Winthrop University: Schedule of Events
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Alumni Association
304 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-2145
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alumni@winthrop.edu

Homecoming and Reunion 2022


We are excited to welcome you back to campus for Homecoming and Reunion this fall! The schedule of events is robust and offers in-person and virtual events. As event details are finalized they will be added to the website. Check back this fall for a comprehensive schedule of events.

Please see event details below for the date, time, location and registration information. E-mail alumni@winthrop.edu with questions.

(R) denotes registration required, virtual events are noted and ($) denotes cost associated with the event.


Schedule of Events Nov. 7-12, 2022

 

Monday, Nov. 7

Winthrop Spirit Check Video (Virtual) 

Do you have Winthrop Spirit? Check out the Winthrop Alumni Association Facebook page, Twitter (@winthropalumni) or Instagram (@winthropalumni) to learn the Winthrop Spirit Check so you can join us as we show our Eagle Pride all week long.

"Just One More... Celebrating the Life and Work of Joel Nichols" Zoom (Virtual) 

Noon | Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Stop by the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections to see a display of work by Joel Nichols ’63 who was a long time photographer for Winthrop.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Faculty and Staff Alumni Lunch
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Richardson Ballroom, located in the DiGiorgio Campus Center

As a thank you for their service to the university, all Winthrop alumni faculty and staff are invited to a Faculty and Staff Alumni Luncheon, courtesy of the Winthrop Alumni Association.  Please reserve your spot by Tuesday, Nov. 1. If you have any dietary restrictions, e-mail Brittany Neely, alumni engagement coordinator.
 

If you’ve attended the lunch in the past, please wear your “Proud to Work for my Alma Mater” T-shirt that you received. If you do not have a T-shirt or are a new faculty or staff alumnus, stop by the alumni office, 304 Tillman, between Nov. 1-4 to pick one up. We will take a group photo at 12:30 p.m.

Tipsy Tuesday with The Tipsy Doc (R) (Virtual)
7 p.m. | Zoom

Mark your calendars for a virtual cocktail social with The Tipsy Doc, Akilah Murray '15! The Tipsy Doc will walk us through the steps to make a Winthrop-inspired beverage. The link to join along with the beverage recipes will be emailed to registered alumni.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Campus Beautification Initiative: REVITALIZING WINTHROP (R)

2 p.m. | Margaret Nance Hall

With the start of the 2021-22 academic year, REVITALING WINTHROP launched a new website and announced the Winthrop Year of Service to spark community engagement and participation. Everyone has an opportunity to participate in this community service activity by planting new shrubs at the front of Margaret Nance Hall. Join us for a Happy Hour after our hard work at Slow Play Brewing. Slow Play Brewing is owned by Ben Lee ’05, Matt Poston ’11 and Ron Fasick ’02. Registrants will receive more details ahead of Nov. 9. 

Thursday, Nov. 10

Alumni Awards Dinner

6 p.m. | Richardson Ballroom, located in the DiGiorgio Campus Center

The 2022 Alumni Award recipients will be honored at the Alumni Awards Dinner. 

Friday, Nov. 11

"Just One More...Celebrating the Life and Work of Joel Nichols" Exhibit

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., | Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Stop by the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections to see an exhibit of the life and work of Joel "Nick" Nichols. Joel was Winthrop's photographer from 1963-2008. Joel was honored during the 2008 Alumni Reunion Celebration for his dedication to capturing and documenting university life for nearly 45 years. The Winthrop Alumni Association granted him honorary membership in the Alumni Association as a member of the Class of 1963, the same class as his wife, Janice Williams Nichols.


West Center Tours (R)

2 p.m. | Lois Rhame West Health, Physical Education and Wellness Center

The West Center provides educational and recreational opportunities for the campus and is the home of the Office of Recreational Services and the Department of Physical Education, Sport and Human Performance. Take a tour to see the four-court gymnasium, 1/8 mile indoor track, 36-foot climbing wall, four racquetball courts, 8-lane 25-yard pool, and more! 

