Parents Weekend 2015

Mark your calendars for Parents Weekend 2015, to be held Sept. 25-27, 2015!
Registration is required to participate in the weekend’s activities. Registration will be available from June 15 at 9 a.m. (ET) until Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. (ET). Space is limited, so register early!

Have questions about Parents Weekend? Visit the Parents Weekend frequently asked questions page.

 

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Parents Weekend 2015
Tentative Schedule of Events
Updated 6/22/15

All events are subject to change. Events will be added continuously throughout the summer. Check back often!


All weekend

Take a group exercise class!
The Group X program invites parents to get a great workout in during Parents Weekend by attending a group exercise class with your student. Your student must be a current Group X pass-holder, and parents will need to sign a waiver of liability before participating. Classes will be offered at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center and the Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center. The class schedule will be released in late summer. Sponsored by Campus Recreation

Workout at the Strom!
Show your Parents Weekend nametag and work out at the university’s premier fitness facility, the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center! All Parents Weekend registrants age 18 and older are invited to use the facilities. Sponsored by Campus Recreation


Friday, Sept. 25

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.

9:40-10:30 a.m.
Principles of Fashion Merchandising (RETL 268), Carolina Coliseum Room 3020D

10:50-11:40 a.m.
Environmental Pollution and Health (ENHS/ENVR 321), Green Quad Learning Center Room 102

Introductory Sociology (SOCY 101), Sloan 109
Principles of Fashion Merchandising (RETL 268), Carolina Coliseum Room 3020D

2:20-3:10 p.m.
Hebrew Scripture (Old Testament) (RELG 301/HIST 492), Humanities Building Room 402

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina
McKissick Museum, 2nd Floor, South Gallery
Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina looks at the many cultural groups that brought music traditions with them to South Carolina, how these traditions evolved since their introduction and what they sound like today. Exploring the role that music plays in South Carolina today, the exhibition will examine the foundations of its various music traditions ― from Gullah and Old-Time Country to Spirituals, Gospel, Norteño music and Bluegrass ― tracking the individuals who passed these traditions on, the instruments they used and the new generations of musicians that are carrying music of the Palmetto State into the future. Sponsored by McKissick Museum, College of Arts and Sciences

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
McKissick Museum: Invitation to Explore
McKissick Museum, 1st Floor Gallery
Just as university programs require many people to ensure successful experiences, museums have a number of individuals who work behind the scenes. Every exhibit at McKissick is the shared product of many people who largely do their work anonymously but this exhibit is different. In addition to presenting the varied parts of the museum’s collection, these cases introduce the permanent staff, revealing a little bit about why they do what they do. The exhibit includes some of the staff’s favorite artifacts, some never before exhibited, from the museum’s collections of Southern stoneware, sweetgrass baskets, gems and minerals, university history artifacts, political memorabilia, fine art, Baruch silver, textiles, art glass and Folk Heritage Award winner items. Sponsored by McKissick Museum, College of Arts and Sciences

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, College of Arts and Sciences

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 key university offices. 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, College of Arts and Sciences

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Southern Cookout at the Top
Top of Carolina, Capstone House
Enjoy a traditional Southern cookout at the Top of Carolina, South Carolina’s only revolving restaurant, with a 360-degree view of the metropolitan Columbia area and the University of South Carolina campus. The cost is $12.95 per person (plus tax).  Reservations are required and can be made after August 1 at http://tinyurl.com/TopofCarolina. When you arrive at Capstone, take the elevator to the 18th floor. Sponsored by Carolina Dining

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 data will be presented. Additionally, this presentation will provide strategies for communicating with your student about difficult issues and supporting him or her in making responsible decisions as a Carolinian. Resources to help you encourage your student to engage in healthy, low-risk behaviors will also be provided. Sponsored by the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Education and the Office of Student Conduct

1-1:45 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 p.m. Sponsored by the Study Abroad Office

1-1:45 p.m.
University 101: Parent Edition
Russell House, Room TBD
More than 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! 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

1-4 p.m.
Meet the Career Coaches
Career Center, Thomas Cooper Library, Level 5
Visit the Career Center and meet the career development coaches while enjoying coffee, cookies and conversation about career opportunities. Drop by to learn how the Career Center can positively impact your student’s experience at Carolina. Sponsored by the Career Center

2-2:45 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 data will be presented. Additionally, this presentation will provide strategies for communicating with your student about difficult issues and supporting him or her in making responsible decisions as a Carolinian. Resources to help you encourage your student to engage in healthy, low-risk behaviors will also be provided. Sponsored by the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Education and the Office of Student Conduct

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 UofSC should attend this session to learn about opportunities and pitfalls that students may face in their second year. Attendees will learn about campus resources that can help sophomore students and what questions they can ask to help their students navigate the sophomore year successfully. Sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement

