Faculty & Staff

November 20, 2018 

Dear Colleagues:

It was good to see so many of you at various events throughout last week's Homecoming activities. It's one of my favorite events each year. I enjoy helping alumni rediscover Winthrop; seeing school spirit displayed in so many creative ways; and, of course, cheering on the Eagles.

As this semester is quickly wrapping up, I wanted to take just a moment to update you on the following:

Rock Hill's Electric Bus System
Winthrop has committed $200,000 a year for the next five years towards the city's new free electric bus system which is expected to start running in April 2019. The system is funded by federal grants, a City of Rock Hill general fund contribution, and support from partner organizations like Winthrop. The partnership includes Winthrop advertising opportunities on and inside buses, at bus stands and more. This is a significant investment, but one that will reap dividends for us, as word about Winthrop spreads to thousands of newcomers to York County and to visitors the City of Rock Hill is drawing to its world-class sports venues, including the new University Center right next door to campus. We are strategically positioned as a well-regarded comprehensive university in the midst of this local growth and development, but also in one of the fastest growing areas of South Carolina. Winthrop will be a stop on two of the four bus routes, providing students, faculty and staff a convenient option for getting around the city as well.

Upcoming Holiday Events
I hope you will have the opportunity to join me at the following holiday events:
The 83rd annual Tree Lighting Celebration is on Friday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. on the front lawn. This festive kick-off for the holiday season at Winthrop and the City's Christmasville festival is always a lot of fun. Performances by the RockHettes and several singing groups, free cookies and hot chocolate, and, of course, the lighting of the historic magnolia tree are highlights of this free event. Following the tree lighting, the Rock Hill Christmas Parade will begin in front of Winthrop. Be on the lookout for Winthrop Admissions Ambassadors who will be greeting the crowd from atop Winthrop's float.
The annual drop-in holiday reception is at the President's House on the afternoon of Tuesday, Dec. 4. A more formal email invitation will be coming to you shortly. Laura and I invite you into our home to enjoy good food and conversation with others members of the Winthrop community.

As the end of the semester kicks into high gear with other holiday happenings, final exams and Commencement, I want to thank you for your contributions to a successful fall semester. Please know that I value all that you do for Winthrop.