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More than 300 graduates received their degrees in two commencement ceremonies at Southern Wesleyan University's Central campus.The commencement speaker was Clark Camp ('97), a SWU alumnus who played on the Warriors Men's Basketball Team and is now a Charlotte area educator. Read more and view videos from each ceremony>>
Celebrating December graduates
The SWU Alumni Association recognized graduates of programs in North Augusta (top), Greenville (middle) and Central (bottom) recently during receptions held in their honor. Rev. Ken Dill, university chaplain, presented students with a towel bearing the SWU seal as a symbol of servanthood. Various SWU administrators were on hand to applaud the graduates. The Alumni Association also held receptions at SWU's Columbia and Charleston education centers before Thanksgiving.
Happy birthday to Sallie Evatt ('36), who just turned 100! When Sallie received her teacher education degree, she then financially supported her sister Marie Evatt as she entered the mission field, where she served in Sierra Leone. Joy Bryant, executive director of alumni and constituent relations, paid Sallie a visit to celebrate.
Tammy White ('08) married Brody Jones of Easley Oct. 21 at Paris Mountain State Park in Greenville.
Matt Heerschap (’16) and Hannah Ortega got married on Oct. 15 at Table Rock Wesleyan Youth Camp. Matt is a media communication graduate and now works full time as SWU’s new videographer. Hannah, who has attended SWU, is currently pursuing a career in professional organizing and interior design.
Cameron Tarrant ('16) married Sydney Childs Nov. 19 at the Daniel Chapel, Furman University. A reception followed at the Westin Poinsett in Downtown Greenville, then a honeymoon in Iceland.
Elizabeth "Liz" Propst ('09) married Tony Walker May 13 at The Providence Cotton Mill in Maiden, N.C. Liz currently works at Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC) in the Undergraduate Admissions office while her husband participates in his 10 month Dietetic internship there.
Watts receives award
Snead State Community College presented Dr. Karen Watts (’74) with a 2016 Chancellor’s Award during a ceremony Nov. 22 in Montgomery, Ala. Watts is director of the college’s Social Sciences and Human Services Division. Read more>>
Joseph Carlton (’45) of Easley died Dec. 5.
December graduate Kimberly Dawn Williams, center, placed a brick in the alumni walk just prior to commencement. She is pictured with her parents, Lisa and Dwayne Williams, friend Kirsten Cosgrove, and SWU Coordinator for Alumni Relations and Special Events Ethan Cashwell. Kimberly’s brick was placed beside a brick in memory of her friend Krystal Pearce. Williams, who is from Hickory Grove, received her BS in biology.
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!
Help for Haiti
Greg Edmonds ('97) will be overseeing the rebuilding of seven churches in Haiti that were destroyed or severely damaged by Hurricane Matthew. He is currently recruiting teams of volunteers to travel to Haiti, where they will work alongside Haitian workers on rebuilding projects in 2017 and 2018. Read more>>
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:
Ministry Strives to do Life-on-Life Discipleship with SWU Students
Tony Ronco came to SWU as a pitcher to play baseball for the Warriors from 2010 to 2012. While a student, Ronco was involved in Campus Outreach (CO) at Clemson University. Campus Outreach is an organization developed to train and build Christian leaders on College campuses to then equip them to go and impact the world for Christ. Read more>>
The Fall/Winter SWU Magazine has hit the mailboxes of alumni and friends. This issue celebrates significant changes to the SWU landscape, including the construction (cover photo) of an exciting new living and learning community that will house 243 students. This issue also features news of exciting programs and initiatives, celebrates the Warriors becoming full NCAA Div. II members and features stories of graduates impacting their world. Click here for an online version>>
Don't have a copy? Need an extra copy? Please contact the Alumni Center at (864) 644-5385.
SWU education faculty member Keith East represented SWU in style at the Easley Christmas Parade, driving his 1930 Ford Deluxe Model A coupe. At the wheel is Keith's wife, Bonnie East. Keith said it was a bit too cold for taking passengers in the car's rumble seat!
A matching gift has been received to create the lighting, sound and support infrastructure for the new amphitheater, and with it the opportunity for the facility to have a name. A dedication service will be slated for April for the Clyde Dupin Celebration Amphitheater.
Evangelist Dr. Clyde Dupin has a long history with SWU and to celebrate the completion of this facility with his name on it is a joy and honor for our campus. When complete, this project will support music, preaching, activities, movies, speaking engagements, outdoor classes, homecoming events and even community events. It will be an amazing addition to campus and our community.
Keeping up with construction of SWU's new residence hall can now be done in real-time with a live video feed. Special thanks to Ryan Garrett and the IT staff and also Brad Bowen, director of campus safety, for working with Absolute Technologies to get this camera installed. Click here for details and to view the live feed>>
All SWU offices will be closed for Christmas Break Dec. 22, 2016 through Jan. 2, 2017.
Your Christmas shopping purchases through AmazonSmile can benefit SWU students and programs, thanks to a wonderful partnership with the online retailer. Click here for details or, if you're already registered, click on the graphic at left to start shopping.