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March 2017

Hello Parents and Family Members!

It is beginning to look a lot like spring here at Winthrop. As the weather gradually gets warmer, our students will be experiencing some changes on campus as well. The Office of Records and Registration has highlighted the course registration process in their article. We hope that this information will help you support your student as they begin registering for their fall classes. With spring break right around the corner, this edition of the Eagle Family Connection discusses important safety tips and provides information about residence hall closings. Dining Services has also included exciting information about an upcoming Café Cash special. Finally, Winthrop strives to provide meaningful opportunities for students to become involved in engaged with their community. We have highlighted Winthrop's Relay for Life event in this edition to showcase a way for both you and your student(s) to get involved and positively impact others' lives. As always, the Office of New Student and Family Programs is here to keep you connected and informed. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

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

Course Registration 

April will be here before you know it, and that means it's time to register for fall classes. If your student is a new freshman or transfer this semester, this will be a new experience: no sitting in a computer lab with 50 other new students, surrounded by Orientation personnel to help. So, what do they do?

The first step to a successful registration is to be advised. All degree-seeking students must meet with their academic advisor in order to be cleared to register. Advising begins March 22 and lasts for two weeks. (Summer registration starts on this day but does not require advisement.) Students should look through the course offerings (found in Wingspan and on the Records and Registration page) to plan their fall schedule. Students should also be prepared to discuss their academic plan with their advisor. DegreeWorks, the online degree progress system, clearly lays out the student’s degree requirements with what they have completed and what they have yet to complete.

Second, the student should make sure they have no “holds” on their account. Are there any outstanding financial balances? Have they provided Health and Counseling with appropriate immunization information? Students can view all holds via their Wingspan account. The student will be unable to register until all registration holds are removed.

Third, the student should make note of their 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 do students do if they cannot register for several of their classes because they are already full? Students should always have alternate classes picked out, but if that doesn’t work, they can contact the department chairperson to request an override. Students 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 students with this. Please make sure they understand they 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

Spring Break Safety Tips 

Spring break is a great time to have fun and make lifelong memories. Most college students will use spring break as a time to visit family and friends, work, study, or catch up on school work. Some will help build communities by participating in alternative spring break programs. Others will choose to use it as a well-deserved vacation from the stressors of college life. The possibilities of how your student will spend his or her spring break are nearly endless. No matter what your student plans, you can help to ensure he or she remains healthy and safe while having fun with the following tips.

• Encourage your student to plan ahead. Your student should know where he or she will be staying and have the directions or travel itinerary to the destination easily accessible.

• If driving, your student's vehicle should be inspected before hitting the road. Minimally, encourage your student to have the oil, tires, battery, fluids, and lights checked. Talk with him or her about any additional maintenance or inspection that his or her vehicle may require.

• Most likely, your student will tell you about spring break plans. Ask your student to share his or her travel information, names of his or her travel companions, and your student's itinerary.

• Your student may need identification during his or her travel. Whether it is a passport (if traveling out of the country), driver’s license, photo identification, or other documentation, he or she should have it available when necessary and secure it appropriately at all times. Most hotels have an in-room safe to store these and other valuables.

• Advise your student to drink plenty of water while laying out or sitting in a hot tub.

• Sunburns are no fun! Encourage your student to wear sunglasses, a wide brim hat, and a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 to protect his or her skin and eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Sunscreen is beneficial for all skin types and should be reapplied often to the full body.

• Encourage your student not to get into a vehicle with a stranger or someone he or she has just met. Your student should excursion out as a group or with a buddy and always keep an eye out for each other.

• Social media is great for keeping us connected and sharing information quickly. However, it should not impede our safety. Advise your student to check the privacy settings on his or her account and to avoid posting his or her location.

As a parent or family member, you probably know your student best. If there are other concerns that you believe are important for your student to know, you should talk with them openly and honestly. Encourage your student to attend the Safe Spring Break: Spring Fling event in the DIGS Lobby on March 7, 2017 (10:30 a.m.-noon) to learn some safety tips they can utilize during their break.

