWC/SWU Gathering, Saturday, July 25. It’s a wonderful chance to catch up on happenings with your classmates! 
Arrive at 2 p.m. or later and visit a fun, historic slice of small town life. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. There is a registration fee of $27 per person. Click here for more details and a registration form. For more information, contact David Funderburk at (404) 296-6018 (home) or (404) 314-4759 (cell). 

Phyllis Hendry, CEO of Lead Like Jesus and a SWU alumna from the North Augusta Learning Center, speaks during Encounter, a one-day leadership development workshop based on the greatest leader of all time, Jesus. Click here to learn more about Lead Like Jesus.

Charlotte HoukeBecky Lam, Jason Norton, and the rest of the North Augusta staff facilitated the connection between SWU and Lead Like Jesus, a global leadership development organization presenting a Christ-focused leadership model that transforms people as leaders.

Master’s degree at SWU focuses on leadership

Starting this fall, SWU will offer a degree program with a focus on leadership practices for current and aspiring leaders in a variety of organizations. The master of science in management and leadership (MSML) degree program will be offered both online and on-site at the Central campus and learning centers across South Carolina. Read more>>

The new SWU Magazine is here! This issue's cover story is about the $1.4 million goal reached for the Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center. There's also an inspiring story about Davis Kippen, a Warrior baseball player who hit one of life's major curve balls, news about an exciting partnership aimed at creating lasting economic solutions in Haiti, and, of course, updates on academics, athletics, and your classmates! Click here for a pdf version.

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.

SWU employment opportunities

SWU's Columbia learning center currently has openings for the following positions. Click on each job title for more details! See the complete job listings for faculty and staff positions at
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 their mail and/or e-mail. 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

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>>


For SWU alumna Lindsey Torgerson, competing as part of Team USA is more than just an opportunity to win races and test herself against the world’s best. It’s a way to honor her biggest fan and best friend. 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>>

More athletics news

Alumni News


Hannah Chapman ('10) was named Teacher of the Year at Liberty Middle School. Chapman, a music education graduate, is band teacher at the school, which is located in The School District of Pickens County.
Michael Land, ('07) a physical education teacher, was named teacher of the year at Six Mile Elementary School. The teachers of the year are selected by a vote of the staff members at their schools. 
Once selected, they will serve on the district's Teacher Forum. School-level teachers of the year are eligible for the district-wide Teacher of the Year Award. The winner of that award will be announced at the district's Back-To-School Celebration on August 5 at Easley High School. 

Anna Elizabeth Atcheson was born April 23 to Joe (’06) and Elizabeth Payseur Atcheson (’06). Anna is pictured with her parents and proud big brother, Carter. She is the granddaughter of Marty and Ruth Atcheson.

Congratulations to Kent ('07) and Joy Ellison on the birth of Everett Ellison May 6. Everett is 8 lbs. and 21 inches. Kent is a computer support specialist in IT.

Kristan Sarah Hanson was born June 11 to Katherine Bowyer Hanson (’07) and Jim Hanson, weighing 7 lbs. 5oz. and 20.25 in. Katherine is residence life coordinator at the Central campus.
Gracie Clendening Blackwell (’13) will be teaching Honors and College Prep Biology at Aiken High School next year. She commented, “I am extremely excited to be teaching the subject that I am passionate about at such a great school!"

Matt Large, a 2012 math education graduate, has been named head baseball coach at Wade Hampton High School in Greenville County.

Dr. Jonathan Watts (SWU '74), director of religious studies at Snead State Community College, served as their commencement speaker. Watts is an Oxford Foundation Fellow and was recognized in 2012 by his alma mater, SWU, with the Professional Excellence Award in Education. Read more>>

In Memoriam

Rev. Mark Eugene Jordan ('72) of Asheboro, N.C., died Feb. 21 at Brookstone Retirement Home, Lexington, N.C. Jordan attended SWU, where he received a degree in Bible and Theology. He also earned a master’s degree of divinity from Hood Seminary in 2009. He was former pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, now Union United Methodist, and several other United Methodist churches. He was also a Wesleyan minister, serving churches in North Carolina at Mocksville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Candler, Lexington and Raleigh. Jordan was an EMT and volunteer firefighter, having served as former chaplain of Westside Fire Dept. He enjoyed hunting and golfing and sang gospel music. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 224 N. Fayetteville St., Asheboro, NC 27203 or Alzheimers Association, Western North Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215-3220.
Please be in prayer for the family of SWU alumnus Tim Rickman (’78). On June 12, Tim’s 25 year-old son, Lee, was killed in a freak accident while on a mission trip to Jamaica. Lee is also the brother of SWU alumna Jenny Rickman Derr (’09).

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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