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  • Oct. 5 - P.B. Wood Golf Tournament - Pickens Country Club - Read more>>
  • Oct. 30, 31 - 2015 Homecoming - Details below!  Schedule

Graduation Receptions

Southern Wesleyan University's 2015 graduates and guests are invited to a Graduation Reception, hosted by the SWU Alumni Association, 6 p.m. at the Central campus and at each learning center:
  • Nov. 10 - Central (AGS & Traditional) - The Founders, lower level of University Dining Commons
  • Nov. 12 - Columbia - Rooms 306 & 307
  • Nov. 30 - Charleston - Third Floor, Room 8
  • Dec. 1 - North Augusta - Room 1
  • Dec. 3, Greenville - Park East Office Park, 150 Executive Center Drive, Greenville, SC
Please RSVP at least five days before your event at (864) 644-5385 or 1-800-282-8798, ext. 5385.
This year's Homecoming is featuring great new events and showcasing our wonderful new athletic facilities! We don't want you to miss a thing, so Click here for a full schedule and make plans to be with us! For details about Homecoming, contact Ethan Cashwell, coordinator of alumni relations and special events, 
at (864) 644-5383 or 704-685-4441
 or email

Alumni Awards and Homecoming Kickoff

Southern Wesleyan University’s 2015 Homecoming festivities will begin with an unforgettable evening, featuring the Rick Webb Family (left) and SWU’s own University Singers (right), Oct. 30 in the auditorium of Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $10 per person. Tickets for the VIP Dinner (5:30 p.m. seating 5 p.m.) and concert are $25 per person. Purchase tickets online, or by calling Debbie Guhr at (864) 644-5384. 

Alumni Awards

Also that evening, we will honor the lives and accomplishments of our outstanding alumni – Damon Qualls, Dr. Vicki Dill Luther, Dr. Ashley Joiner George, Dr. Keith Connor, and we will present a posthumous award honoring DePayne Middleton-Doctor to members of her family.

Record enrollment!

SWU President Todd Voss greets students and their families during Orientation Aug. 15 at the Central campus. SWU enrollment has seen a significant increase over last year's levels. Read more>>
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, center, paid a visit to SWU Sept. 14, speaking about the role of the Attorney General’s office to a group of students, faculty and staff, as well as local elected officials and their representatives. Pictured from left: SWU VP for Advancement Dr. Lisa McWherter, SWU President Dr. Todd Voss, State Rep. Gary Clary, Wilson, Rick Adkins of U.S. Cong. Jeff Duncan’s office; Kam Turner of U.S. Cong. Trey Gowdy’s office, and State Sen. Larry Martin. The visit was organized by SWU Legislative and Government Relations.

Jazz Ambassadors to present Big Band, Swing and more

The internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C. will continue its long tradition of presenting free public performances when they appear Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University in Central. Though the concert is free, tickets are required. Please contact Jackie Bryant in the Fine Arts office at (864) 644-5408 or email

Help meet DR fundraising goal

Luke Sawyer (’12) reports that he’s getting within $300 of his monthly fundraising goal and is seeking individuals who can partner with his work with FCA for $50 or $100/month to cover the gap quickly. He is the assistant director of ministry for Fellowship of Christian Athletes in the Dominican Republic. For details or to help, email

Tennis Complex progress

Grading has been completed at the new tennis complex at SWU's Central campus and fencing is being installed. When phase one is complete, the complex will include 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

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


Hannah Bradley was named SWU's new sports information director, as announced on Sept 1. Bradley comes to Southern Wesleyan after spending the last two years as a graduate assistant in the Clemson Athletic Communications Department.
Read more>>

