Winthrop University: Human Resources - Amenities and Services

Amenities and Services*

There are many reasons Winthrop employees love working on a college campus! Take a look at the information below and discover a host of opportunities - many of which are at no extra cost.

Arts and Entertainment

Winthrop hosts numerous performances and exhibits during the school year that are free or offered for reduced admission with a campus I.D. Examples include:

  • Art exhibitions and lectures
  • DiGiorgio Student Union events — comedians, musicians, dancers, poets, movies, and lecturers  
  • Foreign films
  • Music, theatre and dance productions
  • Readings by poets and authors

Barnes & Noble Bookstore

Located in the DiGiorgio Student Center, Winthrop's bookstore sells Winthrop merchandise and clothing, general reading books, school and tech supplies, textbooks, gifts, and more. Faculty may order or rent graduation regalia from the bookstore, and all faculty and staff receive a 10 percent discount on most items purchased at The Bookstore with presentation of their Winthrop ID.

Community Events/Activities

Varying from year to year, community events and activities draw crowds to campus to enjoy such celebrations as:

  • Spring and winter Commencements
  • U.S. Disc Golf Tournaments
  • Come-See-Me moonlight jazz, tailgate and fireworks
  • Christmasville - Rock Hill's holiday festival
  • Homecoming games, tailgate, events, and celebrations
  • Annual tree-lighting to kick off the holidays

Campus events occur throughout the year to encourage employee camaraderie such as:

  • Student Move-In Day
  • Welcome Back Week in August with welcome events, including the President's Opening Address and Reception, Convocation, and a Picnic for faculty, staff, and students

Dining Options

There's plenty to eat on campus, including Chick-fil-A, the Eagle Eatery and a food court, not to mention casual dining within walking distance of Winthrop. Check out Dining Services to learn more, including how to get Cafe Cash for on-campus purchases. An on-campus convenience store - the Eagle Express in Thomson Hall - also is available for grab and go items, snacks, groceries, personal items and more. All campus dining locations accept cash and credit cards (MasterCard or Visa).

Educational Opportunities

Winthrop sponsors an Employee Educational Assistance Program which grants tuition waivers for eligible employees. Complete information on the application process is available at the link. In addition...

Employee Benefits & Services

There's a lot to love about working at Winthrop...

  • We offer direct deposits to off-campus bank accounts and payroll deductions for approved loans and various 401K, 403B and 457 retirement plans.
  • Flexible spending accounts are available for medical and dependent care expenses.  A Health Savings Plan is offered with a high-deductible health insurance plan.
  • The State of South Carolina offers sick and annual leave to eligible state employees.  Bereavement leave and military leave are also available for eligible employees.
  • Eligible employees can obtain state health and dental insurance, life insurance, dependent life insurance, and long-term disability insurance.
  • Winthrop observes 13 paid holidays each year.
  • Winthrop University is a qualifying employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Employee Discounts 

All Winthrop employees are eligible to receive discounts provided by local and national merchants as part of our PerksConnect program,, using our group code: WU18.  Employees must create a username and signup using these instructions.  There is an app that can be downloaded to your phone through these steps.  Employees can subscribe to the listserv for emails regarding current specials at  Click the link for more information compiled for vendors wishing to offer discounts.

Free Admission to Games

Winthrop's athletic department offers free admission to employees and their immediate family members to all regular season home athletic events. NCAA Division I Big South Conference sports include men's and women's basketball, indoor and outdoor track, cross country, soccer, and golf; women's volleyball and softball; and men's baseball.

Library Access

Ida Jane Dacus Library houses all of the university's library holdings and archives, and offers a wide range of services to faculty and staff including reference, interlibrary loan, library instruction, laptops, iPads, Kindles, online database searches and closed carrels (with Internet access) for faculty research projects. In addition to the Dacus Online Catalog (DOC) the library also supports wireless access throughout the building and offers Internet accessible study carrels.  More than 100 databases are available electronically, and more than 500,000 volumes are housed in the building.  Employees are permitted to borrow books and, when available, electronic readers (such as iPads and Kindles), for extended periods.  Employees' immediate family members may receive loan privilege cards to borrow books for a two-week period.  Free term paper counseling for employees' high school-aged students is offered.  The library also hosts a number of free exhibits and displays, some with accompanying lectures.

