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Student Affairs and Academic Support

Student Life

The Department of Student Life advances student success by serving as the catalyst for student involvement through experiences, services and facilities that enhance leadership development, diversity and inclusion, community engagement and personal wellness. We provide opportunities for every student to define a unique involvement story that prepares them to lead and serve as an engaged global citizen.

Our Offices

Getting involved is essential for success. Research suggests that students who are involved in student organizations and campus activities make higher grades and have a better college experience. Through Student Life programming, students will discover their passion and strengths, feel more connected to campus and gain important leadership experience to help them find internships and jobs. Most importantly, they will make friends and have fun!

Offers a comprehensive array of programs, services and facilities to help connect and inspire the UofSC community to live an active and strong life — physically, mentally, socially and intellectually.
Phone: 803-576-9375

Provides support, guidance and mentorship for the 46 Greek organizations and their more than 6,500 members.
Phone: 803-777-3506

Manages student ticket distribution for Gamecock football, basketball, baseball and commencement.
Phone: 803-777-6102

Provides opportunities for students to get hands-on experience in print, broadcast and online media; advertising sales; and graphic design through The Daily Gamecock newspaper, Garnet & Black magazine, SGTV and WUSC-FM.
: 803-777-3888

Equips students to positively impact their communities through involvement in student organizations, leadership development, service and civic engagement.
Phone: 803-777-7130

Supports an inclusive campus environment by providing educational and social programs and supporting and advocating for historically underrepresented student populations.
Phone: 803-777-7716

Helps students transition to and thrive in off-campus residences and understand the rights and responsibilities of residing in Columbia.
: 803-777-3366

Serves as the central resource for parents and families of UofSC students. Parent and Family Programs offers informative communications, including a monthly newsletter and award winning mobile-app, and coordinates the annual Family Weekend.
Phone: 800-868-6752 toll free

Serves as the center of student activity at UofSC and is home to Gamecock Entertainment, Event Services, the Golden Spur Game Room, Leadership and Service Center, lounges and meeting rooms as well as various dining and retail spaces.
Phone: 803-777-3196

Works closely with university administration, faculty and staff to represent the interests of students, preserve and protect traditions, and support students and student organizations in their academic and community endeavors.
Phone: 803-777-2654

Graduate Student Association

Our Signature Events

Student Life hosts hundreds of events throughout the year in hopes you'll find at least a few that pique your interest and help you get connected to the UofSC community! The Signature Events listed below are campus-wide, annual, student-loved events hosted by the Department of Student Life. We hope to see you there!

Carolina Welcome Aug. 19-31, 2019 
Discover Columbia Fair 

Aug. 22, 2019
Jan. 13, 2020

Student Org. Fairs Aug. 28, 2019
Jan. 22, 2020
Thursday After Dark Every Thursday
Service Saturdays Once per month
Hip Hop Wednesdays Once per month
Constitution Day Sept. 17, 2019 
Off-Campus Housing Expos Sept. 27, 2019
Nov. 6, 2019 
Family Weekend Sept. 27-29, 2019
Homecoming Week Oct. 28-Nov. 2, 2019
Tiger Burn Nov. 25, 2019
Student Leadership & Diversity Conference Feb. 15, 2020
Student Government Inauguration March 26, 2020

Our Central Staff

Staff in the Office of the Associate Vice President for Student Life oversee and support the department's assessment, communications, finance, human resources and other central functions.

Anna Edwards

Title: Associate Vice President for Student Life
Phone: 803-777-5782

Janie Kerzan

Title: Director of Student Life 
Phone: 803-777-9886 

Jamie Ayres

Title: Student Organization Business Adviser
Phone: 803-576-8432 

Hilary Dyer Brannon

Title: Communication and Events Director
Phone: 803-777-5937

Sammie Burt

Title: Talent Manager
Phone: 803-777-9073

Megan Colascione

Title: Assessment Director
Phone: 803-777-6688

Nancy Derrick

Title: Director of Finance and Personnel
Phone: 803-777-3015

Tecola Jones

Title: Billing Coordinator
Phone: 803-777-3506

Mohamed Soluiman

Title: Assistant Director of Finance
Phone: 803-777-5932

Steven Tapia-Macias

Title: Coordinator of Marketing
Phone: 803-777-3710 

Kathryn Taylor

Title: Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 803-777-5782

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