Parents Weekend – October 6-8, 2017

Mark your calendars for Parents Weekend 2017, to be held Oct. 6-8! Registration is required.

Registration is OPEN. Check out the tentative schedule below and continue to check back as new events will be added weekly!

We look forward to seeing you in October!

Parents Weekend Frequently Asked Questions

5K Information and Registration (including course map)

Football Gameday Information

Football Gameday Shuttles

Sporting Event Clear Bag Policy


Cocky and his parents

Parents Weekend 2017 Tentative Schedule of Events

Updated 9/21/2017
Additional events will continue to be added weekly!

Friday, Oct. 6

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
University Libraries Exhibit
Ernest F. Hollings Library – enter through Thomas Cooper Library
Stop by the Ernest F. Hollings Library and take a look at South Carolina Political Collections Gallery. The exhibit in the gallery is “It Is So Ordered: Judges and the Law in South Carolina,” showcasing the papers of federal and state judges held by SCPC.
Sponsored by University Libraries

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
University Libraries Exhibit
Ernest F. Hollings Library – enter through Thomas Cooper Library
Stop by the Ernest F. Hollings Library to explore the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections exhibits “Total Solar Eclipse: Highlights from the Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy” and “Weird Science: A History of Human Knowledge,” co-sponsored by the Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology & Society.
Sponsored by University Libraries

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admissions Open House
McKissick Museum 2nd Floor
Calling all siblings of USC students! Admissions would love a chance to get to know you. We have counselors available to meet one-on-one with you and your family from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 2nd floor of McKissick Museum. No appointment needed! Come chat with us about how the University of South Carolina might be a good fit for you, just like it was for your older sibling. Parents welcome! You are also encouraged to sign up for a campus tour by visiting www.sc.edu/visit.
Sponsored by Undergraduate Admissions

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
WELL SUITED: The Costumes of Alonzo V. Wilson for HBO’s® Treme
(self-guided tour of the exhibition)

2nd floor, South Gallery, McKissick Museum
Well Suited includes costumes designed by Wilmington, North Carolina native Alonzo V. Wilson for HBO’s award-winning series Treme. The series takes its name from Tremé, one of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans that continues to be an important center of the city’s African-American and Créole culture. The series begins four months after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs and Mardi Gras Indians, try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane.

This exhibition showcases nine exquisitely crafted Mardi Gras Indian suits from Treme, and also includes Mardi Gras costumes from select characters, as well as design sketches, film excerpts, video interviews with cast and costumers and behind-the-scenes photography.

8:30-9:20 a.m.
University 101
Green (West) Quad A 208 and Green (West) Quad C 108
University 101 is an academic unit that fosters student success, development, and transitions into, through, and out of the University of South Carolina. The course is a national model for first-year seminars and is consistently named by US News and World Report as a “program to look for.”

8:30 a.m.-9:20 a.m.
Visit a class: HIST 108 (Science and Technology in World History)
Gambrell 247

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Study Abroad Office Open House
Close-Hipp, Suite 453, 1705 College Street, Columbia, SC, 29208
The SAO welcomes family and friends of USC students to visit our office and information session to learn more about international study, intern, volunteer, and research opportunities. We’re happy to answer your questions about available locations, courses, safety, and finances.
Sponsored by the Study Abroad Office

9:30-11 a.m.
Supporting Your Student’s Academic Success
Student Success Center, Thomas Cooper Library, Mezzanine Level
The Student Success Center (SSC) is the one-stop-shop for academic support with the mission to facilitate student learning and degree completion by providing a comprehensive array of programs, resources, and services that advance academic goal-setting, skill development, personal transition to and within the university setting, and effective decision making. Enjoy coffee and pastries while learning more about the academic support services available to your student. During this drop-in event, parents and guests will have the opportunity to talk with SSC staff and Peer Leaders as well as tour the office. Tours and information sessions will begin every 15 minutes (9:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.).
Sponsored by the Student Success Center

9:40-10:30 a.m.
University 101
Capstone House 105
University 101 is an academic unit that fosters student success, development, and transitions into, through, and out of the University of South Carolina. The course is a national model for first-year seminars and is consistently named by US News and World Report as a “program to look for.”

