From our humble beginnings in a borrowed one-room building in Columbia, S.C., Winthrop has grown into a 425-acre campus with contemporary facilities that maintain a traditional feel, creating environments for interactions among the campus community. Highlights of campus development in 2010-11 include:
DiGiorgio Campus Center
When the 128,000-square-foot DiGiorgio Center opened in August 2010, it brought the heart of Winthrop to Scholars Walk. It quickly became the epicenter of campus life, providing student organizations with space to plan, grow and hone their leadership skills, as well as offering the entire community a place to gather, relax and actively participate in the campus conversation. The center houses student life staff offices, a post office, and other hotspots such as the Winthrop University Bookstore, Dina's Place theatre, Markley’s food court and Starbucks™.
Hardin Family Garden
Anchoring the south end of Scholars Walk is the Hardin Family Garden, completed in spring 2011, and made possible by the late Patricia “Patz” Carter ’69 and her husband, Ray. The Carters’ gift named the space for the Hardin family, individuals important to both Winthrop and Rock Hill. The garden boasts several water features, green spaces and two art installations, the "Winthrop Monolith," designed and built by fine arts faculty members Tom Stanley and Shaun Cassidy, and a tube formation created by art major Rebecca Jane Hooper. The design of the garden makes it a superb place for teaching and learning, as well as a destination that inspires conversation, reflection and dedication for excellence – all essential attributes of the Winthrop experience.
After a March 2010 fire destroyed the roof of Glenda Pittman and Charles Jerry Owens Hall, Winthrop’s newest classroom building was out of commission for nine months. A January rededication ceremony welcomed the 32,000 square-foot facility back online.