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Welcome Week 2014 Features Never-Before-Seen Acts at Winthrop

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 Welcome Week is Aug. 23-29.
 All events are $5 with a Winthrop ID, $10 for the public or free with a fall Welcome Week pass from DSU, unless otherwise noted

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA— Get ready to laugh, cheer and groove: the DiGiorgio Student Union’s Welcome Week 2014 is seven days bursting with fun activities for the Winthrop University community.

The Welcome Week events, to be held Aug. 23-29, feature acts never seen before at Winthrop University such as a full comedy show and an activity designed to “make a splash” on campus. Events include:

Saturday, Aug. 23:
A Night in Barbados with NexCyx and Cover Drive. Sunshine and hip-hop collide with this special performance, co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Student Engagement.

NexCyx’s music exudes a bold and crazy energy, while Cover Drive brings a little sunshine to Rock Hill with the sounds of the band members’ native country of Barbados. Cover Drive also has shared the stage with popular singers Kelly Clarkson and Rihanna.
8 p.m., Byrnes Auditorium. Approved cultural event.

Sunday, Aug. 24:
It’s a Throwback Sunday with the 90s Black Light Party. Manik Mike DJs the event, an atmosphere that will be filled with glow sticks, lights and black light accessories.
9 p.m., Richardson Ballroom. A Winthrop ID is required for entrance.

Monday, Aug. 25:
It’s time for the annual Convocation ceremony and picnic to welcome the incoming class to campus. Following the 3 p.m. Convocation ceremony, Jersey singer Joanna Burns will bring her unique singing style to the picnic. Create your own monogrammed tumbler and water bottles as well. The first creation is free with a Welcome Week pass and $1 for each additional creation.
3 p.m. Convocation ceremony, Byrnes Auditorium; 4 p.m. picnic on the Margaret Nance front lawn. Picnic rain location, West Center. Free event.

Tuesday, Aug. 26:
To kick off Winthrop’s first day of fall semester classes, Adam Trent will wow the audience with his illusions, comedy and singing. He is the youngest magician to ever win the P.C.A.J. Pro Magic Challenge and was named one of the top 10 most influential youth in the United States by U.S. News & World Report Magazine.
8 p.m., Byrnes Auditorium.

Wednesday, Aug. 27:
Step Afrika! returns to Winthrop after a smashing success of a performance in 2013. The percussive dance group turns traditional African stepping into a fascinating performance.
8 p.m., Byrnes Auditorium. Approved cultural and GLI event.

Thursday, Aug. 28:
Comedians Arvin Mitchell, Matt Broussard and Jarrod Harris have one goal for the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Show: to make you laugh out loud! Come join in the hilarious fun!
8 p.m., Byrnes Auditorium.

Friday, Aug. 29:

The Campus Green transforms into a foam pit, water slide and more with WU Splash. Cool off after the long, hot summer and first week of classes.
3 p.m. Free.

All events are $5 with a Winthrop ID, $10 for the public or free with a fall Welcome Week pass from DSU, unless otherwise noted.

View a full list of DSU Welcome Week events. To purchase a Welcome Week 2014 pass or find out more information about the events, contact Deborah Allen, university programs director, at 803/323-4757 or

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