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Sponsor Group:  Winthrop University International Center
Contact Name:  Lindsey Hill

International Center 'Volunteers' for Students

Winthrop has 194 international students on campus this semester. Many faculty and staff members have asked the International Center how they can help welcome these students to campus, be it inviting them to their home for a meal or driving them to the airport. If you are interested in being a "volunteer," please e-mail Lindsey Hill at hilll@winthrop.edu or call her at 803/323-2133.


Sponsor Group:  Campus Police
Price:  $25

2014-15 Parking Stickers Available

Faculty and staff can now purchase the 2014-15 parking stickers. The cost of the permit is $25 with a limit of two per person.

Permits can be purchased online and mailed to your home or picked up at Campus Police. All disabled permits must be purchased at Campus Police. Parking office hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For questions, e-mail Donna Snyder at snyderd@winthrop.edu or call her at 803/323-2553.


Sponsor Group:  Human Resources
Date:  11/14/2014
Location:
Plowden Auditorium

Fall 2014 Regional Retirement Seminars

From the Office of Human Resources:

If you are one year or less away from retirement eligibility, the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) wants to help ensure you have the information you need to make the retirement decisions that are best for you. We offer a one-day retirement seminar designed to answer your questions and more. Presenters from PEBA Retirement and Insurance Benefits, the South Carolina Deferred Compensation Program, and the Social Security Administration will provide you with the information needed to successfully navigate the retirement process. For a list of the fall 2014 regional retirement seminars and to register for one that is near you, visit the website.


Sponsor Group:  Human Resources
Date:  07/01/2014
Payroll Update for Fiscal Year 2014-15

The final phase of the retirement contribution rate increase will occur in the 2014-15 fiscal year. Employees who are currently participating in one of the retirement system programs will see the rate increase in their first pay that occurs on or after July 1. Please see below for the rate increase amount for each retirement system program.
 
•Retirement contribution rate
-South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS) – Increase from 7.5% to 8.0%
-Optional Retirement Program (ORP) – Increase from 7.5% to 8.0%
-Police Officers Retirement System (PORS) – Increase from 7.84% to 8.41%

Also, all regular faculty and staff will receive a 2% general increase for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The details of this pay change are available in Wingspan in the Job Summary/Detail section of the Employee tab.

The Winthrop University Retirement Webpage includes links to current information regarding retirement, or you can visit www.retirement.sc.gov for more information.

If you have questions, please email hrhelp@winthrop.edu.


Description:  For sale: a Nikon D3000 camera with additional zoom lens and Nikon camera bag. Asking price is $350. For photos, e-mail Kim Brazzell at brazzellk@winthrop.edu.
Name:  Kim Brazzell
Email:  brazzellk@winthrop.edu



11/25/2014

Long-time former Winthrop University help desk manager Taylor Glass has passed away.

Glass joined Winthrop as the director of human resources in 1978. In the early 1990s, as desktop technology made its way into faculty and staff offices, he took on the new role of help desk manager. He interacted with almost every member of the Winthrop family until his retirement in 2006.

James Hammond, outgoing associate vice president of computing and information technology, said Glass will be remembered "with fondness as the welcoming and engaging person that he was, always willing to help."




11/12/2014

Donald Graham Alpin II, who taught mathematics at Winthrop for 35 years, passed away Nov. 1. He was 77.

Born in California, Aplin moved to South Carolina in 1961 on a National Defense Education Act Fellowship at the University of South Carolina, where he earned a master's in mathematics. He taught at Winthrop until 2000.

He is survived by his wife and various family members. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the
Leukemia And Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA, 01202 or to Compass Hospice of Dallas, 13747 Montfort Drive, Suite 107, Dallas, TX 75240.




Sparks, Patty11/11/2014

Patty Sparks is the teacher cadet college coordinator in the Richard W. Riley College of Education. She joined Winthrop in July.

She holds two degrees from Clemson University and worked as an elementary teacher for more than a decade, where she won Teacher of the Year twice. Later, she was a program coordinator, career counselor and ESOL instructor for Rock Hill schools.

Her hobbies include reading, cooking and playing bridge.




David Schary11/06/2014

David Schary joined Winthrop in August as assistant professor in the Department of Physical Education, Sport and Human Performance.

He previously served as a graduate assistant at Smith College and Oregon State University. He holds a master's from Smith and a Ph.D. from Oregon. 

