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New Student and Family Programs
248 DiGiorgio Campus Center
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-2387
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Eagle Family Connection

March 2019

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.

In this edition of the Eagle Family Connection, Student Financial Services has provided essential information about student taxes. We also want you to know that Summer School is available for your student, potentially saving your family money and helping your student graduate on time. DSU has a full slate of activities for spring, and Winthrop's Health & Counseling Services wants you to know about flu prevention.

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

Student Financial Services

Winthrop has outsourced the processing of tax form 1098-T to ECSI, Educational Computer Systems, Inc. This form is available online in PDF file format and can be printed for your records.

ECSI’s student website provides instructions on how to access the 1098-T form and also provides other general information regarding the tax form, including how to interpret the information on the form. A list of relevant IRS tax links is also provided.

The 1098-T form provides detailed information to assist in determining your tax benefit. The form includes all payments for Qualified Tuition and Related Expenses received and all grants and scholarships credited to the student’s account in 2018. If the student registered for Spring 2019 before December 31, 2018, all Spring 2019 Qualified Tuition and Related Expense payments received prior to December 31 will be included on the 2018 1098-T, even though the grants and scholarships posted to the account in 2019. Pay close attention to Box 7 on the tax form.

If you cannot retrieve the form, please contact ECSI customer service, by phone at 866-428-1098, or use the “Chat with us” service on the website.

 

 

Summer School at Winthrop

Graduate faster, retain the LIFE Scholarship, improve a GPA, save money—these are just a few reasons why summer school at Winthrop may be right for your student.

Over 100 classes are being offered online, from Accounting to Women’s Studies, so students can be anywhere, from the beach to the mountains. There are over 100 on-campus and internship courses as well, from general education to some that are major-specific.

Completing courses during the summer, in addition to fall and spring enrollment, can help students to graduate on time, graduate early, or retain or regain their LIFE Scholarship. Taking fewer credit hours during the summer than is typical in fall or spring enables students to put more time and focus into the work of each course.

Additionally, summer tuition for in-state students, per credit hour/per course, is significantly reduced from fall/spring tuition rates.

Registration for summer courses begins March 20. Students do not have to be advised in order to register.

 

 

DSU

Greetings Winthrop Family. I hope that the New Year has been treating you well thus far. DSU has been up and running with a lot of different events for the students including a hip hop music trio, event on nutrition and healthy living, create your own ceramics night and fun stuffed where you could create your own stuffed animal.

As we venture further into the semester we have some very exciting events lined up for the Month of March. Please check out the list of events below. We’d love to have you. DSU events are $5 for students, $7 for public and FREE with a DSU All-Access pass. All movies are $3/person. DSU Passes are $10 and can be purchased in Digs 212 or online via our U-store. Visit www.winthrop.edu/dsu for details!

 

            Upcoming DSU Events

Saturday March 2 EagleFlicks showing “A Star is Born”  7 p.m. Dina’s Place
Thursday March 21 “It’s A Man’s Man’s World” lecture  8 p.m. Dina’s Place
Saturday March 23 EagleFlicks showing “Creed 2”  7 p.m. Dina’s Place
Thursday March 26 Petting Zoo 11 a.m. Campus Green
Friday March 29 106 & WU  8 p.m. Dina’s Place

 

 

Flu Season

Flu Season is here! Is your young adult ready?

College life is a busy time for most students and living away from home is new for many.  Prior to being away at college, mom or dad was around if the child became sick.  You as the parent were the decision maker if your child needed anything.  Did Bob need to see the healthcare provider?  Should Sally try an over the counter, non-prescription cough and cold medicine for a few days? Wonder what Thomas’s temperature is?  How can you help guide and influence your child for a healthy lifestyle away from home? 

One of the first things for the young adult to know is how to be proactive in their health. Give them tips to try to prevent catching an illness and help them know what to do if they become ill.

  • Practice good hand hygiene: Handwashing is important so we do not spread germs to others but also so we do not pick up germs from others or objects. We all know we should always wash our hands after using the restroom, but it is also important to wash hands before eating. We can pick up germs from door handles, community computers in computer labs, grocery carts, etc.  Washing hands after playing outside, coughing, sneezing, and blowing nose, touching a cut or wound – these are all times we should wash our hands with soap and water.  Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective. Winthrop has placed hand sanitizers in numerous locations on campus where there is no access to soap and water and/or in high traffic areas. The flu virus can live 24 hours on surfaces and other viruses can live 7-30 days on surfaces.
  • Talk with your health care provider about whether your student should be vaccinated for seasonal flu. The CDC recommends the influenza vaccine for anyone over the age of six months.  The flu vaccine takes two weeks to become effective but the CDC predicts flu season to go on for 10 or so more weeks. The flu vaccine is not 100% but does provide some protection. Also, there are four strains in the vaccine. We are seeing predominantly A strain right now but the B strain will be coming! Health Services has the flu vaccine for $25 that can be applied to your student’s account. The local pharmacies also have the flu vaccine.
  • A third proactive step is to try to stay healthy. Not that our kids always listen to us but encourage them to get adequate rest. A college student’s life can be very hectic and sleep is often the thing that gets missed. With the semester just beginning, it is important for the students to get enough rest.  Also, they need to keep well hydrated. Having some juice, Gatorade, or soda in their room is a good idea in case they do become ill.   

Additional Tips from

Health and Counseling Services 

  • Help them be prepared for an illness. Not all congested noses, coughs, and upper respiratory infections need antibiotics. In many instances, antibiotic risks can outweigh benefits. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to one-third to one-half of antibiotic use in humans is unnecessary or inappropriate. Most upper respiratory infections are viral. If they are sick, they need to hydrate well, rest, and practice respiratory etiquette by covering their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If a tissue isn’t available, the cough or sneeze can be done into their shoulder or elbow, not into their hands. Remind them to avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu:  The flu is usually sudden onset with fever, chills, body aches, cough and/or sore throat, fatigue, and possibly nausea. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: the person feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering. You may want to get your student a thermometer to have in their own medicine kit.
  • If your student gets sick and thinks he/she might have the flu, have your student contact Health Services and speak with a nurse (803/323-2206). The student may call or come in.  If your student has ongoing health issues like asthma, diabetes, sickle cell, etc. – he/she might benefit from starting an antiviral medicine early so definitely be seen by a healthcare provider – Nurse Practitioners are in Health Services in Crawford.  The antivirals should be started within 48 hours of symptoms.
  • We are asking students to stay home or self-isolate if they have the flu or flu-like illness. They should not return to class/work until they are fever free for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen.  If they are on the campus meal plan we can provide them with a dining pass so a friend can go pick up a meal and bring to them from Thomson Cafeteria during regular hours. We ask them to not have friends hang out but actually self-isolate themselves!

If your student has concerns or questions, have them come see the staff in Health Services.  Have a healthy, happy 2019!


Parent Portal

The Parent Portal 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 by the student, authorized users may view addresses, grades, unofficial transcripts, class schedules, financial aid, and emergency contacts.

Only students can grant access or remove 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.

More information and instructions on how to set up a proxy are available online. There is also a quick-link to this page through the Office of Records and Registration website.


The Inn at Winthrop

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.

Contact Amanda James for more information. 

 

 

 Important Dates

Early Registration April 3
Last Day of Class
April 22

Last Updated: 8/5/19