Parents Weekend 2014

Mark your calendars for the University of South Carolina Parents Weekend 2014, to be held Sept. 26-28, 2014! This is a great time to visit campus to see your student’s college home! Many fun social and educational events are planned for the weekend so your family can have a great time together and learn more about the University of South Carolina.

Registration is required to participate in the Parents Weekend activities and will be available online June 16 at 9 a.m. (ET) through Sept. 5 at 4 p.m. (ET). However, space is limited, so we encourage you to register early! 

Please review these Parents Weekend frequently asked questions as most of your questions will be answered here.

Registration Information. Each family member who wants to participate in the Parents Weekend activities MUST have a package purchased in his/her name. The $65 per person package allows participation in all of the activities on the schedule of events, unless otherwise noted. With each package that you purchase, you may purchase one football ticket. Football tickets are $55 each, which is a special reduced price from the face value of $70. (Please note that when you register, you must purchase a football ticket in addition to the Parents Weekend package for each family member who wants to attend the football game. Football tickets are NOT included in the Parents Weekend package.) Again, we have a limited number of football tickets available, so if you want to attend the football game, we encourage you to register early. Your student is invited to attend all Parents Weekend events with your family. All events are free for students whose families are registered, except the Tailgate Party which requires all guests, including students, to have a ticket to enter. You can purchase a $15 student tailgate ticket for your student when you register for Parents Weekend. 

Parents Weekend 2014
Tentative Schedule of Events
Updated 7/21/14
All events are subject to change

 Friday, Sept. 26

Visit a Friday Class at Carolina!
These professors have opened their classes today for you to visit! Make sure to arrive early, and please sit near the back.

8:30-9:20 a.m.
The Ocean Environment (MSCI 101), Currell 107
University 101, Section 001, West Quad A208
University 101, Section 002, West Quad C108

9:40-10:30 a.m.
Oceans and Society (MSCI 210), Booker T. Washington 201
Introduction to the Environment (ENVR 101), Jones Physical Science Building 002
University 101, Section C02, Capstone Hall 039/105
University 101, Section C03, Columbia Hall 109

10:50-11:40 a.m.
Overcoming the Odds and Beyond (SOWK 310), 300 Main Street B201
University 101, Section 13, Patterson Hall 103
University 101, Section S02, Columbia Hall 107

12:00-12:50 p.m.
Earth Resources (GEOL 205), Jones Physical Science Building 002
University 101, Section 21, West Quad A208
University 101, Section 190, Petigru 101
University 101, Section C06, Columbia Hall 107
University 101, Section C07, Capstone 039/105

1:10-2:00 p.m.
Introduction to the Earth (GEOL 101), Jones Physical Science Building 210
University 101, Section 23, West Quad C108
University 101, Section 24, Columbia Hall 109
University 101, Section 171, Patterson Hall 103
University 101, Section C09, Columbia Hall 107

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Baruch Silver Collection
McKissick Museum, 1st Floor
Come view this collection of over 450 works of silver of Britain’s most accomplished goldsmiths from the late 17th, 18th, and early 19th, centuries. Detailed information on both the silver objects and the context in which they were used is shown, along with the production of silver from its raw form to the finished product. Sponsored by McKissick Museum

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
iCARE Center Drop-in
1244 Blossom Street
Drop in and visit the iCARE Center, which offers free hands-on assistance to students who have issues with their technical equipment. Technicians in the iCARE Center can assist with virus removal, software installation and more. Sponsored by University Technology Services

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Natural Curiosity: The University of South Carolina and the Evolution of Scientific Inquiry in the Natural World
McKissick Museum, 3rd Floor
Humans possess a fascination with the natural world around them. From the 32,000-year-old cave paintings of horses in France to the giraffe stickers today’s children paste into their activity books, we can see that humans are eager to see, touch, collect and understand nature. “Natural Curiosity” explores this curiosity about nature by asking questions about why we collect natural specimens and artifacts, how we display them and what they tell us about our relationship with and obligations to the natural world. Through an examination of approaches to building and maintaining the natural science collections at the University of South Carolina, this exhibition also offers a glimpse of the impressive array of specimens collected and displayed over the past 200 years for the purposes of education, research and entertainment. Sponsored by McKissick Museum

