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College of Business Administration, International Students Present President Comstock Special Plaque

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 The plaque contains congratulatory messages in more than 20 languages, representing many international students on campus.

President Jamie Comstock thanks the students.
ROCK HILL, S.C. — Winthrop University’s College of Business Administration and some of its international students presented President Jamie Comstock with a special gift Thursday: a large plaque with congratulatory messages written in multiple languages.

President Comstock was officially installed as the university’s 10th president on March 28. Throughout that week, the campus commemorated the event with academic showcases, arts performances and community gatherings.

“Everyone in the College of Business Administration was excited about Inauguration and all its surrounding activities,” said Dean Roger Weikle. “The CBA community wanted to give President Comstock a gift to express our collective congratulations, and we decided that the great diversity of our student population would be a distinctive way to do it.”

The special plaque took more than two months to complete and includes the work of 24 business students, faculty, staff and even the parents of the students back in their native countries. The paragraph on the plaque is a common congratulatory message translated into 24 languages by the students, including French, Chinese, Italian, Swedish, Arabic, Mandarin and more. The message notes that "the best is yet to come" and calls President Comstock an inspiring leader.

They presented it to President Comstock in front of the D.B. Johnson Desk in the president’s office. The president, touched by the present, thanked the students and had them point out their contributions on the plaque.

“It is an impressive piece that expresses our best wishes for Winthrop’s future under her leadership,” Weikle said.

For more information on the College of Business Administration, visit the college's website.

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