9:40-10:30 a.m.
MSCI 101: The Ocean Environment
Public Health Research Center 114
Attend a class at UofSC!

10-11:15 a.m.
Ethical Food at UofSC
Preston Greene
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in ethical food: food that is locally grown, sustainably produced, and healthy. Discover what is happening at the university to produce ethical food on campus, as well as opportunities for students to get involved by studying the health effects of food and ethical issues in food production. The event begins with a tour of the vegetable gardens surrounding the President’s House by First Lady and author Patricia Moore-Pastides and the Presidential Horticulturist, Charles Ryan. This will be followed by a presentation about opportunities for student involvement. The event concludes with an open discussion while sampling some ethical food.
RSVP
Sponsored by the Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology and Society

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

10:50-11:40 a.m.
University 101
Columbia Hall 109
University 101 is an academic unit that fosters student success, development, and transitions into, through, and out of the University of South Carolina. The course is a national model for first-year seminars and is consistently named by US News and World Report as a “program to look for.”

10:50-11:40 a.m.
Visit a class: HIST 367 (Gandhi and the Nationalist Movement in India)
Gambrell 201

11 a.m.-noon
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of McKissick Museum
2nd floor lobby, McKissick Museum
Where are the objects kept when not on view? How are they housed? Come explore the storage areas and learn about treasures in the 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.
Study Abroad Information Session
Russell House University Union
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 the Close-Hipp Building, Suite 453, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to have additional questions answered by staff and student ambassadors.
Sponsored by the Study Abroad Office

11 a.m. or 1 p.m.
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management Bistro Lunch with the Deans
McCutchen House, Horseshoe
Families of students who are in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) are invited to a special lunch with the deans and other faculty at the McCutchen House! You must have registered in advance. The cost is $10 for family members and $5 for your HRSM student.
Register here
Sponsored by the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Natural Curiosity: The University of South Carolina and the Evolution of Scientific Inquiry in the Natural World
3rd floor, McKissick Museum, historic Horseshoe
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

noon-12:50 p.m.
University 101
Gambrell 106 and Patterson Hall 103 and 104
University 101 is an academic unit that fosters student success, development, and transitions into, through, and out of the University of South Carolina. The course is a national model for first-year seminars and is consistently named by US News and World Report as a “program to look for.”

noon-3 p.m.
Geology Field Trip
We will meet in the parking lot behind/beside the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House. Hunter-Gatherer is located on the corner of College and Main Streets, the parking lot entrance is off Main St.
Who doesn’t love a field trip? Bring your undergraduate or go on your own adventure to explore more than 300 million years of South Carolina’s geologic history with award winning USC geology professor Dr. Dave Barbeau. Lake Murray’s Dreher Shoals Dam is a world-class outcrop that provides a very rare view into the depths of the Appalachian mountain belt, and records the amalgamation and break-up of the supercontinent Pangea. During this (three hour) field trip, participants will examine igneous and metamorphic rocks and minerals — and spectacular folds within them — in reconstructing one of North America’s most geologically significant processes. All necessary equipment is provided, although participants should be comfortable walking one-half mile over uneven but generally flat ground. Closed-toe shoes are required, and sturdy shoes are recommended. This event is limited to 24 people.
RSVP
Sponsored by the Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology and Society

1-2:30 p.m.
At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe, with author and First Lady, Patricia Moore-Pastides
Russell House
Ms. Patricia Moore-Pastides will give a glimpse into her life on the Horseshoe, living in the Historic President’s House. Moore-Pastides will share stories and insights never heard before from her interviews with the families who called the President’s House home for the past 200 years. From thieving pets to helpful ghosts, panty raids to Vietnam War protests and visits from girls scouts to Pope John Paul II, these stories may just make you laugh out loud. Come meet the wonderful First Lady of our university and grab a pre-sale flyer for her upcoming book, “At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe.” Her two cookbooks, “Greek Revival: Cooking for Life” and “Greek Revival from the Garden” will also be on sale and available for signing.

