Welcome Week

2023 Schedule of Events 

NOTES:

  • New and transfer students who will live on campus will move in on August 18th. Returning students will move in on August 19th.  
  • Check here for information on auditions throughout the week for music ensembles and groups.
  • Download a printable copy of this schedule (pdf - 578 KB).
  • Information is current as of 8/16/2023. More information will be added as Welcome Week approaches.
  • Mandatory events are marked with an asterisk (*) and highlighted below.

 

Friday, August 18, 2023

Winthrop Volleyball vs. Wofford – exhibition game

2 p.m. | Winthrop Coliseum
Come support the volleyball team. FREE admission.
Sponsored by: Winthrop Athletics

* New Student Floor Meeting for Friday Arrivals (mandatory)

6:30-7 p.m. | Assigned Fall Residence Hall

Meet your R.A. and other new students while getting the deets on what’s ahead for the week.

How to Make Your Nest on Campus -- NEW Commuter Students (freshmen and transfers)

6-7 p.m. | McBryde Hall, Tuttle Dining Room  

Commuting and finding your place on campus can be a challenge. Our panel of commuting upperclassmen will share their experiences and provide insight into what it’s like as a commuter, as well as tips and tricks to succeed in and out of class.

Sponsored by: Office of New Student & Family Programs, Student Life

TIP>> All first-year commuter students should plan to attend this session before First Night Winthrop. Let your Peer Mentor know that you’ll be there! 

* Blue Line Shirt Pick-up (mandatory)

6:30 -7:30 p.m. | Campus Green

New students should come by pick up your shirt to wear to Convocation on Monday. Snag your swag before the shirts are gone!

Sponsored by: Office of New Student & Family Programs  

* First Class (mandatory for freshmen)

7:15-8 p.m. | First Class - Locations Vary (here’s the list by ACAD 101 section number)

Freshmen, welcome home! We know you have a ton of questions about the transition to college, and tonight will help answer those questions and ease the transition!  You will create new bonds with your FYE Peer Mentor, ACAD 101 faculty, and classmates. ACAD 101 sections will meet in classrooms across campus for this important event. To find your ACAD 101 section number, look at your course schedule in Wingspan. Your section number is the last 3-4 digits of your class (ex. ACAD 101-XXX).

TIP>> If you are not sure of your section number or where to go, ask your Peer Mentor or OL. 

* First Night Winthrop (mandatory for freshmen)

8-9:30 p.m. | Campus Green  

It’s your first night at Winthrop and your best chance to get to know your Peer Mentor, ACAD peers and fellow members of the incoming class. You will enjoy a night of laughter and fun as you begin forming the first of many friendships. This event will be carnival style with food, music, and games for all!

TIP >> Remember your ACAD section number (found on your Wingspan class schedule) so you can quickly identify your Peer Mentor upon arrival. 

 

Move-In

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Returning Student Move-In

For more information, check your email and the Residence Life website. Saturday is for returning students who will pick up their room key at the Shack.

* S.K.I.T.S. – Students Knowing Information to Succeed (mandatory for freshmen)

Two Sessions: 9-10:30 a.m., 11-12:30 p.m. | Richardson Ballroom

9 a.m. session–Freshmen who live in Phelps, Lee Wicker, and commuters attend
11 a.m. session–Freshmen who live in Margaret Nance, Thomson, Roddey, and Courtyard attend

This mandatory event for all incoming freshmen will feature GTC Dramatic Dialogues that will stimulate discussion among students on the complexities of diversity, sexual assault, and substance abuse. Professionally moderated skit and talk-backs.

* Staying Safe in Your Campus Community (mandatory for freshmen)

Two Sessions: 1:30- 3 p.m., 3:30-5 p.m. | Richardson Ballroom
1:30-3 p.m.–Freshmen who live in Phelps, Lee Wicker, and commuters attend
3:30-5 p.m.–Freshmen who live in Margaret Nance, Thomson, Courtyard, and Roddey attend

This mandatory event featuring Dean of Students Amber Slack and Police Chief Charles Yearta will help you understand the ins and outs of safety at Winthrop, community rules and expectations, resources on campus, how to be a good bystander, and who is around to help you.

