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This year's Homecoming will feature some great new events and showcase our wonderful new athletic facilities! Join us Friday evening for a spectacular Homecoming Kickoff, including the 2015 Alumni Awards and music from the Rick Webb Family and our own University Singers. After that, the Run2Fall 5k race will light up the night! As always, Saturday will be filled with activities, including the Homecoming Parade and the crowning of our Homecoming King and Queen! For more information about Homecoming, contact Ethan Cashwell, coordinator of alumni relations and special events, 
at (864) 644-5383 or 704-685-4441
or email

Alumni to be honored

Alumni are invited to join in the celebration as we honor our outstanding graduates Oct. 30. Call (864) 644-5385 to RSVP tickets for the Concert and Awards Presentations. Tickets are $10 each. Those who would like to join the awardees for a VIP dinner prior to the concert and awards program, please request the VIP ticket for $25, which includes dinner, concert and awards. (limited seating for the dinner)  

We will be honoring these alumni:
  • Dr. Keith Connor, Alumnus of the Year
  • Dr. Vicki Dill Luther, Professional Excellence School of Education
  • DePayne Middleton-Doctor (Posthumous), Professional Excellence School of Business
  • Dr. Ashley Joiner George, Professional Excellence College of Arts and Science
  • Damon Qualls, Young Leader
Dr. Keith Connor is pictured here (from left) with Joy Bryant, executive director of alumni and constituent relations; Sue Rickman, alumni board member; grandson, Atlas; Connor's wife, Jamella; son, Jamin; and granddaughter, Eisley.
More than 50 attended the WMC/CWC Gathering July 25 at Collins Ole Town. Alumni from the classes of 1955 to 1964 gathered with family members for great food and fellowship, and an alumni quartet tuned up and shared many gospel hymns in the chapel at Ole Town.

Master’s degree at SWU focuses on leadership

Starting this fall, SWU will offer a degree program with a focus on leadership practices for current and aspiring leaders in a variety of organizations. The master of science in management and leadership (MSML) degree program will be offered both online and on-site at the Central campus and learning centers across South Carolina. Read more>>

Tennis Complex under way!

Construction has begun on phase one of the new tennis complex at Central, which includes six USTA designed lighted tennis courts that will be "SWU Blue." Fundraising for the $550,000 phase was recently completed.
For details on phase two, which will include a championship court, contact Dr. Lisa McWherter, vice president for advancement, at (864) 644-5013 or 1-855-644-5008, or email
On Aug. 5, the bridge that carried traffic over Norfolk Southern Railroad near the SWU campus came down. No doubt this bridge carries a "traffic jam" of memories for students at the Central campus. There are currently no plans to replace the structure. 
Alumna Hardie Medders, donated a painting to Southern Wesleyan University Aug. 20. She is pictured with Joy Bryant, left, executive director of alumni and constituent relations, and her son Sam, right. The painting will be on display in the Alumni Center’s conference room.

New Connector is out

At a time when our spring graduates are entering their career fields, the School of Business has devoted the latest issue of The Connector to Career Management. Inside are articles about landing the job you want, what employers are looking for in job applicants, online career resources and more. Click here for a downloadable pdf of the Spring-Summer issue.

Career Opportunities

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.
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!
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. 
Remember, 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
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. Read more>>


SWU approved for NCAA Provisional Year

Southern Wesleyan University has been approved for provisional membership in the NCAA after receiving notification from the Membership Committee recently.  Read more>>

