2022 Alumni Homecoming Schedule:

Registration

Come on home to the Hopps Museum & Welcome Center to share memories with classmates as you flip through old yearbooks and enjoy homemade refreshments.  Stop by to sign up for events and receive your weekend program and name tag.  We’ll be waiting for you!

Thursday, March 31
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. –
Hopps Museum

Friday, April 1
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
– Hopps Museum

6:30 p.m. – Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church

Saturday, April 2
8:30 a.m.
– Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church

Register, pick up your name. tag and program, and see who’s here!

Let us know you are coming by preregistering here! The first 50 people who preregister will receive free t-shirts! To register for a specific event, please see the Schedule of Events below.

Schedule of Events

*Be sure to register for each individual event you would like to attend.*

SWAU Alumni banquet

Thursday, March 31, 2022

 

Homecoming Banquet
Cost:  $20 per person

5:30 p.m. Meet & Greet
6:30 p.m. Dinner

City of Keene Community Center

1000 N. Old Betsy Road | Cleburne, TX  76031

All alumni are invited to this Homecoming celebration featuring music from the A’Men Quartet.  Enjoy catching up with friends during the Meet & Greet.  Savor the delicious meal of veggie fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, cornbread, warm rolls, and strawberry shortcake prepared to make you feel right at home.   Congratulate your fellow alumni as they are recognized for their outstanding service to their church and community. 

Banquet Registration

Friday, April 1, 2022

 

Homecoming Golf Classic
Cost: $150 per player

8:00 a.m.

The Retreat Country Club FM 1434 | Cleburne, TX 

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m.  Pre-registration is required.

Price includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, and prizes.

Come prepared to bid on auction items and participate in the raffle!

Support the First-in-Family Scholarship Fund while enjoying a morning of golf with friends!  Course requirements are collared shirts, no denim, and soft spikes.

Golf Registration

 

Dinosaur Science Museum

9:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Visit the Dinosaur Science Museum where you have the unique opportunity to interact with one of America's largest dinosaur fossil collections. It's here that over 30,000 dinosaur bones (excavated in Wyoming) are cleaned, cataloged, and preserved. (Open on Sabbath as well.)

 

Thomsen Observatory Open House

4:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Experience the galaxy like never before in this fully functioning observatory.  You'll be able to look into space through a state-of-the-art telescope.  Tour the facility earlier in the day and view the filtered sun, or gaze at the stars beginning 30 minutes after sundown.   (Open on Sabbath as well).

 

Vespers 

7:30 p.m.

Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church

Featuring a number of newly commissioned works by Southwestern's top musical ensembles. Former members of SWAU’s University Singers are invited to join the University Singers in two mass choir pieces. Practice begins at 6:15 p.m. on Friday in the Keene Church sanctuary.

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Four young boys smile big as they successfully carry a dinosaur bone that is much bigger than them
The obervatory, in a silver color, sits on grass with a fence surrounding it
A youth pastor stand on top of a stage and holds his bible as he preaches and looks at the congregation.
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Saturday, April 2, 2022

 

Church at Worship
Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church

Daybreak Service – 9:00 a.m.
Main sanctuary
Dr. David Ripley (’82)
“Habakkuk, Your Feet, and Heading Home”

Sabbath School – 10:15 a.m.
Chapel
Pastor John Mutchler (’96)
“Are We There Yet!?”

Elevate – 10:30 a.m.
Main sanctuary
Jazzmine Bankston (’12)
"Move Toward the Dawn"

Summit – 12:00 p.m.
Main sanctuary
Pastor Buffy Halvorsen (’02)
“What It’s Like to be Home “

 

Alumni Community Potluck

1:30 p.m.

Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium
Hosts:  Jere (Bugger) (’57) & Karen (Haddock) (’62) Putnam
Join us for this great alumni tradition, our annual potluck.  
If possible, bring a dish for the table!  All are welcome.


