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February 2017


Winthrop is buzzing with energy and excitement as the semester continues to move forward. We have some important updates and insightful information for you in this edition of the Eagle Family Connection. Although it might be hard to believe, interim grades are right around the corner. The Academic Success Center has provided an article with helpful information and tips that you and your student might find helpful as interim grades are issued. Whether your student set a New Year's fitness resolution or he or she is just looking to become healthier, the West Center and Recreational Services have many fitness and sports programs from which your student can choose. Check out the West Center's article below for more information. Another important part of staying healthy includes staying away from the flu. The Health and Counseling Services office has included imperative information about flu facts, prevention tips and recommendations if your student is feeling ill. Finally, Dining Services has outlined some exciting information, in an article included below, about the new Eagle Meals option that is available to students.

The Office of New Student and Family Programs
248 DiGiorgio Campus Center
803/323-2387
familyprograms@winthrop.edu
www.winthrop.edu/familyprograms

A Message from the Academic Success Center: Interim Grades

On Monday, February 27, interim (mid-term) grades will be made available for all current students to see via Wingspan. This provides a valuable resource for students hoping to get a better idea of their academic standing in their current classes. These initial grades often act as a good indicator of student performance and can therefore prompt changes in behavior or coursework as needed.   

Evaluating interim grades can ultimately yield modifications to a student’s course load, major choice, use of campus resources, and/or utilization of academic resources. Interim grades are reported prior to the course withdrawal deadline and the deadline to elect the S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) option for a full semester course, both of which are on Wednesday, March 8. So, there is adequate time for students to meet with their professors and advisors to discuss their academic options. This also gives students time to meet with Financial Aid to discuss potential monetary implications. While interim grades do not affect a student’s scholarship directly, they could be an indication that scholarship money is at risk if a student’s final grades do not meet the minimum requirements at the time of renewal.

If your student receives interim grades that are lower than expected, there is no need to panic. While interim grades serve as a helpful indicator of overall academic performance, sometimes they do not show the whole picture. The grades may be based on only one or two assignments or tests and do not take into account class participation or improvement. Given that this is only mid-semester, there is still plenty of time left to make choices and implement changes that can positively impact a student’s final grades.

For those students in need of some additional assistance after interim grades, the Academic Success Center (ASC) can help! All students, regardless of academic standing or major, can partake in a wide variety of free services aimed at helping students learn more effectively. The ASC’s services include:

  • Weekly, individualized, appointment-based tutoring sessions 
    • Please note: To be eligible for this service, students must attend one Tutee Seminar per academic year. Seminars for the Spring 2017 will be held through Friday, March 10th.
  • Writing Tutor (Fridays 1-4 p.m., Sundays 4-6 p.m.)
  • Interim grade counseling
  • Academic coaching
  • Personalized assistance with study skills, time management, and learning strategies
  • Individualized assistance with any academic questions or concerns
  • Study spaces for group and individual study
  • Final exam drop-in tutoring

Please be aware that as your students have the opportunity to learn their standing in the coming weeks, they would benefit from your support in making any necessary changes that will set them on course for success. The ASC office is dedicated to offering services that “help underprepared students prepare, prepared students advance, and advanced students excel” (NADE). We are delighted to be a part of your student’s journey towards greater achievement. For more information about the ASC, please visit our website.

Recreational Services at Winthrop: Staying Active

The West Center offers students, faculty and staff the opportunity to work out in a safe, engaging environment while promoting healthy lifestyles. Open nearly 100 hours per week and free for all students, the West Center has 4 basketball courts that can also be used for volleyball and badminton, a 25 yard pool with 8 lanes, 4 racquetball courts, a 36 foot tall climbing wall, an 8,000 square foot weight room and over 60 pieces of cardio equipment.   

Our Group Fitness program offers over 25 classes per week, in an array of styles that fit all fitness levels including Cardio Hip Hop, Yoga and Ab Attack, all free for students. If you are looking to set goals in a smaller one-on-one environment, Recreational Services also offers Personal Training; the trainers can meet with you to assess current levels and assist in setting personal fitness goals. 

Another outlet for all students, faculty, and staff, Sport Programs aims to provide both competitive and recreational athletic opportunities to the Winthrop community each academic year. Sport Programs consists of the Intramural Sports and Club Sports programs.

Club Sports are registered student organizations who are financially supported by Recreational Services with the interest of partaking in a particular sport activity. Club Sports tend to be competitive or educational in nature, with many clubs traveling for competitions against other institutions throughout the southeast. Current clubs include Disc Golf, Fencing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Kendo, Paintball, Quidditch, Skydiving, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Softball (Fastpitch), Taekwondo, Women’s Volleyball (Indoor) and the Winthrop Outdoor Adventure Club (WOAC).

