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2017-18 Parking Stickers Available Parking stickers for the 2017-18 school year are available for purchase through Campus Police. You can apply online or in person at the Good Building. Permits can be picked up in person or will be mailed out one business day after the application. Permits are $30 with a limit of two per person. It can be charged to your Winthrop account. More information here.


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12/07/2017
Beloved Professor Emeritus of Biology Dick Houk has passed away. A U.S. Navy veteran, Houk earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University and spent 30 years as a professor of biology and botany at Winthrop. Houk's life-long passion was his work on endangered species recovery, specifically the Schweinitz's sunflower. Houk was active in the Rock Hill community, serving as president of the Rock Hill Kiwanis Club and working with the local Boys and Girls Club. Iin lieu of flowers to mark his passing, Houk hoped that donations would be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of York County, P.O. Box 226, Rock Hill, S.C., 29731; the Children's Attention Home of Rock Hill, P.O. Box 2912, Rock Hill, S.C., 29732; or the Winthrop University Foundation, 302 Tillman Hall, Rock Hill, S.C., 29733.


10/10/2017
Former Winthrop employee Faye Mullis Vails, 87, passed away on Oct. 1.A native of Clover, South Carolina, Vails worked at Winthrop as a key punch operator in Tillman Hall. She retired after 15 years of services. She enjoyed flower gardening, traveling, attending worship events, playing UNO and Bingo and spending time with her family. She is survived by her son, her daughter, her step-daughter, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


05/25/2017
Former Winthrop professor Eugene C. Stiff, Jr., passed away on May 22 at the age of 90 years old. The Connecticut native joined the United States Marine Corps at 17 and served in World War II. He married Betty Schuermann, and they were married for 68 years until his death. They share four daughters and several grand- and great-grandchildren.After earning his master's degree in Spanish from Vanderbilt University, Stiff spent the rest of his career teaching Spanish at both Winthrop and Chester High School.


03/30/2017
Retired Winthrop faculty member Louise Baughan Murdy, 81, passed away on March 22. She was married to William George Murdy Jr., and the couple was a part of the Winthrop community from 1963-1997.Louise taught art history and English and directed Winthrop's first Writing Center. She was dedicated to her church, the museum, the arts and her family.


02/06/2017
John Dille, a long-time former professor of biology at Winthrop, has passed away. He was 76. He retired from Winthrop in 2006 after 34 years of service. He dedicated much of his career to research in the field of plant genetics and editor of the Rice Biotechnology Quarterly. He enjoyed taking classes of his students to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon. In his personal life, he was adventurous: sky-diving, spelunking, snow skiing, kayaking, running and hiking. After retirement, he volunteered as an S.C. State Constable.


Heath, Frederick01/30/2017
Frederick M. Heath, 85, passed away Jan. 25, 2017. He joined the Winthrop community in 1969 and was a professor of history for 30 years and the head of the history department for more than a decade, twice receiving the Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Teaching Award.. He was professor emeritus in 1995. During his career, Heath served on many commissions, including the S.C. Archives Commission, the Board of Review for History Places, and the S.C. Bicentennial Commission. He organized Historic Rock Hill and served as its first chairman.


John Robert Cooper11/29/2016
John Robert Cooper, 82, passed away Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. He was a professor of economics at Winthrop from 1964-97 when he retired with professor emeritus status.    According to his obituary, during his tenure at Winthrop, Cooper he touched the lives of many students. His goal was always to sharpen their minds and help them see the value and wisdom of conservative views while demonstrating the "proper way to dress." He met this challenge with distinction.In addition to his academic career, Cooper was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army from 1955-61.Memorials may be sent to Humane Society of Rock Hill or the charity of one's choice.


Justin Christopher11/10/2016
Justin Christopher, a groundskeeper who worked at The Farm, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 6. Christopher, who was 35 years old, died from a cardiac event at his home.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at GreeneFuneral Home Northwest Chapel from 6-7:30 p.m. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Mount Holly United Methodist Church Sanctuary. A private burial will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10. Memorials may be made to Mount Holly United Methodist Church, 1996 Mount Holly Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730. 


Lawrence Darby10/27/2016
Sir Lawrence Darby, a custodian who worked at the Winthrop Coliseum, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 23, from injuries sustained in a car accident. He was 53 years old. Darby, who joined the Winthrop staff in August 2000, was very active with the Samaritan’s Feet project involving Winthrop’s athletics teams and coaches. The project collected shoes for needy children. In his spare time, Darby was a DJ. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. at the Winthrop Coliseum. 


