Wow! What can be said about this school year? My first thought is, “Finally!”
It’s been such a long time since we’ve been together as a university family. It was such an odd feeling, but a most welcomed sight to see the Class of 2020 graduate just days before the new school year started. It was good-bye and hello all in one breath.
This year our theme is PURSUE. In 1981 a hot new item came out like gangbusters in stores throughout the land. You want to take a guess? It has something to do with our theme. If you guessed the board game, Trivial Pursuit, you are correct. People spent hours matching wits, intelligence, knowledge, pulling from their minds’ attics answers to questions about history, science, nature, geography, literature, sports and entertainment. Each category was a colored pie piece and you had to complete the whole pie to win. This was the go-to game during our college days. Trying to one up those around you to claim the whole pie for the evening and hold onto it until the next challenge to unseat you.
Fast forward to 2020-2021, It’s a new board game. You and I are the plastic pieces. The game board is our campus. The dice are our choices. There are many questions we need to answer. Some will be trivial, non-consequential even. A few will be challenging and thought provoking. There will even be some that are monumental and even earth-shattering. I pray that whatever the “category” you are facing, be in hot PURSUIT of the One that has brought you to this point in your life. You are here, the Bible says - in this city to prosper and bring prosperity to those around you. In these uncertain times, facing new and challenging norms, let us roll up our sleeves, mask up and do whatever it takes to bring prosperity to our “city”.
Take up His armor and PURSUE life in all its abundance.
Vice President for 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
- Campus Recreation
- Counseling Services
- Dining Services
- Health Services
- 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