 




Cinnamon Hairston11/06/2014
Cinnamon Hairston is an administrative specialist at the James and Susan Rex Institute for Educational Renewal and Partnership. The institute is housed in the Richard W. Riley College of Education.


10/21/2014

Obituary: Jerry Helton

Music Professor Jerry Helton, who excelled at performing and then brought those same high standards to Winthrop voice students for 36 years, passed away the weekend of Oct. 18.

Helton retired in 2006 with the title of professor emeritus of music. Winthrop honored him in 1987 with the Kinard teaching award and in 2013 with the Medal of Honor in the Arts, which is the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ highest tribute.

Helton started teaching voice performance at Winthrop in 1970 and groomed many students to sing in major opera companies around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and the Newberry Opera Company. Helton has had numerous students place or win in district and regional voice competitions including the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera auditions.




Jessie Hamm09/10/2014

Jessie Hamm is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics.

She holds degrees from Berry College, Wake Forest University and Temple University. The Georgia native enjoys cooking, baking, playing with her dog, spending time with family and friends and being active in the messianic Judaism faith.




Owen, Perry09/04/2014

Perry Owen joins Winthrop as the associate field director in the Department of Social Work. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and the University of South Carolina.

The Charlotte resident and his wife have three children. One of his hobbies includes spending time with his family as well as running and swimming.

He was previously an instructor at UNC-C and a school social worker in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District.




Caldwell, Sammy09/04/2014

Sammy Caldwell is a new instructor in the Department of Social Work. He holds a master's in social work from the University of South Carolina.

Previously, he was staff development coordinator in mental health in the Columbia area as well as an adjunct faculty member at both Coker College and Johnson C. Smith University.

He enjoys reading and music.




Kimberly Howard08/28/2014

Kimberly Howard joins Winthrop as the assistant director of the Academic Success Center. She was former a graduate assistant for Capstone Scholars at the University of South Carolina.

She holds two degrees from the University of South Carolina as well.

She enjoys running, hiking and photography.




Glover, Crystal08/28/2014

Crystal Glover is a new assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Glover holds an elementary education degree and a master's degree from Winthrop. She also holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where she also worked as a clinical assistant professor.

Past career experiences include seven years as a first grade teacher in Rock Hill. While teaching, Glover won the Rock Hill School District 3 Teacher of the Year Award. She is a member of the Early Childhood Assembly, part of NCTE.

In her spare time, she loves football, baking, scrap-booking and arts and crafts.




Gibson, Allison08/28/2014

Allison Gibson has joined Winthrop as an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work.

All three of Gibson's degrees--including a doctorate--come from The Ohio State University. She previously worked as a social worker for the Alzheimer's Association and a researcher with the Community & Youth Collaborative Institute.




Aysa-Lastra, Maria08/28/2014

Maria Aysa-Lastra is a new assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Previously, she was an assistant professor for nearly a decade at Florida International University.

She holds degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Her special interests include diversity/multiculturalism, international migration, the labor market and social integration.




Bell, Gregory08/28/2014

Gregory Bell joins Winthrop as an assistant professor in the Department of History. He holds degrees from the College of Wooster, Duke University and a Ph.D from Duke as well.

He is a member of the American Historical Association, Medieval Academic of America and the Society for the Study of the Crusades and Latin East.

He enjoys swimming and poetry.




Karen Trunk08/15/2014

Karen Trunk returns to Winthrop as the Eagle Club membership coordinator in Athletics. Previously, she worked as administrative specialist for the Winthrop Foundation for five years. She received a presidential citation for service to the community from Winthrop.

Trunk holds a degree in biology from College of Charleston.

She is a member of the Northwestern Trojan Club Executive Board and auction chair and the Eagle Club Auction committee. Her hobbies include scrap-booking and college sports.




Sarah Pankratz08/15/2014

Sarah Pankratz is the assistant director of student activities for fraternity and sorority affairs on Student Life.

Sarah herself is a member of the Alpha Phi International Fraternity. She was a graduate assistant in Greek life and learning community programs at Ohio University, where she earned a master of education degree. She also holds a bachelor of science in education and human development from Bowling Green State University.

Her most recent position was in Greek Affairs and Patterson court adviser at Davidson College.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys traveling, movies, playing sports and volunteer work with her fraternity.




Pamela Wash 08/15/2014

Pamela Wash is the new chair for the Department of Counseling, Leadership & Educational Studies. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina-Columbia.

