Homecoming Events

Carolina’s #1 Fan

Every year we see thousands of students in the student section at Williams-Brice Stadium claiming to be Carolina’s #1 Fan. Now we want YOU to prove it! Submit a video to USC Homecoming explaining why you are Carolina’s #1 Fan, and students will get to vote for the best video before the Cockfest concert on October 15. The winner will be announced at the game on Saturday and will win a tailgating prize package. Contact Kate Hardwick, Director of Traditions, at hardwik@email.sc.edu with questions about Carolina’s #1 Fan.
Carolina’s #1 Fan Application

Service Opportunities
Saturday, October 11 and throughout the week

Once a month, 200 students gather on a Saturday to participate in community service, known as Service Saturday. Past service sites include Harvest Hope Food Bank, Agape Senior Assisted Living Facility, and Belser Arboretum to name a few. Impact projects are weekly community service events and have previously included locations such as Transitions, Washington Street Soup Kitchen, and Girls on the Run. Transportation to the sites is provided. Students must register in advance to be guaranteed a spot. Those competing in the Homecoming competition have the opportunity to receive points through participation in these service events during the week of Homecoming. Contact Kelsey Hummel, Director of Community Outreach, at khummel@email.sc.edu with questions about service opportunities.

Field Day
Saturday, October 11

Field Day is a new event on the 2014 Homecoming calendar. Field Day will be held at the Strom Wellness and Fitness Center and consists of a Powderpuff and Dodgeball tournament. Any USC – Columbia students have the option to form teams with their friends to compete in either tournament. Fraternities/sororities, registered student organizations, and residence halls competing in the Homecoming point competition also have the opportunity to win points by entering one team into each tournament. Winners of each tournament will receive a prize from the Homecoming Commission. Applications for sign-up are below if you are participating with friends and not through the official Homecoming competition, and any questions concerning Field Day should be sent to the Director of Residence Hall Affairs, Erin Bagwell at bagwel3@email.sc.edu.

If you are participating with a group of friends and not in the official points competition, please submit your rosters and confirmation to play October 1, 2014 by 4:00 p.m. to sahc@mailbox.sc.edu.

Official Powderpuff Rules
Official Dodgeball Rules

Banners
Sunday, October 12

The banner competition is an event where organizations decorate a banner reflecting the Homecoming theme, “Under the Carolina Big Top.” The banners are judged based on the organization’s creativity and their adherence to the theme. Once judged, all of the banners are displayed on Greene Street and at the Strom during the week of Homecoming. Any questions concerning the banner competition should be sent to Melissa Bugeski, Director of Spirit, at mbugeski@email.sc.edu.

Paint the Town Garnet and Black
Sunday, October 12

Paint the Town is a window-painting event in which each organization is matched with a local business or recognizable location in the city of Columbia. Organizations paint the windows of these businesses in adherence to the Homecoming theme “Under the Carolina Big Top,” and the windows remain decorated throughout the entire week of Homecoming. Contact Kelsey Hummel, Director of Community Outreach, at khummel@email.sc.edu with any questions concerning Paint the Town.

Dance Marathon Extra Life
Sunday, October 12

Dance Marathon at the University of South Carolina is getting ready for its 17th year of making miracles for our community. USCDM raises awareness and funds for the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital is the largest free-standing children’s hospital in the state, serving over 80,000 patients each year. Extra Life is a new fundraiser for USC’s Dance Marathon this year, where participants raise money by playing games. Their motto is “Play games, heal kids,” so any type of game is encouraged for the event. Contact Kelsey Hummel, Director of Community Outreach, at khummel@email.sc.edu with any questions about Extra Life.

Kick-Off
Monday, October 13
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Greene Street

Let’s officially kick the week off of Homecoming! Vendors, giveaways, games, and prizes will be on Greene Street from 11:00am-2:00pm. Come out and enjoy the festivities under the big top!

Stroll Off
Monday, October 13
6:30 p.m. Greene Street

This year, Homecoming will host its inaugural Stroll Off on Greene Street. The competition is open to any registered student organization at USC-Columbia and will be held on Greene Street. Fraternities, sororities, and registered student organizations will have the opportunity to showcase their talents by performing two different synchronized dances during the event. Contact Jarvia Meggett, Director of Step Show and Stroll Off, at meggetjb@email.sc.edu with any questions about Stroll Off.

