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New Student and Family Programs

Virtual Family Week

October 5-10, 2020
 

Hello, Parents and Family Members!

Family Day is a Winthrop tradition that was started by President Shelton J. Phelps in 1936 and was later renewed in 2007 to become a fun-filled, engaging, and educational event for students and their families. Due to COVID-19, we are unable to hold our traditional Family Day event. We are doing our best to make lemonade out of these lemons and are still excited to celebrate our wonderful Eagle Families! 

Winthrop University and the Office of New Student & Family Programs are excited to invite you to participate in Virtual Family Week 2020 on October 5-10! This event provides you the opportunity to engage with the Winthrop community and learn more about the campus community.

Tell us about your Family Week experience! We appreciate your feedback and use it in planning for future events.

 

Schedule of Events

Family Week is comprised of fully virtual events.
Some events are week-long and at your own pace; some events are live in real time during the week.

Please share your fun with us using the hashtag #WUFamilyWeek2020

Week-Long Events

Dueling Dishes Competition: The Ultimate Mac-N-Cheese Family Recipe

Mac-N-Cheese is a family dinner staple. But whose is best? Submit your family's mac-n-cheese recipe and let the Winthrop campus community decide! Here's how to compete:

  1. Submit your best mac'n'cheese recipe through this Google form (link coming soon) by Thursday, October 1.
  2. On Monday, October 5, three of the best recipes submitted will be chosen by Winthrop's Chef Jackson and announced through @WinthropDining1 on Instagram.
  3. On October 6-8, each day will feature one of the mac'n'cheese recipes in Thomson Cafe at 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. ET for students, faculty, and staff to vote for! Keep an eye on @WinthropDining1 on Instagram for updates and live streams!
  4. On October 9, the winning recipe will be announced through @WinthropDining1 on Instagram. The winning family will receive a prize in addition to having their mac'n'cheese served in Thomson another three times throughout the semester!

Dining Services

 

Family Photo Competition | Via the WU Family Programs Facebook Page

We want to see your family photos! The winning family will be mailed a prize pack of Winthrop goodies! Here's how to enter:

  1. Email orientation@winthrop.edu your family photo, along with the Winthrop student's name, WUID, student's Winthrop email address, family email address, and full home address. All valid entries must be the family of a current Winthrop student.
  2. We'll post your photo on the WU Family Programs Facebook page in the "Family Week 2020 Photo Competition" Album.
  3. The family whose photo who has the most likes on the WU Family Programs Facebook Page by Friday, October 9 at 12:00 p.m. ET will be mailed a prize pack of Winthrop goodies!

Office of New Student & Family Programs

 

Family Week Discount Code at the Winthrop Bookstore

Please enjoy 21% off of one logoed item (online only) when you enter code HELLO21. Shop now!

Winthrop Bookstore

 

History of Winthrop & the Archives

The Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections is offering several virtual exhibits pertaining to Winthrop history and memorabilia for Family Week 2020.  The exhibits are listed below for you to view as your schedule allows. The Archives is located at 700 Cherry Road and is open by appointment 9:00-4:30 Monday through Friday.

Winthrop Archives

 

International Eagles: Where in the World did those Eagles Fly?

Be assured that the Winthrop University experience prepares students to be global citizens. Watch a short video by the International Center about Winthrop alumni who have exciting careers and proudly represent Winthrop on a global stage.

International Center

 

Library Tour

This video includes a brief history of Dacus Library and a tour of the building, which is located on Oakland Ave.

Dacus Library

 

Musical Showcase

ArtsWinthrop promotes exceptional music, theatre, dance and visual arts programming for the Winthrop University campus, community, and regional audiences. There is something for everyone! We are excited to continue this annual Family Day tradition!  Please use the links below to view performances by our Winthrop students. A list of student performers can be found at each of the links.

ArtsWinthrop

 

Residence Hall Tours

More information coming soon!

Residence Life

 

Spirit Week

t-shirtThe Winthrop Bookstore will be hosting daily giveaways through our Instagram page (@WinthropUniversityBookstore) throughout the week. We will have a daily theme (listed below) for everyone to participate and instructions to enter will be posted each day on Instagram. Join us by posting a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #WUBookstoreFam2020 and #WUFamilyWeek2020 as an additional giveaway entry as well as a chance to be featured in our daily Instagram stories!