1-3 p.m.
History Department Drop-In
Gambrell Hall 202
Come to our drop-in for light refreshments and learn more about majoring in history, minoring in history, careers in history, graduate programs in history, and more. Remember, history majors get more dates!

1-3 p.m.
Gamecock Gateway Parent/Supporter Drop-In
Bates House Lounge
Parents and Supporters of Gamecock Gateway students are invited to come to the Bates House Lounge where they can speak with the Gamecock Gateway Leadership Team. Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by Gamecock Gateway/Student Success Center

1:10-2 p.m.
Visit a class: HIST 112 (US History since 1865)
Currell 107

1:10-2 p.m.
University 101
Patterson Hall 103
University 101 is an academic unit that fosters student success, development, and transitions into, through, and out of the University of South Carolina. The course is a national model for first-year seminars and is consistently named by US News and World Report as a “program to look for.”

1:10-2 p.m.
GEOL 101: Introduction to the Earth
Jones Physical Sciences Center 210
Attend a class at UofSC!

2-2:45 p.m.
University 101: Parent Edition
Russell House
Over 80 percent of first-year students at USC participate in the nationally recognized first-year seminar, University 101. To give you 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

2-2:45 p.m.
The Undergraduate Research Experience: A Student Panel
Russell House
Undergraduate research provides a great opportunity for students to lead in their field of interest. Come hear from upperclassmen about their experience doing undergraduate research! A panel of Magellan Ambassadors will share how they got involved in research, the impact research has had on them, and more. The audience is encouraged to come with questions.
Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research

2-3:30 p.m.
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment
Jones PSC Room 108
Parents are invited to drop in to meet faculty and take a tour of select faculty laboratories. At 3:30 p.m., parents are invited to join faculty and students for a talk by UofSC alumnus, Dr. Jerry Miller, Director of Science and Technology for Sustainability Programs with the National Academies of Science and Medicine.
Sponsored by the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

2:30-4:30 p.m.
Jewish USC Parents Weekend Reception
In the festive shelter (sukkah) on Davis Field (between Russell House and the big fountain)
All parents and students with links to the Jewish community, and all those with an interest in learning more about the Jewish community, are invited to join the Jewish Faculty and Staff Council and Hillel at USC for a drop-in Parents Weekend reception. Learn about Jewish life on campus; find opportunities to connect socially with the campus Jewish community; meet Jewish leaders on campus; and learn about Hillel and other campus Jewish organizations.

This year, Parents Weekend coincides with the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot, when Jews greet the harvest season by gathering and taking meals outdoors in a temporary shelter (called a sukkah). We welcome you to share a bit of food and company in our campus sukkah on Davis Field (west of Russell House).
Sponsored by the Jewish Faculty and Staff Council

3-3:45 p.m.
A Parents’ Guide to Off-Campus Student Housing
Russell House Theater
It may seem like you just moved your student into their freshman residence hall, but it’s time to start considering options for the next few years! Join Off-Campus Student Services to discuss what steps your student should take to learn about living off campus. Topics covered in this presentation include the housing search, lease review tips and general commuter information.
Sponsored by Off-Campus Student Services

3-3:45 p.m.
“What’s The Big Deal About Sweet Tea”
Russell House
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 Gamecock traditions! 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 they can succeed academically and socially at the University of South Carolina.
Sponsored by the Student Success Center

3-3:45 p.m.
Making the Most of a Carolina Education: Engagement Beyond the Classroom and Graduation with Leadership Distinction
Russell House
Parents play an invaluable role in providing students with the assurance and direction needed to pursue their goals. USC Connect encourages students to think about how their experiences and academics influence one another and impact long-term goals. Learn about this nationally recognized initiative that supports students in making the most of their education by integrating within and beyond the classroom learning. Attend this session to find out how your student can work his/her way towards the honor of graduating with Leadership Distinction.
Sponsored by USC Connect

3-4 p.m.
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of McKissick Museum
2nd floor lobby, McKissick Museum
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.
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

3-4 p.m.
Arnold School of Public Health 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

