Faculty and Staff - April 19, 2024

Let’s Kick Back and Celebrate!

As you likely saw in your inbox from your respective faculty or staff conference leadership, there’s a fun time brewing for later this afternoon at Middle James, home of the official Winthrop Pale Ale. It’s billed as a social and a time to relax and unwind…but I’d like to suggest we also celebrate some accomplishments relative to this 2023-34 academic year.

You have undoubtedly seen the graphic below at some point this year, and while it’s served us well, we are retiring it after this semester. One of the VPs jokingly called it the “Carousel of Progress;” another labeled it simply, “The Wheel.” While we worked this year on the substance of the strategic plan, this graphic and its important points kept us grounded in the hard work that, along with the finalized strategic plan, sets us up for future success. Some of the items on the wheel have only just begun, while others are a solid check off; all have seen movement, and that’s a great thing!

Wheel of Progress

I want to acknowledge and thank everyone who had a hand in any of the initiatives you see here. This year’s work was a tough assignment by all accounts, yet you performed exceptionally well. The progress we have made together is worth so much more than a raised glass, but let’s raise one anyway!

I hope to see all of you this afternoon (location and other details below) and please know this year’s accomplishments would not have been possible without the willingness of the entire campus community to embrace this vital work. Thank you! 


Edward Serna 



Middle James Brewing Co. is located in the Power House in the University Center development, adjacent to the southern end of campus (near Johnson & Campus Walk).  

378 Technology Center Way #1120, Rock Hill


Parking Information:

Middle James is a short walk from the Johnson Lot, so one option is to park there and walk over (crossing the railroad tracks, passing The Nest).  There are a limited number of parking spots in front of Middle James, but these often fill up quickly. 

There are also city parking decks located next to Middle James (P3406 & P3407 are the best options – Information here).  On Fridays, deck parking should be free for the first two hours, but you must still register your vehicle (refer to signage in the parking deck for instructions).  Any parking in this deck more than two hours may result in a small parking fee.  Please pay careful attention to posted parking information – street parking and garage parking may differ. For full city parking information and rates, please click here

Nearby Food Options:

The Power House Food Hall (Located in the lower level of the Power House)  
Old Town Kitchen & Cocktails (will typically deliver online orders to Middle James)

Dank Burrito 

Salute Chew Food Truck (scheduled to be on site at Middle James around 6 or 6:30)

Other Fun Info:

Middle James is home to Big Stuff Pale Ale – Winthrop’s officially licensed beer. They have it available on tap as well as in cans.  They will also have a limited number of Big Stuff Pale Ale T-shirts for sale.