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October 2018

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A celebration in Central

Left: Lexi Darling was crowned 2018 Homecoming Queen and Andrew Collins was crowned 2018 Homecoming King during the SWU vs. Barton volleyball game in Tysinger Gymnasium. They were crowned by Amy Reese, 2011 Homecoming Queen; and Colicus Jones, 2011 Homecoming King. Right: Rev. Matt LeRoy of Love Chapel Hill, and SWU graduate, speaks during Homecoming Chapel.
The weather cleared for the second day of Homecoming, as the lawn beside Fountain Square was filled with food and crafts vendors and reunion tents with photos from years gone by. Against a beautiful fall backdrop, alumni posed for decade reunion photos outside historic Childs Hall, left. There were also classic cars, right, and the SWU Jazz Ensemble was on hand to provide a soundtrack of music and memories. Also, nearby were soccer and volleyball games.
Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers
A huge highlight of Homecoming Weekend was The Brooklyn Tabernacle Singersconcert at Newton Hobson Auditorium. BTS shared a moving, dynamic program of gospel music, capped off by a finale with the SWU Concert Choir, right.
Southern Wesleyan University's Alumni Association recognized outstanding alumni during its Alumni Awards Brunch this past Saturday. Awarded, from left, were Dr. Amber James, Young Leader Award; Yvonne Herd Arrowood, Professional Excellence Award - College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Elizabeth Childs Drury, Professional Excellence Award - School of Education; Shirley Duncan, Outstanding Alumnus of the Year; and Scott Drury, Professional Excellence Award - School of Business. Don Wood, at right, was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame. Also inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame was Peter Campbell (not pictured), a SWU Golf Team alumni who was the winner of the Beijing Championship earlier this year. Bernice Carter, who at age 105 is SWU's oldest alumni, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in a presentation recorded on video and shown at the Alumni Awards Brunch.
See more highlights of Homecoming 2018!
GAMAC Presents "All That Jazz"

Charitable Rollovers Becoming an Important Way to Give to SWU


Do you or someone you know have an individual retirement account (IRA)? Last month SWU received two gifts from generous supporters using their IRA. Anyone aged 70½ who has money in a traditional IRA, can contact the financial institution managing the account and request a Qualified Charitable Distribution. SWU, like most not-for-profit organizations, qualifies to receive a charitable distribution directly from an IRA. Under the new tax law passed last year, the advantages can be significant. Read more>>
Join us Nov. 9 for our Second Annual Southern Sporting Clay Classic at Evergreen Plantation in Starr to benefit SWU Experience two  great shooting locations and enjoy a Southern Lowcountry Boil dinner with oyster appetizers. There will be prizes given away as well. The event's limited to just 60 shooters, so get your tickets now!  Read more>>

Fine arts coming up

  • Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. – SWU Wind Ensemble Concert, Newton Hobson Chapel Auditorium. The Wind Ensemble will feature “Rhapsody in Blue” with Prof. Jane Dill on the piano. A wide variety of levels and styles will also be included in this enjoyable concert. Admission is free. 
  • Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. – Upstate Intercollegiate Choral Invitational Festival Concert, Newton Hobson Auditorium. College choirs from our surrounding area will come together to share great choral music hosted by the SWU Concert Choir. Admission is free.
  •  Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m. – Fall Concert – SWU Concert Choir,  Newton Hobson Auditorium. The Concert Choir will present a widely-varied program of music from many styles. Conducted by Dr. Don R. Campbell, the choir sings with power and excitement. Admission is free.
  • Nov. 16, 4:30 p.m. – Music Majors Formal Recital, ALIVE Chapel, Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center. This concert features Southern Wesleyan University music majors. Admission is free.
  •  Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. – Music Majors Honors Recital,  Newton Hobson Auditorium. This concert features Southern Wesleyan University music majors. Admission is free.
  •  Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. – Lessons and Carols, Newton Hobson Auditorium. Always a campus and community favorite, SWU’s Departments of Music and Spiritual Life combine to present the celebration of Christ’s birth through scripture and song. Admission is free.
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In Memoriam

Faith Evangeline Newton Hobson, 96, died peacefully at English Meadows Senior Living in Abingdon, Va., her home for the past three years, on Oct. 1. She attended the institution as a young woman and went on to become a beloved educator and close friend to the university. Hobson was a dedicated teacher, school administrator, community leader and friend to many.
Born January 20, 1922, in Central, S.C., she was the thirteenth of fourteen children of Franklin “Doc” Miles Newton and Alma Zalula Nalley Newton.

The Newton-Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center on the Southern Wesleyan University campus in Central, named in Faith’s honor in October 2008, will be the location for a service celebrating her life on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 10 a.m. 

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