Friday, Aug. 25 Events

Coffee and Biscuits on Greene Street

8–11 a.m.
Greene Street
Sponsored by: Midtown College

Midtown College will be on Greene St from 8-11 a.m. giving away FREE coffee and biscuits to kick off the first week of classes!

Gamecock Student Tickets on Greene Street

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Greene Street
Sponsored by: Student Athletic Tickets

Stop by to learn how student ticketing works and get tips to increase your odds of getting the most desired tickets.

Gamecock Student Rewards on Campus

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Greene Street
Sponsored by: University of South Carolina Athletics

Want to go to football games this fall? Stop by our table to learn about the Student Rewards Program and how to earn points that count toward football tickets and prizes.

SPURS Welcome Table

10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Greene Street
Sponsored by: Students Promoting the University’s Reach of Success

Come hang out with SPURS for games, candy and free items. Learn more about philanthropy at the University of South Carolina and how you can get involved to keep Carolina great!

Shandon College on Greene Street

10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Greene Street
Sponsored by: Shandon College Ministry

Come join Shandon College Ministry on Greene Street for some FREE FOOD and a chance to meet new friends and get connected to a local church.

University Ambassadors Interest Meeting

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Greene Street
Sponsored by: University Ambassadors

Do you love USC and want to tell people? Join University Ambassadors! University Ambassadors serve as the front door of the University, providing a welcoming and informative first impression to a diverse group of visitors. They give prospective students and their families information about student life as a Gamecock through weekly campus tours and open house events throughout the year. Come find us on Greene Street during Welcome Week to find out more! Also attend one of our info sessions on Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. and Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. in the McKissick Museum!

RHA Games

11–2 p.m.
Davis Field (Russell House Side)
Sponsored by: Residence Hall Association

The Residence Hall Association welcomes students to partake in a competitive twist! Come join us for a unique, thrilling venture! We will have a bouncy house racing course where students have the opportunity to win various prizes! We will also have SNO-CONES for students at no charge. Come be a part of the action and learn more about how to increase your involvement as a student living on campus! Can’t wait to see you all there!

Getting Started in Research Workshop

11 a.m.–noon
Gambrell 150
Sponsored by: Office of Undergraduate Research

No project? No mentor? No problem! Let’s get you started in research! Research is all about asking questions and finding answers. It is a great way to gain real-world experience, work closely with faculty, and build your resume. This interactive workshop is designed to get you thinking about your research interests, and learn how to find and reach out to potential faculty mentors. Let us help you get started on your research path! For more information, visit

First College Ministry Table

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Greene Street
Sponsored by: First College Ministry

First College Ministry is a student organization at the University of South Carolina and a ministry of First Baptist Church Columbia. Stop by our table on Greene Street on Aug. 23 from noon to 2 p.m. and Aug. 24 and 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to get to know us and cool off with water bottles and freeze pops!

Carolina Bible Fellowship Welcome Table

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Greene Street
Sponsored by: Carolina Bible Fellowship

Carolina Bible Fellowship is an organization with an intention of fellowship. Come join us on Greene Street to meet us and get connected, grab some cookies, get a water, and get help finding your classes!

Intramural Sports Information Table

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Greene Street
Sponsored by: Campus Recreation

USC Intramural Sports will be hosting an info table where you can find out all about the intramural sports that we offer for Fall 2017 as well as what job opportunities that we have available.

Opportunity Knocks Part-time Job Fair

1-4 p.m.
Russell House Ballroom
Sponsored by: Career Center
view brochure about the fair

Need a part-time job for the year? Mark your calendars for the Opportunity Knocks Part-time Job Fair! This is a great opportunity for USC students and alumni to meet with potential employers to discuss part-time, work-study, or non-work study positions on or off campus. For more information and tips on how to prepare for the fair, please visit our Career Center website at

Midtown Field Day & Cookout

2-7:30 p.m.
Blatt fields
Sponsored by: Midtown College

Come hang out with us on Blatt fields for free food, games, and a chance to win our DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT!! Winning team gets an awesome trophy and prize! Dodgeball tournament will be free and voluntary. There will be other fun things going on for people to just show up and hang out/meet new people.

