Winthrop University: Family Programs - EFC September 2015
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New Student and Family Programs
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Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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September 2015 Edition

Welcome from President Mahony


As the new president of Winthrop University, I am pleased to have the opportunity to reach out to parents, family members, and others who support our outstanding students. I want you to know that my wife, Laura, our children and I are so pleased and thankful to be here — on this beautiful campus, and in so welcoming a community.

As I have learned more about Winthrop, what has continued to impress me is that every faculty and staff member is dedicated to helping our students achieve success. The first year at Winthrop is 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 that 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. Email or call our staff at or 803/323-2387. You may also send questions and suggestions to my staff through our online form or e-mail me at

Finally, please join us on campus for Family Day, October 3, 2015. Registration is underway through Sept. 18. 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!


Daniel F. Mahony


Welcome from the Office of New Student and Family Programs

Welcome to a new academic year at Winthrop! The faculty and staff are excited to welcome new and returning students back to our beautiful campus. At Winthrop, we understand that parents and family members are vital to their students' academic and co-curricular success during their college career. You are valued members of the Winthrop community. We are devoted to creating a culture of care in our University community where everyone is dedicated to the well-being, education, and growth of your student. We look forward to working with you through this academic year, keeping you connected to the University, and informed of opportunities for your student.

Please know that our office is here to help answer your questions and guide you through this experience. The Office of New Student and Family Programs will be your connection to the University. We are happy to serve as a point of connection for you through answering your questions or putting you in touch with those who can. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have by e-mailing us at or calling 803/323-2387.

All the best to you and your students as we begin the 2015-16 academic year. Go Eagles!
Carrie Whiteside
Director, New Student & Family Programs


Family Day

Winthrop University and the Office of New Student and Family Programs are excited to invite you to attend Family Day 2015 on October 3, 2015! 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 2015 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 when registering.
Family Day 2015 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 18, 2015.

We hope you will join us on October 3! 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


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! We are anxious to provide your student 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. Commuters still have the option to choose one of our traditional meal plans. To purchase, your student will log on to his or her Winthrop Wingspan account — this will be charged back to your student's account (for a limited time only).

Caf Cash is a declining balance account on your student's Student ID card, same concept as a bank debit card. Once your student has added Cafe Cash to his or her account, he or she can make purchases at any of the Dining Services locations, by presenting his or her 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. Caf Cash can be reloaded at any time during the semester. Be sure to lookout for our monthly Caf Cash reload promotions to make sure that your student never runs low!

We have lots of new and exciting things happening on campus, and we strive to stay connected with our students and parents to make sure they do not 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 and your student join the Winthrop Family! Hope to see you dining on campus sometime soon.

Getting Involved in Student Organizations

We are very excited in the Office of Student Engagement & Diversity 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 your student. The Fall Involvement Fair, which will be held on September 8, 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 parents 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 cannot find an organization that appeals to their interests, we encourage them to start their own. In 2014-2015 alone, we had 17 new student organizations everything from a Chess Club to Horseback Riding! For more information on getting an organization started, students can visit our website.

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


Winthrop 2015 Fall Sports Preview

What better way for your student to enjoy his or her college experience than for him or her to become an Eagle fan and support Winthrop's athletic teams? We encourage our students to attend as many home contests as possible and show his or her enthusiasm for the Garnet and Gold! Fall sports seasons for men's and women's soccer, volleyball and cross country get underway in late August. Your Winthrop student receives free admission to all regular season home games. That is a deal that can't be beat. Check out the home schedules at

Here is a brief preview of each fall sports team.

Men's Soccer
The men's soccer team will participate in the Diadora/Spinx Gray Griffin Memorial Tournament at Furman University the weekend of Friday, September 4.

Retiring head coach Rich Posipanko returns nine starters and 19 lettermen from a team that captured 13 wins a year ago, and is looking to make a run at the Big South Conference title and a NCAA bid. Posipanko is stepping down at the end of the 2015 season after serving 25 years here at Winthrop.

Junior Max Hasenstab headlines the Eagles' offense after leading the team in scoring last year despite missing five games due to injury. Hasenstab scored a career-high 12 goals in 14 games played
The strength of the defense is up the middle with Magnus Thorsson in the defensive midfield along with senior Jordi Lluch at center back. Both were solid in 2014 and each earned national team of the week honors on two different occasions.

Women's Soccer
The women's soccer team will host the Charlotte 49ers on September 2.

Winthrop led the Big South Conference in goals scored last season with 39, but must replace leading scorer Krystyna Freda who topped the team with 16 goals. Junior forward Samantha Prytulak returns as a goal scoring threat after putting 4 in the net a year ago. Other top offensive returnees include senior midfielder Megan David, senior forward Taylor Walton, and sophomore forward Zoe Conover.

Senior forward midfielder Taylor Coleman, who started all 18 matches last season and was named to the Big South All-Tournament Team, is expected to provide solid senior leadership to the squad. A quartet of candidates including Caroline Duncan, Karly Gustafson, Kendall Roberson, and newcomer Kelly Horan are competing for the starting goalkeeper position.

The Eagles will host West Virginia in its home opener on September 18 to begin the 2015 Winthrop Invitational. They will face Murray State and Davidson on September 19.

Senior Rachel Lenz, a preseason All-Big South Conference first team selection, will lead the volleyball Eagles in the quest of a conference title. Lenz, a senior middle blocker, is coming off a strong 2014 season where she earned a First Team All-Conference selection after totaling a near Big South single season record with 157 blocks.

In addition to Lenz, coach Bruce Atkinson will have 11 other players returning to go along with a group of seven newcomers.

Men's and Women's Cross Country
Eagle fans have two chances to watch the cross country teams run at home. The first appearance comes on Friday, September 4, and the second is on Saturday, September 19, with the 29th annual Winthrop Invitational.

The men's cross country team will be led by sophomore Kevin Mills and redshirt senior Colby Coulter while the women's squad returns sophomore Hannah Lopez and senior Tristan Langley as their top runners. The Eagle men return nine runners and have added four newcomers to the squad while the women also return nine runners and have added three freshmen.

Important Dates

Monday, September 7
Labor Day Holiday--Offices Closed


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