November 2012 Edition
Winthrop University is going to celebrate Homecoming November 5-11 with events for everyone! Join us as we celebrate how the Winthrop Experience has shaped our lives! All events are FREE to the public unless otherwise noted.
Events will begin on Monday, November 5 with our annual Spirit Banner competition. Student groups will create and display their school spirit as we prepare to face the Knights of St. Andrews University at Saturday’s big game!
The week will continue on Wednesday, November 7 with the Student Talent Show at 8 p.m. in Tillman Auditorium and is an annual Homecoming favorite. Winthrop students will take the stage and show off their skills. During the show, our 2012 Homecoming Court will be announced and voting will begin immediately after the show!
A Pep Rally sponsored by the Council of Student Leaders and a Casino Night sponsored by the Winthrop Recreational Advisory Council will be held Thursday night to get students prepared for the weekend!
Friday, November 9 is Garnet & Gold Friday. Display your school spirit by wearing Winthrop gear! Student Alumni Council members will be looking for who is displaying the most school spirit and awarding prizes. Trolley Tours will be departing from Tillman between 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. and will provide riders with a tour of campus in a comfortable, quaint trolley. That night, enjoy live music by Miami group Xperimento, a photo booth, photo koozies, caricatures by Bruce Stevenson, food, and cash bar beginning at 9 p.m.
Saturday is going to be a busy day starting in the morning with the Tailgate & Alumni Cookout at 11 a.m. complete with a Kid’s Zone where children will be able to find games, activities and inflatables. The Men’s Basketball game vs. the Knights of St. Andrews University is at 4 p.m. (Don’t forget to get your tickets!) That night in Dina’s Place will be two free showings of The Adventures of TinTin at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
We will close out the week on Sunday with the Women’s Basketball game against the Troy University Trojans at 2 p.m.!
This year’s Homecoming is going to be amazing as we celebrate Livin’ la Vida Winthrop. We cannot wait to see you there!
If you would like more information about Homecoming, or a full schedule, please visit us online. Please direct any questions to Prescott May at 803/323-4757 or by email.
As with every extended break, residence halls will close for the Thanksgiving holiday promptly at 9 a.m. Wednesday, November 21 and will reopen at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 25. Students will not be able to get into their residence hall room after the 9 a.m. closing.
After students depart, residence hall staff will check every room for general health and safety. These inspections are plain view searches. Staff will be checking for prohibited items including fire hazards (extension cords, candles, etc) and will also check the general cleanliness of the room and suite bathrooms. Residence hall contracts state that health and safety inspections can occasionally occur.
Special arrangements for students to stay can be made for those students who are student teachers, participating in an internship, athletes whose names have been submitted by the Athletic Department, students with Rock Hill area jobs, and students that live more than 300 miles from the Winthrop campus.
A permission slip, which is passed out to all students with more instructions, must be turned into Residence Life. Students who are staying for the holiday break must make their own arrangements to stay in Lee Wicker, Phelps, Richardson, Roddey or The Courtyard. All other halls will be closed.
All students will receive a break notice with more information. Students can also call their Residential Learning Coordinator (RLC) or Residence Life at 803/323-2223 with further questions.
The Big South Conference held its annual Basketball Media Day in Charlotte at the Renaissance Suites Hotel releasing its preseason polls as the Winthrop men's basketball team was picked to finish fourth in the South Division.
The Eagles graduated four senior starters from a squad that was 12-20 in 2011-12 and enter the upcoming season with a new head coach for just the sixth time in school history. Pat Kelsey took over the reins of the program in March and looks to restore the winning tradition at Winthrop.
The annual preseason poll is voted on by the league's head coaches and media panel as Campbell University was voted first in the North Division and Charleston Southern was picked to capture the South Division. The Camels received the most votes and 21 total first place votes while Charleston Southern received 16 first-place votes and had the second highest total points.
Following Charleston Southern in the South Division is Coastal Carolina (8 first-place votes), UNC Asheville (5 first-place votes), Winthrop, Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian College. Rounding out the North Division is Virginia Military Institute (5 first-place votes), High Point (3 first-place votes), Liberty, Radford and conference newcomer Longwood.
Winthrop graduated a group of players that combined for 115 starts and 1,455 points (71 percent of total offense) and a Big South Championship in 2010.
Winthrop opens the season on Nov. 10 at home as it takes on St. Andrews University in its annual Homecoming game.
It’s getting colder here in the South! Wintertime is generally regarded as the time of year when you are destined to feel under the weather. We want to make sure your student continues to stay healthy during these winter months. Fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and protein give us the necessary fuel to feel well and energetic. Make sure your student also understands the importance of washing their hands. We have anti-bacterial stations at all dining locations on campus – make sure they are aware of them and use them!
You want to make sure they stay healthy for finals as well! Don’t forget the brain food. Make sure your student eats properly during finals week! A $50 Café Cash reload should get them through! You can add Café Cash immediately to their account by going to the dining website.
By now your student is getting the flow of things here at Winthrop University – how everything works, and what they would like to see improved or stay the same! We would love to have their feedback at our Dining Services Advisory Board meetings which takes place every month in Thomson Hall. This is a time we like to hear student’s feedback on dining services at Winthrop. We offer free lunch to all students that join the meeting and a Café Cash drawing. Our next meeting is November 28 at noon. If your student has any requests, let them know to stop by!
Happy Holidays from Dining Services!
Winthrop University’s December 2012 Undergraduate Commencement exercises is scheduled for Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Winthrop Coliseum. All August 2012 and December 2012 graduates are invited to participate! The procession will begin promptly at 10:50 a.m.
Degree candidates should report to the check-in area, located just inside the north entrance of the coliseum, in academic cap and gown by no later than 9:30 a.m. Please note that all students must be in proper graduation attire: black robes, black caps with garnet and gold tassel. (Ladies do not have to wear the white collar which may come with the gown.) Caps may not be decorated and only Winthrop-issued honor cords may be worn. Sorority/fraternity stoles may not be worn over the gown during the ceremony. You may purchase your cap, gown and tassel at the Winthrop Bookstore.
Family and guests of the degree candidates are invited to enter the Coliseum through the upper concourse level and be seated by 10:40 a.m. Parking for the ceremony is available on University property only. Those who park off of University property may be towed. Guests are asked not to bring balloons into the Coliseum. Balloons obstruct views and make it difficult to see the graduates.
The Commencement Ceremony will be video streamed on the web. There will be a link on the Winthrop University homepage on the day of Commencement with the link to the stream and instructions for optimal viewing.
For more information regarding the December 2012 Commencement Ceremony please visit our website.
If you have any questions please contact the Office of Records and Registration (126 Tillman Hall, Rock Hill, SC 29733, 803/323-2194, 803/323-4600 (FAX), RecandReg@winthrop.edu).
November Dates to Remember
• Election Day (Offices Closed): Tuesday, November 6
• Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, November 21- Sunday, November 25
o Residence Halls Close: Wednesday, November 21 at 9 a.m.
o Residence Halls Open: Sunday, November 25 at 2 p.m.