Collaboration and service have been key components of Winthrop’s educational mission since the university opened its doors. Winthrop has retained its commitment to service, teaching its students the value of forming community partnerships and giving back. Valuable partnerships in 2010-11 include:
Hunger Project and Community Garden
Winthrop focused on combating hunger with the York County Hunger Project, a service-learning initiative that involved serving meals to children and seniors; building art structures out of donated canned goods; and completing a six-mile hunger advocacy walk. Back the Pack, a project to collect/pack food for elementary schoolers, caught the attention of TV chef Giada De Laurentiis, who shot footage of the project for her Food Network show “Giada at Home” in spring 2011. Winthrop student organizations also worked with Rock Hill groups to plant the Rock Hill Educational Community Garden in February 2011.
Winthrop University Galleries’ fall 2010 retrospective, “Edmund Lewandowski – Precisionism and Beyond,” brought the late Winthrop educator’s work to the Rock Hill community and into local classrooms. Fine arts faculty members Greg Schauble and Mark Hamilton designed an educational website to complement the exhibition. The permanent website contains art, S.C. history and general history components that Rock Hill District 3 K-12 teachers can work into their curriculum.
Winthrop Transition to College
Winthrop launched the WTC program in October 2010 to provide new opportunities for Rock Hill and Fort Mill high school students with intellectual disabilities. Funded by a $155,000, three-year College Transition Connection grant, WTC allows high school students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities to interact with their Winthrop peers in recreational and academic classes, work part-time jobs on campus, and participate in campus clubs and organizations.
Shakespeare Carolina at Winthrop
In July 2010, inventive classical theatre company Shakespeare Carolina and Winthrop’s Department of Theatre and Dance formed a partnership, Shakespeare Carolina at Winthrop, to bring classical theatre to Rock Hill. Chris O’Neill, the theatre company’s artistic director and the Department of Music’s technical director, worked with theatre and dance faculty and students to produce versions of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” and “The Tempest” in summer 2011.