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Saving Childs Hall Campaign

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Saving Childs Hall

Celebrating the first 70 years. Preparing for the next 70 years.

Childs Hall has been an integral part of the history of Southern Wesleyan University. For the last 70 years out of SWU's 110 year history, Childs Hall has been "home" to many students across the years. So many memories are housed within its walls.

Currently under construction is a brand new residence hall across the street from Newton Hobson Chapel. This new residence hall will open in August 2017. At the same time, Stuart-Bennett Hall will be repurposed for offices and a gap year program and Childs Hall will be closed for one academic year (Fall 2017 through Spring 2018).

With 70 years of history to preserve, it is now time to make an investment in Childs Hall in order to save its heritage and extend its life for the next 70 years.

Why renovate Childs?

  • Preserve its heritage as one of the oldest buildings on campus
  • Raise the quality of living to match or exceed all other residence options on campus, including the new residence hall
  • Open up more residence space for increased enrollment so that students won't have to be turned away for lack of rooms

Fast Facts

  • Money to be Raised:  $1.5 million
  • Campaign Timeline:  October 2016 - December 2017
  • Renovation Timeline: August 2017 - June 2018
  • Number of beds in future Childs Hall: 48

Major Changes to Childs Hall

Here are some of the highlights to the planned renovations:

  • Hall bathrooms removed. New bathrooms included in suite-style rooms (generally two rooms per bathroom).
  • Enclosed stairwells added to each end of the building.
  • New windows throughout the building.
  • Window air conditioning units removed. New heating and air conditioning installed throughout the building.
  • New common spaces, including a first floor lobby and a lounge and study room on each floor.

How Can You Help Save Childs Hall?

Your generous support is vital in saving this beloved and historical residence hall. Your gift, regardless of size, will make a significant difference and will be greatly appreciated.

John Frank Childs

John Frank Childs

John Frank Childs Leadership Society

Please consider membership in the John Frank Childs Leadership Society with a gift of $1,500 or more to honor our 10th and 12th president (acting president 1927-28; president 1933-45) for whom the building is named.

Naming Opportunities

Naming opportunities are offered to honor the generous support of individuals and organizations that have contributed in a significant way to the advancement of the Southern Wesleyan University.

These opportunities provide enduring recognition that creates a lasting legacy. SWU has a variety of possibilities available for donors interested in having their name, the name of a loved one or company/organization associated with the university.



Gift Size

Total #

# Taken

Lobby $50,000 1
Lounge Area $25,000 2 1
Stairwell Towers (East / West) $25,000 2
Rooms w/ 3 Beds $22,500 4 1
Observation Patio   $20,000 1 1
Residence Director Suite $20,000 1
Hallways (3 East / 2 West) $15,000 5
Rooms w/ 2 Beds $15,000 18
Office Suite   $10,000 1 1
Reception Area   $10,000 1 1
Outdoor Beautification $7,500 2 1
Study Rooms   $7,500 3 3

How to Give

Giving to Southern Wesleyan is easy! We offer several convenient options for making a gift.

For more information, please contact Lisa McWherter, Vice President for Advancement, at (855) 644-5008 or .

Campaign Committee


Jim Bross


Joy Bryant


Elizabeth Childs Drury


Ken Foutz


Darl Fowler


Glenda Hoyle


Charles Joiner


Jimmy Kimble


Dan Loggins


Lisa McWherter


Carol Milstead


Don Milstead


Leah Moyer


Tony Payne


Mickey Rickman


Cody Thomas


Todd Voss  
Charles Wimphrie