Campus Ministries Open House

6 p.m. | 114 DIGS

Do you want to find out more about opportunities for spiritual growth at Winthrop? This open house is a wonderful time to meet representatives from each of Winthrop's campus ministries, find other students with similar interests and learn more about how to get involved.
Sponsored by: Campus Ministries

Soccer Red Shirt

Men's Soccer vs. Georgia Southern

7 p.m. | Eagle Field at Winthrop Athletics, Recreation and Research Area
Come support the men's soccer team! FREE for students with your student ID.
Sponsored by: Winthrop Athletics

DSU Presents...Laugh Out Loud Comedy Show

8 p.m. | Richardson Ballroom

Enjoy this hilarious live comedy show featuring nationally touring comedians Cam Bertrand and Vladimir Caamano. $5 for students; $7 for the public; FREE with Welcome Week Pass 
Sponsored by: DiGiorgio Student Union (DSU)


Sunday, August 20, 2023

Returning Student Move-In

For more information, check your email and the Residence Life website.


Campus Ministries Joint Worship Service

10-11 a.m. | Richardson Ballroom

Winthrop Campus Ministries invite all new students and friends from the university family together for a time of prayer, singing, and an encouraging message this first Sunday morning of the school year. The service will draw from the gifts of those representing various faith traditions and is open to all.
Sponsored by: Campus Ministries

Student Publications Open House and Social

4-6 p.m. | Student Publications Office, Campus Center 1st Floor
Drop in to join the staff of the three student publications (The Johnsonian weekly newspaper, The Roddey McMillan Record monthly multicultural magazine, and The Anthology annual fine arts and literary magazine) to see what Student Pubs is all about! Come learn about available positions, such as staff writer, editor, photographer, and advertising manager. Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by: Student Publications

Catholic Mass at the Oratory Chapel

6 p.m. | 434 Charlotte Avenue

Everyone is welcome to join us for our Sunday Mass. If you need a ride, meet the carpool outside of the DiGS Starbucks at 5:30 p.m. Contact Courtney Hull, Winthrop Newman campus minister, at 980-729-6360 if you have any questions.

New Student VIP Night at the Bookstore

7-8 p.m. | Winthrop Bookstore, DiGS

Join us at the Bookstore for a new-students-only shopping night! Pick up your textbooks (7-8 p.m.), play games, and enter to win prizes! Whether you are a first-year student or a new transfer student, we hope to see you there!
Sponsored by: Winthrop Bookstore

Soccer Kick

Women's Soccer vs. Citadel

7 p.m. | Eagle Field at Winthrop Athletics, Recreation and Research Area
Come support the women's soccer team! FREE for students with your student ID.
Sponsored by: Winthrop Athletics

 

DSU Presents... Headphone Disco

8 p.m. | Richardson Ballroom
Enjoy this silent DJ party where you decide what you listen to! One of the most anticipated events of the year you don’t want to miss! $5 for students; $7 for the public; FREE with Welcome Week Pass 
Sponsored by: DiGiorgio Student Union (DSU)

Monday, August 21, 2023

* Staying Safe in Your Campus Community (mandatory for new transfer students)

One Session: 9-10:30 a.m. | Dina's Place, DiGiorgio Campus Center
9-10:30 a.m.–Transfer students

This mandatory event featuring Dean of Students Amber Slack and Police Chief Charles Yearta will help you understand the ins and outs of safety at Winthrop, community rules and expectations, resources on campus, how to be a good bystander, and who is around to help you.

* Blue Line Shirt Pick-up (transfer students)

10:30 -11:00 a.m. | DiGS Lobby

New transfer students should come by pick up your shirt to wear to Convocation on Monday. Snag your swag before the shirts are gone!

Sponsored by: Office of New Student & Family Programs  

 

Poster Sales Event

9 a.m.-7 p.m. | DiGiorgio Campus Center 
Posters, prints, and many more items for sale
Sponsored by: Office of Student Engagement & Diversity

Blue Line Shirt Pick-Up (last chance!)

