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January 2016

Letter from the Office of New Student and Family Programs 

Happy New Year from the Office of New Student and Family Programs! We hope that you and your student have enjoyed your break and your time together. 

We are looking forward to another great semester with many exciting events and activities! Encourage your student to take advantage of all the opportunities Winthrop has to offer and to bookmark the University Events Calendar. This is a great way to keep up with university events and it includes approved cultural events as well.

As always, the Office of New Student and Family Programs is available if you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to contact us at 803/323-2387 or via e-mail at familyprograms@winthrop.edu

Go Eagles! 
Carrie Brunt Whiteside 
Director, New Student and Family Programs

Happy New Year from Dining Services!

Happy New Year! We hope you had a refreshing winter break and that you are energized for the spring semester! We have an exciting year coming up, and we are looking forward to having you dine with us more in 2016 with some great new offerings!

It’s a new semester and time for students to choose their Meal Plans! Residents, if you want to make any changes to your meal plan, you need to go to the Residence Life Office in DiGiorgio Campus Center in Room 237. Students will have until the first Friday after classes begin (January 15th) to make any changes to their plans.

For commuter students, you can now purchase your meal plan with an incentive! Purchase any traditional meal plan (ultimate, gold, silver or eagle) and receive an additional $100 of free café cash. Purchase a commuter 50 plan and receive an additional $50 of free café cash. We have a total of six plans commuters may choose from – two being created specifically for commuters. To purchase, your student can log onto his or her Wingspan account and choose the Meal Plan of their choice – this will be charged to his or her student account. If your student qualifies for financial aid, the cost of his or her meal plan can be covered by his or her awarded financial aid. If you would like to pay it immediately, you can go to the Cashiers Office and pay – otherwise it will be placed on your next bill from the university. Commuters if you signed up for a meal plan in the fall you will be automatically assigned the same meal plan for the spring semester. If you wish to change or opt out of your meal plan for the spring semester you need to e-mail diningservices@winthrop.edu to notify us of this change before the first Friday after classes begin (January 15th). For more information please check our website www.winthrop.edu/dining and click on “Meal Plans” – if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Dining Services office at 803/323-2119.

Have a great 2016!

Experience the World: Study/Work/Volunteer Away Programs

A great way for students to complement the classes they take at Winthrop is to participate in international or national experiential learning programs, including study abroad, national student exchange, service learning and internships. By earning credit toward their Winthrop degrees off campus, students can further develop skills that will help them become better citizens and competitors in an increasingly global economy: independence, second-language skills, inter-cultural communication skills and experience in the workplace. Whether students choose to intern with Disney World, to study for a semester in Washington or a summer in Spain, or to take a spring break service learning trip, students can maximize their options and minimize costs by planning ahead.

Most experiential learning should take place between spring semester of sophomore year and fall semester of senior year, so students should start discussing their options as early as freshman year. What can parents/guardians do to support students who are interested seeking out experiential learning opportunities?

• All credit-bearing, off-campus experiential learning programs must be approved by the student’s academic department. At any time during the semester, students can meet with an academic advisor or an advisor in their College’s Student Service Office to discuss how studying or interning away from Winthrop for a summer, semester or year will help meet Winthrop degree requirements.
• Encourage students to meet with the Center for Career Services and Civic Engagement to discuss their career interests and how an experiential education program can help them solidify their goals.
• If your student is interested in travel, language learning or studying his or her subject area in English in a different country or U.S. state, encourage your student to visit the Study Abroad Office to learn more about faculty-led summer study abroad, semester and full-year study abroad, or national student exchange.
• Most financial aid and scholarships can be applied toward the cost of these experiential programs. Students should visit the Office of Financial Aid to determine if their aid/scholarships will apply and how much, if any, they will need to cover the difference. With advance planning, students can also apply for external scholarships, save for the experience, and fundraise!
• Making the transition from dependent student to independent adult is often a big transition for students and their families, and study away experiences can be a major part of that process. Communicate any reservations about studying/interning away, but also recognize that your student is demonstrating initiative and maturity by researching, planning, budgeting and applying for these opportunities.

As college students gain independence, they often seek out experiences that test what they know in real-world settings. Experiential learning is a great way for students to earn Winthrop credit while they exercise self-reliance with the support of student services at other campuses and program sites around the world. The International Center staff recognizes that parents/guardians often provide significant emotional and financial support to students who seek out and plan study/intern away experiences, and we are here to provide guidance to students throughout the planning process so that they can, with your help, make informed decisions about these amazing opportunities. For more information, please contact Alexa Maddox, study abroad advisor, at 803/323-3451 or maddoxa@winthrop.edu.

Providing a Safe Community

Winthrop University Police Department promotes and preserves a safe and secure campus environment by delivering quality police and community safety service in a professional and sensitive manner. The department is committed to professional growth of its police officers, support staff, and the continual development of its relationship with faculty, staff, students, and Residence Life.

During the fall semester, Campus Police was engaged with our campus community doing educational and safety programs on alcohol, drugs, Active Shooter response, Rape, Aggression, Defense (RAD), and Sexual Violence training to name just a few of the programs we provided to our campus community.

Campus Police was also involved with providing our officers with professional training on Hate/Crime Bias, LGBTQ training, and Active Shooter Response training.

All of the programming and training was done in order to provide the best professional service for our campus community and growth to our officers in order to provide a sensitive response as expressed in our above Mission Statement.

Campus Police also distributed the 2015 Annual report in October. This yearly report is required by Federal Law and must be made available to all students, faculty, and staff. The entire report, which includes all of the crime statistics from the last three years can be found on the Campus Police website at www.winthrop.edu/police.

In December, Campus Police along with the Critical Incident Management Team conducted a very successful test of the campus Emergency Notification System. These tests are done two times a year to ensure the system is fully working in the event they must be activated for a campus emergency.

Parking comes under Campus Police and there were some updates made to the parking rules and regulations this past fall that can also be found on the Campus Police website at www.winthrop.edu/police under Parking Enforcement. One change that has been received very well by the campus community was adding signage to entrances of all the campus parking lots identifying the lot by name. This now makes it easier for faculty, staff, students and visitors to find parking lots on campus.

As the spring semester begins, Campus Police will continue to provide a safe and secure campus environment. Our training and programming will continue and the proactive approach to safety will be a main focus of the department as will the continual relationship development with our faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

Important Dates

Monday, January 11
Classes begin for the spring semester

Wednesday, January 13
Last day to DROP/ADD a first half of the semester class

Friday, January 15
Last day to DROP/ADD a full semester class
Last day to AUDIT a class
Last day for 100% tuition adjustment

Monday, January 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (no classes; offices closed)

Friday, January 22
Last day for 75% tuition adjustment on full-term classes

Friday, January 29
Last day to S/U or WITHDRAW from a first third of the semester class
Last day for 50% tuition adjustment on full-term classes 

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