Honor Class Photos

2:30 p.m.

Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium
Listen for your class to be announced and come forward for your class picture if you are a member of one of the honor classes, including academy (all attendees), and junior college (all attendees):  1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017. Afterward we will take a photo of our alumni who are veterans in front of the bell.


Hopps Museum & Welcome Center Open House

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Our emeritus professors (retired faculty) have been invited to attend this open house, which offers you the perfect opportunity to reconnect and express appreciation to them for their faithful service to so many students over the years.  Please drop by to say hello!


Departmental Open Houses

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Business Administration Department | Pachero Hall, 2nd fl
Computer Science Department | Scales Hall
Education Department | Pechero Hall, 2nd floor
Kinesiology Department | Hagen Hall
Nursing Department | Larry R. Moore Nursing & Admin Building, 2nd floor
KJRN, The Journey W Hillcrest (across from Pechero Hall)


Dinosaur Science Museum Open House

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

 

Thomsen Observatory Open House

4:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 2, 2022 
(schedule continued)

 

Vespers

6:30 p.m.

Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church
Our evening worship service will feature the A’Men Quartet, a Christian Gospel vocal group made up of four talented men (three are alumni!) whose unique blend, harmony, and style, fused together with their sincere love for God, has paved the way for the birth of a powerful music ministry.

 

HONOR CLASS PARTIES

8:00 p.m.

25 Years (’97) 
Student Center
Hosted by Edna Yanez Perez

30 & 35 Years (’92 & 87) 
Miosi’s Home
Hosted by Dawn & Mark Miosi

40 & 45 Years ('82 & '77) 
Upper Room, Keene Church
Hosted by Jon & Sharon Dickerson

50 Years (’72)
Hopps Museum
Hosted by Deryl Knutson and Dean Bixby

55+ Years (to '67)
Keene Church Annex Building
Hosted by Don & Marie Redwine, Yddo & Mary Ortiz, and Gary & Betty Heinrich

*Registration is not required for class parties.*

 

AlumKnight Tailgate (young alums)
Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium and surrounding grounds area
Young alums are invited to the first annual AlumKnight tailgate
at the gym on Saturday night.  This promises to be a fun event with alumni vs. student games of dodgeball, basketball, volleyball, plus a tailgate party, complete with grilled hotdogs and outdoor games and activities.

Tailgate Registration
 

A-men Quartet
AlumKnight Tailgate 2022
SWAU Disc Golf

Sunday, April 3, 2022

 

5k Color Run   
Cost:  $25

8:00 a.m. – Registration
9:00 a.m. – 5K Start

Rex E. Callicott Student Park
Get your exercise and support Southwestern Adventist University’s Enactus and Kinesiology Cubs! Don't forget to wear white!

Color Run Registration

 

The Duck Pond Classic | Disc Golf Tournament    
Cost $35

8:30 a.m. – Registration
9:00 a.m. – Start

Rex E. Callicott Student Park
The Duckpond Classic is an annual event that coincides with the annual Homecoming weekend.  This year’s event will be an Ace race and putting competition.  Participants will receive two custom-stamped disks, a goodie bag, breakfast, and the opportunity to win several prizes.

Disc Golf Registration

 

Knights Unite Soccer Classic

10:00 a.m. – Women’s game
12:00 p.m. – Men’s game

Rex E. Callicott Student Park, Soccer Field
Come cheer on your team for a rousing alumni vs. students soccer game!