  • Monday, October 5 - Black Out Monday
  • Tuesday, October 6 - Go Eagles! Team Tuesday (show us your Winthrop sports gear and apparel)
  • Wednesday, October 7 - Comfy Wednesday
  • Thursday, October 8 - Throwback Thursday (show us your Winthrop College attire)
  • Friday, October 9 - Garnet & Gold Friday (of course!)

Winthrop Bookstore

 

Tree Planting Annual Event

Urban trees add many attributes to our communities including improving air quality, reducing heat island effect, and enhancing the overall quality of life. Anyone who visits Winthrop’s beautiful campus immediately notices how the natural features play an important role in the overall charm of the campus.  Our tree-covered campus is often cited by students as a reason they choose Winthrop University. Therefore, we recognize the continuous need to replace our older trees as they succumb to time. For Family Day each year, Winthrop’s Office of Sustainability enhances our urban tree canopy by planting a tree that honors the importance of family, that is, those who help us navigate life’s challenges and who celebrate our accomplishments. Family Week 2020 is no different - please enjoy this video of this year's tree planting along with information about campus sustainability.

Mentioned links:

Office of Sustainability

 

 


Monday, October 5

 

Spirit Week | Today is Black Out Monday!

t-shirtThe Winthrop Bookstore will be hosting daily giveaways through our Instagram page (@WinthropUniversityBookstore) throughout the week. Join us by posting a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #WUBookstoreFam2020 and #WUFamilyWeek2020 as an additional giveaway entry as well as a chance to be featured in our daily Instagram stories!

Winthrop Bookstore

 

Family History 101

5:00 p.m. ET | Via Zoom

In addition to the at-your-leisure exhibits, the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections invites you to learn about Family History (genealogy) basics with Archives Director, Gina Price White. The Archives is located at 700 Cherry Road and is open by appointment 9:00-4:30 Monday through Friday.

Winthrop Archives

 

Yoga & Meditation

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET | Via Instagram Live @WU_Rec

What better way to kick off the week than a yoga class you can take right at home? Join us on Instagram Live @wu_rec with Maria. This class is great for beginners!

Recreational Services

 

Tuesday, October 6

Spirit Week | Today is Go Eagles! Team Tuesday!

t-shirtThe Winthrop Bookstore will be hosting daily giveaways through our Instagram page (@WinthropUniversityBookstore) throughout the week. Join us by posting a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #WUBookstoreFam2020 and #WUFamilyWeek2020 as an additional giveaway entry as well as a chance to be featured in our daily Instagram stories!

Winthrop Bookstore

 

Chakra Vinyasa Yoga Class

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET | Via Instagram Live @WU_Rec

Start your day off right by joining Stephanie on Instagram Live @wu_rec for Chakra Vinyasa Yoga! This 45 minute class uses movement and music to awaken the energetic and physical body.

Recreational Services

 

University College Lunch & Learn (Part 1)

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET | Missed it? View this recording!

Join us to learn more about the services provided by University College's Undergraduate Research Program, Academic Success Center, and Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. 

University College

 

Gentle Flow Yoga Class

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET | Via Instagram Live @WU_Rec

Join Isabella on Instagram Live @wu_rec for Gentle Flow Yoga! This is a slow paced class that is great for beginners and all levels to decompress and release stress.

Recreational Services

 

Dueling Dishes Competition: Vote for the Best Mac'N'Cheese!

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET | Thomson Cafe

Students, faculty, and staff members are invited to taste and vote for the best mac'n'cheese recipe!

Dining Services

 

Winthrop Legacy Painting Party

6:00 p.m. ET | Invitation Only

The Alumni Association is excited to offer an exclusive virtual event for our legacy families during Family Week! Join us for a legacy family exclusive event with Rock Hill Nailed It D.I.Y. Channel your inner creativity with a step-by-step virtual instruction from a Nailed It D.I.Y. studio expert to create a fun Winthrop themed piece for your residence hall or home. Registration is $10 and will include all the supplies you will need for the project and shipping. Space is limited to 50 legacy families, so be sure to register by Tuesday, Sept. 29. The event will be hosted via Zoom and the Zoom information will be emailed to you by Monday, Oct. 5. Don't forget to use a virtual Winthrop background and wear your garnet and gold to show your Winthrop pride.

