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April Edition

Mark Your Calendars for Family Day 2013!

Winthrop University and the Office of New Student and Parent Programs are excited to invite you to attend Family Day 2013 on October 5, 2013! This weekend provides you the opportunity to visit with your student and take part in numerous activities and events planned for your enjoyment. 

We hope you will join us on October 5! Please do not hesitate to contact our office at any time if you have any questions at 803/323-2387 or via email.

Studying for Finals

Spring break has come and gone for students, and it is time for them to think about final exams. Final exam week begins on Wednesday, April 24, and ends on Tuesday, April 30. The final exam schedule is different from your student’s normal class itinerary. You and your student can find the “Exam Schedule” here. Study day is Tuesday, April 23 – no classes are held, so students may begin studying for finals.

There are a number of steps that your student can use to prepare for final exams. The P.O.W.E.R. method is a great place to start – Prepare, Organize, Work, Evaluate, Re-Think.

PREPARE:
• What will be on the final exam? Is it going to be comprehensive and cover all material in the semester, or is it an exam that covers only part of the semester? Before your student can begin to study, he or she needs to know where to focus that studying.
• If the professor has not given information about the final exam yet, encourage your student to make an appointment with the professor to find out what will be covered on the exam. Additionally, many professors host exam review sessions for students.
Once the focus for the exam is established, it is time to begin the actual preparation – studying. The second step in the P.O.W.E.R. method is very helpful for this – organization and being organized.

ORGANIZE:
• It is advantageous for your student to prepare a planner for exam week because exams can be held on different days and at different times from their normal schedule.
• Step two is appropriately grouping material covered in the class (group by chapter, section, division, or theme.) Re-arrange lecture notes into easily-remembered sections. Find all graded material from the class and place that graded material in the appropriate section. When it is time to actually begin studying, having organized material will make that task easier. 
Once your student knows what material to study and has grouped material accordingly, the actual work of studying begins. Prior to exams, you may wish to send your student a “care package” with 
healthy snacks to enjoy while studying.

WORK:
• Study groups are beneficial in helping students retain information.
• Drop-in tutoring during exam week is available through the Academic Success Center. Have your student visit our website for more information.
• Have your student “self-test” to see what concepts need additional review.

Each student is different, so the work involved in studying will be different. Help your student stay calm and not be distracted by phone calls, e-mails, and texts.

EVALUATE & RE-THINK:
• Evaluate the material missed on tests and the self-tests your student prepares. Why was the material missed or answered incorrectly? What can help your student remember the correct approach? By evaluating missed material and re-thinking his or her approach to the material, your student can be more successful during final exams.

These tips will help your student successfully P.O.W.E.R. through finals week!

Residence Life

Before we all know it, your students will be packing up their belongings and moving out of their Residence Hall space. Here is some information from The Department of Residence Life to make this process easier, and to help your students avoid fines at the end of the semester. 

• Residence Halls close for undergraduates and those not participating in graduation (including band, marshals, etc.) on Wednesday, May 1 at 9 a.m. Students must be out of their room by this time unless permission is granted to stay.
• Residence Halls close for those participating in graduation Saturday, May 4 at 6 p.m.
• All students must check-out of their room with an RA or go through the proper procedures for an “Express Check-Out” (where permitted). Please note that students that choose the Express Check-Out option do not have the option to appeal any damage/cleaning charges.
• Before a student checks out, all belongings must be removed from the room and hallway and the room and bathroom (where applicable) must be cleaned. Note that cleaning supplies are the student’s responsibility, though some may be available at the hall office. Dirty rooms/floors/bathrooms/trash cans, etc. tends to be the #1 reason students are charged at the end of the semester.
• All buildings will host floor meetings and will post information regarding building closure and how to properly check-out. Please encourage your student to attend this meeting and read the information given as “not knowing” will not be an acceptable excuse.
• All students will turn in their key before they leave to avoid a lock record.
• Students that choose a regular check-out and get fined will receive a letter via mail or e-mail and will have an opportunity to appeal these charges. All appeals must come in writing and must come from the student only. 

