Message from the Executive Director

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September 2023


Alumni and Friends,

The fall calendar is packed with opportunities for alumni!

We have two special T-shirts that alumni can purchase. If you lived in Wofford or Richardson residence halls during your time at Winthrop, you may want to purchase a limited edition T-shirt honoring those soon-to-be-demolished residence halls and the “high-rise life!” The T-shirts are $20, and the design will be printed on the front of a gray shirt. Place your order here! When you’re on campus for Homecoming and Reunion, you can wear your shirt and snap a selfie in front of Wofford and Richardson before they are demolished! Learn more about the residence halls and take a trip down memory lane on our special website.

Speaking of Homecoming, the 2023 Homecoming T-shirt is also available for purchase for $20 through Monday, Oct. 9. Orders submitted by Oct. 9 will receive their T-shirt via mail to the mailing address on the order form submitted. If you purchase your Homecoming T-shirt after Monday, Oct. 9 your Homecoming T-shirt will arrive via mail to your mailing address after Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. Purchase your 2023 Homecoming T-shirt here!

Interested in serving as an Alumni Chapter Leader? Regional alumni chapters connect fellow alumni who live or work within defined geographic areas, and offer alumni a way to gather informally without special requirements or membership fees. Alumni Chapter Leaders collaborate with the Winthrop Alumni Association to plan one signature event for alumni in the chapter’s region. The Alumni Association is currently recruiting Alumni Chapter Leaders for the following Alumni Chapters: Atlanta, G.A.; Charleston; Charlotte, N.C.; Columbia and D.C. Metro. For more information on how to become an Alumni Chapter Leader, contact Brittany Neely '14, alumni engagement coordinator, at

Upcoming Events:


Virtual Alumni Book Club: "The Glass Castle"
Through Oct. 6

The fourth reading period for the Virtual Alumni Book Club is underway! We are reading “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls. "The Glass Castle" was the Winthrop Common Book for the 2015-2016 academic year. Click here to join the free Virtual Alumni Book Club! Read more about the book here.


2nd Annual Management and Marketing Alumni and Student Networking Event
Thursday, Sept. 28 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Burgers and Barley

Management and marketing alumni are invited to the 2nd Annual Alumni and Student Networking event on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Burgers and Barley in Rock Hill. Food and drinks will be provided by the management and marketing department. Last year nearly 80 alumni attended the event! If you joined us last year, we hope to see you again. If you missed the fun last year, we hope to see you on Sept. 28! RSVP here! For more information, contact Dr. Cara Peters, chair, Department of Management & Marketing, at petersc@winthro​


Winthrop Ring Days 
Tuesday, Oct. 3 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 4 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

DiGiorgio Campus Center Lobby 

Show pride for your alma mater with Winthrop jewelry! If you are a degree-holding alumnus, a current student who has completed 54 credit hours, achieving Junior or Senior status, or a graduate student who has completed at least 18 hours at Winthrop University, you can purchase the Official Winthrop Ring and other Winthrop jewelry. Stop by the DiGiorgio Campus Center Oct. 3-4 to purchase your official Winthrop ring, stackable rings or collegiate tag as a lifelong reminder of your Winthrop experience. The Student Alumni Council will welcome you at the Jostens table to provide more information about the Official Winthrop Ring. 

Not local? No problem! Shop the website with our exclusive partner, Jostens, or call 800/854-7464. Save $50 when you design and purchase your college class ring on and use promo code ALUMNI50 at checkout. Promotion applies to standard college jewelry catalog offering only and excludes any other products. Offer excludes: Sarah Chloe, locket, bracelet, keepsake jewelry boxes, nursing pins, watches, military academy rings, and high school jewelry. Limit one promo code per order. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Not valid on prior purchases. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Valid only for online orders shipped to U.S. addresses. 


Ghost Tours
Friday, Oct. 20 | 6 p.m.
McBryde Hall

The Student Alumni Council is excited to host this year's Ghost Tours, a night full of frightening twists and turns as we explore historic Tillman Hall and share Winthrop's most haunting stories. All proceeds benefit the Winthrop Fund, which goes toward student scholarships. Tours will start from McBryde Hall at Winthrop. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your tour time to check in. If you arrive after your scheduled tour time and the next tour group is full, we may not be able to accommodate you. While we do our best to accommodate all participants, please be aware of the following disclaimers: Tillman Hall is a historic building with many staircases; this event is a walking tour from the basement to the 4th floor; the tour also involves strobe lights, loud noises and other special effects. No outside food or beverages are permitted. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Purchase your ticket here. All sales are final.


Alumni Juried Exhibition: "VIVID"
Oct. 23-Dec. 1
Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov. 9 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Winthrop University Galleries

Winthrop University Galleries invites all alumni to the opening reception of the Alumni Juried Exhibition, "VIVID," on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Winthrop University Galleries. This exhibition aims to transcend artistic boundaries by showcasing captivating and thought-provoking creations that leave an indelible mark on the viewer. Please consider this as an opportunity to connect, inspire, and share with Winthrop alumni, faculty, staff, students, and the Rock Hill community. The exhibit will be open from Oct. 23-Dec. 1. For more information, contact Caroline Rust-Ward, executive assistant to the dean and administrative coordinator for the College of Visual and Performing Arts, at 803/323-2323 or


Fall Grad Finale
Wednesday, Oct. 25 | 3-6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 26 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Bookstore Commons, located inside the bookstore in the 
DiGiorgio Campus Center

Graduating in December? Grad Finale is your one stop place for all things Commencement! Stop by the Bookstore Commons, located inside the bookstore in the DiGiorgio Campus Center, for all your Commencement needs. 

The event is hosted by the Student Alumni Council and the Alumni Association. Students graduating in December are invited to the Winthrop Bookstore to receive information on graduation status, alumni benefits, purchase class rings, graduation announcements and regalia. Campus departments and vendors at the event include Annual GivingCareer Development & InternshipsGraduate SchoolJostensOak HallRecords and RegistrationStudent Financial ServicesTechnology ServicesWest Center and the Winthrop Alumni Association. The event is not mandatory for graduates to attend, but an easy way to get all your Commencement questions answered and learn more about what Winthrop can do for you after graduation! 


Homecoming and Reunion
Nov. 6-11

Mark your calendars for Homecoming and Reunion 2023, Nov. 6-11! If your class year ends in '3 or '8 you are celebrating a milestone reunion in 2023. To make sure you are connected with Winthrop and your reunion class, be sure to share your updated contact information with the Alumni Association so you receive all reunion communications. 


Official Fall Ring Ceremony
Wednesday, Nov. 29 | 6 p.m.
Richardson Ballroom, DiGiorgio Campus Center

The Student Alumni Council presents the Official Fall Ring Ceremony! Students who purchased their rings prior to Friday, Oct. 6 are eligible to participate in the ceremony and be presented with their rings. Alumni can tune into the livestream on the Alumni Association Facebook page.

Purchase your Official Winthrop Ring as a lifelong reminder of your Winthrop experience by shopping the website for our exclusive partner, Jostens.

Lori Tuttle

Winthrop Ever Stand, 

Lori Tuttle
Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Reunion Giving