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Alumni Association
304 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-1452 (Fax)
800/578-6545 (Toll-Free)

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Message from the Executive Director


September 2020


Lori Tuttle

Alumni and Friends,

If you haven’t joined the virtual alumni book club, join us for the next book selection!  The next virtual alumni book club selection is “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. Since its publication in 2016, “A Gentleman in Moscow” has become a mega-bestseller and was a finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize in Fiction & Literature. The novel will soon be on the silver screen starring Kenneth Branagh! Grab your copy today, the reading period begins on Thursday, Oct. 15.  Join the virtual alumni book club today!

Winthrop loves you a “latte”! Exclusively this fall, sip on a Winthrop-inspired coffee blend from Knowledge Perk, Rock Hill’s unique coffee immersion shop. Purchase a bag of our Garnet and Gold blend, brew a cup (or two!), and enjoy in your home in celebration of Winthrop’s Virtual Homecoming Week, Nov. 9-14. With the holiday season quickly approaching, it also makes a wonderful gift.  The Garnet and Gold blend is only available during the month of October, so purchase your bag today!

Have you had a ghostly encounter on Winthrop’s campus?  If so, we are looking for your spooky stories!  We want to hear your chilling tales as we plan for Halloween Hauntings.  Send your story to by Friday, Oct. 9, and your story may be featured by the Alumni Association during Halloween week!  

Upcoming events: 

Tuesday, Oct. 6
D.C. Metro Alumni Coffee Chat with Admissions

Mark your calendars for a virtual coffee chat with the Office of Admissions on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 8:30 a.m. Grab a cup of coffee and join fellow local alumni in a virtual discussion with Dr. Amanda James, director of admissions and Michelle Bogan '91, '92, admissions counselor for DMV. Listen to a discussion on the number of students that are recruited from the DMV area each year and hear updates from the Office of Admissions. Please submit any questions to by Tuesday, Sept. 25. The virtual social will be hosted via Zoom. The link to join will be emailed to registered alumni by Monday, Oct. 5. Don't forget to use one of the free digital Winthrop backgrounds to show your Eagle pride. Space is limited to 30 alumni so be sure to reserve your spot by Sunday, Oct. 4. We hope you can join us on Tuesday, Oct. 6! 

Tuesday, Oct .6
Virtual Career and Graduate School Fair

If you are seeking employment, interested in Graduate School or you are an employer looking to hire, make plans to attend a Virtual Career and Graduate School Fair sponsored by Winthrop's Center for Career Development and Internships (CDI) on Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Due to COVID-19, all services and events from the CDI will be offered virtually for the safety of our students, alumni and employers. The CDI team has partnered with Symplicity to provide this virtual platform to assist you with connecting with our students, alumni and employers "face-to-face."  For alumni seeking employment or Graduate School information, registration is currently open and closes on Friday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. Click here to register.  For alumni employers looking to hire, registration is currently open and closes on Friday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. Click here to register.  If you have questions please visit the CDI website, email, or call 803/323-2141 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  

Tuesday, Oct .6
Legacy Family D.I.Y. Virtual Event

6 p.m. via Zoom
The Alumni Association is excited to offer an exclusive virtual event for you and your family during Virtual Family Week 2020! Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. for a legacy family exclusive event with Rock Hill Nailed It D.I.YChannel your inner creativity with a step-by-step virtual instruction from a Nailed It D.I.Y. studio expert to create a fun Winthrop themed piece for your residence hall. Registration is $10 and will include all the supplies you will need for the project and shipping. Space is limited to 50 legacy families, so be sure to register by Tuesday, Sept. 29. The event will be hosted via Zoom and the Zoom information will be emailed to you by Monday, Oct. 5. Don't forget to use a virtual Winthrop background and wear your garnet and gold to show your Winthrop pride. We hope you and your family can join us for this fun, creative event!

Thursday, Oct. 8
Myrtle Beach D.I.Y. Virtual Social

6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Join us for a fun, creative virtual social on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. with Anders Ruff Workshop Myrtle Beach. Channel your inner creativity with step-by-step virtual instruction from a Anders Ruff Workshop expert to create a beautiful piece for your home or office. We will create two 10'X10' pieces, one Winthrop inspired and one of your choice. Registration is $45 and will include the supplies you will need for the project. Use the password WINTHROP to register for our private event. Space is limited to 30 alumni so be sure to register by Wednesday, Sept. 30. Both pick-up at the workshop or shipping of supplies are available. Contactless pick-up will be available Oct. 1-3 from 12-2 p.m. at Anders Ruff Workshop, 
4999 Carolina Forest Blvd. Suite. #7, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588. The event will be hosted via Zoom and the Zoom information will be emailed to you by Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Tuesday, Oct. 13
Upstate Alumni Chapter Pumpkin Decorating

Fall is in the air, which means it's pumpkin decorating time! You and your family are invited to join the Upstate Alumni Chapter for a fun, family-friendly virtual pumpkin carving and decorating contest on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. Grab a pumpkin and all your supplies and show off your pumpkin carving and decorating skills. To enter the pumpkin carving and decorating contest, send a picture of your finished pumpkin to by noon on Oct. 14.

