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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 from April 1 until June 30

Click here for details about the awards and a nomination form.

Save the date!

May 12 - SWU Day with the Charleston RiverDogs
June 19Preview Day, 9 a.m. Details
Sept. 21 - Southern Honors Golf Tournament, The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards
Oct. 30 & 31 - Homecoming

Honoring spring graduates

Southern Wesleyan University’s Alumni Association is planning receptions across the state to celebrate all of our spring graduates. Receptions will begin at 6 p.m. Here are the dates and locations:
Tuesday, April 14 – Columbia learning center
Thursday, April 23 – Greenville learning center
Monday, April 27 – Charleston learning center
Tuesday, April 28 – Central, The Founders, Dining Commons bldg.
Thursday, April 30 – North Augusta learning center
For details, contact Joy Bryant at the Alumni Center, (864) 644-5385 or email

Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center surpasses goal

SWU's Division of Religion is moving closer to realizing its goal of a new home, thanks to the completion of the $1.4 million Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center Campaign. Left: Dr. Bob Black and Rev. Jim Wiggins, co-chairs for the campaign, unveiled a check for $1,467,801.39 during the university board of trustees meeting April 8 at Central. Right: Trustees applaud the good news. According to University President Todd Voss, the goal covers Southern Wesleyan’s purchase of the former Alive Wesleyan Church facility and property and also renovations. The University plans to close on the property this month. 

Career Opportunities

SWU President Todd Voss addresses the Spring Meeting of the National Alumni Board April 11 at SWU’s Central campus. Anyone interested in learning more about leadership opportunities and available positions, contact Joy Bryant at or call (864) 644-5385.  

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 e-mail and/or home address. 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.

Week of Giving

Southern Wesleyan University welcomes all alumni, faculty, staff and friends to participate in our annual Week of Giving campaign. We’re going to attempt to break all University giving records for one week and we need your help! All gifts are tax-deductible and benefit the Kingdom-Building work of Southern Wesleyan University. All gifts received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 24 or postmarked by April 24 will count toward SWU’s Campaign! Don’t miss this chance to be a part of a record-breaking day and week for Southern Wesleyan University! Checks should be made payable to: Southern Wesleyan University or SWU and mailed to:
Southern Wesleyan University or SWU
Attn: Development Office
P.O. Box 1020-1925
Central, SC 29630

Designate your gift as you like—all undesignated gifts will support SWU’s Promise Fund. Contact information for questions or for gifting assistance: or call 855-644-5008.  

 SWU Day with Charleston's RiverDogs

The first 12 alumni to like SWU Charleston's Facebook Page and post a reply about your fondest memory of attending SWU will receive a ticket to “SWU Day with the RiverDogs”, on May 12, 2015 at 7 p.m.

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>>


Susan Rouse Invitational

SWU track and field won 14 events and set 10 school records as they played host for the first time, welcoming nine teams to Joe R. Gilbert Track and the Susan Rouse Invitational. Read more>>

SWUPYs set for April 30

Outstanding SWU student-athletes will be honored at the 2015 SWUPYs, an annual "black tie" event held at Newton Hobson auditorium. Alumni and friends are invited to this special event April 30. More details are coming to

Volleyball Clinic

The Warriors Volleyball Team had a great clinic April 7 for the Easley YMCA, Coach Julia Reininga was impressed by the talents she saw. Follow the team on Facebook.


Tickets for baseball games are $5 for adults and $2 for students (elementary-college). All SWU staff, faculty and students with ID will be admitted for free.

Schedules for upcoming games: 

Alumni News

Alumnus’ church helping community's displaced workers 

Denton Wesleyan Church is responding to devastating news of the closing of a local furniture company by offering services to affected employees. Charlie Collins, ('89), pastor of Denton Wesleyan Church, said they are organizing workshops for résumé writing and interview skills as well as a job fair to connect workers with local employers. View the video and click here for details about how DWC is helping. 


Matt Blackwell (’13) had already been accepted to dental school in Arizona and was planning on going there. On April 13 he was accepted to dental school at MUSC in Charleston and GRU in Augusta.
Amy Burnett ('08), who teaches mathematics at Berea High School, was named a finalist for Greenville County Teacher of the Year. Burnett, who has 10 years of teaching experience, is a MED graduate from Greenville.  
Thomas Crane ('09)('11) and wife Judy celebrated their 31-year wedding anniversary together on March 3 on top of Stone Mountain in Georgia. Thomas and Judy also raced each other on go carts like old times back when they were dating. Thomas earned an ASBA and a BSBA from SWU.
Daniel Furr ('10), an elementary education graduate and a fourth-grade teacher at Dacusville Elementary School in Pickens County, was recognized by Magic 98.9 radio as this month’s Teacher Who Makes Magic
Sean Gasperson ('08) received his Ph.D. in industrial organizational psychology from N.C. State this past December. He now works with Castle Worldwide in test development and psychometrics. He graduated with his master’s in IO psychology from East Carolina University in May, 2010, where he met his wife, Jenna Hartinger Gasperson. They live in Raleigh, N.C. 
Charlotte Houke, professor of business, is pictured with her new twin grandchildren, Preston Henry Pond and Timothy Howard Pond, born April 8 at 2 a.m. They are also the grandchildren of Tim Pond ('08) a SWU alumnus and formerly a chaplain for N. Augusta AGS students. Tom earned his master of ministry from SWU. 
Paula Preusz Lemons (’94) received the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. “I'm grateful to SWU for the contribution the institution made to my education and my life, but most of all I'm thankful to God and to have the chance to serve Him as a professor,” Lemons said. Lemons is associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at UGA. 
Camilo ('03) and Stephanie Ott Rodriguez ('06) announced the birth of a son, Luca, born at 10:39 a.m. April 3 weighing 7.13 lbs. and measuring 21 inches. (Cassell's Creations photo) 

Bench Dedication at Southern Wesleyan University

Benches at the Sheriff National Guard Memorial Flag Plaza were dedicated April 8 in memory and in honor of members of the Collins and Sheriff families. Left: Lisa McWherter, VP for Advancement and Todd Voss, university president, are pictured with Patricia Collins (center) and family members at a bench named in memory of Roy Collins and in honor of members of her family. Right: McWherter and Voss are pictured with Anne Sheriff ('63) (center) at the bench dedicated to her late husband, Jimmy Don Sheriff and in honor and memory of her family members. Another bench located along the walkway to the plaza was dedicated to Bonnie Chapman Bowen and her sons Bobby, Barry, and Brian. Read more>>

Mitchell Award

James Spaugh, lead pastor of Bagley Swamp Wesleyan Church, Hertford, N.C., received the Virgil A. Mitchell Award for Excellence in Pastoral Ministry April 1 at Southern Wesleyan University in Central. Read more>>

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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