October 2012 Edition
Letter from the Office of New Student and Parent Programs
We enjoyed seeing so many parents and family members this past weekend for Family Day 2012! Thank you to all who attended and helped to make the day memorable for all! If you weren’t able to join us this year, we hope you will consider attending Family Day 2013. We will announce the date and provide information at the beginning of the Spring 2013 semester.
October can be a stressful time for your students. Midterms are around the corner and registration for Spring 2013 courses begins at the end of the month. In this edition of the Eagle Family Connection, we highlight ways that you can help support your student during this time and provide important information to help you point your student in the right direction when they have questions. As a reminder, Fall Break is October 12-15 and many of the Residence Halls on campus will close during this time. More information about Fall Break is available in the article below.
As always, the Office of New Student and Parent Programs is available if you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to contact us at 803/323-2387 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carrie Brunt Whiteside
Program Director, New Student and Parent Programs
It’s the most stressful time of the year! Papers are due, tests are coming, projects loom – and they all stand in the way of your student and Fall Break. At the Winthrop University Academic Success Center, we encourage students to prepare for tests, projects, and papers throughout the semester, but that doesn’t stop things from piling up before major breaks. So, here are some of our favorite tips for reducing midterm stress that you can use in your daily life and share with your student:
- (S)tudy – This is probably the last thing that you want to do, but making progress on something that is stressing you out will make you feel better. Remember that studying is best done in sprints versus marathons. Use 40-50 minute study bursts, followed by a 10-20 minute break. Adopt the Study Cycle into your routine.
- (T)ake time to do things you enjoy – Working nonstop on your schoolwork will leave you feeling exhausted and irritated. Go to the movies with friends, spend some time at the gym to get an endorphin high or do a little bit of retail therapy. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on your academic tasks.
- (R)emember your resources –Sign up for a tutor or a learning strategies workshop at the Academic Success Center, take your paper to the Writing Center for some feedback, talk to someone at Health and Counseling Services to help you cope with stress, go to an exercise class at the West Center or ask a Dacus librarian how you can maximize the benefits of our library. Winthrop has tons of resources available to help you during these stressful times.
- (E)at an elephant – One of my mom’s favorite sayings is: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Keep perspective and don’t get overwhelmed because that will only make you feel worse. Even when your to-do list is a mile long, you need to take it one bite at a time and celebrate the little victories.
- (S)tick to a schedule – Map out your weeks before midterm and create a schedule for yourself to make sure you can get everything done. Prioritize your to-do list to make sure that you are completing assignments efficiently. Look for gaps in your day when you could be working on academic tasks and using your time wisely. All-nighters are not an effective time management technique!
- (S)leep – Speaking of all-nighters, sleep is one of the most important tools for fighting stress during midterms. It keeps your mood balanced, your body working correctly and converts study material from short- to long-term memory. Remember to get at least seven hours each night.
The Academic Success Center is an office dedicated to student success at Winthrop through “helping underprepared students prepare, prepared students advance, and advanced students excel” (NADE). Our office offers a wide variety of services and would be delighted to be a part of your student’s success journey. Please visit our website for more information.
Residence Halls Close for Fall Break Friday, October 12 at 9 a.m. and reopen Monday, October 15 at 2 p.m. Students meeting the criteria to stay during Fall Break may stay in Lee Wicker, Phelps, Richardson, Roddey or Courtyard. All other Residence Halls will be closed. All students will receive notice before Fall Break stating the criteria and the process to obtain permission to stay. Questions? Have your student call Residence Life at 803/323-2223.
November will be here before you know it, and that means time to register for spring classes. If your student is a new freshman or transfer in the fall, this will be a new experience: no sitting in a computer lab with 50 other new students, surrounded by Orientation personnel to help. So, what do they do?
The first step to a successful registration is to be advised. All degree-seeking students must meet with their academic advisor in order to be cleared to register. Advising begins October 17 and lasts for two weeks. Students should look through the course offerings, found in Wingspan and on the Records and Registration page to plan their spring schedule. The student should also be prepared to discuss their academic plan with their advisor. DegreeWorks, the online degree progress system, clearly lays out the student’s degree requirements with what they have completed and what they have yet to complete.
Second, the student should make sure they have no “holds” on their account. Are there any outstanding financial balances? Have they provided Health and Counseling with appropriate immunization information? Students can view all holds via their Wingspan account. The student will be unable to register until all registration holds are removed.
