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08/05/2015

Returning Favorites and New Acts Prepare for Welcome Week

Quick Facts

 Visit the DiGiorgio Student Union site to purchase a Welcome Week pass.
 Convocation represents the official kick-off for the school year.

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ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA -- Summer break may be coming to a close, but the fun continues with Winthrop University’s upcoming Welcome Week.

Each August, the university kicks off the academic year with a series of exciting events including musical performances, comedy routines, magical spectacles and more.

This year’s Welcome Week will be Aug. 22-30. Check out the schedule:

*Saturday, Aug. 22:
Pop/rock duo Colour of London and opening act Minnesota License Plate
What better way to welcome students than with a performance by Winthrop students? Caleb Brown, Ethan Snipes and Justin Smith won the spring DiGiorgio Student Union (DSU) Battle of the Bands as Minnesota License Plate and will treat the crowd to their postmodern grunge funk sound.

Next up is Nashville’s Colour of London. The duo has already hit No. 1 on Reach Radio Network’s Top 40 with “Shine Out” and also has appeared at SXSW’S Universal Music Showcase, Summerfest, Dewey Beach PopFest and more.

8 p.m., Byrnes Auditorium. Free with DSU Welcome Week Pass, $5 with a Winthrop ID, $10 for the public.

*Sunday, Aug. 23:
Headphone Disco

Who said disco is dead? Headphone Disco has created a ‘silent dance party’ in which two DJs play different types of music side-by-side. Listeners can then select which DJ they want to listen to by switching on their headphones. A Winthrop ID is required for entry.

8 p.m., Richardson Ballroom. Free with Welcome Week Pass, $5 with a Winthrop ID.

*Monday, Aug. 24:
Convocation Picnic

The front of campus will be filled with church groups, civic organizations and student groups sharing information on how to get involved both on campus and in the Rock Hill area. While you learn, enjoy Dan Henig, known for his acoustic rap covers, and mind-boggling tricks from magician Ran’d Shine.

4 p.m., Margaret Nance front lawn. Rain location: West Center. Free.

*Tuesday, Aug. 25:
Preferred Parking Comedy Tour

Comedians Drew Lynch and Samuel J. Comroe could have let their lives be defined by their disabilities. Instead, they offer hilarious performances that will challenge you and motivate you to think more about life. Lynch recently appeared on “America’s Got Talent.”

8 p.m., Tillman Auditorium. Free with DSU Welcome Week Pass, $5 with a Winthrop ID, $10 for the public. An approved cultural event.

*Wednesday, Aug. 26:
Bailemos! A Night of Latin Dance

Learn how to do the Samba, Afro Brazilian, Frevo and more with Movimentos De Samba at this approved cultural event. The band Batuque de Terreiro will provide the music, followed by a show-stopping performance from Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano.

8 p.m., Byrnes Auditorium. Free with DSU Welcome Week Pass, $5 with a Winthrop ID, $10 for the public.

*Thursday, Aug. 27:
Hypnotist chrisjones

chrisjones was voted the 2015 Hypnotist of the Year and was recently featured on “America’s Got Talent.” Catch him live at his incredible interactive show!

8 p.m., Byrnes Auditorium. Free with DSU Welcome Week Pass, $5 with a Winthrop ID, $10 for the public.

*Friday, Aug. 28:
Welcome Back Bash

Celebrate the start of fall semester with free food, games music and fun. Did we mention it’s all free?

3 p.m., Campus Green.

*Saturday, Aug. 29:
Movie screening: “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Didn’t catch Marvel’s blockbuster in theatres? You still can!

7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Dina’s Place in the DiGiorgio Campus Center. Tickets are $2 with a Winthrop ID or $5 without.

*Sunday, Aug. 30:
Plastic Musik

Who knew you could make beautiful sounds with plastic instruments? Plastic Musik does. The group takes traditional percussion techniques and mixes in plastic instruments, all to create unique sounds that you have to hear for yourself.

8 p.m., Byrnes Auditorium. Free with DSU Welcome Week Pass, $5 with a Winthrop ID, $10 for the public.

Interested in purchasing a Welcome Week pass? Visit the DiGiorgio Student Union website.


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