10/06/2016
Renae Myles began her duties on Oct. 3 as senior associate athletic director for internal operations, chief operating officer, and senior woman administrator. Myles has over 19 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics. She previously served at the University of Connecticut, University of Pittsburgh, San Jose State, Delaware State, Southwest Baptist University and Alabama A&M University.


08/03/2016
Ed Guettler, retired Winthrop professor of mathematics, passed away on July 26. He was 79. Guettler served as a faculty member and department administrator for nearly 30 years at Winthrop. During that time, he won several of the university's prestigious awards, including the 1986 James Pinckney Kinard and Lee Wicker Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1990 Faculty/Student Life Award. He also served as Chief Faculty Marshal and as faculty representative to the Winthrop Board of Trustees. Outside of the classroom, he coached the cross country team for seven years. The Griffin-Guettler Endowed Scholarship was established in the names of the late Dr. Mary Roland Griffin and Dr. Guettler by Kathy and Larry Bigham to honor the two distinguished faculty members.


headline arrow Design Students Match Up Against Peers in State Competition (12/07/17)
headline arrow Psychology Professor Selected for Kinard Teaching Award (12/06/17)
headline arrow Winthrop Team Places in International Programming Competition (12/06/17)
headline arrow Dolores Vees Establishes Scholarship to Assist First-Generation Students (12/04/17)
headline arrow Hamill Honored for Her Leadership with the Association for the Advancement of Health Education (11/30/17)
headline arrow Families Participated in “Share the Color” Food Workshops To Learn About Nutrition (11/16/17)
headline arrow Financial Planning Magazine Names Winthrop One of Top Schools in the Nation (11/15/17)
headline arrow Latest Winthrop Poll Surveys Southern States about Racism and the Economy (11/08/17)
headline arrow West Virginia University Selects President Dan Mahony for its Hall of Fame (11/06/17)
headline arrow Department of Mass Communication Will Co-Host Part of 20th annual Native American Film Festival (11/03/17)
headline arrow Winthrop Student Voter Turnout Last Fall Higher Than National Average (11/03/17)
headline arrow Macfeat Recognized for Students' Healthy Eating Habits, Physical Activity (10/26/17)
headline arrow West Forum Hosts Rock Hill City Election Debate on Oct. 24 (10/20/17)
headline arrow Dacus Library Celebrates International Open Access Week (10/19/17)
headline arrow Winthrop Team Places in 2017 National Financial Planning Challenge (10/17/17)
headline arrow Education Professionals Learn Best Inclusive Practices for Individuals With Disabilities (10/16/17)
headline arrow Health Care Management Internships Make Students' Dreams Come True (10/05/17)
headline arrow National Aquarium Senior VP Highlights 27th Annual Mass Communication Week (09/29/17)
headline arrow Fossils Collected This Summer Will Be Subject of Tests (09/26/17)
headline arrow UC Berkeley Biologist Tyrone Hayes to Deliver Oct. 9 M.L.A. Lecture (09/26/17)
headline arrow Change the World With Winthrop's New Civic and Public Engagement Minor (09/25/17)
headline arrow Winthrop Part of $20 Million Federal Grant to Research Complex Materials (09/20/17)
headline arrow Six Leadership and Social Change Series Events Slated for Academic Year (09/19/17)
headline arrow S.C. Education Deans Collaborate to Remedy Acute Teacher Shortage (09/18/17)
headline arrow Winthrop’s McNair Scholars Program Receives Third Round of Funding to Prepare Students for Ph.D. Programs (09/14/17)
headline arrow Rock Hill City Election Candidate Forum Set for Winthrop on Oct. 3 (09/13/17)
headline arrow Winthrop Maintains Its US News Ranking and Moves Up for Veterans' Services (09/12/17)
headline arrow S.C. Naturalist Will Share His Stories on Oct. 2 at Winthrop (09/06/17)
headline arrow Winthrop Recognized in Princeton Review's Best in the Southeast (09/05/17)
headline arrow Wells Fargo's Senior Economist Mark Vitner Provides Economic Analysis on Sept. 28 (08/28/17)
headline arrow Grants Will Expand Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Opportunities (08/23/17)
headline arrow Winthrop Selected as a Best in the Southeast by Princeton Review (08/02/11)
headline arrow Winthrop's Psi Chi Advisor Wins 2010-11 Denmark Award (07/18/11)
headline arrow Economics Professor Gary Stone Chosen as William H. Grier Professor (07/01/11)
headline arrow Faculty Members Promoted and/or Granted Tenure in May (05/30/11)
headline arrow Chemistry Professor Nick Grossoehme Receives Grant for Emerging Scientists (05/23/11)
headline arrow Winthrop Part of Math-Science Partnership Grant with Area Schools and Agencies (05/11/11)
headline arrow New Assistant Dean Announced for University College (05/10/11)
headline arrow Debra Boyd Appointed as Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs (05/04/11)