Third, the student should make note of their time assignment. Because Winthrop cannot register 6000 students at the same time, times are staggered throughout a six-day period. Graduate students and seniors register first; freshmen are on the last day.
Finally, what does your student do if they cannot register for several of their classes because they are already full? Students should always have alternate classes picked out, but if that doesn’t work, they can contact the department chairperson to request an override. Students should keep in mind that other students change their schedules all the time and seats may become available later in the fall.
The Registrar will send an email to all students and place an announcement on Wingspan before registration begins that will outline all the items above. We understand that the registration process can sometimes be a frustrating time for students, and the Office of Records and Registration is available to assist your student with this. Please make sure they understand they can call the Records and Registration office at 803/323-2194, e-mail at RecandReg@winthrop.edu or come by the office in 126 Tillman Hall for any issues they may be having.
Your student is off to college for a new start in life: freedom to come and go as he or she chooses, freedom to eat and drink how he or she likes and freedom to attend parties and social events. Undesirable effects can accompany this new freedom in the form of the dreaded Freshman Fifteen.
OK. So, it’s more like the freshman 5 – 7 and the sophomore 2 – 3. But the reality is that students are faced with obstacles that lead to unwanted weight gain when living the full college experience. Stress, lack of sleep, increased calorie consumption and decreased activity all attribute to weight gain.
You may feel a little unprepared when it comes to dealing with this issue, but I have great news! While the Freshman Fifteen is a possibility, it is not inevitable. The freshman year is a crucial time for your student to begin making wise decisions, specifically when it comes to diet and exercise. And you can help! Encourage your student to seek out recreational opportunities on campus. Not only is exercising and participating in recreation a fun and safe way to help prevent unwanted weight gain, but it provides great socializing opportunities as well!
Winthrop University is home to the 137,000 square foot Lois Rhame West Center housing an 8,000 square foot weight room, 62 pieces of cardio equipment, 1/8 mile track, 25 yard/8 lane pool, 4 racquetball courts, 36 foot climbing wall, 4 basketball/volleyball courts and 2 activity rooms. The Office of Recreational Services is located in the West Center and is dedicated to encouraging lifelong learning by promoting healthy lifestyles through diverse, quality recreational opportunities and services.
25 group fitness classes are offered each week including: yoga, kickboxing, water aerobics, Zumba and more! All classes are free and there is no sign-up necessary. Personal training is also free; that’s right…free! Students may sign up in the West Center and we work around their availability.
The Intramural Sports Program provides a variety of team, individual and special event activities. Sports are set up in tournament and team formats, and all current students are eligible to participate! The fall intramural sports schedule is packed with something for everyone: fantasy football, flag football, kickball, softball, soccer, disc golf, chess, spades, Texas hold’em, dodgeball, volleyball, basketball, ping pong, foosball and wiffle ball.
The Club Sports Program is generally more competitive, and some teams do compete against other schools. Involvement in Club Sports provides students the opportunity to continue competing in sports without participating in varsity athletics. Active clubs include: Chinese martial arts, fencing, kendo, swimming, quidditch, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, volleyball and more!
For more information concerning fitness, aquatics, Intramural and Club Sports at Winthrop University, visit our website. Do your part in keeping off that dreaded Freshman Fifteen by encouraging your student to participate today!
It is that time of year again, and the flu season is ahead of schedule. We have already seen an outbreak across United States of H3N2 variant viruses which started in July of 2012. This variant is another swine flu and is closely related to the H1N1 variant of 2009. The primary risk factor for acquiring this virus is exposure to pigs. This early strain of the flu illustrates common misconceptions about the influenza virus. Traditionally, the flu season starts in October and ends in late April, and many people believe that they do not need to get the influenza vaccine until after October 1. The latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control state that you should start getting the influenza vaccine as early as reasonably possible and where available. Getting a flu vaccine and washing your hands frequently are the absolute best ways to protect yourself from the flu. Many vaccines for this upcoming flu season were beginning to become available in August of this year.