 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Traditions, Change and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast
McKissick Museum, 2nd Floor, South Gallery
Throughout the Southeast, music, dance, and object-based traditions are an essential part of the spiritual, cultural, and social lives of Native people groups. These traditions embody a long history of survival and resilience. Today, many Native artists from the region continue the traditions of their ancestors, creating work through methods passed down for generations. This exhibition features the work of several contemporary artists from a variety of tribal groups. Through a variety of materials and traditions, each artist creates work informed by individual experience and tribal heritage, all with a keen awareness of the influences of the world around them. Sponsored by McKissick Museum

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Parents Weekend Check-In
Russell House Ballroom
All registered Parents Weekend participants should check in to pick up their materials, including the Guide to Parents Weekend, schedule of events, nametags, tickets and other goodies!

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Parent Resource Fair
Russell House Ballroom

While you’re checking in for Parents Weekend, visit with representatives from the University Bookstore at the Russell House, CarolinaCard, Carolina Dining Services, Parking Services, Law Enforcement and Safety, Student Health Services, Student Life, University Housing and the Career Center. Registered for the Parents Weekend 5K? Pick up your race packet! Sponsored by the Office of Parents Programs

11 a.m.-Noon
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of McKissick Museum
McKissick Museum, 2nd floor
Come explore the rarely seen treasures in the McKissick Museum’s massive collection. With more than 100,000 gem and mineral specimens, sweetgrass baskets, Edgefield pottery, and even the first Cocky uniform, McKissick has something for everyone! Sponsored by McKissick Museum

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Food for Thought
Bates Diner (located at Bates House)
Spend some quality time with your student by enjoying lunch at Bates Diner, which is located at Bates House. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy great food and catch up with all that has happened so far during the fall semester. Students must have a current meal plan for their family to participate. Students pay with their meal plans, and family members eat free when they show their Parents Weekend nametags! Sponsored by Carolina Dining Services and the Office of Parents Programs

11:30 a.m.
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management Gourmet Family Lunch with the Dean
McCutchen House, Horseshoe
Families of students who are majors in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) are invited to a special lunch with the dean and other faculty at the McCutchen House! You must register in advance to attend. Registration will be available on this site. The cost is $10 per person, and your HRSM student eats free when you register for the lunch. Register hereSponsored by the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Gourmet Lunch Buffet at the McCutchen House
McCutchen House, Horseshoe
Operated by the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, students prepare and serve a gourmet lunch buffet under the close supervision of the director and professional chefs. Enjoy this delicious buffet with your family for just $10 per person! To make reservations, call 803-777-4450. Sponsored by the McCutchen House

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Barbecue Lunch Buffet at the Top of Carolina
Top of Carolina, Capstone House
Enjoy a traditional, Southern barbecue buffet at the Top of Carolina, South Carolina’s only revolving restaurant with a 360-degree view of the metropolitan Columbia area and the beautiful University of South Carolina campus. The cost is $10.09 per person (plus tax), and reservations are encouraged. To make your reservations, please call 803-777-7919. (When you arrive, take the elevator to the 18th floor.) Sponsored by Carolina Dining Services

1 p.m.
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management Gourmet Family Lunch with the Dean
McCutchen House, Horseshoe
Families of students who are majors in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) are invited to a special lunch with the dean and other faculty at the McCutchen House! You must register in advance to attend. Registration will be available on this site. The cost is $10 per person, and your HRSM student eats free when you register for the lunch. Register hereSponsored by the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

1-1:45 p.m.
Assisting your Student during Academic Challenges
Russell House, Room TBD
Do you want to help your student achieve academic excellence? We thought so! This session will assist parents in identifying signs of academic difficulty for students. Parents will walk away with knowledge of early academic alert and intervention programs at USC. Sponsored by the Student Success Center

1-1:45 p.m.
Emerging Issues Regarding Alcohol and Drug Trends on College Campuses
Russell House, Room TBD
This workshop will explore emerging trends and issues related to high-risk drinking, marijuana use and prescription drug abuse on college campuses. Current national, state and USC Columbia data will be presented, along with an exhibit of current trending products. Sponsored by the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Education

1-1:45 p.m.
Help, My Student is Stressed: Recognizing and Responding to Emotional Distress
Russell House, Room TBD
Having a child away at college can be very exciting and stressful. It can be even more stressful when the child is showing signs of emotional distress. We will review signs of depression, anxiety and suicidal thinking to help you know when it is more than “normal college stress”. We will review ways to help your student and discuss resources available on campus.Sponsored by the Counseling and Human Development Center