Wash is a program reviewer for the CAEP/NSTA Board.

She held an assistant professorship at Lander University for four years and then an associate professorship at USC-Upstate from eight years.




Cindy Van Buren08/07/2014
Cindy Van Buren '88, '90 has been appointed by S.C. Superintendent of Education Mick Zais as his designee to the Winthrop Board of Trustees. She has worked at the S.C. State Department of Education since April 2013. She is currently the deputy superintendent for school effectiveness.

Previously, Van Buren was a tenured professor at Newberry College for seven years. Six of those years she served as chair of the Department of Education and spent one year as assistant dean for academic affairs. During her time at Newberry, Van Buren oversaw a teacher education program that increased from 60 teacher candidates to more than 325 students and also added three new majors leading to teacher licensure.

Van Buren has earlier ties to Rock Hill. She worked at Winthrop as director of teacher education and at Rock Hill High School as an assistant principal and teacher.



08/07/2014

Obituary: Elizabeth Louise Dunlap Patrick

Winthrop University alum and avid supporter Elizabeth Louise Dunlap Patrick passed away on Aug. 1. She was 78.

Elizabeth, a Rock Hill native, graduated from the then-Winthrop College in 1958, the same year she married husband Wayne Patrick. The couple spend their life together giving back to the Rock Hill community. Elizabeth volunteered for the York County Chapter of the American Red Cross as both a trainer and board member. In 1980, she was awarded the Clara Barton Volunteer Award. The family's endowment is present at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House.

Elizabeth was also a big supporter of the arts through the Arts Council and was awarded Winthrop's Medal of Honor in 2001. An arts gallery in Rutledge Building is named in honor of her.

To read more about Elizabeth, visit the Legacy website. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 993, Rock Hill, SC 29731. Online condolences may be registered at www.basscares.com.




Tammie Phillips07/08/2014

Tammie Phillips is the new executive assistant for the Winthrop University Foundation. Originally from South Carolina, Phillips has lived in Rock Hill for more than 20 years .

Phillips holds a degree in English education with a business administration minor from the University of South Carolina Upstate and a certificate in nonprofit management from Winthrop. She has worked in administration and operations management for many years at Westminster Presbyterian Church. 

She and her husband, Craig, have two grown daughters, Brittany and Allison, and a furry friend, a cat named Summer. Phillips enjoys and beach and taking long walks with the family dogs.




Ken Sheetz06/25/2014
Kenneth L. Sheetz will join Winthrop University on July 1 as associate vice president for institutional advancement.

Sheetz will oversee all fundraising activities, including planned giving and annual giving operations as well as development operations. The Ohio native also will supervise management of employee relations for the Office of Development.

Sheetz’s career in fundraising in non-profit management spans 24 years in a variety of fields, including higher education, performing arts, K-12 schools, health care and community organizations. He comes to Winthrop from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where he worked as associate vice president of development and reorganized and focused the university’s planned and major gift program.

Additional career highlights include launching and managing the first comprehensive capital campaign for the University of Indianapolis. The campaign raised $75 million, surpassing the original $50 million goal. Sheetz also managed a $70 million comprehensive campaign that raised $74 million at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. During his time at Wittenberg, he also secured a gift totaling $10 million – then the largest gift in the university’s history.




Caroline Rust Ward06/25/2014

Caroline Rust Ward '97 is the new donor relations coordinator in the Office of Alumni Relations.

The Charlotte, North Carolina, resident earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University and a Master of Fine Arts from Winthrop. Her professional experience from the past 20 years includes adjunct professor of art and design at two universities, commercial art gallery manager and arts administrator as well as many other roles.

Her recent accolades include artist grants from both the Arts Council of York County and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Arts & Science Council in addition to “Best in Show” by E. Shiner, director of the Warhol Museum, during the exhibit From A Different Point of View 2012 at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. She is also an active member of the National Association of Women Artists in New York City.

 

 




04/28/2014

Obituary 

Mary Mintich, professor emerita of the Department of Art and Design, recently passed away. Mintich, who joined Winthrop in 1973 and retired in 1999, helped set the standards for the art and design programs of today. She was a fearless advocate for art and design, her students, and the resources that the art and design programs required.  A leader in the Charlotte art scene, she left a valuable mark on many cultural institutions. She left Winthrop a lasting legacy including an endowed Mary Mintich sculpture scholarship, which is awarded annually. 

