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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Dear Friends:

Tis edition of the Winthrop Magazine focuses on food and community. In February, the university hosted the World of Food regional conference which brought together academics, culinary professionals, food activists, local gardeners, potters and brewers. It’s fascinating to me how food and the many processes involving its growth and preparation infuse so many different areas — our homes, restaurants, education, the economy and much more. I encourage you to explore the conference’s impact on pages 2-3 of this Winthrop Magazine.

You can also read about how Winthrop alumni are turning their culinary passions into booming careers. Winthrop prides itself on producing graduates who have the necessary skills to thrive and succeed in whatever careers and endeavors they choose. Te Rock Hill community is fortunate to claim many of these small business owners and entrepreneurs as its own.

Tere’s also good news to share related to the university’s strategic plan, the Winthrop Plan, which was introduced less than three years ago. We’ve made impressive strides on many goals, including already exceeding our targets for 2025 in a few areas. I encourage you to read more about these milestones in the Campus News section on pages 14-15 and in the Advancement News section on page 16. It’s truly a community effort to hit these marks, and I thank you for your part in helping us achieve each goal.

Other interesting stories we have included here:

A look at the university’s human nutrition program, which is the only program in the state to offer students a one-stop option to achieve all of their registered dietician credentials.

A feature on Ximena Perez-Velazco, a human nutrition major and chair of the Council of Student Leaders. I had the privilege of meeting with Ximena when we were both starting our Winthrop experiences in 2015 and have had the oppor- tunity to get to know her better in her role as CSL chair. She clearly had strong leadership skills when I first met her and she has demonstrated those skills in her role during the last year. I have been very impressed by all she has done in her four years at Winthrop.

• Te fascinating scientific process, undertaken by Professor of Chemistry Cliff Calloway and our chemistry students, designed to determine and validate the heat level of the world’s hottest pepper.

As you will read, there are many exciting initiatives happening at this university, and I’m proud to share them with you.

As always, I want to thank you for your continued support as we continue Winthrop’s tradition of excellence.

Sincerely,

WINTHROP UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Glenn McCall Chair, Rock Hill

Kathy Hudson Bigham ’73 Vice Chair, Rock Hill

Ed Driggers ’92 Greer

Julie Gore Fowler ’85, ’88 Columbia

Donna Glenn Holley Columbia

Timothy L. Hopkins ’83, ’85, ’00 Lugoff

Randy Imler ’87, ’00 Tega Cay

Jane Lawton LaRoche ’70 Camden

Donald G. Long Lake Wylie

Tim Sease ’87 Mt. Pleasant

Robby Sisco ’80 Florence

Janet Rice Smalley ’72 Walhalla

Sandra Stroman ’73, ’76 Chester

Isaiah Venning ’95,’00 Rock Hill

Ashlye Wilkerson ’05 Columbia

Michael Lipscomb Faculty Representative

Ximena Perez-Velazco Student Representative

Daniel F. Mahony President

Kimberly Faust

Vice President and Chief of Staff, Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Ellen Wi lder-Byrd ’88, ’94 Associate Vice President

for Communications and Marketing

FEATURES 2 A FOCUS ON FOOD

4 THE POWER OF FOOD 6 CULTURE+COMMUNITY 8 THE SWEET LIFE

10 CREATIVITY YOU CAN DRINK 12 RATING A PUNISHING PEPPER

DEPARTMENTS

14 CAMPUS NEWS 16 ADVANCEMENT NEWS 17 ALUMNI NEWS 18 CLASS NOTES 20 MILESTONES

NOTES About the Cover

Blue Point oysters with a dipping sauce of ghee and roasted garlic were just one of the delicacies served up by Dan “Te Pigman” Huntley at a reception during the Winthrop-hosted World of Food conference. Read more about the conference on pages 2-3. Photo courtesy of Huntley.

Winthrop Magazine is published for alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends of Winthrop University by University Communications and Marketing.

Winthrop University offers equal opportunity in its employment, admissions and educational activities.

Daniel F. Mahony President

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

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EDITORIAL STAFF Monica Bennett, editor Allen Blackmon ’86, art director

Contributing writers: Nicole Chisari ’09, ’16 Kaye Hayes Judy Longshaw

Winthrop Magazine Spring 2019 2 6 10

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