1-1:45 p.m.
My Student is Greek – Now What?
Russell House, Room TBD
Did your son or daughter just join a fraternity or sorority? Come learn about the new member process and how you can help him or her make the most of the experience. You will get a chance to meet staff from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and student leaders from Fraternity and Sorority Council. Sponsored by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

1-1:45 p.m.
You Want to Live Where?
Russell House, Room TBD
Has your student expressed interest in moving off campus? Believe it or not, it is not too early to start thinking about housing accommodations for next year. This session will discuss the pros and cons of living off campus and will provide helpful tips on how to navigate the off-campus housing selection process. Also, come learn about USC’s newest service for students living off campus, Student Legal Services. Sponsored by Off-Campus Student Services

1-3 p.m.
Tour of the A.C. Moore Herbarium
Coker Life Sciences, Room 208
With nearly 120,000 accessioned specimens, The A. C. Moore Herbarium is the state’s largest collection of vascular plants, bryophytes, and algae. The Herbarium was founded in 1907 by A. C. Moore. In addition to teaching and research activities, the Herbarium provides a free plant identification service for the public. Among its many noteworthy collections are specimens from the German and Austrian Alps, central Vietnam, and considerable holdings of Civil War-era plants of South Carolina. Sponsored by the A.C. Moore Herbarium

1-4 p.m.
Career Center Open House
Thomas Cooper Library, 5th floor
Students and families are invited to experience drop-in hours and meet the Career Development Coaches and staff of the Career Center in their new location in Thomas Cooper Library. During drop-in hours, students have the opportunity to see a staff member for a quick question and to schedule a further appointment if necessary. Family members are welcome to get to know the coaches and how we can help educate and empower students for career success. Sponsored by the Career Center

2-2:45 p.m.
My Student is Greek – Now What?
Russell House, Room TBD
Did your son or daughter just join a fraternity or sorority? Come learn about the new member process and how you can help him or her make the most of the experience. You will get a chance to meet staff from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and student leaders from Fraternity and Sorority Council. Sponsored by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

2-2:45 p.m.
Pigskin Report: Athletic Student Ticketing
Russell House, Room TBD
Does your student want football tickets? This interactive, in-depth discussion provides parents with an understanding of how their students go through the process of requesting and claiming a student football ticket. Sponsored by the Student Ticketing Office

2-2:45 p.m.
Preparing your Sophomore Student for Success
Russell House, Room TBD
Ever heard of the sophomore slump? Families who have students in their second academic year at USC should attend this session to learn about opportunities and pitfalls that students may face in their second year. Attendees will learn about campus resources and what questions they can ask to help their students successfully navigate their sophomore year. Sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement

2-2:45 p.m.
Smart Money Management at USC
Russell House, Room TBD
College poses new financial responsibilities and sometimes challenges. Financial stress can affect your student’s academics, so help your student keep that stress in check through smart money management. Learn how to talk to your student about responsible money management, how to manage financial stress effectively and learn all about free Financial Literacy resources to support your student’s financial success at USC. Sponsored by the Student Success Center

2-2:45 p.m.
Think Responsibly: How to Talk with your Student about Making Good Choices
Russell House, Room TBD
This workshop will provide strategies for remaining connected to your student, communicating with him/her about difficult issues and supporting him/her in making responsible decisions as a Carolinian, and particularly when it comes to the use of alcohol and drugs. We will also provide resources for encouraging your student to engage in healthy low-risk behaviors. Join us for this engaging discussion that impacts every parent and student on campus! Sponsored by the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Education and the Office of Student Conduct

2-2:45 p.m.
You Want to Live Where?
Russell House, Room TBD
Has your student expressed interest in moving off campus? Believe it or not, it is not too early to start thinking about housing accommodations for next year. This session will discuss the pros and cons of living off campus and will provide helpful tips on how to navigate the off-campus housing selection process. Also, come learn about USC’s newest service for students living off campus, Student Legal Services. Sponsored by Off-Campus Student Services

2-4 p.m.
Department of Biological Sciences Drop-In Reception
Thomas Cooper Library, Graniteville Room
Families of Biology majors are invited to join the department faculty for light refreshments and a chance to learn more about the opportunities students have within the field of biological sciences. The reception will include a showcase of the impressive accomplishments of current Biology majors and a display of undergraduate research. Hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences

2-4 p.m.
Open House for the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment
Jones Physical Science Building, Room 108
Families of students majoring in environmental science or studies, marine science and geology are invited to mingle with the faculty and staff of the department and tour the laboratory facilities. Sponsored by the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

2:30-4 p.m.
Pre-Professional Advising Drop-In
Sumwalt College, Room 208
The Office of Pre-Professional Advising staff will be available to meet with students and parents who are interested in attending any pre-med, pre-law or pre-dental programs. Come hear about the opportunities and resources that the office has to offer. Sponsored by the Office of Pre-Professional Advising

2:30-4:30 p.m.
Thomson Student Health Center Tours
Thomson Student Health Center
Stop by the Thomson Student Health Center for a brief tour with Student Health Services’ medical director and public relations and marketing director. See the health center and learn more about the many services and programs Student Health Services offers for students. This is also your opportunity to ask questions about Student Health Services. Sponsored by Student Health Services 

3-3:45 p.m.
Air Force ROTC Educational Session
ROTC Center- 513 Pickens Street
Curious what life is like for an Air Force ROTC cadet? Find out at this session! Activities include a group leadership problem, an Air Force ROTC mission brief, stories from cadets who have had various experiences through the program including study abroad and training programs, as well as a question and answer session. Parents of current/prospective cadets are encouraged to attend. Sponsored by Air Force ROTC

3-3:45 p.m.
Beyond The Classroom Matters: Student Involvement in Educationally Purposeful Activities
Russell House, Room TBD
College students spend a small percentage of their time in class and have many choices about how to spend their time beyond the classroom. In this session, learn how students can get involved in educationally purposeful activities on campus and in the community. Beyond the classroom activities provide students with opportunities to explore personal or career interests, apply knowledge and practice skills in real life situations, and build relationships with other students, faculty and staff. Find out more about how your student can learn beyond the classroom! Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support

3-3:45 p.m.
Recruiting Future Gamecocks
Russell House, Room TBD
GARNET (the Gamecock Alumni Recruitment Network) is a volunteer group that assists with recruiting prospective students to the University of South Carolina. Parents of current students have the opportunity to join GARNET to assist with college fairs and recruitment events and serve as a personal point of contact for prospective students and their families. There is no required time commitment for parents interested in volunteering in this capacity. This session will provide an overview of the program as well as ways you can help us recruit the next class of Gamecocks! Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions

3-3:45 p.m.
Study Abroad: See the World!
Russell House, Room TBD
This informal session will provide information about the study, intern, volunteer and research abroad opportunities available to USC students as well as answer questions about credit, financial aid, scholarships and safety abroad. Also, families are encouraged to stop by the Study Abroad Office, located in Legare College room 321, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Study Abroad Office

3-3:45 p.m.
University 101: Parent Edition
Russell House, Room TBD
Over 80 percent of first-year students at USC participate in the nationally recognized first-year seminar, University 101. To provide insight into the University 101 experience, this parents-only session of UNIV 101 will engage you in a classroom experience similar to what your student experiences! You will participate in a lesson plan related to personal time management and balancing priorities. Come see how University 101 helps students successfully transition to the University and achieve personal and academic success in their first-year of college. Sponsored by University 101 Programs

3-3:45 p.m.
What’s the Big Deal about Sweet Tea?
Russell House, Room TBD
Welcome y’all! Are you curious about the “famously hot” environment your out-of-state student now calls home? Join us for all things Southern as we introduce you to the South, USC culture and traditions and a taste of Southern cuisine! You will also be able to connect with other out-of-state families and learn about how the Student Success Center supports your out-of-state student so he or she can succeed academically and socially at the University of South Carolina. So y’all come join us for fun, free food and plenty of Southern hospitality! Sponsored by: Student Success Center and Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

3 p.m.-4 p.m.
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of McKissick Museum
McKissick Museum, 2nd floor
Come explore the rarely seen treasures in the McKissick Museum’s massive collection. With more than 100,000 gem and mineral specimens, sweetgrass baskets, Edgefield pottery, and even the first Cocky uniform, McKissick has something for everyone! Sponsored by McKissick Museum

3-4 p.m.
Opportunities Abound in Public Health: A Drop-In
Public Health Research Center, 921 Assembly Street, Lower Lobby
Parents and students are invited to a reception to meet faculty and staff in the Arnold School of Public Health. Learn more about the undergraduate degrees in public health and exercise science. Sponsored by the Arnold School of Public Health