Winthrop Alumni Association

 

Wednesday, October 7

Spirit Week | Today is Comfy Wednesday!

t-shirtThe Winthrop Bookstore will be hosting daily giveaways through our Instagram page (@WinthropUniversityBookstore) throughout the week. Join us by posting a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #WUBookstoreFam2020 and #WUFamilyWeek2020 as an additional giveaway entry as well as a chance to be featured in our daily Instagram stories!

Winthrop Bookstore

 

 

 

Gentle Flow Yoga Class

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET | Via Instagram Live @WU_Rec

Join Isabella for another round of Gentle Flow Yoga on Instagram Live @wu_rec. This class connects breath and movement to relax the body and will have you flowing in and out of poses.

Recreational Services

 

Dueling Dishes Competition: Vote for the Best Mac'N'Cheese!

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET | Thomson Cafe

Students, faculty, and staff members are invited to taste and vote for the best mac'n'cheese recipe!

Dining Services

 

Academic College Showcase Night

6:30 p.m. ET

  • College of Arts & Sciences | Via Zoom (Meeting ID: 965 5717 8682; Passcode: 651879 )
    Join us for a virtual showcase of learning experiences in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS). The College of Arts & Sciences, housing many departments from Biology to World Languages & Cultures, explores and educates through programs in the humanities, natural and social sciences. This event will feature remarks from the dean and faculty/student discusions about the following experiences offered in the college: Study Abroad/International Opportunities; Community Engagement; Undergraduate Research; and Internships. Join the Zoom Showcase to learn about your student’s experiences (and potential experiences) in the College of Arts and Sciences! CAS has also created some other resources for you to learn more: here and here.
  • College of Business Administration Via Zoom (Meeting ID: 916 9806 1871; Passcode: 585240)
    Learn about your future in the College of Business! Current students, faculty and alums will talk about internships, student/faculty research, experiential learning, and professional development opportunities. Dean P.N. Saksena will share information about new programs and outreach with area businesses and community partners. There will be plenty of time to answer your questions about your future! Families are welcome!
  • College of Education | Missed it? View this video!
    Join Dean Jennie Rakestraw, faculty, and staff for a session that will focus on opportunities in the college as well as key ways that you can be active participants in your student’s success at Winthrop.  The session will be begin with a welcome from Dean Rakestraw. We will then hear from faculty who will present opportunities around experiential learning (internships, lab experiences, field work, etc.); global opportunities; and the top five tips for parents.  We will then have a number of individuals that are available to answer your questions about the college and the variety of services we offer. We look forward to our time together as we work as a team in support of student success.
  • College of Visual & Performing Arts | Via Zoom (Meeting ID: 83934884535; no Passcode)
    Associate Dean Dr. Wanda Ebright will lead a panel of ArtsWinthrop faculty, current students, and alumni as they discuss strategies on how to succeed at Winthrop and beyond.
  • THINK College | Via Zoom (Meeting ID: 841 3748 0077; Passcode: 235932)
    Join Chauncey Metzelaars for a session discussing the semester so far and upcoming events. We will discuss information for our instructional groups and opportunities to be involved on campus.

 

Thursday, October 8

Spirit Week | Today is Throwback Thursday!

t-shirtThe Winthrop Bookstore will be hosting daily giveaways through our Instagram page (@WinthropUniversityBookstore) throughout the week. Join us by posting a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #WUBookstoreFam2020 and #WUFamilyWeek2020 as an additional giveaway entry as well as a chance to be featured in our daily Instagram stories!

Winthrop Bookstore

 

Vinyasa Yoga Class

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET | Via Instagram Live @WU_Rec

Vinyasa Yoga is perfect for beginners and will have you flow in and out of poses using the breath. It will generate heat and direct energy into the rest of your day, so come join us this morning with Isabella on Instagram Live @wu_rec.

Recreational Services 

 

University College Lunch & Learn (Part 2)

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET | Missed it? View this recording!

Join us to learn more about the services provided by University College’s Honors Program and International Center. 

University College 

 

Dueling Dishes Competition: Vote for the Best Mac'N'Cheese!

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET | Thomson Cafe

Students, faculty, and staff members are invited to taste and vote for the best mac'n'cheese recipe!

