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April 2015 Edition

Dr. Daniel F. Mahony Selected as President of Winthrop University

Dr. Daniel F. Mahony, dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State University, has been unanimously selected by the Board of Trustees to be the next president of Winthrop University.

Mahony will become Winthrop’s 11th president, and will begin his duties on July 1.

“The Board of Trustees was very impressed by Dr. Mahony’s academic background and his strong record as a leader in higher education. His accounting background gives him a business-like management approach,” said Kathy Bigham, chair of the Winthrop University Board of Trustees and co-chair of the President Search Committee. “Dr. Mahony shares Winthrop’s commitment to access and quality, and he possesses the talent, experience and temperament we need to move Winthrop forward.”

Mahony was one of three finalists nominated by the President Search Committee following a nationwide search that began last fall. The executive search firm of R. William Funk and Associates assisted in the identification and selection of potential candidates.

Mahony said he appreciated the interview process developed by the Board of Trustees and was very excited about becoming Winthrop’s next president.

“I had the opportunity to meet with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community and business leaders,” said Mahony. “They all expressed a love for Winthrop and great pride in the student-focused education for which Winthrop has a very well-deserved reputation.

“I am honored and excited to be chosen president. The University has a great team in place and I look forward to working with everyone on behalf of Winthrop.”

Mahony is delighted to be living in Rock Hill. The President’s House will be home to Mahony, his wife Laura and their children, Gavin, 15, and Elena, 12. “Everyone we’ve met has been so friendly and welcoming. We look forward to calling them friends and neighbors,” said Mahony, who has more than 20 years of experience in higher education as a professor, department head and senior administrator.

As Kent State’s dean and professor of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, Mahony oversees 57 degree programs, more than 180 full-time faculty, more than 600 total employees, and about 5,400 students.

Prior to Kent State, Mahony was Associate University Provost for Academic Planning and Accountability and professor at the University of Louisville, where he previously served as Assistant University Provost for Institutional Effectiveness. Other positions he held at Louisville include Associate Dean for Planning and Management Systems in the College of Education and Human Development, and Chair of the Department of Health Promotion, Physical Education, and Sport Studies.

Mahony is an active researcher and has published over 50 articles in various refereed journals and won the 2007 Earle F. Zeigler Award from the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) for his career contributions as a researcher.

Mahony has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He earned his master’s degree in sport management from West Virginia University, and possesses a doctorate in sport management from Ohio State University.


Worldwide Winthrop Day April 18 2015

On Saturday April 18, the Office of Admissions will be hosting its yearly event for admitted students. This is by far the most exciting and well liked program the Admissions Office holds for accepted students considering Winthrop. We invite our admitted students to campus for an all-day experience of everything about Winthrop. Students will have the opportunity to meet faculty, attend a showcase of all of the student life offerings, get caricatures by our fine arts students, take photos in a photo booth, and run the gauntlet on our 120 foot inflatable obstacle course! This is the event where students decide if Winthrop is the school for them, and many of them commit to enroll on this day. We will have around 600 students, and 1500 people on campus this day, but most importantly Worldwide Winthrop Day is not just for accepted students, the entire student body is invited to take part! They too can run the gauntlet and sit in the big red chair, and have ice cream on the campus green to meet incoming freshman!

Other activities for current students include the t-shirt swap, held the Friday before Winthrop Day on the concourse between West Center and DIGS, which is put on by the Student Alumni Council. Bring another college's t-shirt and swap it out for the World Wide Winthrop Day t-shirt. The t-shirts for Winthrop Day are well known. Two years ago it was the “WuStache,” then last year it was “Winthrop. Better Than _______”. While these are pretty tough to top, we think we have come up with a very interactive idea for the T-shirt. All of the details are a surprise, but our hashtag for social media this year is #WhereIsYourPointA, the idea being that we really want to find out where our students come from. We encourage all students, incoming and returning to post where they come from, it could be location based, based on goals or aspirational. Check out posts on Twitter and Instagram for ideas and to tell us where you come from!

Winthrop Day is the culmination of all the hard work of not just the Division of Access and Enrollment Management, but the entire campus, to recruit an incoming class. Every member of this community assists in recruiting students, and it is always rewarding to see our guests come to campus for one last look before they make their decision. Don't forget to wear your own Winthrop t-shirt on April 18 to celebrate Worldwide Winthrop Day!
Rob Dellibovi
Assistant Director of Recruitment

Residence Life

Before we all know it, your students will be packing up their belongings and moving out of their residence hall space. Here is some information from the Department of Residence Life to make this process easier, and to help your students avoid fines at the end of the semester.

• Residence halls close for undergraduates and those not participating in graduation (including band, marshals, etc.) on Wednesday, May 6 at 9 a.m. Students must be out of their room by this time unless permission is granted to stay.
• Residence halls close for those participating in graduation on Saturday, May 9 at 6 p.m.
• All students must check-out of their room with an RA or go through the proper procedures for an “Express Check-Out” (where permitted). Please note that students that choose the Express Check-Out option do not have the option to appeal any damage/cleaning charges.
• Before a student checks out, all belongings must be removed from the room and hallway and the room and bathroom (where applicable) must be cleaned. Note that cleaning supplies are the student’s responsibility, though some may be available at the hall office. Dirty rooms/floors/bathrooms/trash cans/microfriges, etc. tends to be the #1 reason students are charged at the end of the semester.
• All buildings will host floor meetings and will post information regarding building closure and how to properly check-out. Please encourage your student to attend this meeting and read the information given as “not knowing” will not be an acceptable excuse.
• All students will turn in their key before they leave to avoid a lock record.
• Students that choose a regular check-out and get fined will receive a letter via mail or e-mail and will have an opportunity to appeal these charges. All appeals must come in writing and must come from the student only.