2-2:45 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 p.m. Sponsored by the Study Abroad Office

2-2:45 p.m.
Undergraduate Research: How to Get Involved and Why It’s Important
Russell House, Room TBD
Come hear about the benefits of students engaging in undergraduate research! The Office of Undergraduate Research will share information about the office and its services, and a panel of student researchers will share their experiences. Research is a great experience for students of all years and all majors. Attend this session to find out how your student can get involved.  Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research

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 an Air Force ROTC overview briefing, stories from cadets who recently attended summer internships and field training, a group leadership problem, 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.
Serving our Diverse Students
Russell House, Room TBD
Parents and caregivers of college students often wonder how they can help their college student succeed. If your student also identifies as a minority or as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you may have additional questions and concerns about their new home away from home. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) offers a comprehensive list of programs and support services that will help your student in their personal and academic development and also in their understanding of others and themselves. Come to this session to learn how we collectively support our diverse student populations and strengthen your connection to the university and your student! Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

3-4 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, College of Arts and Sciences

3-5 p.m.
Pre-Professional Advising Open House
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, pre-veterinary or pre-dental programs. Enjoy refreshments and learn more about the opportunities and resources that the office has to offer. Sponsored by the Office of Pre-Professional Advising

3-5 p.m.
School of Journalism and Mass Communications Open House
School of Journalism and Mass Communications, 800 Sumter Street
Come experience the brand new, state-of-the-art home of the USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Tours of the new facility and refreshments will be available. The school has nearly doubled its space, adding broadcast and photo studios, campaign rooms, expanded computer laps and a greenhouse television studio. Sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications

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.
Career Planning at the Moore School of Business
Darla Moore School of Business, 1014 Greene Street
Interested in your business student’s future career prospects upon graduation? Want to guarantee that your student will be fully prepared to “leave the nest” in four short years? Come learn about all of the exciting new career preparation initiatives facilitated by the Moore School’s Office of Career Management. Learn the secrets to what your student should be doing, as early as his or her freshman year, to begin to plan his or her successful career in the business world. Find out how you can assist with increasing your student’s level of engagement in all of the professional development opportunities that happen daily at the Moore School. Sponsored by the Darla Moore School of Business

3:30-5 p.m.
Jewish USC Drop-in Reception
Location TBD
All parents and students with links to the Jewish community or an interest in learning more about the community are invited to join the Jewish Faculty and Staff Council for a drop-in reception. Learn about opportunities to connect socially with the campus Jewish community, meet Jewish leaders on campus and learn about Hillel and other Jewish organizations on campus. Share a moment and a nosh (bite) during this season of Jewish holidays. Sponsored by the Jewish Faculty and Staff Council

3:30-5 p.m.
Top Scholars Reception
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

3:30-5:30 p.m.
Commitment to Caring Ceremony and Reception
Location TBD
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. RSVP to Milini Mingo at mingomj@mailbox.sc.edu. Sponsored by the College of Nursing

4-4:45 p.m.
College of Education Instruction and Teacher Education Drop-In
Wardlaw College, Room 110
The College of Education’s Instruction and Teacher Education Department is pleased to invite current students, family members and alumni to meet faculty representatives from the programs within the department. This will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with College of Education faculty members and ask questions related to the programs. Sponsored by the College of Education

4-5 p.m.
School of Library and Information Science Drop-In
Davis College
The School of Library and Information Science invites parents and guardians of students in the library and information science degree program to meet faculty, staff and current students at this drop-in reception. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the School of Library and Information Science

4-5:30 p.m.
Retail Management and Fashion Merchandising Reception
McCutchen House Patio
Meet with the Department of Retailing faculty while sipping ice tea and enjoying wonderful treats at the Historic McCutchen House. Learn about the internships and career placement opportunities, student groups and courses that make Carolina students extremely competitive in the marketplace. Sponsored by the Department of Retailing in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Engineering and Computing College Conversation
Swearingen Engineering Center, 1C01 Amoco Hall
Families of engineering and computing majors are invited to join Dr. Jed Lyons, associate dean, to discuss the new challenges each semester brings. Most families and students meet Dr. Lyons during summer orientation, but much has likely changed in the lives of the students since then. In this session, staff will discuss the academic life of engineering and computing students from freshman to senior year. Families will learn about resources, strategies and opportunities for student engagement and success. Join the College of Engineering and Computing for an informal and informative conversation. Sponsored by the College of Engineering and Computing

5-6:30 p.m.
President’s Welcome Reception
President’s House, Horseshoe
Stop by the President’s House between 5 and 6:30 p.m. to meet Carolina’s “first family,” Dr. Harris Pastides and Ms. Patricia Moore-Pastides, as they officially welcome you to Parents Weekend 2015! 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

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! 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


Saturday, Sept. 26

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! Preregistered participants can pick up their packets on Friday at Parents Weekend check-in or from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Carolina Beach Bash. On-site registration begins on Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 7:30 a.m. Pre-registered participants who cross the finish line are guaranteed a Parents Weekend 5K t-shirt. Dress for a hot, humid South Carolina day! More information and registration can be found here (Registration will begin June 15)! Sponsored by Campus Recreation and the Office of Parents Programs

10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Check-in time subject to change based on football game)
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 fun items!