College of Arts and Sciences Encore Distinguished Lectures (R) 
2:15 p.m. | Kinard Hall 018

Join us to hear the culminating work and reflections of Winthrop's College of Arts and Sciences Emeritus Professors. Topics will vary but will feature content that impacts the day-to-day lives of students, faculty, staff and alumni. Light refreshments will be served at 2 p.m.


Campus Tours with Student Ambassador (R)

3 p.m. and 3:30  p.m. | Joynes Hall

Register for a 45-minute walking tour of campus with a student ambassador. For an accessible tour, call 803/323-2145 or e-mail alumni@winthrop.edu.

"Day by Day" 1919 Film Viewing (R)

3:30 p.m. | Dina’s Place

View the silent film of Winthrop in 1919 narrated by Gina Price White ’83, director of Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections.

 

Class Reunion Welcome Reception

5-7 p.m. | Olde Stone House

Start your Homecoming and Reunion Weekend at the Class Reunion Welcome Reception at the Olde Stone House. Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with fellow alumni from the Class of 1942-2017 celebrating a milestone reunion. 

Class of 1972 50-Year Reunion Wine and Cheese Reception and Class Dinner

5 p.m. | Richardson Ballroom, located in the DiGiorgio Campus Center

The Class of 1972 will celebrate their 50-Year Reunion with a wine and cheese reception followed by a class dinner in Richardson Ballroom located in the DiGiorgio Campus Center.

Homecoming Happy Hour ($) (R)

5-7 p.m. | Slow Play Brewing

Raise a glass to your Winthrop friends with an alumni Happy Hour at Slow Play Brewing! Grab some delicious grub from the Cibi Cibi food truck. Cibi Cibi will be there from 4-9 p.m., and the brewery will be open until 11 p.m. Come early for and exclusive brewery tour at 4:40 and 4:45 p.m. Tours are limited to 10 people per tour. Register by Oct. 28 for a brewery tour.

The Departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies; Political Science and Model United Nations; Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology and World Languages and Cultures will have tables on the patio from 5-7 p.m.  Slow Play Brewing is owned by Ben Lee ’05, Matt Poston ’11 and Ron Fasick ’02. Mention you are an alumnus to get 15% off your bar tab.

Saturday, Nov. 12

Homecoming Tailgate ($)
8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Coliseum

Tailgate with fellow alumni before the men's basketball team takes on the Mercer University Bears. More information about pre-game activities will be available this fall. Review important details before arriving.

 

Reunion Class Photos

9:30-10:30 a.m. | McBryde Hall

Each reunion class will take a commemorative photo that will be mailed as a keepsake. Each class photo time is noted in your class letter and below. Join all reunion classes in McBryde Hall for coffee, cocktails, games and a walk down memory lane with Winthrop Archives before the brunch buffet opens at 11 a.m. Pick up your nametag and reunion souvenir if you did not receive it on Friday. 

  • 9:30 a.m. - Class of 1942 photo, McBryde Hall by class blanket
  • 9:30 a.m. - Class of 1947 photo, McBryde Hall by class blanket
  • 9:30 a.m. - Class of 1952 photo, McBryde Hall by class blanket
  • 9:45 a.m. - Class of 1957 photo, McBryde Hall by class blanket
  • 9:45 a.m. - Class of 1962 photo, McBryde Hall by class blanket
  • 10 a.m. - Class of 1992 photo, side steps of Tillman Hall
  • 10 a.m. - Class of 1987 photo, front steps of Tillman Hall
  • 10:15 a.m. - Class of 1982 photo, side steps of Tillman Hall
  • 10:15 a.m. - Class of 1977 photo, front steps of Tillman Hall
  • 10:30 a.m. - Class of 1972 photo, front steps of Tillman Hall
  • 10:30 a.m. - Class of 1967 photo, side steps of Tillman Hall
  • The following Classes will take their class photo after the Alumni Reunion Brunch in McBryde Hall - 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012 and 2017.