Dining Services 

 

Jeopardy with the Fam

7:00 p.m. ET | Via Zoom

What is... "Family Game Night"? Get the whole family together (virtually) for a night of trivia, Jeopardy-style. A prize pack of Winthrop goodies will be mailed to the winners of the night!

Office of New Student & Family Programs 

 

ArtsWinthrop Presents: R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

7:30 p.m. ET | Live-streamed performance via ShowTix4U - buy tickets here!

By Karel Capek; Directed by Chris Brown; Performance Nights - 10/8, 10/9, 10/10 at 7:30 p.m. and 10/11 at 2 p.m.

In 1921, Capek introduced the word "robot" to a world still recovering from the ravages of war and built around it the concept that humankind would bring about its own destruction. In this play, the idealistic young Helena Glory arrives at the remote island factory of Rossum's Universal Robots, on a mission to liberate the robots. Old Rossum's robots are not the mechanical men and women that later science fiction works would take up, but humanoid beings streamlined by man and biological in nature. So human-like, that Miss Glory has trouble telling man from machine. Not surprisingly, things do not go as planned - neither for Miss Glory, nor for humankind once the robots realize they actually are more than "so much grass.

ArtsWinthrop 

 

Friday, October 9

Spirit Week | Today is Garnet & Gold Friday!

t-shirtThe Winthrop Bookstore will be hosting daily giveaways through our Instagram page (@WinthropUniversityBookstore) throughout the week. Join us by posting a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #WUBookstoreFam2020 and #WUFamilyWeek2020 as an additional giveaway entry as well as a chance to be featured in our daily Instagram stories!

Winthrop Bookstore

 

Vinyasa Yoga Class

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET | Via Instagram Live @WU_Rec

Vinyasa Yoga is the perfect way to enjoy your Friday. Come join Isabella on Instagram Live @wu_rec to energize the body!

Recreational Services 

 

ArtsWinthrop Presents: R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

7:30 p.m. ET | Live-streamed performance via ShowTix4U - buy tickets here!

By Karel Capek; Directed by Chris Brown; Performance Nights - 10/8, 10/9, 10/10 at 7:30 p.m. and 10/11 at 2 p.m.

In 1921, Capek introduced the word "robot" to a world still recovering from the ravages of war and built around it the concept that humankind would bring about its own destruction. In this play, the idealistic young Helena Glory arrives at the remote island factory of Rossum's Universal Robots, on a mission to liberate the robots. Old Rossum's robots are not the mechanical men and women that later science fiction works would take up, but humanoid beings streamlined by man and biological in nature. So human-like, that Miss Glory has trouble telling man from machine. Not surprisingly, things do not go as planned - neither for Miss Glory, nor for humankind once the robots realize they actually are more than "so much grass.

ArtsWinthrop 

 

Saturday, October 10

Family Movie Night

7:00 p.m. ET | Via Netflix Party (Link will be in the Instagram bio for @WinthropDSU)

The DiGiorgio Student Union (DSU) invites you to grab the popcorn for a virtual showing of Mary Poppins Returns via Netflix Party.

DiGiorgio Student Union (DSU)

 

ArtsWinthrop Presents: R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

7:30 p.m. ET | Live-streamed performance via ShowTix4U - buy tickets here!

By Karel Capek; Directed by Chris Brown; Performance Nights - 10/8, 10/9, 10/10 at 7:30 p.m. and 10/11 at 2 p.m.

In 1921, Capek introduced the word "robot" to a world still recovering from the ravages of war and built around it the concept that humankind would bring about its own destruction. In this play, the idealistic young Helena Glory arrives at the remote island factory of Rossum's Universal Robots, on a mission to liberate the robots. Old Rossum's robots are not the mechanical men and women that later science fiction works would take up, but humanoid beings streamlined by man and biological in nature. So human-like, that Miss Glory has trouble telling man from machine. Not surprisingly, things do not go as planned - neither for Miss Glory, nor for humankind once the robots realize they actually are more than "so much grass.

ArtsWinthrop 

 

Tell us about your Family Week experience! We appreciate your feedback and use it in planning for future events.

 


Please feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns. We look forward to celebrating our Eagle Families!


FamilyProgramsGA@winthrop.edu
     |     www.winthrop.edu/familyprograms 

Last Updated: 10/8/20