International Travel Opportunities

Travel abroad programs are offered by academic programs and the International Center, mainly during semester breaks and summer months, and some are extended to Winthrop employees and their families.

Travel Clinic is coordinated by Health Services and offers pre-travel assessment, vaccine updates, prevention medications and information about destination-specific health issues and first-aid needs. 

Post Office

Winthrop maintains a mail service with daily pickup and delivery. The Post Office is located in DiGiorgio Campus Center. Intra-campus mail, U.S. mail, and intra-agency mail for professional use may be sent and received through the campus mail services.

Preschool and Kindergarten Program

Winthrop is home to Macfeat Early Childhood Laboratory School, founded in 1892. Macfeat enrolls approximately 60 three-, four- and five-year old children in full and half-day programs during the public school year.  The school serves as a research and demonstration site for the preparation of future teachers in areas such as early childhood and elementary education.  Staffed by professional educators and graduate and undergraduate students, Macfeat offers a child-centered program that fosters exploration, creativity, collaboration and independence.  The school is fully accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a division of the National Accreditation for the Education of Young Children. 

Professional & Personal Development Programs

  • An eclectic array of presentations and workshops for and by members of the Winthrop learning community are made available through the The Center for Professional Excellence.  Program topics reflect a diversity of interests and needs.
  • On-campus technology classes are offered throughout the year to employees through Winthrop's Information Technology Department.  The Birdnest provides space on the Winthrop server for individual Web sites. 
  • Research and travel opportunities are available for faculty and staff for professional development purposes.
  • The Outdoor Education Center (OEC) offers specialized group learning experiences in an effective non-traditional setting.  Located at the university's athletic, recreational and research complex, OEC staff use creative games, warm-ups and a high rope course to teach skills in team building, self-confidence and more for campus departments and student groups. OEC also rents camping and kayaking equipment for use through Winthrop's Headquarters for Outdoor Adventure (WHOA!).

Recreation & Wellness Opportunities

Winthrop's Office of Recreational Services, the Physical Education, Sport and Human Performance Department (PESH), and the Athletics Department offer an array of opportunities for employees to pursue a healthy lifestyle such as:

  • Health fairs and wellness screenings
  • 9-hole golf course
  • Tennis courts
  • Racquetball courts
  • Disc golf course
  • Weight room
  • Fitness classes
  • Basketball courts
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Intramural sports and tournaments
  • Climbing wall
  • Indoor track
  • Personal training

Learn how to become a member of the Lois Rhame West Health, Physical Education and Wellness Center.  Faculty and staff who are not members of the West Center may sign up for a two week free trial membership to experience everything the West Center has to offer including the track, cardio equipment, weight room, racquetball courts, pool, climbing wall, group fitness classes and more.

Research Activities

The Sponsored Programs and Research Office provides assistance in finding external sponsors, applying for funds and in administering the grants program.  The university subscribes to InfoEd, an Internet-based funding search program and sponsors an internally funded grant program, with an annual competition for funds to support summer and academic-year research activities and curriculum development.

Volunteer Opportunities

Winthrop's Center for Career Development and Internships encourages civic responsibility and service by matching students' and employees' specific volunteer interests/goals with needs of the local community.

In addition, the university has over the years partnered with community members and organizations to promote a variety of fundraising activities including:

  • Crop Walk - Church World Service —poverty relief, aid in development and disaster/refugee assistance worldwide
  • Light the Night — a fundraising walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Relay for Life — a fundraising walk for the American Cancer Society
  • Winthrop Campus Ministries activities
  • United Way Campaign

Youth Summer Programs

Sports and performing arts summer camps and programs are available to children of university employees.

*The above services are subject to change at any time and should not be considered a contract between the employee and Winthrop University.

Last Updated: 11/18/22