9:45-11:00 a.m. | DiGS Lobby
New freshmen and transfer students should plan to pick up their Blue Line shirt (if they have not already). It’s a Winthrop tradition to wear your shirt and participate in the Blue Line!
Sponsored by: Office of New Student & Family Programs 

TIP >> New students: If you did not grab your Blue Line shirt on Friday, grab it now. Last chance before Convocation starts at 11 a.m.!

Meet Your Peer Mentor

10:45 a.m. | Location TBD 

Convocation

* Convocation (mandatory event for freshmen)

11-11:45 a.m. | West Center

Convocation is a tradition dating to the presidency of Winthrop's founder, David Bancroft Johnson, and is held on the first day of classes each new academic year. Today President Edward Serna convenes members of the 138th new student class of first year and incoming transfer students to provide them with an official welcome to the campus community. To fully participate in the tradition, be sure to wear your Blue Line shirt!

Convocation Picnic

11:45-1:45 | Margaret Nance Lawn

Join fellow new students, faculty and staff for a lunch on the front lawn. The Alumni Association’s Student Alumni Council will share information on Winthrop’s rich history and the distinct characteristics that make Winthrop a university unlike any other. Campus ministries, local churches, and civic organizations also will provide information on opportunities to get involved in the community.

* Assemblies with Academic Colleges (mandatory event for freshmen and transfers)

2-3:30 p.m. | Location varies by Academic College (see below) 
All new students are required to attend. Locations to be added below. Check back.
College of Arts & Sciences | McBryde Hall
College of Business Administration | Richardson Ballroom
College of Education, Sport and Human Sciences | West Center
College of Visual & Performing Arts | Johnson Hall  
University College | Dinkins Auditorium

TIP>> Not sure which Academic College Assembly to attend? Ask your OL, TF, or Peer Mentor! 

Fall Classes Begin

5 p.m. ET | Check your fall course schedule! 
Fall courses start on Monday, August 21, 2023, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. If you have a class that starts at 5 p.m. or after on Mondays, you will attend class on this day. If you have a class that starts earlier than 5 p.m. on Mondays, you will not have class until the next day that it meets.

TIP >> Not sure if your class is meeting? No problem: just talk to your OL, TOLM, or Peer Mentor.

Council of Student Leaders (CSL) Meet & Greet

7:00 p.m. | Richardson Ballroom (B)

Join us for an evening to learn more about the Council of Student Leaders and our mission at Winthrop!  Light refreshments will be served.

 

 

* Residential Student Floor Meeting (mandatory event for residential students) 

9:30 p.m. | Your Residence Hall  
All students living on campus are required to attend this floor meeting. Attending this meeting confirms your residency commitment and guarantees that your bed space is not considered available to students wanting to make room changes. 
Sponsored by: Residence Life 

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Poster Sales Event

9 a.m.-7 p.m. | DiGiorgio Campus Center 
Posters, prints, and many more items for sale.  
Sponsored by: Office of Student Engagement & Diversity

Networking through Handshake / CDI Meet & Greet 

11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Scholar's Walk, Crawford (outside)

Meet the team from the Center for Career Development and Internships and learn about our platform Handshake, a powerful tool that helps college students find internships, part-time jobs, and career opportunities, network with employers, and so much more! Stop by our table for a cool treat, obtain information about the Part-Time Job Fair, and learn how Handshake can help you!
Sponsored by: Center for Career Development & Internships


TIP >> There’s events and auditions happening all week for students interested in sharing their talents by joining performing groups. Check out All About Auditions for more information!

Pep Band

Diversity Meet and Greet

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Campus Green

Please join the Diversity Office for its annual gathering of all who want to say hello! Meet other students, administrators, faculty and staff members who are ready to welcome you to campus! Ice cream on the green, music, prizes, and networking! We will be giving away 2 Welcome Gift Baskets and goodie bags to the first 100 people!

TIP>>Everyone is welcome at the Diversity Meet and Greet! Come make some new friends and have some fun!

