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Category: Alumni

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


April 6, 2017

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


June 20, 2016

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


June 9, 2016

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


Medicine with a Mission

With a continued burden for medical missions, Dr. Tonya Hawthorne, DO, ’83 ventured in 2006 to the country of Kenya in hopes of starting a medical outreach center. Still uncertain of the location, Tonya went on five scouting trips outside the capital city of Nairobi, each being a little further from the city and modern conveniences. During her last trip, she visited Ngoswani, a rural village of no more than five buildings. “... More


April 13, 2016

Investigating Fragile X Syndrome

As a student, Dr. Aimee (Vinson) Franklin never envisioned her career leading to a future in research. While in college and shortly after graduating from SEU in 2007, she was determined to take the MCAT and get into medical school. Aimee worked hard in order to graduate from Southeastern in three-and-a-half years with a bachelor’s degree in biology/pre-medicine. She moved home after graduation and worked delivering newspapers to save ... More


April 6, 2016

On the Front Lines: SEU Alum’s New Chaplaincy Initiative

Being sensitive to God’s call has always been important to Chaplain (Col.) Richard Quinn ’78, who retired this past October following 34 years of service as a chaplain in the U.S. Army. As a senior in high school, Richard planned to pursue a degree in biology and was driving to take a science CLEP exam at a local community college when he sensed God speaking to him about his future ... More


March 22, 2016

Family Legacy: Eugene Williams ’52

When Eugene Williams attended Southeastern in the early 1950s, it was a three-year Bible institute located at Lodwick Field military barracks, now known as Tiger Town. He was a part of the Class of 1952, the last class to graduate from that location. He recalls the hot days spent in the dorms that did not have air conditioning. After completing a theology degree at Southeastern, he attended Florida Southern College and ... More


March 3, 2016

SEU Alum Opens Chiropractic Center

“When I was younger, I would always pray, 'God these are your hands. Use them.' I still pray that prayer every day at the office before I start my day,” said Dr. Ida Abraham, a 2007 SEU grad. Ida is among one of the few female chiropractors in Lakeland, Florida. She has owned her private practice, South Lakeland Chiropractic Center, since October of 2014. “Being a female chiropractor in Lakeland has ... More


February 24, 2016