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.




randy imler04/16/2014

The Board of Trustees welcomed a new trustee:

Randy Imler '87, '00: of Tega Cay, S.C., is the executive director of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments. He still plays an active role at Winthrop, where he conducts the Winthrop University Collegiate Choir and the Winthrop University Jazz Voices. Imler earned bachelor's and master's degrees in music at Winthrop and is a past recipient (1999) of Winthrop’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. He earned M.B.A. and D.M.A. degrees from the University of South Carolina.




scott middleton04/16/2014

The Board of Trustees welcomed a new trustee:

Scott Middleton '81: Middleton, of West Columbia, S.C., is the founding equity owner and CEO/president of Agapé Senior Services, Inc. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Winthrop and is an active member of the College of Business Administration's Health Care Management Program Advisory Board.




Eduardo Prieto01/13/2014

Eduardo Prieto brings 21 years of enrollment management experience to his new position at Winthrop: vice president for access and enrollment management. He begins his duties on Jan. 27.

He will oversee the recruitment and retention of traditional, post-traditional, and graduate students to Winthrop. Prieto has experience working in recruitment, competitive admission efforts, budget management, team-building, territory management and financial aid at public and private higher education institutions.

Most recently, Prieto worked as an associate vice president for enrollment management for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. While at Embry-Riddle, international enrollment increased, SAT and GPA scores climbed, more females enrolled, a new recruitment office opened in Dallas, and a new customer relationship management recruitment database was implemented.

Read more about Prieto in this university release.




Jeff Perez01/13/2014

Jeff Perez will serve as the president's senior counsel for public affairs beginning Feb. 1.

Perez, vice president for external affairs at The Citadel, was chosen as Winthrop’s public affairs strategist and communications adviser to the president as well as the president’s advisory council. He will be the principal institutional spokesperson on matters involving public policy and will lead Winthrop’s work with local, state and federal officials.

To learn more about Perez, read the press release about his appointment.




Veronica Orange12/05/2013

Welcome to Winthrop

Veronica Orange is a new concurrent planning specialist in the Department of Social Work. She was previously a human service specialist at the Department of Social Services and holds degrees from Limestone College and Webster University.

In her spare time she enjoys drawing and puzzles.




LaTasha Kennedy12/05/2013

Welcome to Winthrop

LaTasha Kennedy is now a contract monitor in the Department of Social Work. She holds degrees from the University of South Carolina-Columbia, one of which is an educational specialist degree in individual and family counseling. At USC, she was president of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society.

She previously worked for the Bair Foundation and the Department of Social Services.

Her hobbies include reading and play therapy with children.




Denise ONeal12/05/2013

Welcome to Winthrop

Denise O'Neal '88 joins Winthrop as a concurrent planning specialist in the Department of Social Work. She held the position of human services specialist at both the Darlington and Dillon County Departments of Social Services.

She is a graduate of Winthrop.

She is active in her church -- Gresham Chapel FWB Church -- and serves as an usher president and member of the Missionary Department. She enjoys floral arrangements in her spare time.







