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

Message from the Executive Director


March 2023


Lori Tuttle

Alumni and Friends,

Greenville and Atlanta alumni, we’re coming your way next! Wear your garnet and gold to show your Winthrop pride at the receptions! The Upstate Alumni Reception to meet President Serna will be held on Thursday, May 18 from 6-8 p.m. at The Lazy Goat. RSVP by Friday, May 12. 

The Atlanta Alumni Reception to meet President Serna will be held on Wednesday, May 24 from 6-8 p.m. on the 18th Floor of Nelson Mullins in the Neely Rooms, located at 201 17th Street NW in Atlantic Station. RSVP by Friday, May 19.  

Learn more about our president and also connect with him on Facebook and Instagram. If you live in the Upstate or Atlanta areas, be sure the Alumni Association has your correct mailing address and e-mail address on your alumni record so you receive the invitation to the reception. Update your contact information here.  

Upcoming Events:

Virtual Alumni Book Club: "Trust"
March 17-May 19

The next reading period for the Virtual Alumni Book Club has begun. Virtual Alumni Book Club members are reading “Trust” by Hernan Diaz. Click here to join the Virtual Alumni Book Club! There will be a livestream Author Talk Q&A with Hernan Diaz on Wednesday, May 10 at 2 p.m. EST. We hope you will be able to join us and your book club members for this memorable afternoon. Click here to register for the livestream event. 


Whitton Executive Series: Fintech (featuring Michael Praeger, AvidXchange)
Tuesday, April 11 | 6:30 p.m.
Whitton Auditorium, Carroll Hall

Sponsored by Elaine Whitton Davis '73, the Whitton Executive Series in the College of Business Administration seeks to provide free or low- cost access to current, state-of-the-art knowledge relevant to business practice. This year, the keynote speaker is Michael Praeger, who founded AvidXchange more than 20 years ago as a provider of accounts payable and payment automation solutions for the middle market. He has led the company to more than 8,000 customers and 825,000 suppliers nationwide. An expert on fintech, payments innovation, entrepreneurism and leadership, he has been an active participant and speaker at various industry conferences, and a Forbes contributor with appearances in Authority Magazine, Business Insider, Inc., and The Wall Street Journal. He is considered a thought leader in developing creative solutions for mid-sized companies to grow their businesses, increase revenue and drive efficiencies. Admission is free. Click here to register.


7th Annual Political Science Alumni Reception & Student Awards Ceremony
Friday, April 21 |  6-9 p.m.
Richardson Ballroom, located in the DiGiorgio Campus Center

PLSC alumni are invited to the Winthrop Department of Political Science's (PLSC) 7th Annual PLSC Alumni Reception, Student Awards Ceremony and Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA) Honor Society Induction for PLSC and Model UN alumni. The vast span of Winthrop PLSC will be celebrated, including Model UN, the Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research (CPOPR), the Winthrop Poll and the John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy. Tickets are $25*, which includes wine, beer and hot/cold hors d'oeuvres. Purchase your ticket here. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Disney, department chair and professor of political science, at

*$10 from each ticket sale will be used to establish the Dr. John Holder Summer Internship award. The value of goods and services received from your ticket purchase is $15, please consult your tax advisor for charitable gift credit.


2023 Official Ring Ceremony
Wednesday, April 12 | 6 p.m.
Richardson Ballroom, located in the DiGiorgio Campus Center

Undergraduate students who have completed 54 credit hours, achieving junior or senior status, and graduate students who have completed at least 18 hours who have purchased a Winthrop ring are invited to attend the 2023 Official Ring Ceremony. Students will be presented with their official Winthrop ring. Family and friends are invited to join. Invitations were mailed to the students’ permanent address and sent to their Winthrop email address. RSVP with the number of guests attending by Friday, March 31 to

Pups & Pints with the Rock Hill Alumni Chapter
Saturday, April 29 | 1 - 4 p.m.
Main Street Bottle Shop 

Join Rock Hill alumni for Pups & Pints at the Main Street Bottle Shop on Saturday, April 29 from 1-4 p.m. We will come together as a community to donate supplies to the Friends of York County Animal Shelter and host an adoption event for animals looking for their fur-ever homes.  

The Main Street Bottle Shop will serve as a donation site for the week of April 24-29. If you make a donation Monday-Friday, the Main Street Bottle Shop will offer $1 off your first pint the day of the donation. Main Street Bottle Shop will donate 10% of total sales on Saturday, April 29 to the Friends of York County Animal Shelter. Check out the wish list of items in need. Help us find these sweet animals a new family while enjoying a beverage!

Winthrop Ever Stand, 

Lori Tuttle
Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Reunion Giving

Last Updated: 3/25/23