Message from the Executive Director

 

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February 2024

Alumni and Friends,

Thank you to the more than 900 alumni who voted in the Alumni Board of Trustees Election! Alumni selected Isaiah Venning '95, '00 to serve a second term on the Board of Trustees to make the voices of our alumni heard. Congratulations to Isaiah!

As we prepare for March, which is Women’s History Month, we know that for more than 130 years, the Winthrop name has been synonymous with female excellence – from the first graduating class of 1887 to the outstanding women graduates the institution produces today. Alumni, faculty, staff, students and the Winthrop community are invited to celebrate Women’s History Month with a special panel discussion on March 9 at Winthrop, an institution proud of its origins as an all-female school that continues to produce outstanding women graduates today.

Hosted by the Student Alumni Council and the Women’s & Gender Studies ProgramA Journey to Remember: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going will highlight four young alumnae of color as they share their Winthrop experiences and how their alma mater has impacted their lives personally and professionally. These young voices give a fresh perspective on what it means to be a Winthrop graduate in 2024, nearly 140 years after Winthrop’s first graduating female class.

Panelists include Imani Belton ’20, assistant director of student conduct at UNC Chapel Hill; Alex Newberry ’23, research assistant for Impact York County; Catalina Olvera ’19, digital and web designer at Yellow Duck Marketing; and Brooke Oxendine ’14, assistant administrator at Northside Middle School in Columbia. Dr. Jennifer Dixon-McKnight, assistant professor of history and African American Studies, will lead the discussion. Register to attend here. The event is a Cultural Event for Winthrop students.

The next book for the Virtual Alumni Book Club is "By Her Own Design" by Piper Huguley. "By Her Own Design" is the incredible untold story of Ann Lowe, Jackie Kennedy's wedding dress designer, a Black woman who made some of the most famous dresses of all time, only to be forgotten by history. The reading period is March 15-May 17. We look forward to reading with you!

 

Upcoming Events

 

Virtual Alumni Book Club: "By Her Own Design" by Piper Huguley

March 15-May 17

"By Her Own Design" is the incredible untold story of Ann Lowe, Jackie Kennedy's wedding dress designer, a Black woman who made some of the most famous dresses of all time, only to be forgotten by history. The reading period is March 15-May 17. We look forward to reading with you! Click here to read a summary and reviews for it. Visit the Suggested Reading Schedule so you know the reading milestones we are striving for ahead of time.

Join the free Virtual Alumni Book Club by signing up at www.pbc.guru/winthrop.

 

March

Winthrop Lacrosse Alumnae Weekend

Friday, March 1-Sunday, March 3
Winthrop
Winthrop Lacrosse alumnae are invited to the Alumnae Lacrosse Weekend, March 1-3, on Winthrop’s campus. The weekend event schedule includes a social with the coaching staff, attending practice and a meet & greet with the team and the game against UMASS Lowell. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Hannah Potter, assistant women's lacrosse coach, at potterh@winthrop.edu. Follow lacrosse on social media at @WinthropLax and linktr.ee/winthroplax.

A Journey to Remember: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going

Tuesday. March 19 | 7 p.m.

Dina's Place, DiGiorgio Campus Center
See above description of event. Register to attend here. 

 

I'm Ready - Alumni to Student Mentoring Program - Microsession #4

Wednesday, March 24 - Tuesday, April 9 

Winthrop Connect

The third microsession of the I'm Ready Alumni to Student Mentoring Program will begin Wednesday, March 24, and focus on Interview Skills & Personal Growth.  If interested in serving as an alumni mentor or participating as a student mentee, visit the I'm Ready Alumni to Student Mentoring Program webpage. If you want to learn more about the program or attend an upcoming information session, contact Leah Simmonds ’23, alumni career programs director, at simmondsl@winthrop.edu

 

2nd Annual Accounting, Finance and Economics Department Networking Social

Thursday, March 28 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Hobo's Rock Hill

Accounting, finance and economics students, alumni, industry professionals and faculty are invited to the 2nd Annual Accounting, Finance and Economics Department Networking Social on Thursday, March 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Hobo's in Rock Hill. Join us for an evening of networking and fun! RSVP here. For questions, please contact Dr. Adriana Cordis, professor of accounting and chair of accounting, finance and economics, at cordisa@winthrop.edu.

 

April

7th Annual Winthrop Golf Classic

Monday, April 8 | Check-in at 9 a.m., shotgun start at 10:30 a.m.
Rock Hill Country Club 

Join us for the 7th Annual Winthrop Golf Classic on Monday, April 8, at Rock Hill Country Club in Rock Hill. All proceeds from the golf tournament will support the Winthrop men's and women's golf program. The day begins at 9 a.m. with check-in and a silent auction at the clubhouse followed by a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. Teams will be playing Captain’s Choice. After 18 holes, everyone will meet back at the clubhouse for the conclusion of the silent auction and the trophy presentation. Register a team, company or yourself for this year’s Winthrop Golf Classic by Wednesday, April 3, at 5 p.m. If you cannot attend the Winthrop Golf Classic, please consider making a gift to support our golf student-athletes. Reach out to Kevin Pendley '98, men's golf coach or Kasay Gambrell, women's golf coach, if you have any questions.

 

Official Spring Ring Ceremony

Wednesday, April 10 | 6 p.m.

Richardson Ballroom, DiGiorgio Campus Center

The Student Alumni Council presents the Official Spring Ring Ceremony! Students who purchased their rings prior to Thursday, Feb. 29, are eligible to participate in the ceremony and be presented with their Official Winthrop Ring. Participating students will receive a link to RSVP closer to the ceremony date. 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 of our exclusive partner, Jostens.

 

Winthrop Softball Legacy Celebration for Coach Mark Cooke

April 19-20
Softball Complex | Terry Field

Winthrop Softball will celebrate the late Coach Mark Cooke and his legacy with events throughout the weekend of April 19-20. The weekend will surround the softball series with conference foe, Charleston Southern. The morning of Saturday, April 20, the road around the softball complex will be named “Coach Cooke Way.” A full timeline of events for the weekend will be sent soon. The host hotel is the Hampton Inn Rock Hill. Book your room with the special rate here.

 

HireSouthCarolina Multi-School Alumni Career Fair

Tuesday, April 23 | Greenville Convention Center

11a.m.-2 p.m.

Upstate alumni, if you are seeking a new career opportunity, this event is for you! Winthrop is participating in the HireSouthCarolina Multi-School Alumni Career Fair at the Greenville Convention Center on Tuesday, April 23, from 11a.m.-2 p.m. Entry is free for all job seekers. The event will include networking with hiring managers and recruiters from top-notch employers and exploring a wide variety of career opportunities tailored for you. Click here to register.

Lori Tuttle

Winthrop Ever Stand, 

Lori Tuttle
Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Reunion Giving