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Accreditation Anticipated During the 2020/21 School Year

Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the College Dean Dr. Danny Baer stood excitedly at the front door of the Southeastern Cafeteria waiting, along with twenty-five attending College faculty and staff members, to receive their honored guests. The college campus was in tip-top shape as the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools’ accrediting team drove on campus for the final on-site campus review visit. 

Then the TRACS Team, led by Dr. Tanmay Pramanik, arrived. The team was greeted and then took their seats among the college staff. President Ange was pleased to introduce past presidents Dr. Lorenza Stox and Rev. Jim Marcum. When Dr. Stox and Mr. Marcum addressed the audience, everyone could hear their love for Southeastern and their excitement at the prospect of being one step closer to full accreditation with TRACS. Afterward, the group enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Mike Morris and his team.

Wednesday morning began with a devotion and followed with a campus tour for the TRACS Team and a rigorous schedule of faculty and staff interviews. The TRACS team meticulously reviewed hundreds of documents prepared by the college faculty and staff and verified proper procedures were in place.

A working lunch at a local restaurant was next with a significant representation of the College’s Board of Directors in attendance. The TRACS Team asked questions regarding the College’s mission and the Board’s involvement. Following the meeting, the TRACS Team complimented the Board of Directors for their understanding and commitment to the mission of Southeastern FWB College.

Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, the TRACS Team continued reviewing every aspect of Southeastern College. Right after lunch, they notified Mrs. Gaynor that their exit review meeting with all the faculty and staff was moved up to 2:00 p.m. in the College Chapel. Excitement and anticipation rested on the hearts of everyone on campus.

Finally, 2:00 p.m. arrived, and Dr. Pramanik, along with all the TRACS team members, read their written report aloud. Below is a note from Dr. Danny Baer to the faculty and staff explaining their conclusions.

The TRACS Evaluation Team determined that there were 0 Findings, 2 Recommendations, and 7 Suggestions.

  • A Finding would have been a determination that we were out of compliance with a TRACS standard that was an Institutional Eligibility Requirement (IER). If we had had any Findings, we would have been barred from possible accreditation this fall! We had none!! Praise the Lord!!!
  • Recommendations are determinations that we are out of compliance with TRACS standards. We have two years to remedy the recommendations. We remedied Recommendation 1 this afternoon. We expected Recommendation 2, and we have been working through a plan to remedy that one before the October TRACS voting.
  • Suggestions are simply professional opinions of how we can improve our college. They have provided some excellent suggestions, and we are already planning on working on those in the next few months.

What are the next steps toward accreditation?

1. The College Office will respond to TRACS, explaining the College’s plan to implement or address the two recommendations and the seven suggestions offered by the TRACS Team.

2. One of the two recommendations has already been rectified, and the new faculty members hired for the Fall semester should help us clear up the second recommendation within the next school year.

3. President Ange and Dr. Baer are invited to attend the TRACS Commission Meeting in October when Southeastern will be presented to the Commission for a vote.

What are the possible outcomes of the October meeting? 

1. The Commission could defer Southeastern for an additional six months to further address the recommendations and suggestions.

2. The Commission could vote to approve Southeastern for full accreditation. However, with only two recommendations and no findings, we anticipate that the Commission will vote to approve Southeastern for full accreditation. You can help us pray to that end.

In conclusion, the hurdles during Southeastern’s journey toward accreditation have been numerous. Nevertheless, God’s hand of miraculous blessings has been abundant. President Ange invites the entire Southeastern family to unite in prayer around the goal of full TRACS accreditation in October 2020.

Accreditation Anticipated During the 2020/21 School Year

Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the College Dean Dr. Danny Baer stood excitedly at the front door of the Southeastern
Cafeteria waiting, along with twenty-five attending College faculty and staff members, to receive their honored
guests. The college campus was in tip-top shape as the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and
Schools’ accrediting team drove on campus for the final on-site campus review visit.

Then the TRACS Team, led by Dr. Tanmay Pramanik, arrived. The team was greeted and then took their seats
among the college staff. President Ange was pleased to introduce past presidents Dr. Lorenza Stox and Rev.
Jim Marcum. When Dr. Stox and Mr. Marcum addressed the audience, everyone could hear their love for
Southeastern and their excitement at the prospect of being one step closer to full accreditation with TRACS.
Afterward, the group enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Mike Morris and his team.

Wednesday morning began with a devotion and followed with a campus tour for the TRACS Team and a
rigorous schedule of faculty and staff interviews. The TRACS team meticulously reviewed hundreds of
documents prepared by the college faculty and staff and verified proper procedures were in place.