3-4:30 p.m.
Forensic Osteology Lab
Hamilton College Room 142
Did you love the tv show Bones? Did you ever wonder “How did she know that?!” Now is your chance to find out. The Department of Anthropology in conjunction with the Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology and Society will be hosting an open forensic osteology lab that shows how forensic anthropologists assist law enforcement by identifying human remains.
Sponsored by the Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology and Society

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Parents Weekend Capstone Scholars Reception
Capstone Campus Room
A chance for Capstone Scholars and their parents to mingle and enjoy light refreshments, followed by a brief talk by Dr. Patrick Hickey, the Faculty Principal. Come see what our wonderful Scholars have been up to so far, and what’s in store for the rest of their two years in our program!
Sponsored by the Capstone Scholars Office

3:30-5 p.m.
Top Scholar Parents Reception
Gressette Room (Harper College on the Horseshoe)
Parents and family members of Top Scholars (Carolina, McNair, Horseshoe, Hamilton and Stamps Scholars) are invited to drop by and meet the staff of the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs and Honors College.
Sponsored by the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs

4:30-6 p.m.
Freshman CONnection
College of Nursing – 1601 Greene Street
Current students, family members and alumni are invited to a reception in the College of Nursing. This will be a wonderful opportunity to:
1) make connections with faculty, staff, Gamecock nursing students and alumni; and
2) receive information on resources, strategies and opportunities for student engagement and success.

RSVP by Sept. 22 to the Freshman CONnection reception.
Sponsored by the the College of Nursing

4:30-6 p.m.
College of Education ITE Drop-in
Wardlaw College Room 110
The College of Education’s Instruction and Teacher Education Department invites current students, family members and alumni to meet faculty representatives from the early childhood, elementary and middle level programs. 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

4-4:45 p.m.
A Parents’ Guide to Off-Campus Student Housing
Russell House Theater
It may seem like you just moved your student into their freshman residence hall, but it’s time to start considering options for the next few years! Join Off-Campus Student Services to discuss what steps your student should take to learn about living off campus. Topics covered in this presentation include the housing search, lease review tips and general commuter information.
Sponsored by Off-Campus Student Services

4-5 p.m.
Information Science Parents and Students Drop-In
Davis College, Room 112
Sponsored by the School of Library and Information Science

5:30-7 p.m.
President’s Welcome Reception

Horseshoe
Stop by the President’s Welcome Reception to meet Carolina’s “first family,” Dr. Harris Pastides and Ms. Patricia Moore-Pastides, as they officially welcome you to Parents Weekend 2017! Visit the beautiful historic Horseshoe 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! Play a game of corn hole with your family. Take a photo with your family in the photo booth. Get ready for a fun Friday night Parents Weekend tradition! Make sure to wear your Parents Weekend nametag (and bring your drink tickets, if applicable) as it is required to enter the event. This event is subject to change based on weather conditions.
Sponsored by the Office of Parents Programs

8 p.m.
“Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare
Drayton Hall Theatre
One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, TWELFTH NIGHT is a madcap tale of mistaken identity and unrequited love. After a shipwreck, twins Sebastian and Viola become stranded — and separated — on the island kingdom of Illyria. To survive, Viola disguises herself as a man (Cesario), so she can work for the nobleman Orsino, whom she secretly loves. Her new identity piques the romantic interest of the Lady Olivia, who is being courted by Orsino. When Viola’s long-lost brother shows up and is mistaken by Olivia as Cesario, the love triangle becomes even more delightfully entangled. Guest director Louis Butelli (Folger Shakespeare Theatre) is amping up the fun for this Shakespearean favorite, with a setting that evokes the “Golden Age of Hollywood” and original songs by NYC-based composer Matthew Marsh. Parents receive the student discount rate of $15 during Parents Weekend. To reserve tickets, call 803-777-2551 or visit the box office on the first floor of Longstreet Theatre. Box office opens Friday, September 29. Box office hours: 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance

Saturday, Oct. 7

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! Pre-registered 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 7:15 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! Pre-registration ends on Oct. 2 at 4 p.m.
Sponsored by Campus Recreation and the Office of Parents Programs

8:30-10:30 a.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 fun items!