10/09/2017
The deans of six of South Carolina’s larger institutions and Colleges of Education have formed a consortium to address collaboratively some of South Carolina’s most pressing education issues. Together, they urge action to address the teacher shortage being experienced across the Palmetto state.One of those deans is Richard W. Riley College of Education Dean Jennie Rakestraw.

05/04/2017
Zach Abernathy, an assistant professor of mathematics, recently received the 2017 Early Career Faculty Mentoring Award from the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

04/20/2017
Professor of Mass Communication Padmini Patwardhan has received the Charles H. Sandage Award for Teaching Excellence from the American Academy of Advertising (AAA).

04/20/2017
Sabrina Habib, an assistant professor of mass communication, recently was selected as a 2017 Kopenhaver fellow for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

03/16/2017
The South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education (SC-AMLE) recognized David Vawter with one of its distinguished teaching awards at its annual conference this month.Vawter, an associate professor and secondary social studies education coordinator in the Richard W. Riley College of Education, received the Dr. Jennifer Wilson Teaching Excellence Award, which acknowledges the significant contributions of a classroom teacher, literacy leader or teacher educator who has positively impacted middle-level teaching excellence in the state.

03/02/2017
NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education recognizes members who are doing outstanding work in the student affairs profession. Frank P. Ardaiolo, vice president for student life at Winthrop University, was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean.The Scott Goodnight Award, named for NASPA’s founding chair of the Board of Directors (1919-20) and former dean of men at the University of Wisconsin, is presented to a dean or senior student affairs officer who has demonstrated sustained professional achievement in student affairs work, innovative response in meeting students' varied and emerging needs, effectiveness in developing staff, and leadership in community and college or university affairs.

03/02/2017
Associate Professor of Healthcare Management Michael Matthews, Professor of Marketing Cara Peters and Assistant Professor of Marketing Stephanie Lawson had a paper, “An Exploratory Investigation of Hospice Marketing: How Are Palliative Care Providers Marketing Their Services?”, published in the latest issue of Health Marketing Quarterly.

01/23/2017
Winthrop has selected Chemistry Professor Takita Felder Sumter as its first Provost’s Faculty Fellow.The Provost’s Faculty Fellows Program provides emerging and current faculty leaders with opportunities to develop and demonstrate administrative leadership. At the same time, fellows contribute full-time faculty perspectives to the work of the Office of the Provost, expanding the collaboration among faculty and administrators.Fellows’ work includes representing the Office of the Provost on special projects, such as The Winthrop Plan, Winthrop’s strategic plan for 2025, as well as supporting routine office operations.

01/12/2017
Associate Professor of Anthropology Richard Chacon co-edited a new anthology that challenges many existing theories on the origins of social complexity by providing revolutionary new understandings of the rise of social inequality and socio-political evolution.The 481-page book, titled “Feast, Famine Or Fighting?: Multiple Pathways to Social Complexity,” was published this month by Springer Press.

01/04/2017
Associate Professor Michael Matthews received the university's top teaching award: the James Pinckney Kinard and Lee Wicker Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching.The Kinard Award is given annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated a dedication to teaching and is highly regarded on campus by faculty and students. Established by the Kinard family, it honors former Winthrop President James P. Kinard and his wife, Lee Wicker Kinard.Matthews joined the Winthrop faculty in 2005 as an assistant professor of management and was promoted in 2009 to associate professor. He teaches healthcare management and management courses for the College of Business Administration and Human Experience courses for Winthrop’s general education program. He also develops and supervises student internships in the healthcare management field.


Name:  Class of 2021,

Winthrop's entering Class of 2021 boasts the highest number of valedictorians in school history and the highest entering GPA.

Name:  Lauren Wright, Human nutrition
From:  Columbia,  South Carolina 
Date Awarded:  04/27/2017
The South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has awarded Winthrop University’s Lauren Wright the Outstanding Dietetics Student Award.

Name:  Ty Robbins and Allyssa Calderhead, Environmental studes/sciences

Seniors Ty Robbins and Allyssa Calderhead are the recipients of the inaugural Dalton Environmental Scholarship. Robbins is an environmental sciences major while Calderhead is an environmental studies major.

