MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Dear Friends:
We recently wrapped up a successful spring semester with one of my favorite events—Commencement. These joyful ceremonies give us an opportunity to recognize the achievements of our graduates in the presence of faculty, staff, family and friends. More than 900 students earned degrees during our three ceremonies, and we’re proud to now welcome them into the Winthrop alumni family.
While full of celebration, Commencement also is bittersweet because we have to say goodbye to students we have come to know so well. However, we’re confident that what they have learned and experienced during their time here will serve them well in their personal and professional lives.
We also said goodbye to Gary Stone, professor of economics, who has served as chief faculty marshal for 24 years. Stone, who is retiring this summer after 43 years at Winthrop, has led the procession and recession at each Commencement and Convocation for nearly three decades, and his leadership will be missed. I encourage you to read more about Stone and the numerous roles he filled at Winthrop on pages 6-7 of this edition.
Other stories that I encourage you to read include:
• A fun conversation with two of Winthrop Athletics’ biggest fans—Zeta Sistare ’57 and rising junior Nick Wellons. These two are fixtures at sports events, and their enthusiasm for Winthrop is unrivaled;
• A recap of our women’s tennis team’s historic season, including the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory and a remarkable run by All- American doubles team Lauren Proctor and Megan Kauffman;
• A collaborative project with the Technology Incubator in which students transformed the older building into a modern, tech-savvy work space; and
• A “Did You Know?” look into several new and ongoing university initiatives.
As our summer session now gets underway and the good work continues on campus, I want to thank you for your continued support of Winthrop. Wherever this summer takes you, I hope you have safe and adventurous travels with family and friends, and I hope to see you on campus soon.
Sincerely, EDITORIAL STAFF FEATURES
2 Meet Winthrop’s Biggest Fans: Duo a Fixture at Sports Events
5 Serving Up Historic Season: Tennis Team Achieves Several Firsts
6 Passing the Mace: Chief Faculty Marshal Takes Final Walk
8 They Can Hack It: Students Par ticipate in Semester-long Technology Initiative
10 Did You Know? Check Out These Exciting Initiatives
Monica Bennett, editor Allen Blackmon ’86, art director
Contributing writers and photographers: Shawn Cetrone Nicole Chisari ’09, ’16 Judy Longshaw
NOTES About the Cover
Winthrop retiree Zeta Sistare ’57 and Winthrop Athletics’ intern Nick Wellons consider themselves to be Winthrop’s Number 1 Fans. Read more about these two die-hard Eagles’ fans on pages 2-4.
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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