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The SWU Alumni Association is happy to present the first newsletter for 2016! Got a story to tell? Won an award? Wedding bells? New baby? We'd like to hear about what's happening in your life these days. Click here to get started!

Save the date!

  • March 18 - Grandparents Day   
    Contact the Advancement Office for details. email or call  (864) 644-5006

Academy Reunion

Wesleyan Methodist Academy alumni enjoyed a reunion lunch Jan. 19 at the University Dining Commons. Attending were Ronny Maw, Ruth Watkins, Phyllis Mullinax, David Mullinax, Paul Mullinax, Bill French, Marilyn French, Lois Wiggins, Jim Wiggins, Ward French, Naomi French, Barbara Bross, Jim Bross and Bob Nash. 

Career Opportunities

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!
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.

A slip of paper found in an old purse led Karen Clinton ('12) to the next step in her career. Shortly after moving to Columbia, Clinton found the purse and its forgotten contents, a piece of paper where she had previously written a list of 10 goals. Click here for the rest of Karen's story>>

Own a piece of history

For decades, SWU students, faculty and staff worshiped at a historic stone church located in the heart of the Central campus. Its sanctuary is filled with memories of spiritual and life milestones for generations of men and women who lived, learned and worshiped on “college hill” over the years. Now there’s an opportunity to own a piece of that spiritual heritage. Part of the renovation of the former First Wesleyan Church into the Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center includes modifying the sanctuary to best serve the training of future leaders in ministry. 
This means that a limited quantity of pews had to be removed from the sanctuary, and they are now available for purchase through SWU's Advancement Office. Pews are available in 11-foot and 14-foot widths. They are 3 ft. high and 2 ft. wide. Pews are $275 (of which $50 will be a tax-deductible contribution.) Checks can be made out to the Promise Fund. For details, contact the Advancement Office at (864) 644-5006 or email
Mar. 11, 7:30 p.m.; Mar. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Mar. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Mar. 19, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Come enjoy a night of music as the “Peanuts” gang helps Charlie Brown figure out what it really means to be a good man. This Broadway classic will be directed by SWU’s new vocal professor, Heather Haithcock. The musical is part of SWU’s annual Fine Arts Series and will be held in Folger Auditorium on the university’s campus in Central. For ticket information and details, call (864) 644-5408.

More Fine Arts events!

  • Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. - Musica Ecclesia
  • Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. - SWU Wind Ensemble Pops Concert
  • Feb. 25 - 6:30 p.m. - SWU Jazz Invitational
  • March 29, 7:30 p.m. - SWU Jazz Ensemble Concert
  • April 7, 7:30 p.m. - Sean Anderson, Operatic Baritone
  • April 8, 4:30 p.m. - Music Majors Formal Recital
  • April 12, 7:30 p.m. - Music Majors Honors Recital
  • April 18, 7:30 p.m. - SWU Wind Ensemble Concert
  • April 24, 3 p.m. - Masterworks Concert - SWU Concert Choir
Events are free admission. For details, call (864) 644-5408 and view full event details here>>


Southern Wesleyan University Baseball will host the first of three Kids Days on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Dr. C. Keith Connor Field. The Warriors are set to host UVA-Wise in a doubleheader at Noon.
Contact Coach Mike Gillespie for details at (864) 644-5304 or email Read more>>
The 2015 NCCAA National Championship Men's Soccer Team and the NCCAA Regional Champion Volleyball Team got recognition in chapel Feb. 1. Left: Chris Williams, director of athletics, shakes hands with Joey Capone as Ruben Rodriguez (center) and other soccer players applaud. Right: Courtney O'Brien shakes Williams' hand as members of the Volleyball Team look on and applaud. 