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Capstone Scholars Program Reception
Capstone Campus Room
Capstone Scholars and their families are invited to join Capstone Scholars faculty and staff members for a drop-in reception. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres while meeting other Capstone Scholars families and learning more about the wonderful initiatives your students will participate in on campus! Sponsored by the Capstone Scholars Program

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Transformation: Preparing Your Student for Business Success
Darla Moore School of Business, Pavilion (1014 Greene St.)
Darla Moore School of Business Dean Peter Brews will share his insight on how business education must evolve to meet the needs of employers and how the school is preparing its students for the jobs of the future. Dr. Brews will address how experiential learning, business partnerships, a solid core curriculum and an emphasis on cutting-edge analytical and quantitative skills across all business disciplines will prepare students for a competitive, results-driven marketplace. Sponsored by the Darla Moore School of Business

3:30-5 p.m.
Scholars Drop-In
Harper College, Gressette Room
Parents and family members of Carolina Scholars, McNair Scholars, Horseshoe Scholars and Hamilton Scholars are invited to drop by for light refreshments and to meet the staff of the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs and the Honors College. Sponsored by the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs and the Honors College

4-4:45 p.m.
Study Abroad: See the World!
Russell House, Room TBD
This informal session will provide information about the study, intern, volunteer and research abroad opportunities available to USC students as well as answer questions about credit, financial aid, scholarships and safety abroad. Also, families are encouraged to stop by the Study Abroad Office, located in Legare College room 321, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Study Abroad Office

4-5 p.m.
School of Library and Information Science Drop-In
Davis College, Ground floor Hallway
The School of Library and Information Science invites parents and guardians of students in the Library and Information Science degree program to meet faculty and staff at this drop-in reception. Please join us for refreshments! Sponsored by the School of Library and Information Science

4-5:30 p.m.
School of Journalism and Mass Communications Reception
Carolina Coliseum, Blossom Street Lower Lobby
Students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and their parents are invited to this reception to meet faculty and staff from the school. Sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications

4-6 p.m.
College of Education Instruction and Teacher Education Drop-In
Wardlaw College, Room 110
Families of declared education majors or of students who have an interest in our programs are invited to join the early childhood, elementary, middle level and secondary faculty at this drop-in event. Program representatives will be prepared to provide information related to entry into and progression through our programs. Sponsored by the College of Education

4:30-6:30 p.m.
Commitment to Caring Ceremony and Reception
College of Nursing, Auditorium
The College of Nursing invites junior nursing students and their families to join us for this annual event. The Commitment to Caring Ceremony is a special event honoring junior students who have been accepted into the upper division of the nursing program. It is a meaningful ceremony symbolizing the significance of this step in their journey to becoming a caring and compassionate nurse. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception on the first floor and the opportunity to tour the Simulation Lab. This technology creates realistic hospital scenarios, giving students the opportunity to receive training in as many scenarios as possible before working in the real world. RSVP to Diane Scott at 803-777-3468 or scottdh@mailbox.sc.edu. Sponsored by the College of Nursing

6-7:30 p.m.
President’s Welcome Reception
President’s House, Horseshoe
Stop by the President’s House between 6 and 7:30 p.m. to meet Carolina’s “first family,” Dr. Harris Pastides and Ms. Patricia Moore-Pastides, as they officially welcome you to Parents Weekend 2014! Visit the beautiful President’s House and gardens while enjoying a few hors d’oeuvres at this drop-in reception. Make sure to wear your Parents Weekend nametag! Sponsored by the Office of Parents Programs

6 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball vs. Ole Miss
Volleyball Competition Facility, 1051 Blossom Street
Watch as the Gamecock women’s volleyball team battles the Ole Miss Rebels on the court! Show your Parents Weekend nametag and receive $1 admission. Carolina students are admitted free with their Carolina Card.

6 p.m.
Women’s Soccer vs. Missouri
Eugene E. Stone Stadium
Cheer on the Gamecock women’s soccer team as they take on the Missouri Tigers! Show your Parents Weekend nametag and receive $1 admission. Carolina students are admitted free with their Carolina Card.

