CAMPUS NEWS Record Broken for Freshman Applications
A record number of prospective students have applied for admission to the incoming Class of 2023. Te current recruiting season has seen applications for the fall 2019 freshman class — which numbered 5,865 as of March 8 — eclipse the previous mark of 5,328 from fall 2006.
“Two of the most important goals in the Winthrop Plan have been to build the reputation of the institution and to increase enrollment, and our efforts have been wide-ranging over the past few years," said President Dan Mahony. "With record interest from prospective students and families, we are confident that the appeal of the Winthrop experience has never been stronger."
Vice President for Access and Enrollment Management Eduardo Prieto noted that applications to Winthrop are up across all South Carolina markets and are up slightly out of state.
Rebranding Video Wins Prestigious Regional Award
State Contracts Bring $3.4 Million to Winthrop for
Varsity eSports Program
to Launch This Fall Winthrop will become only the third NCAA Division I school to have an esports program housed within its athletics department when a varsity esports program launches this fall. Esports, a booming industry, describes the world of competitive video gaming.
According to Ken Halpin, vice president for intercollegiate athletics and athletics director, there are many benefits for adding an esports program. “Tere are no necessary travel costs since competition is online; there are no restrictions from competing for prize money, at least yet; our players will have access to some of the biggest technology companies in the world; and it will be the first truly inclusive varsity program on campus allowing men, women and people with disabilities to compete side by side.”
New $900,000 Grant to Fight Local Opioid Crisis
Te Department of Social Work will partner with six agencies to pilot a three-year project to help defendants with drug addictions in jail at the Moss Justice Center.
Health Research Winthrop’s longstanding polling laboratory, widely known for its work on the Winthrop Poll, has accepted two significant state contracts totaling $3.4 million. Te Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research (CPOPR), formerly called the Social and Behavioral Research Lab, is a full-service survey research and data analysis entity that serves both public and private organizations. Te center started work this winter on two contracts —Te Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Systems Survey and the Adult Tobacco Survey — with the state health department, one valued at $2.38 million over five years and the other at $800,000 over four years.
Winthrop recently received an Award of Excellence in the Marketing/Branding Video category from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Region III. Winthrop’s award-winning video, entitled “Our Refreshed Look,” debuted at a Feb. 22, 2018, event to unveil the university’s first logo redesign in 25 years. Te logo redesign was part of a year-long rebranding initiative which was a part of the university’s strategic plan, called the Winthrop Plan. Te video, which was created by staff members in the Office of the President’s University Communications and Marketing area, also was enthusiastically received on social media, where it received more than 15,000 views and reached more than 25,000 Facebook users.
Te $900,000 federal grant helped create the South Carolina Medication-Assisted Treatment Court, which seeks to combat the opioid epidemic in York County and to reduce the number of repeat drug offenders.
Te social work team helped devise a medication-assisted treatment program for 30 defendants that hopefully can be modeled in other S.C. counties. Te team also will collect data for federal reporting during the program’s first year.
MEET THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Members of the Winthrop University Board of Trustees are (sitting, from left) Timothy Hopkins, Julie Gore Fowler, Jane Lawton LaRoche, Tim Sease, Robby Sisco and Isaiah Venning. Standing from left are Ed Driggers, Michael Lipscomb, Ximena Perez-Velazco, Donna Glenn Holley, Kathy Hudson Bigham, Ashlye Wilkerson, Sandra Stroman, Janet Rice Smalley, Randy Imler and Glenn McCall. Not pictured is Don Long.