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Welcome Week Events Media Opportunities

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Welcome Week Events — Media Opportunities

Welcome Week at the University of South Carolina offers many visual and story opportunities for broadcast and print media to capture the excitement of students moving into residence halls and preparing for classes. Below are some of the best opportunities for media. To coordinate coverage and interviews, call Peggy Binette or Margaret Lamb in the Office of Media Relations at 803-777-5400.

Saturday, Aug. 15 — Move in!
Capture the fun as more than 7,375 students move to campus, a task equivalent to relocating a town the population of Camden, Fountain Inn or Hartsville. Best visual opportunities are in the morning from 9 a.m. - noon at Honors Residence (S. Main), Capstone House (Barnwell Street) or Patterson (South Bull Street). University President Harris Pastides and his wife, Patricia, will help students move into the new Honors Residence from 10 a.m. – noon. The Russell House University Union will be teeming with students picking up their pre-packaged text books and parents visiting the Parents Program tent.

Saturday, Aug. 15 — First Night Carolina
Students will board 26 buses at 8 p.m. in front of the Russell House University Union and head to Williams-Brice Stadium to celebrate the start of the academic year with an old-fashioned pep rally. The fun runs from 9 p.m. midnight. Like Gamecock football players, students will have the thrill of running through the fog-filled tunnels into the stadium while “2001” plays. Meredith Ross, student-body president and Dr. Larry Durstine, chairman of the department of exercise science, will welcome the students. Special guests this year will be head football coach Steve Spurrier and the men’s and women’s soccer coaches. Rounding out the fun will be cheerleaders, Cocky, a fireworks show and a party with music and food.

Sunday, Aug. 16 — Convocation
President and Mrs. Pastides will welcome students and their families at the 2009 Convocation, which will take place from 4 - 5 p.m. in the Carolina Coliseum. With the fun of First Night behind them, students will come together with their parents, faculty and staff to mark a new beginning and learn about the Carolinian Creed and the expectations for their success as students. The program also will feature remarks by Meredith Ross, student-body president; Dr. Michael Amiridis, provost; and Dr. Dennis Pruitt, vice president for student affairs, vice provost for academic support and dean of students.

Monday, Aug. 17 — First-Year Reading Experience
This summer, the university’s incoming freshmen read the graphic novel, “The Complete Persepolis,” by Marjane Satrapi. Students will gather at the Carolina Coliseum at 8:30 a.m. to hear Dr. Qiana Whitted, assistant English professor, and Dr. Waleed El-Ansary, assistant professor of religious studies, who will discuss the graphic novel genre and the book’s setting in Iran. After the talks, students will break into groups of 20 to discuss the book with faculty and staff leaders. The event concludes at noon. In its 16th year, the First-Year Reading Experience provides all freshmen with a common academic experience that they can share and discuss.

Monday, Aug. 17 — TRANSFERmation!
Carolina welcomes students who have transferred to the university from 1 -2 p.m. in Russell House Room 202. Sponsored by the Student Success Center, transfer students are invited to meet one another, learn about programs that will help them make a successful transition and discover the “ins and outs” of Carolina.

Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Friday, Aug. 21 — The Library – check it out!
Students are invited to find out why Thomas Cooper Library has become THE spot on campus to gather with classmates, and it’s not just for the latte and ear plugs. Tours will take place at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 18 — Freshmen Lunch
All freshman students are invited to Patterson Patio Café for food, fellowship, music and prizes with Cocky. The fun runs from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Wednesday, Aug. 19 — What’s the Big Deal About Sweet Tea?
Back by popular demand, this event gives new out-of-state students a primer on the South, Southern culture and all the tips, resources and information they, like all students, need to be successful socially and academically. Students learn about programs specially designed for out-of-state students, and, as an added bonus, they will get to taste favorite Southern foods. It all takes place from 2 -3 p.m. in Russell House University Union, Room 315.

Wednesday, Aug. 19– Opportunity Knocks Part-time Job Fair
The job market is tough, but Carolina students can get tips and learn about part-time job opportunities from at the Opportunity Knocks Part-time Job Fair from noon – 3 p.m. in the Russell House University Union Ballroom.

Wednesday, Aug. 19– Cool Off Carolina!
Students are invited to beat the heat by cooling off at this fun annual event hosted by the Carolina Alumni Association. It all takes place poolside from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center. Cool Off Carolina! It is a hit not only for the food, music and prizes but a good introduction to the alumni association.

Wednesday, Aug. 20 – Ghost Tour on the Horseshoe
University Ambassadors, student stewards of the university’s rich history, including its haunted past, will tell campus ghost stories during a walking tour from 9 – 10:30 p.m. It all begins at the Visitor Center in McKissick Museum.

Thursday, Aug. 21 — Classes begin!
With suitcases unpacked and backpacks packed, Carolina students head to class.

Thursday, Aug. 21 — Merchant Fair
The return of students to campus means business for local merchants. Local businesses and companies will introduce students to their products and services at the Merchant Fair from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Greene Street in front of the Russell House University Union.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 08/14/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 08/14/09 @ 6:54 PM | Permalink