Other notes:
• We ask that any student not returning to Winthrop or the Residence Halls in the fall to inform us immediately and fill out proper paperwork. Fall room cancellation fees will begin June 1.
• If students are interested in taking summer school classes and living on campus for summer, please go to Residence Life immediately to secure your space! 

If you have any questions, you may contact the Residential Learning Coordinator of your student’s building or the Department of Residence Life at 803/323-2223. Students are encouraged to ask questions of their RA, RLC, or Residence Life.

May 2013 Commencement Ceremony

Winthrop University’s May 2013 Undergraduate Commencement exercises is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Winthrop Coliseum. All May 2013 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 that 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 May 2013 Commencement Ceremony, please visit our website.
Student-athletes, Greek Life, and other organizations at Winthrop University weathered a blustery afternoon on March 21 to participate in a food drive for area agencies.

Twelve organizations brought in 2,861.6 pounds of people and pet food. In a friendly competition, the organization that brought in the most food, won a $1,000 check from Winthrop’s Board of Trustees. The Student-Athlete Advisory Council group not only helped sponsor the event with the Board of Trustees and provided labor, but also won the money with 1,172.4 pounds raised.

Second place went to the Delta Pi Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma, 568.3 pounds, and third to Resident Students' Association, 463.6 pounds.

The event was one of several campus events to honor incoming President Dr. Jayne Comstock, her husband, Larry Williamson, and their dog, dubbed the First Dog by students, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Cocoa.

The human food went to Project Hope, while 1,491 pounds of dog and cat food went to the York County Council on Aging.

“Winthrop's wonderful donation of pet food will go a long way in ensuring that both our home-bound seniors and their pets receive adequate nutrition. Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who contributed," said Executive Director Wendy Duda of the York County Council on Aging.

She said the agency discovered a few years ago that a significant number of frail, home-bound seniors who receive home delivered lunches were sharing their meal with their pets. “For many of these seniors, their pets represent the only family they have, so they're more than pets-they're lifelines,” she said.

Event coordinator Kara Ostlund said she was impressed by the turnout from the student organizations for the event on the Campus Green.

“I was completely blown away by the dedication and commitment Winthrop’s student organizations have to helping local agencies," said Ostlund, a residential learning coordinator. "A big thank you goes to Winthrop’s Board of Trustees who not only provided a financial reward, but also attended the event, interacted with and served food to students. What a wonderful way for students to meet and welcome the incoming first family!”

Dining Services

This year has gone by fast, only a few more weeks before summer break! 

Students are starting to see lower amounts of Café Cash or have completely run out. As a thank you for your student’s support, we are offering an end of the year Café Cash bonus promotion! You can reload your students Café Cash for the remainder of the semester. For every $100 placed on your student’s account, we will add a 10 percent bonus. If you add $100, your student will get $110, add $200 and get $220, etc. It’s a great deal and only will last for a short time. Load up for the rest of the semester!

Remember your student’s Café Cash will expire on June 30. If your student has any remaining Café Cash at the end of the semester, make sure they stop by Eagle Express (the convenience store) or talk to a manager about ordering cases of water, Gatorade, etc. We always make sure your student will get what they want with their remaining dollars. If you or your student has any questions, please let them know to contact Dining Services at 803/323-2119 or stop by Thomson Hall room 112. 

To purchase Café Cash, you can go to the dining website and create a username and password. The only information you will need from your student is their student ID number. You then can choose the amount you would like to add and click “check out” – this allows you to purchase with your credit card. The 10 percent bonus will be added by the office once we receive your purchase of $100 or more. If you have any questions or trouble adding Café Cash, please don’t hesitate to call the Dining Services Office at 803/323-2119.

Happy Spring!

Dates to Remember

Fall 2013 Course Registration Begins: 4/3
Last Day of Classes: 4/22
Study Day: 4/23
Final Exams: 4/24-30

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