Other notes:
• We ask that any student not returning to Winthrop or the residence halls in the fall to inform us immediately and fill out proper paperwork. Fall room cancellation fees will begin June 1.
• If students are interested in taking summer school classes and living on campus for summer, please go to Residence Life immediately to secure your space!
• If students often make weekend trips home, we encourage them to begin taking unnecessary items home now, instead of stressing about getting everything at the end of the semester.

If you have any questions, you may contact the Residential Learning Coordinator of your student’s building or the Department of Residence Life at 803/323-2223. Students are encouraged to ask questions of their RA, RLC, or Residence Life.

Registering for Fall Classes

Don't forget to remind your student to register for fall classes!

The first step to a successful registration is to be advised. Advising began March 25. All degree-seeking students must meet with their academic advisor in order to be cleared to register. Your student should look through the course offerings found in Wingspan and on the Records and Registration page to plan his or her fall schedule. Your student should also be prepared to discuss his or her academic plan with his or her advisor. DegreeWorks, the online degree progress system, clearly lays out your student’s degree requirements with what he or she has completed and what he or she has yet to complete.

Second, your student should make sure he or she has no “holds” on his or her account. Are there any outstanding financial balances? Has your student provided Health and Counseling with appropriate immunization information? Students can view all holds via their Wingspan account. Your student will be unable to register until all registration holds are removed.

Third, your student should make note of his or her time assignment. Because Winthrop cannot register 6000 students at the same time, times are staggered throughout a six-day period. Graduate students and seniors register first. Freshmen are on the last day.

Finally, what does your student do if he or she cannot register for several of his or her classes because they are already full? Students should always have alternate classes picked out, but if that doesn’t work, he or she can contact the department chairperson to request an override. Your student should keep in mind that other students change their schedules all the time and seats may become available later in the summer.

The Registrar will send an e-mail to all students and place an announcement on Wingspan before registration begins that will outline all the items above. We understand that the registration process can sometimes be a frustrating time for students, and the Office of Records and Registration is available to assist your student with this. Please make sure your student understands that he or she can call, e-mail, or come by the office for any issues they may be having.
Gina G. Jones, Registrar
Winthrop University
Office of Records and Registration

May 2015 Commencement Ceremony

Winthrop University’s May 2015 Undergraduate Commencement exercises is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Winthrop Coliseum. All May 2015 graduates are invited to participate! The procession will begin promptly at 10:50 a.m.

Degree candidates should report to the check-in area, located just inside the north entrance of the Coliseum, in academic cap and gown between 9:15 and 10 a.m. Please note that all students must be in proper graduation attire: black robes, black caps with garnet and gold tassel. (Ladies do not have to wear the white collar which may come with the gown.) Caps may not be decorated and only Winthrop-issued honor cords may be worn. Sorority/fraternity stoles may not be worn over the gown during the ceremony. You may purchase your cap, gown and tassel at the Winthrop Bookstore.

Family and guests of the degree candidates are invited to enter the Coliseum through the upper concourse level and be seated by 10:40 a.m. Parking for the ceremony is available on university property only. Those who park off of university property may be towed. Guests are asked not to bring balloons into the coliseum. Balloons obstruct views and make it difficult to see the graduates.

The Commencement ceremony will be video streamed on the web. There will be a link on the Winthrop University homepage on the day of Commencement with the link to the stream and instructions for optimal viewing.

For more information regarding the May 2015 Commencement Ceremony, please visit our website.

If you have any questions, please e-mail or call the Office of Records and Registration at 803/323-2194.

Take Advantage of Winthrop's Summer Session

Students enjoy many benefits through Winthrop’s summer course offerings, beginning with the flexibility provided by the more than 60 fully online summer offerings that can be taken from anywhere. Many students also enjoy the benefits of residing on campus during the summer, taking advantage of Winthrop’s campus amenities. Students on campus can take a combination of on-campus and online courses.

Completing a prerequisite in the summer for a fall course or making progress on a change in major can speed up a student’s path to completion, helping students to graduate on time or graduate early!

Taking just a few courses during the summer enables students to put more time and focus into each course. Some students use this opportunity to replace a grade by retaking a course. In either case, good summer grades can positively improve a student’s cumulative GPA.

If these reasons were not enough, summer tuition for in-state students, per credit hour/per course, is reduced from fall/spring tuition rates so that students can save money during the summer session. Registration opened up Wednesday, March 25 for Winthrop summer courses.

New Student & Family Programs Facebook

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Important Dates

April 2015
Wednesday, April 8
Registration for Fall 2015 begins

Monday, April 27
Last day of Spring classes

Tuesday, April 28
Study Day

Wednesday, April 29
First day of exams

May 2015
Tuesday, May 5
Last day of exams

Thursday, May 7
7 PM, Graduate Commencement

Saturday, May 9
11 a.m., Undergraduate Commencement

Monday, May 18
First day of Maymester

May 25, Monday
Memorial Day; no classes; offices closed
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