If you are unable to join us on Oct. 13 you are still able to enter the pumpkin decorating contest, just submit a photo of your carved or decorated pumpkin to by noon on Wednesday, Oct. 14. All pictures that are received by noon on Oct. 14 will be placed on the Upstate Alumni Chapter Facebook page for voting. The picture with the most votes at 4 p.m. on Oct. 21 will be the winner of the contest! The social will be hosted via Zoom and the link will be added to the Upstate Alumni Chapter Facebook page.

Wednesday, Oct. 14
Shape Your Future: United States 2020 Census

7 p.m. via the Alumni Association Facebook page
Your participation in the 2020 Census helps produce accurate, reliable statistics on employment, infrastructure, education, economic opportunities and other important characteristics of your community. This information helps policymakers, local officials, companies and organizations understand and assess the resources and needs of the people, places and businesses in communities across the country.  Join the Winthrop Alumni Association for an alumni-led panel discussion to learn more about the U.S. Census and why your participation is so important.  Steven Dillingham ’71, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau; Dominic Beamer ’09, Branch Chief, U.S. Census Bureau; and Ashlei Stevens ’04, Vice President of Public Affairs & Crisis, BCW Global will share insights and answer your questions on the 2020 Census.  Submit your questions to by Monday, Oct. 12.

Thurdsay, Oct. 15
Upstate Young Alumni Virtual Happy Hour with the Tipsy Doc 

Update your calendars for our rescheduled virtual cocktail making young alumni social with the Tipsy Doc, Akilah Murray '15. Join fellow Upstate young alumni on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. for a fun, virtual way to reconnect and socialize. Murray will walk us through the steps to make a Winthrop crafted cocktail. There will be a non-alcoholic version available as well.   

The virtual social will be hosted via Zoom.  The link to join will be emailed to registered alumni, along with the cocktail ingredients to purchase, by Tuesday, Oct. 13. Don't forget to use one of the free digital Winthrop backgrounds and wear your garnet and gold to show your Eagle pride. Space is limited to 50 alumni so be sure to reserve your spot by Monday, Oct. 12. 

We hope you can join us for this fun, virtual social on Thursday, Oct. 15! 

Friday, Oct. 16 
D.C. Metro Young Alumni Bring Your Own Brunch Picnic  

Join the D.C. Metro council at Yards Park on Friday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for a beautiful day of socially distant WU Crew hanging. We encourage you to bring any snack, meal and beverage of your choice. Although there are some nice seating areas throughout the park what’s a picnic without blankets, towels and picnic chairs? Feel free to drop by and mingle with fellow young alumni in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia area even if you aren’t able to stay the entire time. Be sure to wear your Garnet and Gold and bring any Winthrop swag that will make the event more enjoyable. We will be taking socially distanced group photos throughout the event. The council and Alumni Association asks that everyone abides by the CDC COVID-19 social distancing guidelines by bringing and wearing your mask when not eating or drinking.   

Thursday, Oct. 22
Health Profession Connection Webinar: Role of Epidemiology in a Pandemic and Public Health Safety

7 p.m. via Zoom
Join Winthrop’s College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and the College of Business Administration, Health Professions Connections group for a webinar with South Carolina’s top epidemiologist, Dr. Linda Bell, who will share her perspectives on how the state can mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 health crisis through research, community education and health policy. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the education system and the economy of South Carolina, in addition to the health of the state’s citizens. Understanding the patterns and causes of the disease and determining ways to control the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is of utmost concern to epidemiologists.

The webinar will be hosted via Zoom. Meeting information is below:

Link to join:

Webinar ID: 952 7040 7018

Join by phone from the U.S.: 646 558 8656; 301 715 8592; 312 626 6799; 669 900 9128; 253 215 8782; 346 248 7799

International numbers available:

Saturday, October 24
2020 ArtsWinthrop Virtual Scholarship Gala

7 p.m., Online Event
Join us on Saturday, October 24 for a virtual Gala event, celebrating the arts and recognizing the incredible talent of the Winthrop University students, faculty, and alumni. The evening will feature performances from students, faculty, and alumni and feature appearances from special guests.
For more information, visit our website at
As our lives have changed and adapted over the past few months, the need for student scholarships is greater than ever. We want to encourage students to continue to pursue the arts even when it may be challenging to do so. That's where you come in. Over the last 30 years, creative minds have converged onto Winthrop University’s campus and emerged ready to take the spotlight, develop imaginative solutions, and become the creative leaders of tomorrow. Many of these students could not have attended Winthrop without the support of scholarships made possible by the generosity of our donors.

Nov. 9-14 

Virtual Homecoming Week 

Save the Date for Virtual Homecoming, Nov. 9-14!  Although in-person Homecoming activities have been paused this year, the Alumni Association will be hosting a Virtual Homecoming week full of events for alumni.  Stay tuned for more details on Homecoming happenings.  In the meantime, be sure to order your 2020 Virtual Homecoming T-shirt to wear to all the virtual events!  T-shirt orders will be accepted through Wednesday, Sept. 30, and mailed to you.  The T-shirt was designed by Katie Medlock Price ’07, whose winning design was selected by the Alumni Executive Board. 

Stay safe and well! 

Winthrop Ever Stand, 

Lori Tuttle
Executive Director of Alumni Relations

Last Updated: 9/28/20