 South Carolina EPSCoR Division Awards Faculty Competitive Research Grants (12/18/14)
 Fine Arts Professor Will Deliver Commencement Address on Dec. 20 (12/16/14)
 Black Friday Shopping Expertise Garners Attention for Marketing Professor (12/15/14)
 Four Faculty Members Awarded Sabbaticals for Upcoming Academic Year (12/15/14)
 Professor Will Join Levine's Dec. 10 TweetChat on Police Shootings (12/08/14)
 Winthrop Praised for Its Integration of Critical Thinking Throughout Its Curriculum (12/08/14)
 Economics Faculty Member Chosen for Winthrop's Top Teaching Award (12/04/14)
 Retired Education Professor Authors Book About Cherokee Myths and Legends (12/04/14)
 Hunger Series Begins With Dec. 2 Program on Food Security (12/01/14)
 NSSE Survey Shows Winthrop Students Value Their College Experience (11/24/14)
 Leaders for Tomorrow Program Earns National Recognition for Positive Student Impact (11/21/14)
 THANKSgiving Challenge Exceeds Goal, Collects 517 Gifts in 48 Hours (11/21/14)
 Biology Class Studies Different Effects of Ebola Outbreak (11/20/14)
 Winthrop Poll: S.C. Residents Surveyed About Economy, Women's Issues and Sea-Level Change (11/19/14)
 Winthrop Kicks Off 48-Hour THANKSgiving Fundraising Challenge Nov. 18 (11/18/14)
 English Professors Reflect on Popularity of The Hunger Games Series (11/14/14)
 November Provost Series Explores Albanian Traditional Music (11/13/14)
 Panel to Address Journalists As Bargaining Tools on Nov. 18 (11/12/14)
 Alums Return to Celebrate Pottery Sale's 25th Anniversary on Dec. 5 (11/06/14)
 Steven Agee to Deliver Fall M.B.A. Lecture on Nov. 12 (11/03/14)
 English Professor Jo Koster Honored by Southeastern Medieval Association (10/30/14)
 New ICE Initiative Sparks Conversations About Innovation, Creativity (10/29/14)
 McNair Scholar Studies Student Truck Drivers' Health to Improve Performance (10/24/14)
 English Department Travels Back in Time At Victorians Institute Conference (10/21/14)
 Music Professor Jerry Helton Remembered for His Voice and Teaching Legacy (10/20/14)
 Winthrop Alumna Awarded $30,000 Rotary Scholarship to Study in Paris (10/13/14)
 Former Members of the Association of Ebonites Gather for Oct. 12 Reunion (10/10/14)
 S.C. Education Superintendent Candidate Debate Set for Oct. 14 Delayed (10/10/14)
 Third Annual Major/Minor Fair Offers New Opportunity to Students (10/10/14)
 Winthrop University Announces President Search Committee Membership (10/10/14)
 Latest Winthrop Poll Captures Likely Voters' Views on Upcoming Election (10/01/14)
 American Party Event on Sept. 30 Features Co-Founder and U.S. Senate Candidate (09/29/14)
 Lunch and Learn Sessions to Cover Integration Issues (09/25/14)
 Charlotte Author Will Speak on Midlife Reinventions on Oct. 6 (09/24/14)
 College of Education Undergoes Major Renovations to Update Classrooms (09/18/14)
 Acting President Debra Boyd Begins a Budget Review and Freeze (09/16/14)
 October Provost Series Session to Explore For-Profit, Not-For-Profit Higher Ed (09/16/14)
 50th Anniversary of Integration to be Commemorated Oct. 6-12 (09/11/14)
 John Kenneth Adams Presents His Piano Portraits on Sept. 14 at Winthrop (09/09/14)
 U.S News Includes Winthrop as Top 10 Southern Public University (09/09/14)
 Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration Available This Semester (08/29/14)
 Inaugural Provost's Spotlight on Scholarship Series Highlights Faculty Research (08/26/14)
 Sociology Professor Jennifer Solomon Reflects on Women's Equality Day (08/25/14)
 Alumnus, S.C. Rep. Gary Simrill '91 Will Give Keynote Convocation Speech (08/20/14)
 State Political Experts Gather Aug. 21 to Discuss Gubernatorial Election (08/20/14)
 English Professor John Bird Named New Bryant Professor (08/19/14)
 Chemistry Professor Robin Lammi to Direct University's Undergraduate Research (08/15/14)
 Faculty Member Judy Thomas Selected for South Carolina Panel for Dietetics (08/15/14)
 Non-Profit Management Certificate Program Now Accepting Applications (08/07/14)
 Winthrop Selected as a Best in the Southeast by Princeton Review (08/02/11)
 Winthrop's Psi Chi Advisor Wins 2010-11 Denmark Award (07/18/11)
 Economics Professor Gary Stone Chosen as William H. Grier Professor (07/01/11)
 Faculty Members Promoted and/or Granted Tenure in May (05/30/11)
 Chemistry Professor Nick Grossoehme Receives Grant for Emerging Scientists (05/23/11)
 Winthrop Part of Math-Science Partnership Grant with Area Schools and Agencies (05/11/11)
 New Assistant Dean Announced for University College (05/10/11)
 Debra Boyd Appointed as Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs (05/04/11)
 ASC Grants Prompt Artistic Exploration for Faculty, Staff, Alumni (12/10/14)
 New York Choreographer Adds His Talents to Winthrop Dance Theatre (11/11/14)
 Winthrop Bookstore to Host Nov. 15 Book Signing for Three Authors (11/11/14)
 Alumna Jane Spratt's Artwork Spotlighted in November Winthrop Exhibition (11/10/14)
 Holiday Art Sale Set for Nov. 14 (11/05/14)
 Musical Theatre Workshop Presents Emotionally Charged 'Bare' (11/05/14)
 Jazz & Jambalaya Gala to Raise Money for Student Scholarships (11/04/14)
 Nov. 1 Concert Marks Walter Hautzig's Return to Winthrop for a Steinway Spotlight (10/30/14)
 'Reasons to Be Pretty' Tackles Society's Obsession with Beauty (10/17/14)
 2014 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend Offers Fun for Alumni, Winthrop Community (10/16/14)
 Theatre & Dance Opens 2014-15 Season with Anton Chekhov's 'The Seagull' (10/06/14)
 Families Welcomed on Campus for Family Day (10/03/14)
 Love of Traveling Sets the Tone for Special Recital Oct. 6 (10/03/14)
 Roundtable Event to Address Social Issues During 'Fulfilling the Promise' (10/02/14)
 Galleries Continues Integration Conversation in New Exhibits (09/15/14)
 50th Anniversary of Integration to be Commemorated Oct. 6-12 (09/11/14)
 Art History Association 3rd Annual Foreign Film Series Begins Aug. 26 (08/25/14)
 Fine Arts Alumni Presentations to Spotlight 10 Artists in 2014-15 (08/20/14)
 Shakespeare Carolina's Romeo & Juliet Comes to Life Under the Stars (08/20/14)
 Welcome Week 2014 Features Never-Before-Seen Acts at Winthrop (08/18/14)
 Winthrop to Host First SC Screening of Everybody Street Documentary (08/14/14)
 Shakespeare Carolina at Winthrop Revamps ''The Tempest'' Aug. 3-7 (07/25/11)
 Shakespeare Carolina at Winthrop to Present Two Productions This Summer (07/01/11)
 John O'Conor to Host Second Piano Master Class Series at Winthrop (06/15/11)
 Winthrop's 23rd Summer ST-ARTS Program Continues to June 24 (06/13/11)
 Princeton University Organist to Perform June 18 Concert in Byrnes Auditorium (06/07/11)
 Faculty and Student Artwork Now for Sale in the Campus Bookstore (05/23/11)
 City to Unveil Student-Created Bike Racks at May 7 Mayor's Ride (05/06/11)

