Woolley Retirement Farewell To Highlight Homecoming Weekend

Dr. Andrew Woolley III, English professor and director of Southwestern’s honors program, will receive a retirement farewell as part of this year’s Homecoming weekend April 6-10. A professor at Southwestern since 1978, Woolley teaches a variety of English classes, honors seminars and writing classes. His farewell is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Hopps Museum.

Dr. Andrew Woolley

“I have made a lot of good memories here at Southwestern,” Woolley says. “I’m going to miss working with the honors program, especially the seminars and study tours. I’m also going to miss being on the honors study tours and seeing the changes that come to students on their first experience with foreign travel in Europe.”

Through his many years of teaching, Woolley has touched many students’ lives and enabled them to believe in themselves and their skills.

“Dr. Woolley taught me how to have more confidence in my writing capabilities. I’m going to miss his friendliness and teachable attitude. It really helped me adjust my freshman year,” says Nathalie Mapaliey, a sophomore pre-dental hygiene major.

This year’s Homecoming for Southwestern alumni will begin on Thursday, April 6 and will last till Sunday, April 9. The many events are planned for the alumnus include the following:


  • Homecoming banquet


  • Golf Tournament
  • Prayer Breakfast
  • University tours
  • University Chorale Concert


  • Special Alumni speakers for the church services
  • Prayer of Dedication for the new building and then all of campus
  • Alumni potluck in the gymnasium
  • Class reunion photos
  • Departmental open houses
  • Reception for Dr. Andrew Woolley, Mrs. Pat Cruz, and Dr. Laurice Durrant
  • Evening concert by the Heritage Singers
  • Class parties
  • Sports night


  • 5K run for ADRA
  • Pancake breakfast
  • Disc Golf tournament
  • Alumni vs. Students Soccer Games
  • Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show
  • Knight Ride

 “The purpose of the homecoming event is to keep alumni engaged with the university so that they can see how their school continues to make a difference in the lives of students,” says Vonda Seals, director of alumni relations. “It is also a way for them to connect with friends, make new friends and stay connected with us.

“Many of our alumnus choose to give back to the University which in turns allows us to continue to grow and prosper. Our alumni are a huge addition to our school!” Seals says.

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