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Update on President Search

Dear Winthrop Community:

As Winthrop University continues to seek its 11th president, we are happy to report the second phase of the search is progressing as planned. We are pleased with the substantial pool of qualified individuals who are interested in this opportunity.

More than 140 individuals applied, were nominated by others or were contacted by the search consultant, Bill Funk, of R. William Funk and Associates. More than 80 individuals are considered active, viable candidates. We expect to conduct preliminary confidential interviews with semifinalist candidates in February.

Based on the interviews and further reviews of their candidacies the search committee will recommend three to five finalists who we anticipate will be invited to campus in late February or early March. Their visits will constitute the third phase of the search.

During the visits, candidates will present their vision for Winthrop's future in a public forum, at which time they will field questions from the audience. Presentations will be videotaped so that members of the Winthrop community who are unable to attend the forums can hear from the candidates. Representatives of key university constituencies also will meet with the candidates and confer with the Board of Trustees on their impressions.

The ultimate responsibility for selecting Winthrop's 11th president rests with the Board of Trustees, but we are committed to an inclusive process and look forward to the feedback of our constituents.

More information on the search for Winthrop’s next president is available here.

Thank you for your interest in the search for the 11th president of Winthrop.

Kathy Bigham
John Bird


Has your student gotten the Flu shot?

We are in the midst of the 2014-2015 influenza season. South Carolina is considered Widespread flu, which means it is prevalent all around us.

IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO GET YOUR FLU VACCINE, IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO ALREADY. Health Services has flu vaccines available!

The CDC recommends influenza vaccine for anyone 6 months and older. Individuals with influenza can have severe illness and complications. Traditionally, the risk is higher among children younger than age 5, adults 65 years and older, pregnant women, and those with underlying medical conditions such as asthma or diabetes. At this point the predominant strain is H3N2 which was a strain predominant in 2012 and can cause more serious complications according to the CDC. If you have watched the news – they state the strain of flu vaccine has drifted – WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

As noted by the CDC, “Most of the H3N2 viruses circulating are "drifted" or different from the H3N2 vaccine virus; suggesting that the vaccine’s ability to protect against those viruses may be reduced. Two factors play an important role in determining the likelihood that flu vaccines will protect a person from flu illness: 1) characteristics of the person being vaccinated (such as their age and health), and 2) the similarity or "match" between the flu viruses in the vaccine and those spreading in the community.”

“CDC continues to recommend flu vaccination even when there are drifted viruses circulating because the vaccine can still prevent infection and also prevent serious flu-related complications in many people. Anyone who has not gotten vaccinated yet this season should do so now. This includes people who may already have gotten the flu this season because flu vaccines protect against three or four different viruses and it’s possible that other viruses will circulate later in the season. It’s fairly common for there to be two waves of flu activity during a season, the second wave is often caused by an influenza B virus.”

THEREFORE- if you have not had your influenza vaccine, you need to get it (unless your doctor advises against it, or you have a contraindication such as severe allergy to eggs).

The Fluzone Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine by Sanofi is available in Health Services for $25.00. The charge goes on your account. Local pharmacies also carry the flu vaccine. It may be the quadrivalent or trivalent. The Trivalent vaccine has 2 A strains and 1 B strain. The Quadrivalent vaccine has 2 A strains and 2 B strains (B strains have traditionally shown up later in the flu season as noted above by the CDC). It takes two weeks for the vaccine to take effect. Therefore, the sooner you get the influenza vaccine, the better your chances of avoiding the flu this season

What should you do to avoid the flu or if you get the flu?
•As stated above, GET A FLU SHOT. You are not only protecting yourself, but you are protecting others.
•Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water.
•Avoid people who are sick. Influenza is spread through droplets. Stay out of others’ “space”.
•If you get sick, stay home from work, school and extracurricular activities until you are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicines. You do not want to spread the flu to others.
•Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue, if one is handy, and throw it away immediately after use. Otherwise, use your upper sleeve. Using your hand may further spread the virus to others as you touch doors, shake hands, etc.
•Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. The virus can be absorbed through your mucous membranes.
•Maintain a good immune system- get enough rest, eat healthy, exercise as able!

What are symptoms of the flu?
•Fever or feeling feverish/chills
•Sore throat
•Runny or stuffy nose

Flu activity is definitely higher than last year. Check out CDC's webpage for more information on the Flu.


Interim Grades

Winthrop is committed to supporting student success, and one way to do that is to communicate with students in an intentional way about their class progress. In about a month, most students will be receiving interim grades (also known as “mid-term” grades). These grades are a guideline to assist students and advisors in assessing where the student is at that particular point in the semester. Students at-risk can be referred to the Academic Success Center while high-performing students can be steered towards the Honors Program.