A working lunch at a local restaurant was next with a significant representation of the College’s Board of
Directors in attendance. The TRACS Team asked questions regarding the College’s mission and the Board’s
commitment. Following the meeting, the TRACS Team complimented the Board of Directors for their
understanding and commitment to the mission of Southeastern College.

Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, the TRACS Team continued reviewing every aspect of
Southeastern College. Right after lunch, they notified Mrs. Gaynor that their exit review meeting with all the
faculty and staff was moved up to 2:00 p.m. in the College Chapel. Excitement and anticipation rested on the
hearts of everyone on campus.

Finally, 2:00 p.m. arrived, and Dr. Pramanik, along with all the TRACS team members, read their written
report aloud. Below is a note from Dr. Danny Baer to the faculty and staff explaining their conclusions.

     The TRACS Evaluation Team determined that there were 0 Findings2 Recommendations, and 7
      Suggestions.

  •  A Finding would have been a determination that we were out of compliance with a TRACS standard
    that was an Institutional Eligibility Requirement (IER). If we had had any Findings, we would have
    been barred from possible accreditation this fall! We had none!! Praise the Lord!!!
  • Recommendations are determinations that we are out of compliance with TRACS standards. We have
    two years to remedy the recommendations. We remedied Recommendation 1 this afternoon. We
    expected Recommendation 2, and we have been working through a plan to remedy that one before the
    October TRACS voting.
  •  Suggestions are simply professional opinions of how we can improve our college. They have provided
    some excellent suggestions, and we are already planning on working on those in the next few months.

What are the next steps toward accreditation?
1. The College Office will respond to TRACS, explaining the College’s plan to implement or address the
seven suggestions offered by the TRACS Team.
2. One of the two recommendations has already been rectified, and the new faculty members hired for the
Fall semester should provide adequate fulfillment of the second recommendation.
3. President Ange and Dr. Baer are invited to attend the TRACS Commission Meeting in October when
Southeastern will be presented to the Commission for a vote.

What are the possible outcomes of the October meeting? 
1. The Commission could defer Southeastern for an additional six months to further address the
suggestions and recommendations.

2. The Commission could vote to approve Southeastern for full accreditation.

In conclusion, the hurdles during Southeastern’s journey toward accreditation have been numerous.
Nevertheless, God’s hand of miraculous blessings has been abundant. President Ange invites the entire
Southeastern family to unite in prayer around the goal of full TRACS accreditation in October 2020.

 

 

Southeastern is pleased to announce The Vine & Branches Ministerial Scholarship for all ministerial students attending Southeastern. President Ange is grateful that God continues to move on the hearts of His people to sacrificially give in a way that helps enable future generations of preachers to prepare for ministry at Southeastern.

An unnamed donor couple, moved by God, has established an annual scholarship to help preachers. God’s beautiful plan of seed and harvest continues to be His means to feed the world and to prepare His preachers. This scholarship is completely funded with dollars that are earned by seed and harvest farming. “We desire to take what God has blessed us with and plant it in young men who are preparing to preach God’s Word to hungry souls.”

The Vine & Branches Ministerial Scholarship fund is designed to aid all preachers preparing for ministry at Southeastern College. Students wishing to apply for The Vine & Branches Ministerial Scholarship may receive an application form in the Southeastern business office.

 

The Vine & Branches Ministerial Scholarship

Funded annually by a donor partner who recognizes the great need for preachers in our world.

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

$2,000.00

This scholarship is awarded to all male ministerial students who sense God’s calling on their life to preach God’s Word. This scholarship has a maximum benefit of $2,000.00. Those who qualify must apply each semester and will receive a $500 tuition scholarship for the student’s first four semesters. This scholarship is available to male, full-time students, living on or off-campus. Other scholarship recipient qualifications must be maintained as outlined in the college catalog.

Dear Southeastern Community,

Due to the reality of the highly viral nature of the novel coronavirus and the imposed state of social distancing and mitigation strategies, we regret to inform you that we are postponing Commencement planned for May 8. The health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff have been paramount in making this difficult decision.

We know that Commencement is one of the most important milestones of our students’ lives. It is the culmination of years of hard work, not just from students but also from their families and other loved ones. Our Academic Dean, as the parent of a graduating senior, understands on a personal level the impact on his family and daughter.

To our graduating seniors, we know that you have experienced a significant number of changes to your final semester. You have lost many of the definitive experiences and honors associated with being a senior. We recognize this, and we are committed to celebrating your accomplishments to God’s glory as the talented graduating Class of 2020. 

