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Inauguration Celebration of Winthrop University's 10th President
Jayne Marie (Jamie) Comstock

About Inauguration

Events Schedule

Monday, March 24, 2014, until Friday evening, March 28, 2014 (specific times to be announced)

Main Inaugural Exhibits
Noon, Monday, March 24 – 6 p.m., Friday, March 28
Lobby of the DiGiorgio Campus Center
Undergraduate and graduate research and creative arts will be displayed. Archival material as well as inaugural certificates will be featured.

Additional archival materials on Winthrop Presidential Inaugurations:

Additional student research posters will be in the following buildings:

The Black Mountain College Craft & Design Exhibit
Location: Rutledge Gallery - Rutledge Building
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This exhibition focuses on the influence of this important experimental liberal arts college on the development of craft and design both during its existence from 1933-57 and the impact it had on its alumni following. Exhibit curated by Katie Lee, director, Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery, Weber State University.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Lunch & Learn
Noon - 12:50 p.m.
Location: Dinkins Auditorium
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Sarah and Angelina Grimké, 19th-century abolitionist agents and early women's rights activists, delivered nearly 100 speeches on their tour of New England, wrote public letters arguing for the right to speak out against the injustice of slavery, and lent their voices to the influential American Slavery As It Is (1839). Yet in Charleston, S.C., where they were born and raised, there is almost no public acknowledgment of the Grimkés. Bring your lunch (beverages and dessert provided) to hear Dr. Amy Gerald, associate professor of English, discuss her work to build a sense of public memory about these remarkable women in "Forgotten Daughters of South Carolina: The Grimké Sisters, Abolition, Women's Rights, and Rhetoric."

Arts Crawl & Class Demonstrations
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Various Locations: Conservatory, Rutledge, McLaurin, and Johnson Halls
College of Visual and Performing Arts faculty and student studios and the art galleries will be open. Meet the artists and ask questions about their work and methods. Class demonstrations and rehearsals to include stage combat, musical theatre, ceramics, sculpture, percussion, and guitar.

Peace Pole Dedication
5 p.m.
Location: Hardin Gardens
Sponsored by the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution Studies Program and Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. Winthrop University will dedicate its new Peace Pole to the memory of Father David Valtierra, a former campus Catholic minister and peace activist. Peace Poles are now the most recognized international peace symbols in the world with over 200,000 standing in almost every country throughout the world.

Showing of the Documentary Bending Sticks
7 - 8 p.m. film; Q&A with project participants and reception to follow, 8 - 8:45 p.m.
Location: Dina's Place, DiGiorgio Campus Center
This film traces the work of nationally known environmental artist Patrick Dougherty and the development of his sculptures. Dougherty spent three weeks in Rock Hill weaving donated tree saplings into a large, intricate sculptural installation. Throughout the building process, the artist worked with volunteers, including Winthrop fine arts students.

Chocolate/Dessert Buffet with Students
8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Richardson Ballroom
Sponsored by the Division of Student Life, students will learn about upcoming inaugural events and proper investiture protocol. President Comstock will issue a personal invitation for students to attend the Investiture Ceremony. There also will be a trivia competition on Winthrop history for prizes as well as delicious desserts.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Global Village
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Green (Rain Location: West Center)
Sponsored by University College, the College of Business Administration, and the International Center, international students will create a global village where students, faculty, staff, and visitors can learn about international students' home countries, including how new leaders are chosen, important phrases in their heritage language, and the music and games enjoyed by their countrymen.

Lunch & Learn
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Dinkins Auditorium
Bring your lunch (beverages and dessert provided) to hear Dr. Jane Thomas and Dr. Stephanie Lawson explore how consumer engagement begins at a young age and evolves over a lifetime, including the impact of technology and the emergence of "collaborative" consumption.

South Carolina Mother of the Year Award Archives Commemoration and Tea
2 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Pettus Archives and Special Collections
Exhibit on notable women represented in the recent book, Seventy Years of Remarkable Women: South Carolina Mothers of the Year, followed by a tea reception. Records from the S.C. Mother of the Year Committee are housed in the Pettus Archives on campus. Presentation by Archives Director Gina White and Dr. Jennifer Leigh Disney, director of the Women’s Studies Program, on the S.C. Mother of the Year Award Oral History Project.

University-School Partnership Network Event with Dr. Ann Lieberman
5 – 8 p.m.
Location: Richardson Ballroom
Hosted by the Richard W. Riley College of Education, this Winthrop-School Partnership Network event will highlight Winthrop's innovative, experiential approach to teacher and leadership preparation and its collaborative approach to improving P-12 student learning and teacher/leader quality. Teams of P-12 teachers, leaders, and student interns from the network's nine school districts and 34 schools will participate in this dinner event and share the outcomes of their collaborative efforts. Dr. Ann Lieberman of Stanford University, a renowned scholar and expert on university-school partnerships and senior scholar and interim executive director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), will provide the keynote address. Invitation only.