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Museum Tour of the Natural History Gallery Followed by Brunch
McKissick Museum 3rd Floor
Join this “curator’s choice” tour of McKissick Museum’s natural history gallery, with a focus on the Historic Southern Naturalists project, which merges the old with the new, as three new touchscreens use modern technology to display fragile historic objects and documents that are rarely exhibited (if ever). The exhibit, Natural Curiosity: The University of South Carolina and the Evolution of Scientific Inquiry in the Natural World, explores humans’ long curiosity of the natural world. After the tour, join us for brunch and learn about UofSC’s newly endowed Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology and Society.
Sponsored by McKissick Museum and the Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology and Society

10 a.m.-noon
Brunch at the McKissick Museum
2nd Floor McKissick Museum
Come enjoy brunch at the McKissick museum and learn more about the newly endowed Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology and Society. We will discuss the origins of the Institute and opportunities it offers your undergraduates.
Sponsored by McKissick Museum and the Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology and Society

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
University Libraries Exhibit
Ernest F. Hollings Library – enter through Thomas Cooper Library
Stop by the Ernest F. Hollings Library and take a look at South Carolina Political Collections Gallery. The exhibit in the gallery is “It Is So Ordered: Judges and the Law in South Carolina,” showcasing the papers of federal and state judges held by SCPC.
Sponsored by University Libraries

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
University Libraries Exhibit
Ernest F. Hollings Library – enter through Thomas Cooper Library
Stop by the Ernest F. Hollings Library to explore the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections exhibits “Total Solar Eclipse: Highlights from the Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy” and “Weird Science: A History of Human Knowledge,” co-sponsored by the Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology & Society.
Sponsored by University Libraries

11 a.m.-noon
Tour of McKissick Museum’s exhibitions
2nd floor lobby, McKissick Museum
Enjoy a curator-led tour of the museum’s exhibitions, “WELL SUITED: The Costumes of Alonzo V. Wilson for HBO’s® Treme,” “Natural Curiosity: The University of South Carolina and the Evolution of Scientific Inquiry in the Natural World,” and “WTF: (What They Found) Oddities found on the USC Campus.”
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
3rd floor, McKissick Museum, historic Horseshoe
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

11 a.m.-3 p.m.
WELL SUITED: The Costumes of Alonzo V. Wilson for HBO’s® Treme
(self-guided tour of the exhibition)

2nd floor, South Gallery, McKissick Museum
Well Suited includes costumes designed by Wilmington, North Carolina native Alonzo V. Wilson for HBO’s award-winning series Treme. The series takes its name from Tremé, one of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans that continues to be an important center of the city’s African-American and Créole culture. The series begins four months after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs and Mardi Gras Indians, try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane.

This exhibition showcases nine exquisitely crafted Mardi Gras Indian suits from Treme, and also includes Mardi Gras costumes from select characters, as well as design sketches, film excerpts, video interviews with cast and costumers and behind-the-scenes photography.
Sponsored by McKissick Museum, College of Arts and Sciences

11:30-noon
This Glorious Machine: Illustrating Technology from the Early Modern Period to the Present
Ernest F. Hollings Library – enter through Thomas Cooper Library
Curator of the “Total Eclipse” and “Weird Science” exhibits Michael Weisenburg will discuss the progress of technological illustration, ranging from woodcuts and early engravings of the hand-press period through the early machine press period, with an emphasis on Diderot’s Encyclopédie.
Co-sponsored by University Libraries and the Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology & Society

12:30-1 p.m.
The Science and Culture of Frankenstein
Ernest F. Hollings Library – enter through Thomas Cooper Library
Sharing original and rare materials from Irvin Department collections, curator Jeanne Britton will discuss intellectual sources and varied revisions of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Co-sponsored by University Libraries and the Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology & Society

Two hours Before Football Game Kick-off
Gamecock Recovery Game Day BBQ
Russell House/Davis Field
Join Gamecock Recovery for an alcohol-free BBQ outside of Russell House. Enjoy great food, play a few games, and meet other students and parents in recovery and their allies. All are welcome!
Sponsored by Substance Abuse Prevention & Education