8-11 p.m.
Carolina Beach Bash
Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center, pool house entrance on Park Street
Experience a Southern beach party poolside while enjoying great food and music! Dine on delicious Southern foods like shrimp and grits, peach barbecue chicken bites, banana pudding, pecan pie and much more! Bring your dancing shoes for one of South Carolina’s most enjoyable traditions – beach music. Play a game of corn hole with your family. Take a photo with your family and our beloved mascot Cocky in the photo booth. Get ready for a fun Friday night Parents Weekend tradition! Make sure to wear your Parents Weekend nametag as this is your required ticket into the event. Enter the party at the white tent near the Strom’s pool house gate located on Park Street. This event is subject to change based on weather conditions. Sponsored by the Office of Parents Programs

8:30 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs. Marshall
Eugene E. Stone Stadium
Cheer for the University of South Carolina men’s soccer team as they battle the Marshall Thundering Herd! Show your Parents Weekend nametag and receive $1 admission. Carolina students are admitted free with their Carolina Card.

 

Saturday, Sept. 27

8 a.m. (rain or shine)
Parents Weekend 5K
Solomon Blatt PE Center, Wheat Street
Run or walk the 5K course for fun with your family! More information will be available soon! Sponsored by Campus Recreation and the Office of Parents Programs

10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Time subject to change based on football game time)
Parents Weekend Check-In
Russell House Ball Room
All registered Parents Weekend participants should check in to pick up their materials, including the Guide to Parents Weekend, schedule of events, nametags, tickets and other goodies!

11 a.m.-Noon
Tour of McKissick Museum’s Exhibitions
McKissick Museum, 2nd floor lobby
Enjoy a curator-led tour of the museum’s exhibitions, “Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast” and “Natural Curiosity: The University of South Carolina and the Evolution of Scientific Inquiry in the Natural World.” Sponsored by the McKissick Museum and the College of Arts and Sciences

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Food for Thought
Bates Diner (located at Bates House)
Spend some quality time with your student by enjoying lunch at Bates Diner, which is located at Bates House. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy great food and catch up with all that has happened so far during the fall semester. Students must have a current meal plan for their family to participate. Students pay with their meal plans, and family members eat free when they show their Parents Weekend nametags! Sponsored by Carolina Dining Services and the Office of Parents Programs

11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Baruch Silver Collection
McKissick Museum, 1st Floor
Come view this collection of over 450 works of silver of Britain’s most accomplished goldsmiths from the late 17th, 18th, and early 19th, centuries. Detailed information on both the silver objects and the context in which they were used is shown, along with the production of silver from its raw form to the finished product. Sponsored by McKissick Museum

11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Natural Curiosity: The University of South Carolina and the Evolution of Scientific Inquiry in the Natural World
McKissick Museum, 3rd Floor
Humans possess a fascination with the natural world around them. From the 32,000-year-old cave paintings of horses in France to the giraffe stickers today’s children paste into their activity books, we can see that humans are eager to see, touch, collect and understand nature. “Natural Curiosity” explores this curiosity about nature by asking questions about why we collect natural specimens and artifacts, how we display them and what they tell us about our relationship with and obligations to the natural world. Through an examination of approaches to building and maintaining the natural science collections at the University of South Carolina, this exhibition also offers a glimpse of the impressive array of specimens collected and displayed over the past 200 years for the purposes of education, research and entertainment. Sponsored by McKissick Museum

11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Traditions, Change and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast
McKissick Museum, 2nd Floor, South Gallery
Throughout the Southeast, music, dance, and object-based traditions are an essential part of the spiritual, cultural, and social lives of Native people groups. These traditions embody a long history of survival and resilience. Today, many Native artists from the region continue the traditions of their ancestors, creating work through methods passed down for generations. This exhibition features the work of several contemporary artists from a variety of tribal groups. Through a variety of materials and traditions, each artist creates work informed by individual experience and tribal heritage, all with a keen awareness of the influences of the world around them. Sponsored by McKissick Museum

