Southeastern University

Alumni News

November 2020

November 2020

This month, we celebrated Southeastern University’s 85th anniversary as an institution! On November 4, 1935, what was then called Alabama Shield of Faith Institute was founded in New Brockton, Alabama. After some location and name changes, the institution finally ended up in Lakeland, Fla., in 1946 at the former site of Lodwick School of Aeronautics, located at the current Tiger Town/Joker Marchant Stadium facility. Six years later, the school moved to its current location on Longfellow Boulevard, then surrounded by orange groves and open fields. Today, Southeastern University keeps to its standards of offering biblical education to students, helping them discover their divine design and purpose in this world.

Then & Now - Virtual Historical Campus Tour

In honor of our 85th anniversary, we created a historical campus tour that you can enjoy virtually! The Then & Now tour highlights the buildings and spaces on our campus, telling of their previous and current looks and functions. Click here to take the tour, view pictures, and read quotes of the memories our alumni submitted!

Cooking with Fire

To bring some normalcy to a likely unprecedented holiday season, we’re asking for our alumni to submit one of their favorite Thanksgiving recipes for us to compile and share with others. Whether you boast a classic pumpkin pie, a hardy stuffing, or buttery homemade dinner rolls, email alumni@seu.edu with the ingredients and instructions to recipes you’re willing to share! We’ll compile them to form a Cooking with Fire email to share in time for Thanksgiving.

Remember When…

As alumni, we all have specific memories of our time on campus as students. We’re asking that alumni submit their favorite “Remember when…” memories to us. We’ll share these as posts on our social media every so often to brighten the day of other alumni who may have forgotten about the memory you share! For example, Carl Ethridge (’93) submitted, “Remember when we had the gong show?” and Isabella Reyes (’19) said, “Remember when students ‘lived’ in Tuscana during Hurricane Irma?” Have photos to go along with it? Even better! Send them our way to alumni@seu.edu.

Homecoming Recap

This year we were able to celebrate Homecoming with many of you on our campus! We adjusted a few of our traditions in order to keep everyone safe amidst the pandemic, and ended up liking them more than our original plans. For example, our Annual Alumni Dinner was changed to a casual outdoor reception in the new Welcome Center courtyard under beautifully strung lights. We enjoyed delicious BBQ at Saturday’s tailgate, and cheered on the Fire Football team to victory. The weekend ended with an incredible fireworks show on Victory Field.

Special Message for 80s Alumni

Attention all 80s alumni: Start planning your trip to Lakeland for Homecoming 2021! There will be a time of reunion, special fellowship, and events exclusively for those who graduated in the 80s. Check out this announcement from Lee McBride to hear part of his vision for next year.

Giving Tuesday

This year, Giving Tuesday is December 1, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Giving Tuesday is a global movement that encourages charitable giving. We ask that you would consider giving to your alma mater on Giving Tuesday and help us ‘PRESS ON toward the mark.’ Your gift will directly benefit students in need of scholarship money toward earning their degrees and being launched into the world as the hands and feet of Christ. You can give early here to help students now.

Virtual Concerts from CAM

COVID-19 precautions have caused our College of Arts & Media (CAM) team to be creative with the way they showcase music and talent within the university. Find their schedule of virtual concerts here, and be sure to check out their newest virtual art exhibit featuring work by faculty and staff.

Welcome Center Torch Lighting Ceremony

The torch lighting and dedication ceremony of the new Welcome Center took place on November 4. The Welcome Center is a 31,200-square-foot building designed with students in mind. In the Welcome Center, prospective students start their journey when they meet with Admission counselors. A recording of the livestream of the ceremony can be found here.

Alumni Survey 

As a part of our goal to serve alumni, having updated contact information is a vital part of advancing our mission. We ask that you take this survey not only to update your information, but also to help us gather data on topics like how many alumni work within their field of study at SEU. Upon completion of your survey you will be entered into a drawing to win one of several gifts from the Alumni Association: 10 Alumni Association memberships,10 registrations for 2 to Homecoming 2021, and 10 SEU Gift Bags (T-shirts, mugs, etc.). 

If you graduated before the 2010-2011 academic year, please take this survey: 
If you graduated in the 2014-2015 academic year, please take this survey:
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If you graduated in 2020, please take this survey: 

Statewide Alumni News

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We love to hear from you! Contact us at the Alumni Relations office: alumni@seu.edu or 863.667.5400.