Alumni Reunion Brunch

10 a.m. | McBryde Hall

Celebrate your reunion and meet Winthrop’s first family as they celebrate their first reunion weekend at Winthrop! Reunion classes will be recognized by Winthrop's new president, Dr. Edward Serna ’02 (who is celebrating his 20-year Winthrop reunion!), and Alumni Executive Board president, Byron Putman ’94. Enjoy coffee, cocktails, games and a walk down memory lane with Winthrop memorabilia from Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections before the brunch buffet opens at 11 a.m. followed by our program.

 

West Center Tours (R)

Noon | Lois Rhame West Health, Physical Education and Wellness Center

The West Center provides educational and recreational opportunities for the campus and is the home of the Office of Recreational Services and the Department of Physical Education, Sport and Human Performance. Take a tour to see the four-court gymnasium, 1/8 mile indoor track, 36-foot climbing wall, four racquetball courts, 8-lane 25-yard pool, and more!

 

Men's Basketball Game vs. Mercer University ($)
2 p.m. | Coliseum

The men's basketball team will host the Mercer University Bears for a Homecoming game. Tickets are available for purchase beginning Nov. 1. Please review COVID-19 protocols before arriving.

Sunday, Nov. 13

Women's Basketball Game vs. Coppin State University ($)
2 p.m. | Coliseum

The women's basketball team will host the Choppin State Bald Eagles for a Homecoming game. Tickets are available for purchase beginning Nov. 1. Please review COVID-19 protocols before arriving.

 


Ongoing Campus Events

The College of Visual and Performing Arts will have three gallery exhibitions for the fall semester. 


Southern Fiction

Tema Stauffer
Sept. 12- Dec. 9, 2022 | Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery

Tema Stauffer’s Southern Fiction traces the literary landscape of the American South investigating sites that were formative to canonical fiction writers of the region such as William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Harper Lee, Truman Capote, Alice Walker and Flannery O'Conner, among others. Large-format color photographs depict the domestic settings, vernacular architecture, and rural landscapes significant to the history of these iconic writers. Through this series, Stauffer explores the beauty, mystery and complexity of the South. She is currently an Associate Professor of Photography at East Tennessee State University. Her work has been exhibited at Sasha Wolf, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, and Jen Bekman galleries in New York, as well as galleries and institutions internationally.

 

Mutually Assured Seduction (MAS)
Tamara LaValla
Sept. 12- Dec. 9, 2022 | Rutledge Gallery

Mutually Assured Seduction (MAS) is a One-Woman Group Show, led by artist Tamara LaValla, exploring a real and persistent preoccupation with desire, order, progress and work. MAS resists the evanescent embrace of our ethereal, virtual world through the rigors of making. The resulting collaborative artifacts and ephemera — edible, malleable, consumable, sonic — are, at once, both timely and timeless. 

Tamara LaValla earned her B.F.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University. She worked as an award-winning illustrator for the Herald newspaper in Rock Hill and co-founded Social Design House. She is currently a faculty member in the Department of Design at Winthrop and is a self-described OCD artist, and sometimes chocolate maker.

 

Art Education Exhibition
Nov. 1-14 | Lewandowski Student Gallery

In this exhibition, art education students display a collection of interdisciplinary/community-based artworks created by K-12 students during their internship experience. This is a legacy art education exhibition that is connected to their capstone exhibition.

 


Bookstore Hours

The Winthrop University Bookstore is located inside the DiGiorgio Campus Center on the first floor and will be open during the following times. For additional information, call 803/323-3800.

Monday-Friday | 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday | 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

 


Rock Hill Partnerships

Mention you are a Winthrop alumnus at these establishments to enjoy discounts during the 2022 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. From cold beer to coffee, crafts and cups, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

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Knowledge Perk ($)

Celebrate your milestone reunion with 15% off a beverage at Rock Hill’s full coffee immersion coffee shop.

 

Slow Play Brewing ($)

Celebrate your milestone reunion with 15% off your tab. Slow Play Brewing is owned by Ben Lee ’05, Matt Poston ’11 and Ron Fasick ’02.

 

The Mercantile ($)

Take 10% off your purchase at Rock Hill’s community-minded retailer.

Last Updated: 6/20/22