Winthrop v. UNC Charlotte Baseball Game
5 - 9 p.m. (picnic dinner 5 - 6 p.m.; game time 6 p.m.)
Location: Winthrop Ballpark
Co-sponsored by the Winthrop Alumni Association and the Eagle Club, the picnic is invitation only. Baseball game open to the public.

Diving for Pearls: A Thinking Journey with Hannah Arendt
8-9 p.m.
Location: Dina's Place, DiGiorgio Campus Center
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This lecture by Dr. Kathleen B. Jones, feminist political theorist and author of books, essays, short fiction, and plays; is sponsored by the Departments of English, Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Political Science; the Women's Studies Program; and the Global Learning Initiative.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lunch & Learn
Noon - 12:50 p.m.
Location: Dinkins Auditorium
Bring your lunch (beverages and dessert provided) and hear Dr. Gregg Hecimovich, professor of English and chair of the English Department, discuss the detective work that he and his students pursued to identify the author of The Bondwoman's Narrative, the first novel written by an African-American woman. This project has received national attention in scholarly and popular circles and publications.

Model United Nations XXXVIII
6:30-10 p.m.
Tillman Auditorium
To date more than 2,000 Winthrop students and 10,000 high school students have participated in Winthrop's Model U.N., a three-day program that deepens participants' understanding of international politics. President Jayne Marie (Jamie) Comstock will bring greetings during the first night's events. There also will be a keynote speech on global development by Ms. Naomi Tutu, third child of Archbishop Desmond and Nomalizo Leah Tutu.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Campus Day of Service: Book-A-Rama
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: West Center
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Winthrop's core value of service will be celebrated via a Book-A-Rama to collect new and gently loved books. Winthrop students, staff, faculty, alumni, retirees, business leaders, and community partners will collect community contributions of books and other print materials during inaugural week. Volunteers will sort books and deliver them to local schools and community organizations to benefit low income children.

Student Writing Workshop: Writing Personal Narrative and Storytelling
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Owens Hall G-01
Conducted by Dr. Kathleen B. Jones, author of books, essays, short fiction, and plays; the workshop is sponsored by the Departments of English, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Political Science; the Women's Studies Program; and the Global Learning Initiative.

Lunch & Learn
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Dinkins Auditorium
Bring your lunch (beverages and dessert provided) to hear Dr. Scott Huffmon discuss the science of polling and the role polling plays in politics. Dr. Huffmon directs the Winthrop Poll, a nationally recognized, long-term survey initiative designed to keep public policy makers across the country in touch with the attitudes and opinions of citizens in South Carolina and the entire southern region.

Showing of 24 Hours @ Winthrop video production
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Owens Hall G-02
The Department of Mass Communication's short video will highlight life at Winthrop over a 24-hour period in late February. The film is under the leadership of a student management team and will involve more than 75 students enrolled in mass communication classes in the shooting of video and stills and in the editing and post-production work.

Performing Arts Showcase
7:30 - 9 p.m.
Location: Barnes Recital Hall - Conservatory of Music
This event featuring faculty and students in the areas of music, theatre, and dance will feature original compositions, opera selections, scenes from musical theatre productions, dance presentations, and ensemble performances.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Investiture Ceremony of Dr. Jayne Marie (Jamie) Comstock
2 - 4 p.m.
Location: Byrnes Auditorium
Doors open at 1 p.m. Guests are asked to be seated by 1:45 p.m. Processional begins at 2 p.m. The attire for the event is business casual.

Campus-wide Inauguration Celebration and Reception
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: DiGiorgio Campus Center / West Center

Winthrop v. UNC-Asheville Baseball Game
6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Winthrop Ballpark
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Winthrop v. Radford Softball Game
7 - 10 p.m.
Location: Terry Field

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Winthrop v. Campbell Tennis Match
1 - 4 p.m.
Location: Memorial Courts

Winthrop v. Radford Softball Game
Location: Terry Field

Winthrop v. UNC-Asheville Baseball Game
3 - 6 p.m.
Location: Winthrop Ballpark
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Inaugural Gala Pre-reception
5:30 - 6 p.m.
Location: 114 Tillman Lobby
Invitation Only

Inaugural Gala Reception
6 - 7 p.m.
Location: DiGiorgio Campus Center
Invitation Only

Inaugural Gala Dinner and Dancing
7 - 12 midnight
Location: McBryde Hall
Invitation Only

Onward. Upward. Winthrop Ever Stand.
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