Students can access their interim grades for classes that meet the whole semester through the online portal, Wingspan, beginning Monday, March 2. Interim grades do not appear on a transcript (unofficial or official), and students should keep in mind that their grade is only reflective of the amount of graded work done in the class up to that point. Most often, there is plenty of time to bring up a low grade. If not, students have time to consult with the instructor, advisor, or other support unit about whether to withdraw from the class.

Students with questions about their interim grades should confer directly with their instructors.



What's going on at the CCE?

The Career and Civic Engagement community is home to three distinctive programs at Winthrop University: career development, service learning, and volunteer/community services. Career and Civic Engagement provides students with a comprehensive approach to career preparation, personal growth, and service to the community with experiential learning as a key component. Career development provides students and alumni with resources and services for all career-related matters. Some of the services provided include career guidance, professional development workshops, resume critiques, mock interviews, internship assistance, employment fairs, and our own employment database, EAGLElink.

Career and Civic Engagement hosts walk-in hours for resume building every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. If the hours do not work with the students’ schedules, the office is able to make appointments, as well. EAGLElink allows students to search for part-time jobs, internships, full-time jobs, and volunteer opportunities. Career and Civic Engagement is hosting three career fairs this February.

The Summer and Part-Time Jobs Fair on February 17 will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the DiGiorgio Campus Center Lobby. This event is for all students looking for career opportunities for the summer along with part-time occupations.

The Education Career Fair will be held February 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Richardson Ballroom. This career fair is for all graduating education majors looking for jobs.

Finally, the Career Showcase on February 19 is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Richardson Ballroom and is for all students seeking full-time job opportunities and professional internships.

On January 19th, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, our office hosted several different service opportunities for Winthrop students to help impact the Rock Hill Community. We had more than 200 Winthrop students provide community service. Here is a short video clip of our Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service activities.

Coming up in March, Winthrop students will be attending an Alternative Spring Break. Alternative Spring Break is a program that provides college students with opportunities to engage in meaningful service during their spring break. They will be completing short-term projects for different community agencies. This year, there will be two different spring break trips. One will be traveling to Savannah, Ga., and the other will take place in Selma, Ala.

Volunteer & Community Service also houses S.O.A.R (Serving Others And Reflecting) and Winthrop’s Homework Clinic. Both of these programs seek to provide services to others. S.O.A.R is a student run organization that coordinates service projects and volunteer initiatives for a variety of issues, including fighting for the rights of animals, children, the elderly, & individuals with special needs. In addition, the homework clinic is an off campus service that provides local fifth graders one-on-one tutoring and mentoring sessions from trained Winthrop students. Career and Civic Engagement is also home to the Close Scholars, which is a program that awards scholarships to a small group of incoming freshmen. The Close Scholars are required to provide 112 hours of community service each semester.

We encourage all Winthrop students to take advantage of the diverse offerings that the Career and Civic Engagement office provides!

If you have any questions about Career & Civic Engagement please contact us at 803/323-2141 or visit us online.


Dining Services

You have made it to the spring semester! We have had a lot of new things happening here with Winthrop University Dining Services.

We have a new station in the Thomson Café. The Mongolian Grill at Thomson Café is a create-your-own stir fry option where you choose your vegetables, rice or noodles and sauce – then we stir fry it for you right there. It’s a perfect way to get a customized meal.

Also, in order to better accommodate your students we have changed the hours of our Eagle Express convenient store located in Thomson Hall. Eagle Express is now open until 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. These late night hours will give your student a late night option to grab a study snack or any convenient items they should need.

It’s a new semester and commuter students still have time to purchase a meal plan!

We still have six meal plans commuters may choose from – two being created specifically for commuters. To purchase, your student can log onto their Wingspan account and choose the Meal Plan of his or her choice – this will be charged to his or her student account. If you would like to pay it immediately, you can go to the Cashiers office and pay – otherwise it will be placed on your student's next bill from the university. As an extra incentive, we are running a Café Cash promotion during the month of February. From February 9 to February 27 we will add an extra $10 for every $100 of Café Cash you add to your account. For more information please check our website and click on “Meal Plans.” If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Dining Services at 803/323.2119.

Hope to see you dining on campus this Spring!

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Important Dates

Monday, February 2
Last day to apply for August or December 2015 graduation without a late fee

Tuesday, February 10
Last day to S/U or Withdraw from a first half of the semester class

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