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2016 National Alumni Award nominations

Nominations are open!

The National Alumni Board wants to honor outstanding SWU alumni. If you haven't nominated an alum yet, please do so here. Deadline is Aug. 15.

Outstanding alumni will be honored this October during an awards dinner at Homecoming!

Save the Date!

Oct. 21 - Homecoming - Details are coming to
There will be a groundbreaking for Southern Wesleyan University's new residence hall Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. at the site, located on Wesleyan Drive, across from Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center. We look forward to welcoming our alumni and the surrounding community to celebrate this exciting addition to the Central campus. Read more>>

Honoring SWU alumnus as 'Mr. Camp Meeting'

Rev. Jim Wiggins ('58), right, presents a plaque dedicating the 2016 Wesleyan Family Camp to the memory of Rev. Marshall Rampey ('51) for his more than 70 year legacy of supporting the annual camp meeting, primarily in the S.C. District. Accepting the plaque is his son, Rev. Buddy Rampey ('69), center, and his wife Joan Rampey ('69), left; and Marshall's daughter Martha Rampey ('12).
Buddy serves as superintendent for the S.C. District of The Wesleyan Church. Marshall earned the title "Mr. Camp Meeting" for his support and dedication. Marshall and his wife, Ruth Willene Pressley Rampey, passed away in May, just days apart. The camp took place July 21-24 at Table Rock Retreat and Conference Center.

SWU Provides Ice Cream and Cobbler Afterglow for Family Camp

Friday night, July 22 at Table Rock Family Camp 2016 ended with a hot and cold treat, provided by Southern Wesleyan University and served by members of the Alumni Office and Advancement Division. Hundreds of camp guests of all ages, dozens of whom were SWU Alumni, were treated to ice cream and homemade peach cobbler as the “afterglow” on Friday night. The event was a natural melding of two important university efforts, alumni engagement and church relations. Everyone left the event happy having experienced and warm, sweet encounter with Southern Wesleyan University.

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.


Southern Wesleyan University has been accepted as a full member of NCAA Division II! SWU Athletics made the announcement during a press conference July 20 at the Central campus. Pictured from left are SWU President Dr. Todd Voss, the SWU Warrior, SWU Director of Athletics Chris Williams and Conference Carolinas Commissioner Dr. Alan Patterson.

"With the growth Southern Wesleyan has been experiencing since our initial NCAA application three years ago, this decision could not have come at a better time in our history," said Southern Wesleyan University President Dr. Todd Voss. "Our entire campus and surrounding community believe this move to the NCAA is a game changer for our students, our impact and our future together!" Read more>>

SWU Blue offer
In honor of SWU’s inaugural year in NCAA Division II, Men’s Soccer is offering a limited time store with official 2016 SWU Men’s Soccer gear. The store is open from July 21 – August 5, 2016. The store’s offerings and shipping details can be found in the attachments. Don’t miss out on this new Men’s Soccer gear for the 2016 season! Details | FAQ | Ordering Instructions (pdf)
For more SWU athletics, click here.

Alumni News


Blaire Tinley Blackwell was born June 6 to Kyle (’08) and Sonya Blackwell of Westminster. At birth she was 6 lbs. 7 oz. and 19.5 in.

Jonelle Vanderhorst Butler (’08) recently joined the Charleston office of Lee & Associates, a nationwide broker-owned firm, as tenant services coordinator. She received her BSBM from SWU’s Charleston education center. Butler is a Charleston native and experienced commercial real estate professional.

MicroSurgical Technology of Redmond, Wash., has announced the appointment of Jeff Castillo (’87) to the position of president. Castillo began his career at Procter & Gamble, then spent 21 years in a variety of roles and positions at Johnson & Johnson. He earned his BA in business administration from SWU and also has an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Read more>>
Kaitlyn Dunagan (’15) had an article published in “Let’s Get Lost,” a collection of essays geared toward readers interested in adventure or inspired by travel. Read more>>
Anne Fulcher ('16) was recently named executive director at HItchcock Place in Aiken. She's a graduate of the North Augusta MSM program. Fulcher has been honored by SWU and others for her tireless dedication to her community. Read more>>
Chaplain Carroll Hutcheson (’66) and Faith Leh Hutcheson (’68) are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this month. Carroll, retired army chaplain, is a chaplain with Market Place Ministries. Faith, a retired educator, is a certified Christian Speaker. She has a program, “Mother Goose with Faith,” for women’s groups, seniors and children. They have two children and six grandchildren and currently live in Duncan, S.C.
Tyson John (’08) has been named head women’s soccer coach for the USC Upstate Spartans. John compiled a 74-23-4 record coaching five seasons at Martin Methodist. At SWU, John earned three all-conference selections as well as three NAIA All-Region First Team awards. John is a sport management graduate.
Rhett Keaton (’16), a BSBA graduate, is now an inside sales representative for Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Metals, Inc., a global precision re-roller and distributor of stainless steel strip, special metals strip, foil, shaped wire, fine wire, sheet, plate, bar and PV ribbon products. Keaton will also be returning to SWU as an online MSML student.
Nick Lagroone ('11) has been promoted to assistant men's basketball coach at Southeast Missouri State University. While at SWU, Lagroone was a member of the Men's Basketball Team under Coach Charles Wimphrie. Read more>>
Jonathan Lewis (’87) is assuming the position of District Superintendent of the N.C. East District of The Wesleyan Church at the district conference in High Point this month.
Gentry Olivia McKenzie was born July 7 to Ian ('09) and Morgan Harper McKenzie ('07) at 7 lbs. 13 oz. and 21 inches. Proud grandpa is Dr. Roger McKenzie, professor of religion.
Isobel Katherine Propes was born June 9 to Crystal and Ryan Propes ('13).

Keith Smith (’84) received his master of arts degree in political science from Georgia State University in May 2016. Smith, a member of SWU’s board of trustees, currently serves as legal counsel for a technology company in the Atlanta area.

Daniel Strickland (’14) (SSgt USAF NG SCANG) has been accepted to the Nuclear Engineering program at Excelsior College and hopes to earn a commission as a military officer. He is planning to seek either a master of health physics or master of public health upon completion of the engineering program. Strickland is a former VA student who graduated from SWU with a BS in business management.
Pictured with District Superintendent Greg Reynolds, retired SWU faculty member Ken Foutz received a medallion for 50 years of service to The Wesleyan Church from General Superintendent Dr. Wayne Schmidt at the Shenandoah District Conference on July 12. We celebrate with Ken for his amazing impact over the years!

In Memoriam

Betty L. Griner (’62) passed away peacefully May 16 at her home in North Augusta.

Added Values for SWU Alumni

SWU alumni are being offered an online discount for tickets this summer at Carowinds. Prices are $38.50 (Monday – Thursday) or $40 (Friday – Sunday) plus tax. These are significant savings over the gate price $62.99. Please follow this link for more details, including the website link and username/password for the discounts.
Southern Wesleyan University alumni now get up to 55 percent off hotels all over the globe.
Start your next vacation off on the right foot, perhaps in the sand of your favorite beach, on the trails of a new hiking route or plan to join SWU Alumni and Friends in Buffalo, N.Y., during General Conference of The Wesleyan Church. No matter the destination, we want to make booking a hotel easier and more affordable for our alumni. Just go to our exclusive booking. Click here to get started and use the password "SWU1906" to get in.
SWU’s Office of Alumni Relations is now offering alumni and friends a free gift that has eternal value.
RightNow Media offers 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. Click here to get a quote or find an agent. Read more>>
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. 
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

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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