Presenters

David Ripley

David Ripley

David Ripley, born in Dallas, Texas, graduated from Southwestern Adventist University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in theology.  He went on to receive a master’s of divinity degree and a doctorate in ministry from Andrews University.  He began his pastoral ministry in the Texas Conference in 1982 and spent 25 years pastoring alongside his wife, Lynn, who is also a pastor and a theology graduate of Southwestern Adventist University.  He later served as ministerial secretary in two conferences and the Northern Asia-Pacific Division. He was president of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Conference in Canada prior to retiring in 2019.  He now lives in Fredericksburg, Texas, where he continues to write and preach.  He and Lynn work as church growth consultants.  They have three children, all graduates of Southwestern Adventist University, and four grandchildren, who are potential students of Southwestern Adventist University. To connect with his community he has joined the local Native Plant Society and the Astronomy Club. You can find him many evenings next to his new telescope checking out the stars.

John Mutchler

John (JJ) Mutchler

John (JJ) Mutchler graduated from Southwestern Adventist University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1996.  He was commissioned in law enforcement for nearly 15 years, and after serving as a police sergeant in the City of University Park, Texas, he retired to begin his second career in ministry.   Most recently he was the lead pastor of the Chehalis Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chehalis, Washington.  Then, in December of last year, he accepted a call to minister at the Austin Stonehill Seventh-day Adventist Church in Pflugerville, Texas. He and his wife, Veronica, thrive on working together and serving others through friendship evangelism, youth and young adult outreach, and family ministries.  They have two children, Brittany, who is a graduate from Southwestern Adventist University, and Sofia, a junior in high school. Joining their household are three dogs, Tazzy, Justice, and Buckeye.  JJ and Veronica are blessed to be back home in Texas.  

Jazzmine Bankston

Jazzmine Bankston

Jazzmine Bankston is a teaching vice principal at Scenic Hills Christian Academy, a private school in San Antonio, Texas. She holds a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in special education from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. She graduated from Southwestern Adventist University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in religion. For eight years she has been involved with youth and young adult discipleship and mentorship in the public and private school setting and faith communities. Three years ago she launched Journey of Discipleship, a high school youth program in which teachers encourage students to embrace their God-given identity. Apart from her ministry at the academy, she leads out as a regional director in the Southwest Region of Adventist Young Professionals. She also runs Grace Unveiled on Instagram, her blog that centers on empowering women. Otherwise, she can be found holding home discipleship groups, with her nose in a good book, or out hiking in nature. 

Buffy Halvorsen

Buffy Halvorsen

Buffy Halvorsen is a licensed marriage and family therapist who began her private practice, Finding Light, the first of March. For 22 years she pastored with her husband, Ron, who is currently the senior pastor of the North Cascade Seventh-day Adventist Church in Burlington, Washington, just south of the Canadian border.  Buffy and Ron have ministered together at the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church at Washington Adventist University, and the College View Church at Union College, where she also taught as an adjunct professor. In 2000, Buffy became the first woman pastor at the Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church, on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University.  Buffy was the prayer coordinator for the Ohio Conference while her husband served as president. Ron and Buffy have worked together at churches in Florida, Washington, and Montana. Buffy attended Union College for four years but was unable to finish for financial reasons. In 2002, she graduated from Southwestern Adventist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. In 2005, she earned her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Montana State University. She and Ron have two grown children, Stephanie and Ronnie III.  Stephanie lives in Sequim, Washington, with her beautiful Golden-retriever named Maple. Ronnie is married to Josie, and they have three little boys. When Buffy isn't working, she helps care for her mother and spends time with her family. When she has free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, being at the beach, or hiking a mountain trail. 

Honored Alumni 2022

 

 

Alumnus of the Year
Todd Goodman (’92)

Alumna of the Year
Melinda Goodman ('89 & ’92)
 
Young Alum of the Year
Ashten (Priest) Fleming (’12)

Alumni Volunteer of the Year
Ian Curnow (’92 & ’02)

Alumni Volunteer of the Year
Anita Zelaya Youngberg (’92 & ’97)

Alumni Hall of Fame
Bob & Bev Mendenhall (former faculty & staff ’70-’15)

Alumni Hall of Fame
Jere (Bugger) Putnam (’57)

 

Susan Grady
Director of Alumni & Events
| events@laneyladybug.com

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