Name:  Tadean Page and Julian Holland,

Tadean Page has been elected as the Council of Student Leaders (CSL) president and Julian Holland as vice president for the 2017-18 academic year.


Sponsor Group:  Campus Police
Contact Name:  Thelma Steele
2017-18 Parking Stickers Available Parking stickers for the 2017-18 school year are available for purchase through Campus Police. You can apply online or in person at the Good Building. Permits can be picked up in person or will be mailed out one business day after the application. Permits are $30 with a limit of two per person. It can be charged to your Winthrop account. More information here.

headline arrow Design Students Match Up Against Peers in State Competition (12/07/17)
headline arrow Psychology Professor Selected for Kinard Teaching Award (12/06/17)
headline arrow Winthrop Team Places in International Programming Competition (12/06/17)
headline arrow Dolores Vees Establishes Scholarship to Assist First-Generation Students (12/04/17)
headline arrow Hamill Honored for Her Leadership with the Association for the Advancement of Health Education (11/30/17)
headline arrow Families Participated in “Share the Color” Food Workshops To Learn About Nutrition (11/16/17)
headline arrow Financial Planning Magazine Names Winthrop One of Top Schools in the Nation (11/15/17)
headline arrow Latest Winthrop Poll Surveys Southern States about Racism and the Economy (11/08/17)
headline arrow West Virginia University Selects President Dan Mahony for its Hall of Fame (11/06/17)
headline arrow Department of Mass Communication Will Co-Host Part of 20th annual Native American Film Festival (11/03/17)
headline arrow Winthrop Student Voter Turnout Last Fall Higher Than National Average (11/03/17)
headline arrow Macfeat Recognized for Students' Healthy Eating Habits, Physical Activity (10/26/17)
headline arrow West Forum Hosts Rock Hill City Election Debate on Oct. 24 (10/20/17)
headline arrow Dacus Library Celebrates International Open Access Week (10/19/17)
headline arrow Winthrop Team Places in 2017 National Financial Planning Challenge (10/17/17)
headline arrow Education Professionals Learn Best Inclusive Practices for Individuals With Disabilities (10/16/17)
headline arrow Health Care Management Internships Make Students' Dreams Come True (10/05/17)
headline arrow National Aquarium Senior VP Highlights 27th Annual Mass Communication Week (09/29/17)
headline arrow Fossils Collected This Summer Will Be Subject of Tests (09/26/17)
headline arrow UC Berkeley Biologist Tyrone Hayes to Deliver Oct. 9 M.L.A. Lecture (09/26/17)
headline arrow Change the World With Winthrop's New Civic and Public Engagement Minor (09/25/17)
headline arrow Winthrop Part of $20 Million Federal Grant to Research Complex Materials (09/20/17)
headline arrow Six Leadership and Social Change Series Events Slated for Academic Year (09/19/17)
headline arrow S.C. Education Deans Collaborate to Remedy Acute Teacher Shortage (09/18/17)
headline arrow Winthrop’s McNair Scholars Program Receives Third Round of Funding to Prepare Students for Ph.D. Programs (09/14/17)
headline arrow Rock Hill City Election Candidate Forum Set for Winthrop on Oct. 3 (09/13/17)
headline arrow Winthrop Maintains Its US News Ranking and Moves Up for Veterans' Services (09/12/17)
headline arrow S.C. Naturalist Will Share His Stories on Oct. 2 at Winthrop (09/06/17)
headline arrow Winthrop Recognized in Princeton Review's Best in the Southeast (09/05/17)
headline arrow Wells Fargo's Senior Economist Mark Vitner Provides Economic Analysis on Sept. 28 (08/28/17)
headline arrow Grants Will Expand Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Opportunities (08/23/17)
headline arrow Winthrop Selected as a Best in the Southeast by Princeton Review (08/02/11)
headline arrow Winthrop's Psi Chi Advisor Wins 2010-11 Denmark Award (07/18/11)
headline arrow Economics Professor Gary Stone Chosen as William H. Grier Professor (07/01/11)
headline arrow Faculty Members Promoted and/or Granted Tenure in May (05/30/11)
headline arrow Chemistry Professor Nick Grossoehme Receives Grant for Emerging Scientists (05/23/11)
headline arrow Winthrop Part of Math-Science Partnership Grant with Area Schools and Agencies (05/11/11)
headline arrow New Assistant Dean Announced for University College (05/10/11)
headline arrow Debra Boyd Appointed as Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs (05/04/11)
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