As this Winthrop Magazine edition goes to press, I have just delivered the second State of the University Address to the campus community. I shared updates on the Winthrop Plan, the university’s strategic blueprint through 2025. During my address last year, I vowed this process would be transparent and that the campus would be kept up to date on where we stand on our goals and objectives. We’re continuing to build on our progress and re-examining processes where needed. Please read more about our first-year efforts by visiting

During the address, I had the pleasure of announcing the largest estate gift in university history, thanks to the generosity of late alumna Elizabeth Hope Reed ’41, ’51. Mrs. Reed provided the university with a $3 million estate gift to establish a service-focused student scholarship program. Please read more on pages 6-7 about this phenomenal gift and how it will greatly benefit our students.

In other news, one of my favorite events is nearly upon us. I hope you will visit campus Nov. 17-18 for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend. It’s always such a fun time, and I enjoy meeting as many of you as I can.

Winthrop’s Homecoming always signals the beginning of basketball season. The men’s team is coming off a very successful 2016-17 season that was capped off by a trip to the NCAA tournament. Our women’s team will take the court under the leadership of Head Coach Lynette Woodard, a true trailblazer and pioneer in women’s basketball. Winthrop is lucky to have on staff the college All-American, two-time Olympian and first woman player for the Harlem Globetrotters. Please read more about Coach Woodard on pages 2-5 of this edition.

Other compelling stories that I encourage you to read include:

• Alumnus Billy Powell, one of the first African-American men to earn a degree at Winthrop, now owns and works the plantation that he admired as a young boy;

• The women’s tennis program’s decades-long success at Winthrop and in the Big South Conference; and

• Winthrop’s contributions to the successful UCI BMX World Championships held in Rock Hill this summer.

There are so many great things happening at this university, and I couldn’t be more excited about our future. I want to thank you for your support as we continue Winthrop’s tradition of excellence.

Sincerely, FEATURES

2 Living in the Vortex: Basketball Legend Lynette Woodard Brings Her Passion to Winthrop

6 Service Beyond Self: Winthrop’s Largest Estate Gift Will Establish

Service-Focused Scholarship Program

8 Love for the Game: Coach Cid Carvalho Serves Up a Tennis Legacy

10 A Southern Welcome to the World: Winthrop, City Embrace BMX Championship Fever

12 Preserving History: Billy Powell Owns Plantation Cottage He Admired as a Boy

16 The Road to Rocha: Alumni Revisit Nicaraguan Community to Continue Service Project


18 Campus News 21 Development News 22 Alumni News 23 Class Notes 24 Milestones


Monica Bennett, editor Allen Blackmon ’86, art director

Contributing writers and photographers: Meredith Carter ’05 Shawn Cetrone Nicole Chisari ’09, ’16 Judy Longshaw

NOTES About the Cover

Women’s Basketball Head Coach Lynette Woodard is considered one of the most influential women to play the game of basketball. She became Winthrop’s coach on March 28.

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Daniel F. Mahony President

All cities referenced in editorial content are located in South Carolina unless otherwise indicated.



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