With “intramural” literally meaning “within the walls”, it’s fitting that Intramural Sports consists of sport opportunities solely for students, faculty and staff within the Winthrop community. Intramural Sports tends to be competitive or recreational in nature. Current sport offerings include Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Softball, Ultimate Frisbee, Racquetball, Table Tennis, Battleship and much, much more!
The West Center and Recreational Services is also one of the largest employers of students on campus; there are over 10 positions in several different areas to give students the opportunity to work on campus, gain valuable experience and develop as employees, all while learning transferrable skills to prepare them for life after Winthrop.

A Message from Health Services: Staying Healthy 

The number of flu cases is increasing in South Carolina and across the United States. Is your young adult well prepared to take care of himself or herself if sick? Has he or she had a flu vaccine? Does he or she know good practices to decrease the risk of getting sick? 

Being on a college campus brings so much fun and adventure but closeness can also be a place where illness can spread. Cold weather, enclosed areas, and togetherness all promote the spread of germs. How can your student be prepared for the flu or other illness?

First of all prevention is key. The first step in prevention for the flu is to get your annual flu vaccine. The vaccine is recommended yearly for anyone over 6 months of age, and this is one of the most important steps in protecting yourself and others against the flu. For those individuals with other health issues such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or pregnancy - it is especially important to get vaccinated because individuals with other health issues may have a higher risk of complications. Health Services carries Fluzone by Sanofi-Pastuer, which is a Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccin, that covers 4 strains of influenza. Students can walk in and get the vaccine, and the $25 fee is applied to their student account. Local pharmacies carry the flu vaccine and will bill to insurance if it is covered. 

A second step in prevention is to try to maintain a healthy immune system and take measures to stop the spread of germs. With the fast paced life of college students, handwashing is often skipped. This is an extremely important step and hands should be washed thoroughly with soap and water. If that is not available, an alcohol- based hand solution can be used. With all the objects we touch each day, it is imperative people wash their hands frequently. Also, if the student is sick with the flu or flu-like illness, he or she needs to avoid being around others. And the opposite is true, your healthy child does not need to be in someone’s personal space who is sick. Winthrop follows CDC guidelines for influenza and flu-like illness. We recommend that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Covering a cough or sneeze with a sleeve or tissue versus your hand can help prevent the spread of germs. If the student gets sick with the flu, it is important to get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated.   

If someone has the flu, antivirals may be prescribed. Antivirals are not a must but can decrease the length of time the person is sick and make the symptoms milder. Antivirals should be taken within 48 hours of symptom onset.   

Make sure your young adult knows the symptoms of the flu versus a cold. Influenza usually has a sudden onset of fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, chills, fatigue, and a stuffy nose. Some people will have these symptoms plus nausea and vomiting. Others may have the respiratory symptoms but not have a fever. Many say they feel as if they have been “hit by a truck”.

A cold usually starts as a minor scratchy throat then some nasal congestion, runny nose and may progress into development of a cough. The person may or may not have a fever and the illness comes on more gradually.
If your student is sick, have them come into Health Services to be seen or to call and be triaged over the phone by a Registered Nurse. The Nurse may make suggestions of treatment or may have them come in to be seen by one of the Family Nurse Practitioners.   

Here is to a Healthy 2017!

A Message from Dining Services: Meal Plan Options 

You have made it to the Spring Semester! We have lots of exciting things going on this semester! We have added new Eagle Meals options. These new options give students more of a variety of meals to choose from as well as helps them get the most out of their meal plan. It’s a new semester and commuter students still have time to purchase a meal plan!

We still have 6 meal plans commuters may choose from – 2 being created specifically for commuters. To purchase, your student can log onto their Wingspan account and choose the Meal Plan of their choice – this will be charged to their 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 next bill from the university.

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!

Important Dates: 

Tuesday, February 7

Spring 2017 Study Abroad Fair from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the DiGiorgio Campus Center Lobby

Thursday, February 9

Create-a-Critter from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Richardson Ballroom

Tuesday, February 14

"Why Graduate Education Matters" from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Withers Plowdon Auditorium

Wednesday, February 15

Graduate School Open House and Academic Showcase from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson Ballroom

Saturday, February 18

LIFT Conference

Tuesday, February 21

Career Showcase from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the DiGiorgio Campus Center Lobby and Richardson Ballroom

 

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