TBD (Starts two hours before kickoff and ends 30 minutes before kickoff)
Parents Weekend Tailgate Party
USC Practice Field
Get excited for the football game against Missouri at this traditional, Southern tailgate party! Visit with Cocky, Cocky’s parents and the cheerleaders, and listen to live music from the Reggie Sullivan Band! Enjoy tailgate food like barbecue, hot dogs, catfish bites, grilled chicken sandwiches and more! Plenty of food and drinks will be available. Please refer to the Football Fan Guide for gameday and parking information, or take the shuttle to the game. (Walking directions from the shuttle drop-off point to the Tailgate Party are located in the Guide to Parents Weekend that you will receive when you check-in. Please keep in mind that the walk from the shuttle drop-off to the Tailgate Party is approximately 1 mile.) Make sure to bring your Parents Weekend Tailgate Party and football game tickets! All guests, including Carolina students, must have a ticket to enter the Tailgate Party. Please note that individual tickets to this event for people other than your USC student are not available as this ticket is exclusive to the Parents Weekend package. This event is subject to change based on weather conditions. Sponsored by the Office of Parents Programs

TBD
South Carolina vs. Missouri
Williams-Brice Stadium
Enjoy Carolina football as the Gamecocks take on the University of Missouri Tigers! Make sure to take your tickets for the game, and enter the stadium at the correct gate. Be in your seats at least 20 minutes before kickoff to experience the best entrance in college football!

 

Sunday, Sept. 28

10 a.m.
Top of Carolina Brunch
Top of Carolina, Capstone House
Enjoy brunch at the Top of Carolina, South Carolina’s only revolving restaurant, with a 360-degree view of the metropolitan Columbia area and the beautiful University of South Carolina campus. Reservations are required, and the cost is $19.27 per person (plus tax). To make your reservations, call 803-777-7919 and specify which seating time you prefer. (When you arrive, take the elevator to the 18th floor.) Sponsored by Carolina Dining Services

11 a.m.
Top of Carolina Brunch
Top of Carolina, Capstone House
Enjoy brunch at the Top of Carolina, South Carolina’s only revolving restaurant, with a 360-degree view of the metropolitan Columbia area and the beautiful University of South Carolina campus. Reservations are required, and the cost is $19.27 per person (plus tax). To make your reservations, call 803-777-7919 and specify which seating time you prefer. (When you arrive, take the elevator to the 18th floor.) Sponsored by Carolina Dining Services

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Food for Thought
Bates Diner (located at Bates House)
Spend some quality time with your student by enjoying lunch at Bates Diner, which is located at Bates House. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy great food and catch up with all that has happened so far during the fall semester. Students must have a current meal plan for their family to participate. Students pay with their meal plans, and family members eat free when they show their Parents Weekend nametags! Sponsored by Carolina Dining Services and the Office of Parents Programs

Noon
Top of Carolina Brunch
Top of Carolina, Capstone House
Enjoy brunch at the Top of Carolina, South Carolina’s only revolving restaurant, with a 360-degree view of the metropolitan Columbia area and the beautiful University of South Carolina campus. Reservations are required, and the cost is $19.27 per person (plus tax). To make your reservations, call 803-777-7919 and specify which seating time you prefer. (When you arrive, take the elevator to the 18th floor.) Sponsored by Carolina Dining Services

1 p.m.
Top of Carolina Brunch
Top of Carolina, Capstone House
Enjoy brunch at the Top of Carolina, South Carolina’s only revolving restaurant, with a 360-degree view of the metropolitan Columbia area and the beautiful University of South Carolina campus. Reservations are required, and the cost is $19.27 per person (plus tax). To make your reservations, call 803-777-7919 and specify which seating time you prefer. (When you arrive, take the elevator to the 18th floor.) Sponsored by Carolina Dining Services

1 p.m.
Women’s Soccer vs. Georgia
Eugene E. Stone Stadium
Come show your support for the women’s soccer team as they battle the Georgia Bulldogs! Show your Parents Weekend nametag and receive $1 admission. Carolina students are admitted free with their Carolina Card.

1:30 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball vs. Kentucky
V
olleyball Competition Facility, 1051 Blossom Street
Watch as the Gamecock women’s volleyball team faces the Kentucky Wildcats! Show your Parents Weekend nametag and receive $1 admission. Carolina students are admitted free with their Carolina Card.

2 p.m.
Top of Carolina Brunch
Top of Carolina, Capstone House
Enjoy brunch at the Top of Carolina, South Carolina’s only revolving restaurant, with a 360-degree view of the metropolitan Columbia area and the beautiful University of South Carolina campus. Reservations are required, and the cost is $19.27 per person (plus tax). To make your reservations, call 803-777-7919 and specify which seating time you prefer. (When you arrive, take the elevator to the 18th floor.) Sponsored by Carolina Dining Services

 

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