Greetings, new Winthrop Eagles. I hope you are all safe, secure and social distancing. It seems an understatement to say that we're all having a strange and challenging spring, as we've settled into a virtual world. I'm speaking to you from my home workspace. So I'm sharing a common experience with all of you working from home. But I'm optimistic that we'll be out of our nest before too long. Come fall, you will be joining your fellow Eagles on campus, and we'll be ready to welcome you to your new home here in Rock Hill and to your new Winthrop family. Whether you plan to major in Education to become a teacher, or to pursue a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, Athletic Training, Exercise Science or Sport Management, Winthrop is where your adventure will begin. All of our programs in the College of Education are nationally accredited, full of opportunities for real world experiences in the field, and supported by terrific faculty and staff, who truly care about the well being and success of our students. Now, Dr. Beth Costner, Associate Dean and Director of our Student Academic Services Office will tell you more about us.
In the College of Education at Winthrop University, we are empowering our students to positively impact the world. Through grounding principles of excellence in faculty, experience, and partnerships, our programs are focused on developing skills, so that you can innovate within your chosen path. We do all of this in an environment that encourages caring for each other as a community. Now, it's your turn to see yourself here at Winthrop with us in community.
It's me again, Dean Rakestraw. Now I'm talking to you from campus, where we look forward to seeing you this fall. At the moment, we're all having to spend much of our time in an online, two dimensional environment. But in the end, I think this experience might make us even more appreciative of the real world around us, and, for Eagles, the beauty and rich tradition of the Winthrop campus.
I love coming to work here every day in this 100 year old building called Withers. I love walking across campus, seeing students with their friends and classmates. I love stopping by Digs for Starbucks or for lunch, experiencing the bustling activity, smiles and laughter. And in the evenings, cross the sidewalk to the West Center for all the activities it has to offer or stroll down to Knowledge Park, a new and vibrant venue for everything from our Exercise Science lab to sports and restaurants.
Every fall, we invite a new group of students to join us here at Winthrop, and they're all special. But your class, the incoming class of 2020 will really be special. Your class will be the first to enter college after what my six year old grandson calls The Sickness. Your class will be instrumental in reopening our campus and renewing old and building new Eagle traditions, traditions that make us all proud members of the Winthrop family. I want to meet you here, and you can count on me and our wonderful faculty and staff to welcome you with open arms. As Dr. Costner noted, we're all about excellence and innovation, creating a variety of wonderful learning in life opportunities for our students. But our heritage is also growing grounded in a culture of caring. So we welcome you into the Winthrop family and into the College of Education's learning community. See you here in the fall.