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Alumni News


Tripp Jeremiah Bryant was born July 21 to SWU graduate Brandon Bryant ('14) and his wife Lexy, weighing 8 lbs. and 15 oz. Tripp is also the grandson of Rev. Joy Bryant (’92), executive director of alumni and constituent relations and is also the nephew of current SWU student Robbie Bryant
Joey Bryson (’02), a SWU education graduate, was named as the School District of Oconee County Teacher of the Year. Bryson, a special needs education teacher at West-Oak Middle School, has been teaching for 12 years. 
Erin Cross, a current student majoring in forensic science/chemistry, received an award during her summer training. She is a cadet with Clemson Army ROTC, serving in the 4th Regiment Alpha Company.
For her volunteer service at The Reserve at Lake Keowee during the 2015 BMW Charity Pro-Am, SWU alumna Sherry Haithcock (’78) was honored as 2015 Volunteer of the Week. Haithcock volunteered on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
Pictured from left are Morgan Fields, program manager of S.C. Charities, Inc. (SCCI), Bob Nitto, president of the SCCI board of directors; and Haithcock. BMW Charity Pro-Am is sponsored by SYNNEX Corp. 
Dr. Ashley Joiner George ('07) pictured here with her husband Thomas, is studying the critical role of communication within health care. A SWU alumna, Ashley recently accepted a tenure track position at Samford University, which will begin in August. 
She's the daughter of SWU Trustee Chairman Charles Joiner.
Stephanie Johnson ('14) will be starting her master's work at Clemson University this fall. She is enrolled in the master of agricultural education program.
Jennifer Land ('14) graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy during a June ceremony in Columbia. She is a December criminal justice graduate and is currently employed by the Simpsonville Police Department. 
Land is pictured here with James McDonald, associate professor of criminal justice and forensic science and also coordinator of the Criminal Justice degree program.
Virginia Sayer, a student enrolled in the MEDAS program at the Charleston learning center, was promoted from teacher to assistant principal at Stall High School, located in the Charleston County School District. 
Kristen Smith ('12) returned to SWU as financial aid associate on Aug. 1. Smith received her BS in human services from SWU and worked as a part-time data entry assistant for the admissions office while attending SWU. Following graduation, she worked for the South Carolina Department of Social Services as a human services specialist.
Andrew Welch (’14) was recently named manager of Gotta Run Simpsonville, a store specializing in running shoes and other related gear that will open in September. He has been employed by Gotta Run for two years, having worked at the Clemson and Spartanburg locations. He begins his duties at the new store in September. Chip Rouse, former SWU cross country coach, and Chris Disbrow started the business with the Clemson location. Joshua Thatcher (’14) is manager of Gotta Run Spartanburg and former SWU runner Jonathan Dryman works at the Clemson location.
Hawthorne Welcher (’07) an MSM graduate of the North Augusta learning center, was named director of the Augusta Housing and Community Development Department.

In Memoriam

Allen Barrett ('67) died suddenly at home of a heart attack Oct. 25, 2014. An ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church, Barrett pastored for more than 40 years. After graduating from SWU in 1967, Barrett taught school but felt God's call to preach and returned to SWU in 1970 for more Bible and theology courses. He graduated from Wesley Biblical Seminary in 1981. He leaves behind his wife Charlotte and two daughters, Denise (husband, Elliott Linhoss; son Barrett), and Gloria (husband, Brannon, and children, Andrew, Joseph, Cecilia). 
William "Bill" Henry Dilling III ('69), husband of Marilyn Shigley Dilling, died July 28, 2015. He was born in Gastonia, N.C., to Udine Clark Dilling and the late Austin Dilling. He also received a master's degree in elementary education from Furman University and taught in the Greenville County School System for 33 years, was the 1983 Greenville County teacher of the year, and was one of the top five finalists in the state. He was a faithful member of Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church and, prior to that, Greenville First Wesleyan Church. 
Dr. Clifford Lovin (’55) passed away Aug. 16. Lovin also taught history at SWU (then CWC) from 1964-1966. He was also a professor of history at Western Carolina University and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; a veteran of the Army and a member of Groce United Methodist Church.

Your input wanted!

One of our staff members is conducting a study on graduate outcomes for our SWU alumni as a research project for one of his graduate courses. If you graduated from our traditional campus in Central, S.C. between 2007 and 2015, please take a quick moment to answer a few questions about the outcomes of your experience at SWU:

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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