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Category: Stories

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


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


SEU Professor to Be Featured on National Radio Program

Dr. Robert Crosby, professor of practical theology, and his wife, Pam, senior director for COMPASS: The Center for Calling and Career, will be featured Monday, April 25, on Dr. James Dobson’s nationally broadcast radio program, Family Talk. The program will focus primarily on Dr. Crosby’s 2014 book, The One Jesus Loves. “We so often hear Christian ... 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


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


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


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


Jacob Fusek, Organizational Leadership ’15

“I decided to come to Southeastern because I loved the unique on-campus culture.” Throughout his time at Southeastern University, Jacob Fusek has been involved in a diverse body of extracurricular activities, discovering opportunities to lead from the foundation of servant-leadership he has gained ... More


December 15, 2015

Student Blog: The Importance of Community

The Oxford English Dictionary defines community as “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals.” Before college, I never understood the importance of community — when in reality, I’ve always been a part of it. I had a strong group of Christian friends during high school who I now realize, looking back on ... More