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
South Carolina Political Collections
Ernest F. Hollings Library, Thomas Cooper Library
Stop by the Ernest F. Hollings Library and take a look at the South Carolina Political Collections. The exhibit in the gallery is “Nuclear Carolina: Power and Waste in the Palmetto State.” Sponsored by University Libraries

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, “Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina,” “The Guantanamo Public Memory Project” and “Natural Curiosity: The University of South Carolina and the Evolution of Scientific Inquiry in the Natural World.” Sponsored by McKissick Museum, College of Arts and Sciences

11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina
McKissick Museum, 2nd Floor, South Gallery
Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina looks at the many cultural groups that brought music traditions with them to South Carolina, how these traditions evolved since their introduction and what they sound like today. Exploring the role that music plays in South Carolina today, the exhibition will examine the foundations of its various music traditions ― from Gullah and Old-Time Country to Spirituals, Gospel, Norteño music and Bluegrass ― tracking the individuals who passed these traditions on, the instruments they used and the new generations of musicians that are carrying music of the Palmetto State into the future. Sponsored by McKissick Museum, College of Arts and Sciences

11 a.m.-3 p.m.
McKissick Museum: Invitation to Explore
McKissick Museum, 1st Floor Gallery
Just as university programs require many people to ensure successful experiences, museums have a number of individuals who work behind the scenes. Every exhibit at McKissick is the shared product of many people who largely do their work anonymously but this exhibit is different. In addition to presenting the varied parts of the museum’s collection, these cases introduce the permanent staff, revealing a little bit about why they do what they do. The exhibit includes some of the staff’s favorite artifacts, some never before exhibited, from the museum’s collections of Southern stoneware, sweetgrass baskets, gems and minerals, university history artifacts, political memorabilia, fine art, Baruch silver, textiles, art glass and Folk Heritage Award winner items. Sponsored by McKissick Museum, College of Arts and Sciences

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, College of Arts and Sciences

Time TBD, starts four hours before football game kickoff
Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) Tailgate
South Carolina State Fairgrounds
Join Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) for a tailgate at the State Fairgrounds! Cru is a Christian collegiate ministry passionate about connecting students to God and helping them grow in their faith. Food will be provided at the tailgate, so come join in on the fun! For a specific location, visit www.carolinacru.com. Sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ

Time TBD, starts two and a half hours before football game kickoff
Parents Weekend Tailgate Party
Location TBD
Get excited for the football game against Central Florida at this traditional, Southern tailgate party! Visit with Cocky, Cocky’s parents and the cheerleaders, and listen to live music! Enjoy tailgate food like barbecue, hot dogs, catfish bites, grilled chicken sandwiches and more! Plenty of food and drinks will be available. Please note that individual tickets to this event 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

Time TBD
South Carolina vs. University of Central Florida
Williams-Brice Stadium
Enjoy Carolina football as the Gamecocks take on the Central Florida Knights! 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. 27

10-11:30 a.m.
Capstone Scholars Networking Brunch
Location TBD
Capstone Scholars and their families are invited to an informal networking opportunity and brunch with the Career Center and Capstone Scholars Program staff. The event will provide a chance for Capstone Scholars and their parents to connect with fellow Gamecocks and learn how the USC Career Center and Capstone Scholars Program can help prepare students for careers through exploration, experiential learning and professional networking. Sponsored by the Capstone Scholars Program and the Career Center

10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Sunday 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. The cost is $23.95 per person (plus tax). Reservations are required and can be made after August 1 at http://tinyurl.com/TopofCarolina. When you arrive at Capstone, take the elevator to the 18th floor. Sponsored by Carolina Dining

10:30 a.m.-noon
Maxcy College Parents Brunch
Maxcy College
The International House at Maxcy College invites Maxcy residents and their families to this special brunch highlighting events and programs at the International House. Come enjoy catered breakfast and meet some new Maxcy friends, both international and American. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Meg Southern at southeme@mailbox.sc.edu. Sponsored by the International House at Maxcy College

All events are subject to change. Events will be added continuously throughout the summer. Check back often!