Signature Events

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

First Night Carolina

9-10:30 p.m.
Colonial Life Arena

First Night Carolina is the official welcome for all new freshmen and transfer students on behalf of the Department of Student Life.

Get information from your Resident Mentor or from Off Campus Student Services regarding  details for attending this annual event that features Gamecock spirit and a memorable evening to officially start your career as a Carolinian!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

New Student Convocation

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Colonial Life Arena

Convocation is the coming together of the members of a group. Our Convocation marks a new beginning, a special time for new students, their families and faculty. Convocation opens with an academic procession, led by the President of the Student Government Association carrying the Mace, followed by the recipient of 2017 Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor the Year ; the Provost of the University; representatives of the University’s schools and colleges; the University’s vice presidents; the secretary of the Board of Trustees; and the President of the University.

Student Media Summer Showcase

Noon-2 p.m.
Greene Street

Student members of The Daily Gamecock, Garnet and Black magazine, SGTV and WUSC will be on Greene Street to answer questions about how you can get involved in one or more of Student Media’s four groups. All students are encouraged to join regardless of major. Student Media is a home for writers, photographers, DJ’s, videographers, graphic designers and more!

OMSA CommUNITY Carnival

4-7 p.m.
Russell House Ballroom

Come hang out with the OMSA staff, students, and community friends at the CommUNITY Carnival! Learn about diversity and social justice programs offered while meeting with student organizations, campus and community partners, staff members. This is a great way to learn about the vital resources to assist in your time at Carolina. There will be carnival games, food, and prizes. OMSA welcomes you!

Bustle at the Russell

9 p.m.
Midnight

Come spend your last night of summer exploring the Russell House, your student union! At Bustle at the Russell, you get the opportunity to see more of what the Russell House has to offer while also getting to take home some great giveaways, play some fun games, get free food, and make memories.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Carolina Productions Presents Back to Class Bash: Calendar Launch

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Greene Street

Welcome to Carolina Productions’ Day One Debut. Here at CP, we bring entertainment to USC–for the students, by the students. Cockstock? Bo Burnham? Russell House movies? We planned that! Start the semester strong by checking out our Fall semester lineup on Facebook, Twitter, or in person. Come grab your copy of our free events calendar so you don’t miss the magic.

Carolina Productions Presents Back to Class Bash: Kickoff Concert

6-8 p.m.
Russell House Patio

Get ready to rock, Gamecocks! Join us at Carolina Productions’ Day One Debut Kickoff Concert. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Free with Carolina Card. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter @usccp to see who will storm the stage.

Carolina Productions Presents Back to Class Bash: The Evasons Mentalist Duo

7-8:15 p.m.
Russell House Ballroom

Join world famous mentalist duo Jeff & Tessa Evason for mind-blowing feats of ESP and Second Sight that’ll have you buzzing long after the show ends. You’ll be absolutely floored when the Evasons reveal the audience’s secrets – their birth date, a serial number on any bill in their wallet or even the name of their first kiss – all while standing blindfolded on stage. You’ll be on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free with Carolina Card.

Carolina Productions Presents Back to Class Bash: The Evasons Mentalist Duo

10-11:15 p.m.
Russell House Ballroom

Join world famous mentalist duo Jeff & Tessa Evason for mind-blowing feats of ESP and Second Sight that’ll have you buzzing long after the show ends. You’ll be absolutely floored when the Evasons reveal the audience’s secrets – their birth date, a serial number on any bill in their wallet or even the name of their first kiss – all while standing blindfolded on stage. You’ll be on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Free with Carolina Card.

Carolina Productions Presents Back to Class Bash: “Logan” Midnight Screening

11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
Russell House Theater

Come celebrate the finale of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine with a little finale of our own. Carolina Productions is closing the curtains on its Day One Debut with a midnight showing of X-Men blockbuster Logan. Doors open at 11:30 p.m. Free with Carolina Card, and popcorn is on us!


Friday, August 25, 2017

Opportunity Knocks Part-time Job Fair

1-4 p.m.
Russell House Ballroom

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 www.sc.edu/career/.

AAAS Back to School Cookout

5-8 p.m.
Greene Street

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.

ThinkFast

10–11:30 p.m.
Russell House Ballroom

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!


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Service Saturday

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
check-in at Davis Field II (Longstreet Side)

Service Saturday is an ideal program for students to make a positive impact in the community, meet new friends, and connect with the city of Columbia. Students are invited to participate in our signature service event which happens once a month. Our sites include many Columbia non-profits such as Harvest Hope Food Bank, the Salvation Army of the Midlands, and Habitat for Humanity. We provide the transportation to the service site and lunch. To attend, students simply register, pick their service site during check-in on the morning of the event, and serve! Register here.

Fun in the Sun at Strom

5-9 p.m.
Strom Thurmond Wellness Center
beach casual attire

Join Carolina After Dark and Campus Recreation  for  the hottest pool party of the fall.  Enjoy food, music, entertainment, competitions and sunshine at the Strom pool deck.  Grab your friends and join us for an afternoon of fun to start the year. 

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