Gamecock Recovery Open House

3–5 p.m.
Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center #301B
Sponsored by: Substance Abuse Prevention & Education

Stop by the Gamecock Recovery space in Strom to meet other students in recovery and allies. Enjoy delicious treats and find out about recovery support at UofSC. All are welcome!

AAAS Back to School Cookout

5-8 p.m.
Greene Street
Sponsored by: Association of African American Students

The AAAS Cookout is held annually during Welcome Week. This event allows students, undergrad and graduate, to come and mix and mingle and learn about organizations on the campus, especially the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. We provide them with food, drinks, and an opportunity to mix and mingle with other students. This event is a great way for students to relax and have fun before the semester really cranks up.

Mock Trial Informational Session

6–7:30 p.m.
Russell House Room 302
Sponsored by: USC Mock Trial Team

This is an informational session and interest meeting for all students interested in joining USC’s Mock Trial Program. Each year, we are given a fictional court case and we prepare to try the case against other universities from across the country. Participants portray the witnesses and attorneys. At this meeting we will go more in depth about what our program is, its requirements, and how we will conduct auditions.

UKirk Game Night

7–9 p.m.
UKirk Presbyterian Student Center (1702 Greene Street)
Sponsored by: UKirk SC

Join UKirk for an evening of fun games and campfire s’mores, hanging out with new and returning students.

Game Night & Weenie Roast

7–10 p.m.
C.S. Lewis Student Center
Sponsored by: C.S. Lewis Center

Join us at the C.S. Lewis Student Center (across from Capstone) for classic board games such as Risk and Settlers of Catan as well as for hot dogs and s’mores.

Worship Night at Music Farm

7–9 p.m.
Music Farm, 1022 Senate Street
Sponsored by: Shandon College Ministry

That’s right…MUSIC FARM! The BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE in Columbia! Oh… and TIN ROOF IS CATERING! Join us as we kick off our weekly College Worship Night on Friday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, FREE KOOZIES, FREE DECALS, and FREE FOOD for everyone! Just a short walk from the Honors Residence, but all are welcome to hop aboard our shuttles at the Horseshoe, which will run every 10 minutes between 6 and 7 p.m. We will drop you off back on campus at the end of the night! Music Farm is located at 1022 Senate Street in the heart of the Vista.

Gamecock Men’s Soccer vs. Georgia Southern

7–9 p.m.
Stone Stadium
Sponsored by: University of South Carolina Athletics

Come out to Stone Stadium for the season opener men’s soccer game as they take on Georgia Southern at 7 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. and you just need to bring your Carolina Card to get in for free! Make sure you get your card scanned to earn a reward point for attending the match.

Gamecock Volleyball vs. Mercer

7–9 p.m.
Carolina Volleyball Center
Sponsored by: University of South Carolina Athletics

Come out to the Carolina Volleyball Center for the season opener women’s volleyball match as they take on Mercer at 7 p.m. Gates open at 6 pm and you just need to bring your Carolina card to get in for free! Make sure you get your card scanned to earn a reward point for attending the match.

Frisbee with Aikido Club

8–10 p.m.
Meet in Russell House 302
Sponsored by: Aikido Club

Come and play glow-in-the-dark Frisbee with the Seidokan Aikido Club! Make new friends and take a break after the first week of classes! Meet in Russell House 302 at 8 p.m. Refreshments and gift bags will be provided!


10–11:30 p.m.
Russell House Ballroom
Sponsored by: Carolina After Dark

Come out for a fun and exciting night of trivia sponsored by Carolina After Dark. Test your knowledge of sports and pop culture to win prizes and walk away as the ultimate trivia king or queen!

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