ROCK HILL, S.C. - Families armed with suitcases, computers and room decorations will show up at Winthrop University on Aug. 21 to help new students move into the residence halls.Check-in starts at 7 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. Upperclass students will arrive over the weekend in time to start classes on Aug. 25.Winthrop officials have several activities planned for new students to help them adjust to the college environment.The sessions planned through Welcome Week, held from Aug. 21-30, are designed to be informative, engaging and fun. Some sessions provide strategies and tips for academic adjustment, while others are designed to help students find resources and opportunities for involvement on campus, said Bethany Marlowe, dean of students. “We want to help students become engaged with campus life,” she said.
During Welcome Week evenings, a variety of entertainment will be offered to help expose students to a diversity of performers from around the world. They include Chinese acrobats, hypnotist Tom DeLuca and Step Afrika.
Other Welcome Week highlights are:• Treasures and Traditions, Aug. 24, 9 a.m., Byrnes Auditorium. Learn about Winthrop’s rich history and distinct characteristics.• Convocation, Aug. 24, 4 p.m., Byrnes Auditorium. President Anthony DiGiorgio will officially welcome new students to the campus, along with Rock Hill’s mayor and key faculty members and students.• Hunger Till, Aug. 29, 10 a.m., Dinkins Student Center. Freshmen will help turn over the soil for a local church which grows food to help feed the hungry. This is one of many community service projects linked to the common book, “Growing Up.”To see a complete schedule, click here.
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