A Message from Residence Life

As with every extended break, residence halls will close for Spring Break at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 10 and will reopen at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. Students will not be allowed to enter their residence hall room after the 6 p.m. closing. The last meal on Friday, March 10, will be dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

As students depart, residence hall staff will check every room for general health and safety. These inspections are plain view searches. Staff will be checking for prohibited items including fire hazards (extension cords, candles, etc.) and will also check the general cleanliness of the room and suite bathrooms. Residence hall contracts state that health and safety inspections periodically occur.

Special arrangements for students to stay can be made for those students who are student teachers, participating in an internship, athletes whose names have been submitted by the Athletic Department, students with Rock Hill area jobs, and students that live more than 300 miles from the Winthrop campus.

A Break Stay form, which is passed out to all students with more instructions, must be submitted online via Wingspan and the Eaglesnest Housing link for review and approval. Students who are staying for the holiday break must make their own arrangements to stay in Lee Wicker, Phelps, Richardson, Roddey or The Courtyard, if not currently assigned. All other halls will be closed.

All approved students will be able to print a permission form that they must keep throughout the break. Students are not allowed to have room guests during the break. Students are able to call their Residential Learning Coordinator (RLC) or Residence Life at 803/323-2223 with further questions.

A Message from Dining Services

You made it through another month of the spring semester! We have had many new things happening here with Winthrop University Dining Services.

During this time in the semester, students are starting to get low on Café Cash. It is very easy to add more from home! You can visit our website and follow the steps to purchase Café Cash to get your student though exams. We are running a Café Cash special from March 13 to March 31, for every $100 of Café Cash that you purchase we’ll give you an extra $10!

Commuter students still have time to purchase a meal plan! We have six meal plans commuters may choose from – two being created specifically for commuters.

Our Commuter 25 is the perfect fit for commuter students. This meal plan offers 25 meals per semester and $150 Café Cash for just $365! Sign up TODAY!

To purchase, your student can log onto his or her Wingspan account and choose the Meal Plan of his or her 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!

Relay for Life at Winthrop

Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society (ACS). It is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 20 countries. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and take action against cancer. These events bring communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help ACS make a global impact on cancer.

At Winthrop University, the student Executive Planning Committee partners with the American Cancer Society and hosts an overnight event from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. This year the event is on March 31 on the Campus Green right outside of the DiGiorgio Student Center. Student organizations, individuals, and local Rock Hill businesses register teams and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don’t get to stop because they are tired, and for one night, neither will we.

Each team fundraises throughout the year and on the night of Relay for Life. They collect donations by offering food, games, and fun activities. We highly encourage our local Rock Hill community to sponsor Relay at Winthrop as well as get involved during the event. All the money raised goes to help with cancer research and any program offered by the American Cancer Society for cancer patients.

During the event, we invite our survivors and caregivers to attend and take a special lap that recognize and support those individuals. We also have a special Luminaria Ceremony after sunset. Darkness is symbolic of the fear that a patient feels when diagnosed. We remember those who have lost, celebrate cancer survivors, and to show those affected by cancer that they are not alone. Luminaria Bags are a special way to honor and remember our loved ones. We sell them to fundraise even more for the cause, by donating the $3 for 1 bag and $5 for 2 bags, we truly honor these people in our lives. We think it is extremely important to remember why and for whom we Relay. 

If anyone wants to get involved or make a donation, all you have to do is click HERE. You can create a team, join a team, or sign up as an individual. If you would like to become a sponsor or donate to Relay for Life at Winthrop University, please contact relayforlife@winthrop.edu for more information. We want everyone to get involved in Relay for Life at Winthrop University and help find a cure for cancer.

Important Dates 

Wednesday, March 1 

FAFSA Priority Deadline

Tuesday, March 7 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the DiGiorgio Campus Center Lobby

Wednesday, March 8

Withdrawal Deadline

Monday, March 13 - Friday, March 17

Spring Break (no classes, offices closed)

Tuesday, March 28

Women of Excellence Brunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Tuttle Dining Room

 

 

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