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08/10/2016

Convocation on Aug. 22 Marks the Start of the New Academic Year

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 Convocation will officially usher in Winthrop’s 131st year as a higher education institution.
 The ceremony in Byrnes Auditorium serves as an official welcome to new freshmen and their induction into the Winthrop community of learners.

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Mark Evans
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA. – Mark Evans ‘06, the supply chain manager for the Americas division of BSN Medical, will deliver the Aug. 22 Convocation keynote speech about what his Winthrop years taught him.

Convocation will officially usher in Winthrop’s 131st year as a higher education institution. The ceremony serves as an official welcome to new freshmen and their induction into the Winthrop community of learners. Offices will close at 2:45 p.m. so that all faculty and staff will be able to attend the 3 p.m. ceremony in Byrnes Auditorium.

During Winthrop’s Convocation ceremony, students will be welcomed to Rock Hill by Karl Folkens ‘78, chair of the Board of Trustees; Doug Echols ‘77, mayor of Rock Hill; Beth West, chair of the Council of Student Leaders; John Bird, chair of Faculty Conference; and Grant Scurry, chair of Staff Conference.

Immediately following Convocation, President Dan Mahony and First Lady Laura Mahony will lead students out of Byrnes and toward the campus front lawn in the traditional Blue Line procession. The community picnic will follow on the lawn in front of Margaret Nance Hall at 4 p.m. The rain location for the picnic is the West Center.

While at Winthrop, Evans studied at the University of Vienna’s Sommerhochschule in 2005 and completed internships with the United States Department of State (Vienna, Austria) and the York County Economic Development Commission. A graduate of the Honors Program, he was also a member of several honor societies and was active in SIFE, the Council of Student Leaders, and the Winthrop Ambassadors, among other student organizations. Evans was a Winthrop University Founders Scholar and recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

He graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor of Arts degrees in economics and history. He then earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of South Carolina.

Evans now works in the private sector for the Americas division of BSN Medical, a leading manufacturer of medical devices based in Hamburg, Germany. He also teaches courses for Coker College, Midlands Technical College and Northeastern Technical College. He has previously worked in logistics for Belk and demand forecasting for Springs Global.

Evans and his wife, Johanna, live in Tega Cay and have one daughter, Alexandra.

For more information about Convocation, contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or e-mail her at longshawj@winthrop.edu.


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