We are pleased to announce that a traditional, on-campus Commencement ceremony will be held for the Class of 2020 on Saturday, August 22, at 10 AM. The entire Southeastern community is invited to join us for this momentous occasion as we celebrate our graduates and consecrate their lives to the glory of God.

In the meantime, we trust that in these unprecedented times, you will continue to focus your heart and mind “unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:2).

Sincerely,

Rev. Nate Ange

President

Dr. Daniel Baer

Dean

Mr. Marc Holloman

Academic Dean

 

The 2020 Spring Conference was shortened and moved to online due to Covid-19. Despite the disappointment, President Ange preached a powerful message for all of us. In the video below, we include inspiring music by the Sounds of Praise Ensemble, a Southeastern update, a video campus tour and a challenging message from President Ange.

 

Sigma Delta Alpha Honor Society

 Introduction

The Office of the Academic Dean is pleased to announce the creation of a new honor society that is unique to Southeastern and our mission. The name chosen for this new honor society is the Sigma Delta Alpha (ΣΔΑ) Honor Society.

The Origin of the Name: Sigma Delta Alpha

Paul writes to his protégé in 2 Timothy 2:15 with the imperative, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 

Three Greek words found in 2 Timothy 2:15—spoudázō (study), dókimos (approved), and alḗtheia (truth)—begin with the three Greek letters Sigma, Delta, and Alpha, forming the basis of our honor society name. 

These three Greek words exemplify the essence of Southeastern and its unique mission to cultivate studious and seasoned leaders whose lives are centered on God’s Word. Paul, in context, challenges Timothy with the importance of study, meaning diligence of mind and eagerness to do one’s best, as a basis for seeking the commendation of God. Members of Sigma Delta Alpha are approved unto God as they diligently and eagerly seek to know Christ and make Him known. The foundation for God’s approval is obedience to the truth, which is the true doctrine of the Word of God. The distinguished members of Sigma Delta Alpha have demonstrated intellectual achievement, Christian character, and leadership ability.  

Membership Qualifications

  • Baccalaureate students must achieve a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 by the beginning of the Spring semester before graduation.
  • No more than forty percent of the graduating class will be inducted into the society.
  • Qualifying students must exhibit Christian character and servant-leadership qualities.
  • Invited students must submit a resume to the Academic Committee detailing relevant college career highlights (such as leadership roles held, Christian service activities, and other important milestones to demonstrate qualifications).
  • Finalists will be voted upon by the Faculty Senate and honored at the Spring graduation ceremony.

Procedure

 

sfwbc.edu/apply

March 24, 2020

To Our Dear Students and Supporters:

God has been good to us at Southeastern, and I am thankful that He is always in control!  I also believe that prayer truly makes a difference in challenging times such as these.

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 and its effects upon both our country and our state, I announce today with a saddened heart that we are suspending on-campus classes for our students through the end of the semester.  However, I rejoice that we will be able, with an amazing faculty and staff, to continue to offer classes through distance learning.  We are all working diligently to be sure that every student’s educational need is fully met and follows the path to superb Christian training.

This trial has not caught our Lord by surprise, and He has already made provision for our college to go through this time.  He is using this testing to make us become a stronger and better-equipped school for training Christian leaders.

Thank you for your prayers and loyal support as we go through these uncharted waters, always “looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.”

Your servant for Christ’s sake,

Nate Ange

President

Revive and Rejoice Spring Conference 2020

April 6-7, 2020

 

Psalm 85:6  Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

Rev. Arron Howard

 

Monday, April 6th

10:00 AM – Arron Howard

 

11:00 AM – Dr. Joe Arthur

12:30 PM – High School Student Luncheon (provided by Southeastern)

Dr. Joe Arthur

 

 

 

1:00 PM – 20/20 Vision Club Partners Compass Rose Legacy luncheon at Southlands Steakhouse in Zebulon (Limited seating – RSVP required), (Luncheon is free for our 20/20 Vision Club Partners)

  • Invitations will be mailed out to all 20//20 Vision Club Partners in February. Please RSVP upon receipt. Tickets may be picked up at the Spring Conference on Monday morning.
  • RSVP at this link RSVP 

7:00 PM  – Sounds of Victory Choir Concert

Rev. Christian Powell

7:30 PM – Christian Powell

 

Tuesday, April 7th

9:00 AM – President Nate Ange

10:00 AM – Cooperating Board Meeting & Campus Corner Fellowship Time

11:30 AM – Dr. Joe Arthur

President Nate Ange

 

12:30 PM – Alumni Luncheon

12:30 PM – Inflatables open for children

2:00 PM – Alumni Choir Practice

 

 

7:00 PM – Jim McComas

 

Jim McComas

 

 

 

 

 

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