12/18/2014
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Nick Grossoehme, Associate Professor of Biology Heather Evans-Anderson and Associate Professor of Chemistry Maria Gelabert have received competitive research grants from the South Carolina faction of the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The grants will be implemented in spring of 2015 to study specific topics in their disciplines with student researchers.

12/11/2014
The Arts & Science Council of Charlotte has awarded grants to:

Chris O’Neill ’98, ’10: $1,907 to purchase a MacBook Pro for multimedia creation and integrated show control. O’Neill is the facilities management/technical director for the Department of Music and head of Shakespeare Carolina.
Professor of Fine Arts Shaun Cassidy: $2,000 to purchase sheets of metal to create a new sculpture series.

12/10/2014
The Levine Museum of the New South invited Winthrop University Political Science Professor Adolphus Belk Jr. to participate in an hour-long TweetChat on Dec. 10 about recent African-American citizen shootings by police.

12/10/2014

Winthrop University is one of only eight U.S. institutions recently cited as a model program by the Critical Thinking Foundation due to the institution’s integration of critical thinking across its curriculum.

Amanda Hiner, a Winthrop assistant professor of English and coordinator of its critical reading, thinking and writing program, will talk about Winthrop’s efforts as a focal session speaker at the foundation’s 35th international conference set for July 25-30 in Berkeley. The conference theme is “Cultivating World Justice and Freedom of Thought Through Educational and Social Reform.”


12/05/2014
Laura Dawson Ullrich, an associate professor of economics who excels in mentoring, research, and service, will receive Winthrop University’s top teaching award at the Dec. 20 undergraduate Commencement.

The Kinard Award is given annually to the faculty member who has demonstrated a dedication to teaching and is highly regarded on campus by faculty and students.

12/05/2014
Terry L. Norton ’81 recently published his book “Cherokee Myths and Legends: Thirty Tales Retold." The 232-page book contains some of the essential folklore of the Eastern Cherokees of western North Carolina.

From 1981-2008, Norton worked as a professor of literacy education in Winthrop University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education. During his tenure at Winthrop, he taught courses for teachers and librarians in literacy acquisition and children’s and young adult literature.

