Several years ago, during the Summer Olympics, the key phrase used by one of the many advertising sponsors was – Clear your mind and your game will follow.   The commercial showed an athlete, no field, no opponent, no scoreboard, just a visual of the athlete's sweat drenched face in deep concentration. This year, our theme is, wait for it – PAUSE.   Just reflect on that for a moment.  Some of you, have gone from the culmination of last school year to the inception of this new semester with no stoppage of time. It's been summer school to summer camp to West Hillcrest without coming up for air.  Your very own seasonal triathlon has taken you from Paris to Oshkosh and back to Old Betsy.  Time, indeed, keeps on ticking.

Now, without hesitation, you find yourself fully immersed into your latest journey, school year, 2014-2015.  Before you go any further, do yourself a favor and – P.A.U.S.E.

P – Pull the Plug – turn switches off, power down all forms of interference that might cloud your thoughts to focus

A – Abstain – stay away from things that are hurtful and harmful – people, places and paraphernalia 

U – Uncurl – work out the kinks, iron out the creases, straighten things out with meaningful people in your life

S – be Still converse with the Almighty, in the stillness of the moment - listen to what He has to say and offer you

E – Exhale – take a deep breath, then let it out – take your eyes off the rearview mirror, look ahead and the Master paint His masterpiece using you as the canvas

For forty years, Moses cleared his mind and you know the rest of the story.  His greatest game soon followed.  You could say his battle with Pharaoh went into extra innings, but in the midst of the struggle he stayed true to the course.  This year, as the journey takes you to new and challenging horizons, be mindful to pause and be filled with the I AM. 

Who are you?





James The

Vice President for Student Services

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

  • Athletics 
  • Campus Recreation
  • Counseling Services
  • Food Services
  • Health Services
  • Intramurals 
  • Residential Life
  • Student Discipline
  • Student Association Activities

The Student Services Department is assisted by

  • Director of Counseling and Outreach
  • Director of Food Services
  • Director of Students with Disabilities
  • Residence Hall Deans