Student Services



This is it! Claim Philippians 1:6 as your rallying cry – He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.


Your enthusiasm continues to permeate the campus. As you transition to the second step on the ladder, remember – But they that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength (Isa. 40:31).


Soon it will be your time to shine. Meanwhile, stand ready to take the mantle – Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good (Psa. 34:8).


It's the beginning of great things to come. At times, it may seem difficult to leave the known for the unknown. Know that – The Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deut. 31:8).

Dear Students,

Thank you for choosing us to begin and/or advance your collegiate endeavors.  As you start this year, ask yourself – What is holding you back? One answer I seem to always come up with is junk, literal and proverbial.  Does the past keep you from moving forward?  Do the items in your ‘backpack' weigh you down? Are you attached for all the wrong reasons? 

Our theme this year is, Simplify.  Hebrews 12:1-2 tells us to take action so that we can press ahead.  We can do things that will allow us to move in a healthy and positive direction.  Take heart and act – throw off, set aside – that which keeps us stuck in the starting blocks.  Fix your eyes and run – toward the finish line. 

A popular song in the early ‘90s, way before your time, had the following lyrics -

Don't wanna wait til tomorrow
Why put it off another day?
Catch this magic moment
Right here and now
It means everything
Tell me, what are you waiting for?
Turn this thing around

This year, remove the baggage, release the guilt and race unabashedly.  Run the course that the Almighty has orchestrated for you since the days of your youth. As in the days of Joshua, set yourself apart from all that holds you back – for this is the year – God will do great and mighty things in and for you at SWAU.

Let's Go Knights!!!

James The

Vice President for Student Services


Student Services

We are a community engaged in the intentional development of our students' mental, spiritual, physical and social lives. Not content with marginal performance or careless living, we seek to provide a healthy environment that encourages students to reach their fullest potential. In support of this, we are committed to providing Southwestern's students with:

  • Advice and guidance as they assume increasing responsibility for their lives
  • Welcoming residential students through providing quality housing and dining
  • Adequate student health care as well as an environment that is conducive to good health
  • Activities and programming that exposes students to important ideas, and encourages cultural development and spiritual maturation
  • Opportunity to develop leadership skills through student government, clubs, and other organizations
  • Positive community life that encourages all students to reach their God-given potential for good and for service.

Areas of supervision and oversight include

  • Athletics 
  • Campus Recreation
  • Counseling Services
  • Dining Services
  • Health Services
  • Intramurals 
  • Residential Life
  • Student Conduct
  • Student Association Activities

The Student Services Department is assisted by

  • Director of Counseling and Outreach
  • Director of Dining Services
  • Director of Disability Services
  • Residence Hall Deans


Students, continue with your onward and upward march. "Hold fast that which is good.ENGAGE in the moment and be mindful of what it is that sets us apart as we look forward to the ultimate ENGAGEMENT – at the banquet table.

2020 Hoops Classic

Welcome to the largest basketball tournament in the North American Division - the 25th annual Hoops Classic at Southwestern Adventist University.

We are excited to welcome teams from all over the U.S.!

Weekend Schedule:

Photo Gallery

Recap Video

Watch games LIVE!


Hoops Classic, sports, basketball, intramurals,

Hundreds of high school basketball players come from all over the United States to participate in the 4-day tournament. 

Watch live-streaming of our major events!

Events, announcements, photos, and more for the SWAU Student Association. 

Music Festival, music, scholarships, Meyerson Symphony Center

Join elite musicians from multiple academies and universities in the music event of the year!


James The, MEd

Office of Student Services
Vice President

Michelle Calagos, BS

Office of Student Services

Tyler Wooldridge, BA

Department of Athletics & Intramurals
Director, Facilities & Athletics

Wil Iverson, BS

Department of Residential Life & Housing
Dean of Men & Outdoor Recreation Coordinator

Janelle Williams, MEd

Department of Residential Life & Housing
Dean of Women

Gloria Miller Rivera, MSN

Department of Campus Health Services
Campus Nurse

Matthew Agee

Department of Campus Safety
Assoc Dir Security

Sualua Tupolo, AS Culinary Arts

Department of Dining Services
Director/Executive Chef