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The Southern Experience

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We are glad to have your student as part of the Southern family. You can find information that will be helpful to you as a parent by viewing the topics below.

Parent Info


Convenient access to your student’s information.


Sessions designed to help you understand your student’s transition into university life.

We invite parents to stay informed about campus life—the daily schedule, special events, and all the how-tos of student life at Southern.

  • Panorama is a newsletter designed especially for parents to provide a current glimpse of campus life. It is automatically mailed to parents at home. You can also sign up for ePanorama, a digital publication with even more up-to-date features.
  • The Info for Parents booklet provides an easy-to-read comprehensive overview of how things work at Southern.
  • View the Event Calendar for activities and important deadlines.
  • View the Final Exam Schedule.
  • Access Grades.
  • Read more about information rights and privacy at FERPA.
  • View the Student Handbook.

Go to Human Resources

In recent years, more than half of the students have worked on campus. Most students find it manageable to work 8 to 12 hours per week. Student schedules and skills are the most significant variables in finding a job.

Getting Paid
Students are paid every other Friday. By default, 25 percent of earnings is direct-deposited to the student’s personal bank account and 75 percent is applied to the Southern account.

Required Forms
Before starting work, students will need to turn in the following forms to Human Resources:

Work/Study Program

Students employed under the Federal Work-Study Program get 100% of their earnings direct-deposited to their personal bank account.

Kaylie Ackerman
Kaylie Ackerman
 Student Employment Coordinator
Phone 423.236.2278

Go to Campus Safety

Campus Safety is on duty 24/7 to ensure a safe environment for students, faculty, and visitors. We also provide services such as:

  • Vehicle assistance—jumpstarts, air in tires, and out-of-gas assistance
  • Lost and Found
  • On-campus safety escorts after dark
  • Severe-weather monitoring

Emergency Notification
Text message alerts are sent to students in case of an emergency on campus.

Emergency notification sign-up» 

Parking Permits
Vehicles parked on campus need to display a parking permit.

Vehicle registration and parking »

Shawn from campus safety

Shawn Haas Associate Director
Phone  423.236.2100
Email shawnh@southern.edu

Go to University Health Center

We provide compassionate and confidential care to all students regardless of which insurance they carry. Our services include: 

  • Acute care (active, short-term treatment for a severe injury or episode of illness)
  • Treatment of minor injuries and illnesses
  • Immunizations and allergy shots
  • Physicals
  • Lab tests
  • Limited screening and care is available for emotional health issues.

The UHC is staffed by a nurse practitioner and registered nurses during regular office hours and is supervised by a physician (available by appointment).

After Hours
Resources are provided for students needing help after hours.

  • For emergencies, call 9-1-1.
  • For non-emergency questions, students may call Collegiate Assistance at 877.643.5130. This service is available 24/7. 

Charges for Services
Fees for medical services are charged to the student’s Southern account. The UHC submits claims for those enrolled in Southern’s student insurance and reimbursements are posted to the student account when received. Walk-out statements are provided for students with non-university insurance.


Mary King  Registered Nurse
Phone  423.236.2713
Email  maryking@southern.edu

Go to Office of Ministry & Missions

Students often feel overwhelmed navigating major transitions in college. The Office of Ministry and Missions walks alongside them to develop their faith so they may pursue God’s purpose for their lives. We provide an exceptional spiritual environment that empowers each student to:

  • Find identity and value in Jesus
    • Various worship opportunities and special events take place on campus every day, including residence hall worships, Friday-night Vespers and Afterglow, weeks of prayer, concerts, and multiple church services each Sabbath. Adventist churches in the area provide abundant worship-service options. Additionally, chaplains in the Office of Ministry and Missions are available to students for spiritual care and guidance, Bible study, preparation for baptism, premarital counseling, and prayer. Students can make an appointment with a chaplain here.
  • Belong in faith community
    • Students are encouraged to join one of more than 80 LifeGroups on campus. These student-led small groups invite students to experience belonging through spiritually-transformative communities. Learn more about the different kinds of LifeGroups students can be a part of here.
  • Embrace a vocational calling
  • Go where God leads
    • Southern’s student missionary tradition continues. Since 1967, Southern has encouraged students to live a countercultural faith by serving others as student missionaries for three months to a full school year or even a career missionary. Learn more by visiting our webpage.
Joseph Khabbaz

Joseph Khabbaz Vice President for Spiritual Life
Phone 423.236.2786
Email josephk@southern.edu

Go to Student Support Services

We are here to ensure that every student has the support they need to be successful at Southern.

First Year Support
We take extra steps to ensure that new students have everything they need to make a successful transition to university life. The First Year Experience office provides student orientation along with the Southern Connections class and matches each freshman with a student mentor. They are also available to assist students with course schedules, choice of major, and other registration and enrollment needs.


Renita Moore  Director
Phone  423.236.2783
Email  renitak@southern.edu

We welcome you and your prospective student to come see Southern for yourselves. The following links will help you plan a visit to our campus.