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Welcome Coach Smith

Guest Blog by Steve Appel, Athletic Director/Head Baseball Coach at University of the Southwest

USW Athletics is proud to announce Cassandra ‘Cass’ Smith as Head Coach of Women’s Volleyball. Smith graduated from University of the Southwest in 2017. She was a member of the Volleyball program and Women’s Basketball from 2013-2016. In 2013 she was named to the RRAC Honorable Mention Team. In 2015 she earned 2nd Team All-Conference, Champions of Character honors, as well as All-Conference Academic team. Smith played in 395 sets during her four years at USW.

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Home Away from Home

Guest Blog by Steve Appel, Athletic Director/Head Baseball Coach at University of the Southwest

USW’s 2020-21 school year will be remembered as a year of unusual challenges and innovations. In my lifetime I don’t think I have ever dealt with as much adversity and complexity. This said, it also will be a year that has made me a better person and this institution a stronger university. Below are my recollections.

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Reflecting on the Past, but Looking Forward to the Future….

Guest blog by Dr. Ryan Tipton, Provost and Dean of the College of Business Administration

With commencement complete, it’s important to reflect upon the preceding year in consideration of all recognized accomplishments.  On Saturday, we celebrated the successes of our students as they prepare for a new chapter in life, and that’s always exciting.  Having attended (and enjoyed) the virtual gatherings and ceremonies, I would also like to recognize one very important accomplishment of the entire USW community.  During the 2020-2021 academic year, everyone in the USW family successfully demonstrated an unwavering commitment to protecting the well-being of one another.  From protecting each other’s health (COVID) to securing sensitive data (IT), time and again, USW students, faculty and staff exhibited servant leadership principles in their actions.  Admittedly, servant leadership can often be “inconvenient,” but the ability to help others is well worth the effort.  For me personally, it is a privilege to see that our campus community routinely opts for the course of action that aligns with the university mission of servant leadership.

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This is Why We are Here!

Guest Blog from a USW parent

Occasionally we share guest blogs from members of the USW family who have something to say that is either informative or uplifting. The unsolicited letter Ryan Tipton received last week was both, and I felt inspired to feature it as we begin to wrap up what has been a most unusual year:

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USW to Host the Evangelical Theological Society Southwest Conference with Renown Scholar Eleonore Stump

Guest Blog by Dr. Danny Kirkpatrick, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

University of the Southwest has the distinct privilege of virtually hosting the 2021 Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Evangelical Philosophical Society Southwest Region April 23-24. This year’s conference theme is “The Problem of Evil” and explores the theological and philosophical arguments for the existence of God in an evil world.

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Spring Catch Up

Driving in yesterday morning I noticed it was a cool 50 degrees and sprinkles were evident on my windshield, providing some hope of much needed rain. As we near the end of the academic year with only a month or so remaining it seems like a good time to catch up on a few noteworthy events that have occurred and some to come.

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USW’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Embraces CACREP Accreditation

Guest blog by Dr. Carol Brennan, USW Program Coordinator & Advisor – Mental Health

Last week University of the Southwest was informed that our Clinical Mental Health Counseling program had earned accreditation from CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling Related Educational Programs), making USW’s online graduate program one of the very few to have achieved this distinction to date anywhere in the U.S.

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