Trivia Night
Monday, October 13
8 p.m. RH Ballroom

Trivia Night is a new event to the 2014 Homecoming calendar that is open to any USC-Columbia student.  Trivia Night will be hosted by a trivia company, creating a “game show” atmosphere for students. The trivia will quiz students on USC, pop culture, and public awareness topics. The winning team will be awarded a $200 cash prize. Fraternities, sororities, registered student organizations, and residence halls participating in the Homecoming point competition also have the opportunity to earn participation points for people competing in Trivia Night. Contact Erin Bagwell, Director of Residence Hall Affairs, at bagweld3@email.sc.edu with questions about Trivia Night.

Spurs and Struts
Tuesday, October 14
8 p.m. Greene Street

Spurs and Struts is the annual Homecoming dance competition. Participants are judged based on spirit, synchronization, pep, and how well their dance incorporates the 2014 Homecoming theme “Under the Carolina Big Top.” A variety of dance styles and music are encouraged, though discretion is advised. Contact Juliette LaFerlita, Director of Spurs and Struts, at juliette@email.sc.edu with questions about Spurs and Struts.

Residence Hall Lobby Decorating
Wednesday, October 15

The Residence Hall lobby decorating competition is a new event this year that showcases Gamecock spirit in our on-campus housing. Residence halls all over campus have the opportunity to compete against each other in decorating their lobbies (or other designated area). During the beginning of Homecoming week, students will decorate the lobby and are judged on creativity and how well they incorporate the theme “Under the Carolina Big Top” into the design. Contact Erin Bagwell, Director of Residence Hall Affairs, at bagweld3@email.sc.edu with questions about the lobby decorating contest.

Cockfest Pep Rally and Concert
Wednesday, October 15
7 p.m. Colonial Life Arena

The concert and pep rally will be a great celebration mid-week! The concert artist will be released soon! The concert is open to students, faculty, and staff with their Carolina Card.

Cocky’s Creations
Thursday, October 16
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Greene Street

Cocky’s Creations, previously known as Canned Creations, is a competition where organizations create an object/design out of cans to represent the Homecoming theme “Under the Carolina Big Top.” At the end of the service event, all cans are collected and donated to Gamecock Pantry and to Harvest Hope Food Bank. In 2013, Cocky’s Creations donated over 11,000 pounds of non-perishables. Contact Kelsey Hummel, Director of Community Outreach, at khummel@email.sc.edu with questions about Cocky’s Creations.

The Main Event: Royalty Crowning
Thursday, October 16
7 p.m. Colonial Life Arena

Formerly known as Showcase, the Royalty Crowning is an event that celebrates the accomplishments and talents of students at the University of South Carolina – Columbia campus and determines the annual Homecoming King and Queen. After careful review of applications, faculty and staff judges will determine the top 10 Queen candidates and top 10 King candidates. A second panel of judges will interview these top 20 individuals and the five most qualified from each category will move on to the final competition on October 16. These 10 candidates will compete in a pageant showcasing their presentation, talent, and interview skills to be crowned Homecoming King, Queen, Prince, or Princess. Contact Erin Cameron, Director of the Main Event, at ecameron@email.sc.edu with questions about the Main Event.

Parade: The Grand Entry
Friday, October 17
3 p.m.

The Parade is one of the only Homecoming events that unites and features the entire Columbia community of students, alumni, and local residents. Anyone has the opportunity to be recognized by walking in the parade or building their own float. For those interested in participating in the parade or with any questions, please contact Melissa Bugeski, Director of Spirit, at mbugeski@email.sc.edu.

Check back with us on the parade route!

Step Show
Friday, October 17
7 p.m. Colonial Life Arena

The Step Show showcases the performance abilities of the University’s NPHC fraternities and sororities. The NPHC organizations create a 10 – 12 minutestep exhibition that they perform in front of a crowd of over 4,000 student, alumni, faculty, and community members. In the past years, the Step Show has been hosted by renowned comedians, entertainers, and alumni that provide additional entertainment to the audience throughout the show. Contact Jarvia Meggett, Director of Step Show and Stroll Off, at meggetjb@email.sc.edu with any questions about the Step Show.

GAMEDAY!

Cheer on the Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium as they play Furman University on October 18, 2014.