11/19/2014
Acting Chair of the Department of English Robert Prickett and Assistant Professor of English Casey Cothran commented on the young adult dystopian trend and the popularity of The Hunger Games trilogy in a new Winthrop release.

11/19/2014
Spiro Shetuni, associate professor and authority control librarian in Winthrop University's Dacus Library, led the Nov. 13 Provost's Spotlight on Scholarship Series session with his presentation, "Albanian Traditional Music: A General Overview."

10/24/2014
Dacus Library's Susan Silverman has published a report in the inaugural issue of South Carolina Libraries, the official journal of the South Carolina Library Association.  "The Book vs. E-Book: E-Book Survey Report" shares information from an earlier study with Winthrop students on their usage of e-books in the library. You can read more about the study online.

10/21/2014
The Southeastern Medieval Association has awarded Professor of English Jo Koster the annual Teaching Excellence award. "Professor Koster is truly a gem, whose commitment to medieval studies and teaching excellence shines throughout her activities both on your campus and in our organization," said Professor of English Tison Pugh of the association.



Chemistry majors Mikala Smith, Jessica Zinna and Danielle Thibault will participate in the EPSCoR grants secured by professions in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry in spring of 2015.

Name:  Audrey Masson, Integrated marketing communication
From:  Sainte Marie Au Bosc,    France

Audrey Masson, a French student in the mass communication department's integrated marketing communication program at Winthrop University, has won $1,000 scholarship for tuition from American Textile Recycling Services, where she interned this past summer.

Name:  Quidditch Club,

The Quidditch Club received validation this summer when the International Quidditch Association awarded the Winthrop chapter with its Swag Award for Most Powerful, Visual and Physical Presence on the field, beating hundreds of teams from across the nation.

Name:  Dequesha McClanahan, Exercise science
From:  Oak Ridge,  Tennessee 

Winthrop women's basketball player Dequesha McClanahan '14 has been voted the Big South Conference Female Student-Athlete of the Year for the 2013-14 season by the League's Athletics Directors, Senior Woman Administrators and Sports Information Directors.


Sponsor Group:  Winthrop University International Center
Contact Name:  Lindsey Hill

International Center 'Volunteers' for Students

Winthrop has 194 international students on campus this semester. Many faculty and staff members have asked the International Center how they can help welcome these students to campus, be it inviting them to their home for a meal or driving them to the airport. If you are interested in being a "volunteer," please e-mail Lindsey Hill at hilll@winthrop.edu or call her at 803/323-2133.


Sponsor Group:  Campus Police
Price:  $25

2014-15 Parking Stickers Available

Faculty and staff can now purchase the 2014-15 parking stickers. The cost of the permit is $25 with a limit of two per person.

Permits can be purchased online and mailed to your home or picked up at Campus Police. All disabled permits must be purchased at Campus Police. Parking office hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For questions, e-mail Donna Snyder at snyderd@winthrop.edu or call her at 803/323-2553.


Sponsor Group:  Human Resources
Date:  11/14/2014
Location:
Plowden Auditorium

Fall 2014 Regional Retirement Seminars

From the Office of Human Resources:

If you are one year or less away from retirement eligibility, the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) wants to help ensure you have the information you need to make the retirement decisions that are best for you. We offer a one-day retirement seminar designed to answer your questions and more. Presenters from PEBA Retirement and Insurance Benefits, the South Carolina Deferred Compensation Program, and the Social Security Administration will provide you with the information needed to successfully navigate the retirement process. For a list of the fall 2014 regional retirement seminars and to register for one that is near you, visit the website.


Sponsor Group:  Human Resources
Date:  07/01/2014
Payroll Update for Fiscal Year 2014-15

The final phase of the retirement contribution rate increase will occur in the 2014-15 fiscal year. Employees who are currently participating in one of the retirement system programs will see the rate increase in their first pay that occurs on or after July 1. Please see below for the rate increase amount for each retirement system program.
 
•Retirement contribution rate
-South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS) – Increase from 7.5% to 8.0%
-Optional Retirement Program (ORP) – Increase from 7.5% to 8.0%
-Police Officers Retirement System (PORS) – Increase from 7.84% to 8.41%

Also, all regular faculty and staff will receive a 2% general increase for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The details of this pay change are available in Wingspan in the Job Summary/Detail section of the Employee tab.

The Winthrop University Retirement Webpage includes links to current information regarding retirement, or you can visit www.retirement.sc.gov for more information.

If you have questions, please email hrhelp@winthrop.edu.

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