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September 2016

Welcome from the President 

Greetings!

As Winthrop’s president, I am very pleased to be a part of the Eagle Family Connection and have the chance to reach out to parents, family members, and others who support our outstanding students. My wife, Laura, our children and I are so thankful to be a part of the Winthrop family.

As I start my second year at Winthrop, I continue to be impressed by the dedication of every faculty and staff member to our students’ success. We have developed a first year experience at Winthrop designed to help our students adjust to the exciting and challenging world of higher education. As they proceed on their journey of personal discovery they will find that, along with excellent academic preparation, Winthrop is helping them develop as leaders and engaged citizens.

We provide our students with many opportunities to get involved in activities on campus and encourage them to actively participate in public service. This 360-degree educational experience prepares Winthrop graduates to assume prominent positions in their fields of choice and become leaders in their communities. I am confident that your student will be transformed by all this exceptional university offers.

As your student progresses through the Winthrop experience, please know that there are ways to share any concerns that you may have as a parent or family member. The Office of New Student and Family Programs is a great place to start. E-mail or call our staff at familyprograms@winthrop.edu or 803/323-2387. You may also send questions and suggestions to my staff through our online form or e-mail me at president@winthrop.edu.

And I hope you will all join us on campus for Family Day, October 1, 2016. Registration is underway through September 16. I look forward to seeing as many parents and families as possible during this day of activities that everyone is sure to enjoy. Go Eagles!

Sincerely,

Daniel F. Mahony
President

Winthrop Family Day 2016

Winthrop University and the Office of New Student and Family Programs are excited to invite you to attend Family Day 2016 on Saturday, October 1, 2016! This weekend provides you the opportunity to visit with your student and take part in numerous activities and events planned for your enjoyment.

The registration fee for Family Day 2016 is $25 per person. Your registration fee covers a ticket for you and your student to attend the Family Day picnic, a Family Day giveaway, activities (excluding the optional activities), and administrative costs. You will also have the opportunity to purchase a Family Day T-shirt for $5 (S-XL) and $6.50 (2XL) when registering.

Family Day 2016 registration is open. For more information and to register for Family Day, please visit our website. You will need to enter your student's last name and birth date to access the system. Once in the system, you will enter information for each family member you are registering.

Please note that the last day to register or cancel for a refund is Friday, September 16, 2016. We hope you will join us on October 1! Please do not hesitate to contact our office at any time if you have any questions at 803/323-2387 or via e-mail at familyprograms@winthrop.edu.

Getting Involved in Student Organizations 

We are very excited in the Office of Student Activities to welcome students back for another year at Winthrop. Our office has the opportunity of providing our students with numerous opportunities to build friendships, develop leadership potential and have lasting contributions in our community. By getting involved in one of our 160+ registered student organizations, we believe and have found that our students make connections, make a difference and make Winthrop their home.

Part of the college student experience is having the ability to get involved in what truly matters to you. The Fall Involvement Fair, which will be held on Thursday, September 8 on the Campus Green, is an excellent chance for our students to meet our hundreds of student organizations and find opportunities to become engaged. We know that students who get involved tend to make lasting connections with one another and the university, leading them to have a more positive college experience.

Another benefit of our student organizations is the chance for students to continue learning outside of the classroom. Students have said that by getting involved their ability to solve problems and think critically has improved. Through joining a student organization, our students are exposed to different people and ideas that enhance their educational experience.

We encourage our students and family members to visit the Student Organizations website, where they can find a listing, contact information and description of all of our organizations. While not all of our organizations will interest a particular student, we encourage everyone to pick one or two that look interesting so they can get involved. Also, if a student can't find an organization that appeals to their interests, we encourage them to start their own. In 2015-2016 alone, we had 14 new student organizations, everything from service groups to multicultural groups, to club sports! For more information on getting an organization started, students can visit our website.

If you have any questions, the Office of Student Activities is always here to assist you or your student. Please feel free to e-mail us or call 803/323-2248.

Wingspan Parent Portal 

We are pleased to announce that the Parent Portal is now available for use. This allows Winthrop students the ability to grant access to their information to parents, guardians or another third party. Depending upon the level of access granted, authorized users may view addresses, grades, unofficial transcripts, class schedules, financial aid and emergency contacts.

Only the student can grant access, and he or she can remove the access at any time. This does NOT take the place of your signed Permission to Release Records form. That form is still needed to allow parents/guardians to talk with instructors or to obtain copies of academic records.

For more information and instructions on how to set up a proxy, visit this website. There is also a quick-link to this page through the Office of Records and Registration website.

Welcome from Dining Services 

Winthrop University Dining Services would like to extend a warm South Carolina welcome to all new Winthrop Eagles! Dining Services is about providing a venue where the student body comes together for socializing, being healthy, learning and eating great food! Whether you are a new or returning student, parent or guest we are anxious to provide you with an exceptional dining experience!

Meal Plans are available for everyone. Commuter Meal Plans offer a lower buy-in amount, with fewer meals and more Cafe Cash. To purchase, log on to your student's Winthrop Wingspan account – this will be charged back to your student's account.

Café Cash is a declining balance account on your student's ID card, same concept as a bank debit card. Once students add Cafe Cash to their account, they can make purchases at any of the Dining Services locations by presenting their ID card to the cashier at the time of purchase. Cafe Cash can be used at all dining locations on campus, as well as Eagle Express - our convenience store located in Thomson Hall. Café Cash can be reloaded at any time during the semester. Be sure to lookout for our monthly Café Cash reload promotions to make sure that your student never runs low!

We have lots of new and exciting things happening on campus, including all NEW meals plans that provide the flexibility that students want in a dining plan! We strive to stay connected with our students to make sure they don’t miss out on any of it! Please visit our website, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @winthropdining and download our recently updated CampusDish iPhone and Android App to learn more about the services we offer. We are excited to have you join the Winthrop Family! Hope to see you dining on campus sometime soon.

Welcome from the Winthrop Inn 

For your lodging needs, please contact the Inn at Winthrop located in the heart of campus in Joynes Hall. The Inn at Winthrop features 12 elegantly-appointed suites and is certified by the South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance as a Two Palmetto facility for green practices that protect and preserve the environment. Please visit https://www.winthrop.edu/inn/ to reserve your room. All rooms are queen suites and are $78.84 (includes taxes) per night.

Please contact Kelly Shelton at 803/323-2300 or via e-mail at sheltonk@winthrop.edu if you have any questions or would like more information.

Important Dates 

Thursday, September 1

Club Sports Fair 

Monday, September 5

Labor Day (no classes; offices closed)

Last Day for 75% Tuition Adjustment for Full Semester classes

Thursday, September 8 

Fall Involvement Fair from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, September 9

West Fest 

Monday, September 12

Last day for 50% Tuition Adjustment for Full Semester classes

Tuesday, September 13

Social Impact Fair 

September 19, Monday

Last day for 25% Tuition Adjustment for Full Semester classes

Tuesday, September 22

Study Abroad Fair 

Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28

Blood Drive

Friday, September 16 

Family Day registration closes at 5 p.m.

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