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June 5 - Alumni Association breakfast at General Conference, Buffalo, N.Y.
Oct. 21-22 - Homecoming - Details are coming to
Southern Wesleyan University is offering a 10-day intensive summer experience July 5-14 designed to help high school students explore how their gifts, abilities, personalities and passions line up with God’s calling on their lives. The Fellowship of the Called Youth Camp at SWU is a 10-day summer intensive institute for rising high school freshmen through recent high school graduates. Read more>>
The new SWU Magazine will be hitting mailboxes around the end of May! Here are some highlights of the Spring-Summer issue:
  • An interview with Dr. Jo Anne Lyon
  • LORE: SWU's inventive outdoor education program (pictured)
  • SWU graduate living out passion for China
  • N.C. gives high state honor to SWU graduate
  • News about athletics, academics and your classmates!
SWU's School of Business has released a new issue of The Connector. Inside are tips for career success using Linkedin, news about how students and faculty are making a difference through Enactus, and faculty and student highlights. Click here to download The Connector.

Breakfast tickets available

If you’re headed to General Conference, the SWU Alumni Association invites you to join us for breakfast Sunday, June 5 for a special price of just $10 per person (Conference Center cost is normally $22). Tickets are still available. Call 864-644-5385 to reserve your ticket while they last!

Phone-A-Thon surpasses goal

Many thanks to those of you who responded to our Phone-A-Thon volunteers' calls with a gift to support SWU programs. We raised $29,815 for Spring 2016 Phone-A-Thon. Find out more about giving to support SWU>>

2016 Commencement

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, general superintendent of The Wesleyan Church and founder/CEO of World Hope International, addressed Southern Wesleyan University graduates during two ceremonies May 6 in Central. Read more>>
SWU held servant leader ceremonies for adult and online graduates May 3 in Central at Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center (left) and May 4 at SWU's Greenville learning center (right). 

Alumni & Communications moves

Left: Ed Welch, assistant director of communications; Ethan Cashwell, coordinator of alumni relations and special events; and Joy Bryant, executive director of alumni and constituent relations; are joined by Dr. Lisa McWherter, SWU's vice president for advancement and Dr.
Todd Voss, president, just before alumni and communications departments moved down the street. The Alumni Association looks forward to serving you from its new location at Terry Annex. We're just off Clayton Street between Wesleyan Drive and College Street. Turn left into the parking lot beyond the School of Business and we're on the far right hand corner of the lot.
SWU President Dr. Todd Voss and VP for Advancement Dr. Lisa McWherter present P.B. and Christine Wood with an "Intercession" portrait during a reception May 5 at his office on College Street. Wood's office and the Alumni House will make way for the new residence hall project. 

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.


Summer Athletics Camps

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. Get a detailed schedule of camps>>
For more SWU athletics, click here.

Summer Jazz Camp

An in-studio recording session, live “club” performances, and great concerts by the clinicians allow students to become involved in all aspects of the jazz combo.  Click here for details

Alumni News


Ethan Cashwell (’12) and Chloe Bryant (’13) were married May 14 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Greenville. Ethan serves as coordinator for alumni relations and special events and is a history graduate.
Chloe is employed by The Growing Place and is a psychology graduate. She is also the daughter of Jackie Bryant ('79), secretary of the Fine Arts Division.
Charleston SWU alums participated in an Escape Game in Charleston April 14. They made their daring escape with :50 seconds remaining. Dan Finnegan('14) reports that It was a great team building event and they had a blast!
Pictured from left are Vivian Pinckney, Daniel Pach, Konita Reid, Dan Finnegan, Monique Frasier, Jessica Scott and James McFaddenRead more>>
Corey Clardy (’12) earned his doctor of pharmacy degree from Auburn University – Harrison School of Pharmacy. He is a pre-medicine/pre-dentistry graduate.
Rev. Charlie Collins ('89), lead pastor of Denton Wesleyan Church, Denton, N.C., gives the sermon during Baccalaureate services May 5. Also, Collins' daughter Bethany graduated May 6, receiving her BA degree in religion.
Anne Fulcher, second from left, received the Provost’s Community Leadership Award April 28. Dr. Tonya Strickland, left, SWU provost, presented Fulcher with the award. Also pictured are finalists Lindsay Blair of Greenville and Tim Prendergast of Martinez, Ga.  Read more>>
HIS Radio featured SWU student Caroline Shelton and her artwork on their morning show and website. Rob and Alison of HIS Morning Crew talked up Shelton's watercolor creations that beautifully present God’s Word. Shelton says faith impacts every part of her life and she wants that to come through in her art as well. The station offered one of Shelton’s works of art as a giveaway item. Shelton is a special education major from Dacusville and is the daughter of Jim Shelton ('13), a former SWU staff member. View this video from HIS Radio.
Carolyn Schmutz (’07) is officially an FNP and will hopefully be board certified in about a month. She also received the Graduate Student Award of Excellence for the FNP program. This was awarded based on faculty vote. She plans to start a job in Richmond, Va. at a health center in an underserved area of the city sometime in July. “The job meets everything on my wish list and more! I'm very thankful for my time at SWU and the preparation I received from you all,” Carolyn said.
UNITED Church of Dover was awarded the EXPY for Life Transformation during the 2016 EXPY Dinner and Celebration April 26 for church planters of The Wesleyan Church.
Pictured is Stan Hoover, Lead Pastor Kenneth Wagner ('07), Mark Tennefoss ('13), Ryan Picone, Ayssa Picone, Nick MacDonald ('05) and Anthony MacDonald.

In Memoriam

Dr. Ken Heer, noted preacher, pastor, and leader of The Wesleyan Church, passed unexpectedly May 4, 2016 in Brooksville, Fla. Heer pastored seven Wesleyan churches in Indiana, including College Wesleyan Church in Marion and Fall Creek Wesleyan Church in Fishers, adding up to 28 years in pastoral ministry. He also served 23 years in leadership roles at The Wesleyan Church Headquarters, including general director of education and the ministry from 1988-1997. He was chief of staff for the Board of General Superintendents at the time of his retirement from headquarters in 2012. After moving to Florida, he served as president of Wesleyan Village in Brooksville and teaching pastor at Brooksville Wesleyan Church. 

Two celebration of life services took place: One at Brooksville Wesleyan Church by the Wesleyan Village community May 6, and a memorial service at College Wesleyan Church May 9. 
Click here for the official obituary>>
Holiday Schedule
SWU offices will be closed for the following holidays:
  • Memorial Day – Monday, May 30
  • Independence Day – Monday, July 4
Father's Day is around the corner! When buying that gift for dad 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!


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