Upcoming games

  • Feb. 19-20 –
    Men’s and Women’s Track & Field @NCCAA Indoor Championships
  • Feb. 19 –
    Men’s and Women’s Tennis vs. Benedict, Nettles Park, Clemson, 2 p.m.
    Baseball vs. Virginia-Wise, Connor Field, 4 p.m.
  • Feb. 20 –
    Baseball vs. Virginia-Wise, Connor Field, 12 p.m. / 3 p.m.
    Men’s and Women’s Tennis vs. King (TN), Nettles Park, Clemson, 1 p.m.
    Women’s Basketball @North Greenville, 2 p.m.
    Softball @Ga. Southwestern, 2 p.m. / 4 p.m.
    Men’s Basketball @North Greenville, 4 p.m.
  • Feb. 22-23 –
    Men’s Golf @The Newberry Invitational
  • Feb. 23 –
    Baseball @Shorter, 1 p.m.
    Women’s Basketball @Converse, 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 24 –
    Baseball vs. North Georgia, Connor Field, 4 p.m.
  • Feb. 25 –
    Men’s and Women’s Tennis @North Georgia, 2 p.m.
  • Feb. 26 –
    Softball vs. Columbia, Varsity Field, 3 p.m. / 5 p.m.
    Baseball vs. Belmont Abbey, Connor Field, 4 p.m.
    Women’s Basketball vs. Pfeiffer, Tysinger Gymnasium, 5:30 p.m.
    Men’s Basketball vs. Pfeiffer, Tysinger Gymnasium, 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 27 –
    Baseball vs. Belmont Abbey, Connor Field, 12 p.m. / 3 p.m.
    Men’s and Women’s Tennis @Carson Newman, 1 p.m.
    Softball vs. Ga. Southwestern, Varsity Field, 2 p.m. / 4 p.m.
  • March 1 –
    Baseball @Anderson (SC), 3 p.m.
  • March 4 –
    Softball vs. Point U., Varsity Field, 3 p.m. / 5 p.m.
    Men’s Tennis vs Findley, 3 p.m.
    Baseball vs. North Greenville, Connor Field, 4 p.m.
  • March 5 –
    Softball vs. Mars Hill, Varsity Field, TBA / TBA
    Baseball vs. North Greenville, Connor Field, 12 p.m. / 3 p.m.
    Men’s and Women’s Tennis @Emmanuel, 1 p.m.
  • March 7-8 –
    Women’s Golf @Hilton Head Lakes Invitational
  • March 8 –
    Softball @Newberry, 1 p.m. / 3 p.m.
    Baseball @Mars Hill, 2 p.m.
  • March 9 –
    Men’s and Women’s Tennis @Erskine, 2 p.m.
    Softball @Georgia Gwinnett, 4 p.m. / 6 p.m.
  • March 10 –
    Men’s and Women’s Track and Field @USF Invitational
  • March 11 –
    Baseball @Limestone, 2:30 p.m.
  • March 12 –
    Baseball @Limestone, 12 p.m. / 3 p.m.
    Softball@Erskine, 1 p.m. / 3 p.m.
  • March 14-15 –
    Men’s and Women’s Golf @Emmanuel Spring Invitational
  • March 15 –
    Baseball @Truett-McConnell, 2 p.m.
    Softball vs. Limestone, Varsity Field, 4 p.m. / 6 p.m.
For more SWU athletics, click here.

Alumni News


The North Augusta Chamber of Commerce named Russell Fernandes (center) (’15), a North Augusta MBA graduate, as the Chamber Ambassador of the Year. Fernandes is the call center manager for SRP Federal Credit Union. 
Miguel Resendiz (’15) and his wife Rosalynd Resendiz are living out Mark 10:45 by helping a new Hispanic Church plant in Seneca, Nueva Vida en Cristo (New Life in Christ). 
James Tomasello (’15) is being featured in videos produced by Edivate, which are seen by an international audience of teachers and administrators seeking examples of excellent teaching and learning. Tomasello, a Charleston MEDAS  graduate, comes from Summerville. 
Warriors on Parade
SWU won second place for their entry in the 2015 Central Christmas Parade Dec. 5. The alumni and admissions offices decorated the SWU golf cart and provided some upbeat “Warrior Spirit.”
Participating were Ethan Cashwell ('12), coordinator for alumni relations and special events, along with Chloe Bryant ('13). Also participating were students Carley Teat, Levi Roach, Erin Cross, Ashley Cross and Caitlyn Cross.

In Memoriam

Keith Alan Naylor (’79) of Stone Mountain, Ga., died Jan. 12  at home with his family. He was born Sept. 2, 1957, in Columbus, Ga., to Homer Naylor and the late Sandra Naylor. He first was a standout basketball player at Eastern Wayne High School, graduating in 1975, and was recruited to play basketball for Central Wesleyan College. While in college, he married Nancy Canfield Naylor (’77), and had recently celebrated their 38th anniversary. After graduating, he was recruited by Athletes in Action (AIA) basketball based in British Columbia, Canada. Through AIA, Keith was able to spread his faith around the globe, playing international university and professional teams.
Read the full obituary that celebrates Naylor's life >>
Dr. Hal Gardner Robbins Jr., (’48), husband of Lillian Andrews Robbins, passed away Jan. 24 at his home in Seneca, S.C. Funeral services were held Jan. 28 at Welcome Wesleyan Church. A native of High Point, N.C., Robbins graduated from our Wesleyan Methodist Academy, was ordained in The Wesleyan Church in 1957 and served many pastorates in Virginia and South Carolina. He was a professor emeritus at Southern Wesleyan University and pastor emeritus of the S.C. District of The Wesleyan Church. Robbins also served in South Africa as a short-term pastor and teacher. 

More than 80 years of yearbooks online!

Rickman Library is excited to announce that yearbooks dating back more than 80 years are now available for viewing online, thanks to a partnership with the S.C. Digital Library and the valuable assistance of Clemson University. Click here to see the collection! The South Carolina Digital Library provides free access to historic materials, such as photographs, manuscripts, journals, books, oral histories, objects, etc. illustrating the history and culture of South Carolina from over 40 cultural heritage institutions across the state.
Over 200,000 items have been added so far. Their web address is
When purchasing through Amazon, .5 % of eligible purchases will come back to SWU to benefit its programs. To participate, simply click on the link at right. From that point on, the page for SWU will come up each time you enter the site. If you don’t have an Amazon account, signing up is free. Also, help us spread the word on Twitter and Facebook! Read more>>

Added Values for SWU Alumni

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!

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. Note that the 211 number applies only to S.C. residents.
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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