DSU Presents...How To Become an Influencer

8 p.m. | Richardson Ballroom  
Q&A session with popular digital content creator Dontae Catlett!  Dontae will talk about how to build a following on social media and how to grow your personal brand. $5/students; $7/public; FREE with Welcome Week Pass 
Sponsored by: DiGiorgio Student Union (DSU) 

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

 

Poster Sales Event

9 a.m.-5 p.m. | DiGiorgio Campus Center 
Posters, prints, and many more items for sale.  
Sponsored by: Office of Student Engagement & Diversity

Networking through Handshake / CDI Meet & Greet 

11a.m.-2 p.m. | Scholar's Walk, Crawford (outside) 
Meet the team from the Center for Career Development and Internships and learn about our platform Handshake - a powerful tool that helps college students find internships, part-time jobs, and career opportunities, network with employers, and so much more! Stop by our table for a cool treat, obtain information about the Part-Time Job Fair, and learn how Handshake can help you! 
Sponsored by: Center for Career Development & Internships

Winthrop Newman Emmaus Night at the Oratory 

6:30-8 p.m. | Saint John XXIII Center 
Everyone is welcome for our first Emmaus Night of the semester.  Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and then the group will discuss the upcoming semester and tour the Oratory grounds. If you need a ride, meet the carpool outside the DiGS Starbucks at 6:15 p.m. Contact Courtney Hull, Winthrop Newman campus minister, at 980-729-6360 if you have any questions. 

DSU Presents...Hypnotist Erick Kand 

8 p.m. | Richardson Ballroom
This comedy/hypnosis show is an outstanding program of interactive entertainment guaranteed to have you laughing out loud. Erick will bring students on stage and hypnotize them into doing fun, hilarious and fast-paced activities.  $5/students; $7/public;  FREE with Welcome Week pass 
Sponsored by: DiGiorgio Student Union (DSU)

TIP >> You may get very sleepy at this event. Just kidding!

Women's Soccer vs. Western Carolina

7 p.m. | Eagle Field at Winthrop Athletics, Recreation and Research Area 
Come support the women's soccer team! FREE for students with your student ID. 
Sponsored by: Winthrop Athletics 

Thursday, August 24, 2023

 

Part-Time Job Fair 

11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Campus Green (Rain Location: McBryde Hall
Looking for a part-time job? Join us for our annual Part-Time Job Fair and learn about job opportunities on campus and in the Rock Hill area. Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with local employers all in one place! 
Sponsored by: Center for Career Development & Internships  

12th Annual Baptist Collegiate Ministry Welcome Back Luau

5:30-7:30 p.m. | BCM Building, 620 Oakland Avenue
Come join us for live music, free food, door prizes and new friends. 


Friday, August 25, 2023

 

West Center After Hours

8-11 p.m. | West Center

Come out and see what Recreational Services and the West Center have to offer! (Winthrop ID required for entry into the West Center)

Group fitness classes in West Center 206 -- basketball -- rock climbing -- volleyball – AND learn more about intramural sports, informal recreation and on-campus jobs with Recreational Services and the West Center. 
Sponsored by: Recreational Services

Rock Wall

DSU presents...A Night in Brazil

8 p.m.| McBryde Hall 

Join us as we celebrate Brazilian culture with Samba dancers, capoeira, and amazing musical performances from the NC Brazilian Arts Project!  You do not want to miss this!  $5 for students; $7 for the public; FREE with Welcome Week pass 
Sponsored by: DiGiorgio Student Union (DSU) 

Saturday, August 26, 2023

 

DSU presents...Spiderman: Across the Spider-verse

8 p.m. | Dina’s Place 
An on-campus showing of the blockbuster film that features Miles Morales catapulting across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. When the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles must redefine what it means to be a hero. $5/students; $7/public; FREE with Welcome Week pass   
Sponsored by: DiGiorgio Student Union (DSU) 

Sunday, August 27, 2023

 

DSU presents... Drums of Polynesia 

8 p.m. | Amphitheater 
Drums of Polynesia will take you on a journey through the South Pacific and deliver an amazing cultural performance with hula dancing, fire eating, Polynesian drumming and MORE!  $5/students; $7/public; FREE with Welcome Week pass
Sponsored by: DiGiorgio Student Union (DSU)