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Excitement, sadness for families on Winthrop move-in day

Zeta Tau Alpha sorority members Holly Foscolos, left, Dallas Davenport, center, and Sarah Charlton help move a freshman into Richardson Hall Friday morning.
Zeta Tau Alpha sorority members Holly Foscolos, left, Dallas Davenport, center, and Sarah Charlton help move a freshman into Richardson Hall Friday morning. Special to The Herald

Dozens of volunteers helped unload Winthrop University students their families on move-in day Friday, including a face some might not have recognized – President Dan Mahony.

Mahony greeted students and their families as they pulled up in front of Richardson and Wofford residence halls Friday morning and helped unload their vehicles with volunteers from a variety of campus groups.

“It’s just a good way to welcome people,” said Mahony, who has helped out on move-in day in the past at other institutions. “Of all the places I’ve seen, this is the most efficient.”

Cars and SUVs pulled up in front of the dormitories and were quickly unloaded by volunteers who hauled boxes and other items to dorm rooms.

About 2,500 students are expected to live on campus, Mahony said, and Winthrop expects a 2016 freshman class of between 1,050 and 1,100. Winthrop has about 5,000 undergraduate students and about 1,000 in graduate-level classes.

Michelle and Chris Ross of Chesterfield were moving their freshman daughter, Samantha Ross, into Thomson West. Samantha, the couple’s first child to attend college, plans to study photography.

“I may need a lot of tissues on the way home,” Michelle confessed.

Carol Gibson of Anderson was helping move her daughter, Ashley, into Wofford Hall. Ashley, who plans to study elementary education, said she was excited and stressed.

Freshman Jelani Rivers was moving into Richardson and plans to study music performance.

“It’s a new experience, coming from Goose Creek,” he said. “But I feel like I’m going to have a good four years.”

His mother, Tiffany Washington, said she had more mixed feelings about the change in her son’s life.

“It’s a good experience for him, but I’m going to miss him,” she said. “I am excited for him, but sad for myself.”

Jennifer Becknell: 803-329-4077

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