Time TBA
Parents Weekend Tailgate Party
Old football practice field, corner of Bluff and National Guard Roads (entrance is on National Guard Road)

Get excited for the football game against Arkansas 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 and the Carolina Marching Band! Enjoy tailgate food like barbecue, hot dogs, chicken fingers 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 will be provided. Please keep in mind that the walk from the shuttle drop-off to the Tailgate Party is approximately 1.1 miles.) Make sure to bring your Parents Weekend nametag (and drink tickets, if applicable) and football game tickets! All guests, including Carolina students, must have their Parents Weekend nametag to enter the Tailgate Party. Please note that individual tickets to this event are not available as this event 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 TBA
South Carolina vs. Arkansas
Williams-Brice Stadium
Enjoy Carolina football as the Gamecocks take on the Arkansas Razorbacks! 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! Please note: To provide a safer environment and more expedited entry for fans, Gamecock Athletics implemented a clear bag policy beginning with the 2016-2017 season for all ticketed athletic events that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the venues. Please read this policy so you are prepared for gameday!

8 p.m.
“Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare
Drayton Hall Theatre
One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, TWELFTH NIGHT is a madcap tale of mistaken identity and unrequited love. After a shipwreck, twins Sebastian and Viola become stranded — and separated — on the island kingdom of Illyria. To survive, Viola disguises herself as a man (Cesario), so she can work for the nobleman Orsino, whom she secretly loves. Her new identity piques the romantic interest of the Lady Olivia, who is being courted by Orsino. When Viola’s long-lost brother shows up and is mistaken by Olivia as Cesario, the love triangle becomes even more delightfully entangled. Guest director Louis Butelli (Folger Shakespeare Theatre) is amping up the fun for this Shakespearean favorite, with a setting that evokes the “Golden Age of Hollywood” and original songs by NYC-based composer Matthew Marsh. Parents receive the student discount rate of $15 during Parents Weekend. To reserve tickets, call 803-777-2551 or visit the box office on the first floor of Longstreet Theatre. Box office opens Friday, September 29. Box office hours: 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance

Sunday, Oct. 8

10:30 a.m.
Parents Day Brunch
1332 Pendleton Street
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 a catered breakfast and hear from students and staff about plans for the upcoming school year. Advance RSVP was encouraged.
RSVP Required
Sponsored by the International House at Maxcy College

noon
Honors College Parents Picnic
Location to be announced
Parents and students of the South Carolina Honors College are invited to join the SCHC for an afternoon picnic! More details to come.
Sponsored by South Carolina Honors College

2 p.m.
Sundaes on Sunday for Alumni, Legacy and Richard T. Greener Scholars and Parents
Alumni Center – 900 Senate Street
Alumni Scholars, Legacy Scholars and Richard T. Greener Scholars and families are invited to an ice cream party at the My Carolina Alumni Center. Groups photos will be taken to be displayed on the scholars wall.
Sponsored by My Carolina Alumni Association

3 p.m.
“Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare
Drayton Hall Theatre
One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, TWELFTH NIGHT is a madcap tale of mistaken identity and unrequited love. After a shipwreck, twins Sebastian and Viola become stranded — and separated — on the island kingdom of Illyria. To survive, Viola disguises herself as a man (Cesario), so she can work for the nobleman Orsino, whom she secretly loves. Her new identity piques the romantic interest of the Lady Olivia, who is being courted by Orsino. When Viola’s long-lost brother shows up and is mistaken by Olivia as Cesario, the love triangle becomes even more delightfully entangled. Guest director Louis Butelli (Folger Shakespeare Theatre) is amping up the fun for this Shakespearean favorite, with a setting that evokes the “Golden Age of Hollywood” and original songs by NYC-based composer Matthew Marsh. Parents receive the student discount rate of $15 during Parents Weekend. To reserve tickets, call 803-777-2551 or visit the box office on the first floor of Longstreet Theatre. Box office opens Friday, September 29. Box office hours: 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance