December 2010
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Winthrop's Southern magnolia took on new adornment this year when it was designated the 2010 Heritage Tree. The magnolia has stood as an idyllic icon in front of Tillman Hall for decades and doubles as the university's Christmas tree. This year's tree also has the 125th anniversary star. Other holiday festivities include the RockHettes dancers' participation in ChristmasVille, Rock Hill's downtown festival, and a faculty/staff party attended by education faculty members Mel Horton and Shelley Hamill.
University News
South Carolina Receives $16 Million to Improve Biomedical Research
Ten S.C. colleges and universities, including Winthrop, have received $16 million to develop biomedical research programs in areas such as regenerative medicine, biochemistry and molecular biology. Winthrop will receive about $2.6 million to focus efforts on the matriculation of students into graduate programs in the biomedical sciences, said Pat Owens, chair of the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Geology.
Main Street Sculpture Gallery Unveiled

Academics
Janet Gray Selected as Kinard Award Recipient
An exceptional theatre faculty member who is a first-rate designer will receive a prized faculty award for teaching during the Dec. 18 undergraduate Commencement. Also during the 11 a.m. ceremony at Winthrop Coliseum, the university will award 279 degrees to graduating seniors and an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters to Charlotte, N.C., businessman and philanthropist Irwin “Ike” Belk.
Graduate Students Display Educational Technology at Dec. 1 Showcase

My Winthrop Experience
Thomas Haggai
Thomas S. Haggai knows the importance of early education. He credited the great teachers he had in school in the first eight grades with his own achievements and his strong belief in the value of education. The Tom Haggai and Associates Foundation underwrites seven nontraditional students in the Richard W. Riley College of Education to receive an annual $5,000 award.
Performance and Interview with Everett Johnson

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Donor Updates
Free WU Holiday Print to 2010 Recurring Gift Donors
New donors who sign up to make a recurring gift – a gift which automatically draws monthly from a checking account, debit or credit card – will receive a holiday print of Winthrop once they make their gift – good through Jan. 31.
Estate Gift Establishes Scholarship for Aspiring Physicians
Local Attorney Creates Scholarships to Support Non-traditional Students
Donor Matches Gifts From Young Alumni

Faculty Activities
Silverman Tapped for Inaugural Palmer Professorship
Jason Silverman, an award-winning history professor at Winthrop, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Ellison Capers Palmer Jr. Professorship. A specialist in the history of the Old South and Civil War, Silverman plans to use his four-year tenure to complete two books, one on Preston Smith Brooks and another on Abraham Lincoln and his views on immigration and ethnicity.
Fine Arts Chair Selected for Higher Education Award by State Art Education Association

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Random Act of Culture at SouthPark Mall Features Winthrop Alumnus
The first performance is by John Kaneklides `07, a finance and music graduate. This is the Arts & Science Council's fifth Random Act of Culture featuring Opera Carolina at the Belk department store SouthPark Mall in Charlotte, N.C.
 Winthrop's 2010 Holiday Card

Athletics
Winthrop Downs Jacksonville 73-66 in a Key Non-Conference Battle
Winthrop claimed a key non-conference win on Sunday as the Eagles placed four players in double figures and snapped Jacksonville’s six-game winning streak with a 73-66 victory at the Winthrop Coliseum. The Eagles were led by Robbie Dreher with a game-high 18 points.
Winthrop Joins with Shop to Help Others to Raise Scholarship Dollars

First Look Friday
125th Eddie Lee audio speech

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