More athletics news

Sept. 19 Sept. 17 Sept. 16 Sept.  15 Sept. 9 Sept. 8

Upcoming games

  • Sept. 22 – Men’s and Women’s Soccer vs. Emmanuel, Childs Field
    Women’s Soccer, 5 p.m., Men’s Soccer, 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 25 - Women's Volleyball @Barton, 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 26 – Men’s and Women’s Soccer vs. Barton, Childs Field
    Women’s Soccer, 2 p.m., Men’s Soccer, 4 p.m.
    Women’s Volleyball @Mount Olive, 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 28-29 – Men’s and Women’s Golf Emmanuel Fall Invite/NCCAA Regional
  • Sept. 30 – Men’s Soccer @Newberry, 3:30 p.m.
    Women’s Soccer @Mars Hill, 6:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 2 - Women's Volleyball vs. Limestone, Tysinger Athletic Center, 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 3 - Women's Volleyball vs. Converse, Tysinger Athletic Center, 1 p.m.
    Men’s and Women’s Soccer @Limestone
    Women’s Soccer, 5 p.m., Men’s Soccer, 7:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 5-6 – Men’s and Women’s Golf at Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate
  • Oct. 9 - Women's Volleyball vs. Emmanuel, Tysinger Athletic Center, 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 10 – Men’s and Women’s Soccer @Mount Olive
    Women’s Soccer, 1 p.m., Men’s Soccer, 4 p.m.
    Women’s Volleyball vs. Erskine, Tysinger Athletic Center, 1 p.m.
  • Oct. 13 - Women's Volleyball @Converse, 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 14 - Women's Soccer vs. Converse, Childs Field, 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 15 - Women's Volleyball @North Greenville, 7 p.m.
For more SWU athletics, click here.

Alumni News

Upstate Realtor remembering Alma Mater

Jody Cartee (’93), a Realtor with Aggressive Realty, a SWU psychology graduate and former Warriors baseball player, pledged to donate a portion from his sales to Southern Wesleyan University or any program associated with SWU.
Cartee and Kevin Black, Aggressive Realty’s owner, recently joined the university’s advancement team for a tour of the SWU campus in Central, including Dr. Keith Connor Baseball Field. Pictured from left are Joy Bryant, SWU’s executive director of alumni and constituent relations; Cartee; Black; Tony Payne, SWU’s vice president for development; and Dr. Lisa McWherter, SWU’s vice president for advancement.
To anyone associated with SWU who uses Cartee as their Realtor, he plans to donate 5 percent of his sales from any transaction that closes. For details, contact Cartee at 864-979-9923.
Tom Harding ('91), senior pastor of Alive Wesleyan Church, gives one of a series of messages devoted to relationships during spiritual emphasis services at SWU. “God is calling you into a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him,” he said. Read more>>


Happy 50th wedding anniversary to Warren and Esther (’67) Bennett, who celebrated their milestone Aug. 23 with family and a few close friends. Warren and Esther are both retired from Thomasville, N.C. schools and reside in Sophia, N.C. Along with the anniversary celebration was a reunion of Esther with her roommate Jane Potts. 
Neither had seen one another in 49 years. Pictured from left: Elizabeth Bennett Palladino, Timothy Bennett, Warren Bennett, and Esther Kistler Bennett. 
Dave Hansen (’91) was recently hired as an adjunct instructor of bioethics at Montcalm Community College. He is also lead pastor of Lakeview Community Church in Lakeview, Mich.
Preston Lee Stack was born July 10 at 1:26 p.m. to Sam (’09) and Heather Everhart Stack (’08). Preston is 9 lbs. 3 oz. and 21 inches and is Sam and Heather's first born child!
Courtney Webster Thompson (’12) and Josh Thompson have a new baby, Fletcher William Thompson, born Sept. 13, weighing 6 lbs. and 13 oz. Courtney was a forensic science major who now works at SLED in Columbia.
Dr. Jonathan Watts ('74) was recently appointed the Humanities and Fine Arts Division Chair at Snead State Community College, Boaz, Ala.
SWU’s Office of Alumni Relations will soon offer alumni and friends a free gift that has eternal value. 
We are always looking for ways to serve students, faculty and alumni that will help as we encourage the integration of our faith with our learning and living. Starting Sept. 23, RightNow Media will offer 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. 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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