Talk to your student about getting the flu vaccine as soon as possible. Even though the college age group is a fairly healthy population, getting the flu can negatively impact their college careers by preventing them from attending class due to their illness. Depending on the curriculum, missing a week or more of class due to influenza may be stressful and coursework can be often difficult to make up. Health and Counseling Services offers the flu vaccination to all students and is located in a convenient location right off of Scholars Walk in the Crawford Building. We will also be scheduling outreach flu clinics this fall at a variety of times to add even more convenience to our student population. The flu vaccines are currently available and are $25.
Below are some frequently asked questions about the flu:
Who should get vaccinated this season?
Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season. It’s especially important for some people to get vaccinated. Those people include the following:
- People who are at high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia if they get sick with the flu
- This includes:
- People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease.
- Pregnant women.
- People 65 years and older.
- People who live with or care for others who are high risk of developing serious complications.
- This includes household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
Why do I need a flu vaccine every year?
A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing. It’s not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year. The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change.
Also, multiple studies conducted over different seasons and across vaccine types and influenza virus subtypes have shown that the body’s immunity to influenza viruses (acquired either through natural infection or vaccination) declines over time.
Getting vaccinated each year provides the best protection against influenza throughout flu season.
What flu viruses does the vaccine protect against?
Flu vaccines are designed to protect against three influenza viruses that experts predict will be the most common during the upcoming season. Three kinds of influenza viruses commonly circulate among people today: influenza B viruses, influenza A (H1N1) viruses, and influenza A (H3N2) viruses. Each year, one flu virus of each kind is used to produce seasonal influenza vaccine.
The 2012-2013 influenza vaccine is made from the following three viruses:
- an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
- an A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus;
- a B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus (from the B/Yamagata lineage of viruses).
While the H1N1 virus is the same as the 2011-2012 recommendation, the recommended influenza H3N2 and B vaccine viruses are different from those recommended for the Northern Hemisphere for the 2011-2012 influenza vaccine.
* Some information in this article is courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control
For more information please visit our website or the CDC webpage.
Remember when you were in college and you checked your mailbox every day hoping to have something in there? Were you ever jealous of those around you who received packages from home? Chances are your son or daughter is feeling the same way! I know, you may not have time to create one, so let us do it for you! On Campus Marketing owns CarePackages.com and has worked with over 900 campuses nationwide to bring that excitement of getting a care package from home! The best part is you don’t have to do much work! All you have to do is go to carepackages.com and select the care package you would like to send to your son or daughter. Add it to your cart and they will do the rest!
Care packages are shipped to Winthrop and delivered to the Resident Students’ Association’s office. They are then sorted and delivered to your son or daughter’s residence hall where they can pick it up! The best part is that part of the money goes back to Resident Students’ Association, an organization that your son or daughter is a part of. That money is spent on sending students to leadership conferences, putting on programs in the halls and on campus and much more. It is a win-win for everyone! But don’t put it off too long, Halloween packages will be going out soon!
Greetings from Dining Services! We have enjoyed getting to meet your new students here at our dining locations. With a new selection of students, we have noticed many new trends in food habits. The managers are working hard to keep up with the latest trends and hope that your student is enjoying dining here at Winthrop University. If you should ever have any feedback or concern, please feel free to contact us – we are here for your student and want them to feel at home every meal!
We also know that students are now beginning to understand their meal plans and Café Cash. During these next few months, we start to notice students purchasing additional Café Cash. Café Cash can be used at any Dining Services location on campus (including the Eagle Express convenience store). We will begin our Café Cash reload after Fall Break in October and will be offering a BONUS! If you would like to purchase your student Café Cash from October 16 through October 30 we will be adding a 10% bonus on purchases of $100 or more. You can easily add additional money with a credit card on our Winthrop Dining Services website. You will need to set up a user name and log-in. This is a very easy process and the money will be added immediately for your student! Remember, Café Cash will carry over into spring if your student does not use all of it.
Please make sure you check out our Dining Services Facebook page to see all the exciting things we are doing in the dining locations. Just recently, our Thomson Café was invaded by Star Wars Storm Troopers! Our theme meals have been a hit and we are excited to offer more – you never know, you might just see your student in our pictures!
- Fall Break: Friday, October 12 – Monday, October 15
- Residence Halls close: Friday, October 12 at 9 a.m.
- Residence Halls open: Monday, October 15 at 2 p.m.
- Advising for Spring 2013 begins: Wednesday, October 17
- Last day to withdraw from a full Fall semester course: Friday, October 19
- Early Registration/Spring Registration: Wednesday, October 31