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Category: Alumni

SEU Alum Nominated for Dove Award

If you ever get the privilege to talk to Joivan Jimenez, ’15 — whose song Generación de Fuego has been nominated for a 2017 Dove Award for Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year — you’ll find yourself smiling ear to ear, inspired by his love of God, humble demeanor and true desire to lead worship. He recently shared with us his journey of faith and how Southeastern University influenced ... More


Krista Rogers Awarded ABWA National Scholarship

As a business student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in SEU's Jannetides College of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership, Krista Rogers realized the significance of networking and intentional professional development outside of the classroom. Although highly active in SEU’s Enactus team working on entrepreneurial projects, Krista also decided to join the More


Chester Spellman, Americorps Director

Southeastern University alumnus, Chester Spellman, was appointed by the White House as the director of AmeriCorps for the Corporation for National and Community Service. Called to Serve “I believe there is no greater calling than the calling to serve. I am deeply honored to be appointed by the White House and thrilled for the opportunity to lead AmeriCorps at the national ... More


August 2, 2017

Study Abroad in Uganda

When Delaina Peek and Bryson Barefoot (both Social Work, ’17) decided to study abroad in Uganda, they had no idea how much it would deepen their knowledge of their field. “The Uganda Studies Program (USP) provides a unique, enriching experience for college students to study abroad, fully immerse themselves in another culture, and attain credits and internship hours,” explained Dr. Erica Sirrine, dean of SEU’s College of Behavioral and Social ... More


SEU Grad Helps Veterans

Well before they got married, Susannah Wesley-Ahlschwede and her husband, Andrew Ahlschwede (SEU class of 2007), had worked together to research veteran unemployment rates and dig deeper into their gap in preparation for transitioning to civilian work. The idea for Battlefield to Boardroom, which is now a national nonprofit organization, transpired from an encounter Susannah had with a childhood friend who was a decorated veteran. Her friend had served ... More


SEU’s First Doctoral Student to Graduate

Southeastern University’s first doctoral student will graduate this December during the fall commencement ceremony, which will take place on December 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Victory Church in Lakeland. Candi Ring will be the first student to graduate from the doctor of education program, which was launched in the fall of 2014. The doctoral program at Southeastern University currently has 140 students. “The doctoral program has been a labor of love from ... More


The Penny Story: A Worthy Cause

When the topic of human trafficking comes up, many conversations about 
what seems to be a distant and hopeless situation often grow quiet. This is not the case, however, when talking to Kendall Altmyer '13. Her face lights
 up with passion as she shares a story of hope. She points to the 
copper penny bracelet stamped 
with the word “Worthy” and
 penny tattoo inked on her arm 
as she shares ... More


SEU Alum’s Wildlife Journey

Michael Hughes, who received the Southeastern Award at this spring’s commencement ceremony, was not your ordinary college student. While many Florida students enjoy spending their weekends at the beach, Michael devoted his free time to writing and self-publishing his books. Over the four years of his college experience, Michael, an Arizona native and biology major, published three books on the wildlife found in Arizona, Brazil and Florida. Michael was ... More


New Worship Pastor Returns Home from Hillsong

Since 2011, David Cook has been living Down Under and serving as part of the worship team at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. Now five years later, he’s excited to return to his home state of Florida with his wife, Corina, and son, Jude — bringing with him the experience, training and life lessons he has gained to his new position as the campus worship pastor at Southeastern University. Check out ... More


Reaching Madagascar

“I clearly remember God calling me to Africa, but I did not want to go alone,” said Dr. Aaron Santmyire ’00. Aaron felt called to be a missionary to Africa at the age of 12 while attending a youth camp where evangelist Greg Hubbard was speaking. Several years later, Aaron would meet his wife, Heather (Seymour) ’01, a missionary kid who was born and raised in Zimbabwe for 12 years. Heather also felt called ... More