Alumni Reunion Celebration
activities brought together hundreds of alumni who braved rainy
weather during the April 21-23 weekend.
of classes from 1931 through 1976 gathered on campus, in the
homes of local alumni and at local restaurants and clubs to
reminisce about their college days.
One of the highlights was
Saturday’s luncheon at McBryde Hall where awards were presented to
those selected for outstanding professional and community endeavors.
President Anthony DiGiorgio and Alumni
Association President Tim Sease, far left, and
President Anthony DiGiorgio, far right, stand
with award winners during the reunion luncheon.
They were, from left: Shane Duncan `98, Louise Pettus `46, JoAnn
Katherine Clarkson Butler `46, and Laura
Manheim Hewitt `61.
Association President Tim Sease
presented to the following:Alumni Professional Achievement
Award – JoAnn Deason Federspiel, Class of `56 of Nashville, Tenn.,
and Louise Pettus `46 of Rock Hill; Alumni Distinguished Service Award – Laura Manheim Hewitt `61 of Charleston, S.C.; Mary Mildred
Sullivan Award – Mary Katherine Clarkson Butler `46 of Darlington,
S.C.; and Outstanding Young Alumni Award – Shane Duncan `98 of
such energy and enthusiasm to this campus,” DiGiorgio told the
throngs of women dressed in their Sunday best. “It’s an important
Winthrop tradition to recognize achievements.”
The Class of 1956, celebrating its
golden reunion, were thrilled with two big announcements. The group
became only the second class in Winthrop’s history to establish an
endowment, called “The Class of ’56 Loyalty Fund Endowment.” To
date, more than 60 alumni have contributed at least $46,000 for
scholarships, the Alumni Association and faculty commencement
Also, Betty Morgan Holcombe`56
established a $50,000 endowment in honor of her former college
Elizabeth Ernestine Carter Steedly Endowed Scholarship will be
awarded beginning in fall 2007 to an education major from Bamberg,
S.C. Preference will be given to a student who wants to teach
English, as both Holcombe and Steedly did in their careers.
Alumni Reunion Celebration offered
plenty of reminders about Winthrop over the decades. The old
blue uniforms, rat caps and other memorabilia from when
Winthrop was an all-female college were on display at the
Little Chapel, which underwent extensive renovation last
here to view photographs from the weekend’s activities.
Members of the Class of 1971 enjoy attending the